Communique | April 2024

Priests smiling and singing
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 New Digital Communique is Here!

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.

Questions? Contact Meagen Farrell, Communications Manager, at communications@youngstowndiocese.org or (330) 744-8451 x275.

The printable format publication is sent by email as a Word file. Attachments are now provided as downloadable files in one folder (including the printable version):

 

Announcements suitable or adaptable for parish bulletins are noted. Where applicable, links to attachments and graphic files are included for each office below: click to save/download the file.  

Other Events & Shared Publicity

Events from around the diocese can also be found on The Catholic Echo Events Calendar. You can upload or find publicity for Catholic organizations outside of diocesan offices in our new Shared Publicity Folders. All at youngstowndiocese dot org emails have access to these folders, and others can request access.

Quote of the Month

“Joy, with peace, is the sister of charity. Serve the Lord with laughter.” -St. Padre Pio

Above: Rev. Lawrence Nwabueze, OP (L) and Rev. Anthony Oloko, CMF (R), chaplains for Mercy Health, and Very Rev. Msgr. Robert Siffrin (C), Rector, at the Cathedral of St. Columba, Youngstown, Ohio | Photo by Brian Keith (RusticCity)

For more Catholic inspiration, connect with the Diocese of Youngstown and The Catholic Echo on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

Chancery

Click the name of the office to read the announcement titles, and click the headlines for more information. Links to download the parish bulletin/publicity materials are listed below.

OFFICE OF SAFE ENVIRONMENT
  • Acknowledge Revised and Amended Safe Environment Policy Please review and acknowledge the new diocesan Safe Environment policies available for download in English and Spanish through your VIRTUS account. Visit VIRTUS to log in and complete the acknowledgement. For assistance, contact Dominic Colucy at dcolucy@youngstowndiocese.org or visit the Safe Environment Page.
  • Reporting Child/Vulnerable Adult Abuse To report abuse or a violation of the Safe Environment Policy, contact Mr. Dominic Colucy, Safe Environment Coordinator at (office) 330-744-8451 x293 or (response line) 330-718-1388.
  • Safe Environment: Updating Information Procedures for Safe Environment Compliance Officers to add, move, inactivate or remove individuals at their location. Contact the Safe Environment Coordinator at dcolucy@youngstowndiocese.org.
  • Safe Environment: Compliance Requirements The Safe Envrionment compliance requirements for the Diocese of Youngstown include VIRTUS training, acknowledgment form (Appendix 9), and background checks.
  • Safe Environment: Who needs to be compliant? FAQ: Who needs to be compliant with Safe Environment policies and procedures in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Youngstown?
  • Safe Environment Materiales de Boletín (in Spanish) 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 Bulletin Announcements (in English) The attached bulletin announcement regarding education, screening, reporting, and victim assistance, should be included bi-monthly (every two months) in all parish bulletins.
BISHOP'S OFFICE
CHANCELLOR'S OFFICE
ARCHIVES OFFICE
  • Do Not Modify Sacramental Records Once entered in a sacramental register, data is considered official and permanent. It may not be modified except under special conditions. Original data should never be scratched out, erased, whited out or otherwise destroyed or obliterated.
  • Thank You & Best Wishes to Fr. Lanterman! The Archives Office thanks Fr. Bob Lanterman for his service as Archives Clerk and announces his new roles as parochial vicar at Divine Mercy Parish in Massillon and part-time parochial vicar at Christ the Servant Parish and Little Flower Parish in Canton, while he continues as Curator of Patrimony.
  • Seminarian Interns at the Archives In May, the Archives Office welcomed new team members for the summer, seminarians Donald Bailey and Jacob Huzyak. Please pray for them as they work at many tasks to help preserve our diocesan memory.
DISCIPLE MAKER INDEX
HISPANIC MINISTRY
  • Mujeres Valientes Four women representing the Hispanic Ministry in our Diocese are taking classes at the University of Dayton as part of leaders training for the Mujeres Valientes program.
  • Fe y Vida Fe y Vida provides training for the Hispanic leaders that are working with families, youth and young adults.

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY

April: Child Abuse Prevention Month (Bulletin Materials)** -NEW

All Catholic parishes, schools, and families are encouraged to recognize National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April. Here are some resources to support your prayerful participation:

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY

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. 

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY

Bishop’s Office–Presidential Thought Leadership Series: Diplomacy in the Church and Why it Matters (Bulletin Materials)** -NEW

Join Walsh University for a fireside chat featuring Archbishop Gabriele Caccia and Bishop David Bonnar on Wednesday, April 3, 2024 at the Barrette Business and Community Center from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. They will discuss the Catholic Church’s significant role in international diplomacy throughout history and its impact on global affairs. Register now for the free Presidential Thought Leadership Series: Diplomacy in the Church and Why it Matters.

