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St. Paul’s Cathedral will conclude its bicentennial year celebration at 7 p.m. Thursday with a "Bicentennial Evensong." The public is invited to attend. Evensong, sometimes called vespers, is evening prayer, psalms and music. The music of St. Paul's Choir will be featured. The Right Rev. R. William Franklin, bishop of the Diocese of Western New York, will lead the event…

Local News

Efforts to keep landmark St. Ann's Catholic Church open on Buffalo’s East Side have been dealt a blow by the Vatican. The Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican’s highest court of appeal, has ruled that Bishop Richard J. Malone’s 2013 decree to close the church “retains its original force,” the Diocese of Buffalo announced. Friends of St. Ann, a group of parishioners hopin…

Buffalo

For more than 1,000 willing volunteers across Buffalo on Saturday, “giving thanks” meant going beyond offering a meal-time prayer at the holiday table. It was waking up early and breaking a sweat on a damp, chilly morning to help others in need. At St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy, an assembly line of volunteers stuffed thousands of Thanksgiving meal bags with everything …

Erie County

A family practitioner and the mother of a West Seneca Army sergeant who was killed in Iraq have purchased the St. Columban Center in Evans for $1.4 million to turn it into a lodging and wedding venue. The Diocese of Buffalo announced the sale of the 27,000-square-foot retreat center on the Lake Erie shore Thursday. Dr. David Johnson, who has had a practice in Kenmore…

Erie County

It lasted only about 15 minutes, but the short film during the Sunday church service was still gut-wrenching and emotional for Samantha Bell. The 28-year-old Clarence woman watched as a teenage girl in the movie died alone at night on a concrete slab under a bridge. The girl in the film had become addicted to painkillers, and overdosed on drugs that she pulled out of…

Buffalo

South Buffalo enthusiasts who gather this weekend for The Partners for a Livable Western New York Walk will do so along a thoroughfare remarkably made over since the last such walk two years ago. "Back then, we were focusing on the problem properties and some things that could be done on different points of the street," said Marc Pasquale, president of the nonprofit Sou…

Education

"Blink of an Eye," a short, locally produced film that underlines the dangers of drug addiction, has made headlines in recent months about whether real drugs were used in one of its scenes. Almost lost has been a 12-minute segment that traces the life, and death, of a teenage dancer who takes a prescription opioid to deal with pain in her knee, turns to illegal drugs to fe…

Family

A celebration of the rich history of Corpus Christi Church will take place  Oct. 29 as the community gathers to mark the 110th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone. A Mass celebrated in English and Polish will begin the day at 11 a.m. It will be followed with a talk by historian Martin Ederer, who will describe the laying of the cornerstone. A short film will ch…

Local News

Catholic Health has agreed to buy the Immaculate Conception Convent in Hamburg and open about 40 market rate apartments for seniors in it while continuing to house 44 nuns there. The Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph (FSSJ) is selling its 40,000 square-foot convent at 5229 South Park Ave., which was built in 2010. Terms of  the sale, which  is expected to close Dec. 28, …

History

You'll find a skeleton in every closet in the netherworld explored by Mason Winfield. Winfield built a business on spinning ghost tales during walking tours he leads through some of the area's more fabled neighborhoods. Allentown, Larkinville and the Roycroft Campus of East Aurora all hold secrets, according to Winfield. This season Winfield partnered with Nickel Cit…

Houghton College students from Iran, Burma, Thailand and Tanzania will participate in an international ecumenical celebration at 11 a.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 1 Symphony Circle. World Communion Sunday is marked each year on the first Sunday in October around the world, said Rev. Elena Delgado. It was adopted in 1940 by the National Council of Churches, an…

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Dozens of  additional students will be receiving tuition assistance to attend Catholic schools next year as the first installment of a fundraising campaign initiated last year. The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo will make about $250,000 available for tuition assistance in September, 2018. Half the money will go toward eligible students in elementary grades, and the other h…

The Buffalo chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is inviting the public to an interfaith dinner at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10 at Masjid Mahdi in Niagara Falls. The Muslim organization hopes to break bread with friends, neighbors and leaders of the community to strengthen the bonds of mutual citizenship in America. Masjid Mahdi is at 9610 Colvin Boulevard in Niagara…

Environment

Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of the Eastern Orthodox Church issued a joint statement today asking for "all people of goodwill to dedicate a time of prayer for the environment" on this World Day of Prayer for Creation. They also appealed to "those in positions of social and economic, as well as political and cultural, responsibility to hear the cry o…

Local News

Kirk Cameron, the '80s TV sitcom star turned evangelical Christian, will bring his national "Love Worth Fighting For" tour Aug. 25 to the Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church in Clarence. Cameron, who is best known for his starring role in the TV show "Growing Pains," and singer/songwriter Warren Barfield will lead the three-hour event that starts at 7 p.m. and features the sh…