With the spiritual pillars of Lent at our disposal, we set out on a 40-day journey, a journey of encounter with ourselves, our neighbors and our God.

Through prayer, we encounter Christ, present in the faces of every member of our human family, so often still walking that long road to Calvary.

Through fasting, we encounter our own obstacles, those things about ourselves that prevent us from loving God and neighbor.

Through giving, we encounter our brothers and sisters around the world, asking what we can give up so that others might have life to the fullest.

Please take advantage of any of the following opportunities to help your encounter this season of Lent.

24 Hours for the Lord
4 PM Friday, March 9 – 4 PM Saturday, March 10

 “With you is forgiveness.” Psalm 130:4 Pope Francis is calling on Catholics worldwide to participate in 24 hours of Eucharistic adoration and reconciliation.  St. Joan of Arc is one of the 4 parishes chosen in the Diocese of Oakland to celebrate this sacred 24 hours, joining our brothers and sisters around the world. In each parish, Eucharistic adoration will be available beginning at 4 PM Friday, March 9, continuously until 4 PM Saturday, March 10. At the same time, priests will be available to celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation.

24 Hours for the Lord Locations. Security will be provided from 7 PM to 7 AM at each location.

  • St. John the Baptist in San Lorenzo
  • St. Mark in Richmond
  • Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland
  • and here at St. Joan of Arc

If you would like to sign up for a particular time you can

  • Visit our vestibules and use the signup sheets posted on the wall. If you leave your email address you will receive an email reminder
  • OR go to the Diocese Registration page HERE (you will not receive a reminder)

Advance registration is not required, but helpful to ensure there is someone present at all times with the Blessed Sacrament.

All are welcome – whether Eucharistic adoration is already familiar to you or not!

Please note: St. Joan of Arc will not have Adoration or Reconciliation on Saturday, March 10 during the 9:00 AM Mass (note: not a communion service) or on Saturday, March 10 from Noon – 1:00 PM.


Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Rice Bowl Program

Our community is participating in CRS Rice Bowl, a faith-in-action program that invites us to encounter anew ourselves, our neighbors and our God.  Rice Bowls will be available in the main vestibules starting on Ash Wednesday, while supplies last. Place your Rice Bowl in a prominent place in your home as a daily reminder of this encounter.  You may find additional information, resources and recipes on the CRS Rice Bowl website.

Rice Bowls will be collected during Holy Week and in the Parish Office during the week of April 2 – 6, 2018.


Stations of the Cross

Join us as we pray the Stations of the Cross:

  • Fridays during Lent at 7:00 PM: February 16, February 23, March 2, March 9, March 16 and March 23.
  • Wednesday, March 7 at 7:00 PM presented by the 8th graders in the EDGE program.



4 PM Friday, March 9 – 4 PM Saturday, March 10 24 Hours for the Lord. No confessions on Saturday from 9:00 – 9:30 AM and Noon to 1:00.

Monday, March 12 – 7:00 PM Communal Reconciliation Service led by our high school program, LIGHT, followed by individual confessions

Tuesday, March 27 – individual confessions from 6:30 – 7:30 PM

Wednesday, March 28 – individual confessions from 6:30 – 7:30 PM

Friday, March 30 – individual confessions from 1:30 – 3:00 PM



Thursdays from 12:00 noon to 1:30 PM in the church. Join us for silence and quiet music as we rest in the presence of Christ.

4 PM Friday, March 9 – 4 PM Saturday, March 10 24 Hours for the Lord. No Adoration on Saturday during morning Mass from 9:00 – 9:30 AM and Noon to 1:00.

Monday, March 19 7:30 PM XLT (exalt) Adoration in the church. An evening of music, prayer and Adoration of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.


Bishop Barron’s Videos

Every member of our church now has access to all of Bishop Barron’s premium video content from Word on Fire. These films and videos feature Bishop Robert Barron who has been hailed as “one of the Church’s greatest messengers” and is the second most-followed Catholic in the world on social media (behind only Pope Francis.)

He is best known for his CATHOLICISM film series and his Emmy-nominated Pivotal Players series, which have both aired on PBS and EWTN, and have been seen by millions of people.

Thanks to Flocknote, our parish’s email and texting tool, we can now send you short Bishop Barron videos with engaging questions via email or text message. We encourage you to participate in our parish discussions as together we draw deeper into the Faith.

In addition, you now have access to the entire Word on Fire digital video library until Easter Sunday. You can watch any of Bishop Barron’s films or study programs whenever you want, on any device!

Register one of the following ways:

  • Text SJALent2018 to 84576 or
  • Email Kerry Fahey at kfahey@sjasr.org