Religion events

BEATLES MASS: Christ Episcopal Church, 2627 Atlantic St. NE, Warren, will hold the seventh annual Beatles Mass “Here Comes The Son” praise and worship service and holy Eucharist 4 p.m. today. Those attending can wear tie-dye T-shirts and bell bottoms. Food and a chili cookoff will follow at 5 p.m. People can bring their own instrument for open mic.

The family-oriented service incorporates 14 Beatles songs into a Eucharistic service led by the Rev. Jeff Baker, the church’s rector. The music is performed by local rock band “The Mainstreet Lions” and includes various guest singers and musicians.

The songs chosen emphasize the Beatles’ universal message of love, peace and brotherhood. Following the meal, the band will lead a Beatles singalong, which will include several additional guests.

ADDICTION SERIES: Warren First Presbyterian Church, 256 Mahoning Ave., will have Dr. Chris Chuirazzi as a speaker 9 a.m. Sunday in Badger Hall for the Sunday School addiction series. He will be presenting information on how opioids affect the human body and mind in order to come up with ways to help the community, and how this is affecting the addict, his / her family and the community.

FOUR CHAPLAINS SERVICE: Howland American Legion Post 700 will be hosting a “Four Chaplains” service 2 p.m. Sunday at North-Mar Church, 3855 E. Market St., Warren. The service commemorates the sacrifice of four U.S. Army Chaplains of different faiths who gave up their lives to save others when the SS Dorchester was torpedoed on Feb. 3, 1943, during World War II. The chaplains helped other soldiers board lifeboats and gave up their own life jackets. They joined arms and were last seen praying together as the ship went down.

SOUPER BOWL OF CARING: First Presbyterian Church of Warren, 256 Mahoning Ave., will hold Souper Bowl of Caring Sunday. An offering will be received. Given each year to coincide with the NFL Super Bowl, the program has raised many millions of dollars for hunger programs. This year the offering from the congregation will go to the church’s own hunger programs: the free community lunch and the grocery giveaway.

JOINT SERVICE: Zion Lutheran Church, 3300 Canfield Road, Youngstown, will hold a joint church service 11 a.m. Sunday with New Beginning Outreach of Youngstown.

INTERFAITH TEA: The Interfaith Women of the Valley will sponsor the 71st annual Interfaith Tea 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Columba Cathedral, 159 W. Rayen Ave., Youngstown. The event is a longtime tradition for women and men of different fariths to come together in worship and faith. The tea is hosted each year by a different group and this year will be hosted by the Catholic Women. Guest speaker is Sister Norma Raupple, coordinator of English Language Learning and Outreach.

DIALOGUE SESSION: Jewish-Christian dialogue will be 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Temple El Emeth, 3970 Logan Way, Liberty.

TOTAL DELIVERANCE: Elim Christian Church is offering Total Deliverance, a 12-step faith-based recovery program, 6 p.m. each Friday at 2970 Parkman Road, Warren.

NIGHT TO SHINE: Wildare Church, 211 N. Park Ave. Ext., Champion, will serve as one of more than 500 churches around the world that will host Night to Shine, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, simultaneously 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. The prom is centered on God’s love for people with special needs, ages 14 and older. This worldwide movement is already set to take place in all 50 states and 16 countries around the world. Wildare will host about 60 guests at Night to Shine. Guests begin arriving at 6 p.m. with dancing 7 p.m.

PALMS TO ASHES: St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Vienna will be celebrating “Palms to Ashes: the Rite of Burning Palms” after Masses the weekend of Feb. 10 / 11. The burning of the palms will produce the ashes that will be placed on the forehead of the faithful on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14.

The palms were blessed during the previous year’s celebration of Palm Sunday. Parishioners bring their old palms to church that weekend and place them in a cauldron outside of the church. Following the Feb. 10 afternoon 4:30 Mass, 5:30 p.m. for the burning and after the Feb. 11 morning Mass at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. for the burning, the Rite of the creation of the Ashes will take place at the front of the church. Parishioners will be invited to witness the burning, realizing that we are dust and to which we will return.

Ash Wednesday begins the 40-days of atonement of sins, doing penance, and doing good works, while reminding us of our own mortality.

SURVIVAL GUIDE: The Office of Pro-Life, Marriage and Family Life of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, in cooperation with St. Paul Parish, North Canton, is offering The Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 7, 21, 28, March 7, 14 and 21 at St. Paul Parish, 241 S. Main St., North Canton in the North Room B. The guide is a DVD-based series with accompanying materials created to bring hope, healing, wisdom and wit to divorced and separated Catholics. No cost. For information, to register, or to learn about additional opportunities for ministry call 330-744-8451.

