St. Casimir Church, 160 Cable St., will launch a monthly venture bringing together Polish-Americans of all generations for Polish heritage activities celebrating faith, family, food and fun.

A gathering at 6:30 p.m. Friday will include pierogi-making, ornament-making, Christmas caroling and a krupnik class in preparation for the December event, a wigilia, at 6 p.m. Dec. 15 and Christmas caroling in Kaisertown on Dec. 27 and 28. Register by calling 824-9589.


The 15th annual Peacemakers' Retreat, sponsored by Pax Christi WNY, will be Friday and next Saturday in Sacred Heart Academy, 3860 Main St., Amherst. The theme is "The Spirituality of Nonviolence."

Speakers will include former Trappist monk Joseph Farrell; Matthew Smith of Canisius College, a former member of the Pax Christi USA National Council; author and playwright Jack Gilroy; and the Rev. Vivian Waltz, director of the Sister Karen Klimczak Center for Nonviolence.

The retreat is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Mass will be at 4 p.m. Register with Tom Casey at or 491-9172. For more, go to


A workshop and book signing featuring Lorraine Peeler, a pastor and spiritual director, will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. next Saturday in Zion Quest Christian Fellowship, 4600 Union Road, Cheektowaga. Registration required; call 891-7996.


A "Founder's Day" Mass commemorating the founding of the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur in Belgium 150 years ago will be offered at 4 p.m. Nov. 11 in St. John the Baptist Church, 1085 Englewood Ave., Town of Tonawanda.

A simple supper of baked potatoes and apples will follow in Klauder Hall. The meal, an annual tradition, commemorates the first meal shared by the founding sisters.


"Encountering the Faith Traditions in Western New York: An Introduction to Sikhism," a three-part series sponsored by the Network of Religious Communities, begins at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in the network offices at 1272 Delaware Ave. and continues in the same location at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20. The third session, expected to be Nov. 27, will be a visit to a local Sikh temple.

To reserve a spot, email or call 882-4793, Ext. 201, for more information.