Pastoral Ministry

Upcoming Events at St. Joan of Arc

Happy January!

Women's Guild Presents:

Masterpiece Monday

We are blessed to have Fr. Matt Cortnik join us January 29th for Masterpiece Monday, understanding sacred art.
Father Matt majored in Art history at John Carroll before continuing on to seminary. We look at colors, symbols and composition behind this sacred art for the deeper meaning and truth.

$5.00 boxed lunch 
Please RSVP by no later than 1/26/24   Millie Prebel [email protected]  
440-247-7183 ext. 127

Parish Mission
Lent is right around the corner and we will be offering a Parish Lenten Mission to begin our journey.

Bishop Michael Woost will be leading us February 11 and 12th starting us off with a parish mass
at 4 pm Sunday evening. Stay tuned for more details.

January Events

Happy New Year!!

Are you someone that makes New Years Resolutions? Do you try and implement new lifestyle habits only to drop off as the year progresses? This retreat is for you! 
 What Does Healthy Discipleship Look Like?
                              A Wellness Retreat

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio Trilogy Retreat Center will be host to this wellness retreat. If you are looking for ways to improve your well being this year in the areas of mindfulness, spirituality and health this is the retreat for you.

Millie Prebel, Pastoral Minister at St. Joan of Arc Parish, is passionate about health, mentally, physically and spiritually. She will be leading a retreat and cooking class at the Trilogy Retreat Property in Southington Ohio.

Millie is a Certified Spiritual Director graduating from the Ignatian Spirituality Institute and a Certified Lay Ecclesial Minister. She is a podcaster, speaker and author.  Millie is also a self -taught whole foods chef and shares her creations @milliesmindfullkitchen on Instagram.

OVERNIGHT BONUS + RETREAT   FRI - SAT Jan 19-20  |  $200/person
Includes: FRI. Meet & Greet w/food & drinks, Movie, and Discussion
               SAT. Breakfast & Lunch, Retreat program, Cooking class & Resources

DAY RETREAT ONLY   SAT, Jan. 20 from 9am - 2pm  |   $125/person
Includes: Breakfast & Lunch, Retreat program, Cooking class & Resources
For reservations and info, contact Aimee Wasinsk 833-538-6323 EXT.1

Trilogy Retreat Property is a new 24 acre property offering faith-filled retreat experiences with "Bed & Breakfast" style personalized hospitality.

Space is limited -  available first come first serve.

Upcoming Events at St. Joan of Arc

Upcoming Events at St. Joan of Arc
Happy Thanksgiving!
We have so very much to be thankful for!

THANK YOU to all the volunteers that made our Service Day a huge success! Special thanks to Deb Fitzmaurice, Michelle Martino and all that helped the day run smoothly! We are looking to add more service events to our parish calendar.. Stay tuned!

    Advent TaizĂ© Prayer Service
   Sunday December 3, 2023, at 6:30
  Join us as we begin the season of Advent by
  opening the Inn of our hearts to receive Jesus.

Brown Bag Lunch Series

Our second Brown Bag Lunch Presentation Science Tests Faith will be 

December 5, 2023 at noon in the Parish hall. Join us for this fascinating documentary!


Upcoming Events at St. Joan of Arc

Happy Fall,
As the days get shorter and the temperatures get cooler we head into the depth of fall and dare I say it early winter?
Our Parish has been busy and vibrant with back to school masses, PSR classes and enriching activities.
RCIA has begun here at the Parish. Deacon Jeff and myself facilitate the program journeying with newcomers to the faith through the discernment of becoming a full member of the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil.
We have 5 candidates, please pray for Wes, Dru, Steve, Jill and Chris


Wow the summer months flew by and here we are full swing into the fall and the school year!
Here are a few things coming up this fall with a look back on our summer events.

Our Ministry Fair is coming up the weekend of the 23 and 24th of September after each of our weekend 
masses. 4:30 Saturday, 9 and 11 Sunday.  It is a wonderful opportunity to see what we do and who 
we serve in the community and how you can get involved and share your gifts and talents!

Don't miss the Chagrin Falls Documentary Film Fest October 5th for our Salad Lunch and viewing 10 am to 1pm. 

This Fall we also look forward to Trapper Jack's presentation 
The Eucharist, a Hard truth to Swallow sponsored by the Women's guild. I was privileged
 to see this event earlier last year and it is not to be missed!!

Look for another Healing Service from Peter's Shadow Ministry late October, early November.

We are also starting our brown bag lunch series featuring Matt Valencic and the connection 
of the spiritual through nature, specifically birds.

We had wonderful activities this summer. Our Rummage sale was our biggest and best ever! We also partnered with Zelie's house and all of the mom's were sponsored for a shopping excursion and treated to dinner after right here in the falls. The collaboration in the parish ministries is a thing of beauty! We can certainly see the Holy Spirit on the move right here in our community. 

