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PARISH SCHOOL REUNION: St. Joseph Parish, Austintown, will hold a reunion Nov. 30 for students who attended St. Joseph Parish Grade School in Austintown.

Mass will be celebrated at 4:30 p.m., and the reunion runs 5:30 to 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish Social Hall. Spouses and children are welcome. Guests are asked to take memorabilia. Tours of the school building will be held.

Send an RSVP on the Grade School Reunion Facebook Event Page, www.facebook.com/ events/402476600639523/.

St. Joseph Parish was established on June 17, 1966, by Bishop James W. Malone. The first Mass was celebrated at the Wellman Wedgewood Cinema in the Wedgewood Plaza on June 19, 1966.

Shortly after the establishment of the parish, plans were made for the construction of a church, school, social center and rectory. The first Mass was offered in the new church on June 16, 1968. St. Joseph School began that same year on Sept. 3 under the direction of the Sisters of Notre Dame.

In 2009-10, St. Joseph School merged with Immaculate Heart of Mary School, Austintown, at the IHM campus. Within five years St. Joseph / IHM School closed.

FOOD DRIVE: St. Patrick’s School of Religion in Hubbard will hold a food drive 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Devine’s Shop and Save in Hubbard. The goal will be to fill a police cruiser to feed the hungry.

SELF DISCOVERY: Ongoing Metaphysics will sponsor four classes on Soul Collage at the Unity Centre for Spiritual Living, 1226 Naylor Lloyd Road, Liberty. Classes are 6:45 p.m. Tuesdays in November.

Soul Collage is a method of self-discovery through the creation and analysis of a deck of created cards. People make their own decks of cards from images found in magazines, calendars, books, cards, photos and personal materials.

Classes are free but donations are accepted. Call the center at 330-539-0122 for more information or to register.

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION: The sacrament of confirmation for adults will be 4 p.m. Sunday at St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown. This is an opportunity for anyone 18 or older who has not received the sacrament to join with other adults.

Contact the rectory office at 330-744-5233 to register.

INTERFAITH CHOIR: Simple Gifts Interfaith Choir is planning a performance with the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra in March 2020. The 80-voice choir will perform in collaboration with Singers Together and The Youngstown Connection for the YSO’s program titled “Spiritual Journey: The Road to Peace and Freedom,” featuring world-renowned tenor Lawrence Brownlee.

Simple Gifts Interfaith Choir is comprised of singers from Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana and Portage counties, as well as Mercer and Lawrence counties in Pennsylvania. All singers are welcome to participate.

For information and a rehearsal schedule, call Hubbard First Presbyterian Church at 330-534-9721.

FIRST FRIDAY CLUB: First Friday Club of Greater Youngstown will host Sister Carolyn Capuano 11:30 a.m. Dec. 5 to Avion on the Water Banquet Center, 2177 W. Western Reserve Road, Canfield.

She is vice president for Mission and Ministry at Mercy Medical Center. Capuano will speak on “Ministry Changed Not Ended: The Mercy-St. Paul Square Story.” There will be an opportunity for participants’ questions to follow.

Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. with the presentation beginning at noon. The cost is $18. Call 330-720-4498 for reservations. Visit www.first fridayclubofgreateryoung stown.org.

REMEMBERING LOVED ONES: Great Conjunction Spiritual Center of Youngstown will hold an event for guests to receive messages from loved ones who have passed on.

The annual event will be held 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Cornelius Studio, 1931 Belmont Ave., Youngstown. The evening will be lead by the Rev. Sara Sachs of Pittsburgh.

Tickets available online at www.greatconjunc tion.org or call 330-328-2308 for more information.

LESSONS AND CAROLS: St. Columba Cathedral will present the annual Advent Procession of Lessons and Carols 7 p.m. Dec. 1. The program will feature the Cathedral Choir under the direction of Daniel Laginya, as well as readers and religious education students of the parish.

The program highlights the ancient “O Antiphons” and culminates with the Annunciation narrative. Contemporary choral settings of traditional seasonal texts will be featured.

The event is free. A reception will follow in the Cathedral Hall.

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CONCERT SET: Hubbard First Presbyterian Church, 22 Westview Ave., will hold a free concert 1 pm. Sunday featuring violinists Brendan and Karen Considine. A free-will offering will be taken to benefit the musicians.

ALL SOULS DAY: St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery, 3900 Villa Maria Road, Lowellville, will celebrate the All Souls Day Mass at 2 p.m. Sunday.

CANTORUM CONCERT: A Youngstown Cantorum Concert under the direction of Dr. Hae-Jong Lee and Kathy Miller will be 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Canfield Presbyterian Church, 140 W. Main St., Canfield. A free-will donation will be accepted.

MUSIC FEST: The Mahoning Valley Association of Churches and the Interfaith Ministerial Alliance of Youngstown will hold a Sacred Music Fest at 6 p.m. Sunday at Calvary Baptist Church, 1463 Shields Road. Five choirs, including those from New Bethel Baptist, St. Luke Catholic Church and Calvary Baptist, Antioch Baptist and St. John Russian Orthodox Church in Warren, will perform during the concert. The public is invited. There is no charge, but donations will be accepted during the service.

