11045 St. Joseph Blvd.

Mantua, Ohio 44255


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      Holy Week Triduum (trid-yoo-um, meaning 3 days)
      Christ redeemed us all and gave perfect glory to God principally through his paschal mystery: dying he destroyed our death and rising he restored our life. Therefore, the Easter Triduum of the passion and resurrection of Christ is the culmination of the entire liturgical year. These are not three separate liturgical celebrations but one which takes three days to celebrate. Thus, the solemnity of Easter has the same kind of preeminence in the liturgical year that Sunday has in the week. The Easter Triduum begins with the Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper, reaches its high point in the Easter Vigil, and closes with Easter Sunday liturgy.

      Holy Thursday, April 17
      The Mass of the Lord's Supper features the distinctive action of the Washing of the Feet, just as the Lord did for his disciples and we do for one another. You are invited to bring spring flowers from your garden, potted plants, or purchased flowers in and place them around the Altar of Repose in the All-Purpose Room before Mass.

      Mass of the Lord's Supper    7:00 p.m. [Operation Rice Bowl Collection]
      Private Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament    8:00-11:00 p.m.
      Solemn Night Prayer    11:00 p.m.

      Good Friday, April 18
      It is the first, the longest, the most grim, and the starkest day of the Triduum. On this day, we confront the truth that the impassible God suffered, that the ever-living God died. We confront the dark fact that He did so for our sins. Please join us for Veneration of the Cross and the solemn proclamation of the Passion.

      Church  Open for Private Prayer      12:00-3:00 p.m.
      Stations of the Cross                       3:00 p.m.
      Good Friday Liturgy      7:00 p.m. [Holy Land Collection]
      Holy Saturday, April 19

      Blessing of Easter Food - Several ethnic groups have kept alive the tradition of blessing food on Holy Saturday, April 19. The staples for the Easter Sunday meal (or, in some cultures, the Saturday vigil meal) - bread, wine, the colored eggs, the ham - are all placed in a basket and brought to the church to be bless. Everyone is invited to place your food items in a basket and gather in the church at Noon for the Blessing of Food on Holy Saturday.

      Easter egg hunt
      Easter Egg Hunt -
      The Parish Family Life Committee is sponsoring an Easter Egg Hunt for the children of the parish up to age 9 on Holy Saturday, April 19, immediately following the noon Blessing of Food. Teens are invited to help.

      Easter Vigil 7:30 p.m.
      (followed by reception for
      our newly initiated members)

      The high point of the liturgical year! This moving liturgy consists of The Service of Light, Liturgy of the Word, Baptism of new Christians and renewal of Baptismal vows, and the Eucharist takes place after nightfall on Holy Saturday. The third and consummating rite of the RCIA process, the Sacraments of Initiation, also takes place at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday. The Elect culminate their long journey to initiation in the waters of Baptism -- then, with the candidates, the newly baptized are sealed with the oil of Confirmation and share the bread and wine of the Eucharist as full members of the Roman Catholic community.
      Easter Sunday, April 20   ~   Our 50 Day Celebration Begins
      Mass of The Resurrection of the Lord 8:30 and 11:15 a.m. Masses
      Have You Made Your Family Portrait Appointment?
      Do you ever see people and wonder what their names are? Have you ever heard an announcement regarding a member and wished you could put a face with a name? Are you a new member and wish you had something to help you put names with faces? Help is on the way! We hope to solve these problems with a new pictorial directory! There is no cost to our church, and each participating family will receive a FREE 8 x 10 portrait and directory, and have the opportunity to purchase additional portraits to share with family & friends (no obligation).
      Portraits will be taken at St. Joe's May 6-10 & 13-17.

      You may schedule your appointment NOW by clicking on the
      Portrait Sign-Up button above that takes you to the link
      (or Narthex sign-ups will be held weekends in April).


      Share Your Talents . . . Help is needed to lend a hand with calling families who have yet to sign-up (late April / early May), and greeting families during photography sessions in May. Please contact the Parish Office (330-274-2253) to offer your assistance.

      Appalachian Experience Organizational Meeting
      All those who are planning to take part in this year’s trip to Clintwood, VA, June 14-21, are required to attend an organizational meeting on Sunday, April 27, at 9:30 a.m. in the All-Purpose Room (just off Narthex). Required paperwork, driving arrangements, and planning aspects will be discussed at this important meeting. A final commitment to participate & all permission forms are needed no later than May 15. If you should have any questions about Appalachian Experience, please contact Kathi Trares (330-274-2253 or ktrares@stjosephmantua.com).
      Reminder — Any adults working with children are required to participate in Diocese of Youngtown’s “Treasured Gifts from God” in-service program and be fingerprinted. The next training opportunity at St. Joe’s is set for Tuesday, May 20, 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the All-Purpose Room. To register for this class or for any questions, please contact Peg Haney (330-274-2268 or phaney@stjosephmantua.com).


      Free Community Meals
      St. Joseph Parish’s Free Community Meals are offered on the last Sunday of the months of September, October, and January through April, 12:30-2:00 p.m. in Hughes Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend! This effort is done in conjunction with our PSR program, parish organizations, and the church communities in our area. Our goal is to provide a nutritious meal and fellowship to those in need. Please join us for food and fellowship. The next meal is scheduled for April 27th and will be hosted by members of Knights of Columbus. If you would like to do more, please contact Peg Haney (330-274-2268 or phaney@stjosephmantua.com). For more details about Free Community Meals in our area, click here.


      Updating Our Parish Database
      In an effort to keep our records current and also better serve the needs of our parishioners, we’re updating our database.
      Are you are an active registered member? To be a registered member of a parish is to have a sense of belonging to a family. Please do not take for granted that you are registered just because you attend Mass here. Each family member, 18 years of age or older, should be registered separately in the Parish.
      Have you returned your registration form?
      If you’ve taken the initial steps to register at St. Joseph’s but have not returned your blue Parish Registration Form, please complete this important step ASAP.
      Changes to your household?
      If you move, change your phone number, would like to add your e-mail address to our records, or have any other family changes, please let us know as soon as possible. Also, if you’re a young adult (especially if you’re out of school and working), you should register as an adult.
      To bring us up-to-date or to register, please contact the Parish Office (330-274-2253 or ktrares@stjosephmantua.com). Thank you!

      Photos Welcome
      Do you have quality photos of recent St. Joseph events, liturgies, sacraments & related groups? You are encouraged to submit them for possible use with our website, bulletin, etc. Simply e-mail them to ktrares@stjosephmantua.com (you may want to reduce the size if file is large).

      Vacation Bible School 2014
      God filled the world with a lot of crazy creatures . . . including you! When kids feel weird, different, or even lost in a crowd—nothing compares to the extraordinary love of Jesus. We are once again joining with Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Aurora for Vacation Bible School, June 16-20, 9:00 a.m.-12 Noon. At Weird Animals Vacation Bible school, kids experience God’s Word in surprising and unforgettable ways! Children ages 4 yrs old (who have completed one year of preschool) through 4th grade completed are welcome! Registration forms are available in the Narthex or at the Parish Office. Adult help is needed to bring this program alive! Cost is $30.00 per child & deadline for registration is Wednesday, June 4. Click here for a registration form.

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