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 Co. Deanery Reconciliation Services
held during Advent & Lent)
Eucharistic Adoration: First Friday of each month, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Ralph E. Dumont ~ 11/16/41 - 3/22/15
Samuel Head ~ 3/6/94 - 3/7/15
Ronald H. Surgeon ~ 6/3/32 - 2/26/15
Irene B. Grudowski ~ 4/18/30 - 2/23/15
Thomas J. Sevc ~ 3/8/1956 - 2/21/15
Donald D. Harvey ~ 10/8/25 - 1/30/15
Patricia J. Dever ~ 3/11/28 - 1/23/15
Jane Kay Gonczy ~ 8/27/44 - 1/3/15
Robert D. Fejes ~ 11/10/39 - 1/8/15
Santo Scopilitti ~ 1/17/41 - 1/8/15
We are invited to participate with our whole being: mind, heart, and body. During Holy Week, Christians commemorate the Passion of Christ, Who died on Good Friday in reparation for the sins of mankind, and rose on Easter Sunday to give new life to all who believe. Thus, while Holy Week is solemn and sorrowful, it also anticipates the joy of Easter through the recognition of God's goodness in sending His Son to die for our salvation.
Palm Sunday, March 29
Palm Sunday commemorates the triumphal entrance of Christ into Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1-9), when palm branches were placed in His path, before His arrest on Holy Thursday and His Crucifixion on Good Friday. Masses will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and 8:30 and 11:15 a.m. on Sunday.
Palm Sunday Pancake Breakfast
The K of C Women’s Auxiliary will be hosting the Annual Palm Sunday Pancake Breakfast featuring “All You Can Eat” buttermilk pancakes, on Sunday, March 29, in Hughes Hall, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Our pancakes are served with delicious toppings and/or fresh maple syrup, sausage patty, orange juice, coffee, tea, or milk. Great Family Prices: $7.00 for Adults, $5.00 for Seniors, $4.00 for Children (6-12), Under 5 FREE. Plus, each child in attendance will be able to put their name in for a FREE drawing for two Easter baskets filled with goodies! Theme Basket Raffles will also be a part of the event (tickets are just $1.00 or 6/$5.00). Hope to see you there! All proceeds benefit St. Joseph Parish’s PSR program. To volunteer or for more info., please contact Peg Haney (330-274-2268).
Tuesday, March 31
8:00 a.m. Mass
Wednesday, April 1
8:00 a.m. Mass
Holy Week Triduum (trid-yoo-um, meaning 3 days)
Christ redeemed us all and gave perfect glory to God principally through his paschal mystery: dying he destroyed our death and rising he restored our life. Therefore, the Easter Triduum of the passion and resurrection of Christ is the culmination of the entire liturgical year. These are not three separate liturgical celebrations but one which takes three days to celebrate. Thus, the solemnity of Easter has the same kind of preeminence in the liturgical year that Sunday has in the week. The Easter Triduum begins with the Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper, reaches its high point in the Easter Vigil, and closes with evening prayer on Easter Sunday.
Holy Thursday, April 2
The Mass of the Lord's Supper features the distinctive action of the Washing of the Feet, just as the Lord did for his disciples and we do for one another.
Spring flowers are needed for the Altar of Repose on Holy Thursday, April 2. You are invited to bring spring flowers from your garden, potted plants, or purchased flowers in vases when you come Mass. Please place them around the designated area in the All-Purpose Room before Mass. This is where the Blessed Sacrament will be reserved until the Easter Vigil.
Mass of the Lord's Supper begins at 7:00 p.m. Operation Rice Bowl Collection is taken. Private Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place 8:00-11:00 p.m. Solemn Night Prayer is held at 11:00 p.m.
Good Friday, April 3
It is the first, the longest, the most grim, and the starkest day of the Triduum. On this day, we confront the truth that the impassible God suffered, that the ever-living God died. We confront the dark fact that He did so for our sins.
Church will be open for prayer 12:00-3:00 p.m.
Stations of the Cross begin at 3:00 p.m.
Full Liturgy with Veneration of the Cross, Petitions,
Scriptures & Communion Service takes place at 7:00 p.m.
The Holy Land Collection is taken.
Holy Saturday, April 4
Noon Blessing of the Food
Followed by Parish Easter Egg Hunt
7:30 p.m. Easter Vigil Mass
Blessing of Easter Food
Several ethnic groups have kept alive the tradition of blessing food on Holy Saturday. The staples for the Easter Sunday meal (or, in some cultures, the Saturday vigil meal) - bread, wine, the colored eggs, the ham - are all placed in a basket and brought to the church to be bless. Everyone is invited to place your food items in a basket and gather in the church at noon for the Blessing of Food on Holy Saturday.
Easter Egg Hunt
St. Joseph Parish will be holding an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4, at 12:30 p.m. beginning in the church parking lot. The hunt is open to all children ages 2-9.
