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.
This year we have a major theme for our faith journey as a parish, Discover God: Turn on the Light. To help you in self-evangelization we have designed a Speakers Series for the fall and spring that moves our reflection from personal spirituality, to family spirituality, to spirituality in community. Designed to help you create connections with God in the busyness of work and family life, the presentations are free and open to the public. Religious Education credits are also available. Mark your calendars for the following speakers on Wednesdays at 7:00-8:00 p.m. in our church. Please join us in Hughes Hall for social time following the talks.
Adult Men's Spirituality Night:
October 22, 2014 Fr. Bob Kraig, “Up and Down the Ladder of Life”
Fr. Robert Kraig has spent 42 years in the priesthood in the Diocese of Cleveland and is currently the pastor at St. John Neumann Parish in Strongsville, Ohio, where he has served since 1990. Fr. Kraig’s ministry based on a deep desire for people to come to know the indwelling of God, his Spirit within us, and the love, compassion, mercy, and forgiveness that comes to us through Jesus.
Adult Women's Spirituality Night:
October 29, 2014 Sr. Melannie Svoboda, SND, “Finding God in Every Nook and Cranny”
Our speaker on women’s spirituality is based in nearby Chardon, Ohio. Sr. Melannie Svoboda is an experience educator, novice director, and provincial of her congregation. Currently, she writes, gives talks, and directs retreats nationally. Her books include Traits of a Healthy Spirituality and Everyday Ephiphanies. Sr. Melannie authored St. Joseph Parish’s 2014 Lenten Reflection, Finding Our Way Again: Daily Lenten Reflections from Franciscan Media. Visit her blog “Sunflower Seeds” at melanniesvobodasnd.org.
March 18, 2015 Jim Merhaut, “What’s So Special about Us?”
Jim Merhaut brings a wealth of experience and ideas to the topic of family spirituality. He is a marriage coach, ministry consultant, writer, and teacher. Jim is also an author and co-author of several books and dozens of other publications, including the award-winning book, Your Catholic Family: Simple Ways to Share the Faith at Home. His most recent book is Generations Together, about bringing the old and young together in common spiritual pursuits.
March 25, 2015 Sr. Kathleen Glavich, SND, “Jesus Asks: Who Do YOU Say I Am?”
Sr. Kathleen has published more than 70 books including The Catholic Companion to Jesus and the historical romance, The Fisherman's Wife, The Gospel According to St. Peter's Wife. Also an experience educator, Sr. Kathleen is currently the pastoral associate at St. Dominic Parish. She is an accomplished speaker and presenter who has appeared as far away as Dubai and Oman. Sr. Kathleen blogs at www.kathleenglavitch.org.
Have You Picked Up Your New Parish Directory?
If you were a parishioner who was photographed (or ordered and paid for an extra copy), you may pick up your new St. Joseph Parish directory in the Narthex (please look for your name label).
A limited number of extra copies will be available for $10.00 each
in the Narthex or through the Parish Office (330-274-2253).
A big THANK YOU to everyone Involved in our Parish Directory Portrait Sessions! From those helping with Narthex sign-ups and directory distribution to our portrait session hosts/hostesses to everyone participating in the portraits themselves, you helped to make it a big success. Special thanks go out to Jan Herman for organizing the Narthex weekend sign-ups, to Connie-Rae Duber for assisting with on-line scheduling, and to Camille Bichsel for coordinating the hosts & hostesses on portrait session days. Also, a special note of thanks to anyone who helped to provide photos for our activity pages.
Free Community Meal
St. Joseph Parish’s next Free Community Meal is Sunday, October 26, from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. in Hughes Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend! This effort is done in conjunction with the church communities in our area to provide a nutritious meal and fellowship to those in need. For a list of upcoming dates and other churches in the area participating, click here.
All Saints Day - November 1st
This is usually a Holy Day of Obligation on which we celebrate the Church Triumphant -- all the Saints in Heaven, canonized or unknown. Let us rejoice in all the men and women, blest in the eyes of the Lord, who celebrate the heavenly liturgy. They stand in God's holy place and sing of the love the Father has bestowed upon them through the blood of the Lamb. This year because All Saints falls on a Saturday, it is not a holy day of obligation in 2014. However, St. Joseph will have a 7:00 p.m. Mass on Friday, October 31, for All Saints Day.
