Faith Formation Registration Open Now!

Registration for Faith Formation classes for grades 1-12 is now open. Timing for our Faith Formation classes has changed so that families can attend Mass together. Classes will be held between the 9am and 11am Masses. You will receive more information on timing once you have registered. Click Here for the Registration Form.

Sister Parish Virtual Delegation 2022

Let's Keep Walking Together
Sigamos Caminando Junt@s

Delegation travel, traveling to and hosting visitors from Tierra Nueva 2, is normally a very important part of St. Joan of Arc’s ongoing relationship with our sister parish in Guatemala. We may not be able to travel this year, but we have new ways to strengthen our relationship with our partner community. We can still share our culture, strengthen our faith, and inspire action toward peace and justice, just as we do with in-person delegations. The virtual delegation will include live Zoom calls and streaming masses from both parishes.

Here is the schedule for the 2022 Virtual Delegation

School Supply Drive for Church of Gichitwaa Kateri

School Starts Soon: And our annual collection of fresh new backpacks and school supplies is beginning. Pick up a list of suggested supplies after mass, or on the SJA website. These will be distributed to 200 children through the Church of Gichitwaa Kateri, and any remaining items will be donated to schools and education programs in the urban American Indian community. Plan on bringing your donation to the SJA Welcome Center by Sunday, August 21. Or, you can order online, and have backpacks and supplies delivered directly to:
The Church of Gichitwaa Kateri
Attention: School Supplies
3045 Park Ave. Minneapolis MN 55407
Here's the list of supplies needed.

Archdiocesan Synod Update

(The Catholic Spirit, 6/24/22)

The three-day Synod Assembly, held in St. Paul Pentecost weekend, was the culmination of a three-year process of discernment for the future of the archdiocese that began with large-scale Prayer and listening Events, which helped lead to the Synod’s three focus areas: 1. Forming parishes that are in the service of evangelization, 2. Forming missionary disciples who know Jesus’ love and respond to his all, and 3. Forming youth and young adults in and for a Church that is always young. Action items related to the focus areas were developed into 40 propositions that were discussed, discerned and voted on at the Synod Assembly. The results of the voting and written comments are expected to inform a pastoral letter Archbishop Hebda is writing and plans to release on or near the Feast of Christ the King Nov. 20. The letter will be followed by an action plan anticipated in early 2023. Here is a graphic illustrating the process.

Read the full article here.

Hiring a Youth Ministry Director

St. Joan of Arc Catholic Community has an opening for a Youth Ministry Director.  We are looking for a talented individual with a commitment to lead a program for youth in grades 6-12 that is structured around  relational ministry and service programs in a parish that is committed to Catholic Social Teaching, a welcoming spirit and diversity. We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic and creative as well as someone who will be a strong supporter of a vibrant Youth Ministry program in our parish. In addition we want someone who is good at recruiting and working with volunteers. Qualified candidates should have a Bachelor's degree in theology, education or related field as well as experience working with middle school and senior high students.  You should  be self-motivated and good at working collaboratively with other staff. Please send a letter of interest and a resume to Dennis Heaney at the Parish Center or Email Dennis.

EcoSpirits Summer Camp Garden Tour

On a beautiful summer Sunday recently, members of SJA experienced first hand the amazing garden of Matt Smaus and his family. Only a couple of miles from SJA, this city space provides produce for the family and for the neighbors, some of whom have added garden space of their own to their front yards.  

Matt and his family live with great intention and simplicity, and with an emphasis on sustainability and building community through their garden. Matt shared his practices in regards to mulching, composting and planting insect-friendly flowers to accompany the fruit and vegetables, He answered countless questions about voracious squirrels, pesticides (not used here!) and how to organize space and choose plantings. Matt and his family inspired us to see the land we live on with new eyes and imagination. It is a sacred space in the heart of the city.

We hope you will join us as we resume our Healthy Home Campaign Series, and we look forward to future adventures with our SJA EcoSpirits!