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The Respect Life Committee of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in the Town of Tonawanda will sponsor its seventh annual Novena for Life beginning at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14 in the St. John Neumann Chapel at Englewood and Belmont avenues.

Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Grosz of the Diocese of Buffalo will be principal celebrant at the closing Mass at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22 in the chapel. The service will be followed by adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until midnight.

The novena, which is open to anyone in the diocese, consists of daily recitation of the rosary, a homily and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

EpiscoPALS appoint director

Joan Condio has been named director of the EpiscoPALS Child Day Care Center at the Episcopal Church Home of Western New York, 24 Rhode Island Ave.

A former kindergarten teacher at the Catholic Academy of West Buffalo, Ms. Condio will be responsible for the program for infants, toddlers and preschoolers enrolled in the center. She is a graduate of Buffalo State College, with a major in early childhood education.

The day-care center, which has capacity for 44 children, has a program that enables youngsters and elderly residents of the home to participate together in activities.

Adult-education series is set

A series of monthly adult-education classes titled "Living in Today's World" will be offered beginning Jan. 11 in the West Avenue Presbyterian Church, 104 W. Ferry St.

Speakers, each scheduled for 7 p.m., and their topics will be: Jan. 11, Bonnie Dahl, a registered nurse, "Medical Mission to Honduras"; Feb. 8, the Rev. John Long, director of VIVE, a refugee-aid group, "Refugees of the World"; March 8, the Rev. Gideon Von Galambos, pastor of Gowanda Presbyterian Church and a native of Czechoslovakia, "After the (Berlin) Wall is Down," and April 12, the Rev. Vincent Crosby, a Catholic priest who founded Benedict House, "AIDS -- How Can We Help?"

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