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May 2, 2016

Good News Gets Around.... Did you know that you can find diocesan television and video programs, including "Consider this... with Bishop Malone" and "Our Daily Bread" with Father Paul Seil, on Daybreak TV's YouTube channel? Visit http://www.daybreaktv.org and click on the website's YouTube button or web search for Daybreak TV Productions YouTube.

Do you find yourself anxious, sad, or feeling "empty"? May is Mental Health Month. Don't disregard how you feel. Those symptoms could be signs of clinical depression, which impacts more than 15 million Americans each year. Catholic Charities Monsignor Carr Institute offers comprehensive mental health and chemical dependency treatment outpatient services in Erie County, plus 3 clinics in Niagara County dedicated to the mental health treatment of children ages 3-18, and their families. In all 8 counties, Catholic Charities also offers professional counseling in our local offices. Work toward the path to whole health. For more information, look for Counseling and Mental Health in our Services list at http://www.ccwny.org or call 716-218-1400. Also find us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Appeal 2016 deadline: June 30. Find Good Within.

Fine Arts Night at Cardinal O'Hara High School, 39 O'Hara Road, Tonawanda will highlight the student's music, art, dance and culinary presentations at displays throughout the school beginning at 6:30pm on May 10. At 7pm, the dance and music programs will take place in the Performing Arts Center. Self-portraits, acrylics, and photography will blend with music by the school's jazz and concert bands as well as vocal presentations by the Song Corps and a cappella groups. Dance students will perform and culinary arts students will serve appetizers and desserts they prepared for the event. The evening is free and open to the public. For information, call the school at 716-695-2600.

Human Trafficking in WNY & Beyond. St. Joseph University Parish Social Justice committee invites you to a panel presentation about Human Trafficking on Wednesday, May 11 at 7pm at 3269 Main Street, Buffalo. City Court Judge Amy Martoche, Assistant District Attorney Ryan Haggerty and Todd Bunnenburg (Victim Assistance Specialist I.C.E.) will address trafficking in WNY, what the legal system is doing about it, and risk factors and signs of human trafficking. For more information, contact Patty Spear at pspear@stjosephbuffalo.org or 716-833-0298.

The Bishop's Committee Visitors will hold their Annual Day of Reflection on Thursday, May 12 at St. Philip the Apostle, 950 Losson Road, Cheektowaga. Sister Mary Johnice, from the Response to Love Center, will be the speaker. Sister Johnice will speak on "Discipleship in the Year of Mercy;" she has accepted the challenge to become "a prophetic witness to a world in need of healing." Registration is at 9:30am; day concludes at 2pm. There is no fee. Bring a brown bag lunch; beverage and dessert provided. Day includes morning presentation, Mass and more. Everyone is invited to attend. For further information, contact the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.org.

Walk for Faith 2016. St. Brendan on the Lake Roman Catholic Parish is hosting a walking pilgrimage from Wilson, NY to the Lady of Fatima Shrine in Lewiston, NY on Saturday, May 14 at 8am at 345 Lake Street, Wilson. This 15 mile walk with Christ is inspired by the Holy Father's call to evangelize, devote ourselves to prayer, and in preparation for our 2016 Pilgrimage to Poland for World Youth Day. Along the journey we will pray, catechize, sing praise, celebrate penance, and evangelize. We will end with Eucharist at the Fatima Shrine at 6pm. If you do not wish to do all 15 miles, we welcome you to join us at anytime along the way. See our flyer for more details or visit us at http://www.stbrendanonthelake.org. Register with us via phone at 716-778-9822, email dffpalmer@gmail.com, or print the registration form from our website and submit by mail.

Pro-Life Office: A Pastoral Response to the Substance Abuse Epidemic. Free conference on Saturday, May 14 at Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora from 8:30-11:45am. Come join us and learn about the substance abuse epidemic, gain skills, share your concerns and plan for a better tomorrow. To register or for more information, contact Kristie Schiefer at 716-821-7722, ext. 314 or kschiefe@wnyunited.org or Sue Boyle at sboyle@wnyunited.org.

Anointing of the Sick Healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine will be held on Thursday, May 19 at 7pm at St. Gregory the Great Church, 200 St. Gregory Court, Williamsville and on Tuesday, May 24 at 7pm at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church, 157 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga. 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.

Meat Raffle and Fish Fry Dinner. Queen of Angels Parish will be having a meat raffle and Krolick's fish fry dinner on Friday, May 20 at the Parish Center, Electric & Warsaw Streets, Lackawanna. Dinner tickets are pre-sale only. Dinner will be served from 5-7pm and the Meat Raffle will begin at 7pm. Admission to the Meat Raffle is free; soft beverages and snacks will be served and beer will be available. We will be raffling a wide variety of meats, door prizes, and a $100 Wegman's gift card. A split club will also be available. Dinner tickets can be purchased before and after all Masses or by calling Gene at 716-646-0513, Vince at 716-649-6302, Mike at 716-822-0742 or the rectory at 716-826-0880. Bring your dollar bills for a chance to win great meat prizes.

Joyful, Sorrowful, and Glorious: Praying the Mysteries of Our Lives. Presented by Madeline Stafford, MS on Saturday, May 21 from 9:30-11am at St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence. Using the framework of the ancient prayer form, the Rosary, this workshop will help participants identify the joyful, sorrowful and glorious mysteries of their own lives and how these contribute to their unique soul-print. It will address ways to pray authentically in the changing seasons of our lives. For reservations, call 716-759-6893, ext. 175.

