We welcome you to our website for The Collaborating Parishes of St. Stephen and St. Mary's in Niles and Mineral Ridge, Ohio. Please feel free to browse our website and contact us if you have any questions or needs.
In Residence: Rev. Richard Murphy
Pastor: Rev. Thomas Kraszewski
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THE ROMAN CATHOLIC COLLABORATING PARISHES OF NILES & MINERAL RIDGE
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 24th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
COMMUNITY SUPPERS: AUGUST – Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Niles- Suppers are free & open to the public every Thursday serving from 4:45 to 6 p.m.  

NILES COMMUNITY SERVICES FOOD COLLECTION:
AUGUST – Mustard, Ketchup, Syrup, Mayo - There is a large basket in the vestibule of the Church for those who wish to contribute to this worthy effort.

HARRIET’S CUPBOARD – AUGUST – Deodorant and Razors. There is a large box in the vestibule of the church for those who wish to help with this mission of Catholic Charities.


NILES COMMUNITY CENTER
 
MASS SCHEDULE
St. Stephen Parish
Saturday     4:30 p.m.
Sunday       9:30 a.m.  
Weekdays   8:30 a.m.
except Wednesday


St. Mary Parish
Sunday 8:00 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. 
Wednesdays 8:30 a.m.
CONTACT INFORMATION


St. Stephen Parish
RECTORY 330.652.4396
churchofsaintstephen@yahoo.com

St. Mary Parish
RECTORY 330.652.7761
saintmary@zoominternet.net
YOUR SUNDAY CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPE
will be sent to the correct Church, no matter which Mass you attend. To ensure that your donation goes to your parish, please use your church envelopes, or put your donation in a plain envelope marked with your name and which Church you want to receive it. All cash donations will go to the church that receives it. If you have any questions, call the rectory.


MISSION STATEMENT
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.
CATHOLICS IN THE DIOCESE OF YOUNGSTOWN
THIS IS YOUR CHANCE FOR YOUR VOICE TO BE HEARD.

In an effort to hear from Catholics throughout the diocese, you are invited to complete this survey. The survey will be available ONLY during the month of September.
It will serve the diocese as well as give us, as a parish, a better understanding of our strengths and our challenges. We value your input and insight and rely on it for creating a vision to move our parish forward.
To take it online, click here.
​http://www.doy.org/images/PDF/OnlineForms/2014generalassemblysurveyletter.pdf
Religious Articles for Missions – 
Due to limited resources, Catholic missionaries around the world welcome donations of devotional items to share with the faithful in their home countries. These include rosaries and chaplets, statues of religious figures, Bibles, holy cards, crucifixes, framed religious pictures, prayer books, and other spiritual reading material. 
If such items are now taking up space in your basement, attic, or garage, because they require repair or are no longer needed, you can give them new life during a class about “Religious Articles for Missions” (RAM). This class is taught by Father Edward Brienz, Director of Propagation of the Faith and Missions Office of the Diocese of Youngstown. Those who complete the class will be invited to volunteer on a regular basis in this important work of the Church. 
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, October 25, 2014 
Where: St. Columba Rectory, 159 W. Rayen Avenue, Youngstown, OH 44503 
What: Segment 1 of the RAM class will include a discussion that will cover the meaning and history of sacramentals; an explanation of religious articles for Missions Apostolate; devotions to Jesus, Mary, and various saints; and sacramentals associated with them. 
Segment 2 will be a hands-on workshop during which you can choose to work in the Organizing Station; Cleaning Station; Rosary & Jewelry Repair Station; Painting Station; or Polishing Station. All necessary materials and guidance will be provided. 107 Registration: By Wednesday, October 15, 2014; call the Propagation of the Faith/Missions Office, 330 / 744-8451, x 277, to reserve your place in this class. 4 hours of Religious Education Continuing Credits will be awarded upon completion of this class. 
Cost: $9.00, which includes lunch.



PASTORAL UPDATE
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 assumes his responsibilities at St. Anthony/All Saints on September 1.


PLEASE NOTE:
We have been asked by the Diocese to cancel our weekday Masses for this coming week, and we will then have an abbreviated daily Mass schedule (Tuesdays and Thursdays only) until our new pastor is in place. Those Masses that have been scheduled will be rescheduled as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding on this matter.  

CCD SET TO BEGIN
CCD for St. Stephen/St. Mary students is set to begin on Sunday, September 14 at 9:15 a.m. with classes for preschool (ages 3-4) through 8th grade to be held this year at ST. STEPHEN SCHOOL. More information will be sent to your homes including registration forms. Please contact Cheryl Basista, CCD Coordinator, if you have any questions at 330-652-6833(home) or 330-565-2449 (cell). If you are new to either parish and have not registered but have children who are CCD age please call St. Stephen at 330-652-5511 or St. Mary at 330-652-7761.


GOD BLESS OUR STUDENTS
We ask God’s blessing for all our students as they begin their school year in new surroundings. While we are sad we cannot be together here at St. Stephen School we do want to wish all of them good luck and hope that they will take what they have learned at St. Stephen with them throughout their lives, to help them become the people God wants them to be!

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.