Religion briefs

St. John’s United Church of Christ

St. John’s United Church of Christ will hold a turkey dinner today, serving 4:30 to 6 p.m., at 733 Central Ave., Dunkirk. Parking and the entrance are off Eagle Street. Call 366-0710 for reservations. Pre-sale tickets are $9.50 each. Tickets at the door are $10. Take-outs are available.

Church of the Living Spirit

This week’s speaker is Lisa Williams. Church services are held every Sunday in the Assembly Hall on Cleveland Avenue in Lily Dale.

Service time is 10:30 to 12:00 and consists of a spiritual talk, a hands on healing, a message demonstration, music, meditation and prayer.

The public is invited to attend and there is no gate fee from Sept. 10 through June. Visit the website at and/or the FB page or call 595-2697 for more information concerning church services.

St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Fredonia

There has been a recent change in the weekend schedule for St. Joseph’s Church, located at 145 E. Main St., Fredonia. There will no longer be a 5:30 p.m. Mass on Saturdays. Instead, Mass will be offered Sundays at 8 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. The 8 a.m. Mass will be a more “contemplative” setting with music selections chosen by Rev. Joseph Walter and offered by Choir Director Lucy Giambra Hurley.

The 11:15 a.m. Mass will include Children’s Liturgy of the Word from September to May. Mass will continue to be celebrated Wednesday and Thursday at 8 a.m. Confessions are available on request. St. Joseph’s Church is handicapped accessible.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua will welcome Dr. Brooke Horvath to the pulpit on Sunday. Dr. Horvath, a retired professor of English from Kent State University and a member of UUCNC, will speak on the monthly theme of intention. Horvath’s talk, called “Does Intention Matter” will consider the title’s question regarding certain passages in the gospels, epistles, and the book of Job. All are welcome to the service.

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua is a liberal religious community devoted to promoting individual spiritual development, working toward peace, liberty and justice in the immediate and global communities, and providing companionship on life’s sacred journey. Worship services are held each Sunday at 11 a.m. in the Grange Hall, 58 W. Main St. Fredonia. Call 679-7944, visit or visit the page on Facebook at for more information.

St. Dominic Catholic Church

As the New Year begins, St. Dominic Catholic Church continues with it’s “Come Home” campaign. Several changes with the area parishes of St. Thomas Moore, St. James Major and St. Patrick’s Catholic Churches in the last few years have left many parishioners feeling that they have lost something precious, their church’s identity. Although all three parishes have combined into a wonderful new entity, St. Dominic parish, many have not returned to experience our new found strength.

In an effort to reach out to this important segment of our church, Fr. Romeo Hontiveros, Pastoral Administrator, would like to invite you, and every Catholic in the Ripley, Westfield and Brocton area, to attend “MASS and a MEAL,” to be celebrated at Meeder’s Restaurant, 19 Main St., Ripley. Following Mass, we would like you to enjoy a light meal of soup and salad while we get (re)acquainted and chat about how our Catholic Community can be revived and further strengthened.

This Catholic Celebration is scheduled for Sunday at 4 p.m. and fulfills your Sunday Mass Obligation. All we ask that you bring is your faith, an open mind, and the willingness to share your thoughts on how we can build up our Spiritual Community in the Catholic tradition. “No one can change the past. We can only work to improve the future.” This effort is the beginning of a renewal plan to bring our beloved church back into everyone’s life. We need your help. Please join us for an afternoon of prayer, food and community building. There is no charge for the meal, donations will be accepted.

Yours in Christ, the St. Dominic Catholic Church community.

Blessed Mary Angela Parish Indoor Flea Market schedule

Blessed May Angela Parish will hold an indoor flea market starting Wednesday, Jan. 24 every Wednesday and Thursday for the rest of January and February. The market will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Social Center, 324 Townsend St., Dunkirk. All merchandise is priced to sell. Make an offer!

Blessed Mary Angela Holy Name

Blessed Mary Angela Holy Name Wiedner’s January chicken barbecue will be held Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Blessed Mary Angela Social Center, 324 Townsend St., Dunkirk.

The menu includes Wiedner’s chicken, tossed salad, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, dinner roll, homemade dessert and beverage. Dining options include eat in or drive through take out. The cost is $10 donation pre-sale or $12 donation at the door if available. Only 600 dinners are available. Tickets can be purchased after Masses or at Big Rick’s One Stop, 327 Lake Shore Drive East; Matt’s News, 93 E. Third St., Dunkirk or Tommy’s Barber Shop, 25 Water St., Fredonia.

Northern Chautauqua Catholic School

Northern Chautauqua Catholic School will begin this year’s Catholic Schools Week by hosting a community chili cook-off and pie bake-off on Jan. 28 from noon to 3 p.m. During the event, the local community will be able to vote on their favorite entries. In addition, a ticket auction will be available with 100 theme baskets anticipated.

Catholic Schools Week is an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. The events during these weeks are to focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and the contribution to the local community and the nation.

This year’s theme: Learn, Serve, Lead, Succeed. NCCS welcomes the community to partake in this year’s celebration. Individuals who would like to enter a pie, chili or donate a theme basket should contact the office at 366-0630 for more information (fee per entry is $5).

Portland Congregational Church

The Portland Congregat-ional Church will host Tracy Langworthy, historian and history professor at Jamestown Community College at the church on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 1 p.m. Langworthy will be speaking on the founding father of the Portland Congregational Church, Rev. John Spencer, and several other churches in the area.

A horse back circuit-riding preacher of the early 1800s who was successfully commissioned during the time of the Holland Land Purchase to establish a couple of dozen churches within this region of Western New York state. Most of those churches still exist today.

All are welcome to enjoy this exciting early history lecture. It is like looking into a window as Langworthy presents this historical information.