Is God Calling You? The Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities invite single women age 21 and over to consider your call to religious life during a Come and See Weekend, June 3-5 at St. Mary of the Angels, 201 Reist Street, Williamsville. Pray in the Franciscan tradition, experience the richness of a common table, feel the joy of Franciscan community life and learn how your gifts and talents can fit into religious life. For more information and to RSVP, contact Sister Caryn Crook a 315-751-6819, ccrook@sosf.org or visit http://www.sosf.org.

Buffalo Choral Arts Society - 50th Anniversary Concert on Sunday, June 5 at 3pm at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin Street, Buffalo. In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, this 120-voice chorus is proud to bring to Western New York the world-renowned composer and conductor, Dr. Z. Randall Stroope for a special concert with brass choir and Mr. Tim Socha, Cathedral Organist, under the direction of Dr. Stroope. The concert will feature works by Vierne, Vaughn Williams, Finzi, and Stroope. Also featured is the premiere performance of "O Lux Beatissima," a commissioned piece written by Dr. Stroope specifically for the chorus' anniversary. Dr. Stroope is one of the most active choral conductors and composers working today. In addition to performances in Canterbury Cathedral (England), Berliner Dom (Germany), Carnegie Hall and National Presbyterian Cathedral (Washington, DC), Dr. Stroope has conducted 5 performances in The Vatican in the past 4 years. Tickets are available by calling 716-775-SONG (775-7664) or online at http://www.BuffaloChoralArts.org.

St. John Kanty Parish Community Annual Polka Mass & Summer Festival on Sunday, June 5. Mass at 10:30am followed by BW's BBQ chicken dinner, homemade sides and dessert, large basket raffle and more! Music by New Direction Band. All are welcome…bring friends and family. For further information, visit http://www.stjohnkantychurchbuffalo.wordpress.com or call the parish office at 716-893-0412. Rain or shine. St. John Kanty is located on Broadway (between Brownell and Swinburne Streets), Buffalo.

Enhance Your Marriage! Join our next class to learn effective skills that will enhance your communication and problem-solving skills with your spouse. These practical techniques are designed for all couples to take your relationship to a higher level of trust and sharing that you may never have experienced before. Classes on June 11-12 or June 25-26 at Hampton Inn, East Aurora. For more information, visit http://www.hearttoheartworkshops.com or call 716-480-9273. Instructors: Dan and Irma O'Connor.

Mount St. Mary Academy hosts Summer Sessions, Athletic and Theater Camps. Mount St. Mary Academy invites girls entering grades 5-8 to participate in its annual Summer Sessions day camp, running from August 1-5 from 9am-4pm at the school; includes a combination of athletic, art and educational sessions such as:
* Upcycle Crafts - Through fun craft projects, students will learn the art of upcycling and how important this process is for our environment and our future!
* Let Them Eat Cake - Learn to bake all kinds of "cakery" from beautiful cupcakes to decadent cakes.
* Olympic Games - Compete for Gold in Mount Olympics 2016! Take the field for Olympic-style sports such as Basketball, Track & Field, and Soccer.
Additional athletic camps will be held throughout July, including Lacrosse (July 11-15), Volleyball (July 18-22), Running (July 18-22), Basketball (July 25-27) and Softball (July 25-29). MSM will also offer Theater Camp (July 25-29). For more information, parents may download a brochure from the school's website at http://www.msmacademy.org or call Mount St. Mary Academy at 716-877-1358.

Pro-Life Office: SAVE THE DATE - Dedication of the Mother Teresa Home on Thursday, August 25. The pastoral mission of the "Mother Teresa Home" is to promote safety, stability and well-being for pregnant and/or young people who have experienced or been exposed to pressure, violence, neglect or trauma, in regards to their pregnancy. The Mother Teresa Home will achieve this through providing programs that provide shelter, community service and prevention education for youth, adults and families. More details will follow.

Marriage Moment. Remember your first long trip together - either for fun, to meet each other's family, or even a funeral? What did you like about making travel plans together? What was a stress because of your differences? What have you learned?

Parenting Perspective. May 6 is Mother's Day. What's a father to do on Mother's Day? It's not your job to get a gift for your wife but rather to coach your son or daughter (if need be) in deciding how they can best honor their mother. Be there, but not the primary giver.

Pro-Life Office: USCCB-Word of Life: "An unexpected pregnancy can bring joy, excitement, awe, gratitude, and deeper love than I knew was possible."

Oficina de Pro-Vita: USCCB-Palabra de Vida: "También sé que un embarazo inesperado puede ser la ocasión de alegría, emoción, asombro, gratitud y un amor más profundo de lo que yo pensaba que era possible."

Spiritual Uplift Packet. Feeling sad, down, discouraged, "blue?" Looking for healthy, wholesome alternatives to cope? Reach out now. Inner healing and hope are a phone call or email away. For your free packet of practical easy to use resources to provide you with tried and true antidotes or for more information, contact the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.org.

Loneliness and Grief - 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, call 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.org.

*** New Bulletin Announcements will be posted on May 9, 2016.***

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