Saturday 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 8:30 & 11:15 a.m.
8:30 & 10:30 a.m.
(between Memorial Day & Labor Day)
Tues.-Thur. 8:00 a.m.
Confessions: Saturday 4:00-4:30 p.m.
(Portage Cty. Deanery Reconciliation Services
held during Advent & Lent)
Eucharistic Adoration: First Friday of each month, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
The Book of Remembrance & All Souls Day
The Book of Remembrance is placed in the sanctuary beginning the first weekend of October for everyone to write the names of loved ones. All deceased of the parish and our families will be remembered throughout the month of November at all of our parish's weekly celebrations. On the weekend nearest to the Feast of All Souls, the parish typically holds a special remembrance for all deceased parishioners and family members at Mass.
The Feast of All Saints is November 1 and the Feast of All Souls is November 2. These two feasts at the beginning of November stress the reality of death, resurrection, punishment, or reward. St. Joseph's All Souls Day observances will be at Masses held at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, October 31, and 8:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, November 1. During the entire month of November we remember in a special way all those parishioners and loved ones who have passed away during the past year.
Seasons of Hope To Resume
St. Joseph Parish will resume its bereavement program this month. Please register with the Parish Office (330-274-2253) if you would like to participate in our program of six sessions October 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18, held 12:30-2:00 p.m. in the church.
Pope Francis' New Encyclical ~ The Care of our Common Home
On Pentecost, 2015, Pope Francis issued his encyclical letter on Earth, our common home. In his opening paragraphs the Pope cites St. Francis of Assis who called the earth our sister.
"Praised be to you, my Lord, through our Sister,
Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us . . . "
The Pope writes, "This sister now cries out to us . . ." In six chapters the Pope explains the predicatment of our Earth: what is happening, how we got there, and what must be done.
We have formed a study group to read, reflect, and act upon this important teaching from our Holy Father. Laudato Si' discussion group on Pope Francis' encyclical will begin on Thursday, October 15, at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Center. Please register with Parish Office (330-274-2253) prior to the first class.
Meeting Dates: October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, December 3, 10.
First Step For Change
One way to support the Catholic Church’s pro-life, pro-family position is to participate in First Step for Change, a project sponsored by Catholic Charities to assist low-income pregnant women and families with food, formula, clothing, diapers and other items essential to a child’s health, safety and well-being. Pick up a bottle and fill it with spare change. Support the Gospel of Life by reaching out to women and families who need a helping hand. Thank you to Jackie & Mike Kalman for coordinating this year's effort and to the Mantua Knights of Columbus for helping to provide baby bottles.
Anointing of the Sick
The Parish Community of St. Joseph’s will celebrate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick the weekend of after each of the Masses the weekend of November 7/8. This sacrament (like all sacraments) is a community celebration. It is for those with sickness whether it be physically, mentally or spiritually. Anointing is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death but is intended for those asking for the healing touch of Christ. Today we are all aware that tensions, fear and anxiety not only affect our mind but our body as well. Anyone wishing to receive the Sacrament of Anointing is welcome to remain after Mass for this special blessing.
Dominican For Life
The Province of St. Albert the Great, Order of Preachers, joyfully announces the Solemn Profession of Joe Trout, James-Peter Trares, Samuel Hakeem, Raphael Christianson, and Vincent Davila on Saturday, September 5 (pictured left to right below). They were received by Very Reverend James Marchionda, O.P., Prior Provincial in St. Louis, MO. The Mass setting (music) for the profession liturgy was written by Br. James Peter. May God continue to bless them and their ministries.
When a Dominican Friar professes his vows he promises obedience to God, to blessed Mary, to blessed Dominic, and to the Master of the Order of Friars Preachers and his successors until death. Despite only vocally expressing the vow of obedience in their rite of profession, Dominicans follow the three evangelical counsels of obedience, chastity, and poverty. Agreeing to be obedient to their superiors; to be celibately chaste so that they may give themselves as complete gifts to all they encounter; and to be poor, living simply and sharing all their goods and materials in common.
A parish celebration for Br. James-Peter will be planned for when he comes home after Christmas (watch for details later). For more information on the Dominican Central Province, please visit http://opcentral.org or follow them on Facebook.
