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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: 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.

Decisions regarding Catholic Schools - Important FAQs. Please take special notice of the upcoming April 2014 issue of the Western New York Catholic. On pages 8 and 9 many important questions concerning the recently made decisions about Catholic Schools are answered. Please take the time to read this important information.  Also available online at  For additional information go to

Easter Mass Broadcasts - This Easter is unique for the Diocese of Buffalo. For the first time there will be two different Easter Masses broadcast on the same day. Bishop Richard J. Malone celebrates the Easter Mass broadcast on ABC affiliates nationwide. Vicar General Msgr. David Slubecky celebrates Easter Mass broadcast on FOX Channel 29. The ABC Easter Mass will air at 11am and is an hour long. The Mass on FOX-TV will air at 7:30am and is a half hour. Both Mass recordings were produced by Daybreak TV Productions of the Diocese of Buffalo.

Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, Bishop of Buffalo, cordially invites you to attend a special Mass on Sunday, May 18 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin Street, Buffalo. During the Mass the Bishop will welcome all the newest adult members of the Catholic Church in our Diocese who recently have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist and those who have recently been received or who are preparing to receive the Sacraments of the Church this Easter Season. Families who have celebrated the baptism of their child or First Eucharist as well as young adults and adults who have celebrated Confirmation over this past year are also joyfully invited to attend with the members of their family, friends, sponsors, Godparents, and catechists. All are welcome. Please join us for this celebration.

Sunday Televised Masses at 7:30am WUTV Fox TV29. 4/6 Father James Croglio. 4/13 Father Angelo Chimera. 4/20 Monsignor David Slubecky. 4/27 Monsignor Paul Litwin.

Life Changing Experience for Teens. All high school students are invited to develop their leadership skills and make lifelong friends at the Christian Leadership Institute (CLI) June 27 - July 3, 2014 at the St. Columban Center in Derby. Participants will learn communication, decision-making, planning and other leadership skills that will help them in daily life and in any leadership position they assume in school, church or work. Past youth participants have described CLI as a "life-changing experience" that helped them develop confidence, grow in their faith, and build solid, supportive friendships. For more information, visit or call the Department of Youth & Young Adult Ministry at 716-847-8789.

Life Changing PILGRIMAGE for youth & young adults. Bishop Malone and the Diocese are leading a Pilgrimage for those ages 16-39 in July 2016 to World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland. This 12-day life-changing journey of faith will include worshipping with the Holy Father and millions of youth/young adults from around the world, as well as trips to Auschwitz, Czestochowa (home of the Black Madonna), Divine Mercy Sanctuary, and Zakopane, plus pre/post pilgrimage experiences at home. Visit or call 716-847-8789 for more information on how you can attend or support this pilgrimage! Deposits due May 31, 2014.

Calling Young Leaders! Attention young leaders: applications for the 2014-2015 Diocesan Youth Board are now being accepted, and you are the essential piece! This is a great opportunity for teens who want to develop their leadership skills and be the voice of youth in the diocese. Youth Board members attend monthly meetings, learn leadership skills, grow in faith, and help plan the annual diocesan youth convention. The application deadline is April 30, 2014. Applicants must have completed their freshman year of high school, as well as the Christian Leadership Institute (if not, they must register for the 2014 CLI). A mandatory meeting for all applicants and their parents will be held on May 6, 2014 at the Catholic Center, and interviews will be scheduled at that time. For more information and to print the application, check out the website If you have further questions, contact your youth minister or Alexander Eadie at or at 716-847-8789.

Thomas Merton's time at St. Bonaventure University propelled him to pursue a monastic life. "A man knows when he has found his vocation when he stops thinking about how to live and begins to live." Merton's autobiography, "The Seven Storey Mountain" reflects his time at St. Bonaventure University. To learn more about Merton, St. Bonaventure invites you June 19-22 to the summer 2014 conference, "Coming home and going forth: Merton as mirror and model." Visit for the schedule of events, speaker biographies and conference registration information.

