Peace-related activities are in abundance in Tompkins County, thanks to the efforts of the county’s eight Catholic faith communities as well as Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga.
The public is invited to all scheduled events, which are as follows:
* Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15-16 — The second-annual International Peace Festival will take place at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 302 St. Catherine’s Circle, Ithaca. This family-friendly event will run 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Highlights will include live music and performances, arts-and-craft vendors, silent auction, international food and children’s activities. Further details may be found at www.internationalpeacefest.org.
* Friday, Sept. 21 — The fourth-annual Peace Mass will take place beginning at 7 p.m. at Holy Cross Church, 375 S. George Road, Dryden. The liturgy will take place on the International Day of Peace that is observed worldwide. The Mass will be concelebrated by Tompkins-area priests and feature music led by an interparish choir.
* Saturday, Sept. 22 — A living rosary will take place at 9:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 113 N. Geneva St., Ithaca. Participants are invited to serve as "beads" for this service, which acknowledges Our Lady of Fatima’s directive to bring about peace by saying the rosary every day.
* Sunday, Sept. 23 — Beginning at 6 p.m., the Tompkins parish youth groups will come together for a joint discussion and reflection on how to respond to bullying from a faith perspective. This gathering will take place at All Saints Church, 347 Ridge Road, Lansing. At the same time and place, local lay scholar Dan Finlay will give an adult faith-formation presentation on "Why Catholics Should Know the Christian Pacifist Tradition."
For details on any of the Sept. 21-23 events, contact Laurie Konwinski, justice-and-peace coordinator for Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga, at 607-272-5062, ext. 12, or LKonwinski@dor.org.