The 114th annual novena of grace in honor of St. Francis Xavier will be held in St. Michael Church, 651 Washington St., Monday through March 12.

Weekday novena prayer services will be held during Masses at 6:45 a.m., 10 a.m., noon and 5 p.m. Novena services also will be included in the regular Sunday Masses on March 10.


Russell M. Testa will discuss “Franciscans as Movers – Reflection on the Franciscan Approach to Immigration in Our Current Time” at 7 p.m. Thursday in Walsh Auditorium at St. Bonaventure University.

Testa is director of the Office for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation, which serves the friars and ministries of the Holy Name Province of the Order of Friars Minor.

The free program, sponsored by the Franciscan Center for Social Concern and Clare College, is free and open to the public.


The Alden Christian Theatre Society, 1470 Church St. in the village of Alden, will present its Lenten play, “The Lost Day: A Holy Saturday Story,” at 7:30 p.m. on March 15, 16, 22 and 23 and at 2:30 p.m. on March 17 and 24.

The play was written by ACTS founder Kathleen Sutter.


A Novena of Grace for a Year of Faith will be held Monday through March 12 by Our Lady of Charity Parish in St. Ambrose Church, 65 Ridgewood Road.

Daily Masses and novena prayers are at 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. and will feature different speakers.


Bishop Gregory John Mansour of the Eparchy of St. Maron of Brooklyn will celebrate Solemn Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. on Sunday, along with Bishop Richard J. Malone of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, in St. John Maron Maronite Catholic Church, 2040 Wehrle Drive, Amherst.

Mansour’s visit is part of the parish’s commemoration of the feast days of St. John Maron, the father of the Maronite Church, and of its patron saint, St. John Maron, the first Patriarch of the Maronite Church.

The feast days will be celebrated with a Divine Liturgy at 5 p.m. today, followed by a special dinner in the Cedars Banquet Facility.


St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, 555 Northampton St., will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its founding as a parish, from the merger of four former Buffalo parishes, with a special Mass at 10 a.m. on March 10 with guest celebrant Bishop Richard J. Malone.

Congregants from St. Matthew, Our Lady of Lourdes, St. Benedict the Moor and St. Boniface joined together as St. Martin de Porres, with the Rev. Roderick Brown as founding pastor, on March 7, 1993.

In 2000, Bishop Henry J. Mansell consecrated the parish’s church home – which at the time was the first new Catholic church built in the city in 50 years.


“Muhammad: Messenger of Peace” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 110 of Knox Hall on the North Campus of the University at Buffalo.

The session on the Islamic prophet is sponsored by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA and the Network of Religious Communities.

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For more information, contact Nasir M. Khan, president of the Buffalo chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community at or by phone at 371-9872.