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Communique | October 2022

October is Respect Life Month

This month we pray to deepen our respect for the dignity of human life. Join in prayer at home, in parishes, and gatherings throughout the Diocese and state of Ohio.
2022 Ministry Day

Register ASAP for the Diocesan Ministry Day at John F. Kennedy High School on Saturday, October 8, 2022.  The day is a collaborative effort of the Central Offices serving multiple ministries and will include Welcome by Bishop Bonnar, Prayer, Keynote by Father Ricky Manalo, CSP, many breakout sessions on a variety of topics, exhibits, and more! 

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 

 

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: 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

"We do not go to Holy Communion because we are good; we go to become good." -St. John Bosco

“We do not go to Holy Communion because we are good; we go to become good.” -St. John Bosco

Table of Contents

Chancery

Office of Safe Environment (Bulletin Materials)

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY
Safe Environment Bulletin Announcements (Bulletin Materials)

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 (helpdesk@virtus.org).  Please include your full name, email address, original diocese and new diocese, your new parish / school, plus a phone number in case they need to contact you.
    3. VIRTUS training is valid for five years.  An online recertification module is required every five years to maintain compliance.
    4. Aside from VIRTUS, child/vulnerable adult protection in-service or online courses from other agencies, employers, dioceses, Scouts, etc., are not valid for compliance in the Diocese of Youngstown.
  2. Authorization & Verification and Acknowledgement Form (Appendix 9)
    1. Visit the Safe Environment page on the diocesan website to review an electronic copy of the Safe Environment Policy
    2. After you have reviewed this policy, print a copy of Appendix 9.  Both pages must be completed, and the document requires a witness signature for validity.  The witness can be anyone.
    3. The original must be submitted to the Compliance Officer at your parish, school, or institution.  The Compliance Officer will forward a copy to the diocesan Safe Environment Coordinator.
    4. Appendix 9 may not be edited.  If any lines of text are removed, crossed off, or altered, the document is not valid for compliance.
  3. Fingerprinting and Background Checks
    1. Visit the Safe Environment page on the diocesan website to review our background check requirements, codes, and instructions, a background check location finder, and a list of criminal offenses that automatically disqualify an applicant from working with children or vulnerable adults.
    2. A BCI or BCI/FBI background check is required for compliance. In extraordinary circumstances, the Office of Safe Environment reserves the right to alter background check requirements for individuals, unless the requirements are stipulated by the State of Ohio. This includes the right to require background checks from other background check providers besides the Civilian Identification Office.
    3. Background checks are valid for five years and must be renewed to maintain compliance.
    4. The Civilian Identification Office must send the BCI and/or FBI background check results directly to the Office of Safe Environment at the Diocese.  This needs to be communicated to the person doing the background check: Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, Attn: Office of Safe Environment, 144 West Wood Street, Youngstown, OH 44503
    5. If background check results are sent to the wrong location, they are not valid for compliance.  Additionally, background checks completed for other agencies, employers, dioceses, public schools, certifications, etc., or in other States, are not valid for compliance in the Diocese of Youngstown.
A person is not compliant until their VIRTUS account notes the dates of completion for all three compliance requirements (VIRTUS Training, Appendix 9, Background Check). 
Updating Information

Compliance Officers must submit a Change of Location Form to the Safe Environment Coordinator to add a new person to their Safe Environment Master Report or to request records from other locations.  Individuals can be removed/inactivated by emailing the Safe Environment Coordinator. Compliance Officers should monitor the compliance status of individuals at their location via the VIRTUS database.

Reporting Child/Vulnerable Adult Abuse or Other Policy Violations

If you or someone you know has been abused at any time by a priest, deacon, religious, seminarian, person in formation, employee or volunteer of the Diocese of Youngstown, or if you believe that abuse has occurred or is currently occurring, contact civil authorities and also Mr. Dominic Colucy, Victim Assistance Coordinator, (office) 330-744-8451 x293 or (response line) 330-718-1388.

To report a violation of the Safe Environment Policy that does not constitute abuse or suspected abuse contact Mr. Dominic Colucy, Safe Environment Coordinator, (office) 330-744-8451 x293 or (response line) 330-718-1388.

Visit the Safe Environment page on the diocesan website to find our most up-to-date Reporting Requirements and Procedures in English and Spanish, as well as links to additional reporting resources.

Questions or Concerns

For more information about the Diocese of Youngstown Safe Environment Policy, contact Mr. Dominic Colucy by mail: 144 W. Wood Street, Youngstown, OH  44503, phone: 330-744-8451 x293; fax: 330-744-5099; or e-mail: dcolucy@youngstowndiocese.org.

Letters of Suitability

Please note that no priest or deacon may exercise ministry within the Diocese of Youngstown without being granted faculties/permission by the bishop.  It is the obligation of the pastor of the parish where ministry or speaking engagement will occur (or other responsible person outside a parish setting) to insure 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.

Twenty-Sixth Annual Red Mass

Bishop David J. Bonnar invites all men and women involved in the Legal and Judicial Profession across the six counties of Northeast Ohio to join in prayers for their important work for the common good of our local communities and society. All judges and attorneys, particularly those who are Catholics, are encouraged to attend the Twenty-Sixth Annual Red Mass on Wednesday, October 12, 2022 in St. Columba Cathedral, Youngstown, Ohio at 12:10pm.

For additional information, please contact Msgr. Robert J. Siffrin at (330) 744-8451, ext. 225.

Eucharistic Revival (Bulletin Materials)

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY

Upcoming Eucharistic Revival Events

Full-page Flyer 

The Diocese of Youngstown March of the Eucharist Continues! All are invited to join the regional Eucharistic Revival Mass and Processions coming up in Mahoning and Portage counties.

Our next celebrations will be at:

St. Mary & St. Joseph Parish in Warren on October 23rd at 11:00 am
St. Patrick Parish in Kent on November 13th at 11:00 am

See www.doy.org/EucharisticRevival 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 jlawson@youngstowndiocese.org.