Lamb n' Eggs: Family Ritual Art Contest Holy Saturday, April 19 during Basket Blessing and prayer-vigil at the Lord's Tomb at the Church of St. Casimir, 160 Cable, St, Buffalo 14206. Submit your own hand-made traditional wax-written eggs (pisanki) and/or Butter Lamb for the competition at 2:30pm. Prizes include a hundred dollar shopping card at Starsky Polish mega supermarket (Stoney Brook, ONT) and Polish Villa and Mazurek Bakery certificates. For an entry form, call the office at 716-834-9489 or visit

Kids' Dingus Day: 2nd annual children's Dyngus Day celebration April 21 from Noon to 3pm at St. Casimir's Social Hall, 1833 Clinton St, Buffalo, NY. Games, parade, dancing, snacks, heritage activities and Easter demonstrations. Donation per multi-generational family. Easter kitchen food for adults available for purchase.

Canonization Celebrations: Join Blessed John Paul II Parish, Lakeview NY in celebrating the canonization of Pope John Paul II:
* Concert Celebrating the Canonization by the Canisius College Choral followed by fireworks over the church: Friday, April 25 at 7:30pm. Tickets for the concert are required (free of charge) by calling the Parish Office at 716-627-2910.
* All World Youth Day Reunion and Vigil Prayer: Saturday, April 26 at 7:00pm. All World Youth Day alumni as well as all youth and young adults are invited to this special evening to honor Pope John Paul II who established the World Youth Day movement. A bonfire and refreshments will follow on the parish grounds.
* Mass Celebrating the Canonization of St. John Paul II: Sunday, April 27 at 12 noon followed by a reception. For more information:

Come to St. John Kanty Church for Tenebrae, an ancient and moving liturgy that leads us into the overwhelming feeling of reverence for the story of Christ dying on the cross for the redemption of our sins. Come prepare yourself to join with Christ in his journey from Gethsemane to Calvary and onto our salvation with his Resurrection. Tenebrae will take place on Wednesday, April 16 at 7pm. St. John Kanty is one of the few churches offering the opportunity to experience this ancient tradition.

Alleluia Stations! We've prayed the "Stations of the Cross" throughout Lent. Why not pray the "Stations of the Resurrection" during the week of Easter? Join us for a unique hour of prayer, song and reflection as we walk with Jesus through the events following the resurrection. It is a "journey of joy" from the discovery of the empty tomb to Pentecost. Friday, April 25, 7pm at St. Andrew Church, Kenmore. Everyone welcome. If you have questions, call Michelle at 725-6860.

Holy Cross Parish, West Side of Buffalo. Invitation to former parishioners. Many of our Catholic Community celebrated their sacraments as young people at Holy Cross Parish. Founded in 1914 to serve the increasing immigrant population from Italy, Holy Cross continues to serve Buffalo's newest immigrants. We invite all our former parishioners to a special retreat on the Cross of Reconciliation and the Cross of Victory on Friday, April 25 and 26 featuring Bishop Ricardo Ramirez from the Diocese of Las Cruces, New Mexico, Msgr. David Gallivan and the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. If you have any questions please contact Denise Santos: or 716-440-7916.

What God Does in Prayer? Presented by Sister Joan Wagner, SSJ. This 3-part series explores the mystery of what God does in prayer. Attend all three or just one or two as you are able Saturdays, May 3, 10, 17 at the St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Rd.; Clarence, NY from 9:30-11am. Call for reservations at 716-759-6893 ex.175.

Mass For Peace in Northern Ireland. The 19th annual Mass for Peace in Northern Ireland - and throughout the world - will be offered at 7:00pm on Easter Monday, April 21 in St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, 1140 Abbott Road in South Buffalo. The celebrant will be Rev. James G. Judge, Pastor. Participants include David and Felicia Meyer of Kindred, Erie County Sheriff's Pipes and Drums Band and stepdancers from the Buffalo area Schools of Traditional Irish Dance. The collection will benefit the Belfast Summer Relief Program which has provided more than 1700 children from Northern Ireland with a new perspective on life through a 6-week holiday in the Buffalo area. All are invited to attend the Mass and reception afterwards.

