The rhythm of the liturgical seasons reflects the rhythm of life
with its celebrations of anniversaries and
its seasons of quiet growth and maturing.
CONCEPTION CHRISTMAS SEASON
MOTHER OF GOD EPIPHANY
ORDINARY TIME (Mon.
following Baptism of Our Lord to Ash Wed.)
ST. BLAISE ST. JOSEPH LENT HOLY WEEK
50 DAYS OF EASTER ASCENSION
ORDINARY TIME (Pentecost Mon. to First Sun. of Advent)
TRINITY CORPUS CHRISTI
ASSUMPTION OF MARY
ALL SAINTS ALL SOULS ST.
FRANCIS OF ASSISI
EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
The Christian's version of "New Year's Day" is the First Sunday
of Advent, when we begin again the entire cycle of the year. Advent begins
four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. Even as the secular
culture around us blares its songs of reindeer and tinsel, as if Christmas
were already here, the Christian calendar sets aside four weeks of quiet
Advent has a two-fold character: as a season to prepare for Christmas
when Christ's first coming to us is remembered; as a season when that
remembrance directs our mind and heart to await Christ's second coming
at the end of time. Advent thus is a period of devout and joyful expectation.
the Jesse Tree, we recall God's love through salvation history. In addition
to the Advent Prayer and Reflection pages below, additional resources
for Jesse Tree information and activities can be found online. We encourage
you to visit the following websites:
here for weekly Jesse Tree Advent Prayer and Reflection pages:
Sunday of Advent (December 2, 2012) ~ God of Promise
The God revealed in Advent is a God who will keep any promises made. The fufilllment of God's promises, already begun in the first coming of Chirst, continues to unfold in our world when people of faith and hope live into and out of their relationship with the living God, revealed in Jesus Christ.
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Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary - December 8th
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 liturgies at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 7, and 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 8, for this feast
day (5:00 p.m. Mass on December 8 will be for the Vigil of the Second Sunday of Advent).
Sunday of Advent (December 9, 2012) ~ Dressing Up
From Baruch shouting out to Jerusalem to get ready for her returning children, to John the Baptist calling all to prepare a highway for the Lord, to Paul praying for an increase of love and knowledge for his beloved Philippians - a sense of occasion marks today's readings, challenging us to respond to God's call.
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Sunday of Advent (December 16, 2012) ~ St. Paul's Five-Step Program
Every year the Third Sunday of Advent calls us to live in joy. St. Paul's insistent words ring out: "Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice." He then provides us with a program that just might be instrumental in helping us to attain this elusive goal.
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Sunday of Advent (December 23, 2012) ~ The Touch of God
The meeting of Elizabeth and Mary must have included their greeting each other with a "holy kiss," as Paul advises the community in his Letter to the Romans. Their mutual joy in what God was doing in and through them to bring salvation to the world invites us to look for how God touches our lives, bringing new life.
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Reconciliation Opportunities for 2012
Several opportunities to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation before
the Christmas Holidays will be offered throughout the month of December.
Confessions will be heard the following dates and times.
- Saturdays, 4:00-4:30 p.m.
(before 5:00 p.m. Mass)
Penance Service - Wednesday, December 12, 7:00 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc Church, Streetsboro
Reconciliation - Monday, December 17, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Penance Service - Tuesday, December 18, 7:00 p.m. at University Parish Newman Center, Kent
Reconciliation - Thursday, December 20, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
By Appointment (please contact Fr. Garvey at the Parish
begins in late November or early December and will be handled by St.
Joseph parishioners Dan and Wendy Nuti. Portage County's Catholic Charities provides the names
of families in our area for which your donation may be their only gift
this Christmas. To help make this holy season a treasured memory for those
in need, parishioners are encouraged to select a tag from the tree in
the narthex, sign the sheet, purchase and wrap your gifts, and return
them by designated day. Be sure the tag is clearly visible for distribution
purposes. Thank you.
The people of Central Europe have had oplatky as part of their Christmas
Eve supper for many generations. The wafer bears an image from the Christmas
story and the bread signifies the "Bread of Life", Jesus, who
is among us in the Eucharist and in our lives. Oplatky is available in
the narthex for those who continue the custom of breaking and sharing
bread as a symbol of love, unity and fraternalism. Your donation to help
defray the cost is appreciated.
to the yearly celebration of the paschal mystery, the church holds most
sacred the memorial of Christ's birth and early manifestations. This is
the purpose of the Christmas season which typically begins with a worship
service or a Vigil Mass on Christmas Eve and ends on the Feast of the
Baptism of the Lord on the Sunday after January 6.
