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RELIGION NOTES
NEWS FROM AREA FAITH GROUPS

McClory at Daemen

Author Robert McClory will speak about "The Coming Democratization of the Catholic Church" at 10 a.m. next Saturday in the Alumni Lounge of Wick Center at Daemen College, 4243 Main St., Amherst. The talk, sponsored by Western New York Call to Action and Daemen's History and Government Club, is free and open to the public. McClory is a founding board member of Call to Action, which advocates reform within the Catholic Church.

Sol Zim concert set

Cantor and composer Sol Zim will present a concert at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Lippa Family Auditorium, Temple Shaarey Zedek, 621 Getzville Road, Amherst.

Zim, cantor for Hollis Hills Jewish Center in Queens, has recorded 20 albums of original music. He will be joined for several songs by children from local congregations. Tickets are available at Wegmans markets.

Priests get extra duties

Bishop Edward U. Kmiec of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has named two priests to new positions.

The Rev. James R. Bastian, parochial vicar at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, Orchard Park, has been assigned as parttime Catholic chaplain at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. The Rev. Louis S. Dolinic, pastor of St. Joseph's Parish in North Tonawanda, also will serve as canonical administrator of North Tonawanda Catholic School, succeeding Monsignor Thomas E. Crane, who retired.

Presbytery Women talk

The Rev. Abigail Rian Evans, a professor at Princeton Theological Seminary, will speak to the Women of the Presbytery in First Presbyterian Church, 1 Symphony Circle, at 4 p.m. Thursday on "No More Miss Superwoman: Staying Healthy in a Status Stress Society," followed by supper and liturgy for men and women at 5:45 and a panel at 7 on "Never Lose Life's Zest: The Church Together With Older Adults." Supper is $8. Reservations are required by Monday. Call 884-7250.

Joint service planned

The Chapel and Zion Dominion Church of God in Christ will combine for a service at 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the Chapel, 895 North Forest Road, Amherst.

Zion Dominion, located on Genesee Street, will move into the North Forest Road building when the Chapel moves to CrossPoint Business Park.

Ecumenical service set

Catholics and Protestants will join in a Praise and Worship Night at 7 p.m. next Saturday in St. Joseph University Catholic Church, 3269 Main St. A free-will offering will be taken.

Providing music will be the St. Joseph Contemporary Music Ensemble and Absolute Praise from Greater Refuge Temple in Buffalo.

Contemporary worship

The First Presbyterian Church of East Aurora will begin a new contemporary worship service at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, followed at 9:30 by a new Sunday school program for all ages, including high school students and adults. Traditional worship will continue at 10:30 a.m.

Fund-raising dinner

The Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Buffalo, which helps homeless families, will hold its fund-raising dinner Thursday in Shanghai Red's Restaurant, on the site of the former Crawdaddy's.

Receiving awards will be the Rev. Daniel Weir, network founder; the Bon Ton department store for corporate philanthropy; and Seneca United Methodist Church for support. For tickets, call Executive Director Charlie Scarpine at 836-9100.

Adoption Mass planned

The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo Office of Pro-Life Activities and Baker Victory Services will offer an Adoption Mass at 10:30 a.m. next Saturday in Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Lackawanna, for all those who have been touched by adoption -- birth parents, adoptees, adoptive parents and other relatives.

Msgr. Robert Wurtz, pastor, will give the homily. A reception will follow.

Polish Mass honors pope

Three Polish Roman Catholic parishes in Lackawanna will join for a special Mass commemorating the life of Pope John Paul II at 7 p.m. Thursday in St. Michael the Archangel Church, Electric and Warsaw avenues.

Celebrants will be the Rev. James Augustyn of St. Michael the Archangel Church, the Rev. John Kasprzak of St. Barbara and Our Lady of Grace Churches and the Rev. Henry Orszulak of St. Hyacinth Church. The Rev. Anzelm Chalupka, pastor of Corpus Christi Church in Buffalo, will preach in Polish and English. The St. Michael the Archangel and St. Barbara choirs will lead in the singing of Polish hymns.

Creationism is topic

Carl Kerby, founding board member of Answers in Genesis, will offer a series of talks about creation today through Monday in Central Baptist Church, 12045 Old Olean Road, Yorkshire. For information, call 492-3111.