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Subscribe to Diocesan News: - Have you visited the Website of the Diocese of Buffalo recently? There is much to see and do on the diocesan website including the ability to "Sign Up for Updates." The website address is: http://www.buffalodiocese.org. There are links to all kinds of information about the diocese. Choose the item entitled "Sign Up for Updates" in order to be able to receive information by Email from various diocesan departments. Also, be sure to browse around to see what is happening in our diocese.
Camp Turner. Campfires and horseback riding, hiking and crafts, archery, wood shop, and so much more. Camp Turner is still accepting registrations for weekly camping sessions this summer. (The deadline is the week before each arrival day.) The program is operated by the Catholic Diocese and open to all boys and girls age 7-16. Financial assistance is available. Please visit http://www.campturner.com to sign up, or call 716-354-4555.
Wine and Beer Tasting Party on Friday, July 10 from 7-9:30pm at St. Gregory the Great Ministry Center, Williamsville. Exclusive wine collections presented by Passport Wine & Spirits and beer tastings provided by Southern Tier Brewing Company. Groove to music by Homer Balea while sampling great food, desserts, and a coffee bar provided by Tim Horton's. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Parish Office at 716-688-5678. All are welcome. Must be at least 21 years of age to attend.
Marriage Encounter. Bells are ringing for married couples... not church bells, not school bells, it is the wake-up bell reminding you to go to a Marriage Encounter Weekend. Now is the time to improve communication, re-energize your love and feel closer to your spouse. The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend will be July 31-August 2 at the Quality Inn & Suites, Erie, PA. For more information, call 814-823-4600 or go to http://www.wwme.org.
Grief Support Programs. As part of our commitment to meeting the burial needs of our Catholic community, the Catholic Diocese Cemeteries is honored to continue the care beyond the day of the funeral. We offer grief support programs to those in need, as no one should grieve alone. Since each person experiences grief differently, we offer a wide array of programs, including traditional grief support groups, potluck dinners, social support events and even our Heavenly Hearts Choir. All of our programs are open to the community and most are offered at no charge. For more information, call Nancy Weil, Director of Grief Support, at 716-873-6500.
Teams of Our Lady is a program that seeks to promote authentic married love that not only leads to God but also to a more intimate and enriching relationship with one's spouse. A Team is a group of five to seven couples affiliated with a Catholic priest/chaplain who have freely decided to join together to find support in their efforts to lead Gospel lives. For more information or a brochure, contact Dave & Cheryl Clifford at 716-677-0920 or email email@example.com.
Catholic Charities Immigration and Refugee Assistance Program. As we celebrate the independence of our country, the approximate 600 refugees Catholic Charities resettles each year are celebrating freedom from regimes or insurgents that seek to torture, imprison or kill them. Our diocese offers a safe haven to refugees through the Catholic Charities Immigration and Refugee Assistance Program. Here they find shelter, food, clothing, and a second chance for a new life. For more information on how you might help welcome a stranger, call 716-842-0270. Find Catholic Charities at http://www.ccwny.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 & Irma at 716-652-1203 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 call the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email email@example.com.
You are invited to Annunciation's Mission 2015 in Elma from July 11-18, 7-10pm. This year's Mission theme is "Be Still." Today's world is filled with many distractions, often causing our lives to be filled with frustrations and tension. In spite of the many material things that we accumulate, we often feel unfulfilled. If you seek inner peace and a new spiritual life, Mission 2015 will help you learn to "Be Still" and listen for the voice of God. The evenings are filled with prayer, liturgy scripture, song, warm fellowship, and plenty of food! Each evening will include a different topic and speaker, as well as traditional Catholic liturgies and deeply moving spiritual opportunities. To begin your journey to a new faith awareness, call Kris or Tom at 716-652-3020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Vincent de Paul Summer Camp. It is not too late for St. Vincent de Paul Summer Camp on Lake Erie in Angola this year. Registrations are being accepted for the 2015 season. Children, ages 8-13, enjoy a camping experience in a pleasant, safe and stress-free Christian environment. Six weekly sessions begin July 12th. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. For more information, go to http://www.svdpwny.org and click on "Summer Camp." Information is also available at 716-882-3360 ext. 7 or 716-549-0986.