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY

GOOD FRIDAY COLLECTION FOR THE HOLY LAND (Bulletin Materials)**

The Good Friday Collection will be held March 29, 2024.  This Pontifical Collection supports Christians in the Holy Land.  Please see the suggested bulletin and pulpit announcements.

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY

COLLECTION FOR SEMINARIAN SUPPORT (Bulletin Materials)** -NEW

The Seminarian Support Collection will be held the weekend of April 20/21, 2024.

Click the name of the office to read the full text of the announcements. Links to download the parish bulletin/publicity materials are listed below.

TRIBUNAL
  • Tribunal In-Service Available The Tribunal staff has made available an ongoing in-service for small groups of between 8-12 participants and generally runs approximately two hours. Interested parties should call the Tribunal at (330) 744-8451, ext. 252.

Click the name of the office to read the full text of the announcements. Links to download the parish bulletin/publicity materials are listed below.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES, DIOCESE OF YOUNGSTOWN
  • ODJFS Seeks Foster Families In Ohio, nearly 15,000 children are living in out-of-home placement settings every day. Adoption and foster care can provide a stable, loving home. Learn how to help.
CATHOLIC CHARITIES REGIONAL AGENCY
OFFICE OF PEACE AND JUSTICE

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY

ODJFS Seeks Foster Families (Bulletin Materials)** -NEW

If you or someone you know might be interested in taking on the challenges and rewards of becoming a foster or adoptive parent, please use this link to learn more.

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY

CCRA: SAVE THE DATE! Women Fore Women: July 15, 2024 (Bulletin Materials)**

Catholic Charities Regional Agency is once again hosting the annual Golf Classic called Women Fore Women on Monday, July 15th, 2024 at the Links at Firestone in Columbiana. 

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.

We are now seeking sponsors. Contact Nancy at nvoitus@ccregional.org or 330.744.3320 ext. 219.

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (Bulletin Materials)** -NEW

The Catholic bishops of the United States are pleased to offer once again to the Catholic faithful Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (en Español), our teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics.

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY

Office of Peace & Justice: Town Hall Discussion on Immigration (Bulletin Materials)**

The Peace and Justice Committee is hosting a Town Hall Meeting on the topic of Immigration on April 16th, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. at St. Dominic Parish Center (Youngstown).

Event is free and open to the public.  Registration is recommended. Contact: R.J. Mangan, CRS Diocesan Director at 330-744-8451, or rmangan@youngstowndiocese.org

Click the name of the office to read the full text of the announcements.

OFFICE OF YOUTH & YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY
  • ARISE: Young Adult Summer Festival on July 26-27 ARISE is an opportunity for young adults (ages 18-39) across the diocese to pray, laugh and experience God’s love for us, together. Questions/Suggestions? Please contact Maddie DiSalvatore at mdisalvatore@youngstowndiocese.org.
  • Save the Date – ENCOUNTER 2025 Save the date of March 8th, 2025 for our next diocesan youth convention (“Encounter”) with the rolling theme “Encounter LOVE”! Questions/Suggestions? Please contact Maddie DiSalvatore at mdisalvatore@youngstowndiocese.org.
  • “Be Fed” on August 13 & 14 “Be Fed” on August 13 & 24 is a new event for Youth Ministers and Campus Ministers to find connection, inspiration, and encouragement for the coming school year.
  • The Office of Youth and Young Adult Accompaniment is on Social Media! The Office is now posting updates, events, and more on Facebook and Instagram, in addition to on the DOY website and the Communique. Please give it a like and a follow!
PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY
ARISE: Registration is now OPEN! (Bulletin Materials)** -NEW

Join young adults throughout the diocese for the 2nd-annual young adult summer festival on Friday, July 26 through Saturday, July 27, 2024!

BULLETIN/PUBLICITY

Office of Youth & Young Adult Accompaniment (Bulletin Materials)**

New logos attached for Eagle of the Cross, Diocesan Confirmation Retreat, and “ARISE” Youth Summer Festival.

The Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry is now on social media! Please give it a like and follow!

Click the name of the office to read the full text of the announcements.

THE CATHOLIC ECHO
MULTIMEDIA
SOCIAL MEDIA
PUBLIC RELATIONS
  • Media Inquiries, Recent Press Releases Have you received media inquiries or coverage? Please consult with Dennis Biviano, Public Relations & Media Specialist: (330) 744-8451, ext. 320 or dbiviano@youngstowndiocese.org.
  • Media Inquiries, Recent Press Releases Have you received media inquiries or coverage? Please consult with Dennis Biviano, Public Relations & Media Specialist: (330) 744-8451, ext. 320 or dbiviano@youngstowndiocese.org.
  • Media Relations Have you received media inquiries or coverage? Please consult with Justin Huyck, Director of Communications: (330) 744-8451, ext. 320 or jhuyck@youngstowndiocese.org.
INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY

The Catholic Echo  (Bulletin Materials)**

Catholic Echo logos are included on the DOY Brand page: doy.org/brand

BULLETINS/PUBLICITY
Shared Publicity Folders -UPDATED LINKS

Catholic parishes, schools, and lay organizations are invited to share your flyers, images, and bulletin announcements using Google Drive. All @youngstowndiocese.org emails should have access to these folders, and others can request access on a case-by-case basis. We will respond to all requests within one business day and appreciate your patience.

Clergy and Religious Services

Click the name of the office to read the full text of the announcements. Links to download the parish bulletin/publicity materials are listed below.

OFFICE OF CLERGY SERVICES
  • Stay Informed on Legislation from the Catholic Conference of Ohio (CCO) The Ohio Catholic Conference acts as the official voice of the Catholic Church in Ohio, providing monthly newsletters that summarize key legislation and action alerts to empower Catholics in upholding the Church’s beliefs and values.
  • OCIA Workshops The Dicastery for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments has confirmed the revised translation of the Order of Christian Initiation of Adult and the Ritual de la Iniciacion Cristiana de Adultos.
  • Catholic Leadership Institute Update All parishes will receive resources to develop their pastoral plans. This list of parishes have been selected to participate in either the intensive or virtual tracks with Catholic Leadership Institute.
  • Clergy Convocation – Catholic Leadership Institute: SAVE THE DATE! Save-the-date for a Clergy Convocation with Catholic Leadership Institute: Thursday, September 12, 2024.
  • Letters of Suitability Required Letters of suitability are to be sent from one bishop/superior to another. An electronic form is now available online for diocesan priests to request a letter of suitability from Bishop Bonnar.
OFFICE OF VOWED RELIGIOUS
OFFICE OF CHURCH VOCATIONS

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY

Vocations Intercessions and Bulletin Blurbs  (Bulletin Materials)**
Save-the-Date: Second Annual Bishop’s Golf Classic

The Second Annual Bishop’s Golf Classic, benefiting Seminarian Formation and other needs is scheduled for Tuesday, August 6, 2024 at The Youngstown Country Club. Mark your calendars now and watch our social media for more updates in this new year.

Vocations Social Media

Development and Stewardship Offices

Click the name of the office to read the full text of the announcements. Links to download the parish bulletin/publicity materials are listed below.

ANNUAL DIOCESAN APPEAL
  • Breaking News About the Appeal! Fr. John-Michael Lavelle has been emailing weekly updates on individual parishes’ performance on the Appeal. This information is also posted at doy.org/appeal under “Parish Toolkit and Updates.”
  • Appeal Posts (Bulletin Materials)** Catholic Charities and Michael Houy worked together to come up with fifteen posts/inserts that provide short facts about Catholic Charities.
OFFICE OF DEVELOPMENT AND STEWARDSHIP
PONTIFICAL MISSION SOCIETIES
PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY
Annual Diocesan Appeal March Parish Resources (Bulletin Materials)

The following parish resources help promote the Annual Diocesan Appeal in each weekend of March (Lent + Easter). These and other parish resources are available for download at the bottom of www.doy.org/appeal.

Each week’s parish resource sheet contains:

  • Intercession for Prayers of the Faithful
  • Bulletin announcement
  • Pulpit announcement
  • Social media post/content
PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY
Pontifical Mission Societies Podcast: Frontiers of Faith (Bulletin Materials)

Looking for a podcast that explores the important work of the Pontifical Mission Societies? Look no further than the show hosted by Katie Ruvalcaba and Msgr. Kieran Harrington! This dynamic duo delves into the inspiring stories of those who have dedicated their lives to mission work, sharing perspectives that are both insightful and thought-provoking. From discussions on the role of faith in global development to interviews with missionaries in the field, this podcast is a must-listen for anyone interested in the intersection of faith, service, and social justice. Listen at https://www.buzzsprout.com/2187895

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY
Stewardship Bulletin Thoughts (Bulletin Materials | Materiales del Boletín) 

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

Pastoral and Educational Services

Click the name of the office to read the full text of the announcements. Links to download the parish bulletin/publicity materials are listed below.

OFFICE OF FAITH FORMATION AND LAY ECCLESIAL MINISTRY
  • Free Books at Diocesan Library Our diocesan library is open to everyone. We have books, DVDs and audio books about bereavement support, bible study, devotionals and prayer.
  • New Adult Learning Opportunities Begin Soon (Bulletin Materials) -UPDATED All adult faith formation courses are open to anyone wanting to grow in their faith. These courses are offered online.
  • Considering Preparation for Ministry as a Lay Person? If you have ever wondered about becoming prepared for a parish ministry position, please contact Barbara Walko for assistance in discerning academic and experiential qualifications with a possible path toward meaningful and life giving ministry.
  • Pastors Seeking Parish Ministers Pastors hoping to hire new or additional staff persons in the areas of adult faith formation, youth and young adult ministry, children and family formation, pastoral ministry, and other key areas of parish life are asked to contact Barbara Walko for assistance.
IN THE DIOCESAN LIBRARY
  • New in the Library: Summer Reading New this month: “Real Presence: What Does it Mean and Why Does it Matter?” “Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi,” and “The Pope’s Cat.”
OFFICE OF PRO-LIFE, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY LIFE
OFFICE OF WORSHIP
  • LEADER OF PRAYER FORMATION SERIES Leader of Prayer Formation Series Immaculate Conception Church, Ravenna Wednesday evenings beginning September 18 — November 13, 2024 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Lay Leaders of Prayer are a great assistance when a priest is not available to provide an opportunity and lead prayer for the faithful. Lay Leaders of Prayer often preside at Liturgy […]
  • OCIA Workshops The Dicastery for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments has confirmed the revised translation of the Order of Christian Initiation of Adult and the Ritual de la Iniciacion Cristiana de Adultos.
  • Displaying of Flags in Catholic Churches (from the USCCB website) The Bishop’s Committee on Divine Worship encourages that the American flag not be placed within the sanctuary itself, in order to reserve that space for the altar, ambo, presidential chair and tabernacle.
  • OCP Parish Grant Program -NEW The Parish Grant Program is open to all Roman Catholic parishes and campus ministries within the United States. Applications for 2024 OCP Parish Grants are being accepted through May 30, 2024.
  • New Ritual Book – Holy Communion and Worship of the Eucharistic Mystery Outside of Mass -NEW A new ritual book, Holy Communion and Worship of the Eucharistic Mystery Outside of Mass has been approved for use no later than December 1, 2024.
  • New Ritual Book – Holy Communion and Worship of the Eucharistic Mystery Outside of Mass A new ritual book, Holy Communion and Worship of the Eucharistic Mystery Outside of Mass has been approved for use no later than December 1, 2024.
  • 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.
WORSHIP: MUSIC
OFFICE OF CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

BULLETIN/PUBLICITY

Office of Pro-Life, Marriage & Family Ministry (Bulletin Materials)**

Project Rachel Lenten Message for Bulletin/Newsletter

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 https://hopeafterabortionneo.weebly.com/.

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY

Office of Worship - Music Events (Bulletin Materials)** -NEW

Organ Concert Series-Monthly Concerts at The Cathedral of St. Columba

The Cathedral of St. Columba is pleased to announce a new organ concert series in 2024. Join us Friday, April 19th at 6:30pm for a recital by Davis Badaszewski. A free will offering directly goes toward the Cathedral and Diocesan Music program. Please give generously!

See flier for additional dates:

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY

It’s not too late to donate to the Good Samaritan Scholarship Fund for 2023! (Bulletin Materials)**

Did you miss the opportunity to donate to the Good Samaritan Scholarship Fund in 2023? You can still donate by April 15th and choose to receive your Ohio income tax credit for either 2023 or 2024!  Although only funds donated in 2023 will be available for students in the 2024-2025 school year, funds donated in 2024 will be available for students in the 2025-2026 school year. With Tax Day just around the corner, now is a good time to think about turning your taxes into tuition and help us start to grow the fund for the 2025-2026 school year.  Donations can be designated to benefit students in any of our Diocesan schools, or funds can be designated to a particular school. This is a win-win opportunity for Ohio taxpayers, scholarship recipients, and our schools. Go to www.doy.org/Giving/ to donate to the Good Samaritan Scholarship Fund.

New EdChoice Brochure (Bulletin Materials)** -NEW

Miscellaneous

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)

Click the name of the office to read the full text of the announcements. Links to download the parish bulletin/publicity materials are listed below.

DIOCESAN CEMETERIES

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY

Lunch & Learn at Calvary Cemetery (Bulletin Materials)** -NEW

Please share these flyers and bulletin announcements as applicable to your location:

Other Events

FAQ: Where do I send my announcements?

You are invited to submit events and announcements for The Catholic Echo to Editor-in-Chief Katie Wagner at kwagner@youngstowndiocese.org.

Are you planning a parish music event? Please contact/copy Diocesan Director of Music Ralph Holtzhauser at rholtzhauser@youngstowndiocese.org.

BULLETINS/PUBLICITY
Shared Publicity Folders -UPDATED LINKS

Catholic parishes, schools, and lay organizations are invited to share your flyers, images, and bulletin announcements using Google Drive. All @youngstowndiocese.org emails should have access to these folders, and others can request access on a case-by-case basis. We will respond to all requests within one business day and appreciate your patience.

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