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August 24, 2015

Position Available. St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Niagara Falls is looking to hire an organist and director of music by the end of August. The job would entail 4 weekend Masses between 2 worship sites, provide music for weddings, funerals and other seasonal, Holy Day and Holy Week services (Lessons and Carols, Tenebrae, Penance Service, etc.) along with working with several cantors and an established choir. There is also potential for expanding the music program. Salary commensurate based on education and experience. Interested candidates should submit a resume ASAP with references to the pastor, Rev. Robert Hughson, 1040 Cayuga Drive, Niagara Falls, NY 14304. For additional information or questions, please call 716-283-2715 ext. 201.

Respect Life Supplement coming in October 2015. Reservation deadline: Wednesday, September 2. Help us make this year's 2015 Pro-Life Supplement the greatest support for life ever! Please consider placing an advertisement in the Western New York Catholic identifying your parish, organization or group as one that celebrates and defends the sanctity and dignity of all human life, from the moment of conception to the moment of death and at all phases in between. Questions related to size and cost, or reservations of space can be directed to Darryl Tills at 716-847-8736.

Respect Life Coordinator Commissioning Mass & In-Service on Saturday, September 12, 9am Mass at St. Louis Church, Main & Edward Sts., Buffalo. Bishop Richard Malone will be commissioning new Respect Life Coordinators and re-certification pledge for all Respect Life Coordinators. In-Service at 10:30am (following Mass) at the Catholic Center, 795 Main St., Buffalo. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call the Office of Pro-Life Activities at 716-847-2205 or visit http://www.buffalodiocese.org/evangelization/prolife/coordinatorscorner.aspx.

Minister of Holy Communion Training. There is an opportunity to become a Minister of Holy Communion. The training is being held at St. Teresa Parish Center, 33 Mineral Springs Road, Buffalo on Saturday, September 12 from 9:30am to 2:30pm. Everyone is welcome. 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. Any questions, please contact the Office of Worship at 716-847-5545.

Spaghetti Dinner. St. Anthony of Padua Parish, 306 Ingham Avenue, Lackawanna will have their annual spaghetti dinner on Sunday, September 13 from 12-5pm. Dinner includes spaghetti, meatballs, bread, salad, dessert and drink. Take-out will also be available. Also available are raffle prizes which include hockey tickets, electric guitar, picnic table and cash prizes. Theme trays and baskets, pull tables and split club tickets will also be sold. Dinner and activities will be held in the parish hall. For further information, call 716-823-0872.

Anointing of the Sick Healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine will be held on Monday, September 14 at 7pm at Immaculate Conception, 520 Oakwood Avenue, East Aurora. 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.

Church Musicians' Guild of Buffalo proudly announces the first of its events for the coming year. "Convocation 2015" will be held at Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora on September 18-19. This year's keynote speaker will be the Guild's own Sister Judith Marie Kubicki, CSSF. The event, entitled "The Song of the Singing Assembly," begins at 2pm on Friday, with check-in beginning at noon. In addition to our focused topic, members will be afforded the opportunity to "gently rehearse" some of the music to be sung at the Guild's October Choral Festival. Attendees will also be invited to pray Night Prayer with Christ the King Seminary students and faculty. The second of Sister Judith Marie's talks will be held Friday evening at 7pm, with a fellowship social after the session. Morning Prayer will be celebrated on Saturday morning; the concluding address will take place at 10:30am. This promises to be a memorable event. We look forward to having you join us! For general questions and/or a registration form, please contact event chairperson, Ed Witul at 716-633-2350 or edwitul@verizon.net.

DivorceLINK. If you are living through the aftermath of being separated or divorced, consider joining a DivorceLINK Level program for support. The Levels program is an 8-week structured program for men and women, separated/divorced, in the process of rebuilding their lives as a single person. Level I - Catholic Charities Building, 3982 Main Street, Eggertsville. Orientation Thursday, September 24 from 7-9pm; last day to join is Thursday, October 1. For more information, call the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210.

