A free series of five classes for people who care for elderly friends and relatives will be offered beginning Sept. 8 in Sisters Hospital, 2157 Main St.
The classes, not intended for professional care givers, will be sponsored by the Catholic Charities Department of Services to the Aging, the Catholic Health System and Monsignor Carr Institute. Each session will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on a Tuesday. Registration is requested by calling 856-4494, extension 3010.
Class dates and topics are: Sept. 8, Health Care and Long-Term Care for Persons Over 60; Sept. 22, Depression; Oct. 13, Community Services and Entitlements; Oct. 27, Personal Care; and Nov. 10, Taking Care of Yourself.
Support groups for care givers meet at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month in Kenmore Mercy Hospital, 2950 Elmwood Ave. A second group will begin meeting in October at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday in the Marian Professional Building, 515 Abbott Road, Buffalo.
Church to mark renaming
Members of CrossRoads Church of Pendleton, formerly the Pendleton Free Methodist Church, will dedicate a new sign and commission new officers during a service at 11 a.m. Sunday to mark the new name and change in church structure.
The Rev. Anieta Carlson, pastor, said the name was changed to more closely identify the church with its location at Tonawanda Creek and East Canal Roads, Pendleton. The church governing system has been streamlined to eliminate a complicated committee system, she said.
Mrs. Carlson, pastor of the church since March, said the 20-member congregation is in the process of rebuilding.
Monsignor Letourneau to retire
Monsignor Paul R. Letourneau, pastor for nearly 24 years of Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, Cheektowaga, will retire from active administration effective Tuesday .
A native of Niagara Falls, Monsignor Letourneau was ordained May 5, 1954, by the late Bishop Joseph A. Burke in the former St. Joseph's New Cathedral. He served as associate pastor at St. Martin's, Buffalo, and Prince of Peace, Niagara Falls, before becoming pastor of Our Lady Help of Christians.
Monsignor Letourneau will be honored during a reception from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 27 in the school hall and at a dinner-dance from 4 to 10 p.m. in Father Justin Council Knights of Columbus Hall, 2735 Union Road, Cheektowaga.
World Day of Prayer rite slated
A Unity World Day of Prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Village Meeting House, 5658 Main St., Williamsville.
Conducted in conjunction with an annual worldwide observance, the service will be co-sponsored by the Center for the Living Word, Williamsville, Unity Center of Light, Amherst, and Unity Southtowns, Orchard Park. Clergy and people of all faiths and cultures are invited.
Bishop lists four appointments
Bishop Henry J. Mansell of the Buffalo Catholic Diocese has announced the appointment of the Rev. Theodore C. Rog as pastor of St. Josaphat Parish, Cheektowaga, effective immediately.
Formerly pastor of St. Rose of Lima Parish, Buffalo, Father Rog, a native of North Tonawanda, has been serving as administrator of St. Josaphat. He succeeds the Rev. Charles E. Slisz, who was appointed pastor of St. Andrew's Parish, Kenmore.
The Rev. Alfons M. Osiander, who has been on a study sabbatical, has been appointed administrator of St. Jude Parish, Sardinia, and will continue to serve on the faculty of Christ the King Seminary. At St. Jude's, he will succeed the Rev. Richard Jesionowski who was named pastor of Our Lady Help of Christians, Cheektowaga.
Women's conference scheduled
Victory Christian Center of Lockport will sponsor its fifth Annual Women's Conference Sept. 17-19 at White Oaks Resort Center, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.
Speakers will include Terry Kinard, an author and Christian recording artist who serves as co-director of High Call International; Stephanie Boosahda, a recording artist and radio and television personality; the Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. McGill, co-pastor of New Life Fellowship, Rochester; and the Rev. Ronald L. Friedersdorf, senior pastor of Victory Christian Center.
Registration information is available by calling the church at 433-0766. The registration deadline is Tuesday.
Adult education signup begins
Registration is being taken for the fall semester adult education program at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 65 Ridgewood Road, Buffalo.
The schedule includes a talk on Sept. 16 by the Rev. Richard E. Zajac, chaplain at Sisters Hospital, on "The Spirituality of Aging." Monsignor William G. Stanton, pastor, will present a five-week course beginning Sept. 23 on "Unique Biblical Literature: Are There Ghosts and Monsters in the Bible?"
"Is TV Controlling Our Homes?" will be the topic of a talk Oct. 28 by Monsignor David M. Lee, director of communications for the Buffalo Catholic Diocese. All of the sessions will begin at 7 p.m. To register call the parish at 822-5962.
Revival service set at school
The Rev. Brian Keith Williams, pastor of All Nations Church, Columbus, Ohio, and a nationally known preacher, will conduct a revival service at 7 p.m. Friday) in Turner Carroll High School, 185 Lang Ave.
The service, sponsored by Bethesda Full Gospel Church, will include music by the church's praise and worship team under the direction of Darryl Johnson. Everyone is welcome.