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Communique | April 2023

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Ready for Resurrection?

After 40 days of fasting, we are prepared to begin 50 days of celebration. At the same time, we continue our solidarity with and service to our neighbors in times of poverty in body or spirit.

The Communique collects important information provided by diocesan offices for parish ministry leaders. It also includes promotional materials for diocesan events and programs, where applicable.

Printable Formats (sent by email)

  • April Communique Word
  • April Communique PDF

Attachments are now provided as downloadable files in one folder:


Digital Format:

The full Communique – including attachments – is available below digitally. Announcements are listed by diocesan departments and office. We are once again accepting submissions for parish events, which are listed by County.

Announcements suitable or adaptable for parish bulletins are noted. Where applicable, graphic files are included: click (or right click) to save/download. Attachments (e.g. flyers) are also included within the notices for each office below.

Diocesan Events can also be found on our Events Calendar.

Quote of the Month

"... by ourselves we can do nothing." Pope Francis to Seminarians, March 6, 2023

“…by ourselves we can do nothing.” -Pope Francis to Seminarians, March 6, 2023

Youngstown seminarian William Wainio meets Pope Francis. © Vatican Media. Published with permission.

Read William Wainio’s full reflection at The Catholic Echo.

Table of Contents


Office of Safe Environment (Bulletin Materials | Materiales de Boletín) -NEW


April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  It serves as an annual reminder of the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect. The Catholic Church remains dedicated to being at the forefront of raising awareness about the scourge of child abuse, implementing the best policies and procedures to protect children from potential abusers, and working with professionals to bring healing to those who have been abused. During the month of April, you are encouraged to visit the diocesan safe environment webpage (, where you will find reporting resources and access to our free online safe environment VIRTUS training.  This online training provides information about the signs and symptoms of abuse and what steps you can take to prevent and/or report it.  

Please take time this month to pray A Prayer for Healing Victims of Abuse, which is provided by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. 

God of endless love, ever caring, ever strong, always present, always just: You gave your only Son to save us by his blood on the cross. Gentle Jesus, shepherd of peace, join to your own suffering the pain of all who have been hurt in body, mind, and spirit by those who betrayed the trust placed in them. Hear the cries of our brothers and sisters who have been gravely harmed, and the cries of those who love them.  Soothe their restless hearts with hope, steady their shaken spirits with faith.  Grant them justice for their cause, enlightened by your truth.  Holy Spirit, comforter of hearts, heal your people’s wounds and transform brokenness into wholeness.  Grant us the courage and wisdom, humility and grace, to act with justice.  Breathe wisdom into our prayers and labors.  Grant that all harmed by abuse may find peace in justice.  We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Universal Prayer:

One or more of the following petitions should be included with your Universal Prayers on the weekend of Sunday, April 16th, 23rd, or 30th.

For victims of child abuse and neglect, may God help to free them so that they may live safely in the peace of Christ….we pray to the Lord. 

For children suffering physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, may they be delivered into the compassion of the Lord….we pray to the Lord. 

For all victims, may they feel neither guilt nor shame, but have the courage to seek help in order to free themselves from all that ails them….we pray to the Lord. 

For perpetrators of child abuse or neglect that they may stop and seek professional help….we pray to the Lord. 

For those who witness abuse or neglect, that they may understand that abusive behavior is never an expression of love, is never acceptable, and must never be tolerated….we pray to the Lord. 

For our community of faith, that we may become compassionate and sensitive towards victims as Jesus would be….we pray to the Lord.

For an end to all child abuse and neglect, that all of us may be an instrument of peace, a beacon of light, and source of healing….we pray to the Lord.

Safe Environment Bulletin Announcements (Bulletin Materials | Materiales de Boletín)

The attached bulletin announcement regarding education, screening, reporting, and victim assistance, should be included bi-monthly (every two months) in all parish bulletins. 

Safe Environment Policy

Link: Safe Environment Page

Link: Background Check Requirements

Who needs to be compliant?
  1. All active clergy, religious, seminarians, and persons in formation are required to be compliant.
  2. All employees in parishes, schools, and institutions, including the Diocesan Central Offices, are required to be compliant regardless of their level of contact with children or vulnerable adults.
  3. Any volunteer who has unsupervised access to a child or vulnerable adult, or who works directly with a child or vulnerable adult, or who is responsible for a child or vulnerable adult on behalf of the Diocese, must be compliant.
Compliance Requirements (Available on the Safe Environment Page)
  1. VIRTUS Account Creation and VIRTUS Training
    1. Visit the Safe Environment page on the diocesan website to create an account and complete the online training in either English or Spanish.
    2. If you completed VIRTUS in a different diocese you can transfer or mirror your account by emailing a request to the VIRTUS online help desk (  Please include your full name, email address, original diocese and new diocese, your new parish / school, plus a phone number in case they need to contact you.
    3. VIRTUS training is valid for five years.  An online recertification module is required every five years to maintain compliance.
    4. Aside from VIRTUS, child/vulnerable adult protection in-service or online courses from other agencies, employers, dioceses, Scouts, etc., are not valid for compliance in the Diocese of Youngstown.
  2. Authorization & Verification and Acknowledgement Form (Appendix 9)
    1. Visit the Safe Environment page on the diocesan website to review an electronic copy of the Safe Environment Policy
    2. After you have reviewed this policy, print a copy of Appendix 9.  Both pages must be completed, and the document requires a witness signature for validity.  The witness can be anyone.
    3. The original must be submitted to the Compliance Officer at your parish, school, or institution.  The Compliance Officer will forward a copy to the diocesan Safe Environment Coordinator.
    4. Appendix 9 may not be edited.  If any lines of text are removed, crossed off, or altered, the document is not valid for compliance.
  3. Fingerprinting and Background Checks
    1. Visit the Safe Environment page on the diocesan website to review our background check requirements, codes, and instructions, a background check location finder, and a list of criminal offenses that automatically disqualify an applicant from working with children or vulnerable adults.
    2. A BCI or BCI/FBI background check is required for compliance. In extraordinary circumstances, the Office of Safe Environment reserves the right to alter background check requirements for individuals, unless the requirements are stipulated by the State of Ohio. This includes the right to require background checks from other background check providers besides the Civilian Identification Office.
    3. Background checks are valid for five years and must be renewed to maintain compliance.
    4. The Civilian Identification Office must send the BCI and/or FBI background check results directly to the Office of Safe Environment at the Diocese.  This needs to be communicated to the person doing the background check: Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, Attn: Office of Safe Environment, 144 West Wood Street, Youngstown, OH 44503
    5. If background check results are sent to the wrong location, they are not valid for compliance.  Additionally, background checks completed for other agencies, employers, dioceses, public schools, certifications, etc., or in other States, are not valid for compliance in the Diocese of Youngstown.
A person is not compliant until their VIRTUS account notes the dates of completion for all three compliance requirements (VIRTUS Training, Appendix 9, Background Check). 
Updating Information

Compliance Officers must submit a Change of Location Form to the Safe Environment Coordinator to add a new person to their Safe Environment Master Report or to request records from other locations.  Individuals can be removed/inactivated by emailing the Safe Environment Coordinator. Compliance Officers should monitor the compliance status of individuals at their location via the VIRTUS database.

Reporting Child/Vulnerable Adult Abuse or Other Policy Violations

If you or someone you know has been abused at any time by a priest, deacon, religious, seminarian, person in formation, employee or volunteer of the Diocese of Youngstown, or if you believe that abuse has occurred or is currently occurring, contact civil authorities and also Mr. Dominic Colucy, Victim Assistance Coordinator, (office) 330-744-8451 x293 or (response line) 330-718-1388.

To report a violation of the Safe Environment Policy that does not constitute abuse or suspected abuse contact Mr. Dominic Colucy, Safe Environment Coordinator, (office) 330-744-8451 x293 or (response line) 330-718-1388.

Visit the Safe Environment page on the diocesan website to find our most up-to-date Reporting Requirements and Procedures in English and Spanish, as well as links to additional reporting resources.

