Communique | November 2022

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In November We Remember

Throughout November, at the end of the Liturgical Year, we remember in prayer those who have died. We support each other in our grief while praising God for the promise of eternal life with Jesus Christ.

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.

Printable Formats 


Attachments are now provided as downloadable files in one folder:


Digital Format:

The full Communique – including attachments – is available below digitally. Announcements are listed by diocesan departments and office. We are once again accepting submissions for parish events, which are listed by County.

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.

Diocesan Events can also be found on our Events Calendar.

Quote of the Month


“My prayer is, let me be a blessing to someone or something today.” -Jean Houston

Table of Contents


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

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

Link: Safe Environment Page

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 (  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:

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.

Archdiocese for the Military Services Collection (Bulletin Materials)

Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA collection will be taken the weekend of November 5-6.  This triennial collection provides the Gospel, the sacraments and other forms of spiritual support to men and women of the U. S. Armed Forces wherever they serve and to veterans who are in VA medical centers. 


Please see bulletin announcements in this month’s Communique attachments at

Eucharistic Revival (Bulletin Materials)


Upcoming Eucharistic Revival Events

Full-page Flyer 

The Diocese of Youngstown March of the Eucharist concludes this month! All are invited to join the regional Eucharistic Revival Mass and Processions in Portage County. Our final celebration will be at:

St. Patrick Parish in Kent on November 13th at 11:00 am

See for the full schedule and more information.

The National Eucharistic Revival is a three-year process sponsored by the U.S. Catholic Bishops to “inspire and prepare the People of God to be formed, healed, converted, united, and sent out to a hurting and hungry world through a renewed encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist – the source and summit of our Catholic faith” (quote taken from the website for the National Eucharistic Revival).

More detail:

The first year, which began on June 19, 2022 and continues until June 2023, has been identified as the Year of Diocesan Revival. The Very Rev. John-Michael Lavelle, coordinator of the Eucharistic Revival in the Diocese of Youngstown and the diocese’s Vicar for Missionary Discipleship, says that in the diocesan year, “we will travel to all parts of the diocese, united in the Mass, Eucharistic Processions, and Holy Hours – leading us to a deeper appreciation of the presence of Christ in our lives.”

The second year of the Eucharistic Revival has been identified as the Year of Parish Revival and will run from June 2023 until July 2024. It will include efforts to strengthen eucharistic devotion and experience at the parish level. Father Lavelle notes that, “In the early days of our diocese, a book was prepared, entitled, The March of the Eucharist, which highlighted all the places of worship in which we celebrated the Eucharist – mainly, our parish Churches. The Eucharistic Revival is an opportunity to discover that the ‘march of the Eucharist’ continues in new ways and that, having experienced the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, we are called to share him with the world.”

In July 2024, a National Eucharistic Congress will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana, the tenth in the history of the United States, inaugurating the “Year of Going Out on Mission” until Pentecost 2025.

Archives Office

Questions About Parish Records?

As we strive to preserve our community memory, we welcome questions and suggestions.  For instance, if you would like to ask about what to save or dispose of in your parish records, you are welcome to contact Joan Lawson, Archivist, at 330-744-8451 x290, or email

Bishop Bonnar's 2023 Pilgrimage

Make plans to join Bishop David Bonnar's Pilgrimage to Scotland and Ireland in June 2023. For more info, email

Canonical Services

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.

Catholic Charities Services

Catholic Charities (Bulletin Materials)


You can click on links below, or download bulletin announcements, images and flyers in this month’s Communique attachments folder at

Season of Giving (Bulletin Materials)

Each year, from November 1 through December 31, Catholic Charities hosts our annual “Season of Giving.”  It is during this time of Thanksgiving and Christmas blessings that so many of our loyal friends are inspired to get involved and give back to the community.  We offer a variety of ways that you too can get involved in this season of giving back to those who need our help the most.

  • Pray  
  • Donate
  • Volunteer
  • Participate
  • Get Social

To get more information on how you can get involved, please visit our website

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LOGO - Season of Giving - Catholic Charities

Breakfast with the Bishop Event (Bulletin Materials)

To kick off #GivingTuesday, we are hosting our very first “Breakfast with the Bishop.” This event will take place on Tuesday, November 29; from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Basilica, Youngstown.  Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a hearty breakfast, learn about Catholic Charities, and hear from The Most Reverend, David J. Bonnar, Bishop of Youngstown.  All proceeds from this event will support Catholic Charities’ basic needs assistance programs throughout the Diocese of Youngstown. Tickets are on sale now and must be purchased in advance as space is limited.

To reserve your tickets or to make a donation, please visit our website. For parishes or local businesses interested in purchasing AD space in our event program booklet, please contact Jennifer Lucarelli at 330-744-8451, or

Flyer and image attached.

Giving Tuesday (Bulletin Materials)

#Giving Tuesday is one of the largest giving days and one of the most successful social media campaigns all over the world!  You, too, can participate in this global event. You can make a difference! Visit the Catholic Charities website on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2022 and make a gift, and your gift will automatically be DOUBLED thanks to our corporate sponsors! A list of sponsors will be available on our website beginning on November 1, 2022.

Proceeds from #GivingTuesday will help support the many programs and ministries of Catholic Charities in all (6) counties of the Diocese of Youngstown. 

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Giving Tuesday Catholic Charities

Support for Ukraine – Financial Support (Bulletin Materials)

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Youngstown continues to accept financial contributions to assist the people of Ukraine. 100% of the funds we receive in the Diocese of Youngtown for Ukraine will be divided between the United State Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Eastern Europe and Catholic Relief Services, unless otherwise specified by the donor. Both of these organizations are uniquely suited to help, since they and their partners have been “on the ground” for years doing critical work. Both are intently focused right now on supporting the emergency needs of Ukraine and Ukrainian refugees, with any additional funds (if applicable) supporting ongoing needs in Eastern Europe and globally. Please note that Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Youngstown does not process or keep any of these disaster donations for Ukraine for our local efforts in the collection process. All of the money goes to the people who desperately need it.

Support for Ukraine – Sponsor Support (Bulletin Materials)

Uniting for Ukraine is a streamlined process that allows for Ukrainian citizens who have been displaced by Russia’s aggression to apply for humanitarian parole in the United States.

