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RELIGION NOTES

World Mission Sunday

The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo will observe World Mission Sunday this weekend, collecting funds from area parishioners at Masses.

The money is used for evangelization efforts throughout the world.

Sajdak heads panel

The Rev. Ronald P. Sajdak, pastor of St. Martin de Porres parish in Buffalo, has been named chairman of the Diocese of Buffalo's Peace and Justice Commission. He will serve a term of three years.

Chaplains honored

The Catholic Health System will celebrate Pastoral Care Week beginning Sunday through Oct. 30.

More than 25 certified chaplains work in Catholic Health System hospitals, nursing homes and home care agencies. First held in 1984, Pastoral Care Week is sponsored by the Network on Ministry in Specialized Settings, a national organization.

Benefits Sunday

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) will be working with a variety of churches of all denominations in Erie County on Sunday to raise awareness among seniors of their eligibility for public benefits, such as heating assistance and prescription drug coverage.

The event is called Benefits Outreach Sunday. Churches will explain how to use the Internet tool www.benefitscheckup.org. The tool screens people over age 54 for their eligibility for crucial benefits and services.

Reformation Day

The Rev. Lee Miller, past bishop of the Upstate Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, will discuss "Love and Fear" at the annual Reformation Day observance of Lutheran Campus Ministries at Buffalo.

The celebration, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31 in St. John Lutheran Church, 6540 Main St., Williamsville, commemorates the 475th anniversary of the publication of Martin Luther's "Small and Large Catechisms" in 1529.

Also part of the Reformation Celebration is a seminar at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 by Luther Petersen, Oswego State College professor, at First Trinity Lutheran Church, 1570 Niagara Falls Boulevard, Town of Tonawanda.

Vespers service set

Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4110 Bailey Ave., Amherst, will host a vespers service with the Freudig Singers at 3 p.m. Oct. 31 as part of its Reformation Festival.

Mission marks 10 years

St. Luke's Mission of Mercy will celebrate its 10-year anniversary Thursday with a benefit concert by national recording artist Chris Rice.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. in Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda. Tickets are $15 and $20. Call 633-1117 for details.

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