Society of St. John Chrysostom, Youngstown-Warren Chapter, will present guest speaker, Pedro O. Vega, during a program at 7 p.m. May 15 at Christ the Good Shepherd Parish, St. Rose of Lima Church, 394 Tenney Ave.
The topic will be “Icons ‘Not Made by Hands’ in East and West: Exploring the Connections.” Vega works in the U.S. Department of Justice and is an Afghan war veteran. He also is a lay Benedictine oblate with a background in Eastern and Western Christianity.
For information, call 330-755-4141 and for Spanish, call 330-755-3633. The talk is free and open to the public.
The society is an ecumenical organization of Catholic and Orthodox clergy and laity. For information, call 330-755-5635 or visit www.Byzcath.Org/stjohnchrysostom.
A Night to Honor Mary is planned at 7 p.m. Friday at St. Columba Cathedral, 154 W. Wood St., and at 7 p.m. May 17 at St. Michael the Archangel Parish, 3430 St. Michael Boulevard NW, Canton. Bishop George V. Murry of the Diocese of Youngstown will preside at both devotional services. The diocesan Youth Choir will participate in the St. Columba Cathedral service. The services will include Scripture readings, a homily, hymns and recitation of the rosary.
For information, call the Office of Worship at 330-744-8451.
Youngstown City and Regional Prayer Team will meet for a prayer assembly at 10 a.m. next Saturday at Fifth Avenue Community Church, 1361 Fifth Ave. Prayer leaders are Larry and Betty Stephens. The group meets the second Saturday this month because of the Men’s Rally in the Valley this weekend.
The Saturday night sing-along will take place at 6 p.m. next Saturday at New Life Christian Fellowship, 2088 Tibbetts-Wick Road, featuring Gospel hymns. The concert will feature Kim Ruscitti and family and Bill and Katie Gutherie.
St. James’ Episcopal Church, 7640 Glenwood Ave., will conduct its annual blessing of animals at 3 p.m. Sunday on the church front lawn.
Rogation Sunday, the sixth Sunday after Easter, is a traditional time to give thanks for God’s creation. In a time more focused on rural life, Rogation Sunday was a day to bless the fields as the year’s crops were being planted and to bless the farm animals on whom the community’s life depended. St. James’ Church retains aspects of this custom by blessing the animals whose presence enriches our lives.
Special guest will be Princess, a 15-year-old brown tabby cat recently diagnosed with lymphoma. Her owner, Barbara Jones of Austintown, said the cat is receiving chemotherapy but she feels a special blessing would help.
All animals are welcome. All dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers. Owners of animals who do not travel well may share photos of pets to be blessed. Each animal will receive an individual blessing. Treats for all will be served.
River of Life Ministries, 65 Palestine Drive, will show a DVD teaching by Pastor John Hagee at 7 p.m. Wednesday, and May 15 and 22. The topic is “The Four Blood Moons.” The program is free.