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Subscribe to Diocesan News: - Have you visited the Website of the Diocese of Buffalo recently? There is much to see and do on the diocesan website including the ability to "Sign Up for Updates."  The website address is: There are links to all kinds of information about the diocese. Choose the item entitled "Sign Up for Updates" in order to be able to receive information by Email from various diocesan departments. Also, be sure to browse around to see what is happening in our diocese.

Would you like to make a difference in the life of a student? Catholic Charities' Foster Grandparent Program allows for income-eligible individuals ages 55 and older to be role models, mentors and friends to children with exceptional needs in a school setting. It also provides a way for volunteers to stay active by serving children and youth in the community. At schools throughout Erie County, Foster Grandparents provide a consistent model for children who welcome a loving hand. Now is the time to be ready for the opening of the 2016-17 school year; contact us today. For more information, call 716-896-6388 or go to Also find us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Appeal 2016 deadline: June 30. Find Good Within.

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Slavic Soul Concert presented by the Camerata Di Sant' Antonio on May 27 at 7pm at Corpus Christi Church, 199 Clark Street, Buffalo (one block east of the Broadway Market). The Chopin Singing Society will also participate. A world premiere of Peter Petrof's Bulgarian Suite will feature Nedejda Nigrin as violinist, and much more. A freewill donation is gratefully accepted; light reception to follow. For further information, call 716-896-1050.

The Corpus Christi Sunday Procession will be led by Bishop Richard Malone on May 29 beginning at 1:15pm from St. Stanislaus Church, 123 Townsend Street, Buffalo and processing through the streets to Corpus Christi Church, 199 Clark Street, stopping along the way to pray at four outdoor altars. Bishop Malone will then say Mass at Corpus Christi Church at approximately 2:15pm accompanied by the Chopin Singing Society. After Mass, a light reception will follow in the hall. For further information, call 716-896-1050.

Three Parishes to Host the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue in the Diocese of Buffalo from June 1-5. St. Mary of the Lake Church, 4737 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg will host the Roman Catholic International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima for two days beginning Wednesday, June 1; procession at 7pm, followed by Mass and a talk by Patrick Sabat, the custodian of the statue. After Mass, there will be a reception with light refreshments. The church will be open until 12 midnight for Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and for meditation before Our Lady. On Thursday, June 2, there will be a Mass at 8:15am and a talk by Mr. Sabat. The church will be open until 12noon for private prayer and meditation before Our Lady. Two additional churches will participate in this tour for peace: St. John Gualbert Church, 83 Gualbert Avenue, Cheektowaga on June 3 starting at 7pm and Our Lady of Fatima Church, 65 South Main Street, Elba on June 4-5 starting at 3:30pm on that Saturday.

Enhance Your Marriage! Join our next class to learn effective skills that will enhance your communication and problem solving skills with your spouse. These practical techniques are designed for all couples to take your relationship to a higher level of trust and sharing that you may never have experienced before. Class: June 11-12 or June 25-26 at Hampton Inn, East Aurora. Visit: Heart to Heart Workshops or call 716-480-9273. Instructors: Dan and Irma O'Connor.

Immaculata Academy to celebrate its 88 years of Franciscan Tradition. After 88 wonderful years, Immaculata Academy will be closing its doors. Former students, parents, board members, faculty and staff are invited to celebrate and reminisce on Friday, June 24 at 6pm with a prayer service in the Academy's auditorium and with a reception to follow. Come walk the hallways and share stories and memories as we celebrate Immaculata's legacy. Kindly RSVP by Monday, June 13 by emailing or by calling 716-648-4307.

