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 - alt. locations)
Eucharistic Adoration: First Friday of each month, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Holy Rosary: First Saturday of each month, 4:20 p.m. (seasonal devotions offered with PSR classes & K of C Women's Auxiliary)
St. Joseph Church, Mantua, OH YouTube Channel
Did you know that St. Joe's now has a YouTube Channel? Our first endeavor is a video of "The Sights & Sounds of Ox Roast Fair 2016". Check it out!
There is still time to enroll your children in our PSR program by contacting the Religious Education Office, 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Thursday, or 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Friday. You can also drop by the PSR office on Sunday mornings during PSR. If you have any questions or need any further information, please contact the Parish Office (330-274-2253) or Peg Haney (330-274-2268).
We Need Your Help!
We have several openings on our PSR staff for the 2016-17 year. We are looking for:
5TH Grade Catechist: Person would prepare and teach weekly PSR class to 5th graders.
CLOW Ministers: Persons would lead the weekly Children’s Liturgy of the Word break-out sessions at 11:15 Mass
Classroom Aides: Persons would assist our catechists during the weekly PSR classes. We have particular need for aides in PreK-Kindergarten, 1st grade and 5th grade classes.
If you have a zeal for your faith and a longing to share it with children, I ask you to consider any of these positions. You would be joining an amazing team of like-minded people who work tirelessly to instill the love of Christ and our faith in the young people of our parish. If this sounds like a job for you, you can contact Peg Haney at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the PSR Office at 330-274-2268.
Seasons of Hope, a bereavement support program, meet for a series of six weekly gatherings each fall and spring. Sessions help us explore mourning through Scripture, prayer, reflection activities, and faith sharing. The goal is to provide a faith community setting in which the words of Jesus speak the compassion of God. Seasons of Hope is centered on Jesus Christ and grounded in the healing wisdom, traditions, and practices of the Catholic Church. For those searching for hope, this group is a nurturing link to the Church, the Almighty, and other people of faith who are also mourning. Come and be comforted.
St. Joseph Parish will resume its bereavement program, Seasons of Hope, during October/November, 2016. The program requires a group of participants therefore we ask for registration by Monday, September 26. If you wonder whether this program is for you, please contact Sr. Joyce Schreiber (330-274-2253).
The Holy Rosary - Contemplating Christ with Mary
The Rosary isn't simply reciting prayers from memory. It is so much more. It is one of the most beneficial ways of praying for it unites both vocal and mental prayer. Contemplating these mysteries in the life of Jesus and Mary will excite in you a deep love and reverence for God. This relationship with God will sustain you throughout your life. The Rosary will be prayed on the first Saturday of each month (parishioners are asked to sign up in the Narthex for future months). Please join us for this devotion on Saturday, October 1, at 4:20 p.m.
The Women’s Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus will be praying the Rosary on Monday, October 3, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the church. All are welcome to join them. Following the Rosary, they will have their monthly meeting in the All-Purpose Room. The group is open to ALL Catholic women, age 16 and over - NOT JUST THE WIVES OF KNIGHTS. An invitation is extended to all wives, daughters and friends of the Knights of Columbus to join this group.
In honor of our Lady of the Rosary’s feast day on October 7, PSR will be saying a Community Rosary on Sunday, October 9, at 10:00 a.m. This scriptural rosary is led by the PSR catechists with their individual PSR classes. All parishioners of St. Joseph Parish are invited to participate.
First Step for Change
Beginning the weekend of October 1/2, our parish will be participating in First Step for Change, a project sponsored by Catholic Charities to collect spare change (or dollars) 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. Each family interested in participating in First Step for Change is asked to pick up a baby bottle from the Narthex after Mass. Take a bottle, place it in a common location in your home, and fill it with spare change throughout the month of October. You will be asked to bring your filled bottle to church with you at the end of the month for collection. A big thank you to Mike & Jackie Kalman for chairing this campaign for our parish.
American Red Cross Blood Drive
St. Joseph Parish will be hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Monday, October 3, 1:00-6:00 p.m., in Hughes Hall. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate. 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’s also a free Red Cross Blood App available for download on devices through Ap StoreSM and Google Play™ (or text “BLOODAPP” to 90999).
