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Send information on animal blessings

The traditional blessing of animals celebrates the life of St. Francis of Assisi, whose feast day is Oct. 4.

St. Francis is known for his love of all creatures.

A listing of pet blessings will be published on the Religion page next Saturday.

Send information to the Religion desk, The Vindicator, 107 Vindicator Square, Box 780, Youngstown, OH 44501-0780; by fax to 330-747-6712; or by email to

Praise night


A night of back-to-school praise and inspiration will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at St. James Church of God in Christ, 75 S. Prospect Ave.

Singers, mime groups, Gospel rappers and testimonies will be presented.

Guest preacher will be Tehesha Hosey.

For information, call 330-518-4369.

Fall revival


Corner House Christian Church, 6954 Chestnut Ridge Road, will host fall revival services Sunday and Monday featuring present and past ministers and Christian service workers who have grown up in the congregation.

Timothy Bancroft and friends will lead music and worship at 10:45 a.m. Sunday. He is worship and music leader at Greenwood Christian Church in Canton.

At 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Mark and Debbie Wright Billiter of Pines Christian Church in Mount Gilead will lead the program.

At 6:30 p.m. Monday, Raymond Sanders will preach.

Guest speaker


Mark Swinney of Sandia Park, N.M., international speaker, will present a talk on “Eternal Life: Could It Be that God Didn’t Intend Us to Age?” at 3 p.m. Sept. 30 at First Church of Christ, 1515 S. Meridian Road.

A practitioner and teacher of Christian Science healing, Swinney has devoted more than 25 years to praying with people and empowering people to pray effectively for themselves.

He has authored more than 250 published articles addressing numerous facets of prayer and healing.

He is a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship.

Series on CTNY


CTNY, Catholic Television Network of the Diocese of Youngstown, has announced the production and broadcast of a new show to air on ETC-Ecumenical Television Channel.

An eight-part series titled “The Bishop’s Corner” will feature Bishop George V. Murry and the Rev. James Korda, pastoral director of CTNY, as moderator.

Broadcasts will begin Monday and run through April 2013.

They will air the last Monday of the month.

“The Bishop’s Corner” will highlight the New Evangelization called for by Pope Benedict XVI.

Women’s retreat


A retreat for the women of the Northeast Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and friends is planned from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. next Saturday at Camp Frederick.

An in-kind offering benefits local food pantries and a regular offering is for the 25th anniversary projects of Women of the ELCA - Katie’s Fund and Malaria Campaign.

Charlotte Glasgo of Zion Lutheran Church in Loudonville is retreat leader.

Registration is $20 and includes continental breakfast and lunch, program and camp facilities.

Registration should go to Martha Bishop, treasurer NEOSWO, 890 Waugh Drive, Hubbard, OH 44425.

Pastor anniversary


Rev. Larry W. Parker will celebrate his 19th anniversary year as pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church, 102 Penn Ave., at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Guests will be the Rev. Kevin Crum, who will speak, and the congregation of New Hope Baptist.

Speaker planned


Bishop Earl Boyea of Lansing, Mich., will speak on the topic “American Church History and The Vatican Council” at 6 p.m. Oct. 9 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Social Hall, 343 Via Mount Carmel.

Cost is $25 and reservations are required.

The presentation is part of the Diocese of Youngstown’s fourth annual Bishop Benedict C. Franzetta Memorial Lecture Series.

The series, established by Bishop George V. Murry, is designed to further the church’s mission of evangelization.

To become a supporter of the series, for information and registration, call Linda Tedde at 330-744-8451, ext. 252. Reservation deadline is Oct. 3.

First Friday Club event


First Friday Club of Greater Youngstown will host Anthony Magliano, internationally syndicated social justice and peace columnist with The Catholic Exponent, on Oct. 4.

His topic will be “The Church’s Social Justice Tradition and the General Election.”

The luncheon is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Antone’s Banquet Centre on Market Street.

Cost is $15; call 330-533-1023 or visit

Labyrinth walk


The Ursuline Center, 4280 Shields Road, will offer a guided labyrinth walk celebrating the “Journey of Learning” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

The final guided walk of the season will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 21 celebrating the “Journey of Autumn” and marking the Feast of St. Ursula, for whom the Ursuline Sisters are named.

The Ursuline Center labyrinth is a ministry of the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown and open year-round from dawn to dusk for all people of faith. There is no cost to use the labyrinth, which is handicapped-accessible.

Visit for more information.

Ordination service


Restoration Christian Fellowship, 151 Folsom Drive, will host the ordination service of Kimberly D. Walker, co-pastor, at 4 p.m. Sunday.

She is the wife of the Rev. Joseph E. Walker Jr., pastor.

Biker Sunday scheduled


Biker Sunday is planned this weekend at Simon Road Church of God, 4750 Simon Road.

A continental breakfast will be served from 9 to 10 a.m. followed by the service from 10 to 11.

The group will ride to a farm in Pennsylvania for a hot dog roast.

For information, call 330-783-1940.

The church sponsors a praise and worship service at 6 p.m. every Sunday.

‘Jesus Quest’


Fowler United Methodist Church, 3426 state Route 193, will host “Jesus Quest” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 14 for children age 4 and older. There will be no program Oct. 31.

The sessions include Bible study, music and crafts; dinner is served first. Register by calling 330-638-5775 or 330-442-1223.

‘Issachar Solution’


Dr. Jerome A. Jones will present “Issachar Solution” from 9 a.m. to noon today at the Elton Beard Cabin at Boardman Park, 375 Boardman-Poland Road.

The worship fee is $20; materials and continental breakfast are included.

‘Glory Train’ play


The play “Glory Train” will be presented today at Bethelehem Lutheran Church, 388 E. Midlothian Blvd. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Tickets at the door are $15 and include refreshments.

Art retreat set

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Villa Maria Education and Spirituality will offer an art retreat, titled “Finding God in the Clay in My Hand,” facilitated by Sister Paulette Kirschensteiner from Oct. 11-14.

Sister Paulette is a fiber artist who has a master of fiber arts degree.

The cost is $295 and includes overnight accommodations, materials and meals.

A commuter rate of $225 is available. Registration is required; call 724-964-8886 or go to

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