 

A beautiful note from Pope Francis on the value of listening to the elderly tell their stories:

“An older person, one who has lived a long time, and receives the gift of a lucid and passionate testimony of his or her history, is an irreplaceable blessing. … The elderly enter the promised land, which God desires for every generation, when they offer to the young the beautiful initiation of their witness and pass on the story of the faith, the faith, in dialect, that familiar dialect, that dialect of the old to the young. Then, guided by the Lord Jesus, the old and the young together enter into his Kingdom of life and love.” –Pope Francis in General Audience, Paul VI Audience Hall, March 23, 2022

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 jlavelle@youngstowndiocese.org

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)

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY
Guidestar Platinum Status Achieved (Bulletin Materials)

We’re excited to share that our organization has earned a 2022 Platinum Seal of Transparency with Candid! You can support the work of Catholic Charities with trust and confidence knowing that we have demonstrated a commitment to transparency.  View our complete profile at https://www.guidestar.org/profile/34-1896981.

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PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY
Catholic Charities on Social Media (Bulletin Materials)

Please help us grow our ONLINE COMMUNITY!

Catholic Charities has about three THOUSAND followers on Facebook; follow us at Catholic Charities, Diocese of Youngstown. We post daily on Instagram; follow us @ccdoy! Connect with us on LinkedIn; Catholic Charities Diocese of Youngstown.  We have been “tweeting” with Twitter for more than 10 years! Stay engaged and follow us @ccdoy. Enjoy our boards on Pinterest; Catholic Charities Diocese of Youngstown. Our YouTube channel is Catholic Charities Diocese of Youngstown CCDOY – check out a few videos. Our Website is also a MOBILE WEBSITE – check us out on your smartphone or tablet; www.ccdoy.org.

You can also find and SHARE all of our links from one convenient website:  https://linktr.ee/ccdoy.

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PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY
St Vincent de Paul (Bulletin Materials)

Mahoning County St. Vincent de Paul is seeking a part time volunteer to work between 4 and 8 hours per week in the Youngstown office. Hours are flexible. Duties would include basic office tasks, clerical work, and mail processing. Basic office experience preferred. Interested parties should contact Ann Kravitz at 330-540-8488.

Flyer and image attached.

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY
Aventura Health Group (Bulletin Materials)

Several local healthcare facilities are seeking volunteers. The types of volunteers needed are: lay leaders for prayer and communion services, bible study leaders, Eucharistic ministers making visits to the homebound/bedbound, rosary and divine mercy leaders, and music ministry. Volunteers would be asked to report to one or more of three locations:  Aventura’s Assumption Village in North Lima, Marian Living Center in North Lima, or Humility House in Austintown.  Interested parties should contact Ms. Tara Metzger (Chaplain for Aventura @ Assumption) at 330-505-4158 or tmetzger@aventurahg.com.

Flyer and image attached.

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY
America’s Farmers Grow Communities (Bulletin Materials)

From food banks to 4-H clubs, the Bayer Fund is helping to fund the future of rural communities with $5,000 grants that make a positive impact. Eligible farmers can enroll for a chance to help a local nonprofit organization or school in your hometown with an America’s Farmers Grow Communities donation, sponsored by Bayer Fund. Since 2010, they have awarded more than $60 million to thousands of organizations. To enroll, or for more information, please visit www.americasfarmers.com.

Flyer and image attached.

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY
First Step to Service, Respect Life Coloring Contest (Bulletin Materials)  

Download Coloring Contest Entry Form

The First Step to Service Program is a service-learning opportunity for students developed by Catholic Charities, Diocese of Youngstown.  Catholic schools in the Diocese of Youngstown are part of a larger network of organizations and ministries that serve the needs of others as Jesus would. The First Step to Service Program will benefit schools and students alike by strengthening the connection between Catholic Charities and school aged youth; providing opportunities for students to deepen their faith; cultivating the minds of service-minded young people. Resources will be provided to all participating schools and classrooms. Electronic resources can be found here:  https://tinyurl.com/ccdoy-fs2s.

During the month of October, we are hosting the Respect Life Coloring Contest. Contest is open to all school-aged children from K-8th grades. Entry forms must be postmarked by the deadline and all forms must be completed and signed by a parent or guardian in order to be eligible for a prize. Form can also be downloaded at the link reference above.

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY
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.

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY
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.

SPONSORShttps://ukraine.welcome.us/resources

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.

CONNECTIONS:  https://ukraine.welcome.us/connect

Office of Peace and Justice (Bulletin Materials)

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY
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.

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY
Ohioans to Stop Executions (OTSE) – (Bulletin Materials)

Ohioans to Stop Executions (OTSE) is the only single-issue death penalty repeal organization in Ohio. OTSE represents millions of Ohioans who oppose the death penalty, and are the lead organization in the #NoDeathPenaltyOH campaign to abolish Ohio’s capital punishment system.

Click here to be directed to the #NoDeathPenaltyOH campaign site to learn more.

To watch and/or share a brief 5 minute video which helpfully explains the current death penalty legislation and the opportunity for change coming up in the State Congress, view this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHRJgq9-w2c

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY
Catholic Charities Regional Agency (Bulletin Materials)

Christina House, a domestic violence shelter for women and children in Columbiana County that offers crisis intervention, temporary shelter, a victim’s legal advocate, case management and emotional support to clients in need, is hosting a WALK for Domestic Violence Awareness month on Thursday, October 13, 2022. All participants should gather at 115 E. Washington St., Lisbon, Ohio by 5:30 p.m. for a brief program to include Prosecuting Attorney Vito Abruzzino. Guests are invited to refreshments and fellowship at the conclusion of the walk.

