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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.

Bereavement Lecture Series. The Three "N's" of Emotions will be held on Tuesday, October 21 at 7pm as part of the Bereavement Lecture Series. It can be difficult to handle the strong emotions that grief brings. By understanding the three "N's" of the emotions you can identify and work with them. Notice your feelings, Neutralize the unhealthy ones and discover how you may be Numbing the rest. Create new positive ways of addressing your emotions with Licensed Massage Therapist Bonnie Roesch, owner of Wellness that Works. The program will be held at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 4000 Elmwood Avenue, Kenmore. Open to the community. No charge. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Nancy Weil, Director of Bereavement Support, at 716-873-6500.

Peace Pole Prayer Service. The Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph cordially invite you to their annual Peace Pole Prayer Service. The Sisters recently committed to raise awareness and call themselves and others to prayer and action against human trafficking. With this in mind, the annual Peace Pole Prayer Service will address this issue as we pray together to end human trafficking. Please join them for a Franciscan celebration of peace and prayer on October 21 at 6:30pm at Immaculate Conception Convent, 5229 South Park Avenue, Hamburg. Contact Sister Ann Lyons at 716-649-1205 or email alyons@fssj.org by October 16 if you plan on attending.

Sidewalk Advocates Training will be held on Wednesday, October 22 from 9:30am - 3:30 pm at the Catholic Center, 795 Main Street, Buffalo. For those who have registered, please confirm that you are attending and for those who have not registered, please do so ASAP by calling the Pro-Life Office at 716-847-2205.

57th Hillery Foundation Dinner. The Hillery Foundation will honor five distinguished alumni of Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School on Thursday, October 23 at Lucarelli's Banquet Center, Lackawanna for their service to the communities they live and work in. Erik Bohen '00, Steve Hietanen, DDS '80, Rev. Thomas Quinlivan '63, David "Ward" Scarcello '76 and Patrick Stanton '69 have distinguished themselves as persons exemplifying the Franciscan Spirit of caring and serving that they came to understand while attending Timon. In addition to these honorees, the first "Franciscan Community Service Award" will be presented to Dave Powers and Jim Bouris, owners of "Imperial Pizza," for the generosity and support they give to the South Buffalo community and the school. For further information or to make reservations, please call Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School at 716-826-3610.

Methods of Prayer. Explore several forms of prayer such as Imaginative Prayer, Lectio Divina, the Examen, Praying with Icons, Centering Prayer, Journaling, Poetry, and Praying with Art on Thursday evenings, October 23-November 20 from 7-9pm at the St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence. Call 716-759-6893 ext. 175 for reservations.

Fall Wine Tasting. Blessed Trinity Church hosts a Fall Wine Tasting on Friday, October 24 from 7-9pm in St. Charles Hall (behind church at 317 Leroy Avenue, Buffalo), featuring wines and expertise courtesy of Bill Warren and Hertel Parker Liquor. Hors d'oeuvres, beer, desserts and non-alcoholic beverages also included. Secured off-street parking. Proceeds benefit the Church's "Under This Roof Fund." For more information, visit http://www.blessedtrinitybuffalo.org or call 716-832-2540.

Rosary Novena for Life - Saturday, October 25 at 8am at St. Rose of Lima Parish, 500 Parker Avenue, Buffalo. Mass will be celebrated by Rev. Thomas Roman, followed by a silent and prayerful procession to and from a local abortion clinic (optional) where we join together in prayer. Closing prayers will take place upon our return outside of St. Rose of Lima. For more information, contact the Pro-Life Office at 716-847-2205.

Teilhard de Chardin - an introduction to his life, thought and mysticism. Presented by Dr. Pat Van Verth on Saturday, October 25 from 9:30-11am at the St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence. Call 716-759-6893 ext. 175 for reservations.

Mass for the Loss of a Child - Wednesday, October 29. Mass at 7pm at St. Stephen Parish, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island. Confessions will be offered before Mass beginning at 6pm and again after Mass. Rosary to be prayed at 6:30pm in the Daily Chapel. Refreshments will be served after Mass in the Hospitality Room. For more information, call St. Stephen Parish at 716-773-7647.

A Celebration of a Parish Community - with Thankful Memories of St. John the Evangelist Parish, Buffalo. On November 1 at 4:30pm, Bishop Richard Malone will lead our Eucharistic celebration to commemorate All Souls and to honor the legacy of St. John the Evangelist Parish. The Mass will be followed by a reception showcasing memorabilia from St. John the Evangelist Parish. Former St. John the Evangelist and St. Teresa Parishioners are cordially invited. If you have memorabilia to share, please contact Ro Hall at 716-771-1891 by October 15. RSVP no later than October 15 by contacting the rectory at 716-822-0608 ext. 3. Reception seating is limited!

Day of Hope & Healing - Saturday, November 1, 2014. Project Rachel "Post-Abortion" at Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora from 9am-4pm, led by Deacon Mike Dulak and Cheryl Calire. If you plan to attend, please call the Pro-Life Office at 716-847-2205.

