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A Time for Renewal
Please check the bulletin for the current Capital Campaign totals.
Thank you for your continued generosity to St. Joan of Arc Parish!

KofC_LogoK of C Pancake Breakfast
The Knights of Columbus will be having a Pancake, Sausage and Egg Breakfast on Sunday, February 17th after both the 8:00 and 10:30 Masses.
The Knights will also be collecting, at the doors of the church, for the Measure-Up Program supporting Citizens with Developmental Disabilities. Our Flagship Charity!
Pancakes&Eggs Pancakes&Syrup ALL ARE WELCOME! Pancakes&Eggs Pancakes&Syrup
Please come and join us in the Social Hall!

K of C "NIGHT AT THE RACES - 2019"
The Knights of Columbus will be hosting the annual "NIGHT AT THE RACES and Reverse Raffle" ON SATURDAY, April 27th, 2019 in the St. Joan of Arc Social Hall. A few reverse raffle tickets remain for sale. These tickets are $35.00 per couple or $30.00 for a single.
If all tickets are sold, there is a $1,500.00 GUARANTEED PAYOUT!
Call Tim Leopold at 330-495-7875 for information about tickets. Dinner only (AND HORSERACING FUN) tickets are $8.00 per person and can be purchased at the door. Doors open at 5:30 sharp and Dinner is served at 6:15.
Post Time for the races is 7:00 pm.

2018 Annual Bishop's Appeal at SJA
Thank you to everyone who made a commitment to the 2018 Bishop’s Appeal.
Pentecost marked the official end of the 2018 Bishop's Appeal. If you'd still like to give, just click the "Give Now" Button to the Left!
As of November 20th, 340 St. Joan of Arc Parish Families have pledged $68,076 which is 90% of our $75,584 goal. As Father Weikart has asked at Mass, every parish family should respond to our Bishop's request for response! No donation is too small!  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!

Consider Natural Family Planning
July 25 marked the 50th anniversary of Blessed Pope Paul VI’s encyclical letter Humanae Vitae which articulates the Church’s teaching about human sexuality, conjugal love and responsible parenthood.  In the last fifty years there has been significant progress in modern methods of Natural Family Planning which are scientifically researched methods based on observation of the naturally occurring signs and symptoms of the fertile and infertile phases of a woman’s menstrual cycle.  To learn more go to or contact David Schmidt at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 330-744-8451 ext. 272.

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.

Catholic Charities Corner for
Where is Catholic Charities located in our community?  In Canton you can find us at 800 Market Avenue North, Suite 1150, across from the main branch of the public library.  In Ravenna, we are located downtown at 206 West Main Street, across from the county courthouse.  Our Adult Day Services program is located on the campus of St. Joseph Senior Living in Louisville at 2308 Reno Drive.
The Adult Day Services (ADS) program of Catholic Charities Serving Portage and Stark Counties sponsors a monthly caregiver support group. This group is not limited to participants of our ADS program, but rather is open to any individual caring for a frail elderly person. Group discussion and sharing is the main focus, along with occasional speakers. For more information, call330-875-7979.
To learn more about Catholic Charities, visit

Wednesday Evening Bible Study
The Wednesday evening Bible Study group meets on Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m., from September through May, 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.
Wednesday Afternoon Bible Study
The Afternoon Bible Study will will meet starting Thursday, March 7th in the Church Meeting Room (CMR) from 12:30 - 2:00 pm.  Study for Lent will be "The Passion and Resurrection Narratives of Jesus" from Little Rock Scripture Studies.  Join us for six weeks in Lent.
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.

“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.

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: Joseph Parish, Massillon: Massillon St. Joe's at
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: