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, 7:00-9:00 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)
Sister Jenni Skerk, HM, St. Joseph DRE (1977-79), Passes
Sister Genevieve (Jenni) Skerk, H.M., 87, formerly Sister M. Davidica, of Youngstown, died Thursday, March 16, at Villa Maria Community Center, Villa Maria, PA. She served 59 years in active ministry as a dedicated teacher, pastoral minister, director of religious education, and hospital chaplain. May our Lord welcome Sister Jenni to eternal life in the kingdom. Click here to view her obituary.
Congratulations to the following St. Joseph PSR students who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Sunday, March 19, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Aurora: Lilly Engelhart, Trystan Gedeon, Jasmyn Jessel, Nora Leslie, Lauren Lewis, Rachel Quiggle, Raeanne Quiggle, Tony Romano, Ally Sabol, Dino Sargiovanni, Jr., Autumn Sindelar, and Heather Weyls. We welcome the work of the Spirit which these now fully initiated members represented in our parish life.
Knights of Columbus Founder's Night 2017
On Saturday, March 18, K of C Council #3766 honored the following people at their annual Founder's Night. Congratulations to all! More photos available in their April newsletter.
Church Roof Repair Fund
We will be having a second collection the weekend of March 25/26 to help add to our Church Roof Repair Fund. Parishioners may use the green Special Contribution Envelope included in the contribution envelope packet (mark the Building & Grounds Maintenance category), use the Building & Grounds Maintenance envelope in the pews, or simply drop a check or cash in the basket. Thanks to the ongoing support through the Buildings & Grounds Maintenance fund (including several very generous donations) and revenue from the logging on St. Joseph property, we have over half of the funds needed to replace the roof and should be able to start the project this Spring. The Finance Council is prioritizing our needs - all projects will be done in phases. After the roof is completed, the interior of the church will begin, then the parking lot and other building repairs.
Free Community Meal
St. Joseph Parish’s next Free Community Meals will be on Sunday, March 26, 12:30-2:00 p.m. in Hughes Hall. This effort is done in conjunction with our PSR program, parish organizations, and the church communities in our area. Our goal is to provide a nutritious meal and fellowship to those in need. Please join us for food and fellowship. Everyone is welcome to attend!
Women of faith are reaching out to other women of faith here and from other parishes who would be interested in starting a new ministry called Renewing Women. Meetings to be held every Tuesday, 6:00-8:00 p.m., beginning March 28 in Room #9 in the school building. Our goals are:
Women from all walks of life are welcome— career women, housewives, mothers, daughters, even women who feel lost or alone. All will be welcome with love and kindness. If you’d to know more, please contact Kathy Paroff (616-723-3091) or Jay D'Aurelio (330-569-8156) or just show up at St Joe's at 6:00 p.m. Meeting room #9 is on the second floor. Please consider attending.
Bishop’s Appeal for Catholic Charities and Church
Beginning the weekend of February 25/26, our parish joined with parishes throughout the Diocese of Youngstown in making a commitment to the 2017 Bishop’s Appeal for Catholic Charities and Church. This year’s goal is $4 million. The Appeal is the primary funding source for Catholic Charities in our six-county diocese. There continues to be 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. Bishop Murry is counting on our support of the 2017 Bishop’s Appeal. It is his fervent hope that every parish will reach their goal. This weekend, we ask that you prayerfully make a gift to the Annual Appeal, using the envelope in your pew or the response card mailed to your home. Thank you in advance for your reflection and generous response to the Bishop’s Appeal. To learn more or to make a donation online, please visit http://ccdoy.org/bishops-appeal/.
Caring For Our Common Home
On Sunday, April 2, 10:00-11:00 a.m., a speaker from the Portage County Outreach Recycling Program will be giving a presentation on recycling for our PSR students. Our parish community is welcome to attend. If you are interested in this very important subject, please join us, bringing your questions, concerns and ideas. Thanks to Jane and Emmalisa Kennedy for arranging this special event.
Bake Sale for Charity
Our 6th grade PSR class is holding a Bake Sale for Charity on Sunday, April 2, in the school hallway after the 8:30 and 11:15 a.m. Masses. Donations of baked goods are appreciated. Be sure to support this effort on behalf of our students and the groups they are supporting. Questions? Please contact Peg Haney (email@example.com or 330-274-2268).
