New series to air
YOUNGSTOWN -- Catholic Telecommunications Network of Youngstown will broadcast a new series, "The Cry of the Poor," on the Ecumenical Television Channel at 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays starting next week.
The program's aim is to bring the needs of the poor and suffering into focus. Topics will include the Alliance for Congregational Transformation Influencing Our Neighborhoods, political corruption, economic problems, AIDS, housing issues, pro-life activities, spousal abuse, drugs and alcohol, gambling, refugees, poverty and racism. Brian Corbin, executive director of Catholic Charities Services, will be the host. Funding for the program was provided by the DeBartolo Family Foundation. Check local listings for the channel in your area.
White Mass scheduled
YOUNGSTOWN -- Bishop Thomas J. Tobin will be the celebrant for the annual diocesan White Mass at noon Feb. 10 in St. Columba Cathedral for the Catholic health-care community in the six-county Catholic Diocese of Youngstown. Deacon Robert Cuttica, who is also a doctor, will be homilist.
A White Mass is a liturgy for health-care workers. Traditionally, health-care workers wore white attire, and white symbolizes religious hope and comfort. The Mass is sponsored by the Catholic Medical Association of the of Diocese of Youngstown, the Lourdes Guild. Fifty Catholic physicians and dentists are members of the association. All medical personnel and health-care workers in the diocese are welcome to attend, as well as priests and men and women religious in health-care ministry.
The event is being held in conjunction with Pope John Paul's 10th annual observance of the World Day of Prayer for the Sick on Feb. 11, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. Call (330) 744-8451, Ext. 252.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Bishop Thomas J. Tobin has given two priests of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown new assignments. The Rev. John-Michael Lavelle has been appointed associate pastor at St. Christine Parish in Youngstown, and Rev. David Misbrener has been appointed associate pastor at St. Nicholas Parish in Struthers. Both appointments are effective Feb. 11.
Father Lavelle was ordained May 27, 2000, and had been assigned as associate pastor at St. Mary Parish in Massillon. He earned a bachelor's degree from Youngstown State University and was a teacher in the Hubbard school system before entering the seminary.
Father Misbrener was ordained for the Byzantine Archdiocese of Pittsburgh May 7, 1995, after completing seminary studies at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary in Pittsburgh. He had served as assistant pastor at St. John the Baptist Parish in Uniontown, Pa., and Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in Warren.
Novitiate begins;retreat offered
VILLA MARIA, Pa. -- Sister Mary Slattery began her novitiate with the Sisters of the Humility of Mary on Sunday during the Rite of Reception into the Novitiate held at Magnificat Chapel at Villa Maria, Pa. Sister Mary was welcomed as a candidate by the sisters Aug. 6, 2000. She attends St. Ignatius of Antioch Church, Cleveland. During her 17-month candidacy she continued in ministry as a staff member of Heartbeats, a ministry of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary in Rocky River, Ohio, a position she has held since 1998. A 1979 graduate of Brunswick High School, Sister Mary, who majored in theater arts, earned her bachelor's degree from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind. in 1984. Sister Mary is the daughter of John J. and Joan Norton Slattery, who are deceased.
The Sisters of the Humility of Mary are offering women age 20 and older an opportunity to explore a religious calling. The program "Choices of the Heart" will be from 7 p.m. March 1 to 1 p.m. March 3 at Villa Maria Community Center. The weekend will include personal sharing from vowed women religious about their own vocation response, reflection time, a labyrinth walk and opportunities for participants to learn about community life. Reservations must be received by Feb. 15 by calling (440) 356-6560 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
WARREN -- The Benedictine Sisters of the Byzantine Church at Queen of Heaven Monastery will have an afternoon of spirituality from 1 to 5 p.m. March 9. There will be a talk, "Having Suffered the Passion for Us," and time for reflection and questions. The afternoon will end with Vespers. Register before March 4 by calling (330) 856-1813.
SALEM -- Holy Trinity Lutheran Church's high school youths will have their second annual "Valentine's Dance" at 7 p.m. Feb. 15. The guests will be from the Robert Bycroft workshop in Columbiana County. Call (330) 332-1102.
Music and youth events
YOUNGSTOWN -- Heavenly Place C.O.G.I.C. will have events next week. Youth Explosion 2002 is at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Heaven's Night Out, featuring the group "Simply Real," and praise music will start at 6:35 p.m. next Saturday. The cost for the music event is $15. Call (330) 746-7675.
Prayer group to meet
HUBBARD -- The Sacred Heart Padre Pio Prayer Group Family Holy Hour will be at 3 p.m. Feb. 24 in St. Patrick Church. The schedule includes a video of the life of Christ, the Rosary, and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Call (330) 534-9120.
YOUNGSTOWN -- In celebration of Black History Month, Holy Trinity Missionary Baptist Church will recognize one of its members, Mark Rheins Jr. at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 10.
Passion play trip
SHARON, Pa. -- The Mercer County Chapter of The World Apostolate of Fatima is sponsoring a bus trip to Pittsburgh on March 16 to visit St. Anthony's Chapel and to attend the annual performance of the Passion play, "Veronica's Veil."