The Buffalo Choral Arts Society, a 120 voice chorus, presents "A Jubilant Song" at 3pm on Sunday, November 2 at St. Joseph University Church, 3269 Main Street (near UB South Campus), Buffalo. The concert features sacred and poetic works by Rutter, Martini, Stroope, Bernstein and more. Call 716-775-SONG or visit http://www.BuffaloChoralArts.org for details.

A Weekend Away for a Lifetime of Change. The Beginning Experience is a weekend program meant for persons who have worked through the initial anger and despair which occurs in the first stages of grief after the death or separation or divorce of one's spouse. One can turn the pain of loss to an experience of positive growth. Beginning Experience is a Christian based non-denominational program under the auspices of the Diocese of Rochester. The program takes place at Camp Stella Maris on Conesus Lake. Open to all. The next weekend is November 7-9. For more information, call the Beginning Experience Hotline at 585-987-1750 or Barb Truzo at 716-534-4428 for reservations. Website for information is http://www.beginningexperience.org.

Thou Shalt Laugh! St. John Paul II Parish Annual Women's Retreat on Saturday, November 8 from 8:30am to 12:00 noon. Join other women for a day of faith and fun as we explore overflowing joy and contagious laughter in the scriptures and encourage it in our everyday lives. A light continental breakfast will be available beginning at 8:30am. Retreat program begins promptly at 9am with lunch served immediately following the retreat at noon. All are invited. A free will offering will be accepted to offset costs. Registration is necessary. To register, go to http://www.JP2Parish.org, email Parish@JP2Parish.org or call the Parish Office at 716-627-2910 ext. 206. St. John Paul II Parish is located at 2052 Lakeview Road, Lake View.

Immaculate Conception's Annual Turkey Raffle. Mary Immaculate Parish, East Bethany invites you to Immaculate Conception's Annual Turkey Raffle on Saturday, November 8 from 11:30am-3:30pm at 5865 Ellicott Street Road, East Bethany. Twenty-five turkeys will be raffled off along with a Lottery Basket Raffle, Large Items Raffle, Baked Goods Sale, and games for the kids. Come hungry... there will be hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza and popcorn, plus all the coffee you can drink! Just the perfect way to say good-bye to summer and start preparing for the upcoming holidays!

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.

You will either step forward into growth or step back into safety. Upgrade yourself with Catholic Charities' comprehensive education and workforce development programs that offer services to out of school youths ages 16-24 throughout Erie County. Participants work towards obtaining a high school equivalency diploma, gain job skills and explore careers. Call 716-893-3500 or 716-856-4494 ext. 323 or visit http://www.ccwny.org and search for Education and Workforce Development for details.

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. Please 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.

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 thetaximom82@yahoo.com

Friendly Phones - Catholic Charities' Telephone Assurance Program (TAP) 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 Erie, Genesee or Orleans Counties who wants to receive calls or even someone who would like to make calls, contact Carolyn Kwiatkowski at Catholic Charities at 716-218-1450 ext. 2003.

Annual Fall Festival. Our Lady of Hope Parish will be hosting their Annual Fall Festival on Saturday, November 8 at 5pm in O'Brien Hall, corner of Grant Street and Lafayette Avenue, Buffalo. We will have a kitchen with wonderful food for purchase, a basket auction, 50/50 split club, an international bake table and much more! Come and join us for a fun evening! Call 716-885-2469 for further information.

Grieving Through the Holidays. Kenmore Mercy Hospital is hosting Grieving Through the Holidays on Friday, November 7 from 11am to 2pm in the hospital Atrium and Community Room located at 2950 Elmwood Avenue, Kenmore. This informational forum will feature professionals who specialize in grief and loss. For more information, contact Rev. Nancy Faery at 716-447-6388 or email nfaery@chsbuffalo.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.

Keeping the children's best interests as a top priority is not always easy in the turmoil of separation and divorce. Parents can learn how to develop a "professional" relationship with their co-parent for the benefit of the children - and oneself. Our Kids: Parent Education and Awareness programs, offered in most counties of the Diocese, are designed for any parents who have experienced conflict regarding custody and/or visitation issues. For details, call your neighborhood Catholic Charities office or 716-896-6390. Check us out at http://www.ccwny.org and search for Parent Education and Awareness.

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 http://www.hearttoheartworskshops.com, 716-652-1203 or e-mail hearttoheartworkshops@yahoo.com.

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.

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius for this fall. Since 1986 hundreds of people in our diocese have made a special retreat known as the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius or the Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life. If you are seeking to find God's will, want more structure in your prayer life, or to grow in your relationship with God and others, this retreat might be for you! The format requires a serious commitment to daily prayer and small group meetings, weekly for the first month, then semi-monthly for 7 months. For information, please contact Rev. Dick Hoar, SJ at 716-854-6726 ext. 19 or Gini Schultz at 716-837-6020.

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 people 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 of Calix Society meets the last Sunday of the month at 3pm in the undercroft of St. Michael's Church Rectory, 651 Washington Street, Buffalo. For more information, contact Rev. Richard Hoar, SJ at 716-854-6726. International website is http://www.calixsociety.org

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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