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July 6, 2015

St. Andrew Weekend Extravaganza. St. Andrew Church, 34 Francis Avenue, Sloan will have a Weekend Extravaganza on July 25-26. The weekend activities include a meat raffle and mini-basket raffle on Saturday. The doors open at 5:30pm and the drawing starts at 7pm. Pizza, pop, beer and wine will be served. On Sunday, there will be a Polka Mass at 11am with music by Special Delivery, followed by Krolick's Chicken Barbeque. For tickets and more information, call 716-892-0425.

Dinner Lecture Series at Christ the King Seminary. Wednesday, August 5 - "Praying with Masterpieces of Art" presented by Jan Sheridan. Reservations are required. Dinner is at 5:45pm; lectures are 6:45-8:30pm in the main dining room of Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora. To register, call Gayle Angelli at 716-805-1438.

Pilgrimage to St. Anne DeBeaupre, Quebec, Canada led by Father Daniel Young of Good Shepherd Church, North Tonawanda from August 23-28. Round trip transportation, 5 night stay, 5 dinners, all gratuities and tips are included. For additional information, call 716-625-8594.

Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is an intensive, family-focused intervention, serving families with delinquent youth ages 12-17 who exhibit negative behaviors including noncompliance, verbal and/or physical aggression and truancy. Families are empowered to solve the youth's own behavior and interventions are research-based. Lucy needed help getting her daughter to focus and become more organized in school. With the help of MST, Lucy said her daughter has "gone nowhere but up." For more information, call 716-204-0555 or go to http://www.ccwny.org for a location nearest you.

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.

Marriage Moment. Leave your spouse a sweet note. You'll be amazed at the power of the pen. If you head out of the house first, leave it on their car. Or, hide a note where you know they'll find it. A friend of mine used the letters from a Scrabble game to create a surprise note for his wife.

Parenting Perspective. For many people summer is a good time to do recreational reading. What was your favorite book as a child? If your child is old enough, you've probably already read it together. Talk about why it was your favorite.

Bereavement Packet. 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@buffalo.org.

Journey Into Love. The Office of Family Life Ministries is looking for married couples to assist with the monthly diocesan marriage preparation program, Journey Into Love. Married couples help by giving a 20 minute talk once or twice a year on essential topics and issues that engaged and newly married couples face. Married couples that support this ministry find it beneficial to their own marriage and their efforts contribute to the strengthening of family life as couples prepare for their marriage. If you are interested in finding out more about this very successful diocesan marriage program, please call the Family Life Office at 716-847-2210.

USCCB-Word of Life: It's scary and it knocks the breath out of you. It takes a long time to come to terms with a disease, especially a terminal illness. And then you start thinking, "Okay, this is the new me, this is the new normal, and I can still appreciate every moment."

USCCB-Palabra de Vida: Te da miedo, y te quita el aliento. Toma un largo tiempo llegar a aceptar una enfermedad, es especial una enfermedad terminal. Y luego empiezas a pensar, "Bien, esta soy la nueva you, esta es la nueva normal, y aun puedo agradecer cada momento."

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

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