HUBBARD -- The Rev. Theodore Schaffer of Hubbard, the interim pastor at Grace Lutheran Church, will be honored with a brunch between the 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday services in recognition of his ordination on June 11, 1961. The Rev. Mr. Schaffer retired in 1997 as development director and chaplain at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Retirement Services in Niles, and as pastor at New Life Lutheran Church in Liberty. In addition to his interim pastor's position since his retirement, Mr. Schaffer has continued to serve patients at the Alzheimer's Unit at the nursing home.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Bishop Thomas J. Tobin has appointed Sister Joyce Candidi, a member of the Oblate Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, as the Director of the Office of Vowed Religious effective July 1. The director is the bishop's representative to sisters, brothers, and priests.
Sister Joyce entered the congregation in 1968 and made her perpetual profession in 1976. Her many duties include being Oblates' regional superior for five years and formation director for its Youngstown community. In 1992, she co-founded the Oblates' mission in India, returning in 2000 to start a home for poor children. She succeeds Sister Rosemary Murray, HM, who died May 26.
Kenya Mission Fair
CANFIELD -- Pastor Bob Schmalzle, the former pastor of Lord of Life Lutheran Church, has been serving as a missionary to Kenya for the last five years. He and his wife, Denise, and son, Jacob, will present a Kenya Mission Fair from 2 to 4 p.m. July 1 at the church. They will discuss their mission and Kenya culture. Items donated during the event, such as soap, towels and grooming aids, will be packed during the event for Lutheran World Relief.
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Rev. Connie D. Sassanella has resigned after 14 years as pastor of Martin Luther Lutheran Church. In a letter to her congregation, the Rev. Ms. Sassanella said that while medical problems with her heart were improving, she did not have the strength to continue serving. She said she hopes she can recover and again work in parish ministry. She and her children plan to affiliate with Bethel Lutheran Church.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Bishop Thomas J. Tobin has announced clergy assignments.
UThe Rev. Robert Hannon has been named pastor of Sts. Philip and James Parish in Canal Fulton. He has been pastor at St. Bernadette Parish in Masury since 1992. The Rev. John Lody, the pastor of Sts. Philip and James Parish, will become pastor at St. Bernadette. The switch is effective Aug. 1.
UThe Rev. Patrick Ferraro has been named associate pastor of St. Patrick Church in Hubbard effective July 1. He's been associate pastor at Holy Family Parish in Poland. The Rev. Benson Claret Okpara, a priest of the Diocese of Orlu in Nigeria, will take Father Ferraro's place in Poland.
UFirst assignments have been announced for two priests effective July 1. The Rev. Maciej Mankowski has been named associate pastor at St. Charles Parish in Boardman. The Rev. Joseph Zamary has been named associate pastor of St. Michael Parish in Canfield. The men were ordained May 26.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Antioch Baptist Church will have its first anniversary and appreciation day for its pastor at 4 p.m. Sunday . Union Baptist Church will be the guest church.
New program director
YOUNGSTOWN -- Mary Cohan has been named program director of the Potter's Wheel, a job training and preparation program of Beatitude House. Mrs. Cohan is a licensed social worker who most recently was program director of a homeless shelter in Lexington, Ky. Beatitude House is sponsored by the Ursuline Sisters.
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Rev. Kay Frazier of New Brighton, Pa., will be the guest speaker when St. Andrewes A.M.E. Church has its annual women's day program at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The church will meet at the Mill Creek Community Center.
YOUNGSTOWN -- St. Casimir's Church will have a healing Mass at 11 a.m. July 11. There will be anointing of the sick, elderly and troubled. A light lunch will follow. Call (330) 743-3951.
MASSILLON -- GodQuest, a silent retreat for Christian women, will be Aug. 24-26 at Beulah Beach Retreat Center in Vermilion, Ohio, on Lake Erie. The nondenominational ministry was formed in 1996 to allow women to focus on prayer to God. The reservation deadline is Aug. 8. Call (330) 832-3400.
WARREN -- Valley Baptist Church will show, "The Promise," a musical drama film on the life of Christ, at 6 p.m. Sunday. There will be an intermission with ice cream Sundaes.
AUSTINTOWN -- Free Will Baptist Bible College's ministry team -- Rejoice! -- will perform at 7 p.m. July 8 at Free Will Baptist Church. An offering will be taken for the college in Nashville, Tenn.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Missionaries Clara Parker of Cleveland and Dorothy Clinkscale of St. Albans, N.Y. will be among the special speakers at Mount Olive. F.B.H. Church on June 30. Services are at 2 and 7 p.m. A dinner is at 5 p.m. The cost is $5 for adults and $2 for children Call (330) 788-6074.
LIBERTY -- Missionary Judy Carter of Akron, who works in Haiti, will speak at 7:30 p.m. June 30 at Jesus is the Way Ministries.
K.E.Y.S. program set
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Keep Educating Youth all Seasons program will be offered from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. next Monday through Aug. 3 for Kindergarten through Grade 6 at Holy Trinity Missionary Baptist Church. The program offers enrichment ranging from the arts to etiquette and field trips. Call (330) 782-8929.
Club Fusion meets
NEW CASTLE -- Gravity Youth Ministries will offer Club Fusion at Calvary Temple from 8 to 11 p.m. June 30. Youths in Grade 7 through college can attend a masquerade party. For more information, call (724) 658-4777.
YOUNGSTOWN -- "For the Life of the World" is the title of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown's youth conference July 27 at Holy Family Parish in Poland. Youths will discuss abortion, capital punishment, contraception and assisted suicide. Pre-registration is required. Call (330) 744-8451.