All Souls Day
Our “Book of Life” is in the sanctuary throughout the month of October for you to add the names of loved ones who have passed away. All deceased of the parish and our families will be remembered throughout the month of November at our celebrations. For All Souls Day, St. Joseph Parish will celebrate the weekend of November 1 & 2 with a special remembrance for all our deceased parishioners at each of the Masses.
Save Time and Donate Online - Kickoff November 1st
As of November 1, 2014, Online Giving will be 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 https://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 refer to the October 25/26 bulletin insert or 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."
Statewide Adoration for Vocations
National Vocation Awareness Week will be celebrated throughout the U.S. November 2-9. This week offers a special time in our parishes and schools to recognize and foster vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Please ask Our Lord for more dedicated, holy priests, deacons and consecrated men and women. May they be inspired by Jesus Christ, supported by our faith community, and respond generously to God’s gift of a vocation. On Wednesday, November 5, the dioceses of Ohio will join together as one spending time in adoration and prayer before the Blessed Sacrament praying specifically for an increase in priestly and religious vocations. Specific times and places of Adoration in our diocese are as follows:
Ashtabula—St. Joseph Calasanctius, Jefferson, 3:00–7:00 p.m.
Columbiana—Our Lady of Lourdes, East Palestine, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Mahoning—Christ our Savior–St. Nicholas, Struthers, 9:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Portage—St. Peter of the Fields, Rootstown (Vespers at 7:00) 9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Stark—St. Joseph, Massillon, 9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. &
Walsh University–Main Chapel, North Canton, 10:00–11:15 a.m.
Trumbull—Sts. Cyril & Methodius, Warren, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
For more information, please contact Fr. Christopher Luoni at 330-744-8451 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don't miss one of the area's nicest craft shows, sponsored by the St. Joseph Garden Club. Held in Hughes Hall, the Christmas Boutique offers hand-crafted items, baked goods, raffles, door prizes, and breakfast and lunch items. Mark your calendars for the 30th Annual Garden Club Christmas Boutique to be held on Sunday, November 9, 2014. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Members of St. Joseph's PSR program will run the kitchen offering snack, lunch and dessert items at one of the area's nicest craft shows in the area. Attention Crafters: an 8 ft. table is $25.00. For space availability, more information, or an application, please contact Marlene (330-274-8145) or Kathy (330-995-8785).
Community Service Hours Available
Attention Jr. High and High School Students . . . Do you need community service hours?
Help is needed to assist the crafters carry their items into the Hall for the Christmas Boutique.
If you are available to lend a hand, please contact Marlene (330-274-8145) to volunteer.
First Step For Change
Beginning the weekend of October 4/5, our parish kicked off the First Step for Change campaign, a project sponsored by Catholic Charities to collect spare change 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 the bottle home, put it in a common location (on the kitchen table, on the counter, by the telephone, etc.), and fill it with spare change during the month of October. The process is similar to the Catholic Relief Services’ Operation Rice Bowl campaign. The weekend of November 8/9 you will be asked to bring your filled bottle to church with you for collection. Remember: Bottles need to be returned so that they do not have to be purchased again next year.
The Diocese of Youngstown wishes to thank everyone for their time and cooperation in participating in the diocesan-wide survey in September. The next step is for representatives from across the diocese to meet at St. Thomas Aquinas High School on November 15 to determine and recommend diocesan priorities and action based on information gleaned from the October deanery meetings. The outcome of this gathering should be goals, priorities, and direction for the diocese, as well as very specific steps or actions to be taken to achieve this end, "To Design A Common Journey of Hope and Promise" for the Diocese of Youngstown.
Crestwood Community Churches
Thanksgiving Service Project
The Thanksgiving Service Project being taken on in 2014 is a collection for individuals and families staying at Safer Futures & Miller Community House. Cleaning supplies, linens, and toiletries and personal hygiene products will be collected at Crestwood Community Churches. Items needed include: glass and surface cleaner, all-purpose cleaners/disinfectants, bathroom cleaner, tub & tile cleaner, dish soap, sponges, scouring pads, brushes, brooms & dust pans, trash bags, towels, wash cloths, twin bed sheets, pillows, combs, soap, shampoo & conditioner, lotions, toothbrushes & toothpaste, dental floss, mouth wash, deodorant. Collection boxes will be available at Crestwood community churches.