ENDING HUNGER: The Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown are collaborating with the Sisters of the Humility of Mary, Villa Maria, Pa., to combat hunger. Catholic Sisters Week is Monday through Friday. The annual event emphasizes all the good that avowed religious women contribute to society.
The two local communities, who separately offer many ministries in the Mahoning Valley, are asking lay partners also to answer the call to combat hunger.
Various parishes have been collecting canned goods for food banks including the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry and Second Harvest Food Bank.
The Diocese’s five Early Childhood Learning Centers have asked parents to collect food for either their local church pantries or St. Vincent de Paul.
The Mahoning Valley Association of Churches is donating $50 each to five local church pantries.
DIALOGUE SESSION: The Jewish Christian Dialogue will be 7 p.m. March 17 via Zoom. Henry Abramson of the Jewish College in Brooklyn will speak on “Tiberius and Christian Beginnings.” Links to the session will be emailed shortly before each session.
LENTEN STUDIES: Grace United Methodist Church. 1725 Drexel Ave. NW, Warren, is hosting a Lenten study series for six weeks. Each session will be 6 to 8 p.m. each Tuesday. Marjorie Thompson’s book “Forgiveness” will be read and discussed.
PASTORAL LETTER: Bishop David Bonnar of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown has issued a pastoral letter entitled “Testify to the Light.” Through this pastoral letter, Bonnar seeks to acknowledge the darkness of this time, revisit the importance of our Sacramental life, highlight the value of parish life and offer five priorities for the journey into the future. These five priorities include prayer, healing, communication, service and joyful witness. The pastoral letter may be found on the Diocesan website at www.doy.org.
LENTEN ADORATIONS: St. Patrick Church, 357 N. Main St. Hubbard, will host Lenten devotion adoration 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the parish center. Stations of the Cross will be every Friday 7 p.m. at the parish center.
HEALING JOURNEY: Immaculate Heart of Mary in Austintown and Grace Hospice will offer “Journey Toward Healing,” an eight-week grief support group hosted by the Rev. John Bower, bereavement coordinator. The course will be 6:30 p.m. Mondays through April 1. To register, call 330-729-2924 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
LENTEN MEDITATION: Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center will offer a virtual series via Zoom with Natalie Terry titled, “Lenten Meditation Circle.” The virtual opportunity will take place on Tuesdays through April 6 via Zoom. All sessions will be 8 to 8:30 p.m.
Free-will offerings will be accepted, and registration is not required. Participation in all sessions is not required.
Program information can be found at www.vmesc.org or 724-964-8886.
CHANGE YOUR MIND: Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center will offer a virtual presentation via Zoom with Dena DeLuco titled “Change Your Mind.” This virtual opportunity will take place 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 20.
DeLuco, a new-thought leader, helps conscious women connect, nurture and find joy in taking the next step (or quantum leap) on their spiritual path through empowering one-on-one coaching and group offerings.
Cost is $30. The Zoom link will be sent to all those registered on March 19.
Program information and registration are available at www.vmesc.org or call 724-964-8886.