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LONG WEDDINGS: Bishop David Bonnar of Youngstown will celebrate a special Mass Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at St. Columba Cathedral, Youngstown, to mark the wedding anniversaries of 135 couples who are honored for a total of 6,565 years of married life ranging from 25 to 70 years.
John and Marion Anderson, parishioners of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, Cortland, and John and Mary Theresa Gabriele of Christ Our Savior Parish, Struthers, both celebrate 70 years of marriage in 2021.
The other celebrating couples will be: 38 married couples aged 51 to 68; 60 couples married for 50 years; 21 couples observing 40 years; and 13 couples marking 25 years.
The celebration of the wedding anniversary includes a renewal of the wedding vows at Mass and a personalized certificate. Due to concerns over COVID-19, many couples will not attend the celebration in person but will participate via the live broadcast of the Mass on the Diocese of Youngstown website at https: // doy. org / media / etclive-2 /.
APPOINTMENTS MADE: Bishop David Bonnar of the Diocese of Youngstown made the following appointments to the clergy:
l Reverend Ryan Furlong has been appointed part-time director of the Ministry of Youth and Young Adults, effective July 1. He will continue to serve as parish vicar in St. Charles, Boardman.
l Reverend G. David Weikart has been appointed pastor of Saint Joseph and Regina Coeli parishes in Alliance, Saint Joseph in Maximo and Sainte-Anne in Sebring effective September 1. He also appointed Amy Benedetti-Dike and Deacon Greg Wood, the pastoral associates of these four parishes, effective September 1. Wood will also exercise his diaconal ministry in the four parishes. In addition, Bonnar has appointed Reverend Patrick Manning and Reverend Peter Haladej sacramental ministers for these four parishes, effective September 1.
With the appointments, Bonnar continues the regional planning process, building a brighter future for the diocese that makes the best use of all available resources and continues to support the clergy and staff as they serve the church in the Diocese of Youngstown.
NEW PASTOR: The Church of the Holy Spirit, 1996 Coit Road NW, Warren, will welcome new Pastor William Wiley and his wife Donna at 10 a.m. on Sunday. An open house will follow.
POSTPONED EVENT: The annual Taste of Faiths event hosted by the Mahoning Valley Association of Churches is postponed to Spring 2022. The annual event celebrates the food of the Mahoning Valley congregations. For more information, visit www.mvaconline.org
DRIVE-THRU EVENT: Central Christian Church, 2051 E. Market St., Warren, will host a drive-through lunch at 11:30 am today in the church parking lot.
BIBLE SCHOOL: Howland United Methodist Church will host VBS from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for two weeks. The first week is June 21, 23 and 25 for younger children and week 2 is June 28, 30 and July 2 for older children. The theme is “Summer Olympics.” Efforts will be made to organize all outdoor events.
BIBLE SCHOOL: Blessed Sacrament Parish in Warren will host VBS from 9:30 am to noon Monday through Friday. The theme is “Laboratory of Peace”.
WHEEL MONDAY: Unity Spiritual Center, 1226 Naylor Lloyd Road in Liberty, will host the Unity Wheel Mondays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month. People can bring an outdoor chair or blanket and any musical instruments they may have. The offering for the wheel can be cornmeal, tobacco, birdseed, or whatever you feel is appropriate to thank the creator. The plans are to walk the wheel, discover the meaning of the parts of the wheel, the native drum, the smear and the community.
135 YEARS CELEBRATION: First Covenant Church in Boardman will be celebrating its 135th anniversary on June 27. The event will include a service at 10 a.m. with guest speakers sharing stories and stories from the church.
COMMUNITY CONCERT: The Unity Spiritual Center, 1226 Naylor Lloyd Road, will sponsor a community concert at 5:30 p.m. on June 26. The outdoor concert will feature Nina and Rick Miller performing songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Participants are welcome to bring a lawn chair and are invited to picnic with family and friends. In case of rain, the show will be moved indoors. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted. For more information, call 330-539-0122.
GUEST SPEAKER: The Greater Apostolic Faith Church continues its Wednesday evening worship and praise services with surrounding community churches in Trumbull and Mahoning counties. The guest speaker is Bishop Ernest B. Hawkins of the Youngstown Temple of Apostolic Faith at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday.
Hawkins has been a pastor for 28 years and he will bring his congregation and worship team to lift up the name of Jesus.
SUMMER CAMPS: Pleasant Valley Church in Liberty will host summer camps from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. from June 21 to 24 with the theme “Fruits of the Spirit”. There will be crafts, music, sports and art. Athletes from Sports World will lead each camp. Register at www.pvchurch.net
LABYRINTH EVENT: Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center, 2067 Evergreen Road, Villa Maria, PA, will offer a virtual introduction to the Maze Journey via Zoom. The virtual labyrinthine walk invites participants to walk an ancient path symbolizing cultural passages.
The future programs of this ongoing series are scheduled on different dates on the grounds of the Villa Maria community center: Wednesday July 21, August 18 and September 19. Guided labyrinth walks are offered free of charge.
Call 724-964-8886 or visit vmesc.org.
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