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.
Holy Rosary: First Saturday of each month, 4:20 p.m. (seasonal devotions offered with PSR classes & K of C Women's Auxiliary)
Prepare The Way
Saint John the Baptist appears on the scene today as Advent enters its second week. The mysterious consumer of locusts and wild honey, John echoes the words of the prophet Isaiah as he calls for repentance in the face of the nearness of the kingdom of heaven. The rhythms of the Christian life are often confounding. Each year we meet the Baptist and hear his calls for repentance. Each year we see him pointing to the one who is coming after him, the Lord Jesus. Yet each year the words and actions of John the Baptist echo anew in our hearts, because we have fallen into old sinful traps again and again. Advent gives us the opportunity once again to turn away from our sinful ways and embrace the gospel way of life. John the Baptist invites us to prepare the way for the Lord, in whom we place our hope. Copyright (c) J. S. Paluch Co., Inc.
Your Donation Works For Aging Religious
“I read that roughly 95 percent of donations to the Retirement Fund for Religious aid senior religious,” a donor writes. “That’s wonderful when we truly want our donations to work.” Your gift works for elderly religious by helping to furnish medications, nursing care, and more. Sr. Joyce Schreiber, SND, spoke about this collection during Masses the weekend of November 26/27. Please support the December 2/3 collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious, and give to those who have given a lifetime.
Christmas Eve Children’s Chorus
A children’s chorus is now forming for 5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass. All children in grades 1-12 are welcome. Rehearsal will be on Thursdays, December 1–22, from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. in the church. No choral experience needed. If your child can not read music that is not a problem. Just show up with a love of singing! Please call Holly Gedeon at 330-842-0622 if you are interested in having your child be a part of this wonderful tradition or if you have any questions!
What Is Eucharistic Adoration?
Eucharistic adoration is the act of worshiping God as He is present in the consecrated Eucharist. Since the Last Supper, when Jesus broke the bread and distributed the wine, saying, “This is my Body” and “This is my Blood,” Catholics have believed that the bread and wine are no longer merely baked wheat and fermented grape juice, but the actual living presence of the Second Person of the Trinity. Spending time before the Blessed Sacrament, in prayer and devotion, is exactly the same as spending time before the living God. Adoration occurs whenever someone kneels in front of a tabernacle that contains the Blessed Sacrament, genuflects toward a tabernacle, bows before receiving the Blessed Sacrament at Mass, or, in a more focused way, when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed for adoration. Please join us for this devotion on Friday, December 2, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
The Holy Rosary - Contemplating Christ with Mary
The Rosary isn't simply reciting prayers from memory. It is so much more. It is one of the most beneficial ways of praying for it unites both vocal and mental prayer. Contemplating these mysteries in the life of Jesus and Mary will excite in you a deep love and reverence for God. This relationship with God will sustain you throughout your life. The Rosary will be prayed on the first Saturday of each month at 4:20 p.m. (parishioners are asked to sign up for future months). You are encouraged to join us for this devotion on Saturday, December 3.
Advent Reconciliation Opportunities
The faithful are encouraged to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation this Advent season. Several opportunities to receive the sacrament will be offered:
Portage County Deanery Communal Penance Service Monday, December 5, 7:00-8:00 p.m.,
St. Ambrose Church, Garrettsville
Portage County Deanery Communal Penance Service Tuesday, December 6, 7:00-8:00 p.m.,
St. Patrick Church, Kent
Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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. St. Joseph’s will have Mass at 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on December 8.
Annual Giving Tree
Our annual Advent tradition of the Giving Tree begins the weekend of November 26/27. Coordinated by the Nuti Family, this community outreach provides those in need with a little brighter Christmas (this may be the only gifts they receive). Once again “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 11. We thank the Nuti Family for once again coordinating this project. If you would like to help assembly the bags of gifts on Monday, December 12, please contact Dan and Wendy Nuti (440-382-6441 or email@example.com).
