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?

Main sessions resume on Wednesday, August 1st from 6-8 PM in the St. John Paul II Room on the lower level. 

Contact Chad Grube for more information: or call him at the parish office.

Contact Chad Grube 865-9964 ext. 315
or 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)


Stages of Faith (Tuesday, July 9)

This course looks at the journey of faith as an active movement forward in life that invites the individual to further growth in their relationship with God and His people.

LEVEL: Basic LOCATION: Saint Joan of Arc-Room 342 (St. Thomas Aquinas)-(12:30 PM-3:00 PM)

Catechetical Process (Thursday, August 1)

A good learning process is a structured path to deeper meaning that leads from experience through an exposition of concepts to application and integration back into life. It is a process that includes dialogue, presentation, reflection, and activities to apply, integrate, and reinforce learning. A good catechetical session also begins and ends with prayer.

LEVEL: Basic LOCATION: Saint Joan of Arc-Room 342 (St. Thomas Aquinas)-(12:30 PM-3:00 PM)

Overview of the Creed (Tuesday, August 6)

This course provides a brief overview of what we as Roman Catholics mean when we profess our faith.

LEVEL: Basic LOCATION: Saint Joan of Arc-Room 342 (St. Thomas Aquinas)-(12:30 PM-3:00 PM)

Overview of the Word of God (Thursday, August 22)

This is a brief study of the Bible as the inspired Word of God. Students will work with Second Vatican Council document Dei Verbum in applying the tools and methods the Church employs to interpret texts and to deepen its understanding of revelation.

LEVEL: Basic LOCATION: Saint Joan of Arc-Room 342 (St. Thomas Aquinas)-(6:00 PM-8:30 PM)

Overview of Sacraments (Thursday, August 29)

This course provides a brief study of the Sacraments of the Church the efficacious signs of grace instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church.

LEVEL: Basic LOCATION: Saint Joan of Arc-Room 342 (St. Thomas Aquinas)-(6:00 PM-8:30 PM)

Overview of New Testament (Thursday, September 5)

This course will briefly introduce the New Testament in light of the Old Testament. The course will explore the message of Jesus and how it defines us as Christians.

LEVEL: Basic LOCATION: Saint Joan of Arc-Room 342 (St. Thomas Aquinas)-(6:00 PM-8:30 PM)

Overview of Liturgy (Thursday, September 19)

This course offers a brief overview of the parts of the Mass and an explanation of each part. The Mass celebrates the central article of our faith – that Jesus Christ died for our sins and by His Resurrection, saved us from death. The Liturgical Year will also be discussed.

LEVEL: Basic LOCATION: Saint Joan of Arc-Room 342 (St. Thomas Aquinas)-(6:00 PM-8:30 PM)

Be sure to check the Saint Joan of Arc website for any last minute changes to this schedule due to major summer projects that are not yet scheduled.

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.

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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.


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:

Mondays from 7:15 – 8:30 pm at the St. Patrick parish office
Wednesdays from  6:00 – 7:00 am in the SJPII 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. Lady Clare Fraternity, includes members primarily from St. Joan of Arc and St. Patrick parishes, and 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 ( or 453-7419).

To learn more about the Secular Fransican Order, visit the national website at

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 or 765-628-7698.


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:

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 relationship and family planning decisions. The couple will meet with Fr. Arbuckle several times, and also attend a required Pre-Cana class. All couples are invited to learn the benefits of Natural Family Planning. For more information regarding Natural Family Planning go to the diocesan website

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