Under Uniting for Ukraine, the U.S. government allows people fleeing the war in Ukraine to seek refuge in the United States on a temporary basis known as humanitarian parole, with the support of a sponsor in the United States. The sponsor will provide financial support to meet the basic needs of someone fleeing Ukraine. They may also provide additional support, such as assistance enrolling in educational or training programs or securing employment.

Sponsors can be U.S. citizens, permanent residents or other lawfully present individuals. This includes individuals on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and refugees. Groups of sponsors, nonprofits, educational institutions, and employers can also help sponsor people fleeing Ukraine.

So far this year, more than 70,000 Americans have applied to become a sponsor. If you are already connected to a Ukrainian individual or family, please use this link for information on becoming a sponsor.


According to the USCCB, this program will need an additional 30,000 to 40,000 American households to register as sponsors in the months to come. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, but are not currently connected to a Ukrainian individual or family, learn more about how may be able to connect with someone in need in order to become their sponsor by viewing the link below. *The responsibility for making a “connection” will fall upon the Ukrainian beneficiary. It must be their final decision to connect.


Catholic Charities Serving Stark and Portage Counties (Bulletin Materials)

Adult Day Services in Louisville is Accepting Participants (Bulletin Materials)

The Adult Day Services (ADS) facility operated by Catholic Charities serving Portage and Stark Counties is open and accepting participants on a limited basis. ADS offers a safe and secure environment for older adults in need of supervision or assistance with activities of daily living while family caregivers are at work or attending to other responsibilities. We have implemented strict pandemic related protocols to ensure the health and safety of participants and staff alike. Our well-maintained facility is located on the St. Joseph Senior Living Campus in Louisville, Ohio. For more information about the program, please call 330-875-7979 or send an email to Troy Cochran at


Catholic Charities Regional Agency (Bulletin Materials)

Urgent Need: Catholic Charities Regional Agency (Bulletin Materials)  

Catholic Charities Regional Agency (serving Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull Counties) is in desperate need of paper products, cleaning supplies and hygiene products. Please contact Wendy at 330.744.3320 for further information. As we enter into the colder months, we are also in need of hats, gloves, and socks.

Office of Peace and Justice (Bulletin Materials)

Prison Ministry Presents – Kolbe Gathering (Bulletin Materials)

Flyer and image attached

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 William Barber, Coordinator for Prison Ministry, at 330.235.3920.

Department of Communications

Catholic Exponent

Full Page Flyer

Publication dates and special sections for the Exponent are as follows:

  • October 28 (Special Section: Salute to Veterans)
  • November 11 (Special Sections: Christmas Gifts / Holiday Catering
  • November 25 (Special Sections: Christmas) Recipes / Christmas Gifts)
  • December 9 (Special Sections: Christmas Gifts / Nativity Pictures)
  • December 23 (Special Section: Christmas Greetings


The normal deadline for each issue is 12 days before the publication date. We try to get late information into the issue, but are sometimes limited by lack of available space.

Multimedia | CTNY (Bulletin Materials)


Wineskins (Bulletin Materials)

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 diocesan website at and click the Wineskins button. Subscribe to our YouTube channel for updates when we post a new episode:

November 6, 2022 

  • Current Issue:  Fr. Korda talks with Fr. Scott Kopp about Vocations.
  • Saint:  Teresa Masczak from St. Michael Parish in Canfield will tell us about Pope St. Leo the Great.
  • Interview:  Fr. Korda interviews Bishop Laura Barbins from the Evangelical Lutheran Church.
  • Music:  From the CD “Come, You Who Labor” by Vince Ambrosetti
  • Scripture:  Fr. Matt Humerickhouse will tell us about the Scriptures for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time.

 November 13, 2022

  • Current Issue:  Fr. John-Michael Lavelle will talk about Addictions.
  • Saint:  Teresa Masczak from St. Michael Parish in Canfield will tell us about St. Francis X. Cabrini.
  • Interview:  Fr. Korda continues his interview Bishop Laura Barbins from the Evangelical Lutheran Church.
  • Music:  From the CD “Come, You Who Labor” by Vince Ambrosetti
  • Scripture:  Fr. Matt Humerickhouse will tell us about the Scriptures for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time.

November 20, 2022

  • Current Issue:  Jennifer Lucarelli will update us on Catholic Charities.
  • Saint:  Miros Masczak from St. Michael Parish in Canfield will tell us about Blessed James Alberione.
  • Interview:  Fr. Korda concludes his interview Bishop Laura Barbins from the Evangelical Lutheran Church.
  • Music: From the CD “Come, You Who Labor” by Vince Ambrosetti
  • Scripture:  Fr. Matt Humerickhouse will tell us about the Scriptures for Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.

November 27, 2022

  • Current Issue: Fr. Korda talks with Bill Joyce about the Cursillo Movement.
  • Saint:  Miros Masczak from St. Michael Parish in Canfield will tell us about St. Andrew the Apostle.
  • Interview:  Fr. Korda interviews Fr. Michael Balash about The Season of Advent.
  • Music:  From the CD “Come, You Who Labor” by Vince Ambrosetti
  • Scripture:  Fr. Matt Humerickhouse will tell us about the Scriptures for the First Sunday of Advent.
How to Watch the Mass for Shut-Ins

The diocese continues to produce the Mass for Shut-Ins. The Mass may be viewed the following ways:


In Youngstown, Warren, Mahoning Valley:

  • On WFMJ TV-21: Sundays at 6 a.m.
  • On Armstrong Cable Channel 45: Sundays at 8 a.m., noon, 7 p.m., for the time being.
Currently, a technical difficulty was making it unavailable on Spectrum Cable Channel 9, 13, or 14 in the Youngstown-Warren area.
In Stark County:
  • On Spectrum Cable in Canton – Channel 989: Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
  • On Massillon Cable Channel 128: Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
  • On WIVM TV-39: Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

In nursing homes and prisons:

  • The diocese continues to make its televised Mass available in 10 nursing homes and 3 prisons. For more information, contact Bob Gavalier at 330-533-2243. 

Any further updates to diocesan cable TV programming will be noted at

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;

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.