St. Greg's MOMS Ministry because Motherhood Matters! Join many moms, like you, as they gather at St. Greg's on Friday mornings to begin a new year of faith, fellowship and encouragement. This year's theme is Mothers of Mercy in anticipation of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Be inspired in your Catholic faith, be supported in your vocation as a mother and be encouraged as we share the challenges and joys of being a mom. Motherhood is as universal as the Catholic Church; let's build a Catholic culture together! We offer free babysitting by reservation, a MOMS playgroup, Book Club, Faith & Film nights and opportunities for Works of Mercy. Contact Dawn Iacono, Chair, to register today at stgregsmoms@gmail.com or call/text 716-207-5172. First meeting is the Back to School American Breakfast on Friday, September 25 from 9-11am. Don't delay, register today! Mary, Mother of Mercy, pray for us!

Join the Ladies of Charity for their Annual Style Show and Theme Basket Auction on Saturday, September 26 at beautiful new venue, The Columns Banquets, 2221 Transit Road, Elma. No stairs, great parking, all ground level. Buffalo award-winning actress, Mary Kate O'Connell, is this year's commentator. Enjoy a delicious Almond Chicken Dijon luncheon. Tables fill up fast, so don't miss the chance to join your friends and support Ladies of Charity and its ministries. Doors open at 11am for browsing, lunch at 12pm and Style Show at 1pm. For reservations, contact Ladies of Charity, 1122 Broadway, Buffalo, 716-895-4001.

Alumni and Friends of Blessed Trinity School are invited to attend the annual Alumni Memorial Mass on Sunday, September 27 at 10am. An all-class reception follows in St. Charles Hall. Blessed Trinity Church, located at 317 Leroy Avenue, Buffalo, is wheelchair accessible with secured off-street parking. Additional information regarding the event, tour of the Landmark church and the alumni committee raffle is available at http://www.blessedtrinitybuffalo.org or 716-832-2540.

Bishop's Committee Visitors Annual Fall Meeting & Luncheon with Bishop Richard Malone on Thursday, October 8 at St. Philip the Apostle Church, 950 Losson Road, Cheektowaga, from 9am-2pm. Cheryl Calire, Director of Pro-Life Activities, will be the speaker. Bishop Richard Malone will be the guest speaker at the 12:15pm luncheon. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, contact the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.org.

Wedding Anniversary Mass. If you know of any couple or couples that are celebrating their 50th, 60th or 70th Wedding Anniversary for the year of 2015, a special Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Richard Malone on Sunday, October 18 at 3pm at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin Street, Buffalo. Please contact your parish rectory as soon as possible if you wish to attend, or call the Office of Family Life at 716-847-2210. Following the Mass, an informal reception will be held at the Adam's Mark Hotel.

Happy Labor Day! Nationwide, workers are celebrating the hard work that they put in year-round to keep themselves, their companies, and even our country running strong. Catholic Charities would like to celebrate you by thanking you for your continued support of our organization. Whether you give your time, your money or your support, we thank you for your continued hard work to help Catholic Charities serve 142,000 people in need in eight counties throughout Western New York.

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. Since we are in baseball season, consider tip #1 from "Becoming An All-Star Team in the Major League of Marriage" by Jack & Jane Katenkamp: "They accept the idea of the sacrifice fly (making sacrifices for your mate)." Is there a sacrifice you can make today?

Parenting Perspective. "As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord." (Joshua 24:15) As children grow older they often balk at doing "religious" stuff with their family. Be creative about inviting your children into faith experiences. Ask what they think would be a meaningful way to "serve the Lord." It might seem crazy, but try it once.

USCCB-Word of Life: "Respect for that dignity is owed to every human being because each one carries in an indelible way his own dignity and value. The origin of human life has its authentic context in marriage and in the family, where it is generated through an act which expresses the reciprocal love between a man and a woman."

USCCB-Palabra de Vida: "Se muy bien que es dificil perdonar y que, a veces, parece imposible, pero es el ˙nico camino, pues toda venganza y toda violencia engendran otras venganzas y otras violencias. Resulta, ciertamente, menos dificil perdonar cuando se tiene conciencia de que Dios no se cansa de amarnos y perdonarnos".

*** New Bulletin Announcements will be posted on August 31, 2015.***

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