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Memorial concerts

Memorial concerts will be held in two Buffalo Catholic churches to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II.

The first concert is at 4:30 p.m. Sunday in St. Stanislaus Church, 123 Townsend St. The second concert is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 160 Court St.

Christopher Weber will direct more than 100 singers and a 33-piece orchestra.

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Dedicating addition

Hamburg United Methodist Church, 116 Union St., Hamburg, will celebrate the completion of its building addition with a dedication at 10 a.m. and worship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

The $1.75 million expansion took a year to complete.

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Triduum planned

St. Hyacinth Catholic Church, 295 Lake Shore Drive East, Dunkirk, will host a Triduum to Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowska, the foundress of the Felician Sisters, at 6 p.m. each evening Wednesday through Friday.

Blessed Mary Angela was the intercessor for the Diocese of Buffalo's only Vatican-certified miracle. Lillian Halasinski, a St. Hyacinth parishioner, was cured of diabetic neuropathy in her left leg after praying to her.

The Triduum begins Wednesday with a Mass celebrated by the Rev. Michael J. Parker, pastor, and a reflection on Blessed Mary Angela's work with the poor by Sister Mary Johnice Rzadkiewicz, a Felician sister and the director of the Response to Love Center in Buffalo.

An intercessory prayer service will be offered Thursday, and the Stations of the Cross will be offered Friday, with recitations from the writings of Blessed Mary Angela.

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Event at St. Ambrose

St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 65 Ridgewood Road, will hold a "Generations of Faith" event following the 10 a.m. Mass on Sunday in which participants of all ages will prepare for Holy Week. Participants will gather in the parish hall.

The parish will offer a Lenten retreat beginning at 7 p.m. Monday with a Tenebrae prayer service and a reflection by the Rev. Jack Mattimore. Other church offerings this week include adoration of the Eucharist from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and a "Justice and Peace Stations of the Cross" at 7 p.m. Friday.

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'Symphony of Faith'

The Rev. George Knab, an Oblate order priest, will conduct a parish renewal program called "Symphony of Faith" nightly from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday in SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 66 East Main St., Hamburg. For details, call the rectory at 649-2765.

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School presents Passion

Students of St. Margaret School will present "The Passion of Jesus," its 12th annual Easter play depicting the last hours of Jesus, at 6:30 p.m. Friday in St. Margaret Church, 1395 Hertel Ave.

The production features a cast of 100 in costumes and is free and open to the public.

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Fellowship conference

The United Churches of the World will hold their 2006 National Fellowship Conference Friday through next Sunday in Redeeming Covenant Fellowship Church, 360 Scajaquada Ave.

The theme is "Unveiling the Name of Jesus." Events begin nightly at 7 p.m.

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Patience is topic

The Rev. Ronald Bagley will examine the virtue of patience and offer advice on how to become a more patient person at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in St. Benedict Catholic Church, 1317 Eggert Road, Amherst.

For more information, call 834-1041.

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Lenten reflection

The Catholic Biblical Studies Program will hold its 14th annual Lenten Day of Reflection from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. next Saturday with Gina Hens-Piazza, professor of biblical studies at Jesuit School of Theology and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif.

The topic will be, "Prophets: Foundation for Ministry in a Global Context." The event will be in the Villa Maria Academy Athletic Center and includes lunch. Call 871-9180 to register.

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Women's Seder set

Temple Beth Zion's Broder Center at 700 Sweet Home Road, Amherst, will host a Women's Seder at 4 p.m. April 9.

Cantor Susan Wehle will be joined by Susan Pardo in leading the Seder. Cost is $18 per person. Call Elaine Klein at 631-8350 for details.

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Unity convocation

A "Convocation of Unity," a special time of united prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on the first Friday of the month in the Lady Chapel of St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St. The next date is this Friday.

Scripture readings, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, music, quiet meditation and Benediction will be part of a period of adoration.

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