Forte Tenors Concert to benefit Catholic Charities. Thanks to the sponsorship generosity of LPCiminelli, a benefit concert to support the programs and services of Catholic Charities will take place on June 30. The Forte Tenors (finalists on America's Got Talent) will be performing at Kleinhans Music Hall at 7pm. 100% of the proceeds raised will go directly to Catholic Charities. Tickets are on sale now and can be obtained by contacting the Kleinhans Box Office at 716-885-5000 or by email at

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

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

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

Third Option Program. Do you need to find the joy in your marriage and live a happier, healthier life together? If so, consider attending the Third Option program. This skills-based group helps participants build stronger, more fulfilling marriages. Group meetings are held every third Sunday from 6-8pm at Resurrection Life, 2145 Old Union Road, Cheektowaga. The next two meeting dates for 2016 are: May 15 and June 5. For more information, call Paul or Carol at 716-937-9810 or visit

Anointing of the Sick Healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine will be held on Thursday, June 2 at 7pm at St. Mary's (Old Church), Transit & Stahley Roads, East Amherst. The Mass will be in the Chapel. 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

Sunday TV Mass. For those who are unable to physically attend Mass, the Diocese of Buffalo provides a televised Mass from the Our Lady Chapel at St. Joseph Cathedral that airs each Sunday on WUTV-Fox channel at 7:30am.
* June 5: celebrant Rev. Charles Slisz
* June 12: celebrant Rev. Matthew Zirnheld
* June 19: celebrant Rev. James Vacco, OFM
* June 26: celebrant Rev. Walter Szczesny
* July 3: celebrant Rev. Benjamin Fiore, SJ
* July 10: celebrant Msgr. James Campbell

Skills and Formation for Leaders of Scripture Study. Calling all Bible Study coordinators and small group leaders! Join us for a morning of reflection on the ministry of leading Scripture Study with adults. Looking to Jesus as our model, we will explore the spirituality of the Bible Study leader and practice skills for facilitating and leading prayer in small faith sharing groups. Saturday, June 11 from 9:30-11:30am at St. Martha/Our Lady of Blessed Sacrament School, 20 French Road, Depew. For more information, contact Sister Barbara Schiavoni at 716-847-5516 or Register by June 7 to 716-847-5501 or

Forming Young Leaders for Today and Tomorrow! Do you know teens who show leadership potential and would thrive with training and encouragement? This is your opportunity to call forth those young leaders today and make an investment in leadership of tomorrow! The Christian Leadership Institute (CLI) prepares high school aged teens for active and meaningful leadership in their parish, school and community. CLI fosters leadership potential and teaches practical skills. This faith-based institute forms young Catholics as servant leaders and inspires them to lead as Jesus did. Please invite and sponsor teens with leadership potential to experience this powerful week. CLI will be held from June 24-30 at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora. Brochures and scholarships are available from the Department of Youth & Young Adult Ministry at 716-847-8789 or

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 basement meeting room of St. Michael's Church Rectory, 651 Washington Street, Buffalo. For more information, contact Rev. Martin Moleski at 716-888-2383. International website is

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, please contact Dan & Irma at 716-652-1203, email or visit

Journey Into Love. The Office of Family Life Ministries is looking for married couples to assist with the monthly diocesan marriage preparation program, Journey Into Love. Married couples help by giving a 20 minute talk once or twice a year on essential topics and issues that engaged and newly married couples face. Married couples that support this ministry find it beneficial to their own marriage and their efforts contribute to the strengthening of family life as couples prepare for their marriage. If you are interested in finding out more about this very successful diocesan marriage program, call the Family Life Office at 716-847-2210.

Is God Calling You? The Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities invite single women age 21 and over to consider your call to religious life during a Come and See Weekend, June 3-5 at St. Mary of the Angels, 201 Reist Street, Williamsville. Pray in the Franciscan tradition, experience the richness of a common table, feel the joy of Franciscan community life and learn how your gifts and talents can fit into religious life. For more information and to RSVP, contact Sister Caryn Crook a 315-751-6819, or visit

Buffalo Choral Arts Society - 50th Anniversary Concert on Sunday, June 5 at 3pm at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin Street, Buffalo. In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, this 120-voice chorus is proud to bring to Western New York the world-renowned composer and conductor, Dr. Z. Randall Stroope for a special concert with brass choir and Mr. Tim Socha, Cathedral Organist, under the direction of Dr. Stroope. The concert will feature works by Vierne, Vaughn Williams, Finzi, and Stroope. Also featured is the premiere performance of "O Lux Beatissima," a commissioned piece written by Dr. Stroope specifically for the chorus' anniversary. Dr. Stroope is one of the most active choral conductors and composers working today. In addition to performances in Canterbury Cathedral (England), Berliner Dom (Germany), Carnegie Hall and National Presbyterian Cathedral (Washington, DC), Dr. Stroope has conducted 5 performances in The Vatican in the past 4 years. Tickets are available by calling 716-775-SONG (775-7664) or online at

