We extend to you a special welcome to St. Joan of Arc Parish! We are a growing and diverse community with many opportunities for ministry and service. This webpage will help you gain an understanding of what our parish has to offer. Take a minute to look it over and see where you may find a place, and hopefully a home with us.
Adult Faith Enrichment
This committees main purpose is to keep the adult parishioners informed of the church’s teachings and views; and to bring insight and education on topics of interest to all. This committee meets 5 or 6 times a year. We meet in April to put together the survey that is passed out at the end of May. We meet in June to go over the results and prepare the pamphlets to be passed out in September. We meet in July or August to discuss the speakers and programs we previously decided on; and to make last minute preparations. We then meet to go over our results after the programs have run and critique what was good and what didn’t work. We also try to be available to the parishioners for ideas to use in the coming seasons. Sue Francis: tele - 330-626-4160
Altar & Rosary Society
In the sixties a new Catholic parish was formed, our St. Joan of Arc, it was a dream come true.
Everyone was asking, “how can we help?” A small group of women gathered and made a plan to try to continually supply the needs of our Lord’s altar and sanctuary with hosts, wine, candles, and other necessary items. This began the Altar & Rosary Society.
We would also continue to comfort and help parish families who are grieving at the death of a loved one by offering a funeral meal. Financial support for our mission of support for our community comes from bake sales and rummage sale run by the Altar & Rosary Society as well as donations from the funeral lunches. Sue Francis : tele - 330-626-4160
The Bereavement Support Group is comprised of a team facilitator and group members who formerly came to the Bereavement Support Group. The Team meets every three months to stay in touch. If there is a need, the group comes together as needed. The team brings their grief experiences to share with new participants as needed. Telephone and correspondence support is available to those who prefer not to come to a support group. Those wishing to join this ministry bring their grief experiences to share with those in need of support at this critical time in their life. Team members assist in any memorial services and socials for bereaving families. Nancy Duquette Tele - 330-626-2288
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
We welcome children in preschool through 4th grade to experience the readings on their level. Children are dismissed before the Liturgy of the Word and return to Mass before the Presentation of the Gifts. Parent volunteers are the leaders. Children’s Liturgy of the Word takes place year round. Jeff Zifchak Tele - 440-476-8720
Christian Life Committee
Members of this ministry work to inform and educate the faithful of our parish on topics that are directly relevant to living a Christian life. Topics addressed include, but are not limited to, pro-life issues such as abortion, human trafficking, euthanasia, domestic violence, etc. They also work to serve the community through fundraisers like the Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Carnation Sale, First Steps for Change Candy Bar Sales for Safer Futures along with other ways. Their charitable works include Bingo and the Giving Tree program at the Arbors, Blanket Sunday, school supply collection and other programs throughout the year. Call Parish office if interested.
(CHRP) is now Welcome.
The Christ Renews His Parish program is now called Welcome this program contributes to the vitality of St. Joan of Arc Parish and the spiritual growth of its parishioners through personal spiritual renewal and fellowship here within the Parish. The Welcome process begins with separate men’s and women’s weekend retreats, followed by the opportunity to participate in a period of spiritual formation and development. The process provides participants the chance to consider their personal relationship with the Lord, while making lasting friendships with a new group of fellow parishioners. Call office if interested.
The mission of Community Builders is to bring together all people of St. Joan of Arc Parish through many activities for all ages, and all masses. Some of the activities we do throughout the year; Easter Fun Day, Parish Picnic, Fall Fun Fest.
Brooke Wisniewski Tele: 330-839-8513
Each year members of St. Joan of Arc, headed by one of our parishioners, work with a multitude of parishioners, churches and businesses throughout the Streetsboro community to collect new toys, housewares, blankets, some clothing monetary donations and other items to help provide Christmas gifts to those who are financially unable to do so themselves. In addition to giving of our treasure as a parish, parishioners are also encouraged to help with planning, set-up and implementation of this program which takes place close to Christmas.