Papal Post-it Prayer Wall. As archbishop and cardinal of Kraków, the later Pope John Paul, visited WNY and presided at two Masses, staying at St. Casimir's Rectory. The suite of rooms he occupied will be dedicated and opened to the public on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27 after the 10am Mass. Come and write a prayer to him and post it on the prayer wall. Celebration includes an Organ Concert by WNY church musician, Joel Kumro, Sat. April 26 at 6pm and monthly Novus Ordo Latin Mass at 7pm. Confessions at 6:30pm.

An Arbor Day Celebration and Exhibit will be held on Friday, April 25 at the Center of Renewal Retreat & Conference Center, 4421 Lower River Road, Stella Niagara NY 14144. The 11am-3pm open house event will be presented by Sister Christine Diensberg, OSF and will include a collection of nature-related photos and poetry. For more information, contact the Center of Renewal: 754-7376, email, visit http;//

Pre-register by May 4th for the Center of Renewal at Stella Niagara's upcoming Franciscan Retreat Week (during Memorial Day week) featuring Rev. Tom Hartle, OFM and Sister Colette Rhoney, OSF. Located near the Village of Lewiston on the Lower Niagara River, the retreat begins with dinner on Sunday, May 25 through lunch on Friday, May 30. For a detailed flier, contact the Center of Renewal: 716-754-7376, email, visit http;//

Compeer Vet-to-Vet Program ages 18+ matches veterans in supportive one-to-one friendships. While veterans in need receive support, understanding, and encouragement in the community, trained veteran volunteers get the opportunity to engage in community service and to experience self-worth by offering supportive friendship. The program helps to ensure that veterans have access to the knowledge and expertise in the community of the individuals in ways that contribute to the veteran and the community at large. Information: 883-3331 or

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 your 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 Know we care.

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 single people. Level I - St. Benedict's Church Complex, 3982 Main Street, Corner of Main & Eggert Road, Amherst, NY 14226. Enter on West Field Road. Information: 716-847-2210.

The Bishop's Committee Visitors will hold their Annual Day of Reflection on Tuesday, May 6 at St. Philip the Apostle, 950 Losson Road, Cheektowaga, NY. Father Czeslaw M. Krysa, Rector of the Church of St. Casimir in Kaisertown NY will be the speaker. Father Krysa's presentation will focus on: A new Christian temple for worship: the family celebrates faith. Registration is at 9:30am; day concludes at 2:00pm. There is no fee. Bring a brown bag lunch - beverage and dessert are provided. Day includes liturgy and more. Everyone is invited to attend. Further information: 716-847-2210 or

Lamb n' Eggs Competition. Among the Polish American symbols of Jesus' Resurrection are the familiar butter-fashioned lamb of God and colored egg-tombs of new life. Bring the cherished work of your hands and heritage to the 1st annual contest at The Church of St. Casimir, 160 Cable Street, at 2:30pm on Holy Saturday, April 19. Entry form with your name and personal story available by calling 716-824-9589 or see Traditional wax-written eggs and butter lambs only. Have your basket blessed at 1pm or 3pm, pray at the Lord's Tomb, and submit your annual best.

Congrega Society of Buffalo Biannual Mass in honor of the Crowned Virgin is scheduled for Saturday, April 26 at 9:00am at St. Lawrence Church. A meeting and breakfast will follow in the parish hall and includes a short discussion concerning the topic of Spiritual Motherhood and Prayer for Priests. If you are not a regular member and would like to attend and be added to the breakfast count, please call Mary Steinhauser at 656-7195.