SACRED CHORAL MUSIC: Hubbard St. Patrick Church, 357 N. Main St., will hold a program of sacred choral music spanning the liturgical year at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. An Illuminare Ensemble Concert of teen and collegiate-age singers will perform. A free-will offering will be accepted.

CHRISTUS VIVIT: Catholic adults in the Diocese of Youngstown are invited to participate in two special events to learn more about the recent Apostolic Exhortation, Christus Vivit, translated as “Christ is Alive!”

The first is a presentation Monday at Streetsboro St. Joan of Arc Parish, 8894 state Route 14, Streetsboro, where Paul Jarzembowski of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will provide an overview of the important document. Cost is $20.

The second opportunity is a day-long in-service at Streetsboro St. Joan of Arc Parish with Jarzembowski discussing Christus Vivit implications and practical steps to incorporate the Holy Father’s guidance in all areas of ministry in faith communities. This day of process and planning will be helpful for all in parish and Catholic school leadership. Cost is $20.

Participants must pre-register at their parish office, or at 330-744-8451, ext. 280.

SELF DISCOVERY: Ongoing Metaphysics will sponsor four classes on Soul Collage at the Unity Centre for Spiritual Living, 1226 Naylor Lloyd Road, Liberty. Classes are 6:45 p.m. Tuesdays in November. Soul Collage is a method of self-discovery through the creation and analysis of a deck of created cards. People make their own decks of cards from images found in magazines, calendars, books, cards, photos and personal materials. Classes are free, but donations are accepted. Call the center at 330-539-0122 for more information or to register.

LAY LEADERS: Eighteen men and women from around the Diocese of Youngstown will be commissioned as Lay Leaders of Prayer Wednesday at Our Lady of the Lakes Parish – St. James Church in North Jackson. Msgr. Robert Siffrin, vicar general of the Diocese of Youngstown, will be the presider.

Leaders of Prayer are lay persons commissioned to lead the faithful in acts of worship that in the past were most often led by ordained clergy. Leaders of Prayer are commissioned not only to lead currently scheduled acts of worship in the parish in the absence of a priest but also to expand the opportunities for communal prayer. They are commissioned for a period of three years for service in their parish under the direction of the pastor.

FIRST FRIDAY CLUB OF GREATER YOUNGSTOWN: Joan Lawson, a consultant for the Office of Religious Education, Diocese of Youngstown, will speak on “Inspiring Saints” at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Avion on the Water Banquet Center, 2177 W. Western Reserve Road in Canfield. Participants’ questions may follow. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. Presentation begins at noon. Cost is $18. For reservations, call 330-720-4498.

RETREATS: Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center will offer two Enneagram retreats with Cheryl Rose. The first retreat is titled: “Enneagram Basics”at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8 to 5 p.m. Nov. 9. The second retreat titled: “Enneagram Retreat” begins at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9 and concludes at 2 p.m Nov. 10.

The Enneagram is a personality theory combining the insights of modern psychology with proven wisdom of ancient philosophies. Enneagram Retreat is for those who have taken the Enneagram Basics and would like to work more deeply with their type. The retreat will offer reflection time, guided exercises and sharing to allow the opportunity for integration and deeper self- understanding.

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS: North Lima Mennonite Church, 90 Mennonite Drive, will present the animated movie “The Pilgrim’s Progress” 6 p.m. Nov. 10. No tickets are required, but an offering will be taken to help Revelation Now, which distributes the film.

HATE CRIMES: James Pasch, Anti-Defamation League regional director, will be guest speaker Nov. 12 at Temple El Emeth, 3970 Logan Way. Pasch will discuss the rise of hate crimes in the country. Minyan will be at 5:45 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. Reservations are needed by Friday at the temple.

IMPERFECT WORLD: Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center will offer a weekend retreat with Melannie Svoboda entitled “Hanging onto Hope in Our Imperfect World ” 7 p.m. Nov. 15 to noon Nov. 17. The weekend retreat explores the nature of hope and its relation to faith and love. The retreat will use Scripture, music, short videos, stories, sharing and humor. Program information and registration are available at www.vmesc.org or 724-964-8886.

INTERFAITH CHOIR: Simple Gifts Interfaith Choir is planning a performance with the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra for March 2020. The 80-voice choir will perform in collaboration with Singers Together and The Youngstown Connection for the YSO’s program titled “Spiritual Journey: The Road to Peace and Freedom” featuring world-renowned tenor Lawrence Brownlee. Simple Gifts Interfaith Choir is comprised of singers from Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana and Portage counties, as well as Mercer and Lawrence counties in Pennsylvania. All singers are welcome to participate. For information and a rehearsal schedule, call Hubbard First Presbyterian Church at 330-534-9721.