The congregation at St. Vincent Parish will culminate its 175th anniversary celebration with a special Mass at 11 a.m. Sunday (Pentecost Sunday) at the church, 164 W. Market St.
Bishop Richard G. Lennon of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland will celebrate the Mass.
St. Vincent, the oldest Roman Catholic Church in Akron, was established in 1837. Early parishioners celebrated Mass in their log homes with a priest who came to the area at least once a month.
Parishioners purchased the current church property in 1855, along with the land where St. Vincent’s Cemetery is located on West Market Street at Merriman Road. The official groundbreaking for the new church took place in 1864 and the cornerstone was laid on St . Patrick's Day.
St. Vincent is considered the mother church of five Akron parishes: St. Sebastian's, St. Bernard's, St . Mary's, Annunciation (now Visitation of Mary) and St. Martha's (now Blessed Trinity).
The 175th anniversary celebration at St. Vincent started in October 2010 with a family dance. It continued with other events, including the unveiling of a new church seal on Easter 2011 and a parish festival in September 2011.
In other religion news:
Antioch Baptist Church — 670 Vernon Odom Blvd., Akron. 8:30 to 10 a.m. June 3. Free community outreach breakfast. 330-762-3469.
Centenary United Methodist Church — 1310 Superior Ave., Akron. 9 a.m. today. Tai Chi and Qigong class, a form of slow, joint-friendly exercises, will be held. Free to the public. 330-431-0800.
Chapel of Grace Christian Center — 1361 Copley Road, Akron. 4 p.m. Sunday. Come fill a pew. An afternoon of family togetherness by coming and filling your pew. A prize will be given to the one who brings the most guests. There will also be a runner-up prize. 330-867-7819 or 330-864-0626.
Family of Faith United Methodist Church — 800 E. Market St., Akron. 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday. Creamed chicken with biscuits and Swiss steak dinner. Adults $8, ages 4-12 $5. Carryout available. 330-376-2141.
Greentown Church of the Nazarene — 10031 Cleveland Ave. NW, Lake Township. 8:30 a.m. today. A rummage sale will be held.
Journey Covenant Church — 2679 N. Haven Blvd., Cuyahoga Falls. 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Free, hot dinner to local residents on the last Tuesday of each month. Christ Kitchen Dinners are open to the public. 330-923-8021.
Mogadore Christian Church — 106 S. Cleveland Ave., Mogadore. 8 to 11:30 a.m. Monday. Memorial Day pancake breakfast. Coffee, juice, sausage and all-you-can-eat pancakes. Adults $5, ages 4-12 $3 and age 3 or younger free. 330-628-3344.
New Exodus Christian Fellowship Church — 782 S. Arlington St., Akron. 1 to 5 p.m. today. Celebrating Akron Neighbors Day. Free food, games and fun. All are invited.
Queen of Heaven Church — 1800 Steese Road, Green. 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. Monday. Outdoor Memorial Day Mass in the pavilion, weather permitting. In tribute to fallen service men and women and all deceased. Doughnut social will follow. 330-896-2345.
The Good Shepherd Baptist Church — 853 Copley Road, Akron. Women’s and Men’s Day Sunday. Women’s service at 10:45 a.m. with speaker Flora Dees, a member of New Hope Baptist Church. Men’s service at 4 p.m. with the Rev. Joseph H. Harkless and the congregation of Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Massillon. 330-434-3243.
Wooster Avenue Church of Christ — 1147 Vernon Odom Blvd., Akron. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 2. Soup kitchen and clothing giveaway. Transportation provided by calling 330-762-7301 or 330-388-0235. Contact person is the Rev. Gregory Dortch.
Zion Temple Baptist Church — 515 Ardella Ave., Akron. Noon Sunday. Casual Sunday service. Refreshments served afterward. 330-773-3567.
First United Methodist Church — 245 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls. 11 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. Charles Nyamakope from the West Zimbabwe Central Conference of the United Methodist Church will speak. His topic is the 3 C’s initiative in Zimbabwe, Russia, Sierra Leone and Liberia in which the church has committed to building classrooms, clinics and churches for people who would otherwise go without. 330-923-5241.
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