Department of Communications

Catholic Exponent

Full Page Flyer

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

  • September 30 (Special Sections: Respect Life & Breast Cancer Awareness) 
  • October 14 (Special Sections: Insurance / Credit Unions)
  • October 28 (Special Section: Salute to Veterans)
  • November 11 (Special Sections: Christmas Gifts / Holiday Catering
  • November 25 (Special Sections: Christmas) Recipes / Christmas Gifts)

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)

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY

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 www.doy.org/live/ and click the Wineskins button. Subscribe to our YouTube channel for updates when we post a new episode: https://www.youtube.com/CTNYDOY

 

October 2, 2022

  • Current Issue: Fr. Korda talks with Joan Lawson about Diocesan archives
  • Saint: Alaina Chepke from St. Joseph Parish in Austintown will tell us about St. Faustina
  • Interview: Fr. Korda continues his interview with Fr. Matt Roehrig from the Society of St. Paul.
  • Music: Karis is the featured artist from the CD “Do Not Be Afraid.”
  • Scripture: Fr. Dan Finnerty will tell us about the Scriptures for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

 

 October 9, 2022

  • Current Issue: Fr. John-Michael Lavelle will talk about Mental Health.
  • Saint: Alaina Chepke from St. Joseph Parish in Austintown will tell us about St. John XXIII
  • Interview: Fr. Korda concludes his interview with Fr. Matt Roehrig from the Society of St. Paul.
  • Music: Karis is the featured artist from the CD “Do Not Be Afraid.”
  • Scripture: Fr. Dan Finnerty will tell us about the Scriptures for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

 

October 16, 2022

  • Current Issue: Fr. Korda talks with Rick Squier about Catholic Charities
  • Saint: Alaina Chepke from St. Joseph Parish in Austintown will tell us about St. John Paul II
  • Interview: Fr. Korda interviews Ed Reese from EDM Management in Part One of a Three Part interview.
  • Music: Karis is the featured artist from the CD “Do Not Be Afraid.”
  • Scripture: Fr. Dan Finnerty will tell us about the Scriptures for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

 

October 23, 2022

  • Current Issue: Fr. Korda talks with Fr. Ed Brienz about Mission Sunday.
  • Saint: Alaina Chepke from St. Joseph Parish in Austintown will tell us about St. Simon and St. Jude.
  • Interview: Fr. Korda continues his interview with Ed Reese from EDM Management.
  • Music: Karis is the featured artist from the CD “Do Not Be Afraid.”

 

October 30, 2022

  • Current Issue: Fr. Korda talks with Mary Beth Garvin about Peter’s Shadow Ministry.
  • Saint: Alaina Chepke from St. Joseph Parish in Austintown will tell us about All Saints Day.
  • Interview: Fr. Korda concludes his interview with Ed Reese from EDM Management.
  • Music: Karis is the featured artist from the CD “Do Not Be Afraid.”
  • Scripture: Fr. Dan Finnerty about the Scriptures for the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time.

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY

How to Watch the Mass for Shut-Ins (Bulletin Materials)

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

Online:

 

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 www.doy.org/live/

Media Relations

1. Parishes and other diocesan entities who receive inquiries from the media are asked to consult with Justin Huyck, Director of Communications: (330) 744-8451, ext. 320; jhuyck@youngstowndiocese.org

2. Please also kindly inform the Communications Department when your programs, initiatives, and ministries are featured in the news media.

3. The Communications Department is available to consult on news releases regarding events and initiatives. Processes will continue to be developed to assist these efforts.

Office of Social Media

1. Ministry Day 2022

As there are workshop sessions on a myriad of topics, all of which can help us increase our ministries, we would like to just highlight a couple of keen interest to those serving in Social Media:

  • A02 – Copyrights and Copywrongs – Fr. Balash
  • B23 – The Power of Story in Evangelization: Engaging Disciples in a Virtual World – Miguel Chavez
  • C35 – Embracing Our Call to Safe Online Environments: Posting with Care – Cindee Case

Check with your parish or school leadership regarding group registration, or register online at: https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=bN9QNV

A special note of thanks goes to those who took time to record videos helping us invite participation in the 2022 Ministry Day, including Deacon Chris Germak, Therese Ivanisin, Cristina Hernandez, Dr. Linda Miller, and Mary Jo Orsini.

2. 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:

https://forms.gle/v8cTuJ18cfRQjzoV8

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 17 who have already done this!

3. 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:

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

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 – Content Creation Ideas

See attached list of 31 ideas for social media content creation for parishes, schools, agencies and offices.  Feel free to add ideas in the Facebook group mentioned above, or email your ideas to Cindee Case at ccase@youngstowndiocese.org.

Clergy and Religious Services

Office of Clergy Services

2022 Ministry Day

The Diocesan Ministry Conference “The Eucharist and Synodality:  Journeying Together as the Body of Christ,” will be held on Saturday, October 8. 2022 at John F. Kennedy High School in Warren. The keynote presenter will be Rev. Ricky Manalo, CSP, well known composer, musician, theologian and author.  A variety of breakout workshops will also be included.

Office of Vocations

1. Seminarian Pastoral Interns

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.

2. Seminarian Posters and Prayer Cards

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

3. Vocation Director at Your Parish / School

If you have a special youth ministry, parish, retreat, or vocational event, that you would like the Diocesan Vocation Director to attend, please contact Fr. Chad Johnson at 330-744-8451 or by email at cjohnson@youngstowndiocese.org.

4. Come and See Weekends

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 cjohnson@youngstowndiocese.org.

5. Seminarian Visits to Your School or Parish

Please remember all of the seminarians we have currently studying in our diocese. They are all willing and available to come and speak at your parish or school. To schedule, please contact Fr. Chad Johnson at 330-744-8451 or by email at cjohnson@youngstowndiocese.org.

6. “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 cjohnson@youngstowndiocese.org.

7. Vocation Intercessions and Bulletin Blurbs

Attached to the Communiqué are vocation intercessions and bulletin blurbs for the month of October.  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.

Vocation Bulletin Inserts

October 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.

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time -- September 25, 2022

“But you, man of God, pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness.” Is your faith in Christ leading you to grow in holiness as a priest, deacon or in the consecrated life?

Contact Fr. Chad Johnson at (330) 744-8451 or cjohnson@youngstowndiocese.org.

 

Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time -- October 2, 2022

“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.” Will you let the Holy Spirit guide you beyond your hesitation and follow Christ as a priest, deacon or in the consecrated life?

