WESTERN NEW YORK: Diocesan Eucharist will use Mary's feast to focus on MDGs

July 23, 2007

A Eucharist to raise awareness of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) three and five will be offered August 15, the Feast Day of St. Mary the Virgin, by the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Buffalo, New York.

Goals three focuses on gender equality and the empowerment of women and goal five focuses on improving maternal health.

The Rev. Kim Baker, rector of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Westfield, will celebrate, and the Very Rev. Canon Barbara Price, rector of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Eggertsville, will preach.

Music in honor of Mary, Mother of Jesus, and the celebration of women will be offered by a choir of diocesan women. The offering collected during the service will be donated to a grass-roots project empowering women and maternal health in Afghanistan. All worshippers will enjoy a cookout prepared by the men of Good Shepherd following the service.

This is the fourth in a series of special diocesan-wide Eucharists dedicated to the MDGs. Additional services highlighting other MDG goals are being planned for the Feasts of St. Francis, St. Nicholas and Epiphany. In addition to a U2charist offered during this past Easter season, MDG Eucharists were also celebrated on Candlemas and the Feast of the Ascension.

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