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Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School Placement Prep Course and Entrance Exam. Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School will hold its Placement Exam Prep Course on Wednesday, November 5, 12 and 19 from 3:30-5:30pm. Cost of the course includes test prep book and a waiver for the Entrance Exam. Eighth Grade boys are invited to take the Entrance Exam at 8am on Saturday, November 22 at Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School. For registration information and cost, contact Mr. Charlie Comerford '01, Admissions Coordinator at 716-826-3610 ext. 237 or comerford@bishoptimon.com.

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

When God Doesn't Answer Our Prayers. Sometimes when we pray, God doesn't answer our prayers the way we want. Sometimes it seems that they're not answered at all. This session will focus on maintaining our faith and trust when we don't think God is listening. Presented by Ann Kern on Saturday, November 15 from 9:30-11:00am at the St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence. For reservations, call 716-759-6893 ext. 175.

Bishop Richard Malone will worship with parishioners and friends at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 160 Court Street, Buffalo, at both the 9:00am Latin Tridentine Mass and at the 11am bilingual Italian/English Mass on Sunday, December 14. All are welcome to attend Mass and visit our Italian Heritage Museum.

The Sanctity of Human Life - "The moral problem of abortion is of a pre-religious nature because the genetic code is written in a person at the moment of conception. A human being is there. It is scientific problem. Not to allow the further development of a being which already has all the genetic code of a human being is not ethical. The right to life is the first among human rights. To abort a child is to kill someone who cannot defend himself." (Pope Francis)

Catholic Charities serves current, past and future members of the military. Today, we especially remember and thank our veterans who served and those who are serving our country today. We can offer such services as counseling and basic assistance - to help not only veterans and their families, but everyone, deal with life's difficulties. Please call 716-856-4494 or visit http://www.ccwny.org to find a Catholic Charities office nearest you.

Millions of refugees are displaced around the world. Catholic Charities has a tradition of resettling refugees who have been displaced from their countries of birth, fleeing from regimes or insurgents that seek to torture, imprison or kill them. Jackie Bemeriki arrived in the United States in 1999 in pursuit of independence and opportunity. Catholic Charities Immigration and Refugee Assistance Program (IRAP) assisted her with food, housing, clothes and documents, and she now runs her own childcare to help other refugee families. For more information on how you might help others like Jackie get settled in this country, call 716-842-0270 and ask for the volunteer coordinator.

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. Focuses 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 contact the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.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 http://www.hearttoheartworskshops.com, 716-652-1203 or e-mail hearttoheartworkshops@yahoo.com.

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

Sunday Televised Masses for November. Masses air on Sunday at 7:30am on WUTV Fox TV29. November 2: Rev. Richard Zajac. November 9: Rev. Sean Fleming. November 16: Rev. Walter Szczesny. November 23: Rev. Msgr. Jerome Sullivan. November 30: Rev. Angelo Chimera.

Anointing of the Sick Healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine will be held on Wednesday, November 5 at 7pm at Good Shepherd, 5441 Tonawanda Creek Road, North Tonawanda. Rev. David Bellittiere and the Friends of St. Peregrine cordially invite those afflicted with cancer or need special healing who wish to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick to attend this healing Mass. For further information, call 716-283-0011 or visit http;//www.stperry.org.

Minister of Holy Communion Training. In November there is an opportunity to become a Minister of Holy Communion. The training session will be held on November 8 at Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora. Applications are available from your pastor. Upon his approval, completed applications should be sent to the Office of Worship. Approved applicants should bring a Bible and a brown bag lunch or snack. Beverages will be provided. Any questions, please contact the Office of Worship at 716-847-5545.

Our Daily Bread for November will feature the "Central City Practicum." This course is taught at Christ the King Seminary and focuses on the Church's presence in an urban setting. In the kitchen, host Rev. Paul Seil is joined by Kathleen Murphy Castillo, Director of Theological Field Education at Christ the King Seminary. Tune in Saturday, November 8 at 5:30am on WKBW-TV Channel 7 for the show. Check the Western New York Catholic for repeats on cable.

Remembering Our Veterans. On Tuesday, November 11, the Frontline Faith Project is sponsoring the third annual "An American Moment" to honor the men and women of our Armed Forces, past and present. An American Moment will again include one moment of silent prayer - to thank our military for their service, to pray for the peaceful repose of those who have died, and to pray for the intentions of those still living. This event will take place at noon in each respective time zone, all across the world, on Veteran's Day, November 11. Father Jim Evans, a chaplain serving with the Texas Army National Guard, has recorded a presentation that can be viewed on the Frontline Faith website beginning mid-October at http://www.frontlinefaith.org.