Questions or Concerns

For more information about the Diocese of Youngstown Safe Environment Policy, contact Mr. Dominic Colucy by mail: 144 W. Wood Street, Youngstown, OH  44503, phone: 330-744-8451 x293; fax: 330-744-5099; or e-mail:

Letters of Suitability

Please note that no priest or deacon may exercise ministry within the Diocese of Youngstown without being granted faculties/permission by the bishop. It is the obligation of the pastor of the parish where ministry or speaking engagement will occur (or other responsible person outside a parish setting) to ensure that the visiting cleric has obtained a letter of suitability. Without such a letter, the Diocese, the parish or school and the pastor or president could become legally liable should any wrongdoing occur. 

The visiting cleric himself should ask his bishop or religious superior to send a letter of suitability to Bishop Bonnar. Letters of suitability are to be sent from one bishop/superior to another, not directly to a parish, since it is the bishop who is responsible for determining a cleric’s suitability for ministry. 

If you have any questions, please contact Msgr. Zuraw, Vicar General.


Eucharistic Revival: Adoration and Holy Hour (Bulletin Materials) -NEW

All are invited to join the second half of the Diocesan Year of Eucharistic Revival with opportunities for Eucharistic Adoration and Holy Hours in a different county of the diocese each month. The Holy Hour will begin with a brief understanding of the importance of Eucharistic Adoration, followed by time spent in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. Our next celebration will be:

Sunday, April 16 at 1:00pm at Corpus Christi Parish (Conneaut)

Please consider joining us as we spend time in prayer with our Lord. 

In subsequent months, we will visit other parishes throughout the diocese, always on Sunday at 1:00pm:

  • Saint Jude Parish, Columbiana (May 21)

Please make sure to mark your calendar for the Holy Hour in your county.  

Schedule for Eucharistic Revival in the Diocese of Youngstown December 2022 to May 2023

Office of the Chancellor (Bulletin Materials) -NEW

APRIL 29/30, 2023
Please send to: Diocese of Youngstown

c/o Joan Lawson

144 W. Wood Street, Youngstown, OH  44503



This year we are adding a special collection for Seminarians. With the added number of vocations and ordinations this year, we are in the midst of a good problem. The cost of tuition, room and board, and books, takes a considerable amount of money. 

For the benefit of their formation, our seminarians are not allowed to hold outside jobs during the summer, but are assigned parish ministry. During the year, they assist at diocesan events and speak at parishes and schools. For this work,  we also help them with fuel and mileage reimbursements. Some seminarians also take on private tutoring in Spanish to help them in their ministry assignments.  Your donations will be used to cover these costs.

Thank you all for your continued prayers and support of seminarians and please continue to pray for an increase of all vocations.


For more information about seminarians in our diocese, visit


The special collection this weekend is for the Support of our diocesan Seminarians, to assist with costs of their tuition, room, board, and books. Seminarians work at parish ministry during summers, and during the year they assist at diocesan events and speak at parishes and schools. For this work, we also help them with fuel and mileage reimbursements. Some seminarians also take on private tutoring in Spanish to help them in their ministry assignments.  Your donations support these necessary expenses. 

Thank you all for your continued prayers and support of seminarians and please continue to pray for an increase of all vocations.



APRIL 7, 2023

Please send to: Diocese of Youngstown

c/o Joan Lawson

144 W. Wood Street, Youngstown, OH  44503



Pope Francis has asked our parish to support the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, which helps Christians in the Holy Land.  Your support helps the church minister in parishes, provide Catholic schools, offer religious education, and undertake social and charitable works.  The Pontifical Good Friday Collection also helps to preserve the sacred shrines.

Most Christians in the Holy Land depend on pilgrimages to work.  They rely heavily on this Pontifical Good Friday Collection to meet the basic needs of the People of God still living in this Land where the Church was born.

When you contribute to the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, you become an instrument of peace and join with Catholics around the world in solidarity with the Church in the Holy Land.


For more information about Christians in the Holy Land, visit


Pope Francis has asked our parish to support the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, which helps Christians in the Holy Land.  Through the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, you stand in solidarity with the Church in the Holy Land as a witness of peace, supporting Catholics there in parishes and schools, maintaining Christian shrines and caring for refugees in the Holy Land.


Prayer Service at St. Columba Cathedral to Honor Legacy of St. Stanislaus Parish (Bulletin Materials)** -NEW

Bishop Bonnar will lead prayer service to honor legacy of St. Stanislaus Parish on April 2 at 1:00pm

On Sunday, Apr 2, 2023, at 1:00 p.m., at St. Columba Cathedral and Parish Hall, The Most Rev. David J. Bonnar, Bishop of Youngstown, will lead a prayer service and program for the people who once belonged to St. Stanislaus Parish, Youngstown. The service will be in thanksgiving for the parish that served many Polish families and others of the area from 1902 until it closed in 2021. The program will feature a short video history of the parish, a report on the parish archives, and will include the distribution of materials from the church – books, holy cards, memorial bricks, and devotional items, especially those that relate to the Polish culture that nurtured parish life for generations.


More information:

St. Stanislaus Parish was organized in 1902 when the Polish-speaking parishioners of St. Columba Parish had reached such a number that a Polish-speaking priest, Rev. Charles Ruszkowski, was appointed as administrator for them.  They continued to meet in St. Columba Church until eighty families built their own church on Youngstown’s South Side in 1904.  As their numbers increased, they outgrew that structure and built the one presently on Williamson Avenue in 1925.  The parish was active through the 20th century in honoring Polish cultural and religious traditions, and helping to resettle immigrants and refugees. Many in the community remember fondly their renowned weekly pierogi sales, which lasted for 40 years.  With a dwindling population, parish programming and Masses came to an end in 2020, and the church was formally closed in 2021.  

Archives Office

Questions About Parish Records?

As we strive to preserve our history, we welcome questions and suggestions.  If you would like to ask about what to save or dispose of in your parish records, you are welcome to contact Joan Lawson, Archivist, at 330-744-8451 x290, or email

If you need to send a notation for a baptismal record, or find a sacramental record from a closed or merged parish, but aren’t certain where the records reside, please phone the Archives, or check this page on Catechist Café:

Canonical Services: Tribunal

Tribunal In-Service Available

The Tribunal staff has made available an ongoing, in-service for pastors, associates, deacons, religious, directors of religious education, religious education coordinators and counselors in order to prepare them in facilitating pleas for nullity for persons within the community whose marriages have broken down and who may be seeking a second union recognized by the Church.

The in-service focuses on preparation of case histories, compilation of documents, witnesses and determining of the appropriate grounds of nullity. Covered also are other types of nullity procedures.

Size of the in-service is in small groups of between 8-12 participants and generally runs approximately two hours. The in-service is offered at either the offices of the Tribunal of the Diocese of Youngstown or at a parish in the Canton area.

Interested parties, who have not already registered or who need a “refresher” should call the Tribunal at (330) 744-8451, ext. 252, to have their names placed on the registrant list. You would then be contacted when there are at least eight registrants for a particular location.

Catholic Charities Services

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Youngstown (Bulletin Materials) -NEW

Voice of Hope Dinner, May 4, 2023 (Bulletin Materials) -NEW DETAILS


Tickets on sale now for the Annual Voice of Hope Dinner. This event celebrates the unity and identity of Catholic Charities’ Services in the Diocese of Youngstown and raises funds to support our Basic Needs Assistance program.  


The event will be held on Thursday, May 4th at The Grand Resort Ballroom in Warren, Ohio. We are honored to be joined by The Most Reverend David J. Bonnar, Bishop of Youngstown, and a keynote address by Dr. James Kravec of Bon Secours Mercy Health.


We are also excited to recognize Sister Jean Orsuto, Father Jim Korda, and St. John School, with Voice of Hope Awards for their dedication, service, and support of the ministry of Catholic Charities over the course of their vocations with the Church.


