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40 Hours of Devotion. St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Corfu, will be holding 40 Hours of Devotion beginning on August 13 in honor of our Patron, whose feast day is August 14. The 40 Hours of Devotion will begin after the 7pm Mass on Thursday, August 13 at our Corfu site (18 West Main Street). There will be continuous adoration until Saturday, August 15 at 11:30am with Benediction and a closing Mass at noon. Everyone is invited to come and pray whenever you can or contact the parish office, 585-599-4833, for more information. The event will be followed by our Annual Theme Basket Auction and Corn Roast on Saturday, August 15 from 5-7pm.

Annual Bagley Open & Charity Dinner. Last chance to register for the 9th Annual Bagley Open & Charity Dinner! Enjoy some (questionable) golf, a great meal, fabulous raffle prizes and wonderful friends…and support a great cause! This annual event, held in memory of Fr. Gary Bagley, will be held on Thursday, August 13. Join us for this 9-hole scramble format tournament at Deerwood Golf Course in North Tonawanda, followed by dinner at Classics V Banquet Facilities on Niagara Falls Boulevard. Come for the entire day or just dinner and raffles. For more information, please visit http://www.bagleyopen.org. All proceeds benefit the building fund for the St. Francis Chapel at Camp Turner.

Anointing of the Sick Healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine will be held on Tuesday, August 18 at 7pm at Holy Trinity Church, 1032 Central Avenue, Dunkirk. Father 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.

Friday in the Garden Special Event: Food Truck Friday and "Music with a Message" on August 21. Bring your chairs and bring your family for dinner on the grounds of St. John Paul II Parish, 2052 Lakeview Road, Lake View. Buffalo food trucks will be on site from 5-7:15pm. Then plan to sing along to the best folk songs of the 60's and 70's as a talented group of local musicians presents "Music with a Message." We'll share songs by Peter, Paul & Mary, Pete Seeger, John Denver and Graham Nash beginning at 7pm. For more information, call the St. John Paul II Parish Office at 716-627-2910.

Respect Life Supplement coming in October 2015. Reservation deadline: Wednesday, September 2. Help us make this year's 2015 Pro-Life Supplement the greatest support for life ever! Please consider placing an advertisement in the Western New York Catholic identifying your parish, organization or group as one that celebrates and defends the sanctity and dignity of all human life, from the moment of conception to the moment of death and at all phases in between. Questions related to size and cost, or reservations of space can be directed to Darryl Tills at 716-847-8736.

The King's Men. Attention: Men of the Parish. Are you yearning for an experience like no other in the great outdoors? Do you wish to grow in your God-given masculinity and calling as Leader, Protector and Provider? Do you want to experience God in a profoundly masculine way or to spend some quality time with God, your brothers in Christ, or your sons and fathers? Then you need The King's Men dynamic "Into the Wild" outdoor experiential retreat, coming to Allegany State Park, September 10-13. The weekend features 9 gourmet meals, fantastic talks about our masculine role and spirituality, Eucharistic Adoration & Benediction, daily Mass & Rosary, orienteering, archery, fishing, hiking, brotherhood, huge bonfires and much more. Visit http://www.intothewildweekend.com to learn more and to register for the retreat. Any questions, please contact Timothy Gastle at 716-662-6815 or timgastle@verizon.net.

Bishop's Committee Visitors Annual Fall Meeting & Luncheon with Bishop Richard Malone on Thursday, October 8 at St. Philip the Apostle Church, 950 Losson Road, Cheektowaga, from 9am-2pm. Cheryl Calire, Director of Pro-Life Activities, will be the speaker. Bishop Richard Malone will be the guest speaker at the 12:15pm luncheon. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, contact the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.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 people who are putting together a spiritual program which uses the 12 step approach. A journey which brings Step 11 into a deeper and fuller meaning. The Buffalo Unit of Calix Society meets the last Sunday of the month at 3pm in the undercroft of St. Michael's Church Rectory, 651 Washington Street, Buffalo. For more information, contact Rev. Martin Moleski, SJ at 716-888-2383. International website is http://www.calixsociety.org.

Marriage Spirituality Tune Up Packet Available. Jesus' first miracle takes place at the Wedding Feast of Cana. John 2:1-12. Jesus changes the water into wine – the best wine! He changes the ordinary into the extraordinary. Every marriage, whether months or 75 plus years, has tune up needs. For your free practical useful packet with many suggestions and resources to enrich your marriage, contact the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.org.

Are you of 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.

Office of Pro-Life Activities Quarterly Newsletter July-September 2015. Download a copy of our newsletter on our website: http://www.buffalodiocese.org/Evangelization/ProLife.aspx. Would you like to join our newsletter mailing list? Send us your full name, mailing address, and what parish you belong to: Pro-Life Office, 795 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14203 or email pro-lifeoffice@buffalodiocese.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 July 31-August 2 at the Quality Inn & Suites, Erie, PA. For more information, call Jay & Judy Shock at 814-823-4600 or go to http://www.wwme.org.

Buffalo Cursillo Movement will be having a Mass to celebrate 50 years of Cursillo in Buffalo on August 15 at 6:45pm at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 6441 Seneca Street, Springbrook. Celebrant will be Bishop Edward Grosz. Priests are invited to concelebrate and deacons are invited to vest. If you are planning to attend, please contact Deacon Michael Quinn at 716-515-8725 or email deaconmikeq@roadrunner.com.

Cursillo Summer Picnic will be held on Sunday, August 16th at 1pm at Deacon Mike & Dawn Quinn's home, 532 Southshore, Lackawanna. Msgr. James Wall will celebrate Mass at 3pm. Witness Deacon Ron & Sylvia Dains. For further information, please contact Deacon Michael Quinn at 716-515-8725 or email deaconmikeq@roadrunner.com.

Annual Men's Retreat at the Columban Center in Derby, NY will be held September 11-13. The theme is "Divine Mercy and Reconciliation." Deacon Thaddeus Pijacki will be our leader. This is open to all men. The retreat begins with registration at 4pm on Friday, September 11 and ends with Mass and Brunch on Sunday, September 13. For more information or reservations, contact Rev. Paul Sabo at 716-604-4948 or the Holy Name Office at 716-847-2201. Reservations are limited to 55 men.

Wedding Anniversary Mass. If you know of any couple or couples that are celebrating their 50th, 60th or 70th Wedding Anniversary for the year of 2015, a special Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Richard Malone on Sunday, October 18 at 3pm at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin Street, Buffalo. Please contact your parish rectory as soon as possible if you wish to attend, or call the Office of Family Life at 716-847-2210. Following the Mass, an informal reception will be held at the Adam's Mark Hotel.

St. Gianna Pregnancy Outreach Center. Are you expecting and need help? We are here to help you before, during, and after childbirth. The center serves life by providing material, emotional, and spiritual support to single mothers and young families in need from pregnancy through the first years of life. Our primary office is at 76 Church Street, Buffalo, open Monday-Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm. Satellite locations: Chautauqua area - 103 E. Doughty Street, Dunkirk, open Tuesdays; Niagara area - 335 24th Street, Niagara Falls, open Wednesdays & Saturdays. If you would like more information on the services provided or if you would like a brochure, please call 716-842-2229 or 716-847-2205.

Project Rachel. A post-abortion reconciliation offering forgiveness, hope and healing to women, men or anyone suffering emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually from the effects of an abortion - "Don't suffer alone." We care. Let us help you. Confidential hotline: 716-847-2211.

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 & Irma at 716-652-1203 or email hearttoheartworkshops@yahoo.com

Volunteer Training Opportunity: coming in August. Consultant for St. Gianna Pregnancy Outreach Center and/or Sidewalk Advocate for Life. For sign up form, check our website at http://www.buffalodiocese.org/Evangelization/ProLife/OtherEvents.aspx. For more information, call the Pro-Life Office at 716-847-2205.

Boat Cruise. St. Margaret's Altar and Rosary Society will host a luncheon boat cruise aboard the Grand Lady on Saturday, August 22 from 11am-2pm. Your ticket includes a 3 hour narrated tour of the Niagara River, appetizers, 2 entrees, 3 side dishes, dessert, open bar and music. Tickets can be purchased following all St. Margaret's weekend Masses (through August 2), and are also available in St. Margaret's Rectory, 1395 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo during normal business hours. Deadline for advance ticket sales is August 2. Please contact Pam at 716-876-5318 for further information or to purchase tickets.

High School Eucharistic Retreat sponsored by "Encounter" from August 28-30 at Camp Kenan in Barker, NY. "Encounter" is a group of youth ministers from parishes throughout the diocese who organize events to help our young people encounter Christ in the Eucharist. Please encourage your 9th-12th graders to attend. For registration forms and more information, please call 716-835-8905 ext. 14 or email office@stleothegreatamherst.com.

World Meeting of Families - The world's largest Catholic gathering of families, will be held in Philadelphia from September 22-27. This event is held every 3 years and is sponsored by the Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Family. The theme for this gathering, "Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive," emphasizing the impact of love and life of families on our society. Families and individuals from the Diocese of Buffalo interested in attending this event are encouraged to contact St. Gemma's Catholic Pilgrimages in Buffalo, toll free at 855-710-7663, visit http://www.takeapilgrimage.com or e-mail rome@takeapilgrimage.com. Pope Francis will attend the closing ceremonies.

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 a single person. Level I: Catholic Charities Building, 3982 Main Street, Eggertsville. Orientation on Thursday, September 24 from 7-9pm; last day to join is Thursday, October 1. For more information, call the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210.

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." 

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.

Pilgrimage to St. Anne DeBeaupre, Quebec, Canada led by Father Daniel Young of Good Shepherd Church, North Tonawanda from August 23-28. Round trip transportation, 5 night stay, 5 dinners, all gratuities and tips are included. For additional information, call 716-625-8594.

Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is an intensive, family-focused intervention, serving families with delinquent youth ages 12-17 who exhibit negative behaviors including noncompliance, verbal and/or physical aggression and truancy. Families are empowered to solve the youth's own behavior and interventions are research-based. Lucy needed help getting her daughter to focus and become more organized in school. With the help of MST, Lucy said her daughter has "gone nowhere but up." For more information, call 716-204-0555 or go to http://www.ccwny.org for a location nearest you.

