Our family has a 20-year long, happy relationship with St. Joan of Arc School. All 4 of our children attended SJA, and our three oldest today are grown and successful in their young adult pursuits. Each received a wonderful elementary education in an environment of Catholic, Christian faith and values with emphasis on academic development. The administration, from Principal Sr. Ellen Murphy, the staff and the faculty are devoted to the educational and faith development that is crucial for our children to be ready for the challenges of high school, college, and beyond. Our youngest child is a SJA student today and we are blessed to have him learning and growing in the SJA community. I highly recommend St. Joan of Arc School for parents who desire an excellent, Catholic education for their children.
St. Joan of Arc parishioner for 21 years
– Maureen C. Rodriguez
We can not say enough about our parish. We feel so comfortable that it is like our second home. Our family has made so many wonderful lifelong friends in our time here that we feel truly blessed. We believe in catholic education and faith formation. It is important to us that our children are raised and schooled in an envirmonment that develops our children with a good moral and virtuous base as they grow. St. Joan of Arc School is the perfect place for us to foster our children both intellectually and spiritually. Additionally the teachers, administrators, classmates and friends are wonderful people to surround our children with.
Above all we are touched by the great concern our parish displays for the needs of its parishioners and community. Outreach and service to individuals in need is a huge part of our parish. It is an environment built on love and support and our family cherishes our time here.
St. Joan of Arc parishioners for 10 years
– The Rhodes Family
I am the mother of four children. Our oldest child started St. Joan when she was in Pre-K3, and our plan was to send her to St. Joan until she was old enough to start in public school. We quickly learned that St. Joan was more than a school, it became our second home. The teachers are wonderful, and we consider the friends we have made our family. My kids are excelling academically. I love the fact that my children are able to pray at school, and that they belong in a community where religion is valued. I now have three kids attending St. Joan, and as soon as my youngest is old enough, he will continue the tradition.
St. Joan of Arc parishioners for 8 years
– Alexandra De Varona
Church is not just a building but also a community of believers in Jesus Christ and more. St. Joan’s is also a family. When my family and I moved to Florida from Brooklyn, New York over 30 years ago, my uncle whose older children attended St. Joan’s School and my sister introduced us to this parish.
Thanks to Sr. Immaculata, I became involved in the Religious Education Program. It is close to 30 years now. Every year, I love watching the children grow in faith. There is something new to learn about my faith each year.
What makes St. Joan of Arc special? St. Joan of Arc is also a caring, and a faith-filled community. We have been lucky to have pastors, such as Msgr. Michael D. McGraw, who are dedicated, caring, pious, spiritual, and willing to go the extra mile for this parish.
Throughout the years, the priests, and deacons assigned to this parish have been of the same caliber.
What makes this parish tick? The many great ministries. The parishioners who volunteer for these ministries are the heart of this parish.
May God continue to bless, keep this parish safe, and let it continue to grow.
St. Joan of Arc parishioner for over 31 years
– Kathryn Meyers
My name is Gerry Liguori and I have been a parishioner of St. Joan of Arc for almost 20 years.
St. Joan of Arc church has been an intricate part of my family life. In fact, it was through the Migrant Ministry at St. Joan of Arc where I met my incredible wife Chris who also was a volunteer. It was the parish where we shared our memorable wedding vows and where our five children were baptized into the Catholic Faith. Our children have continued to be nurtured in our faith by attending St. Joan of Arc School and accredited Blue Ribbon School. The curriculum not only sets high standards on education but also strong morals and values, thanks to Principal Sister Ellen.
Beyond the classroom, Tessie O’Dea has been an inspiration through the youth program which fostered our children with spiritual retreats and social events. St. Joan of Arc has been our parish where we have enjoyed much fellowship with many other parishioners during our family’s joyous times, but also have been a tremendous support in our family’s challenging times.
In 2009, I had lost my sister Rosemary, Mom and Dad within 7 months…it was the darkest time of our lives. Monsignor McGraw came to the house and anointed my Dad with the sacrament of the sick shortly after we all were amazed at the calmness and peace that came over my Dad…what a true blessing. We were grateful for so many kind deeds and prayers and fellow parishioners who provided us such support and strength.
We have been very blessed to be a part of St. Joan of Arc church and in turn have been equally blessed to have St. Joan of Arc become a part of us.
St. Joan of Arc parishioners for 21 years
– The Liguori Family
Dear Monsignor McGraw,
Just wanted to tell you how much we enjoy and appreciate the talent, time, and effort of all the dedicated folks in our Music Ministry. Because we lived in the suburbs of Philadelphia for the last 30 years, our children were born, baptized, confirmed in the same Church. Being teenagers we often heard gripes of Mass being boring, the cantor is awful and do we have to go every week etc, etc. my response was always we do not go to Church to be entertained. The Choir, various music groups, and cantors were all comprised of volunteers, and while we admired their dedication and service, they were not professionally trained and thus the experience varied week to week.
Dr. Lola Gonzalez’s group is absolutely amazing, enhancing our weekly experience. Week after week, Mass after Mass, the music is uplifting, awe inspiring, and totally enjoyable. Our thirteen year old son described Doug’s voice as “so smooth is audible chocolate…” the ladies did a super rendition of Ave Maria solo that just gave me chills. They took terms switching up and I did not even realize that they were two of them taking turns. They have voices like angels. I thought to myself, whatever comes first, a wedding or my funeral, I will be happy to know they will sing at either. I won’t mind passing away at our new parish of Saint Joan of Arc, though I pray God keeps me alive long enough to see some grand children.
Msgr. McGraw as a Pastor, I imagine you often have to evaluate the value added by various ministries. The Music Ministry at our parish was one of the nicest gifts at our parish of Saint Joan of Arc. Every 12:15 Mass closes with applause for the wonderful music we all enjoy. Kudos to Lola and her team!