Sponsorship opportunities and tickets are now available on our website at


If you would like additional information please contact Jennifer Lucarelli at 330-744-8451, ext. 316 or or visit the website at


Logos included in this month’s attachments folder:  

First Step to Service – Spring Coloring Contest – Care for Creation

Catholic Charities is calling children ages K-8 grade to participate in our annual spring “Care for Creation” coloring contest as a part of our First Step to Service, Service-Learning Opportunities project.  Children may participate in our Coloring Contest using the entry form included with this publication, through their parish, or through our local Catholic Schools. Contact Jennifer Lucarelli with questions at 330-744-8451, ext. 316 or email  

Deadline for contest entries is April 30, 2023.


Entry form included in this month’s attachments folder:

Care for Creation 2023

Catholic Charities Regional Agency (Bulletin Materials)

Save the Date!  Women Fore Women Golf Classic, July 10, 2023 (Bulletin Materials)** 

Proceeds from this all-Women’s Golf Classic will benefit the Voice of Hope Shelters for Women and Children operated by Catholic Charities Regional Agency. For more information and registration, visit our website at, or view the flyer.

Image and flyer included in this month’s attachments folder:

Office of Peace and Justice (Bulletin Materials) -NEW

Save the Date – Lunch and Learn – March 28, 2023, 12:00 p.m., St. Columba Parish Hall (Bulletin Materials) 

Please save the date for a Lunch and Learn event to promote the newly developed Office of Peace and Justice, and to learn what that means for our local community and the Diocese of Youngstown.

The Office of Peace and Justice promotes the themes of Catholic Social Teaching, particularly the dignity of the human person, through education, advocacy, and prayer.

Director of Peace and Justice, R.J. Mangan, provides opportunities for the Catholic faithful to engage with various aspects of the Church’s robust social mission, coordinating and collaborating with others of good will to influence public policy for the sake of the common good.

This event is FREE and open to the public, but reservations are required. Please call Angela Wells at 330-744-8451, ext. 321 to reserve your spot, or send an email message to

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please advise if you have any special dietary needs or allergy concerns.

Prison Ministry Presents – Kolbe Gathering  -NEW: Two Locations! (Bulletin Materials)

Kolbe Gathering is a place for the formerly incarcerated and their families to join with parish-based volunteers in spiritual support and fellowship. Embrace spirituality in prayer, music, scripture reading and fellowship, all in a welcoming and warm environment.


For further information contact R.J. Mangan, Director of Peace and Justice, at or 330.744.8451 x245.


Flyer in this month’s attachment folder:

Prison and Jail Ministry – Seeking Volunteers (Bulletin Materials)** -NEW

The Office of Peace and Justice is seeking to expand the volunteer program for prison ministry. If you, or someone you know, is interested in ministering to the incarcerated, please contact us. Volunteer opportunities available in all six counties.

For further information contact R.J. Mangan, Director of Peace and Justice, at 330-744-8451 x 245. 

Flyer included in this month’s attachment folder:

Catholic Relief Services – Rice Bowl (Bulletin Materials | Materiales del Boletín)


Lent is a time of repentance and of uniting ourselves to Christ during his 40 days in the desert. During this sacred season, CRS Rice Bowl—Catholic Relief Services’ Lenten faith-in-action program—invites us to reflect on how caring for our neighbor is caring for Christ.  

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, thirsty and you gave me drink.”  (Matthew 25:35)

CRS Rice Bowl provides resources to bring Lenten spirituality to life for families, parishes and school communities, while continuing to connect Catholics in our diocese with our global human family. As Jesus teaches in the Gospel story of the loaves of bread and the fish, your small offering can feed many, and what may seem like a little, can actually be a lot.

NEW: Website:

NEW: Online Donations

CRS Rice Bowl orders will automatically be shipped to parishes based on last year’s requests. Only those who haven’t ordered before or need to make changes to their order should contact R.J. Mangan, CRS Diocesan Director at 330-744-8451, or

To read more about Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl, please visit  Stories of hope celebrate the many lives that our Lenten journey touches. 

A planning guide is included with this communication, and a CRS kickoff video can be viewed here:


CRS Rice Bowl is the official Lenten program of Catholic Relief Services, the official overseas international relief and development agency of the United States Bishops. It was created in 1975 with the goal of entering into solidarity with our brothers and sisters overseas through prayer, fasting, learning, and giving. This Lenten program is conducted in Catholic parishes and schools throughout the Diocese of Youngstown. Seventy-five percent of the funds raised are sent to CRS for international development projects; twenty-five percent of CRS Rice Bowl supports local programs and initiatives that address hunger and poverty.


Local groups and organizations are encouraged to apply for grants that will alleviate hunger and poverty in your community. Guidelines are as follows:

  1. The project requesting funds must be operated within the geographical boundaries of the Diocese of Youngstown.
  2. Projects must be consistent with Catholic moral and social teaching.  
  3. Recipient must be a not-for-profit organization.
  4. The project requesting funds should make an immediate impact to alleviate poverty and hunger within the Diocese of Youngstown.
  5. Grants are made on an annual basis only. 

Completed applications (including required attachments) must be submitted by July 31, 2023.


Grants will be awarded by September 15, 2023. If you would like to receive an application, please send your request via email to and an application will be returned to you.

Department of Communications

THE CATHOLIC ECHO (Bulletin Materials)**

FAQs and Logo 

In the attachments folder, please find a “Q and A” to the faithful from Katie Wagner (Editor-in Chief of The Catholic Echo), Pat Kelly (Diocesan CFO), and Justin Huyck (Director of Communications). This letter ran in the January 27 edition of the Catholic Exponent.


Multiple versions of the Catholic Echo logo in this month’s attachment folder:


The Diocese of Youngstown is pleased to announce a new print product, The Catholic Echo magazine, debuting in Spring 2023. Building on the 79-year legacy of The Catholic Exponent newspaper, which produced its final issue in February 2023, The Catholic Echo magazine, website and supporting multimedia products will highlight all aspects of Catholic life across the six counties of the diocese—and a new circulation model will ensure that all registered parishioners in the diocese receive the publication with no subscription cost.

The Catholic Echo news website,, launched in the last week of February, features video programming from CTNY, the Wineskins podcast, local Catholic news stories, event information and much more. You can visit and sign up for the Echo’s email newsletter (coming soon) to stay up-to-date on diocesan news and events.

Multimedia | CTNY (Bulletin Materials) -NEW


Wineskins (Bulletin Materials)

Wineskins is now available as a podcast! Subscribe to Wineskins on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts or any major podcasting platform.

Wineskins airs every Sunday: 

  • 7:30 a.m. on WKBN 570 AM in Youngstown
  • 7:30 a.m. on WRQX 600 AM in Salem
  • 9:30 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. on WILB AM Canton 1060, WILB FM 89.5 Youngstown, WILB FM 94.5 Canton

Listen to Wineskins on the new Catholic Echo website at Subscribe to our YouTube channel for updates when we post a new episode:

Wineskins Schedule -NEW

April 2, 2023

  • Current Issue: Fr. Korda talks with Cindee Case on her Social Media Ministry.
  • Saint: Sr. Eva Coulter, OSHJ from the Oblate Sisters of the Sacred Heart tells us about St. Vincent Ferrer.
  • Interview: Korda will interview Fr. Michael Balash on Holy Week. 
  • Music: From the CD “Glory in the Cross” by Dan Schutte.
  • Scripture: Mary McCormick, OSU from the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown, will give us a reflection on Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord.


April 9, 2023

  • Current Issue: John-Michael Lavelle informs us about Death and Grief.
  • Saint: Eva Coulter, OSHJ from the Oblate Sisters of the Sacred Heart tells us about St. Martin I.
  • Interview: Korda will interview Katie Wagner on The Catholic Echo website. 
  • Music: From the CD “Glory in the Cross” by Dan Schutte.
  • Scripture: Mary McCormick, OSU from the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown, will give us a reflection on Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord.