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."
For 2012 Vigil Mass will be held on Monday, December 24, at 5:00 and
10:00 p.m. (the 5:00 p.m. Mass includes a children's choir). There is
no midnight Mass at St. Joe's.
On Tuesday, 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.
of the Holy Family
of Jesus, Mary & Joseph
Formerly it was celebrated on the Sunday after Epiphany, but since 1969
the feast falls on the Sunday after Christmas, or December 30 if Christmas
falls on a Sunday. This Feast is celebrated after Christmas because in
Old Testament Law, a child wasn't a son of Abraham or a true part of the
family until his circumcision at 8 days of age, an event of Christ's life
that we celebrated on January 1 (from December 25 to January 1 are 8 days).
We ask for the grace that our families too may live as the holy family
united in respect and love.
Octave Day of Christmas
The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God - January 1st
On this Holy Day of Obligation, we focus on the divine motherhood
of Mary whom we proclaim to be the mother of Christ and the mother of
the Church. We seek God's blessings as did Mary. Because of her Son, we
can confidently call God, "Abba"!
In 2012, falls on Sunday. Masses will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday,
December 31, 2011, and at 8:30 and 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, January 1, 2012.
of the Epiphany - January 6, 2013
This is a great and very important Feast remembering the journey of the
three wise men, Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar, who followed the star
that showed all nations and peoples that Jesus was sent by God for all.
Epiphany has become the day we traditionally bless our homes and families.
After Mass, each family receives a piece of blessed chalk. We offer you
this blessing and encourage you to use it and your chalk to bless your
family and home.
A BLESSING OF
The three wise men, Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar followed the star of
God's Son who became man two thousand and eight years ago (write 20 +
CMB + 13 over the door with chalk). Bless, O Lord, this household and
family, and allow all of us who live here to find in it a shelter of peace
and health. Make our house a haven for us all and a place of warmth and
caring. May all who come and go through here know that Christ both dwells
and enters here. We pray through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
From the front door, the family may process through the house, blessing
each room with water (an evergreen sprig may be used). Singing verses
of "We Three Kings" may be added to make the procession through
the house more festive.
Ordinary Time is celebrated in two segments:
from the Monday following the Baptism of Our Lord up to Ash Wednesday;
and from Pentecost Monday to the First Sunday of Advent. This makes it
the largest season of the Liturgical Year.
This first installment of Ordinary Time has anywhere from four to nine
Sundays, depending on how early or late Easter falls in a given year.
Its season's focus is Jesus' manifestation of Himself as God during His
is the Date of Easter Determined?
Easter falls on the first Sunday after the first full Moon that falls
on or after March 21 (not, as commonly believed, the first Sunday after
the first full Moon in Spring). The earliest possible date for Easter
is March 22, and the latest possible date for it is April 25. Future dates
for Easter are listed below.
April 8, 2012
March 31, 2013
April 20, 2014
April 5, 2015
March 27, 2016
April 16, 2017
April 21, 2019
April 12, 2021
Feast of St. Blaise - February 3 (Blessing of Throats)
Blaise (also spelled Blase and Blasius) was a 3rd century physician who
became Bishop of Sebaste, Armenia. This was the time of persecution under
Licinius, so St. Blaise hid out in a cave on Mt. Argeus. He was captured
and imprisoned, and from prison cured a boy who was choking to death on
a fish bone. St. Blaise was beaten, had his flesh torn by wool combs,
and was beheaded, martyred along with seven women. Because of the cure
of the boy's throat when the boy was choking, St. Blaise is patron against
troubles of the throat, and today our throats are blessed at Mass. St.
Blaise is also the patron of veterinarians and against attacks of wild
animals. He is represented in art as a Bishop holding two crossed candles,
with wool combs, or in a cave surrounded by wild animals. Prayer &
Blessing of Throats typically takes place as we pray through the intercession
of St. Blaise that God delivers us from throat ailments and from every
other evil. The parish will have the opportunity for blessings the weekend
of February 2/3, 2013 at the end of each Mass.
also called "Quadraegesima," meaning "Forty," is a
somber, penitential Season lasting from Ash Wednesday to the Thursday
before Easter. It recalls Christ's 40 days in the desert, and the Israelites'
wandering in the desert for 40 years.
