Feast of St. Matthew: Sep 21

09-20-2020Pastor's LetterFr. Dan Connealy

Happy Sunday!

Our Verso l’Alto youth group got off to a great start this past week. It was great to see so many of our high school students present for the first night of the semester. I am incredibly grateful to our core team of volunteers who helped make the night such a success. This week we begin our religious education classes for the new year. Please keep all of our families and students in your prayers as they begin this year of preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion.

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Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross: Sep 14

09-13-2020Pastor's LetterFr. Dan Connealy

Happy Sunday!

I am very excited to announce that we reached our matching gift! Thank you so much to everyone who signed up for recurring online gifts or who increased their gift. The Diocese of Phoenix informed me that we would receive the match of $27,060 in October. This is a wonderful accomplishment and we are very thankful for all of you in helping us reach this goal.

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09-06-2020Pastor's LetterFr. Dan Connealy

Happy Sunday!

September is here and there is much to be excited about. First, a big thank you to everyone who participated in the Matching Gift opportunity. While official numbers are not complete, it looks like we have met the matching goal! This is truly something that took everyone doing a little part to achieve a great goal. Thank you!

Our Religious Education and Youth Ministry programs are getting ready to begin. As of now, the Diocese of Phoenix is issuing guidelines to continue to allow the size of public meetings to increase. As we all know, the situation has been rather fluid. I am grateful to each of you and our wonderful staff for your flexibility during this time. Life slowly continues to head back to “normal”.

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My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.

08-30-2020Pastor's LetterFr. Dan Connealy

Happy Sunday!

The end of August is already here! This summer has flown by (except for those weeks of 110 degrees and greater). I want to offer a humongous thanks to everyone who has participated in our matching gift campaign. We are so grateful to the family who has donated the $27,060 and to each of you for offering a recurring online gift to help us on our way to the match. If you haven’t participated yet, you can still do so through tomorrow (August 31st).

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August 25: Feast of St. Louis the King

08-23-2020Pastor's LetterFr. Dan Connealy

Happy Sunday!

This week is one of my favorites in the liturgical calendar. We have a wonderful line up of saints’ feast days and memorials. Tomorrow, the 24th, is the Feast of St. Bartholomew, Apostle. The 25th is St. Louis of France. And on the 27th and 28th, we celebrate St. Monica and St. Augustine, respectively. While much can be said about all of these saints, I’d like to draw your attention to St. Louis, who ruled as King of France. In the Office of Readings for his memorial we read a letter he wrote to his son as a spiritual testament.

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Meet Diaconate Candidate, Bill Schneider

08-16-2020Pastor's LetterBill Schneider

Hello,

My name is Bill Schneider and I am a deacon candidate (currently as an Acolyte) here at St. Joan of Arc (SJA) parish. God willing, I am scheduled for ordination this coming November. My family and I are long time parishioners, with our children attending a total of 6 years at the wonderful preschool here at SJA. (My wife made sure I included how much we appreciated the preschool staff giving our children such a great start to their schooling). My youngest son is 10 years old and he has been an Altar Server here for about 6 months before the pandemic. I am probably a lot like many of you in that I really enjoy sports, reading, hiking, spending time with my family, and a good frozen strawberry margarita on a hot day. At home, I am our “pool guy” and keep the water sparkling for cannon balls! Some of you may know me as “Dr. Bill” while I have been completing my diaconate formation here at SJA. I make my living as a pediatric emergency room physician at Banner Children’s Hospital where I feel blessed to care for the most amazing children and their families.

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My Diaconate Journey

08-09-2020Pastor's LetterAndy Lambros

St. Joan of Arc Parishioners,

My name is Andy Lambros. For those of you who don’t know, for the last five years, I have been the Coordinator of Stewardship here at SJA. The same year I started working here, I was accepted into the diaconate formation program as part of the 2020 Cohort. Fr. Connealy has asked me to share a little bit about myself and my journey to be ordained a deacon with all of you.

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What will separate us from the love of Christ?

08-02-2020Pastor's LetterFr. Dan Connealy

Happy Sunday!

I hope everyone has had a good week. Our second reading this Sunday from St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans seems to speak straight to our present times. He writes, “What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us.” St. Paul’s premise is beautiful, he gets right to the heart of things asking the most important question, “What will separate us from the love of Christ?” He correctly presupposes that this is the most important thing. He doesn’t ask what can destroy our nation (indeed, Israel had experienced its near collapse multiple times) because even that cannot separate us from God.

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