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February 2, 2015

Sharing God's Goodness With Children. Help the family who fled their homeland consumed by civil war and violence before beginning a new life in Buffalo. Jackie Bemeriki arrived in the United States from Rwanda in 1999 in pursuit of independence and opportunity. Catholic Charities Immigration and Refugee Assistance Program assisted her with food, housing, clothes and documents, and she now runs her own child care center to help other refugee families. Give to the Catholic Charities 2015 Appeal and join us to "find good within" for these and the tens of thousands of others who benefit from Catholic Charities 70 programs and services. Remember the lives you are touching with your contribution. Find Good Within. Share God's Goodness. Find out more at http://www.ccwny.org or call 716-218-1400.

Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School Alumni Advancement Council Hosts Pre-Game Party. The Alumni Advancement Council will host an alumni gathering Friday, February 13 from 5-6:30pm, prior to the Timon vs. Canisius basketball game. The pre-game party will be held in the Great Room located on the third floor of Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School, 601 McKinley Parkway, Buffalo. All Alumni are welcome! Stop up for complimentary pizza, wings and other refreshments before cheering on your Timon Tigers!

Krolick's Fish Fry / Shrimp Dinner. St. Andrew Parish in Sloan is having a Krolick's Fish Fry / Shrimp Dinner on Ash Wednesday, February 18 from 4-7pm in their Parish Hall, 111 Crocker Street. Dinners include fish or shrimp, French fries, cole slaw, macaroni salad, roll, beverage and dessert. Homemade macaroni and cheese will also be available. For more information, call 716-892-0425.

Marriage Encounter. Great marriages are blessed by God in Heaven, but they are made here on earth. There is a wonderful opportunity to make your good marriage great, to reignite the romance in your relationship, to place God fully in your marriage. Come to the next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend held on February 27 - March 1 at The Atherton Hotel, State College, PA. For more information, call 814-823-4600 or visit http://www.wwme.org.

Minister of Holy Communion Training. There is an opportunity to become a Minister of Holy Communion. The training session will be held on February 28 at Ascension Parish in Batavia. 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.

Scholarship Money Available for Catholic School Education. The BISON Children's Scholarship Fund, a privately funded tuition assistance program for children in grades K-8, has scholarships available for the 2015-16 school year. Financially eligible families can fill out an eligibility form on the BISON website. The eligibility form deadline is February 28. With a maximum award of $1,500, this is a great opportunity for families who desire a Catholic education for their children but may be unable to afford it. For more information, visit http://www.bisonfund.com or call 1-888-216-8380.

Mission Lenten Retreat. St. John Paul II Parish celebrates its 27th consecutive Mission Lenten Retreat from Sunday, March 8-14. The evenings are filled with powerful talks, prayer, liturgy and song and completed with a warm fellowship. Each evening begins at 7pm in the Parish's Community Room. St. John Paul II Parish is located at 2052 Lakeview Road (between Rts. 5 & 20), Lake View. For more information on Mission, contact this year's lead couple: Chuck and Faith Holmes at 716-627-2147 or the Parish Office at 716-627-2910 or email parish@jp2parish.org. More information can also be found on our website http://www.JP2Parish.org.

Flea Market Vendors Wanted. St. Andrew Church in Sloan will hold a Flea Market and Rummage Sale on Sunday, March 15 from 9am-2pm in their Parish Hall, 111 Crocker Street. For table rental and more information, call 716-892-0425.

The Donut Man is coming to town! The Donut Man has a weekly children's show on EWTN. Sacred Heart Parish in Lakewood is sponsoring the Donut Man to appear in concert on Sunday, April 26 at 5pm in the Southwestern High School auditorium. We are offering a special ticket price to all the parishes in the Diocese of Buffalo until February 28. After purchasing, you would then have the option of either giving the tickets to your parishioners or selling them. For tickets and prices, please call Dee Muniz at 716-763-2815 ext. 4. Please check out his website at http://www.donutman.com.

Marriage Moment. You have almost a week to think about how to celebrate Valentine's Day. Luckily, it's before Lent so chocolate is a possibility. Better yet, choose one favor a day to surprise your beloved with. Your love is a daily act, not just a one day a year.

Parenting Perspective. Next Wednesday is Ash Wednesday which begins Lent. But before Lent comes Tuesday, February 17, Mardi Gras. I guess it is human nature to want to splurge before taking on a sacrifice. Decide a family penance for Lent, but plan a family treat for next Tuesday.

God Knows Parenting is a Wild Ride! If you ever wished for practical tools, resources, skill-building techniques and lots more, one of these free parenting packets is designed just for you. Parenting Packet I: addresses the basic tough tasks of raising children in today's world. Parenting Packet II: is for those separated or divorced. Focuses on positive ways to co-parent well in order to help children of all ages who are profoundly affected by their parents' divorce deal with the pain and upheaval in their lives. Parenting Packet III: death and grief are inescapable. If you feel ill-prepared to discuss death with a child, you are not alone This packet offers useful tools from preschool through teens. For your free packet, call the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.org.

*** New Announcements will be published again on February 9, 2015 ***

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