Country Western Dance featuring West of The Mark on Saturday, November 15 from 7pm to midnight at St. Christopher Parish, 2660 Niagara Falls Boulevard, Tonawanda. Dance lessons from 7-8pm, dance begins at 8pm. Ticket includes pop, beer, wine and snacks. Pizza available for a fee. You can bring your own food; please do not bring your own beverages. There will be 50/50 raffle and theme baskets. Benefits the mission work trip to Nicaragua. For details or to purchase tickets, please call 716-692-2660.

Wedding Anniversary Mass. If you know of any couple or couples that are celebrating their 50th, 60th or 70th Wedding Anniversary in the year 2014, a special Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Edward Grosz on Sunday, November 16 at 3pm at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin Street, Buffalo. If you wish to attend, please contact your parish rectory as soon as possible or call the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210. Following the Mass, an informal reception will be held at the Adam's Mark Hotel.

Love, nurture and a safe home. Catholic Charities invites you to learn more about the adoption process or becoming a foster parent through an introductory information session set for November 18 from 10-11:30am or 6-7:30pm at the Buffalo office at 525 Washington Street. We work hard to make the dream of a family a reality for children and teens who are waiting for love, nurture and a safe environment. We need you to be a foster family – all you need is room in your heart. Registration for this session is encouraged but not necessary. Please call the Foster Care Program at 716-856-4494. For more information, search for Foster Care at http://www.ccwny.org.

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 November 21-23 at Notre Dame Retreat House, Canandaigua, NY. For more information, call 877-697-9963 or visit http://www.wwme-wny.org.

Theme Basket Raffle and Cow Sweepsteaks at St. Philomena Parish Hall, 4 Mill Street, Franklinville on Saturday, November 22. Doors open at 3pm. Food will be available to purchase beginning at 6pm. Raffle will begin at 7pm with the Cow Sweepsteaks winners drawn at 8pm. 1st prize is ? cow, 2nd prize is ? cow and 3rd prize is ? cow - dressed and wrapped. For tickets, call 716-676-3629.

Retrouvaille (Ret-ro-vi) is a program for troubled marriages. A marriage is more than one that "works out," or one that just survives. If you feel that your marriage is sinking or need a lifeline, let Retrouvaille help. The next weekend is scheduled for January 23-25; mark it down on your new 2015 calendar! For a brochure or further information, call the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or visit http://www.marriagesaved.com. To register, call 716-474-9371 or 800-470-2230. All inquiries are strictly confidential.

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

Did you know Daybreak TV Productions of the Diocese of Buffalo has a Facebook and YouTube page to go along with their website? Visit http://www.daybreaktv.org and check out the links for videos and other information on Daybreak's programming.

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

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

Ladies of Charity, a volunteer organization that sponsors a variety of programs of assistance for those in need, has a growing need for household items provided through Fresh Start, which provides basic household goods for those who have experienced home displacement. New and gently used dishes and cooking utensils, silverware, sheets, drapes/curtains, blankets and comforters would be greatly appreciated. Donations are accepted weekdays from 10am-3pm at 1122 Broadway, Buffalo. Call 716-895-4001 for more information or visit http://www.ccwny.org.

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

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

If you been abused or victimized by a member of the Catholic clergy, please believe in the possibility for hope, help, and healing. We encourage you to come forward and speak out. Every diocese in the United States has a victim assistance coordinator who is available to obtain support for your needs, to help you make a formal complaint of abuse to a diocese, and to arrange a personal meeting with the bishop or his representative, if you desire. The victim assistance coordinator for the Diocese of Buffalo is Mary Ann C. Deibel-Braun, LCSW. The telephone number to contact Ms. Deibel-Braun is (716) 895-3010. Written complaints can be sent to Ms. Deibel-Braun at Catholic Charities, 3370 Delaware Avenue, Kenmore NY 14217. Her e-mail address is maryann.deibel-braun@ccwny.org.

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.

Operation Walk USA. Kenmore Mercy Hospital is seeking applicants for Operation Walk USA, a national program that will provide a needy patient, without insurance, with a free joint replacement surgery in December. It provides all aspects of treatment - surgery, hospitalization, and pre- and post-operative care - at no cost to participating patients. Interested patients should call 716-447-6102 to see if they qualify. 

Daybreak TV Productions of the Diocese of Buffalo provides "Consider This... "; which are 2 minute messages from Bishop Richard Malone on various important topics. You can find the videos on Daybreak's YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/DaybreakTV and also after the Daily Mass during the week.

For Your Marriage. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) provides information and resources about a healthy marriage in general and Catholic marriage in particular. Offerings include a Daily Marriage Tip, regularly changing features like the monthly Marriage Quiz, Book of the Month review and Marriage in the News. They continue to add to the content on a regular basis. Go to this user friendly website at http://www.foryourmarriage.org; click on Caring for Your Marriage, then Resources.

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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