Religion events

MOTHER-DAUGHTER EVENT: York Avenue Church of God will hold a mother-daughter event 1 p.m. today at The Hippodrome in Warren. The theme is “A Woman of Worth.” Speaker is Kimberly Walker, co-pastor of The Restoration Christian Fellowship Church, where she serves as director of women’s ministry and executive director of the Family Life Center.

MOTHER’S DAY: Lordstown Lutheran Church 5615 Palmyra Road, SW, will hold a Mother’s Day service 10 a.m. Sunday.

MUSIC CONCERT: First Baptist Church, 2640 S. Canal St., Newton Falls, will host Christian hip-hop music artist Beacon Light in concert 7 p.m. Monday. Free Admission.

CHORAL ENSEMBLE: St. John Lutheran Church, 5734 Mahoning Ave. NW, Champion, will host a spring concert for Illuminare Choral Ensemble 7:30 p.m. May 18. The theme is “To Everything There is a Season.” A free-will offering will be accepted.

MUSICAL EVENT: The Senior Choir of Grace AME Church, 1137 Main Ave. SW, Warren, will hold its annual musical 4 p.m. May 18. The theme is “Praise is What I Do.” Host pastor is the Rev. John McCants.

PRAYER GATHERING: Newton Falls Church of the Nazarene, 520 N. Canal St., will host “Altar Call: A Prayer Gathering” with the Golden Street Singers for a focused time of prayer. There will also be a time of singing and teaching. The event is 7 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. May 18 and 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. May 19. Call 330-872-5432.

CHURCH CONCERT: Hubbard First Presbyterian Church, 22 Westview Ave., will hold a concert, Joyous Eastertide Building the Kingdom, 3 p.m. May 19. The 55-member choir will present a concert with special focus on the Easter season.

HYMNS CONCERT: Christ Episcopal Church, 2627 Atlantic St. NE, Warren, will have the 25-voice Parish Choir present a concert of Hymns, Spirituals and Folksongs by American composers 4 p.m. May 19. James Shiell, director of Music and the Arts at Christ Church, will conduct the concert.

Admission is free.

CAR SHOW: St. Patrick Church, 225 N. Main St., Hubbard, will hold a car and truck show May 18 with rain date May 25. Awards will be at 2 p.m. Registration is 9 to 11 a.m.

TORAH STUDIES: Torah Studies for Christians will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Villa Maria Educational and Spirituality Center, 2067 Evergreen Road, Villa Maria, Pa. The theme is “Religion and Ethics in Jewish / Christian Heritage.” A free-will offering will be accepted.

HEBREW CLASS: The Jewish Community Center in Youngstown will offer beginner Hebrew class 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Israeli educators Gon Erez and Matan Norani will teach the course in Hebrew reading. Once completed, participants will be able to phonetically read any Hebrew word. Classes are set to run to June 25. Register online at jccyoungstown.org or at 330-746-3259, Ext. 195.

HONOR MARY: The annual Night to Honor the Blessed Virgin Mary will be 7 p.m. May 17 at St. Columba Cathedral, Youngstown. This annual devotional service to honor the Blessed Mother will include scripture readings, a homily, hymns and recitation of the rosary.

CELEBRATION: The members of the East Side Church of Christ in Warren will be honoring their minister, Elder Ronald P. Fowlis, who has retired. The church is hosting a public celebration dinner 5 p.m. May 18 at DiVieste Banquet Centre titled “Celebrating a Legacy of Ministry.”

Fowlis and his wife, Coralee, have honored God, the church and the community for more than 60 years. The planning committee is seeking people who were baptized or married by Fowlis. Call Joy at 330-898-0954.

Reservations are $30 and can be made by contacting Marie at 330-395-3605 or marie81856@aol.com; or Shirley at 330-978-1059, bradysa1955@gmail.com. Make checks and money orders payable to Darlene Trimble, Treasurer. Mail to East Side Church of Christ; P.O. Box 1613; Warren, 44482.

MEMORIAL SERVICE: The Catholic Diocese of Youngstown is hosting a memorial service for miscarried or stillborn children 2 p.m. May 19 in the chapel at Calvary Cemetery, 248 S. Belle Vista Ave., Youngstown. Parents, family, grandparents and other relations of any child lost to miscarriage or stillbirth are encouraged to attend. The event is sponsored by the Office of Worship and the Office of Pro-Life, Marriage and Family Life. For information, call 330-744-8451, Ext. 272.

GUIDED WALK: Villa Maria Educational and Spirituality Center will host a guided labyrinth walk 2 to 4 p.m. May 19 on the grounds of Villa Maria Community Center. The ongoing series will be held monthly through October on the following dates: June 19, July 24, Aug. 21, Sept. 18 and Oct. 20. Participants are invited to meet at the outdoor labyrinth at 2 p.m. to prayerfully walk the grass path after receiving thematic instructions from the presenter. The labyrinth is a replica of the one found in Chartres Cathedral in France. Free-will offerings are accepted. In the event of questionable weather conditions, call 724-964-8886 or visit www.vmesc.org.

GOLDEN WONDERS: The Golden Wonders 42nd anniversary will be marked 5 p.m. May 19 at the Greater St. John Church of God, 419 Highland Ave. SW, Warren. Scheduled to perform are the St. John Male Chorus of Warren, The Singing Wonders of Canton, The Trumpet of Joy of Aliquippa, Pa., and The Horner Singers of Canton. Emcee is Pastor Charlie Yates of Minneapolis. Free-will offerings will be accepted. Host pastor is Robert Herron.

BUS TRIP: First Congregational Church of Wayne will hold a bus trip to the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum in Kentucky June 12 and 13. Cost is $225 with an $85 deposit due May 10. Make checks payable to First Congregational Church of Wayne, P.O. Box 66, Williamsfield, 44093. For information, call 330-397-9189.

AWARD RECEIVED: The 25th annual Communicator Awards judging is complete and the Catholic Television Network of Youngstown has been selected by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts to be recognized as a 2019 award winner. CTNY received three Awards of Distinction for St. Columba Cathedral: A Monument of Stone, Steel and Glass, celebrating the central church of the Diocese of Youngstown; for its four-part series on racism called Removing Barriers; and for the History of the Diocese of Youngstown celebrating the 75th anniversary of the diocese. CTNY also won an Award of Excellence for Wineskins, the award-winning radio show. The mission of the Communicator Awards is to seek out and recognize outstanding work in marketing and communications. The Communicator Awards honors those who spread their message to the world. CTNY has received a total of 14 Communicator Awards.

POPE STATEMENT: Pope Francis released a Motu Proprio entitled Vosestis lux mundi, “You are the light of the world,” ordering a worldwide response to sexual abuse. The document calls for the establishment of easily accessible reporting systems, clear standards for the pastoral support of victims and their families, timeliness and thoroughness of investigations, whistleblower protection for those making allegations and active involvement of the laity.

As part of this responsibility, bishops also will be held accountable under the authority of this Motu Proprio, which covers sexual abuse of minors or vulnerable persons, sexual acts compelled through abuse of authority, and any cover-up of such crimes.

In publishing this new law, which is applicable to the church throughout the world, Pope Francis has made it clear that protection and healing must reach all of God’s children.

Bishop George V. Murry of the Diocese of Youngstown said: “The new directives from Rome are already in force in the Diocese of Youngstown. All priests, religious and lay church workers are mandated reporters. Furthermore, we have procedures in place for anyone to make a confidential report if the person believes a cover-up has occurred.”

Murry said the Diocese of Youngstown is committed to building upon the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People in order to ensure that all children and vulnerable adults are safe in all church facilities.

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