QUARTET IN CONCERT: The Sojourner Quartet of Findley will be in concert 11 a.m. Feb. 11 at General Assembly Church of God, 2021 E. River Road, Newton Falls. A free-will offering will be received.

SHARE-THE-LOVE: West Farmington United Methodist Church, 220 W. College St., will hold a Valentine Celebration 10:30 a.m. Feb. 14 with craft demonstration and lunch. Event sponsored by the United Methodist Women.

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 their parish and / or diocesan Catholic school who is a role model of Christian leadership.

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 also will be considered.

CONCERT EVENT: First United Methodist Church, 309 N. Park Ave., Warren, will hold a concert “Coming Home: From Mozart to Mamamia” 3 p.m. Feb. 18. There will be classical,traditional and instrumental music. A love offering will be received.

SOUPS AND SAINTS: St. Columba Parish will host a Lenten film series “Catholicism: The Pivotal Players” for four Mondays during Lent.

The series will be 6 p.m. Feb. 19 and 26, and March 5 and 12. The films are produced by Bishop Robert Barron and each will focus on a different saint. St. Thomas Aquinas will be featured Feb. 19, St. Catherine of Siena will be Feb. 26, St. Francis of Assisi will be March 5 and G.K. Chesterton will be March 12.

The program will feature evening prayer at 6 p.m. at St. Columba Cathederal near the Youngstown State University campus, followed by the movie, soup and light refreshments in the parish hall at 6:30 p.m.

The series is free, but reservations are requested by calling the rectory at 330-744-5233. It is not necessary to attend all four sessions.

FAITH / FUN NIGHT: Catholic Charities, Diocese of Youngstown, will be hosting a “Faith and Family Fun Night” with the Youngstown Phantoms Hockey Team 7 p.m. Feb. 22. Tickets are available by calling 330-744-8451, ext. 323. A portion of the ticket sales supports Catholic Charities programs and services. For information, visit

LENTEN MISSION: St. William Parish in Champion will hold a Lenten Mission entitled, “Finding Hope: Reflections from the Wizard of Oz,” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 25 to 27 and 7 to 8 p.m. Feb. 26 and 27 at the church.

The Mission will be offered by Friar Johnpaul Cafiero OFM, of the Holy Evangelists Franciscan Friary, Chicago, Illinois. The mission will look at the different characters and aspects from the Wizard of Oz and show how this story relates to our spiritual journey through Lent to Easter.

Cafiero and his family are the largest curators of Wizard of Oz memorabilia in the United States with over 25,000 items. For information, call 330-847-8677 or visit

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. March 1 at the Ursuline Motherhouse, 4250 Shields Road, Canfield. Sister Eileen Kernan will help participants sharpen listening skills, be more interesting conversationalists, enjoy conversations and enrich relationships.

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

WHITE MASS: Bishop George V. Murry will be the principle celebrant for the 22nd annual White Mass 4 p.m. Feb. 17 at St. Columba Cathedral, 154 W. Wood St., Youngstown. The Rev. John Trimbur, Mercy Health Chaplain, will serve as homilist. The White Mass is for all health professionals, including mental health workers, to recognize and celebrate the ministry of all those in the healing professions. A reception will follow in St. Columba Hall.

RITE OF INITIATION: Within the six-county Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, 242 men, women and children from 52 parishes are preparing to become members of the Catholic Church at Easter.

Ninety-seven persons will receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil on March 31; and 145 persons who have already been baptized in other Christian traditions will make a profession of the Catholic faith and receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.

On the First Sunday of Lent, the persons will celebrate the Rite of Election at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 18 St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown. The candidates will then continue their final preparation for Easter in parishes throughout the diocese. Along with all Catholics, they will observe the weeks of Lent as a time of spiritual recollection in anticipation of the great feast of Easter. For information, 330-744-8451, Ext. 282.

CHURCH CONCERT: Hubbard Church of the Nazarene, 1815 Cherry Lane Drive SE, will host Jonathan White in concert at 10:45 a.m. Sunday. A love offering will be received.

ECUMENICAL INQUIRY: Temple El Emeth, 3970 Logan Way, Liberty, will hold a Jewish-Christian studies program “Did Calvin Teach Predestination?: Only the Rich Can Be Saved” 12:30 p.m. Wednesday for gathering and 1 p.m. for program. For information, call 330-406-1034 or 330-759-1429.