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.
This season, also called "Quadraegesima," meaning "Forty," is a somber, penitential Season lasting from Ash Wednesday to the Thursday before Easter. It recalls Christ's 40 days in the desert, and the Israelites' wandering in the desert for 40 years. Per the everyday calendar, Lent lasts 40 days plus the six Sundays, but the Sundays aren't counted as "Lent" because Sundays are always about the Resurrection and are joyous.
The annual Lenten season is the fitting time to climb the holy mountain of Easter. The Lenten season has a double character, namely to prepare both catechumens and faithful to celebrate the paschal mystery. The catechumens, both with the rite of election and scrutinies, and by catechesis, are prepared for the celebration of the sacraments of Christian initiation; the faithful, ever more attentive to the word of God and prayer, prepare themselves by penance for the renewal of their baptismal promises. This season prepares all of us for the celebration of Easter, the most important feast of the Church year. St. Joseph Parish has a number of different and unique opportunities planned this year to make our season of Lent a holy and spiritual time of renewal for all of us.
Lenten Fasting and Abstinence
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of Fast and Abstinence - limit of one full meal and two smaller meals for persons 18 through 59 years of age; no meat for persons 14 years of age and older. All Fridays during Lent are days of Abstinence - no meat for persons 14 years of age and older. There is no obligation to fast during the weekdays of Lent. Will you give something up or add something more?
Stations of the Cross
Please plan to join our parish family as Joanne Sawyer leads the Stations of the Cross based on the Stations led by Pope John Paul II. Everyone may gather Friday afternoons of Lent at 3:00 p.m. in the church as she leads prayer & reflection for the Way of the Cross. On March 4, Stations of the Cross will be led by Deacon Gerry Scopilliti at 7:00 p.m. (instead of 3:00 p.m.) and will include Eucharistic Adoration. All are welcome.
St. Joseph Cares Project
Our parish's outreach effort working to serve needy residents of Portage County, St. Joseph Cares, is sponsoring a collection of new items for The Horizon House, a residential drug and alcohol treatment center for women, and The Root House, a residential treatment center for men, both of which are in Ravenna, serving Portage County. A collection basket will be in the Narthex the weekends of February 13/14 and 20/21.
The wish list for The Root House (about 12 residents): shower shoes, razors, shaving cream, toiletries, snacks/non-perishables.
The wish list for The Horizon House (about 12 residents): bedding for twin size beds (pillows, sheets, blankets, comforters), bath towels, washcloths, bath rugs, toiletries, makeup, nail polish (no perfume), kitchen towels, individual candies/treats, Gift Cards (Goodwill, Movie, Bowling, Gabriel Brothers).
Parish Staff Updates
We welcome Cindy Clark as our Business Office Manager as of February 1. Working part-time she will take on the tasks of keeping the parish financial business in order and coordinating with our accountant. This was previously done by Ruth Fitzgerald after Jan Huter’s retirement. A member of the parish since 1989, Cindy and her husband, Ron, live in Mantua. The couple has three adult children and four grandchildren. She is a member of St. Joseph’s Garden Club, K of C Women’s Auxiliary, and the Reception Committee, and serves as a Eucharistic Minister.
Ruth Fitzgerald will still be a part of the office staff focusing on the task of coordinating the financial side of the Ox Roast Fair. She’ll be handling the Fair’s bookkeeping, budgeting, licenses, contracts, and any of the office dealings for our big event and working with members of the Core Group and chairpeople. She continues as an office manager for a commercial real estate company in addition to her part-time duties as Ox Roast Fair Financial Secretary at St. Joseph Parish. Having moved to Ohio in 1997, Ruth and her husband, Shawn, live in Aurora with their two sons. She volunteers her time at St. Joseph’s as a Eucharistic Minister, Mass Set-up, and Children’s Liturgy of the Word Catechist.
Working in the Parish Office since September, 1992, Kathi Trares continues as Parish Secretary handling the administrative duties of the parish. Among her many tasks are bulletin editing, administrator of our parish’s website & Facebook pages, maintaining the parish database, serving as Parish Council secretary, and handling Ox Roast Fair publicity & T-Shirt Booth. She also volunteers as a Eucharistic Minister. Living in Shalersville since 1984, Kathi and husband, George, have three adult children and one grandson.
In addition, we have a new Sacristan, Jan Huter. She will be filling this much needed volunteer position that involves not only overseeing the sacristy and its contents but also assisting with various liturgical aspects of our parish. Serving the parish as Administrative Secretary for nearly 20 years until her retirement in February, 2015, Jan is a long time parishioner who has been involved in a variety of aspects of the parish including Worship Committee, Garden Club, Ox Roast Fair, and the Home & School Association. She is the proud mom of three daughters, one son, and three grandchildren.
2016 Lenten Reconciliation Opportunities
Several opportunities to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation before Easter will be offered throughout Lent. Confessions will be heard the following dates and times:
"Leaving the Light On - An Evening of Reconciliation" Wednesday, March 2, 7:00-8:30 p.m. The Diocese of Youngstown will sponsor the Year of Mercy event “Leaving the Light On” ~ An Evening of Reconciliation. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available at all parishes throughout the Diocese 7:00-8:30 p.m. During this Lenten Season all Catholics are reminded to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation as part of their Lenten observance in preparation for Easter. The Year of Mercy affords a special opportunity for us to be aware of God’s deep abiding love through His forgiveness and mercy. Be part of this special event and receive God’s grace and mercy through the Sacrament of Reconciliation this Wednesday evening.
Portage County Deanery Communal Penance Service
Tuesday, March 15, 7:00 p.m., St. Joseph Church, Mantua
2016 Annual Bishop’s Appeal for Catholic Charities and Church
Our parish has joined with parishes throughout the Diocese of Youngstown in making a commitment to the 2016 Bishop’s Appeal for Catholic Charities and Church. This year’s goal is $4.2 million. The Appeal, in its 20th year, is the primary funding source for Catholic Charities in our six-county diocese. There has been an ever-increasing number of needy persons coming to Catholic Charities for help and they depend on our support of the Bishop’s Appeal. The Bishop’s Appeal also helps to subsidize traditional Church ministries including Religious Education, Youth and Young Adult Ministries. Bishop Murry is counting on our support of the 2016 Bishop’s Appeal. It is his fervent hope that every parish will reach their goal - St. Joseph Parish's goal is $33,578.00. Thank you to those members of our parish who have responded to the in-mail phase or through the in-pew packet. If you have not made a commitment, please take some time to read the in-pew appeal packet and prayerfully consider how you can best respond with a commitment very soon. Thank you for your prayerful reflection and generous response to the Annual Appeal.
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."
"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
Virginia Barnosky ~ 9/30/44 - 12/31/15
Peg Cofojohn ~ 3/14/28 - 12/15/15
Janis A. Rooth ~ 8/6/36 - 12/9/15
James F. Gaebelein ~ 12/7/15