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RELIGION NOTES
NEWS FROM AREA FAITH GROUPS

Mass for military

The annual Navy/Armed Forces Sabbath will be offered at 10 a.m. Sunday in St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., with Msgr. James Campbell as main celebrant and homilist.

Personnel from all branches of the military are invited to wear their uniforms. Color guards from military units and veterans' associations will participate.

Clergy and congregations around the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo also are invited to celebrate this weekend with prayers of thanksgiving for past service and intercessory prayers for the present and future needs of the men and women in the U.S. military.

Jobs are topic

Westminster Presbyterian Church's Community Speaker Series, focusing on "Jobs for Western New York," will begin at 9:30 a.m. Sunday with a presentation by Charles Webb, executive director of the Erie County Industrial Agency.

James Finamore, executive director of the Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Investment Board, will discuss "one-stop shopping" for jobs in Western New York on Nov. 14. The series will wrap up Nov. 21 with James J. Oszust, business representative and secretary treasurer of the Printing Pressman's Union, discussing how to preserve jobs through good labor relations.

Presentations are held in Case Library at the church, 724 Delaware Ave.

Meilman to be honored

Dr. Jeffrey Meilman, a plastic surgeon who has performed reconstructive surgeries around the globe for people who can't afford it, will be honored Wednesday with the 2004 Human Relations Award of the American Jewish Committee, Buffalo/Niagara Chapter.

Bishop Edward U. Kmiec will present special remarks at the luncheon, set for 11:30 a.m. in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo, 2 Fountain Plaza. Luncheon tickets are $50 per person.

Tribute to organ donors

Upstate New York Transplant Services will hold a musical celebration and tribute to organ donors at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Villa Maria College as part of its commemoration of National Donor Sabbath.

National Donor Sabbath has been celebrated each November since 1996 to spread the word that organ donation is viewed as final act of charity and love by most religions. Clergy will be called on Nov. 12-14 to increase awareness in their religious communities about the need for organ and tissue donation.

St. John Maron liturgy

Parishioners of St. John Maron Maronite Church, 2040 Wehrle Drive, Williamsville, on Sunday will cap a year of celebrating the parish's 100-year anniversary with a special noon liturgy and 1:30 p.m. luncheon in the parish center.

Following the luncheon, articles, letters and photographs will be collected for a time capsule that will be buried for the next 25 years on the grounds of the church.

School honors veterans

Alumni of Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School who are serving or have served in the U.S. military will be remembered in prayer at a special memorial Mass at 7 p.m. Thursday, Veterans Day. The Rev. Joel Campbell will be principal celebrant. The Mass will be held in the school auditorium, 601 McKinley Parkway. A reception will follow.

Teaching on Kabbalah

The next session of Kabbalah, Jewish mystical teachings, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Temple Beth Zion, 700 Sweet Home Road, Amherst.

Rabbi Harry Rosenfeld is teaching the free classes, which will meet the second Tuesday of each month. To sign up, call 836-6565.

Harvest concert set

St. Joseph Church, 145 East Main St., Fredonia, will host the 14th annual "Harvest is Plentiful" concert at 6 p.m. Sunday.

The concert is a joint effort of the St. Joseph voice and hand-bell choir and the SS. Columba/Brigid Church gospel choir. The two parishes take turns hosting the event. A fire that destroyed SS. Columba/Brigid church building means that St. Joseph Church will host for the second consecutive year. The concert is free and open to the public.

French Mass at Canisius

A Mass will be offered in French at 1 p.m. Sunday in Christ the King Chapel at Canisius College.

Principal celebrant will be the Rev. Daniel P. Jamros, associate professor of religious studies and theology at Canisius. Coffee and croissants will be served in the Regis Room of the student center following the Mass.

Stella Niagara retreat

The Center of Renewal will offer a retreat day of gratitude and thanksgiving from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Sister Karen Allen will lead the program, which will include discussion, reflection, meditation and relaxation. Cost is $15, which includes lunch. The center is located at Stella Niagara, 4421 Lower River Road, Lewiston. Call 754-7476 for more information.

Bible conference set

Grace Gospel Church will host the 26th annual fall Bible conference this weekend in Lyons Hall of Houghton College, 910 Union Road, West Seneca. The sessions run from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

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