Religion Briefs

Blessing of pets at St. John the Baptist

All pets, regardless of size or species, are invited to a Blessing of the Pets to be held on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 12:15 p.m. at St. John the Baptist (Episcopal) Church at the corner of West Fourth and Lark streets in Dunkirk. This event will be held in commemoration of St. Francis of Assisi.

St. Francis, the patron saint of animals, is well-known for his love and care for all animals. It has been said that he preached to the birds, blessed fish that had been caught – releasing them back into the water, and that he communicated with wolves. St. Francis was spiritually connected with the animals, called them his brothers and sisters, and felt that the animals had the same relationship with God, as did humans.

All animals and owners are invited to attend the service which will be held in front of the church.

All participants should write the names of their pets on small index cards and bring them so that each can be individually blessed by name.

St. Rose of Lima to hold pork dinner

As part of Forestville’s Fall Festival, St. Rose of Lima Church will host a Roast Pork Dinner from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 11 Center St. Each meal includes roast pork, creamy potatoes, vegetables, tossed salad, cranberry applesauce and homemade pie. Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for children (child’s portion). For presale tickets, call Pat Morelle at 965-2738, Joanne Burek at 965-4351 or Pat Johnson at 934-2961. Tickets are also available at the Mt. Carmel rectory in Silver Creek.

Dinner and movie at Cassadaga church

The Cassadaga Community Church, 25 Maple Ave. Cassadaga, will be having a community dinner and movie night today beginning at 5 p.m. The movie this month is Chasing Mavericks. Come join us for an evening of fun, food and fellowship.

Native American wisdom

White Dove Crow, a Woodland Cree medicine woman, will share Native American wisdom in a workshop, “Medicine Wheel Teachings,” 2-4 p.m., today at the Universal Unity of Spirit Church, 89 N. Main St. (Route 60) Cassadaga. Donation: $20. White Dove Crow, who travels extensively through the nation and Canada, will be guest speaker at church services, 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Her topic will focus on “The Miracles of Saint Kateri,” the first Native American female to be canonized. She will be available, by appointment, for private consultations starting 9 a.m.on both days. For more details and appointments, contact or 595-2617.

BMA?Rosary Society meets

The Blessed Mary Angela Rosary Society held its annual picnic on Monday, Sept. 9 at St. Hyacinth’s Lyceum. President Martha Bialaszewski welcomed all present. Guests for the evening were the Rev. Matt Nycz, pastor; the Rev. Walter Werbicki; Sister Andrew; Sister Cynthia; and Sister Elizabeth of St. Hyacinth’s Convent.

The Rev. Nycz gave the invocation. Officers Bialaszewski, Rita Cieslewicz and Sandra Tapasto were the committee for the evening. Fall mums decorated the tables.

After dinner the recitation of the Rosary took place and prayers were said for all ill and deceased members.

A sign-up was held for those interested in being part of the Living Rosary on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. at St. Hyacinth’s Church. Participants are to be at the Lyceum at 6:30 p.m. For information call Cieslewicz at 366-3058.

The Society will buy a large coffee pot. The motion to do so was made by Irene Rozumalski with Pat Kokocinski seconding and all others in favor.

Thank you cards were read from the families of Henrietta Jelonek and Helen Szczerbacki.

The next meeting will be Monday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at St. Hedwig’s Social Center. The committee is Gerry Szukala, Tapasto, Joyce Tarnowski and Joan Zielinski.