Dinner Lecture Series at Christ the King Seminary. Wednesday, July 15 - "Living a Eucharistic Life!" presented by Rev. Joseph Gatto. Wednesday, July 29 - "The Church at Fifty" presented by Rev. John Mack. 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.
Lawn Fete at Good Shepherd Church, 5442 Tonawanda Creek Road, North Tonawanda on Sunday July 26 from 11am to 6pm. Chicken chowder, chicken dinners by Krolick, classic car show, games, theme baskets, flea market rooms, music, beer tent. Rain or shine. Handicap accessible. For information call 716-625-8594.
A Friendly Call. The Telephone Assurance Program (TAP) is a free volunteer service providing regular telephone calls to homebound elderly and disabled persons to check on their well-being and to give people an opportunity to socialize. Relationships grow and last for years through a regular weekly, monthly or daily 5- to 15-minute call. These calls are especially needed to alleviate some concerns facing those who live alone and to help them maintain their independence. If you know of someone who would like to receive calls or make phone calls in Erie County please call 716-218-1400 ext. 2003, in Chautauqua County call 716-366-3533, and in Orleans County call 585-589-7477.
St. Gregory the Great Summer Mission Retreat. Join us this summer at our seven-night Mission Retreat to be held Sunday, July 12 through Saturday, July 18. Come and be refreshed and rejuvenated! Our Mission evenings consist of inspiring talks and liturgies and an opportunity for fellowship. We ask that you commit to all seven nights, as each builds upon the other. To reserve a spot at this summer's Mission, please call Jo Pierino in our Parish Office at 716-688-5678. For more information, call Debby or Jack at 716-634-4820.
Chiavetta's Chicken BBQ and huge Theme Tray Raffle at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 4263 St. Francis Drive, Athol Springs (across from St. Francis High School) on Sunday, July 12 from 12-5pm (or until sold out). Tickets available pre-sale or at the door. For more information, contact Jean Hymes at 716-627-2710.
Learn how to change the life of a child. Catholic Charities invites you to learn more about the adoption process or becoming a foster parent through an introductory information session set for July 14 from 10-11:30am or 6-7:30pm at our 525 Washington Street, Buffalo office. Work with Catholic Charities to make a positive impact on the lives of children and teens. For more information or to register, please call 716-856-4494 ext. 360 or email email@example.com. For more information about foster care or adoption, visit http://www.ccwny.org.
Midsummer Night's Run & Family Fun Walk at St. John the Baptist, Kenmore on Friday, July 24 from 5-11pm. Includes a 5K Run (7:30pm), one-mile Family Walk (7pm), a variety of food trucks, beer tent, DJ/karaoke, and more! St. John's is located at 1085 Englewood Avenue in Kenmore. For more information, visit http://www.stjohnskenmore.org or call 716-873-1122. It's a wonderful evening you won't want to miss!
St. Joachim School Reunion. If you attended St. Joachim School at the corner of Miller Avenue and Empire Street, Buffalo, please join us for the St. Joachim All Class Reunion that will be held on Saturday, August 1 at 12pm at Como Lake Park in Lancaster - shelter #56 near the Bowen Road entrance. Bring a dish to share at approximately 2pm. We will have a grill for everyone to use. Bring your own drinks and stories! If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lectio Divina Workshop. Experience a prayerful encounter with Jesus through Lectio Divina. This traditional prayer form is based on contemplation of Scripture through meditative reading. Participants will experience Lectio Divina and will be equipped to lead small groups in this method. Saturday, September 12 from 9:30am-2:30pm at Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse, Immaculate Conception Convent, 5229 South Park Avenue, Hamburg. Included with registration fee: lunch, Bible, and book: Pray With the Bible - Meditate With the Word. For more information, contact Sister Barbara Schiavoni at email@example.com or 716-847-5516. To register, contact Elizabeth Santini at firstname.lastname@example.org or 716-847-5501. Registration and payment requested by August 31.
