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Six churches will participate in the annual ecumenical Christmas Walk, beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday in Niagara Falls.

The walk will be led by Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Grosz of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, who serves as vicar of western Niagara County and pastor of St. Stanislaus Kostka and Holy Trinity parishes. At each church, there will be a brief service consisting of Christmas hymns, a Scripture reading, a reflection and prayers.

The walk will begin at St. Mary of the Cataract Church, 257 Fourth St., and end about 8:30 at St. Michael the Archangel Polish National Catholic Church, 250 27th St. Other churches to be visited are: Holy Trinity, 1421 Falls St.; Our Lady of Lebanon, 1120 Niagara St.; Our Lady of the Rosary, Niagara and 22nd streets; and St. Stanislaus Kostka, 2437 Niagara St.

Center plans prayer classes

Winter classes in "Methods of Prayer" will be offered beginning in January at the St. Joseph Center for Spirituality at Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora.

Center staff member Sister Dolores Lavin, who has received training in spiritual direction at the Jesuit School of Theology in Chicago and at the Guelph (Ont.) Center for Spirituality, will lead the classes. They will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon on five Saturdays, beginning Jan. 8, and from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. on five Thursdays, beginning in January. The fee is $20 per class or $95 for the course. To register, call 652-2271.

Fronczak gets first pastorate

Bishop Henry J. Mansell of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has announced the appointment of the Rev. Dennis A. Fronczak to his first assignment as a pastor at St. Joseph's Parish in Holland.

Fronczak, who has been serving as parochial vicar at St. Stephen's Parish on Grand Island, succeeds Monsignor Mecislaus S. Wendzikowski, who recently retired.

Mansell also announced the appointment of Monsignor Paul J. Belzer, pastor of Good Shepherd Parish in Pendleton, as episcopal vicar of Eastern Niagara.

In addition, the bishop appointed the Rev. Michael R. Rock, a member of the Mercedarian Fathers, as administrator of St. Peter's Parish in Le Roy and St. Anthony's Parish in Lime Rock.

Pledge is asked of Catholics

Catholics in the Diocese of Buffalo will be asked to take a Jubilee pledge of charity, justice and peace during Masses in parishes on Jan. 2.

Bishop Henry J. Mansell said the pledge will give Catholics an opportunity to recommit themselves to serving the poor and working for justice and peace in the new millennium, as requested by Pope John Paul II.

Small faith group plans service

The Spiritus Christi Small Faith Community of Buffalo will sponsor a Celebration of the Eucharist at 7 p.m. Jan. 5 in Amherst Community Church, 77 Washington Highway, Amherst.

The Buffalo group is related to a small faith community in Rochester that operates under the spiritual direction of the Rev. James Callen, an excommunicated Catholic priest; Enrique Cadena; and Mary Ramerman. The Buffalo group meets monthly. Its services are open to everyone.

Retreat focuses on St. Francis

The Rev. Joseph F. Power, director of the DeSales Resource Center at Stella Niagara, will conduct a retreat on the spirituality of St. Francis DeSales and St. Jane de Chantal from Jan. 9 through 15 in the St. Columban Center, 6892 Lake Shore Road, Derby.

The weeklong retreat is intended for priests, deacons, men and women religious, and congregational affiliates. For information, call the center at 947-4708.

Power, a member of the Oblates of St. Francis DeSales, is a veteran retreat director and authority on the lives and spirituality of both saints.

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