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Religion Notes / News of area faith groups

200th birthday

First Presbyterian Church of Buffalo, 1 Symphony Circle, will mark the 200th anniversary of its founding with a jubilee worship service at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Formed in 1812 with 10 members, when Buffalo was no more than a frontier outpost, First Presbyterian Church is the city's oldest congregation.

For more information, call 884-7250, Ext. 11, or visit the church website at


Ordination set

Buffalo native Stephen DeWitt, 30, will be ordained to the Catholic priesthood in a 10:30 a.m. Mass today in St. Camillus Church, outside Washington, D.C.

DeWitt, a graduate of Canisius High School and St. Bonaventure University, is a Franciscan friar with the Holy Name Province.

His first assignment will be as parochial vicar of St. Bonaventure Parish in Paterson, N.J.


Memorial Day service

The seventh interdenominational service for Memorial Day will be held at 10 a.m. May 28 in St. John's-Grace Episcopal Church, 51 Colonial Circle.

The service features language, music and ritual in bringing religious solemnity to a day of remembering those who have died for the American values of freedom, equality, justice and community.


Honoring veterans

St. Francis of Assisi Church, 4263 St. Francis Drive, Athol Springs, will offer a Memorial Day Mass at 9 a.m. May 28, in honor of living and deceased veterans and those currently serving in the military.

Veterans are invited to wear their uniforms. A light reception will follow in the Social Center. For more information, call the parish office, 627-2710.


Rwanda relief

Six choral ensembles, including three Burmese choirs and an African choir, will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday in Our Lady of Hope parish, 248 Lafayette Ave.

A free-will offering will be accepted, with donations going to assist the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur in Kiruhura, Rwanda, with repairs to the Kiruhura church roof and residences for the sisters.


Healing Mass

A healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine, patron saint of cancer patients, will take place at 7 p.m. May 30 in Fourteen Holy Helpers Catholic Church, 1345 Indian Church Road, West Seneca. Anyone with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses is invited to receive the Sacrament of the Sick. Call 283-0011 for details.