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 email@example.com. Pope Francis will attend the closing ceremonies.
For Your Marriage: The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) provides information and resources about a healthy marriage in general and Catholic marriage in particular. Offerings include a Daily Marriage Tip, regularly changing features like the monthly Marriage Quiz, Book of the Month review, and Marriage in the News. They continue to add to the content on a regular basis. Go to this user friendly website - http://www.foryourmarriage.org; click on "Caring for Your Marriage," then "Resources."
The Marriage Counseling Center of Catholic Charities offers two locations (Amherst and West Seneca) and is a unique resource in Western New York because of its dedication to counseling couples for more than 50 years. Services are provided by master's level therapists who specialize in couples' treatment, pre-marital counseling and individual counseling for relationship problems. Last year the center assisted more than 4,000 people! To refer a couple, simply give the interested party our phone number, 716-839-4406, and have them call our office between 5:45am-4:45pm weekdays. Find Catholic Charities at http://www.ccwny.org.
If you are a victim of domestic violence and are in need of access to safety planning, spiritual care, legal assistance, limited medical assistance, counseling, law enforcement, the Family Justice Center of Erie County, Inc. "Where Families Come First" is for you! All services are free. All conversations strictly private. For more information, call 716-558-7233 or visit http://www.fjcsafe.org.
Journey Into Love. The Office of Family Life Ministries is looking for married couples to assist with the monthly diocesan marriage preparation program, Journey Into Love. Married couples help by giving a 20 minute talk once or twice a year on essential topics and issues that engaged and newly married couples face. Married couples that support this ministry find it beneficial to their own marriage and their efforts contribute to the strengthening of family life as couples prepare for their marriage. If you are interested in finding out more about this very successful diocesan marriage program, please call the Family Life Office at 716-847-2210.
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.
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.
The Parish Nurse Ministries, Inc. and Trocaire College are sponsoring an educational program for professional nurses interested in learning more about the role of the Faith Community Nurse. The program will be held at Christ the king Seminary, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora from July 18-25. Scholarships are available. For an application, go to http://www.pnmny.org or call 716-556-1163 for more information. Registration closes June 10.
Pilgrimage to Ste. Anne deBeaupre, August 23-29. Visit St. Joseph Oratory, St. Joachim Church, St. Anne, Three Rivers, tour Quebec City, and more! Sponsored by the parish community of St. John Kanty. For further information and to reserve a spot, contact Larry Lisiecki at 716-668-5389.
Daily TV Mass. Do you know someone who misses going to Daily Mass because of an illness or injury? The Diocese of Buffalo provides a Mass from the Our Lady Chapel at St. Joseph Cathedral Monday-Friday. The Mass airs on Time Warner cable Ch. 20 at 12:05pm (city) and at 12:05pm and 6pm (suburbs).
"Consider This...." Don't miss Bishop Richard Malone's weekly message on "Consider This...." Fridays on the Daybreak Facebook page, diocesan website, and YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/DaybreakTV and also after the Daily Mass during the week.