Our field trip to Lourdes Shrine in Euclid was a tremendous success and an absolutely beautiful day. There were just about equal numbers of parishioners from Holy Angels and Father Max celebrated mass for us. We enjoyed a delicious lunch at Alfredos in Mayfield Hts. on the way back. Look for another outing next summer, we will definitely repeat this one!

We also brought back the Parish Picnic with a Festival focus September 10, 2023 after a covid hiatus. Fun was had by all who attended! Many thanks to the team and volunteers that put it all together and worked tirelessly for its success!

Melinda Redding shared the amazing story about her father, CWO Michael Jacob Schick of the U.S. Marine core Patriots day September 11. What an incredible story of integrity and bravery inspiring to all who attended. 

Upcoming Events at St. Joan of Arc For July

Hello July!

The summer is a nice change of pace with longer days and warmer weather. It is not a time to let out faith lives lapse. Summer gatherings are a wonderful opportunity to connect with others and share our faith. Don't miss these very special July events this summer.

Pilgrimage Recap

For those of you interested in learning more about the trip Ss. Cosmas and Damian will be having an event sharing our Pilgrimage at their event center, Twinhaven Hall on July 12th at 7 pm. We will take you on a virtual pilgrimage sharing photos and experiences of our trip. 

Peter's Shadow Healing Service 

 The healing power of Jesus is just as powerful today, He wants to heal us physically, emotionally and spiritually. We are bringing back the Peter's Shadow Healing Ministry, as our last healing service was such a powerful, wonderful event. Please consider joining us on July 18 at 6:30pm. 

An Evening of Hope
What does our faith tell us about grief, loss and salvation? Join us for a prayer service with sacred scripture, reflection and a roundtable discussion with speakers that have turned to their faith in need and found comfort and healing. July 26, 2023 at 6:30.

June Events

Back from pilgrimage I am more inspired than ever to share the treasure of our faith with the world! Our group was able to visit Fatima, Lourdes, Salamanca, Avila, Loyola, Rome and Assisi. It was a whirlwind trip of a lifetime that I am quite honestly still digesting. For those of you interested in learning more about the trip Ss. Cosmas and Damian will be having an event sharing our Pilgrimage at their event center, Twinhaven Hall on July 17th at 7 pm. We will share photos and experiences of our trip.

We will begin a Father's day novena to St Joseph as our fathers day gift this year beginning June 9th. Details can be found on our Facebook page.

June 11 begins the National Eucharistic Revival Year of the parish. We are planning events throughout the year to increase our knowledge and devotion to the Holy Eucharist.

Our evening of Hope Event has been rescheduled for July, please watch the bulletin for the new date!

Have a great June! Safety and travel mercies for all those vacationing this month!
In Christ,

Upcoming Events at St. Joan of Arc

May is the Month of Mary, the month of Mothers!

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY to all those who bring life and love to the world! We appreciate our Moms!!

We had our May crowning last Tuesday May 9th at the all school mass. The Second Graders who just received their communion led the crowning ceremony. What a gift!

We continue in May to honor Mary with a Rosary Rally May 13th at Triangle Park in Chagrin Falls at noon. 

Join us Wednesday May 31st for A walk with Mary in the Garden of Life  6:30 pm at the St. Joan campus. The garden is off to your right when you first pull into the property. If you have never been to the garden this is a wonderful opportunity to visit.

We will recite the Rosary and share in our devotion to Mary with faith, fellowship, light refreshments and some Mary goodies!
RSVP to Samantha Taylor [email protected] or 440-715-5108

St. Joan of Arc upcoming events

We have a few exciting events coming up at St. Joan's this Lent! Please join us for our Parish mission  February 26,27 and 28th.

We are also hosting a Healing service March 29th at 6:30 by Peter's Shadow and Unbound Ministries. 
Healing service at St. Joan of Arc March 29th at 6:30
Started in the spring of 2016, and located on the campus of  Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. Peter’s shadow is a non-profit ministry that provides healing, deliverance, and evangelization.   
Their hope and mission is to bring health and healing to a wounded world through the proclamation of the Gospel, signs and wonders, and miraculous healing.
Please join us for this night of healing March 29th at 6:30 pm.

Blue Christmas December 21, 2022

Ministry Fair

Sending out a HUGE thank you to all the ministry leaders and parishioners that showed up and signed up for the Ministry Fair this past weekend. It was wonderful to gather together in faith and fellowship. So many of you signed up to share your gifts and talents with the many ministries we offer here at St. Joan of Arc Parish. If you ould not attend the fair we will continue to have the QR code in the bulletin and online so it's not to late to get involved! We need your gifts and talents as we serve the community! Serving is part of our calling as Catholic christians and here at St. Joans there are so many ways to serve. Fill out the ministry form, get involved!

