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November 30, 2015

Saint Joseph Club. Are you in high school, thinking priesthood and want to meet others who are as well? Then check out the Saint Joseph Club. The club is open to all high school men who wish to take a serious look at their lives and grow personally, emotionally and spiritually. Each member is asked to attend the club's meetings and events in an attempt to discern and understand God's call in their life. Meetings are held at Christ the King Seminary generally once a month. Brochures are available at your parish. If you would like more information, please contact Rev. Andrew Lauricella, Vocation Director, at 716-847-5535.

Response Program. Do you feel called to priesthood? Would you like to meet others with the same calling? The Response Program is a process of on-going prayer and discernment designed for adult Catholic men (college age and older) who have taken the initiative to express interest in diocesan priesthood. Meetings are held at Christ the King Seminary generally once a month. Brochures are available at your parish. If you would like more information, please contact Rev. Andrew Lauricella, Vocation Director, at 716-847-5535.

Our Daily Bread: Advent will air on Saturday, December 12 at 5:30am and 12noon on WKBW-TV Ch. 7. This encore presentation features Fr. Paul Seil whipping up some holiday goodies. Joining him in the kitchen is Fr. Jack Ledwon. Together they talk about the time of Advent.

Legacy of Victory: Remembering Father Baker will air on Sunday, December 13 at 12:30pm on WKBW-TV Ch. 7. This 90-minute documentary looks at the life and accomplishments of this extraordinary man whose charity and service to others continues to impact lives today.

Breakfast with Santa. St. Andrew Church in Sloan will have their annual Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, December 13 from 9am-1pm in their parish hall, 111 Crocker Street, Sloan. Buffet style breakfast includes pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns, coffee, tea and juice. There will be activities for the kids, crafters, and pictures with Santa! For more information, call 716-892-0425.

Greccio Christmas Concert. Cardinal O'Hara High School, 39 O'Hara Road, Tonawanda will continue one of its longest running traditions with a Greccio reenactment and Christmas concert on December 16 at 6:30pm. The O'Hara freshman class will reenact St. Francis of Assisi's pageant for the birth of Jesus Christ, a Franciscan tradition. The school's Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Chorus and Song Corps will also perform their annual concert of holiday favorites in the performing arts center immediately following the Greccio reenactment. Prior to the show, the Fine Arts Department will host a spaghetti dinner fundraiser in the student dining room. Eat-in or take-out is available and tickets may be purchased at the O'Hara main office or call 716-695-2600, ext. 312.

Voices of Mercy Christmas Concert. Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Road, Lewiston, is pleased to present the Voices of Mercy Christmas Concert on Monday, December 29 at 7pm. This annual favorite Christmas concert will be held in the beautifully decorated National Shrine Basilica. Festival lights on every evening 5-9pm through January 6. Free parking and admission; handicap accessible. Gift shop open daily 9am-9pm. For daily cafeteria hours and more information, call 716-754-7489.

Calix is a gathering of individuals who want to improve their spiritual program because they are afflicted or affected by the disease of alcoholism. Calix is for people who are putting together a spiritual program which uses the 12 Step approach. A journey which brings Step 11 into a deeper and fuller meaning. The Buffalo Unit of Calix Society meets the last Sunday of the month at 3pm in the basement meeting room of St. Michael's Church Rectory, 651 Washington Street, Buffalo. For more information, contact Rev. Martin Moleski at 716-888-2383. International website is

If you or someone you know is struggling with finances, domestic violence, or child behavior issues, Catholic Charities is the place to start. Find help through a caring staff member who can help sort out the issues at one of our offices. For more information, call your local office or 716-856-4494, or go to We're also on Facebook at and Twitter at

Are you or is someone you know an out of work job seeker? Facing the challenge of being unemployed and working through this tough economy is tough enough. You don't have to go it alone. Contact the Office of Family Life Ministries for your free packet containing practical resources, prayers, scripture support, and programs designed to support you on your journey. Just call us at 716-847-2210 or email

"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 2015 packet "Coping with Seasons of Loss" is filled with resources, insights, prayers, and scripture support. For your packet, please contact the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email

USCCB-Word of Life: Heavenly Father, thank you for the precious gift of life. Help us to cherish and protect this gift, even in the midst of fear, pain, and suffering. Give us love for all people, especially the most vulnerable, and help us bear witness to the truth that every life is worth living. Grant us the humility to accept help when we are in need, and teach us to be merciful to all. Through our words and actions, may others encounter the outstretched hands of your mercy. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen. -USCCB 2015-16 Respect Life Program.

USCCB-Palabra de Vida: Padre celestial, gracias por el preciado don de la vida. Ay˙danos a valorar y proteger este don, incluso si hay temor, dolor y sufrimiento. Danos amor por todas las personas, en especial los mßs vulnerables, y ay˙danos a dar testimonio de la verdad que toda vida merecer vivir. ConcØdenos la humildad de aceptar ayuda si la necesitamos, y ensرanos a ser misericordiosos con todos. Que otros encuentren por nuestras palabras y acciones el abrazo de Tu misericordia. Te lo pedimos por Cristo, nuestro Senor. Amen. -USCCB Programa Respetemos la Vida 2015-16.

Marriage Moment. Do you have a pet name for your spouse (baby, honey, a nickname that only you use)? It is not essential but often it can remind both of you of your special relationship. It's like calling God, "Abba."

Parenting Perspective. St. Nick's Day is December 6. It is a nice custom to put a treat in your child's shoe the night before. Butàalso remember there are children in our world without shoes. If your child is old enough, tell him/her about Soles4Souls, <a target="_blank" href=" "> Maybe your child will offer to give an extra pair of shoes.

*** New Bulletin Announcements will be posted on December 7, 2015.***

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