PASTORAL UPDATE
As of Wednesday 8/13, still no word about a replacement for Father Tom. This process may take a while, so please continue to keep our parish in your prayers as a new pastor is being selected for us, and keep Father Tom in your prayers as he prepares to assume his responsibilities at St. Anthony/All Saints on September 1. 

There will be a farewell party for Father on Sunday, August 24 beginning at 2 p.m. in the school hall. Anyone who would be willing to help set up for the party is asked to meet in the school hall on Saturday, August 23 at noon. We would also appreciate help with clean up afterward. Anyone who would like to provide some hors d’oeuvres for the day, please contact Jacquie Whetstone at 330-397-1427 to let us know what you will be bringing. Cake and beverages will also be served. 

DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY
The Diocese of Youngstown will be engaged in a General Assembly from August – November 2014. Our call to new evangelization and the continuing demands of reconfiguration are always before us. Hopefully, once this process is complete we will have a clearer vision for the diocese as far as the kind of church we wish to be in the future based on the teaching and example of Christ. Once this process is complete, it is our hope that we will have clearer vision for each deanery in light of their local needs, and we will have a clearer vision for each parish as they respond to the specific communities they serve. 
The purpose of the assembly is: (1) to bring together the diverse peoples of the diocese for prayer and reflection; (2) to define the future direction of the diocese and the model of Church that can be most helpful in guiding our people to Christ; (3) to make collective efforts to encourage the necessary changes that will be required to reach the diocesan and parish goals that will emerge; and (4) to help deanery parishes better collaborate on issues of finances, staffing, scheduling of Masses and other parish services. 
In an effort to hear from Catholics throughout the diocese, beginning September 1 you are invited to complete the survey found by logging on to www.doy.org. You can also obtain a written copy of the survey at your parish office or by calling the Office of Evangelization at 330-744-8451, ext. 237. The survey will be available only during the month of September. During October and November there will be deanery (county) gatherings to share and discuss the survey results and what impact they may have on our diocese and parishes.

ST. STEPHEN PRESCHOOL 
Those families who have already registered will soon be receiving information by mail with back to school information. The school office will be open for any questions you might have. We are still accepting registrations for the coming school year.. If you have preschool age children and you have not already done so, please stop in to our main office to complete your paperwork. Be sure to let your family and friends with preschool age children know about our preschool and we encourage them to register as soon as possible. We are looking forward to a wonderful year full of new ideas and creative activities. It is important that you register at your earliest opportunity to insure your child’s placement in the class days you prefer. 


ARE YOU INTERESTED IN THE PERMANENT DIACONATE 
IN THE DIOCESE OF YOUNGSTOWN?
Anyone pursuing the possibility of participating in the next group of candidates to be permanent deacons in the Diocese of Youngstown should be aware of the upcoming information sessions. What is the Permanent Deaconate? What does a Permanent Deacon do? Why do we need Permanent Deacons? Interested men and their wives are cordially invited to learn more about the role of the Permanent Deacon in the Diocese of Youngstown. A presentation will be made explaining the Permanent Diaconate and the formation program leading to ordination. If you are interested in the Permanent Diaconate, plan to attend an information session at one of the following locations:  
Thursday, September 18 from 7-9 p.m. in Rosetta Hall at St. Rose Church, Girard, or
Sunday, September 21 from 2 -4 p.m. at St. Charles Church, Boardman
If you plan on attending, or if you have questions, please call Msgr John Zuraw, Chancellor and Director of the Permanent Diaconate at 330-744-8451.

In Residence: Rev. Richard Murphy
Pastor: Rev. Thomas Kraszewski
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Sunday       9:30 a.m.  
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Sunday 8:00 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. 
Wednesdays 8:30 a.m.
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ST. STEPHEN ROMAN CATHOLIC PARISH IN NILES, OHIO FORMED IN 1853 IS A LOVING; CARING FAMILY OF WELCOMING PEOPLE WHO’S RICH TRADITION OF FAITH IS ROOTED IN THE EUCHARIST. ACTIVELY LIVING THE GOSPEL, WE SHARE OUR FAITH AND HOPE WITH ALL THE PEOPLE AS WE JOURNEY TOWARD THE KINGDOM OF GOD
Bishop George Murry assigns Fr. Tom to Canton Parish.

Effectiv September 1, 2014, Father Thomas Kraszewski has been appointed pastor of St. Anthony/All Saints Parish, in Canton.

Father Tom was ordained on May 24, 1997, by Bishop Thomas Tobin in St. Columba Cathedral after finishing his theological studies at Mt. St. Mary Seminary, in Cincinnati. He has served as parochial vicar at St. Nicholas Parish, Struthers; St. Patrick Parish, Kent; and St. Paul Parish, North Canton; and administrator of St. Stephen Parish, Niles. He later became pastor of St. Stephen and, in 2011, assumed the additional responsibility of pastor of St. Mary Parish, Mineral Ridge.