Per the everyday
calendar, Lent lasts 40 days plus the six Sundays, but the Sundays aren't
counted as "Lent" because Sundays are always about the Resurrection
and are joyous.
The annual Lenten season is the fitting time to climb the holy mountain
of Easter. The Lenten season has a double character, namely to prepare
both catechumens and faithful to celebrate the paschal mystery. The catechumens,
both with the rite of election and scrutinies, and by catechesis, are
prepared for the celebration of the sacraments of Christian initiation;
the faithful, ever more attentive to the word of God and prayer, prepare
themselves by penance for the renewal of their baptismal promises. This
season prepares all of us for the celebration of Easter, the most important
feast of the Church year.
St. Joseph Parish has a number of different and unique opportunities planned
this year to make our season of Lent a holy and spiritual time of renewal
for all of us.
Wednesday, 2013 - February 13
Wednesday marks the beginning of our Lenten journey towards Easter and
eternal life. Now truly is our time to be healed and reconciled to God
and to one another. The mark of ashes on our foreheads reminds us of our
sinfulness and our turning back to God for forgiveness, healing and mercy.
The ashes are made by the burning of palms from last year's Palm Sunday
-- palms that were waved in victory and praise. After the priest sprinkles
the ashes with holy water and incenses them, he puts them on our foreheads
in the shape of a Cross to remind us of our hope, and as he does so, he
says the words of Genesis 3: Remember, man, that thou art dust, and unto
dust thou shalt return. We make no response to these words; we simply
return to our pews. After we leave the church, we leave the ashes on our
foreheads until they wear off naturally from the course of the day's activities.
They are a public witness to those things our society does not wish to
embrace: the reality of death, and the hope of resurrection in Our Lord,
Ash Wednesday Mass will be at 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. You are welcome
to attend either service.
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of Fast and Abstinence - limit
of one full meal and two smaller meals for persons 18 through 59 years
of age; no meat for persons 14 years of age and older. All Fridays during
Lent are days of Abstinence - no meat for persons 14 years of age and
older. There is no obligation to fast during the weekdays of Lent. However,
voluntary acts of self-denial are encouraged.
Soup Suppers 2013
wonderful St. Joseph tradition continues with our Soup Suppers during
Lent (Tuesday, February 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19 - please note: no Soup
Supper held March 26). The Soup Suppers will take place in Hughes Hall
from 6:00 to 6:45 p.m. "Family-size" pots of soup and/or breads
are needed (simply bring them to the kitchen just prior to the supper).
All are welcome.
EXPLORE THE MYSTERIES, MEANING & RICHES OF THE MASS
Lenten Presentations following Soup Suppers, 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the Church
- February 19 ~ Mass & The Eucharist (presentation by Rev. Rick Pentello, Pastor of St. Patrick Church in Kent)
- February 26 ~ A History of the Mass, Part I (video presentation & discussion)
Beginnings & Beyond (0 - 800 A.D.)
Jesus' most obeyed commandment - "Do this in memory of me . . . "
- March 5 ~ A History of the Mass, Part II (video presentation & discussion)
The Mass (800 - 1965 - Today)
Time traveling from Middle Ages to modern day - Discover the story behind the changes
- March 12 ~ The Sacrament of Reconciliation (presentation by Rev. Michael Garvey, Pastor of St. Joseph Church, Mantua)
- March 19 ~ Celebrating St. Joseph Feast Day, 7:00 p.m. Mass
of the Cross
Stations of the Cross will be held each Friday afternoon of Lent
at 3:00 p.m. in church. Please come pray and reflect on our Lord's passion and its meaning for Catholics. All are welcome.
Reconciliation Opportunities 2013
Reconciliation - Saturdays, 4:00-4:30 p.m.