St. John Kanty Parish Community Annual Polka Mass & Summer Festival on Sunday, June 5. Mass at 10:30am followed by BW's BBQ chicken dinner, homemade sides and dessert, large basket raffle and more! Music by New Direction Band. All are welcome…bring friends and family. For further information, visit or call the parish office at 716-893-0412. Rain or shine. St. John Kanty is located on Broadway (between Brownell and Swinburne Streets), Buffalo.

Mount St. Mary Academy hosts Summer Sessions, Athletic and Theater Camps. Mount St. Mary Academy invites girls entering grades 5-8 to participate in its annual Summer Sessions day camp, running from August 1-5 from 9am-4pm at the school; includes a combination of athletic, art and educational sessions such as:
* Upcycle Crafts - Through fun craft projects, students will learn the art of upcycling and how important this process is for our environment and our future!
* Let Them Eat Cake - Learn to bake all kinds of "cakery" from beautiful cupcakes to decadent cakes.
* Olympic Games - Compete for Gold in Mount Olympics 2016! Take the field for Olympic-style sports such as Basketball, Track & Field, and Soccer.
Additional athletic camps will be held throughout July, including Lacrosse (July 11-15), Volleyball (July 18-22), Running (July 18-22), Basketball (July 25-27) and Softball (July 25-29). MSM will also offer Theater Camp (July 25-29). For more information, parents may download a brochure from the school's website at or call Mount St. Mary Academy at 716-877-1358.

Pro-Life Office: SAVE THE DATE - Dedication of the Mother Teresa Home on Thursday, August 25. The pastoral mission of the "Mother Teresa Home" is to promote safety, stability and well-being for pregnant and/or young people who have experienced or been exposed to pressure, violence, neglect or trauma, in regards to their pregnancy. The Mother Teresa Home will achieve this through providing programs that provide shelter, community service and prevention education for youth, adults and families. More details will follow.

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

Golf Tournament. The Immaculate Conception School Home & School Association is proud to announce the 3rd annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser on Friday, June 3 at Holland Hills Golf Course. The event features 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch at the turn, and a BBQ chicken and rib dinner following the event. Dinner only packages are available. To register as a golfer, dinner guest or sponsor, visit for a registration form. All proceeds benefit the school.

Outpatient Partial Knee Replacements Program. Outpatient partial knee replacements are a widely-accepted alternative for patients considering traditional inpatient knee replacement. Find out if you might be a candidate for a partial replacement, a minimally invasive option with same-day discharge, better pain management and quicker rehabilitation. Choose from 2 sessions on Monday, June 13 from 9-10am or 6-7pm. This seminar is presented by physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist Cindy Repicci Romanowski, MD, at Kenmore Mercy Hospital's Community Room, 2950 Elmwood Avenue, Kenmore. The presentation is free and open to the public, with free accessible parking. Register by calling 716-447-6205.

Transfiguration Parish Reunion. A reunion of all graduating classes, parishioners, priests and nuns from Transfiguration Parish, Sycamore and Mills, Buffalo is being planned for August of this year. For more information, call Richard Gurbacki at 716-361-1145 or stop in and see Chuck Gajewski at Ray Gay Sales, 2880 Genesee Street, Cheektowaga.

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 Patti & Dave Nyhart at 716-648-5363 or email

Diocese of Buffalo Catholic Directory... The Catholic Directory is now available as a free download on the diocesan website. Published by the Office of Communications, it is the official guide to the offices, institutions, and organizations of the Diocese of Buffalo. It contains addresses and phone numbers for every parish, priest, deacon, and religious sister and brother in the diocese and is essential for anyone involved in parish ministry. Visit to download, view or print the official Catholic Directory of the Diocese of Buffalo, just one of the many projects funded in part by your generous donations to the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC).

