Communique | January 2024

The Mathis family celebrates with Bishop David Bonnar at the dedication of their Habitat for Humanity home in Canton, Ohio on December 5, 2023
Serving Christ Together as Neighbors

January is Poverty Awareness Month, when we continue to love Christ incarnate with compassion for all our neighbors.

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 communications@youngstowndiocese.org.

Printable formats in Word & PDF are sent by email. The full Communique is available below digitally.

Attachments are now provided as downloadable files in one folder:

Announcements suitable or adaptable for parish bulletins are noted. Where applicable, 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

Aysha Mathis smiles on a ladder in the foundation of her Habitati for Humanity home in Canton, Ohio, Fall 2023

“It’s anointed from the ground up.” -Aysha Mathis about her Habitat for Humanity home, as quoted in From the Ground Up, photo and article by Collin Vogt

For more Catholic inspiration, connect with the Diocese of Youngstown and The Catholic Echo on Facebook, Instagram, X (formerly Twitter), Pinterest, LinkedIn 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
OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR
ARCHIVES OFFICE
EUCHARISTIC REVIVAL
OFFICE OF ECUMENICAL & INTERRELIGIOUS AFFAIRS
HISPANIC MINISTRY | MINISTERIO HISPANO -NEW
  • 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 on May 4th Fe y Vida provides training for the Hispanic leaders that are working with families, youth and young adults.
  • Follow-up Webinars: Using the Disciple Maker Index (DMI) Survey Parish leaders, staff, and pastoral councils are invited to participate in Zoom webinars in May & June about how to interpret and use their DMI Survey results. Register to receive the meeting link. Recordings will be provided in Spanish.
  • Misa en español en la Parroquia Santo Domingo -NEW El obispo David J. Bonnar presidirá la misa en español al mediodía del domingo 28 de abril de 2024 en la Parroquia Santo Domingo en Youngstown.

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

Diocesan Communications Collection – January 6 & 7 (Bulletin Materials)** -NEW

The Diocesan Communications Collection will take place in most parishes January 6-7. Support or learn more at https://doy.org/communications-collection/

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Bulletin Materials)** -NEW

The theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, January 18-25, 2024, is “You Shall Love the Lord Your God…and Your Neighbor as Yourself.”  Resources are available using this link:

https://geii.org/week_of_prayer_for_christian_unity/theme_announcement_2024.html

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY

National Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis Starts July 17, 2024 (Bulletin Materials)**

The NEC flyer provides a QR code where participants can register now. We recommend you provide this flyer in your weekly bulletins throughout the year and print some flyers to post in your parish halls and entrances.

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
  • CHURCH AT HOME COMBINED COLLECTION (Bulletin Materials) The Diocese of Youngstown will be participating in the Church at Home Combined Collection the weekend of June 1/2.  This important collection supports the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, USCCB Catholic Communications Campaign, and The Catholic University of America/Newman Apostolate.
  • First Step for Change Catholic Charities will hold its annual First Step for Change campaign from Mother’s Day through Father’s Day, honoring the faith, humility and love it takes to raise a child.
  • 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
CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF ASHTABULA COUNTY
CATHOLIC CHARITIES SERVING PORTAGE AND STARK COUNTIES
OFFICE OF PEACE AND JUSTICE

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY

CCDOY: Catholic Charities Diocese of Youngstown (Bulletin Materials)** -NEW

Catholic Charities’ Christmas Gifting Project is a great way to support the work of Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Youngstown, while giving a gift that has real meaning. Visit ccdoy.org for details.

In conjunction with “Poverty Awareness Month,” Catholic Charities will again sponsor our annual “Warm Hearts for Warm Homes” campaign (formerly Keep the Kids Warm) on the weekend of January 13-14. 

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY

Office of Peace & Justice  (Bulletin Materials)**

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

OFFICE OF YOUTH & YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY
  • Eucharistic Pilgrimage to Pittsburgh on June 14th On Friday, June 14th, young adults will be traveling from Blessed Sacrament in Warren to parishes in Pittsburgh, engaging as a pilgrim in the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage. Contact Sister Debra Marie at dmarie@warrencatholic.org.
  • ARISE: Young Adult Summer Festival (Bulletin Materials) 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.
  • Food & Fellowship -UPDATED Food and Fellowship was created as an opportunity for youth ministers, campus ministers, and young adult ministers to come together to enjoy casual, ministry-focused conversation, connect with one another, and to share ideas and experiences to continue to improve our ministerial approaches in an ever-changing world.
  • Youth Ministers & Campus Ministers Conversation -NEW Youth Ministers and Campus Ministers/Theology Teachers from our Catholic Schools have a new opportunity to engage in conversation and build fellowship on April 10th or 16th.
  • ARISE: Registration is now OPEN! (Bulletin Materials) 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.
  • 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!
  • Mardi Gras & Missionary Discipleship with Miguel Chavez Come join the Office of Youth and Young Adult Accompaniment for this exciting event in exploring various strategies in forming youth and young adults as Gospel storytellers and and discern how the Holy Spirit is empowering your faith community!
Mardi Gras & Missionary Discipleship with Miguel Chavez -NEW

