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Susan L. Taylor, an author and editor-in-chief of Essence magazine, will be the featured luncheon speaker for a women's conference next Saturday in the Adams Mark Hotel, 120 Church St.

The conference, running from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., also will include talks by Elmira Mangum, associate provost at the University at Buffalo, and Curlane Jones-Brown, a Buffalo psychiatrist and motivational speaker.

The theme of the conference, sponsored by the Sisterhood Department of Greater Refuge Temple of Christ, will be "A Celebration of Womanhood -- Women Walking in the Spirit."

Tickets are $35. For reservations, call the church at 886-2199.

'Come Home' talks offered

Annulments and reconciliation will be among topics of upcoming "Come Home" talks on Catholic issues at various sites in the Buffalo Catholic Diocese.

The Rev. Salvatore Manganello, judicial vicar of the diocesan tribunal, will discuss "The Truth About Annulments" at noon Tuesday in St. Joseph House, 76 Church St.

"How to Go to Confession" will be the topic of the Rev. Joseph S. Rogliano, pastor of St. Anthony's Parish, Lockport, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 in St. Leo's Parish Center, 2748 Military Road, Niagara Falls.

On the same date, Monsignor William J. Gallagher, pastor of St. John Vianney Parish, Orchard Park, will address "How Much Do I Have to Believe?" at 7:30 p.m. in St. Bonaventure Church, Seneca Street and Harlem Road, West Seneca.

"Anger, Guilt, Shame and Fear: How to Deal With Negative Emotions" will be the topic of the Rev. Gary J. Bagley, diocesan youth director, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in Notre Dame High School, 73 Union St., Batavia. The talk will be sponsored by the parishes in Genesee County.

All the talks are free and open to everyone.

Healing Mass Feb. 10

The Rev. Ronald P. Sajdak, parochial vicar at St. Bernadette's Catholic Church, will be principal celebrant of a healing Mass at 7 p.m. Feb. 10 in the church, 5930 S. Abbott Road, Orchard Park.

The Rev. Raymond McNicholas, a retired Columban priest who also serves as parochial vicar at the parish, will concelebrate the Mass, which is being offered on the vigil of the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. The liturgy will include an anointing with holy water from Lourdes.

The Mass will be preceded by the reciting of the rosary and confessions at 6:30 p.m.

Jewish philosopher to speak

Rabbi Eugene Borowitz, a highly regarded Jewish philosopher and author, will deliver the first in a series of February sermons on "Jewish Moral Virtues" during the Erev Shabbat Service at 8 p.m. Friday in Temple Beth Am, 4660 Sheridan Drive, Amherst.

Rabbi Borowitz, whose topic will be "Wealth as a Jewish Moral Virtue," is professor of education and Jewish religious thought at the New York campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Other topics and speakers will be: Feb. 12, "Modesty as a Jewish Moral Virtue," Cantor Barbara Ostfeld of Temple Beth Am; and Feb. 19, "Speech as a Jewish Moral Value," Rabbi Michael Feshbach, also of Temple Beth Am.

Gospel of Matthew is topic

Monsignor Peter J. Popadick, pastor of St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parish, Cheektowaga, will present a mini-course on the Gospel of Matthew on three consecutive Mondays beginning this Monday.

The course, open to everyone, will be offered at 7 p.m. in the parish school, 157 Cleveland Drive.

The classes are intended to give Catholics a better understanding of both Matthew's Gospel and its use during Masses in ordinary time on the church calendar.

Confirmation classes for adults

Adult Catholics who have never been confirmed are being offered a six-week series of Confirmation classes sponsored by St. Joseph's Cathedral, 50 Franklin St.

The 50-minute classes will be conducted at 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays beginning Feb. 16 or at 12:10 p.m. Thursdays beginning Feb. 18 in St. Joseph House, 76 Church St. Candidates will be confirmed by Bishop Henry J. Mansell.

To register, call the cathedral office at 854-5855.

Mission to aid Honduras

Eleven members of St. Timothy's Lutheran Church, Bemus Point, will leave Monday for a two-week mission to Honduras, where they will work on hurricane-damaged buildings at an orphanage.

Sandra Samuelson, organizer of the trip, said the group -- including the Rev. Jeffrey Silvernail, pastor of St. Timothy's -- consists of an architect, carpenter, plumber and electrician.

Participants will devote most of their time to work on a complex of buildings at La Villa de San Francisco, home to 200 boys, but may provide some medical services.

Families at St. Timothy's have been supporting 17 boys at the orphanage for the last four years.

Four to receive award

Four area men will be inducted into the Legion of Honor of the Chapel of the Four Chaplains during a service at 2 p.m. next Sunday, Feb. 7, in Veterans Hospital, 3495 Bailey Ave.

The inductees are William F. Feeley, director of the VA Western New York Healthcare System; the Rev. Charles H. Lee, a Presbyterian minister who serves at Veterans Hospital and State Veterans Home, both in Batavia; Gerald Logue, formerly VA chief of staff and now on the University at Buffalo Medical School staff; and Dr. Jeremiah O'Sullivan, an internist in private practice.

The award is in memory of four chaplains who died in 1943 in the sinking of the USS Dorchester. It recognizes acts of volunteerism, brotherhood and sacrifice.

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