Five worship sites in Buffalo, one in Niagara Falls and two in Albion will participate in the third annual “Sacred Sites Open House Weekend” next Saturday and May 19, opening their doors to visitors so they can explore the buildings’ religious art and architecture.

Buffalo churches participating in the statewide event are: Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, 317 Leroy Ave., 2 to 4 p.m. next Saturday and noon to 2 p.m. May 19; Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 199 Clark St., noon to 2 p.m. next Saturday; First Presbyterian Church, 1 Symphony Circle, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days; Forest Lawn Chapel, 1411 Delaware Ave., 3 to 6 p.m. both days; and St. John’s-Grace Episcopal Church, 52 Colonial Circle, 12 to 4 p.m. May 19.

In Niagara Falls, First Baptist Church of Niagara Falls, 544 Main St., will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days.

And in Albion, First Presbyterian Church of Albion, 29 East St., will be open from noon to 2 p.m. both days, and Pullman Memorial Universalist Church, 10 E. Park St., will be open from noon to 3 p.m. both days.


A Memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. May 26 in St. Andrew Church, Crocker and Reiman streets in Sloan, in honor of deceased veterans.

The Rev. Fabian Maryanski will be the celebrant.

The American Legion Adam Plewacki Post No. 799 is sponsoring the event, which will include the reading of the names of post veterans who have died since Memorial Day 2012, and a bell ringing.


The Sisters of St. Mary of Namur will host Sister Nancy Hawkins from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. next Saturday in Mount St. Mary Academy, 3756 Delaware Ave., Kenmore.

Hawkins will speak on “Mary, Woman of the Spirit.” A $20 registration fee includes lunch. Call Sister Mary Laura Lesniak at 692-2660, Ext. 307, for details.


The Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities are inviting single women between the ages of 20 and 40 to consider a call to religious life at a “Come and See” weekend June 1 and 2 at St. Mary of the Angels Convent, 201 Reist St., Williamsville.

The retreat will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday and end at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Participants will have an opportunity to connect with sisters, pray in the Franciscan tradition and experience the joy of Franciscan community life.

Register at least two weeks prior to retreat date. For more information, contact Sister Joselle Orlando at or (315) 634-7083, or visit


A healing Mass will be offered at 7 p.m. May 23 in St. Anthony Church, 417 Commercial St., Farnham, with the Rev. David A. Bellittiere as celebrant.

The sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will also be offered. Call 283-0011 for details.