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CONCERT AT CHURCHES: New Covenant Baptist Church, 1606 Salt Springs Road, Lordstown, will host Sojourner Quartet from Findlay at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The quartet will be ministering in song at Austintown Baptist Church, 1180 S. Raccoon Road, Austintown, at 6 p.m. Sunday. A free-will offering will be accepted, but the song services are free to the public.

WALK FOR LIFE: This year’s Walk for Life to benefit the Friends of Pregnancy Help Center will be May 8 at the Canfield Fairgrounds. To register and for information, visit For information, call Jessica at 330-788-4000, Ext. 13.

DAY OF PRAYER IN HUBBARD: Hubbard Christians in Action will host a National Day of Prayer noon Thursday at the Hubbard administration building senior center. The event will take place rain or shine and will have prayers for the country, military members and the community.

DAY OF PRAYER IN SALEM: The 15th annual National Day of Prayer observance will be noon Thursday at the Salem Memorial Building. The event also will be broadcast via the website at and cable channel 1021 later in the day. This year’s theme is “Lord, pour out your love, life and liberty.” The event will include a proclamation for Salem city, flag presentation, musical selections and scripture readings and prayers by clergy and lay people.

DAY OF PRAYER IN YOUNGSTOWN: The Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley will participate in National Day of Prayer Thursday with the public invited to take part virtually. This year marks the 70th annual National Day of Prayer and has set a goal of 100 people to sign up to pray on the national day observance.

The National Day of Prayer was established in 1952 by President Harry Truman and is held the first Thursday in May. Prayers will be said for government, military, education, church, family, media, business, and family. Sign up at

BLESSING OF CARS: A Blessing of the Cars will be 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Continuing Healthcare at the Ridge, 3379 Main St., Mineral Ridge. People of all denominations can drive by Continuing Healthcare at the Ridge and the Rev. Mykhaylo Farynetts of Infant Jesus of Prague Church in Boardman will bless them from their vehicle. Those who attend also will receive a blessed angel keychain and special prayer card. For information and to register, call 330-652-9901.

CHURCH TO BE AUCTIONED: The former Richard Brown Memorial United Methodist Church on Youngstown’s North Side will be offered for online auction. The 4,400-square-foot stone building was built in 1905 and was designed by famed architect Charles Owsley. The online bidding site is by and final bidding and closing for the online auction will be 4 p.m. May 24.

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 this year 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 livestream on the diocesan website at Limited spaces are available for couples at the cathedral.

To register, or for more information, couples are to contact their parish office.

PROGRAM OFFERED: Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center, 2067 Evergreen Road, Villa Maria, Pa., will offer a virtual presentation via Zoom with Maureen Lauer-Gatta and Dena DeLuco, titled, “Virtual Women’s Retreat.” This opportunity will take place 7 p.m. May 7 to 4 p.m. May 8 in four sessions. The focus is on specific practices and tools to help you show up more fully as who you are meant to be.

Cost is $45 with program information and registration available at or call 724-964-8886.

THEOLOGY PROGRAM: Those interested in a locally hosted, part-time, graduate-level program in theology and spirituality from a Catholic university can attend upcoming information sessions concerning the Loyola Institute for Ministry Extension Program of Loyola University New Orleans. Information will be shared and questions answered in a virtual meeting, 7 p.m. May 12 or 10 a.m. May 18, or in person 4 p.m. May 20 at St. Michael Church Hall, 300 N. Broad St., Canfield. Make a reservation to attend one of these sessions, whether online or in person, to learn about the program and application procedures.

Plans are that a local learning group will begin this fall.

For information, contact Joan Lawson of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, 330-744-8451, Ext. 290, or email

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