Submit information on Ash Wednesday

Submit information on Ash Wednesday

Lent, a season of spiritual renewal, begins Ash Wednesday, which is Feb. 13.

Forty days is a traditional number of discipline, devotion and preparation in the Bible. Lent also lasts for 40 days, excluding Sundays.

A listing of Ash Wednesday services and other Lenten programs will be published Feb. 9.

Deadline to submit information is 5 p.m. Feb. 6.

Send information by email to, mail to Religion at The Vindicator, P.O. Box 780, Youngstown 44501-0780, or by fax to 330-747-6712.

For information, call 330-747-1471, ext. 1245.

Lenten mission


St. Charles Borromeo Church, 7345 Westview Drive, will sponsor a three-evening Lenten mission featuring Jon Leonetti, international Catholic speaker and radio host.

Sessions will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Feb. 4-6 on the themes “God’s Yes To Us,” “Our Response” and “With Great Love.”

On the last night, there will be a social and refreshments immediately after the program. All are welcome. For information, call 330-758-5035.

Free concert


Singer/songwriter Jenah Ross Shank will present a free concert at 6 p.m. Friday at Second Chance Community Outreach Ministry, 1747 S. Raccoon Road, Suite 1.

She will share songs from her newest CD, “Captive of Hope,” released in September, and music from her previous recordings. She has released several CDs, and many of her songs feature the musicianship of the Pittsburgh-based Granati Brothers — David, Joey and Hermie Granati, along with Tony Bonomo — and Phil Keaggy and John Sferra of Glass Harp.

The “Captive of Hope” CD was recorded and produced by Josh Lattanzi and Ronnie Cable, both of Austintown.

Several years ago she and her family established the Mamie Ross Native American Scholarship Program, which helps send Native American youths to Bible camp each year.

For information, call 330- 978-1702 or email

Diocesan board


A board meeting for the Diocese of Youngstown National Council of Catholic Women will be Feb. 16 at St. Paul Church, 935 E. State St. Sign-in will be at 9:30 a.m. with the meeting at 10.

Reservations are due by Friday by calling Rosemary Wetshtein at 330-296-6817.

Prayer breakfast


The Brotherhood Ministry of Union Baptist Church, 528 Lincoln Ave., will host the annual Men of Valor prayer breakfast at 9 a.m. Feb. 23.

Bishop Jesse Gavin, pastor of Greater Calvary Full Gospel Baptist Church in Erie, Pa., will be guest preacher.

Ticket donation is $10. Tickets may be purchased by calling the church office at 330-746-1217. The deadline is Feb. 15. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Revival services


Pastor Joseph Kuykendall of Old Landmark Church of God in Christ will conduct revival services at Bread of Life Church of God in Christ, 702 Cameron Ave., at 5 p.m. Sunday. Elder Rocco Wellington is pastor. Other services were Thursday and Friday.

Annual meeting


Butler Memorial Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Rayen Ave., will conduct its annual meeting Sunday. A light meal will follow.

Drama in worship


New Lisbon Presbyterian Church,111 E. Chestnut St., will host the Chancel Players, a drama troupe from Malone University in Canton, during its worship service at 10:15 a.m. Feb. 3.

The event is open to all. A potluck luncheon will follow.

A free-will offering will benefit the Chancel Players, a student drama outreach that performs faith-based comedy and drama sketches.

The church also will conclude its collection of canned goods and monetary donations Feb. 3 as part of the nationwide Souper Bowl of Caring. All donations will be given to the local food pantry. Donations can be dropped off at the church on weekday mornings or during the Sunday services.

Lenten retreat


Eileen W. Novotny, spiritual director for The Ursuline Center, 4250 Shields Road, is offering a Lenten retreat designed for people with little spare time who want to deepen their prayer.

From the first week in February through the week of March 17, she is offering the retreat that requires a prayer time daily and the opportunity to meet once a week for 45 minutes with a prayer guide. Meeting times are flexible to accommodate individual schedules and will be at the Ursuline Motherhouse.

The cost is $70 and includes all materials. Scholarships are available. Register with Novotny at 330-533-3831 or emailing

Novotny received certification from the Ignatian Spirituality Institute and John Carroll University and is an associate of the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown.

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