BISHOP APPOINTMENTS: Bishop David Bonnar of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Youngstown has made the following clergy appointments:
* Rev. Steven Agostino, administrator of St. Brendan Parish, Youngstown, effective June 1
* Rev. Simon Mino, parochial vicar of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Youngstown effective July 1. He will remain Parochial Vicar of St. Christine Parish, Youngstown.
AWARD RECEIVED: Judging is complete for the 27th annual Communicator Awards, and CTNY, the Catholic Television Network of Youngstown, has been selected by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts to be recognized four 2021 Communicator Awards.
CTNY received two Awards of Excellence and two Awards of Distinction. The Awards of Excellence are for “The Mass for Shut Ins,” with the Rev. Jim Korda, and, “Spotlight,” with host Korda and guest, Dr. James Kravec, on the COVID-19 pandemic.
The two Awards of Distinction are for “Wineskins,” with radio host, the Rev. Jim Korda, and “The Funeral Mass for Bishop George V. Murry, SJ.” The mission of the Communicator Awards is to seek out and recognize outstanding work in marketing and communications.
The Communicator Award honors those who spread their message to the world. It is the leading international creative awards program of its kind. The prestigious award is hand-made and customized by the craftsmen at RS Owens, the same firm that produces the Oscar and Emmy Awards. CTNY has received a total of 17 Communicator Awards.
WALK FOR LIFE: This year’s Walk for Life to benefit the Friends of Pregnancy Help Center will be today at the Canfield Fairgrounds. For information, visit phcwalk.com.
RETURN TO CHURCH: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Warren is planning for the return to church with a celebration Welcome Back to Church picnic with a tent on the lawn at the church site at St. James at 12:30 p.m. June 6.
WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES: The Office of Pro-Life, Marriage and Family Ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown is sponsoring a Wedding Anniversary Celebration to honor couples who are observing their 25th, 40th, 50th or over anniversaries at 2 p.m. on June 13 at St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown. Couples planning to attend this celebration need to register at their parish before May 13.
The celebration will include Mass with Bishop David Bonnar, renewal of marriage vows and a personalized certificate for each couple. Couples may opt to attend the Mass in person at St. Columba Cathedral or they may participate remotely via livestreaming on the diocesan website at www.doy.org. Limited spaces are available for couples at the cathedral.
To register, or for more information, couples are to contact their parish office.
SERVICE FOR MISCARRIED: The Catholic Diocese of Youngstown is hosting memorial services for miscarried or stillborn children on May 23 at locations in Youngstown. The Youngstown service will take place at 1:30 p.m. in the chapel at Calvary Cemetery, 248 Belle Vista Ave., Youngstown. Parents, family, grandparents and other relations of any child lost to miscarriage or stillbirth are encouraged to attend. Call 330-744-8451 ext. 272.
THEOLOGY PROGRAM: Those interested in a locally hosted, part-time, graduate-level program in theology and spirituality from a Catholic university can attend upcoming information sessions concerning the Loyola Institute for Ministry Extension Program of Loyola University New Orleans. Information will be shared and questions answered in a virtual meeting, 7 p.m. May 12 or 10 a.m. May 18, or in person 4 p.m. May 20 at St. Michael Church Hall, 300 N. Broad St, Canfield. Make a reservation to attend one of these sessions, whether online or in person, to learn about the program and application procedures.
Plans are that a local learning group will begin this fall.
For information contact Joan Lawson of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, 330-744-8451 x290, or email jlawson<\@>youngstowndiocese.org
OUR DAILY BREAD: Our Daily Bread Ministries debuts a six-episode documentary on YouTube sharing the courageous stories of health care workers on the frontlines of COVID-19.
Our Daily Bread Ministries launched the new episodic documentary, “Instruments of Peace: Faith on the Frontlines,” revealing the extraordinary courage of six frontline workers who faced the darkness head on — in some of the hardest hit places in the world — and found renewed hope and strength in the steadfast promises of their faith.
Told through retrospective interviews and in-the-moment diaries captured over the past year, including an ICU nurse in Brooklyn, as she tells how she continued to show up for work despite terrible nightmares about the virus.
New episodes air each Monday until May 24, on Our Daily Bread Ministries’ YouTube channel.