Office of Social Media

1. 2022- 2023 Social Media Profile Report Form

Catholic institutions, parishes and schools in the Diocese of Youngstown are asked to complete a 2022-2023 Social Media Profile so that we know what is currently being used around the diocese and to help network those seeking support in various areas. 

Click on the link to complete:

Please note that the contact person listed in the profile will receive period emails from the diocese to support his/her work.

Thank you to the 18 who have already done this!

2. DOY Social Media Networking Facebook Group for Social Media Contacts

Ongoing networking regarding social media can be found on Facebook in a private group by searching for “DOY Social Media Networking” or click:

This is a great place to share resources, ask questions and meet others around the diocese doing social media for their parishes, schools, offices and agencies. You can also share upcoming events that you’d like to invite others to so they can share in social media as well. This is also a key way the Social Media Minister is sharing insights as to avoid overwhelming contacts email boxes.

4. Social Media Helpful Hint of the Month – Check your settings!

When you post items that you want to be shared, for example invitations to events and activities, inspirational memes, Saint of the Day info, or evangelizing posts, make sure your privacy setting is on “Public.” Being public means that anyone who sees it (not just your friends or followers) can share it, comment, and react to it. Facebook now makes it easy to change your privacy setting with each post now (look under your “name” as you are creating the post to see if it says public, friends, custom, etc. Click there to change it. For the most part, the diocesan social media accounts post to Public as just about everything we post is intended to be shared. Any questions, feel free to contact Cindee Case at

Clergy and Religious Services

Office of Clergy Services

1. Advent Day of Recollection – Save the Date

An Advent Day of Recollection will be held on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 beginning at 2:00 p.m. and will conclude with dinner at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Basilica in Youngstown.  Rev. Joseph McCraffrey, pastor of Holy Spirit Parish in New Castle will be the presenter.  More details will be coming soon. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.

2. New Order of Penance

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, USCCB President issued a promulgation decree on June 24, 2022, for the recently confirmed Order of Penance.  The new translation may be used beginning on Ash Wednesday, February 22, 2023, and the date for obligatory use has been set for Sunday, April 16, 2023.  

Four publishers will produce ritual editions for use in the United States. Some presales began October 1, 2022: 

  1. Catholic Book Publishing Corp:
  2. Liturgy Training Publications:
  3. Magnificat:
  4. and Midwest Theological Forum.

Office of Vocations

1. National Vocations Awareness Week 2022

This year, National Vocations Awareness Week is celebrated the week of November 6-12. The Seminarians of the Diocese will be out in our parishes the weekend of October 29-30. This week is a wonderful opportunity to speak about Priesthood, Consecrated Religious Life, Married Life, and Single Life. If you would like more information or if you would like a visit, please contact Fr. Chad Johnson at 330-744-8451 or by email at

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2. Seminarian Pastoral Intern

The following Seminarian has been assigned as a Pastoral Intern for the 2022-2023 Academic Year.

Mr. Travis Seagraves: Our Lady of Peace, Ashtabula

Please remember him, the people of Ashtabula, and all of our seminarians in your prayers.

3. Seminarian Posters and Prayer Cards

Seminarian Posters and Prayer Cards are under development. We hope to have them available in November. Look for them to come out in the near future!

4. 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

5. Come and See Weekends (Bulletin Materials)

Saint Mary Seminary & Borromeo Seminary are once again offering “Come and See” Weekends. These are opportunities for men who are open to priesthood formation can experience life in the Seminary. The next Come and See Weekend is scheduled for November 18-20, 2022. If you know of anyone interested in this time of prayer, discovery, and discernment, please contact Fr. Chad Johnson at 330-744-8451 or by email at

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6. 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

7. “Discovery Days” [Seminary Field Trips]

The Office is in contact with the Vocations Office of the Diocese of Cleveland about scheduling a “Youngstown Discovery Day” for 8th Graders and for High School Juniors & Seniors. More information will be announced as it is made available. In the meantime, consider how and when your school could participate in these events. For more information, please contact Fr. Chad Johnson at 330-744-8451 or by email at

8. Vocation Intercessions and Bulletin Blurbs (Bulletin Materials)

Click the links below or see the Communiqué attachments folder at

for vocation intercessions and bulletin blurbs for the month of November. 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.

Vocations Bulletin Briefs (Bulletin Materials)

Vocation Bulletin Inserts

November 2022/Cycle C

The following parish bulletin blurbs are provided for your use to support the development of vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life in our diocese. They are keyed to the liturgical calendar for placement in your weekly bulletin. Your support is most appreciated.

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time—October 30, 2022 (National Vocation Awareness Week)

“But you have mercy on all, because you can do all things.” Are you called to be a vehicle of God’s mercy as a priest, deacon, sister or brother?

Contact Fr. Chad Johnson at (330) 744-8451 or

All Saints — November 1, 2022 [Holy Day of Obligation]

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest, says the Lord.” Are you called to follow in the footsteps of the saints to bring solace to the burdened as a priest or consecrated religious?

Contact Fr. Chad Johnson at (330) 744-8451 or


Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time—November 6, 2022

“May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God.” Are you being called to love the Lord with an undivided heart as a priest, deacon or in the consecrated life?

Contact Fr. Chad Johnson at (330) 744-8451 or


Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time—November 13, 2022

“I myself shall give you wisdom in speaking.” Are you considering a call to proclaim the gospel as a priest, deacon, sister or brother?

Contact Fr. Chad Johnson at (330) 744-8451 or


Solemnity of Christ the King — November 20, 2022

“Jesus, remember me when you come into Your kingdom.” Will you make Christ the King and His merciful love remembered as a priest, deacon or in the consecrated life?

Contact Fr. Chad Johnson at (330) 744-8451 or


First Sunday of Advent – November 27, 2022

“They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks   ” If you think that God is calling you to serve the Lord of the harvest

as a priest, deacon, sister or brother, contact Fr. Chad Johnson at (330) 744-8451 or


Second Sunday of Advent— December 4, 2022

Are you called to be “A herald’s voice in the desert” preparing the way of the Lord in the hearts of His people? If you are considering a vocation to the priesthood or consecrated life, contact Fr. Chad Johnson at (330) 744-8451 or

Vocations Intercessions (Bulletin Materials)

Vocation General Intercessions

November 2022/Cycle C

The following intercessions are provided for your use to support the development of vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life in our diocese. They are keyed to the liturgical calendar. Please consider including them in your mass intentions.


Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time — October 30, 2022

That men and women will be encouraged to love God and their neighbor with the love of the Heart of Christ and follow Him generously when chosen to serve others as a priest, deacon or in the consecrated religious life, we pray to the Lord.


All Saints — November 1, 2022 [Holy Day of Obligation]

That, through the intercession of all the saints, the Lord will grant holy men and women of our community vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life, we pray to the Lord.


Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – November 6, 2022 (National Vocation Awareness Week)

During National Vocation Awareness Week, we pray for all who are discerning a call to imitate the humility of Christ as religious brothers, sisters, priests or deacons, we pray to the Lord.


Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time—November 13, 2022

That prayer, hard work and generous service will prepare many men and women to answer the Lord’s call to follow Him as priests, deacons and in the consecrated life, we pray to the Lord.


Solemnity of Christ the King — November 20, 2022

That Christ the King, who brought peace through death on the cross, will choose many men and women to preach redemption as priests, deacons and in the consecrated life, we pray to the Lord.


First Sunday of Advent – November 27, 2022

That we all may be attentive in listening for God’s call, and especially that those who God has called to the priesthood or consecrated religious life will hear Him and answer, we pray to the Lord.


Second Sunday of Advent — December 4, 2022

For all those chosen by Christ to “prepare the way of the Lord” in their hearts and in the hearts of His people as priests, deacons, brothers and sisters, we pray to the Lord.

9. Vocations Social Media

Office of Vowed Religious

World Day for Consecrated Life

Bishop David Bonnar will celebrate the annual World Day for Consecrated Life Mass on Sunday, February 5, 2023 at St. Columba Cathedral at 10:30 a.m. Be sure to mark your calendars for this annual diocesan celebration of Consecrated Life. Light refreshments will follow (pending COVID restrictions).

New and Returning Religious

This is a reminder for any religious (involved in ministry, student, or retired) who is new, or has recently returned to the Diocese of Youngstown, and has not yet contacted the Office of Vowed Religious, to kindly do so as soon as possible. Please also note that there are some new requirements for our Child Protection Policy.  Please call Sr. Joyce Candidi at (330) 744-8451, ext. 238 or e-mail

Religious Retirement Appeal (Bulletin Materials)

Reminder to pastors and religious presenters: The Retirement Fund for Religious Appeal will take place in most parishes November 12 – 13.  Some parishes have agreed to hold the Appeal on either November 5-6  or November 19 – 20. In most parishes the collection will be taken the weekend following the Appeal.

Information packets have been sent to pastors and religious presenters. All presenters should have contacted your pastors by now.  Kindly do so ASAP if you have not had the opportunity thus far.  For further information or materials please contact the Office of Vowed Religious at 330-744-8451, ext.238.  Religious Presenters, please include in your talks that individuals can also donate online by going to the Diocese of Youngstown website home page at

(scroll down on the home page, or click “Giving”)

Bulletin editors & social media ministers, please see the Campaign Materials page for images, videos, and web banners:

Development and Stewardship Offices

Office of the Annual Diocesan Appeal

2022 Annual Diocesan Appeal

Father John-Michael Lavelle’s updates regarding the appeal are posted at 

Office of Development and Stewardship

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 below for this month’s Stewardship Bulletin Thoughts in English & Spanish, or download the file from this month’s Attachments folder at

Stewardship Bulletin Thoughts | English (Bulletin Materials)

October 30, 2022

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

“But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, ‘Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor, and if I extorted anything from anyone I shall repay it four times over.’” Luke 19:8

We are all called to gratefully give back to the Lord in proportion to the gifts we have been given. This means everyone isn’t called to give the same amount, but everyone is called to give equal sacrifice. Open your heart and talk to God about how you use your money. How is God calling you to be more generous with your financial resources and possessions?

November 6, 2022

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

“May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting encouragement and good hope through his grace, encourage your hearts and strengthen them in every good deed and word.” 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

There are two important lessons here. First, we are called to be generous with our encouragement and hope with others. As God shows us mercy, we must be merciful to others. Second, joy is contagious! The joy we receive from doing good works not only strengthens us, it encourages others as well. Share the joy of living your faith whenever you can.

November 13, 2022

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

“…Rather, we wanted to present ourselves as a model for you, so that you might imitate us.” 2 Thessalonians 3:9

Most people who live a grateful and generous lifestyle don’t go around bragging about it. But through their words and actions, others do take notice. They notice because of the joy and peace that results and others desire this in their own life. Know that the way you live your life may be the only interaction others may have with our Catholic faith.

November 20, 2022

Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

“…. giving thanks to the Father, who has made you fit to share in the inheritance of the holy ones in light.” Colossians 1:12

God wants us to be happy! Instead of looking at the Ten Commandments as being restrictive and telling us what we can’t do, look at them as guides for living a joy-filled and peaceful life. Most of our problems arise when we put our own needs first or we spend most of our time trying to acquire more stuff. Instead, try putting God first in all things. We were made for God. Open your heart and let Him in!

November 27, 2022

1st Sunday of Advent

“Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.” Matthew 24:42

People who have had health issues or near-death experiences generally have a greater appreciation for each day being a gift from God. The rest of us usually take for granted that we will be around tomorrow. But when you start to look at each day as a gift, you realize all the little miracles that happen daily and you begin to see God’s active presence in your life. You grow in gratitude, each day, for all that we have been given.

December 4, 2022

2nd Sunday of Advent

“Therefore, every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” Matthew 3:10

Do you bear good fruit for Jesus? Do you spend time in prayer or do you waste it with mindless activity? Do you use your talent to help others or are you too busy? Do you use your treasure to support the Church or do you buy more things that go unused. Our time, talent and treasure are gifts from God. What we do with these gifts is our gift back to Him. What gifts are you planning to give to the Lord during this upcoming Christmas season?