2016 Hilbert College Boys and Girls Summer Basketball Camps. The Boys weeks are June 26-30 and July 10-14. The lone Girls week is July 17-21. The registration/check-in is on Sunday(s) between 2:30-4pm and each camp concludes on Thursday(s) at 3pm. Campers are given the choice of staying on campus (resident camper) in air conditioned Trinity Hall, or commuting (day camper). Day camp runs from 9am-9pm weekly. All meals included in the cost. To download a brochure, go to and click on "Events." For more information on the Boys camps, please contact Hilbert College Head Men's Basketball Coach Rob deGrandpre at 716-926-8803 or For more information on the Girls camp or the August 1-4 High School Girls Elite Camp, contact Coach Melissa Graham at 716-926-8775 or

Camp Turner is hiring for the summer of 2016. Employment begins June 26 and ends August 14. Most weekends off. Openings in Horse Corral, Nature, Low-Ropes, Archery, Cabin Counseling, and dishwashing/maintenance. Competitive salary plus room and board. You must love kids and the outdoors! Visit for application. Camp Turner is not-for-profit and is operated by the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.

Daily TV Mass. Do you know someone who misses going to Daily Mass because of an illness or injury? The Diocese of Buffalo provides 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).

Saint Joseph Club. Are you in high school, thinking priesthood and want to meet others who are as well? Then check out the Saint Joseph Club. The club is open to all high school men who wish to take a serious look at their lives and grow personally, emotionally and spiritually. Each member is asked to attend the club's meetings and events in an attempt to discern and understand God's call in their life. Meetings are held at Christ the King Seminary generally once a month. Brochures are available at your parish. If you would like more information, please contact Rev. Andrew Lauricella, Vocation Director, at 716-847-5535.

Response Program. Do you feel called to priesthood? Would you like to meet others with the same calling? The Response Program is a process of on-going prayer and discernment designed for adult Catholic men (college age and older) who have taken the initiative to express interest in diocesan priesthood. Meetings are held at Christ the King Seminary generally once a month. Brochures are available at your parish. If you would like more information, please contact Rev. Andrew Lauricella, Vocation Director, at 716-847-5535.

Have you heard of our Service Corps? The Catholic Charities Service Corps (CCSC) gives recent college graduates the opportunity to spend a full year in service to their community. Individuals room together and share their talents to give back to the community. Whether it be counseling, serving the homeless, assisting refugees, helping those who are disabled, or working against domestic violence, the CCSC touches all levels of the community. For more information, please call 716-218-1400 ext. 2005 or visit

Nar-Anon Family Groups offer support for those affected by another's addiction. Group meets weekly on Mondays at St. Andrew's Church, 1525 Sheridan Drive, Kenmore. Newcomer meeting begins at 6:30pm; regular meeting at 7pm. Located in the Loyola Room (door between Church and Rectory, off parking lot). For more information about Nar-Anon Family Groups, visit

Give the gift of a home. Catholic Charities works diligently to provide children in need of a family (temporarily or permanently) with a loving home. Catholic Charities provides parent training, home studies, placement and supervision until an adoption is finalized and is willing to be with the family every step of the way. Interested in learning more about fostering or adopting a child? Email, contact our offices at 716-856-4494 ext. 360, or come to an informational meeting on October 13 from 10-11:30am or 6-7:30pm at 525 Washington Street, Buffalo. For more information on Catholic Charities and the services we provide, visit

Catholic Charities' Immigration & Refugee Assistance Program is looking for such furniture items as chairs, dining room and kitchen sets, basic personal household items, school supplies, gift cards and volunteers to set up apartments and drive the delivery truck. Want to repurpose old furniture? Like to furnish homes? Consider helping the Immigration & Refugee Assistance Program. Please call 716-842-0270 or visit for more information.

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.

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

"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 and also after the Daily Mass during the week. 

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.

