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September 29, 2014

Friendly Phones - Catholic Charities' Telephone Assurance Program (TAP) is a free volunteer service providing regular telephone calls to seniors and disabled individuals or those who are isolated and homebound. Relationships grow and last for years through a regular daily, weekly or monthly call. If you know of someone in Erie, Genesee or Orleans Counties who wants to receive calls or even someone who would like to make calls, contact Carolyn Kwiatkowski at Catholic Charities at 716-218-1450 ext. 2003.

Annual Fall Festival. Our Lady of Hope Parish will be hosting their Annual Fall Festival on Saturday, November 8 at 5pm in O'Brien Hall, corner of Grant Street and Lafayette Avenue, Buffalo. We will have a kitchen with wonderful food for purchase, a basket auction, 50/50 split club, an international bake table and much more! Come and join us for a fun evening! Call 716-885-2469 for further information.

St. Martin de Porres Gospel Choir Annual Concert "Awesome God" under the direction of Mrs. Ella Robinson will take place Sunday, October 12 at 5pm at the church located at 555 Northampton Street, Buffalo. The Adult and Youth Gospel Choirs will be featured in the celebration. Tickets are available at the door.

Marriage Moment. A trip down Memory Lane #7: after your engagement you probably started the work of planning a wedding. Much of it was probably exciting and fun. Some of it may have been a burden or cause for disagreement. Reflecting on those days, what did you like best? What did you learn?

Parenting Perspective. Respect Life Month. It's easy to pray for our own children. Their needs are so apparent to us. Pray today, not only for your own children, but for all children in our world, both born and unborn.

Are you or is someone you know an out of work job seeker? Facing the challenge of being unemployed and working through this tough economy is tough enough. You don't have to go it alone. Contact the Office of Family Life Ministries for a free packet containing practical resources, prayers, scripture support and programs designed to support you on your journey. Call 716-847-2210 or email

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 the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email

Worldwide Marriage Encounter is a Catholic, private weekend where married couples can take time away from jobs, kids, chores and phones - and focus on each other. If you'd like greater depth, growth and enrichment in your relationship, you'll like the difference a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend can make. The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend is November 21-23 at Notre Dame Retreat House, Canandaigua, NY. For more information, call 877-NYS-WWME or visit

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, please contact the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email

Grieving Through the Holidays. Kenmore Mercy Hospital is hosting Grieving Through the Holidays on Friday, November 7 from 11am to 2pm in the hospital Atrium and Community Room located at 2950 Elmwood Avenue, Kenmore. This informational forum will feature professionals who specialize in grief and loss. For more information, contact Rev. Nancy Faery at 716-447-6388 or email

*** New Announcements will be published again on October 6, 2014 ***

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