Reflexiones del Boletín de Corresponsibilidad | Español (Materiales del Boletín)

30 de octubre de 2022

Domingo 31o. del Tiempo Ordinario

“Zaqueo se levantó y dijo: ―Señor, voy a dar la mitad de todo lo que tengo a los pobres. Y si a alguien le he robado, le devolveré cuatro veces lo que le robé.” Lucas 19:8

Todos somos llamados a devolver al Señor con gratitud en proporción a los dones que nos ha dado. Eso significa que todos no somos llamados a dar en la misma medida, pero todos somos llamados a dar el mismo sacrificio. Abra su corazón y hable con Dios acerca de cómo utilizar su dinero. ¿Cómo lo está llamando Dios a ser más generoso con sus recursos financieros y posesiones?

6 de noviembre de 2022

Domingo 32o. del Tiempo Ordinario

“Que nuestro Señor Jesucristo mismo y Dios nuestro Padre, que nos amó y por su gracia nos dio consuelo eterno y una buena esperanza, a través de su gracia, los anime y les fortalezca el corazón, para que tanto en palabra como en obra hagan todo lo que sea bueno.” 2 Tesalonicenses2:16-17

Allí tenemos dos lecciones importantes. Primero, somos llamados a ser generosos con nuestro consuelo y esperanza con otras personas. Así como Dios nos muestra su misericordia, debemos ser misericordiosos con los demás. Segundo, ¡la alegría es contagiosa! La alegría que recibimos al hacer buenas obras no solo nos fortalece, sino que también anima a los demás. Comparta la alegría de vivir su fe siempre que pueda.

13 de noviembre de 2022

33o. Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario

“…¡Y teníamos derecho a ello! Pero quisimos ofrecerles un ejemplo que ustedes pudieran imitar.” 2 Tesalonicenses3:9

La mayoría de las personas que viven un estilo de vida agradecido y generoso no se jactan de ello. Sin embargo, a través de sus palabras y acciones los demás lonotan.Lo notan por la alegría y la paz que producen,y otros desean eso para su propia vida. Sabemos que la forma en la que vive su vida puede ser la única interacción que otras personas tengan con nuestra fe Católica.

20 de noviembre de 2022

Solemnidad de Nuestro Señor Jesucristo, Rey del Universo

“…y con gozo darán gracias al Padre, que nos ha capacitado para participar de la herencia que pertenece a los que viven en el reino de la luz.” Colosenses 1:12

¡Dios quiere que seamos felices! En lugar de mirar a los Diez Mandamientos como una restricciónque nos dice lo que no podemos hacer, mírelos como una guía para seguir una vida llena alegría y paz. La mayoría de nuestros problemas surge cuando ponemos nuestras propias necesidades primero o cuando pasamos la mayor parte de nuestro tiempo tratando de adquirir más cosas. En lugar de eso, trata de poner a Dios primero en todas las cosas. Fuimos hechos por Dios. ¡Abra su corazón y permita que Dios entre en él!

27 de noviembre de 2022

1er. Domingo de Adviento

“¡Por lo tanto permanezcan despiertos! Ya que no saben que Día vendrá nuestro Señor.” Mateo 24: 42

Las personas que tiene problemas de salud o experiencias cercanas a la muerte generalmente aprecian mejor el hecho de que cada día es un don de Dios. El resto de nosotros da por sentado que estaremos aquí el día de mañana. Sin embargo, al comenzar a ver cada día como un don, se dará cuenta de todos los pequeños milagros que suceden diariamente y comenzara a ver la presencia activa de Dios en su vida. Su gratitud crecerá cada día, por todo lo que se nos ha dado.

4 de diciembre de 2022

2do Domingo de Adviento

“Por lo tanto, cada árbol que no de buenos frutos será cortado y tirado al fuego.” Mateo 3:10

¿Da bueno frutos para Jesus? ¿Pasa tiempo en oración o pierde su tiempo con actividades sin sentido? ¿Utiliza sus talentos para ayudar a los demás o está demasiado ocupado? ¿Usa sus tesoros para apoyar a la Iglesia o para comprar más cosas que no utiliza? Nuestro tiempo y nuestro talento son dones de Dios.Lo que nosotros hacemos con estos dones es nuestro regalo de vuelta a Dios. ¿Qué regalos planificas darle al Señor durante esta próxima temporada navideña?

Sign Up for #iGiveCatholic

The Diocese of Youngstown will be participating again in the #iGiveCatholic Giving Day on Tuesday, November 29, 2022.  As the point person for the diocese, Fr. Lavelle encourages your parish, school or ministry to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.

Important Note: There is NO cost to participate. The diocese has covered the application fee!

#iGiveCatholic, now in its 8th year, is a proven, dynamic crowdfunding event that offers an excellent opportunity for the Catholic Community to come together to give thanks, give back, and give Catholic! Last year, #iGiveCatholic helped organizations to raise over $16.5 million dollars on this internationally-recognized huge day of philanthropy.

Fr. John-Michael Lavelle will be offering guidance, support and training every step of the way!

Registration is simple and will take less than 5 minutes. Please follow the instructions contained in this support article:

While registration is open until November 2nd, register ASAP to take advantage of the weekly email series of tasks.

Thank you for your consideration of this fabulous opportunity. Let’s join together to celebrate all that we do, as Catholics, to build His kingdom and invite people to invest in our good work!

Pastoral and Educational Services

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

To download a Word document containing the Faith Formation bulletin announcements, please see the November Communique Attachments folder:

1. Ministry Day Appreciation 

Thank you, Bishop Bonnar, for your inspiring welcome and opening prayer for Ministry Day 2022! Thank you, Father Manalo, for the spirited keynote presentation! Thank you to all the Facilitators of the sessions whose areas of expertise expanded commitments to the various ministries! Thank you to Café Augustine for both the morning refreshments and lunches! Thank you to all the participants whose excitement for ministry is contagious! Thank you to the pastors who supported parishioner attendance! We are so grateful to everyone’s contribution to the success of the 2022 Ministry Day!

2. Ministry with Persons with Disabilities

The Art of Accompaniment: From Inclusion to Belonging

Thursday, November 17, 2022

9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Saint William Parish, Champion


Join the Office of Faith Formation and Lay Ecclesial Ministry and guest facilitator Charleen Katra, the Executive Director of the National Catholic Partnership for Disability for a day of formation. Learn how to transform parishes into places of belonging for all families, and individuals. Open to all in parish leadership, and anyone interested in creating welcoming parishes for All God’s people!

