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December 22, 2014

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ONE AND ALL!!!

Angels - Who They Are and What They Do presented by Carol Wolf on Saturday, January 10 & 17 from 9:30-11am at St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence. For reservations, call 716-759-6893 ext. 175.

Blessed Trinity's 2014-15 Concert Series continues with Christmas Re-Gifted at 3pm on Sunday, January 11. Ever enjoy a Christmas present so much that you wanted to pass it on, even after the holiday season? That is just what the combined choirs of Blessed Trinity and Our Lady of Pompeii have in mind as they invite you to share Christmas Re-Gifted, a post-holiday concert featuring some of the choral favorites they worked so hard to perfect for Christmas. Blessed Trinity is located at 317 Leroy Avenue, Buffalo. On Friday, January 16 at 7pm, you will have a second chance to enjoy their musical finale at Our Lady of Pompeii Church, 158 Laverack Avenue, Lancaster. For information, call 716-833-0301 or visit http://www.blessedtrinitybuffalo.org.

Welcoming Catholics Living with Divorce. Catholics are coming home and some will certainly be Catholics living with divorce. Many of those who left the church did so because of divorce. And the pain of divorce can run deep. Are there real obstacles to their return? What is an annulment? How do we get the correct information out? What is available through the annulment process? Barb Wyse will lead this explanatory session in the hall at Infant of Prague, 921 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga on January 17 from 10am-12noon. Barb is a lifelong leader in parish, vicariate and diocesan activities. She has been involved in evangelization efforts for 20 years, working as an Annulment Companion for the last 10 years. Barb coordinates Annulment Companions and offers Annulment Writing Workshops each and every year. To register, contact Dennis Mahaney at dmahaney@buffalodiocese.org or call 716-847-8393. Registration deadline is January 15 and there is no cost.

Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School's Annual Alumni Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, January 17 at 4pm. Please join us in Bishop Timon-St. Jude Auditorium as we remember Timon Alumni who have entered into Eternal Life this past year. A reception will follow Mass from 5-7pm. Please RSVP by calling 716-826-3610 ext. 246 with the number attending by January 9.

St. John the Baptist School (Kenmore) Open House on Sunday, January 25 from 1-3pm. St. John the Baptist School is located at 1085 Englewood Avenue, Kenmore. Now enrolling Pre-Kindergarten to 8th Grade. For further information, visit http://www.stjohnskenmore.com.

Be a lifeline for someone in need. Catholic Charities' Telephone Assurance Program is a free volunteer service providing regular telephone calls to seniors and disabled individuals or those who are isolated and homebound. Relationships grow and last for years through a regular daily, weekly or monthly call. If you know of someone in Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee or Orleans counties who wants to receive calls, contact Carolyn Kwiatkowski at Catholic Charities at 716-218-1450 ext. 2003.

Have a little time and love to spare? Catholic Charities administers the Foster Grandparent Program in Erie County and is calling out to income eligible individuals over 55 to share their experience, skills and talents, and change young lives. At schools and child care centers, foster grandparents receive a modest stipend and provide a consistent model for children who welcome a loving hand. For more information, contact Susan or Erin at 716-896-6388 or susan.seawood@ccwny.org or erin.pustulka@ccwny.org.

Marriage Moment. The Christmas Vigil uses the genealogy of Jesus as the Gospel (Matthew 1:1-25). Do your children know their heritage back several generations? Talk with them about their relatives, dead and alive, and their ethnic roots. Perhaps go to a map and help them visualize the way they came to the place you now call home.

Parenting Perspective. Many children are baptized soon after birth and much later confirmed. Others come to baptism as adults. What difference has baptism made in your life? Really! Think about something specific. Once you have your own answer, talk to your children about their baptism. Show photos. Reenact it.

God Knows Parenting is a Wild Ride! If you ever wished for practical tools, resources, skill-building techniques and lots more, on 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, call the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.org.

Give the Gift of True Love! Heart to Heart PAIRS workshops help both men and women learn the tools to communicate skillfully, to problem solve constructively and to build lasting love in their relationships with their spouse and children. For more information, contact Dan and Irma at 716-652-1203, visit http://www.hearttoheartworkshops.com or email hearttoheartworkshops@yahoo.com.

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. Contact the Office of Family Life Ministries for your free packet of practical, easy to use resources to provide you with tried and true antidotes. For more information or a free packet, 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 thought 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.

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