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April 27, 2015

Good News Gets Around.... The Western New York Catholic features articles for the young church. Look for "The Scene" which reports on young people's faith in action and the "Sound Board" where youths share their opinions on important topics and issues. Articles like these are featured in the latest issue of the Western New York Catholic or visit their website at www.wnycatholic.org. The Western New York Catholic is funded in part by your generous donations to the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC).

Walking With Grief. St. Christopher Parish hosts Walking With Grief, a monthly lecture series and support group to assist anyone 18 years or older. On Wednesday, May 13, seminarian Michael LaMarca will speak on "Nurturing Yourself" to help us understand how important it is to allow ourselves the attention we need as we journey through grief. We will explore how we can find time to nurture ourselves physically, emotionally, socially, spiritually, and cognitively. Please join us at 6:30pm on the St. Edmund Campus, 530 Ellicott Creek Road, Tonawanda. Friends and visitors are welcome.

Church Tours. On May 16-17, Blessed Trinity Church, the Buffalo Religious Arts Center (former St. Francis Xavier Church), and Corpus Christi Church will participate in the New York Landmarks Conservancy's Fifth Annual Sacred Sites Open House Weekend. Included among offerings at the 3 Buffalo sites are free guided tours, videos and brief lectures covering art, architecture, and the impact of immigrant groups and ethnic populations. Hours at Blessed Trinity, 317 Leroy Avenue are Saturday, May 16 from 2-4pm and Sunday, May 17 from 12-2pm. Information at http://www.blessedtrinitybuffalo.org or call 716-833-0301. The Buffalo Religious Arts Center, 157 East Street will be open on Saturday, May 16 from 11am-3pm. This former Catholic Church serves as a repository of artifacts from other closed sacred sites. Information at http://www.buffaloreligiousarts.org or call 716-481-2350. Visit Corpus Christi Church, 199 Clark Street on Saturday, May 16 from 10am-5pm and Sunday, May 17 from 12-5pm. Information at http://www.corpuschristibuffalo.org or call 716-896-1050.

Anointing of the Sick Healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine will be held on Monday, May 18 at 7pm at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, 626 Oliver Street, North Tonawanda. Father 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://www.stperry.org.

Celebrating Memorial Day at a Catholic Cemetery is truly a mixture of flags and wreaths and tributes and taps. Join us as we honor those who have served our country in the military at one of our Memorial Day Masses. On Saturday, May 23 at 10am, Masses will be held at the following cemeteries: Mount Olivet in Kenmore, Holy Cross in Lackawanna, Gate of Heaven in Lewiston, and Holy Sepulchre in Cheektowaga. On Monday, May 25 at 10am, Masses will be held at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lockport and St. Adalbert Cemetery in Lancaster. Honoring all those buried in the cemetery is the focus of our Eucharistic celebrations and our voiced intercessions. Taking a little time from our lives to visit the cemetery and to remember the dead is what brings value and meaning to the gatherings with family and friends we may have over this holiday weekend. For more information on any of our services, please call 716-873-6500.

Learn to share your faith "on the street" with St. Paul Street Evangelization (SPSE). This training is for Catholics who want to be confident about expressing their faith in Christ and pride in the Church. This formation is offered on June 4-5 at St. Pius X Parish, 1700 North French Road, Getzville. This hands-on training will run from 6-10pm both evenings. It will be presented by Adam Janke, the national director at St. Paul Street Evangelization. At this event, you will learn about the new evangelization, the spirituality of the evangelist, the journey of discipleship, discipleship conversations, sharing your testimony, evangelical apologetics and how to pray with others. Register directly at http://bet-ny.eventbrite.com or http://www.streetevangelization.com/buffalo. For more information, contact Jennie Silverman at jenniesilverman@yahoo.com or call 716-868-0639. Also contact Michael Ruszala at michael.ruszala@gmail.com or call 716-688-5417. Pope Francis insists that all Christians are baptized to be missionaries for Christ. Come and grow in your faith as you learn to share it!

Inviting Youth to Leadership and Ministry. There is a great need to empower young people with a vision of church, a sense of ministry and an affirmation of their gifts. There is a need to equip young people with the skills and knowledge they need to be effective leaders in our revitalized church. Teenagers have tremendous gifts and energy to offer in service to our parishes, but in order to tap into those resources we must personally invite them, affirm them, and train them. The Christian Leadership Institute (CLI) presents you with an opportunity to do this. CLI prepares high school aged teens for active and meaningful leadership in their parish, school, and community. Please invite and sponsor teens with leadership potential to experience this faith-based institute. CLI will be held from June 26-July 2 at the St. Columban Center in Derby. Brochures and scholarships are available from the Department of Youth & Young Adult Ministry at 716-847-8789 or visit http://www.dobyouth.org.

World Meeting of Families, the world's largest Catholic gathering of families, will be held in Philadelphia from September 22-27. This event is held every 3 years and is sponsored by the Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Family. The theme for this gathering, "Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive," emphasizing the impact of love and life of families on our society. Families and individuals from the Diocese of Buffalo interested in attending this event are encouraged to contact St. Gemma's Catholic Pilgrimages in Buffalo, toll free at 855-710-7663, visit http://www.takeapilgrimage.com or e-mail rome@takeapilgrimage.com. Pope Francis will attend the closing ceremonies.

Now and at the Hour of Our Death - Catholic Guidance for End-of-Life Decision Making. Do you have questions about medical and moral decisions that must be made as loved ones near the end of life? Our Church offers guidance. Visit http://www.catholicendoflife.org to watch the video and read the New York State Bishops' document "Now and at the Hour of Our Death."

Help provide nourishment when people need it most. Catholic Charities' 7 food pantries in Buffalo, Getzville, Lackawanna and Wellsville help people who are experiencing an emergency or whose food budgets need stretching. Your volunteer help is needed to sort, stock and prepare food for distribution. If you are available to help for as little as 4 hours each week or more, please contact Catholic Charities' Parish Outreach at 716-218-1400 ext. 2005.

Circle of Daughters, Inc. offers counseling for men, women, and children for grief related issues as well as depression, anxiety, and parenting concerns. Also offered are a variety of groups including a group for women who have lost their mother, the only such group in WNY. Program director Day Cummings, LMSW, RN, has worked with groups and individuals for over 30 years. All services are held at our office, 4263 St. Francis Drive, Hamburg. For more information, call 716-507-6281 or email momspirit@aol.com.

USCCB-Word of Life: What joy fills My Heart when you return to Me. Because you are weak, I take you in My arms and carry you to the home of My Father.

USCCB-Palabra de Vida: Que alegría llena Mi Corazón cuando regresas a mi. Como estas débil, te tomo en mis brazos y te llevo a la casa de Mi Padre.

Don't go through divorce alone. DivorceLINK is a volunteer organization offering support and healing help to men and women of all ages who are suffering through a separation or divorce. You are invited to our open forum "RAP groups" which meets twice a month throughout the year. Divorce recovery courses are also available each spring, summer, and fall. DivorceLINK is affiliated with the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. For more information or a DivorceLINK packet filled with information and resources, call the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210.

Marriage Moment. Praying together as a couple can be a deep and perhaps awkward form of intimacy. It takes great trust to pour out your heart to God in the presence of your spouse. A first step may be praying for each other even if not in one another's presence. A second step may be silent meditation in each other's presence. Take a step this week.

Parenting Perspective. Parental words that sustain and heal: "It's normal." "I'm proud of you." "You did a good job." Look for an opportunity to say something like this today.

*** New Bulletin Announcements will be posted on May 4, 2015.***

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