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Epiphany United Church of Christ, 2205 Genesee St., will hold a "Service of Recommitment" to its Schiller Park neighborhood beginning at 9:30 a.m. Sunday in Schiller Park.

The Rev. George Cushing, the pastor, said the event will include a three-block walk from the park to the church, where a service will be conducted.

The ceremony in the park will "recommit the life and resources of Epiphany to the struggle that lies ahead," he said.

The church is working closely with such organizations as Turner-Carroll High School, Resurrection Lutheran Church, VOICE Buffalo, the Schiller Park Senior Citizens and the Newburgh Coalition. Representatives of those organizations and others will participate in the ceremony and service.

Monastery plans annual novena

The annual Public Novena in honor of St. Therese, the Little Flower of Jesus, will be held in the Carmelite Monastery of the Little Flower, 75 Carmel Road, beginning Thursday and concluding Oct. 1, the Feast of St. Therese.

The Rev. Augustyn Kwiatkow-ski, a Discalced Carmelite priest from Poland, will conduct the novena prayers and celebrate Mass at 7 p.m. each day. Bishop Henry J. Mansell of the Buffalo Catholic Diocese will be the principal celebrant at the closing service Oct. 1.

There were be no afternoon services any day of the novena.

Series to feature evangelist

The Rev. Wallace Mapes, a Native American evangelist, will conduct a series of services Sunday through Wednesday in Christian & Missionary Alliance Church, Green and Pine streets, Franklinville.

A Mohawk Indian, Mr. Mapes is a graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, and was ordained an elder in the Free Methodist Church in 1986. He will conduct evangelistic meetings at 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. All are welcome.

Crusade is Sunday at Shrine

"One With the Father, Honoring Our Mother" will be the theme of the annual Rosary Crusade for World Peace at 2 p.m. Sunday at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Road, Lewiston.

The crusade will include a procession, rosary blessing, recitation of the rosary, blessing of children and crowning of a statue of Mary.

The Rev. John Kettelberger, a Vincentian priest who is a member of the campus ministry staff at Niagara University, will deliver the homily.

Monsignor J. Thomas Moran, pastor of St. Bernard's Parish, Youngstown, will be crusade moderator.

Third World debt relief is topic

Debt relief for the poorest nations of the world will be the topic of a Coffee House program at 7 p.m. Monday in the cafeteria of Canisius High School, 1180 Delaware Ave.

Speakers will be the Rev. Ray Morris, a United Church of Christ minister who attended the recent World Council of Churches meeting in Zimbabwe, and Sisters Beatrice Manzella of the Sisters of St. Joseph and Margaret Mary Quinlan and Mary Sheila Kimmitt of the Sisters of Mercy, members of the Western New York Coalition for Debt Relief. The program is sponsored by the Latin American Solidarity Committee of the Western New York Peace Center.

Cathedral choirs have openings

St. Paul's Cathedral has openings for singers in its Men and Boys Choir, Girls Choir and new Adult Mixed Choir.

Dale Adelmann, cathedral organist and choirmaster, said the Men and Boys Choir has openings for boys 8 to 12 years old with unchanged voices and countertenors.

The choir sings at the 11 a.m. Service of Eucharist on Sundays and performs throughout Western New York. It will tour England for two weeks next summer.

The Girls Choir, which sings at the 9 a.m. Sunday service, needs girls between the ages of 8 and 17. The new Adult Mixed Choir will sing on selected Sundays throughout the year.

For details, call the cathedral at 855-0900.

Pilgrimage to Auriesville shrine

St. Michael's Parish is sponsoring a one-day bus pilgrimage Sept. 26 to the Shrine of the North American Jesuit Martyrs at Auriesville.

The bus will leave the church at 651 Washington St. at 8 a.m. and return at approximately 10 p.m. The visit will include Mass at the shrine.

The fee is $35 per person. Details and reservations are available by calling St. Michael's at 854-6726.

The shrine near Albany is dedicated to Jesuits killed by Native Americans.

Order's world leader to visit

The Rev. Giacomo Bini, minister general of the Order of Friars Minor, will pay a visit Thursday to Mount Irenaeus, a Franciscan place of prayer in West Clarksville, Allegany County.

The worldwide leader of the religious order, Father Bini, who is based in Rome, Italy, will conduct a prayer service at noon in the Mount Irenaeus chapel and join the friars and guests for lunch.

Later that day, he will visit St. Bonaventure University, where he will be presented an honorary doctor of humane letters degree.

He will be accompanied by the Rev. John Felice, provincial of the Franciscan's Holy Name Province, and Brother Ed Coughlin, secretary of Holy Name Province.

Religious author to speak

The Rev. Dennis Burke, an author and internationally known speaker, will be guest speaker at services at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday in New Creation Fellowship, 3325 Genesee St., Cheektowaga.

A former associate pastor and youth minister in Southern California, Mr. Burke speaks throughout the United States and in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United Kingdom.

He is author of "How to Meditate God's Word" and "Knowing God Intimately."

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