Easter Flower Fund Intentions
To remember that special someone, contributions to our Easter Flower Fund may be made by using the special envelope included in your contribution envelope packet (or a plain envelope) or through our secure WeShare Online Giving (https://stjosephmantua.weshareonline.org). Donations must be received by Monday, April 3, to be printed in the Easter bulletin. 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).
American Red Cross Blood Drive
St. Joseph Parish will be hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Monday, April 3, 1:00-6:00 p.m., in Hughes Hall. Individuals who are 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 lbs. (additional weight requirements apply for donors 18 years old and younger and all high school donors), and are in generally good health may be eligible to give blood. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate. The need is constant – the gratification is instant. Did you know you can schedule your appointment online? Simply click on Account Login, create an account, and schedule. There’s also a free Red Cross Blood App available for download on devices through Ap StoreSM and Google Play™ (or text “BLOODAPP” to 90999). For more information, please visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, a new crucifix was added to our altar space on March 11, 2017. Due to the crumbling condition of our Blessed Mary, a new statue was added as a gift from the Kotkowski family. It was given in memory of Rita Kotkowski because of her devotion to the Rosary.
Both the Crucifix and Blessed Mother statue were obtained from the warehouse of Henninger’s in Cleveland (authorized agent for the disposition of items from closed parishes in the Cleveland, Youngstown, Toledo and Steubenville Dioceses).
The Crucifix came from St. Hedwig Church in Toledo (the original Polish church of the Toledo Diocese) and was a “Mission Crucifix”. Details from the 1975 History of Saint Hedwig Church (parishioners wrote this book in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Parish):
“To the left of the pulpit, on the west wall from the Church is the very large Crucifix known as the ‘Mission Crucifix’. It is an integral part of the parish church décor as it is a reminder of the establishment of the parish as a place designated for the preaching and living of the Gospel of Christ Crucified. A gift of the Redemptorist Order, it contains a written record of the Parish Missions from 1893 to 1927. This legend is found in an arch type window at the foot of the Cross; it reads:
Pamiątki In Remembrance [of]
Misyi Sw. Parish Missions
od 5=12 Lutego 1893 5-12 February 1893 (would’ve been in the old church)
od 15=23 Lutego 1902 15-23 February 1902 (first Mission in new church)
od 11=26 Lutego 1911 11-26 February 1911
od 24 Lutego do 11 go Marca 1917 24 February to 11 March 1917
od 18 Listopada do 3 go Grudnia 1922 18 November to 3 December 1922
1-16 Pazdziernika 1927 1-6 October 1927”
The Mission Crucifix is believed to be from the original church which was located down the street from the “new” church. St. Hedwig Church closed September 2012 and merged with St. Adalbert Church now known as the parish of Saints Adalbert & Hedwig. St. Hedwig Church was not used for any purposes since July 1, 2014 and became a maintenance burden. The church lost its consecration (no longer used for sacred or liturgical events) on August 25, 2016. You can go to http://www.stadalbertsthedwig.org/parish_history.aspx and scroll down to bottom for St. Hedwig Building Virtual Tour.
The newly acquired Blessed Mother statue came from St. Stanislaus Church in Maynard, Ohio, (near Wheeling, West Virginia) in the Steubenville Diocese (Founded: 1888; Completed: 1904; New Church: 1963; Closed 1/2/2015). It was one of four parishes in that area that closed in a short time span. St. Mary’s in St. Clairsville, Ohio was responsible for finding homes for items and Henniger’s became owners through them. We thank the Kotkowski family for their generosity for their donation to St. Joseph's.
We appreciate the time and talent of Deacon Gerry Scopilliti, John Kruis, Frank Scopilliti, and Bill Curtin who installed the new item and moved the Risen Christ to its new location above the Narthex doors.
Likewise, our Saint Joseph statue is deteriorating and will be replaced. Rick Cermak, a local artist and member of St. Joe's, is currently carving a new piece that will be placed in the corner where the tabernacle used to be located.
Where's Big Red?!
Have you seen our beautiful Main Raffle prize around town? Be on the look out for it & let know on our Facebook page where you've spotted it.
First Prize: Ford F150 4WD Truck*
(valued at $34,325.00 & supplied by
KEPICH FORD, Garrettsville, OH)
Second Prize: $1,500 Cash
Third Prize: 48" Flat Screen TV
(donated by Coldwell Banker Real Estate
& Right Path Home Inspections)
Tickets: $10.00 each or book of 6 for $50.00
Purchase online (checking/savings direct withdrawal, debit & credit cards),
at area events, thru St. Joe parishioners, or during Fair
Progressive $100 Hourly Drawings each evening of the Fair
at 7:00, 8:00, 9:00 & 10:00 p.m. (winners must be present)
Raffle Drawings held Sunday evening of the Fair at 9:30 p.m.
