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Send newsletter to Religion desk

All churches, synagogues, mosques and ministries are invited to send their newsletters to The Vindicator. Send to Religion Desk, The Vindicator, P.O. Box 780, Youngstown, Ohio 44501-0780. Electronic versions may be sent to

The newsletters provide a valuable source of information on services and activities at area places of worship.

For more information, call the Religion desk at 330-747-1471, ext. 1245.

Winter prayer

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Villa Maria Spirituality and Education Center will continue its morning seminars, Coffee & Contemplation series, with “Contemplative Winter Prayer” from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 8.

Sister Barbara O’Donnell will be the presenter.

Program participants may stay for lunch; registration is required. Cost to attend the program is $7. Cost to attend the program and lunch is $12. Call 724-964-8886 or register online at

Interpreter at Mass


St. William Church, 5411 Mahoning Ave. NW, will have a sign-language interpreter for the deaf or hard of hearing at the 11 a.m. Mass beginning Jan. 6.

For information, contact the parish office at 330-847-8677 or visit

Ukrainian carols


St. Anne’s Ukrainian Catholic Church Byzantine Rite, 3055 S. Raccoon Road, will host a free concert of traditional Ukrainian Christmas carols at 3 p.m. Sunday.

The carols, known as “koliadky,” will be performed by the Ukrainian Cultural Trust Choir of Western Pennsylvania.

The choir is comprised of singers from various acappella church choirs from the greater Pittsburgh area and has been together for 21 years.

Dorothy Waslo is director.

In the Ukrainian Christmas tradition, for Byzantine Catholic and Eastern Orthodox, Christmas carols were not sung before Christmas Day. The start of the Christmas celebration began at the appearance of the first star on Christmas Eve and caroling continued to Epiphany.

Watch Night


Watch Night services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Monday at Triedstone Missionary Baptist Church, 2045 Jacobs Road.

The Rev. David Moncrief Jr. is pastor.

There will be no dinner this year.

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