Contact Fr. Chad Johnson at (330) 744-8451 or cjohnson@youngstowndiocese.org.

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time -- October 9, 2022

“But the word of God is not chained.” Are you considering a vocation to proclaim the word of God as a priest or consecrated religious?

Contact Fr. Chad Johnson at (330) 744-8451 or cjohnson@youngstowndiocese.org.

Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time -- October 16, 2022

“Beloved: Remain faithful to what you have learned and believed.” Are you being called to teach the word of God as a priest, deacon, religious sister or brother?

Contact Fr. Chad Johnson at (330) 744-8451 or cjohnson@youngstowndiocese.org.

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time -- October 23, 2022

“All who humble themselves will be exalted.” Is humble service as a priest, deacon or in the consecrated life your path to holiness and eternal glory in Christ?

Contact Fr. Chad Johnson at (330) 744-8451 or cjohnson@youngstowndiocese.org.

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 cjohnson@youngstowndiocese.org.

All Saints -- November 1, 2022 [Holyday 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 cjohnson@youngstowndiocese.org.

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 cjohnson@youngstowndiocese.org.

Vocation General Intercessions

October 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.

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time -- September 25, 2022

That the pursuit of righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness will mark the lives of all those discerning our Heavenly Father’s will, especially those considering a vocation to the priesthood or consecrated life, we pray to the Lord.

 

Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time -- October 2, 2022

That by the power of the Holy Spirit, every Catholic called to the priesthood and consecrated life will guard the treasure of their unique vocation in Christ and fan it into a flame of their love for Him, we pray to the Lord.

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time -- October 9, 2022

That men and women will be open to the voice of the Lord, asking the Holy Spirit and our Blessed Mother to help them recognize and answer His call to serve Him as a priest, deacon or in the consecrated life, we pray to the Lord.

Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time -- October 16, 2022

That from the many called to holiness in Christ, those chosen to follow Him more closely in the priesthood and consecrated life will respond with humble readiness, we pray to the Lord.

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time -- October 23, 2022

For a growth in reverence for the gift and mystery of vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life and a readiness to give to God what is God’s in response to His call, we pray to the Lord.

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.

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.

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time -- October 9, 2022

“But the word of God is not chained.” Are you considering a vocation to proclaim the word of God as a priest or consecrated religious?

Contact Fr. Chad Johnson at (330) 744-8451 or cjohnson@youngstowndiocese.org.

Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time -- October 16, 2022

“Beloved: Remain faithful to what you have learned and believed.” Are you being called to teach the word of God as a priest, deacon, religious sister or brother?

Contact Fr. Chad Johnson at (330) 744-8451 or cjohnson@youngstowndiocese.org.

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time -- October 23, 2022

“All who humble themselves will be exalted.” Is humble service as a priest, deacon or in the consecrated life your path to holiness and eternal glory in Christ?

Contact Fr. Chad Johnson at (330) 744-8451 or cjohnson@youngstowndiocese.org.

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 cjohnson@youngstowndiocese.org.

All Saints -- November 1, 2022 [Holyday 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 cjohnson@youngstowndiocese.org.

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 cjohnson@youngstowndiocese.org.

8. Vocations Social Media

Office of Vowed Religious

Fall Bishop/Religious Leadership Meeting

Bishop David J. Bonnar will meet with religious leadership on Thursday, October 27, 2022 at the Ursuline Motherhouse. Please wear a mask. Registration is from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. The day will conclude with lunch. All religious leadership or their appointed representatives are encouraged to attend. If you have not already contacted the Office of Religious and plan on attending, please call (330) 744-8451, ext. 238, or e-mail at: sjcandidi@youngstowndiocese.org

Religious Retirement Appeal

Once again, thank you to the religious and associates who have offered to make the annual Retirement Fund for Religious Appeal this November 12 -13 or on another weekend. Because of your availability, several parishes will have a religious presenter.  Kindly be sure to immediately contact the pastor as soon as you receive your “Speakers’ Packet.” You will receive your “Packet” in mid-October.

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).

Development and Stewardship Offices

Office of the Annual Diocesan Appeal

2022 Annual Diocesan Appeal

Father John-Michael Lavelle continues to send weekly updates regarding the appeal, including parish updates as well as bulletin materials and suggested announcements. These materials are also posted at www.doy.org/appeal/ 

Office of Development and Stewardship

Stewardship Bulletin Thoughts (Bulletin Materials | Materiales del Boletín)

Please see the next section of the Communique (attachments in the print Communique) for this month’s Stewardship Bulletin Thoughts in English & Spanish.

September 25, 2022

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 “My child, remember that you received what was good during your lifetime while Lazarus likewise received what was bad; but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented.  Moreover, between us and you a great chasm is established…”     Luke 16:25-26

When God created the world He declared that it was good and He gave it to all mankind for us to enjoy.  However, over the years we have created a chasm between those who have great gifts and those who do not.  In today’s Gospel we see that with our own generosity we must bridge that gap between those who have much and those who have little or we may find ourselves on the wrong side of the chasm in the next life.

October 2, 2022

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control.” -2 Timothy 1:7

Many of us compartmentalize our Faith, we bring it out only when we attend Mass or when we attend a parish event. Being a good steward requires discipline and striving to put God first in everything - all the time. The next time you are at a neighborhood party or at work or out shopping, would your words and actions signal to others that you are a good and faithful servant of our Lord?

October 9, 2022

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?” -Luke 17:18

Most of us live relatively “easy” lives. We have food, shelter, clothing and money. We go on vacation every year and own a car or two. Most of us take this all for granted. Did you ever notice that people with the least amount of possessions are usually the most grateful? Shouldn’t this be the other way around? Take time every day and thank God for all He has given you and discern how He is calling you to share your gifts.

October 16, 2022

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“…proclaim the word, be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient...” -2 Timothy 4:2

It is not always convenient to be a good steward, especially when all the temptations of our busy and materialistic world get in the way. Now add our own pride and ego into the equation and living a stewardship lifestyle may be downright uncomfortable! Remember, God didn’t call us to be comfortable. He never said that we would have an easy life. Rather, He called us to be faithful!

