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Six-county diocese participates in Chrism service

The Chrism Mass, a ritual of Holy Week in the Roman Catholic Church, also is an occasion for priests of the six-county diocese to renew their pledge of service.

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Chocolate Seder engages children in Passover story

Chocolate event helps teach the Passover story to children

Abby Hagler, 3, of Poland draws on “The Passover Chocolate Haggadah,” the prayer book for the Seder, during a Chocolate Seder recently at Congregation Rodef Shalom in Youngstown.

Palm Sunday presentation focuses on Jesus’ sacrifice

The program will be at Antioch Baptist Church in Youngstown.

‘At the Ninth Hour’ is Palm Sunday cantata

Choir will present ‘At the Ninth Hour’ cantata

Faith Community Covenant Church choir plans the special presentation.

All Around Easter is teaching tool about Jesus

Good Hope Lutheran Church is sponsoring the event

Youngstown schools detail snow day make-up plan

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Some board members expressed reservations about the blizzard bags

Baptist Pastors’ Council remembers MLK's death

Remembering Dr. King

Mahoning County Courthouse is site of annual program.

Artwork of many genres depicts Mary at the cross

Artwork of many genres depicts the mother of Jesus at the cross

The Rev. James Daprile presented a program at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.

ACTION speaker: Faith leaders have 'gotten lazy'

Sister Jerome Corcoran and the Rev, Joseph Fata receive awards.

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More than 200 share cultures at pre-Passover Seder at Stambaugh

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Rabbi Joseph Schonberger and the Rev. George Balasko are leaders.

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Women of His Vision to sponsor second rally

The event is April 26 at Victory Christian Center in Coitsville.

Long-lost Passion composition to premiere Monday in Youngstown

A YSU music professor worked to reconstruct the score. The modern premiere will be Monday at Trinity United Methodist Church in Youngstown.

Biblical prophecy is theme of lecture

By LINDA M. LINONIS linonis@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN Dr. Ellen F. Davis offered five aspects of


New Life Lutheran Church focuses on prayer at Lenten services

By LINDA M. LINONIS religion@vindy.com LIBERTY The power of prayer and its pivotal role in

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Seafood Fest lives up to it billing

Seafood Fest at church delivers on its claim

St. John the Forerunner Greek Orthodox Church in Boardman sponsors the event on Fridays in Lent through April 11.

Special blood drive to honor Rev. Popovich

The event is Friday at Free Methodist Church in New Middletown.

Lenten Bible study promotes positive change in behavior

Lenten Bible study promotes positive change in behavior

The group will meet Thursdays through April 17 at First Presbyterian Church in Youngstown.

Easter celebration set April 19 at Arlington Heights Recreation Center

The event will include games, crafts and a spiritual message.

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Public officials participate in Meals on Wheels campaign

Meals on Wheels of Mahoning County delivers to 105 clients in six communities.


Lenten program at Blessed John Paul II Parish compares 4 accounts

By LINDA M. LINONIS religion@vindy.com WARREN Using videos interspersed with his own comments,

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Phil Robertson of ‘Duck Dynasty’ to speak at Men’s Rally in the Valley

Bob Bartholomew of Leetonia stacks signs during a gathering of the Men’s Rally in the Valley committee recently at Faith Chapel Fellowship in Salem. The fifth annual rally, set for May 3 at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, will feature Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty.”

World Day of Prayer observed in Hubbard

First Baptist Church in Hubbard hosted a gathering

St. Thomas the Apostle Parish offers Lenten luncheons

St. Thomas the Apostle Parish offers series of Lenten luncheons

Clergy from different denominations give a message from Scripture

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Protestant Family Service marks 70 years of serving

Protestant Family Service, which is marking its 70th year, is promoting its third annual Scrabble tournament Saturday at Bethel Lutheran Church in Boardman. From left are Jean Montgomery, administrative aide; Jacqueline Burley, executive director; and the Rev. Gwendolyn Johnson, president of the PFS board.

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Shrove Tuesday supper in Hubbard benefits food pantry

Shrove Tuesday supper benefits food pantry

Grace Lutheran Church in Hubbard hosted the community event

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Ambassadors of Christ builds community on East Side

The East Side organization of churches is begins its Lenten series on Ash Wednesday.