If you been abused or victimized by a member of the Catholic clergy, please believe in the possibility for hope, help, and healing. We encourage you to come forward and speak out. Every diocese in the United States has a victim assistance coordinator who is available to obtain support for your needs, to help you make a formal complaint of abuse to a diocese, and to arrange a personal meeting with the bishop or his representative, if you desire. The victim assistance coordinator for the Diocese of Buffalo is Mary Ann C. Deibel-Braun, LCSW. The telephone number to contact Ms. Deibel-Braun is (716) 895-3010. Written complaints can be sent to Ms. Deibel-Braun at Catholic Charities, 3370 Delaware Avenue, Kenmore NY 14217. Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mount St. Mary Academy hosts Summer Sessions, Athletic and Theater Camps. Mount St. Mary Academy in Kenmore invites girls entering grades 5-8 to participate in its annual Summer Sessions day camp running from August 3-7 from 9am-4pm at the school, which will include a combination of athletic, art, and educational sessions such as:
* Candy Creations - make projects out of candy and create magnets, pincushions, and jewelry treats out of sweet treats.
* Hunger-y Games - great books come to life in the form of delicious foods with this class. Make creative dishes that have a connection with some of your favorite books.
* Nothing But Net - pickleball, beach volleyball, and soccer tennis are just a few of the great games we'll play!
Additional athletic camps will be held throughout July, including Basketball (July 7-9), Running (July 13-17), and Lacrosse (July 27-31). Mount St. Mary will also offer Journalism Camp (July 13-17) and Theater Camp (July 27-31). For more information, parents may download a brochure from the school's website at http://www.msmacademy.org or call Mount St. Mary Academy at 716-877-1358.
Help provide nourishment when people need it most. Catholic Charities' 7 food pantries in Buffalo, Getzville, Lackawanna and Wellsville help people who are experiencing an emergency or whose food budgets need stretching. Your volunteer help is needed to sort, stock and prepare food for distribution. If you are available to help for as little as 4 hours each week or more, please contact Catholic Charities' Parish Outreach at 716-218-1400 ext. 2005.
Volunteer Opportunities. Consider giving back to the community in a special way. Kenmore Mercy Hospital is in need of dedicated volunteers in the following areas: transport, pharmacy, front desk patient information, hospitality cart, gift shop, Eucharistic ministers. All volunteers receive special training, followed by ongoing guidance and support. Individuals interested in volunteering for Kenmore Mercy should contact Lynn A. Overbeck, CAVS, Director of Volunteer Services at 716-447-6188.
Discover your light and ignite it in others. Catholic Charities Service Corps (CCSC) invites young adults to find the opportunity to use their education, talents, life experiences and faith in meaningful, practical ways. CCSC is a year-long service program often described as a local Peace Corps with a spiritual component. Young adults, typically recent college graduates, live in Buffalo beginning in August and engage in full-time, direct service work at non-profit agencies with individuals and families in need. Throughout their service, young adults focus on four core values: Community, Simplicity, Social Justice and Spirituality. Visit http://www.ccservicecorps.org or find them on Facebook as Catholic Charities Service Corps. If interested, please call 716-218-1400 ext. 2008.
Ladies of Charity, a volunteer organization that sponsors a variety of programs of assistance for those in need, has a growing need for household items provided through Fresh Start, which provides basic household goods for those who have experienced home displacement. New and gently used dishes and cooking utensils, silverware, sheets, drapes/curtains, blankets and comforters would be greatly appreciated. Donations are accepted weekdays from 10am-3pm at 1122 Broadway, Buffalo. Call 716-895-4001 for more information or visit http://www.ccwny.org.
The Xavier Society for the Blind is looking for volunteers to record from your home computer periodicals for their website. They will provide the recording program and headset. Please call (212) 473-7800 and leave a message or email email@example.com.
Volunteer opportunities are available at a homeless shelter in Buffalo for individuals, couples, or groups to carry out the Corporal Works of Mercy. Little Portion Friary, 1305 Main Street, provides training and has several shifts available: check residents in and out, answer telephone, maintain log, respond to residents' requests for clothes and personal belongings, help prepare breakfast, help with household chores such as laundry and light housekeeping. Substitute volunteers are also needed. Required: good decision making, organizational skills, at least 18 years old. Contact Ed at 875-9629 or Ann at 863-6694.
