Saturday 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 8:30 & 11:15 a.m.
8:30 & 10:30 a.m.
(between Memorial Day & Labor Day)
Mon. 7:15 a.m., 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.
Giving Tree Gifts Overflow Pews
A big thank you to everyone who partiicpated in our annual Advent tradition of the Giving Tree. Extra appreciation to those who stepped forward and took an extra tag or two and to coordinator Wendy Nuti and family, and her delivery help. Your generosity helps those in need have a little brighter Christmas.
Welcoming Deacon Gerry
We welcome Deacon Gerelome Scopilliti to our staff here at St. Joe’s. Deacon Gerry was ordained in the fall of 2008. He is coming to us from St. Ambrose Parish in Garrettsville. He will be working in the areas of evangelization, youth ministry, and marriage prep. among others. Ann Marie is his wife and they have three lovely daughters, Amanda, René, and Adrianna. Welcome Deacon Gerry and family to our loving parish!
The Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as Penance, or Penance and Reconciliation) has three elements: conversion, confession and celebration. In it we find God's unconditional forgiveness; as a result we are called to forgive others. Several opportunities to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation before the Christmas Holidays will be offered throughout the month of December:
Private Reconciliation - Saturdays, 4:00-4:30 p.m. (before 5:00 p.m. Mass)
Portage County Deanery Communal Penance Service, Tuesday, December 16, 7:00 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc, Streetsboro
Private Reconciliation - Wednesday, December 17, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Portage County Deanery Communal Penance Service, Thursday, December 18, 7:00 p.m. at St. Peter of the Fields, Rootstown
Private Reconciliation - Monday, December 22, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
2015 Ox Roast Fair Raffle Tickets Make Great Stocking Stuffers!
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.
Next to the yearly celebration of the paschal mystery, the church holds most sacred the memorial of Christ's birth and early manifestations. This is the purpose of the Christmas season which typically begins with a worship service or a Vigil Mass on Christmas Eve and ends on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord on the Sunday after January 6.
The Nativity of the Lord - December 25th
The Feast of the Nativity is a most joyous one that celebrates the incredible reality that the Second Person of the Trinity was born of a Virgin. The mood is summed up by Luke 2:14, "Glory to God in the highest: and on earth peace to men of good will."
For 2014 Vigil Mass will be held on December 24, at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m. (5:00 p.m. Mass includes a children's choir). There is no midnight Mass at St. Joe's. On December 25, there will be a 10:00 a.m. Mass for Christmas Day. Prayers of the Faithful for all Christmas Masses will be for our Christmas Flower Fund Intentions.
Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God
On this Holy Day of Obligation, we focus on the divine motherhood of Mary whom we proclaim to be the mother of Christ and the mother of the Church. We seek God's blessings as did Mary. In 2015, Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 1.
New Year's Eve Party at the K of C
The Mantua Knights of Columbus and the Women’s Auxiliary are throwing a New Year’s Eve Party at the K of C Hall! Start your new year off on the right foot and enjoy appetizers, pork & sauerkraut dinner, reverse raffle, gift basket drawing, and dancing to Chuck’s Tunes. Festivities begin at 7:00 p.m. with an open bar. Cost is $65.00 per couple or $50.00 single. For tickets to ring in 2015, please call Jay D’Aurelio (330-569-8156) or Faith Szygenda (216-406-3825).
Women’s Spirituality Group
A gathering will be held on Thursday, January 8, in the church at 7:00 p.m. for women interested in discussing the formation of a new women’s group. This meeting is a follow-up to our Speakers’ Series and particularly the women’s evening with Sr. Melannie Svoboda, SND. Please come to participate in our conversation.
Keep The Kids Warm Campaign
Catholic Charities has launched its annual Keep the Kids Warm Campaign. This program provides flexible funds for local service agencies to use to help meet the utility assistance requests of low-income, working poor households with children. Last year, Catholic Charities provided utility assistance for 4,883 people!
Some Facts to Consider:
The unemployment rate for the six counties in the Diocese of Youngstown averages 5.25% ( the state of Ohio is 5.1% ).
Utility assistance continues to be one of the top requested emergency assistance services addressed at Catholic Charities.
A 2011 report, Health Impacts of Cold Homes and Fuel Poverty, states that "Significant negative effects of cold housing are evident in terms of infants' weight gain, hospital admission rates, developmental states and the severity and frequency of asthmatic symptoms."
Catholic Charities services all qualifying families regardless of their religious beliefs.
Ready to help Keep the Kids Warm?
St. Joseph’s will have a second collection the weekend of
January 10/11 to help local kids stay warm this winter.
PSR Continues The Spirit of Christmas
St. Joseph’s PSR families will continue the tradition of collecting warm socks, hats, scarves, mittens, and gloves through January 11. These will be distributed by Catholic Charities to people throughout Portage County. Just hang your donation of new items on the Christmas tree in the main hallway by the church doors (please do not wrap your gift). We appreciate your continued care of the poor of our community.
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."