Christian Formation

As Christians we need to continue to learn more about our faith and prepare ourselves and
our family to receive the Sacraments. Here are some great opportunities to do so.

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How to Become Catholic — RCIA

Do you or someone you know have questions about the Catholic faith?

Do you know someone who might be considering the Catholic faith?

Then invite them to join you at one of the summer inquiry sessions of RCIA on one these Wednesdays - June 15, June 29 or July 15.

All inquiry sessions are from 7-8 PM in the Frassati Room at Saint Joan of Arc.

Main sessions resume on Wednesday, August 3rd from 6-8 PM in the Parish Hall (basement) at Saint Patrick.

Contact Chad Grube for more information:  cgrube@saintjoan.org or call him at the parish office.

Contact Chad Grube 865-9964 ext. 315
or cgrube@saintjoan.org for more information


Fan the Flame: Inspiration through Religious Enrichment (F.I.R.E.)

What is it & who’s it for?

This program is for YOU!!It is not only for catechists; it’s for any adult who wants to grow in his or her knowledge of the faith.

The F.I.R.E. Program is a systematic adult formation plan of study that has been aligned with the National Certification Standards for Pastoral Ministers which are approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.The Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana has developed this plan of study to aid adults and catechists in their formation process.

The levels are listed primarily for those taking the classes as part of certification.Anyone can attend a class, regardless of the level.Even though the advanced and master level classes assume a certain familiarity with the basics of the faith, the facilitator will ensure that the content is understandable regardless of your current level of knowledge about the faith.You can take the classes in any order, regardless of level.

What are the levels?

Basic – meet for one session

Specialized – meet for one session

Advanced—meet for two sessions

Master/ELM—meet for two sessions.These classes are also part of the program of training for those in leadership positions at the parish (known as Ecclesial Lay Ministry, or ELM)


K–8 Religious Education

Sacramental Prep:

Saint Joan of Arc offers a Sacramental Prep course for those students who are ready to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion. Students attend one class per month in the evening starting in the month of September.  Catechists work with the students to prepare them to receive the sacraments by providing more instruction and retreat opportunities.  Classes run from 6:30-8:00 PM once a month, September-November for Reconciliation and January-April for First Holy Communion.

K-8 SRE:

 The Sunday Religious Education program services students in grades K-8.  Catechists work with the students each Sunday to guide, shape, and form the students in their Catholic faith.  Catechists work with the students to cover the curriculum standards set forth by the diocese using several resources, one being the Faith and Life series published by Ignatius Press.  Classes follow the public school calendars.  Students meet in the Saint Joan of Arc classrooms located on the second level of the building from 10:15-11:15 AM.

 


First Communion

First Communion is a two year program at St. Joan of Arc. Children who are not enrolled in the school must have attended Sunday Religious Education (SRE) classes the year prior to receiving the sacrament. They must be enrolled in the 2nd grade SRE class and have good attendance.

The first session months are September, October, and November, with the parent/child retreat in December and First Reconciliation in December.  The next session months are January, February, and March with the parent/child retreat in April and First Communion in May.  The program is designed to assist parents in the preparation of their children for the reception of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.

 

Any questions should be directed to Tami Maurer, Coordinator of Religious Education at tmaurer@saintjoan.org or 865-9964).

***REMINDER:  If you are unable to attend a class/session, it is your responsibility to call the parish office to inquire about a make-up session.  Attendance is required.***

 

Baptism Preparation

Please contact the parish office 765-865-9964 to begin the process to receive the Sacrament of Baptism or if you have any further questions.

This is the process of preparing for Baptism, in which Parents and God-parents are gathered and equipped for the Sacrament of Baptism.


Men's Formation Opportunities

Men’s Bible Study is offered in an informal setting during the week at  variety of times (see below).  You do not need to register to attend but if you would like more information please contact Chad Grube at the parish office (865-9964) or email him: cgrube@saintjoan.org.

Mondays from 7:15 – 8:30 pm at the St. Patrick parish office
Wednesdays from  6:00 – 7:00 am in the PJPII room
Fridays from 6:00 – 7:00 am at the Bethany Center at St. Patrick
Saturdays from  7:15 – 8:15 am at St. Joan of Arc


Secular Franciscan Order

This organization is a Vatican approved Lay Order for adults 18 years and older that dedicate themselves to follow Jesus Christ, revealed in the holy Scriptures and modeled by St. Francis. Membership encompasses a process including periods of inquiry, orientation, and candidacy resulting in a profession of faith and lifetime commitment to a Rule of Life. A local Fraternity, including members primarily from St. Joan of Arc and St. Patrick parishes, meets regularly on the 3rd Friday of each month. Locally, the Order provides financial and prayer support of the Poor Clares.

Contact Lindy Grady for more information (lgradysfo@sbcglobal.net or 453-7419).

To learn more about the Secular Fransican Order, visit the national website at http://www.nafra-sfo.org/


Legion of Mary

Parishioners involved with the Legion of Mary assist the Pastor in ways he deems worthy. Presently the ministry emphasizes visiting and praying with those in nursing homes or home-bound, as well as distributing Holy Communion.

Active members meet regularly on Monday afternoon at 1 pm.  Membership is open to all interested parishioners.

St. Joan of Arc officers:

President: Bunny Matthews
Vice President: Mary Taboas
Secretary: Daphne Pasquale
Treasurer: Carolyn Blankenburger

Contact Bunny Matthews for more information at bunmatthews@comcast.net or 765-628-7698.


Focolare

The Focolare Movement, founded in Trent, Italy in 1943, is present today in 182 nations, reaches over 7 million people, and is officially approved by the Catholic Church.

Chiara Lubich, the founder who just recently passed away on March 14, 2008, together with a small group of friends, realized that God is the only ideal worth living for and as a result they focused their lives on the Gospel. Many others followed. Their goal became one of striving towards the fulfillment of Jesus’ prayer to the Father, “May they all be one.” (John 17:21).

A spirituality of unity came to life and gave rise to a movement of spiritual and social renewal. Wherever it is received, it promotes a new lifestyle which brings about unity and the universal brotherhood in the world. In his Apostolic Letter, “At the beginning of the new millennium,” Pope John Paul II proposed that the entire Church live a “spirituality of communion,” which is exactly what the Focolare promotes.

Focolare is open to all who want to introduce the Gospel into their daily lives and live out the message by loving neighbor and thus attaining union with God, fulfilling Jesus’ last prayer to the Father: “May the all be one.”

Our local group, Word of Life, gathers on a monthly basis, typically the first Sunday. During these gatherings, a Gospel passage is read, lived throughout the month, then our experiences of building unity through living the Gospel are shared.

If you are interested, please contact Donna Hayden at 317-509-3762.

Please visit our international website: www.focolare.org


Marriage Preparation

Marriage prep is required in order to get married in the Catholic Church. St. Joan of Arc offers opportunities for engaged couples to learn how to keep God as the center of their relationships and family planning decisions. The couple will meet with a priest, and also will be directed to the the required Pre-Cana class. All couples are invited to learn the benefits of Natural Family Planning.

Couples planning to enter into a Christian marriage in the Church call the parish office - 765-865-9964.