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 Co. Deanery Reconciliation Services
held during Advent & Lent)
Eucharistic Adoration: First Friday of each month, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
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 Scopilitti ~ 1/17/41 - 1/8/15
Bishop Murry Releases New Diocesan Pastoral Plan for Evangelization
"Trusting in Christ: A Call to Discipleship"
On Pentecost Sunday, May 24, Bishop George V. Murry, S.J., promulgated online the new Diocesan Pastoral Plan for Evangelization. Father Nicholas Shori, director of the diocesan Office of Evangelization, has supervised the more than year-long process of consultation and deliberation leading up to the plan's release. The consultation in preparation for the plan encompassed meetings with various groups across the diocese including deaneries, the diocesan Presbyteral Council, the diocesan Pastoral Council, Catholic students in diocesan high schools and parish religious education programs, and black and Hispanic Catholics. In particular, laity and clergy from across the diocese met last November for the Diocesan General Assembly to offer their perspective in preparation for the plan. The pastoral plan focuses on seven areas - Christian Service, Family Life, Worship and Prayer, Discipleship/Catechesis, Finance, and Administration, and will offer 47 positive initiatives for how parishes can grow. Some will be the responsibility of the parishes, others the diocese, while others will involve joint responsibility. Based on discipleship and our relationship with Christ, the document presents some new ideas with a hope that the pastoral plan will offer a sense of stability as we face the future. The nearly 3,000 word document is available on the diocesan website, www.doy.org, or by clicking here.
[excerpts from The Catholic Exponent, May 22, 2015]
Mass Ministry Training Offered in May
“How To Be a Lector or Eucharistic Minister” class will be offered during May. St. Joseph’s needs new ministers to replace parishioners no longer able to serve and to have available substitutes when needed. Parish ministry is part of our baptismal call to active discipleship, a great way to meet other parishioners, and a way to give back to God in loving service. To make training more accessible, we can schedule group or individual instruction times - day or evening, weekday or weekend. Won’t you please consider training as a Lector or Eucharistic Minister and arrange a time with Mrs. Peg Haney and/or Sr. Joyce (330-274-2253).
Summer Mass Schedule
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, our Sunday Mass schedule changes.
Beginning Sunday, May 31, Masses during the summer are
8:30 and 10:30 a.m. (Saturday Mass remains at 5:00 p.m.).
Dear St. Joseph Parish Family
This summer marks my Golden Jubilee as a Sister of Notre Dame (it just crept up on me). On Sunday, May 31, a celebratory brunch will be offered in Hughes Hall between the morning liturgies. You are all invited. It will be an opportunity for me to give thanks to God and to you.
—Sr. Joyce Schreiber, SND
American Red Cross Blood Drive
St. Joseph Parish will be hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Monday, June 1, 1:00-6:00 p.m., in Hughes Hall. The need is constant – the gratification is instant. Did you know you can schedule your appointment online? Simply click on Account Login, create an account, and schedule. There is alos a free Red Cross Blood App available for devices through the App Store and Google Play. For more information, please visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
New Beginnings For Women
Our Women’s Spirituality Group will have its next gathering on Tuesday, June 2, 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Parish Center (no meetings in July & August). We will begin with prayer then move to our faith sharing topic for the evening (from Sr. Melannie’s book, With the Dawn Rejoicing) and conclude with a social. No preparation. No cost. No homework. Come and enjoy. Be spirituality refreshed. All women welcome.
Father Garvey Announces Retirement
I want to share with you some information and thoughts about my retirement at the end of August from being pastor of St. Joseph Church. I have truly enjoyed my almost seven years here and am most grateful for the kindness and friendships we have shared. In late August I will turn 70, the retirement age in our diocese. I will move back to Pensacola, FL where I served in the Navy and own a home. I will be a “weekend helper” to both the civilian and military communities. The letter of approval from Bishop Murry read “retirement from active ministry”. I think I have to prayerfully figure out just what that means.
I can assure you I will not forget you! I can further assure you that the diocese has advertized our parish to the “younger priests” as a stand alone parish, that is you should get a full time priest as your next pastor.
As to “why” . . . I’m older, I get tired, I need a change, and you need an enthusiastic, younger priest that I know Bishop Murry will send. So I will continue to pray for you now and after my retirement. I ask also for your prayers as I work into this transition. In the mean time, let’s joyfully celebrate our faith and share our gifts of service for the glory of God!
Registration Is Now Open for the Run of the Ox!
Be a part of the 4th Annual Run of the Ox 5K Run/Walk & 1M Family Fun Walk at St. Joseph's 52nd Ox Roast Fair!!! It will begin at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, July 18, at the church. Only 150 participants will receive a t-shirt, so register early!!! If you would like to volunteer the day of the race or be a race sponsor, please contact Brian Hirsch (email@example.com or 330-297-1465). Please spread the word to all your friends and families to support this event!! Please click on the following link and it will take you right to the registration site: http://www.zapevent.com/ListActivities.aspx?eventid=7724.
2015 Ox Roast Fair Raffle Tickets Available
Take a chance at some fabulous prizes with the Ox Roast Fair 2015 Main Raffle - tickets are on sale now! First prize is a Harley Street Glide Special FLHXS Motorcycle valued at $20,599.00+ & supplied by Carlton Harley Davidson of Mantua, OH. Second prize is $3,000.00 Cash!
Tickets are $10.00 each or book of 6 for $50.00. Purchase online at stjosephmantua.weshareonline.org (checking/savings direct withdrawal, debit & credit cards), at area events, through St. Joe parishioners (pick up your tickets to sell or purchase in the Narthex), or during the 52nd Ox Roast Fair, July 17-19, 2015. Raffle Drawings held Sunday evening of the Fair at 9:30 p.m. (winners need not be present). Click here for more information.
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.