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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…

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. 2…

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 …

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…

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 …

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…

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…

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 s…

Wintertime – especially the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays – tends to be a time when Western New Yorkers are most apt to turn their attention to helping support the Food Bank of Western New York. Those at Congregation Shir Shalom and Calvary Episcopal Church in  Amherst understand, however, that summertime can be a heavier burden for families that include childre…

The Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities is putting its home for 62 nuns in Williamsville on the market. The congregation is seeking someone to buy and operate its St. Mary of the Angels regional house, at 201 Reist St., on the condition that sisters living in the home can remain there, said Rochelle Cassella, a Sisters' spokeswoman. Eventually, lay resid…

Catholic Charities of Buffalo met its 2017 Appeal goal by raising $11 million thanks to a strong push at the end of this year's campaign, officials announced Tuesday morning. The campaign brought in $11,069,168, down slightly from last year's $11.1 million total. But the drive has met its target in 91 of its 93 years, with the exceptions of 2008 and 2009. Money raise…

Sitting in his favorite blue easy chair, Monsignor Thomas F. Maloney looked around the small rectory office where he counseled hundreds of people as they dealt with some of the worst troubles of their lives. "They come to you with serious problems, and you do your best to help," said the 74-year-old priest, looking back on his long tenure as pastor of St. Amelia Church …

Hundreds of Sisters of Mercy are expected to lead a walk of prayers to Canalside Friday, where they will advocate for water rights and protection of the Great Lakes. The "Walk for Water" is spurred by the United States' recent withdrawal from the global climate agreement struck in Paris in late 2015. "The U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement and all threa…

Sept. 11, 1936 – June 3, 2017 Rabbi Shay E. Mintz, a Jewish educator and spiritual leader in Buffalo for more than 40 years, was an eyewitness to Israel’s independence. Born in Tel Aviv to Jewish immigrants who had come to what was then Palestine in the 1920s, Yeshayahu Eliezer Mintz was 11 when the United Nations voted to divide Palestine into separate Jewish an…

The tears we cry from peeling an onion are different than our tears of joy or sorrow. The latter tend to contain hormones to lift our spirits or ease our pain. “They’re 50 percent water and 50 percent love,” said David Kessler, a leading grief and healing expert who will lead daylong seminars in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse next week. The pain that comes …