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RELIGION NOTES/NEWS FROM AREA FAITH GROUPS

Newspaper honors pope

A special edition of the diocesan newspaper, the Western New York Catholic, will greet churchgoers this weekend at parishes throughout the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. The 16-page issue, commemorating the life of Pope John Paul II, will feature reflections on the pope by Bishop Edward U. Kmiec and stories from people who met the pope.

Organists honor Arnold

A Members' Recital in Celebration of the Life of Eric Arnold will be given by the Buffalo Chapter of the American Guild of Organists at 4 p.m. April 17 in Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St. Admission is free.

Joining guild members Barbara Wagner and Joanne Jasinski will be French horn player and flutist Timothy and Rhonda Schwartz, trumpeter William Seidler and the Bells of St. Paul's. Istvan Hernak, music director at the host church, will lead the singing of Arnold's favorite hymn, "Praise Ye the Lord, the Almighty." Arnold died in 2003.

'Spirituality of dissent'

Retreat director, the Rev. John Mergenhagen, will lead a three-hour program, "The Spirituality of Dissent," at 10 a.m. Tuesday and again at 6 p.m. in St. Columban Center, 6892 Lake Shore Road, Derby. The $30 fee includes meals. For information, call 947-4708.

"To criticize any authority, whether it be the government or the church, need not be an act of rebellion but can, in fact, be an act of love and loyalty," Mergenhagen writes.

Two trustees named

Paul D. Bauer of Buffalo and Michael A. Ervolina Jr. of East Amherst have been elected to three-year terms on the board of trustees of the Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. Karen Penfold of Orchard Park finished her term in mid-January.

Bauer is former executive vice president and chief financial officer of Tops Markets. Ervolina is president and chief executive officer of Valu Home Centers.

Contemporary service

First Presbyterian Church, 1 Symphony Circle, will add a 9 a.m. contemporary worship and music service to its Sunday schedule beginning April 17. The traditional worship service will continue at 11 a.m.