County Deanery Communal Penance Service, Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. on
March 13 at
St. Peter of the Fields Parish, Rootstown
County Deanery Communal Penance Service, 7:00 p.m. on
March 18 at St. Joseph Parish, Mantua
County Deanery Communal Penance Service, 7:00 p.m. on
Thursday, March 21 at Immaculate Conception Parish, Ravenna
- Private Reconciliation, Monday, March 25, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
- Private Reconciliation, Tuesday, March 26, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
- Private Reconciliation, Wednesday, March 27, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
- or By Appointment (please contact Fr. Garvey at the Parish Office, 330.274.2253)
JOSEPH FEAST DAY - March 19th
principal feast day of Saint Joseph is March 19, Saint Joseph's Day (for
Joseph the Husband of Mary). On this day we ask for the strength to serve
Christ as Joseph did. Saint Joseph's Day always falls during Lent, and
Saint Joseph's Day altars and feasts have no meat. However, since the
feast day is classed as a solemnity, the requirement of abstinence from
meat is technically abrogated, according to Canon Law, even if it falls
on a Friday. If the feast day falls on a Sunday, the previous Saturday
(March 18) is observed instead or the Monday following (March 20), and
if it falls during Holy Week or Easter week, it is moved to the Monday
after Low Sunday, or eight days after Easter (prior to 1970 the Tuesday
after Low Sunday was used as the alternate date). We will be celebrating our patron saint on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 beginning with our Soup Supper at 6:00p.m. followed by Mass at 7:00 p.m.
here to learn more about Saint Joseph, our patron saint.
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
Week has as its purpose the remembrance of Christ's passion, beginning
with his Messianic entrance into Jerusalem.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
5:00 p.m. Saturday Mass
8:30 and 11:15 a.m. Sunday Masses
March 25, 2013
7:15 a.m. Mass
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
8:00 a.m. Mass
March 27, 2013
8:00 a.m. Mass
WEEK TRIDUUM (trid-yoo-um,
meaning 3 days)
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.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
p.m. Mass of the Lord's Supper
[Operation Rice Bowl Collection]
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.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Solemn Night Prayer
Friday, March 29, 2013
12:00-3:00 p.m. Church Open for Prayer
3:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross
7:00 p.m. Full Liturgy with Veneration of the Cross,
Petitions, Scriptures & Communion Service
[Holy Land Collection]
liturgy features the Adoration of the Cross
as the holy cross is in our midst and
we come forward to do reverence
with a kiss or a bow or a genuflection.
Holy Saturday, March 30, 2013
Noon Blessing of the Food
Followed by Parish Easter Egg Hunt
7:30 p.m. Easter Vigil Mass
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 Family Life Committee is sponsoring an Easter Egg Hunt for the
children of the parish up to age 9 on Holy Saturday, immediately following
the noon Blessing of Food. Teens are invited to help.
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.
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.
Sunday, March 31, 2013
8:30 and 11:15 a.m. Masses
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."
J.S. Paluch Co.
here to view Easter Photos
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! As mentioned at Mass, below is an Easter blessing for
your home. Easter Holy Water is available to take home. During the Easter
Season you are welcomed to take some holy water from the Baptismal font
home and bless your home with the following prayer. Please bring a small
container and take some holy water home. 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.
(Click here for
a printable blessing)
Home and Family Blessing Prayer
Lord, our God, You
whose home is in heaven and on earth, surround this shelter with Your
Holy Spirit. Encompass our home with the power of Your protection so that
no evil or harm will come near. May Your blessing and protection shield
our Home and family from destruction, storm, sickness and all that might
bring evil to those who live here. (Members may take turns praying the
following and sprinkling water in each room)
Blessed be this
doorway. May all who come to it be treated with respect and kindness.
May our comings and goings be under the seal of God's loving care.
Blessed be this
living room and family room. May we truly live within it as people of
peace. May prayer and playfulness never be strangers within its walls.
Blessed be this
dining room. May all our meals be reminders of the presence and love
of God in our home, lives and world.
Blessed be this
kitchen. May our meals remind us always of the many blessings of this
life, and may the ill-seasonings of anger and bitterness never poison
the meals prepared here.
Blessed be this
bathroom. May the spirits of health and healing abide here and teach
us to honor and love our bodies and minds.
Blessed be these
bedrooms. Here we shall find rest, refreshment and renewal. May the
spirits of love and affection together with the spirits of the angels
touch all who shall use these rooms.
Blessed be all the
rooms of this home. May each of them be holy and filled with the spirit
May our door be
always open to those in need and may the holy light of God's presence
shine brightly in this home. May it be a blessing for all who live here
and for everyone who shall come to our door.
May God's holy blessings
rest upon us all; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of
the Holy Spirit. AMEN!
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.
