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12th Annual Catholic Men's Conference is on Saturday, March 29, 2014. The speakers for the Conference will include author and inspirational speaker Chad Judice, our own Rev. Leon Biernat making his fourth appearance at our Conference, and former NFL player, broadcaster and cancer survivor, Kevin Reilly. The Conference site will be at Cardinal O'Hara High School at 39 O'Hara Road in Tonawanda right off the I-290. You can register online at http://www.spiritiscalling.org or pick up a brochure and registration form in your parish. The registration fee now includes the conference, donuts and coffee before the Conference and at the morning break and lunch! Come join us as we celebrate this year's theme, From Fear to Faith.
CCCB: Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo will be hosting Lay Catholic Evangelist, Mr. Richard Lane, for their Lenten Journey Days that will begin Sunday, March 30 through Tuesday, April 1. Each day will begin at 6:30pm as he preaches on the theme: "The New/You Evangelization." All are welcome to St. Martin de Porres Parish, 555 Northampton Street, Buffalo on March 30; Blessed Trinity Parish, 317 Leroy Ave, Buffalo on March 31; and SS. Columba Brigid Parish at Clinton and Hickory Streets on April1. This 3-day event is part of the CCCB's Lenten Journey Masses celebrated at each of the member parishes during the season of Lent. The CCCB: Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo are part of the NW-Central Buffalo Vicariate and include: Blessed Trinity, SS. Columba Brigid, St. Katharine Drexel, St. Lawrence and St. Martin de Porres. All are welcome to attend and receive a Lenten Blessing.
Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, presents a morning of prayer, testimony and praise with Monica Pierce as its honored speaker at a breakfast on March 15 at the Holiday Inn - Airport, 4600 Genesee Street, Cheektowaga at 9:30am. Prepaid reservations by March 8. For more information or reservations call Christine at 716-759-8135.
Lenten Retreat for Women at St. Andrew Parish in Kenmore on Saturday, March 29 from 11am to 4pm concluding with Mass. Conducted by Dennis Mahaney. All women are welcome. Lunch will be provided. For additional information and to register, please call Michelle at 725-6860.
Lenten Prayer Service features music, song, meditation, scripture readings. We invite Christians of all ages to join us to experience the spirituality and beauty of taize as we prepare for our Lord's passion, death and resurrection. Thursday, April 3 at 7pm at St. Timothy Church, 565 East Park Drive, Tonawanda.
Living Stations of the Cross will take place at Canisius College, Christ the King Chapel on March 26 at 7pm. For more information email email@example.com.
Get a Life (in Christ!) Lenten Retreat. Brother Loughlan Sofield, S.T. will help us to Get a Life (in Christ!) this Lent. Filling our lives with the life and light of the Lord is the focus for the retreat held on March 24, 25 and 26 in Immaculate Conception Church in East Aurora from 7-8:30pm. He is a noted speaker and consultant in more than three hundred dioceses. His books include Collaborative Ministry and Principled Ministry. All are invited to join us! For more information you may visit the parish website at http://www.icchurchea.org or call 716-652-6400. We hope you'll make this retreat part of your Lenten journey!
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
Science & Religion. Many people struggle with trying to reconcile science and religion. Join us for "Science Tests Faith" presentations with national speaker Tim Francis who had a lot of cynicism about our faith until he was shown a video, "Signs from God - Science Tests Faith." It answered many questions for Tim and gave him a conviction about his faith that no longer wavers. Come hear his story and see this inspiring video. The same presentation is offered each evening; come the first night and you'll want to bring a friend the next night. Join us March 23 or 24 at 7:00pm, St. Gregory the Great Church, Williamsville.
Ladies of Charity 20th Annual Bellringer Auction and Luncheon. Saturday, March 29 at Kotecki Grandview Grove, 4685 Seneca Street, West Seneca. Roast pork salad, rolls, beverage, dessert. Pre-paid reservations only by calling 895-4001.
Buffalo Choral Arts Society, a 120-voice community chorus, presents I Will Sing With The Spirit, a Sacred Lenten Concert of music from classical works to spirituals featuring Soprano Soloist Karen Saxon. The concerts will be held in two locations: 8pm, Friday, March 28 at Annunciation Church, 7580 Clinton Street, Elma and 3pm, Sunday, March 30 at Blessed Trinity Church, 317 Leroy Avenue, Buffalo. For further information call 716-775-SONG or visit http://www.BuffaloChoralArts.org or http://www.blessedtrinitybuffalo.org.
Journeys & Sacred Contracts presented by Madeline M. Stafford, MS. Join us for a reflection on the spiritual life. St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Rd; Clarence, NY. Saturday, March 29 from 9:30-11am. Call for reservations: 716-759-6893 ex.175.
