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March 30, 2015

A Blessed Holy Week and Happy Easter to All!

Good News Gets Around.... Six new TV Masses air on local TV each week; that's 312 Masses per year. Daybreak TV Productions records each Mass in St. Joseph Cathedral's Our Lady Chapel. Various priests from throughout the Diocese of Buffalo celebrate Mass during the year.

Parish Retreat. To close their final Lenten Season of the Living the Eucharist Program, St. John the Baptist Church, 2012 Sandridge Road, Alden, is having a Retreat Day on Saturday, April 11 from 9:15am-2pm in the school hall. Rev. David Baker, Parochial Vicar at St. Amelia Church in Tonawanda, will speak during the morning and afternoon sessions. For more information, contact Sister Ellen McCarthy at 716-937-6959.

Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion Training. There is an opportunity to become an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. The training session will be held at St. Anthony Parish, Farnham on Saturday, April 18 at 9am. Everyone is welcome. Applications are available from your pastor. Upon his approval, completed applications should be sent to the Office of Worship. Approved applicants should bring a Bible and a brown bag lunch or snack. Beverages will be provided. Any questions, please contact the Office of Worship at 716-847-5545.

Chicken BBQ. Immaculate Conception Church of Mary Immaculate Parish invites you to our Chicken BBQ which will be held on Sunday, April 19 at the Church Hall, Rt. 63, East Bethany from 10:30am until sold out. One of the best in the area, your dinner includes a half chicken (barbequed to perfection on our outdoor grills), a baked potato, vegetable, cole slaw, roll and butter, coffee or tea, with pie or cake for dessert.

Anointing of the Sick Healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine will be held on Monday, April 20 at 7pm at Blessed Mary Angela (St. Hedwig worship site), Doughty & Roberts Road, Dunkirk. Rev. David Bellittiere and the Friends of St. Peregrine cordially invite those afflicted with cancer or need special healing who wish to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick to attend this healing Mass. For further information, call 716-283-0011 or visit http;//www.stperry.org.

A weekend away for a LIFETIME of change. The Beginning Experience is a weekend program meant for persons who have worked through the initial anger and despair which occurs in the first stages of grief after the death or separation or divorce of one's spouse. One can turn the pain of loss to an experience of positive growth. Beginning Experience is a Christian based non-denominational program under the auspices of the Diocese of Rochester. The program takes place at Camp Stella Maris, 4395 East Lake Road, Livonia, NY on Conesus Lake. Open to all. The next weekend is April 24-26. For more information or reservations, call the Beginning Experience hotline 585-987-1750, Barb at 716-534-4428 or email beofrochester@gmail.com.

2015 Hilbert College Boys and Girls Summer Basketball Camps. The Boys weeks are June 28-July 2 and July 12-16. The lone Girls week is July 5-9. Please note that registration/check-in is on Sunday(s) between 2:30-4pm and each camp concludes on Thursday(s) at 3pm. Campers are given the choice of staying on campus (resident camper) in air conditioned Trinity Hall, or commuting (day camper). Day camp runs from 9am-9pm weekly. All meals included in the cost. To download a free brochure, go to http://www.hilberthawks.com and click on "Events." For more information, contact Rob deGrandpre at 716-926-8803 or rdegrandpre@hilbert.edu (Boys) or Melissa Graham at 716-697-8946 or mgraham@hilbert.edu (Girls).

USCCB-Word of Life - Every child, at every age of development, brings us God's smile and invites us to recognize that life is his gift, a gift to be welcomed with love and preserved with care always and at every moment.

USCCB-Palabra de Vida - Cada niño, en cada etapa del desarrollo, nos trae la sonrisa de Dios y nos invita a reconocer que la vida es un don divino, un regalo que debemos recibir con amor y custodiar siempre y en todo momento.

Marriage Moment. Easter Monday. Lent is over and we are in the time of Easter - the time in Emmaus when the disciples recognized Jesus in the breaking of the bread. Be mindful tonight as you break bread (or rice, noodles or potatoes) with your beloved that Jesus dwells in him or her. Pause.

Parenting Perspective. Good Friday. On many days parenting is a joy, but on some days it certainly can be a cross. Let the cross have purpose by looking beyond it and believing that your child will overcome his or her difficulties.

Spiritual Uplift Packet. Feeling sad, down, discouraged, "blue"? Looking for healthy, wholesome alternatives to cope? Reach out now. Inner healing and hope are a phone call or email away. Contact the Office of Family Life Ministries for your free packet of practical, easy to use resources to provide you with tried and true antidotes. For more information or a free packet, contact the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.org.

*** New Bulletin Announcements will be posted on April 13, 2015.***

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