Bishop Henry J. Mansell of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo will be the main celebrant at the annual Mass marking the 27th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, at 4:30 p.m. today in St. Leo the Great Church, 885 Sweet Home Road, Amherst.
During the Mass, the Diocesan Office of Pro-Life Activities will present the sixth annual Pro-Vita Awards recognizing people for their work in pro-life causes.
Ecumenical worship planned
Holy Cross Church, Niagara and Maryland streets, will hold its second annual ecumenical worship service for VOICE-Buffalo congregations and guest congregations at 4 p.m. Sunday. A reception will follow the service.
Spiritual renewal program set
The St. Thomas More Guild, an organization for lawyers in the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, and the Catholic Physicians Guild will hold the fourth of their quarterly spiritual renewal programs at noon Tuesday in the social room of St. Joseph's Cathedral, 50 Franklin St.
Sister Mary Leah Krauth, associate director of the Columban Retreat Center, will lead the program. All lawyers, physicians and dentists are invited.
"Cultural chaos' is topic
"How Men Can Lead Their Families Through the Moral Chaos of Our Culture" is the topic of a free seminar for men at 7 p.m. Friday in New Creation Fellowship, 3325 Genesee St., Cheektowaga.
Open house at Ministries
The Pastoral and Church Ministries, 2525 Bailey Ave., established by Houghton College in 1994, will hold its annual open house from 2 to 5 p.m. next Saturday. The program provides community-based training for pastoral and lay ministers. For information, call the Rev. John Powell at 893-1165.
Regional Mass for students
Students from the 10 schools of Region 1 of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo will attend a concelebrated Mass at 10:15 a.m. Feb. 2 in St. Stanislaus Church, 128 Wilson St., as part of this year's Catholic School Week program.
Topic is "Awakening to Spirit'
St. Joseph Center for Spirituality at Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora, will offer a series of five programs entitled "Awakening to Spirit Through Story," led by Sister Joan Campana. Sessions will be held Tuesdays, beginning Feb. 1 at 7:15 p.m. To register, call 652-2271 by Friday.
Pilgrim Masses at basilica
Our Lady of Victory Basilica, South Park Avenue and Ridge Road, Lackawanna, selected as a pilgrim church for the Jubilee Year 2000, will offer a Pilgrim Mass on the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.
A special Mass to celebrate Jubilee 2000 also will be held in the basilica at 7 p.m. Feb. 11. The entire Western Erie vicariate will join in the Mass, which will be celebrated by Bishop Henry J. Mansell.
Yonkers priest to speak
The Rev. Barry Bossa, adynamic author and speaker from Yonkers, will be celebrant and homilist at 4 and 7 p.m. Masses during a Triduum of Prayer Feb. 2 to 4 in Infant Jesus Shrine, 3452 Niagara Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda. A coffee hour with Father Bossa will follow the 7 p.m. Mass each evening.