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.
Christ Is Risen ~ Alleluia! Alleluia!
50 Days of Easter
Easter Day is certainly the most important day of the church year. The celebration of Easter begins during the Easter Vigil after nightfall on Holy Saturday, continues through Easter Sunday and into the Easter season, a full 50 days, until Pentecost (the day that the Holy Spirit was given to the Church). The Great 50 Days of Easter are a wonderful opportunity to explore and celebrate Easter more fully than we can possibly squeeze into a single day. These fifty days can be a time of learning to live the way of Easter in our everyday experience.
New Parish Organization Forming
Deacon Gerry Scopilliti is heading up a new organization for St. Joe’s—the Parish Social Life Committee. This group plans to host a variety of parish social activities throughout the year for singles, couples, and families with children. The committee cordially invites new members as well as any suggestions that may enhance our parish social life. Please contact Deacon Gerry (330-569-4795) for more information.
Come and join us at our first
Parish Social Life function!
Saturday, April 30
beginning at 6:30 p.m.
in Hughes Hall
Ad Altare Dei Award Recipients
Congratulations to Boy Scout Troop #575 members Steve Duber, Connor Rowe, Stephen Glova, Jacob Ober, and Collin Gross for receiving their Ad Altare Dei (Catholic Religious Award meaning to the altar of God) presented by Bishop Murry at St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown on April 23. Based on the seven sacraments, this program helps the Scout develop a fully Christian life in the faith community. Thank you to Tom Smith and Evelyn Glova for all their hard work and dedication to these fine young men.
Also, Tom Smith was awarded the Bronze Pelican from the Diocese of Youngstown. This is the highest Catholic honor in scouting. Recipients of the Bronze Pelican award realize that they are to be useful and faithful instruments of Christ. They endeavor to develop in a boy or girl the awareness of God’s presence in all scouting activities. It is through these persons, who give of their time to counsel, to lead, and to train young people to be better Christian citizens, that a greater Christian content to scouting is provided. A well deserved honor for a great Scout leader.
May is Mary's Month
Start off the month by praying the rosary. All are invited to join the Women's Auxiliary (including men) in praying the rosary on Monday, May 2, at 6:30 p.m. in the church. All Catholic women are invited to attend the Women's Auxiliary meeting immediately following.
On Sunday, May 8, our First Communicants will be participating in a May Crowning devotion during the 11:15 a.m. Mass. This is a wonderful opportunity for our congregation to celebrate this milestone with our second graders.
Year of Mercy ~ 2016 Night to Honor Mary
The Annual Night to Honor Mary Prayer Service will be held on Friday, May 6, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Columba Cathedral, Youngstown, and on Friday, May 20, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Canton. The Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J., Bishop of Youngstown, will preside at both of these devotional services to honor our Blessed Mother during this Year of Mercy. All are invited to this Prayer Service that will include scripture readings, a homily, hymns and recitation of the rosary.
2016 Annual Bishop’s Appeal for Catholic Charities and Church
Our parish has joined with parishes throughout the Diocese of Youngstown in making a commitment to the 2016 Bishop’s Appeal for Catholic Charities and Church. This year’s goal is $4.2 million. The Appeal, in its 20th year, is the primary funding source for Catholic Charities in our six-county diocese. There has been an ever-increasing number of needy persons coming to Catholic Charities for help and they depend on our support of the Bishop’s Appeal. The Bishop’s Appeal also helps to subsidize traditional Church ministries including Religious Education, Youth and Young Adult Ministries. Bishop Murry is counting on our support of the 2016 Bishop’s Appeal. It is his fervent hope that every parish will reach their goal - St. Joseph Parish's goal is $33,578.00. Thank you to those members of our parish who have responded to the in-mail phase or through the in-pew packet. If you have not made a commitment, please take some time to read the in-pew appeal packet and prayerfully consider how you can best respond with a commitment very soon. Thank you for your prayerful reflection and generous response to the Annual Appeal. If you have not responded to the 2016 Bishop’s Appeal, please do so by Pentecost Sunday, May 15, by visiting https://15181.thankyou4caring.org.
Be A Part Of This Year's Ox Roast Fair!
The 53rd Ox Roast Fair is set for July 15th, 16th, and 17th and is shaping up to the biggest and best ever. Limited Trade Booth space is available for the entire three days of the fair. The standard 10' x 10' booth rental fee is $350.00. A large booth, measuring 10' x 20', is also available for $450.00. Each booth is a lighted, open-sided booth with a canopy style cover (this is not an individual free standing tent). St. Joseph’s will supply one 8' table and two folding chairs. Trade booths which require special lighting and/or require the use of a vehicle are $550.00. For further information and an agreement form, please contact Vicki (330-730-2603 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
In addition, a variety of sponsorship opportunities are available from entertainment stages and mugs to Tractor & Truck Pulls, contests like Saturday’s "Run of the Ox" 5K Run/Walk & 1M Fun Walk and more! If you’d like to be a part of one of the area’s biggest event, please check out http://stjosephmantua.com/ox-sponsorship-opportunities for more details.
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."
Rita Kotkowski ~ 4/28/16 - 5/9/28
Jim Sargiovanni, Sr. ~ 4/21/16 - 9/10/29
Andrew Molick ~ 4/18/16 - 9/3/39
J.P. Holtz ~ 4/13/16 - 3/17/37
Stella Sindelar ~ 4/2/16 - 8/9/28
Sr. Marilyn Ruflin, H.M. ~ 4/1/16 - 7/6/39
Grace Reckner ~ 4/1/16 - 1/9/27
Clara Koerlin ~ 10/26/16 - 3/20/16
Dylan R. Stone ~ 3/26/96 - 3/11/16
Davida "Dee" Stanish ~ 4/17/62 - 2/19/16
"Ziggy" Przybylski ~ 6/18/24 - 2/3/16
Stella Malisiak ~ 4/27/19 - 1/19/16
Anne C. Chebra ~ 9/9/21 - 1/24/16
Dante Zambrini ~ 4/12/54 - 1/4/16
Austin Heritage ~ 7/8/27 - 1/1/16
Virginia Barnosky ~ 9/30/44 - 12/31/15
Peg Cofojohn ~ 3/14/28 - 12/15/15
Janis A. Rooth ~ 8/6/36 - 12/9/15
James F. Gaebelein ~ 12/7/15