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  • ST. JOSEPH PARISH 11045 St. Joseph Blvd.  Mantua OH 44255

    Parish Office 330-274-2253 / Fx 330-274-2254  PSR Office 330-274-2268 www.stjosephmantua.com  E-Mail: parishoffice@stjosephmantua.com

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  • THE GIFT OF GOD'S WORD On this day of gifts and gift-giving, it seems appropriate that we take a moment to reflect on the great gift of God's Word. Because it is creative, God's Word always points to its author, always calls us to respond. Because it is powerful, God's Word can link the sublime with the ridiculous, the transcendent with the immanent, the divine with the human. Because it is graceful, God's Word establishes a relationship of deep intimacy between us and God. At the heart of God's Word lies a tantalizing tension between the mysterious and the mundane. In our liturgical celebration, this unresolved tension both reveals the meaning of life for us and calls us to respond, to act upon that meaning. Once accepted and opened, the gift of God's Word is a gift that keeps on giving and keeps on calling us to give in return. It dares us to be like the gift-giver and to become gifts for others, not only at Christmas, but at every moment of life. Copyright (c) J. S. Paluch Co., Inc.

    LITURGICAL MINISTER SCHEDULE—12/31/16-1/1/17:

    5:00 p.m. 8:30 a.m. 11:15 a.m. SERVERS M. Cymanski J. Rowe G. Lesnak S. Maretka

    LECTORS L. Brugmann J. D’Aurelio D. Engelhart K. Wood T. Murphy S. Greenwood

    EUCH. MIN. K. Gray C. Sherbondy D. Bukas G. Scopilliti A. Anderson *E.M. Needed G. Scopilliti R. Fitzgerald W. Custer B. Sabol L. DeLair J. Herman J. Duriak G. Scopilliti

    MASS SET-UP Staff W. Custer C. Casalicchio CLEANERS B. Fetsko

    STEWARDSHIP WAY OF LIFE SUNDAY COLLECTION (12/18): $4,923.75 ONLINE GIVING (12/18): $ 798.00 WEEKLY AMOUNT NEEDED: $6,125.00 OVER/UNDER: —$ 403.25 # OF ENVELOPES & ONLINE: 158 (of 493) CHILDREN’S OFFERING: $ 1.00

    STEWARDSHIP THOUGHT Jesus is God’s ultimate gift of love to us. The countless other blessings that God showers upon us are nothing compared to the gift of His only Son. The only appropriate way for us to respond to such generous love is with our own generous love. When we dedicate our lives to sharing all the gifts God has placed in our hands, the peace of Christ truly will control our hearts and we will know Christmas joy every day.

    LITURGICAL SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK Sun. 10:00 a.m. Mass .... Flower Fund Intentions Mon. No Liturgy Tues. 8:00 a.m. Mass ...... People of St. Joseph Wed. 8:00 a.m. Mass ...... Al Barninger Thur. 8:00 a.m. Mass ...... Joe Fortunato Fri. No Liturgy Sat. 5:00 p.m. Mass ...... Jay Anson Sun. 8:30 a.m. Mass ...... Antoinette & Julius Gokorsch 11:15 a.m. Mass .... Rita Kotkowski

    CARILLON MEMORIALS December 29 Deacon John Paroff

    SINCERE SYMPATHY We extend our sympathy to the families and friends of Elaine Fetsko, mother of Bill, and of Antoinette Gokorsch, who both recently passed away. May our Lord comfort these families and welcome Elaine and

    Antoinette to New Life in His Kingdom.

    TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION An old joke asks, "What time is Midnight Mass?" The answer is not really obvious, since Christmas is unique in having several distinct celebrations. The readings and prayers vary greatly from hour to hour. The Vigil Mass hinges on the family heritage of Jesus and his origins. The concept of "midnight" predates clock time, and really has to do with a celebration in the hours of darkness. Years ago, it was not possible to receive Communion without fasting for a full day, so the late hour of this Mass made it possible for the people to receive. The first Mass after sunrise, the Mass at Dawn, was once known as "The Shepherds' Mass," and later Masses set aside stories of Jesus' birth to focus on the key to the day's celebration: John the Evangelist's majestic theology of Christ's identity as the Word made flesh, dwelling among us. One feast, four separate Masses. Only monasteries manage the whole round. Parishioners typically take just one entry point into the mystery. Yet there is much to savor and celebrate in the coming of Christ into the world. Christmas is not a day, but a season. You still have two weeks to send those Christmas cards before you're officially late!

    —Rev. James Field, Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.

    Mon: Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59; Ps 31:3cd-4,6,8ab, 16bc,17; Mt 10:17-22 Tues: 1 Jn 1:1-4; Ps 97:1-2,5-6,11-12; Jn 20:1a,2-8 Wed: 1 Jn 1:5-2:2; Ps 124:2-5,7b-8; Mt 2:13-18 Thur: 1 Jn 2:3-11; Ps 96:1-3,5b-6; Lk 2:36-40 Fri: Sir 3:2-6,12-14 or Col 3:12-21 [12-17]; Ps 128:1-5; Mt 2:13-15,19-23 Sat: 1 Jn 2:18-21; Ps 96:1-2,11-13; Jn 1:1-18 To Prepare For Next Weekend’s Mass . . . Sun: Nm 6:22-27; Ps 67:2-3,5,6,8; Gal 4:4-7; Lk 2:16-21

