Religion Digest: Events across the Modesto region


SOUTHERN RAISED – 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 23, First Baptist Church, 1511 Catherine Way, Escalon. Bluegrass gospel concert with award-winning quartet. Free.

STEVE BELL – 6 p.m. Saturday, March 28, Immanuel Christian Reformed Church, 517 Orange Ave., Ripon. Family-friendly concert. Love offering taken.

JULIE-N-FRIENDS – 6 p.m. Sunday, March 29, Christian Life Center, 650 E. Olive Ave., Merced. Gospel music with Solid Ground, the Cornells, the Roberts and Bridge of Grace. Free.


A HERO’S JOURNEY – MY ADVENTURE DOWN THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD – 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, Center For Spiritual Living, 2125 Wylie Drive, Modesto. Eight-week course based on the book “The Wizard of Us” by Jean Houston. Text required. Offering. (209) 648-3495.

PERSONALIZED SOUL SINGING – Sunday, March 29, Center For Spiritual Living, 2125 Wylie Drive, Modesto. Soul singing group session after 11 a.m. service by Margi Showman. $5. (209) 485-6150.

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDIES – Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays; call for times. Shelter Cove, 4242 Coffee Road, Modesto. (209) 567-3200.

BOOK STUDY – Every other Monday from 2 to 3 p.m. Free. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1528 Oakdale Road, Modesto. (209) 522-3267.

TAI CHI – Thursdays, 6 to 7 p.m. $5 donation. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1528 Oakdale Road, Modesto. Theresa Grieshaber, (209) 765-1524.


STATIONS OF THE CROSS – 6:30 p.m. (Spanish) and 7:30 p.m. (English) Fridays through March 27, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1813 Oakdale Road, Modesto. Stations of the Cross in the church. (209) 551-4973.

LENTEN RETREAT – 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 27; 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 28; 9:30 a.m. Sunday, March 29, Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, 2602 S. Walnut Road, Turlock. Speaker Trish Short from EWTN.

YOUNG ADULT LENTEN RETREAT – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 28, St. John Bosco Catholic Church, 1606 Imperial Ave., Modesto. Lenten Day of Recollection for young adults, high school and college age. Traditional Latin Mass, the Rosary and the Way of the Cross and four spiritual conferences. Free. Preregister at (209) 599-6242.

JOURNEY TO THE CROSS – 5 p.m. Sunday, March 29, Modesto Church of the Brethren, 2301 Woodland Ave., Modesto. Lenten concert featuring choral music, piano/organ duet, handbells, congregational singing. (209) 523-1438.

BISHOP TYLOS JACKSON JR. – 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 29; 7 p.m. March 30-April 3, Victory In Praise Church, 720 G St., Modesto. Holy week celebration. (209) 522-1888.

LIVE STATIONS OF THE CROSS – Noon to 1:30 p.m. April 3, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1813 Oakdale Road, Modesto. Production includes actors, musicians and professional costuming/staging. Chairs provided. Free. (209) 551-4973 or

Holy week and Easter

WELLSPRING ANGLICAN CHURCH – 7 p.m. April 2, Maundy Thursday service; noon and 7 p.m. April 3, Good Friday services; 9 a.m. April 5, egg hunts and brunch, 10:15 Easter service. 1548 Cummins Drive, Modesto.

ST. JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC CHURCH – 6 p.m. April 2, choral concert followed by 7:30 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper in both English and Spanish; 6 p.m. Our Lady of Sorrows (Spanish) and 7:30 p.m. Prayers Around the Crosses on the front lawn; April 4, 8:30 p.m. Easter Vigil, both English and Spanish; April 5, Easter Sunday Sunrise Mass 6 a.m. with services 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30pm (Spanish) and 5:30 p.m. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1813 Oakdale Road, Modesto. (209) 551-4973,


MOPS – 6-8 p.m. second and fourth Wednesdays, Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 1600 Carver Road, Modesto. MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and MOMSNEXT begin spring semester. $60 per semester or $8 per meeting, which includes dinner, child care, occasional crafts. (209) 599-4058.

SELF-HEALING WORKSHOPNoon to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 29, Center for Spiritual Living, 2125 Wylie Drive, Modesto. Joy Migneault offers workshop designed to learn ways to live a more balanced life. $20. (209) 606-1582.

WALK FOR LIFE – 8 a.m. April 3, beginning at Eastridge Community Church, 2300 E. Briggsmore Ave., Modesto. The 17th annual event. Prayer walk will conclude at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1813 Oakdale Road, Modesto. Bring rosary, pro-life sign to free event. (209) 551-4973 or

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