Volunteers Needed For St. Joseph's Live Nativity
The Women’s Auxiliary of the Mantua Knights of Columbus #3766 is presenting a drive-through Live Nativity on St. Joseph Church grounds Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 16, 17 and 18, 6:00–8:00 p.m. Participants include Scouts, 4H members, PSR students, members of the Women’s Auxiliary, Mantua Knights of Columbus, as well as members of St. Joseph Parish. Volunteers are needed to play the parts; help with set-up & take-down, and handle the hot chocolate, admission or donation stations. Animals are also needed. Come join us in caroling, celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, and have a cup of hot chocolate to keep warm. Admission is a donation of $5.00 per car load and non-perishable food items are also appreciated. Proceeds from this event will help with church repairs. To volunteer or for more details, please contact Kathy Paroff (616-723-3091 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 19.
The Nativity of the Lord - December 25th
The Feast of the Nativity is a most joyous one that celebrates the incredible reality that the Second Person of the Trinity was born of a Virgin. The mood is summed up by Luke 2:14, "Glory to God in the highest: and on earth peace to men of good will."
Our Vigil Masses is held on December 24, at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m. (5:00 p.m. Mass includes a children's choir). There is no midnight Mass at St. Joe's. On December 25, there will be a 10:00 a.m. Mass for Christmas Day. Prayers of the Faithful for all Christmas Masses will be for our Christmas Flower Fund Intentions.
Looking for a New Year’s Eve Party!
The Women’s Auxiliary of the Mantua Knights of Columbus Council #3766 is planning to have a New Year’s Eve/Reverse Raffle party on Saturday, December 31. If you’re looking for a fun time, at a good price, come and join them at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Sentinel Party Center, 11845 St. Rt. 44, Mantua, OH 44255. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Tickets, available through Jay D’Aurelio (330-569-8156), cost $65/couple, $50/single, and include appetizers, raffle, dinner, open bar, DJ, dancing and a midnight champagne toast. All proceeds go towards a new roof for St. Joseph Church.
Portage County Dinner & Doctrine
The Catholic Parishes of Portage County are once again sponsoring a monthly Dinner & Doctrine series for Catholics of the area to be held at The Overlook, 1519 Overlook Rd., Twin Lakes (formerly the Twin Lakes Country Club). The evenings include a buffet dinner beginning at 6:00 p.m. (with a cash bar) followed by a guest speaker, 7:00-8:00 p.m. The next presentation will be Tuesday, January 17, featuring Fr. Pat Manning, Associate Professor of Theology, Walsh University. His topic for the evening will be “The Woman At The Well - Ancient Disciple/Modern Model”. Tickets are $25.00 per person and advanced reservations are required by Monday, January 9, with your ticket purchase through Parish Office (330-274-2253) – checks should be made out to OLPH. Religious Education credits are available. The last Dinner & Doctrine for this season will be on Tuesday, February 21, featuring Sr. Barbara O’Donnell who will speak on Laudato Si Care for the Environment (deadline for tickets is February 13).
Recycling Collection Bins at St. Joseph's
Keep used household items out of landfills. Bring your old printer cartridges, cell phones, computer accessories, compact fluorescent lightbulbs, and batteries (all but non-rechargeable alkaline) to the bins located in the All-Purpose Room. See the collection bin signage or contact Emma Kennedy (330-703-0677) for more information. A recycling collection date for larger household items will be scheduled in the future.
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. Your much needed support continues even when you're away or unable to attend weekend Mass. 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."
Julius Gokorsch, Jr. ~ 3/17/23 - 11/30/16
Marie Luce ~ 7/7/33 - 10/4/16
Betty Flynn ~ 2/1/36 - 9/30/16
Gerald Blake ~ 4/10/30 - 9/24/16
Juanita Buehner ~ 4/24/33 - 9/18/16
Robert Dumke, Jr. ~ 5/25/46 - 9/14/16
Anna May Cash ~ 7/23/32 - 9/5/16
Rev. Pat Ferraro ~ 1/12/65 - 9/2/16
Mark Stan ~ 9/4/56 - 8/12/16
Martha Workman ~ 1/1/25 - 8/16/16
Cecil Romanello ~ 10/5/37 - 8/16/16
Joseph Duriak, Sr. ~ 1929 - 8/13/16
Mary Schultis ~ 9/16/23 - 8/7/16
Fr. Joseph Fata ~ 4/21/42 - 8/1/16
Lawrence F. "Larry" Rosian, Jr. ~ 11/25/68 - 7/1/16
Ruth C. Curtin ~ 6/19/16 - 1/20/24
Eugene "Jack" Fejedelem ~ 6/12/16 - 12/15/21
Catherine Hanacek ~ 5/3/16 - 5/23/19
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