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April 14, 2014

This is the second weekend of the 2014 Catholic Charities Appeal Week! It's a perfect time to give if you haven't already done so. To all societies and other parish organizations - don't forget to support Catholic Charities with your contribution to the Appeal, too. All day, every day, whenever someone is in need, Catholic Charities is "heart at work" helping to protect, strengthen and empower our neighbors across WNY. Heart at work. Serving our neighbors in Jesus' name. Please give to the 2014 Catholic Charities Appeal. Find out more at http;//www.ccwny.org or call 716-218-1400.

Minister of Holy Communion Training. In May there are two opportunities to become a Minister of Holy Communion. Training sessions will be held on May 10 at Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora and on May 17 at Blessed Sacrament, Buffalo (held in the school/Catholic Academy of West Buffalo, 1069 Delaware Avenue) from 9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 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. Further information: Office of Worship at 847-5545.

Celebrating St. John Paul, the Church of St. Casimir, 160 Cable Street in Buffalo will commemorate one of John Paul's only visits to WNY by opening the room he occupied in August of 1976 as a Papal Post-it Prayer Room on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27 after the 10am Mass. Come and leave your prayer there. On Saturday, April 26, renowned WNY church organist Joel Kumro will offer a concert on the church's 1927 vintage pipe organ. Monthly Novus Ordo Latin Mass with Gregorian Chant Schola at 7pm. Confessions at 6:30pm.

A Food & Wine Tasting will be held to benefit the Sisters of St. Francis on Tuesday, May 6 from 5-7 pm at St. Mary of the Angels, 201 Reist Street in Williamsville. Enjoy fine wine, gourmet food, silent & live auctions, and the ever popular "Nun-Sweeter" Bake Sale. For Additional information, contact Cindy Munschauer at 632-2155 x-687 or cmunschauer@sosf.org.

Our Daily Bread for May will focus on Relics. Father Paul is in the kitchen with Father Michael Burzynski who is knowledgeable about relics. They will be making Osso Buco and talking about Relics and their importance in our Catholic faith. Tune in Sat., May 10 at 5:30am & Noon, Ch 7.

Basket Raffle and African Basket Sale. The Soldiers of Christ Senior Youth Group (part of the Children of Mary Home Schoolers) will hold a basket raffle to benefit the Nazareth Home for God's Children in Sang, Ghana, Africa. The event will be held at St. Aloysius Parish School, 157 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga, on Saturday, May 3 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Includes many locally donated baskets raffled, beautiful handmade African baskets, silent auction, entertainment and food. We will also present a slide show and information about the Nazareth Home and its children. For more information please call Mary Ann at 622-6678.

Consider This.... Daybreak TV Productions of the Diocese of Buffalo provides 2-minute messages from Bishop Richard J. Malone on various important topics. You can find the videos on Daybreak's youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/DaybreakTV and also after the Daily Mass during the week.

Celebrate "Glory: The Rosary Musical" at Our Lady of Victory National Shrine & Basilica, on Tuesday, May 13 at 7:00pm. A wonderful way to journey with Mary on the anniversary of the Fatima apparition. "Glory" is a live musical representation of the glorious mysteries of the Rosary (Resurrection, Ascension, Descent of the Holy Spirit, Assumption and Coronation), which is sure to enhance your meditation of each mystery. Join us! The Basilica is located at 767 Ridge Road, Lackawanna. Further information: 716-828-9444.

The Canisius College Chorale, under the direction of Frank Scinta, will present two concerts of sacred and secular music on the following dates:
* Friday, April 25, 7:30pm, Blessed John Paul II Church, 2052 Lakeview Road, Lakeview 14085 (free admission but tickets required by calling 688-9143).
* Saturday, May 3, 7:30 PM, Canisius College, Montante Cultural Center, 2001 Main Street, Buffalo 14208 (free admission - no ticket required).
Featured will be works of Vivaldi, Pachelbel, Ticheli, Hogan, Dawson and others. Further information: Canisius College Music Office: 716-888-2536.

