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Spirituality and Science presented by Dr. Daniel Brown on Saturday, April 11 from 9:30-11am at St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence. We will look at several spiritual writers that have incorporated scientific theory and findings into their work. We will focus primarily on "Field of Compassion" by Judy Cannato. For reservations, call 716-759-6893 ext. 175.

National Health Care Decisions Day - Start the Conversation. Join St. Leo the Great Parish, 885 Sweet Home Road, Amherst on Thursday, April 16 from 7-8:30pm as they welcome Catholic Health Palliative Care Team and Elderwood for an informational and educational session, followed by Q&A about the importance of Advance Directives. Advance Directives allow you to plan for future medical care in the event that you are unable to make your own decisions. Designating a person to speak on your behalf helps to ensure that your medical care will be carried out according to your beliefs and wishes. Learn why healthy individuals should complete their Advance Directives. Everyone 18 years and older should designate a Health Care Proxy. RSVP appreciated by calling St. Leo's at 716-835-8905 or email mcouche@stleothegreatamherst.com.

A Mass for anyone touched by Adoption will be celebrated by Msgr. Paul Burkard on Saturday, April 18 at 10:30am at Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Ridge Road and South Park Avenue, Lackawanna. All are welcome to attend - birth parents, adoptees, adoptive parents, grandparents and other relatives. For more information, please call Baker Victory Services at 716-828-9570 or the Pro-Life Office at 716-847-2205.

Live Your Legacy Workshop. 45 Gardening Tips in 45 Minutes will be held on Thursday, April 23 at 6:30pm as part of the Live Your Legacy Workshop Series. As the snow melts and our thoughts turn to spring, we eagerly begin to plan our gardens. Learn some of the best tips presenter Connie Oswald Stofko discovered as she interviewed home gardeners and gardening experts for the online gardening magazine, http://Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com. The program will be held at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 4000 Elmwood Avenue, Kenmore. No charge; open to the community. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Nancy Weil, Director of Bereavement Support, at 716-873-6500.

Congrega Society of Buffalo announces the 95th Anniversary Mass and Brunch in honor of the Crowned Virgin scheduled for Saturday, April 25 at 9am at St. Lawrence Church, 1520 East Delavan Avenue, Buffalo. Brunch provided by Banchetti by Rizzo's Catering. Beautiful items will be raffled at the brunch and meeting in the parish hall. Reservations required. For more information or to make a reservation, please call Mary J. D. Steinhauser at 716-656-7195 or St. Lawrence Rectory at 716-892-2471. Reservations much be made by April 5 to attend the brunch.

Stress in Your Marriage? Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vi) 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 May 1-3, call 716-474-9371, 1-800-470-2230 or visit http://www.HelpOurMarriage.com.

Annual Day of Reflection. The Bishop's Committee Visitors will hold their Annual Day of Reflection on Tuesday, May 5 at St. Philip the Apostle, 950 Losson Road, Cheektowaga. Rev. Paul Steller, Pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Lancaster will be the speaker. Father Paul's presentation will focus on "Mary – Biblical Insights and Contemporary Reflections." Registration is at 9:30am; the day concludes at 2pm. There is no fee. Bring a brown bag lunch; beverage and dessert provided. The day includes liturgy and more. Everyone is invited to attend. For further information, please contact the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.org.

Weekend Bus Trip to See Pope Francis. A Buffalo weekend bus trip to attend Mass with Pope Francis in downtown Philadelphia is being organized for September 26-27. Individuals and families interested in attending the Papal Mass on Sunday are encouraged to contact St. Gemma's Catholic Pilgrimages in Buffalo, toll free at 855-710-7663 or visit http;//www.takeapilgrimage.com or email rome@takeapilgrimage.com.

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 pre-school through teens. For your free packet, call the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.org

Mass for Peace in Northern Ireland. The twentieth, and last, Mass for Peace in Northern Ireland - and throughout the world - will be offered at 7pm on Easter Monday, April 6 in St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, 1140 Abbott Road in South Buffalo. The celebrant will be Rev. James Judge, Pastor of the linked parish communities of St. Martin of Tours and St. Thomas Aquinas. David and Felicia Meyer of Kindred will provide the music. The Erie County Sheriff's Pipes and Drums Band and stepdancers from the Buffalo area schools of traditional Irish Dance will also participate. The collection will benefit St. Martin's Church in appreciation for hosting the Mass and reception. All are invited to attend.

