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 other 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.

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. today. 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. Sunday. 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. Sunday 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.

Church anniversary


Ellsworth Community Church, 11171 Akron-Canfield Road, will host a special celebration of the 200th year as a church dedicated to God. It will begin with a 10 a.m. worship service Sunday that will include four different ministers presiding with interesting stories of the past. Rev. Jay Eastman, the current pastor, will give a short homily followed by a catered dinner in the fellowship hall. Reservations are required for the dinner.

Musical performance


David Kauffman, award-winning, nationally known composer of Catholic liturgical music and inspirational music for the Christian journey, will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at Notre Dame Church, 2325 Highland Road. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and will be available at the door. Kauffman will also give a prayer and journal-writing workshop from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 21 at the church. The cost is $25. To register or for information, contact Gretchen Wagner at 724-981-5566, ext. 105.

ACTION fundraiser


Bishop George V. Murry will be the guest speaker at ACTION’s annual fundraiser at 5 p.m. Tuesday. 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 Friday. 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.

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. Saturday 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.

Annual retreat


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

Crown and Glory Tea


Oak Missionary Baptist Church invites the public to the annual Crown and Glory Tea at noon Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, 201 Wick Ave. The guest speaker will be Judge Carla Baldwin of Youngstown Municipal Court. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 to 12, children under 5 are free. For information, call 330-747-1672.

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. next Sunday 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

Prayer breakfast


There will be a prayer breakfast entitled “Watchmen on the Wall” at 10 a.m. April 28 at Elim Christian Center, 3214 Ridge Road. Guest speaker will be Charmaine Bracy, warden of Trumbull Correctional Institution. For information, contact Chantell Harris at 330-219-6247. There will also be Blessings of the Vestments of Apostle Loretta J. Pernice, to take place at 11 a.m. April 29. Bishop Troy A. Bronner, of Buffalo, N.Y., will be officiating the ceremony. For information, contact Pastor A. Simmons at 330-219-6247.

Infant of Prague Guilds


Holy Family Infant of Prague Guild invites the public to celebrate 75 years honoring the Infant of Prague Guilds in the Youngstown Diocese. Join in prayer for church vocations April 26 at St. Dominic’s Church, 77 E. Lucius Ave. Confession, rosary, Mass, prayers and lunch will take place during the event. The luncheon cost is $10 and must be included with reservations by Wednesday. Spiritual Conference follows lunch with the Rev. Vincent DeLucia. All are welcome. Send reservations payable to Holy Family Infant Jesus Guild, c/o 2729 Center Road, Poland, OH 44514.

Shop for free


Cornersburg Baptist Church, 2898 Tippecanoe Road, will host its annual Shop for Free giveaway from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 28. The event includes clothes, household items, toys and more. The public is invited.

Parish Mission


St. Joseph Church, 4545 New Road, is offering a Parish Mission, free and open to the public. Mission team members and presenters are Jim Merhaut, Tom Sauline, Theresa Fox, Bill Potkanowicz and Rev. Gregory Fedor. The mission will take place April 29-30 with a simple supper served at 6 p.m. and the program beginning at 6:30 p.m. For information visit or call 330-792-1919.

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. Dinner reservations are required. For complimentary tickets, call 1-888-745-4572.

Men’s Musical


The Male Chorus of the Shiloh Baptist Church, 238 Bright Ave., will host its annual Men’s Musical at 4 p.m. April 29. Local and out-of-town male choirs, soloists and musicians will be participating. John Venable is the choir president and Rev. Ricky Tigner is the host pastor.

Honor Virgin Mary


The annual Night to Honor the Blessed Virgin Mary will take place at 7 p.m. May 4 at St. Columba Cathedral, 159 W. Rayen Ave. Bishop George V. Murry will preside at the public devotional service.

Prophets Arise!


Prophets Arise! with Jo Ellen Stevens and Edie Bayer will take place at Master’s Touch Healing and Training Center, 5357 S. Raccoon Road. The event begins at 7 p.m. May 4, and continues at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. May 5. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. May 5. Men and women are welcome. Certificates of completion will be given at the end of the Saturday session. For information, call 330-503-1111.

Hat Extravaganza


The hospitality ministry at New Bethel Baptist Church, 1507 Hillman St., presents the 10th annual Hat Extravaganza Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 5. The cost is $25. The Rev. Kenneth L. Simon, pastor, is the guest speaker. The event includes door prizes and vendors. For tickets, contact the church at 330-747-2125 or 330-559-3612.

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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