Religion News Briefs


Cardinal Mindszenty High School Class of 1974 invites all alumni, family and friends to attend the 5 p.m. parish Mass today 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.

In conjunction with Westfield’s Civil War reenactment weekend in Moore Park, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Westfield will be providing a commemorational worship service Sunday 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. this Sunday, 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.

This Sunday, Pentecost Sunday, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Dunkirk 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.

This Sunday the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua will hold the last formal service of the congregational year at 11 a.m. in the Grange Hall, 58 W. Main St. Fredonia.

This month’s theme is praise. All are invited to bring a flower to share to celebrate the annual flower ceremony with the Rev. Theresa Kime. Because this is a multi-generational worship service, nursery and religious exploration classes will not be held.

Call 679-7944, visit, or visit the Facebook page at for more information.

Musical events

Today “England & America – a benefit recital” will be presented by Kyle Botsford and Michael Manganiello, graduates of SUNY Fredonia and baritones of the Vocalis Chamber Choir. The recital will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Fredonia First United Methodist Church, 25 Church Street, Fredonia. The event will include works by Sondheim, Pinkham, Duke, Copland and Vaughan Williams. Proceeds will go toward travel costs for Vocalis’s first UK tour this summer, as well as the Hannah Hasbrouck Petersen Memorial Fund.

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.

Zion Lutheran Church is sponsoring a harpsichord recital on Tuesday June 17 at 7 p.m. at the church located at the corner of Porter and Adams in Silver Creek. The recital will feature SUNY Fredonia alumnus Thomas Foster. Light refreshments will follow.

Rummage sales

St. Joseph’s Church, Erie Avenue, Gowanda will be holding an indoor yard sale today in the church basement. Vegetable and flowering plants will also be for sale. The event is scheduled for 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. The bag sale starts at noon. Fill a bag for $1, or fill a box for $5. At 2 p.m., everything is free.

St. John’s Episcopal Church will be holding an indoor yard sale at the parish house, located at the corner of West Fourth and Eagle Streets in Dunkirk today, beginning at 8 a.m. Patrons can enter through the Fourth Street entrance. There will be a large assortment of quality merchandise at bargain prices. There will be a limited supply of new children’s clothing, a bicycle, a new bread maker, and household items. All proceeds will benefit Chautauqua County Rural Ministry.


The Laona United Methodist Church at the corner of Porter and Wilson Roads, is sponsoring a chicken barbecue today 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. Take- outs will be available. Live music is also featured.

St. John’s United Church of Christ, Central Avenue, Dunkirk will 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.


The Blessed Mary Angela Holy Rosary Society met on Monday, June 2 at St. Hyacinth’s Lyceum.

President Carole Schiller led the members in the recitation of the Rosary and prayers for ill and deceased members.

The opening prayer for the meeting was read by Stella Michalak.

Secretary Martha Bialaszewski read the May minutes and treasurer Sandy Tapasto gave the financial report. Both were approved as read.

Rita Cieslewicz, sunshine chair lady, had nothing to report.

“Happy Birthday” was sung to Rita Szot, who was celebrating her birthday in June.

President Schiller announced that the Rosary Society is in charge of the boys’ and girls’ toy booth at the summer festival, which will be held on August 10. She asked members to donate toys.

The closing prayer was read by Paula Wills.

Serving refreshments were Jane Steffan, Wills, and Joan Zielinski.

The next get-together will be a picnic held on Monday, Sept. 8 at St. Hedwig’s Social Center. Members are asked to bring a dish to pass. The officers will provide the meat.


The Tri-County Crisis Pregnancy Center of Gowanda will hold its annual Walk for Life on Sunday 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.

Donations for the Walk for Life can also be sent to the center: Tri-County Crisis Pregnancy Center, P.O. Box 367, Gowanda.