RELIGION DIGEST ||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.

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. today 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.

Crown and Glory Tea


Oak Missionary Baptist Church invites the public to the annual Crown and Glory Tea at noon today at First Presbyterian Church, 201 Wick Ave. Guest speaker is 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.

Bluegrass concert


The Austintown Community Church, 242 S. Canfield-Niles Road, will host Limited Edition Bluegrass Band of Warren at 7 p.m. Sunday 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. Sunday in Gaudete Hall at St. Joseph Paris, 2463 Waterloo Road. The keynote speaker is 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 registered by April 16. For information or to register, go to or contact 330-744-8451, ext. 272 or

Panel presentation


Blessed Sacrament Parish, 3020 Reeves Road NE, will host a panel presentation at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday . Anyone with elderly parents who are anxious about the care they may need is invited to attend. The hope is to answer questions and hear about what others have experienced in similar situations. Contact the parish office at 330-372-2215 or Terry Supancic at 330-219-6243 with questions and/or to register.

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 Thursday at St. Dominic 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.

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. next Saturday 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

Prayer breakfast


There will be a prayer breakfast entitled “Watchmen on the Wall” at 10 a.m. next Saturday at Elim Christian Center, 3214 Ridge Road. Guest speaker is 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 officiatethe ceremony. For information, contact Pastor A. Simmons at 330-219-6247.

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. next Saturday. The event includes clothes, household items, toys and more.

Ladies brunch


There will be a ladies brunch at 11 a.m. next Saturday at the Wayne Town Hall, on the corner of state Route 193 and state Route 322. The event will feature food, fellowship and a basket auction. There will also be a presentation of “Mrs. Noah,” a humorous look at life and the Ark by Sandra Zikursh. Reservations are required. To make reservations, call Laurie at 440-422-3662 or Janice at 440-685-4388. This event is sponsored by Women’s Missionary of The First Congregational Church of Wayne and will benefit African Missions. Donations will be accepted at the door. Seats are limited.

Youth all-nighter


St. Joseph the Provider Church, 633 Porter Ave., will host a youth all-nighter lock-in from 5 p.m. next Saturday to 9 a.m. April 29 for all youth in grades seven to 12. For information contact Kelly Mesaros at 330-755-1933, ext. 105.

Men’s Day scheduled


The men of Price Memorial A.M.E Zion Church, 920 Dryden Ave., will celebrate the annual Men’s Day with a 10:30 a.m. service April 29. Bishop Emmitt Nevels Sr., pastor of Nevels Temple Church of God in Christ, is the guest speaker. There will be a Men’s Day prayer breakfast at 10 a.m. next Saturday at the church with Pittsburgh City Councilman the Rev. Ricky Burgess, pastor of Nazarene Baptist Church in Homewood, Pa., as the speaker. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased in advance at the church office by calling 330-743-1339 or through members of the Men’s Day Committee.

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. Parish Mission


St. Joseph Church, 4545 New Road, is offering a Parish Mission retreat that is open to the public. Mission team members and presenters are Jim Merhaut, Tom Sauline, Theresa Fox, Bill Potkanowicz and Rev. Gregory Fedor. The retreat will take place April 29-30 with a simple supper served at 6 p.m. both days and the program beginning at 6:30 p.m. both days. No reservations are required. 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 faster than ever before. Dinner reservations are required. For complimentary tickets to the event, call 1-888-745-4572.

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 guest speaker. The event includes door prizes and vendors. For tickets, contact the church at 330-747-2125 or 330-559-3612.

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.

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.

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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