St. Joseph Parish launched a planning process in the Summer of 2017 with the parish council and other parish leaders to develop a well-researched plan that will result in a fresh and vital approach to practicing our faith for the community of Austintown.
You’ll Be Included!
All parishioners will be kept up to date on the work of the team and will also be invited to participate in a variety of ways during the planning process. Your voice will be heard. Please note that this is not a plan to merge St. Joseph Parish with Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish. The focus is the revitalization and growth of St. Joseph Parish.
How You Can Stay Informed:
- Like our Facebook page to get notifications about the team’s progress! CLICK HERE for St. Joseph Facebook Page
- Read the parish bulletin.
- Check back to this website page.
Planning Team Members:
|Fr. Greg Fedor||Linda Landers|
|Karen Womer||Alex Benyo|
|Bob Gugliotti||Nancy Backur|
|Dcn. Jerry Savo||Dolores Savo|
|Shelly Siembieda||Susan Paczak|
|Bernie Willoughby||Bill Potkanowicz|
|Vic Considine||Teresa Schanz|
|Dcn. Jim Massacci||Tom Sauline|
Jim Merhaut of Coaching to Connect is facilitating the process.
CLICK HERE to learn more about Jim and Coaching to Connect.
Church ministry teams are called together to advance the mission of the parish in a particular way. The work they do is important, but the way that they do it is equally important. Church members are called to be friends. We are called to treat each other respectfully when we meet together, but what does respect look like on a church team?
The St. Joseph Planning Team has developed a covenant for itself that establishes the rules for engagement as they do their work. The team believes that their covenant document describes what respect looks like on a church ministry team. They believe that this document could have value for other groups in the parish as well as groups beyond the parish.
CLICK HERE to view and/or download the covenant document. We encourage you to use it with your church team, or develop one of your own with your team. You may also find it helpful to discuss parts or all of the covenant with your family or at your workplace. It has the power to inspire productive discussions that could lead to improved relationships and better decision-making.
How Does God Speak to Us?
The planning team seeks to hear the voice of God guiding us into a new relationship with the Austintown community. Here is how we will test whether or not we are hearing God’s voice or another voice:
- God often speaks to us through our relationships with others.
- God speaks through our bodies, our minds, and our emotions.
- When God speaks, the message is consistent with what we know from God’s law (Scripture and Tradition).
- We have a deep sense of peace even if the message is challenging.
- What we hear does not lead us to a selfish response.
- We test what we hear in community.