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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.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This is held in remembrance of those who have died because of domestic violence. It celebrates individuals who have survived and connects people who work to end violence. This is a serious issue affecting many women and children in our community. Catholic Charities offers domestic violence assistance to victims looking for empowerment and self-determination, and to offenders. Call 716-856-4494 or visit http://www.ccwny.org to find a Catholic Charities office nearest you. If you need immediate assistance because of domestic violence, call 911.

Learn how you can change the life of a child. Catholic Charities invites you to learn more about becoming a foster parent or the adoption process through an introductory information session set for October 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 children's and teen's lives. Registration is encouraged but not necessary. Please call the Foster Care Program at 716-856-4494. For more information, search for Foster Care at http://www.ccwny.org.

The Charismatic Renewal Office is sponsoring Life in the Spirit Seminars at Our Lady of Victory Basilica, 2760 South Park Avenue, Lackawanna for 8 consecutive Thursdays starting October 2-November 20 at 7pm. For further information or to register, contact Pat Jarosz at 716-675-6680.

Escape to Tuscany at the annual Festa Con Vino at Immaculate Conception School! Enjoy homemade hors d'oeuvres and a free wine tasting. Listen to your favorite romantic songs performed by The Troubadours while you try your luck at the silent auction. There also will be a theme basket raffle and a 50/50 drawing. All proceeds benefit the school. Join us on Saturday, September 27 from 7-10pm at Immaculate Conception School, 510 Oakwood Avenue, East Aurora. For ticket information, please contact Becky Davidson at 655-3713 or email immaculateconceptionea@verizon.net.

Open House at Mount St. Mary Academy in Kenmore on Sunday, September 28 from 10am-2pm and Monday, September 29 from 6-8pm. Mount St. Mary Academy provides a high quality, college-preparatory education in a nurturing and accepting environment. If your daughter is in Grades 6-8, visit our Open House and learn about the education and opportunities we provide. Please contact Katie Brick, Admissions Coordinator at 716-877-1358 ext. 413 for additional details or visit our website at http://www.msmacademy.org.

Sacrament of Reconciliation for Clergy at St. Michael's Rectory, 651 Washington Street, Buffalo. A Jesuit priest is available Monday through Friday from 9:30am until 1pm for confession. Just come to the front door (free parking in the lot behind) and mention to the secretary that you are here for confession. She will immediately summon the priest on duty; a private confessional is just inside the door. You are always welcome.

Anointing of the Sick Healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine will be held on Tuesday, September 23 at 7pm at Queen of Heaven Parish, 4220 Seneca Street, West Seneca. Father David Bellittiere and the Friends of St. Peregrine cordially invite those afflicted with cancer or need special healing, who wish to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick to attend this healing Mass. For further information, call 716-283-0011 or visit http://www.stperry.org.

Blessed Trinity Church opens its 2014-15 Trinity Concert Series on Sunday, October 5 at 3pm with "An Afternoon of Music" featuring tenor and Buffalo native Robert Zimmerman and soprano Amy Lynn Grable performing works of Mozart, Verdi, Puccini and Wagner. Experience some of opera's most beloved arias, as well as operetta and musical theater highlights. Blessed Trinity is located at 317 Leroy Avenue, Buffalo. The landmark church is wheelchair accessible and has secured off-street parking. For further information, visit http://www.blessedtrinitybuffalo.org or call 716-833-0301.

Workshop for Parish Leaders of Adult Faith Formation on Saturday, September 27, 9am-2pm at St. Gregory the Great Parish, Williamsville. Keynote: Cackie Upchurch from Little Rock Scripture Study (you do not need to be using or planning to use "Little Rock Scripture Study" to attend). This program will provide skills for effective facilitation and is ideal for clergy, lay pastoral staff, small faith sharing groups and anyone seeking to improve or develop skills to meet the unique faith needs of today's adult. Attend with a team or come on your own. Lunch is included. For reservations and cost, contact the Department of Lifelong Faith Formation at 716-847-5510 or email esantini@buffalodiocese.org.

Popular chastity education speaker, Jason Evert (http://www.chastityproject.com), will be hosted for 2 evening programs for parents and all adults: 1) Safeguarding Ourselves from the Evils of Pornography on Monday, October 6 from 7:30-9pm at St. Gregory the Great Church, Williamsville. 2) Parenting for Purity on Tuesday, October 7 from 7-8:30pm at St. Amelia Church, Tonawanda. Both programs are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Department of Lifelong Faith Formation at 716-847-5501.