April 16, 2023

  • Current Issue: Rachel Hrbolich from Catholic Charities tells us about the Voice of Hope Dinner.
  • Saint: Eva Coulter, OSHJ from the Oblate Sisters of the Sacred Heart tells us about St. Anselm.
  • Interview: Korda will interview Fr. Mykola from the Ukrainian orthodox Church on Orthodox Easter. 
  • Music: From the CD “Glory in the Cross” by Dan Schutte.
  • Scripture: Mary McCormick, OSU from the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown, will give us a reflection on Divine Mercy Sunday.


April 23, 2023

  • Current Issue: Fr. Korda talks with Latasha Johnson on Vantage Aging.
  • Saint: Sr. Eva Coulter, OSHJ from the Oblate Sisters of the Sacred Heart tells us about St. Gianna Molla.
  • Interview: Korda will interview Lou Zona from The First Friday Club. 
  • Music: From the CD “Glory in the Cross” by Dan Schutte.
  • Scripture: Mary McCormick, OSU from the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown, will give us a reflection on The Third Sunday of Easter


April 30, 2023

  • Current Issue: We will hear some information on The Annual Diocesan Appeal.
  • Saint: Sr. Eva Coulter, OSHJ from the Oblate Sisters of the Sacred Heart tells us about St. Joseph the Worker.
  • Interview: Korda will interview Fr. Chad Johnson on Vocations. 
  • Music: From the CD “Glory in the Cross” by Dan Schutte.
  • Scripture: Sr. Mary McCormick, OSU from the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown, will give us a reflection on The Fourth Sunday of Easter
How to Watch “Our Sunday Mass” -NEW LINKS

The diocese continues to produce “Our Sunday Mass.” Please share this information according to the availability in your area. The Diocese of Youngstown’s “Our Sunday Mass” may be viewed the following ways:

  • Online at or or
  • In Youngstown, Warren, Mahoning Valley on WFMJ TV-21: Sundays at 6 a.m. and on Armstrong Cable Channel 45: Sundays at 8 a.m., noon, 7 p.m., for the time being.
  • Currently, a technical difficulty was making it unavailable on Spectrum Cable Channel 9, 13, or 14 in the Youngstown-Warren area.
  • In Stark County on Spectrum Cable in Canton – Channel 989: Sundays at 9:30 a.m., on Massillon Cable Channel 128: Sundays at 9:30 a.m., and on WIVM TV-39: Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
  • In nursing homes and prisons: The diocese continues to make its televised Mass available in 10 nursing homes and 3 prisons. For more information, contact Bob Gavalier at 330-533-2243.

Any further updates to diocesan cable TV programming will be noted at


Media Relations

1. Parishes and other diocesan entities who receive inquiries from the media are asked to consult with Justin Huyck, Director of Communications: (330) 744-8451, ext. 320;

2. Please also kindly inform the Communications Department when your programs, initiatives, and ministries are featured in the news media.

3. The Communications Department is available to consult on news releases regarding events and initiatives. Processes will continue to be developed to assist these efforts.

Office of Social Media -NEW

1. Social Media Networking Meeting – Thursday, April 20 at 1:30 p.m.

All those in the Diocese of Youngstown who manage/monitor/create content for a parish, school or Catholic agency are invited to a virtual networking meeting on Thursday, April 20, 2023 at 1:30 p.m. This will be an opportunity to share what has been working well and ask questions about challenges you have faced as we serve in the digital ministry together.  


Please RSVP to receive the Zoom meeting sign-in information:

2. DOY Social Media Networking Facebook Group for Social Media Contacts

Ongoing networking regarding social media can be found on Facebook in a private group by searching for “DOY Social Media Networking” or click:

This is a great place to share resources, ask questions and meet others around the diocese doing social media for their parishes, schools, offices and agencies. You can also share upcoming events that you’d like to invite others to so they can share in social media as well. This is also a key way the Social Media Minister is sharing insights as to avoid overwhelming contacts email boxes. 

3. 2022- 2023 Social Media Profile Report Form

Catholic institutions, parishes and schools in the Diocese of Youngstown are asked to complete a 2022-2023 Social Media Profile so that we know what is currently being used around the diocese and to help network those seeking support in various areas.  

Click on the link to complete:

Please note that the contact person listed in the profile will receive period emails from the diocese to support his/her work. The information also helps us to support your efforts by occasionally sharing/retweeting.

4. Social media helpful hint of the month – Celebrating 50 Days of Easter -NEW

Social Media is a perfect place to keep the entire Easter season on the minds of our parishioners. In addition to continuing to post Easter related photos, Scriptures, etc., do not forget to set a seasonal profile picture, banner, or “cover” on each platform. 

Recommendations for image sizes (as of February 2023, various sources*):

Facebook Profile Photo Image Size: 320 x 320 pixels

Facebook Page Cover:   820px by 360px (leaving margins as to show on mobile view)

Instagram Profile Photo Image Size: 320 x 320 Pixels

Twitter Profile Photo Image Size: 400 x 400 Pixels

Twitter Header Photo Image Size: 1500 x 500 Pixels

LinkedIn Profile Photo Image Size: 400 x 400 Pixels

LinkedIn Profile Cover Photo Image Size: 1584 x 396 Pixels

Pinterest Profile Photo Image Size: 165 x 165 Pixels

YouTube Profile Photo Image Size: 800 x 800 Pixels

YouTube Banner Image Size: 2048 x 1152 Pixels

*Thanks to Social Pulse, Sprout Social, Status Brew, and HeyOrca! for the size recommendations.  Even with using Canva (and other graphic art programs) to create images, it is good to check to make sure that the program is using the latest size recommendations.  

A template option for a Facebook cover has been posted for your use for those who use Canva (drop your parish, school or agency logo in the circle with the cartoon cloud and field, or delete it):

An image of your seasonal environment can also work well. Simply adding text like “Happy Easter” will keep the spirit of the season top of mind for all who visit your page! 

If you have other ideas for the monthly Helpful Hints, please let Cindee Case know:

Internal Communications -NEW

The DOY Catholic Directory is Coming Soon as a PDF -NEW

The Communications Department is quickly updating the DOY Catholic Directory for 2023. An immense THANK YOU to the many parishes, offices, and other Catholic organizations that have responded in a timely way. If you have not already, send any Directory updates ASAP to

Our first 2023 version will be released this spring as a PDF available for free to all parishes, schools, and diocesan entities. Aware that most staffing changes happen over the summer, we will contact organizations again in July 2023 to print an updated DOY Catholic Directory in early Fall. The print version will be available for pre-order only, and you will also receive an updated PDF for free at that time.

New Email List for Internal Communications Staff
As we transition to The Catholic Echo website and 10x year magazine, among other changes, the Communications Department is using this opportunity to update the way we internally collect and distribute announcements for the Catholic community in the six counties of our diocese. 
For this reason, we invite you to join an email list for staff at Catholic parishes, schools, central offices, and other Catholic organizations who communicate with Catholics in the Diocese of Youngstown:
More than one staff person from each organization can join, and you do not need an email address. In addition to relevant announcements about submitting information for the DOY Catholic Directory, The Catholic Echo and more, this will allow us to invite you to periodic workshops or networking events with other Catholic communications professionals in the six counties of our diocese.
Join this list if your job includes: 
  • Editing the bulletin/newsletter
  • Updating the website
  • Sending internal email announcements (to parishioners, parents, etc.)
  • Sending updates for the DOY Catholic Directory 
  • Sending promotional materials to the Communique, (currently) Exponent Datebook, or other Catholic publications
Questions? Contact Meagen Farrell at or 330.744.8451 x275.

Clergy and Religious Services

Office of Clergy Services

New Order of Penance – Obligatory Start Date – April 16, 2023

Priests are reminded that the obligatory start date for the new Order of Penance translation is Sunday, April 16, 2023.  New ritual editions can be purchased from: 

  1. Catholic Book Publishing Corp:  
  2. Liturgy Training Publications:
  3. Magnificat:  
  4. Midwest Theological Forum:
Chrism Mass – April 4, 2023

The Chrism Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 4, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. in Saint Columba Cathedral. All clergy are invited to concelebrate.  


