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Local residents named to Mount Mercy’s honor roll

Mount Mercy Academy recently announced its second quarter honor roll. Sixty students achieved first honors (95 and above), 40 attained second honors (90.00-94.99) and 25 students earned merit roll status (85.00-89.99). Area residents senior Cecilia Strang of Westfield and freshman Rylee ...

St. John’s Episcopal Church is offering ‘no touching ashes’

With the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17, St. John’s Episcopal Church will provide an opportunity for Christians to begin the Lenten season with the imposition of ashes. “No Hand Touching- Ashes to Go” imposition of ashes will take place from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The imposition ...

‘Ice angel’ spotted in Barcelona

Submitted Photo Bill and Joyce Christ of Westfield snapped this photo the other day of the “Barcelona Ice Angel” This is formed by wave action freezing against the western most Barcelona Harbor break wall.

Appeal 2021 launches at Catholic Charities Food Pantry with $10M goal

BUFFALO — Appeal 2021 has launched with a goal of raising $10 million by June 30. This year’s theme is “HOPE.” “For 97 years Catholic Charities has been supporting the community with basic and crucial needs, providing a beacon of hope to our neighbors who are struggling to make ...

St. Francis Honor roll

Below are area students who made the First Quarter Honor Roll for St. Francis High School in Hamburg. Angola 1st Honors — Devon Shepherd, Sophomore 2nd Honors — Samuel Chiavetta, Junior; Gavin Herman, Junior Collins 1st Honors — Shande Giesser, Freshman Cherry Creek 2nd Honors ...

Church services canceled

GOWANDA — Sunday services at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Gowanda have been canceled indefinitely.

St. Francis Honor roll

Below are area students who made the First Quarter Honor Roll for St. Francis High School in Hamburg. Angola 1st Honors — Devon Shepherd Sophomore 2nd Honors — Samuel Chiavetta Junior; Gavin Herman Junior Collins 1st Honors — Shande Giesser Freshman Cherry Creek 2nd Honors ...

Holy Trinity Church Confirmation 2020

The Sacrament of Confirmation was celebrated by 16 people and their families at Holy Trinity Church in Dunkirk recently during a 2 p.m. Mass with Father Daniel Walsh and Deacon Daniel Tyler. Pictured, starting bottom left and going clockwise, are: Giacinte Laurito, Gabriel Hellwig, Flynn ...

The Bible Today

I have had a few family losses this year and I can’t seem to get into the holidays. How can I get past this? The holiday season this year may be a particularly difficult time for many individuals, especially for those who have lost loved ones or had significant life changing events. Because ...

Holy Trinity Catholic Church announces scholarship award winners

Recipients of the 2020 Holy Trinity Parish Scholarship Award will begin giving witness talks this weekend at the Sunday 8:30 a.m. Mass, which is also broadcast live on WDOE. One student will speak each week of Advent, beginning November 29th and continuing through December 20th. Jane Fortna, ...

Catholic Charities to host Parish Parking Lot Pop Up in Gowanda

GOWANDA — To help individuals and families during these challenging COVID-19 times, Catholic Charities is hosting Parish Parking Lot Pop Ups at parishes across Western New York, including in Gowanda. Catholic Charities will be at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church at 26 Erie Ave., Gowanda on ...

Area libraries set to receive grants

Several area libraries are getting state grant money for projects. Local grants include: ¯ Darwin Barker Library Association, Fredonia, $10,600 to install a new front exterior door, new electric door openers and replace the library’s gutters. ¯ Dunkirk Public Library, $18,170 to ...

Church services

If your church is holding in-person or on-line services, let the OBSERVER know and we will run it free of charge. Please email gbacon@observertoday.com with the information. Blessed Mary Angela Parish Office: 324 Townsend St. (716) 366-2307; Rev. Jan Trela, pastor. In-person Masses are ...

Church services

If your church is holding in-person or on-line services, let the OBSERVER know and we will run it free of charge. Please email gbacon@observertoday.com with the information. Blessed Mary Angela Parish Office: 324 Townsend St. (716) 366-2307; Rev. Jan Trela, pastor. In-person Masses are ...

Heritage Ministries creates hope during a dark time

‘As difficult as the past months have been during the COVID-19 pandemic, I wanted people to know that there was hope,” Larry Petry, the Senior Chaplain at Heritage Ministries stated. Petry, who joined Heritage in May 2018, recently launched the “Worship Wednesday” series, which he ...

Church services

If your church is holding in-person or on-line services, let the OBSERVER know and we will run it free of charge. Please email gbacon@observertoday.com with the information. Blessed Mary Angela Parish Office: 324 Townsend St. (716) 366-2307; Rev. Jan Trela, pastor. In-person Masses are ...

Trunk or treat fun at First Baptist Church in Dunkirk

Kids can come “Trick or Treating” at our Trunk or Treat to be held at First Baptist Church in Dunkirk from 3-5 p.m. October 31. Everyone is welcome to attend. Cars will be decorated and parked “trunk out” around the church parking lot. Volunteers also dress up in theme costumes to ...

Fredonia church announces new pastor

Christ Community Church, 219 Berry Rd., Fredonia has welcomed Pastor Josh Stahley as its Lead Pastor. A Bemus Point native, Pastor Stahley comes to CCC from Indianapolis, Indiana, where he served for six years as Teaching Pastor of Soma Church. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Cedarville ...

Father Walsh blesses new mausoleum at Holy Trinity

On Aug. 29, Father Daniel Walsh, pastor of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Dunkirk, blessed the new Holy Angel Mausoleum at Holy Trinity Cemetery, 3799 Franklin Avenue in Dunkirk. Situated adjacent to the Resurrection Mausoleum, which was constructed in the 1970s, this beautiful new granite ...

23 celebrate First Holy Communion

The Sacrament of First Holy Communion was celebrated by 23 children and their families at Holy Trinity Church in Dunkirk at various masses this summer with Fr. Daniel Walsh, pastor. Pictured starting bottom left and going clockwise: Kameron Keppel, Jaxson Cooper, Megan Ivory, Gracie Grann, Emma ...