Compeer for Adults ages 18-59. Compeer matches volunteers with adults who need a friend. Whether it is helping a young adult learn about life and the community or someone older in need of friendship, our adults are wonderful people in need of a kind friend. Most of our adults love to get out and participate in community activities. For information, call 716-883-3331 or email email@example.com.
Family Lenten/Easter Packet available. Looking for ways to keep your children interested and have a positive experience of the Church's annual retreat for 2014? With a little creativity and time you can provide your family with a unique journey together with Jesus. Your free packet includes realistic ideas and practical activities designed to discover the riches of Lent and Easter together. For your spirituality tool box of ideas, contact your Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email firstname.lastname@example.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 are strictly private. Further information: 716-558-7233 or http://www.fjcsafe.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, focusing 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 your Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email email@example.com.
Sunday Televised Masses at 7:30am on WUTV Fox29. 3/16 - Fr. Robert Yetter. 3/23 - Fr. Sean Fleming. 3/30 - Msgr. Paul Litwin.
Lenten Day of Reflection. Come Fill Your Cup, a day of reflection offered by Grey Nuns and Friends on Saturday, March 22 from 9:00am to 3:30pm. Women and men of all ages are invited to ponder what fills our lives, how we become depleted, and how we can open ourselves to new life. Make this day part of your practice of Lent, and see what grace God has in store for you. The event takes place at D'Youville College, Madonna Hall, 320 Porter Ave., Buffalo 14201. There is no charge for the day; free will offerings will be accepted. Parking is available in the Visitors' Lot on Fargo Ave. Participants are asked to bring a brown bag lunch. Drinks will be provided. Spiritual books from Life Resources will be available for purchase by cash or check. Participants are invited to bring a favorite cup or mug. Register by contacting Arlene at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 716-833-7451.
Dine-in or Drive-up Fish Fry Fridays during Lent at St. Gregory the Great Parish. Fried Fish or Breaded Shrimp dinner includes fries, coleslaw, roll and butter. New this year is baked fish with rice, green beans, roll and butter. Drinks and homemade desserts are included! Pizza will be available for children. Join us March 14, 21, 28 and April 4, 11 from 4-7pm in the school gym. Advance tickets can be purchased in the Parish Office. Further information: 688-5678.
Annual Lenten Pierogi & Placek sale March 8-9 before and after Masses through Palm Sunday, April 13. Saturdays 3-5; Sundays 9-12. Cheese; sauerkraut. St. John Kanty Church, Broadway between Swinburne & Brownell. Further information: 897-0412.
Celebrate The Feast of St. Joseph: "La Feast Di San Giuseppe" on Sunday, March 16 with Mass at 11:00am followed by a traditional St. Joseph Day Table at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 160 Court Street, Buffalo. For tickets and information call the rectory at 716-854-2563.
A Spring Arts & Crafts Show will be held on March 23 from 11-4 pm at Villa Maria College, 240 Pine Ridge Road, Buffalo. Craft vendors, huge basket raffle, baked goods, homemade hot lunch items. Free admission and free parking. Further information: 634-4077 or 870-7643.
Spring raffle and pot luck dinner at Good Shepherd Parish 5442 Tonawanda Creek Road, Pendleton NY on Saturday, March 29 at 5:30pm. Music and chinese auction, grand prize, and more. If you would like to reserve a table for 8 or more, call the parish office at 625-8594.
26th consecutive Mission Lenten Retreat of Blessed John Paul II Parish from Sunday, March 23-29. The evenings are filled with powerful talks, prayer, liturgy, song, and warm fellowship. Each evening begins at 7pm in the Parish Community Room, 2052 Lakeview Road (between Rts. 5 & 20) in Lake View. For more information, contact Bob & Carol at 627-5590 or the Parish at 627-2910 or email Parish@BlessedJPIIParish.org. Visit http://www.BlessedJPIIParish.org.
Assumption Church Bible Study group is sponsoring a Bus Trip to see "Moses" at Sight and Sound Theatre in Lancaster, PA on May 28-29. Cost includes overnight stay and Heritage Inn, breakfast buffet, bus and theatre ticket. Contact Sister Ruth at email@example.com or at 716 783-9017 by March 10.
Gift ideas: NEW Building a Basilica documentary DVD; Solemn Vespers DVD w/ 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 847-8721.
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.
Camp Turner's Summer Camp Registration is now open. Join us for campfires, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, archery, arts and crafts, nature study, low ropes challenge course, sand volleyball, basketball, soccer, court hockey, creek walking, dance, beach trips, climbing at Thunder Rocks and much more. Daily prayer times and weekly Mass in God's creation included. Overnight camping for boys and girls from ages 7-16. Visit http://www.CampTurner.com for session dates and themes, Parent Handbook and registration options or call 716-354-4555. Camp Turner is not-for-profit and is operated by the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.