The Bishop's Committee Visitors Annual Fall Meeting and Luncheon will be held on Thursday, October 8 at St. Philip the Apostle, 950 Losson Road, Cheektowaga from 9am-2pm. Cheryl Calire, Director of Pro-Life Activities, Project Rachel Ministry and Sidewalk Advocates for Life, will be the speaker. Bishop Richard Malone will be the guest speaker at the 12:15pm luncheon. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, contact the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.org.

Grief Support Programs. As part of our commitment to meeting the burial needs of our Catholic community, the Catholic Diocese Cemeteries is honored to continue the care beyond the day of the funeral. We offer grief support programs to those in need, as no one should grieve alone. Since each person experiences grief differently, we offer a wide array of programs, including traditional grief support groups, potluck dinners, social support events and even our Heavenly Hearts Choir. All of our programs are open to the community and most are offered at no charge. For more information, call Nancy Weil, Director of Grief Support, at 716-873-6500.

Catholic Charities Immigration and Refugee Assistance Program. As we celebrate the independence of our country, the approximate 600 refugees Catholic Charities resettles each year are celebrating freedom from regimes or insurgents that seek to torture, imprison or kill them. Our diocese offers a safe haven to refugees through the Catholic Charities Immigration and Refugee Assistance Program. Here they find shelter, food, clothing, and a second chance for a new life. For more information on how you might help welcome a stranger, call 716-842-0270. Find Catholic Charities at http://www.ccwny.org.

A Friendly Call. The Telephone Assurance Program (TAP) is a free volunteer service providing 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- to 15-minute call. These calls are especially needed to alleviate some concerns facing those who live alone and to help them maintain their independence. If you know of someone who would like to receive calls or make phone calls in Erie County please call 716-218-1400 ext. 2003, in Chautauqua County call 716-366-3533, and in Orleans County call 585-589-7477.

The Marriage Counseling Center of Catholic Charities offers two locations (Amherst and West Seneca) and is a unique resource in Western New York because of its dedication to counseling couples for more than 50 years. Services are provided by master's level therapists who specialize in couples' treatment, pre-marital counseling and individual counseling for relationship problems. Last year the center assisted more than 4,000 people! To refer a couple, simply give the interested party our phone number, 716-839-4406, and have them call our office between 5:45am-4:45pm weekdays. Find Catholic Charities at http://www.ccwny.org.

Office of Pro-Life Activities - Telephone Hotline Numbers. Crisis Pregnancy, Abortion Alternatives & Healing: 716-847-2205. St. Gianna Pregnancy Outreach Centers, helping mothers and fathers in need: 716-842-BABY (2229) Buffalo, 716-203-7593 Chautauqua County, 716-284-BABY (2229) Niagara County. Project Rachel, post-abortion reconciliation: 716-847-2211. Please consider running the updated hotline numbers in your bulletin. For your convenience, you can also download it from our website at http://www.buffalodiocese.org/outreach/prolife/tabid/208/default.aspx.

Daily TV Mass. Do you know someone who misses going to Daily Mass because of an illness or injury? The Diocese of Buffalo provides a Mass from the Our Lady Chapel at St. Joseph Cathedral Monday-Friday. The Mass airs on Time Warner cable Ch. 20 at 12:05pm (city) and at 12:05pm and 6pm (suburbs).

"Consider This...." Don't miss Bishop Richard Malone's weekly message on "Consider This...." Fridays on the Daybreak Facebook page, diocesan website, and YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/DaybreakTV and also after the Daily Mass during the week. 

Help provide nourishment when people need it most. Catholic Charities' 7 food pantries in Buffalo, Getzville, Lackawanna and Wellsville help people who are experiencing an emergency or whose food budgets need stretching. Your volunteer help is needed to sort, stock and prepare food for distribution. If you are available to help for as little as 4 hours each week or more, please contact Catholic Charities' Parish Outreach at 716-218-1400 ext. 2005.

Volunteer Opportunities. Consider giving back to the community in a special way. Kenmore Mercy Hospital is in need of dedicated volunteers in the following areas: transport, pharmacy, front desk patient information, hospitality cart, gift shop, Eucharistic ministers. All volunteers receive special training, followed by ongoing guidance and support. Individuals interested in volunteering for Kenmore Mercy should contact Lynn A. Overbeck, CAVS, Director of Volunteer Services at 716-447-6188.

Discover your light and ignite it in others. Catholic Charities Service Corps (CCSC) invites young adults to find the opportunity to use their education, talents, life experiences and faith in meaningful, practical ways. CCSC is a year-long service program often described as a local Peace Corps with a spiritual component. Young adults, typically recent college graduates, live in Buffalo beginning in August and engage in full-time, direct service work at non-profit agencies with individuals and families in need. Throughout their service, young adults focus on four core values: Community, Simplicity, Social Justice and Spirituality. Visit http://www.ccservicecorps.org or find them on Facebook as Catholic Charities Service Corps. If interested, please call 716-218-1400 ext. 2008.

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

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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