Something for Everyone!
St. Joan of Arc is a very active, involved faith family with hundreds of volunteers donating their time and talents to the life of this parish.
Thanks to their efforts, there is something for everyone at St. Joan of Arc. We have programs for every age group and every interest.
Outreach is a substantial part of our parish life. We reach out to others through Ministry of Care, St. Vincent dePaul store, Habitat for Humanity and with support of our sister parish in Haiti.
There is something for everyone at St. Joan of Arc and your participation is both welcomed and encouraged!
The Caring Ministries of St. Joan of Arc develop and promote outreach programs with an emphasis on social services, respect life issues, social justice and community ministries. We have a wide range of activities within this ministry that calls for people who have many different talents and interests.
If you are in need of the services provided by these ministries or are interested in offering your time and talent, please call the parish office (765-865-9964) or the numbers listed below.
Catholic Ministry of Care – Wayne Baumgarte 765-457-3625
The primary duty of the Catholic Ministry of Care is to bring Holy Communion each week to those who cannot attend weekend Mass. This involves bringing the Blessed Sacrament to nursing homes, hospitals, assisted living and private homes. To participate within this ministry, one must be a commissioned Extra-Ordinary Minister of Holy Communion and be open and willing to visit these members of our parish family within their various living situations. Also, meetings are held once a month.
Ministry of Care Bus - Mary Stackhouse 765-453-6302
This ministry brings parishioners to Mass who need transportation. Parishioners are needed to ride the bus to assist shut-ins/passengers on and off the bus and into the church.
Funeral Dinners - Donna Thatcher 765-210-0695
This ministry provides dinner for families and friends of the deceased. All parishioners are eligible to help in this ministry. The group is set up on a 4-month cycle, so each group is on duty once every 4th month.
Pro-Life Events – Cindy McClure 765-438-1425 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This group promotes the sanctity of human life through educational programs and other events. This organization welcomes the support and assistance of all persons who share the concern for the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death.
Chapel Gift Shop – Sharon Kelly 765-868-8069 (CLKELLY39@aol.com)
The Chapel Gift Shop provides our faith community with the opportunity to purchase religious articles for gifts and personal use. The shop is open to everyone and is run by volunteers. The workers work in 3 hour shifts once a month. The shop is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Serra Club of Kokomo – Todd Richey 765-459-0050
The Serra Club promotes and fosters religious vocations. The organization strives to be better informed about the Catholic Church and all its canonical principles. All lay people in good spiritual standing with the Catholic Church who live within a 30-mile radius of Kokomo are eligible. Gatherings are twice a month – the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. and the third Sunday they gather as a group for Mass (alternating between SJA and SP).
Prayer Shawl Ministry – Lydia Baumgarte 765-457-3625
The Prayer Shawl Ministry meets the first and third Tuesday of the month, from 9 until 11 am at the church. They meet for prayer, socialization, and crafting shawls. They pray that the works of their hands will bring warmth and comfort both to those who receive them and to those who prepare them. Completed shawls are blessed and made available for free for those in need of support.
St. Vincent de Paul Store – Marcia Eckstein 765-457-4747
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a Catholic organization of lay persons who wish to live their faith by loving and serving as Jesus did. The Society works through personal contact, encompassing every form of aid that alleviates suffering, and promoting the dignity of all. Volunteers work towards increased spiritual growth through acts of charity. The group operates the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift store on South Union Street in downtown Kokomo. Meetings are held once a month.
Birthright of Kokomo – Carrie Lupini
Birthright is an international organization of crisis pregnancy centers. It offers a range of services designed to help support a woman's desire not to have an abortion, including referrals to legal, medical and psychological services, as well as a range of community-support assistance. The local group has unscheduled meeting periodically.
Haiti Twinning Project – Tim Bath 765-868-9621
The purpose of this ministry is to help support a parish in Haiti through individual donations and parish outreach programs. It promotes the development of friendships though visits, correspondence by parishioners, and a yearly medical mission to our sister-parish in Bas-Limbe, Haiti. The proceeds from the annual parish rummage sale supports the Haiti Parish. Meetings are held as needed.
Parish Nurse Ministry – Jacque Hossum 765-453-6604
The parish nurse program is a healing ministry designed to promote wellness of body, mind and spirit. Based on the wholeness of individuals, the goal of this ministry is to assist members of the congregation to live full, abundant, and healthy lives, as well as enhancing the individual’s capacity to take responsibility for their physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. This ministry also offers monthly blood pressure screening after Sunday Masses. Registered nurses are needed to perform this ministry.
Jail Ministry – Deacon Ron Morrow 765-453-2632
This ministry brings the Word of God to our brothers and sisters in Christ who are incarcerated. Compassionate adults who possess a knowledge of and a love for the Gospel and are willing to share that love and understanding with those in prison are welcome to participate. A volunteer must be willing to complete the jail background check requirements.
