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Religion Notes / News from area faith groups

> Cathedral celebration

The 150th anniversary of St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo will be celebrated with a year-long schedule of events beginning Tuesday with a concert performance by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. The sold-out concert will feature pianist the Rev. Sean Brett Duggan.

The sesquicentennial events will continue through next April, concluding with a special Mass celebrated by Cardinal Edward M. Egan of the Archdiocese of New York.

The historic cathedral, located at 50 Franklin St., was designed by architect Patrick Keeley and was dedicated in 1855.

> Beth Zion to celebrate

Temple Beth Zion will celebrate the refurbishment of its landmark building at 805 Delaware Ave. during its 6 p.m. worship service on Friday.

The congregation spent about $1 million on the renovations, which included dramatic changes to the synagogue's corridor and library, new lighting and restrooms, refinished pews and new carpeting and other upgrades.

> Retreat days planned

Three retreat days will be offered this fall by the Center of Renewal at Stella Niagara. Each session is $18, including lunch, or all three sessions combined are $45 with advance purchase.

The sessions are: "The Balance in Our Lives: Reflections on the Fall Equinox" with Sister Karen Allen, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday; "Spirituality in Aging and Caregiving: Challenges and Opportunities" with the Rev. William Wipfler, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26; and "Gratitude and Praise in Everyday Life," again with Sister Karen Allen, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 22.
For more information, or to register, call 754-7376 or email

> Priest to speak

The Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Fall River, Mass., and a graduate of Yale University with a doctorate in neuroscience, will speak on "The Science and Ethics of Stem Cells and Cloning" at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Gathering Room at St. Gregory the Great Church, 200 St. Gregory Court, Amherst.

Pacholczyk is director of education at the National Catholic Bioethics Center.

> Anniversary noted

The congregation of Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church will celebrate its 160th anniversary during the morning service Sunday with Interim Pastor, the Rev. Robert W. Peck.

The congregation was first organized in 1845 with 30 people. A fire in 1850 destroyed the original church building. The current building at Lafayette and Elmwood avenues was built in 1865.

>Sufi seminar set

Devi Tide, a Sufi healer and spiritual teacher, will offer a seminar from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday in the Wick Center at Daemen College.

Tide has led retreats and seminars across the world based on the meditative practices of ancient Sufi teachings. To register or for more information, call 883-1275.

> Mass of the Holy Spirit

The Newman Center, Catholic Campus Ministry at Buffalo State College, will celebrate its annual Convocation and Mass of the Holy Spirit at 10:30 a.m. Sunday to mark the beginning of the academic year.

The Mass will be in Campbell Student Union Social Hall at the college.

Dennis K. Ponton, provost and vice president for academic affairs, will receive the John Henry Cardinal Newman Award in recognition of his support of Catholic Campus Ministry. Sister Charlene Fontana will receive the Campus Ministry Service Award, in honor of her 15 years of service at the Newman Center.

> Novena is scheduled

The annual public Novena in honor of St. Therese, the Little Flower of Jesus, will begin Friday at the Carmelite Monastery of the Discalced Carmelite Nuns, 75 Carmel Road.

The Rev. James Erving of Holy Angels parish will conduct the services, which will begin each evening with the saying of the Rosary at 7 p.m., followed by a Mass. The Novena runs through Oct. 1, the feast day of St. Therese.

> Speaker slated

The Rev. Lula Williams will be the guest speaker at Durham Memorial A.M.E Zion Church's Women's Day 2005 celebration during the 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday.

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