Religion

Knights of Columbus to hold Priest Appreciation Dinner

The Knights of Columbus 19th Annual Priest Appreciation Dinner will be held on Sunday, Sept. 17 to honor the important ministry of our priests, deacons, religious sisters and seminarians. The Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Cardinal Mindszenty Assembly 727, together with councils Dunkirk ...

Music for People improvisational performance set

The Fredonia First United Methodist Church and the Hannah Hasbrouck Petersen Memorial Series invites the community to a very special concert featuring faculty from Fredonia School of Music’s upcoming weeklong workshop entitled “The Art of Improvisation.” The ensemble is comprised of ...

Church to celebrate 175th anniversary

PORTLAND — The West Portland Baptist Church, 7081 East Route 20, Westfield between Pratt and Prospect Station Roads, will celebrate the 175th anniversary of the founding of the church. On Saturday, Aug. 5 at 5 p.m., there will be a dinner, followed by a time of informal sharing. Seating is ...

Understanding Christianity

The Reformation gives us help to understand Christianity. In the past nine months we have discussed many different topics in relation to our celebrating, during 2017, the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Most importantly we have focused on He who is at the center of Christianity — Jesus ...

Submitted Photo: Mark Parson is pictured with CLCS student Joey Parker.

IMPACT Campus Fellowship announces award winners

IMPACT Campus Fellowship is pleased to recognize several student leaders from area schools. They volunteered, were dependable, took initiative, led meetings and organized service projects. This year’s winners are as follows: Jamestown Community College — Laramie Ball; Chautauqua Lake ...

Take an inventory of bad habits

This week, Margaret is sharing a classic column. I became aware of binge drinking from seeing it on CNN night after night. Binge drinking is drinking with the goal of purposefully getting drunk. There are millions of young people doing this. It’s rampant in the colleges and many under-age ...

The tenth iconic individual in the Lutheran Reformation – Johann Tetzel

It’s a complicated story of money and power, and Johann Tetzel played a big part. Tetzel was a Dominican monk who specialized in preaching indulgences. Indulgences were pardons from the penalties of sin imparted by the Church. They originated as an inducement for men to fight in the Crusades. ...

2017 appeal supporting Catholic Charities surpasses goal

BUFFALO — The Rev. Monsignor David S. Slubecky, vicar general and moderator of the curia of the Diocese of Buffalo, announced the 2017 Appeal in support of Catholic Charities of Buffalo met and exceeded its $11 million goal. After a very challenging Appeal, officials expressed gratitude for ...

Faith, friendships: Advice for the better

Thanks to everyone for the kind thoughts. It has been a very special birthday week because of all of you. I’d like to share some words of wisdom that are my thoughts as well: Go where you are celebrated, not tolerated. Don’t waste all your energy moaning about the problem. Look for ...

The Reformation: Is there any room for history?

We are eight months in to our yearlong celebration of the 500th year of the Reformation. While we have covered many Reformation topics, tying the past into the present, let us not forget where we began in October of last year, the theme of this remembrance — “The Reformation — it’s ...

Religion briefs — July 8

Ripley United Methodist Church Ripley United Methodist Church will hold an All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast today from 7:30 to 11 a.m., 84 W. Main St. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, bacon, made-to-order eggs and omelets, home fries, biscuits and sausage gravy, orange juice, coffee at a cost of ...

Submitted Photo: Pictured is Rose Fitzgerald with Sophia Burrows and Jacob Markham, the first recipients of a new scholarship at Northern Chautauqua Catholic School.

Donation leads to new scholarship at NCCS

Northern Chautauqua Catholic School recently received an alumni donation to fund an annual tuition scholarship. Four Fitzgeralds, all NCCS graduates, Michael ‘98 (Nina), Timothy ‘01, Bridget ‘03, and William ‘08, have donated $1,000 a year for a tuition assistance scholarship. The ...

Fathers can make the difference

Margaret would like the person who takes the used postage stamps to contact her through the OBSERVER so that this program can be continued. Appreciation is expressed to all who sent Margaret birthday cards, letters and warm wishes. Along with the many cards, Margaret received this letter ...

The ninth iconic individual in the Lutheran Reformation is Erasmus

Martin Eleutherius — which means “Martin, the free man” — is how Martin Luther signed his name for a while. Hellenizing names, modeling them after Greek words, was the fashion among young scholars who had been influenced by humanism, a movement characterized by a renewed interest in the ...

Religion briefs

Collins Friends Meeting There will be a Monarch butterfly release on Sunday after the 11 a.m. worship at the Collins Friends Meeting, 2345 Main St. in Collins. For information call 532-1004, or 207-2886. “Sidewalk Gang” Vacation Bible School Starting July 7 from 9:30 a.m. to noon, the ...

Camp available to all

DEWITTVILLE — A week at camp can be a life changing experience for any child. Now, with the help of very generous donors, Mission Meadows will make it possible for everyone to enjoy that experience. A friend and very generous donor of Camp Mission Meadows has provided a challenge grant ...