As of May 28, 2022, St. Ambrose Church, St. Joseph Church in Mantua, St. Joan of Arc in Streetsboro, and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Aurora officially
became a collaborative region known as northern Portage County.
Fr. Shawn Conoboy and the parochial vicar (to be named) has been appointed pastor of St. Joseph and St. Ambrose.
Fr. Conoboy maintains his responsibilities as pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Ecumenical and Interfaith Officer, and part-time professor
at Walsh University. He will work with Fr. Chris Luoni, pastor of St. Joan of Arc, Streetsboro, to serve the needs of the faithful of all four parishes
in northern Portage County. They will prepare the four parishes to share two priests within the coming year.
A native of Jefferson, Ohio in Ashtabula County, Fr. Shawn is the youngest of six children. He graduated from Jefferson Area High School, attended Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ava Maria College in Ypsilanti, Michigan, and then North American College in Rome for seminary formation and theological studies. He was ordained July 29, 2006, and has served our diocese at St. Charles Parish (Boardman), Christ the Good Shepherd Parish (Campbell), Holy Family Parish (Brewster and Navarre), St. Mary and St. Joseph Parish (Newton Falls), prior to coming to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish (Aurora) in August of 2019. We thank God for the gift of Fr. Shawn’s faith-filled life and his dedicated service. Pray that the Holy Spirit will sustain and strengthen him as he serves our parish.
Hey “GIRLS” of ALL ages 12 to 100
COME join the fun. “Come to the Water”. Ladies’ Day of Prayer. Saturday, July 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at St. Ambrose. COME for faith sharing. COME for new prayer expressions. COME for fellowship. COME for joy. Reservation required. Text or call Andrea 330-883-2488. Don’t miss out on this summer Ladies’ Day of Prayer. It’s a whole lotta JOY!
St. Joseph’s (Mantua) Ox Roast Fair
St. Joseph Church in Mantua is happy to announce that the 58th Ox Roast Fair will be held on July 15, 16 & 17. This annual event has plenty of fun to keep the whole family entertained including a wide variety of Fair food favorites, live entertainment in three locations, fireworks, Saturday morning 5K Run/Walk & 1M Fun Walk, Sunday Blessing of the Bikes, an assortment of rides, games, contests & giveaways, souvenir T-shirts & mugs, tractor & truck pulls, trade booths, casino games, security, handicap accessibility, clean grounds and much, much more! The Parish Community of St. Joseph’s at 11045 St. Joseph Blvd. is located in Mantua Twp. off Pioneer Trail approximately 1/4 mi. west of St. Rt. 44, south of St. Rt. 82, just north of Mantua Village (accessible from U.S. Rt. 422 just 7 miles north or Ohio Turnpike Exit 193 just 2 miles south). You won’t want to miss St. Joseph’s Ox Roast Fair ~ Not Your Typical Church Festival! For more information, please check out St. Joseph’s website www.stjosephmantua.com/ox-roast-fair, find them on Facebook (St. Joseph’s Ox Roast Fair), or contact the parish office at 330-274-2253 or email@example.com.
Engaged Couple Retreat Day
The next diocesan-sponsored one-day marriage preparation retreat day for engaged couples will be held on Saturday, August 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 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 these, and other opportunities for marriage preparation formation, call 330-744-8451, ext. 272 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the Date:
Faith & Family Festival on Sunday, Sept. 25, at Walsh University. For more information, contact Dave Schmidt at 330-744-8451 ext. 272 or email@example.com.
At this time the faithful may receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation by visiting one of our neighboring parishes:
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Aurora Confession:
Tues. 6:00 p.m. & Sat. 3:30 p.m.
Immaculate Conception Church, Ravenna Confession:
Sat. 2:45 p.m.
St. Joan of Arc Church, Streetsboro Confession:
Sat. 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Ministry of Care: Prayer Request
Ministry of Care was started by Vi McCarty and has been part of our St. Ambrose family for decades. If you have a prayer request or would like to become a St. Ambrose prayer warrior, please email your information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Prayer requests will be sent to members at the beginning of each month via email in the form of an attached letter. For prayers needed in between the monthly letter you can simply send your request to the same email, and all members who are on the email chain will receive it. If you do not have access to email, you can contact the rectory to request a copy to be mailed to you. For other questions please feel free to contact co-chairs Betsy Dunn 330-719-2657 or Judy Macek 330-398- 5000.
Are You Registered?
To avoid problems or misunderstandings, especially when planning baptisms, marriages, etc., be sure that you are registered and active. To register, call the rectory at 330-527- 4105. One way to show you are active means to use your weekly contribution envelopes. That way, the computer will not deactivate you.
PSR & Youth Ministry
PSR On Hiatus
Our PSR program is on summer break. In the meantime, you can remain in touch by checking in on Families Growing in Faith or by e-mailing email@example.com or by calling 330-274-2268.
Families Growing in Faith
Now that PSR is out for the summer, I encourage you to check out our PSR family webpage, Families Growing in Faith. You’ll find a monthly calendar of parish, diocesan and regional events for parents and kids throughout the summer. You can also find devotions, an inspiring sermon or two from Bishop Barron, and much more. Keep track of what’s going at https://stjosephmantua.com/families-growing-in-faith.
PSR & Youth Ministry Registration
Any student wishing to attend PSR (preschool to grade 8) or Youth Ministry (grades 9 to12) and is not currently attending must fill out a pink registration form found in the church vestibule. Place the registration form in the collection basket, drop it off at the rectory, or mail it to the church. Please include a copy of the student’s baptismal certificate. Preschoolers must be age four by Sept. 30.
Knights of Columbus
K of C Meeting Times
St. Ambrose Council 11801 - Meets the second (business) and fourth (social) Monday of each month at 7:30 pm in the St. Ambrose hall.
Windham K of C - The Windham K of C meets the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7:30 pm in the St. Michael hall.
Please check the weekly bulletin for schedule changes.
The St. Ambrose Knights of Columbus is hosting a charity fundraiser through Cal's restaurant in Garrettsville that benefits the K of C/Charles Abraham Scholarship fund and Garrettsville-Nelson Food Shelf. Download and print a copy of the Cal's flyer, dine at Cal's and present the flyer on the listed dates. Flyers are also available in the church vestibule. Download and print the Cals Flyer
Labels For Education
St. Ambrose Knights of Columbus are teaming up with J. A. Garfield Schools for a "Box Tops for Education"/"Labels for Education" drive. The school receives money for every UPC label and box top submitted. There is a collection box in the back of the Church for you to deposit your labels. Please help the kids and JAG Schools. Thank you!