Sunday Televised Masses for April. Masses air on Sunday at 7:30am on WUTV Fox TV29. April 5: Most Rev. Richard J. Malone. April 12: Rev. Jeff Nowak. April 19: Rev. Michael Burzynski. April 26: Rev. Msgr. Paul Litwin.

Our Daily Bread for April will feature "Consecrated Life." Host Father Paul Seil is joined in the kitchen by Father Michael Sajda, OFM Conv. and Sister Jenny Wilson, RSM. Tune in Saturday, April 11 at 5:30am and Noon on WKBW-TV Channel 7 to see what delicious recipes Father Paul and his guests put together. Visit http://www.odbtv.org for more information.

"Music and Memories" - A Service to Remember Those We Love will be held on Thursday, April 16 at 6:30pm at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Kenmore, and again on Saturday, April 18 at 1pm at Holy Cross Cemetery in Lackawanna. The service will feature songs that will inspire and uplift you as we remember those we have loved. Poems and pieces will be interspersed throughout the program along with the reading of your loved one's name. Call by April 8 to have your loved one's name listed in the program book. For the service at Mount Olivet, call 716-873-6500. For the service at Holy Cross, call 716-823-1197.

Voices of Angels Concert featuring a melody of performers, including Paul Weisenburger, on Friday, April 17 at 7pm at St. John the Baptist Church, 1085 Englewood Avenue, Kenmore. For more information, contact Michelle Salemi at 716-877-6401.

XLT Buffalo. All young people are invited to join us for XLT Buffalo. XLT (or Exult) is an awesome experience of Adoration and praise and worship for high school and middle school students. Our next event will be held at St. John Vianney Church, 2950 Southwestern Boulevard, Orchard Park on Friday, April 17 from 7-9pm. Guest speaker will be Brian Ruh from St. Amelia Parish, Tonawanda. Refreshments and social time will follow. This event is a multi-parish effort offered by "ENCOUNTER." Any questions, please call 716-835-8905 ext. 14.

"Compassionate Conviction: Creating Change and Building Peace" with Sister Simone Campbell, SSS. Annual fundraiser for SSJ Sister Karen Klimczak Center for Nonviolence on Sunday, April 19 at 3pm at SS. Columba-Brigid Church, 75 Hickory Street, Buffalo. Sister Simone is Executive Director of NETWORK and lobbies on peace-building, immigration reform, healthcare and economic justice. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact 716-362-9688, email info@sisterkarencenter.org or purchase online at http://www.sisterkarencenter.org.

Eucharistic Holy Hour for Vocations. Join us for a Eucharistic Holy Hour for Vocations to the Priesthood, Religious, Diaconate and Lay Ministry on Sunday, April 26 at 2pm. The Holy Hour will take place at Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora. Please join us on the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Music will be led by Father Bill Quinlivan and is sponsored by the Serra Club of Buffalo and Vocations Office.

"Life From Beginning to End" - End of Life Topics Conference. Our Lady of Pompeii "Respect Life Committee" is hosting a conference which will address end of life issues. The conference will be held on May 7 at Our Lady of Pompeii Ministry Center, 129 Laverack Avenue, Lancaster from 6:30-9pm and is open to the public. Leading authorities in their respective fields will address topics including Adult Day Care and Respite, In Home Care Giving, Nursing Homes, Catholic Cemeteries, Funeral Homes, Health Care Proxy, Elder Care Law, Hospice & Palliative Care and Alzheimer's in small break-out room sessions. For more information, please contact Chris Murphy at murphychristopher33@gmail.com or 716-474-1969.

Registration for Camp Turner's 2015 Summer Camp is now open. Boys and girls ages 7-16 are invited to join us for a week this summer. Campers enjoy campfires, hiking, fishing, Low Ropes course, horseback riding, archery, arts and crafts, nature study, sand volleyball, wood-working, basketball, soccer, dodgeball, court hockey, creek walking, yoga, dance, outdoor living skills, beach trips, cool trips and much more. Daily prayer times and weekly Mass in God's creation included. We honor cabin-mate requests. See our website http://www.CampTurner.com for session dates and themes, Parent Handbook and registration options. For further information, call 716-354-4555.

