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The 20th annual Intercultural/Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Hindu Cultural Center, 1595 N. French Road, Getzville.

There is no admission charge, but participants are invited to donate a nonperishable food item. A tour of the temple will follow. The service is sponsored by the National Conference for Community & Justice and the Network of Religious Communities.

Chairman for drive

Denis G. Riley, parish business administrator at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, has been named chairman of the St. Vincent de Paul Society's annual giving campaign.

A 25-year career banker, Riley most recently was senior vice president of commercial real estate at Key Bank.

The fund, which has a goal this year of $150,000, serves the needy of Western New York. Each day the society serves meals to more than 400 men, women and children. Its Coats 4 Kids program distributed 14,000 coats in cooperation with WIBV-TV and the Western New York Dry Cleaners Association last year.

Service at shrine

Blessed John Vercelli, who founded the Holy Name Society in 1274, will be honored during a healing Mass at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Road, Lewiston.

The main celebrant and homilist will be the Rev. David W. Bialkowski, parochial vicar of St. John Gualbert Parish in Cheektowaga. He also is the spiritual director of the Legion of Mary and national chaplain of the Polish Union of America.

Thanksgiving service

A Service of Thanksgiving will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster.

The program will feature music, scripture readings and hymns performed by the Cathedral Harmonia Choir under the direction of Nelson J. Koeppel, organist and choirmaster.

The Cathedral Bell Choir will be directed by Jane M. Kubacki, with guest soloist Tom Herilhy on trumpet. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall. For information call 685-5766.

Discussion on new coalition

The Buffalo Board of Rabbis has scheduled a discussion of its proposed Buffalo-Amherst Kolel at 9:30 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Jewish Center, 2640 N. Forest Road, Getzville.

The new coalition would extend bridges among synagogues and Jewish communal organizations, linking Jewish learning and community building. Jewish educators from local synagogues would help guide a communitywide approach to adult education, creating a central calendar for promoting all regional educational programs. For more information, contact Rabbi Benjamin Arnold of Temple Sinai, 834-0708.

Mass celebrates family life

Bishop Henry J. Mansell of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo will be the main celebrant of a Mass celebrating family life at 10 a.m. Dec. 1 in St. Joseph's Cathedral.

The cathedral is wheelchair-accessible and the the service will be signed for the hearing impaired.

Christmas pageant

The Orchard Park Presbyterian Church will present "Journey to Bethlehem" on Dec. 12 and 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. at 4369 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park.

In this walk-through pageant, travelers go back 2,000 years to scenes depicting events leading to the birth of Jesus. Visitors accompany Mary and Joseph as they travel to Bethlehem, where they encounter a Roman guard, beggars, innkeepers, shepherds and the Magi.

Now in its third decade, the pageant is free, but participants are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for local food pantries. For information call 662-9348.

Day of Recollection

The St. Columban Center, 6892 Lake Shore Road, Derby, will hold an Advent Day of Recollection on Dec. 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Presenters will be the Rev. James Ruddick, Deacon Bill Walkowiak and the St. Columban Center retreat team. The program includes conference, lunch and Eucharist. For information call 947-4708.

Bazaar at First Presbyterian

An International Christmas Bazaar will be held from noon to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at First Presbyterian Church at One Symphony Circle behind Kleinhans Music Hall.

Items on sale include products from El Buen Amigo, Ten Thousand Villages and SERRV International, a global partnership that helps people support themselves through the sale of handicrafts.

Meditation chapel

St. Bonaventure University has designated a room for people of all faiths to pray in its Thomas Merton Ministry Center.

The meditation chapel is a bare room where people may bring their own religious symbols or prayer rugs for private prayer and meditation.

Ecumenical service

Members of Cleveland Hill Lutheran Church in Cheektowaga will join Catholics in an ecumenical Thanksgiving service at 7 p.m. Wednesday in St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church, 157 Cleveland Drive. Also invited to participate are members of St. Michael's and All Angels Episcopal Church in Buffalo.

Those attending are asked to bring a cash donation or nonperishable food item for the St. Aloysius Food Pantry. A hospitality hour will follow in the church hall. The service alternates among various churches each year.

AIDS Day service

The first World AIDS Day Interfaith Healing Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 in Canisius College's Montante Cultural Arts Center, 2001 Main St.

The Buffalo Gay Men's Chorus and the University at Buffalo Zodiac Dance Company will take part. A dessert reception will follow.

Sponsored by AIDS Family Services, the service is to provide hope and healing to all people affected by the HIV virus, including family members, friends, care providers and the bereaved.

Healing Mass

The Office of Charismatic Renewal of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo is sponsoring a healing Mass on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 118 Schiller St. at North Ogden Street. The service is for those grieving the loss of a loved one and will feature worship music by St. Luke's Voices of Mercy.

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