Rodef Sholom offers discount on pre-orders of Commemorative Book

Rodef Sholom offers discount on pre-orders of Commemorative Book


The Commemorative Book for Rodef Sholom’s 150th anniversary is going to press soon. To determine how many copies to print, a discount will be offered if one or more books are pre-ordered by Feb. 1. The cost is $50, but if ordered before the deadline, the cost is $36.

If anyone interested in purchasing the book has contributed $250 or more to sponsor the sesquicentennial celebration, the book already is pre-ordered and paid for, so no further action is required. However, if additional copies are desired, pre-order by the deadline at the discounted price. Buying an ad in the 150th anniversary program guide is not the same as purchasing a sponsorship and does not entitle anyone to a complimentary copy.

To pre-order, send a check to Congregation Rodef Sholom, 1119 Elm St., Youngstown OH, 44505. Include name, address, phone number, number of copies and the amount enclosed.

Coalburg United adds 2nd Sunday a.m. service


Coalburg United Methodist Church is excited to announce it is adding a second worship service Sunday mornings called Reach! The public is invited to join and become part of this new worship as it is launched Feb. 5 at 8:45 a.m.

Reach! will include current and well-loved contemporary music, is intended to last about 45 to 50 minutes and will be followed by a time of fellowship, drinks and snacks before Sunday School classes begin at 9:45 a.m.

The name Reach! was chosen to embody the basic framework of Up, Out, In that will guide the work, mission and preaching of the service: Reaching Up to God, Reaching Out to Others and Reaching In Spiritually.

Preaching will be shared by Paster Ray Ake, and the newly hired Youth Pastor Charley Bartelmay. The congregation will continue to be served by its traditional worship at 10:30 a.m. with its choir and organ.

The church, at 1906 Wick Campbell Road, Hubbard, OH 44425, will have red banners outside Sunday mornings.

For information or questions, call 330-531-4221. Check out the Coalburg UMC Facebook page or website

Divorce Survival Guide offered at 2 parishes

The Office of Pro-Life, Marriage and Family Life, in cooperation with St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Boardman, and St. Paul Parish, North Canton, is offering Part 1 of The Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide on these dates and locations.

All divorced and separated Catholics are welcome to attend.

On Mondays, the series will be offered at St. Charles Parish, Boardman, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Feb. 6, Feb. 20, March 6 and March 20 in the St. Mark Room, 7345 Westview Drive.

On Wednesdays, the series will be offered at St. Paul Parish, North Canton, from 7 to 9 p.m., on Feb. 8, 15, 22 and March 1 in North Room A, 241 South Main St.

The Catholic Divorce Survival Guide is a DVD-based series with accompanying materials created to bring hope, healing and wisdom to divorced and separated Catholics.

This professionally produced series includes top Catholic experts on relationships, love, sex, marriage, divorce, annulment and Church teachings, plus the personal testimony of 12 divorced Catholic men and women who share their real-life stories of hope and healing.

The series is free. For information, to register, or to learn about additional opportunities for ministry to the divorced in Northeast Ohio, call 330-744-8451.

Bishop Murry will be White Mass celebrant


Bishop George V. Murry of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown is the principle celebrant and homilist for the 21st annual White Mass at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 12 at St. Columba Cathedral, 154 W. Wood St.

The White Mass is for all health professionals, including mental-health workers, to recognize and celebrate the ministry of all those in healing professions.

A reception will follow in St. Columba Hall next to the cathedral.

The annual White Mass is sponsored by the Lourdes Guild, an association of Catholic physicians and dentists of the diocese, in cooperation with the Youngstown Council of Catholic Nurses and the diocesan Office of Pro-Life, Marriage and Family Life. For information, call 330-744-8451.

Catch family series Mondays at St. Michael


All are welcome to “Another Two Nights on the Family,” which will take place on these Mondays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Michael Parish Hall, 300 Broad St.

On Feb. 13, Bishop George V. Murry of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown will speak on “The Vital Role of the Family in Church & Society.”

Bishop Murry participated in the Ordinary Synod on the Family in Rome in 2015 that contributed to Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia (On the Joy of Love).

On Feb. 27, a panel of local experts will address “Bullying: What Can Be Done About It?” Panelists include Delphine Baldwin-Casey, retired Youngstown detective sergeant and the diocese’s victim assistance coordinator for the Safe Environment Program; Donna Mertes, counselor at St. Michael School, Canton; and Nickie Ostick, community educator and outreach specialist at Christina House.

A light pizza supper begins at 6:30 p.m. Baby-sitting is available for those who register at least five days in advance. Religious education certification hours are available.

The Office of Pro-Life, Marriage and Family Life is collaborating with Mercy Health Foundation, the Youngstown Council of Catholic Nurses and the Diocese’s Catholic Medical Association in presenting the free event. Donations will be accepted. For information, call 330-744-8451.

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