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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.

Position Available. St. John the Baptist Church in Alden is seeking a Catechetical Leader for its Religious Education Program. Responsibilities include Confirmation preparation and oversight of Faith Formation for Pre-K through High School. Diocesan certification recommended; background check and references required. Send letter of inquiry and resume to: Rev. James Ciupek, 2021 Sandridge Road, Alden, NY 14004 or email churchlady@rochester.rr.com. Any questions, please call the rectory at 716-937-6959.

Calling All Pray-ers! Your prayers are needed for the success of the Catholics Come Home campaign in our diocese. The campaign will start in December but we ought to start praying now. When Jesus taught His disciples to pray, He instructed them to pray for God's will over their own. Likewise, we must dedicate this campaign to God's intentions or we cannot succeed, nor should we. Please lift up the success of this campaign in your own prayer time. Pray for those who need Christ in their lives as we approach Christmas. Invite those who have a devotion for prayer to join you. Ask people who come for adoration. Each time you hear the Catholics Come Home message on television, on the radio or online, pray: "Lord, open my eyes to those who seek you, and give me a welcoming heart on their behalf." The campaign prayer and more information can be found at http://www.evangelizebuffalo.org.

Canisius College Chorale, under the direction of Frank Scinta, will continue its 2014 Sacred Spaces concert series with two programs: Monday, November 17 at 7:30pm at Annunciation Church, 7580 Clinton Street, Elma and Monday, November 24 at 7:30pm at SS. Peter & Paul Church, 5480 Main Street, Williamsville. Both concerts will feature works by Hogan, Mendelssohn, Buxtehude, Dawson, Ticheli and others. Admission is free. For more information, contact Canisius College Music Office at 716-888-2536 or Frank Scinta at 716-907-0466 or email scintaf@canisius.edu.

Canisius High School Lessons & Carols. All are welcome to attend Canisius High School's annual presentation of "A Service of Lessons & Carols." About 80 singers from the Blue Chorus, Gold Chorus, and Chamber Choir will lead this prayerful time of music and spoken word at 7pm on December 4 at St. Mark Church, 401 Woodward Avenue, Buffalo and again at 7pm on December 9 at SS. Peter & Paul Church, 66 E. Main Street, Hamburg. For more information, please call 716-882-0466 ext. 308 or email durkink@canisiushigh.org.

Buffalo Choral Arts Society, 120-voice chorus, presents a trio of Christmas Concerts, "A Garland of Song," including traditional favorites and new works by Chilcott, Gjeilo, Shaw/Parker and others on: Friday, December 5 at 8pm at SS. Peter & Paul Church, 66 E. Main Street, Hamburg; Sunday, December 7 at 3pm at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin Street, Buffalo; and Saturday, December 13 at 7pm at St. Mary Church, 6919 Transit Road, Swormville. For tickets and information, call 716-775-SONG (7664) or visit http;//www.buffalochoralarts.org.

Sunday Televised Masses for December. Masses air on Sunday at 7:30am on WUTV Fox TV29. December 7: Rev. Jeffrey Nowak. December 14: Rev. John Stanton. December 21: Rev. Msgr. David Slubecky. December 28: Rev. Thomas Quinlivan.

Advent Taize Prayer Service. St. Timothy Church, 565 East Park Drive, Tonawanda, will hold its Advent Taize Prayer Service on Thursday, December 11 at 7pm in the church. Take time out from your hectic holiday preparations to spend an hour with Jesus in the peace and tranquility of His love. There will be Scripture, prayer, meditation and beautiful music. Light a candle and bring your prayer intentions. Taize is an all ages ecumenical prayer service. Refreshments will follow.

Our Daily Bread for December will highlight Devotions. Devotions can include prayers, novenas, litanies, spiritual meditations, reflections. Tune in as Rev. Paul Seil will talk about what devotions are and how they help our Catholic faith. On the menu will be: salted caramel drizzled over pound cake, chicken stock, and pasta fagioli. Watch Our Daily Bread on Saturday, December 13 at 5:30am on WKBW-TV Channel 7.