A weekend away for a LIFETIME of change. The Beginning Experience is a weekend program meant for those 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 a spouse. One can turn the pain of loss to an experience of positive growth. The program is Christian based and non-denominational under the auspices of the Diocese of Rochester. Open to all. The next weekend is April 25-27 at Camp Stella Maris on Conesus Lake. For more information, call the Beginning Experience Hotline 585-987-1750 or Barb at 716-534-4428 for reservations or more information. Visit

Post-Dyngus Day Dinner Dance, Saturday, April 26 at the St. Gregory the Great Ministry Center. Ticket price includes: Family Style Catering from salad to dessert by Nowak's, drinks, Polka Dancing Lessons and Live Music by The Buffalo Touch. Doors open at 5:00 pm with cocktails; Dinner will be served at 6:15 pm. Tickets can be purchased at the Parish Office or by mailing your information to: St. Gregory the Great, Attn: Dyngus Day, 200 St. Gregory Court, Williamsville, NY 14221. Tickets must be purchased by April 14. No tickets will be sold at the door. All proceeds benefit the St. Gregory's Jamaica Mission Trip.

Camp Turner Alumni Service Weekend. Alumni and Staff, you are invited! Please consider joining us for our Alumni Service Weekend this May 16 (5 pm) - 18 (noon), 2014. Projects include replacing the cross, removing the old horse corral and staining the cabins. In the day we work, in the evenings we share photos, stories and of course beverages of your choosing. Food and lodging are provided (a hat will be passed). An RSVP by email to is very much appreciated. This is an adult only event. Camp Turner is not-for-profit and is operated by the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.

2014 Boys and Girls Summer Basketball Camps. Still one of the only overnight basketball camps in Western NY, this summer's camps are again expected to be sold-out. The boys' weeks are June 29-July 3 and July 13-July 17. The lone girls' week is July 6-July 10. Please note that registration/check-in is on Sunday(s) between 2:30-4:00pm and each camp concludes on Thursday(s) at 3pm. Campers are given the choice of staying on campus (resident camper) in air conditioned Trinity Hall or commuting (day camper). Day camp runs from 9am-9pm weekly. All meals are included. Register prior to June 1 and groups receive a discount. All campers will receive a personal evaluation, reversible jersey, and camp water bottle, along with the very best in individual instruction. To download a free brochure, go to and click on "Events". For more information on the boys camps, please contact Hilbert College Head Men's Basketball Coach Rob deGrandpre at 716-926-8803 or For more information on the girls' camp, please contact Hilbert College Head Women's Basketball Coach Rob Peterson at 716-926-8775 or

The Bishop's Committee Visitors will hold their Annual Day of Reflection Tuesday, May 6 at St. Philip the Apostle Church, 950 Losson Road, Cheektowaga, NY. Father Czeslaw M. Krysa, Rector of the Church of St. Casimir, in Kaisertown NY, will be the speaker. Father Krysa's presentation will focus on "A new Christian Temple for Worship: The Family Celebrates Faith". Registration is at 9:30am; day concludes at 2pm. There is no fee. Bring a brown bag lunch - beverage and dessert are provided. Day includes liturgy and more. Everyone is invited to attend! Further information: Family Life Office 716-847-2210 or email

Good Friday at St. Michael's Church: Our Lord's Seven Last Words. Monsignor James E. Wall will be the preacher at St. Michael's Church in Buffalo on Good Friday, April 18 for The Seven Last Words. The Good Friday service will begin at noon with the Stations of the Cross. After the eleventh station, Monsignor Wall will preach on the first of the seven last words. Music and time for reflection will follow. The same sequence will be followed for the remaining six words. The Celebration of the Passion of the Lord with the reading of the Passion and Communion will follow shortly upon the completion of the Stations. St. Michael's Church is located at 651 Washington Street, Buffalo, just north of Chippewa. There is parking in the back of the church. For further information call St. Michael's Church at 716-854-6726.

The life of beloved Catholic contemplative, poet and Trappist monk Thomas Merton will be the focus of a three-day conference at St. Bonaventure University, June 19-22. Titled, "Coming home and going forth: Merton as mirror and model" the conference will celebrate the relationship between Bonaventure and Merton in anticipation of Merton's 100th birthday in 2015. Visit for schedule of events, speaker biographies, and conference registration.

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 

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

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 Click on Caring for Your Marriage, then Resources.

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

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 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

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

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

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 or

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 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 or

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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