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.
Crestwood Community Churches
Thanksgiving Service Project
The Thanksgiving Service Project being taken on in 2014 is a collection for individuals and families staying at Safer Futures & Miller Community House. Cleaning supplies, linens, and toiletries and personal hygiene products will be collected at Crestwood Community Churches. Items needed include: glass and surface cleaner, all-purpose cleaners/disinfectants, bathroom cleaner, tub & tile cleaner, dish soap, sponges, scouring pads, brushes, brooms & dust pans, trash bags, towels, wash cloths, twin bed sheets, pillows, combs, soap, shampoo & conditioner, lotions, toothbrushes & toothpaste, dental floss, mouth wash, deodorant. Collection boxes will be available at Crestwood community churches.
Volunteers from Mantua Center Christian Church,
Hiram Christian Church, Hilltop Christian Church,
Portage Faith United Methodist Church, and St. Joseph Church
will come together for a packing and delivery celebration
on Saturday, November 22, at 9:00 a.m.
in Hughes Hall of St. Joseph Church
At St. Joseph's Thanksgiving Day Liturgy will be on Thursday, November 27, with a 9:00 a.m. Mass. We come to give thanks for our many blessings in this seasonal tradition. All are welcome.
Thanksgiving Dinner for Senior Citizens
The Mantua Knights of Columbus are planning to host their 31st Annual Thanksgiving Dinner for Senior Citizens of our area on Sunday, November 23, beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the K of C Hall. This year’s theme for this free dinner is “A Hollywood Christmas” (costumes welcome). Reservations begin November 1 and are a must for this “first come, first serve” event. For more information or to make your reservations, please call 330-274-4982. Please leave your name, phone number, and how many guests.
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
St. Joseph has once again been asked to participate in the Salvation Army Christmas red kettle campaign the weekend of November 28/29. The money raised in this drive is used to help needy people in our area by providing some of the following: holiday meals for seniors, Christmas gifts for poor children and housing for the needy. The one-hour shifts are at the Mantua Station Drug Co. (St. Rt. 44 across from Crestwood High School) on Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Please contact Dan Baumbick (330-760-3564) if you’re interested in volunteering or want additional information.
Giving Tree in Narthex
Our annual Advent tradition of the Giving Tree begins this weekend. Coordinated by Wendy Nuti and family, this community outreach provides those in need with a little brighter Christmas (this may be the only gifts they receive). “Wish lists” were obtained from Catholic Charities of Portage County. To participate, please select a tag, shop, and return your wrapped gifts to the Narthex with the tag securely attached and visible by Sunday, December 14.
Advent Calendar For Adults
For anyone who’s interested, there’s a wonderful adult version of the Advent calendar on the Loyola Press website. The reflections are an engaging and modern look into contemporary Catholicism. The site also offers an array of Advent activities, prayers, and reflections. Learn about Advent and some of the ways we celebrate the first season of the liturgical year.
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."
Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary - December 8th
A Holy Day of Obligation in the United States, this is the day on which we celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin, the conception of Mary in the womb of her mother. This feast intensifies our preparation during Advent, remembering how God prepared for Christ's birth by creating Mary free form original sin at conception. What makes her conception immaculate is not that she was conceived by the Holy Ghost of a virgin, as was Christ Our Lord, but that from the very moment of her conception, she was filled with grace by God, Who knew, in His omniscience, that she would say "yes" to the Angel Gabriel and become the Mother of the Savior. Chosen by God, Mary reverses the sin of Eve. Because of her obedience, God's Salvation is made know to all the nations.
In 2014 on this is Holyday of Obligation, St. Joseph's will have
liturgies at 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 8.