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HONORING MOTHERS: From 9 am to 1 pm today, the Youngstown Catholic Diocese will honor living and deceased mothers at the Diocesan cemeteries with flowers and a prayer card, and light refreshments. Staff will be available to answer any questions and give out maps of the cemeteries, as well as write up orders for work that needs done at families’ graves. The event will take place at Resurrection Cemetery in Austintown, Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown, All Souls Cemetery in Cortland and Calvary Cemetery in Massillon.

CONCERT SET: General Assembly Church of God, 2021 E. River Road, Newton Falls, will host the Singing Weavers in concert 11 am Sunday.

50-YEAR ANNIVERSARY: People’s Chapel Church of God, 2145 Hillman St., Youngstown, celebrated its 50th anniversary May 1. The theme was “Jubilation.”

GUEST VOCALIST: McKinley Community Church, 1524 Elm Road, Warren, will host Tia Ciferno, who will provide vocal music 10:30 am Sunday. Ciferno also will speak about her involvement in the Bella Women’s Center in Warren, which helps women in pregnancy crisis.

Ciferno has been a Warren resident most of her life. She and her husband, Mike, have been married 42 years and raised their four children in Warren. For the past 25 years, she also has had the opportunity to share her original inspirational music in hundreds of churches and venues locally and in other states and countries.

MOTHER’S SUNDAY: Third Christian Church, 241 First St., Warren, will host Mother’s Day Sunday sponsored by Christian Men’s Fellowship. Guest speaker is the Rev. Neil Heller, associate minister of New Jerusalem Fellowship Church.

MEMORIAL SERVICE: A memorial service for stillborn babies and those lost through miscarriage will be 2 pm May 15 in the chapel at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown, 248 Belle Vista Ave., or Calvary Cemetery in Massillon, 3469 Lincoln Way. 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.

SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Halle Snider, a member of St. Stephen Catholic Church in Niles who will attend Youngstown State University majoring in respiratory care, was the recipient of the Thomas Murphy Scholarship award presented recently at the Niles Interfaith event at Ciminero’s Banquet Center.

HEARTS OPEN: Simple Gifts Interfaith Choir will present “Hearts Wide Open” 4 pm 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.

WEEKEND ENGAGEMENT: The Unity Spiritual Centre, 1226 Naylor Lloyd Road, Liberty, is sponsoring a return weekend engagement by international performers and recording artists Armand and Angelina. It starts with a concert 7 pm Friday and during the 11 am May 15 service. At 1 pm, it will host a workshop on the Native American flute.

On May 16, it will finalize its engagement with an “Angel Harp Meditation” starting at 6:30 pm All events, including services, are open to the public. Suggested donations for the concert, flute workshop and angel harp meditation are $20 per event. There is no charge for attending services. To make reservations, call 330-539-0122.

TASTE OF FAITHS: The Mahoning Valley Association of Churches invites the community to the Taste of Faiths 5:30 pm May 19 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. Procedures help support the work of MVAC. Cost is $15 per person, and tickets can be purchased at the door. Pre-registration is welcome. For information, call 330-788-5914, visit, or email execdirector

UKRAINE FOOD FESTIVAL: SS. Mary and Joseph Parish will sponsor a Ukraine food festival 5 to 8 pm May 14 in the church social hall on Seneca Street NE. Local restaurateurs will donate their time and talent to serve at various stations set up around the hall. Admission tickets are $20 each for adults and $10 for children age 10 and under. Proceeds will support the people of Ukraine. For more information, call 330-393-8721 or 330-394-3426.

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 pm May 15. Cost of the dinner, prepared by Rachel’s Restaurant and Catering , is $10 and includes pasta, meatballs, salad, bread and butter, and dessert. Dine-in or carryout options are available. Only cash and checks will be accepted. Live entertainment will begin at 12:30 pm There will be a basket raffle and special item raffle. All proceeds will go to support this crisis through the International Knights of Columbus, Call Debi Stickle 330-533-7785 or refer to the parish website at for more information. 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 am May 15 to celebrate the church’s 50-year anniversary. The day will include honoring past pastors and longtime members.

GOLDEN WONDERS: The Mighty Golden Wonders quartet will celebrate its 45th anniversary 5 pm May 15 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.

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