INSTALLATION SET: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Warren will host the installation of the Rev. Christopher Cicero as pastor at the 11 a.m. Sunday Mass at the St. James Parish site on Burton Street. Bishop David Bonnar will celebrate Mass and install Cicero.
The parish also is planning for the return to church with a celebration “Welcome Back to Church” picnic with a tent on the lawn at the St. James site 12:30 p.m. June 6.
CHURCH AUCTION: Life Church, 610 S. Leavitt Road, Leavittsburg, will hold its ninth annual auction today with the silent auction beginning at 4 p.m. and the live auction at 5:30 p.m. For information, visit www.lcogoh.com.
MEMORIAL MASS: Bishop David Bonnar of the Diocese of Youngstown will celebrate a memorial Mass and dedicate the Homeless Jesus sculpture in memory of the Rev. Nicholas R. Shori at 9:30 a.m. and dedication of the sculpture at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday on the corner of West Wood and North Hazel streets. Tuesday is the fifth anniversary of Shori’s death. Upon his passing on April 20, 2016, Shori made a gift to the Diocese of Youngstown for the installation of the Homeless Jesus sculpture at the Diocesan central offices in Youngstown.
Shori served as the longtime pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Parish in New Middletown and as the diocesan director of the Office of Evangelization, among many other positions and ministries throughout the Diocese of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley
In observance of safety protocols, the Mass may be attended by invitation only; however it also can be viewed online by visiting the diocesan website, DOY.org, and selecting Cathedral Live Stream from the Media dropdown box on the top menu. The outdoor sculpture dedication will be open for public observation.
WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES: The Office of Pro-Life, Marriage and Family Ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown is sponsoring a wedding anniversary celebration to honor couples who are observing their 25th, 40th, 50th or over anniversaries in 2021 at 2 p.m. June 13 at St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown. Couples planning to attend this celebration need to register at their parish before May 13.
The celebration will include Mass with Bishop David Bonnar, renewal of marriage vows and a personalized certificate for each couple. Couples may opt to attend the Mass in person at St. Columba Cathedral, or they may participate remotely via livestreaming on the diocesan website at www.doy.org. Limited spaces are available for couples at the cathedral.
To register, or for more information, couples are to contact their parish office.
MARRIAGE SEMINAR: The Greater Apostolic Faith Church in Warren under the leadership of Bishop James Tyson will host its first marriage seminar 5:30 p.m. May 1.
Keynote speakers are Royce Dixon Sr. and Lisa Dixon, from Chicago, who will speak on how they divorced one another and experienced being in a dark place of denial, bargaining and regret by coming to the realization that there were deep hidden feelings internally and finding it difficult to express themselves through “Meaningful Constructive Dialogue” as well as “Words of Expression.” They have written the book, “Marriage, Divorce and Ultimately Remarrying.” Royce Dixon is the author of two books: “Blessed While Broken” and “Hidden Feelings.”
They will focus on sharing tools with other couples on the importance of using the “Reset Button” in their relationship before they contemplate divorce and going to the courthouse. The Dixons’ third book for children, titled “Jo Jo’s Learning Adventures,” targets improving reading skills, reading comprehension, conversation builder and learning how to gain independence.
The marriage seminar is free to the community but couples who are interested should RSVP, at 330-394-0922.
DIALOGUE SESSION: Jewish-Christian Dialogue will be 7 p.m. Wednesday virtually with speaker Henry Abramson, who is part of the six-part series on Jewish history “Bar Kochba to the Muslim Conquest.” Temple El Emeth in Liberty will send out the link before the event to participants.
BIBLE STUDY: Pricetown and Newton Falls United Methodist churches have begun a Bible study on the Holy Spirit with the guidance of the Rev. Dewayne Smith.
The Bible study gathers weekly at Pricetown United Methodist Church, 4640 Pritchard Ohltown Road, 10 a.m. Tuesdays or Newton Falls United Methodist Church, 336 Ridge Road, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Bring a Bible if you have one. Masks and social-distancing guidelines will be followed.
BISHOP APPEAL: Catholics in the six-county Diocese are being asked to participate in the 2021 Annual Bishop’s Appeal with the goal of $4 million. Over 50,000 individuals throughout the Diocese will benefit from services and ministries ranging from assistance with food, utilities and housing to faith formation, education, evangelization and social services. The Diocese of Youngstown encompasses Ashtabula, Columbiana, Mahoning, Portage, Stark and Trumbull counties.
The majority of the funds generated through the appeal directly benefit the services provided by Catholic Charities.
The appeal will continue throughout the Easter season, concluding on Pentecost Sunday on May 23. For information, visit doy.org.