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Unitarian church bringing 'Reforms'

SALT LAKE CITY — The First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake, 569 S. 1300 East, will feature "Unitarian Reforms: An Historical Perspective" in its Sunday, Feb. 21, 9 and 11 a.m. sermons by Rev. Tom Goldsmith. For more information, go to

Roundtable climaxing with music Sunday

Salt Lake's Interfaith Roundtable will climax its annual Interfaith Week with an "Interfaith Musical Tribute" Sunday, Feb. 21, 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Tabernacle on Temple Square.

Catholic, Presbyterian, Jewish, LDS, Greek Orthodox and Muslim performers and more will all offer music or dance.

Carole Mikita of KSL-TV will be emcee of the event. Free tickets for this event are available at

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New Pilgrim meeting in S. Jordan for now

New Pilgrim Baptist Church (NPBC) will hold Sunday and Wednesday Services at Noah's South Jordan, 322 W. 11000, until the completion of its new worship and ministry facility in Kearns.

The church's current building in Taylorsville was purchased by UDOT for the Redwood and 6200 South expansion project and will be demolished later this year. NPBC has been at the Redwood location since 1991. The final service in the building was held on Feb. 14.

NPBC was founded in 1922 as a black congregation. The church has grown to include members from 30 nations, with services in both English and Spanish.

Madeleine centennial celebration held Monday

The end of the Centennial Celebration of the Cathedral of the Madeleine, 331 E. South Temple, will take place Monday, Feb. 22, at noon with the Solemnity of the Anniversary of the Dedication of the cathedral. It will be celebrated with a Mass and a special ceremonial replacement of the cornerstone time capsule.

The public is invited to this historic event. For more information, call Laurel Dokos at 801-328-8941.

St. Francis Xavier to host science fair

KEARNS — St. Francis Xavier School will host the 14th annual Diocesan Science Fair on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 4501 W. 5215 South, Kearns, sponsored by the Utah Knights of Columbus.

This fair benefits all Catholic school students in sixth through eighth grades throughout Utah. For more information, call Al Martinez at 801-968-6174.

Catholic group giving $3.7M in grants

CHICAGO, Ill. — Catholic Extension announced this week that it is awarding $3,752,416 in grants this year to 41 dioceses to help support Hispanic programs, particularly leadership development. Catholic Extension has pledged $270,000 to the Diocese of Salt Lake City over the course of five years to help support its burgeoning Hispanic Catholic population.

The diocese estimates that the spiritual needs of as many as 200,000 Catholic Hispanics are not being met in Salt Lake City because the growth of this community is dramatically outpacing their current resources. The funds will allow the diocese to create a lay ecclesial minister (LEM) formation program to accommodate Spanish-speaking candidates seeking leadership roles in the church. The grants will help educate persons to meet the needs of local Spanish-speaking faith communities.

Carol Torrance to speak at Aglow retreat

Utah Aglow will hold its spring retreat April 16-18 at the Embassy Suites in Salt Lake City, with a theme of "Follow the Way of Love."

Carol Torrance will be the featured speaker. Advance registration is $70, or $80 after April 1.

For more information, call 801-571-8680.

Mass at Alta chapel held every Sunday

ALTA — Mass will be celebrated every Sunday at 5 p.m. throughout the ski season at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Chapel in Alta, located directly across from Alta Lodge.

Madeleine school taking applications

SALT LAKE CITY — The Madeleine Choir School is now accepting applications for the 2010-11 school year for kindergarten through eighth grade.

Applications can be downloaded at

For more information, call Jennifer Payne, director of admissions at 801-323-9850, ext. 103.

Scouts to receive religious emblems

SALT LAKE CITY — The Most Rev. John C. Wester, bishop of the Diocese of Salt Lake City, will bless and award all Catholic Scouts with their religious emblems on Saturday, March 6.

Scouts must complete the necessary requirements and application process by Feb. 28.

Those who are interested in or are in the process of completing an award should contact Pam Grant (Cub/Boy Scouts) at 801-573-3725 or

Indonesian service weekly at church

SALT LAKE CITY — A Salt Lake-area Indonesian Reformed Church worship service is held every Sunday at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Salt Lake, 12 C St.

For more information, go to

St. Olaf celebrating its 50th this year

BOUNTIFUL — St. Olaf Catholic School in Bountiful will celebrate its 50th year this year and is seeking to contact past students. E-mail

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