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HIDDEN TEMPTATIONS: “Hidden Temptations” with Jeffrey and Lanette Gordon of Farrell, Pa., will be held 7 p.m. today at TCAP Agency, 1240 Palmyra Road. SW, Warren, in conjunction with African American History Month.

The Gordons have created a religious play titled “Hidden Temptations”, a provocative look at a family’s relationships — destroyed or saved? They are lifelong residents of the Farrell area and work to build up the community. Cost for play is $10-$20. For tickets, call 724-813-8496. Proceeds will be used to benefit the community projects.

BISHOP TO SPEAK: Bishop Abraham Allende of the Northeastern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America will be guest preacher 10 a.m. Sunday at Living Lord Lutheran Church, 851 Niles-Cortland Road, Howland. Allende was elected in May 2014 to become the leader of the 180 ELCA congregation serving the northeastern Ohio area. A fellowship will follow.

GRACE AME EVENT: Grace AME Church, Warren, will hold Women’s Day 10:45 a.m. Sunday. The speaker is Rev. Gloria Clack, pastor of Allen Chapel AME Church, Kalamazoo, Mich.

GUEST SPEAKER: North Park Baptist Church, 1464 N. Park Ave., Warren. will have guest speaker, the Rev. Jane Gibbons, at 6 p.m. Sunday for a Lenten service.

LENTEN BIBLE STUDY: The Hubbard, Girard, Vienna and Niles First Presbyterian churches are joining together for a Lenten Bible study. The focus will be on Max Lucado’s book “3:16: The Number of Hope.” The study will run 6:30 to 8 p.m. four Sundays from Sunday to March 18 at Vienna Presbyterian Church.

LENTEN MISSION: St. William Parish in Champion will hold a Lenten Mission titled, “Finding Hope: Reflections from the Wizard of Oz,” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 7 to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the church.

The Mission will be offered by Friar Johnpaul Cafiero OFM, of the Holy Evangelists Franciscan Friary, Chicago. 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

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. Monday, and March 5 and 12. The films are produced by Bishop Robert Barron and each will focus on a different saint. St. Catherine of Siena will be Monday, 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.

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. Wednesday and 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. The program is free. For information, to register or to learn about additional opportunities for ministry, call 330-744-8451.

PURIM CELEBRATION: Temple El Emeth, 3970 Logan Way, Liberty will host a community-wide Purim celebration 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Congregation Ohev Tzedek, Temple El Emeth and Congregation Rodef Sholom will take part. The Megillah reading will be held 5:30 p.m. Reservations are needed by Feb. 26. Those attending can wear costumes.

The Jewish Community Center will hold a Purim carnival 10:30 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free and there will be carnival treats for purchase and a children’s costume contest with prizes.

EVENING OF RECONCILIATION: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Warren will be joining other parishes in the Diocese of Youngstown to present an “Evening of Reconciliation: The Light is ON For You” Wednesday. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available 6:30 to 8 p.m. at SS. Cyriland Methodius Church, 185 Laird Ave. NE, Warren. During Lent, Catholics are reminded to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation as part of their Lenten observance in preparation for Easter.

LENTEN SERIES: The First Presbyterian Church of Mineral Ridge will focus their journey through Lent this year with a monologue series, “Thy Will Be Done.” Each Sunday during the 10:30 a.m. worship service, a different Biblical character represented by a member of the congregation will present his / her story. They will be from the series, “Thy Will Be Done” written by Rev. Justin Rossow. These monologues will be followed by a brief reflection from the Rev. Jamie Milton.

Schedule is Wednesday, “God’s Will and My Dreams — David”; March 4, “God’s Will and My Identity — Mary”; March 11, “God’s Will and My Worldview — Paul”; and March 18, “God’s Will and My Response — Lydia.”

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. Thursday 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.

BIBLE STUDY: First Presbyterian Church of Warren is holding a Lenten Bible study 6 p.m. each Friday during Lent. The next Lenten Bible study is Friday. Each study is self-contained, so individuals can attend what fits their schedule. The five-session video study by Max Lucado is titled “He Chose the Nails.”

CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP: The Christian Family Fellowship Banquet will host Dominic Mararri 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Brentford House Banquet Center, 737 Myron St., Hubbard. Mararri will speak on how he became free from addiction to crack and heroin and how he is on a mission to offer hope to other addicts and is a successful businessman. To make reservations, which are needed by Wednesday, call 330-392-7779.

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.

LENTEN BIBLE STUDY: First Presbyterian Church, Warren, will hold a Lenten Bible study Fridays through March 23. The Friday theme is “He Chose to Forgive Us,” March 9 “He Chose to Invite Us into His Presence,” March 16 “He Chose to Love Us Forever,” and March 23 “He Chose to Give Us Victory.”

