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Communique | May 2024

Lilies and oil lamp at the celebration of Religious Jubilees on April 13, 2024 at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Warren, Ohio
Keep the Flame Burning

As we celebrate Mary in the month of May, our hearts prepare for the Holy Spirit’s movement on Pentecost, renewing the face of the earth.

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

“We all have a vocation. Whether we’re ordained or not ordained, God calls each and every one of us to do something special for him. And our journey is all about discerning what that is.” -Bishop David J. Bonnar

Quote from The Catholic Echo Podcast, episode 25 on Vocations. Listen every week at catholicecho.org/podcast or search for “Catholic Echo” in your favorite podcasting platform.

Above: Lilies and oil lamp at the celebration of Religious Jubilees on April 13, 2024 at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Warren, Ohio | Photo by Brian Keith

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

Chancery

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

OFFICE OF SAFE ENVIRONMENT
BISHOP'S OFFICE
CHANCELLOR'S OFFICE
ARCHIVES OFFICE
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 on May 4th -NEW Fe y Vida is coming to Ashtabula to provide training for the Hispanic leaders who 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.

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

CHURCH AT HOME COMBINED COLLECTION (Bulletin Materials)** -NEW

This Collection will be held the weekend of JUne 1/2, 2024.

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

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

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

CATHOLIC CHARITIES, DIOCESE OF YOUNGSTOWN
  • CHURCH AT HOME COMBINED COLLECTION (Bulletin Materials) Shamrocks for Socks is a new project of Catholic Charities designed to aid in our service to the poor and vulnerable living in the Diocese of Youngstown.
  • 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
OFFICE OF PEACE AND JUSTICE

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

First Step for Change (Bulletin Materials)**

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, and recognizing that many parents lack adequate financial resources for their children.

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

Office of Peace & Justice: Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (Bulletin Materials)**

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

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY

Office of Peace & Justice: 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
  • Food & Fellowship -NEW 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.
  • First World Children’s Day (Bulletin Materials)** -NEW The first World Children’s Day will take place on May 25-26th, 2024. This year’s theme is “I make all things new” (Revelation 21:5).
  • Eagle of the Cross Awards Congratulations to the 21 recipients of the Eagle of the Cross Awards! Contact Maddie DiSalvatore for details: mdisalvatore@youngstowndiocese.org
  • 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!
  • Confirmation Retreat Guide This Confirmation Retreat Guide may be used as a tool by catechists in the Diocese of Youngstown to guide confirmandi on their preparation journey to receive the Sacrament! Catechists should feel free and inspired to use as the Holy Spirit moves them. Questions/Suggestions? Please contact Maddie DiSalvatore at mdisalvatore@youngstowndiocese.org.
PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY
World Children’s Day (Bulletin Materials)** -UPDATED

The Office of Youth & Young Adult Accompaniment, in collaboration with the Office of Faith Formation & Lay Ecclesial Ministry, is pleased to bring to your attention the first World Children’s Day instituted by the Vatican, which is being celebrated on May 25-26, 2024!

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!

BULLETIN/PUBLICITY

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

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

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

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

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

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY

The Catholic Echo  (Bulletin Materials)**

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

BULLETINS/PUBLICITY
Shared Publicity Folders -UPDATED LINKS

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

BULLETINS/PUBLICITY
Diocesan Directory Updates -NEW

This document summarizes parish collaborations, mergers, and clergy assignments since November 30, 2023. Most of the changes have effective dates of May 1 or July 1, 2024.

If you change your Mass times, please notify us whenever you update your bulletin!

