Colette M. Jenkins

Catholic Diocese of Youngstown Bishop George V. Murry will dedicate the new St. Andrew's House of Vocation Discernment on April 14 at Walsh University, 2020 E. Maple St., North Canton.

Located in La Mennais Hall, the house will be for men contemplating the priesthood beginning in the 2012-2013 school year. An on-site priest will serve as the formation director for residents of the house, who will be students at Walsh.

The special blessing by Murry will take place after an 11 a.m. prayer service in Our Lady of Perpetual Help University Chapel. The diocese and university will host an open house at St. Andrew’s after the blessing. The open house ends at 3 p.m.

For information about St. Andrew’s House of Vocation Discernment, call or email the Rev. Chris Luoni at 330-744-8451 or cluoni@?youngstowndiocese.org.

Walsh is an independent Catholic university that serves about 3,000 students. Its website, www.walsh.edu, provides more information about the college.

In other religion news:

Holy Week events

Calvary Baptist Church — 820 White Pond Drive, Akron. Maundy Thursday communion service at 7 p.m. 330-836-4701.

First United Methodist Church — 245 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls. Palm Sunday, 8:30 and 11 a.m. services; Taize service, 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesday in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd; Thursday, all-day silent communion in the chapel with special service at 10 a.m., noon and 3 p.m., service with communion at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary; organ concert by Dean Wagner at noon Thursday in the sanctuary; Good Friday, service of Tenebrae of Darkness at 7 p.m.; Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil, 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.; Easter Sunday worship at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Child care available. 330-923-5241.

Grace United Church of Christ — 13275 Cleveland Ave. NW, Lake Township. Palm Sunday worship, 10:45 a.m.; Maundy Thursday worship, 7:30 p.m., gathering at tables in family activity center multipurpose room; Easter sunrise contemporary youth-led service, 7 a.m., followed by pancake breakfast. Freewill offering will support July youth mission trip to Mensch Mill United Church Retreat and Conference Center in Alburtis, Pa.; Sunday school for all ages, 9:30 a.m.; Easter traditional service, 10:45 a.m. 330-699-3255.

Mogadore Christian Church — 106 S. Cleveland Ave., Mogadore. Holy Week Thursday service at 7 p.m., Scripture, music, blessing of hands and communion; Easter Sunday services at 8 and 10:30 a.m., special music and communion. 330-628-3344.

New Life Episcopal Church — 13118 Church Ave. NW, Lake Township. Palm Sunday, 10 a.m., Intergenerational Passion Play during service; Maundy Thursday, 6 p.m. Passover supper and communion followed by the stripping of the altar and prayer in the church until midnight; Good Friday, services at noon and 7 p.m.; and Easter Sunday, 10 a.m. service. 330-699-3554.

Queen of Heaven Church — 1800 Steese Road, Green. Holy Thursday, Lord’s Supper Mass, 7 to 8 p.m.; Good Friday, Stations of the Cross, noon to 12:45 p.m., Liturgy of Lord’s Passion, 3 to 4 p.m.; Holy Saturday, Blessing of Food, 3 to 3:30 p.m., Vigil Mass with baptism and adult choir, 9:15 to 11:30 p.m.; Easter Sunday, Masses at 8 to 9 a.m., 10 to 11 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m. 330-896-2345.

St. Hilary Parish — 2750 W. Market St., Fairlawn. 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Walk of Love: A Meditation on Christ’s Passion. Performances of sacred music by the adult and handbell choirs, sacred dance by the dance ministry and readings from Scripture. Light reception to follow. On Good Friday at 8 p.m., the youth group presents Living Stations of the Cross. 330-867-1055, ext. 202.

Tallmadge Lutheran Church — 759 East Ave., Tallmadge. Palm Sunday services, 8 and 10:30 a.m., with anthems and special music; Maundy Thursday worship, 7:30 p.m., includes holy communion and stripping of the altar; Good Friday services, noon and 7:30 p.m., with the evening service the traditional Tenebrae of Darkness; Easter Sunday worship at 7, 9 and 10:30 a.m., with breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. 330-633-4775.

United Baptist Church — 1007 S. Hawkins Ave., Akron. 7 p.m. Good Friday celebration. The Daughters of Thunder and the Last Seven Words.