19th Annual Chrysalis Auction and Dinner. March 22 at Mount St. Mary Academy. Mount Kilimanjaro, an African safari-themed silent and live auction and dinner, promises a night full of fun for all. Auction items include trips, sports memorabilia, jewelry, artwork, themed gift baskets and more. Call Bonnie May at 877-1358 to reserve your ticket. Tickets are limited, so don't wait!
Compeer for Kids ages 5-17. Many of our children need a mentor, an adult they can trust, and outings in the community. Volunteers who are matched with youth commit to weekly visits with their friends for at least an hour for a minimum of 1 year and offer essential emotional support and become a positive role model in the life of the youth. We currently have over 80 mentors and over 200 kids on the waiting list. Contact: 716-883-3331 or firstname.lastname@example.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 rectory, 651 Washington St., Buffalo 14203. For more information, contact Father Richard Hoar, SJ at 716-854-6726. Visit http://www.calixsociety.org.
Bishop Timon High School Reunion Class of 1964 will celebrate their 50th reunion May 22, 23, & 24, 2014. The celebration will start at Timon's Class of 2014 graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 22 followed by a stag on Friday, May 23 and the Reunion Dinner on Saturday, May 24. Invitations will be sent out early spring of 2014. For more information please contact Michelle Patterson, Advancement Services Manager, at email@example.com.
Trip to Germany & Italy September 2014. We are looking for people interested in a planned 13-day trip to Germany and Italy to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of 14 Holy Helpers Parish. Trip will depart from Buffalo to Frankfurt Germany and return from Rome to Buffalo. The trip pricing will include airfare, airline taxes and fuel surcharges along with all breakfasts, 9 dinners, 11 nights at 4 star hotels and all admission charges as per the itinerary are included. We will spend 2 nights in Bad Staffelstein and visit the Basilica of the Veirzehnheiligen dedicated to the 14 Holy Helpers. We are planning to spend 1 night in Munich, 1 night in Oberammergau, 2 nights in the Venice area, 2 nights in Florence and 3 nights in Rome which will include a Papal audience. Everyone is welcome. Contact Stella at 674-1304 or email 150thTrip@14hh.org.
WNY Food Bank opens in Kaisertown. In the spirit of our patron, the Prince of the Poor, St. Casimir's Social Hall (1833 Clinton St.) now houses a Food Bank Pantry serving SE Buffalo, South Cheektowaga, and West Seneca W. Open Mondays from 9-11am and 6-8pm. Call Mrs. Emily at the church office MWF 9:30am-1pm for more information.
Help for addictions is near. New York State licensed substance abuse treatment is available through Catholic Charities at our Chemical Dependency Treatment Program, Monsignor Carr Institute, 76 W. Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo. Our therapists also are uniquely equipped to work with a chemical dependency problem and a mental health problem. We now provide the Suboxone program. John, who is featured in our 2013 video “A time to heal, help and hope,” credits the program with saving his life. For more information, call (716) 895-1033. Check us out at http://www.ccwny.org.
Young adult searching for an exciting, meaningful way to jump into the job force? We need you! Perhaps your post-graduation plan is still unclear or you're finding that your current career is unfulfilling. Catholic Charities Service Corps offers you the chance to develop and share your gifts, education and (any) faith in a unique manner. Work full-time with marginalized populations in various non-profit agencies involving education, legal aid, advocacy, social services, medical field and counseling, while living together in community with other volunteers. All basic costs of living are covered, including health insurance. Service Corps members receive a monthly stipend and may be eligible for a significant educational grant. Respond to your own special call to service by working among and for the poor while examining the scope and causes of injustice in our world. You have much to give! Contact Colleen Seminara, Program Director, at 218-1400, ext. 208 with any questions or visit http://www.ccservicecorps.org for more information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did you know that the Education Investment Tax Credit
would provide a dollar-for-dollar credit for up to 75% of a donor's state tax liability for making donations to non-profit organizations that provide scholarships for students in grades K-12, including religious schools? The tax credit applies to individuals and business donors liable for personal income tax and corporate, bank and insurance taxes. For more information visit http://www.investined.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.
A Friendly Call. The Telephone Assurance Program (TAP) is a free volunteer service that provides 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 5-15 minute phone call. These calls are especially needed during the upcoming holiday season to help alleviate some of the concerns facing those who live alone, and to help allow them to remain independent. If you know someone who would like to receive or to make phone calls in Erie County, please call (716) 218-1400 ext, 206; or in Chautauqua County, please contact Catholic Charities Outreach at (716) 366-3533.
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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