Religion events

MASSES FOR LIFE: Bishop George V. Murry will celebrate two diocesan Masses for Life — 11 a.m. today at St. Paul Parish, 241 S. Main St., North Canton, and 4 p.m. Jan. 21 at St. Columba Cathedral, 154 W. Wood St., Youngstown.

At each Mass, expectant mothers, fathers and their families will be invited to receive a blessing for their unborn babies.

In addition, there will be a blessing of pilgrims attending the March for Life Friday in Washington to remember the 1973 Supreme Court Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortions. Following each Mass for Life, there will be a reception, including an Expo of Respect Life.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is calling for “9 Days for Life” to remember the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. This year, these “Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage” will take place Thursday to Jan. 26. To participate, go to to download an app or arrange to receive text messages or emails for each day of the 9 Days for Life novena.

WINTER CONCERT: The Unity Centre for Spiritual Living, 1226 Naylor Lloyd Road, Liberty, will hold a winter concert 7 p.m. today featuring the centre’s music director / harpist, Kirk Kupensky, and the Rev. Vit Fiala, a Franciscan priest and cellist serving as director at the Shrine of Our Lady, Comforter of the Afflicted, in Youngstown. They will perform a program of romantic music for cello and harp.

The performance is free but a love offering will be accepted.

MEN’S RALLY IN VALLEY: The Men’s Rally in the Valley has begun planning for its annual event in April at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown. Coming events include a gathering of the fundraising committee 6:30 p.m. Monday at BOC Water Hydraulics Inc., 120024 S. Salem Warren Road. The group will also meet 8 a.m. Jan. 20 at Das Dutch Haus, with guest speaker Jim Dotson on “The 4 Rs of Manhood.”

For information, call Bing Newton at 330-427-6578.

BIBLE KIDS: Cortland United Methodist Church, 155 N. High St., will hold a community after-school program “Bible Kids” 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through March 28 at Lakeview Middle School. The second session is Jan. 17 to March 28. First day of program sign-ups for children is free.

Call 330-637-2571 for information.

WOMEN OF FAITH: The Women of Faith will meet 10 a.m. Jan. 20 at Calvary Presbyterian Church, 119 Laird Ave. NE, Warren,

MARKING 165 YEARS: St. Stephen Church, 129 W. Park Ave., Niles, is marking 165 years with various activities and events planned for the year. Activities include Night at the Races today; Luck of the Irish, March 17; Easter, April 1; Ministry Day, April 15; confirmation, April 21; Harry Stevens Day, July 1; fall festival, Sept. 9; parish mission, Dec. 1; and closing Mass, Dec. 16.

TU B’SHEVAT EVENTS: Temple El Emeth, 3970 Logan Way, Liberty, will offer Tu B’Shevat Seder 11:30 a.m. Jan. 27 with morning service at 9:30 a.m. Reservations are needed at 330-759-1429 by Jan. 25.

PJ Library Tu B’Shevat will be held 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at Temple El Emeth. Children 8 and younger and their families can attend to celebrate the new year of the tree. There will be crafts, stories and special activities.

For reservations, call 330-746-3250, Ext. 152.

SPIRITUALITY SERIES: ”Women’s Spirituality Series: The Art of Conversation” will be offered by the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 1 and March 1 at the Ursuline Motherhouse, 4250 Shields Road, Canfield. Sister Eileen Kernan will help participants to sharpen listening skills, be more interesting conversationalists, enjoy conversations and enrich relationships.

Call 330-799-4941 for reservations. Freewill offerings will be accepted.

KEEP THE KIDS WARM: Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Youngstown is calling upon Catholics and others to support a collection to provide winter utility assistance for families in need. The Keep the Kids Warm campaign takes place this month, which has been designated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as “Poverty Awareness Month.”

Keep the Kids Warm assists working poor families who do not qualify for government assistance; families waiting for Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus to authorize assistance; and families whose Home Energy Assistance Program benefits have been exhausted.

Last year, Catholic Charities helped 5,733 people through its utility assistance efforts across the Diocese of Youngstown.

Donations can be sent to Catholic Charities, Keep the Kids Warm, P. O. Box 614, Youngstown, OH 44501. Donations can also be made on Catholic Charities’ website at

APPLICATIONS SOUGHT: The 19th annual Eagle of the Cross awards nominations are being sought and are to be postmarked by Feb. 14 or delivered to the Diocese of Youngstown no later than 3 p.m. Feb. 16. The nomination form can be downloaded from the office website at

Nominees are to be a high school junior or senior active in his or her parish and / or diocesan Catholic school who is a role model of Christian leadership.

The Eagle of the Cross award was created by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry and is the highest honor the Diocese of Youngstown presents to youth who show particular zeal for the improvement of their parish youth ministry program, high school ministry teams or other ministries within the diocese.

The nominees must be practicing Roman Catholics and exemplify the qualities of moral integrity, prayerful / spiritual life, personal outreach to church and community. Involvement in diocesan programs will also be considered.