Prayers for peace
YOUNGSTOWN -- Bishop Thomas J. Tobin has asked all parishes and institutions of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown to set aside Thursday for prayer and sacrifice for world peace. The date coincides with Pope John Paul II's invitation to world religious leaders to gather in Assisi to pray for world peace "to ensure that love will prevail over hatred, peace over war, truth over falsehood, and forgiveness over revenge."
Pope John Paul II has requested that dioceses observe Thursday and the vigil Wednesday.
The bishop also asked that the diocese use the observance to fast and pray for an end to abortion.
"Our prayer has special urgency in the troubled and dangerous times of our world today." said Bishop Tobin. "May our local efforts be joined with those worldwide in our fervent prayer for peace in our day."
YOUNGSTOWN -- An Ecumenical Healing Prayer Service will be at 7 p.m. Sunday in Christ Church Presbyterian. There will be time for personal ministry for those who desire physical, emotional or spiritual healing.
Super Bowl Party
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Men of Valor of Holy Trinity Missionary Baptist Church will present its 5th Annual Super Bowl Party at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 3. Tickets are $5 in advance or $6 at the door.
Women's retreat set
NILES -- Pleasant Valley Church will have a 2002 Women's Retreat titled "A Heart for God," with June Evans as the guest speaker. The event is 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 1; 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 2. Registration by Sunday is $20, and after that is $25. Luncheon and child care are provided. Call (330) 539-6582.
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Mahoning County Right to Life Organization will have a nondenominational prayer service from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday along the 4000 block of Market Street in observance of Sanctity of Life Week.
Local Moody class
CHAMPION -- The Moody Bible Institute -- Northeast Ohio will offer extension courses on the book of Genesis at Grace Baptist Church on Mondays from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 28 through May 6. Call (330) 847-7577.
BOARDMAN -- "Heaven's Gates & amp; Hell's Flames," a drama with a cast of 50, will be presented at Trinity Fellowship Church at 7 p.m. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Admission is free. Call (330) 782-9051.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown has announced the appointment of Cindee Case as director of the office of youth and young adult ministry, effective Feb. 11. Case succeeds Amy Finnerty, who moved to South Carolina. Case joins Faye Abbondanza, the associate director, in serving the 116 parishes of the six-county diocese. The office, part of the department of pastoral and educational service, provides resources, training, support and coordination for young adults ages 18 to 29.
A native of Cuyahoga Falls, Case most recently served as diocesan director of young adult ministry for the Archdiocese of Atlanta and previously was diocesan director of youth and young adult ministries for the Diocese of St. Augustine, Fla. She also served in the Diocese of Cleveland as regional youth ministry specialist and as youth coordinator for Holy Family Parish, Stow, Ohio.
Case is president of the National Catholic Young Adult Ministry Association and serves the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry as a member of the adult training and certification management committee. She has a bachelor's degree in behavioral sciences from Kent State University.