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2018 Annual Bishop's Appeal at SJA
Thank you to everyone who made a commitment to the 2017 Bishop’s Appeal.
332 of our Parish Families responded in 2017.  $64,893 was pledged which was 82.3% of our parish goal of $78,821.  This year our goal is $75,584.  If you have not yet responded, please do so at this time.  Just click the "Give Now" Button to the Left!
As of May 18th, 312 St. Joan of Arc Parish Families have already pledged $64,073 which is almost 84.8% of the goal.  As Father Weikart has asked at Mass, please keep those responses coming!  Almsgiving is one of the things expected of every Catholic.  Responding to the request of Bishop Murry is the perfect way to follow Christ's calling to us.  And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’ - Matthew 25:40
Please be generous!

KofC_LogoK of C Pancake Breakfast
May 20th!!!
The Knights of Columbus will be having a Pancake and Egg Breakfast on Sunday, May 20th after both the 8:00 and the 10:30 a.m. Masses.
Pancakes&Eggs Pancakes&Syrup ALL ARE WELCOME! Pancakes&Eggs Pancakes&Syrup
Please come and join us in the Social Hall!



Come and see.  Do you know someone who has questions about God, life, death, suffering, hope, forgiveness, love?  The Catholic Church has the answer.  The answer is Jesus Christ.  The Church has a process through which people hear the good news of Jesus Christ, seek and find him, then build a committed relationship with him and the Church.  That process is called The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, commonly known as RCIA.  We are starting a new Inquiry session of RCIA.  Reach out and invite someone.  The new session will be meeting on Thursday nights from 7:00-9:00 pm in the Parish Center.
For information, call Rick or Tiffany Hull at 330-412-2571.

The Altar & Rosary Cookbooks are finished and boy are they nice!
Please get yours while supplies last
The cookbooks are $15.00 each and are available for purchase in the Parish Center office.  Don't delay, get yours today.  There were only a limited number printed in this first run!
Thank you to all who submitted a recipe!

Wednesday Evening Bible Study
The Wednesday evening Bible Study group is currently discussing Archbishop Daniel E Pilarczyk’s book, “Live Letters: Reflections on the Second Readings of the Sunday Lectionary”. The second readings from the Lectionary we hear at Mass on Sundays and holy days are often overlooked by preachers. These readings are almost all from the writings of the apostles in the New Testament and are almost all in letter form. In these short commentaries, Archbishop Pilarczyk focuses on the second readings of all three liturgical years (A, B, C) in order to clarify their relationship with other Mass readings and communicate their significance. Each reflection puts the second reading in context, talks about its content and the consequences of its application to us, and ends with questions for discussion or reflection.

The group meets on Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m. in the church meeting room. All are invited to participate. Sessions run until about 8:30 pm.

To register and for further information please contact Deacon Dave at 330-477-9706.
Thursday Afternoon Bible Study
New Day!!!
Afternoon Bible Study will begin again on Thursday Feb.15, from 1-2:30 pm in the CMR.  The subject will be, The Passion and Resurrection Narratives of Jesus, from all four Gospels.  What a wonderful study for Lent!  Please Join us.
To register and for further information please contact Joanne at 330-832-5231.


Ushers Needed for weekend Masses!
If you would like to volunteer for this important ministry please contact Eric Vick at 330-478-0451 or 330-933-1339.

Greeters Needed for weekend Masses!
Greeters are needed for all Masses. Just 20-30 minutes once a month. Welcome everyone to SJA. Make every one feel great that they came to SJA. Everyone is welcome to be a greeter. Call Joanne: 330-832-5231.

"Survey Says"
Thank you so much for your thoughtful and insightful answers to our recent survey. We were quite pleased with the number of people who took the time out of their busy schedules to respond to our request.
The results have been tabulated and the Chairperson of each Ministry is reviewing the information regarding their ministry and will be reporting soon on the findings and addressing any concerns/questions that were raised.
First Question / Answer - Red Light
Q.   What ever happened to the red candle light that was always to burn that would show we are a Catholic Church?
A. Here at SJA, our candle is clear/white and is always burning as long as Christ is present in the tabernacle. Although red is considered the traditional color, there is no liturgical law regulating the lamp color. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal – sometimes referred to the GIRM, #316. In accordance with traditional custom, near the tabernacle a special lamp, fueled by oil or wax, should shine permanently to indicate the presence of Christ and honor it.
In the Old Testament, God told Moses that a lamp filled with the pure oil should perpetually burn in the Tabernacle (Ex 27:20-21). This is the precedent for the Catholic Church’s custom of burning a candle (at all times) before the tabernacle.

