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.
Your Opinion, Please . . .
In an effort to hear from Catholics throughout the diocese, you are invited to complete the survey available online September 1-30. You'll be asked questions concerning Worship & Prayer, Christian Service (Caring for the Poor), Catechesis/Faith Education, Evangelization, Finances, Administration, and Family Life and Formation. We encourage all parishioners 13 years of age or older, active or inactive, to participate in this important information gathering effort.
Log on to the Diocese of Youngstown’s website, www.doy.org, click on “The New Evangelization” logo which will take you to the Office of Evangelization page, then scroll down to the 2014 General Assembly Survey link (click). Fr. Shori’s welcome letter will appear giving specific directions and the survey link at the bottom of his message. Be sure to indicate “St. Joseph Parish - Mantua” near the end of the survey. Please contact the Diocese of Youngstown’s tech department (330-744-8451, ext. 268 or 269) or Kathi at the Parish Office (330-274-2253) with any difficulties.
Although the online submission is the preferred method, you can also obtain a written copy of the survey in the Narthex, at the Parish Office, or by calling the Office of Evangelization at 330-744-8451 (ext. 237). During October and November there will be deanery (county) gatherings to share and discuss the survey results and what impact they may have on our diocese and parishes.
The Diocese of Youngstown will be engaged in a General Assembly from August-November 2014. Our call to new evangelization and the continuing demands of reconfiguration are always before us. Hopefully, once this process is complete we will have a clearer vision for the diocese as far as the kind of church we wish to be in the future based on the teaching and example of Christ. Once this process is complete, it is our hope that we will have a clearer vision for each deanery in light of their local needs, and we will have a clearer vision for each parish as they respond to the specific communities they serve.
The purpose of the assembly is: (1) to bring together the diverse peoples of the diocese for prayer and reflection; (2) to define the future direction of the diocese and the model of Church that can be most helpful in guiding our people to Christ; (3) to make collective efforts to encourage the necessary changes that will be required to reach the diocesan and parish goals that will emerge; and (4) to help deanery parishes better collaborate on issues of finances, staffing, scheduling of Masses and other parish services.
Mass Schedule Changes
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, our Sunday Mass schedule changes. On Sunday, September 7, Masses will return to 8:30 and 11:15 a.m. (Saturday Mass remains at 5:00 p.m.).
Our program, Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), to assist the faith journey of persons wishing to become Catholic Christians is now interviewing participants. If you would like to enter the RCIA process, please contact any parishioner for more information and/or let Sr. Joyce Schreiber, SND (330-274-2253) know so that a meeting can be arranged soon. Maybe you are already Catholic but know someone who may be open to an invitation at this time. We encourage you to speak to that person with a gentle and joyful inquiry. As Pope Francis reminded, “We do not proselytize.” We offer the message of the Gospel. We invite. Click here to learn more about Our Catholic Faith.
The directory design proof has been sent back to Lifetouch to start printing and should be ready by September 15. If you were photographed, you will receive a free copy of our new parish directory. If you ordered & paid for an extra copy of the pictorial directory, one will be reserved for you. A limited number of extra copies will be available for $10.00 each when they arrive. Distribution and sale of directories will be in the Narthex (if you’d like to help, please contact Kathi at 330-274-2253 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
A big THANK YOU to everyone Involved in our Parish Directory Portrait Sessions! From those helping with Narthex sign-ups to our portrait session hosts/hostesses to everyone participating in the portraits themselves, you helped to make it a big success. Special thanks go out to Jan Herman for organizing the Narthex weekend sign-ups, to Connie-Rae Duber for assisting with on-line scheduling, and to Camille Bichsel for coordinating the hosts & hostesses on portrait session days. Also, a special note of thanks to anyone who helped to provide photos for our activity pages.
We can't wait to see the finished product by mid-September!
PSR Enrollment is in advance of registration and is for students who will be attending our program for the first time this year. You can enroll your student/s at the PSR Office 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Friday throughout the month of August. Or you can enroll your students at the Parish Center during regular St. Joseph Parish office hours. If your child was baptized at a parish other than St. Joseph Parish, please bring your child/ren’s baptismal record/s at this time. If you have any questions or need any further information, please contact the Parish Office at 330-274-2253 or Peg Haney at 330-274-2268.
St. Joseph Parish’s School of Religion will reconvene on Sunday, September 21, beginning at 9:30 a.m. We will be hosting a donut social for all of our students and their parents. Registration (for parents of returning students) and classes will follow. PSR fees for the 2014-15 school year will remain the same: $30.00 per student, with an $80.00 maximum per family. Students receiving sacramental instruction for First Communion and Confirmation pay an additional $25.00.
Bible Study to Resume
The Letters of Paul will be the subject of a ten week program beginning September 30. Class will be held in the Parish Center at 10:30 in the morning and at 7:00 in the evening and last about one hour. The object of study is an encounter with the person and preaching of Paul that inflames our hearts towards Jesus Christ. It would help to have a contemporary Catholic translation, of the Bible, for example, New American Bible, or even more recent, New American Bible Revised Edition, or New Revised Standard Version. Please contact Sr. Joyce Schreiber, SND to register or to ask any questions (330-274-2253). Class dates are September 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18, 25, and December 2, 2014 in the Parish Center.
2014-2015 Speakers’ Series
The first way to become an intentional disciple is by deepening my discipleship. This year we have a major theme for our faith journey as a parish, Discover God: Turn on the Light. To help you in self-evangelization we have designed a Speakers Series for the fall and spring that moves our reflection from personal spirituality, to family spirituality, to spirituality in community. Mark your calendars for the following Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in our church.
October 22, 2014 Fr. Bob Kraig, “Up and Down the Ladder of Life”
October 29, 2014 Sr. Melannie Svoboda, “Finding God in Every Nook and Cranny”
Men and Women:
March 18, 2015 Jim Merhaut, “What’s So Special about Us?”
March 25, 2015 Sr. Kathleen Glavich, “Jesus Asks: Who Do YOU Say I Am?”