Priest Retirement and Ordination Anniversary Celebration -NEW

SAVE THE DATE! – Wednesday, May 10, 2023

The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with Solemn Evening Prayer followed by Social Time and Dinner.  Invitations will be sent to all priests in April.  Location to be announced soon!


2023 Priest Convocation ~ “4 Pillars of Priestly Well-Being”


2023 Priest Convocation, September 4-7, 2023.

Oglebay Resort Center 465 Lodge Drive, Wheeling, West Virginia

Office of Vocations -NEW

The First Annual Bishop’s Golf Classic (Bulletin Materials)


Calling all golfers! The Vocations Office is pleased to announce the First Annual Bishop’s Golf Classic. This new initiative is a fundraiser in support of the education and needs of our Diocesan Seminarians. This first Golf Classic will be held on Wednesday, August 2, 2023. Questions or inquiries may be directed to either Fr. Chad Johnson at 330-744-8451 or or Mr. William Wainio at

Please see the attachments for flyer and a registration/sponsorship form:

Seminarian Pastoral Intern

The following Seminarian has been assigned as a Pastoral Intern for the 2022-2023 Academic Year.

Mr. Travis Seagraves: Our Lady of Peace, Ashtabula

Please remember him, the people of Ashtabula, and all of our seminarians in your prayers.

Good Shepherd Sunday Seminarian Collection (Bulletin Materials)** -NEW

Beginning this year, the Diocese of Youngstown will hold an annual second collection for the education of our Seminarians. This collection will be held every year on the Fourth Sunday of Easter or Good Shepherd Sunday, which this year is April 30, 2023. The Vocations Office will supply envelopes to all parishes that need them. Questions or inquiries can be directed to Fr. Chad Johnson at 330-744-8451 or

See this month’s attachments folder with information from the Office of the Chancellor: Seminarian Support Collection about bulletin and pulpit announcements.

Seminarian Posters and Prayer Cards -Still Available!

The Seminarian Posters and Prayer Cards are now available! They are being mailed directly to parishes. There are a limited number of extra prayer cards and posters. If you would like any additional cards or posters, please contact Fr. Chad Johnson at 330-744-8451 or

Vocation Director at Your Parish / School

If you have a special youth ministry, parish, retreat, or vocational event, that you would like the Diocesan Vocation Director to attend, please contact Fr. Chad Johnson at 330-744-8451 or by email at

Come and See the Seminary: March 31-April 2, 2023 (Bulletin Materials) -NEW DATES

Saint Mary Seminary & Borromeo Seminary are once again offering “Come and See” Weekends. These are opportunities for men who are open to priesthood formation can experience life in the Seminary. The next Come and See Weekend is scheduled for March 31-April 2, 2023. If you know of anyone interested in this time of prayer, discovery, and discernment, please contact Fr. Chad Johnson at 330-744-8451 or by email at

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Seminarian Visits to Your School or Parish

Please remember all of the seminarians we have currently studying in our diocese. They are all willing and available to come and speak at your parish or school. To schedule, please contact Fr. Chad Johnson at 330-744-8451 or by email at

Vocation Intercessions and Bulletin Blurbs (Bulletin Materials) -NEW

Click the links below or see the Communiqué attachments folder for vocation intercessions and bulletin blurbs. Please use these in your bulletins and at Mass to help promote vocations to the priesthood and religious life in your parish community and school.

Server Recognition by Youngstown Vocations Support Society (YVSS) -NEW

Youngstown Vocations Support Society, YVSS, an organization that has been working to support vocations since 1966, would like to assist in recognizing altar servers at your parish who are completing the 8th or 12th grade this year. YVSS would send the parish a certificate of recognition by late May to be given to the altar servers at a time selected at the local level.  If you are interested in participating in this recognition from YVSS, please email the information by Monday, April 14, 2023 to:

Marcy Rowell at 

Information needed for the Certificate:

Name of Altar Server
Years of Service

Please send a name and address of where certificates may be sent for distribution. Thank you.

Vocations Social Media

Office of Vowed Religious

Religious Jubilee/Conference Day

We invite all religious to reserve Saturday, March 25, 2023, to celebrate with religious jubilarians of 25, 50, 60 years, and beyond, at St. John’s Basilica in Canton, Ohio.  A social begins at 1:15 p.m. followed by dinner and presentation on Rhoda Wise: A Search for the Truth, by Karen Sigler SFO. Bishop Bonnar will celebrate Holy Mass at 4:00 p.m.

Development and Stewardship Offices

Office of the Annual Diocesan Appeal (Bulletin Materials)** -NEW


In preparation for Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday, and the 2nd Sunday of Easter – recognizing the early deadlines and adjusted office schedules, Fr. John-Michael Lavelle has emailed the bulletin announcements for those three weekends. The email also included the Pledge Card image to be printed in the body of all bulletins on those weekends, along with a Pledge Box, reporting the progress of the parish and diocese from week to week.

Thank you for including these materials in your bulletins. Getting the information out to as many people as possible is vital to our success in not merely meeting a goal, but more importantly, in serving as many people in need as possible, while extending the mission and ministry of the Church.


Find these and more resources from Fr. Lavelle in both English and Spanish under “Parish Toolkit and Updates” at

Office of Development and Stewardship

Stewardship Bulletin Thoughts (Bulletin Materials | Materiales del Boletín) -NEW

“Let us focus on generosity, or returning God’s gifts with increase, through the generous sharing of our time, talent and treasure.”

It is recommended that every week, in every parish, a stewardship reflection should be included in the weekly bulletin.

Please see this website for upcoming Stewardship Bulletin Thoughts in English y Reflexiones del Boletín de Corresponsibilidad en español:

This month’s Stewardship Bulletin Thoughts in English & Spanish are available for download from this month’s Attachments folder at   

Pastoral and Educational Services

Office of Faith Formation and Lay Ecclesial Ministry -NEW

1. New Adult Faith Formation Course -NEW

Please visit Catechist Cafe at under the tab “For Catechists” a description of the next adult learning opportunity, Toward the Sunrise. All courses are open to anyone wanting to grow in their faith. These courses are offered online. You don’t need to have prior knowledge to participate. For more information, contact Margie Hynes at 330-744-8451 ext. 296 or

2. Spiritual Growth for the Easter Season: Keep the Faith Alive!

Small faith communities, women’s groups, men’s groups, young adults, families, and other age or life stage clusters of parishioners can benefit from a structured book study or video assisted presentation on sacred scripture, a papal encyclical, and other faith topics during the season of Lent. Encourage leaders to visit the library in person (no appointment necessary) or online at to search for topics for a variety of interests. Many of the resources include a facilitator’s guide and sample session designs to enhance the user-friendly approach to spiritual growth and increase appreciation of the richness of the Catholic Tradition. We welcome questions and are ready to assist in selecting from a wide selection of authentic Catholic resources.

3. New in the Library -NEW

A Wound Full of Hope: Remembering Those Who Have Gone Before Us. Pope Francis. Paulist Press, 2021. Thinking about death is part of embracing the full mystery of life. Death has always been with us and accompanies us, even though we may not realize it. In this book of prayers meant to accompany that loss, Pope Francis reminds us of the need to confront ourselves, each of us, with the horizon of our own death. The words of Pope Francis about our dear ones passed away are accompanied by images taken during his visits and apostolic journeys.


John The Baptist: Forerunner. Little Rock Scripture Study. Jerome Kodell. Liturgical Press, 2017. A fiery preacher and humble servant to the coming kingdom of God, John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus. Three gospel passages capture his message and its meaning and invite us to make way for Jesus in our hearts and in our world.


Little Lessons from the Mystics: 52 Simple and Surprising Ways to Experience the Mysteries of Faith. Bob Burnham. Loyola Press, 2021. Little Lessons from the Mystics provides brief stories from mystics’ lives to help us make connections, learn lessons, and begin our own mystical practices. Organized by the main mysteries of our faith: the Incarnation, the Paschal Mystery, the People of God, and the Most Holy Trinity, this book offers an inviting perspective on mystics and mysticism that is refreshing, new and helpful.

