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>Bishop to offer Mass marking abortion ruling

Bishop Edward U. Kmiec will be the principal celebrant at a Mass at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 20 in Christ the King Catholic Church, 30 Lamarck Drive, Snyder, marking the 34th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision in which the Supreme Court legalized abortion.

Kmiec will take part in the annual pro-life March for Life Jan. 22 in Washington, D.C. He will celebrate Mass at 8 a.m. that day in the Washington Plaza Hotel.


>Six YMCA branches offer Growing Up Fit

Growing Up Fit, a 10-week weight-management program for children and their families, begins later this month at six YMCA branches in Erie and Niagara counties.

The program consists of health assessments, nutrition education and exercise, and follow-up assessments and graduation. Parents attend sessions with their children, ages 7 to 15.

Programs begin the week of Jan. 22 at the following YMCA branches: William-Emslie, 585 William St.; Ken-Ton, 535 Belmont Ave., Town of Tonawanda; Southtowns, 1620 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca; Northeast, 4433 Main St., Amherst; Delaware, 2564 Delaware Ave.; and Niagara Falls, 4061 Creek Road, Youngstown.

Several local insurance agencies cover the entire cost of Growing Up Fit for their subscribers. For more information or to register, call 818-8232 or log on to


>Breast cancer group seeks award nominees

Nominations for the third annual Hope, Faith and Love Awards, to be presented May 12 in honor of outstanding contributions to the eradication of breast cancer, must be postmarked by Feb. 28.

Awards will be presented at the sixth annual Breast Cancer Survivor Luncheon in the Buffalo Convention Center, sponsored by the Western New York Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The Komen Foundation was founded in memory of Susan Goodman Komen, who died in 1980 at age 36 after a three-year struggle with breast cancer.

A Hope award is presented to a medical professional; a Faith award to a breast cancer survivor; and a Love award to a volunteer for a breast cancer organization.

Nominees must live or work in one of the eight counties of Western New York. Nomination forms are available by calling 504-5508 or can be downloaded from


>Have dessert, taste wine, help the Food Bank

A dessert and wine-tasting gala to benefit the Food Bank of Western New York will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 1 in Asbury Hall at The Church, Delaware Avenue and Tupper Street.

The benefit, dubbed "Sweet Charity," will feature hors d'oeuvres from many of Buffalo's leading restaurants, along with champagne. There will also be a silent auction and valet parking.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Food Bank at 852-1305.

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