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Appeal 2020 reaches $5.2 million, now halfway to goal

BUFFALO — With just more than two months left of Appeal 2020, Catholic Charities announced today that its annual campaign has tipped over the halfway mark. To date, the Appeal has raised $5,201,665.90, which is 52% of the $10 million goal. Over the past month, the Appeal has recorded an ...

Comforted in Christ

It is well over a month, although it does seem longer, that our lives have been turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are like me you’re getting tired of hearing so much about it, yet it is still a major influence in how we live each day. In such struggle we have a gracious God ...

Worship services

If your church is holding activities, whether on line or the radio, please let the OBSERVER know and we will run them. Please email editorial@observertoday.com with the information. Family Church Fredonia Cruise-in Church, Sundays 10 a.m. Fredonia Barker Common. For more information visit ...

What’s helpful during this crisis

Without truckers, UPS and Fed Ex, what would keep food on the shelves and other vital products delivered? They keep the lifelines of society from breaking down. You have to include the farmers on that one for sure. This is just the short list. It is helpful to thank them and especially the ...

Easter services

Fredonia First United Methodist Church Fredonia First United Methodist Church will be holding our Easter Sunday service on our Facebook page this week, streaming live at 10 a.m. The web address is www.facebook.com/FredoniaFirstUnitedMethodistChurch, and it is not necessary to be a Facebook ...

What We Believe — The Friday called ‘Good’

We focus, rightfully so at this time, on Easter, the Resurrection, Jesus’ victory over sin, death and the devil, the joy that we are assured Jesus rose from the dead so that we may have eternal life in Him. Nothing brings us more peace than this truth of Christian faith, with everything we ...

Hultquist Place residents treated to annual St. Joseph’s Table luncheon

JAMESTOWN — With chaos currently surrounding the daily lives of everyone in the country, the staff at the Hultquist Place Assisted Living Program in Jamestown have been making sure to provide a sense of normalcy for their residents whenever they can! While still maintaining social distance ...

Family Church offering drive-in services, announces contest

In an effort to provide a way for congregation members and visitors to experience a worship service in a way that maintained safe boundaries for COVID-19 exposure, last week Family Church joined hundreds of churches across the nation in offering a drive in service. An FM transmitter ...

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 ...