Natural Family Planning provides couples with a safe effective means to achieve or avoid pregnancy and gain understanding of their gift of fertility. A new video ‘Plan Your Family Naturally: An Introduction To Natural Family Planning’ is now available and will enhance and enrich your marriage preparation efforts. Two married couples and NFP educators share their own experience giving heartfelt, real-life witness to its effectiveness, challenges and many benefits … practical, relational and spiritual … as they cooperate with God’s natural plan for married sexuality. Produced by the Diocese of Rockville Centre/Office of Faith Formation. Visit http://www.drvc-faith.org.
Fidelis Care, the New York State Catholic Health Plan, wants to make sure that every child in the diocese has access to quality, affordable health coverage. Parents are encouraged to apply for enrollment in New York State's Child Health Plus program. Every child under age 19 residing in the state is eligible for free or low-cost health insurance coverage through the program. Covered benefits include doctor visits, checkups, dental and eye exams, immunizations, hospital and emergency care, prescription drugs, and more. Depending on a family's income and household size, Child Health Plus with Fidelis Care may cost very little or nothing at all. Parents can choose their child's own doctor from the Fidelis Care network – a healthcare professional in their neighborhood they know and trust. A happy, healthy child is life's greatest gift. Call Fidelis Care toll-free at 1-888-FIDELIS (1-888-343-3547) TTY: 1-800-421-1220 or visit www.fideliscare.org.
ProjecTruth is founded on the belief that as students develop virtues through character education, they build a strong internal commitment to making healthy life choices. ProjecTruth has reached over 50,000 teens across Western New York since its 2001 inception. Visit http://www.ProjecTruth.com or http://www.myspace.com/projectruth.
Make Your Voice Heard - The New York State Catholic Bishops have formed a statewide Catholic Advocacy Network of concerned Catholics who want to put their faith into action. Together, we can speak out in support of the poor and vulnerable, the sick and elderly, the unborn, children and families. Our parish encourages you to join this network. There is no cost. The easiest way to join is to go to http://www.nyscatholic.org to sign up. Or you can send your name, address, phone number and email address to Catholic Advocacy Network, New York State Catholic Conference, 465 State Street, Albany, NY 12203-1004. Be sure to mention you are a member of our parish in the Diocese of Buffalo.
PROJECT RACHEL is in the heart of the Church. Don't suffer alone; be set free from the pain. Many women and men suffer in silence from their abortion experience that is not easily erased. The Father of mercies is ready to give His forgiveness, hope and peace to all who grieve with this wound. The Project Rachel Program offers confidential, spiritual healing. (716) 847-2205 and also see http://hopeafterabortion.com or http://www.menandabortion.info.
Pharmaceutical Access Program of St. Vincent de Paul is designed to help those who need prescription medications, but can't afford them. The Society has designed this service for many who are on low or fixed income situations. In order for this program to work, we need volunteers to help with phone calls and also client interviews. If you would like to help or need more information, please call 882-3360, ext. 8.
The Catholic Guild for the Blind is a volunteer organization under the auspices of Catholic Charities dedicated to providing spiritual and social opportunities for persons who are visually impaired. Volunteers transport and assist the visually impaired to participate in a variety of community activities. If you have the time to help out on a regular basis, or from time to time, please call 853-4424, ext 305. You'll be rendering a service to some very impressive people.
Crossroads is a Catholic community of single adults, forty years of age and older, seeking to share diversified spiritual and social needs and blessings. We welcome people of all faiths. Crossroads respects and upholds the spiritual, moral, and ethical teachings of the Catholic Church, including respect for life. Meetings are held once every other month. For more information, contact Barbara at 685-2818.
The Catholic Alumni Club is a 35 year old national organization for Catholic single professionals. We invite Catholic singles over 21 years of age to join and become active with us. For more information, contact Marcia Popaduch (693-0640), Rich Stroh (895-7612), or Al Schneider (633-7157).
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