Seven new associates will gather with the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown at a special Mass on Monday in the Motherhouse Chapel. The Mass will celebrate the Feast Day of St. Angela Merici, who founded the Ursuline Order in 1535.
The 2014 Ursuline Associates are James and Michele Gatts of Austintown, members of St. Michael Church in Canfield; Lisa Klingensmith of Canfield, member of St. Joseph Church in Austintown; Loretta Peduzzi of Poland, member of St. Charles Borromeo Church in Boardman; Shelly Semko, a member of St. Patrick Church in Youngstown and St. Paul the Apostle Church in New Middletown; and Kevin and Trish Yurchekfrodl of Austintown, members of St. Michael.
Ursuline Associates are adult women and men who embrace the mission and ministry of the Ursuline Sisters. They have studied St. Angela’s teachings and learned about many ministries of the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown in the Mahoning Valley and beyond.
The Chapel of the Friendly Bells at Trinity United Methodist Church, 30 W. Front St., will again be the site for walk-in weddings on Valentine’s Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 14.
Clergy couple, the Rev. Jerry Krueger of Trinity UMC and Rev. Susan Brown of Canfield United Methodist Church, will offer a Christian service including traditional wedding vows, exchange of rings, scripture and a blessing of the couple.
Wedding-vow renewal services also will be offered. The fee for each wedding is $50, which will be donated to the Good Shepherd Kitchen in Youngstown and Operation Blessing in Canfield.
Weddings will be performed in the order couples arrive. Attendants and guests are welcome. Couples must bring their wedding license, identification and the $50 fee in cash. Weddings will not be performed for those who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
For information, call Trinity at 330-744-5032.
The Youngstown City and Regional Prayer Team will meet for a prayer assembly at 10 a.m. Feb. 1 at Fifth Avenue Community Church, 1361 Fifth Ave.
Prayer leaders are Larry and Betty Stephens.
El Emeth Sisterhood will host the 68th annual Interfaith Tea at 1 p.m. Feb. 4 at Temple El Emeth, 3970 Logan Way.
The theme is “Fighting Poverty with Faith: Working Together to End Hunger.” Guests are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for Second Harvest Food Bank.
The idea for the Interfaith Tea was proposed in 1946 by Marion Roth, then president of Rodef Sholom Sisterhood in Youngstown. She sought to initiate an interfaith movement to promote a better understanding among various faiths, help overcome religious prejudice and create bonds of fellowship among women of Youngstown. She believed all traditions should be represented and respected.
The annual teas are hosted on a rotating basis by the women of Jewish, Catholic, Protestant and Eastern Orthodox traditions in the Mahoning Valley. Work is underway to expand the number of participating communities as sponsors.
Reservations are appreciated; call the temple office at 330-759-1429 by Friday.
Butler Memorial Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Rayen Ave., will have its congregational meeting during worship at 11 a.m. Sunday.