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PROTESTANT SERVICES: Protestant Family Service has received COVID-19 Crisis Relief Funds to assist clients who have been affected by the pandemic. Funds are available for utilities, mortgages, rent and life-sustaining medications. Agency guidelines will be followed. Due to limited office space and the required social distancing, clients will be serviced by phone, fax and e-mail. Call 330-746-4600 to speak with the caseworker to get registered. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

SPRING REVIVAL: Church of the Living God, 2015 Sixth St., Warren, will host a spring revival 6 p.m. today and Sunday and 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Pastor is Elnora Edge.

SERIES CANCELED: Because of the COVID-19 health pandemic, First Friday Club of Greater Youngstown has canceled its programs for June, July and August.

NIGHT TO HONOR MARY: The annual Night to Honor the Blessed Virgin Mary prayer service was held Friday. The event will be livestreamed on the Diocese of Youngstown website: www.doy.org and CTNY will rebroadcast this service 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. May 22 and May 29.

DRIVE-IN STYLE: Mount Jackson Presbyterian Church, 129 Mount Air Road, New Castle Pa., is holding worship drive-in style in the parking lot 11 a.m. Sunday.

First Baptist Church, 2640 S. Canal St., Newton Falls, will conduct “drive in” church services 11 a.m. Sundays. Individuals will remain in their cars and tune into 89.3 FM.

RESPONSIBLE RESTART: As the “Responsible Restart Ohio Plan” is implemented during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic allowing a gradual return to work and lifting of some of the restrictions, the Catholic Bishops of Ohio announce directives for the safe return to the public celebration of the Mass. The bishops of Ohio have agreed that each Diocese will determine a soft-opening date later in May, granting permission for the public celebration of daily Mass where it can be achieved safely and where pastorally possible with less than 50 percent occupancy of the church building, and respecting social distancing. This plan provides for the possibility of the gradual return to the public celebration of Mass on the weekend of May 30 and 31. For the Diocese of Youngstown, the public celebration of daily Mass may resume May 25. Directives and guidelines for the Diocese of Youngstown will be sent to all parishes regarding instructions for the distribution of Holy Communion.

The Solemnity of Pentecost will be marked on the weekend of May 30.

CHANTING MANTRAS: Unity Spiritual Centre in Liberty will hold Tuesday ongoing metaphysics meeting 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. each week. The group is discussing metaphysical topics and chanting mantras.

If interested, download the app from www.freeconferencecall.com and enter the meeting ID, info69845.

For more information, email rdjuntunen@gmail.com or call 330-883-0977.

FESTIVALS CANCELED: St. Christine Parish in Youngstown has canceled its annual summer festival June 11-14 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The festival committee at Christ Our Savior Parish in Struthers also decided to cancel its festival at St. Nicholas Church. Next year, the festival will be June 10-13, 2021.

The festival still is continuing the big raffle this year, with a chance to win $6,000. There will be early bird drawings leading up to the big drawing on June 14. The parish asks people to buy or sell tickets and mail them to the parish office with attention to “Festival Ticket Chairman.”

MEN OF FAITH: The Men of Faith breakfast has been postponed until June 6 at the new location in the restaurant at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport. The last breakfast in March featured 100 men from about 25 churches coming together in fellowship. The Men of Faith presented all the pastors in attendance “God’s Army” hats for their faithful service.

ISRAEL TRIP: The Church at Warren in Bazetta is planning a “Best of Israel” trip Sept. 8 to 17. The 10-day tour includes visits to Sea of Galilee, Israel, Jerusalem, Holocaust Museum and Bethlehem. For information, call David Natale at 330-638-2959 or ndavid123@hotmail. com. The trip is through Pilgrim Tours.

AWARD RECEIVED: The 26th annual Communicator Awards were held and CTNY, the Catholic Television Network of Youngstown, has been selected by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts to be recognized as a 2020 Communicator Awards winner.

CTNY received two Awards of Distinction and one Award of Excellence. The Award of Excellence is for “Wineskins.” The two Awards of Distinction are for “Promise to Protect, Pledge to Heal” and “Spotlight.”

The mission of the Communicator Awards is to seek out and recognize outstanding work in marketing and communications. The Communicator Award honors those who spread their message to the world. “Wineskins” is a radio program conceived, produced and assembled in a magazine format by CTNY, airing every Sunday over several local radio stations within the six-counties of the Diocese of Youngstown.

Since its beginning in August of 1981, Wineskins has won many awards. “Promise to Protect, Pledge to Heal” is a two-part series produced by CTNY to highlight the issue of clergy sexual abuse. The program host is the Rev. James Korda, president of CTNY, and guests included Bishop George Murry of the Diocese of Youngstown, Msgr. John Zuraw, Diocesan chancellor, and Detective Delphine Baldwin-Casey, investigator for child protection. CTNY has received a total of 17 Communicator Awards.


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