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Bible Society of WNY. The Bible Society of Western New York, located at 2561 Main Street, Buffalo, is holding a "Fire Sale - on Fire for God Sale." Materials include bibles, commentaries, book accessories, and home schooling materials offered at discount prices. A clergy member for the Diocese of Buffalo or a member of a religious community has been on the board for more than 20 years. The Bible Society is open Monday & Tuesday from 10am-6pm and Wednesday, Thursday & Friday from 10am-5pm. Stop in and check out the materials. For further information, call 716-833-3430.
Fish Fry Fridays. All are welcome to St. Gregory the Great Parish Faith Community, 200 St. Gregory Court, Williamsville, for our dine-in or drive-up Fish Fry Fridays during Lent! Fried fish or breaded shrimp dinner includes potato salad, cole slaw, roll and butter. Continuing this year - baked fish with rice, green beans, roll and butter. Drinks and homemade desserts are also included. Pizza will be available for children. Join us on Februar 27 and March 6, 13, 20, 27 from 4-7pm in our school gym. Advance tickets can be purchased in the Parish Office. For more information, please call 716-688-5678.
Sunday Televised Masses for March. Masses air on Sunday at 7:30am on WUTV Fox TV29. March 1: Rev. Msgr. John Madsen. March 8: Rev. Jeff Nowak. March 15: Rev. James Croglio. March 22: Rev. Andrew Lauricella. March 29: Rev. Sean Fleming.
Our Daily Bread for March will focus on the season of Lent. Tune in as host Rev. Paul Seil talks about the significance of Lent and prepares some delicious meatless dishes. The show airs Saturday, March 14 at 5:30am and Noon on WKBW-TV Channel 7 with repeats on cable. Also be sure to check Daybreaks YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/DaybreakTV for Father Seil's "Food for Thought" videos, including some other Lenten dishes as well as much more.
Thirteenth Annual Catholic Men's Conference will take place on Saturday, March 21. The guest speakers for the conference will include: Deacon Allen Tatara, a well-known speaker, musician, and evangelizer in the Archdiocese of Chicago where he also works as a Youth Minister; Mark Price, a Shakespearean actor who for more than 40 years has used his talents to portray Biblical figures as a means of spreading Jesus' message at retreats and missions worldwide; and Mark Houck, the co-founder of "The King's Men" who has been involved in pro-life and teen ministry for more than 10 years. The conference will, once again, be held at Cardinal O'Hara High School in Tonawanda, NY. Please register by March 1 at http://www.spiritiscalling.org. Don't miss this inspiring annual event.
Daily Televised Mass. Tune in for the Daily Mass on Time Warner Channel 20, Monday through Friday at Noon (in city) and at Noon and 6:05pm (in Erie suburbs). Mass celebrants include Rev. Msgr. David Slubecky, Rev. Msgr. Paul Litwin and Rev. Peter Drilling from St. Joseph Cathedral.
Winter Gift Ideas. Building a Basilica documentary DVD; Solemn Vespers DVD with Archbishop Timothy Dolan; Proving Holiness documentary DVD; Food for Thought DVD cookbooks (series 1 or 2); Our Daily Bread cookbooks, potholders, aprons, tote bags; Apostle of Peace DVD/VHS; St. Joseph Cathedral documentary; Legacy of Victory documentary; Enduring Faith documentary; Sunday Mass DVD/VHS. To order, call 716-847-8721.
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 716-652-1203, visit http://www.hearttoheartworkshops.com or email email@example.com.
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 thought 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
Sharing God's Goodness With Children. Help the family who fled their homeland consumed by civil war and violence before beginning a new life in Buffalo. Jackie Bemeriki arrived in the United States from Rwanda in 1999 in pursuit of independence and opportunity. Catholic Charities Immigration and Refugee Assistance Program assisted her with food, housing, clothes and documents, and she now runs her own child care center to help other refugee families. Give to the Catholic Charities 2015 Appeal and join us to "find good within" for these and the tens of thousands of others who benefit from Catholic Charities 70 programs and services. Remember the lives you are touching with your contribution. Find Good Within. Share God's Goodness. Find out more at http://www.ccwny.org or call 716-218-1400.
Marriage Encounter. Great marriages are blessed by God in Heaven, but they are made here on earth. There is a wonderful opportunity to make your good marriage great, to reignite the romance in your relationship, to place God fully in your marriage. Come to the next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend held on February 27 - March 1 at The Atherton Hotel, State College, PA. For more information, call 814-823-4600 or visit http://www.wwme.org.
Mission Lenten Retreat. St. John Paul II Parish celebrates its 27th consecutive Mission Lenten Retreat from Sunday, March 8-14. The evenings are filled with powerful talks, prayer, liturgy and song and completed with a warm fellowship. Each evening begins at 7pm in the Parish's Community Room. St. John Paul II Parish is located at 2052 Lakeview Road (between Rts. 5 & 20), Lake View. For more information on Mission, contact this year's lead couple: Chuck and Faith Holmes at 716-627-2147 or the Parish Office at 716-627-2910 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. More information can also be found on our website http://www.JP2Parish.org.