3. LIMEX: There is Still Time (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. Please contact Margie Hynes liaison for LIMEX at 330-744-8451 ext. 296 or for more information about a learning group beginning near you.

4. The Catholic Church Needs You (Bulletin Materials)

Lay ecclesial ministry is a service within the community of the Church by lay people. Lay Ecclesial Ministers work in the Church and focus on the building of the mission and communion of the Church, which has among its purposes the transformation of the world. These people in your parish are the youth minister, director of faith formation, pastoral associate and director of liturgy.

If you would like more information on Lay Ecclesial Ministry you can talk to your pastor, pastoral associate, or call the Faith Formation and Lay Ecclesial Ministry office at the Youngstown Diocese 330-744-8451 ext. 301 or 296.

5. New Library Resources

The Freedom of Missing Out: Letting Go of Fear and Saying Yes to Life. Michael Rossmann, SJ. Loyola Press, 2022. If you live a life of constant joy, balance, and easy moderation, then this book isn’t for you. But if you are like the rest of us, every day presents a blinding rush of options and opportunities, risks and benefits. And no matter what, you are going to miss out on something that might be better than what you choose. Mix this anxiety with an unhealthy dose of fear in all its various forms, and you have a recipe for a confused, neurotic, and unhappy life. But there is hope for this present-day malady. Shattering the popular conception that we should say yes to everything lest we miss out on something better, Michael Rossmann outlines a practical plan for developing emotional courage, increasing focus, and learning to say no to what depletes us. In turn, we end up with the space and ability to say yes to what energizes us and gives our lives more meaning, vitality, and purpose.

Helping Families Recover from Addiction: Coping, Growing, and Healing through 12-step practices and Ignatian Spirituality. Jean Heaton. Loyola Press, 2020. When addiction enters a home, recovery is necessary for the entire family. The fear, shame, and stigma associated with addiction can prevent families from discussing and addressing the issues that affect everyone who loves the addict. Jean Heaton knows from personal experience that addiction is best responded to when we address the spiritual and familial dimensions of the disease, in addition to the physical aspects.


At Your Side:Prayers for Messy, Delightful, Complicated, Outrageous Everyday Life. Raymond Friel and David Wells. Twenty-Third Publications, 2020. For many of us, prayer tends to be a formal process. But if we want Jesus to be at our side to help us through the ups and downs of daily life, it helps to find other ways to talk to him, even about seemingly ordinary things. This engaging collection of prayers for individuals or groups is deeply rooted in real life and covers a broad range of our human experience. The prayers are often funny, at times poignant, but always inspiring. As the authors say, Sometimes God is going to speak to you through the difficult meeting at work, the woman at the bus stop, or the pregnancy test. It’s not all walking on water! Each prayer is accompanied by scripture quotes, thought-provoking insights from Christian authors, and questions to prompt deeper reflection.

6. Attention Lifelong Learners (Bulletin Materials)**

Adult Faith Formation opportunities for Advent begin November 28, 2022. The courses are, Isaiah: Prophet of Advent facilitated by Joan Lawson and The Infancy Narratives facilitated by William Wainio. Both courses are open to anyone wanting to grow in their faith. These courses are offered online. You don’t need to have prior knowledge to participate. For more information contact Margie Hynes at 330-744-8451 ext. 296 or

7. Best Kept Secret: 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 or visit us in person, 225 Elm St., Youngstown, Monday-Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. Contact Margie Hynes for more information 330-744-8451,

8. Advent Retreat: December 1, 2022

The Annual Advent Retreat for Parish Ministers and their guests will be held on Thursday, December 1, 2022 from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Aurora. The Office of Faith Formation and Lay Ecclesial Ministry welcomes Father Don King as the retreat facilitator. Registration is required and more information is available by contacting the office.

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

1. Walking with Moms in Need

In March, 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. Find out more about our local efforts and resources at 

The Office of Pro-Life, Marriage and Family Life is piloting Walking with Moms in Need in the Eastern Stark County Region of our diocese and has held information meetings in Mahoning, Stark and Portage Counties. Anyone interested in establishing this important effort in their parish or region may contact Dave Schmidt at or 330-744-8451 ext. 272.

1. INTO LIFE – Love Changes Everything 

A resource that is helpful in implementing Walking with Moms in Need is the INTO LIFE series. INTO LIFE: Love Changes Everything is a 12-part series created by the Sisters of Life and the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame. Journey with the Sisters of Life as they explain what it means to walk with a woman who is pregnant and vulnerable. Go to or contact 330-744-8451 ext. 272 or

3. Christ the King (Bulletin Materials)

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Religious Liberty has identified the Solemnity of Christ the King as a fitting moment in the liturgical year to promote the Church’s teaching on religious freedom.  The Committee has prepared materials to help educate the faithful about this Solemnity, which the Church celebrates this year on November 20, 2022. These materials include:

Lectionary Notes

A brief background on the Solemnity

Social media graphics

A Novena to Christ the King

All materials are available at Furthermore, a summary can be found in the attachments folder of this Communique at: ¡Viva Cristo Rey!

4. The National March for Life Will Still Take Place in January (Bulletin Materials)

Ever since the unfortunate 1973 Roe v. Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, those concerned about the right to life of unborn children have gathered annually in Washington DC to March for Life. Fortunately, this past June the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, but “the work to build a culture of life in the United States of America is far from finished.” Therefore, the March for Life will continue on Friday, January 20, 2023 with the theme “Next Steps: Marching Forward in a Post-Roe America!” For more information go to

If you or your parish, school or organization is planning to attend the March for Life in Washington D.C. on Friday, January 20, 2023, please contact Dave Schmidt in the Office of Pro-Life, Marriage and Family Life at 330-744-8451 ext. 272 or

5. National March for Life Related Events

The following events will take place before or after the 2023 National March for Life in Washington D.C.:

– The National Prayer Vigil for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. will begin with an Opening Mass at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 19 and conclude with a Closing Mass at 8:00 a.m.

