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.
Baptismal Font Improvements
The remodeling of our Baptismal font has been completed. The liturgical symbols were placed on the fountain last week. The water of river is symbolic of life giving sanctifying grace that wash away original sin and give us the promise of eternal life. The shell is symbolic of God the Father pouring forth salvation to the world. The large fish, which was used in the early church as a gathering sign for believers, stands for Christ. The smaller fish represent the members of the Church today living in the waters of faith. Lastly, the dove represents the Holy Spirit who came down on Our Lord at his Baptism by John in the Jordan River. The art work was done by Radiant Arts of Beach City, Ohio. The presentation was completed in memory of Roy Brugmann, a long time member of our community. We hope you have an opportunity to take a closer look at it.
St. Joseph’s PSR Office reopened on Tuesday, August 12 (see hours below). PSR Enrollment is in advance of registration and is for students who will be attending our program for the first time this year. You can enroll your student/s at the PSR Office 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Friday throughout the month of August. Or you can enroll your students at the Parish Center during regular St. Joseph Parish office hours. If your child was baptized at a parish other than St. Joseph Parish, please bring your child/ren’s baptismal record/s at this time. If you have any questions or need any further information, please contact the Parish Office at 330-274-2253 or Peg Haney at 330-274-2268.
St. Joseph Parish’s School of Religion will reconvene on Sunday, September 21, beginning at 9:30 a.m. We will be hosting a donut social for all of our students and their parents. Registration (for parents of returning students) and classes will follow. PSR fees for the 2014-15 school year will remain the same: $30.00 per student, with an $80.00 maximum per family. Students receiving sacramental instruction (First Communion, Confirmation) pay an additional $25.00.
Parish Directory News
The directory design proof has been sent back to Lifetouch to start printing and should be ready by the end of August. If you were photographed, you will receive a free copy of our new parish directory. If you ordered & paid for an extra copy of the pictorial directory, one will be reserved for you. A limited number of extra copies will be available for $10.00 each when they arrive. Distribution and sale of directories will be in the Narthex (if you’d like to help, please contact Kathi at 330-274-2253 or email@example.com).
A big THANK YOU to everyone Involved in our Parish Directory Portrait Sessions! From those helping with Narthex sign-ups 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.
We can't wait to see the finished product by mid-September!
Market Day Is Back!
Our Market Day program resumes in the month of August. All profit from the Market Day program benefits our PSR program and is used for supplies and special events. Last year, we raised over $1,400.00! You can find order forms in the Narthex or you can order online at www.marketday.com. Order forms can be delivered to the Parish or PSR Offices before the monthly deadline. The deadline for August orders is Friday, August 29. Pick-up will be Wednesday, September 3, 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Hughes Hall.
DOY General Assembly
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.
In an effort to hear from Catholics throughout the diocese, you are invited to complete the survey found by logging on to www.doy.org. The survey will be available during the month of September. You can also obtain a written copy of the survey at your 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.