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Religion Notes / News of area faith groups

> Holy Week observances

Bishop Edward U. Kmiec of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo will celebrate Holy Week in St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., beginning with a 10:30 a.m. Mass and blessing of palms Sunday.

A Chrism Mass will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Tuesday with Kmiec blessing three urns of oil: the oil of catechumens, used to bless those who are about to be baptized; the oil of chrism, used in the Sacrament of Baptism, the Sacrament of Confirmation and the Sacrament of Holy Orders; and the oil of the sick, which is used in the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.

Priests and deacons from throughout the diocese will take the oil to their parishes for use throughout the year.

> Mass for quake victims

A Mass will be offered at 11:15 a.m. Sunday in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 160 Court St., for victims of a major earthquake in Italy's Abruzzo region in April 2009.

The Mass concludes an appeal effort that generated $43,000 through various initiatives in Western New York to assist earthquake victims.

> Wiesel to speak

Elie Wiesel will discuss "A World in Crisis: What Are Our Moral Obligations?" live via satellite from New York City at 8 p.m. Thursday in Temple Beth Zion's Broder Center for Jewish Education, 700 Sweet Home Road, Amherst.

Members of the local audience will be able to submit questions for Wiesel by e-mail.

> Way of the Cross in Olean

The Greater Olean Association of Churches will hold its ninth annual Walk the Way of the Cross, beginning at noon Friday at Living Waters Church, 3036 West State St., Olean.

Participants in the three-mile walk carry a 12-foot wooden cross through the city as a statement of Christian unity.

The walk will conclude at Franchot Park with a service led by Pastor Steve Beattie of United Pentecostal Church and Major Bill Lynch of the Salvation Army.

For details, call Pastor Jerry Piper at Trinity United Methodist Church, 372-5067, e-mail at, or click on

> Catholic churches offer tour

Seven churches in the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood will participate again in the Catholic tradition whereby the faithful visit the Blessed Sacrament at various churches on Holy Thursday.

Churches on the self-guided tour are: Corpus Christi, St. Ann, St. Stanislaus, St. Luke's Mission of Mercy, St. Adalbert, St. John Kanty and St. Clare parish at St. Stephen Church.

The visitation period begins after 7 p.m., and churches remain open until around 11 p.m.

For more information, visit or call 218.0232.

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