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Rabbi Leon Klenicki, director of interfaith affairs for the Anti-Defamation League, will be the guest speaker for the 10th annual Jack and Florence Gellman Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 in Dunleavy Hall at Niagara University.

An internationally recognized authority on Jewish-Christian relations and the league's co-liaison to the Vatican, Rabbi Klenicki will discuss "A Jewish Reflection on the Year 2000." The lecture, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Gellmans and the Buffalo-Niagara Chapter of the American Jewish Committee.

Rabbi Klenicki, who has published several books, is editor of two Anti-Defamation League publications and a professor of Jewish theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington.

Church to celebrate 150 years

Parishioners of St. Mary of the Cataract Catholic Church, 259 Fourth St., Niagara Falls, will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of their parish during a Mass at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Bishop Henry J. Mansell of the Buffalo Catholic Diocese will be principal celebrant of the Mass, which will be followed by the dedication of a monument in honor of Mother Teresa in front of the church and a dinner in the Radisson Hotel.

Church complex breaks ground

Members of Love Joy Gospel Church have begun construction of a new $1.88 million church complex at 5423 Genesee St., Town of Lancaster.

The new building, scheduled for completion in time for Easter services, will have a sanctuary with seating for 850 people and an adjoining fellowship hall with a capacity of 400. Sunday attendance currently averages 350.

The church initially was located on Lovejoy Street in Buffalo. It is now at 1050 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga.

Mansell to join follow-up talk

Bishop Henry J. Mansell will hold a dialogue session with clergy, religious and lay people from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Hafner Recreation Center at Hilbert College, 5200 South Park Ave., Hamburg.

The theme of the session, a follow-up to a dialogue conducted in February, will be collaboration between various segments of the diocese. Sister Mary John Van Ata of Rochester will serve as facilitator. An offering will be taken to help defray expenses.

Pastors to mark anniversary

Three former pastors will return Sunday to help members celebrate the 100th anniversary of Riverside Baptist Church, 346 Ontario St.

The Rev. William Pack, who recently retired, will teach Sunday school at 9:45 a.m., and the Rev. Gary Bonebrake, now pastor of Oneonta Baptist Church, will preach at the worship service at 11 a.m.

The Rev. Richard J. English, the current pastor, will serve as master of ceremonies for the morning service and one at 6:30 p.m. during which the Rev. Randy Speirs, now a missionary Bible translator, will preach. The congregation, founded in 1897 as Calvary Baptist Church, has about 200 members.

Fight-hunger breakfast slated

"Hunger Has a Cure" will be the theme of a World Food Day Interfaith Prayer Breakfast from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Vive LaCasa, 50 Wyoming Ave.

The Rev. John Powell, director of the Pastoral and Church Ministries Program of Houghton College, will be the speaker. The breakfast will be sponsored by the Food for All Public Policy Committee of Buffalo Area Metropolitan Ministries.

People attending the breakfast are asked to bring non-perishable food items for Vive LaCasa, a refugee shelter.

Evangelist to discuss strategy

The Rev. Patrick Brennan, a nationally recognized authority on evangelization, will give a talk at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Christopher's Catholic Church, 2660 Niagara Falls Blvd., Town of Tonawanda.

In the talk, Father Brennan will discuss various approaches to evangelization and suggest new strategies for the future of parish life. The program, free and open to everyone, will be co-sponsored by St. Amelia's, St. Edmund's, St. Francis of Assisi and St. Christopher's churches.

Father Brennan, the author of 12 books, is the pastor of Holy Family Parish, Inverness, Ill., which sponsors more than 80 ministries.

St. Gregory to hold workshops

A series of mini-workshops on a wide variety of spiritual topics will offered at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday and Oct. 24 at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, Maple Road at St. Gregory Court, Amherst.

About 20 workshops, each 45 minutes, will be offered each evening, and everyone attending will be able to attend two. There will be no charge for the sessions, and no advance registration is required. Free baby sitting will be available.

Tuesday's topics will include Finding God in the Depths of Your Heart, Raising Teens in the '90s, Aging and Stages of Grief. Topics on Oct. 24 will include Angels, Cults, Prayer, Ministry and Care Giving for an Aging Parent.

Immigration to be lunch topic

America's immigration policies will be the subject of a multifaith luncheon forum sponsored by Buffalo Area Metropolitan Ministries at noon Thursday at Trinity Episcopal Church, 371 Delaware Ave.

The speaker will be Michael E. Marszalkowski, a Buffalo lawyer who specializes in immigration and naturalization matters. His topic will be "Give Me Your Poor, Your Tired . . . Are Our Immigration Policies Fair?"

Tickets are $5. Reservations should be made by Tuesday by calling the BAMM office at 854-0822.

Theology professor will speak

Sister Carolyn Osiek, a professor of New Testament studies at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, will be the featured speaker for a Fall Study Day from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. next Saturday at Mount St. Mary Academy, 3756 Delaware Ave., Town of Tonawanda.

"Beyond the New Testament, the Life of Faith Continues" will be the theme of the program sponsored by the school and the Catholic Biblical Studies Program. To register call 674-6772.

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