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October 20, 2014

Canisius College Chorale, Frank Scinta director, will join the Camerata di Sant' Antonio under the direction of Christopher Weber for a concert of Mozart, Mendelssohn, Buxtehude and others on Friday, October 24 at 7:30pm in Canisius College's Montante Cultural Center, 2001 Main Street, Buffalo. For information, please call 716-888-2536.

Mozart and The Sound of Music. The Buffalo Master Chorale and the Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus invite you to attend a beautiful evening of choral music under the direction of Doreen Rao. Two performances are scheduled:
* Friday, October 24 at 7:30pm at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 South Buffalo Street, Orchard Park; and
* Saturday, October 25 at 7:30pm at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main Street, Buffalo.
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"Choosing to Be Catholic" Young Adult Hiking Retreat. Join other young adults (ages 18-39) as we spend the day connecting with God in nature, each other and the Sacraments. Whether you are in RCIA or a cradle Catholic, we will explore together what it means to choose our faith in daily life. The day includes lunch, dinner, hiking, prayer, peer witness talks, Mass and more. Held on November 1 from 8:30am - 8:30pm, rain or shine, at Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora. Register at All are welcome! Sponsored by the Department of Youth & Young Adult Ministry.

Spaghetti Dinner to benefit the Sisters of St. Francis (Williamsville) on Sunday, November 2 from 11am - 6pm at Our Lady of Peace, 10950 Main Street, Clarence. Dine in and take-out will be available. Enjoy door prizes, theme baskets, grand prize, 50/50 split and the ever popular "Nun-Sweeter" bake sale. For additional information, please call 716-632-2155 ext. 687.

Church Musicians Guild. The Church Musicians Guild will present a workshop on accessible choral literature for liturgy on November 2 at 3pm at St. Leo the Great Church, 885 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. Presented by Bill Fay, Gail Shepherd and Ed Witul, the selected choral music will be arranged for unison, 2 part, and SAB Choirs. Please contact Ed Witul at for information on having a set of octavos reserved for you.

Sunday Televised Masses for November. Masses air on Sunday at 7:30am on WUTV Fox TV29. November 2: Rev. Richard Zajac. November 9: Rev. Sean Fleming. November 16: Rev. Walter Szczesny. November 23: Rev. Msgr. Jerome Sullivan. November 30: Rev. Angelo Chimera.

Anointing of the Sick Healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine will be held on Wednesday, November 5 at 7pm at Good Shepherd, 5441 Tonawanda Creek Road, North Tonawanda. Rev. David Bellittiere and the Friends of St. Peregrine cordially invite those afflicted with cancer or need special healing who wish to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick to attend this healing Mass. For further information, call 716-283-0011 or visit http;//

Minister of Holy Communion Training. In November there is an opportunity to become a Minister of Holy Communion. The training session will be held on November 8 at Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora. 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.

Our Daily Bread for November will feature the "Central City Practicum." This course is taught at Christ the King Seminary and focuses on the Church's presence in an urban setting. In the kitchen, host Rev. Paul Seil is joined by Kathleen Murphy Castillo, Director of Theological Field Education at Christ the King Seminary. Tune in Saturday, November 8 at 5:30am on WKBW-TV Channel 7 for the show. Check the Western New York Catholic for repeats on cable.

Remembering Our Veterans. On Tuesday, November 11, the Frontline Faith Project is sponsoring the third annual "An American Moment" to honor the men and women of our Armed Forces, past and present. An American Moment will again include one moment of silent prayer - to thank our military for their service, to pray for the peaceful repose of those who have died, and to pray for the intentions of those still living. This event will take place at noon in each respective time zone, all across the world, on Veteran's Day, November 11. Father Jim Evans, a chaplain serving with the Texas Army National Guard, has recorded a presentation that can be viewed on the Frontline Faith website beginning mid-October at

Country Western Dance featuring West of The Mark on Saturday, November 15 from 7pm to midnight at St. Christopher Parish, 2660 Niagara Falls Boulevard, Tonawanda. Dance lessons from 7-8pm, dance begins at 8pm. Ticket includes pop, beer, wine and snacks. Pizza available for a fee. You can bring your own food; please do not bring your own beverages. There will be 50/50 raffle and theme baskets. Benefits the mission work trip to Nicaragua. For details or to purchase tickets, please call 716-692-2660.

Wedding Anniversary Mass. If you know of any couple or couples that are celebrating their 50th, 60th or 70th Wedding Anniversary in the year 2014, a special Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Edward Grosz on Sunday, November 16 at 3pm at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin Street, Buffalo. If you wish to attend, please contact your parish rectory as soon as possible or call the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210. Following the Mass, an informal reception will be held at the Adam's Mark Hotel.

Love, nurture and a safe home. Catholic Charities invites you to learn more about the adoption process or becoming a foster parent through an introductory information session set for November 18 from 10-11:30am or 6-7:30pm at the Buffalo office at 525 Washington Street. We work hard to make the dream of a family a reality for children and teens who are waiting for love, nurture and a safe environment. We need you to be a foster family – all you need is room in your heart. Registration for this session is encouraged but not necessary. Please call the Foster Care Program at 716-856-4494. For more information, search for Foster Care at

Marriage Encounter. Husbands and wives spend immense amount of time on their jobs / careers / children / leisure. How much time do you spend just for the two of you as a couple? You deserve more time together on a priority basis. Make a Marriage Encounter soon! The next Marriage Encounter weekend is November 21-23 at Notre Dame Retreat House, Canandaigua, NY. For more information, call 877-697-9963 or visit

Theme Basket Raffle and Cow Sweepsteaks at St. Philomena Parish Hall, 4 Mill Street, Franklinville on Saturday, November 22. Doors open at 3pm. Food will be available to purchase beginning at 6pm. Raffle will begin at 7pm with the Cow Sweepsteaks winners drawn at 8pm. 1st prize is ? cow, 2nd prize is ? cow and 3rd prize is ? cow - dressed and wrapped. For tickets, call 716-676-3629.

Retrouvaille (Ret-ro-vi) is a program for troubled marriages. A marriage is more than one that "works out," or one that just survives. If you feel that your marriage is sinking or need a lifeline, let Retrouvaille help. The next weekend is scheduled for January 23-25; mark it down on your new 2015 calendar! For a brochure or further information, call the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or visit To register, call 716-474-9371 or 800-470-2230. All inquiries are strictly confidential.

Fall Gift Ideas. Building a Basilica documentary DVD; Solemn Vespers DVD with Archbishop Timothy Dolan; Proving Holiness documentary DVD; Food for Thought DVD Cookbooks (series 1 or 2); Our Daily Bread cookbooks, potholders, aprons, tote bags; Apostle of Peace DVD/VHS; St. Joseph Cathedral documentary; Legacy of Victory documentary; Enduring Faith documentary; Sunday Mass DVD/VHS. For information go to or call 716-847-8721.

Did you know Daybreak TV Productions of the Diocese of Buffalo has a Facebook and YouTube page to go along with their website? Visit and check out the links for videos and other information on Daybreak's programming.

Have a little time and love to spare? Catholic Charities administers the Foster Grandparent Program in Erie County and is calling out to income eligible individuals over 55 to share their experience, skills and talents and change young lives. At school setting, foster grandparents receive a modest stipend and provide a consistent model for children who welcome a loving hand. For more information, contact Susan or Erin at 716-896-6388 or or

Children are our most valuable resource. For new mothers and moms-to-be in Erie and Niagara Counties, Catholic Charities Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program provides food, participant-centered nutrition education and referrals for eligible pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and infants and children under the age of 5. Visit for more information or call 716-218-1400.

Marriage Moment. A trip down Memory Lane #8: remember your wedding day. Perhaps it was very formal; perhaps you eloped. Either way, it was your day of public commitment for the rest of your lives. Recount your respective feelings and memories of the day. If you feel adventurous or playful, perhaps you'd like to reenact the day. Renew your vows.

Parenting Perspective. If your child has a problem and wants your input but you are caught off guard, try saying: "Tell me more about that." or "What do you think you should do?" Responses like this can buy your time and clarify the situation. Works with spouses, too.

*** New Announcements will be published again on October 27, 2014 ***

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