4. Beginning Anew: The Vision of The OCIA 2023

A Conference for Catechumenal Ministers and Pastoral Leaders sponsored by Liturgy Training Publications will be held August 1-3, 2023, in Chicago. Visit for additional information and registration. Learn from experts on how to implement the vision of the Order of Christian Initiation of Adults through this conference.

5. National Community of Catechetical Leaders (NCCL)

NCCL is dedicated to promoting the ministries of evangelization and catechesis in the U.S. church by fostering a community of leaders who proclaim and teach the word of Jesus Christ through the witness of accompaniment, education, and formation in the Catholic faith. Regular opportunities to network with others, learn current trends in faith formation, participate in online and in person conferences are available through a no cost membership. Visit to join!

6. Attention Pastors Seeking Parish Ministers -NEW

Pastors hoping to secure additional or new Parish Ministers serving in the areas of pastoral ministry, faith formation, youth ministry or young adult ministry are asked to contact Barbara Walko for policies regarding hiring procedures. Assistance will be provided to post openings, screening applicants, creating a position description and suitable compensation.


7. Parish Ministry Positions -NEW

Pastors and parish staff members aware of persons seeking to serve the church in a professionally prepared ministry are asked to direct the person to the Office of Faith Formation and Lay Ecclesial Ministry. An opportunity to explore a path to readiness for ministry will be provided, guidance on qualifications and discernment of gifts is readily available. Thank you very much for recognizing the potential and perceiving possible vocations to Lay Ecclesial Ministry.

Office of Pro-Life, Marriage, and Family Life (Bulletin Materials) -NEW

1. Dangerous Proposed Amendment to Ohio Constitution would Enshrine & Expand Abortion -NEW

The Catholic Bishops of Ohio have issued a letter about a proposed amendment to Ohio’s Constitution for the November 2023 ballot which threatens life in its earliest stages (see “Attachments” section of this Communique). The Bishops strongly encourage Catholics and all people of good will in Ohio to work against including the proposed amendment for the November ballot and, if it appears on the ballot, vote against the amendment to prevent countless deaths of preborn, innocent children.

The Catholic Conference of Ohio is working with dioceses to coordinate a campaign to promote the dignity of life at every parish in Ohio. They will also collaborate with other Ohio organizations to defeat the amendment. More information and materials will become available as they mobilize to oppose the proposed amendment in the months ahead.

This dangerous and extreme amendment would annihilate parental rights and measures currently in place to protect young girls. It would abolish current Ohio law guaranteeing parental involvement before any abortion is performed on their minor daughter. It also removes critical health and safety protections for Ohio women that are currently in place. If this amendment passes the wellbeing of Ohio’s women and girls would be sacrificed so that the abortion industry can bring to Ohio painful abortions up until the moment of birth.

For more information contact Office of Pro-Life, Marriage and Family Life at call 330-744-8451 ext. 272 or

2. Please Pray for the Defeat of the Proposed Pro-Abortion Amendment to the Ohio Constitution (Bulletin Materials) -NEW

            Pro-abortion groups are proposing an amendment to the Ohio Constitution which would enshrine and expand abortion at the expense of protections for preborn children and women. Please pray at 7:14 a.m. and 7:14 p.m. each day until the amendment is defeated. Why 7:14? Because II Chronicles 7:14 says:

If then my people, upon whom my name has been pronounced, humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their evil ways, I will hear them from heaven and pardon their sins and heal their land.

In response to the proposed pro-abortion amendment, our Catholic Bishops of Ohio have said:

The Church must not be silent and cannot remain on the sidelines when confronted with such a clear threat to human life. This proposal demands a response, and we strongly encourage Catholics and all people of good will in Ohio to work against including the proposed amendment for the November ballot and, if it appears on the ballot, vote against the amendment to prevent countless deaths of preborn, innocent children.

The Catholic Bishops of Ohio conclude their letter with the following prayer:

God our loving Father,

grant wisdom to those who govern us,

compassion and courage to those who work to defend human life,

and safety and care to every human being.

For you alone who formed us in our mothers’ wombs,

and who call us home to heaven,

are God, for ever and ever. Amen.

3. Appointing or Renewing a Parish Pro-Life Representative -NEW DEADLINE

A month ago, pastors, administrators and diocesan pastoral associates were mailed a letter asking them to appoint or renew a Parish Pro-Life Representative. The chief responsibility of the representative is to serve as a liaison between their parish and the Office of Pro-Life, Marriage and Family Life in matters pertaining to the respect life teaching of the Church. Thanks to those parishes that already responded. Any questions in this regard may be directed to Dave Schmidt at or 330-744-8451 ext.272.

This year we are making this request earlier than usual because current circumstances warrant that we update our lists immediately. As stated in the aforementioned letter from our Ohio Bishops: “the dignity of life in its earliest stages is threatened by groups proposing an amendment to Ohio’s Constitution for the November 2023 ballot that would enshrine and expand abortion at the expense of protections for preborn children and women.” As our diocese collaborates with the Catholic Conference of Ohio to address this threat to human life, the role of the Parish Pro-Life Representative will be helpful “as we mobilize to oppose the proposed amendment on the November 2023 ballot.”

4. Walking with Moms in Need

In March, Bishop Bonnar wrote to all pastors encouraging the implementation of Walking with Moms in Need in their parishes. This initiative from the USCCB is to help parishes come alongside and accompany pregnant and parenting mothers facing difficulties. Find out more about our local efforts and resources at 

The Office of Pro-Life, Marriage and Family Life is piloting Walking with Moms in Need in the Eastern Stark County Region of our diocese and has held information meetings in Mahoning, Stark and Portage Counties. Anyone interested in establishing this important effort in their parish or region may contact Dave Schmidt at or 330-744-8451 ext. 272.

5. Homily Hints – Pro-Life Ponderings -NEW

The scriptures present many opportunities to convey the Gospel of life. Below are a few examples. 

Any time the subject of abortion is addressed in a homily, it is prudent to remind the listeners that reconciliation and healing are available to those with abortion in their past through the Church’s Project Rachel Ministry ( or 330-360-0430).

April 16: Sunday of Divine Mercy – Gospel Reading: John 20:19-31

The resurrected Jesus greets the disciples with the message “Peace be with you.” Jesus wishes peace upon the men who abandoned and denied him only days before. Likewise, Jesus offers peace and reconciliation to all, including those who carry the weight of grave sin, such as abortion.

            April 30: Fourth Sunday of Easter – First Reading Acts of the Apostle 2:14a, 36-41 & Gospel Reading: John 10:1-10

St. Peter exhorts his listeners “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation” while Jesus said “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” Thus, by embracing the abundant life of Christ, “the Church counters the culture of death with the culture of love” (Pope St. John Paul II).

6. Intercessions for Life and Pro-Life Bulletin Briefs

Recommended intercessions and bulletin briefs for December, prepared by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities, may be found at

7. Project Rachel Outreach – April (Divine Mercy) Message (Bulletin Materials) -NEW

There is no sin, including abortion, which is greater than the Divine Mercy of Jesus. There is Hope and Healing available. For CONFIDENTIAL help text or call Project Rachel of Northeast Ohio at 330-360-0430 or go to

8. Marriage Preparation Engaged Couple Retreat Day -NEW DATES

The next diocesan-sponsored one-day marriage preparation retreat days for engaged couples will be held Saturday, April 1 in the social hall at St. Columba Cathedral and Saturday, May 13 in the “School Hall” at the Basilica of St. John the Baptist, Canton. Reservations are required. Registration information may be found at or go to at the “Ministries” drop-down menu and click on “Pro-Life, Marriage & Family Life.” 

Direct link for registration:

For more information on this, and other opportunities for marriage preparation formation, contact or 330-744-8451, ext.272.

9. Wedding Anniversary Celebration on May 7 at St. Columba Cathedral (Bulletin Materials)


The Diocese of Youngstown is sponsoring a Wedding Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, May 7, 2:00 p.m. at St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown, honoring couples observing their 25th, 40th, 50th and over wedding anniversaries in 2023.

