Holy Hours for Life
The annual Holy Hours for Life are scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 19 at St. Columba Cathedral, 154 W. Wood St., to pray for the protection and sanctity of all life from conception to natural death. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, benediction, the recitation of the rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy will take place. A short reception will follow in the parish center. The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 6, and Men and Women United for Life are sponsors. For information, contact Judy Welsh at 330-718-7746 or Natalie Wardle at 330-758-2325.
St. Patrick Church, 1420 Oak Hill Ave., will host an ecumenical prayer service for the Week of Christian Unity at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21 in the church. The Rev. Edward Noga, pastor, will preside with Rose Carter, executive director of ACTION, delivering the reflection. This year’s theme is “Is Christ Divided?” The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity invites the whole Christian community throughout the world to pray in communion with the prayer of Jesus “that they all may be one” from John 17:21. The program is free and open to all. For information, contact Kris Harper or Vicki Vicars at the rectory at 330-743-1109.
Pastor Lucille Orr of Lifecare Ministries in Canfield will be guest speaker when Youngstown Chapter of Igniting New Life Ministries, an interdenominational ministry, meets Jan. 20 at Georgeanna Parker Activity Center in Boardman Park, 325 Boardman-Poland Road. Fellowship will begin at 6:30 p.m. with ministry at 7.
C.S. Lewis Institute to offer speakers series
The Northeast Ohio branch of the C.S. Lewis Institute will open its community speakers series with Stuart McAllister discussing “Born Free or Born Flawed” from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 24 in the C.S. Lewis Institute lecture room at Trinity United Methodist Church, 30 W. Front St. McAllister will explore the human condition and the desire for freedom, discussing sin and how it inhibits us from attaining our desires no matter how sincere or how determined our efforts. McAllister will explain how and why a biblical message is an answer to these struggles.
The community lecture series is free and open to the public as a component of the yearlong Fellows curriculum. Attendees are encouraged to register at CSLIStuartMcAllister.eventbrite.com or visit facebook at facebook.com/cslewisinstitutenortheastohio for event details.
McAllister, born in Scotland, has been a longtime Christian philanthropist and mobilizer in Europe.
The next program will be from 7 to 9 p.m. March 21 when Dr. Andy Bannister will explore “Are We Free and Does it Matter?” The lecture will focus on the debate about free will versus determinism within philosophy. This event will be in the format of a dual monologue where Bannister will provide a Christian response to the question and Dr. Mustansir Mir, professor of Islamic Studies at Youngstown State University, will provide an Islamic response.
Bannister is the Canadian director and lead apologist for RZIM Canada.
For information on the CSLI, call 330-717-6979 or visit www.cslewisInstitute.org/Northeast_Ohio.