Religion Offerings: 5-10


St. Martin's mothers

Mothers will receive special recognition on Sunday, Mother's Day, at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, 1119 W. Bancroft St., at the 10:30 a.m. Mass, courtesy of the Holy Name Society. Men of the Society will form a procession line after communion, and after mothers stand for a blessing, the men will present a long-stemmed red rose to each mother. Then after Mass, the Society will proved cookies and punch for the hospitality hour.

Lubavitch learning

A six-session Jewish Learning Institute course titled “Paradigm Shift: Transformational Life Teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe,” begins Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Leo and Vera Sekach Community Services Building on the Jewish Federation Campus, 6505 Sylvania Ave., Sylvania, with a second section held Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at Chabad House of Greater Toledo, 4020 Nantuckett Dr., Toledo. The Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, became leader of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement in 1950. This year marks the 20th anniversary of his death. The course costs $79, but friends signing up together get 25 percent off. For more information, call 419-843-9393 or go to

Tanzania-Toledo tie

The Roman Catholic archbishop of Tanzania, Paul R. Ruzoka, will speak at a dinner Tuesday and make other appearances in the area to raise funds to help children in Tanzania who have albinism. The genetically inherited tradition is believed by some people to give magical powers to body parts, and children with albinism there are in danger of mutilation and death because of their condition. The Maumee-based Universal Initiative Foundation wants to build a secure facility for the children. Medical Mission Hall of Fame members Dr. S. Amjad Hussain, who is a Blade columnist, and Dr. Richard A. Paat, a clinical professor at the University of Toledo's medical school, the former Medical college of Ohio, will also speak at the foundation's dinner Tuesday at the Pinnacle, 1772 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee. There will be a 5:30 reception before the 6:30 dinner. Admission is $50 per person in advance, at, and $59 at the door.

Happy compassion

The Northwest Ohio Happy Club, hosted by Bob Moyers of Libery Center, who is known as “Mr. Happy,” meets for breakfast Wednesday at 9 a.m. at Charley's, 12407 Airport Hwy., Swanton, to discuss “The Promise of Compassion.” “Anyone with a sense of humor is welcome to attend,” Mr. Moyers said. For more information, call 419-533-4191, email, or go to

Tween tour

The Crazy Hair Tour by Secret Keeper Girl returns to northwest Ohio Thursday with a concert at Family Christian Center, 1834 E. 2nd St., Defiance. The Family Christian Center and YES-FM are hosts, and tickets at $13 for groups, $15 for general admission, and $50 for a VIP backstage experience, available at Author Dannah Gresh put Secret Keeper Girl on the stage as a two-and-a-half-hour Bible-based, relationship-building time for mothers and tween daughters.

Smith's singers

“A Choral Bouquet” is the spring concert of the Clarence Smith Community Chorus, coming May 17 to Epiphany Lutheran Church, 915 Reynolds Rd. The chorus specializes in African-American spirituals, performs compositions by African-American musicians, and also sings classical music. For “A Choral Bouquet,” the Toledo Ballet Adaptive Dance Troupe will appear as guests. Tickets are available at the door for $10, with an $8 price for students and seniors.