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BLESSED ONE: Bishop David Bonnar of the Diocese of Youngstown will be the keynote speaker at an event of pro-life speakers titled “Blessed One: Every Life Matters from Conception to Natural Death!” to take place 6:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Christine Church at 3165 S. Schenley Ave., Youngstown. Other speakers will include Pastor Walter Moss of Canton, author of “Why I’m a Black Pro-Life Pastor,” and Tia Ciferno, director of the Bella Women’s Center, Warren. A reception and an expo of pro-life information will follow. This event is free to the public. Presented by Men and Women United for Life and the Diocese of Youngstown’s Office of Pro-Life, Marriage and Family Life.

CELEBRATE ANNIVERSARIES: Bishop David Bonnar of the Diocese of Youngstown will celebrate a special Mass 1 p.m. Sunday at the Basilica of St. John the Baptist in Canton to mark the wedding anniversaries of 47 couples who are being honored for a total of 2286 years of wedded life ranging from 25 to 66 years.

Thomas and Joann Peters of Little Flower Parish, Middlebranch, the longest married of those registered, are celebrating 66 years. Other couples celebrating include: 16 couples married 51 to 66 years; 15 couples married 50 years; nine couples will observe 40 years; and five couples will mark 25 years.

The Wedding Anniversary Celebration includes renewal of marriage vows at Mass and a personalized certificate. A reception will be held for the honored couples and their families following the Mass in the School Hall, hosted by members of the St. John Guild.

COVID-19 MEMORIAL: A COVID-19 Memorial Prayer Service will take place 2 p.m. Oct. 24 at Calvary Cemetery, 248 S. Belle Vista Ave., Youngstown. Celebrant is Bishop David Bonnar of the Diocese of Youngstown. There will be honors for loved ones, family, friends and veterans who were lost to the COVID-19 pandemic. There will be a blessing and dedication of a COVID-19 memorial bench and a wreath-laying ceremony. The event is sponsored by Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services.

PET BLESSING: St. James Episcopal Church in Boardman will hold a Blessing of the Pets at noon Oct. 17. Animals are to be kept leashed or in a crate. Supplies also will be collected for local rescue organizations including towels, guinea pig and gerbil food and old newspapers.

BLESSING BOX: A new “Blessing Box” or food pantry has been installed in the parking lot of New Life Lutheran Church, 1181 Churchill Hubbard Road, Liberty. Donations in the boxes always are available. In addition to being open 24 hours seven days a week, there also are no limits or restrictions on how much people can take if they need extra food. Anyone is welcome to give or receive food from them. The Rev. Chelsea Spencer is the pastor.

HAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY: Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services of the Diocese of Youngstown will offer The Chaplet of Divine Mercy at all four cemeteries at 3 p.m Fridays. The Chaplet will be said at alternating cemeteries. The first Friday of the month will be at Calvary Cemetery, Youngstown; the second Friday at Resurrection Cemetery, Austintown; the third Friday at All Souls Cemetery, Cortland; and the fourth Friday at Calvary Cemetery, Massillon.

OKTOBERFEST: Mahoning County District St. Vincent de Paul Society will present Oktoberfest at 2 to 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at St. Christine Social Hall, 3165 S. Schenley Ave., Youngstown. There will be authentic German food, locally brewed beer, a 50/50 raffle and a basket raffle. Tickets will be sold at the door, or individuals will be able to purchase tickets prior to the event by calling the District Office at 330-333-3601. Tickets are $25 each, which includes a meal and three beer tickets.

CHILDREN’S CLUBS: First Baptist Church, 26 E. Church St., of Niles will hold the Awana Club and the Kids 4 Truth Club 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

SYNOD OPENING: On April 24, Pope Francis approved a new synodal program for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops titled, “For a synodal Church: communion, participation and mission.” The path toward the celebration of the Synod comprises three phases between October 2021 and October 2023, a diocesan phase, a continental phase and a conclusive phase at the level of the Universal Church.

To emphasize the synodal path is a shared journey, the Holy Father will celebrate the opening of the Synod at Vatican City today and Sunday. On Oct. 17, Francis has asked each diocese to celebrate the opening of the Synod. Bishop David Bonnar of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Youngstown will mark the synod at opening Mass 2 p.m. Oct. 17 at St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown.

Bonnar has appointed Monsignor John Zuraw contact person for synodal consultation. He will be the point of reference and link between the Episcopal Conference and the Diocese.

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