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 Cty. Deanery Reconciliation Services
held during Advent & Lent - alt. locations)
Eucharistic Adoration: First Friday of each month, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Thanksgiving Day Liturgy
Deacon Gerry Scopilliti will lead a prayer service on Thanksgiving Day, November 26 at 10:00 a.m. This will include a Liturgy of the Word with Distribution of Holy Communion (not a Mass). There will also be a blessing of food. All are welcome.
“Keep the Kids Warm" Collection Drive
During November 2015, the Mantua Knights of Columbus will be conducting a "Keep the Kids Warm" winter gear collection drive. Helping area kids stay warm this year the Mantua K of C Council #3766 will be collecting hats, gloves and scarves for kids of all ages. New or slightly used winter coats are also being accepted. If you can help, please call Grand Knight Robert Zullo at 216-469-6953 to make arrangements for a drop off at the Mantua K of C Hall located at 11845 St. Rt. 44, Mantua, OH 44255. This drive is in conjunction with Portage County Catholic Charities. Each year the Knights and Catholic Charities help hundreds of local families keep warm during winter months. Your donations are greatly appreciated.
The Christian's version of "New Year's Day" is the First Sunday of Advent, when we begin again the entire cycle of the year. Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. Even as the secular culture around us blares its songs of reindeer and tinsel, as if Christmas were already here, the Christian calendar sets aside four weeks of quiet preparation. Advent has a two-fold character: as a season to prepare for Christmas when Christ's first coming to us is remembered; as a season when that remembrance directs our mind and heart to await Christ's second coming at the end of time. Advent thus is a period of devout and joyful expectation.
1st Sunday of Advent (Nov. 29, 2015) ~ Ready For The Return
As the season of Advent begins, we hear much about vigilance and preparedness. If today were your last day, would you be ready for the Lord's return?
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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.
On this is Holyday of Obligation, St. Joseph's will have
a 7:00 p.m. Vigil Mass on Monday, December 7,
and an 8:00 a.m. Mass on Tuesday, December 8.
The Jubilee Year of Mercy
A few months ago, Pope Francis announced the celebration of a Jubilee Year of Mercy as a way to recall and remind ourselves of God’s loving and tender mercy bestowed upon us. The Year of Mercy will officially begin on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 and end on Sunday, November 20, 2016. The motto and theme of this year is taken from Luke’s gospel – “Merciful like the Father.” (Luke 6.36). Pope Francis reminds us that God’s mercy has always been a part of human history from the time of Moses when He revealed himself as a “God merciful and gracious,” to sending His Son, “Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy.” Explaining God’s mercy, the pope states, “being merciful is concretely demonstrated in God’s many actions throughout the history of salvation where His goodness prevails over punishment and destruction.” Pope Francis has asked that this upcoming Year of Mercy be a time when all people of faith become ever mindful of God’s mercy in our lives and that we, in turn, show, give and offer that same mercy to one another. During the Year of Mercy, parishes in the Diocese will be asked to focus each month on one of the spiritual and/or corporal works of mercy.
You are invited to join Bishop George V. Murry, S.J.,
the priests of the Diocese and fellow parishioners
at the Opening Mass for the Jubilee Year of Mercy
on Sunday, December 6, at 2:00 p.m.
at St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown.
Pope Francis writes, “Mercy is the wellspring of joy, serenity and peace…
it reveals the very mystery of the Most Holy Trinity [and]
is the ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us.”
(Misericordiae Vultus [The Face of Mercy])
Join in the celebration as the Diocese of Youngstown opens the Jubilee Year of Mercy!
St. Columba Cathedral
154 West Wood St.
Youngstown Ohio 44503
To remember a loved one at Christmas you may wish to make a donation to the Christmas Flower Fund. Please use the special Christmas Flower envelope included in your contribution envelope packet (or a plain envelope). Be sure to PRINT the names of those you wish memorialize and indicate whether your contribution is “in memory of” (deceased) or “in honor of” (living). We ask that your intentions be turned in by December 14.
Giving Tree in the Narthex
Our annual Advent tradition of the Giving Tree begins this weekend. Coordinated by Wendy Nuti & family, this community outreach provides those in need with a little brighter Christmas (this may be the only gifts they receive). As in the past, this year’s 160 “wish lists” were obtained from Catholic Charities of Portage County. To participate, please select a tag, shop, andreturn your wrapped gifts to the Narthex with the tag securely attached and visible by Sunday, December 13. Gifts will be bagged on Monday, December 14, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Anyone wishing to assist in this task are encouraged to meet in the church. Questions? Please contact Wendy at 440-476-2881 or call the Parish Office.
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.
Genevieve Dedon ~ 5/12/18 - 11/10/15
Charles Engelhart ~ 11/1/42 - 11/2/15
Susan Berger ~ 12/22/27 - 10/18/15
Rocky Davis ~ 7/10/58 - 10/15/15
George Teslovich ~ 5/19/23 - 10/2/15
Andrea M. Lubinski ~ 9/27/58 - 10/4/15
Joan Pahoresky ~ 7/23/38 - 10/1/15
Aileen Hyden ~ 8/4/65 - 9/15/15
Louise M. Kaluba ~ 9/6/38 - 9/23/15
Zane G. Shafer ~ 9/30/86 - 8/22/15
Frank J. McKinley ~ 10/22/30 - 7/31/15
Stephen Baragry ~ 8/6/? - 8/5/15
Richard R. Krause, Sr. ~ 4/3/31 - 8/2/15
Frank J. McKinley ~ 10/22/30 - 7/31/15
John Hoey ~ 1927 - 7/2/15
Franciska Senti ~ 4/26/40 - 7/23/15
Amelia R. Miller ~ 3/11/31 - 7/11/15
Minnie M. Logan ~ 8/9/32 - 6/30/15
Donna M. Schmidt ~ 1961 - 6/29/15
Lewis C. Cash ~ 1/23/30 - 6/19/15
West O. Clark ~ 6/26/61 - 6/19/15
Ernest A. Laczko ~ 9/28/46 - 6/15/15
Marian Kosey ~ 1/15/24 - 6/8/15
Mary Lehman ~ 7/8/23 - 6/8/15
Mary Ann Painley ~ 1/2/43 - 6/6/15
Donald Daczko ~ 10/10/31 - 6/6/15
Joseph Delphia ~ 10/2/37 - 5/13/15
Mary Rose Curney ~ 12/14/78 - 4/19/15
Dorothy M. Kapel ~ 3/18/35 - 4/11/15
Daniel G. Brezovec ~ 5/7/39 - 4/10/15
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 Scopilliti ~ 1/17/41 - 1/8/15