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July 21, 2014

Sunday Masses at 7:30am on WUTV Fox29. 8/3 Fr. Robert Yetter. 8/10 Fr. Sean Fleming. 8/17 Fr. Richard Zajac. 8/24 Msgr. John Madsen. 8/31 Msgr. Thomas Maloney.

Our Daily Bread for August will feature 3 women from different parish communities to talk with host Fr. Paul D. Seil about the importance of service ministries in western New York. Tune in Saturday August 9 at 5:30am and Noon on WKBW-TV Channel 7 to enjoy this show.

St. Margaret's Parish Picnic/Tailgate Party on the front lawn of the Church, 1395 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo on Sunday, August 24. Featured is a chicken barbeque dinner by Krolick's. Tickets are pre-sale. For further information and to purchase tickets, call Mrs. Pat Fenzel at the rectory 716-876-5318.

No one should live in hunger. Catholic Charities' five food pantries, three in Buffalo, one in Lackawanna and one in Wellsville, accept non-perishable food items to be provided for those in need. For more information or for food pantry and outreach locations, please call 716-856-4494 or visit http://www.ccwny.org.

Action Alert - Oppose the Unprecedented Attack on Conscience and Religious Freedom. As early as this week, the Senate may vote on a bill by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), the Protect Women's Health from Corporate Interference Act (S. 2578). This measure would not only reverse the recent Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision, but go far beyond. S. 2578 negates any right that employers, insurers or employees may have under Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) or any other federal law, to opt out of federally mandated coverage. Please do what you can to urge people to oppose S. 2578. Send e-mails through NCHLA's Action Center - https://www.votervoice.net/NCHLA/campaigns/36673/respond. This misnamed measure could potentially empower federal officials to mandate abortion or any other item in all health plans, forcing Americans to violate their deeply held religious and moral beliefs on respect for human life.

Marriage Moment. The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant…finding a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it (Mt 13:45-46). Your spouse is like that pearl. Don't let work or projects or hobbies or even your children bump him or her from first place. It's priceless.

Parenting Perspective. The last Sunday in July has been designated as Parents Day. Why not make it more than a Hallmark kind of day. Reflect on how your children need the talents of both parents to thrive. If you're a solo parent, use this opportunity to seek out a trusted friend to provide some of the skills you lack to round out your child's development.

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 contact your Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.org.

What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us. If you are bereaved, Circle of Daughters, Inc. offers individual and family counseling, young widows/widowers group and general bereavement group for men and women. Contact 716-507-6281, email momsspirit@aol.com or visit http://www.circleofdaughters.com. For a bereavement packet for adults and/or a parenting packet to assist parents/adults helping their children cope with grief and loss, please contact your Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.org.

The Boys of Summer will perform at an outdoor concert at SS. Columba-Brigid Church, 75 Hickory Street, Buffalo on Sunday, August 3 from Noon until 4pm. Hot dogs, desserts and a beer tent will add to the enjoyment of the day. For further information, call Father Roy at 716-852-2076.

*** New Announcements will be published again on July 28, 2014 ***

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