Religion Briefs

Worship opportunities

The Dunkirk High School Class of ’64 will participate in a memorial service on Sunday at 11 a.m. at Blessed Mary Angela’s St. Hedwig’s Church, Townsend Street, Dunkirk. They will remember deceased classmates. Lunch will follow at the Kosciuszko Club.

On Tuesday, Aug. 19, Blessed Mary Angela Parish will welcome the “Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima” to the St. Hyacinth Church, Lake Shore Drive East, Dunkirk. Parishioners and friends will be able to come and spend time in adoration and prayer in front of the statue and the Blessed Sacrament. A Mass will be celebrated in honor of Our Lady of Fatima at 6 p.m., followed by praying the Rosary. At 7 p.m., there will be an hour-long guest speaker presentation about the Fatima apparitions, statue, and message. Following Mass, the parish Fatima Society will host a light reception in the Lyceum. Members of the Society will be accepting donations of finger food and baked goods beginning at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 19.

All students, teachers and other school personnel are invited to receive a special blessing on Sunday, Aug. 31 at St. Peter’s Church, Westfield when the congregation will pray for the safety, scholastic achievement and personal growth of all students throughout the coming school year. The Rev. Virginia Carr will bestow a special blessing on every student, teacher and other school employees present. This event will take place during the regularly scheduled Service beginning at 10 a.m. Students should bring their backpacks.

The Backpack Blessing is an opportunity for families and others to connect with a community of folks who care. St. Peter’s is a place where the entire family can belong.

Plan to stay for light refreshments and friendly conversation afterwards. The St. Peter’s faith community looks forward to welcoming those in attendance and helping to make this school year the best it can be.

To learn more about St. Peter’s visit or call 326-2064

Programs for children

  • All area children from kindergarten to 5th grade are invited to attend summer vacation Bible school conducted by the first Presbyterian Church at 49 S. Portage St. Westfield. School will run Wednesday, Aug. 20 and end Friday, Aug. 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. An extra bonus will be a free lunch for those attending. Register by calling the church office at 326-2643 on or before Monday, Aug. 18. If not answered by a person, be sure to leave a message with name, address and phone number

The First United Methodist Church at 101 E. Main St., Westfield invites children ages 3 through 6th grade to come to four fun-filled days of vacation Bible school. The days are Monday Aug. 25 through Thursday Aug. 28. Dinner will be from 6 to 6:30 p.m., followed by Bible School from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Register in advance by calling the church office at 326-3243, emailing the church office at, or signing up on the registration sheet on the office door. Registration is also accepted each night.

The program will collect school supplies such as paper, crayons, pens, pencils and notebooks and personal hygiene items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap and combs to be delivered to children in Haiti.

A Pine Valley Community Vacation Bible School Bible Camp sponsored by the Cherry Creek/Leon United Methodist Church will be held August 18, 19 and 20 from 6 to 8:15 p.m. Called Camp Creation “Camping with Jesus”, it is designed for children ages 3 through 13. Stories, songs, games, crafts, , drama, and a campfire are planned. Families are invited to the last night for activities. All kids are invited to join.

Respect and care of self, respect and care of others is an innovative program that will run from Aug. 18 to 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Peter’s Church in Westfield. It is offered free to children 3 to 9 years of age of all denominations

Children learn about God’s marvelous mysteries. They experience joy in knowing that His redemptive love became a living reality in Jesus as the Good Shepherd and Light of the world.

Activities in the Atrium direct the child to listen prayerfully to God as revealed in Jesus. The child is put in touch with the true teacher, the Holy Spirit, who speaks to the child and calls him or her into a deeper relationship with God. The child will hear the five parables from the Kingdom of God, they will hear the Good Shepherd parable, and they will enjoy speaking to Jesus at the Prayer Table.

For information, call: 326-2064 or 814-347-5011.

The Fredonia Baptist Christian Nursery School will open its doors once again on Sept. 8. The pre-school welcomes 3, 4 and 5 year old for a 2 day or 3 day program. Registration is underway. Call the church office at 679-9966 in the morning for information. Alexis Brandt is director/secretary for the pre-school. She will to answer any questions parents have and send registration applications.

