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Religion notes

Lighting of menorah 
kicks off Hanukkah

A large community menorah will be lighted at 7:30 p.m. today at 811 Maple Road in Amherst to commemorate the first night of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights.

The menorah, one of the tallest in the country, is sponsored by Chabad House of Buffalo.

The lighting at the offices of Dr. Jeffrey Meilman will be accompanied by song and dance and Hanukkah doughnuts. A grand car menorah parade through the Town of Amherst and Buffalo will follow.


Churches to observe
 Night of Prayer

The 23rd annual National Night of Prayer will be observed from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. tonight throughout the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.

Catholic parishes across the nation are invited to hold a prayer service before the Blessed Sacrament in adoration and reparation for the sins against the lives of the unborn and helpless ones.

Those attending are asked to pray 20 decades of the rosary and other prayers of their choice, followed by benediction. At least 25 area parishes are participating.

For more information, contact the diocesan pro-life office at 847-2205.


Memorial service offers holiday hope

A "Hope for the Holidays" Christmas memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in the newly opened Faith Mausoleum of St. Matthew's Cemetery, 180 Old French Road, West Seneca.

The Rev. Daniel J. Palys, pastor of St. Gabriel Church in Elma, will lead the service, which will feature the choir from St. Jude the Apostle Church in North Tonawanda.

The event is free to the public, but seating is limited and reservations are requested. Call 822-1960.


Church choir presents Lessons and Carols

The choir of St. Louis Catholic Church, under the direction of organist and choirmaster Frank Scinta, will present a Festival Service of Lessons and Carols at 4 p.m. Dec. 16 in St. Louis Church, 35 Edward St.

Featured will be carols and anthems of Willan, Ord, Posten, Willcocks, Waters, Yon and others. The service of Lessons and Carols traces, through scripture and song, the Nativity story as foretold by the Old Testament prophets and narrated by the Gospel writers.

The choir of St. Louis Church is an all-volunteer ensemble composed of members of the parish and other area music lovers.


Synagogue members 
to dedicate new home

Members of Congregation Brith Hadoshah Messianic Synagogue will dedicate their new home at 50 Alberta Drive in Amherst during a special service at 5 p.m. Dec. 16.

The service will feature a musical concert with Messianic Jewish recording artist Ted Pearce. Speakers include Rabbi David Chernoff of Beth Yeshua Congregation in Philadelphia and Rabbis Michael Wolf and Jeffrey Forman.


Malone to appear
on ‘Our Daily Bread'

Bishop Richard J. Malone will join the Rev. Paul D. Seil in the kitchen as part of a special holiday episode of "Our Daily Bread" scheduled to air at noon Dec. 22 on WKBW-TV Channel 7.

Malone will be part of the "Celebrating Christmas" episode of the popular cooking show. Daybreak TV Productions typically produces one "Our Daily Bread" episode per month, but there will be two episodes for December.

"Getting Ready for Christmas" will air at noon today on WKBW-TV Channel 7.