Prayer Chain
For prayer requests please contact Ginny Malinowski at 330-809-6006. Our thanks to Jean Schwing for her 20+ years of service to this wonderful ministry.


Aultman Hospital needs help distributing the Blessed Sacrament
Celebrating the Eucharist is at the very heart of our faith. However, because of illness or injury, many of our fellow Catholics in the local community area cannot join in the celebration. To ensure that these community members stay connected to us, Aultman Hospital is currently seeking Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers to provide the Eucharistic to those who are hospitalized. These volunteers are a wonderful “invisible army” that works quietly, diligently, and lovingly to bring our Lord to those who could not otherwise receive communion. If you are currently commissioned as an EM or are interested in becoming one and are able to devote approximately three hours a month, you are encouraged to contact Deacon Dennis Ross at 330 494-2741 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for further information. Currently there are openings for weekdays and weekends.

It’s not too late to join the Alumni Partnership! If you, or someone you know, would like to be part of a fun, growing group to help the Alumni Partnership off the ground, please contact me! We need more representatives from all of the schools, even those that are not in existence today.
We especially need people from: Regina Coeli/St Joseph (Alliance), St. Barbara, St Mary, & St. Joseph (Massillon), St. Louis (Louisville), St. Peter, St. Joseph, St Joan of Arc, St. Paul, St. John, St. Anthony, St. Benedict, St. Mary (Canton), and St. Clement (Navarre), St. James (Waynesburg), St. Joseph (Maximo), & Sacred Heart (Harrisburg).  Help us spread the word! Some of the activities will include reaching out to other alumni, planning social events such as school anniversary celebrations, and working with the parent group to strengthen ties in the community.  We meet every month on the 2nd Thursday at 7:00pm OR on the 3rd Tuesday at 11:00am at the Holy Cross office.
For more information, contact Suzanne Herdlicka, Director of Advancement, Holy Cross Academy Catholic Schools, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
or call the Holy Cross office at 330-526-8366.  Click here for a membership form.
Come join us!

Changing Lives...One Family at a Time
“And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’”
Matthew 25:40
The 22nd Annual Bishop’s Appeal for Catholic Charities and Church offers Catholics in the Diocese of Youngstown an opportunity to respond to Jesus’ teaching in Matthew’s Gospel, Chapter 25… by helping those in need. The Appeal is the primary funding source that allows Catholic Charities to continue "Changing Lives…One Family at a Time" right here in our six-county diocese.
In recent years the number of families and individuals coming to Catholic Charities for help has increased while resources have decreased. As a result we are challenged to encourage more people of the diocese to respond generously to the Annual Bishop’s Appeal. Only with increased support can we effectively respond to the Gospel call that we serve the least among us in this time and place. Sixty-six percent of the funds raised in the Appeal are designated for Catholic Charities.
Diocesan Ministries impact every parish and all Catholics in our diocese. The support given the Annual Bishop’s Appeal makes evident our discipleship in Christ Jesus through programs promoting family life, the formation of youth and young adults, the sanctity of human life, religious education and others. Approximately twenty-nine percent of the funds from this Appeal are designated for Diocesan Ministries.
Finally, approximately five percent of the funds from this Appeal are returned to those parishes that surpass designated Appeal parish goals.

Done for the year.  Thanks to all who helped!  See you in the Fall!

“Alyssa’s” Story…
Your gift to the 2016 Bishop’s Appeal made this real life story possible
“A young mother of several children, including a new baby, was in danger of having her water turned off due to inability to pay a past due amount. “Alyssa” called Catholic Charities crying because she had no way to pay her bill. We contacted the city and pledged to pay the amount necessary. When we called the client to assure her that we had taken care of her water bill, for which she expressed thanks and relief, we also shared information about our First Step program. She came in the next day and received diapers, formula, baby clothes and a few parenting tips. As importantly, she was comforted by the compassionate reception and listening ear provided by our staff person.
Thank you for making it possible to help “Alyssa” and so many others like her.