Easter egg hunts

The Chapel in Marlboro — 8700 State Route 619, Marlboro Township. 10:15 a.m. April 8. Easter JAMboree for kindergarten through fifth grade in the Source Youth Cafe. Everyone will receive an Easter egg with a surprise gift inside. JAM (Jesus and Me) is the children’s ministry at the church. 330-935-0132.

Cornerstone Community Church — 5344 Fishcreek Road, Stow. 1 p.m. April 7. Easter Eggstravaganza, includes egg hunt, games, prizes, crafts and treats for children up to age 11. Free and open to the community. 330-686-0722.

First United Methodist Church — 245 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls. 11 a.m. April 7. Community Easter Egg Hunt on the church lawn. Games to play and free lunch at noon. In case of rain, it will be held in the church. 330-923-5241.

Grace United Church of Christ — 13275 Cleveland Ave. NW, Lake Township. 10 a.m. to noon. Free Easter Eggstravaganza for toddlers through sixth grade. Games, snacks, face painting and sing-alongs. Phone calls recommended for those attending, though reservations not required. 330-699-3255.

Hope Community Church — 3033 Middleton Road, Hudson. 10 a.m. April 7. Fourth annual Easter Egg Extravaganza. Family event for children up to age 12. There will be 20,000 Easter eggs filled with candy to collect. 330-655-5170.

Sawyerwood United Methodist Church — 956 Mohawk Trail, Springfield Township. 1 to 4 p.m. today. Easter Fest with games, crafts, food and prizes. Free. 330-784-3323.

Events

Antioch Baptist Church — 670 Vernon Odom Blvd., Akron. 8:30 to 10 a.m. Sunday. Free community breakfast will be served. All are welcome. 330-762-3469.

Christ Centered Church — 655 E. Waterloo Road, Akron. 10 a.m. Sunday. The church will be worshipping each Sunday at this address. Bible study will be at 6 p.m. Mondays. Pastor is the Rev. Kenneth W. Paramore.

Christ Is the Answer Ministries — 379 E. South St., Akron. 4 p.m. Sunday. The Rev. Shiloh Hooks-Johnson and New Trinity Baptist Church will be guests for the inspirational fellowship. 330-376-1869.

Mogadore Christian Church — 106 S. Cleveland Ave., Mogadore. 5 to 7 tonight. Swiss-steak dinner. Includes mashed potatoes, green beans, applesauce, coleslaw, roll, dessert and beverage. Adults, $8; ages 5-12, $4; 4 or younger, free. Carryout available. Open to the public. Proceeds benefit mission outreach. 330-628-3344.

Phillips Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church — 413 Iroquois Ave., Akron. 4 to 7 tonight. Hosting the 101st birthday celebration for Ella Dix with an open house for church, family and friends. Her birthday is Sunday. She has been a church member for 80 years. 330-784-8964.

Word of Life International Ministries — Community Food Distribution Outreach Focus begins Thursday. Food assistance will be available to qualified individuals and families on a weekly basis and will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis in conjunction with weekly Bible studies. Call 330-786-0295, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. This is a message phone and all calls will be returned within 72 hours. Leave name, phone number and the nature of call.

Performances

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church — 50 N. Prospect St., Akron. 7 p.m. Tuesday. Edinboro University Singers and Chorale will perform. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 330-376-5154.

Maranatha Bible Church — 1424 Killian Road, Springfield Township. 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday. The music ministry will present 3:16 The Numbers of Hope, a worship musical, each night. 330-645-2681.

Mount Haven Baptist Church — 545 Noble Ave., Akron. 7 p.m. Friday. The mission auxiliary will present a play, Challenge of the Cross. It focuses on the sincerity and spirituality of man. Freewill offering.

Speakers

First Friday Club of Greater Akron — University of Akron Martin Center, 105 Fir Hill, Akron. Noon April 13. Dr. Maura A. Ryan, associate professor of theology at University of Notre Dame, will speak about A Just Health Care: A View From Catholic Social Thought. Luncheon cost is $15. Doors open at 11:15 a.m. 330-535-7668.

Support groups

Community Fellowship Church — 951 Virginia Ave., Akron. 7 to 8 p.m. April 9. LOOP (Loved Ones of Prisoners) Family Ministry will hold its first support group meeting. It is formed to provide help and guidance to loved ones of prisoners in the criminal justice system.. There will also be a program for children and light refreshments will be served. 330-724-2454, www.cfcchaple.org.

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