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TRANSFER OF THE TORAH: Congregation Ohev Beth Sholom will celebrate the transfer of the Torah from its Glenwood building to its location on Elm Street at 11 a.m. Sunday.

The event will begin with a Torah Walk in Wick Park and end at the Congregation Ohev Beth Sholom shrine. A short service will take place after the Torah walk. A light lunch and dessert reception will take place at the end of the service.

RSVPs can be made by emailing [email protected] or calling 330-744-5001. Register for the program online by visiting

EASTER PREPARATION: In the six-county Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, 138 men, women and children from 43 parishes are preparing to become members of the Catholic Church this Easter. More than 50 people will receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist during the April 16 Easter Vigil; and 84 who have already been baptized in other Christian traditions will make a profession of faith and receive the sacraments of Confirmation and the Eucharist.

On the first Sunday of Lent, those preparing for Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, called catechumens, will celebrate the rite of election at St. Columba’s Cathedral in Youngstown at 1:30 p.m. During this ceremony, they will be presented to Bishop David Bonnar of Youngstown and their godfather/godmother, and the members of the assembly will be invited to attest that they are ready for the sacraments of initiation. Those already baptized and seeking to enter the Catholic Church, known as candidates, will also be presented to Bonnar at this ceremony.

WOMEN’S DAY: Grace AME Church, 1137 Main Ave., Warren, will celebrate Women’s Day at 10:45 a.m. on March 13 with speaker Lenora R. Brogdon-Wyatt, Ph.D., highlighting the theme, “Women doing the work of God. The scriptural reference is Psalm 46:5. Social distancing will be respected and temperatures will be taken. Masks are mandatory.

Rev. Dr. Quentin White is pastor, Candy Williams is president and Alice Kelson is co-president.

Brogdon-Wyatt strives to complete the circle of his life by returning to where his life began – to Warren. She was educated at Warren Schools and received her undergraduate and Ph.D. in Mass Communications from Ohio University. While working as the director of news and public affairs at Bowling Green State University, she earned her master’s degree in popular culture.

In May 2020, she returned to Grace AME Church, where she received her AME foundation. Brogdon-Wyatt is the Sunday announcer.

Brogdon-Wyatt is the deputy secretary of the “Exciting neighborhood of Youngstown.” Past Elder President Dr. Wesley Reid named his Worship Leader for the Youngstown-Warren Area Founders Day Breakfast in February 2020.

ADDICTION SERIES: First Presbyterian Church, Mahoning Avenue, Warren, will host an addiction awareness series on Sunday at 11 a.m. with speaker Gary Seech. The event will take place in the trading room or by Zoom. Seech was born and raised near Pittsburgh, received his bachelor’s degree from Duquesne University and his MBA from Cleveland State University, and has worked in the addiction field for over 35 years. He will explain how addiction has changed for some during the pandemic, how some have relapsed, and how some have become addicted. The Zoom meeting can be accessed at

COLLECTION FOR UKRAINE: Donations to provide humanitarian and spiritual assistance to the people of Ukraine and its region, through the collection of the American bishops to help the Church in Central and Eastern Europe, take place in the parishes of the Diocese of Youngstown. Catholics can donate this weekend. All are invited to donate online at or by sending a check to Catholic Charities, Diocese of Youngstown, 144 W. Wood St., Youngstown, OH 44503.

40 DAYS: The 40-Day Silent Prayer Vigil for Life will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through April 10 in front of Planned Parenthood, 375 N. Park Ave., Warren. People are invited to participate in one hour per week of prayer on site. For more information, visit

FILM PRESENTATION: North Lima Mennonite Church, 90 Mennonite Drive, North Lima, will show “Sabina: tortured for Christ, the Nazi years” at 6 p.m. on March 20. The film is presented by the Voice of the Martyrs. The film is rated PG-13, so another film will be available for younger children. No reservation is required.

BIBLE COURSES: A free eight-week course, “Who is this Jesus? will be offered at noon on Thursdays in March and April at the Cortland Library branch. Sessions last one hour each. Call 330-637-1421 to register.

KOLBE GATHERING: The Diocese of Youngstown, through its prison ministry program, has launched The Kolbe Gathering, which is a place where formerly incarcerated and their families can join parish volunteers for spiritual support and fellowship . Gatherings embrace spirituality in prayer, music, scripture reading, and fellowship. The Kolbe Gathering can help those in need who are looking for parish or faith-based organizations to join. The first gatherings take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of the month at the Saints-Apôtres-SS. Peter and Paul Church, 421 Covington Street in Youngstown. During the pandemic, the group will respect social distancing and masks as needed. For more information, contact William Barger, coordinator of

Ministry of Prisons, at 330-235-3920.

ACCEPT GOD’S LOVE: The Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center offers a new virtual program, “Lent: A Time to Accept God’s Gift of Love.” The six-week series will take place once a week at 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. on Thursday via Zoom with Ardath Blake, HM.

Using Gerhard Lohfink’s Forty Parables of Jesus as a guide, this series will offer reflections on the answer to Jesus’ question “Who do you say I am? »

The program will take place via Zoom. Registration is mandatory. Cost: $5 or $25 for the entire series. Attendance at all sessions is not compulsory.

Registration is available online at or by calling 724-964-8886.

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