Colette M. Jenkins

Catholic Charities of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown will launch its annual “Keep the Kids Warm” campaign Sunday.

The campaign calls upon parishioners and community members to contribute to a fund to provide winter utility assistance that aims to serve the working poor, particularly families who do not qualify for government assistance and families who have no resources after government subsidized programs have lapsed.

Last year, Catholic Charities provided utility assistance to more than 6,000 people in the six-county diocese, which includes Portage and Stark counties.

The organization provides assistance to Catholics and non-Catholics.

Keep the Kids Warm begins on the Feast of the Holy Family and ends on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord on Jan. 13. Donations can be sent to Catholic Charities, Keep the Kids Warm, P.O. Box 614, Youngstown, OH 44501 or made at For more information, call 330-744-8451, ext. 320.

In other religion news:


Christ Is The Answer Ministries — 379 E. South St., Akron. 10 p.m. Monday. Year-end praise celebration. 330-376-1869.

Cottage Grove Evangelical Congregational Church — 3133 Cottage Grove Road, Coventry Township. 6 p.m. Monday. A New Year’s Eve service will take place. 330-644-5616.

Morning Star Baptist Church — 1360 Newton St., Akron. 10 p.m. Monday. Annual New Year’s Eve Watch Night service with the Rev. Edward Wheat. 330-923-8462.

Prince of Peach Missionary Baptist Church — 844 Garth Ave., Akron. 10:30 p.m. Monday. Watch Night 2012 will be held. A celebration of reflection and renewal. Doors open at 10 p.m. 330-762-4997.

Queen of Heaven Church — 1800 Steese Road, Green. New Year’s Masses will be celebrated at 4:30 p.m. Monday and at 10 a.m. and noon Tuesday. On Jan. 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., a Community Pinewood Derby and Chili Cook Off will be in the Parish Life Center. Deadline to register is Wednesday. For more information, visit 330-896-2345.

Westminster Presbyterian Church — 1250 W. Exchange St., Akron. 10:30 a.m. Sunday. A service of Lessons and Christmas Carols continues the journey through the 12 days of Christmas. 330-836-2226.


Blessed Trinity Parish — 300 E. Tallmadge Ave., Akron. 7 p.m. Jan. 8. The Rev. Joseph R. Mamich, pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Strongsville, will speak on Scripture 101: Bible Basics for Catholics at the next Come and See meeting in McKeever Hall. Following the presentation, there will be small discussion groups addressing a variety of topics. No cost, reservations not required. For more information, contact Linda Herold at 330-376-5144.

First Friday Club of Greater Akron — University of Akron Martin Center, 105 Fir Hill, Akron. Noon Jan. 11. Doris Donnelly, a professor of theology at John Carroll University, will be the guest speaker. Her topic is What Catholics Need to Know About Islam. Cost of the luncheon is $15. Doors open at 11:15 a.m. 330-535-7668.

Portage County Dinner and Doctrine — Rusty Nail restaurant, 7291 State Route 43, Franklin Township. 6 p.m. Jan. 6. Featured speaker Jim Merhaut will present Spiritual Resolutions for the New Year: Why? And How. Buffet dinner at 6 p.m. and presentation at 7 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance from any Portage County parish for $25. 330-673-5849.

The deadline for Religion Notes is noon Tuesday. Items must be in writing. Please fax information to 330-996-3033, email it to or send it to Religion, Akron Beacon Journal, 44 E. Exchange St., Akron, OH 44309.