The bus leaves Sharon at 8:15 a.m. and arrives at the chapel for a 10:30 a.m. guided tour. Lunch will be available. The 2 p.m. performance is at Prince of Peace Parish. Call (724) 346-4357.
Praise group performs
AUSTINTOWN -- The vocal group Praise will perform at 5:30 p.m. next Saturday in Wickliffe Presbyterian Church.
Educators to speak
WOOSTER -- Maysam al Faruqi, professor of theology at Georgetown University, will present "Islam and the Challenge of Change" at the Clergy Academy of Religion Tuesday in Wishart Hall at the College of Wooster. On Feb. 12, Paul F. Knitter, professor of theology at Xavier University, will present "No Peace Among Nations Without Peace Among Religions: A Christian Perspective." Both talks are at 1:15 p.m. The cost is $11 per talk. Call (330) 345-5798.
Singles events offered
NILES -- The Single Adult Ministry Network's February schedule includes:
U Lunch at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Roadhouse on South Avenue in Youngstown.
U Adult Valentine Banquet at 7 p.m. Friday at the Lockwood House in Boardman. Limited seating is available. The cost is $16.
U Gym and game night at 6 p.m. Feb. 9 at Pleasant Valley Church in Niles. Children are welcome.
U Roller skating at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at Olympic Skating in Hermitage, Pa. The cost is $5.50.
U Bowling at 5 p.m. Feb. 16 at Bell Wick Bowl in Hubbard. The cost is $2 per game. Children welcome.
U Singles Night Out with karaoke at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at Pleasant Valley Church.
U Coffee House at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Warren Rescue Mission with music by Dustin Wray.
Call (330) 783-6297 for more information.
Study, hunger events
LEETONIA -- Five teams will take part when the Ohio Synod Eastern Conference of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has its annual Bible Bowl at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Other teams are from Bethel Lutheran and Good Hope Lutheran churches, both in Boardman, St. Paul Lutheran Church in Warren and Zion Lutheran Church in New Middletown. The winner will go to state competition in March.
On Feb. 15 and 16, youths from Good Hope, Zion Lutheran Church in Cornersburg, Grace Lutheran Church in Austintown, New Life Lutheran Church in Liberty, and Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Canfield will take part in the World Vision 30-hour Famine. The youths will fast for 30 hours, collect food for and work at the Rescue Mission, and collect pledges to fight hunger internationally. World Vision raised $8 million in 2001. Participants should call (330) 782-8109 by Thursday to get a pledge booklet.
Service and studies
MINERAL RIDGE -- The First United Methodist Church and Ohltown United Methodist churches will have a joint Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Ohltown UMC church. The combined choirs will perform special music.
Ohltown United Methodist Church will have breakfasts at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays during Lent starting Feb. 18. Devotions will be followed by the meal and Bible study with a Lenten theme at 10:45 a.m.
AUSTINTOWN -- West Austintown First United Methodist Church will have an Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m. Feb. 13. A message will be given on the "Legacy of Tragedy vs. Legacy of Triumph."
LISBON -- Nita Evans, a Christian counselor in private practice in Columbus, Ind., will be the speaker at Unity 2002, a women's retreat beginning at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 23 at Trinity Friends Church. Lora Fathauer, also of Columbus, Ind., will be the praise leader. The event, including lunch, is free. Register by next Saturday by calling (330) 424-9204.
NORTH LIMA -- Julie Condra and Pat Hingle star in the movie "Road to Redemption," which will be shown at 6 p.m. Feb. 10 at North Lima Mennonite Church. Call (330) 549-2333.
Lecture on Yahweh
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Institute of Divine Metaphysical Research, a nondenominational organization, will give a lecture on Yahweh from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in Kilcawley Center at Youngstown State University. Call (330) 392-4835.
Free safety video
MERRILL, Wis. -- A free 15-minute video designed to promote transportation safety for religious organizations is available to all houses of worship and religious schools through Church Mutual Insurance Co. The video covers vehicle maintenance, pre-trip checks, emergency kits, driving tips, weather-related dangers, what to do in case of an accident and passenger responsibility. Call (800) 554-2642, Ext. 4205.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Trinity United Methodist Church is offering Bible studies that include:
U "Looking at Human Relationships" that will meet every other week at 2 p.m. beginning Thursday in the Community Room at International Towers.
UThe topics of "Living Wisely" and "The Call to Love Each Other." Two classes are available: One will meet on the first and third Thursdays each month at the Denny's Restaurant in Austintown. The other is on the second and fourth Tuesdays at the Denny's Restaurant in Boardman. Both are at 8 a.m.
U A study on the theme "Under the Tree of Life." Two weekly classes are available. One begins at 7 p.m. Feb. 26, and the second begins at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 27, both at the church. For more information, call (330) 744-5032.
YOUNGSTOWN -- "Conquerors Through Christ" is the title of the eighth annual fellowship brunch sponsored by the deaconesses at Rising Star Baptist Church. Rosie Bryant will be the speaker at the event, which is from 9 a.m. to noon next Saturday at the Brentford House in Hubbard. The cost is $12, and reservations must be made by Thursday. Call (330) 744-0035.