October 23, 2022

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“…for whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” -Luke 18:14

Pride and ego are the root causes of most of our sins. Thinking your time is so valuable or your talent is better than anyone else or your money gives you status is another way of making those things “gods” before God. Pride is the opposite of humility. Remember, all that we have and all that we are is a gift from God. We should be humbled by God’s incredible generosity and be grateful for all we have been given. Ultimately, gratitude leads us to humility.

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.

25 de septiembre de 2022 

Domingo 26o del Tiempo Ordinario

  “Amigo, recuerda que durante tu vida terrena recibiste muchos bienes, y que Lázaro, en cambio, solamente recibió males. Pues bien, ahora él goza aquí de consuelo y a ti te toca sufrir. Más aun, entre nosotros y ustedes hay un abismo infranqueable ...”.   Lucas 16:25-26

Cuando Dios creo el universo declaró lo que era bueno y se lo dio a la humanidad para que lo disfrutara.  Sin embargo, a lo largo de los años hemos creado un abismo entre los que recibieron grandes dones y los que no.  En el Evangelio de hoy vemos que con nuestra propia generosidad debemos cerrar la brecha  que permita unir a aquellos que tienen mucho  con los que tienen poco, o nos podremos encontrar en el lado equivocado del abismo en la próxima vida.

2 de Octubre de 2022

Domingo 27o del Tiempo Ordinario

“Porque el Espíritu que Dios nos ha dado no nos hace cobardes, sino que él es para nosotros fuente de poder, amor y dominio propio.” -2 Timoteo 1:7

Muchos de nosotros ponemos nuestra Fe en compartimientos, solo la sacamos a relucir cuando atendemos la Misa o cuando atendemos un evento parroquial. Ser un buen administrador requiere disciplina y esforzarnos para poner a Dios primero en todo - todo el tiempo. La próxima vez que esté en una fiesta del vecindario o del trabajo o de compras, ¿podrían sus palabras o accionesseñalarle a los demás que usted es unsiervo bueno y leal de nuestro Señor?

9 de octubre de 2022

Domingo 28o del Tiempo Ordinario

“¿No hubo ninguno que regresara a dar gloria a Dios, excepto este extranjero?” -Lucas 17:18

La mayoría de nosotros ha tenido vidas relativamente «fáciles». Tenemos comida, un techo, vestidos y dinero. Vamos de vacaciones una vez al año y tenemos uno o dos automóviles. La mayoría de nosotros da todo eso por sentado. ¿Alguna vez ha notado que las personas con menos posesiones son usualmente las más agradecidas? ¿No debería ser lo contrario?Tome tiempo cada día para darle gracias a Dios por todo lo que Él le ha dado y discierna como Dios lo llama a compartir sus dones.

16 de octubre de 2022

Domingo 29o del Tiempo Ordinario

“...Proclama la palabra, persiste sea oportuno o no...” -2 Timoteo 4:2

No siempre es conveniente ser un buen corresponsable, especialmente con todas las tentaciones que nuestro mundo ocupado y materialista nos pone en el camino. Si sumamos ahora nuestro orgullo y ego a la ecuación, vivir un estilo de vida de corresponsabilidad puede ser francamente incómodo. Recuerde, Dios no nos llamó para que estuviéramos cómodos. Él nunca dijo que tendríamos una vida fácil.Mas bien , ¡nos llamó a ser fieles!

23 de octubre de 2022

Domingo 30o del Tiempo Ordinario

“Porque todo el que se ensalza será humillado, pero el que se humilla será ensalzado.” -Lucas 18:14

El orgullo y el ego son la raíz que causa la mayoría de nuestros pecados. Pensar que su tiempo es tan valioso o su talento es mayor que el de los demás o que su dinero le da estatus es otra forma de hacer de esas cosas “dioses” ante Dios. El orgullo es lo opuesto a la humildad. Recuerda, todo lo que tenemos y todo lo que somos es un don de Dios. Debemos sentirnos humildes por la increíble generosidad de Dios y estar agradecidos por todo lo que se nos ha dado. Finalmente, la gratitud nos lleva a la humildad.

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 Tesalonicenses 2:16-17

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.

Pastoral and Educational Services

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

1. Ministry Day 2022 Registration is Open 

A day for everyone!  Please register for the Diocesan Ministry Day at John F. Kennedy High School on Saturday, October 8, 2022.  The day is a collaborative effort of the Central Offices serving multiple ministries and will include Welcome by Bishop Bonnar, Prayer, Keynote by Father Ricky Manalo, CSP, many breakout sessions on a variety of topics, exhibits, and more! Registration information and online payment available at doy.org 

Event Page: https://doy.org/events/ministry-day-2022/

Registration Page: https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=bN9QNV

2. LIMEX Information Sessions (Bulletin Materials)

Are you interested in a part-time, graduate-level program in theology and spirituality from a Catholic university? Information sessions concerning the Loyola Institute for Ministry Extension Program of Loyola University New Orleans are scheduled October 13, 2022 at 10:00 am at the Diocesan Conference Room and at 6:30 pm via Zoom. Please contact Margie Hynes, liaison for LIMEX, at 330 744-8451 ext. 296 or mhynes@youngstowndiocese.org with any questions and which information session you plan to attend.

3. The Art of Accompaniment – Save The Date!

Thursday, November 17, 2022

9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Saint William Parish (Champion)

5411 Mahoning Ave NW, Warren, OH 44483

Charleen Katra, Executive Director of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability will facilitate a day of formation for anyone interested in creating welcoming  parish communities for all people.

Learn more about disabilities that affect persons in the parish and what liturgical, catechetical and other pastoral services may be provided. Additional details and registration information will be available soon.