(winners need not be present)
*converts to 50/50 cash prize if ticket sales do not meet quota
For more Ox Roast Fair news, click here!
Mark Your Calendars!
The Appalachian Experience Team is hosting a Treasure in the Trunk fundraiser on Saturday, May 20, 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the church parking lot (set-up at 7:00 a.m.). Reserve your spot for $20.00 (2 parking spaces = 1 spot) by May 15. There’ll also be a 50/50 raffle and concessions. All proceeds benefit the Appalachian Experience Team and are greatly appreciated. Questions? Contact Sean Fejes (330-221-6994 or firstname.lastname@example.org). For a flyer and registration form, please click here.
This is the last two weeks of Lent, from Passion Sunday (the 5th Sunday of Lent) to the day before Palm Sunday. The second week of Passiontide is called "Holy Week." The last three days of Holy Week -- i.e., Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday -- are called the Sacred Triduum.
We are invited to participate with our whole being: mind, heart, and body. During Holy Week, Christians commemorate the Passion of Christ, Who died on Good Friday in reparation for the sins of mankind, and rose on Easter Sunday to give new life to all who believe. Thus, while Holy Week is solemn and sorrowful, it also anticipates the joy of Easter through the recognition of God's goodness in sending His Son to die for our salvation.
Palm Sunday, April 9
Palm Sunday commemorates the triumphal entrance of Christ into Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1-9), when palm branches were placed in His path, before His arrest on Holy Thursday and His Crucifixion on Good Friday. Masses will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and 8:30 and 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, April 9.
Palm Sunday Pancake Breakfast ~ April 9
Don't miss the Annual Palm Sunday Pancake Breakfast featuring “All You Can Eat” buttermilk pancakes in Hughes Hall, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This delicious meal is served with homemade toppings and/or syrup, sausage patty, oj, coffee, tea, or milk. Great family prices, theme basket raffles, and children's attendance drawings are all a part of the fun. The Women's Auxiliary of the Mantua Knights of Columbus Council #3766 will be hosting this year's event.
Don't forget about the Appalachian Experience Bake Sale taking place this weekend. Plenty of baked goods are needed.
Tuesday, April 11
8:00 a.m. Mass
10:30 a.m. Chrism Mass
at St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown
Priests (and interested parishioners) gather at the Cathedral to celebrate the Chrism Mass. This Mass manifests the unity of the priests with their bishop. Here the bishop blesses three oils — the oil of catechumens (oleum catechumenorum or oleum sanctorum), the oil of the infirm (oleum infirmorum) and holy chrism (sacrum chrisma) — which will be used in the administration of the sacraments throughout the diocese for the year.
Wednesday, April 12
8:00 a.m. Mass
Holy Week Triduum (trid-yoo-um, meaning 3 days)
Christ redeemed us all and gave perfect glory to God principally through his paschal mystery: dying he destroyed our death and rising he restored our life. Therefore, the Easter Triduum of the passion and resurrection of Christ is the culmination of the entire liturgical year. These are not three separate liturgical celebrations but one which takes three days to celebrate. Thus, the solemnity of Easter has the same kind of preeminence in the liturgical year that Sunday has in the week. The Easter Triduum begins with the Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper, reaches its high point in the Easter Vigil, and closes with evening prayer on Easter Sunday.
Holy Thursday, April 13
The Mass of the Lord's Supper features the distinctive action of the Washing of the Feet, just as the Lord did for his disciples and we do for one another. Mass of the Lord's Supper begins at 7:00 p.m. Operation Rice Bowl Collection is taken. Private Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place 8:00-11:00 p.m. Solemn Night Prayer is held at 11:00 p.m.
Good Friday, April 14
It is the first, the longest, the most grim, and the starkest day of the Triduum. On this day, we confront the truth that the impassible God suffered, that the ever-living God died. We confront the dark fact that He did so for our sins.
Church will be open for prayer 12:00-3:00 p.m.
Stations of the Cross at 3:00 p.m.
Full Liturgy with Veneration of the Cross, Petitions,
Scriptures & Communion Service takes place at 7:00 p.m.
The Holy Land Collection is taken.