RETREAT OPPORTUNITIES: Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center will offer a weeklong individually directed retreat opportunity 7 p.m. June 20 to 10 a.m. June 27 at Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center, 2067 Evergreen Road in Villa Maria, Pa. The environment of the Villa Maria grounds offers the background for the retreat.
Each retreat attendee will meet individually with a director daily who will help them.
Cost is $565 and includes daily sessions with a spiritual director, lodging and meals from a light supper (at 5:15 pm) on Sunday to breakfast on Sunday.
Program information and registration are available at vmesc.org or 724-964-8886.
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CONCERT AT CHURCHES: New Covenant Baptist Church, 1606 Salt Springs Road, Lordstown, will host Sojourner Quartet from Findlay at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The quartet will be ministering in song at Austintown Baptist Church, 1180 S. Raccoon Road, Austintown, at 6 p.m. Sunday. A free will offering will be accepted, but the song services are free.
WALK FOR LIFE: This year’s Walk for Life to benefit the Friends of Pregnancy Help Center will be May 8 at the Canfield Fairgrounds. To register and for information, visit phcwalk.com. For information, call Jessica at 330-788-4000, ext. 13.
DAY OF PRAYER IN YOUNGSTOWN: The Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley will participate in National Day of Prayer on Thursday with the public invited to take part virtually. This year marks the 70th annual National Day of Prayer and has set a goal of 100 people to sign up to pray on the national day observance.
The National Day of Prayer was established in 1952 by President Harry Truman and is held the first Thursday in May. Prayers will be said for government, military, education, church, family, media, business, and family. Sign up at www.RescueMissionMV.org.
DAY OF PRAYER IN HUBBARD: Hubbard Christians in Action will host a National Day of Prayer noon Thursday at the Hubbard administration building senior center. The event will take place rain or shine and will have prayers for the country, military members and the community.
DAY OF PRAYER IN SALEM: The 15th annual National Day of Prayer observance will be noon Thursday at the Salem Memorial Building. The event also will be broadcast via the wesbite at praysalem.org and cable channel 1021 later in the day. This year’s theme is “Lord pour out your Love, Life and Liberty.” The event will include a proclamation for Salem city, flag presentation, musical selections and Scripture readings and prayers by clergy and lay people.
BLESSING OF CARS: A Blessing of the Cars will be 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Continuing Healthcare at the Ridge, 3379 Main St., Mineral Ridge. People of all denominations can drive by Continuing Healthcare at the Ridge and Reverend Mykhaylo Farynetts of Infant Jesus of Prague Church in Boardman will bless them from their vehicle. Those who attend also will receive a blessed angel keychain and special prayer card. For information and to register, call 330-652-9901.
CHURCH TO BE AUCTIONED: The former Richard Brown Memorial United Methodist Church on Youngstown’s North Side will be offered for online auction. The 4,400-square-foot stone building was built in 1905 and was designed by famed architect Charles Owsley. The online bidding site is by ceonline.com, and final bidding and closing for the online auction will be 4 p.m. May 24.
WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES: The Office of Pro-Life, Marriage and Family Ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown is sponsoring a Wedding Anniversary Celebrations to honor couples who are observing their 25th, 40th, 50th or over anniversaries in 2021 at 2 p.m. on June 13 at St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown. Couples planning to attend this celebration need to register at their parish before May 13.
The celebration will include Mass with Bishop David Bonnar, renewal of marriage vows and a personalized certificate for each couple. Couples may opt to attend the Mass in person or they may participate remotely via livestreaming on the diocesan website at www.doy.org. Limited spaces are available for couples at the cathedral.
To register, or for more information, couples are to contact their parish office.
PROGRAM OFFERED: Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center, 2067 Evergreen Road, Villa Maria, Pa., will offer a virtual presentation via Zoom with Maureen Lauer-Gatta and Dena DeLuco, entitled “Virtual Women’s Retreat.” This opportunity will take place 7 p.m. May 7 to 4 p.m. May 8 in four sessions. During the retreat the focus is on specific practices and tools to help you show up more fully as who you are meant to be.
Cost is $45 with program information and registration available at vmesc.org or call 724-964-8886.
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