Communique | July 2024

On Pilgrimage Together

This July, we pray with the pilgrims who will represent the Diocese of Youngstown at the National Eucharistic Congress. May all of us, traveling or at home, experience the power of God’s presence everywhere we go.

Welcome to the Digital Communique!

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

Travis Seagraves laughing with vestments on, surrounded by servers, deacons and bishop in vestments. Quote: "God made us for joy. God is joy, and the joy of living reflects the original joy that God felt in creating us." Saint Pope Johne Paul II

“God made us for joy. God is joy, and the joy of living reflects the original joy that God felt in creating us.” -Saint Pope John Paul II

Photo: Travis Seagraves’ Ordination to the Transitional Diaconate, May 25, 2024 by Brian Keith.

For more Catholic inspiration, connect with the Diocese of Youngstown and The Catholic Echo on Facebook, Instagram, 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
  • 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.
EUCHARISTIC REVIVAL
ECUMENICAL & INTERRELIGIOUS AFFAIRS
  • Save the Date: Lutheran-Catholic Covenant Study Day All are invited to a milestone Lutheran-Catholic Study Day on September 22, 2024, at St. Joan of Arc Parish in Streetsboro, Ohio, celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification. The event will run from 2pm to 6:30pm and feature reflections from Bishop David Bonnar, Bishop Laura Barbins, and Dr. Joy Schroeder, as well as Evening Prayer and dinner; pre-registration is required, starting August 1, with more information available from Justin Huyck at justin@faithshape.org.

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

“Have You Seen My Brother?” New Book About Fr. Popovich (Bulletin Materials)**

“Have You Seen My Brother?: Discovering That God Is Good Even in a Tragedy” is a collection of short stories written by author Margie Cretella about her brother, the late Rev. Steven Popovich. Cretella details her brother’s 40+ years of devotion to the Church, including after a tragic car crash in 2013. Father Steven Popovich passed away on January 14, 2024 at the age of 69.

His memory, generosity and devotion remain alive through stories told by those who loved and knew him well. You can see a video interview with Cretella and other family and friends at CatholicEcho.org (visit https://shorturl.at/TkJXV) or on our Diocesan Facebook and YouTube pages. The book was published by Christian Faith Publishing and can be purchased locally at St. Pauls Books & Gifts in Canfield, Barnes and Noble, or online at Amazon.com or Apple Books.

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY

Statewide Eucharistic Pilgrimage to Carey, OH, August 14 (Bulletin Materials)**

In this month’s attachment folder, find bulletin/newsletter materials, flyer, poster, social media images and instructions to promote this upcoming Eucharistic Pilgrimage to Carey, Ohio.

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY

For full list of bulletin announcements, please download the Text Only Attachments

Image and PDF files are available in the monthly Google Drive attachments folder: bit.ly/july2024comm

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.
MARRIAGE & FAMILY SERVICES
  • Marriage Preparation Engaged Couple Retreat Day The next diocesan-sponsored one-day marriage preparation retreat days for engaged couples will be held Saturdays, August 17 & October 2 in the social hall at St. Columba Cathedral. Reservations are required.

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 OF ASHTABULA COUNTY
CATHOLIC CHARITIES REGIONAL AGENCY
CATHOLIC CHARITIES SERVING PORTAGE AND STARK COUNTIES
OFFICE OF PEACE AND JUSTICE

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY

For full list of bulletin announcements, please download the Text Only Attachments

Image and PDF files are available in the monthly Google Drive attachments folder: bit.ly/july2024comm

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY

ODJFS Seeks Foster Families (Bulletin Materials)**

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

URGENT PLEA – Volunteers Needed (Bulletin Materials)**

Catholic Charities Serving Portage and Stark Counties is looking for volunteers to help with the increased demand for pantry services in both the Canton location and the Ravenna location. Pantry volunteers will typically work a 2-3 hour shift and can choose to work weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, depending on their personal availability. Clients will schedule pantry visits in advance, and pantry volunteers will prepare the grocery bags based on client selections. Compare this to the “Giant Eagle Shoppers” that prepare groceries for pick-up customers. However, this is much easier! In addition, volunteers may be asked to assist with other routine tasks such as dating incoming goods, rotating products, and general organization.

