ORDINATION: The Rev. Paul Dominic Marich, O.P., 36, originally from Youngstown, will be ordained to the Catholic priesthood for the Dominican Order 9:30 a.m. May 21 during an ordination Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The Most Rev. J. Augustine DiNoia, O.P., adjunct secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome and Titular Bishop of Oregon City, Oregon, will be the ordaining bishop for Brother Paul and his nine classmates.
Marich was born in Youngstown. He is a native son of St. Brendan Church and graduated from Ursuline High School in 2004, and received his Bachelor of Arts in political science and philosophy from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2008. Before entering the Dominican Order, Marich taught high school theology and social studies for five years at schools in Texas and Virginia.
Marich entered the novitiate for the Dominican Province of St. Joseph in 2017, and completed his theological studies at the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., graduating in 2021. The Dominicans, formally known as the Order of Preachers, were founded in France by St. Dominic de Guzman in 1216. Dominicans have been in Youngstown since 1923, and they currently serve St. Dominic Church on the city’s South Side and the Newman Center at Youngstown State University. It was at St. Dominic where Marich first came into contact with the Dominicans when he was in high school.
He has been serving as a deacon at St. Patrick Parish in Columbus, and he will remain there as a parochial vicar after his ordination.
In celebration of his ordination to the priesthood, there will be two Masses of Thanksgiving in Youngstown the weekend following his ordination. On May 28, he will offer Mass at 5 p.m. at St. Dominic Church, 77 E. Lucius Ave., Youngstown. On May 29, he will offer Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Brendan Church, 2800 Oakwood Ave., Youngstown.
PRESENTATION: McKinley Community Church, 1524 Elm Road NE, Warren, will offer a free special presentation of “Paul in Chains” as the Apostle Paul’s heart is shared through The Word of God. Rev. Duffy Roberts will bring Paul to life 10:30 a.m. Sunday through a dramatic interpretation of the Letter to the Philippians.
Roberts, of Youngstown, has served churches in Massachusetts and Ohio as pastor for more than 27 years. He was ordained in the United Church of Christ in 1984 and ordained in the Evangelical Covenant Church in 2010.
He is officially Rev. David B. Roberts and is a graduate of Brandeis University (bachelor’s degree in linguistics) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity).
PRINCESS TEA: Braceville Christian Church will host the free seventh annual Princess Tea 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. May 21. Princess activities are designed for girls 12 and under, but all girls, moms, grandmothers, aunts and sisters are invited. Younger girls will be given the opportunity to dress up to have a tea party. There are only 75 seats available. Register by Wednesday at 330-469-6998 or firstname.lastname@example.org
MEMORIAL SERVICE: A memorial service for stillborn babies and those lost through miscarriage will be 2 p.m. Sunday in the chapel at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown, 248 Belle Vista Ave. Parents, grandparents and other family members are encouraged to attend. The service is sponsored by the Diocese of Youngstown Office of Worship, Office of Pro-Life, Marriage and Family Life and Catholic Cemeteries. For information, call 330-744-8451, Ext. 272.
BENEFIT EVENT: Behind Closed Doors Ministries will host its first annual event 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. today at the Parish of Marson, 1555 S. Meridian Road, Youngstown.
CHILDREN’S FAIR: Churchill United Methodist Church, 189 Churchill Hubbard Road, will host a children’s fair 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.
GOLDEN WONDERS: The Mighty Golden Wonders quartet willl celebrate its 45th anniversary 5 p.m. Sunday at Greater St. John Church, 419 Highland Ave. SW, Warren. Musical guests include the Joynette Singers of Cleveland, Newport Christianaires of Akron, the Gospel Angels of Cleveland, the Horner Singers of Canton and Boot and the Boys of Akron.
RELEASED TIME: School Ministries Ohio is offering Bible classes for public school students during the school day with a meeting 6:30 p.m. Monday at Champion Presbyterian Church, 4997 Mahoning Ave. Discussion and information will be provided on Released Time Bible education. Local schools already have approved released time religious instruction for students. Call Mike at 330-246-0805 for more information.
TASTE OF FAITHS: The Mahoning Valley Association of Churches invites the community to the Taste of Faiths 5:30 p.m Thursday at St. Charles Parish Hall, Boardman. Food and beverages will be provided by congregations of the Mahoning Valley. Besides food, there will be musical entertainment and a pick-a-prize raffle. Proceeds help support the work of MVAC. Cost is $15 per person, and tickets can be purchased at the door. Preregistration is welcome. For information, call 330-788-5914, visit www.mvaconline.org, or email email@example.com.
HEARTS OPEN: Simple Gifts Interfaith Choir will present “Hearts Wide Open” 4 p.m. May 22 at Hubbard First Presbyterian Church, 22 Westview Ave. The free, hourlong concert will feature the 55-voice choir singing traditional, contemporary and gospel selections, with opportunities for the audience to sing along.
Guest musicians will accompany the choir on special selections throughout the program. A reception will follow in the church hall. A free-will offering will be taken to benefit the Presbyterian Church USA’s Disaster Assistance for Ukraine.
UKRAINE PASTA BENEFIT: Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Center, 4500 Norquest Blvd., Austintown, will host a pasta benefit to support humanitarian aid to help the Ukrainian people noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Cost of the dinner, prepared by Rachel’s Restaurant and Catering, is $10. Live entertainment will begin at 12:30 p.m. There will be a basket raffle and special item raffle. All proceeds to support this crisis through the International Knights of Columbus www.kofc.org. Call Debi 330-533-7785 or refer to the parish website at www.ihm-parish.comn. The dinner is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus IHM Council 3930.
50 YEARS: Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 1110 N. Salem-Warren Road, North Jackson, will host a special service 9 a.m. Sunday to celebrate the church’s 50-year anniversary. The day will include honoring past pastors and longtime members.