• First Eucharist

    Preparation occurs during 2nd grade year for most children in Sunday Faith Formation and/or the parish school.  To register your child for Sunday Faith Formation, please email or call 
    Claire Thompson
    Click here for more information.

    • Children must be enrolled in SFF classes or attend Catholic school for 1 year prior to the year in which the Sacraments are celebrated.  (i.e. Your child MUST attend 1st grade Sunday Faith Formation or Catholic school in order to celebrate First Reconciliation and First Eucharist in his/her 2nd grade year.)

    Important Dates in 2024:
    February 22 - Meeting with Parents and First Communicants (6:15 pm - 7:00 pm in SJOA Church)
    February 25 - First Communion Blessing Cup Project (9:00 am - 10:15 am  in school gym with SFF and SJOA school Communicants)
    April 18 - First Communion Rehearsal (6:15 pm-7:00 pm in SJOA Church)
    April 20-21 - First Communion Weekend - Instructions will be given on selecting a Mass for your First Communicant 
    June 2 - Corpus Christi Walk with Christ (First Communicants walk in the procession after the 10:30 am Mass)


    Homebound - Holy Communion

    If you are sick and/or homebound and would like to receive the Eucharist, please contact Martha Horvath at (317) 283-5508, ext. 1112 or [email protected]

  • Curious About Catholicism?



    What is RCIA?

    The "RCIA" or Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a process wherein the participant learns about what it means to be a member of the Catholic faith. RCIA does not just focus on knowing about the teachings of the Catholic Church but also emphasizes the lived experiences of Catholic people. Each session focuses on an aspect of Catholic beliefs and provides an opportunity for discussion.

    The RCIA process draws on the model of adult initiation from the "catechumenate" (Greek for "someone under instruction) in the ancient church in which it takes place in a series of carefully planned stages; marked by liturgical rites in the presence of the whole community as the adult participants join us in a continuing and deepening conversion into faith and discipleship. These liturgical rites take place during 10:30 Mass on Sundays throughout the process.

    St. Joan of Arc Parish invites anyone who would like to explore Catholicism to contact our Pastoral Associate:

    Melinda Rivelli ∙ (317)283-5508 ∙ [email protected]

    Fr. Roberts, our former pastor, compiled a booklet to help you begin or refresh your faith journey.  We still use this resource during our RCIA meetings.  RCIA-Catechism Booklet.


    “And Jesus turned and saw them following, and said to them, ‘What do you seek?’ They said to Him, “Rabbi (which translated means Teacher), where are You staying?” He said to them, ‘Come, and see.’” John 1:38-39