Donations Needed—We are asking for donations from the PSR kids from grades PreK–3 for donations of Easter items – plastic eggs, candy, small toys, and stuff animals (especially bunnies!) for the Easter Egg Hunt. Please bring your donations to PSR or drop them off at the Parish Office by April 1.
The high point of the liturgical year! This moving liturgy consists of The Service of Light, Liturgy of the Word, Baptism of new Christians and renewal of Baptismal vows, and the Eucharist takes place after nightfall on Holy Saturday. The third and consummating rite of the RCIA process, the Sacraments of Initiation, also takes place at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday. The Elect culminate their long journey to initiation in the waters of Baptism -- then, with the candidates, the newly baptized are sealed with the oil of Confirmation and share the bread and wine of the Eucharist as full members of the Roman Catholic community.
Easter Sunday, April 5
8:30 and 11:15 a.m. Masses
Easter Sunday is a day all about seeking. The early Christian communities gathered around the Apostles, seeking more about the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus. Saint Paul told the baptized Colossians to "seek what is above." Mary of Magdala went to the tomb, seeking to find the Lord's body so that she could anoint it. We come to church on Easter Sunday, seeking many things. For some of us, this is a once-a-year journey, when we seek connection with the foundations of the Christian faith. For others, this day is the culmination of a long journey of Lenten repentance. For the newly baptized, this is the first day of a new life filled with promise and expectation. Whatever it is that we seek, let us be inspired by the disciple whom Jesus loved who, when he saw the wrappings of cloth inside the empty tomb, "saw and believed." ©Copyright, J.S. Paluch Co.
The Appalachian Experience group is hosting a Huge Rummage Sale at the Mantua Knights of Columbus Hall (11845 St. Rt. 44) on Wednesday, April 8, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., and Thursday, April 9, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Donations of clean, usable items are appreciated and may be dropped off at the front entrance of the K of C Hall on Monday, April 6, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., and Tuesday, April 7, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., or by appointment. For further information, please contact Dan & Sean Fejes (330-274-2481) or Margery Cleary (330-274-7274).
Third Annual PSR Bake Sale
The 6th & 7th grade students of PSR are sponsoring a Bake Sale to benefit the poor of the world on Sunday, April 12, after each of the Masses. Donations of baked goods are needed (simply bring to their table in the hallway before Mass). Proceeds will be divided equally between St. Joseph Cares, Appalachian Experience, Catholic Charities, and Catholic Relief Services. Your support is appreciated.
Totally Catholic Fundraising
It is our privilege to offer you an opportunity to purchase beautiful imported hand-made Italian, Czech and Mexican rosaries, and a large variety of Catholic medals, crucifixes, necklaces, and bracelets. An assortment of First Communion, Confirmation and RCIA gift items are included. Please come past our display after Masses April 11/12 & 18/19 and see what we are offering. Whether you need a new rosary for yourself or as a gift, or want a crucifix to wear, saint medal, bracelet, necklace or other expressive reminder of your faith, we have a variety to meet your needs. Your purchase of these quality items supports our parish youth activities and programs. Thank you for your support!
Wonderful Celebration for St. Joseph Feast Day
& Jan Huter's Retirement!
Thank you to everyone who came out to help celebrate our parish's feast day and Jan Huter's retirement. It was a wonderful event with lots of good food, fellowship, and fun! Our special thanks go out to members of our Garden Club who did a beautiful job coordinating this gathering, to Ken Zander for sharing his artistic talents to give Jan a wonderful keepsake, to Jim & Cathy Schultis for being our photographers for the day, and to Jason Adkins for provided balloon creations for the kids.
"Many thanks to my Saint Joseph's family for making my retirement party so very special. The day was absolutely wonderful and I truly appreciate all the kind words, the many warm hugs, and the very thoughtful gifts I received. An extra thanks to Father Garvey and the Garden Club for all they did to make that Sunday so special. I am truly grateful. Many, many thanks." - Jan Huter
Take a chance at some fabulous prizes with the Ox Roast Fair 2015 Main Raffle - tickets are on sale now! First prize is a Harley Street Glide Special FLHXS Motorcycle valued at $20,599.00 & supplied by Carlton Harley Davidson of Mantua, OH. Second prize is $3,000.00 Cash!
Tickets are $10.00 each or book of 6 for $50.00. Purchase online at stjosephmantua.weshareonline.org (checking/savings direct withdrawal, debit & credit cards), at area events, through St. Joe parishioners (pick up your tickets to sell or purchase in the Narthex), or during the 52nd Ox Roast Fair, July 17-19, 2015. Raffle Drawings held Sunday evening of the Fair at 9:30 p.m. (winners need not be present). Click here for more information.
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. 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."
Parish Pictorial Directories
Our beautiful new Parish Pictorial Directory was completed and made available in the Fall of 2014. Everyone who had their portrait taken through Lifetouch received a free directory. Additional directories are available for purchase at $10.00 each. Please contact the Parish Office (330-274-2253) if you would like to purchase a copy.