Flea Market Vendors Wanted. St. Andrew Church in Sloan will hold a Flea Market and Rummage Sale on Sunday, March 15 from 9am-2pm in their Parish Hall, 111 Crocker Street. For table rental and more information, call 716-892-0425.
Lenten Homemade Pierogi and Placek Sale at St. John Kanty Church, Broadway & Swinburne Streets, Buffalo runs weekends through Palm Sunday, March 29: Saturdays from 3-5pm and Sundays from 9:30am-Noon. Cheese and sauerkraut pierogi available. Tickets available for our large theme basket raffle; drawing will take place on Palm Sunday. Join us for Mass on Saturdays at 4pm and Sundays at 10:30am. For further information, visit http;//www.stjohnkantychurchbuffalo.wordpress.com.
Chrysalis Auction and Dinner. On Saturday, March 14, Mount St. Mary Academy, 3756 Delaware Avenue, Kenmore, is hosting its annual Chrysalis Auction and Dinner. Our Roaring Twentieth, a Gatsby-inspired evening with silent and live auction and dinner, promises a night full of glamour and fun for all in attendance. Auction items include trips, sports memorabilia, jewelry, artwork, themed gift baskets and more. To reserve your ticket, call Bonnie May at 716-877-1358. Tickets are limited, so don't wait!
Lenten Day of Reflection 2015. Come to the Water, a day of prayer and spiritual enlivening, will be offered by the Grey Nuns and Friends on Saturday, March 21 from 9am-3:30pm. All are welcome to participate. Join us as we invite God to pour out the waters of new life upon us and to bless us with good energy for living and loving. The retreat day will take place at D'Youville College, Madonna Hall, 320 Porter Avenue, Buffalo. There is no charge for the day; free will offerings will be accepted. Parking is available in the Visitors' Lot on Fargo Avenue. Participants are asked to bring a brown bag lunch; drinks will be provided. Spiritual books from Life Resources will be available for purchase. To register, contact Arlene at email@example.com or call 716-833-7451.
Knights of Columbus Meat Raffle. The Msgr. Nash Knights of Columbus will be holding a Spring Meat Raffle on April 18. Doors open at 6pm. Admission includes roast beef sandwich, salad, beer and soda. There will also be a basket raffle and a 50/50 split club. For more information, contact Ed at 716-262-7351 or Jim at 716-901-2163.
South Park High School's 100th Anniversary - Save the Date! Plans are underway for the 100th Anniversary of South Park High School. The celebration will take place on Saturday, May 2 at the Adams Mark Hotel. Ticket includes a sit down dinner, music, dancing, and cash bar. More information is available at www.gosparks.org, firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school at 716-816-4828. Spread the word and purchase early bird tickets at: http://www.buffaloschools.org/SouthPark206.cfm?subpage=101392.
Alcohol Addiction - 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.
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.
Retrouvaille (Ret-ro-vi) is a program for troubled marriages. It is a uniquely personal experience between husband and wife - a second chance! The next weekend is scheduled for January 23-25. For a brochure or further information, call the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or visit www.marriagesaved.com. For reservations, call Paul and Carol at 716-400-1934. All inquiries are strictly confidential.
Be a lifeline for someone in need. Catholic Charities' Telephone Assurance Program 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 Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee or Orleans counties who wants to receive calls, contact Carolyn Kwiatkowski at Catholic Charities at 716-218-1450 ext. 2003.
Have a little time and love to spare? Catholic Charities administers the Foster Grandparent Program in Erie County and is calling out to income eligible individuals over 55 to share their experience, skills and talents, and change young lives. At schools and child care centers, foster grandparents receive a modest stipend and provide a consistent model for children who welcome a loving hand. For more information, contact Susan or Erin at 716-896-6388 or email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
World Meeting of Families. The World Meeting of Families (WMOF), the world's largest Catholic gathering of families, will be held in Philadelphia, September 22-27. Held every three years and sponsored by the Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Family, each World Meeting of Families has a theme that energizes and enlivens the event while adding great depth of meaning to our understanding of families. The theme is "Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive." Families and individuals from the Diocese of Buffalo interested in attending are encouraged to make their travel plans now. For more information, contact Saint Gemma's Catholic Pilgrimages in Buffalo, toll free 855-710-7663, email email@example.com or visit www.takeapilgrimage.com. You can also make arrangements through the official WMOF website at http://www.worldmeeting2015.org. Please note: Pope Francis will attend the closing ceremonies of the World Meeting of Families, September 25-27. Information regarding the diocesan pilgrimage for the papal visit to Philadelphia will be released in early 2015.
Annual Timon Trivia Night Loaded with Facts and Fun. The Kaleidoscope Committee of Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School will kick-off their annual major fundraising event with its Trivia Night, to be held at Bishop Timon on Saturday, March 7. Doors open at 7pm. Teams of eight will do battle to see who the top trivia team is in South Buffalo and last year's winning team will be back to face all challengers. Prizes will be awarded to the team that wins each round and a grand prize for the team with the best overall score. All monies raised from this evening will support the efforts of the Kaleidoscope Dinner and Auction to be held on June 6. Twenty-four teams is the limit. To enter a team, call the school at 716-826-3610 ext. 222.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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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