On February 13th and 27th, Miguel Chavez is coming to speak to and discuss with all Youth, Young Adult, Campus Ministers, and any other volunteers (ages 19+) who assist in their ministry within the Diocese of Youngstown. Session 1 is on Tuesday, February 13th (Mardi Gras!) at 9:00am – 11:00am at St Charles Borromeo in Boardman (St. Matthew Room), and Session 2 is on Tuesday, February 27th at 7:00pm-9:00pm at St Paul Catholic Church in North Canton (Parish Hall).  Please RSVP by February 8th by emailing Maddie at mdisalvatore@youngstowndiocese.org or calling at 330.744.8451 x 310.

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

THE CATHOLIC ECHO
MULTIMEDIA
SOCIAL MEDIA
PUBLIC RELATIONS
INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY

Diocesan Communications Collection – January 6 & 7 (Bulletin Materials)** -NEW

The Diocesan Communications Collection will take place in most parishes January 6-7. Support or learn more at https://doy.org/communications-collection/

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
OFFICE OF VOWED RELIGIOUS
OFFICE OF CHURCH VOCATIONS

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY

Vocations Intercessions and Bulletin Blurbs  (Bulletin Materials)**

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.

OFFICE OF DEVELOPMENT AND STEWARDSHIP
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 YOUTH & YOUNG ADULT ACCOMPANIMENT
  • Eucharistic Pilgrimage to Pittsburgh on June 14th On Friday, June 14th, young adults will be traveling from Blessed Sacrament in Warren to parishes in Pittsburgh, engaging as a pilgrim in the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage. Contact Sister Debra Marie at dmarie@warrencatholic.org.
  • ARISE: Young Adult Summer Festival (Bulletin Materials) 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.
  • Food & Fellowship -UPDATED Food and Fellowship was created as an opportunity for youth ministers, campus ministers, and young adult ministers to come together to enjoy casual, ministry-focused conversation, connect with one another, and to share ideas and experiences to continue to improve our ministerial approaches in an ever-changing world.
  • Youth Ministers & Campus Ministers Conversation -NEW Youth Ministers and Campus Ministers/Theology Teachers from our Catholic Schools have a new opportunity to engage in conversation and build fellowship on April 10th or 16th.
  • ARISE: Registration is now OPEN! (Bulletin Materials) 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.
  • 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!
  • Mardi Gras & Missionary Discipleship with Miguel Chavez Come join the Office of Youth and Young Adult Accompaniment for this exciting event in exploring various strategies in forming youth and young adults as Gospel storytellers and and discern how the Holy Spirit is empowering your faith community!
OFFICE OF FAITH FORMATION AND LAY ECCLESIAL MINISTRY
NEW IN THE DIOCESAN LIBRARY
OFFICE OF PRO-LIFE, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY LIFE
OFFICE OF WORSHIP
  • Liturgical Advisories- June 2024 Notice about the celebration of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist on June 23 and the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul on June 29.
  • 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.
  • New Order of Christian Initiation of Adults 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.
  • 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.
  • Free Webinar Series – “Behold the Lamb” -NEW The Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions will sponsor a FREE Webinar Series entitled “Behold the Lamb” on Wednesday afternoons in May from 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. The webinar series will focus on the newly approved Holy Communion and Worship of the Eucharistic Mystery Outside of Mass ritual book.
  • Free Webinar Series – “Behold the Lamb” The Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions will sponsor a FREE Webinar Series entitled “Behold the Lamb” on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. The webinar series will focus on the newly approved Holy Communion and Worship of the Eucharistic Mystery Outside of Mass ritual book.
  • 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 Youth & Young Adult Accompaniment (Bulletin Materials)**

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

BULLETIN/PUBLICITY

Office of Faith Formation & Lay Ecclesial Minister (Bulletin Materials)**

BULLETIN/PUBLICITY

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

Bishop Bonnar will preside at a Mass for Life on Sunday, January 14, at 4:00 pm at St. Columba Cathedral, Youngstown (154 W. Wood St.). Bishop Bonnar will offer a special Blessing of Children in the Womb to women who are with child, and their families. In addition, there will be a blessing of pilgrims attending the National March for Life in Washington, D.C. A reception will follow. All are welcome – no reservations needed.

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY

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

The Diocese of Youngstown is partnering with the Warren Civic Chorus to bring Handel’s most recognizable work to the Cathedral of St. Columba! The concert will be on Monday, December 4, 2023 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. followed by a reception in the Cathedral Hall.  A free will offering will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank.

If you would be so kind to publicize this event in your parish bulletin it would be greatly appreciated.

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

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 catholicecho@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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