– The National Pro-Life Summit, sponsored by Students for Life of America, will take place on Saturday, January 21 from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington D.C. For more information go to:

– The Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life will take place on Saturday, January 21from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. For more information go to:

For more information on the above items, or other related questions or concerns, contact 330-744-8451 ext. 272 or

6. Marriage Preparation Engaged Couple Retreat Day

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

Direct link for registration:

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

7. Project Rachel Outreach – November Message for Bulletin/Newsletter (Bulletin Materials)

Give Thanks for God’s Mercy! He wants to Forgive and Heal after an abortion experience. For CONFIDENTIAL help text or call Project Rachel of Northeast Ohio at 330-360-0430 or go to

12. Intercessions for Life and Pro-Life Bulletin Briefs

Recommended intercessions and bulletin briefs for October, prepared by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities, may be found at

Office of Worship

1. Celebration of Confirmation for Adults

The Sacrament of Confirmation for Adults will be celebrated on Sunday, November 20, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. in Saint Columba Cathedral.  This is a special opportunity for parishioners 18 or older who have not received the sacrament to join with other adults of the diocese.  Information and registration/eligibility forms have been mailed to all parishes.  Candidates are to be prepared in their parishes for this celebration.

Please contact the Office of Worship with any questions.

Important links:

2.  Parish Liturgical Minister Contact Information Requested

Parishes have been asked to update contact information for Church Musicians, Liturgy Committee Chairperson and RCIA Contacts. Please return the Contact Information Sheets to the Office of Worship as soon as possible so that our database can be updated. If a parish did not receive a mailing with contact information sheets, please call the Office of Worship.

3. Lay Leader of Prayer Commission

All Lay Leaders of Prayer will need to receive a new 3-year commission for 2023-2026.  It is current policy that a Lay Leader of Prayer be commissioned every three years to serve under the direction of the pastor.  The current commission for all Lay Leaders of Prayer will expire this December.  Parishes are asked to send in their list requesting a commission for Lay Leaders of Prayer as soon as possible.  Certificates will be sent in early December for distribution.  Please note only those who have competed the diocesan formation/training sessions may function as a Lay Leader of Prayer.  Those current involved in the Lay Leader of Prayer Formation Series will receive their certificate of commission at the conclusion of the sessions in November.

4. Leader of Prayer Formation Series

The Lay Leader of Prayer Formation Series has begun at Immaculate Conception Church in Ravenna. There are 26 participants. 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. Upon conclusion of the series, they will be commissioned on November 16, 2022.

5. New Order of Christian Initiation of Adults

In anticipation of the new Order of Christian of Adults, the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions is excited to announce a FREE webinar series on the Order of Christian Initiation of Adults (OCIA) beginning in September 2022 and continuing through February 2022.  The webinars will be offered in both English and Spanish and can be joined live or by viewing the recording.

For a schedule of dates, topics and presenters please visit: 

The webinars are open to all those involved in Initiation Ministry and OCIA Parish Team Members.

6. Liturgical Calendar Advisories for Upcoming Holy Days and Christmas/New Year

~Upcoming Holydays:  Tuesday November 1, 2022, the Feast of All Saints and Thursday, December 8, 2022, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception will be normal holy days of obligation this year.  The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be celebrated on Monday, December 12, 2022.

~Sunday, December 25 – Christmas:  This year the Nativity of the Lord falls on Saturday (Christmas Eve) and Sunday (Christmas Day) this year.  Parishes should plan Mass on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day accordingly.

~Friday, December 30 – Feast of the Holy Family:  This year the Feast of the Holy Family will be celebrated on Friday, December 30, 2022.

~Sunday, January 1 – Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God:  The weekend of Saturday (December 31) and Sunday (January 1) will be the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God.  The Feast of Epiphany will be the weekend of January 7-8, 2023, and the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord will be celebrated on Monday, January 9, 2023.

7. The Light is On for You ~ An Evening of Reconciliation

The Light is On for You ~ An Evening of Reconciliation will return this year and be celebrated on Wednesday, March 8, 2023.  Every parish should plan to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation that evening either by scheduling a Lenten Communal Reconciliation Service with neighboring/collaborating parishes or individual reconciliation.  The Office of Worship will provide materials in the coming months.

8. New Order of Penance

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, USCCB President issued a promulgation decree on June 24, 2022 for the recently confirmed Order of Penance.  The new translation may be used beginning on Ash Wednesday, February 22, 2023, and the date for obligatory use has been set for Sunday, April 16, 2023.

9. 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:

Youth and Young Adult Ministry

1. Eagle of the Cross

Nomination forms will be sent out in January. It’s not too early to start thinking of nominations. Contact Fr. Ryan with any questions:

2. Confirmation Retreat

Fr. Ryan Furlong and Fr. Chad Johnson are teaming up to create a diocesan confirmation retreat.  Please contact them if interested at or

3. Eucharistic Revival at St. Patrick (Kent)

All youth and young adults are invited to the Eucharistic Revival Masses.  Bishop Bonnar will be the presider. There will be a Eucharistic Procession after Mass. The November Procession will be November 13 at 11am at St. Patrick Parish in Kent.

For a full list of events, see the diocesan Eucharistic Revival page

Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue

1. Catholic Higher Education Symposium

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Oct. 26: Facing the Future Together. The Most Rev. David Bonnar, Bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown, and Rabbi David Komerofsky of Temple Israel, Canton, will share their thoughts on challenges facing communities of faith in the 21st century.  6:00-7:30p.m. at Barrette Business and Community Center. 

RSVP by October 24 at:

Contact: Dr. Chris Seeman at 330.244.4665 or

Details will be posted at:

2. Catholic – Orthodox Dialogue: Upcoming event via Zoom on Nov 10 at 7pm (Bulletin Materials)




“Update on the Progress of The International Orthodox – Catholic Dialogue”

By Msgr. Paul McPartlan, S.T.L., D. Phil.

Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism

at Catholic University of America

Msgr. Paul McPartlan is a member of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue Between the Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church. 

Date: Thursday, November 10, 2022

Time: 7:00-8:20 PM EST

More Information Below:

Please contact Thomas Batten (Zoom Host) to sign up to receive a ZOOM INVITATION LINK: You can call with other questions at 330-910-4515.