4. Identify Potential and Invite to Learn More

As we continue to encourage and support new lay ecclesial ministers to serve the diverse needs of our diverse parishes, it is essential that we share responsibility. There are many gifts present within the parish community that are sometimes waiting to be invited, and acknowledged. Identify people who are faithful to their stewardship of time and talent in parish ministry. Observe the leadership potential, and find out more about their current or previous employment. Often, there are some transferable skills we were not aware of. Parish ministers currently serving in our diocese have come from a wide variety of careers and positions, yet have been called to prepare for a much more fulfilling path in the work-life balance. Thank you for your outreach and assistance in discernment. The Office of Faith Formation and Lay Ecclesial Ministry is ready to help!

5. Resources to Implement Bishop Bonnar’s First Pastoral Letter

With Bishop Bonnar’s letter, “Testify to the Light” many parishes may embark on new or enhanced efforts in the five areas he has prioritized. The Office of Faith Formation and Lay Ecclesial Ministry has curated a list of resources which may be reviewed on the home page of https://catechistcafe.weebly.com. Please feel free to contact the staff of the Office of Faith Formation and Lay Ecclesial Ministry to borrow these and other resources to develop Faith Formation and Pastoral processes. The staff is anxious to help parishes design new initiatives to respond to the needs in the diverse church communities.

6. Resources Featuring the Rosary

The-Rosary-is-Alive: A Picture book for Children and Young Adults.  Dr. Vincent J. Baratta. The-Rosary-is-Alive, 2000. The premise of this simple volume revolves around the Rosary and only around the Rosary. Designed to be used during prayer, it provides for a very directed praying experience. Introductory pages explain how to use the book and how to pray the Rosary, and final pages offer references and extras such as the story of the Rosary. Each double page displays one mystery, with written reflections and five illustrations. 

Scripture and the Rosary. Clifford M. Year. Little Rock Scripture Study, 2017. Nothing enriches the contemplation of the mysteries of the rosary like encountering them at their source in Sacred Scripture. Five Scripture passages from the New Testament are explored for each set of the rosary’s mysteries: the Joyful, the Sorrowful, the Luminous, and the Glorious.

Praying the Rosary. Loyola Learning Tools. Loyola Press, 2016. With this hands on kit, children use manipulatives to learn to pray the Rosary. Using the color-coded diagram and Mystery cards as guides, children string each prayer card bead while praying each decade of the Rosary. This kit is adaptable for all levels and abilities. 

Linking Your Beads: The Rosary’s History, Mysteries, and Prayers. Patricia Ann Kasten. Our Sunday Visitor, 2010. Unlike any Rosary book you’ve ever read, Kasten uses her storytelling skills to keep you engaged, amazed, and turning pages as you learn about:

—The history of the Rosary and its prayerful predecessors

—The power of meditative prayer in various forms

—The significant role of Sacramentals in our walk of faith

—The origins of each of the Rosary prayers and the Creed

—The aesthetic and functional purposes of the Rosary’s various forms.

Praying the Rosary with Pope Francis. Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2014. Praying the Rosary with Pope Francis is an easy-to-carry booklet of meditations, exclusively available from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. This booklet offers meditations by Pope Francis on the twenty mysteries of the Rosary and the life of Jesus and Mary. Immerse yourself in the Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious, and Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary with scripture passages and easy-to-understand reflections from our Holy Father. Each mystery is accompanied by beautiful, full-page color illustrations. 

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY
7. Attention Lifelong Learners (Bulletin Materials)

Adult faith formation opportunities are available on a variety of topics through the Office of Faith Formation and Lay Ecclesial Ministry. The courses are open to anyone wanting to grow in their faith. The courses are offered online and in person. You don’t need to have any prior knowledge to participate. Go to www.catechistcafe.weebly.com for more information or call 330-744-8451 ext. 296.

PARISH BULLETINS/PUBLICITY
8. Best Kept Secret: Library (Bulletin Materials)

Adult faith formation opportunities are available on a variety of topics through the Office of Faith Formation and Lay Ecclesial Ministry. The courses are open to anyone wanting to grow in their faith. The courses are offered online and in person. You don’t need to have any prior knowledge to participate. Go to www.catechistcafe.weebly.com for more information or call 330-744-8451 ext. 296.

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

1. INTO LIFE – Love Changes Everything (Bulletin Materials)

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 www.intolifeseries.com

The program is being offered on Wednesdays, beginning September 28, from 7:00 to 8:15 pm in the Regina Coeli Parish Rectory Meeting Room (663 Fernwood Blvd., Alliance). Into Life can be instrumental in establishing Walking with Moms in Need by training those who seek to assist vulnerable women make life-affirming decisions. For more information contact 330-744-8451 ext. 272 or dschmidt@youngstowndiocese.org.

2. 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 more about our local efforts and resources at https://doy.org/walkingwithmomsneo/ 

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

3. 40 Days for Life in Canton and Warren (Bulletin Materials)

40 Days for Life is an internationally coordinated 40-day campaign that aims to end abortion locally through prayer and fasting, community outreach, and a peaceful all-day vigil in front of abortion businesses. Go to www.40daysforlife.com. The Fall 2022 campaign takes place September 28 through November 6. There are two 40 Days for Life campaigns in the Diocese of Youngstown:

– Canton, at 2663 Cleveland Ave. NW, in front of the Planned Parenthood. Contact Linda at 330-826-1885 or fortydayscanton@gmail.com.

– Warren at 375 North Park Ave., in front of the Planned Parenthood. Contact Mary at 330-372-6147 or mgoffos@hotmail.com.

4. October is Respect Life Month – October 2 is Respect Life Sunday

In August Respect Life Program packets from the USCCB Pro-Life Secretariat and other materials were distributed to parishes. Additional copies may be obtained from the Office of Pro-Life, Marriage and Family life (contact dschmidt@youngstowndiocese.org or 330-744-8451 ext.272) or by going to www.respectlifeprogram.org

5. Mass for Life with Bishop Bonnar – Saturday, October 1 (Bulletin Materials)

Bishop Bonnar will preside at a Mass for Life on Saturday, October 1, at 5:00 p.m. at Walsh University’s Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel, to mark the beginning of October Respect Life Month and to pray for the success of the First Annual Ohio March for Life in Columbus. Bishop Bonnar will offer a special Blessing of Children in the Womb. A reception will follow. All are welcome – no reservations needed. For more information contact 330-744-8451 ext.272 or dschmidt@youngstowndiocese.org.