Come and lend a hand!  Help others by directly fulfilling just one of the many ways we assist clients in need.

Call the Canton office at 330-491-0896

Call the Ravenna office at 330-297-7745 or

Send an email to charities@youngstowndiocese.org and we will forward your information to the proper location!

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY

Office of Peace & Justice:Catholic Conference of Ohio News Updates (Bulletin Materials)**

Stay Informed on Ohio Legislation from the Catholic Conference of Ohio (CCO)
The Conference works on behalf of the Ohio bishops as an official voice of the Catholic Church in Ohio, primarily in public policy matters. At the end of each month, they send a newsletter summarizing key legislation, action alerts, and relevant information that empowers Catholics across the state to uphold the Church’s beliefs and values. Sign up to receive important updates on legislation and help inform your parishioners to engage as Faithful Citizens.

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY

Office of Peace & Justice: 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. 

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)**

Join young adults throughout the diocese for the 2nd-annual young adult summer festival on Friday, July 26 through Saturday, July 27, 2024! Taken from last year’s theme, based on World Youth Day’s theme – “Mary AROSE and went in haste” – the ARISE Young Adult Summer Festival tradition has begun!  This event includes inspiring talks and speakers, discussion and community-building with other young adults, Mass, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, food and fellowship, and s’mores next to a bonfire under the stars. Confession will be available during Adoration both nights – come experience God’s STEADFAST LOVE for you! All young adults across the diocese are welcome to join together at St. Robert in Cortland to celebrate their faith during this special weekend!

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

For full list of bulletin announcements, please download the Text Only Attachments

Image and PDF files are available in the monthly Google Drive attachments folder: bit.ly/july2024comm

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.

BULLETINS/PUBLICITY
Mass Finder Now Online – Diocesan Directory Updates -NEW

We have launched a Mass Finder on doy.org to help folks show up for Mass at the right place & time, especially during these transitions. If you change your Mass times, please notify us whenever you update your bulletin! You can notify us of changes at any time by using this form: https://forms.gle/GFX45J5cZt9CuRoQA

Thank you for helping facilitate worship of Lord Jesus, worthy of all praise. If you have any questions, please contact Meagen Farrell, Communications Manager at communications@youngstowndiocese.org or 330-744-8451 x275.

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 CHURCH VOCATIONS

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY

Vocations Intercessions and Bulletin Blurbs  (Bulletin Materials)**
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. Register or sponsor today at doy.org/golf.

Watch our social media for more updates.

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
OFFICE OF MISSIONS
Annual Diocesan Appeal Updates

Fr. John-Michael Lavelle has been emailing updates on individual parishes’ performance on the Appeal. This information is also posted at www.doy.org/appeal under “Parish Toolkit and Updates.” 

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.

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY
Coming Soon: Visiting Missionaries (Bulletin Materials) 

Please feel free to add details of dates and names specific to your location.

The Propagation of the Faith and Missions Office is pleased to announce that missionaries from around the world are sending a missionary to each one of our parishes during the months of June, July or August this summer.

20 different missionary groups, from Dominicans to Franciscans and many others, visiting from Capetown in South Africa to Patagonia in South America and even the Middle East – will share with our local parishioners the joys and challenges of evangelizing in lands where the name of Jesus Christ is not yet known, or if it is known it is often suppressed by rebels, unfriendly government or by hostile mobs. These hazards, coupled with poverty, disease and illiteracy make the grass roots evangelization an urgent need.  

Each of our parish pastors schedules and welcomes a visiting priest, deacon, sister or layperson to their parish. Please watch your parish weekly bulletin for the Good News of the missionary coming soon to your parish. We always enjoy their presentations, prayers and opportunities to share in their mission. Please remember that when it comes to missions, Some give by going, others go by giving! Please be generous.

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

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY

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

Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Fridays at 3pm (Bulletin Materials)
Rosary at Four Diocesan Cemeteries (Bulletin Materials)

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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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