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2017-11-15 / Local News

‘Praise-A-Peel’ music event planned

St. Martin of Tours Church will host a free “Praise-A-Peel” music event at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, at 1140 Abbott Road in Buffalo.

The event will feature the music of the Rev. Bill Quinlivan, accompanied by several other musicians and vocalists.

Rev. Quinlivan serves as pastor of two South Buffalo Catholic churches: St. Martin’s and St. Thomas Aquinas. He previously served as pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church in Tonawanda for 11 years and assistant to the pastor at St. Gregory the Great Church in Williamsville for seven years.

“The goal of the ‘Praise-A-Peel’ musical event is to prepare people for Thanksgiving,” Rev. Quinlivan said. “The event will also include a blessing of potato peelers and likely a telling of the story of how I once ended up in the emergency room as a result of preparing a small part of Thanksgiving dinner for my family.”

The event will also be a celebration of the release of Rev. Quinlivan’s most recent CD, “Jump For Joy!” It features 12 original songs.

Joining Rev. Quinlivan on the CD are singer and songwriter Bob Halligan Jr.; two musicians from Party of Nine; cellist David Meyer of the Celtic duo Kindred; and two vocalists born and raised at St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy in Buffalo: Sydnie and Joanah Perkins.

A native of South Buffalo, Rev. Quinlivan is a graduate of St. Teresa’s School, Bishop Timon High School, Buffalo State College and Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora.

His previous musical CDs include “Hail,” “Paintbrush in the Green,” “Blanket of Stars,” “Priest of Mine,” “Lives of Praise” and “Mercy Songs/Mercy Prayers.”

Rev. Quinlivan has also authored and self-published two books, including “Made to Praise Him: Finding My Song” and “Coming Home to Christmas Through Advent,” which are currently available on www.Amazon.com and in local bookstores.

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