Care of the Parish Environment both in and around the altar and areas associated with worship throughout the liturgical seasons. If interested call the Parish.
Reaching out to members of our parish community and beyond to strengthen their relationship with Christ is an important part of our faith. The Evangelization Committee works with three distinct groups; those who actively participate and are looking to increase their personal relationship with Jesus Christ, those who have fallen away from the parish and are being invited to return as an active part of the community, and those who do not know Christ and are looking for a home where they may be able to celebrate him. This committee plans events that work bring Christ to the entire parish and the community. Deacon Steven Gies Tele: 330-296-6967
Generations of Faith
Supported by the words of St. John Chrysostom, who recognized the value of developing Christian practices in the in the home with children; John preached “the household is a little church” (John Chrysostom, Homily on Ephesians). John’s perspectives on the household and parenting is reflected in the Second Vatican Council documents on the family and Christian Education. The Declaration of Christian Education states, “The task of education belongs primarily to the family, but it requires the help of society as a whole” (GE, 3). With this, our Generations of Faith program approaches faith formation through the utilization the family structure for proper catechesis. The formation of the Catholic faith does not focus exclusively on children, but strives to engage all age levels as a part of lifelong educational and spiritual development. Our program offers tools and opportunities to discuss and explore matters of faith as a family unit.
As a community we gather for a session every month that include the sharing of a meal, prayer, age appropriate breakout sessions, and time to discuss learnings and faith experiences as families. Further exploration and discussions between children and parents are a part of the monthly homework, which is grade specific. In addition to classroom and homework, families work on a yearlong family project that that encourages sharing, and brings the individual subject together.
It is through the sharing of faith within, and amongst families that the formation, and continued education takes place, and is most effective.
For more information on Generations of Faith, click here.
Knights of Columbus
The Knights is a fraternal lay organization for men devoted to the advancement of Catholic action, especially the promotion of Catholic Education. They are responsible for fund-raising socials, and help with projects that involve the church buildings and surrounding grounds as needed. Catholic men, 18 years of age and older, who are committed to making their community a better place, while supporting their Church are invited to join. Msgr. Lavelle Council #4571 meetings are held at 7:30 pm on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at the Fr. Stenson Center.
The ministers of the liturgy are called to make the liturgical celebrations meaningful, and impactful; each in their own way. “But ‘the members do not all have the same function.’ Certain members are called by God in and through the Church, to a special service of the community” (CCC,1142). We welcome those who feel called to assist in the liturgy to find the service that fits their talents and abilities.
Logistical assistance is required during the Mass that frees the presider from various duties so he can focus full attention to leading worship. Our typical altar servers are attentive young that are willing to take an active role in the Mass. Children fourth grade through high school are encouraged to serve in this important ministry.
Shannon Leavery 330-256-0771
Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion assist in the distribution of the Eucharist in both forms. The grace in movement and reverence characterize the task that they are call to. Parishioners who are high school age or older and have been confirmed may serve as Eucharistic Ministers. Jennifer Lawrence 330-626-3424
Hospitality is people making people feel welcome. This ministry encompasses welcoming people who are attending Mass, assisting with seating, offertory needs and collection, or any practical/formal needs of the people before, during, or after the Mass. Members are responsible for passing out bulletins, taking attendance counts and helping those who might become ill. Jim Folan 330-592-9068
Lectors serve as the story-teller to the community in the sharing of scripture. “In the readings, the table of God’s word is laid before the people and the treasures of the bible are opened to them” (SC 13.34). Our lectors have a true love for the word, and desire to share scripture with the community. Parishioners who are high school age or older and have been confirmed may serve as Lectors. Pat Giunto
"Liturgical worship is given a more noble form when it is celebrated in song, with the ministers of each degree fulfilling their ministry and the people participating in it” (SC, 7.5). Our music ministers lead the congregation in active participation in the liturgy through song. Music Ministers include: Choir Director, Musicians, Cantors, Choir, and Children’s Choir. Lynn Spellman Tele330-206-1661
Marriage Preparation (Sponsor Couples)
Married couples serve in this ministry to those engaged couples who are preparing for marriage. The sponsor couple through a series of meetings helps the engaged couple to understand and fully prepare for the sacrament of marriage using an approved program that engages the couples in relevant dialogue and reflection. Sponsor couples should be married at least 5 years to be part of this ministry.
