The Good News: June 2024

Image of couples "kissing their brides" at the wedding anniversary Mass
Bishop Bonnar celebrated Mass on Sunday, May 5, at St. Columba Cathedral, marking the wedding anniversaries of 107 couples who were honored for a total of 5,554 years of wedded life. Reginald and Mary Melia of St. Dominic Parish in Youngstown, were the longest married, celebrating 75 years. Others included: 45 couples married 51 to 70 years; 43 couples married 50 years; 11 couples will observe 40 years; and seven couples will mark 25 years. The Wedding Anniversary Celebration includes renewal of marriage vows at Mass, a personalized certificate and a cake reception. These Masses are celebrated twice a year. For more information, call 330-744-8451, ext. 272. Photo by Brian Keith.


Providing essential personal hygiene and cleaning products to families in need, the Catholic Charities Community Cupboard Campaign runs for one week, from July 15 to 21. The campaign focuses on goods that cannot be purchased with SNAP (food stamp benefits). If you are able, Catholic Charities encourages you to support this mission, either through prayer or by making donations of personal hygiene products and cleaning supplies to your local Catholic Charities agency. You may also purchase these items via Amazon or Dollar Days Wishlist, which will deliver the items directly to Catholic Charities’ offices. Visit for more specific information. 


Deacon Kevin Bertleff of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish in Cortland and Deacon William Wainio of St. Angela Merici Parish in Youngstown will be ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, June 1, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Columba Cathedral. Travis Seagraves of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Warren will be ordained to the diaconate on May 25 and is on track to be ordained to the priesthood in 2025. Read more about online-exclusive ordination content on page 34, and learn more about how you can give to the diocese’s vibrant vocations program at 


Grant Williams of New Springfield has joined the diocesan Financial Services Department as a risk manager/accountant. Williams attended Holy Family School, graduated from Cardinal Mooney High School and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Youngstown State and an MBA in Finance from Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is continuing his studies, with a focus on accounting, with Western Governors University. Williams previously worked as the finance & operations manager for St. Paul the Apostle Parish in New Middletown, where he and his wife, Jenn, and their young daughter are active parishioners.

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