Llamas and other animals from the Buffalo Zoo will join house pets and their owners in a special service to honor St. Francis of Assisi Sunday, Oct. 3 at 3 p.m. in St. Paul's Cathedral, 128 Pearl St. St. Francis' feast day is Oct. 4.
The celebration is being promoted throughout Erie and Niagara counties through veterinary clinics and other animal establishments. Invitations have been sent to the area's mounted police and K-9 units.
The Holy Eucharist will be celebrated by the Right Rev. Michael Garrison, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York. At 3:45 p.m. there will be a procession of animals from the main door of the cathedral to the altar steps, where they will be blessed.
'Church and Synagogue' topic
Sister Kay MacDonald, a Sister of Notre Dame de Sion from Saskatoon, Sask., will be the featured speaker for the annual dinner of the Sisters of Social Service Oct. 7 in the Holiday Inn, 1881 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. Her topic will be "Church and Synagogue: From Historical Rupture to Mutual Relations."
Sister MacDonald is an executive member of the Women's Committee of the International Council of Christians and Jews and is a former director of the Center for Biblical Studies in Jerusalem. For information and tickets, call 834-0197.
Extra collection to aid schools
The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo will hold its 21st annual Campaign for Catholic Education as a second collection in all parishes this weekend and next weekend. Last year the campaign raised $396,166.
The donations benefit 93 schools in Western New York that enroll 24,000 elementary students and nearly 6,000 high school students, along with parish religious education programs that provide instruction for more than 53,000 children.
Lockport parish observance set
St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish, 168 Chestnut St., Lockport, will begin observance of Renew 2000, the worldwide celebration of the 2000 years since the birth of Christ, with a Mission Sunday program at 7 p.m. Sunday at the church.
Former parishioner will preach
Rev. Earl D. Ball of Easton, Pa., a former parishioner, will be guest preacher at the regular 10:10 a.m. worship service Sunday in Christ United Church of Christ, 1335 Clinton St., as part of the church's year-long 100th anniversary celebration.
Mr. Ball, who was raised, confirmed and ordained at Christ Church, has been chaplain and the first full-time director of pastoral care at Grand View Hospital, Sellersville, Pa., for the past seven years. He is a graduate of the University at Buffalo and holds master's degrees from Lancaster Theological Seminary and New York Theological Seminary.
Baptists to hear missionary
Sheila Heneise, who served for 12 years as a missionary in Nicaragua, will be guest speaker for the American Baptist Women's Ministries of Niagara-Orleans Fall Mission Dinner at 6 p.m. Oct. 4 in the First Baptist Church of Lockport. Reservations must be made by Thursday. For information, call Marilyn Phillips at 433-5187.
Charities gets $400,000 grant
Catholic Charities has received a $400,000 grant from the John R. Oshei Foundation for Catholic Charities Family Mediation Services, a two-year pilot program that will use specially trained mediators to help troubled families deal with the legal and child welfare systems.
Sister Sinclair professes vows
Sister Ellen Sinclair, SDS, made her first profession of vows for the Sisters of the Divine Savior recently in St. Anne's Home for the Elderly Chapel, Milwaukee, Wis.
The daughter of Irene Sinclair of Amherst and the late John Sinclair, a reporter for The Buffalo News, she served for nine years as an Army attorney and worked in Civil Service in Kentucky.
She is living in St. Pius Convent, Wauwatosa, Wis., and did ministry this year in one of the Milwaukee Legal Aid programs.
Chabad slates succas sites
Chabad House of Buffalo has scheduled a variety of community succas, or temporary houses, Monday and Tuesday to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, which recalls the Exodus from Egypt.
There will be succas on the University at Buffalo and Buffalo State College campuses, and at the Tops International Market, 3980 Maple Road, Amherst.
Major celebrations will be held at 7 p.m. Monday in Chabad House, 2450 N. Forest Road, Getzville, and at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Calumet Arts Cafe, 54 W. Chippewa St.
Universal ministry series theme
Cleveland Heights Christian Church, 4774 Union Road, Cheektowaga, will present an eight-week series, "Unwrapping Our Gifts," which is based on the Biblical premise that all Christians are ministers, not just the ordained.
Sessions will begin Tuesday and continue through Nov. 16. A one-day retreat Oct. 30 also is included. The course is free, ecumenical and open to the public. For information and registration, call 632-3332.
McPherson to lead crusade
Miles McPherson, a youth evangelist and former pro football player, will bring his Miles Ahead Youth Crusade to Marine Midland Arena at 6 p.m. Oct. 9 and 10. The program includes musical performers Audio Adrenaline, Out of Eden, Raze and Jaci Velasquez. Admission is free.
McPherson, a defensive back for the San Diego Chargers in the early 1980s, has led huge youth crusades in San Diego and Los Angeles and has been a featured speaker at numerous events, including Promise Keepers conferences.
Catholic postal club to install
Robert Ritzel will be installed as president and corresponding secretary of the Buffalo Postal Employees' Catholic Club at 4:30 p.m. Mass today in St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St. Other officers to be installed are: vice president, Santo Puliafito; recording secretary, Kathy Pugh; treasurer, Doris Kelly, and sergeant-at-arms, Nicholas Sanfratello.