6. First Annual Ohio March for Life – Ohio Statehouse, Columbus (Bulletin Materials)

When: Wednesday, October 5, 2022

10:00 a.m. Pre-Rally Concert; 11:00 a.m. Rally; Noon Ohio March for Life begins

Where: West side for the Ohio State Capital Square, facing South High Street, Columbus

Who:   Bishop Bonnar, Pastor David Forbes, Dr. Alveda King, Aaron Baer, Peter Range,

Jeanne Mancini

An incredible opportunity for pro-life Ohioans to come together to be a voice for the voiceless at the state legislature. To learn more and to register go to: https://marchforlife.org/ohio-march-for-life/ or contact 330-744-8451 ext. 272 or dschmidt@youngstowndiocese.org.

7. You are Mine: Private, Individually Directed Retreat – Healing & Hope After Abortion (Bulletin Materials)

Women suffering after abortion are invited to begin their healing journey by scheduling an individual retreat at Bethesda House of Mercy during the months of October and November. Confession will be available. Social distancing and other guidelines due to Covid-19 will be followed. For more information, contact The Community of Jesus, the Living Mercy at 1-800-482-4100 or email at BethesdaHouse@aol.com

8. 2022 Ministry Day

Ministry Day will take place on Saturday, October 8 from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at John F. Kennedy High School, Warren (2550 Central Parkway S.E.). Among the many workshops being offered, consider the following:

– Walking with Moms in Need

– Building a Eucharistic Marriage

9. 25th, 40th, 50th and over Wedding Anniversary Celebration (Bulletin Materials)

The Diocese of Youngstown is sponsoring a Wedding Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, October 16th, 2:00 p.m. at the Basilica of St. John the Baptist in Canton, honoring couples observing their 25th, 40th, 50th, and over wedding anniversaries in 2022.

The Wedding Anniversary Celebration will include Mass with the Most Reverend David J. Bonnar, Bishop of Youngstown, renewal of marriage vows and a personalized certificate for each couple. Following the Mass, there will be a reception for the couples and their families in the parish hall.  You must make advanced reservations for this event by contacting your parish office and obtaining your pastor’s signature before September 16th.

10. Marriage Preparation Engaged Couple Retreat Day

The next diocesan-sponsored one-day marriage preparation retreat days for engaged couples will be held Saturdays, October 22 and November 19 in the social hall at St. Columba Cathedral. Reservations are required. Registration information may be found at www.doy.org; go to the “Ministries” drop-down menu and press on “Pro-Life, Marriage & Family Life.”

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

11. Project Rachel Outreach – October Message for Bulletin/Newsletter (Bulletin Materials)

Do you know someone suffering after abortion? 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/.

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

Office of Worship

1. 2022 Ministry Day

The Diocesan Ministry Conference “The Eucharist and Synodality:  Journeying Together as the Body of Christ,” will be held on Saturday, October 8. 2022 at John F. Kennedy High School in Warren.  The keynote presenter will be Rev. Ricky Manalo, CSP, well known composer, musician, theologian, and author.  A variety of breakout workshops will also be included. 

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 by October 10, 2022 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. 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 by October 10, 2022.  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 25 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: https://fdlc.org/ociawebinars/ 

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. 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. 

Youth and Young Adult Ministry

1. 2022 Ministry Day

Saturday October 8, 2022 will be Ministry Day.  The Event will be held at John F. Kennedy High School in Warren.  There will be speakers covering various ministry topics, including information for youth and young adult ministers.  For times and registration, contact the diocese for more information.

2. Contact Fr. Ryan Furlong

Please contact Fr. Ryan if your parish is interested in collaborating on youth and young adult events: rfurlong@youngstowndiocese.org

3. Fall Back on Christ Festival

The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, in partnership with St. Joan of Arc in Streetsboro, will be offering a Fall Back on Christ Festival October 15 at 2pm at St. Joan of Arc Parish.  There will be Mass, Adoration, Food, Games, and Music. Contact Fr. Ryan for more details: rfurlong@youngstowndiocese.org

4. Eucharistic Revival at St. Mary – St. Joseph Parish (Warren)

All youth and young adults are invited to the October Mass for the Eucharistic Revival.  Bishop Bonnar will be the presider. There will be a Eucharistic Procession after Mass.  This will be held on October 23rd at 11am at St. Mary – St. Joseph Parish in Warren. Contact Fr. Ryan or Fr. Lavelle for more information.

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

Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue

The Society of St. John Chrysostom (Youngstown-Warren Chapter)

Sept. 28: “Orthodox-Catholic Ecumenism” by Father Radu Bordeianu, Ph.D. (Associate Professor of Theology, Director of Graduate Studies, Duquesne University) 

Father Radu, an Orthodox Priest and Theology Professor at Duquesne University, is a world expert on Orthodox-Catholic ecumenism. He will be sharing with us his latest research, and encouraging us to take the narrow gate as we strive for unity. 

Father Radu Bordeianu, Ph.D.

