Upcoming events support, celebrate ministries and institutions

The coming weeks will bring a number of opportunities to help support and celebrate ministries and institutions in the diocese:

The Catholic Diocese of Nakuru Mission will hold its annual Mission Event Sept. 27. Funds raised by the Mission Office are used to provide food for the starving, medicine for the sick, clean water for consumption and food preparation, educational facilities for children, and orphanages for homeless children and abandoned infants in Nakuru. The mission is currently directed by Father Fredrick Mwangi Kooro, parochial vicar at St. Margaret’s Church in Mattydale. Mass will be celebrated at 6 p.m. Sept. 27 at St. Margaret’s, 203 Roxboro Rd., Mattydale. A benefit event will be held in the church’s McNeill Auditorium following Mass. It will feature entertainment; free appetizers, desserts and cocktails; prize raffles, including a 50/50; and an African bazaar. Proceeds will benefit the work of the mission in Kenya. Donations can be made via check made payable to the CDN Mission Office, 406 Spencer St., Canastota, N.Y. 13032. For more information, call the parish office at (315) 455-5534.

The Spiritual Renewal Center will celebrate its 35th anniversary with an open house anniversary party Sept. 27. Founded by Jim Krisher in 1978, the Spiritual Renewal Center offers programs and services, including spiritual direction, for adult Christians seeking to explore and grow in their relationships with God. All are invited to the celebration, which will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Center, 1118 Court St., Suite B, Syracuse. There is no cost to attend. Donations to support the Center will be welcomed. For more information, contact the Center at (315) 472-6546.

Francis House will hold its annual “There’s No Place Like Home” event Oct. 16. Established in 1991 by the Sisters of St. Francis, Francis House provides a home and compassionate care to individuals with terminal illnesses. The event will feature complementary food and beverage stations, live music, a silent auction and raffle and the chance to purchase “keys” that unlock prize doors. There’s No Place Like Home will be held at the Horticulture Building at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 16. Tickets are $50 per person. All proceeds support the work of Francis House. For more information and to purchase tickets, contact Adrienne Kelley, special events and development, at (315) 475-5422, ext. 322.

 The Brady Faith Center will honor its 2013 “God Love Ya” Award recipients at a Mass and breakfast Oct. 27. Named in honor of legendary priest of the diocese Msgr. Charles Brady, the Brady Faith Center strives “to meet the spiritual, educational, and social needs of individuals and families in the Southwest Community of Syracuse.” The God Love Ya Awards take their name from one of Msgr. Brady’s favorite sayings and honor individuals for their dedication to his mission. This year’s honorees are Carmelita Boatwright, Todd Caputo, Bill Cuddy and Louise Poindexter. Mass will be celebrated at 9:45 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 259 East Onondaga St., Syracuse. All are welcome. The Awards Breakfast will follow at 11:15 a.m. at Drumlins Country Club, 800 Nottingham Rd, Syracuse. Tickets are $40. Proceeds benefit the work of the Brady Faith Center. For more information and to purchase tickets, contact Trevor Williams, Center coordinator, at (315) 472-9077.

HOPE for Bereaved will mark its 35th anniversary at its annual Celebration of HOPE Dinner Nov. 1. HOPE for Bereaved offers counseling, support groups and a newsletter at no cost to those coping with grief; the nonprofit organization also provides grief education and resources for the wider community. This year’s dinner will honor Therese Schoeneck, who founded HOPE in 1978 after her daughter Mary’s death in a car accident. The celebration will take place at the Oncenter in Syracuse Nov. 1 and will include dinner, live and silent auctions, music and dancing. Tickets are $125; sponsorship opportunities are available. All proceeds from the event will support the work of HOPE for Bereaved. For more information and to purchase tickets, contact HOPE at (315) 475-9675.

Le Moyne College will hold its annual Founders’ Day Gala Nov. 22, at which former Congressman Jim Walsh and his wife Dede will be honored with the Simon Le Moyne Award for their service to the college and the Syracuse community. The black-tie gala will be held at the campus’ Thomas J. Niland Jr. Athletic Center at 6 p.m. Nov. 22. Individual tickets are $300; sponsorship opportunities are available. Funds raised at the event support Le Moyne scholarships and financial aid. For more information, contact Cindy Mueller, development assistant, at (315) 445-4557.

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