Religion events

MESSIAH IN PASSOVER: Greene Church of the Nazarene, state Routes 46 and 87, North Bloomfield, will hold “Messiah in the Passover” Sunday with guest speaker, Pastor Jeff Kipp, who pastors in a Messianic congregation in Pittsburgh. Kipp will be with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and during worship at 10:40 a.m. will be demonstrating how Jesus fulfilled the ancient feast of Passover. “Messiah in the Passover” is part of the Chosen People Ministries. It begins with the traditional Seder table and how it relates to the Last Supper that the Messiah celebrated with the disciples, giving special emphasis on the redemptive significance of the crucifixion. It will end with the Lord’s Supper.

LENTEN SERIES: The First Presbyterian Church of Mineral Ridge will focus its 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 the Rev. Justin Rossow. These monologues will be followed by a brief reflection from the Rev. Jamie Milton.

Schedule is Sunday, “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.”

HISTORICAL JOURNEY: Corner House Christian Church, 6964 Chestnut Ridge Road, Hubbard, will hold a new series beginning 6 p.m. Sunday and enjoy a historical journey back to the 1800’s roots of the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, and Churches of Christ. Pastor David Coxson will present the early pioneers of Restoration of the church to the New Testament and how their stories tie together.

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. Sundays through March 18 at Vienna Presbyterian Church.

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

The series will be 6 p.m. Monday and March 12. The films are produced by Bishop Robert Barron and each will focus on a different saint. St. Catherine of Siena will be Monday and G.K. Chesterton will be March 12.

The program will feature evening prayer at 6 p.m. at St. Columba Cathedral 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.

DIALOGUE SESSION: The Jewish / Christian Studies will meet 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Temple El Emeth, 3970 Logan Way, with program at 1 p.m. This year’s theme is “Setting the Record Straight.” The program will be “Can We Put G-D on Trial,” an ecumenical inquiry.

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 14 and 21 at St. Paul Parish, 241 S. Main St., North Canton in the North Room B. The program is free. For information, to register or to learn about additional opportunities for ministry, call 330-744-8451.

LENTEN BIBLE STUDY: First Presbyterian Church, Warren, will hold a Lenten Bible study Fridays through March 23. The schedule is 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.”

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 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.

DEDICATION CONCERT: Living Lord Lutheran Church, 851 Niles Cortland Road, Howland, will hold an organ dedication concert 4 p.m. March 11. Guest organists will be Dylan Sanzenbacher, a Howland High School graduate, and Chase Castle. They are Conservatory of Music majors at Baldwin Wallace University.

SPIRITUAL IDEAL: The Unity Centre for Spiritual Living, 1226 Naylor Lloyd Road, Liberty, will hold a program “Finding and Living Your Spiritual Ideal.” Guest is Ed Foote as the speaker at services that begin 11 a.m. March 11 with the message “The Sacrifice of Sacrifice.” The talk is intended to show how to replace fear with God’s love and peace. Foote also will conduct a workshop after services at 1 p.m. titled “Finding and Living your Spiritual Ideal.” Foote has a been a member of Edgar Cayce’s Association for Research and Enlightenment and a student of “A Course in Miracles” for over 30 years. Donations or love offerings will be accepted for the workshop. Call 330-539-0122.

INTERFAITH SEDER: St. Patrick Church, 225 N. Main St., Hubbard, will hold a communitywide interfaith 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.

EMPTY BOWL RETREAT: Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center in Villa Maria. Pa., will present “Empty Bowl Retreat: The Music of Silence, The Communion of Solitude” 7 p.m. March 16 to noon March 18. The retreat is with Cheryl Rose who is engaged in full-time ministry offering retreats, programs. Register online at or call 724-964-8886.

MUSICAL PLAY: Cleveland Performing Arts Ministries’ musical passion play “Tetillestai” will be presented March 16 to 18 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 357 N. Main St., Hubbard. The dramatic stage production and music tell the story of Jesus’ trial, execution and resurrection in a visual way. Performances will be at 8 pm March 16 and 17 and 1 pm March 18. There is no charge, but freewill offerings will be accepted. For information, visit

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.”

SINGALONG: A Messiah Sing-along will be 4 p.m. March 18 at Christ Episcopal Church, Warren, co-hosted by Stambaugh Chorus and Warren Civic Chorus. Freewill offering accepted.

INTERFAITH BANQUET: The 52nd annual Niles Interfaith Banquet will be 4 p.m. April 8 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 St. Columba Cathedral. Dr. Daniel Laginya, St. Columba Cathedral 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 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.

APPOINTMENT: The Rev. George Murry has appointed Stephen J. Carattini as the director for social concerns for the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, effective March 1. Carattini had an 18-year professional career as an executive in the international transportation and logistics industry before discerning a vocation within the faith-based charitable sector in 2003.

Carattini held the position of chief executive officer with Catholic Social Services in the Archdiocese of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Prior to that he served as the chief operating officer for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver, and the director of Immigration and Refugee Services with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.