Community outreach

The Chautauqua County Rural Ministry (CCRM), in partnership with Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation (NCCF) and Kids In Distress Situations (KIDS) will hold several clothing giveaways over the next month. Those interested are to bring proof of residency and social security cards for household members who are getting clothing.

A clothing distribution for Fredonia only residents will be held today from 10 a.m. to noon at 219 Central Avenue at the Presbyterian Church in Fredonia.

Clothing distributions for other communities are in the planning stages and will be announced as they are scheduled.

CCRM has also partnered with other United Way Community Partners to distribute the clothing, which totals about eleven tons. The donor has requested that any family that is participating agree to photographing of recipients.

For more information, please contact CCRM offices at 366-1787.

Church dinners

St. John’s United Church, 733 Central Ave., Dunkirk will be holding a Polish sausage dinner today from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The meal also includes corn on the cob, tomato/mozzarella, cucumber in sour cream, deviled eggs, sliced radishes, potato, roll and pie. Pre-sale tickets are $8.50. The price at the door is $9. Phone 366-0710 for reservations.

The Cherry Creek/Leon United Methodist Church will be holding a Scoop Dinner and Wrapped Gift Auction today at the church on Main Street in Cherry Creek. Dinner will begin at 4:30 p.m., with the auction beginning at 6 p.m. Donations will be accepted.

St. Paul Lutheran Church at 334 Temple Street in Fredonia will host their annual chicken barbecue on Sunday, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (or until sold out). Pre-sale tickets will be honored until 2 p.m. Tickets are $9. Take-outs are available. Dinner includes chicken half, potato salad, corn and dessert.

A Peach Social will be held at the Portland Congregational Church, 8649 Church St. on Wednesday, Aug. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m., or until sold out. The menu is beef on weck, hot dogs, salads, beans, peach shortcake, peaches and ice cream and drink. The church is handicapped accessible.

A Swiss steak dinner will be held at Ashville United Methodist Church on Wednesday Aug. 20 beginning at 4:30 p.m. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12. Eat in or take out is available.


The Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Our Lady of Chautauqua Court 2639, will hold their annual picnic on Thursday, Aug. 21, at 19 Leon Place, Fredonia. Cocktails are scheduled for 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. Members are asked to bring a dish to pass. Call Darleen at 673-1539 or Ruth at 680-4538 to make a reservation. New members from local parishes are always welcome.

The Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree, Cardinal Mindszenty Assembly 727, and Councils 929 Dunkirk, 7921 Fredonia, 15113 Gowanda, 5356 Silver Creek and 3100 Westfield are again hosting the annual priests’ appreciation dinner. Nuns and deacons will also be included. The event will be held at Monsignor Bernardo Hall, Holy Trinity Church, Central Avenue Dunkirk, on Sunday, Sept. 7. This event is open to the public and tickets may be purchased from any member of the Knights of Columbus. For further information and reservations, contact Paul Butryn at 863-7201. Tickets are $15 per person which includes an open bar and hors d’oeuvre at 5:30 p.m. and a sit-down family style dinner and dessert at 6:30 p.m.

This event is open to the public and tickets may be purchased from any member of the Knights of Columbus. For further information and reservations, contact Paul Butryn at 863-7201. Reservations with payment must be in by Monday, Sept. 1. There will be only 225 tickets sold for this event. No reservations will be accepted after that date.

Checks may be made payable to “Cardinal Mindszenty Assembly 727” and mailed to Paul Butryn, 49 N. Roberts Road, Dunkirk. Upon receipt of payment, tickets will be mailed.

Immaculata Academy honor roll

Immaculata Academy announces its fourth quarter honor roll students for the 2013 to 2014 school year.

From Angola: second honors: Emilee Chiavetta and Justine Chiavetta; from Collins: first honors: Haley Galloway and Bridget Giles; second honors: Adrian Galloway; from Derby: first honors: Jordan DeMartino, Kelly Hider, Sarah Schneider and Shannon Snyder; second honors: Victoria Berkhoudt, Emily Eich and Abigail Widger; from Fredonia: second honors: Emily Bartholomew; from Gowanda: first honors: Anna Giglio and Christina Giglio; and from Perrysburg: second honors: Rhiannon Sager.