Anniversary celebration

Anniversary celebration


The Diocese of Youngstown will sponsor a Wedding Anniversary Celebration at 2 p.m. June 3 at St. Columba Cathedral, 159 W. Rayen Ave., honoring couples observing their 25th, 40th, 50th and over anniversaries this year.

The celebration will include Mass with Bishop George V. Murry, renewal of marriage vows and a personalized certificate for each couple. After the Mass, there will be a reception for the couples and their families in the Cathedral Hall. Reservations are required by April 30.

Guest speaker


The Unity Centre for Spiritual Living, 1226 Naylor-Lloyd Road, will host guest speaker Matthew Starcher from Unity of Southeastern Ohio at 11 a.m. Sunday. A workshop will follow. For information call 330-539-0122.

Holy Family devotion


Holy Family Parish, 2729 Center Road, will host a Divine Mercy devotion at 3 p.m. Sunday. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be sung followed by veneration of the Divine Mercy Image. Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will follow.

Divine Mercy Mass


St. Patrick Parish Family, 367 N. Main St., will celebrate the Feast of Divine Mercy on Sunday. Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 3 p.m. At 3 p.m., the Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be prayed, followed by veneration of the Diving Mercy Image and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. All are welcome. For information, call the Parish House at 330-534-1928.

Farewell to Rev. Aull


Rev. Donald Aull will deliver his last sermon at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 119 Stadium Drive, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. After the service, there will be a reception in his honor in the fellowship hall. The public is invited.

Choir event


The Gospel Choir of Antioch Baptist Church, 110 Funston St., will host “Seven Steps to the Cross” at 4 p.m. Monday. The event features Minister Michael Williams, Minister Pat Kimbrough, Minister Allan Irizarry-Graves, Minister Felecia Williams, Minister Kevin Brown, Elder LeAnn Lampley Laster and Minister Richard Brown.

Meditation worship


The Spiritual Path Church, 2041 Moravia St., will host Joseph Carringer, an internationally known Didgeridoo musician and sound therapist for a meditation worship, at 1 p.m. April 14. The didgeridoo is a wind instrument developed by indigenous Australians. The workshop cost is $35. Reservations are required. For information, contact Rev. Karen Heasley at 724-698-7564.

Guest speaker


Sue Thomas will be speaking at the North Lima Mennonite Church, 90 Mennonite Drive, at 6 p.m. April 15. She grew up locally but has become known internationally. She is profoundly deaf, yet was recruited by the FBI due to her unique lip-reading abilities. The public is invited to hear her tell her life story and benefit from her testimony on overcoming the obstacles and challenges of life.

Stained Glass Concert


Boardman United Methodist Church, 6809 Market St., will host a Stained Glass Concert with a select group from the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra at 3 p.m. April 15 in the sanctuary. The Chancel Choir, as well as organist Sean Baran, will be featured. A reception will take place in the church conference room at the conclusion of the concert. A free-will offering will be accepted. For information, call Paula Barrett at 330-502-1070.

ACTION fundraiser


Bishop George Murry will be the guest speaker at ACTION’s annual fundraiser at 5 p.m. April 17. Bishop Murry heads a newly formed committee from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops that will address racism in society and the church. The event will take place at Mount Carmel Banquet Hall, Via Mount Carmel. For further information, contact Rose Carter at 330-941-0475.

Fundraiser event


St. John’s Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave., will host Shane Claiborne on April 20. The evening starts at 6 p.m. with a free community meal, then Claiborne will speak at 7 p.m. This is a free event. Donations of soap, dish soap, laundry soap and toilet paper to the St. John’s Food Pantry will be welcome and appreciated. This event is sponsored by St. John’s Episcopal Church, Richard Brown and Trinity United Methodist churches.

Annual retreat


Unity Churches of Northern Ohio presents “The Amazing Wisdom Within Us” Third Annual Retreat on April 20-21. Experience the HeartMath Solution with Rev. David McArthur. For information call the office at 330-539-0122.

Youth Choir Festival


The Office of Worship of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, in conjunction with the Music Committee of the Diocesan Liturgical Commission, will sponsor the annual 2018 Diocesan Youth Choir Festival at 12:30 p.m. April 21 at St. Columba Cathedral, 159 W. Rayen Ave.

The festival will culminate with the youth choir singing at the 4 p.m. Vigil Mass. Lunch and music will be provided for all students registered for the festival. There is no charge to any student or choir for participating in the event, although donations toward music and lunch expenses will be accepted.

Bluegrass concert


The Austintown Community Church, 242 S. Canfield-Niles Road, will host Limited Edition Bluegrass Band of Warren at 7 p.m. April 22 in the sanctuary. This is a free event, but a love offering will be accepted.

Mini-conference set


The Office of Pro-Life, Marriage and Family Ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown is sponsoring a mini-conference entitled “Love, Sexuality, Family and Culture: 50 Years Since Humanae Vitae” from 1 to 4 p.m. April 22 in Gaudete Hall at St. Joseph Paris, 2463 Waterloo Road. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Donald Wallenfang. The cost is $10 per person, $15 per couple, or $20 per family, with scholarships available. Participants are invited to arrive early for lunch at 12:30 p.m. Baby-sitting is available for those who register by April 16. For information or to register, go to or contact 330-744-8451, ext. 272 or

Retreat for women


The Office of Pro-Life, Marriage and Family Ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown is co-sponsoring a healing retreat for women with the Community of Jesus, the Living Mercy. The retreat , “And I Will Heal Them,” will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 28 in the Hall at St. Joan of Arc Parish, 8894 state Route 14. There is no cost for the retreat, but free-will offerings will be accepted. To make reservations, call Mary or Cheryl at 1-800-482-4100 or email at

Wycliffe banquet


The Mahoning Valley community is invited to a Wycliffe Associates banquet at 7 p.m. April 30 at Das Dutch Village Inn Banquet Hall, 150 state Route 14. Banquet guests will hear how God is working in areas of persecution to advance Bible translation faster than ever before. Dinner reservations are required. For complimentary tickets to the event, call 1-888-745-4572.

Improve fitness


The Ursuline Health and Wellness Center, 4280 Shields Road, can help improve your physical, mental or spiritual fitness. The Motherhouse pool offers classes for all ages. They also have SilverSneakers by Tivity Health classes for mature adults comprising strengthening, cardio, water and yoga. The center also features spirituality series, individual counseling and spiritual direction. For information visit or call 330-799-4941.

The religion digest runs every Saturday. Send items for the digest by email to, by mail to the Religion Desk at The Vindicator, P.O. Box 780, Youngstown, OH 44501-0780, or by fax to 330-747-6712. Deadline to submit information is Tuesday at 5 p.m.

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