Resource Links:

Society of St. John Chrysostom (Youngstown – Warren) Chapter

Books by Msgr. Paul McPartlan:

  • The Eucharist Makes the Church: Henri de Lubac and John Zizioulas in dialogue (T&T Clark, 1993)
  • Sacrament of Salvation: An Introduction to Eucharistic Theology (T&T Clark, 1995)


In Memoriam | Necrology for November

The Necrology (In Memoriam) for Diocesan Clergy is now available online!

Many thanks to Robalyne Sciubba for keeping the Necrology updated.

Diocesan Cemeteries (Bulletin Materials)

Cemetery Sunday: All Souls Remembrance Services on 10/30 at 2pm
We honor all of our deceased loved ones especially the ones that we lost this year and offer at no charge, to anyone, of any faith, who has cremated remains at home or unclaimed cremated remains at a funeral home or other facility, a dignified funeral liturgy and committal of the cremated remains. This service is offered at all of our 4 Diocesan Cemeteries:
  • All Souls Cemetery in Cortland,
  • Calvary Cemetery in Massillon,
  • Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown and
  • Resurrection Cemetery in Austintown.
Please join us on Sunday October 30 at 2pm. With questions or to arrange an All Souls Remembrance Service, please call Jim Stein at 330-792-4721.
Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3pm on Fridays

Flyer: Divine Mercy Chaplet at Cemeteries

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.
All Souls Day Masses

Diocesan Cemeteries will remember our deceased loved ones in prayer with All Souls Day Masses at three locations:

All Souls Day Mass at All Souls Cemetery (Cortland) on November 2, at 12:15pm, celebrated by Fr. Cicero. It will be held outside so bring your own chairs.

All Souls Day Mass at Resurrection Cemetery (Austintown) on November 2 at 11:00am, celebrated by Fr. Furlong. It will be held in the chapel.

All Souls Day Mass at Calvary Cemetery (Massillon) on November 2, celebrated by Fr. Cline.  It will be held in the chapel, call the office for the time: 330-792-4721.

Parish Events


Mahoning County | Cursillo Women’s Weekend Jan 12-15, 2023 (Bulletin Materials)

The Cursillo Movement of the Youngstown Diocese will be hosting a Women’s weekend from January 12 to 15, 2023. The weekend helps you experience your Catholic faith and encourages a spiritual life that is filled with joy and enthusiasm  From Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon, a team of Catholic religious and lay people will share insights on the lay person’s role within the church, the meaning of grace and the sacraments, and the importance of supporting one another in our efforts to live a Christian life. Throughout the weekend the participants will pray together, attend daily Mass and have an opportunity to receive the sacrament of reconciliation. For more information, contact Peg Elston at


Mahoning County & Live Streaming | Aid for Ukraine Concert at St. Anne (Austintown) (Bulletin Materials)

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“Aid for Ukraine” Special Concert at St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church Hall 

4310 Kirk Road Austintown, Ohio 44511 

Sunday, November 20th 3:00 pm 

Will be live-streamed for those unable to attend in person.

You are cordially invited to attend this unique concert with beautiful music, refreshments, and display table with religious gifts for sale! 

Free Admission / Goodwill Offering 

All collected donations will be forwarded to Ukraine through the Ukrainian Catholic Diocese of St. Josaphat in Parma*** 

Thank you for your generosity and your support of Ukraine! Please pray for peace in Ukraine. May our Lord reward you abundantly in this life and the life to come!


OPTION 1: To make an online donation, please go to of St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church and click the ‘Donate’ button.  

There are two PayPal options to donate with. 

 OPTION 2: To donate by check or money order, please send to St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church indicating in the memo section: Aid for Ukraine Concert. Please mail to: 

  • St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church 
  • ATTN: Aid to Ukraine Concert 
  • 4310 Kirk Rd. 
  • Austintown, OH 44511 

Mahoning County | First Friday Club in November (Bulletin Materials)

John Dear: 11/3 Full Page Flyer

The First Friday Club of Greater Youngstown continues their 16th season on Thursday November 3, 2022. We invite you to attend as we welcome Rev. John Dear, founder and Executive Director of The Beatitudes Center for the Nonviolent Jesus. Father Dear will present, “Following the Nonviolent Jesus at Avion on the Water Banquet Center, 2177 W. Western Reserve Road in Canfield. 
There will be an opportunity for participants’ questions to follow. Luncheon will be served at 11:30 a.m. with the presentation beginning at noon. The cost is $20.00. Call by October 28, 2022330-720-4498. Reservations are limited! 

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Mahoning County | First Friday Club in December (Canceled)


The First Friday Club of Greater Youngstown event is canceled in December due to illness of the scheduled speaker John L. Allen Jr.

Your prayers are appreciated.

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Stark County | Catholic Men’s Fellowship Nov 5 (Bulletin Materials)

The Catholic Men’s Fellowship of  the Diocese of Youngstown (CMFDOY) is having a Mini-Retreat on November 5, 2022.  There is no fee or registration required for this event.

The event is at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Alliance, Ohio from 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM.

Address: 472 E. Broadway St., Alliance, OH 44601

Light refreshments will be served.

Fr. David Weikart, Deacon Greg Wood, and Fr. Patrick Manning will be presenting.  The theme of the event is “Rekindle the Fire”.

Please contact with any questions: Ronn Franczkowski, CMFDOY


Stark County | Catholic Man Night Nov 18 (Bulletin Materials)

The Catholic Men’s Fellowship of the Diocese of Youngstown (CMFDOY) is having a Catholic Man Night on Friday, November 18, 2022, 6-8:45 PM at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 2952 Edison St NW, Uniontown, OH 44685; Supper included. Please contact with any questions: Ronn Franczkowski, CMFDOY


Stark County | Walsh University Founder’s Week on Nov 13 (Bulletin Materials)

Full Page Flyer

Why is the Eucharist so important to Catholics, and why have the bishops of the United States called us to this revival? Fr. Lavelle will address these questions and more.

Sunday, November 13

6:30 pm – Remarks by Fr. John-Michael Lavelle, Barrette Business and Community Center

7:30 pm – Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel

8:00 pm – Holy Mass, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel

Fellowship and refreshments following Holy Mass in the lower level of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel

This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by Our Lady of Perpetual Help Giving Society

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