Religion notes

VIGIL OF THE BAPTISM: Blessed Sacrament Parish, 3020 Reeves Road, Warren, will hold Vigil of the Baptism of the Lord Mass 4 p.m. today and the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Masses 9 and 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

MASSES FOR LIFE: Youngstown Bishop George V. Murry will celebrate two diocesan Masses for Life in January, inviting all to pray for a greater respect for life at every stage. The first Mass for Life will be noon Sunday at St. Paul Parish, 241 S. Main St., North Canton. The second Mass for Life is 4 p.m. Jan. 20 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. The “Blessing of a Child in the Womb” was created to encourage prayer and recognition of the gift of the child in the womb, and to foster respect for human life within society. In addition, there will be a blessing of pilgrims attending the March for Life in Washington, D.C. which is held Jan. 18 to remember the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade. Information on buses going to the March for Life may be obtained by contacting the Diocese of Youngstown. Following each Mass for Life, there will be a reception including an “Expo” of respect life information. Donations are accepted. For information, call 330-744-8451.

TORAH STUDIES: Torah Studies for Christians co-sponsored by Jewish-Christian Studies of Youngstown and the B’nai B’rth Guardians of the Menorah will be held 1 to 3 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month through May at Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center, 2067 Evergreen Road, Villa Maria, Pa. The next program is “History of Antisemitism” on Wednesday.

CELEBRATING IMPACT: Pathways Sober House, 2970 Parkman Road, Warren, will meet Friday at Enzo’s Banquet Center in Warren for a formal celebration “Celebrating Impact — Transforming Futures.” Apostle Loretta Pernice will be joined by local clergy, leaders and citizens to celebrate 20 years of service to the community. For tickets, call 330-369-2504 or online at www.Pathway Sober

TU B’SHEVAT SEDER: Temple El Emeth in Liberty will hold Tu B’Shevat Seder 9:30 a.m. Jan. 19 with an abbreviated Shabbat morning service. A Kiddush luncheon will follow. Reservations are needed at 330-759-1429 by Jan. 17.

A P.J. Library Tu B’Shevat hosted by the temple will be held 6 to 7:30 p.m. for children 8 and younger. Families can come and celebrate the new year of the tree. There will be crafts, stories and special activities. RSVP to Emily at 330-746-3250, ext. 152.

HOLY LANDS: The Best of the Holy Land, a 10-day educational tour planned Nov. 5 to 14, will hold an informational meeting 4 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Jericho Center, 2878 Warren-Meadville Road, Bazetta. There will be slides, videos and Middle Eastern food. For information, call 330-638-2959.

GUEST SPEAKER: Ravenna Assembly of God, 6401 state Route 14, will have speaker and author Dr. Mary K. Baxter, who will speak on her visions, dreams and revelations of Heaven, Hell and the spirit realm 7 p.m. Jan. 25, 6 p.m. Jan. 26, and 10 a.m. Jan. 27.

ECUMENICAL PRAYER: To mark the 75th anniversary of the Diocese of Youngstown, an ecumenical prayer service will be held 6 p.m. Jan. 27 at St. Columba Cathedral. A series of events have been planned through June to mark the anniversary. The prayer service from the cathedral will be broadcast on the Ecumenical Television Channel 11 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. Jan. 28 and noon Jan. 29.

The Mass for World Day of Consecrated Life at St. Columba Cathedral will be shown 11 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. Feb. 4 and noon Feb. 6. on the Ecumenical Television Channel.

MINYAN AND MOVIE: Temple El Emeth, 3970 Logan Way, Liberty, has set Minyan, a Movie and Meal 5:45 p.m. Feb. 2. The movie “The American President” will be shown following the dinner. The movie, a 1995 American romantic-comedy-drama, was directed by Rob Reiner. RSVP by Jan. 31 to the temple. Adults $10.

46TH ANNIVERSARY: On Jan. 22, the nation marks the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal throughout the United States. Each year, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops call for nine days of prayer for life during the days leading up to the anniversary. Thousands of Catholics across the country will join together in prayer for a culture of life from Jan. 14 to 22. The prayers in the novena address many “respect life” issues. For more information, go to

WEEK OF PRAYER: Every year, Christians across the world gather in prayer for growth in unity. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity traditionally celebrated from Jan. 18-25 unites people in prayer in a world where corruption, greed and injustice brings about inequality and division.

Bishop George V. Murry will preside at Evening Prayer 6 p.m. Jan. 27 at St. Columba Cathedral, 154 W. Wood Street, Youngstown. The worship service will emphasize the importance of moving from our discourses about unity, justice and mercy to action and concrete commitment, and to acts of unity, justice and mercy in our personal lives and in the life of our Christian communities.

FAITH IN CHURCH: Adults seeking to learn more or deepen their understanding of topics in faith and Catholic Church practice can take advantage of online and onsite opportunities outlined in a new brochure released by the Office of Religious Education of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown. Courses such as “A Survey of Catholic Spiritualities,” “Your Life with the Saints,” and “Jesus, The Compassionate Savior,” are among offerings online, and “Catholic Belief and Tradition,” and “Elementary Catechesis” are offered at diocesan parishes.

In addition to courses, the brochure also lists lectures, activities, and other learning events around the diocese aimed at shaping the mind and touching the heart of faith. For information, call 330-744-8451, Ext. 302, email jlawson@youngstown, or go to