Submit information for holiday services

Submit information for holiday services

The Vindicator will publish a listing of area services open to the public in observance of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

The list of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services will run Dec. 16 on the Religion page. The list of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day services will run Dec. 23 on the Religion page.

The deadline to submit information is noon on Dec. 12.

Information should include the denomination and name of the church, address, city or suburb and time of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day services. The information should be accompanied by a name and a phone number for verification or any questions.

Send the information to Religion, The Vindicator, 107 Vindicator Square, Box 780, Youngstown, Ohio 44501-0780; by fax to 330-747-6712; or by email to

Free community dinner


There will be a free neighborhood community dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Orthodox Center, 1025 N. Belle Vista. The dinner is sponsored by Sts. Peter and Paul Ukranian Orthodox Church.

Catholic Charities to host 2nd Sip and Shop


Catholic Charities of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown will host its second annual Sip and Shop Pop-Up Boutique from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, which is also known as Giving Tuesday, at St. Columba Hall, 159 W. Rayen Ave.

All proceeds help to provide emergency assistance – food, shelter, clothing, utility assistance and essential medication – to families served by Catholic Charities’ agencies throughout the Diocese of Youngstown. For information,go to or contacting Nikole Kelley at 330-744-8451, ext. 323, or email

Benedictine Sisters offer Day of Spirituality


The Benedictine Sisters of the Byzantine Church at Queen of Heaven Monastery are offering a Day of Spirituality in preparation for Christmas from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 9.

The event will take place at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish Center, 180 Belvedere Ave NE. To register, call 330-856-1813 or before Friday.

The presenter will be Most Rev. John M. Kudrick, Bishop Emeritus of the Eparchy of Parma. There will be time for reflection, questions, refreshments and an opportunity to receive the Mystery (Sacrament) of Reconciliation.

St. Lucy to celebrate its 80th anniversary


St. Lucy Church, 394 Tenney Ave., will celebrate its 80th anniversary by celebrating the Feast of Santa Lucia on Dec. 13.

The Holy Liturgy of the Mass will take place at 5:30 p.m. Bishop George Murry will be the celebrant, and Rev. Monsignor Peter M. Polando is pastor. A sit-down dinner reception will follow the Mass at Our Palermo Center.

Reservations are required by Friday. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children age 10 to 17. Payment must accompany reservations.

To make reservations, contact Carmel Gerlick at 330-755-6801 or Linda Berardino at 330-755-5438.

‘Expect a Savior’ journal is available


“Expect a Savior,” a spiritual journal for the Advent and Christmas season is available for purchase.

Written by James Bird from the Shenango Valley, it follows the seasonal lectionary and offers reflections and visual motifs for personal journaling and growth. It is appropriate for high-schoolers and older, individuals and faith-sharing groups.

The cost is $5.50 plus shipping. If interested, email with a mailing address. Orders will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis.

St. Columba to present Advent Procession


St. Columba Cathedral , 154 W. Wood St., will present its annual Advent Procession of Lessons and Carols at 7 p.m. Dec. 3. The service will feature the Cathedral Choir under the direction of Daniel Laginya, the cathedral lectors coordinated by Laura Elder and students of the parish led by Sister Martha Reed, O.S.U.

The program is based on the ancient traditional “O Antiphons” and culminated with the Annunciation narrative.

The event is free and open to the public. Security and ample free parking will be provided. A reception will follow in St. Columba Parish Hall.

Irish ensemble Danu to perform at Grove City


Tickets are on sale to see the acclaimed Irish ensemble Danu celebrate Christmas at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at Grove City College Ketler Auditorium, 100 Crampus Drive.

For tickets or information, visit or call 724-458-2300. Tickets will be available at the will-call table at Ketler Auditorium.

Temple El Emeth plans Hanukkah Happenings


Temple El Emeth, 3970 Logan Way, will host Hanukkah Happening for Kids from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 11. The event will include Hanukkah singing with Tirtza Kohan, painting Hanukkah panels, making Hanukkah jewelry with Lori Szoke, crafts for all ages and latkes and cookies for all.

RSVP to El Emeth before Dec. 7 by calling 330-759-1429.

Rodef Sholom to host joint Hanukkah fete


Congregation Rodef Sholom, 1119 Elm St., will host a special communitywide, joint Hanukkah celebration with all the area temples.

The celebration will include gourmet salad bar and latkes from all three synagogues, musical entertainment, children’s program led by Gon and Shai Erez and World Series of Dreidel. RSVP to Rodef Sholom by Dec. 8 by calling 330-744-5001.

Helping kids through holidays after a loss


Zion Lutheran Church, 3300 Canfield Road, will host Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes’ Stepping Stones Through the Holidays from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 9.

Children and teens from 6 to 16 years old are invited to join and share ideas and feelings relating to the holidays when a loved one has died.

The event will include Memory Ornaments, discussion and sharing, Healing Stones, a balloon release, memory chains, family tree and more. Snacks and lunch will be provided.

RSVP to Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, 4303 Mahoning Ave., or call Sister Pat Fesler, H.M. to RSVP or for information at 330-792-2353 or 330-792-4046.

‘Song of Christmas’


“The Song of Christmas” annual Christmas program at The First Congregational Church of Wayne, 3222 U.S. Route 322, will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 9.

There will be a reading of the Christmas Story, choir, Carol hymn sing, special music, skit and candlelight service. Refreshments will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

‘Bethlehem Morning’


The Hubbard Church of the Nazarene, 1815 Cherry Lane SE, will present the Christmas Cantata, “Bethlehem Morning,” in the church sanctuary at 3 p.m. Dec. 10.

Refreshments will follow in the Fellowship Hall. The event is open to the public and free. For information, call the church from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday at 330-534-3111.

Irish tenor to perform


Irish Tenor Emmet Cahill will give an exclusive encore performance at 8 p.m. Dec. 21 at St. Columba Cathedral, 159 W. Rayen Ave. Tickets are available on For information about tickets, contact Frank Rossetti at 330-240-4322.

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