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)
Eucharistic Adoration: First Friday of each month, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
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 Scopilitti ~ 1/17/41 - 1/8/15
Registration Is Now Open for the Run of the Ox!
Be a part of this year's 5K Run/Walk or 1M Fun Walk at St. Joseph's Annual Ox Roast Fair!!! Race will take place on Saturday morning of the fair, July 18. Registration is at 7:00 a.m. in front of the church and the race begins at 8:00 a.m. Out & back course begins at St. Joe's, heads down St. Joseph Blvd. to Pioneer Trail, onto Bowen Rd. to St. Rt. 82 & back to the church (Fun Walk takes place on church grounds).
Awards will be given to the top 3 overall and the top 3 in the following age groups: 11 & under, 12-15, 16-19, 20-29,30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and over. Features include water stops, timers, t-shirts (first 150 registrations), and refreshments. Pre-registration fee is $16.00 by July 13. Race day registration is $20.00.
If you would like to volunteer the day of the race or be a race sponsor, please contact Brian Hirsch (email@example.com or 330-297-1465). Please spread the word to all your friends and families to support this event!! Please click on the following link and it will take you right to the HMA registration site: http://www.zapevent.com/ListActivities.aspx?eventid=7724.
2015 Ox Roast Fair Raffle Tickets Available
Take a chance at some fabulous prizes with the Ox Roast Fair 2015 Main Raffle - tickets are on sale now! First prize is a Harley Street Glide Special FLHXS Motorcycle valued at $20,599.00+ & supplied by Carlton Harley Davidson of Mantua, OH. Second prize is $3,000.00 Cash!
Tickets are $10.00 each or book of 6 for $50.00. Purchase online at stjosephmantua.weshareonline.org (checking/savings direct withdrawal, debit & credit cards), at area events, through St. Joe parishioners (pick up your tickets to sell or purchase in the Narthex), or during the 52nd Ox Roast Fair, July 17-19, 2015. Raffle Drawings held Sunday evening of the Fair at 9:30 p.m. (winners need not be present). Click here for more information.
K of C Women's Auxiliary Ox Roast Fair Raffle
Be sure to take a chance on the 2015 raffle for the Women's Auxiliary! This year's first prize is a One Hour Hot Air Balloon Ride courtesy of Spitfire Balloon Team (date to be determined; 12 years & older) with a fun filled basket & a second prize of a Coleman Portable Gas Grill & a 60 qt. Coleman Cooler filled with all the necessities for a successful tailgating party or a simple picnic for two including a K & K Meats gift card. The drawing will be held at 9:00 p.m. Sunday night of the Fair. Winner need not be present. Tickets are $1.00 each or a book of 6 for $5.00 and can be purchased from any member of the Women's Auxiliary or at their booth at the Ox Roast Fair. Proceeds go towards furnishing their "Christmas Family" with food and gifts for the entire family.
Father Garvey Annoucements His Retirement
I want to share with you some information and thoughts about my retirement at the end of August from being pastor of St. Joseph Church. I have truly enjoyed my almost seven years here and am most grateful for the kindness and friendships we have shared. In late August I will turn 70, the retirement age in our diocese. I will move back to Pensacola, FL where I served in the Navy and own a home. I will be a “weekend helper” to both the civilian and military communities. The letter of approval from Bishop Murry read “retirement from active ministry”. I think I have to prayerfully figure out just what that means.
I can assure you I will not forget you! I can further assure you that the diocese has advertized our parish to the “younger priests” as a stand alone parish, that is you should get a full time priest as your next pastor.
As to “why” . . . I’m older, I get tired, I need a change, and you need an enthusiastic, younger priest that I know Bishop Murry will send. So I will continue to pray for you now and after my retirement. I ask also for your prayers as I work into this transition. In the mean time, let’s joyfully celebrate our faith and share our gifts of service for the glory of God!
New Pastor Assigned
At Masses the weekend of May 30/31, Father Garvey announced that he'd received word about his successor after he retires from active ministry August 31. Effective September 1, Rev. Edward Stafford, T.O.R. will become the next pastor of St. Joseph, Mantua. Father Stafford is a native of Youngstown, he attended Ursuline High School, Youngstown State University, Kent State University in Kent, Saint Francis College in Loretto, PA, and Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C. Father Stafford was ordained in 1999 as a Franciscan priest. He served in a variety of assignments in West Virginia and Pennsylvania prior to seeking incardination to the Diocese of Youngstown in 2012. Since his return to the Diocese of Youngstown, he has served as Parochial Vicar of Christ the Servant Parish in Canton and St. Rose Parish in Girard where he is currently Associate Pastor with Rev. Msgr. John Zuraw. We look forward to meeting Fr. Stafford and welcoming him to St. Joseph's!
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."
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.