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)
Turn Away From Sin & Be Faithful To The Gospel
You are invited to begin your Lenten journey
with Ash Wednesday liturgies on March 1.
Masses will be at 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
All are welcome.
How is the Date of Easter Determined?
Easter falls on the first Sunday after the first full Moon that falls on or after March 21 (not, as commonly believed, the first Sunday after the first full Moon in Spring). The earliest possible date for Easter is March 22, and the latest possible date for it is April 25. Future dates for Easter are April 16, 2017, April 1, 2018, April 21, 2019.
Stations of the Cross
Stations of the Cross will be held Fridays of Lent at 7:00 p.m. in church (March 3 & April 7 will begin at 6:00 p.m. & included with our first Friday Eucharistic Adoration). Please come pray and reflect on our Lord's passion and its meaning for Catholics. All are welcome.
The Holy Rosary - Contemplating Christ with Mary
The Rosary is an incredible prayer. It's deceptively simple, and profoundly deep. A simple vocal prayer, and a school of silent contemplation. It's as small as a palm full of beads, and as wide as the Gospels. The Rosary will be prayed on the first Saturday of each month at 4:20 p.m. (parishioners are asked to sign up for future months). Please join us for this devotion on Saturday, March 4.
Bishop’s Appeal for Catholic Charities and Church
Beginning the weekend of February 25/26, our parish joined with parishes throughout the Diocese of Youngstown in making a commitment to the 2017 Bishop’s Appeal for Catholic Charities and Church. This year’s goal is $4 million. The Appeal is the primary funding source for Catholic Charities in our six-county diocese. There continues to be 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. Bishop Murry is counting on our support of the 2017 Bishop’s Appeal. It is his fervent hope that every parish will reach their goal. This weekend, we ask that you prayerfully make a gift to the Annual Appeal, using the envelope in your pew or the response card mailed to your home. Thank you in advance for your reflection and generous response to the Bishop’s Appeal. To learn more or to make a donation online, please visit http://ccdoy.org/bishops-appeal/.
2017 Ox Roast Fair
Main Raffle Kick-Off
First Prize: Ford F150 4WD Truck*
(valued at $34,325.00 & supplied by
KEPICH FORD, Garrettsville, OH)
Second Prize: $1,500 Cash
Third Prize: 48" Flat Screen TV
(donated by Coldwell Banker Real Estate
& Right Path Home Inspections)
Tickets: $10.00 each or book of 6 for $50.00
Purchase online (checking/savings direct withdrawal, debit & credit cards),
at area events, thru St. Joe parishioners, or during Fair
Progressive $100 Hourly Drawings each evening of the Fair
at 7:00, 8:00, 9:00 & 10:00 p.m. (winners must be present)
Raffle Drawings held Sunday evening of the Fair at 9:30 p.m.
(winners need not be present)
*converts to 50/50 cash prize if ticket sales do not meet quota
For more Ox Roast Fair news, click here!
Appalachian Experience Organizational Meeting
On Sunday, March 5, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in Hughes Hall, there will be an organizational meeting for anyone considering taking part in this year’s Appalachian Experience trip, June 17-24. Members of St. Joseph's in Mantua have been participating in this outreach effort since 1998. Participants volunteer for a variety of household repairs at owner occupied homes of low-income residents of southwestern Virginia. Adults and high school teens will be participating in the Binns-Counts Community Center's Housing Repair Program in McClure, Virginia. A non-profit grassroots organization established in 1974, the center is committed to education, health care and decent housing for all. They are directed by a board of community people and staffed mainly by volunteers and work in partnership with college, community and church groups. Questions? Please contact Dan & Sean Fejes (330-274-2481 or firstname.lastname@example.org). For a closer look at what Appalachian Experience is all about including information and photos from past trips, please click here.
K of C Founder's Night Invitation
All St. Joseph parishioners are invited to attend our Annual Founder’s Night celebration to be held Saturday, March 18. The ceremony will be held at the Sentinel Party Center (previously K of C Hall, 11845 St. Rt. 44, Mantua). The cost is $30 per person. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with socializing and open bar. Dinner begins at 7:00 p.m. and the awards ceremony starts at 8:00 p.m. The will be honoring their Knight, Lady Knight, K of C Family, Parish Family, Youth and Blue Coat of the year. Please contact Bill Custer, Mantua Knights of Columbus Grand Knight, at 440-343-4579 by Monday, March 6, with your reservations.
Dance your way into spring with the 80’s music at our Parish Dance on Saturday, March 11, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Hughes Hall. Pizza will be provided—please bring a dish to pass if you are able. This event is for singles, couples, families - all are welcome! Questions? Please contact Deacon Gerry Scopilliti at 330-569-4795 or email@example.com.
“The Light is ON for You” ~ An Evening of Reconciliation
On Wednesday, March 15, all parishes in the Diocese of Youngstown will participate in this special event from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. During this time the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available in all parishes throughout the Diocese as a sign for all to embrace and live God’s mercy and love more completely. Plan to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation as part of your Lenten journey on March 15. Click here for a Sacrament of Reconciliation flyer.
Celebrating St. Patrick Day
Since Saint Patrick Day, March 17, falls on a Friday during Lent this year, Bishop George Murry is granting a dispensation for Catholics in the Diocese of Youngstown from the obligation to abstain from eating meat on that day. In granting this dispensation, he is requiring the faithful, if they take advantage of the dispensation to undertake the Friday abstinence on another day that week of their choosing.
Church Roof Repair Fund
We will be having a second collection the weekends of March 25/26 to help add to our Church Roof Repair Fund. Parishioners may use the green Special Contribution Envelope included in the contribution envelope packet (mark the Building & Grounds Maintenance category), use a plain envelope, or simply drop a check or cash in the basket. Thanks to the ongoing support through the Buildings & Grounds Maintenance fund (including several very generous donations) and revenue from the logging on St. Joseph property, we have over half of the funds needed to replace the roof and should be able to start the project in late Spring. The Finance Council is prioritizing our needs - all projects will be done in phases. After the roof is completed, the interior of the church will begin, then the parking lot and other building repairs.
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."