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Catholic Charities announces $3.75 million raised for Appeal 2020

Appeal Sunday, a decades-long Palm Sunday tradition, would have played out in parishes across the Diocese of Buffalo this weekend. Volunteers would greet Mass attendees at the church vestibule or ensure they were encouraged by their Pastor to put their envelopes in the basket as it was passed. ...

Trinity United Church of Christ donates to Hospice

GOWANDA — Hospice would like to thank Trinity United Church of Christ of Gowanda and the Degenfelder family for their generous donation of $2,727 in honor of Zack Degenfelder. Zack was a very strong and courageous boy, and a part of Hospice’s Essential Care for Children program. This ...

Catholic Charities continues to serve with most essential services

Catholic Charities of Buffalo is here to help as always, and the human service organization that serves the eight counties of Western New York is continuing to help those most in need with the most essential services, especially during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some ways we are ...

Religion briefs

Ways to worship The OBSERVER is not running its weekly church page during the current COVID-19 pandemic. If your church is holding activities, whether on line, the radio, or some other way, please let the OBSERVER know and we will run them Saturdays moving forward. Please email ...

Pope to mark Holy Week ceremonies in shelter of St. Peter’s

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will celebrate Holy Week ceremonies in the confines of Vatican City, including a Good Friday Way of the Cross service on the steps of St. Peter’s Basilica instead of at Rome’s Colosseum as customary. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vatican on ...

Pray, praise and give thanks

Only God knows how long we will continue in our presence situation. We already have faced cancelled plans, interrupted routines and the curtailing of much social interaction. At the worst we are hearing we may be dealing with the virus threat for months. Even in that time our situation is going ...

Religion briefs

Editor’s note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the OBSERVER is not running its weekly church listing. Churches may send announcements about their services or events to editorial@observertoday.com. Holy Trinity Church radio Mass this weekend The Reverend Dan Walsh, pastor of Holy Trinity ...

What We Believe – Fasting during Lent

So where can one get a good fish fry? The Friday night menu during Lent at restaurants includes more fish sales than other times of the year, as many give up meat on Fridays, or for all of Lent. Some may give up other indulgences during the Lenten season, but do we remember why? Or has this ...

Chautauqua Adult Day Services: gift that keeps giving

JAMESTOWN — In October 1998, the First Baptist Church of Jamestown opened its doors to house the Present Center, the first day program for older adults with Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Loss. This was the first program of its kind in Chautauqua County and the commitment by the First ...

Religion news

Diocese temporarily eases obligation for Mass With concerns about the coronavirus and state restrictions on attendance being 250, the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo “temporarily dispenses the Catholic faithful from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days during the coronavirus ...

WNY Episcopal churches not holding Sunday services

The Episcopal Dioceses of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania, which includes Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties, announced on their website Friday that Sunday services are being halted for the rest of the month. Bishop Sean Rowe posted the following announcement: “Today, I ...

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton to host a women’s Lenten retreat

Ladies, mark your calendars. This morning of Lenten reflection and prayer will take place in the Northern Chautauqua Catholic School. Carol Mullins of Quiet Whispers Ministry will present “The Path to the Cross: from Passover to the Eucharist.” “How both the Old Testament and the New ...

Workshop on strategies for teaching kids behaviors set

SILVER CREEK — In collaboration with the Christ Chapel Wesleyan Church, Prevention Works, Inc. will be providing a “PAX Tools” workshop on March 23. PAX Tools is a collection of evidence-based, trauma-informed strategies to improve cooperation and self-regulation with youth. PAX Tools ...

Religion briefs

Church of the Living Spirit This week’s Speaker is Kimberly Ferris. Church services are held every Sunday in the Assembly Hall on Cleveland Avenue in Lily Dale. Service time is 10:30 a.m. to noon and consists of a spiritual talk, a hands-on healing, a message demonstration, music, ...

Religion briefs

Church of the Living Spirit This week’s Speaker is Cara Seekings. Church services are held every Sunday in the Assembly Hall on Cleveland Avenue in Lily Dale. Service time is 10:30 a.m. to noon and consists of a spiritual talk, a hands-on healing, a message demonstration, music, ...

The inspiration behind Northern Chautauqua Catholic School

As the community joins in celebrating the recent success of the Northern Chautauqua Catholic School in its efforts to rebound after the school was on the brink of closing, we should also take time to remember the long, rich and distinguished history of this very special school, which has been a ...

John the Baptist (Episcopal) Church announces Lenten events

John the Baptist (Episcopal) Church will be observing Lent with several different events starting with Ash Wednesday. Lent is the start of 40 days of fasting and penance as Christians prepare for the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday. This season is a reminder of Jesus’ fasting in ...

Life’s highs and lows

We all have our ups and downs, our highs and lows in life. Going from day to day we do not know what each day will hold or to what degree we will have joy, sorrow, or a mix of the two. We can be sure that we will experience those things through a variety of ways. We can also be sure that ...

First Ward Falcons donates whiteboard to NCCS

Submitted Photo The Gymnastic Society of Polish Falcons (First Ward Falcon Club) recently purchased a Starboard Interactive Whiteboard for Northern Chautauqua Catholic School (NCCS). Pictured are students in Mrs. Elizbeth Privitera's kindergarten class and officers of the Falcon Club.