Cancer Support Group
This ministry helps those who are suffering the effects of cancer, cancer treatments, and the after effects of the illness and treatments. This group also supports family members of those who are suffering. Additionally, the Cancer Support Group reaches out to those who may have lost a loved one to cancer. Support meetings have been suspended but please call the parish office so we can direct you to someone who will help.
St. Joan of Arc’s Family Life Ministries provide many opportunities to promote spiritually healthy families, to get involved in our parish, and to meet many of the fantastic people within our faith community.
Holy Family Catholic Conference
The Holy Family Catholic Conference is a family Catholic conference held annually in Kokomo, IN with the aim to build the Domestic Church. The conference is sponsored by the Diocese-of-Lafayette in Indiana, St. Joseph Hospital, Knights of Columbus, and hosted by St. Joan of Arc and St. Patrick Parishes. Some of the well-known and inspiring speakers that have previously participated in the conference include Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Fr. Callaway, Dr. Janet Smith, Patty Schneier, Dr. Edward Sri, Fr. Leo Patalinhug, and Lisa Cotter. The 10th Annual Indiana Holy Family Catholic Conference will be held on March 12-13, 2016. With its aim being the growth of the Domestic Church, everyone is included and encouraged to attend – single, married, divorced, widowed, youth and children. We hope to see you there!
For more information click here to be taken to the Holy Family Conference website.
Please contact Jan Marrah at 765-865-6684 if you would like to volunteer to help with this great event.
Mom’s Ministry provides great opportunities to meet other people within our faith community here at St. Joan of Arc. To receive the quarterly newsletter and email updates, please send your email address to: email@example.com .
Coffee and Donuts
Coffee and Donuts are offered nearly every Sunday after the 8:30 am Mass in the cafeteria. Please come and join us! Contact Kristi Short at 765-210-2287 if you would like to help on Sunday mornings.
Meals for New Mothers
When a family welcomes a new baby into their lives, the Meals for New Mothers volunteers provide three complete dinners for the family to help them during this time of great joy and transition in their lives. Contact Kelly Trauring at 765-450-5400 if you are pregnant or know someone that is, or if you would like to provide a meal for someone.
Mother's Day Dinner
Come out and enjoy an evening of fun and laughter with other moms of our parish each May in celebration of the beautiful vocation of Motherhood. Contact Nicole Mawbey at 765-450-5430 for more information.
The Elizabeth Ministry responds to women who are pregnant, experience pregnancy complications, miscarriage, fertility issues, and child crisis. Please contact Nicole Mawbey at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are pregnant or know someone who is.
New Baby Welcome Party
Once a year, moms and their new babies are invited to a dinner provided by the women of Mom’s Ministry. Contact Nicole Mawbey at email@example.com for more details.
Father’s Day Dinner
This is our celebration of fathers each June at St. Joan of Arc on the terrace! Here, our priests and seminarians cook for dads and grandfathers of both St. Joan of Arc and St. Patrick Parishes in celebration of the beautiful vocation of fatherhood. Watch the bulletin each June to see when the celebration will be!
The goal of the Social Council is to expand and improve social and recreational activities at St. Joan of Arc Parish, with the aim to build community in a spirit of Christian Fellowship and Evangelization.
Other social opportunities pop up throughout the year where people are needed to assist!
Our major event includes FunFest, our annual festival held on the St. Joan of Arc Church grounds. It begins on Friday night with a Dan’s Fish Fry, bounce houses for the kids, a Fun Run around our beautiful campus and music by Higher Ground, our Praise & Worship Band. On Saturday we have children’s games, bounce houses, carnival type food, live music, adult tent with Blackjack and beer and wine, and the evening ends with an amazing Firework display over Emerald Lake. This is an event you do not want to miss. Many volunteers are needed!
All who are made sons and daughters of God by Baptism and faith should come together to praise God in the midst of His Church and to actively participate with both mind and heart in the Divine Sacrifice of the Mass. True active participation is an interior act of making ourselves fully present at the Sacrifice of the Mass, fully uniting ourselves with Jesus' Sacrifice, fully offering ourselves to our heavenly Father with His Sacrifice, and being fully open and receptive to the graces which flow from His Sacrifice.
What is necessary for everyone, whether sitting in the pews or exercising some liturgical role, is the interior awareness of what is being celebrated in the Mass. Through various liturgical roles we assist our brothers and sisters to enter more effectively into their own “active participation."
The assistance of the regular servers and the Knights of the Holy Maiden and the Squires of the Holy Maiden help the priest to celebrate the Sacred Liturgy smoothly and elegantly.