"Consider This..." Daybreak TV Productions of the Diocese of Buffalo provides short videos called "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.

Spring Gift Ideas. Building a Basilica documentary DVD; 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. To order, call 716-847-8721.

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.

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

Post-Dyngus Day Dinner Dance on Saturday, April 11 at the St. Gregory the Great Ministry Center, 200 St. Gregory Court, Williamsville. Ticket price includes family style catering from salad to dessert by Nowak's, drinks, live music by The Buffalo Touch and a theme basket raffle. Doors open at 5pm; dinner will be served at 6:15pm. 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 1. No tickets will be sold at the door. All proceeds benefit the St. Gregory's Jamaica Mission Trip.

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

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: http://www.foryourmarriage.org; click on "Caring for Your Marriage," then "Resources."

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.

Annual Spring Raffle. Good Shepherd Church, 5442 Tonawanda Creek Road, North Tonawanda will hold their Annual Spring Raffle on Saturday, March 28 after the 4:30pm Mass in the Pendleton Parish Hall. There will be a Chinese Auction and music. Call the parish office at 716-625-8594 to reserve a table for 8. There is no charge. Pot luck dinner and roast beef sandwiches will be available. Raffle and theme basket tickets may be purchased at the door.

The Donut Man is coming to town! The Donut Man has a weekly children's show on EWTN. Sacred Heart Parish in Lakewood is sponsoring the Donut Man to appear in concert on Sunday, April 26 at 5pm in the Southwestern High School auditorium. For tickets and prices, please call Dee Muniz at 716-763-2815 ext. 4. Please check out his website at http://www.donutman.com.

Daily Televised Mass. Tune in for the Daily Mass on Time Warner Channel 20, Monday through Friday at Noon (in city) and at Noon and 6:05pm (in Erie suburbs). Mass celebrants include Rev. Msgr. David Slubecky, Rev. Msgr. Paul Litwin and Rev. Peter Drilling from St. Joseph Cathedral.

Sharing God's Goodness With Children. Help the family who fled their homeland consumed by civil war and violence before beginning a new life in Buffalo. Jackie Bemeriki arrived in the United States from Rwanda in 1999 in pursuit of independence and opportunity. Catholic Charities Immigration and Refugee Assistance Program assisted her with food, housing, clothes and documents, and she now runs her own child care center to help other refugee families. Give to the Catholic Charities 2015 Appeal and join us to "find good within" for these and the tens of thousands of others who benefit from Catholic Charities 70 programs and services. Remember the lives you are touching with your contribution. Find Good Within. Share God's Goodness. Find out more at http://www.ccwny.org or call 716-218-1400.

Knights of Columbus Meat Raffle. The Msgr. Nash Knights of Columbus will be holding a Spring Meat Raffle on April 18. Doors open at 6pm. Admission includes roast beef sandwich, salad, beer and soda. There will also be a basket raffle and a 50/50 split club. For more information, contact Ed at 716-262-7351 or Jim at 716-901-2163.

South Park High School's 100th Anniversary - Save the Date! Plans are underway for the 100th Anniversary of South Park High School. The celebration will take place on Saturday, May 2 at the Adams Mark Hotel. Ticket includes a sit down dinner, music, dancing, and cash bar. More information is available at www.gosparks.org, sphaa@aol.com or call the school at 716-816-4828. Spread the word and purchase early bird tickets at: http://www.buffaloschools.org/SouthPark206.cfm?subpage=101392.

Alcohol Addiction - 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

Be a lifeline for someone in need. Catholic Charities' Telephone Assurance Program is a free volunteer service providing regular telephone calls to seniors and disabled individuals or those who are isolated and homebound. Relationships grow and last for years through a regular daily, weekly or monthly call. If you know of someone in Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee or Orleans counties who wants to receive calls, contact Carolyn Kwiatkowski at Catholic Charities at 716-218-1450 ext. 2003.

Have a little time and love to spare? Catholic Charities administers the Foster Grandparent Program in Erie County and is calling out to income eligible individuals over 55 to share their experience, skills and talents, and change young lives. At schools and child care centers, foster grandparents receive a modest stipend and provide a consistent model for children who welcome a loving hand. For more information, contact Susan or Erin at 716-896-6388 or susan.seawood@ccwny.org or erin.pustulka@ccwny.org.

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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