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Welcome Weekend

welcomeAre you new to St.  Joan of Arc or to Kokomo? If so, please stop at the “Welcome” table in the Kiosk after Mass this weekend where you will be greeted with a smile and a warm welcome!

All Souls Day – November 2


All Souls’ Day commemorates the faithful departed.  The Roman Catholic celebration is associated with the doctrine that the souls of the faithful who at death have not been cleansed from the temporal punishment due to venial sins and from attachment to mortal sins cannot immediately attain the beatific vision in heaven, and that they may be helped to do so by prayer and by the sacrifice of the Mass. In other words, when they died, they had not yet attained full sanctification and moral perfection, a requirement for entrance into Heaven. This sanctification is carried out posthumously in Purgatory.

Click here to read A reflection on the Solemnity of the Feast of All Souls, touching on the mystery of death and the afterlife including heaven, hell, and purgatory, and the validity of prayers for the dead from Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio. 

On Thursday, November 6, a Mass for the Dead will be celebrated at 8:30 am at Sunset Memory Gardens (Alto Road). Mass will be celebrated indoors and all are welcome. Eighth grade students from STSJP School will be participating at the Mass. Headstones/ graves will be blessed after Mass.

All Saints Day – November 1

The Solemnity of All Saints Day is Saturday, November 1. Though not a Holy Day of  Obligation this year, all are welcome and encouraged to attend the 8:15 am Mass on Saturday morning.

all saintsThis excerpt is from a sermon by St. Bernard of Clairvaux (Sermo 2: Opera omnia, Edit. Cisterc. 5 [1968], 364-368) is used in the Roman Office of Readings for the Feast (Solemnity) of All Saints on November 1.  By the early 5th century, a feast in honor of all saints was celebrated in the Christian East on the first Sunday after Pentecost, as it is to this day.  This festival has been celebrated in the West on November 1 since the mid 8th century.  The Feast is a celebration of the “fullness” of Christ’s glory made manifest in the members of his body who in their lifetime yielded to His Spirit and thus produced neither thirty nor sixty but a hundredfold.  J.J. Olier, the founder of the Society of Saint Sulpice, said “The feast of All Saints seems to me to be in some sort a greater than that of Easter or the Ascension.  Our Lord is perfected in this mystery, because, as our head, He is only perfectly fulfilled when He is united to all His members, the saints.  The feast is glorious because it manifests exteriorly the hidden life of Jesus Christ.  The greatness and perfection of the saints is entirely the work of His spirit dwelling in them.”

To read more about what Dr. D’Ambrosio has to say about why we celebrate All Saints Day click here.

Mary~A Biblical Walk With the Blessed Mother

Deepen your devotion to Mary as you discover our Blessed Mother in a uniquely personal way.

Deepen your devotion to Mary as you discover our Blessed Mother in a uniquely personal way.

Come to Donuts & Doctrine on Sunday mornings and be part of the exciting eight-part Bible Study, Mary~ A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother,  featuring Dr. Edward Sri.

Filmed on location in the Holy Land, this study will place you in the midst of the powerful drama of Mary’s earthly life, taking you through her joys… and her sorrows. You will learn how she works in our lives today, drawing us ever closer to her Divine Son. Seeing Mary in this way will change you forever.

Sundays from 10:00 – 11:15 am
Room 342
November 2, 9, 16, 23   December 7, 14, 21   January 11
There is no cost for this class. However, there is an optional accompanying Study Set & Workbook  for $26.95.

Contact Chad Grube 765.865.9964 ext. 315 to order and for more information.

November Family Holy Hour at SJA

holy hourSt. Joan of Arc will host Family Holy Hour on Friday, November 7 at 7:00 pm. Keith Peterson will lead a group of musicians during the hour in Contemporary Praise and Worship music.

St. Joan of Arc and St. Patrick
Friday, November 7 @ St. Joan of Arc
7:00 p.m. – Holy Hour with Praise and Worship music led by Keith Peterson

Since the month of November in the Church is a special time to remember and pray for the dead, the intention for the Holy Hour is for the Poor Souls in Purgatory.


Who Are YOU Going to Vote For?

VoteWith the General Elections fast approaching on November 4, please use the following links as resources to help you make informed decisions about those for whom you will be voting:

Faithful Citizenship website from USCCB
Find a list of the candidates and issues on YOUR specific ballot
List of all candidates and their official websites
Applying Catholic principles to your voting decisions

Faithful Citizenship – Part I

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Faithful Citizenship – Part II

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Voter’s Guide for Serious Catholics from Catholic Answers
The Catechism of the Catholic Church on Authorities in Civil Society & Duties of Citizens
The Gospel & Culture (written in 2012)
Root your voting & analysis of the candidates in prayer