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.
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). Also, 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.
You'll love the finished product!
Our program, Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), to assist the faith journey of persons wishing to become Catholic Christians is starting for the next cycle of preparation. If you have considered membership at one time or another, perhaps this is the year to “take the plunge.” For details, please contact Sr. Joyce Schreiber, SND at 330-274-2253.
Free Community Meals
St. Joseph’s Free Community Meal program has received $200.00 in support from the Rice Bowl program through the Diocese of Youngstown. Rice Bowl monies are those that are collected in our parish during Lent. These monies support the Catholic Campaign for Human Development both locally and around the world.
St. Joseph Parish’s Free Community Meals will be starting again on Sunday, September 28, 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.
Bible Study to Resume
The Letters of Paul will be the subject of a ten week program beginning September 30. Class will be held in the Parish Center at 10:30 in the morning and at 7:00 in the evening and last about one hour. The object of study is an encounter with the person and preaching of Paul that inflames our hearts towards Jesus Christ. It would help to have a contemporary Catholic translation, of the Bible, for example, New American Bible, or even more recent, New American Bible Revised Edition, or New Revised Standard Version. Please contact Sr. Joyce Schreiber, SND to register or to ask any questions (330-274-2253). Class dates are September 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18, 25, and December 2 in the Parish Center.
Your Opinion, Please . . .
In an effort to hear from Catholics throughout the diocese, you are invited to complete the survey available online September 1-30. You'll be asked questions concerning Worship & Prayer, Christian Service (Caring for the Poor), Catechesis/Faith Education, Evangelization, Finances, Administration, and Family Life and Formation. We encourage all parishioners 13 years of age or older, active or inactive, to participate in this important information gathering effort.
Log on to the Diocese of Youngstown’s website, www.doy.org, click on “The New Evangelization” logo which will take you to the Office of Evangelization page, then scroll down to the 2014 General Assembly Survey link (click). Fr. Shori’s welcome letter will appear giving specific directions and the survey link at the bottom of his message. Be sure to indicate “St. Joseph Parish - Mantua” near the end of the survey. Please contact the Diocese of Youngstown’s tech department (330-744-8451, ext. 268 or 269) or Kathi at the Parish Office (330-274-2253) with any difficulties.
Although the online submission is the preferred method, you can also obtain a written copy of the survey in the Narthex, at the Parish Office, or by calling the Office of Evangelization at 330-744-8451 (ext. 237). During October and November there will be deanery (county) gatherings to share and discuss the survey results and what impact they may have on our diocese and parishes.
The Diocese of Youngstown will be engaged in a General Assembly from August-November 2014. Our call to new evangelization and the continuing demands of reconfiguration are always before us. Hopefully, once this process is complete we will have a clearer vision for the diocese as far as the kind of church we wish to be in the future based on the teaching and example of Christ. Once this process is complete, it is our hope that we will have a clearer vision for each deanery in light of their local needs, and we will have a clearer vision for each parish as they respond to the specific communities they serve.
The purpose of the assembly is: (1) to bring together the diverse peoples of the diocese for prayer and reflection; (2) to define the future direction of the diocese and the model of Church that can be most helpful in guiding our people to Christ; (3) to make collective efforts to encourage the necessary changes that will be required to reach the diocesan and parish goals that will emerge; and (4) to help deanery parishes better collaborate on issues of finances, staffing, scheduling of Masses and other parish services.
K of C Women's Auxiliary to Host Fashion Show
Come to the Mantua K of C Hall on Sunday, October 5, 1:00-5:00 p.m. for a look at fashions from Dress Barn & Maurice’s of Solon. The day includes a luncheon, raffle baskets, and lots of goodies to shop for—a good venue for Christmas shopping! Admission is still $10.00 but bring extra $$ for the raffle baskets if that interests you! All baskets have a $50+ value. As always there will be lots of door prizes! Tickets will be available in the Narthex after Masses September 20/21 & 27/28. For more information, please contact Faith Szygenda (216-406-3825). The proceeds from this year's show will be donated to the 4C's and help out their Christmas family.
Adult Confirmation Opportunity This Fall
The Diocese of Youngstown offers an adult confirmation opportunity at St. Columba Cathedral. You must call your home parish (deadline is Monday, October 6) and attend instruction classes there. The parish will then register you for confirmation at the cathedral. The celebration is Sunday, November 23, at 2:00 p.m. Please call the Parish Office (330-274-2253) to register or for further information.
Community Rosary Opportunities
The Women’s Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus will be praying the Rosary on Monday, October 6, at 6:30 p.m. in the church. Their meeting will follow at 7:00 p.m. in the All-Purpose Room. All are welcome.
Click here to learn more about this open to ALL Catholic women, age 16 and over - not just the wives of the Knights.
St. Joseph's PSR will be saying a Community Rosary on Sunday, October 12, at 10:00 a.m. For this rosary, all PSR students will be using rosaries donated to our program by Tom Noble of www.RosaryarePeace.com in loving memory of Robert Zalewski and Roy Brugmann. All are invited to participate.
Anointing of the Sick
We invite all who are suffering infirmities to receive this sacrament which we offer on Sunday, October 12, at the 11:15 a.m. Mass. A light luncheon for participants and their family/friends will follow. Calling to register is not a requirement but it will assist us with catering and table arrangements (330-274-2253). Thank you.
Please contact the Parish Office (330-274-2253)
to register or for more information and .
2014-2015 Speakers’ Series
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. Mark your calendars for the following Wednesday evenings at 7:00-8:30 p.m. in our church.
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.