The Wedding Anniversary Celebration will include Mass with the Most Reverend David J. Bonnar, Bishop of Youngstown, renewal of marriage vows, a personalized certificate for each couple and a light reception for the couples and their families in the cathedral hall. Couples must make reservations in advance by contacting their parish office as soon as possible, but no later than March 29. Limited spaces are available.

Registration information for the May celebration was sent to parishes at the end of February. A second anniversary celebration will take place at the Basilica of St. John the Baptist Church in Canton on Sunday, October 15, 2023; at 2:00 p.m. For more information contact 330-744-8451ext.272 or

10. Memorial Service for Miscarried & Stillborn Children (Bulletin Materials)** -NEW

If you know someone who has suffered the loss of a child through miscarriage or stillbirth, please invite them to one of the following Memorial Services on Sunday, May 21, at 2:00 p.m. in the chapels at:

– Calvary Cemetery, Youngstown (248 Belle Vista Ave.), or

– Calvary Cemetery, Massillon (3469 Lincoln Way E.).

Parents, family, grandparents and others are encouraged to attend. Sponsored by the Diocese of Youngstown Office of Worship, Office of Pro-Life, Marriage and Family Life, and Catholic Cemeteries. For more information call 330-744-8451 ext. 272.

11. Mark Your Calendars: Ohio March for Life – October 6, at the Statehouse in Columbus

The second annual Ohio March for Life will take place on Friday, October 6, 2023 in Columbus beginning with an 11:00 a.m. Rally at the Statehouse before the March takes place at Noon. More details to come. For more information contact or 330-744-8451 ext.272.

Office of Worship -NEW

New Order of Penance – Obligatory Start Date – April 16, 2023

Be reminded that the obligatory start date for the new Order of Penance translation is Sunday, April 16, 2023.  New ritual editions can be purchased from: 

  1. Catholic Book Publishing Corp:
  2. Liturgy Training Publications:
  3. Magnificat:
  4. Midwest Theological Forum
Lenten Season Regulations

All Catholic are encouraged to participate in the traditional Lenten practice of prayer, sacrifice, and almsgiving.  Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence – one full meal and two smaller meals for persons 18 to 59 years of age; no meat for persons 14 years and older.  All Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence – no meat for persons 14 years and older.  There is no obligation to fast during the weekdays of Lent; however, voluntary acts of self-denial are encouraged.

Chrism Mass – April 4, 2023-NEW

The Chrism Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 4, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. in Saint Columba Cathedral. All clergy are invited to concelebrate and parishes are welcomed to send delegations of 5-7 people. After the Chrism Mass, parishes are invited to obtain the holy oils for use in their parish. Since there is a provision in the rite for priests to bless the oil of the sick and oil of catechumens, there is concern regarding the sacred chrism. It is recommended that an appropriate amount of sacred chrism be taken sufficient for parish needs. If a substantial amount of sacred oil is being disposed of each year, please adjust the amount taken. Oils will be distributed in Saint Columba Parish Hall after the Chrism Mass.

Celebrating the Paschal Triduum (Multiple Parishes/Locations)

The Office of Worship recently produced guidance and directives for the celebration of the Paschal Triduum in the circumstance of merged parishes; parishes with multiple worship sites; multiple parishes served by a single pastor. For further guidance, questions or concerns please contact the Office of Worship.

Easter Vigil – April 8, 2023

The Easter Vigil will be on Saturday, April 8, 2023.  The Roman Missal states that, “the entire celebration of the Easter Vigil must take place during the night, so that it begins after nightfall…”  Furthermore, the Priest Policy Handbook states that the Easter Vigil “is not to take place at the time of the ordinary anticipated Mass for Sunday,” (cf. Faculties and Permissions, Section V, pg. 10).  In the Diocese of Youngstown, sunset on April 8, 2023, will be at 7:54 p.m. and the end of civil twilight will be at 8:23 p.m.  It is current diocesan policy that the starting time for the Easter Vigil throughout the diocese be at 8:00 p.m. or later.  This starting time respects the current liturgical guidelines and diocesan policy.  Furthermore it makes the Easter Vigil distinctive from the ordinary anticipated Mass for Sunday and alleviates any confusion among parishes.  Therefore the Easter Vigil is not to begin before 8:00 p.m.  Please note that because daylight savings time begins each year in early March, the recommended start time of Easter Vigil will never be before 8 p.m. 

Confirmation of Baptized Catholics at the Easter Vigil

Priests are reminded that the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults gives them the faculty to confirm catechumens and candidates at the Easter Vigil. However, if there are persons who are baptized Catholic and completing their initiation at the Easter Vigil, the pastor must request permission of Bishop David J. Bonnar to confirm them. A letter of request stating the names of only those individuals who were baptized Catholic and who will be confirmed at the Easter Vigil should be sent to the Bishop’s Office as soon as possible.

46th National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) Convention -NEW


The 46th National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) Convention will be held in Reno, Nevada, July 10-14, 2023.  This year’s theme is “Walking with the Saints.”  A virtual experience of the convention will be available July 18-20, 2023.  For more information:

National Gathering on Christian Initiation -NEW

The National Gathering on Christian Initiation sponsored by Liturgical Training Publications (LTP) will take place on August 1-3, 2023 at Loyola University Chicago Lakeshore Campus, located in the Rogers Park neighborhood.  This conference “Beginning Anew – the Vision of the OCIA” is for parish leaders, initiation ministers, and regional or diocesan trainers, and will explore the theoretical and practical aspects of initiation ministry.  Through interactive sessions, meetings, and prayer opportunities, participants will understand more deeply that the vision of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the vision of the parish as a community of disciples.  For more information:

Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commission (FDLC) National Meeting -NEW

The 2023 National Meeting of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC) will be October 10-12, 2023 at the Netherland Hilton Hotel in downtown Cincinnati.  This year’s national meeting is “Sign and Pledge of Communion: Masses with Children” and will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Directory for Masses with Children.  A special Study Day on Wednesday, October 11, 2023 is open to all – clergy, catechists, teachers, principals, parish ministers – involved with the preparation and celebration of Mass with Children.  Plenary sessions include:

            ~ “Unless You Become Like a Child:  The Challenge and Promise of Liturgical Childhood for the Church” – by Dr. Timothy, O’Malley, McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame.

            ~ “Children as Natural Mystics: A Second Look at the Directory for Masses with Children” –by Dr. Donna Eschenauer, Professor of Theology, Saint Joseph Seminary, Dunwoody, New York.

            ~ “Liturgical Formation for and with Children” – by Sr. Sandra Demasi, SSJ, former Director, Office of Worship, Newark, New Jersey.

For more information:  – Virtual Study Day version also available!

Liturgical Directory

The Liturgical Directory contains valuable information about Liturgy Committees; liturgical minister formation guidelines; guidelines for the celebration of sacraments; music in liturgical celebrations; and art and architecture directives. 

The directory can be accessed and downloaded by clicking the button below or visiting the DOY Office of Worship page:

Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry (Bulletin Materials) -NEW

Eagle of the Cross

Nomination forms have been received. Contact Fr. Ryan with any questions.

Confirmation Retreat & Diocesan Events

Fr. Ryan Furlong and Fr. Chad Johnson are teaming up to create a diocesan confirmation retreat.  Please contact them if interested at or

Fr. Ryan is working with a diocesan planning council to plan and coordinate diocesan events. Please contact him for more information or ways you can help at

Spirits and Spirituality (Canton) (Bulletin Materials)** -NEW


Any young adult is welcome to learn more about the Catholic faith and meet other young adults in a fun, casual environment. We are looking forward to our next Spirits and Spirituality gathering,

Thursday, March 30th at 6:30 pm at Royal Docks Brewing Co. in Plain Township. We will focus on the Paschal Mystery, especially in these last few days of Lent.