The Poetry of St. John of the Cross. Explore the beauty and spirituality of selected poems. Presented by Sister Joan Wagner, SSJ on Saturday, September 27 from 9:30-11am at the St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence. Call 716-759-6893 ext. 175 for reservations.

Christ the King Seminary will host its Annual Cure of Ars Awards Dinner on Thursday, October 2 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. The dinner will honor Rev. Robert Yetter, pastor of St. Mary's Church in Swormville and Mr. & Mrs. Francis Zagrobelny, dedicated Seminary advocates and volunteers. The award is presented each year to those whose lives reflect the qualities of Christian dedication and service that marked the life of St. John Vianney. If you wish to attend or would like more information, please contact Laura DeMizio at 716-847-8373 or email ldemizio@buffalodiocese.org.

"The Church at Fifty." Rev. John Mack from Christ the King Seminary East Aurora, will present "The Church at Fifty" to mark the 50th anniversary of the 3 documents on the Church from the Second Vatican Council. These sessions - October 8, 15, 22 - will begin each evening at 7pm and take place at Immaculate Conception school cafeteria, 510 Oakwood Avenue, East Aurora. Free of charge.

Transitus of Francis of Assisi. The Office of Campus Ministry of St. Francis High School is hosting the annual Transitus of Francis of Assisi on Friday, October 3 at 7pm in the high school chapel. Transitus is a Franciscan liturgical tradition that commemorates the death of St. Francis, celebrating his transition from death to new life. All are welcome to this simple and reflective moment of prayer. St. Francis High School is located at 4129 Lake Shore Road, Athol Springs.

The Spirituality of Henri Nouwen. A man of great spiritual depth, wrote with lucidity and embraced "the other" with incredible empathy. We will explore how theology, spirituality and psychology intersect in his writings and illuminate our own lives. Presented by Dr. Cynthia Widmer on Saturday, October 4 from 9:30-11am at the St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence. Call 716-759-6893 ext. 175 for reservations.

Explore the World of Dreams and how they relate to Spirituality. Presented by The Rev. Linda Heffley on Thursday evenings from October 2 through October 16 from 7-9pm at the St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence. Call 716-759-6893 ext. 175 for reservations.

DivorceLINK. If you are living through the aftermath of being separated or divorced, consider joining a DivorceLINK Level program for support. The Levels program is an 8-week structured program for men and women, separated/divorced, in the process of rebuilding their lives as a single person. Level I - Catholic Charities Building, 3982 Main Street, Eggertsville. Orientation on Thursday, September 25, 7-9pm; deadline to register is October 2. For more information, call your Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210.

Annual Eucharistic Teen Retreat to be held at Camp Kenan in Barker, NY (near Lockport) starting at 6:30pm on Friday, October 10 through Sunday, October 12 at 1pm. This event is for 9th-12th graders. The weekend will include Praise and Worship, Reconciliation, Mass, Adoration and dynamic speakers, as well as ropes challenges, a climbing tower, zip line ride and campfire. For additional information and cost per student, call 716-835-8905 ext. 14 or e-mail office@stleothegreatamherst.com.

Triduum to St. Therese and Harvest Dinner at St. John Kanty. The weekend of October 3-5, St. John Kanty will have a Triduum to St. Therese. Masses: Friday, October 3 at 8:30 am; Saturday, October 4 at 4pm; and Sunday, October 5 at 10:30 am. Auxiliary Bishop Edward Grosz will be the celebrant on Sunday. The Annual Harvest Dinner follows Sunday Mass. For further information, call 716-893-0412 on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 4-6:30 pm or visit http://www.stjohnkantychurchbuffalo.wordpress.com.

Stress in Your Marriage? Retrouvaille is a program for married couples that feel disillusioned, frustrated, or angry in their marriage. Some experience coldness. Others experience conflict in their relationship. Most don't know how to change the situation or even communicate with their spouse about it. This program offers help to couples experiencing difficulties in their marriage. For confidential information or to register for the next weekend on September 19-21, call 716-474-9371 or 1-800-470-2230 or visit http://www.HelpOurMarriage.com.