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
  • Religious Jubilee Celebration We will celebrate the Jubilees of all religious who served in the Diocese of Youngstown on Saturday, April 13, 2024, at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Warren, Ohio.
OFFICE OF CHURCH VOCATIONS

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY

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

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

Vocations Social Media

Development and Stewardship Offices

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

ANNUAL DIOCESAN APPEAL
  • Appeal Posts (Bulletin Materials)** -NEW Catholic Charities and Michael Houy worked together to come up with fifteen posts/inserts that provide short facts about Catholic Charities.
  • Appeal Updates – May 23, 2024 Fr. John-Michael Lavelle has been emailing regular updates on individual parishes’ performance on the Appeal. This information is also posted at doy.org/appeal under “Parish Toolkit and Updates.”
OFFICE OF DEVELOPMENT AND STEWARDSHIP
PONTIFICAL MISSION SOCIETIES
PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY
Annual Diocesan Appeal May Parish Resources (Bulletin Materials)

The following parish resources help promote the Annual Diocesan Appeal in May until Pentecost. These and other parish resources are available for download at the bottom of www.doy.org/appeal.

Each week’s parish resource sheet contains:

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

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

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

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

Pastoral and Educational Services

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

OFFICE OF FAITH FORMATION AND LAY ECCLESIAL MINISTRY
  • 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.
  • First World Children’s Day (Bulletin Materials)** -NEW The first World Children’s Day will take place on May 25-26th, 2024. This year’s theme is “I make all things new” (Revelation 21:5).
  • LIMEX Group Forming Soon (Bulletin Materials) 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.
  • Personnel and Program Reports Requested Please provide us with the opportunity to verify accurate numbers by completing the catechetical report, according to your area of responsibility. Please share information from others on your staff who oversee ministry areas beyond your position.
  • 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.
  • New Adult Learning Opportunities Begin Soon (Bulletin Materials) All adult faith formation courses are open to anyone wanting to grow in their faith. These courses are offered online.
  • Free Books at Diocesan Library (Bulletin Materials) Our diocesan library is open to everyone. We have books, DVDs and audio books about bereavement support, bible study, devotionals and prayer.
IN THE DIOCESAN LIBRARY
  • New in the Library: May 2024 New this month: “The Collected Works of Saint Teresa of Avila,” “A Spirituality of Caregiving,” and “Our One Great Act of Fidelity: Waiting for Christ in the Eucharist.”
OFFICE OF PRO-LIFE, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY LIFE
OFFICE OF WORSHIP
  • Low Gluten Hosts It is important for pastors to make every effort to accommodate the experience of Holy Communion for the faithful, including those suffering from celiac disease.
  • 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 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 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” 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.
  • 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
  • Parish Music Events in May 2024 (Bulletin Materials) Join us for live music events at St. Mary Church (Massillon), St. Columba Cathedral (Youngstown) and St. Thomas the Apostle Parish (Warren).
  • OCP Parish Grant Program 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.
  • Planning Parish Music Events? If your parish is having any upcoming musical events you’d like to send out, please email Ralph Holtzhauser, Diocesan Music Director, at rholtzhauser@youngstowndiocese.org!
  • Choir Members Invited to Sing at Ordinations Music events include Emmet Cahill at the Cathedral on March 14, Cathedral Organ Recital Series on March 22 at 7pm, and Tenebrae service on March 24 at 7pm at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton – St. James Church.
OFFICE OF CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

BULLETIN/PUBLICITY

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

May Bulletin Announcements:

-World Children’s Day

-LIMEX Group Forming Soon

-Free Books at Diocesan Library

-New Adult Learning Opportunities Begin Son

BULLETIN/PUBLICITY

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

Project Rachel Lenten May/Mother’s Day Message for Bulletin/Newsletter

If you are a mother suffering from an abortion decision, know that there is hope and healing available. For CONFIDENTIAL help, text or call Project Rachel of Northeast Ohio at 330-360-0430 or go to https://hopeafterabortionneo.weebly.com/.

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY

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

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

The Cathedral of St. Columba is pleased to announce a new organ concert series in 2024. Join us Friday, May 10th at 6:30pm for a recital by Mario Buchanan. A free will offering directly goes toward the Cathedral and Diocesan Music program. Please give generously!

See flier for additional dates:

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY

Office of Catholic Schools: New EdChoice Brochure (Bulletin Materials)**

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

Honoring Mothers Prayer Service on May 11th (Bulletin Materials)** -NEW

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

Other Events

FAQ: Where do I send my announcements?

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

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

BULLETINS/PUBLICITY
Shared Publicity Folders -UPDATED LINKS

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

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