Effective September 1, Rev. Edward Stafford, T.O.R. will become the next pastor of St. Joseph, Mantua. Father Stafford is a native of Youngstown, he attended Ursuline High School, Youngstown State University, Kent State University in Kent, Saint Francis College in Loretto, PA, and Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C. Father Stafford was ordained in 1999 as a Franciscan priest. He served in a variety of assignments in West Virginia and Pennsylvania prior to seeking incardination to the Diocese of Youngstown in 2012. Since his return to the Diocese of Youngstown, he has served as Parochial Vicar of Christ the Servant Parish in Canton and St. Rose Parish in Girard where he is currently Associate Pastor with Rev. Msgr. John Zuraw. We look forward to meeting Fr. Stafford and welcoming him to St. Joseph's!
Former pastor, Fr. Michael Garvey retired from active ministry August 31, 2015. Click here for more details.
Save Time and Donate Online
Online Giving is now available for parishioners with WeShare, an easy and convenient way to save time and support the church. Donating is simple, safe, and completely secure.
With WeShare, you can set up a recurring weekly or monthly transaction using your checking, savings, or credit card account. You can decide how much to give to any collection and make changes any time, day or night. Plus, you can leave your checkbook at home on Sundays. In addition to our Sunday collection, there are options for all of the special collections held for our parish and diocese.
If you would like to enroll in Online Giving, please visit stjosephmantua.weshareonline.org or click on the Online Giving with Give Online with WeShare logo available on our home page. If you have any questions or concerns about the program or would like help setting up your account, please call our Parish Office at 330-274-2253.
"Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together,
shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap.
For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you."
Parish Pictorial Directories
Our beautiful new Parish Pictorial Directory was completed and made available in the Fall of 2014. Everyone who had their portrait taken through Lifetouch received a free directory. Additional directories are available for purchase at $10.00 each. Please contact the Parish Office (330-274-2253) if you would like to purchase a copy.
Andrea M. Lubinski ~ 9/27/58 - 10/4/15
Joan Pahoresky ~ 7/23/38 - 10/1/15
Aileen Hyden ~ 8/4/65 - 9/15/15
Louise M. Kaluba ~ 9/6/38 - 9/23/15
Zane G. Shafer ~ 9/30/86 - 8/22/15
Frank J. McKinley ~ 10/22/30 - 7/31/15
Stephen Baragry ~ 8/6/? - 8/5/15
Richard R. Krause, Sr. ~ 4/3/31 - 8/2/15
Frank J. McKinley ~ 10/22/30 - 7/31/15
John Hoey ~ 1927 - 7/2/15
Franciska Senti ~ 4/26/40 - 7/23/15
Amelia R. Miller ~ 3/11/31 - 7/11/15
Minnie M. Logan ~ 8/9/32 - 6/30/15
Donna M. Schmidt ~ 1961 - 6/29/15
Lewis C. Cash ~ 1/23/30 - 6/19/15
West O. Clark ~ 6/26/61 - 6/19/15
Ernest A. Laczko ~ 9/28/46 - 6/15/15
Marian Kosey ~ 1/15/24 - 6/8/15
Mary Lehman ~ 7/8/23 - 6/8/15
Mary Ann Painley ~ 1/2/43 - 6/6/15
Donald Daczko ~ 10/10/31 - 6/6/15
Joseph Delphia ~ 10/2/37 - 5/13/15
Mary Rose Curney ~ 12/14/78 - 4/19/15
Dorothy M. Kapel ~ 3/18/35 - 4/11/15
Daniel G. Brezovec ~ 5/7/39 - 4/10/15
Ralph E. Dumont ~ 11/16/41 - 3/22/15
Samuel Head ~ 3/6/94 - 3/7/15
Ronald H. Surgeon ~ 6/3/32 - 2/26/15
Irene B. Grudowski ~ 4/18/30 - 2/23/15
Thomas J. Sevc ~ 3/8/1956 - 2/21/15
Donald D. Harvey ~ 10/8/25 - 1/30/15
Patricia J. Dever ~ 3/11/28 - 1/23/15
Jane Kay Gonczy ~ 8/27/44 - 1/3/15
Robert D. Fejes ~ 11/10/39 - 1/8/15
Santo Scopilliti ~ 1/17/41 - 1/8/15