Retreats planned

Retreats planned


The Ursuline Center is offering a retreat/time of reflection for RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) candidates and team members, catechumen and confirmation candidates from 9 a.m. to noon March 9.

“Dining in the Kingdom of God” will be at the Ursuline Motherhouse, 4250 Shields Road.

The theme focuses on the attitude required for those who seek spiritual nourishment.

The $15 donation includes all materials and light refreshments.

“Come Away and Rest Awhile,” a retreat for busy women, will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to noon March 19 at the Ursuline Center, 4280 Shields Road. The theme is “The desire of my heart is God’s desire for me.”

The $10 donation includes all materials.

Information and registration is available online at, or contact Eileen W. Novotny, Ursuline associate, at 330-540-1986, 330-799-4941 or

Lord’s prayer study


A six-week study and discussion of the Lord’s Prayer is planned at 6 p.m. Sundays, starting this weekend, at First Presbyterian Church, 890 Churchill Road.

The Lord’s Prayer can open the door to deeper relationships with God and with one another.

The study will consider both the Biblical context and the prayer’s relevance and application for today’s world.

For information, call 330-505-1192.

First Friday Club


Bishop George V. Murry of the Diocese of Youngstown will speak at the March 7 gathering of the First Friday Club of Greater Youngstown.

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

Cost is $15. For reservations, call 330-533-1023, or visit

Lenten services

First Presbyterian Church, 3654 Main St., will conduct Wednesday Lenten services beginning next week.

Church members will share in discussion via Skype with different people involved in mission around the world. This will be a time of storytelling by mission workers. The 30-minute services are for the whole family. Dinner will be from 6 to 6:45 p.m.

Ministries chapter


Pastor Edie Smith Bradley, senior pastor of El Shaddai Dominiom Ministries in Youngstown, will be guest speaker when Youngstown Chapter of Igniting New Life Ministries, an interdenominational ministry, meets Monday at Georgeanna Parker Activity Center in Boardman Park, 325 Boardman-Poland Road.

Fellowship will begin at 6:30 p.m. with ministry at 7.

Lenten speakers


The Christian Formation Commission at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 7345 Westview Drive, will sponsor a Lenten speaker series on “Living Our Faith.” Sessions will be from 7:40 to 8:15 a.m. in the St. Matthew Room; a continental breakfast will be provided.

Programs will be Wednesday, Bob Hart, parishioner; Feb. 27, Sister Therese Ann Rich; March 6, Dr. Lois Cavucci, president of Mahoning Valley Regional Catholic School System; March 13, Jill DelSignore, parishioner; and March 20, Frank Lazzeri, Boardman schools superintendent.

For information, call Joan Binsley at 330-770-0723.

Becoming Catholics


Within the six-county Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, 293 men, women and children are preparing to become members of the Catholic Church at Easter. One hundred and ten people will receive the sacraments of baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil on March 30; and 183 people who have already been baptized in other Christian traditions will make a profession of the Catholic faith and receive the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.

They have been participating in parishes in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. They also learn about and participate in the apostolic mission of the Church.

On the first Sunday of Lent this weekend, these people will celebrate the Rite of Election at either St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown at 2 p.m. or St. Joseph Church in Canton at 6 p.m. They will be presented to the bishop.

During the Rite of Election, godparents, sponsors and members of the assembly are asked to attest to the readiness of these men, women and children for the Sacraments of Initiation. The candidates will then continue their final preparation for Easter.

For information, contact the Rev. Michael D. Balash, Office of Worship, 330-744-8451, ext. 282.

Lenten meditations

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St. John’s Episcopal Church, 226 W. State St., plans a Lenten Meditation and Recital Series.

The Rev. Adam Tramby, rector, will offer a meditation at 11 a.m. today followed by a half-hour recital featuring Dr. Richard Konzen, Grove City College organist and professsor of music.

At 11 a.m. Feb. 23, Father Trambley will offer the meditation followed by a recital with Youngstown Fine Arts Brass.

A free-will offering will be taken and a community lunch will be served in Allen Hall. St. John’s is handicapped accessible.

Lenten devotions


Blessed Sacrament Church, 3020 Reeves Road, N.E., plans Stations of the Cross with a lay leader at 7 p.m. Fridays except Good Friday. Stations of the Cross for Peace are at noon the first Tuesday of the month.

A men’s prayer breakfast is at 7 a.m. Mondays at Panera Bread, Elm Road.

Mass and soup supper will be at 5:30 p.m. with liturgy in the church, followed by supper in Reagan Hall, then witness at 7. The focus is fasting, praying and almsgiving through service, worship and witness.

Programs are: Tuesday, rice bowls with Patricia Rogan; Feb. 26, caregivers and caring with Beacon Street Players; March 5, welcome new parish- oners to opportunities for ministry hosted by Parish Pastoral Council; March 12, liturgical ministry retreat, “It’s More Than Volunteering,” with the Rev. Thomas Eisweirth, pastor, with registration in the Gathering Space; March 19, communal reconciliation service; and March 26, “The Three Days in Scripture and Song” with Pat Campbell and Samm Lewis.

Theology on Tap


Theology on Tap, Mahoning County Chapter, will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Magic Tree Pub and Eatery, 7453 South Ave.

Speaker will be the Rev. Joseph Fata, pastor of St. Luke Church, whose topic will be “Penance is Not A Dirty Word.”

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