Regular altar servers include boys and girls who have entered the 4th grade through high school. Regular servers are encouraged to participate in at least one training session per year. They can request preferred Mass times. Diane Kincaid oversees the regular altar servers, and can be reached at 765-437-9002 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Adults are also welcomed as altar servers. They usually serve at weekday Masses.
The Knights of the Holy Maiden is a fraternity of high school age men who serve the Mass and special liturgical events. In addition, the Knights attend two yearly retreats in conjunction with the regional association, the Knights of the Holy Temple. They also gather for social activities and participate in special acts of service. There are also opportunities for leadership experience within the group. The Squires of the Holy Maiden are middle school aged young men who want to serve and learn to do more to assist at the altar. Both of these groups serve at Sunday Masses on a rotating basis and at special liturgical events. For more information, please contact the parish office 765-865-9964.
Readers assist the priest and faithful attending the Mass by reading the Scripture passages in a clear and effective manner. Youth and adult readers are welcome for both Sunday and weekday Masses. Readers are asked to attend one training session per year. Contact Mike Koloszar, email@example.com for more information.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC)
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC) assist the Priest in distributing the Most Precious Body and Blood of our Savior, Jesus Christ, at Mass and to home bound parishioners. When assisting at Mass, you are asked to arrive 20 minutes before Mass. If you are scheduled for a Mass and cannot attend, you must find your own substitute. One can become an EMHC after receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. The diocesan bishop commissions EMHC on a yearly basis. EMHC's must attend a yearly training session which is offered throughout the year. Contact Mary Nettles at 765-626-7003, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information regarding becoming an EMHC.
Sacristans provide genuine liturgical functions by carefully arranging the liturgical books and sacred vessels for each Mass as well as ensuring all the necessary persons are in place prior to the start of Mass, e.g. the reader, musicians, servers, EMHCs. After Mass the sacristan returns all items to their proper place. Teens and adults are welcome to become sacristans and can request their preferred Sunday or weekday Mass. Generally they arrive one hour before Mass and complete their work 15-30 minutes after a Mass.
Art & Environment
The Art & Environment team, coordinated by Ann O’Connor, ensures that the worship space is decorated in a manner that enhances prayer and worship. Assistance is needed for Christmas and Easter decoration as well as daily and weekly duties to enhance our worship space.
Ministry of Hospitality (Greeters and Ushers)
In the Gospel of Luke, 7:36-50, Jesus teaches us to be hospitable to one another and to our guests just as we would to Him. As an actively growing and vibrant community of Christ's faithful people, we want to take this opportunity to increase our parish hospitality! We wish to focus on how we greet and attend to the needs of all parishioners and guests! The Ministry of Hospitality will include two distinct roles: Greeters and Ushers.
The role of Greeter involves personally greeting parishioners and visitors at the doors of the parish building both before and after Mass or other parish functions.
The role of Ushers involves assisting parishioners and visitors in finding an accommodating place to sit in the Worship Space, facilitating the Sunday collections, and distributing the parish bulletins.
For more information call Therese Bath at 765- 865-9964 or email@example.com.
If you are interested in becoming involved in our music program, or if you have any other questions regarding liturgical music, please contact our Liturgy & Music Coordinator, Mary Nettles at 765-626-7006. Liturgical musicians foster the active and conscious participation of the faithful through leading the congregation in prayer through hymns, psalms, and liturgical responses. Prospective volunteers are welcome to participate as cantors, as members of our parish choir, or as instrumentalists.
Adoration coordinators provide many opportunities for our faith family to adore and grow in love with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
Monday – Friday before Mass 7:30 am – 8:00 am
Thursday Adoration from 9:00 am until 8:00 pm. Contact Linda Grady (765-453-7419) for more information. Adorers are needed.
First Friday Nocturnal Adoration every month from 9:00 pm until 6:00 am. The hour consists of joining together in praying the Liturgy of the Hours, reading Meditations from the Saints, and personal prayer time. Contact Donna Meyer at 765-628-6303 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating.
Liturgy of the Word for Children (LOWC)
LOWC occurs at the 8:30 am Sunday Mass. Children ages 3 to seven are invited to participate in LOWC from the children’s Lectionary and related activities. Parents are also needed to assist and lead the activity. LOWC is coordinated by Therese Bath (765-865-9964).
Prayer for Vocations This ministry serves as a focal point of prayer for vocations. Participants can choose which Mass they would like to receive the Elijah Cup and at the end of Mass the Celebrant will call forward the recipient and present them with the chalice that is in a wooden case. After Mass there is a canvas bag that also has a booklet of prayers and a journal for you to write in to share with others your experience of having the Elijah cup in your home that week. The Elijah cup can serve as a reminder of God’s love and mercy and how we need to ask for his help to discern what he wishes of us in our lives and to pray for others that they hear his voice calling them too. At the end of the week the Elijah cup is returned to the sacristy, sometime before the follow Sunday Mass.