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)
Sunday, December 11 is Gaudete Sunday, which means "rejoice." For three weeks now we have been preparing for Christmas and, one hopes, enjoying some peace to pray and anticipate the coming of the Lord, not just as a baby two thousand years ago, but also in the end-times, the parousia, when the Lord will come again in glory.
This is the Sunday when the rejoicing begins. Advent, unlike Lent, is not a penitential time, but a time of waiting and anticipation for the fulfillment of God's promises. "[We] will see the glory of the LORD, / the splendor of our God" (Isaiah 35:2). So, "Be patient, brothers and sisters, until the coming of the Lord . . . Make your hearts firm, because the coming of the Lord is at hand" (James 5:7, 8). Copyright (c) J. S. Paluch Co., Inc.
Advent Reconciliation Opportunities
The faithful are encouraged to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation this Advent season. Several opportunities to receive the sacrament will be offered:
Portage County Deanery Communal Penance Service Monday, December 5, 7:00-8:00 p.m.,
St. Ambrose Church, Garrettsville
Portage County Deanery Communal Penance Service Tuesday, December 6, 7:00-8:00 p.m.,
St. Patrick Church, Kent
Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
A Holy Day of Obligation in the United States, this is the day on which we celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin, the conception of Mary in the womb of her mother. This feast intensifies our preparation during Advent, remembering how God prepared for Christ's birth by creating Mary free form original sin at conception. What makes her conception immaculate is not that she was conceived by the Holy Ghost of a virgin, as was Christ Our Lord, but that from the very moment of her conception, she was filled with grace by God, Who knew, in His omniscience, that she would say "yes" to the Angel Gabriel and become the Mother of the Savior. Chosen by God, Mary reverses the sin of Eve. Because of her obedience, God's Salvation is made know to all the nations. St. Joseph’s will have Mass at 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on December 8.
The Octave Day of Christmas
The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God - January 1st
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. Because of her Son, we can confidently call God, "Abba"! Masses will be held at 5:00 p.m. on December 31 and at 8:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. on January 1.
Annual Giving Tree
Our annual Advent tradition of the Giving Tree begins concludes this weekend. Coordinated by the Nuti Family, this community outreach provides those in need with a little brighter Christmas (this may be the only gifts they receive). Once again “wish lists” were obtained from Catholic Charities of Portage County. To participate, please select a tag, shop, and return your wrapped gifts to the narthex with the tag securely attached and visible by Sunday, December 11. We thank the Nuti Family for once again coordinating this project. If you would like to help assembly the bags of gifts on Monday, December 12, please contact Dan and Wendy Nuti (440-382-6441 or email@example.com).
Drive-Through Live Nativity
The Women’s Auxiliary of the Mantua Knights of Columbus #3766 is presenting a drive-through Live Nativity. Come help us celebrate the true meaning of Christmas; view the manger, enjoy some hot chocolate and join in our caroling. Free will donations and non-perishable food items are appreciated. Proceeds from this event will help with church repairs and non-perishable items will be donated to the 4C’s food cupboard. Participants include members of Women’s Auxiliary, Mantua Knights of Columbus #3766, PSR students, Scouts, and parishioners of St. Joseph Parish. This event will take place on St. Joseph Church grounds, located at 11045 St. Joseph Blvd., Mantua, OH 44255 on Friday, December16 through Sunday December 18 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. To volunteer or for more details, please contact Kathy Paroff (616-723-3091 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
To remember a loved one at Christmas you may wish to make a donation to the Christmas Flower Fund. Please use the special Christmas Flower envelope included in your contribution envelope packet (or a plain envelope). Be sure to PRINT the names of those you wish memorialize and indicate whether your contribution is “in memory of” (deceased) or “in honor of” (living). We ask that your intentions be turned in by December 19.
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."
Our Vigil Masses is 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.
Looking for a New Year’s Eve Party!
The Women’s Auxiliary of the Mantua Knights of Columbus Council #3766 is planning to have a New Year’s Eve/Reverse Raffle party on Saturday, December 31. If you’re looking for a fun time, at a good price, come and join them at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Sentinel Party Center, 11845 St. Rt. 44, Mantua, OH 44255. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Tickets, available through Jay D’Aurelio (330-569-8156), cost $65/couple, $50/single, and include appetizers, raffle, dinner, open bar, DJ, dancing and a midnight champagne toast. All proceeds go towards a new roof for St. Joseph Church.
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., Twin Lakes (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 next presentation will be Tuesday, January 17, featuring Fr. Pat Manning, Associate Professor of Theology, Walsh University. His topic for the evening will be “The Woman At The Well - Ancient Disciple/Modern Model”. Tickets are $25.00 per person and advanced reservations are required by Monday, January 9, with your ticket purchase through Parish Office (330-274-2253) – checks should be made out to OLPH. Religious Education credits are available. The last Dinner & Doctrine for this season will be on Tuesday, February 21, featuring Sr. Barbara O’Donnell who will speak on Laudato Si Care for the Environment (deadline for tickets is February 13).
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."
Julius Gokorsch, Jr. ~ 3/17/23 - 11/30/16
Marie Luce ~ 7/7/33 - 10/4/16
Betty Flynn ~ 2/1/36 - 9/30/16
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