Religion News Briefs


The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua service will take place Sunday at 11 a.m. in the Grange Hall, 58 W. Main Street, Fredonia. Called “Songs of Joy and Praise” this special service is for people of all ages, and will offer everyone the opportunity to explore through music. UUCNC’s theme for June is Praise. All are welcome to attend.

Because this is a multi-generational service, nursery and children’s religious exploration classes will not be held this Sunday. Call 679-7944, visit, or visit the congregation’s page on Facebook at for more information.

Cardinal Mindszenty High School Class of 1974 invites all alumni, family and friends to attend the 5 p.m. parish Mass on Saturday June 7, 2014 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton R.C. Church in Dunkirk. Mass will be concelebrated by the Rev. Msgr. Joseph Dowdell and the Rev. Joseph Gatto (’75). All are welcome.

On Pentecost Sunday, June 8, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church will celebrate the “birthday of the Church” by hosting special events. During the 11 a.m. Mass, guest speaker Wendy Kachermeyer, Religious Education Director of the parish, will speak on the topic of the “New Evangelization” heralded by Pope Francis. Kachermeyer has published many articles on the parish website ( regarding evangelization in our world. She recently received certification in Biblical Studies from Christ the King Seminary of the Diocese of Buffalo.

Following the Mass there will be a potluck luncheon held in the Northern Chautauqua Catholic School hall. Guests are asked to bring their dish to pass to the courtyard entrance of the school, before or after Mass. The church will provide birthday cake for dessert. Before the meal, grace will be recited, followed by the singing of “Happy birthday to the Church.” Christians believe that on this Pentecost day, all were commissioned to evangelize with the special coming of the Holy Spirit upon the faithful.

In conjunction with Westfield’s Civil War reenactment weekend in Moore Park, St. Peter’s Church will be providing a commemorational worship service on Sunday, June 8th at 10 a.m. Participants from the reenactment join in to help those attending envision a bygone era. This is an opportunity to experience the rich history that was once part of our community. Everyone is welcome to take part in this live and historical event. Period outfits are optional, For more information call 326-2064, go online, and/or find the church on Facebook.

Four congregations of four different Christian denominations are joining together to celebrate Pentecost. This year’s sponsoring congregations are St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, First United Presbyterian Church, St. John United Church of Christ and Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, all of Dunkirk.

The entire community is invited to join in worship at Point Gratiot at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 8, when the congregations will combine to explore the mystery and gift of Pentecost. Holy Communion will be celebrated and is open to all. Following worship, a time of potluck fellowship will continue with everyone invited to bring a dish to pass. Readings, hymns and preached messages specific to the day have been selected and planned in unison by the pastors of the sponsoring churches.

Pentecost is celebrated annually in the Church year and marks the receiving of the Holy Spirit by believers as described in the New Testament Book of Acts. The account of the first Pentecost notes that while followers of Jesus Christ were visited by the Holy Spirit, all began to speak in many tongues, but yet were able to understand one another in their native language. The event provides for unity among our differences.


The Blessed Mary Angela Holy Rosary Society will meet Monday, June 2 at 7 p.m. at the St. Hyacinth’s Lyceum in Dunkirk.

St. Dominic Altar & Rosary Society met at the Westfield site on Friday, May 9, after the morning Mass. Final plans were made for the salad luncheon, which was scheduled for May 14. The luncheon was a big success, and all members who contributed food and their time to this endeavor were congratulated and thanked. The Society wishes to thank all who came and enjoyed this luncheon.

The officers for the coming year, starting in September, were installed at Mass on Wednesday evening, May 21. They are as follows: president Anna Marie June; vice president Jean Tate; secretary Mary Ann Ellington; treasurer Sharon Foster. They are wished a successful year.

An all-member luncheon will be held at Meeder’s Restaurant in Ripley on Friday, June 13 at 12:30 p.m. Sign-up sheets with the menu are posted at each site. Members are asked to sign in and make their choice as soon as possible. This will conclude the meetings for the summer. The group hopes that everyone will return in September.


A barbecue chicken or sausage dinner will be held at the Cherry Creek/Leon United Methodist Church, Main Street, Cherry Creek on today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until sold out. The menu features barbecue chicken or sausage with two sides, dessert and beverage. There will also be a silent basket auction. Maurice Brown & the Mountain Railroad will provide music from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets are $8 or $3 for a child’s hot dog plate. All proceeds go toward the church’s fuel bill.

The Laona United Methodist Church at the corner of Porter and Wilson roads, is sponsoring a chicken barbecue Saturday, June 7 from 3 – 6 p.m. The menu is one half chicken, scalloped potatoes, baked beans and French bread. The cost is $10. Proceeds will benefit the wheelchair lift fund.

The South Dayton United Methodist Church, 328 Pine St., South Dayton. will be holding a chicken barbecue on Saturday, June 14, from noon until sold out. The cost is $9 per meal. Takeouts will be available. Live music is also featured.

St. John’s United Church of Christ, Central Avenue, Dunkirk is hold a ham and scalloped potatoes dinner on Saturday, June 21 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $7.50 presale, or $8 at the door. Call 366-0710 for reservations.

Walk for Life

The Tri-County Crisis Pregnancy Center of Gowanda will hold its annual Walk for Life on Sunday, June 8, beginning at 2:30 p.m. from the Gowanda Free Methodist Church, Gowanda.

Walkers of all ages are invited to participate and ask their friends, relatives, and neighbors to sponsor their Walk for Life.

Walker packets will be available Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Johnson’s Plumbing and Heating, 57 Commercial Street, Gowanda, or call the Center at 532-9738 for more information. Donations for the Walk for Life can also be sent to the center: Tri-County Crisis Pregnancy Center P.O. Box 367 Gowanda.

Yard and bake sale

The annual indoor yard sale and bake sale will be held at Dewittville-Hartfield United Methodist Church, Friday, June 6 and Saturday June 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The church is on Route 430 at Meadows Road in Dewittville.

Music and Art

Friday, June 13, from 6 to 8 p.m, the First Lutheran Church, 120 Chandler Street in Jamestown will host an evening of music and art in its yard on Center Street. Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards, a folk duo from Massachusetts, will headline the event with music from their newest album release “Hard Times and Woes” and Tara L. Eastman (First Lutheran’s own Pastoral Intern) will open with a set of original tunes. In addition to an evening of music, local artists (Bill Thomas, Angela Caley, Judy Whittaker and others) will have their artwork on display in the art tent.

For more information, contact intern Tara Eastman, facilitator of True Mission, at 664-4601.