Sign up for FORMED

 Dear SJA Parishioners:  Are you continuing to enjoy your free SJA parish subscription to FORMED? If you have not yet taken advantage, FORMED  is a Catholic, digital, on-demand education service with content in a variety of areas with ways to deepen your Catholic faith!  They also have fun, informational programs  for children! If you haven’t signed up yet, you can do so in 3 easy steps:
1.           Visit:
2.          Enter: our parish zip code (44022) or parish name (Saint Joan of Arc)
3.          Enter: your name and email
After you have completed these 3 steps, you will receive a confirmation email.   This email gives you access to FORMED.  ***There is also a new feature free with your FORMED subscription.***

Amen App – Free for all parishioners!

The Amen app is the free Catholic prayer app that inspires your daily 

conversation with God through faithful meditations and nourishing 

Scripture.Please enjoy this latest offering from the Augustine Institute.

After that, you do not have to sign up again.  It is a one-time registration process.  There are no passwords.  
If you have any questions, please contact Millie Prebel 440-247-7183 ext 127  at any time.  Enjoy exploring FORMED!


August Greetings,

I am excited we will be renewing our subscription to the FORMED website this year. If you are not familiar with FORMED,  it  provides the very best Catholic content from more than 60 organizations to help parishes, families and individuals explore their faith anywhere. Supporting thousands of movies, children’s programs, ebooks, audio, parish programs and studies direct to your browser, mobile or connected device.
Watch,listen and read. Anywhere, anytime.
Mobile ~Enabling content on the go with offline playback on you mobile phone or tablet. Supporting iOS and Android devices.
Connected Devices ~ Providing faith-filled, engaging content direct to your living room with Roku, Apple TV, and Chromecast among others.

Look to the home page of our parish website for instructions on how to sign up to FORMED as well as the Pick of the week.

FORMED is a wonderful tool to enrich your faith, learn more about all things Catholic, even meditate on a rosary to help you find peace in times of stress.

My hope is that you will find as much benefit as I have over the years of having this  wonderful resource.

Yours In Christ,

Millie Prebel

Welcome Friends

Hello Parish Family

Hello St. Joan of Arc Family,

Just a quick sharing of a little bit about me and my vision of Ministry.

I have been in formation devoting the last five years discerning a second wave career shift. Two years at the Ignatian Spirituality Institute at John Carroll, certified as a Spiritual Direction in 2017 and the last three years in the Lay Ecclesial Ministry Program at the Center for Pastoral Leadership to be certified, Lord willing, October 2022.
Thank you to so many of you that offered me such a warm welcome and generous hospitality as I begin my role here. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me with ideas, suggestions, and desires for parish life. It will be my pleasure to bring this vibrancy and enrichment to St. Joan’s.

A brief view of my personal ministry vision:
To welcome, companion, comfort, celebrate and evangelize from first breath to last.
Ministry involves the catechesis of the faith through the sacraments beginning at baptism and accompanying the individual throughout their life lived in faith within the community of the church.
 Ministry provides counsel through struggles of the human condition we all face.
Ministry reaches out to our brothers and sisters to help them reach out to God and each other.
Ministry provides to those in need through raising up and building up, not for our own glory and pride but for the glory of God in our humility.
With only a servants heart, through truth and love should we move forward in ministering to others. Ministry should not build up the ministers but build the love of Christ in those we minister to.
Also important is to continue to strengthen of our own unique gifts and the encouragement of their use for the good of the kingdom. Support for those who minister is paramount.
Ministry is to witness and catechize not just to our parishioners but to the entire community. We should have a spirit of unity and ecumenical ideals.
Ministry encompasses mentorship and direction for all those who seek. To celebrate all of God’s blessings. To be that light of Christ that helps others see the way.

My formation journey has been rich and so rewarding and I can’t wait to share my passion for our Catholic faith with all of you! The faith filled people of St. Joan of Arc Parish. I look forward to accompanying you.

Millie Prebel

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Volunteer Opportunities
The pastoral staff is always looking for volunteers to take Holy Communion to the homebound and to parishioners in local nursing homes. We are also looking for more people to be involved in the Women's Guild, Arc Angels for Life, Elizabeth Ministry, and the Repass Ministry. Please contact me at your convenience to learn more about these ministries. We would love to have you on our team!

Virtus Certification 

VIRTUS is a nationally recognized program to train those who minister, work and volunteer on how to identify signs of sexual abuse in children. Everyone who works or volunteers with or around children MUST BE Virtus certified through the Diocese of Cleveland. Please contact me if you have questions about certification. 

"Child sexual abuse is a worldwide public health issue. Child abuse, particularly child sexual abuse, is reprehensible—especially when the wrongdoer is affiliated with the Church. The VIRTUS® programs help the Church to be a safe haven for children and a messenger for child sexual abuse prevention within the Church and society in general. We seek to achieve this lofty goal through our child sexual abuse prevention program: Protecting God's Children®."



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