    THIS WEEK’S READINGS

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    PRAYER INTENTIONS

    Suzy Hafemeister Paula Krebs Joe Robine Diane Sanderson Sabina Delgado Dan Nuti Irene Welling Cheryl Erickson Andy Kollarik Joan Kodash Mary Ann Feddor Dean Kohanyi Zoe Craig (Pinter) Jane Raps Dan Baumbick Kathy Morcarski Bunny Fritz Natalie Jahn Pat Smith Alivia Julliana Vic Santillo Chuck & Marcia Verardi Tammy Cozzone Reynaldo S. Bernardo Kathy Paroff E. Louise Clark Sharon Olszak Lily Peterson Marcia Reed Ann Salva Timothy Holka Chuck Holka Kathy Morris Sarah Tedrick Mary Leinen Klara Rose Fitzpatrick Diane Hura

    SISTERS OF NOTRE DAME PRAYER LINE: 440-279-1163

  • 2016 CHRISTMAS FLOWERS

    Our Christmas Environment has been made possible through gifts in the names of loved ones who are remembered in all our Masses this Holy Season.

    In Honor Of

    Dolores Wenberg Olga Pratt Veronica Kasovich Duncan Merrow

    In Memory Of

    Richard Pratt Edward & Ursula Kuzniakowski Joseph Kasovich Charles Herbold Casalicchio Family Beloved Bernie Del Guzzi Linda Kulka Rhoda & Molnar Family Elizabeth Beers Cheryl Anson John & Mary Jane Bujak Mary Fathauer

    Dean DeLair Roy Brugmann Romanello & Jasko Families Rose Pemberton Charles & Geraldine Barnauskas Carl J. Feddor Daniel G. Brezovec Louise Kaluba Onchak & Zitner Families Rudy G. Wojtecki Jim & Alice Olwill James Wade Ella & Marlin Gorisck Janis Rooth Sandee Malisiak Reneé Wade

    Zalewski & Reed Families Freeman Rooth Duane Malisiak Marie Emerick Carl & Betty Flynn Mark Stan Rose & Bill Sontag Carl Emerick Hugo Joseph Wenberg Hans Draucker Elvira & Anthony Sontag Regina Rozek James Sargiovanni, Sr. Rita Draucker James & Josephine Gennaro Joseph Rozek Patricia Sargiovanni Robert Sawyer Marianne & Chuck Simera Ruth Curtin Angela Przybylski Jane Sawyer Lucius & Grace Cooley James Curtin Ziggy Przybylski Walter Sawyer Joseph & Josephine Geiss Rob Kasubick Joanne Sustar Anne La Ruffa Mary & Frank Brosovich Albert Kovach Chiancone & Lemmo Families Lee Januszko Michael & Doris Oslovic Mary Melito Larry Rosian, Jr. Edward Januszko Charlotte McTighe Sue Kovach

    Sophie & Marcellie Kasubick Rob Kasubick Frank & Jenny Sobocinski George Skupski John & Tressa Dunkel Pete Graber Mike & Anne Chebra David Skupski

    Katie & Adam Wetshtein, Sr. George Graber Julius Gokorsch Frank Sobie Kathrina & Louis Graber Adam P. Wetshtein Antoinette Gokorsch Mary Curney

    Edward & Margaret Roso Harry & Stella Randall Joseph & Margaret Nibert John & Florence Jakacki Charnoky-Glova Family

    Additional Donations

    Mr. & Mrs. Delfin Delgado Mr. & Mrs. Leonard Grega Mrs. Debra Blake Ms. Barbara Gokorsch Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Bichsel Ms. Erin Aldrich Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Lougen Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Szygenda Mr. Rick Custer Mrs. Bernardine Putka Mr. & Mrs. Sean Sindelar Ms. Jeanne Kropp Mr. & Mrs. Carmen Pirro, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Dale Zullo Mrs. Ruth Basel Mrs. Kathleen Koval Mr. & Mrs. Terry Davis Ms. Kathy Paroff Mr. & Mrs. Ron Novak Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Chinchar Mr. Edward McLaughlin Mr. & Mrs. Edward Stemnock, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Frank Mahoney Mr. & Mrs. Michael Greenwood Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Gedeon Mr. & Mrs. Robert Richards, Sr. Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Carlisle

  • PARISH STAFF

    Rev. Edward Stafford Pastor

    Deacon Gerry Scopilliti Permanent Deacon

    Sr. Joyce Schreiber, SND Pastoral Minister

    Mrs. Margaret Haney Director of Religious Education

    Mr. Bill Davies Music Minister

    Mrs. Kathi Trares Parish Secretary

    Mrs. Cindy Clark Business Office Manager

    Mrs. Ruth Fitzgerald Ox Roast Fair Financial Secretary

    Mr. Jason Garey Maintenance

    LITURGY SCHEDULE

    SATURDAY 5:00 p.m.

    SUNDAY 8:30 and 11:15 a.m. 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. (Summer)

    WEEKDAY 8:00 a.m. Tues.-Thur.

    HOLY DAYS & SPECIAL LITURGIES (please refer to bulletin)

    RECONCILIATION (CONFESSION) Saturdays 4:00-4:30 p.m.

    EUCHARISTIC ADORATION First Friday each month

    6:00-9:00 p.m.

    HOLY ROSARY First Saturday each month

    4:20 p.m.

    There will be NO PSR on Sunday, January 1 PSR will resume on Sunday, January 8 at 9:40 a.m.

    MITTEN TREE

    PSR is accepting donations of hats,