Bishop Edward U. Kmiec of the Diocese of Buffalo delivered his annual Christmas blessing with a special prayer "that God will grant the longed-for peace throughout the world."
"There is little peace today, and we are concerned about those who are in harm's way, especially our military personnel and others with them," Kmiec said in his message. "We care about them and we pray for their safety. In our imperfect world, with all its difficulties, its problems and frustrations, Christmas is a time of peace and prayer.
"I pray that the gift of inner peace will enter into our hearts, and that it will lead to the outer peace that we all desire. May the grace and peace of Jesus, born of Mary, reign in your hearts in these holy days and in the year to come."
The Salvation Army will host a Christmas worship service at 11:30 a.m. Monday in its headquarters at 960 Main St.
The service will be followed by a Christmas dinner for anyone in need.
The Salvation Army's Kensington location, 21 Westminster Ave., will host a Christmas Eve service at 11 a.m. Sunday.
Fifth Sunday service
St. Stephen's United Church of Christ, 8520 Tonawanda Creek Road, East Amherst, will celebrate a "Fifth Sunday" service on Dec. 31, beginning with preservice music at 10:15 a.m.
Ned Holderby will be guest soloist. Service is at 10:30 a.m.
The Quo Vadis choir will present a free concert of English and Polish Christmas carols at 4 p.m. Jan. 7 in Queen of Martyrs Church, 180 George Urban Blvd., Cheektowaga.
The St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence, will offer a program on "Discernment and Decision Making" from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, Jan. 4 through Feb. 8, 2007. Cost is $120. Call 759-6893 to reserve a spot.