The Ascension of the Lord (40 Days after
Easter) - May 12, 2013
This Holy day of Obligation, 40th day of Easter, commemorates
Christ's Ascension into Heaven from Mount Olivet 40 days after He rose
from the dead (Mark 16:14-20) . After the Gospel is sung, the Paschal
Candle, lit from the New Fire of the Easter Vigil, is extinguished to
symbolize the departure of Christ.
[Many dioceses in the United States celebrate the Ascension on Sunday
following rather than on Ascension Thursday]
- May 19, 2013
Also known as "Whitsunday," Pentecost is the second greatest
Feast of the liturgical year -- the first being Easter -- and takes place
50 days (7 weeks) after Easter. The fiftieth day after Easter, this day
celebrates the coming of the Holy Ghost upon the disciples and Our Lady,
and is regarded as the crowning close to the Easter season. This day is
considered a sort of "birthday" for the Church.
The second part of Ordinary Time begins after
the Easter Season, on the Monday after Pentecost, and ends on the Saturday
before the First Sunday of Advent and is devoted to the mystery of Christ
in all its aspects. This
Season's focus is the Holy Spirit in the Millennium, the Church Age that
we now live in, and Christ's Reign as King of Kings -- the time between
the Age of the Apostles and the Age to Come.
Sunday - May 26, 2013
The first Sunday after Pentecost, Trinity Sunday celebrates the Christian
doctrine of the Trinity, the three persons of God: the Father, Son, and
Holy Spirit. Trinity Sunday also represents the beginning of the Church
part of the liturgical year, continuing until Advent.
Feast of Corpus Christi (Body & Blood of Christ) - June 2, 2013
As on Maundy Thursday, we celebrate the Body of Christ -- but this time
without the sense of impending doom of knowing what would come on Good
Friday. This feast has an interesting history. Its inspiration is due
to two things: the first is the Miracle of Bolsena, which happened in
A.D. 1263. Peter of Prague, a German priest, during a pilgrimage to Rome,
stopped at the Church of St. Christina there to offer Mass. While he was
a holy and devout man, he harbored doubts about the Real Presence -- doubts
which were completely resolved when the Host he consecrated during that
Mass began to bleed. He rushed to meet Pope Urban IV in Orvieto, bringing
the Host with him. The miracle was declared, and the Host is still on
display at the Cathedral of Orvieto today. The
second source of inspiration was an Augustinian nun, a Belgian named St.
Juliana of Mont Cornillon (A.D. 1193-1258). She had a vision of the Moon
that was full and beautiful, but marked by a black spot that signified
that there was no joyous celebration of the Eucharist in the entire Church
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - August 15th
Because she belonged to Christ, Mary, our queen, is raised on
high, a great sign for all who believe in her Son.
On this day, a Holy Day of Obligation, we recall Our Lady's being assumed
into Heaven and crowned Queen.
The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi is October 4. Here at St. Joseph's
we will have our annual Pet Blessing on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 10:00
a.m. in the pavilion. Everyone is encouraged to bring their pets for this
special blessing in honor of our patron saint of animals.
Saints - November 1st
is a Holy Day of Obligation on which we celebrate the Church Triumphant
-- all the Saints in Heaven, canonized or unknown. Let us rejoice in all
the men and women, blest in the eyes of the Lord, who celebrate the heavenly
liturgy. They stand in God's holy place and sing of the love the Father
has bestowed upon them through the blood of the Lamb. All Saints Masses
will be held at 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 1, 2013.
Souls Day - November 2nd
During the entire month of November we remember in a special way all
those parishioners and loved ones who have passed away during the past
year. The Feast of All Saints is November 1 and the Feast of All Souls
is November 2. These two feasts at the beginning of November stress the
reality of death, resurrection, punishment, or reward. All Souls Day Masses
will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 2, 2013.
On the weekend nearest to the Feast of All Souls, the parish typically
holds a special remembrance for all of our deceased parishioners at Mass.
The Book of Remembrance is placed in the sanctuary beginning the first
weekend of October for everyone to write the names of loved ones. All
deceased of the parish and our families will be remembered throughout
the month of November at all of our parish's weekly celebrations.
Christ The King - November 24, 2013
On this day, we pray for the conversion of all to Christ, and for all
governments to recognize Him as King and conform their laws to His teachings.
This is the only way to peace!
