Saturday, September 14, 2002

Jews unite to reflect

Faith Matters

By Karen Vance,
Enquirer contributor

        Take stock of your life. Whom have you wronged? And what can you do to improve yourself, your community and the world?

        That's the task faced by the community's Jews for the last week or so beginning with Rosh Hashanah last week and continuing with the observance of Yom Kippur Sunday evening.

        “It's a positive and affirming day,” said Rabbi Irvin Wise of the Adath Israel Congregation in Amberley Village. “We know that we stray from the right path; we have done wrong. We commit sins, but we have the ability to make up for those decisions, make peace and return to the right path.”

        Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement, is the second of the two High Holy Days observed in Judaism (the other being Rosh Hashanah, the New Year) and begins at sundown on Sunday.

        It's a reflective holiday; one spent examining your soul and repairing the mistakes you've made, both against God and other people.

        “If we sinned against God, we have to do our Teshuvah and return to doing what is right,” he said. “But in the Jewish religion, God doesn't forgive us the wrongs we do to others until we've taken care of them with those people.”

Catholic Church moving

        St. Gertrude the Great Roman Catholic Church on Reading Road in downtown Sharonville will break ground on a new facility Sunday at 1:15 p.m. The new site is off Interstate 75 at the Union Centre exit in a large lot near the corner of 747 and Rialto Road across from the Ashford Woods subdivision.

        After two years of planning and fund-raising, the cramped parish is prepared to start construction on the church, which will have a Gothic style of the 1900s.

Free lecture

        Trinity Church, a Reformed Episcopal parish, will be hosting a presentation by Bruce Edwards titled “C.S. Lewis, Narnia and Harry Potter: The Christian Imagination and the Culture Wars.”

        The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. today, at Trinity Church, 5920 Butler-Warren Road in Mason. The lecture is free and open to all. Call 573-0509 for more information.

Concert at local church

        The Allegro Choir of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 10180 Woodlawn Blvd., will present a concert, “What I Am by the Grace of God” at 5 p.m. Sunday. The concert will include traditional and contemporary music. The public is invited to attend. Information: 772-6230.

Bishop to visit church

        Bishop Bruce Rough, of the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church, will be at the Mount Healthy United Methodist Church to address the recently merged church at a 1 p.m. service Sunday. The church, at 7612 Perry St., Cincinnati, joined with Heritage United Methodist Church on Compton Road earlier this year.

A call for volunteers

        For the month of September, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a neighborhood-based ministry to provide help to those in need, is calling for volunteers to serve in neighborhood groups, at food pantries and thrift stores, in organizing food and clothing drives and providing transportation.

        To volunteer, contact the society at 562-8841, ext. 25.

        Send religion news to or fax to 755-4150.



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