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August 25, 2014

Now that it's back to school timeàreach your full potential with Catholic Charities education and workforce development programs. Our services help Erie County youth and young adults who have dropped out of school or who may have been involved with the Juvenile Justice System and reside in the City of Buffalo to get back on track. High School Equivalency (HSE) test preparation and job readiness services are offered, including educational/career assessments, HSE classes, job readiness skills and more. Call 716-893-3500, 716-856-4494 ext. 323 or visit http://www.ccwny.org and search for Education and Workforce Development for details.

St. Gregory the Great will be hosting George Weigel, author, NBC News Vatican analyst and Distinguished Senior Fellow of Washington's Ethics and Public Policy Center, on Wednesday, September 10 at 7pm in the Church. Mr. Weigel will be presenting St. John Paul II: The Road to Canonization. He authored 2 books which are the definitive biography of St. John Paul II, Witness to Hope and The End and the Beginning. He will also include information on his new book, Evangelical Catholicism, in connection with John Paul's call for a new evangelization.

Pet Blessing in honor of St. Francis' Feast Day at Nativity of Our Lord Church, Orchard Park on Saturday, October 4 at 1pm. Bring you furry friends, your feathered friends, your swimming or crawling friends. Bring your neighbors and human friends. We will be collecting pet food, treats and toys for donation to a local animal shelter. For more information, contact Melissa at 716-662-9339 ext. 145 or email mpotzler@nativityschool.net.

Devotional Mass for the Crowned Virgin. The Congrega Society of Buffalo's biannual Mass in honor of the Crowned Virgin is scheduled for Saturday, September 6 at 9am at St. Lawrence Church, Buffalo. A meeting and breakfast will follow in the parish hall. If you are not a regular member and would like to attend, please call Mary Steinhauser at 716-656-7195.

Workshop for the Anne Frank Project. Former Diocesan Deacon, Ken Kulinowski, returns to Buffalo to present a workshop for the Anne Frank Project. He will present at the Anne Frank Project National Conference at SUNY Buffalo State, Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo on September 8 from 3-5:45pm in Assembly Hall 1 and at Canisius College that evening. His focus will be "Be Anne Frank Today." Deacon Kulinowski is the critically acclaimed author of Anthem to Hope, historical fiction based on the holocaust years and Polish history from 1936-1989 and beyond. The Conference is free to all interested parties. See more about the Anne Frank Project at http://www.annefrankproject.buffalostate.edu. Contact Deacon Kulinowski at kenkdcn@msn.com or visit http://www.anthemtohope.com.

Annual Eucharistic Teen Retreat to be held at Camp Kenan in Barker, NY (near Lockport) starting at 6:30pm on Friday, October 10 through Sunday, October 12 at 1pm. This event is for 9th-12th graders. The weekend will include Praise and Worship, Reconciliation, Mass, Adoration and dynamic speakers, as well as ropes challenges, a climbing tower, zip line ride and campfire. For additional information and cost per student, call 716-835-8905 ext. 14 or e-mail office@stleothegreatamherst.com.

Triduum to St. Therese and Harvest Dinner at St. John Kanty. The weekend of October 3-5, St. John Kanty will have a Triduum to St. Therese. Masses: Friday, October 3 at 8:30 am; Saturday, October 4 at 4pm; and Sunday, October 5 at 10:30 am. Auxiliary Bishop Edward Grosz will be the celebrant on Sunday. The Annual Harvest Dinner follows Sunday Mass. For further information, call 716-893-0412 on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 4-6:30 pm or visit http://www.stjohnkantychurchbuffalo.wordpress.com.

Marriage Moment. Isn't it ironic that Labor Day is a holiday - when many people get a break from their ordinary jobs. Still, someone has to cook, clean up, take care of the kids or work around the house. Perhaps make this Labor Day a day to do those chores together as a team.

Parenting Perspective. 10 Life Skills Your Teen Needs Before Leaving Home: #7 is being a good judge of character; #8 is work skills and basic responsibility. Any teen will flub these goals occasionally. That's what you're there for - to be there for the training period. For further information, visit http://www.imom.com/10-life-skills-your-teen-needs-before-leaving-home/.

Stress in Your Marriage? Retrouvaille is a program for married couples that feel disillusioned, frustrated, or angry in their marriage. Some experience coldness. Others experience conflict in their relationship. Most don't know how to change the situation or even communicate with their spouse about it. This program offers help to couples experiencing difficulties in their marriage. For confidential information or to register for the next weekend on September 19-21, call 716-474-9371 or 1-800-470-2230 or visit http://www.HelpOurMarriage.com.

Marriage Spirituality Tune Up Packet Available. Jesus' first miracle takes place at the Wedding Feast of Cana. John 2:1-12. Jesus changes the water into wine - the best wine! He changes the ordinary into the extraordinary. Every marriage, whether months or 75 plus years, has tune up needs. For your free practical useful packet with many suggestions and resources to enrich your marriage, contact your Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.org.

DivorceLINK. If you are living through the aftermath of being separated or divorced, consider joining a DivorceLINK Level program for support. The Levels program is an 8-week structured program for men and women, separated/divorced, in the process of rebuilding their lives as a single person. Level I - Catholic Charities Building, 3982 Main Street, Eggertsville. Orientation on Thursday, September 25, 7-9pm; deadline to register is October 2. For more information, call your Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210.

Operation Walk USA. Kenmore Mercy Hospital is seeking applicants for Operation Walk USA, a national program that will provide a needy patient, without insurance, with a free joint replacement surgery in December. It provides all aspects of treatment - surgery, hospitalization, and pre- and post-operative care - at no cost to participating patients. Interested patients should call 716-447-6102 to see if they qualify.

*** New Announcements will be published again on September 8, 2014 ***

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