The Crestwood area typically has an annual
Mantua Community Thanksgiving Service the Sunday before Thanksgiving hosted
my area churches on a rotating basis (Hilltop Christian Church will host Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.).
The service invites congregations from the area's churches with several
of the clergy, choirs, and musicians participating. People from all faiths
are invited to come give thanks for their many blessings and to help those
less fortunate in this beautiful community tradition (collection will
be taken for 4C's). A reception will follow.
On Thursday, November 22, 2012, there will be a 9:00 a.m. Mass. We
come to give thanks for our many blessings in this seasonal tradition.
EVENTS, ACTIVITIES & HAPPENINGS
NEWS FROM ST. DOMINIC PRIORY
Happy Easter season to all of you! Here in Missouri, spring has finally come and the end of classes is very near. Since I hear many of you ask about me, I thought it a good time to share with you what I have been doing and will be doing in the near future.
I am currently finishing my second of five years of graduate study at Aquinas Institute in St. Louis. My coursework this year requires me to wear many hats, spreading my attention between theology, philosophy, preaching, ministry, counseling, liturgy, and scripture. The work is challenging, but I can say I never get bored! Aside from academics and community life, I have begun a more formal involvement in ministry. After working last fall with African American Catholics in St. Louis, I’ve focused this semester on ministry at St. Francis Xavier College Church, which is the parish on Saint Louis University’s campus. There I volunteer weekly in their outreach program, which assists the poor obtain government documents, such as birth certificates and state IDs. Besides the logistical concerns, this ministry gives me a change to meet one-on-one with people from a variety of situations who are in great need. On Sundays, I assist with the parish’s Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program, which is a Montessori-based religious education program (see http://www.cgusa.org/). I work with 9-12 year old children, and am amazed each week at their deep faith and ability to wrestle with theological questions.
After this semester, I will be shifting gears and taking a break from classroom studies. Over the summer, I won’t be travelling abroad as I did last year. Instead, I’ll be living in our priory in Minneapolis, Minnesota. There I will be undertaking what is called CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education), a 10-week intensive hospital chaplaincy program. This gives me a change to hone in on my pastoral skills, especially in situations of illness, death, and crisis. It also gives me a chance to live outside of a large formation community and get a clearer sense of what “normal” Dominican life is like. This summer, I will also be renewing the vows that I first made back in August of 2011. I will be committing myself to another two years in this life, as I continue to discern whether it is a good fit for the rest of my life.
To help me in that decision, and to get some “on-the-job” experience, my next year will be a Pastoral Year. In other words, I will be doing a year-long internship at one of our Dominican ministry sites. I have been assigned for the year to our community in West Lafayette, Indiana, where I will be working in campus ministry (check out http://www.boilercatholics.org/). I’m really looking forward to jumping in to full-time ministry, especially at a thriving campus ministry at a large school. It will also be a good experience of one of our smaller communities (about six brothers), with brothers from all ages.
As always, I appreciate so much your continued prayers and support. My family always keeps me up to date on parish news and who has been asking about me recently. I hope to see many of you when I am home in May for a visit. It’s a true adventure following this vocation, and I take great joy and comfort knowing that the folks back home are keeping me in mind. Know that I continue to hold you up in my daily prayer.
God Bless, Br. James-Peter Trares, O.P.
EAGLE OF THE CROSS AWARD
The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown announces the recipients of the 2013 Eagle of the Cross Award. The Eagle of the Cross, created by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry and introduced to the diocese in 1999, is given each year to a group of extraordinary high school juniors and seniors who model the dedication, integrity, values and promise for Church and society. The award is presented to teens in the six counties of the Diocese of Youngstown who model Christian discipleship and exemplify the qualities of moral integrity, prayer, good works and Christian leadership in their school and parish communities. While a limited number of recipients are chosen for the Eagle of the Cross Award, they represent many admirable young people around the diocese. This year’s recipients were chosen from 83 nominations that highlighted parish, school, and community involvement of the youths. A maximum of two Eagle of the Cross Awards are presented to students in each of the six diocesan Catholic high schools, and up to three involved in the parishes in each of the six counties of the diocese. The recipients of the 2013 Eagle of the Cross Award, as well as all of the nominees, are commended for their positive witness to their Catholic Christian faith and the value of youth involvement in parish, school and community.
