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August 3, 2015

Anointing of the Sick Healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine will be held on Monday, August 24 at 7pm at St. John Neumann - St. Cecilia worship site, 991 Centerline Road, Sheldon. 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.

Infant of Prague Lawn Fete. Come join the fun at the Infant of Prague Lawn Fete, 921 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga on August 28-29. Rides and games, carnival food, games of chance, beer garden, entertainment, basket extravaganza, and much more. On Saturday there will be Party Animals Petting Zoo and from 4-7pm (or until sold out) Krolick's BBQ dinner. Fun for the whole family. See you there.

Lectio Divina Workshop. Experience a prayerful encounter with Jesus through Lectio Divina. This traditional prayer form is based on contemplation of Scripture through meditative reading. Participants will experience Lectio Divina and will be equipped to lead small groups in this method. Saturday, September 12 from 9:30am-2:30pm at Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse, 5229 South Park Avenue, Hamburg. Lunch, Bible and book, "Pray with the Bible-Meditate with the Word," included with registration fee. For more information, contact Sister Barbara Schiavoni at bschiavoni@buffalodiocese.org or 716-847-5516. To register, contact Elizabeth Santini at esantini@buffalodiocese.org or 716-847-5501. Registration and payment requested by August 31.

Thinking about separation or divorce? Is your marriage or that of a relative or friend heading for divorce? Retrouvaille is designed to help troubled marriages regain their health. The program is highly successful in saving hurting marriages. For more information, call 716-474-9371 or visit http://www.marriagesaved.com. The next Retrouvaille weekend is September 18-20.

6th Annual Break the Cycle Bike-A-Thon & Walk honoring the lives of those affected by domestic violence. The Erie County Commission for the Status of Women, along with several domestic violence service providers, will be holding the 6th Annual "Break the Cycle Bike-a-Thon & Walk" on Saturday, September 26 at Isle View Park in Tonawanda, NY. Following the Bike-a-Thon & Walk, a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Tribute Garden will take place, along with a celebration of music, basket raffles, and light food and refreshments. One in four women will be a victim of domestic violence at some point in their life; the Garden will act as a permanent memorial to those who have lost their lives to domestic violence, as well as to honor the lives of survivors. To register for the event and for more information, please visit http://tributegardenwny.org.

Holy Land Pilgrimage - November 11-20, 2015. Walk in the footsteps of Jesus on the pilgrimage of a lifetime! Haifa, Tiberias, Nazareth, Bethlehem, Jerusalem! Hosted by Fr. Paul Seil, Pastor of St. Bernadette Church, Orchard Park and host of "Our Daily Bread." For a free brochure, call 716-649-3090 or 716-491-9431.

Pope Francis Encyclical, Laudato Si: St. Francis, faithful to Scripture, invites us to see nature as a magnificent book in which God speaks to us and grants us a glimpse of his infinite beauty and goodness. "Through the greatness and the beauty of creatures one comes to know by analogy their maker" (Wis. 13:5); indeed, "his eternal power and divinity have been made known through his works since the creation of the world" (Rom. 1:20). Rather than a problem to be solved, the world is a joyful mystery to be contemplated with gladness and praise. Action: During this season of summer, be aware of the beauty that surrounds us, see beauty as a "magnificent book in which God speaks to us... " Ask yourself, Am I aware that this precious gift, Earth and all of creation, are a gift? Am I listening to God's Spirit within me to hear what God is asking me to do to care for all people and all creatures and all creation? Read Pope Francis' encyclical and hear what the Pope is asking us to do. (Find the encyclical at http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/encyclicals/documents/papa-francesco_20150524_enciclica-laudato-si.html or Google Vatican encyclical environment English).

Teams of Our Lady is a program that seeks to promote authentic married love that not only leads to God but also to a more intimate and enriching relationship with one's spouse. A Team is a group of five to seven couples affiliated with a Catholic priest/chaplain who have freely decided to join together to find support in their efforts to lead Gospel lives. For more information or a brochure, contact Dave & Cheryl Clifford at 716-677-0920 or email thetaximom82@yahoo.com.

Journey Into Love. The Office of Family Life Ministries is looking for married couples to assist with the monthly diocesan marriage preparation program, Journey Into Love. Married couples help by giving a 20 minute talk once or twice a year on essential topics and issues that engaged and newly married couples face. Married couples that support this ministry find it beneficial to their own marriage and their efforts contribute to the strengthening of family life as couples prepare for their marriage. If you are interested in finding out more about this very successful diocesan marriage program, please call the Family Life Office at 716-847-2210.

USCCB-Word of Life: "In a special way, believers in Christ must defend and promote this right, aware as they are of the wonderful truth recalled by the Second Vatican Council: 'By his incarnation the Son of God has united himself in some fashion with every human being.'" Pope Saint John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae, no. 2.

USCCB-Palabra de Vida: "Los creyentes en Cristo deben, de modo particular, defender y promover este derecho, conscientes de la maravillosa verdad recordada por el Concilio Vaticano II: 'El Hijo de Dios, con su encarnación, se ha unido, en cierto modo, con todo hombre.'" Papa San Juan Pablo II, Evangelium Vitae, no. 2.

Bereavement Packet. 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, please call 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalo.org.

Marriage Moment. Reinventing date night. Novelty is more important than just doing the familiar. Dinner, a movie, the usual aren't bad, but often a quirky, weird date can bring pleasure because it's different. Take turns surprising each other.

Parenting Perspective. Have a memory party. Pull out old photographs or songs from your youth. Enjoy. Maybe even organize those loose photos or digital files.

*** New Bulletin Announcements will be posted on August 10, 2015.***

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