Christ the Servant Parish at Our Lady of Peace Church
My prayer is that as you come to know us here at Christ the Servant, you will experience in our parish and school a welcoming family. We invite you to pray and celebrate with us, sharing in the enthusiasm and passion that comes with bringing the mission and ministry of Jesus to our acre of God’s world that we dedicate to Christ the Servant, Our Blessed Mother, Our Lady of Peace and to Saint Paul the Apostle to the Nations.
Msgr. Lewis F. Gaetano, D.Min.
Administrator and Pastor of Christ the Servant Parish
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Feast of All Saints Tuesday, November 1, 2016 is the Feast of All Saints. Our School children and parishioners will be celebrating this Feast at the 9:00 AM Mass. There will be a 12 Noon Mass for those on lunch break; and a 7:00 PM Evening Mass for the Community. As in past years, each of our first graders will be presenting their chosen Saint. If you have not experienced our First Graders and their presentations I invite you to join us.
The Feast of All Saints is the day following All Hollows Eve. We remember and celebrate those who lived heroic lives of virtue; ordinary people who lived in extraordinary ways. We call these people Saints. We name them saints, not because they are dead, but because their way of life remains exemplary for those of us journeying in faith today. St. Paul called those people living in the early Christian Communities “Saints” as he would call us today. It still remains a challenge for each of us today to be living Saints.
Commemoration of All Souls All Souls, is celebrated on November 2, the day after all Saints Day. There will be a Wednesday morning 9:00 a.m. Mass in remembrance of All Souls.
Jesus told his disciples: I solemnly assure you, unless the grain of wheat falls to the earth and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat. But if it dies, it produces much more grain for everyone. If anyone would serve me let him follow me; where I am there will my servant be.
Annual Memorial Mass On Wednesday, November 2, 2015 at 7:00 p.m., we will have our annual Memorial Mass for all those who have died this past year at Christ the Servant. Invitations to those families have been sent. All are welcome at this Memorial Mass and All Souls Mass remembering the lives of those who have shared in our community. The names of those who have completed their earthly journey this year will be remembered by name at this Mass.
I, John, saw a new heaven and a new earth. I heard a loud voice cry out: “This is God’s dwelling among the people of the earth. God will live with them and they will be his people, and he will be their God who will be with them always. God will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or mourning, crying out or pain, for the former world has passed away.” Then God said “See, I make all things new.”
Catholics Care. Catholics Vote.
"We need to participate for the common good. Sometimes we hear: a good Catholic is not interested in politics. This is not true: good Catholics immerse themselves in politics by offering the best of themselves so that the leader can govern."
- Pope Francis, 9/16/13
The Catholic bishops of the United States are pleased to offer once again to the Catholic faithful Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (en Español), our teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics. This statement represents our guidance for Catholics in the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy. We urge our pastors, lay and religious faithful, and all people of good will to use this statement to help form their consciences; to teach those entrusted to their care; to contribute to civil and respectful public dialogue; and to shape political choices in the coming election in light of Catholic teaching. The statement lifts up our dual heritage as both faithful Catholics and American citizens with rights and duties as participants in the civil order.
HOMELESS OUTREACH/HUNGER MINISTRY
In October 2015, our ministry began a continual food collection that benefits two charities, Hope Outreach and Catholic Charities. Hope Outreach is a real presence of Christ along the Mahoning Corridor. Catholic Charities provides food and emergency assistance to the hungry in Stark County. Both of these charities serve “the least of our brethren.”
We collect food at each mass on the weekends. All items need to be non-perishable including things like peanut butter, cereal, canned tuna and chicken, Vienna sausages, vegetables and pop top cans of beefaroni and spaghettio’s. We deliver the food on Tuesday. Our ministry group meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. For more information, call Rosemary Norton, 330-493-7443. Please remember to bring a food item to mass. Remember “just ONE feeds many.”
Serving at Hope Outreach
We have adopted the first and third Sundays of each month to serve at Hope Outreach. We don’t do any cooking but prepare items for serving the clients. This is physical work requiring standing, washing dishes and cleaning up. It requires about three hours of your time. If you can help us, please call Rosemary Norton, 330-493-7443.
Refuge of Hope
We also serve at Refuge of Hope on the third Thursday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m.
This is physical work requiring being on your feet for at least two hours and cleaning up. If you can help with this project, please contact Michael Fete at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 330-697-5716
Meals on Wheels
Our ministry has adopted a dedicated route in our parish area for Meals on Wheels. This requires a two-hour commitment once a month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. You must be able to get in and out of your car, climb stairs and deliver meals to clients. We currently have enough drivers, but if you are interested in being a substitute please contact, Chris McDonnell at 330-497-9089