For details, contact or follow Spirits and Spirituality on Facebook at   

Spirits and Spirituality: Dive into the Mystery. For young adults in their 20's and 30's. Thursday, March 30th. Royal Docks Brewing Co., Canton. 6:30pm Dinner and Drinks. 7pm Speaker and Social. Roberta Muoio, Presenter
“Into the Breach”

A young men’s study on virtue will be coming to St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Vienna this Spring. Look for more details soon. Questions? Contact Fr. Ryan at or call St. Thomas Apostle Parish at 330-394-2491.


Anyone interested in attending this year’s NCYC please contact Cara Lipinski at or Deacon Randy Smith at

Office of Catholic Schools -NEW

Good Samaritan Scholarship Fund (Bulletin Materials)**


As a result of legislation passed in 2021, Ohio taxpayers who wish to support Catholic education in Ohio now have the opportunity to receive an income tax credit. The Office of Catholic Schools is excited to announce the availability of additional financial assistance through the newly established Scholarship Granted Organization (SGO): Good Samaritan Scholarship Fund. Donations to the Good Samaritan Scholarship Fund will be utilized to award scholarships to students attending Catholic schools in the Diocese of Youngstown with a priority to support low-income families that seek high quality educational opportunities for their children.

After a soft opening of the Good Samaritan Scholarship Fund in December of 2022, the Fund has $290,000 available to distribute to families for the 2023-2024 school year. To apply for tuition assistance for the 2023-24 school year, families must use the FACTS tuition management system to complete the application at The application period is from December 1st through March 1st, 2023,  with the awards announced in early May.

Donations received between January 1, 2023 and December 31, 2023 will be used to fund tuition assistance for the 2024-2025 school year.   Donors to the fund can designate their tax credit to go to either into the general Diocesan fund or to benefit students in a particular school.  Give online today by visiting

Diocese of Youngstown Foundation Tuition Assistance Fund (Bulletin Materials)


The Good Samaritan Scholarship Fund joins the Diocese of Youngstown Foundation Tuition Assistance Fund as another source of support to help Catholic education be more affordable for families.  Applications are also made online at  All completed application materials should be uploaded by March 1, 2023.


The Necrology (In Memoriam) for Diocesan Clergy is now available online!

Many thanks to Robalyne Sciubba for keeping the printable Necrology updated.

Gratitude to Rev. Joseph Ruggieri who has created a Google calendar to help you pray by date.

Diocesan Cemeteries (Bulletin Materials) -NEW

Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3pm on Fridays**

Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services of the Diocese of Youngstown will be offering The Chaplet of Divine Mercy Prayer Service in the chapels of our 4 Cemeteries at 3:00pm every Friday at alternating locations.

  1. First Friday of the month at Calvary Cemetery Chapel in Youngstown.
  2. Second Friday of the month at Resurrection Cemetery Chapel in Austintown.
  3. Third Friday of the month at All Souls Cemetery Chapel in Cortland.
  4. Fourth Friday of the month at Calvary Cemetery Chapel in Massillon.
Rosary at Calvary Cemetery (Youngstown) and All Souls Cemetery (Cortland)**


Join us as we pray the Rosary at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown on the first Wednesday of the month at 10:00 in the Chapel. We will be led by the Oblate Sisters of the Sacred Heart. All are welcome.

Join us as we pray the Rosary at All Souls Cemetery in Cortland on the first Wednesday of the month at 10:00am in the Chapel. We will be led by the Parish Visitors of the Mary Immaculate from Blessed Sacrament. All are welcome.

Lunch and Learn: April 19** -NEW

Lunch and Learn about Planning Ahead as a Gift of Love. You and a guest are cordially invited to a complimentary lunch at Calvary Cemetery in Massillon on April 19 at 12:00. Important pre-planning information will be discussed. All attendees will receive a free planning guide. Please R.S.V.P. by April 14 to Calvary Cemetery Massillon (330) 832-1866. All are welcome.

Honoring Mothers Prayer Service: May 13** -NEW

Please join us as we honor Mothers with a prayer service in the Chapel on Mothers’ Day, May 13. Families will receive a flower that will be blessed and laid in front of the Blessed Mother Statue in remembrance of our mothers. All 4 of our cemeteries will begin the services at 10:00 AM. There will be light refreshments provided. All are welcome. 

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Ashtabula County | St. Mary Parish (Orwell) | Easter Joy! on April 25** -NEW

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Father Larry Richards, a popular conference speaker, author, EWTN radio host, television guest, and pastor from Erie, PA, will conduct a one-hour talk at Saint Mary Catholic Church. The topic will be “Living Easter Joy!” and the purpose of the talk is to help all people grow in their love for God and give them hope, joy, and direction in their daily lives through the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. All are invited and encouraged to attend this free event.

This one-hour talk can change your life!

WHEN: Tuesday, April 25, 2023, starting at 7:00 pm

WHERE: Saint Mary Catholic Church, 103 North Maple Street, Orwell, OH 44076

COST: FREE (good-will offering to support parish ministries is greatly appreciated)

SPONSORED BY: Saint Mary Parish

TEXT: Father Larry Richards has conducted hundreds of parish missions, group conferences, and spiritual retreats. He is known to make the love of God real in his presentations. Father Larry is the founder of The Reason for Our Hope Foundation and has many media presentations including The Truth, The Mass Explained, and Confession with hundreds of thousands distributed worldwide and now available at

At all his parish talks or missions, Father Larry promises two things: 1) You will never be bored, and 2) your life will be changed forever. Come and experience this truth for yourself.


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We continue the First Friday Club of Greater Youngstown 2022-23 Speaker Series season with a luncheon on the first Thursday in April! Join us as we welcome Taylor Tripodi on April 6, 2023.


With a heart full of music and a voice full of praise, 25-year-old Taylor Tripodi from Cleveland, Ohio, is on a mission to put people in an encounter with truth, goodness, and beauty. Ms. Tripodi graduated from Franciscan University in 2016 as a Catechetics and Theology major and, after doing youth ministry for 2 years, is now a full-time musician, singer, songwriter, and worship leader. Her music has led her all around the country and even as far as the Holy Land. She recently began writing blogs for Ascension Press and, as the oldest of nine, she knows the importance of speaking out in order for your voice to be heard. Ms. Tripodi maintains that there are many voices in our world and in our minds every day vying for our attention, but the one voice that we must truly lean into is the voice of God.


Taylor Tripodi will present “And the Greatest of These Is … Hope,” at Avion on the Water Banquet Center, 2177 W. Western Reserve Road in Canfield.

There will be an opportunity for participants’ questions to follow. Luncheon will be served at 11:30 AM, with the presentation beginning at noon. The cost is $20.00. Call by March 31, 2023, 330-720-4498. Reservations are limited!

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Mahoning County | First Friday Club in May** -NEW

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Mahoning County | Bible Study on the Eucharist (2/7 to 5/2) | Christ Our Savior Parish (Struthers)**

Dr. Ben Safranski (DRE) will be hosting a Bible Study on the Eucharist at Christ Our Savior in Struthers. He will work through many passages that teach us about the Eucharist, from Genesis to Revelation. Bible Study will be Tuesdays at 6 p.m. and Thursdays at 9 a.m. in the lower church at St. Nicholas, starting February 7th and concluding on May 25th. For more information, please contact Dr. Safrankski at

Mahoning County | Vermicomposting in the Community Garden | St. Patrick’s Parish (Youngstown) -NEW

Over 20 honors students from YSU completing their community service project in the gardens at St. Patrick’s. The students and the church have teamed up to create the city’s first worm farm. Worm farms are scientifically called vermicomposting. These worms will produce rich organic material to use as a compost in the church’s community gardens on Cleveland Street. The students will build, stock and sustain these farms and put together a presentation on their work to the Honors College and Youngstown Community in the spring.

Plots in the community garden are available to anyone!

Learn more about the Community Garden at St. Pat’s Youngstown, including their outdoor Stations of the Cross, at Anyone can support this project with prayer, volunteer time, or donations to purchase supplies. To get involved, please contact Deacon Jesse McClain at or 330-743-1109.


Stark County | Little Flower Parish | Dr. Ray Guarendi on “The Logic of Being Catholic” on April 25** -NEW

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