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'JANE ROE' TO SPEAK AT RIGHT TO LIFE DINNER

Norma L. McCorvey, the plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that legalized abortion in the United States, will be the featured speaker at the Buffalo Regional Right to Life Committee's Annual Dinner on Oct. 28.

The dinner will be held at 5 p.m. in Salvatore's Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Lancaster. It will be preceded at 4 p.m. by a concert of music from "Phantom of the Opera" and a book signing. Ticket information is available by calling 825-8359.

McCorvey was identified as Jane Roe in the 1973 Roe v. Wade case that challenged a Texas law prohibiting abortion and produced a ruling that legalized it across America. She later denounced abortion, became a Catholic and a pro-life advocate, founded Roe No More Ministry and wrote an autobiography titled "Won By Love."

Celebrate women

"Women -- God's Beautiful Creation -- Wonderfully Made and Truly Blessed" will be the theme of a Women's Day Conference from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. next Saturday in Free Spirit Missionary Baptist Church, 60 Titus Ave.

Featured speakers will include Joyce Badger of Bethesda Full Gospel Church and the Rev. Ann Hargrave Pinn, pastor of Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church. Tickets are $10.

The Women's Day Celebration will continue at 9 a.m. Oct. 28 when the Rev. Monica Blackford of Elim Christian Fellowship will be the guest speaker. At 4 p.m. that day, the Rev. Bernice Winfrey will present a program with her ministry group, the Goodwill Musical Union and Chapel of Detroit.

The role of prayer

The Rev. Terry Teykl, founder of Renewal Ministries, will lead a workshop on the role of prayer in church revitalization from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. next Saturday in Trinity United Methodist Church, 711 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst.

Teykl, author of 28 books on prayer and church revitalization, will introduce his "Acts 29 Prayer Encounter" program that has been used successfully in the Southern Tier. The workshop is open to people of all denominations. A $25 fee covers lunch and workshop materials. For reservations call the United Methodist Church's Buffalo District Office at 832-3233.

Church workshop

Grayson Warren Brown, an internationally known liturgical composer, author and recording artist, will conduct a parish mission at 7 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday in St. Bonaventure Catholic Church, 95 E. Main St., Allegany.

Brown, who worked for 20 years in a multicultural parish in New York City, now devotes his time to writing and composing, giving workshops, speaking at conventions and conducting parish missions. For registration information, call the church at 373-1330. Admission is free, but an offering will be taken.

Seminar on creation

"The Overwhelming Evidence Against Evolution" will be the theme of a free eight-session seminar Friday through Sunday in Armor Bible Presbyterian Church, 5650 Powers Road, Orchard Park.

The seminar will be conducted by Stewart Turner of Niceville, Fla., an engineer who has been studying scientific evidence of creation for more than 30 years. The seminar will run from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Friday, from 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. next Saturday and from 9:40 to 10:30 a.m. and 6 to 7:15 p.m. Oct. 28.

Inviting spirituality

"Is Your Life a Gamble" will be the topic of a talk by Cynthia Alyce Neely, a Christian Science lecturer, at 3 p.m. Sunday in the University Inn and Conference Center, 2402 N. Forest Road, Amherst.

A member of the board of lectureship of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Neely will discuss how spirituality brings a sense of satisfaction and purpose in life and helps deal with such concerns as safety in schools, parenting, relationship and financial problems and poor health. Admission is free.

Saintly relics

A collection of nearly 800 relics of saints will be on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from Oct. 30 through Nov. 5 in St. Mary of the Cataract Catholic Church, 259 Fourth St., Niagara Falls.

The relics, one of the largest private collections in the United States, are owned by the pastor, the Rev. Michael H. Burzynski, who has been gathering them for 25 years. Mostly bone fragments, the relics, including one of St. John Neumann, are housed in reliquaries in which they are easily viewed and venerated.

The relics are being displayed in conjunction with All Saints Day, a Catholic holy day, which is celebrated Nov. 1 when a solemn candlelight cathedral vespers service will be held at 7 p.m. Group viewing of the relics at special times may be arranged by calling the church at 282-0059.

Time for vespers

A Reformation Choral Vespers service, featuring hymns by Martin Luther, will be held at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 28, in Calvary Lutheran Church, 4110 N. Bailey Ave., Amherst.

The service, free and open to everyone, will include a talk on "The Catholic Luther" by Lowell C. Green, an adjunct professor of history at the University at Buffalo and the author of four books and 49 articles on Luther, Malanchthon and the Reformation. It will be preceded at 4 p.m. by an organ recital, including several pieces by Bach, by Roland E. Martin of the University at Buffalo and director of music at St. Joseph University Catholic Church.

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