Homemade sausage highlights Shrove Tuesday pancake supper

Mount Olivet United Church of Christ continues a 35-year-old tradition

Women noted in Scripture

Ursuline Center offers series By LINDA M. LINONIS religion@vindy.com canfield Sister

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Poland Presbyterian to offer summer camp, preschool

Open houses are planned Saturday and Sunday on the programs.

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For 6 months a year, soup simmers at St. Dom's

Volunteers with John Severn Soup Group at St. Dominic Church in Youngstown honor the late church member who initiated the project to benefit St. Vincent de Paul dining hall. From left, in front, are Jim and Carole Halloran; Marienne Burick; coordinator Linda Babinec, who holds a photo of Marge and John Severn; and Margie Chiricosta; and at back, Ellen and Mike Devine and Joe Scheetz.

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The English Center relocates to Youngstown synagogue

The center teaches English to those who speak other languages.

Yiddish words used in daily lexicon

Class at Congregation Rodef Sholom is a way to preserve the language

Jodi Fear honors deceased son through random acts of kindness

The Youngstown woman said she is “passing a smile around” by remembering her son’s generosity.


Focusing on making God relevant in everyday life

By LINDA M. LINONIS religion@vindy.com One church in multiple locations is how David L. Thomas,

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Free empowerment day for women will be educational, recreational


The event at Bella Nitesh in Boardman will promote awareness about abuse of women worldwide.

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St. David’s Society preserves Welsh heritage

St. David’s Day banquet is signature event

2nd Valentine walk-in weddings in Youngstown

Donna Kriebel of Hubbard wipes away tears as her husband, Randy Kriebel, reads a message of love to her as they renew their marriage vows Friday in the Chapel of Friendly Bells at Trinity United Methodist Church in Youngstown. The church hosted Valentine’s Day walk-in weddings for the second year. Officiating are husband and wife pastors, the Revs. Jerry Krueger and Susan Brown. The Kriebels were married Feb. 14, 2004, in the church.

Seeds of ideas for spring today at Fellows Riverside Gardens

Seed Library and book sale begin today at Fellows Riverside Gardens

Poland UMC hosts Chinese congregation

Poland UMC hosts Chinese congregation

The Rev. Ray Sung is an associate pastor.

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Coach Bill McCartney to address Circle of Champions event

The program is set Monday at Highway Tabernacle in Austintown

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Prayers for Father Popovich

A blue light and ribbon project at St. Paul the Apostle Church in New Middletown is being promoted to remind people to pray for the Rev. Stephen Popovich, church pastor, who was injured in a car accident in mid-November and is in rehab. From left are Georgie Shane, Helen Parry, Jayne and Harry Kale, Jerry Wittenauer, Jim Parry and Barb Wittenauer.

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Volunteers at St. Charles make meals for St. Vincent de Paul dining hall

The popular activity involves three kitchen crews

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Ice is nice for skaters at Lily Pond at Mill Creek MetroParks

Outdoor enthusiasts take to the ice on Lily Pond at Mill Creek MetroParks

This is the first time the pond has been open for skating since 1990.

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Beatlemania! A twice-in-a-lifetime experience

Linda M. Linonis, left, a Vindicator reporter, holds tickets from The Beatles 1964 concert in Cleveland that she attended with her cousin, Patti Zelch Albert of Mercer, Pa., who shows a Life magazine cover featuring the now legendary musicians.

W. Pa. barbershop chorus warms up for Valentine’s Day

Members of Olde Town Harmony, who will take turns singing in a quartet to deliver valentines in song, are, from left, Steve Jenkins, Steve Smith, co-director Don Connell, Bob Boice and co-director Rick Swanson. The greeting also includes a card and a rose. Olde Town Harmony is a barbershop chorus based in the Shenango Valley.

Temple El Emeth Sisterhood hosts Interfaith Tea

Temple El Emeth Sisterhood hosts annual event

About 140 women attended the 68th annual event.

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Dorothy Day House plans vigil on human trafficking for Friday night

The event will begin at midnight Friday and continue through Saturday with a speaker, movie and prayer.

MVAC plans Festival of Voice and Instrument

Spanish music ministry of Christ the Good Shepherd Parish will perform at the event at 6 p.m. Sunday at Bethel Lutheran Church in Boardman.

Oakley’s Heart is dedicated to preventing, treating heartworm

The group was inspired by a dog who died from the disease.


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