St. Joseph parishioner Caitlin Chartier, a senior at James A. Garfield High School, will be presented the 2013 Eagle of the Cross Award at the 15th Annual Eagle of the Cross Awards Liturgy and Banquet on Thursday, April 18, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, 343 Via Mount Carmel in Youngstown. The banquet is by invitation only, but the liturgy, which begins at 6:00 p.m., is open to the public.
The parents, nominators, teachers, mentors, pastors and youth ministers of these youth are also congratulated for inspiring such outstanding teens. For more information on the Eagle of the Cross Awards, or other programs of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, contact Cindee Case, Director, at 330-744-8451 or email@example.com.
NEW PARISH BANNER
A big THANK YOU to Marianne Berzinskas who designed and took the lead on creating a banner for St. Joseph Parish. Not only will it be used for liturgies and in our parish environment but it also is taken to the Cathedral of St. Columba in Youngstown for diocesan celebrations like the Chrism Mass. We’d also like to acknowledge the following people who worked so diligently on this project with Marianne: Barbara Moore, Mary Ann Feddor, Kathy Paroff,
Pat Oster, Charlotte Baumbick, Linda Litz, Peggy Haney & Jay D'Aurelio.
GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP TO START
Seasons of Hope, a bereavement support program, will meet for a series of six weekly gatherings beginning Wednesday, April 10, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sessions help us explore mourning through Scripture, prayer, reflection activities, and faith sharing. The goal is to provide a faith community setting in which the words of Jesus speak the compassion of God.
Seasons of Hope is centered on Jesus Christ and grounded in the healing wisdom, traditions, and practices of the Catholic Church. For those searching for hope, this group is a nurturing link to the Church, the Almighty, and other people of faith who are also mourning. Come and be comforted. For more information or to register, please contact Sr. Joyce at 330-274-2253.
FREE COMMUNITY MEALS IN THE AREA
Coordinated with the 4Cs network, free community meals are open to all and offer significant benefits to our parish and beyond by:
- Reaching out to faith communities in our area.
- Providing all diners with a nutritious meal.
- Teaching our PSR students to serve others in a simple, tangible way.
- Giving all of us a chance to relax and enjoy the fellowship of everyone involved.
Please join us for food and fellowship. All are welcome!
St Joseph Church, 11045 St. Joseph Blvd., Mantua (Off Pioneer Trail, west of S.R. 44)
Serves: Last Sunday of the month, 12:30-2:00 p.m. (Sept.-Apr.)
Christ Lutheran Church, 10827 Main St. Mantua
Serves: 3rd Monday of the month, 5:00–6:30 p.m.
Windham Congregational Church (Brick Chapel), 9003 N. Main St., Windham
Serves: 2nd Tuesday of the month, 5:00–6:30 p.m.
Streetsboro United Methodist Church, 8940 S.R. 43 (¼ mile south of S.R. 14)
Serves: 4th Tuesday of the month, 5:00–6:30 p.m.
Parkman Congregational Church, 18265 Madison Rd. (S.R. 528 just north of S.R. 422)
Serves: Last Wednesday of the month, 5:00–6:30 p.m.
Mantua Hilltop Church, 4572 West Prospect St.
Serves Lunch: 3rd Wednesday of the month, 12:30–2:00 p.m.
Mantua Center Christian Church, 4118 S. R. 82 (Corner of S.R. 82 and Mantua Center Rd.)
Serves: Last Thursday of the month, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Thank you to everyone who helped us to reach of our goal of a successful
parish cookbook! With contributions from families and friends of St.
Joseph Parish & School, this wonderful collection of nearly 500
treasured family recipes will be a useful keepsake of many favorite
culinary creations. This fundraising effort features a padded 3-ring
cover in full color, 8 category tabbed dividers, helpful hints and an
alphabetized index - great for gift giving! Proceeds from this endeavor
will benefit our Appalachian Experience
group and their work with the Housing Repair Program in Clintwood, VA.
and See - St. Joseph's Labor of Love
limited number of copies available for $15.00 each
by contacting the Parish Office (330.274.2253), or
after Masses (please see Kathi Trares), at the Christmas
your $19.00 check (includes $4.00 shipping & handling) to:
St. Joseph Church, 11045 St. Joseph Blvd., Mantua, OH 44255 (Attn: Kathi)
Note: There are typos in some of the recipes.
Corrections pages are available by clicking