Call parish office for more information. Tele 330-626-3424
Ministry to the Homebound/Nursing Homes
“Heal the sick!"Mt 10:8 The Church has received this charge from the Lord and strives to carry it out by taking care of the sick, and accompanying them with prayers of intercession. Through the ministry of the Pastor, the Pastoral Associate and all parishioners we endeavor to carry out this command by visiting the homebound, nursing homes and the hospital in our area. Parishioners who are Eucharistic Ministers are invited to visit those who are homebound to bring friendship, prayer and the Eucharist. As well, they are encouraged to visit the area nursing homes on Sunday’s (rotating basis) for a Word service and the distribution of Communion. Father celebrates Mass at the Arbors and the Gardens of the Western Reserve on the third Wednesday of the month. Jennifer Lawrence Tele 330-626-3424
Parish Council is a representative group, responsible for advising the pastor in decision making which affects the overall direction of the parish, its life and priorities. The goal of Council is to open the lines of communication amongst the many groups of the parish as well as seeking cooperation in parish activities. Meetings are usually the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm in the Parish Council room. Members of the Council serve for three year terms. Bill Wisniewski Tele 330-297-7624
Member of this group meet in a social atmosphere to knit/crochet shawls for those in need of healing for any reason. All shawls are blessed before they are sent to someone in need. This group meets on the 2nd Tuesday morning and the 3rd Thursday evening of each month. All with knitting or crocheting experience are welcome to join.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, (RCIA) is the process by which the Church continues to bring new life and new members into the body of Christ. Retrieved from the models of initiation from the early days of the Christian faith, the RCIA is designed for adults, who after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, curiously and freely seek the living God, and enter the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their heart.
The initiation process is a gradual one, where a participant journeys toward the sacraments with a group of community members as companions. Beyond bringing people from other faith traditions into the community, the ultimate goal of RCIA is to initiate a curiosity that will lead to a lifelong journey of seeking the truth and peace of Christ. Contact Rick Squier 330-626-3424
Our mission is to address the issues of human need and social injustice throughout our parish community, and to protect and foster human life from conception to natural death. We provide spiritual and material support through programs designed to meet basic human needs.
Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ
(Galatians 6:2, NRSV)
Stephen Ministers are lay congregation members trained to provide one-to-one care to those experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or relocation. Stephen Ministers come from all walks of life, but they all share a passion for bringing Christ’s love and care to people during a time of need. If interested call Jennifer Lawerence, Pastoral Associate Te: 330-626-3424
Streetsboro Community Pantry
Parishioners are encouraged to drop off staple food items in the Gathering area on the third weekend of the month or as often as possible. Volunteers make sure that the food is collected on a weekly basis and turned over to the Streetsboro Community Pantry to provide food to the needy. Volunteers are welcome and needed to fulfill the need that exists within our community, to help contact at the pantry 330-626-2239.
Youth Ministry - MIDDLE SCHOOL (B.L.A.S.T) & HIGH School (C.H.A.O.S.)
Our Youth Ministry program engages our youth from sixth grade through high school in activities that build relationships with individuals, community, and their faith. BLAST (Building Lives Around Sound Truth) works with our 6th through 8th graders. CHAOS (Christ Has All Our Solutions) is designed for 9th through 12th graders.
Through activities that have aspects of service, social and spiritual elements the teens recognize their call to better the world around them, and build their ability to work with others as well as leading.
Along with organized meetings, major activities include but are not limited to: Community Christmas, Joanie’s Dinner, which serves as a fundraiser, and a summer mission trip. Other group and diocesan sponsored events are scheduled throughout the year.
For more information on the high school CHAOS youth ministry you can send an email to or