Date: Wednesday. September 28, 2022

Time: 6:30 PM

Location: Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church Hall, 54 Laird Ave, Youngstown, Ohio 44509

Father Bosko Stojanovic – Pastor

Questions, please contact: Thomas Batten at thomasbatten2010@gmail.com or 330-910-4515

Resource Links:

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

Book by Father Radu Bordeianu, Ph.D.: Dumitru Staniloae: An Ecumenical Ecclesiology

The Ratzinger Formula, by R. A. Mattiussi, copyright 2010. Publisher: https://ecpubs.com/product/the-ratzinger-formula/
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: facingthefuture.eventbrite.com

Contact: Dr. Chris Seeman at 330.244.4665 or cseeman@walsh.edu

Details will be posted at: https://www.walsh.edu/calendar/2022/10/facing-the-future-together.html

Miscellaneous

In Memoriam | Necrology for October

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)

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Rosary Walk
On October 5th at 10am, there will be a Rosary Walk led by The Oblate Sisters at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown and The Congregation of the Divine Spirit at Calvary Cemetery in Massillon.  All are welcome.  Call 330-792-4721 for more information.
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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.
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Chaplet of Divine Mercy

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.
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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

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Ashtabula County | Stained Glass Centennial Concert at St Mary's (Orwell) on Oct 1 (Bulletin Materials)

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Mahoning County | Convocatoria del Rosario - Youngstown Rosary Rally Oct 15 (Bulletin Materials/Materiales del Boletín)

Please join us in prayer at the 7th Annual Our Lady of Fatima Public Square Rosary Rally to be held Saturday, October 15 at St. Columba Cathedral. The Rally begins with Mass celebrated at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Eucharistic procession at 11:20 a.m. The faithful may either walk the procession route or follow in their vehicles. Parish representatives are welcome to carry their parish banner or a statue of their patron saint in procession.

Priests and deacons are welcome to attend. Those desiring to concelebrate Mass should bring an alb and stole.

At the conclusion of the procession, the Rosary shall be recited at Noon at St. Columba to coincide with other rallies being held throughout our country. In event of inclement weather, all aspects of the Rally shall be held inside the cathedral.

The local Rally has grown in size each year. Even with COVID restrictions, last year approximately 250 persons participated. This year organizers hope to surpass the crowd of 450 who participated in 2019. Those who are infirmed and/or desire to maintain additional social distance are welcome to remain in their vehicles during the procession and recitation of the Rosary.

All are invited to participate in the Rally as we pray for our country, for an end to abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia, for a reverence of all human life from conception to natural death, and for peace throughout the world.

Contact Deacon Mark Izzo <MIzzo@Youngstowndiocese.org> or Connie Liptak (330) 507-3880 for more information.

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

We continue the First Friday Club of Greater Youngstown 2022-23 Speaker Series season with a luncheon on the first Thursday in October! Join us as we welcome Britt Cooper, DMA, and the Walsh University Chamber Singers, on October 6, 2022. Britt Cooper and his singers will present, “Liturgical Music through the Ages,” 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 September 30, 2022, 330-720-4498. Reservations are limited!

Visit our website www.firstfridayclubofgreateryoungstown.org 

Integrating the principles of religious faith into our everyday lives and work.

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

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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! 
 

Integrating the principles of religious faith into our everyday lives and work.

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Portage County | Dinner & Doctrine in Aurora Oct 10 (Bulletin Materials)

Contact: Margaret Ann Clapp

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

342 S. Chillicothe Rd.

Aurora, OH  44202

330.562.8419 X121

maclapp@olphaurora.org  

 

 

Dinner & Doctrine - Living the Gospel Challenge: Solidarity and Community presented by Vicki and Terry Vicars. October 10, 2022, 6 – 8 p.m. at “The Overlook”, 1519 Overlook Rd, Kent, OH 44240. Tickets are available at all Portage County Catholic Parishes for $30. Included in the evening is dinner (cash bar) at 6 p.m. followed by the speaker’s presentation.

Terry and Vicki Vicars have both worked in the Diocese of Youngstown in a variety of capacities for over 34 years. For the past 24 years, Terry has worked at Catholic Charities Regional Agency as a case manager for those who are experiencing homelessness. After 30 years in parish ministry, Vicki has two positions. She works as Lead Community Organizer for ACTION, Inc, a faith-based community organizing collaborative. She is also the Director of Mission, Equity and Resilience for the Ursuline Sisters Mission. They have discovered that the principle of solidarity is a gift that guides them in their family life, their daily work and in their interaction with many diverse and beautiful communities.

The Dinner and Doctrine series is presented by the Portage County Catholic Parish Ministers Association. The last day to make your reservations is Tuesday, October 4, 2022. For more information mclapp@olphaurora.org

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Portage County | Elvis Grbac in Aurora Oct 16 (Bulletin Materials)

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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 two Mini-Retreats on November 5, 2022.  There is no fee or registration required for either event.

The first 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".

The second event is at St. Barbara Catholic Church in Massillon, Ohio from 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM.

Address: 2813 Lincoln Way W, Massillon, OH 44647

Coffee and donuts will be served at 8:30, and the retreat will conclude at 11:30 AM. 

The Very Rev. Canon Matthew Mankowski will be the featured speaker.

Please contact with any questions: Ronn Franczkowski, CMFDOY ronn.franczkowski@sbcglobal.net

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Trumbull County | 40 Hours Devotion at St Rose (Girard) Oct 16-18 (Bulletin Materials)

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Merger of St. Barbara, St. Joseph, and St. Mary Parishes, Massillon, and Establishment of Divine Mercy Parish

Press Release | After a period of consultation among parish representatives and the diocese’s presbyteral council, The Most Rev. David J. Bonnar, Bishop of Youngstown, has accepted the recommendation of Rev. Maciej (Matthew) Mankowski, pastor of Massillon’s St. Barbara Parish, St. Joseph Parish and St. Mary Parish to merge the three parishes, effective January 1, 2023. The new parish will include all three church buildings which will retain their names as customary in Church tradition, while the parish itself will be known as “Divine Mercy Parish.”

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Diocese of Youngstown announces The Catholic Echo, a diocesan magazine and multimedia hub, succeeding The Catholic Exponent newspaper

Press Release | The Diocese of Youngstown is pleased to announce a new print product, The Catholic Echo magazine, debuting in Spring 2023. Building on the 77-year legacy of The Catholic Exponent newspaper, which will produce its final issue in February 2023, The Catholic Echo magazine, website and supporting multimedia products will highlight all aspects of Catholic life across the six counties of the diocese.

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Vatican Confirms Closure of Saint Lucy Church

Press Release | The Vatican’s Dicastery for the Clergy has confirmed the closure of Saint Lucy Church in Campbell. The decree from the Dicastery was in response to an appeal and was dated September 21, 2022.