Linking hands to Support Unity and Diversity. Join together on May 17 with 7,000 people who will link hands along East and West Ferry streets, from the Niagara River to Bailey Avenue, in the first Hands Across Buffalo event to demonstrate our community's unity and the wealth of our diversity. After forming the continuous human chain, there will be a range of community events and workshops, designed to educate individuals on issues such as race, poverty, diversity and inclusion in Buffalo. Visit www.handsacrossbuffalo.org and register under Catholic Charities; or register your own parish for a "block." Information: Rosa- Catholic Charities at 716-218-1400.

Church Tours. On May 17 and 18, Blessed Trinity R. C. Church, the Buffalo Religious Arts Center (former St. Francis Xavier R. C. Church), and St. John's-Grace Episcopal Church will participate in the New York Landmarks Conservancy's Fourth Annual Sacred Sites Open House Weekend. Tours at all church locations are free of charge.
* Tours of Blessed Trinity, 317 Leroy Avenue, will take place on Saturday, May 17 from 2-4pm and on Sunday, May 18, from Noon-2pm. For more information, call 716-833-0301 or visit http://www.blessedtrinitybuffalo.org.
* The Buffalo Religious Arts Center, 157 East Street, will open to the public from 11am-4pm on Saturday, May 17. Information is available at 716-481-2350 or http://www.buffaloreligiousarts.org.
* St. John's-Grace Episcopal Church, 51 Colonial Circle, will be open for tours on Saturday, May 17 from 11am-3pm, and on Sunday, May 18, from Noon-4pm. For further information, call 885-1112 or http://www.stjohnsgrace.com.

Good News Gets Around.... For 35 years, the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC) has been spreading the Gospel message locally and nationally on radio, television, in print and on the Internet. Donations from Catholic parishioners like you make the work of the CCC possible. Please contribute generously to the Campaign the weekend of June 7 and 8. Thank you for your continued support!

Gift ideas: NEW Building a Basilica documentary DVD; Solemn Vespers DVD with Archbishop Timothy Dolan; Proving Holiness Documentary DVD; Food for Thought DVD cookbooks; 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. To order call 847-8721.

Travel to David, Kentucky to repair homes for people in need. You are invited to join with the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities. While giving of your time and talent, you'll also experience community and prayer in the Franciscan tradition. To register, please contact Sister Karen Krebs OSF at 412-965-1247 or kkrebs@sosf.org. More information: http://www.sosf.org.

Pilgrimage to St. Anne DeBeaupre, Quebec, Canada Aug. 24-29 led by Father Daniel Young (pastor of Good Shepherd Church, North Tonawanda) includes a day trip to Our Lady of the Cape Shrine. For additional information please call 625-8594.

Marriage Moment. On Easter we celebrate Christ's resurrection. May it give you new life and energy for others. This year Easter is quickly followed by 'Earth Day' (April 22). Take your Easter energy and apply it to renewing the earth. Decide one thing you can do as a couple to renew the face of the earth.

Parenting Perspective. Good Friday: In a family you don't have to look very far to find your cross a father observes in 'Follow the Way of Love'. Who in your family seems to have a mission to purify YOU today, to teach you patience, to challenge you? What cross do you bring to others in your family?

Marriage Spirituality Tune Up Packet Available: Jesus' first miracle took place at the Wedding Feast of Cana (John 2:1-12). Jesus changed the water into wine - the best wine! He changed the ordinary into the extraordinary. Every marriage whether months or 75 plus years has tune up needs. For your free useful packet with many suggestions and resources to enrich your marriage, contact your Office of Family Life 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 & Irma at www.hearttoheartworkshops.com, 716 652-1203 or email hearttoheartworkshops@yahoo.com.

RETROUVAILLE (RET-RO-VI) has helped couples at all stages of disillusionment or misery in their marriage. This program can help you too. For a brochure or further information, call the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716 847-2210 or visit http://www.marriagesaved.com. For more information or to register for the May 2-4 weekend call 716-474-9371 or 800-470-2230. All inquiries are strictly confidential.

Kids/Teen Grief Group open to boys and girls ages 5 and above who have lost a family member or friend. Children are broken up into age appropriate groups. Groups meet at Circle of Daughters Inc. 4263 St .Francis Drive (Camp Road, Rt. 75), Athol Springs, NY 14010. Program director Day Cummings, LMSW RN has worked with children for over 30 years. For information on dates and times, call 716-507-6281. Program is free. Donations greatly appreciated.

*** New Announcements will be published again on April 28, 2014 ***

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