The Xavier Society for the Blind is looking for volunteers to record from your home computer periodicals for their website. They will provide the recording program and headset. Please call (212) 473-7800 and leave a message or email

Volunteer opportunities are available at a homeless shelter in Buffalo for individuals, couples, or groups to carry out the Corporal Works of Mercy. Little Portion Friary, 1305 Main Street, provides training and has several shifts available: check residents in and out, answer telephone, maintain log, respond to residents' requests for clothes and personal belongings, help prepare breakfast, help with household chores such as laundry and light housekeeping. Substitute volunteers are also needed. Required: good decision making, organizational skills, at least 18 years old. Contact Ed at 875-9629 or Ann at 863-6694.

Natural Family Planning provides couples with a safe effective means to achieve or avoid pregnancy and gain understanding of their gift of fertility. A new video ‘Plan Your Family Naturally: An Introduction To Natural Family Planning’ is now available and will enhance and enrich your marriage preparation efforts. Two married couples and NFP educators share their own experience giving heartfelt, real-life witness to its effectiveness, challenges and many benefits … practical, relational and spiritual … as they cooperate with God’s natural plan for married sexuality. Produced by the Diocese of Rockville Centre/Office of Faith Formation. Visit

Fidelis Care, the New York State Catholic Health Plan, wants to make sure that every child in the diocese has access to quality, affordable health coverage. Parents are encouraged to apply for enrollment in New York State's Child Health Plus program. Every child under age 19 residing in the state is eligible for free or low-cost health insurance coverage through the program. Covered benefits include doctor visits, checkups, dental and eye exams, immunizations, hospital and emergency care, prescription drugs, and more.  Depending on a family's income and household size, Child Health Plus with Fidelis Care may cost very little or nothing at all. Parents can choose their child's own doctor from the Fidelis Care network – a healthcare professional in their neighborhood they know and trust. A happy, healthy child is life's greatest gift. Call Fidelis Care toll-free at 1-888-FIDELIS (1-888-343-3547) TTY: 1-800-421-1220 or visit

ProjecTruth is founded on the belief that as students develop virtues through character education, they build a strong internal commitment to making healthy life choices. ProjecTruth has reached over 50,000 teens across Western New York since its 2001 inception. Visit or

Make Your Voice Heard - The New York State Catholic Bishops have formed a statewide Catholic Advocacy Network of concerned Catholics who want to put their faith into action. Together, we can speak out in support of the poor and vulnerable, the sick and elderly, the unborn, children and families. Our parish encourages you to join this network. There is no cost. The easiest way to join is to go to to sign up. Or you can send your name, address, phone number and email address to Catholic Advocacy Network, New York State Catholic Conference, 465 State Street, Albany, NY 12203-1004. Be sure to mention you are a member of our parish in the Diocese of Buffalo.

PROJECT RACHEL is in the heart of the Church. Don't suffer alone; be set free from the pain. Many women and men suffer in silence from their abortion experience that is not easily erased. The Father of mercies is ready to give His forgiveness, hope and peace to all who grieve with this wound. The Project Rachel Program offers confidential, spiritual healing. (716) 847-2205 and also see or

Pharmaceutical Access Program of St. Vincent de Paul is designed to help those who need prescription medications, but can't afford them. The Society has designed this service for many who are on low or fixed income situations. In order for this program to work, we need volunteers to help with phone calls and also client interviews. If you would like to help or need more information, please call 882-3360, ext. 8.

The Catholic Guild for the Blind is a volunteer organization under the auspices of Catholic Charities dedicated to providing spiritual and social opportunities for persons who are visually impaired. Volunteers transport and assist the visually impaired to participate in a variety of community activities. If you have the time to help out on a regular basis, or from time to time, please call 853-4424, ext 305. You'll be rendering a service to some very impressive people.

Crossroads is a Catholic community of single adults, forty years of age and older, seeking to share diversified spiritual and social needs and blessings. We welcome people of all faiths. Crossroads respects and upholds the spiritual, moral, and ethical teachings of the Catholic Church, including respect for life. Meetings are held once every other month. For more information, contact Barbara at 685-2818.

The Catholic Alumni Club is a 35 year old national organization for Catholic single professionals. We invite Catholic singles over 21 years of age to join and become active with us. For more information, contact Marcia Popaduch (693-0640), Rich Stroh (895-7612), or Al Schneider (633-7157).

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