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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.

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.

Sunday Televised Masses for February. Masses air on Sunday at 7:30am on WUTV Fox TV29. February 1: Rev. Ronald Sams, SJ. February 8: Rev. Michael Burzynski. February 15: Rev. Msgr. Angelo Caligiuri. February 22: Rev. Richard Zajac.

Marriage Encounter. Husbands and wives spend immense amount of time on their jobs / careers / children / leisure. How much time do you spend just for the two of you as a couple? You deserve more time together on a priority basis. Make a Marriage Encounter soon! The next Marriage Encounter weekend is February 6-8 at Notre Dame Retreat House, Canandaigua, NY. For more information, call 877-697-9963 or visit http://www.wwme-wny.org.

Human Trafficking. Pope Francis' World Day of Peace message on January 1 was entitled "No Longer Slaves, But Brothers and Sisters," which reminds all followers of Jesus that human trafficking is a crime against humanity and that we, who are brothers and sisters to all, need to care for our brothers and sisters who are kept in slavery throughout our world. To learn more about the Catholic Church's response to this issue, go to www.usccb.org/anti-trafficking. The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the International Union of Superiors General has designated February 8 as the international day of prayer and awareness against human trafficking, that the dignity of all of God's children will be protected, we pray to the Lord.

Prepare yourself to enter into the season of Lent: Parish Retreat with Deacon Ralph Poyo. St. Gregory the Great Parish invites you to join us for our Parish Retreat on February 9-11 in the Church, 200 St. Gregory Court, Williamsville. Deacon Poyo travels across the U.S. and beyond to share the message of the New Evangelization that St. Pope John Paul II began and was officially made a call of the Church by Pope Benedict. It is the New Evangelization that we see in all of the work and excitement coming from Pope Francis. Deacon Poyo will offer a session after the noon Mass (at 12:30pm) and again at 7pm each of the three days. Please plan to come and be ready to live the season of your faith on planet earth and be even more prepared for the season of faith called eternal life.

Our Daily Bread for February will feature host Rev. Paul Seil joined in the kitchen by three ladies, each from a different parish community, who talk to him about the importance of service ministries that are found in the parishes of our eight counties of Western New York. Tune in Saturday, February 14 at 5:30am and Noon on WKBW-TV Channel 7 and repeats on cable.

Embraced by God at DeSales Resources & Ministries. There is still time to schedule a Lenten or pre-Lenten Parish Mission with Embraced by God at DeSales Resources & Ministries. A few of our Mission preachers, including Father John Graden, OSFS, still have limited openings for Lent 2015. For further information, go to Parish Missions at http://www.embracedbygod.org or call 716-754-4948.

Scholarship Money Available for Catholic School Education. The BISON Children's Scholarship Fund, a privately funded tuition assistance program for children in grades K-8, has scholarships available for the 2015-16 school year. Financially eligible families can fill out an eligibility form on the BISON website. The eligibility form deadline is February 28. With a maximum award of $1,500, this is a great opportunity for families who desire a Catholic education for their children but may be unable to afford it. For more information, visit http://www.bisonfund.com or call 1-888-216-8380.

Winter Gift Ideas. 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. For information go to http://www.daybreaktv.org or call 716-847-8721.

Are you or is someone you know an out of work job seeker? Facing the challenge of being unemployed and working through this tough economy is tough enough. You don't have to go it alone. Contact the Office of Family Life Ministries for your free packet containing practical resources, prayers, Scripture support and programs designed to support you on your journey. Just call us at 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.org

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 susan.seawood@ccwny.org or erin.pustulka@ccwny.org.

Give the Gift of True Love! Heart to Heart PAIRS workshops help both men and women learn the tools to communicate skillfully, to problem solve constructively and to build lasting love in their relationships with their spouse and children. For more information, contact Dan and Irma at 716-652-1203, visit http://www.hearttoheartworkshops.com or email hearttoheartworkshops@yahoo.com.

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 rome@takeapilgrimage.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.

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

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 maryann.deibel-braun@ccwny.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 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.

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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