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May 18, 2015

Education Tax Credits - We Need Your Help! Bishop Richard Malone was joined this past week in Buffalo by Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Governor Andrew Cuomo to call upon New York State lawmakers to enact the Education Tax Credit (ETC) before they adjourn in mid-June. This measure will not only provide much needed tuition relief for families who choose a Catholic school for their children, it will increase support to our public schools as well. This is the year to make it happen and we need your help. Please go to http://www.nyscatholic.org and click on "Hot Issues: Action Alert" to urge lawmakers to vote in favor of the ETC. Thank You!

Eucharistic Adoration and Holy Hour for Life on Thursday, May 28 from 6-7pm at St. Andrew's Church, 1525 Sheridan Drive, Kenmore. Come and experience the restorative and transformative power of prayer while in the presence of our Lord, Jesus Christ!

The Choir of St. Louis Church, under the direction of organist/choirmaster Frank Scinta, will present a choral concert on Thursday, May 28 at 7:30pm in the church sanctuary, located at Main and Edward Streets in downtown Buffalo. For more information, contact St. Louis Parish Office at 716-852-6040 or Frank Scinta at 716-907-0466 or scintaf@canisius.edu.

The Annual Novena to honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus will be held at St. Michael Church, 651 Washington Street, Buffalo beginning on Thursday, June 4 and continue through Friday, June 12, the Feast of the Sacred Heart. Masses will be celebrated daily at 6:45am, 12:10pm and 5:15pm. Sunday Mass will be celebrated at 7am, 8:30am, 10am, 12pm, and 5pm. Jesuit preachers will speak at the 12:10pm and 5:15pm Masses.

Immaculate Conception School Golf Tournament. The Immaculate Conception Home and School Association (East Aurora) is proud to announce the second annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser on Friday, June 5 at Holland Hills Golf Course. The event features 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch at the turn, and a steak dinner following the event. Dinner only packages are available. To register as a golfer, dinner guest, or sponsor, please visit http://icschoolea.com/events/icsgolftournament.aspx for a registration form. If you have any questions, please contact icsgolfouting@gmail.com. All proceeds benefit Immaculate Conception School.

Enthronement of the Sacred Heart is an active spiritual program carried out within the home to increase personal and family devotion to the Sacred Heart. Come join us on Friday, June 12 at 8:30am Mass at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church, 157 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga; Msgr. Peter Popadick will be the celebrant. This will be followed by coffee and donuts in the school cafeteria. Wheelchair accessible. All are welcome.

Symphony of Choirs - Peace is Every Voice featuring The Buffalo Master Chorale, Westminister Presbyterian Church Choir, and St. Joseph University Choir. A celebration of song - calling for peace in our time - on Saturday, June 13 at 7:30pm at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin Street, Buffalo. For information, visit http://www.bnchoirs.org.

Dinner Lecture Series at Christ the King Seminary. Wednesday, June 17 - "Marriage and the Family: Synods of Mercy and Compassion" presented by Rev. Gabriel Scarfia, OFM. Wednesday, June 24 - "There Shall Be No Poor Among You" presented by Deacon Don Weigel. Reservations are required. Dinner is at 5:45pm; lectures are 6:45-8:30pm in the main dining room of Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora. To register, call Gayle Angelli at 716-805-1438.

Live Your Legacy Workshop. Genealogy will be presented by Lynn Dziak on Wednesday, June 17 from 6:30-7:30pm as part of the Live Your Legacy Workshop Series. No matter if you have been researching your family tree for years or are just getting started, this workshop will provide you with information to assist you with your search. The program will be held at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 4000 Elmwood Avenue, Kenmore. No charge; open to the community. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Nancy Weil, Director of Bereavement Support Services, at 716-873-6500.

The Twelve Steps: A Path to Spiritual Wholeness presented by Karl Shallowhorn, MS, CSAC on Saturday, June 20 from 9:30-11am at St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence. Explore spirituality from a twelve-step prospective. For reservations, call 716-759-6893 ext. 175.