Winter Camp at Camp Turner. Registration for Camp Turner's Winter Camp '14 is open. This 3-day overnight camp runs Sunday, December 28 at 10am through Tuesday, December 30 at 6pm. There is an RN on-site, the cabins are toasty, the food is delicious and only trained, experienced staff work this event. Optional round trip bus is available from Williamsville and Hamburg. Visit www.campturner.com to sign up and for further details, including activity descriptions and Parent Handbook. Any questions, please call 716-354-4555.

Stress in Your Marriage? Retrouvaille is a program for married couples that feel disillusioned, frustrated or angry in their marriage. Some experience coldness. Others experience conflict in their relationship. Most don't know how to change the situation or even communicate with their spouse about it. This program offers help to couples experiencing difficulties in their marriage. For confidential information or to register for the next weekend on January 23-25, 2015, call 716-474-9371 or 1-800-470-2230 or visit http://www.helpourmarriage.com.

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.

Winter 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.

Coping with the Holidays. Whether you are grieving the loss of a loved one, hurting from the pain of separation or divorce or experiencing loneliness, depression or just the 'blues,' please contact us for your free 2014 packet of ideas, reflections and insights designed specifically with you in mind. Just call the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.org.

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.

Marriage Encounter. Every marriage needs "fresh air" and "warm sunshine." Bring more "freshness" and "sunshine" to your marriage by making a Marriage Encounter. The next Marriage Encounter 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.

What are icons? How are they written? Come explore this ancient prayer form. Presented by Julie Ritchie on Saturday, November 22 from 9:30-11am at the St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence. For reservations, call 716-759-6893 ext. 175.

Mount St. Mary Academy Holds Holiday Drop and Shop. Need time to do your Christmas shopping without the kids in tow? Or need some good Christmas gift inspiration? The Holiday Drop and Shop is available for individuals who wish to drop the kids off and head to the mall or just want to stop in to do a little bit of shopping. A Holiday Craft and Vendor Bazaar will be available throughout the afternoon on Sunday, November 23 from 10am to 4pm. "Drop" off the kids for activities and games; "Shop" for your holiday gifts all in one place. Reservations are required for babysitting services. Call Alexandra Fussell at 716-877-1358 ext. 304 or email afussell@msmacademy.org for reservations and information.

Craft Show at St. Gregory the Great. St. Gregory the Great Parish will hold their annual Craft Show on Friday, November 28 from 10am-4pm and Saturday, November 29 from 10am-3pm. Shop from 150 local artisans and crafters selling their unique, homemade, quality items. The show will be held at St. Gregory's School and Ministry Center, 250 St. Gregory Court, Williamsville (next to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital). For further information, visit http://www.stgregs.org.

Celebrate St. Andrew's (Kenmore): Past, Present and Future. We're recognizing our 70 year history, the recently appointed Pastor, Parochial Vicar and Deacon, and the start of a new Church year, with renewed energy! Saturday, November 29, beginning with the 4pm Mass, followed by an international coffee bar. Former parishioners and staff are invited, along with all our community friends and neighbors. St. Andrew's is located at 1525 Sheridan Drive in Kenmore. For more information, call Michelle at 716-725-6860.

Make Way for the Coming of the Lord! - December 2, 9 and 16 from 6:30-7:30pm at St. John Kanty Church (Convent), 101 Swinburne Street, Buffalo. Open to everyone interested in learning more about the Advent Season and how it relates to our world today. Celebrate the time of waiting for the coming of the Lord with Advent prayers, spiritual instruction, multimedia presentations, fellowship and an opportunity to welcome Jesus into your life in a special way this Christmas. Father Fred Betti, SJ, will celebrate Mass the last evening. Visit http;//www.stjohnkantychurchbuffalo.wordpress.com.

Homemade Christmas cookies and placek sale, basket raffle, photos with Santa, and more! Join us for Mass, too, on December 6-7 at St. John Kanty Parish, 101 Swinburne Street, Buffalo following Saturday 4pm Mass and Sunday 10:30 am Mass.

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.

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. Richard Hoar, SJ at 716-854-6726. International website is http://www.calixsociety.org.

If you are a victim of domestic violence and are in need of access to safety planning, spiritual care, legal assistance, limited medical assistance, counseling, law enforcement, the Family Justice Center of Erie County, Inc. "Where Families Come First" is for you! All services are free. All conversations strictly private. For more information, call 716-558-7233 or visit http://www.fjcsafe.org.

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.

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.

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.

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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