Holy Saturday, April 15
Noon Blessing of the Food
Followed by Parish Easter Egg Hunt
8:00 p.m. Easter Vigil Mass
Blessing of Easter Food
Several ethnic groups have kept alive the tradition of blessing food on Holy Saturday. The staples for the Easter Sunday meal (or, in some cultures, the Saturday vigil meal) - bread, wine, the colored eggs, the ham - are all placed in a basket and brought to the church to be bless. Everyone is invited to place your food items in a basket and gather in the church at noon for the Blessing of Food on Holy Saturday.
Parish Easter Egg Hunt
St. Joseph Parish will be holding an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15, at 12:15 p.m. beginning in the church parking lot. The hunt is open to all children ages 2-9.
Donations Needed—We are asking for donations from the PSR kids from grades PreK–3 for donations of Easter items – candy, small toys, and stuff animals (especially bunnies!) for the Easter Egg Hunt. Please bring your donations to PSR or drop them off at the Parish Office.
The high point of the liturgical year! This moving liturgy consists of The Service of Light, Liturgy of the Word, Baptism of new Christians and renewal of Baptismal vows, and the Eucharist takes place after nightfall on Holy Saturday. The third and consummating rite of the RCIA process, the Sacraments of Initiation, also takes place at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday. The Elect culminate their long journey to initiation in the waters of Baptism -- then, with the candidates, the newly baptized are sealed with the oil of Confirmation and share the bread and wine of the Eucharist as full members of the Roman Catholic community.
Easter Sunday, April 16
8:30 and 11:15 a.m. Masses
Easter Sunday is a day all about seeking. The early Christian communities gathered around the Apostles, seeking more about the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus. Saint Paul told the baptized Colossians to "seek what is above." Mary of Magdala went to the tomb, seeking to find the Lord's body so that she could anoint it. We come to church on Easter Sunday, seeking many things. For some of us, this is a once-a-year journey, when we seek connection with the foundations of the Christian faith. For others, this day is the culmination of a long journey of Lenten repentance. For the newly baptized, this is the first day of a new life filled with promise and expectation. Whatever it is that we seek, let us be inspired by the disciple whom Jesus loved who, when he saw the wrappings of cloth inside the empty tomb, "saw and believed." ©Copyright, J.S. Paluch Co.
House Blessing for Easter
As we continue this great Easter Season of joy and celebration, new life is all around us. Our world and lives are coming alive to Spring and so is our faith as we celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord and the gift of eternal life! Below is an Easter blessing for your home. During the Easter Season you are welcomed to take some holy water from the Baptismal font home and bless your home with the Easter Home and Family Blessing Prayer. Small containers are available near the Baptismal font. Gather your family in each room and offer the following prayer of thanksgiving to God for your family and home. Move from room to room sprinkling the holy water in each room.
Remembering Ann Salva
There will be a Memorial Mass for Ann Salva on Saturday, April 29, at 2:00 p.m. here at St. Joseph's with a reception to follow in Hughes Hall. Ann Marie Salva, 75, of Philadelphia and formerly of Ravenna, Ohio, died peacefully at her niece's home on Saturday, February 25, after battling Parkinson's disease for many years. She was a teacher with the Crestwood School District (1971-1980) and the Guidance Counselor at Crestwood Middle School. From 1960 to 1971, she was with the Scranton Diocese. From 1980 through 1987, she served as Principal of St. Joseph School in Mantua. In 1987 she left St. Joseph's to take the position of Assistant Principal at Canton Central Catholic High School and remained there until 1990. Then she was appointed Principal of John F. Kennedy High School in Warren (1990-1994). Ms. Salva returned to Crestwood Schools serving as Director of Academic Programs (1994-1999) and then Principal of Hiram Elementary School (1999-2000). At the end of the 2005/2006 school year, Ann retired from the position of Principal of Crestwood Middle School (2000-2006). She spent 46 years in the field of education. Click here to learn more about this wonderful lady.
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."
Margaret "Peg" Toth ~ 2/27/37 - 3/17/17
Sr. Jenni Skerk, H.M. ~ 1930 - 3/16/17
Ann Salva ~ 3/5/41 - 2/25/17
Valerie Flachbart ~ 10/16/61 - 2/21/17
Kimberly Turnbull ~ 6/26/59 - 2/12/17
Diane Hura ~ 1/16/1942 - 2/12/17
Dorothy Bilovesky ~ 5/23/28 - 2/1/17
Joseph Stobierski ~ 8/15/30 - 1/29/17
Joseph P. Horan ~ 1/23/29 - 1/26/17