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September 22, 2014

"The Gift of Pope Francis: A Bishop's Appreciation of Pope Francis' Exercise of the Papal Ministry." Bishop Matthew Clark, Bishop Emeritus of Rochester, will deliver this free public lecture on Friday, October 17 at 7pm in the Main Dining Room of Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora. The lecture is sponsored by the Father Thomas Dailey Lecture Series in Christian Ethics and Spirituality. Free will offering welcome.

Popular chastity education speaker, Jason Evert (http://www.chastityproject.com), will be hosted for 2 evening programs for parents and all adults: 1) Safeguarding Ourselves from the Evils of Pornography on Monday, October 6 from 7:30-9pm at St. Gregory the Great Church, Williamsville. 2) Parenting for Purity on Tuesday, October 7 from 7-8:30pm at St. Amelia Church, Tonawanda. Both programs are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Department of Lifelong Faith Formation at 716-847-5501.

Spirituality and Science. We will look at evidence that consciousness has a measurable effect on matter. We will also look at research on non-traditional healing methods. Presented by Dr. Daniel Brown on Saturday, October 11 from 9:30-11am at the St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence. Call 716-759-6893 ext. 175 for reservations.

Annulment Writing Workshop. Good Shepherd Church, 5442 Tonawanda Creek Road, North Tonawanda will host an Annulment Writing Workshop on September 29 from 7-9:30pm in the Pendleton Parish Hall. For further information and to register, call 716-625-8594 or email barbcarpenter.01@gmail.com. Walk-ins are welcome.

Oktoberfest. Good Shepherd Church, 5442 Tonawanda Creek Road, North Tonawanda will hold their annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 18 from 5:30-9pm in the Pendleton Parish Hall. Authentic German food, German beer, soda/pop and desserts. Music by the Bergholz German Band. Theme basket raffle. Parish Hall is handicap accessible. No tickets necessary; pay at the door. For reservations for tables of 8, call the Parish Office at 716-625-8594.

Vera Bradley Bingo! St. John XXIII Parish will be hosting Vera Bradley Bingo on October 25. Doors open at 11am and bingo starts at 1pm at the school hall site, corner of Seneca Street and Harlem Road, West Seneca. Paid admission offers 6 chances to win a Vera Bradley handbag. Refreshments available. For further information, call 716-823-1090.

"We are a Pilgrim People: The Transforming Effect of Pilgrimage" will be the keynote presentation of Rev. Peter Karalus, Pastor of St. John Paul II Parish, Lake View at the Annual Fall Meeting and Luncheon of the Bishop's Committee Visitors Program on Tuesday, October 7 at St. Philip the Apostle, 950 Losson Road, Cheektowaga from 9am-2pm. Bishop Richard Malone will be the guest speaker at the 12:15pm luncheon. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, contact the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or e-mail familylife@buffalodiocese.org.

Jump start your life today. Fifteen year old Ernest Robinson from McKinley High School is a Catholic Charities' success story. He became more responsible and motivated in school after enrolling in Project Jump Start which provides educational, employment, case management and mentoring services to Buffalo youths ages 14-17. Youths work with mentors to improve their confidence and receive guidance to reach their full potential. Interested in getting your life back on track or know someone in need? Call 716-893-3500 or 716-856-4494 ext. 323 or find out more at http;//www.ccwny.org and search for Project Jump Start.

Keeping the children's best interests as a top priority is not always easy in the turmoil of separation and divorce. Parents can learn how to develop a "professional" relationship with their co-parent for the benefit of the children - and oneself. Our Kids: Parent Education and Awareness programs, offered in most counties of the Diocese, are designed for any parents who have experienced conflict regarding custody and/or visitation issues. For details, call your neighborhood Catholic Charities office or 716-896-6390. Check us out at http://www.ccwny.org and search for Parent Education and Awareness.

Marriage Moment. Humbly regard others as more important than yourselves. (Ph. 2:3) Humility is a great asset in marriage provided it is not laziness disguised as humility. "I don't care" or "whatever you want" can be gracious or it can mean you are overly passive. Check it out.

Parenting Perspective. #9 is ability to discern between love and infatuation; #10 is ability to admit fault and start over. These last two skills are hard won and too many adults have still not learned them. Gently ask your teen's opinion about how to learn these skills.

Grief - St. Paul reminds us in his letter to the Romans of many comforting words. During times of loss, loneliness and grief, we may not feel or recognize God's presence in our lives. Though we can't imagine all the thoughts and feelings you are experiencing right now, we do understand a bit about grieving and that, first of all, it is a process. The Office of Family Life Ministries has a free bereavement packet of materials designed to provide support, especially during the initial stages of grief. For a bereavement packet, please call 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.org.

Give the Gift of True Love! Heart to Heart PAIRS workshops help both men and women learn the tools to communicate skillfully to problem solve constructively and to build lasting love in their relationships with their spouse and children. For more information, contact Dan and Irma at http://www.hearttoheartworskshops.com, 716-652-1203 or e-mail hearttoheartworkshops@yahoo.com.

If you are a victim of domestic violence and are in need of access to safety planning, spiritual care, legal assistance, limited medical assistance counseling, law enforcement, the Family Justice Center of Erie County, Inc. "Where Families Come First" is for you! All services are free. All conversations strictly private. For more information, call 716-558-7233 or visit http://www.fjcsafe.org.

Rev. George Coyne, SJ - "Dance of the Fertile Universe: An Interplay of Science and Religion." The Catholic Newman Community at the University of Rochester is proud to host Rev. George Coyne, SJ as its distinguished guest speaker. Join Rev. Coyne, a Jesuit priest, astronomer and former director of the Vatican Observatory, as he addresses the questions of science and religion. He will share the dance of the fertile universe, a ballet with three ballerinas: chance, necessity and fertility. This next talk in the Cardinal Newman Lecture Series will be on October 18 at 2pm at the University of Rochester's Interfaith Chapel. The Interfaith Chapel is handicap accessible and is located at 320 Wilson Boulevard, Rochester. Free parking is available. For more information and directions, please visit http://www.urnewman.org.

*** New Announcements will be published again on September 29, 2014 ***

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