Catholics will honor chaplains, troops

A ministry of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno will hold a special Mass to honor chaplains, priests and troops in the military and their families.

The African American (Black) Catholics Ministry will present its Gospel Mass at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 14 at St. John’s Cathedral, 2814 Mariposa St. A luncheon will follow. This year’s theme is “The Priesthood and Catholics in the Military.” The annual event is held in conjunction with Black History Month.

Air Force Capt. Onyema G. Okorie, an active chaplain, will be guest preacher at the Mass. He is recipient of the Edwin R. Chess Award as the outstanding company-grade chaplain while serving at Gellenkirchen, Germany, Air Base in 2007.

An event organizer, Mary Neal, says it is important to support military Catholic chaplains and priests, the troops on the battlefield and their families.

“At home, we are so caught up in the economy, banking scandals, car rebates, crime, jobs or lack of jobs, political likes and dislikes — and we forget what these soldiers are sacrificing,” Neal says. “They miss the touch of a spouse, the hug of an aging parent/grandparent, the birth of a child, birthdays, the death of a loved one … This is [our] small part in recognizing their service and honoring soldiers and chaplains who travel the world to war-torn areas.”

Details: (559) 488-7400.

Temple Beth Israel honors police captain

Fresno police Capt. Al Maroney is recipient of the 21st edition of Temple Beth Israel’s Social Action Award. He will receive the award at a banquet at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the synagogue, 6622 N. Maroa Ave.

Maroney is credited with working to improve police/community relations as commander of the Southwest Policing District. He has worked closely with the Bringing Broken Neighborhoods Back to Life program, which enlists clergy members and community leaders to develop positive relationships with neighborhoods and police officers.

The banquet costs $25.

Details: (559) 226-4978.

Wear your Super jersey at church

Hey, it’s Super Bowl weekend.

You can wear the jersey of your favorite sports team at services at 6 p.m. today and 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Northside Christian Church, 2709 E. Nees Ave., Clovis.

Details: (559) 323-9675.

Event will remember religious war

Five Armenian congregations will gather at the Vartanantz Commemoration at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church, 2226 Ventura St.

The event commemorates the Battle of Avarayr in 451, a religious war between Persians and Christian Armenians. Although losing the battle, the Christian Armenians retained their faith.

First Armenian Presbyterian Church, Pilgrim Armenian Congregational Church, St. Paul Armenian Apostolic Church, Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church and St. Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church in Fowler will participate in the event.

Details: (559) 486-1141.

Church concert will help Haiti victims

A concert to benefit the victims of the earthquake in Haiti will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at Butler Church, 4884 E. Butler Ave.

Among the performers will be Jon Shabaglian, Fresno Pacific University’s Crosswind vocal/instrumental ensemble and a community gospel choir made up of members of New Beginnings Church and Fresno Pacific.

Financial donations will be accepted. Supplies for relief kits, such as towels, toothpaste, toothbrushes, fingernail clippers and large bars of soap, also will be accepted.


Southern gospel group will perform

The Central California Southern Gospel Music Association will present the Blackwood Brothers quartet in concert at 7 p.m. Friday at Northwest Church, 5415 N. West Ave. RSV also will perform.

Details: (559) 434-6736.

Ministry event is planned in Madera

The Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International will present its Mayor’s Sweetheart Banquet at 6 p.m. next Saturday at the Madera Municipal Golf Course clubhouse, 23200 Avenue 17, Madera.

The event will honor Valley city and county officials and their staffs.

Cost is $30.

Details: (559) 351-0413.

Ron Orozco covers religion for The Bee. He can be reached at (559) 441-6304 or rorozco@fresno