RapidPass is also available and allows donors to complete their pre-reading and donation questions online from the comfort and privacy of their home or office on the day of donating; reducing the time they spend at the blood drive by up to 15 minutes. For more information, please visit www.redcrossblood.org/ or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Can You Help? We are in need of volunteers for the donation day – one person to help with registration and one person to assist at the refreshment area. Please sign-up in the Narthex or contact the Parish Office (330-274-2253 or email@example.com) if you’re able to lend a hand for all or part of the day. Thank you for your support of this worthwhile cause.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will take place the first Friday of each month, 6:00-9:00 p.m. The next scheduled date is Friday, October 7. Parishioners are encouraged to spend time before the Blessed Sacrament in prayer and devotion. Silent prayer is from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., praise, worship, and adoration takes place from 7:00 to 8:15 p.m., Chaplet of Divine Mercy is 8:15 to 8:45 p.m., and group prayer concludes the evening, 8:45 to 9:00 p.m. Music is also provided. All are welcome to take part in this act of worshiping God as He is present in the consecrated Eucharist.
Blessing of Pets
The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi is Tuesday, October 4. Here at St. Joseph’s we will have our annual Pet Blessing on Saturday, October 8, at 10:00 a.m. in the Pavilion. Everyone is encouraged to bring their pets for this special blessing in honor of our patron saint of animals.
Portage County Dinner & Doctrine
The Catholic Parishes of Portage County are once again sponsoring a monthly Dinner & Doctrine series for Catholics of the area to be held at The Overlook, 1519 Overlook Rd. (formerly the Twin Lakes Country Club). The evenings include a buffet dinner beginning at 6:00 p.m. (with a cash bar) followed by a guest speaker, 7:00-8:00 p.m. The first presentation will be Tuesday, October 18, featuring Miguel Chavez, Director of Campus Ministry, Walsh University. His topic for the evening will be “Welcoming the Stranger: The Immigrant Church of the 21st Century”. Tickets are $25.00 per person and advanced reservations are required by Monday, October 10, with your ticket purchase through Parish Office (330-274-2253) – checks should be made out to OLPH. Religious Education credits are available. You may choose to attend one or all of the events. Future Dinner & Doctrine evenings: November 15, January 17, February 21 (more details to follow).
Anointing Of The Sick
The Parish Community of St. Joseph’s will celebrate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick the weekend of October 15/16 after each of the Masses. 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.
Recycling Collection Bins at St. Joseph's
Keep used household items out of landfills. Bring your old printer cartridges, cell phones, computer accessories, compact fluorescent lightbulbs, and batteries (all but non-rechargeable alkaline) to the bins located in the All-Purpose Room. See the collection bin signage or contact Emma Kennedy (330-703-0677) for more information. A recycling collection date for larger household items will be scheduled in the future.
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. Your much needed support continues even when you're away or unable to attend weekend Mass. 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."
Gerald Blake ~ 4/10/30 - 9/24/16
Juanita Buehner ~ 4/24/33 - 9/18/16
Robert Dumke, Jr. ~ 5/25/46 - 9/14/16
Anna May Cash ~ 7/23/32 - 9/5/16
Rev. Pat Ferraro ~ 1/12/65 - 9/2/16
Mark Stan ~ 9/4/56 - 8/12/16
Martha Workman ~ 1/1/25 - 8/16/16
Cecil Romanello ~ 10/5/37 - 8/16/16
Joseph Duriak, Sr. ~ 1929 - 8/13/16
Mary Schultis ~ 9/16/23 - 8/7/16
Fr. Joseph Fata ~ 4/21/42 - 8/1/16
Lawrence F. "Larry" Rosian, Jr. ~ 11/25/68 - 7/1/16
Ruth C. Curtin ~ 6/19/16 - 1/20/24
Eugene "Jack" Fejedelem ~ 6/12/16 - 12/15/21
Catherine Hanacek ~ 5/3/16 - 5/23/19
Rita Kotkowski ~ 4/28/16 - 5/9/28
Jim Sargiovanni, Sr. ~ 4/21/16 - 9/10/29
Andrew Molick ~ 4/18/16 - 9/3/39
J.P. Holtz ~ 4/13/16 - 3/17/37
Stella Sindelar ~ 4/2/16 - 8/9/28
Sr. Marilyn Ruflin, H.M. ~ 4/1/16 - 7/6/39
Grace Reckner ~ 4/1/16 - 1/9/27
Clara Koerlin ~ 10/26/16 - 3/20/16
Dylan R. Stone ~ 3/26/96 - 3/11/16
Davida "Dee" Stanish ~ 4/17/62 - 2/19/16
"Ziggy" Przybylski ~ 6/18/24 - 2/3/16
Stella Malisiak ~ 4/27/19 - 1/19/16
Anne C. Chebra ~ 9/9/21 - 1/24/16
Dante Zambrini ~ 4/12/54 - 1/4/16
Austin Heritage ~ 7/8/27 - 1/1/16