Operation Walk USA. Kenmore Mercy Hospital is seeking applicants for Operation Walk USA, a national program that will provide a needy patient, without insurance, with a free joint replacement surgery in December. It provides all aspects of treatment - surgery, hospitalization, and pre- and post-operative care - at no cost to participating patients. Interested patients should call 716-447-6102 to see if they qualify. 

College Fair. Cardinal O'Hara High School will be hosting a college fair on Wednesday, September 24. Deciding on what to do after high school is one of the most important decisions that a high school senior will make. Students and parents will have an opportunity to visit representatives from more than 100 colleges, universities and technical schools. The fair is free to students, parents and anyone interested in higher education. Discussion panel with colleges from 5:30-6:30pm; fair from 6:30-8:00pm.

Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program needs your help. Sacred Scripture calls us to respond to the needs of widows, orphans and "the stranger among us." You can meet that responsibility by helping in one or more of the following ways:
1) Shopping: we need shoppers to go to the supermarket. We provide you with the shopping list, gift cards to purchase the items and where to drop them off.
2) Set up apartments: each apartment needs to be outfitted with household items that are already on hand, the beds fitted with linen, etc.
3) Donations: if you are able, we can use new or gently used furniture and household/kitchen items to outfit apartments, and gift cards to local supermarkets (Tops is closest) to buy food items.
What everyone can do: PRAY for the refugees and for peace in this world so that no one has to flee their homeland because of violence, hatred and persecution. If you can help, please call Becky at 842-0270.

Catholic Charities Telephone Assurance Program (TAP) is seeking volunteers to make regular telephone calls to homebound elderly and disabled persons in Erie, Genesee or Orleans Counties. Or, if you would like to receive a phone call or know someone who would benefit, please let us know. For more information about how to volunteer or receive a regular call, contact Carolyn Kwiatkowski at Catholic Charities at 716-218-1450 ext. 2003. Find us at http://www.ccwny.org and search for Telephone Assurance Program.

Magnificat Ministry to Catholic Women welcomes Sister M. Johnice Rzadkiewicz, CSSF as speaker at its upcoming breakfast on September 20. Sister Johnice will share how the Holy Spirit led her to develop the Response to Love Center that provides spiritual support and basic needs to the poor in the city of Buffalo. Registration is at 9:30am; program begins at 10am at Holiday Inn-Airport, Genesee Street, Cheektowaga. Prepaid registration no later than September 13. For more information, call Chris at 716-759-8135.

Daybreak TV Productions of the Diocese of Buffalo provides "Consider This... "; which are 2 minute messages from Bishop Richard Malone on various important topics. You can find the videos on Daybreak's YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/DaybreakTV and also after the Daily Mass during the week.

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.

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 5 to 7 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 thetaximom82@yahoo.com.

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 at 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 masters level therapists who specialize in couples' treatment, pre-marital counseling and individual counseling for relationship problems. To refer a couple, simply give the interested party our phone number 716-839-4406 and have them call our office between 8:45am and 4:45pm weekdays. Find Catholic Charities at http://www.ccwny.org.

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.

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 maryann.deibel-braun@ccwny.org

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. Items including new and gently used blankets and comforters, dishes and cooking utensils, would be greatly appreciated. Donations are accepted weekdays from 10am to 3pm at 1122 Broadway, Buffalo. Call 716-895-4001 for more information or visit http://www.ccwny.org.

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 those 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 meets the last Sunday of the month at 3pm in the undercroft of St. Michael's Church rectory, 651 Washington St., Buffalo 14203. For more information, contact Rev. Richard Hoar, SJ at 716-854-6726.

Do you know of any young adults unsure of their next step after college? Catholic Charities Service Corps 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 from August to August and focus on 4 Core Values: Community, Simplicity, Social Justice and Spirituality. While engaging in full-time, direct service work at non-profit agencies with individuals and families who are in need, young adults find the opportunity to "discover their light" - to use their education, talents, life experiences and faith in meaningful, practical ways. Visit http://www.ccservicecorps.org or call 716-218-1400. You can also find them on Facebook as Catholic Charities Service Corps.

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 info@xaviersocietyfortheblind.org.

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.

Help Wanted: Foster Families. Are you looking to share the warmth of your home and love in your heart with a young person? Baker Victory Services (Father Baker's) is looking for adults interested in becoming foster parents. Individuals enrolled in the program are provided with comprehensive training, support and reimbursement. Information: Call Halli Lavner 828-9497.

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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