MEN’S CONFERENCE: Catholic Men’s Fellowship of the Diocese of Youngstown will hold the sixth annual men’s conference March 3 at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Louisville. The theme is “Rise Up of Men of God: The Battle is Real.” Events will be held starting 8:45 a.m. with Mass with Bishop George Murry of the Diocese of Youngstown. At 4 p.m., Bishop Murry will speak on “The Evil One is Prowling the World to Destroy Humanity.”

Keynote speaker is Deacon Larry Oney, who will speak on “The Principles of Spiritual Warfare.” The day’s events are designed to assist Catholic men to grow in their commitment to Jesus Christ and the Catholic church. For information, call 330-744-8451.

EMPATHETIC EMPOWERMENT: The Unity Centre for Spiritual Living will be sponsoring workshops on Empathic Empowerment Training at 1226 Naylor Lloyd Road, Liberty. The workshops come as a result of interest in empathetic healing, which was part of their 2017 Path to Wholeness lecture series featuring Rian Dean, Empathetic Healer and Intuitive Reader.

The classes are scheduled 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 3. Workshops are limited to a maximum of 10 people. The cost of the class is $125 and reservations are necessary. Send check to Unity Centre/Att Reverend Rose Houston/1226 Naylor Lloyd Road, Girard, 44420, or enroll directly at For information, call 330-539-0122.

DAY OF MINDFULNESS: Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center, 2067 Evergreen Road Villa Maria, Pa., will hold “Day of Mindfulness,” a one-day retreat 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 10. A Day of Mindfulness, we will explore and apply such practices as: sitting quietly, following breath, walking meditation, relaxing our body and mind, eating mindful and practicing easy yoga. Register online at or call 724-964-8886.

INTERFAITH SEDER: St. Patrick Church, 225 N. Main St., Hubbard, will hold a community-wide inter-faith seder dinner and ceremony 6 p.m. March 13. Master of ceremonies is Rabbi Joseph Schonberger of Temple Emeth and the Rev. George Balasko, co-creator of the Youngstown Jewish-Christian dialogue.

The full seder will be narrated by Schonberger explaining the Jewish tradition and by Balasko on what it means to the Christian tradition. For tickets, call 330-534-1928 by March 3.

DAY OF SPIRITUALITY: The Benedictine Sisters of the Byzantine Church of the Queen of Heaven Monastery, Warren, will offer a Day of Spirituality in preparation for the Resurrection of Christ 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. March 18 at SS. Peter and Paul Parish Center, 180 Belvedere Ave. NE, Warren. To register, call 330-856-1813 by March 11. Presenter is the Rev. Thomas Dansak who will speak on “Repentence: Asking Forgiveness for Sin.”

INTERFAITH BANQUET: The 52nd annual Niles Interfaith Banquet will be 4 p.m. April 4 at Ciminero Banquet Centre in Niles. Guest speaker is the Rev. James Korda, administrator at St. Stephen Parish in Niles. Tickets available at participating Niles area churches.

BUS TRIPS: Jesus the Key Ministry is sponsoring two bus trips to Lancaster, Pa., April 11 and 12. There are still seats available for this trip to see “Jesus” at Sight and Sound Theater. We will also be stopping at the Mennonite Center to view the Mockup of the Tabernacle and see the “Show Boat” at the Dutch Apple Theater. On June 19 and 20 will be a trip to the Creation Museum and Noah’s Ark in Kentucky. For reservations, call 330 427-6578.

CHOIR FESTIVAL: The Office of Worship of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, in conjunction with the Music Committee of the Diocesan Liturgical Commission, will sponsor the annual 2018 Diocesan Youth Choir Festival 12:30 p.m. April 21 at St. Columba Cathedral. The festival will culminate with the Youth Choir singing at the 4 p.m. Vigil Mass at the cathedral. Dr. Daniel Laginya, choir director, will serve as music director for the festival assisted by members of the Music Committee from the Diocesan Liturgical Commission. A choral prelude will precede the Mass.

The Youth Choir Festival is open to all students in diocesan schools and parishes in grades 3-12 along with other parish music directors. Individual students, school or parish youth choirs must register for the event by March 21. Contact Mrs. Barb Zorn at, or the Office of Worship for more information.

RETREAT OFFERED: The Ursuline Center is offering the Retreat in Daily Life based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. Participants take part 30 minutes per day of personal prayer, and a 30- to 45-minute meeting once each week for eight weeks with Spiritual Director Eileen Novotny. Participants pick a time that fits their schedule. Novotny helps participants tap into their own personal relationship with Jesus.

To sign up, contact Novotny at 330-533-3831 or Meetings should begin before Thursday.

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 people 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.