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Four experts on pastoral practice and natural family planning will speak at a conference on Catholic teaching on love, sexuality and marriage from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 22 in Palisano Pavilion at Canisius College, 2001 Main St.

The speakers will be the Rev. Augustine DeNoia, executive director of the Secretariat for Doctrine and Pastoral Practice, National Conference of Catholic Bishops; Mary Shivanandan, an adjunct faculty member at the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family in Washington; and Mark and Lisa Lickona, who lecture on marriage preparation and natural family planning.

Registration details are available by calling Beverly Malona, diocesan director of Natural Family Planning, at 847-5533.

Snyder to serve at area church

The Rev. Robert C. Snyder, who formerly served a Michigan church, has been appointed pastor of Kenilworth United Church of Christ at 45 Dalton Drive, Town of Tonawanda.

Mr. Snyder, who began his new assignment in early March, had been serving the West Adrian United Church of Christ in Adrian, Mich. He succeeds the Rev. John Haggarty, who died in January 1994.

Rector marks 50th anniversary

The Rev. H. Russell Barker, retired rector of St. Matthias Episcopal Church in East Aurora, will observe the 50th anniversary of his ordination during the Eucharists he will celebrate at 8 and 10 a.m Sunday in the church at 374 Main St., East Aurora.

Father Barker, who will be honored at a brunch following the service, served as rector of St. Matthias for 24 years before his retirement in 1982.

He and his wife, Gay, continue to make their home in East Aurora.

Lovejoy pastor to talk at service

The Rev. Ronald Burgio, pastor of Lovejoy Gospel Church in Buffalo, will be guest speaker for a series of renewal meetings Sunday through Wednesday in Community Christian Church, 75 17th Ave., North Tonawanda.

The Sunday service will begin at 6 p.m. Services Monday through Wednesday will begin at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Baby-sitting will be provided for children 3 and younger.

Trocaire sponsors day of prayer

The Catholic Bible School of Trocaire College will sponsor a Lenten Day of Prayer from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. next Saturday in Mount Mercy Convent Auditorium at Abbott Road and Red Jacket Parkway.

The prayer day will be conducted by Sister Dianne Bergant, a professor of Old Testament Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. The theme will be "Scapegoat and Non-Violence -- the Cost of Being Faithful."

A $15 registration fee, due by Monday, includes coffee, pastry and lunch. The fee at the door is $18. Details are available by calling 826-1200, extension 271.

Pastor in Clarence recognized

The Rev. Karl Eastlack, pastor of Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church in Clarence, has been presented Houghton College's Claude A. Ries Pastor of the Year Award.

The award recognizes Mr. Eastlack's accomplishment in building the membership of his church from 40 to nearly 800 people since 1987 as well as his radio ministry, his leadership of the church at the district level and his contributions to Houghton College.

Program begins registration

The Pastoral and Church Ministries Program of King Urban Life Center is accepting registration for its spring session, which begins April 10 at the Quaker Meeting House, 72 N. Parade Ave.

The program, concentrating on issues of urban ministry, is sponsored by Houghton College.

Details are available by calling the Rev. John H. Powell at 674-6363, extension 753.

Evangelists to conduct revival

The Foote Evangelistic Team of Covington, Ga., will conduct a week of Revival Services beginning Sunday in Calvary Baptist Church, 3144 George Urban Blvd., Depew.

The team consists of the Rev. Dr. Leon Foote, a longtime pastor and fundamentalist preacher, and his wife, Brenda, who will interpret each service in sign language. The other members are John and Monica Foote, who conduct a kids crusade featuring songs and puppets.

The revival services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Sunday through April 9.

Renewal center plans retreat

A guided Holy Week retreat will be offered from 8 p.m. Palm Sunday, April 9, until 11 a.m. Easter Sunday, April 16, in Stella Niagara Center of Renewal, 4421 Lower River Road, Lewiston.

The retreat, to be led by Sister Karen Allen of the center staff, will include daily conferences, opportunities to meet with the retreat director and liturgical celebrations with the Stella Niagara community. Registration details are available by calling the center at 754-7376.

The Rev. John Mergenhagen, also a center staff member, will conduct a one-day retreat from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 11.

Columban Center sets retreats

The St. Columban Center, 6892 Lakeshore Road, Derby, will offer separate Holy Week and Triduum retreats April 9 through 15.

The retreat beginning April 9 and ending April 15 will be led by Monsignor James E. Wall, Sister Mary Leah Krauth and St. Mary Catherine Cummins, members of the retreat staff.

Sister Marie Schober, another staff member, will join them in directing the three-day retreat on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. For details, call the center, 947-4708.

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