Grief Support
Are you experiencing grief associated with the loss of a loved one? Seeds of Hope is a grief support group for adults. It runs for eight weeks and is free and open to the public.  There is a day session that starts in March and an evening session that starts in April. For more details, please call Mercy Medical Center at 330-489-1143 or visit
Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.  (Matt 5:4)
Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
For I am meek and humble of heart;  and you will find rest for yourselves.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.  (Matt 11:28-30)
Remember in GRIEF: Feeling like you’re going CRAZY is NORMAL!

Knights of Columbus, Our Lady of Lourdes Council 4533
KofC_Logoinvites men of the parish to consider becoming members of the Knights of Columbus.  This is a fraternal organization of Catholic men which offers financial support to various charities, sponsors the monthly pancake breakfast fundraisers, and serves the Catholic Church and its families in times of need.
For more information, contact the parish office (330)477-6796.

St. Joan of Arc Parish Stewardship
How shall I make a return to the Lord for all he has done for me?”
(Psalm 116:12)
      As we continue the quest for God's Grace in this, the earthly portion of our existence, we must remember and give thanks for all the gifts we have been given.  Our Time, our Talents, our Treasure, our Family and our Friends and even our very LIFE have all been given to us by God!
      Let us prayerfully consider giving back some of our time and talents.  Can you help out at Bingo?  Would you have the time and the energy to serve for the Bereavement Luncheons?  It's hard to imagine how much it means to a fellow parish family to have this service offered during their time of greatest need!  Can you bake for Bingo, Confirmation, Bake Sales, or the Bereavement Luncheons?  Would you try to sing with one of our choirs?  There are some great new friends in those groups singing praise to the Lord and waiting to meet you.  Can you help clean the Church on Friday mornings?  Would you consider learning to be a Greeter, Lector, or Eucharistic Minister?  Can you devote a little time to visiting and perhaps taking the Eucharist to the Sick and Homebound?  Any one or all of us will look forward to visits like these someday!  There is always a need for Altar Servers, can you help out?  Would you think about passing on your Faith to others by participating in CCD, RCIA, or Catholics Returning Home?  You might also think about being a part of one of our Bible Study Groups.  Prayer and Study like this is very much a Stewardship of Time!  Many St. Joan of Arc Parishioners help out in these and myriad other ways.
St. Joan of Arc Parish is truly blessed with generous stewards.

Catholic Charities provided help and hope for Fred and Grace:
Your gift to the Bishop’s Appeal made this real life story possible
Wheelchair bound and diabetic, Fred called Catholic Charities in tears because he and his wife, Grace, were homeless.  Grace had lost her job, and when they couldn’t pay the rent, they were evicted.  Fred’s disability supplements were paying for a motel, but the money was running out.  They would soon be out on the streets.  To make matters worse, Fred’s medications were running low and he was desperate for help.  Catholic Charities swung into action, helping out with the first and last month’s rent, as well as the security deposit, on an affordable apartment.  Catholic Charities provided referral sources to help Fred and Grace furnish their new apartment with donated goods.  Catholic Charities also connected Fred with medical care, and helped the couple apply for SNAP—or Food Stamp—benefits.  Now in a stable situation, Fred and Grace are more hopeful about the future.  Grace is in the process of looking for a new job.

Notification of Hospitalization or Entering Nursing Home
for St. Joan of Arc Members
      If any parishioners, including all family members, are admitted to the hospital, or nursing home, etc., please notify the parish office so that the ill and those recovering from surgery can be remembered in prayer and visited if so desired.

Links to other area parish websites
St. Joseph Parish, Canton:
St. Michael the Archangel Parish:
Christ the Servant Parish:
St. John the Baptist Parish:
St. Peter Parish, Canton:
St. Anthony / All Saints Parish, Canton:
St. Mary/St. Benedict Parish, Canton:
St: Mary Parish, Massillon:
St: Barbara Parish, Massillon:
Holy Family Parish, Navarre: Holy Family Parish at discovermass dot com
St: Paul Parish, North Canton:
Little Flower Parish, North Canton: