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Communique | August 2023

Servers at the 2023 Mass for Servant of God Rhoda Wise at St. Peter's Church in Canton, Ohio. Photo by Brian Keith.
A Season of Fellowship

August is full of festivals, fellowship, fundraisers, and food from many international traditions. Celebrate the variety of cultures and communities that make up our Catholic Diocese of Youngstown.

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 Specialist at communciations@youngstowndiocese.org.

Printable formats in Word & PDF are sent by email.

Attachments are now provided as downloadable files in one folder:

Digital Format:

The full Communique is available below digitally. Announcements are listed by diocesan departments and office.

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.

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

"Please keep praying and witnessing to Rhoda [Wise]’s intercession in your lives and keep witnessing the merciful love of God." Dr. Valentina Culurgioni at the Rhoda Wise Annual Mass, St. Peter’s Church, Canton, Ohio, July 7, 2023

“Please keep praying and witnessing to Rhoda [Wise]’s intercession in your lives and keep witnessing the merciful love of God.” Dr. Valentina Culurgioni at the Rhoda Wise Annual Mass, St. Peter’s Church, Canton, Ohio, July 7, 2023

Photo by Brian Keith, staff photographer for The Catholic Echo.

Visit CatholicEcho.org for events, news, magazine, videos, podcast, and more!

Table of Contents

Chancery

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

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. 

Safe Environment Policy -UPDATED LINK

Link: Safe Environment Page

UPDATED 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 (helpdesk@virtus.org).  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: dcolucy@youngstowndiocese.org.

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.

Letter of Suitability Request Now Online

Very Rev. Balash would like to announce a new easier way for diocesan clergy to request a letter of suitability in the event you are engaging in ministry outside of the diocese. A new electronic request form is now available on the Diocesan website at:

https://doy.org/ministries/clergy-and-religious/letter-suitability/

Fill out the form completely and click “Submit.”

The completed form and request will be sent directly to the Office of Clergy Services.

 

Note:  All information must be included in the request for a letter of suitability to be processed.  It is asked that you submit your request at least 2 weeks in advance or earlier so that proper notification can be sent to the diocese and parish location that you will perform your ministry.

Thanks to Seminarians -NEW

 

Seminarians Daniel LaPolla and Craig Ziobert have worked very hard this summer to assist with collecting, transporting, and preserving archives materials. They return to seminary with our deepest gratitude.

Help Preserve Our Church History! -UPDATED

Thank you to the several parish staff members who responded to our call to help to keep our story alive by donating parish anniversary books to the Archives.   Has your parish published a booklet for a significant anniversary, or a brochure about your history or your church building? The Archives Office would welcome a copy of it to preserve in our collections. Please contact Joan Lawson, Archivist, at 330-744-8451 x290, or email jlawson@youngstowndiocese.org.

Questions About Parish Records?

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: https://catechistcafe.weebly.com/sacramental-records.html

Parish Year of Eucharistic Revival -NEW

The second phase of the Eucharistic Revival has begun! Every parish has been asked to intentionally focus on the Eucharist this year by drawing greater attention to this wondrous gift.

 

Bishop Bonnar has requested that parishes engage in Eucharistic Adoration and form small faith sharing groups. Look for information from Fr. Jack Lavelle and Fr. Ryan Furlong with resources to help you foster a greater appreciation and reverence of the Holy Eucharist including:

  • A reflection on the importance of Holy Hour devotions to the Eucharist.
  • A sample format for Holy Hours celebrated in the parishes.
  • Request for information about days and times that parishes have holy hours or regularly scheduled adoration.
  • Information about Small Faith Groups centered on the Eucharist – materials and training sessions.
  • Requests for brief parish histories for the March of the Eucharist sequel.

 

 

National Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis Starts July 17, 2024 -NEW

The National Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis is scheduled for July 17-21, 2024. Look for a packet of information by email and on paper containing information about the Eucharistic Congress and our diocesan participation in the event.

Cristina Hernandez Appointed Diocesan Coordinator of Hispanic Ministry | Cristina Hernandez Nombrada Coordinadora Diocesana del Ministerio Hispano -NEW

The Most Rev. David J. Bonnar, Bishop of Youngstown, is pleased to announce the appointment of Cristina Hernandez as Diocesan Coordinator of Hispanic Ministry, effective July 1, 2023. As Coordinator, Hernandez will build on the work of Father Brian Smith, who has served as Director of Hispanic Ministry since 2021 and will complete his role as he departs for graduate work in moral theology in Rome.

Read the full announcement online in English y En Español.

 

 

Official Announcement from Rev. Brian Smith -NEW

As of July 1st, every parish with an established Hispanic community will have a Spanish-speaking priest dedicated to the people of that community.

New Assignments:

  • Our Lady of Peace, Ashtabula: Ernesto Rodriguez
  • Dominic, Youngstown and St. Paul, Salem: Fr. Frassati Davis, O.P.
  • St. Francis of Assisi, Canton: Fr. Fritz Schlueter
Update on the Cause for Servant of God Rhoda Wise -NEW

Read the full article at The Catholic Echo online: “Annual Rhoda Wise Mass includes update from Vatican postulator” https://catholicecho.org/2023/07/17/annual-rhoda-wise-mass-includes-update-from-postulator/

 The following remarks were given by Dr. Valentina Culurgioni, postulator for the Cause of Servant of God, Rhoda Wise, at the annual Mass to pray for the Cause on July 7, 2023 at St. Peter Church, Canton:

 Your Excellency, Bishop Bonnar, Monsignor Cariglio and all the Clergy, All devotees of the Servant of God Rhoda Wise,

I am very happy and grateful to be here with you today!

Rhoda’s Cause of beatification and canonization is now in the Roman phase. After the closing session of the Diocesan Inquiry, the Acts were sent to the Dicastery of the Causes of Saints in Rome. The Dicastery recognized the juridical validity of the Inquiry on July 5, 2019, and appointed, among its members, a Relator. The Relator is leading the redaction of the Positio super vita, virtutibus et fama sanctitatis (life, virtue, and reputation of holiness), which is a unique volume composed of a systematic re-organization of the documents collected in the Acts. This important task has been entrusted to Avv. Claudia Ciotola, our Collaborator, who’s doing very good work! We expect that next year, at this time, the Positio will be completed and will be ready to be submitted to the historians, theologians, and bishops of the Dicastery for their evaluation. 

Every prayer that each of us offers is a little but essential drop in this deep sea. Please keep praying and witnessing to Rhoda’s intercession in your lives and keep witnessing the merciful love of God who gives us such friends to grow and be strengthened in faith and in His love. 

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.

First Step for Change Campaign -UPDATED

Our annual First Step for Change campaign has officially ended – but your parish feedback is still needed for 2024! To date, we have collected more than $40,000 to purchase food, formula, diapers, clothing and other essentials items to low-income pregnant women, families and children served in our First Step Programs across the Diocese of Youngstown.

SURVEY:  Please take just a few moments to complete our participation survey, found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/D6J959T, or

scan the QR code from a mobile device.

Link Included

QR Code/Image Included

Community Resource Guide

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Youngstown shares the mission held by Catholic Charities USA: to provide service to people in need, to advocate for justice in social structures, and to call the entire church and other people of good will to do the same.

A Community Resource Guide was assembled to help those who help others, especially those in ministry at our local Catholic parishes, schools, and other institutions throughout the Diocese of Youngstown.

While Catholic Charities offers a range of services to meet local needs, we often rely on partners in the community to assist with the services we do not provide or when funding is limited. This Community Resource Guide lists those resources most typically needed by our clients and provided by various local organizations including, but not limited to, Catholic Charities.

The information in the print publication is also available electronically (by county) on our website at ccdoy.org/resource-guide.

For more information about Catholic Charities’ services in the diocese, visit ccdoy.org.

Image included in this month’s attachment folder: https://bit.ly/aug2023comm

Community Resource Guide 2023 Covering six counties in Northeastern Ohio
PUBLICITY/BULLETINS
Lunch & Learn – Save the Date (Bulletin Materials)** -UPDATED

Thursday, September 14, 2023 / 12:00 p.m.

St. Columba Parish Hall; a free lunch is provided.

Topic:  Who, What, When, Where, and Why – Everything you need to know about Catholic Charities – from the agency point of view.

Reserve your seats today!

RSVP by September 5, 2023 Call: (330) 744-8451 x 321 Email: awells@youngstowndiocese.org

Flyer included in this month’s attachment folder: https://bit.ly/aug2023comm

Job Opportunity– Guardianship Caseworker -NEW
PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY
Prison Ministry Presents – Kolbe Gathering  -Now in 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 rmangan@youngstowndiocese.org or 330.744.8451 x245.

Flyer in this month’s attachment folder: https://bit.ly/aug2023comm

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY
Prison and Jail Ministry – Seeking Volunteers (Bulletin Materials)**

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: https://bit.ly/aug2023comm

Neighbors Not Strangers

Neighbors, Not Strangers is an interactive digital storytelling project by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., or CLINIC. Through this initiative, funded in part by the Catholic Communication Campaign at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, CLINIC hopes to share powerful immigration stories from their network to show how immigrants are our neighbors to be encountered and embraced. 

This project can be accessed at https://clinic.shorthandstories.com/

Flyer included in this month’s attachment folder: https://bit.ly/aug2023comm

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

Part I

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship is the teaching document of the Catholic Bishops of the United States on the political responsibility of Catholics. It provides guidance for all who seek to exercise their rights and duties as citizens. As Catholics, we bring the richness of our faith to the public square. We draw from both faith and reason as we seek to affirm the dignity of the human person and the common good of all.

Part II

Part II is a consideration of the process by which these principles are applied to the act of voting and taking positions on policy issues.

2 Flyers included in this month’s attachment folder: https://bit.ly/aug2023comm

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY
Echo Print Deadlines -NEW

The Catholic Echo is seeking submissions for the “Events by County” calendar for the October edition of the print magazine. For clarity, the Echo has developed deadlines to submit events for future print editions:

  • August 16th for the October magazine
  • September 15th for the November magazine
  • October 15th for the combined December/January magazine

 

Email your events to catholicecho@youngstowndiocese.org! All events will be added to our online calendar for free with sufficient notice, and a selection will be used in the print edition. To guarantee inclusion in the print magazine, please see our information about advertising: https://catholicecho.org/advertising/.

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY
The Catholic Echo Brand Page (Bulletin Materials)**

We encourage all parishes to put a link to the Catholic Echo website – www.CatholicEcho.org – on your parish home page. The Catholic Echo includes up-to-date news, an email newsletter, along with video programming, the Wineskins podcast, local Catholic news stories, event information and much more. Catholic Echo logos are included on the DOY Brand page: doy.org/brand   

With the new magazine printing schedule, we begin planning coverage 4-6 months in advance. Notify Katie Wagner about any major events or initiatives at kwagner@youngstowndiocese.org.

The Catholic Echo Event Submission Checklist

The Catholic Echo continues the tradition of sharing Catholic events around the diocese at catholicecho.org/upcoming-events/. This service is provided free-of-charge to any organization listed in the diocesan directory. We look forward to supporting your ministry of inviting people into deeper communion with God and neighbor.

You can email your event details to catholicecho@youngstowndiocese.org. Please allow a couple of weeks for our staff to post your event.

Do not send only a flier or image. Include the following details in a text format (copy into email or attach a word processing file): 

  • Event title
  • One sentence summary
  • Date(s) or deadline
  • Starting time (or “All Day”)
  • Location name
  • Location address
  • Attach a square photo/logo*

Optional event details:

  • Link to event page that you update (no additional information required!!)
  • Event Type (see list at catholicecho.org/upcoming-events/)
  • Location photo and County (if new)
  • Bulletin announcement (2-3 sentences)
  • Detailed text description
  • Organizer (name, email, phone number) 
  • Schedule details: end date/time, multi-day event, or repeating event
  • Resource link (ex: main website, social media account)
  • Document attachments (registration form, flier) in JPEG, DOCX or PDF format
  • Tags, a.k.a. search engine keywords

*If a square photo/logo is not included, then we will use a stock photo, or convert any submitted fliers or banners into a square image. This increases our required staff time and delays publication of events. Best practice is to send a square photo that you own without text in JPEG format, RBG coloring, between 72dpi to 300dpi, and up to 750×750 pixels.

This checklist is available in this month’s attachment folder: https://bit.ly/aug2023comm

Multimedia | CTNY (Bulletin Materials) -NEW

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY
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 https://catholicecho.org/podcast/

Wineskins Schedule -NEW

Please visit Wineskins at catholicecho.org/podcast.

August 6, 2023

  • Current Issue: Fr. Jim Korda talks with Darlene Jones from The St. Vincent De Paul Society.
  • Saint: Meagen Farrell will inform us about St. Dymphna.
  • Interview: Fr. Jim Korda will interview Karen Sigler on the Rhoda Wise Movement.
  • Music: From the CD “I Will Sing” by Vince Ambrosetti.
  • Scripture: Deacon Ed Laubacher will give us a reflection for The Transfiguration of Our Lord.

 

August 13, 2023

  • Current Issue: Fr. Jim Korda talks with Sr. Joyce Candidi, OSHJ about the Oblate Sisters.
  • Saint: Meagen Farrell will inform us about St. Lidwina.
  • Interview: Fr. Jim Korda will conclude his interview with Karen Sigler on the Rhoda Wise Movement.
  • Music: From the CD “I Will Sing” by Vince Ambrosetti.
  • Scripture: Deacon Ed Laubacher will give us a reflection for the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

 

August 20, 2023

  • Current Issue: Fr. Jim Korda talks with R. J. Mangan from the Office of Peace and Justice.
  • Saint: Meagen Farrell will inform us about St. Juliana.
  • Interview: Fr. Jim Korda will interview Tony Agnesi from the First Friday Club.
  • Music: From the CD “I Will Sing” by Vince Ambrosetti.
  • Scripture: Deacon Ed Laubacher will give us a reflection for the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

 

August 27, 2023

  • Current Issue: Fr. Jim Korda talks with Joan Lawson, Archivist for the Diocese of Youngstown.
  • Saint: Meagen Farrell will inform us about St. Peregrine.
  • Interview: Fr. Jim Korda will conclude his interview with Tony Agnesi from the First Friday Club.
  • Music: From the CD “I Will Sing” by Vince Ambrosetti.
  • Scripture: Deacon Ed Laubacher will give us a reflection for the Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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; jhuyck@youngstowndiocese.org

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.

DOY Social Media Networking – Fall Virtual Meeting on September 12 -NEW

All those in the Diocese of Youngstown who manage/monitor/create content for parish, school or Catholic agency are invited to a virtual networking meeting on Tuesday, September 12, 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. Topics will include: a.) growing your reach b.) Threads c.) resource-sharing.

Please RSVP to receive the Zoom meeting sign-in information: https://forms.gle/1PJR3aHimQVX6wYd6

DOY Social Media Networking Facebook Group for Social Media Contacts -UPDATED

This “Facebook group” serves as an ongoing network regarding social media. It can be found by searching for “DOY Social Media Networking” or click: 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2882358088720802

This is a suitable place to share resources, ask questions and meet others around the diocese managing social media for their parishes, schools, offices and agencies. The Social Media Minister periodically shares links and resources on the group page. You can also share upcoming events that you would like to invite others to so they can share in social media as well.

Social Media Helpful Hint – Facebook and YouTube still most popular -NEW

If your parish/school/Catholic agency is considering getting started with social media, Facebook and YouTube are still your best bets for reaching people. (And if you are already using social media and keep hearing that Facebook is dying out, be assured that it is still the most used.) 

A few interesting statistics:

  • “As of April 2023, the topmost used social media platforms, ranked by global active users, were Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp, Instagram, and WeChat…
  • There are 2.989 billion monthly active Facebook users, representing 57.2% of all internet users…
  • The median age of Facebook’s advertising audience is 32 years old…
  • YouTube is used by 95% of teenagers.” (https://www.searchenginejournal.com/)

It is still important to talk to members of your community to see what media they use and work to connect with them. But in general, you will still get the most impact with Facebook and YouTube.

See all the helpful hints at: https://catholicecho.org/category/social-media-helpful-hints/

Parish in Transition? Get in Touch About Social Media! -NEW

As many parishes are experiencing new pastors, mergers, and building closures, it is important to keep track of access to your social media platforms. Cindee Case is available to provide recommendations about how to download a backup of accounts, deleting old accounts, add or change administrators, and more! Contact our Diocesan Social Media Minister at ccase@youngstowndiocese.org or 330-744-8451 x280.

Internal Communications (Bulletin Materials) -NEW

Pre-Order Print Diocesan Directory -NEW

The updated PDF directory is now available with assignments effective July 1, 2023. Periodic PDF updates are provided by email for free to all clergy, parishes and schools as part of their contribution to The Catholic Echo. It is important that whoever checks the official email for parishes and schools forwards the Directory to the appropriate staff.

Additional, by request: Pre-orders ONLY are available for our late Fall 2023-2024 Print Directory. Order forms available online or in the Communique Attachments folder at bit.ly/aug2023comm. Pre-orders due by September 15, 2023; we will not print extras.

Before the print edition, we will contact all organizations for updates. Please send directory updates or corrections to communications@youngstowndiocese.org, call 330.744.8451 x275 or use this form: https://forms.gle/GFX45J5cZt9CuRoQA

The print edition will be spiral bound with tabs. Advertising spots are available in color or black & white. For details, please contact Karen Mason, The Catholic Echo Advertising and Revenue Manager, at 330.744.5251 or kmason@youngstowndiocese.org. We anticipate this will be our last print directory as we are moving to a dynamic and searchable online model that we can update regularly.

Parish in Transition? 5 Important Tips about Website Domains! -NEW

Do you have questions about best practices for your parish website? Your parish web address is your “internet real estate,” and it is important to properly secure your online parish domain, especially when experiencing new pastors, mergers, and building closures. If you have any questions about your specific situation, feel free to contact Meagen Farrell, Communications Specialist, at mfarrell@youngstowndiocese.org or 330-744-8451 x275.

Here are a few tips that are relevant to many situations. See this article at CatholicEcho.org with more details about each of these points: https://catholicecho.org/2023/07/24/5-important-tips-about-parish-websites/

  1. Transfer domain name ownership to the new parish.
  2. Your bulletin company may include web hosting.
  3. Forward your existing domain to a new website or webpage.
  4. Back up your website data regularly.
  5. Make sure your Mass times are updated ASAP.
BULLETIN/PUBLICITY
Shared Publicity Folders (Bulletin Materials)** -UPDATED LINKS

Please feel free to share your event flyers, images, press releases, bulletin announcements and more using our new DOY shared publicity folders. This replaces the “Parish/Misc.” section of the Communique and is a supplement to the Catholic Echo online events calendar. Anyone with a youngstowndiocese dot org email address can view or upload documents, and others can request access. Here are the folders for upcoming months:

Questions? Contact Meagen Farrell at mfarrell@youngstowndiocese.org or 330.744.8451 x275.

BULLETIN/PUBLICITY
2023 DOY Brand Files, including 80th Anniversary edition (Bulletin Materials)**

The Diocese of Youngstown released a new brand in Spring 2023. Please replace our former logo with the new images at https://doy.org/brand/. On this page you will find files for: Diocese of Youngstown, 80th Anniversary, Bishop Bonnar, and The Catholic Echo.

Clergy and Religious Services

OCIA Workshop ~ August 21, 2023 -UPDATED

“What’s New?  What’s Next?  What Needs A Closer Look?”
 ~Monday – August 21, 2023 – Saint William Church, Champion
~Afternoon Session: 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Lite Lunch served at 12:30 p.m.)

~Evening Session: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Lite Supper served at 6:00 p.m.)
 ~ Clergy, Lay Ecclesial Minister, Parish RCIA Team Members
Attend either session – Afternoon or Evening
~Featured Presenter: Mrs. Rita Thiron, Executive Director, Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC).

$10.00 / person (includes Lunch or Supper)

$50.00 Parish Maximum Charge

Registration Due August 17, 2023

2023 Priest Convocation -UPDATED

“The Wellness and Spiritual Renewal of the Priest”

“4 Pillars of Priestly Well-Being”

“Do you want to be well…” (John 5:6)

September 4-7, 2023

Oglebay Resort Center 465 Lodge Drive, Wheeling, West Virginia  www.oglebay.com

 

  • Keynote Presenters:

~The Most Reverend Edward Malesic, Bishop of Cleveland

~Reverend John Sawicki, Political Science Professor, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh

~Rev. Leo Patalinghug, Creator of the Plating Grace & Grub Food Truck Social Enterprise

  • Breakout Workshops (optional)

~The Right Diet

~Staying Fit

~What’s My Plan ~ Financial Planning

~You Can’t Say That! ~ Understanding Professional Boundaries

  • Prayer, Mass, Reconciliation, Holy Hour
  • Religious Goods, Social Gatherings, Entertainment

 

Rooms Reservation Deadline – August 1, 2023 – Call Oglebay Resort directly

Letter of Suitability Request – Now Online

Priests and Deacons requesting a Letter of Suitability can now do so online.  A new electronic request form is now available on the Diocesan website at:

https://doy.org/ministries/clergy-and-religious/letter-suitability/

Fill out the form completely and click “Submit.”

The completed form and request will be sent directly to the Office of Clergy Services.

You can also access the form by going to:

  1. www.doy.org.
  2. Click on the “Ministries” tab and then “Clergy and Religious” tab.
  3. Scroll down to the “Letter of Suitability” button and click.
  4. Fill out the form completely and click “Submit.”

 

Note:  All information must be included in the request for a letter of suitability to be processed.  It is asked that you submit your request at least 2 weeks in advance or earlier so that proper notification can be sent to the diocese and parish location that you will perform your ministry.

The First Annual Bishop’s Golf Classic (Bulletin Materials)**
PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY

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.

Our campaign for golf teams of four and for sponsors is in full swing. The Office of Church Vocations has provided each parish with both physical and digital copies of our advertising material. Attached to the Communiqué will be another set of digital copies. We thank you for your generous support of our Diocesan Seminarians. Questions or inquiries may be directed to either Fr. Chad Johnson at 330-744-8451 or cjohnson@youngstowndiocese.org or Dcn. William Wainio at wwainio@youngstowndiocese.org.

Please see the attachments folder: https://bit.ly/aug2023comm

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY
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:

Seminarian Summer Assignments -NEW

Our Seminarians have been assigned to various parishes and other pastoral work in the Diocese. As they take this break from seminary study, please keep them and their assignments in your prayers and make sure to check out our Social Media to keep up with what they are doing!

Vocations Social Media
Seminarian Posters and Prayer Cards 

As another year of formation comes to a close, we prepare to celebrate our seminarians who will be ordained and welcome new candidates into our program. Watch this space for updates on the new 2023-2024 Poster and Prayer Card!

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 cjohnson@youngstowndiocese.org.

Come and See the Seminary Weekends

Saint Mary Seminary & Borromeo Seminary are once again offering “Come and See” Weekends. Watch this space as the Seminary prepares for another academic year.

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 cjohnson@youngstowndiocese.org.

Development and Stewardship Offices

Office of the Annual Diocesan Appeal (Bulletin Materials)

ANNUAL DIOCESAN APPEAL: ONE IN HOPE, ONE IN MISSION 

The official end of phase one of the campaign was Pentecost – May 28th. Over the summer, updates will be emailed out every other week.

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY

Find bulletin announcements and more resources from Fr. Lavelle in both English and Spanish under “Parish Toolkit and Updates” at www.doy.org/appeal/

Office of Development and Stewardship

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

“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: https://www.archstl.org/about-stewardship/bulletin-inserts/weekly-bible-reflections

This month’s Stewardship Bulletin Thoughts in English & Spanish are available for download from this month’s Attachments folder at https://bit.ly/aug2023comm

Pastoral and Educational Services

Office of Faith Formation and Lay Ecclesial Ministry (Bulletin Materials) -NEW

BULLETIN/PUBLICITY
CATHOLIC DIOCESE LIBRARY (Bulletin Materials)**

What’s the best kept secret in the Youngstown diocese? Our expansive library of materials to enrich your faith. We have books, DVDs and audio books about bereavement support, bible study, devotionals and prayer. Explore our collection online at https://doylib.follettdestiny.com or visit us in person, 225 Elm St., Youngstown, Monday-Friday 8am-4pm. Contact Margie Hynes for more information 330-744-8451, mhynes@youngstowndiocese.org.

BULLETIN/PUBLICITY
Loyola Institute for Ministry Extension Program (Bulletin Materials)** -NEW

If you are interested in a part time, graduate-level program in theology and spirituality from a Catholic university Loyola Institute for Ministry Extension Program (LIMEX) may be for you. Please contact Margie Hynes liaison for LIMEX at 330-744-8451 ext. 296 or mhynes@youngstowndiocese.org for more information about a learning group beginning near you.

Loyola University New Orleans
Catechetical Sunday: September 17, 2023 -NEW

“Come to me all who labor and are burdened” is the theme for the 2023 Catechetical Sunday observed on September 17. All parishes in the United States will recognize the Ministry of the Word and those who have dedicated themselves to passing on the faith. It is recommended that a commissioning of catechists including catechists of children in the parish faith formation, the school, and facilitators of OCIA, bible studies and other small faith sharing groups be commissioned during the Sunday liturgies. A blessing for parents as the first catechists of their children is also highly encouraged. For a sample prayer for catechist commissioning and a blessing for parents, please visit: usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/how-we-teach/catechesis/catechetical-sunday/commissioning-service. Bulletin announcements for September are included in this month’s Communique attachment folder at bit.ly/aug2023comm.

New Parish Directors and Coordinators of Faith Formation -NEW

The Office of Faith Formation and Lay Ecclesial Ministry provides orientation to diocesan procedures and policies, and skill building sessions to newer parish directors and coordinators of faith formation, youth ministry, and pastoral ministry. Pastors who have employed new persons in these areas are asked to notify the office to ensure the new hires receive appropriate information and are invited to ministry gatherings.

Day of Prayer and Preparation: August 30, 2023 -NEW

Lay ecclesial ministers serving in the areas of faith formation, pastoral ministry, youth ministry and young adult ministry and contact persons for adult faith formation, small Christian communities, adolescent, children, or family faith formation are invited to the

Annual Day of Prayer and Preparation

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Little Flower Parish, Middlebranch

Invitations will be mailed soon. Please contact the Office of Faith Formation and Lay Ecclesial Ministry for additional information.

New in the Library -NEW

Farming and Homesteading with the Saints. Andie Andrews Eisenberg. Loyola Press, 2023. Everyone who works the soil, whether on a prairie, the outskirts of a small town, in a city garden, or in your own yard, can use inspiration and blessings to help get through the endless work and daunting challenges. Who better to look to for examples of strength, courage, and faith than the heavenly companions who have been there themselves?  In these pages, you’ll meet the patron saints of creatures, critters, flying things, horses, sheep, cats, dogs, beekeepers, gardeners, field hands, shepherds. and many more. You will also have at your fingertips a wellspring of blessings to pray for the safety of your home, your farm, and the creatures under your care.

 

Meaning Making: 8 Values that Drive America’s Newest Generations. Josh Packard, Phd. Springtide Research Institute, 2020. Young people today are different than generations before them. As they build meaning in their lives, they are looking to align with organizations-companies or brands, synagogues or schools-that reflect and encourage the values they hold most dear. Springtide survey data show that the eight values highlighted in this book are all important for both young people and the organizations they join. 

 

Wisdom Commentary: Tobit. Michele Murray. Liturgical Press, 2023. Blindness by bird excrement, seven husbands murdered by a love-sick demon, a father with the corpses of his sons-in-law interred in the backyard, and a magical fish. These farcical elements make the book of Tobit a striking work of humorous fiction in a long Jewish tradition of storytelling. But it is more than just an entertaining read. We might well laugh, but we cannot laugh too hard, for we also sympathize with the characters’ sincere struggles to understand God’s plan for their lives. This commentary considers the book of Tobit through a specifically feminist lens, discoursing on topics fundamental to the human experience in the story, such as grief, death, family relationships, belonging to a minority community, disability issues, and contending with why bad things happen to good people.

 

To borrow these or other resources, the library and Office of Faith Formation and Lay Ecclesial Ministry are open for in person visits and consultations 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. You may also visit our website at https://doylib.follettdestiny.com  24/7. Once you make your selections, you can email the request to mhynes@youngstowndiocese.org. We can arrange for your visit, a curbside pickup or direct mailing to your parish.

Lifelong Learning Courses for Summer 

Please visit Catechist Cafe at catechistcafe.weebly.com under the tab “For Catechists” for a description of the new adult learning opportunities. All courses are open to anyone wanting to grow in their faith. These courses are offered online and in person. You don’t need to have prior knowledge to participate. For more information contact Margie Hynes at 330-744-8451ext. 296 or mhynes@youngstowndiocese.org.

August 21: Annual Gathering for Christian Initiation

Mark your calendar and plan to participate in the Monday, August 21, 2023 session on the New Order of Christian Initiation of Adults! The afternoon session with lunch 12:30 – 3:30 pm, and the evening session will be from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Both sessions will be at St. William Parish in Champion. Featured presenter is Rita Thiron, Executive Director of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions. Details to follow!

Pastors Seeking Parish Ministers

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.

Parish Ministry Positions

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.

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 www.ncclcatholic.org to join!

Fall 2023 NCCL Convocation in Chicago

“Journey Toward the Future of Catechesis” October 17-18, 2023 at the Hilton Garden Inn O’Hare Airport, will be the dates for the regional NCCL Catholic Convocation. Target audience: Catechetical Leaders and other Faith Formation Directors. Visit ncclcatholic.org to register.

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

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY

Two Proposed Amendments to Ohio’s Constitution – Please Do Not Get Them Confused! (Bulletin Materials)**

At the end of February the Catholic Bishops of Ohio jointly issued a letter in which they warn Catholics and all people of good will that “In Ohio, 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” and they encourage us to vote against this amendment.

          In the meantime, another amendment to the Ohio Constitution is being proposed in a special election on August 8: Issue One, which would “require that any proposed amendment to the Constitution of the State of Ohio receive the approval of at least 60 percent of eligible voters voting on the proposed amendment.” Our Ohio Catholic Bishops have taken a neutral stance on Issue One on the August ballot since it does not have any direct moral content.

          To summarize, while the Catholic Bishops of Ohio are encouraging us to vote NO on the abortion amendment on the November ballot (remember, “NO” in NOvember), they are not taking a position one way or another on Issue One on the upcoming August ballot.

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY
Help Protect the Dignity of Life in Ohio (Bulletin Materials)

Life in its earliest and most vulnerable stages is threatened by groups proposing an amendment to the Ohio Constitution for the November 2023 ballot to expand and enshrine abortion at the expense of protections for preborn children and women. The Catechism of the Catholic Church proclaims that “human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception.” The Church accompanies and supports women facing unexpected pregnancies and mothers through programs like Walking with Moms in Need and the services of Catholic Charities. 

          The bishops of Ohio strongly encourage Catholics statewide to unite in prayer and work to defeat this proposed amendment and its grave consequences for women and preborn children in Ohio. The following materials about the proposed amendment were sent to Ohio parishes by the Catholic Conference of Ohio:  

Protect Them Both Prayer Card: Unite with Catholics across Ohio in asking God to strengthen us as we defend and accompany mothers and preborn children 

Dignity of Life Threatened in Ohio Flyer: Learn more about the proposed amendment and what you can do now

These and other resources are available on the Catholic Conference of Ohio website at: www.ohiocathconf.org/protect or from the Diocese of Youngstown’s Office of Pro-Life, Marriage & Family Life at dschmidt@youngstowndiocese.org or 330-744-8451 extension 272. The Catholic Conference of Ohio is the official voice of the Catholic Church in Ohio on public policy.

NOTE: Bulletin editors may insert the location(s) that the above-mentioned prayer cards and flyers may be found at their respective parishes. In addition, the above-mentioned prayer card and flyer may be found in the attachments section of this Communique.  

Regional Respect Life Meetings -UPDATED

Each August the Office of Pro-Life, Marriage and Family Life schedules regional meetings in anticipation of October Respect Life Month. This year these meetings are especially important because “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” (Catholic Bishops of Ohio).

          Priests, deacons, diocesan pastoral associates, seminarians, parish ministers, parish pro-life representatives, parish respect life group members and individuals involved in any pro-life ministry are asked to attend one of these three regional meetings which will take place from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on:

  • Thursday, August 10 at St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Canton (3430 St. Michael Blvd. NW) in the St. Michael Room, which is on the lower level on the west side of the church building,
  • Wednesday, August 16 at St. Michael Parish, Canfield (300 N. Broad St.) in the Social Hall, which is on the south side of the church building,
  • Monday, August 21 at Blessed Sacrament Parish, Warren (3020 Reeves Rd. NE) in Holy Family Hall – enter near the church.

In addition, there is the possibility of attending a “virtual” meeting via Zoom on a date and time to be determined. For more information or to RSVP contact dschmidt@youngstowndiocese.org or 330-744-8451 ext. 272.

Walking with Moms in Need & INTO LIFE

Last year 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. Anyone interested in establishing Walking with Moms in Need in their parish or region may contact Dave Schmidt in the Office of Pro-Life, Marriage and Family Life at dschmidt@youngstowndiocese.org or 330-744-8451 ext. 272.

INTO LIFE – Love Changes Everything is a 12-part original series on accompanying a woman into life. The Sisters of Life and the University of Notre Dame’s McGrath Institute for Church Life teamed up to create an original 12-part video series based on the work of the Sisters serving women who are pregnant. Journey with the Sisters of Life as they explain what it means to walk with a woman who is pregnant and vulnerable. Learn what it means to deeply listen to and understand the heart of another, how to rejoice in the beauty of the individual person, and what it means to truly accompany someone into God’s life and freedom. 

INTO LIFE can be instrumental in establishing Walking with Moms in Need at your parish or school. For more information go to https://intolifeseries.com/ or contact Dave Schmidt at 330-744-8451 ext. 272 or dschmidt@youngstowndiocese.org.

Marriage Preparation Engaged Couple Retreat Day

The next diocesan-sponsored one-day marriage preparation retreat days for engaged couples will be held Saturdays, August 19 & October 28 in the social hall at St. Columba Cathedral. Reservations are required. Registration information may be found at www.doy.org/events or go to DOY.org at the “Ministries” drop-down menu and click on “Pro-Life, Marriage & Family Life.” 

Direct link for registration: https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=4479d9

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

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 www.respectlife.org/word-of-life.

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY
Project Rachel Outreach – August Message for Bulletin/Newsletter (Bulletin Materials) -NEW

If your life has been affected by an abortion or someone else’s abortion, there is Hope and Healing available for everyone. 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
Night for Life in Ohio: Learn & Pray – Two Opportunities (Bulletin Materials)** -NEW

Learn what is needed to protect the dignity of human life in Ohio against current threats and pray for Our Lord’s help before the Blessed Sacrament. Featured speaker: Peter Range, the CEO of the Ohio Right to Life Society.

-Sunday, September 17, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Church, Boardman (7345 Westview Dr.) – cosponsored with Men & Women United for Life

-Monday, September 18, at 7:00 p.m. in the Global Learning Center at Walsh University, North Canton (2020 East Maple St.) – cosponsored with Cavs for Life

For more information contact the Office of Pro-Life, Marriage and Family Life at 330-744-8451 ext. 272 or dschmidt@youngstowndiocese.org.

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 dschmidt@youngstowndiocese.org or 330-744-8451 ext.272.

OCIA Workshop ~ August 21, 2023 -UPDATED

“What’s New?  What’s Next?  What Needs A Closer Look?”

~Monday – August 21, 2023 – Saint William Church, Champion
~Afternoon Session: 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Lite Lunch served at 12:30 p.m.)

~Evening Session: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Lite Supper served at 6:00 p.m.)
 ~ Clergy, Lay Ecclesial Minister, Parish RCIA Team Members
Attend either session – Afternoon or Evening
~Featured Presenter: Mrs. Rita Thiron, Executive Director, Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC).

$10.00 / person (includes Lunch or Supper)

$50.00 Parish Maximum Charge

Registration Due August 17, 2023

Leader of Prayer Formation Series -NEW

 

Leader of Prayer Formation Series

Immaculate Conception Church, Ravenna

Wednesday evenings beginning September 13 — November 15, 2023

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 of the Word services with or without Holy Communion, Morning and Evening Prayer, Vigil Services for deceased members of the parish, Stations of the Cross and other devotional prayer services. Potential candidates must be endorsed by their pastor to serve in this ministry. Registration details have been sent to all parishes.

Liturgical Resources for 2024 -NEW

In recent years the Office of Worship has offered various yearly Liturgical Resources from LTP (i.e. Workbook for Lectors, Gospel Readers and Proclaimers of the Word and the like). These resources were offered at competitive prices. Unfortunately, due to increased costs of the individual items, a substantial increase in shipping costs, and marginal volume of purchases, the Office of Worship cannot remain competitive in price with the regional religious goods suppliers. As a result, the Office of Worship will not be offering these resources this year for purchase. Parishes who purchased from the Office of Worship in previous years are asked to contact their local religious goods supplier for information about these yearly resources.

Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC) National Meeting

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:  www.fdlc.org  – Virtual Study Day version also available!

Low Gluten Hosts -REMINDER

It is important for pastors to make every effort to accommodate and normalize the experience of Holy Communion for the faithful, including those suffering from celiac disease. Canon 912 states, “any baptized person not prohibited by law can and must be admitted to Holy Communion.” In the United States there are four approved distributors of low-gluten hosts known to the USCCB – Secretariat of Divine Worship:

  1. Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration www.BenedictineSisters.org 
  2. Parish Crossroads www.ParishCrossroads.com
  3. GlutenFreeHosts.com Inc. www.GlutenFreeHosts.com
  4. Cavanagh Company www.CavanaghCo.com
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: https://doy.org/ministries/worship/

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY
World Youth Day Summer Festival (Bulletin Materials)**

The Diocese of Youngstown is organizing a World Youth Day Summer Festival! Young adults ages 18-39 at invited to participate from August 4th at 6pm to August 5th at 8pm, hosted at St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, 4689 Niles-Cortland Rd., Cortland, OH 44410.

Details and registration at https://bit.ly/3CxpgXe

Cost: $20 in advance (online) at https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=woiqcZ or $30 at the door.

Questions? Please contact Seminarian Arthur Bodenschatz at abodenschatz@youngstowndiocese.org.

Spirits & Spirituality

All young adults in their 20s and 30s are invited to join St. Michael the Archangel Parish for their next Spirits and Spirituality gathering. For details, see their Facebook page at facebook.com/spiritsandspirituality or email spiritsandspirituality@gmail.com.

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 rfurlong@youngstowndiocese.org or cjohnson@youngstowndiocese.org

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 rfurlong@youngstowndiocese.org

NCYC

Anyone interested in attending this year’s NCYC please contact Cara Lipinski at clipinski@youngstowndiocese.org or Deacon Randy Smith at rsmith@youngstowndiocese.org.

Office of Catholic Schools (Bulletin Materials) -NEW

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY
EdChoice Scholarship Available for Catholic Schools (Bulletin Materials)** -NEW

Please edit to include contact information for your local Catholic school(s).

As a result of Ohio House Bill 33, signed into law on July 4, 2023, all K-12 students in Ohio are now eligible for an EdChoice Scholarship that can be used toward Catholic school tuition beginning with the upcoming 2023-2024 school year. This includes currently enrolled children as well as any new student beginning their Catholic school experience this fall. Resources and updates are available at doy.org/edchoice.

The EdChoice Scholarship will cover a portion, or in some cases, the full cost of a family’s Catholic school tuition. A student’s specific EdChoice amount depends on the family’s 2022 gross adjusted income and family size. The amount could be as much as $6,165 per year for a student in grades K-8, and $8,407 per year for a student in grades 9-12.

Please contact your local Catholic school to learn how to apply for this benefit: doy.org/schools/contact.

Returning families are already aware of the value of Catholic education. Families interested in pursuing a Catholic education for the first time should contact the local Catholic school principal who will be happy to assist you. Availability for new enrollments will vary by location.

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)

Please share these bulletin announcements as applicable to your location. Flyers are included in this month’s attachment folder: https://bit.ly/aug2023comm

BULLETINS/PUBLICITY
Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3pm on Fridays**

Please share these bulletin announcements as applicable to your location.

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.
BULLETINS/PUBLICITY
Rosary at 3 Diocesan Cemeteries (Bulletin Materials)** 

Please share these bulletin announcements as applicable to your location.

Event page: https://catholicecho.org/events/rosary-at-cemeteries/

Rosary at Calvary Cemetery (Youngstown)

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.

Flyer available at https://doy.org/rosary-at-calvary-cemetery-youngstown/

Rosary at All Souls Cemetery (Cortland)

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.

Flyer available at https://doy.org/rosary-at-all-souls-cemetery-cortland/

Rosary at Calvary Cemetery (Massillon)

Join us as we pray the Rosary at Calvary Cemetery in Massillon on the first Wednesday of the month at 10:00am in the Chapel. We will be led by the Sisters of the Congregation of the Divine Spirit at The House of Loreto. All are welcome.

Flyer available at https://doy.org/rosary-at-calvary-cemetery-massillon/

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You are invited to submit events and announcements for The Catholic Echo to catholicecho@youngstowndiocese.org.

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

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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.

 

Questions? Contact Meagen Farrell at mfarrell@youngstowndiocese.org or 330.744.8451 x275.

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Financial Investigation Expands; Evidence To Be Shared With Law Enforcement

Press Release | A review of financial irregularities at two Youngstown Diocese parishes has expanded beyond the Rev. Maciej (“Matthew”) Mankowski to include scrutiny of another priest, the Rev. Chris Henyk. The evidence collected thus far will soon be turned over to outside public law enforcement authorities.