2015 Hilbert College Boys and Girls Summer Basketball Camps. The Boys weeks are June 28-July 2 and July 12-16. The lone Girls week is July 5-9. Please note that 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 free brochure, go to http://www.hilberthawks.com and click on "Events." For more information, contact Rob deGrandpre at 716-926-8803 or rdegrandpre@hilbert.edu (Boys) or Melissa Graham at 716-697-8946 or mgraham@hilbert.edu (Girls).

World Meeting of Families, the world's largest Catholic gathering of families, will be held in Philadelphia from September 22-27. This event is held every 3 years and is sponsored by the Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Family. The theme for this gathering, "Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive," emphasizing the impact of love and life of families on our society. Families and individuals from the Diocese of Buffalo interested in attending this event are encouraged to contact St. Gemma's Catholic Pilgrimages in Buffalo, toll free at 855-710-7663, visit http://www.takeapilgrimage.com or e-mail rome@takeapilgrimage.com. Pope Francis will attend the closing ceremonies.

Office of Pro-Life Activities - Telephone Hotline Numbers. Crisis Pregnancy, Abortion Alternatives & Healing: 716-847-2205. St. Gianna Pregnancy Outreach Centers, helping mothers and fathers in need: 716-842-BABY (2229) Buffalo, 716-203-7593 Chautauqua County, 716-284-BABY (2229) Niagara County. Project Rachel, post-abortion reconciliation: 716-847-2211. Please consider running the updated hotline numbers in your bulletin. For your convenience, you can also download it from our website at http://www.buffalodiocese.org/outreach/prolife/tabid/208/default.aspx.

Good News Gets Around... In 2014, Bishop Richard Malone and local parishioners celebrated a nationally-televised Easter Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral for ABC affiliates and Christmas Mass for NBC-TV affiliates through the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission. Daybreak TV Productions produced, recorded, and delivered the Masses. Both Masses were aired by more than 85% of the network affiliates across the country with a viewing potential near 90 million. Daybreak has provided 5.5 hours of television specials for major national TV networks.

Catholic Charities - any amount counts. Have you contributed to our annual Appeal campaign? Any donation, large or small, impacts the lives of the more than 142,000 we serve. By supporting our campaign you are dedicating yourself to the mission of Catholic Charities to assist those in need, ranging from basic emergency assistance to an older adult who lives alone, to helping a child get a healthy start to life. For more information or to make a pledge, please call 716-218-1400 or visit http://www.ccwny.org.

Now and at the Hour of Our Death - Catholic Guidance for End-of-Life Decision Making. What does the Church teach about...end-of-life medical treatments? ...doctor-assisted suicide? ...health care proxies and living wills? Find answers to these questions and more at http://www.catholicendoflife.org.

Marriage Moment. "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control." (Galatians 5:22-23) Which of these is your beloved's strongest quality? Sure, he/she may have many, but pick one and share it.

Parenting Perspective. June 1 is National Go Barefoot Day. Have fun together as a family being silly and carefree. But why not make a difference to those who don't have shoes to take off. Count your shoes and check out http://Soles4Souls.org.

USCCB-Word of Life: When God Created each of us, He did so with precision and purpose, and He looks on each of us with love that cannot be outdone in intensity or tenderness. Moreover, the Lord invites each of us to behold ourselves and each other with the same wonder and awe.

USCCB-Palabra de Vida: Cuando Dios creó a cada uno de nosotros, lo hizo con precisión y con un propósito, y mira a cada uno de nosotros con un amor que no se puede superar en intensidad ni ternura. Además, el Señor nos invita a contemplarnos a nosotros mismos y a contemplarnos mutuamente con la misma maravilla y asombro.

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 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, call 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.org.

*** New Bulletin Announcements will be posted on June 1, 2015.***

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