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The Finance Council of St. Joseph Parish carefully and regularly reviews all financial aspects of parish operations including the church, the weekly collections, and all fund raising activities, including the annual Ox Roast Fair. The council works closely with the Pastor and the Pastoral Council in allocating funds for short and long term obligations and plans to help the parish carry out its overall mission. Members discuss current and future budgets, diocesan assessments, capital improvements, parish investments, and strategic planning.
The Finance Council meets the first Thursday of the month (or as needed) at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Center. If your talents and interests would help the Finance Council, please contact Parish Office (330-274-2253).
Fr. Edward Stafford (Pastor), Karen Schulz (Chairperson & Parish Council Representative), Joe Benek, Cindy Clark (Business Office Manager), Ken Emerick, Dan Safko, Cathy Sherbondy.
Save Time and Donate Online!
As of November 1, 2014, 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.
In addition to our Sunday collection, there are options for all of the special collections held for our parish and diocese including our Flower Fund Intentions for Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day, and Christmas. 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.
Did You Know?
While not required, you may print a donation slips to drop in the collection basket.
After enrolling, you may download a PDF of personalized donation slips that you can print.
Do not use your envelopes once you have enrolled in our online giving program.
Your contributions will be recorded from WeShare reports.
If you would like to enroll in Online Giving, please visit https://stjosephmantua.weshareonline.org or click on the Give Online with WeShare logo (link also 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."
Adopted: 9/13/2004 (revised 10/7/2011)
Article 1: Name
This organization shall be called St. Joseph Church Finance Council
Article 2: Purpose
The purpose of this Council is to serve the Pastor and the Parish in matters regarding the Parish in financial resources in a responsible and honorable manner that is directed by the laws of the universal Church and local bishop.
Article 3: Objectives
The purpose of the Council is enacted through the following objectives:
By meeting regularly to review and oversee the financial resources of the parish
To advise the Pastor in matters pertaining to the financial resources of the parish in a fiscally responsible and honest manner
To review the financial and employment policies of the parish
To respond, review, and encourage the continued call to pastoral stewardship of time, talent, and treasure
To ensure that permanent, accurate, and complete minutes are kept as a record of all finance committee meetings.
Article 4: Council Make-Up
The Council shall consist of no less than six members and no more than eight members at any given time. The chairperson is appointed by the Pastor and is an ex-officio member of the Parish Council.
Article 5: Eligibility
Membership to the Council shall be open to all registered active members of St. Joseph Parish. Members must be confirmed and 16 years of age and must be regular, active, participating members of the Parish.
Article 6: Membership and Terms
Terms shall be for two years and commence in September. Members may serve for two consecutive 3-year terms. Upon completion of the second 3-year term, the member must be absent from the Council for one year before reapplying for membership.
Appointment to the Council will be through self-nomination or through nomination by an existing Council member. Vacancies will be filled on a first-come basis. In the event nominations outnumber vacancies, the Pastor will decide.
Article 7: Responsibilities of Members
Members shall be responsible for attending all Council meetings. Three consecutive unexcused absences can be cause for removal from the Council.
2013 Debt Reduction Campaign
Sunday, March 16, 2014, was a great day in the history of St. Joseph Parish. Our celebration marking the feast of our patron and the retirement of our debt to our diocese will be a marvelous event. It was made possible by the hard work and generosity of the people of this lovely parish who participated in our Debt Reduction Campaign. There had been a significant build up of debt due to lagging bills and built up obligations. We conducted a drive with a goal of $35K and raised $68,909. Fantastic!! Fr. Garvey sent a check on February 14, 2014 for the remaining balance of slightly less than nine thousand. The remaining funds have been placed in a fund for capital improvements and emergencies. The debt reduction committee and Fr. Garvey send you our heartfelt thanks. What a celebration!
SJS Educational Trust Fund
The St. Joseph School Educational Trust Fund was established February 20, 1984, with the purpose to establish financial stability for our school now and in the future. The Trust Fund is controlled jointly by Pastoral Council, the Trust Fund Committee, and the Pastor of St. Joseph's (under Fr. Garvey's pastorate, the Finance Council members serve as the Trust Fund Committee). Upon the decision to close St. Joseph School in 2010 due to declining enrollment, the pastor, Fr. Michael Garvey, requested permission from the Parish Council and the Finance Council to use the principal as well as any interest to help pay school bills. In April of 2010 he then asked for official approval to close out the School Trust Fund (referring to Declaration and Agreement of Trust document's termination section). Trust Fund Intentions will be a part of weekend Masses once every two months.