Being new to Florida and to Saint Joan of Arc, we prayed to find a parish community that would welcome us. We jumped in with both feet, our boys usher weekly at 12:15 Mass soon our daughter will join them and my husband both lector. The twins are graduating from Saint Joan of Arc in June. Sister Ellen, Sister Josephine and the wonderful teachers have made us completely at home in just one year. Having Lola and her group as a constant in our weekly Mass attendance only adds to our joy and makes us smile down to our hearts.
Thank you for your time and all that you do to lead us,
God Bless you,
– Rehana (Roe) Molloy
I’m so excited to be a confirmed Catholic. I now feel this is the place God wants me to be. I have never felt right in any church I’ve been in, but I do now and I feel I have closure on all the things I’ve done in my life. Thanks, thanks, and thanks again.
– Teresa Williams
La casa Hispana de la Iglesia Santa Juana de Arco ha sido y es para mi un lugar muy especial. Es una casa en donde se siente paz! Yo me he sentido muy bienvenida desde el primer día que fui. Los jueves a las 9am me lleno mucho de paz cuando nos reunimos a rezar el rosario. Soy casada y madre de un niño de 16 años. Mi hijo habiendo nacido aquí en EEUU tiene mucha influencia americana…en la casa Hispana el puede compartir la religión Católica con la comunidad latina…es lindo ver como el ha aprendido las tradiciones de nuestra cultura como por ejemplo la celebración de el día de la Virgen de la Candelaria. Mi esposo también esta encantado con las diferentes actividades en el que ha asistido como por ejemplo el retiro que ofreció el Padre Sotomayor. Ese retiro estuvo maravilloso! Constanza Preble siempre esta promoviendo e informándonos de las diversas actividades. Le doy gracias a Dios pues la Casa Hispana de Santa Juana de Arco es un excelente lugar para reunirse y compartir en comunidad con personas cercanas a Dios.
Feligresa de la Casa Hispana de Santa Juana de Arco
– Claudia Pardo
NOTE FROM A FAMILY WHOSE APARTMENT CAUGHT FIRE LAST WINTER AND
ST. JOAN OF ARC PARISHIONERS GAVE ASSISTANCE IN MANY WAYS:
“My family and I would like to thank all St. Joan of Arc parishioners, ministries and staff members for coming to our aid in our time of desperate need. I thank God for His blessed holy loving people who have shown us such compassion, sacrifice and loving hearts. My family and I want to wrap our arms around each and every one of you. We love you and we are praying for you now and forever. There will a be Mass intention on May 27th, Pentecost Sunday, for everyone who has helped.”
– With love and appreciation Debra Minsal and Family
TESTIMONIALS FROM PEOPLE HELPED BY THE ST. JOAN OF ARC CARE MINISTRY:
“Your generosity and the information you gave me helped me out more than you know. You all have very special hearts and are very good at opening them to many people in need. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
“I cannot thank you enough for the groceries. I need help and can’t afford things and this came at the right time. Thank you so much.”
“Thank you St. Joan of Arc Care Ministry very much for the rent assistance I received. Bless you all, a great burden was lifted from my shoulders. I thank God every day I am able to keep my apartment. You are wonderful people and God has blessed me through all of you.”
“Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart for the helping hand you provided to my family and I. We appreciate the help sincerely and will forever carry your organization in our hearts. Without you we would be in the dark with no way out and no means to pay our light bill. My seven and two year old sons would truly be in the dark if it wasn’t for you. I will be forever grateful.”
“You’ve been an inspiration to me and given me a new perspective on a lot of things. I’ll always remember the ways you’ve helped me. I’m very grateful with all my heart and God bless you all.”
“Our family thanks you so much for allowing God to use your ministry to bless our family. We were in a situation that we were about to loose our home but God sent us your way. I thank you for having such caring people in your ministry who are concerned about the well being of God’s people. May you continue to help this community.”
“Thank you! Those words don’t seem like enough to express my gratitude for your ministry. My family has been helped by you on more than one occasion and for that we just want to say a heartfelt ‘Thank you’ to everyone there who is so caring and volunteers their time and efforts. God bless you all.”
“I wanted to drop you a thank you note to let you know how grateful I am to you and the St. Joan of Arc Care Ministry for your generous help. I am blessed to be part of a wonderful parish community. We thank you again for all you do for St. Joan and those in need.”
“To the kind people of the St. Joan of Arc Care Ministry, I want to thank you for your assistance with my car insurance. It really helped me and lessened some of the burden with my financial situation. Thank you for your kindness. It is much appreciated.”
“Almost two years ago I was very grateful to receive some much needed rental assistance from the St. Joan of Arc Care Ministry. It was such a huge relief in a very stressful time and I remember fondly how kind everyone was.”
“I now live in Texas but am very happy to be able to return the money plus some extra to further your wonderful work in helping people there. Thank you so much for everything you and St. Joan of Arc do.”
LETTER FROM A DONOR NOW LIVING IN NEW JERSEY.
ST. JOAN OF ARC CARE MINISTRY HELPED HIM YEARS AGO:
“Thank you for your letter to me. It was very kind of you to tell me where my donation went. I had full confidence that the money would be used wisely; your letter made my donation personal. This is exactly what I had in mind when I sent my check – that the gift of generosity shown to me would be passed on, that I would be a conduit to making a reality of Jesus’ admonition to us.
As I explained before, the generosity extended to me was many years ago; something moved me at this time to repay that direct to St. Joan of Arc. Now I know why. There is a saying, “There are no coincidences, only God working anonymously”. I believe God was working through me to directly help, in some small way, the family that you told me about.
In the sure belief that you have the problems facing other families in your heart, I am sending another check for you to pass on.”