APPOINTMENTS MADE: Bishop George V. Murry made appointments in late May before his death in June.
On May 29, Murry appointed the Rev. Christopher Cicero pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Warren, and the Rev. Martin Celuch, J.C.L., pastor of Holy Family Parish, Poland. The appointments are effective Aug. 22.
Cicero, a native of Warren, was ordained July 17, 2010. Cicero served as the parochial vicar at St. Christine Parish, Youngstown, and was appointed pastor of St. Jude Parish, Columbiana, and Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, East Palestine, on Feb. 1, 2014.
Celuch, a native of Gaboltov, Slovakia was ordained on June 14, 2003. Celuch served as parochial vicar at St. Nicholas Parish, Struthers and Holy Family Parish, Poland. In 2013, he was appointed pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Youngstown, and in 2016 he was appointed pastor of Christ Our Savior Parish, Struthers. This appointment is in addition to his duties as Judicial Vicar for the Diocese of Youngstown.
PRAISE ON COURTHOUSE: The Men of Faith will hold an open praise at the gazebo on Courthouse Square in Warren 9 a.m. today.
Keno Hills, former NFL player on staff at the Warren Family Mission, is sharing his testimony. Pastor Jordan Biel will provide the praise music on guitar and vocals. John Farmwalt, who was raised Amish, will tell his life saving rescue story. Pastor Everett Whiteside proclaims God’s Kingdom along with the closing prayer.
There will be music along with testimonies and prayer. Participants should bring a lawn chair. All safety protocol guidelines will be followed.
NEW PASTOR: Canfield United Methodist Church will welcome a new pastor at 10:30 a.m. July 5. Worship is posted on YouTube at www.facebook.com /CanfieldUMC
RETURN TO WORSHIP: Friendship Baptist Church, 1954 Brier St. SE, Warren, will hold a return to worship on Sunday. There will be two morning worships at 9 and 11:30 a.m. Worshippers are being asked to arrive a half hour early to adhere to health safety guidelines.
WE BELONG TOGETHER: A community-wide open-air praise and worship experience will be 3 to 4:30 pm. July 4 at 130 S. Truesdale, Ave Youngstown. Social distancing circles will be provided for you and your family. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, or sit in your car. The event is a corporate worship. Refreshments will be provided. Call to reserve your circle at 330-519-3357
Discussion will be on families recovering from the impact of COVID-19 and how to rebuild trust in a post-pandemic world. The goal is to help the community recover through safe social distancing discussions, events and family-fun activities.
RETURN TO SERVICE: One Nation Kingdom Ministries will meet 10 a.m Sunday at the Focus Building, 2051 Niles Road, Warren for a driveup service. There is also a Bible study livestreamed at 6 p.m. Wednesday on the church Facebook page.
GRACE AME EVENT: Grace AME Church in Warren Nursing Guild, in conjunction with Warren City Health Department, is beginning distribution of iPads for seniors who have suffered loneliness, social isolation and physical isolation from family and friends during the COVID-19 pandemic. The iPads were funded in part by Buckeye Health Plan, Raymond J. Wean Foundation, Mercy Health Foundation, and the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, which is operated exclusively for charitable, educational and scientific purposes that effectively assist and promote the well-being of Mahoning and Trumbull counties. Information about the foundation can be found at www.cfmv.org. The iPads are equipped with free Verizon cellular service for one year. The seniors also will receive hands on training on their use by Verizon staff. The iPad distribution will continue over the next several weeks in order to uphold social distancing guidelines.
SERVICES RESUME: Area churches are returning to in-person worships.
• Ellsworth Community Church, 11171 W Akron-Canfield Road, North Jackson will resume morning worship service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.
•Tod Avenue United Methodist church is open and having Sunday service 10:30 a.m.
• McKinley Community Church, 1524 Elm Road NE, Warren, has opened with regular service at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor David Luther. Masks are optional. Bible study has been discontinued until further notice.
• First Baptist Church, 2640 S. Canal St., Newton Falls, will offer two Sunday worship services. There will be a drive-in service at 9:30 a.m. and a a second inside the church service at 11 a.m.
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 adhered to, and because of 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-Thursday.
HOLY SENIOR GROUP: Due to the coronavirus situation, the Holy Family Seniors Group will not meet in June to August. The group’s leadership is hoping to be able to resume meeting safely in September.
ST. PATRICK RAFFLE: Hubbard St. Patrick Church will hold a grand raffle of a 2002 Chevrolet Equinox or $20,000 with drawing to be held Aug. 9. There is a June special with tickets $25, which is half price. Purchase online at www.saint patsfestival.com or visit parish office, 225 N. Main St., Hubbard or call 330-534-1928.
SERIES CANCELED: First Friday Club of Greater Youngstown has canceled all programs for June, July and August.
BASEMENT OUTREACH: Since the coronavirus started, Basement Outreach Ministries in Warren has been helping to provide food and other items to more than 500 families. Basement Outreach Ministriesis designed to provide needs: groceries or urgent supplies, or delivery of these, a meal (prepared or boxed / bagged), prayer for themselves or someone else, and / or homeless assistance. Call 234-806-4022 firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know.
Donations are needed both monetary and food to help the organization. The Basement Outreach Ministries is a tax-exempt organization. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of IRS regulations.
DONATION RECEIVED: The Society of St. Vincent de Paul received a $2,500 donation from members of St. John Paul II Church to assist in the daily meal service and food pantry programs offered in the Nick Parilla Dining Hall, 2355 Niles Road SE, Warren.
In addition to many other safety net services, St. Vincent de Paul Trumbull County provides curbside carryout meal service daily from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For information about local programs and services, or how you can help, contact Darlene Jones at 234-223-2933 or email email@example.com.
PROGRAM OFFERED: “Moving Toward Mutuality: Five Plus Decades on the Catholic-Jewish Journey of Friendship” with Philip A. Cunningham, will be offered 7 p.m. July 16 as a virtual presentation via Zoom at Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center. The event is co-sponsored by the Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center, Villa Maria, Pa., and the Rev. George Balasko in memory of Rabbi Samuel Meyer and the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations at St. Joseph University as part of the Annual Nostra Aetate Lecture Series.
Since the Second Vatican Council in 1965, interactions between Jews and Catholics have become more frequent and positive than ever before in history. Official and informal dialogues have multiplied, and religious leaders in both communities have reconsidered and reformed long-held ideas about each other in a process that still continues.
Program information and registration are available at www.vmesc.org or 724-964-8886.
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