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May 23, 2016

St. Louis Choir to present Spring Concert. The Choir of St. Louis Church will present A Choral Evening on Thursday, May 26 at 7:30pm in St. Louis Church, 35 Edward Street (at Main) in downtown Buffalo. The program is free and open to all. Featured will be works of Farrant, Bruckner, Ouseley, Friedel and others. The St. Louis Choir is an all-volunteer ensemble composed of members of the parish and other area music lovers. The choir rehearses each Thursday evening and leads the musical worship at 11am each Sunday. Its repertoire covers nine centuries of sacred music and nearly every style of western composition. For more information, call 716-907-0466 or email

Witness Talks by Maureen Digan and her husband, Deacon Bob on Thursday, June 2 at 7pm at St. Gregory the Great Parish, Maple Road at St. Gregory Court, Williamsville and on Friday, June 3 at 7pm at SS. Peter & Paul Parish, 66 East Main Street, Hamburg. Please join us to hear their story and her miraculous cure after a journey to Poland to the tomb of Sister Maria Faustina. Maureen's unprecedented recovery was examined by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, doctors, theologians, cardinals and bishops and was accepted as a miracle. Maureen's cure, deemed a miracle, was the evidence needed to lead Sister Faustina's beatification in 1993. Following the approval of a second miracle, Sister Faustina was canonized in 2000.

BBQ Chicken Dinner. St. Anthony Parish, Lackawanna will hold their annual BBQ Chicken Dinner on Sunday, June 5. BBQ chicken dinner and Mulberry's chicken fingers and fries will be featured this year. Dinners will be served at the Lake Erie Italian Club located at 3200 South Park Avenue, Lackawanna beginning at 12pm until 6pm or sold out. Also available will be many theme trays and baskets, Sweepstakes Raffle, 50/50 raffle, face painting and outreach tables. Tickets can be purchased at the rectory at 306 Ingham Avenue, Lackawanna, at the door or by calling 716-823-0782 in advance.

Anointing of the Sick Healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine will be held on Monday, June 13 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

St. Christopher Bereavement Team will have their Annual Children's Memorial Prayer Service on Tuesday, June 14 at 7pm at St. Christopher Church, 2660 Niagara Falls Boulevard, Tonawanda. Anyone who has lost a beloved child - no matter how old the child was or how long ago the loss - is invited to attend " Light A Candle for You." This special service includes prayers and readings, poems, music and a candle lighting remembrance. For more information, contact the parish office at 716-692-2660 or Deacon Tom Healey at 716-812-7609.

Love, nurture and a safe home. Are you ready to offer these and more? It is all some children want but may not find. Catholic Charities is working to help their dreams come true. To learn more about opening your heart and home as a foster family, attend the next informational session for prospective foster and adoptive parents in Erie County on June 14 at 525 Washington Street, Buffalo. For times, more information and to register, call 716-856-4494, ext. 360 or email For more about foster care, go to You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Appeal 2016 deadline: June 30. Find Good Within.

2016 Hilbert College Boys and Girls Summer Basketball Camps. The Boys weeks are June 26-30 and July 10-14. The lone Girls week is July 17-21. The registration/check-in is on Sunday(s) between 2:30-4pm and each camp concludes on Thursday(s) at 3pm. Campers are given the choice of staying on campus (resident camper) in air conditioned Trinity Hall, or commuting (day camper). Day camp runs from 9am-9pm weekly. All meals included in the cost. To download a brochure, go to and click on "Events." For more information on the Boys camps, please contact Hilbert College Head Men's Basketball Coach Rob deGrandpre at 716-926-8803 or For more information on the Girls camp or the August 1-4 High School Girls Elite Camp, contact Coach Melissa Graham at 716-926-8775 or

Adult Faith Formation: "Engaging Adults." Effective faith formation with adults is the key to vibrant parish life and the transmission of faith to the next generation. Presented by Vibrant Faith, this national workshop will offer a vision, methods and strategies for fostering discipleship throughout the life cycle of today's adults: in young, midlife and older adults. Wednesday, August 17 from 9am-3:30pm at Immaculate Conception Convent, 5229 South Park Avenue, Hamburg. Lunch included with registration. For more information and registration, go to or contact Sr. Barbara Schiavoni at 716-847-5516.

For your Marriage. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) provides information and resources about a healthy marriage, in general, and Catholic marriage, in particular. Offerings include a Daily Marriage Tip, regularly changing features like the monthly Marriage Quiz, Book of the Month review and Marriage in the News. They continue to add to the content on a regular basis. Visit, click on "Caring for Your Marriage," then "Resources."

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28) Everyday there are things that remind us of our experiences of loss. Grief never takes a vacation! Our free 2016 packet "Coping with Seasons of Loss" is filled with resources, insights, prayers and Scripture support. For your packet, contact the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email

God Knows Parenting is a Wild Ride! If you ever wished for practical tools, resources, skill-building techniques, and lots more, one of these free parenting packets is designed just for you. Parenting Packet I: addresses the basic tough tasks of raising children in today's world. Parenting Packet II: is for those separated or divorced; focuses on positive ways to co-parent well in order to help children of all ages who are profoundly affected by their parents' divorce deal with the pain and upheaval in their lives. Parenting Packet III: death and grief are inescapable. If you feel ill-prepared to discuss death with a child, you are not alone. This packet offers useful tools from preschool through teens. For your free packet, please call the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or e-mail

Pro-Life Office: USCCB-Word of Life: "In him we have redemption by his blood, the forgiveness of transgressions, in accord with the riches of his grace that he lavished upon us." -Ephesians 1:7-8

Oficina de Pro-Vita: USCCB-Palabra de Vida: "Pues por Cristo, por su sangre, hemos recibido la redención, el perdón de los pecados". -Efesios 1:7.

Marriage Moment. "Do this in remembrance of me." (1 Cor. 11:24) Jesus used these words when sharing bread and wine with the apostles at the Last Supper. When we consume food and drink it becomes part of our body and blood. Be mindful of Jesus presence in the next meal you eat together.

Parenting Perspective. Friendship is important to both kids and adults. Do you know who your child's best friends are? Childhood friends often move away. Call, e-mail or Skype a childhood friend of yours. Is there someone your child would like to reconnect with too?

*** New Bulletin Announcements will be posted on June 6, 2016.***

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