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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.

Ministry of Spiritual Direction. Do you feel a sense of call to the ministry of Spiritual Direction? Are you looking to deepen your relationship with God? The St. Joseph's Center for Spirituality offers a 2-year Spiritual Director and Training Formation Program for those called to the ministry of Spiritual Direction. If you are interested in enrolling in our program please complete the application on our website at http://www.stjosephsctr.org/application. For more information, email sjcsadmin@stjosephsctr.org or call 716-759-6893, ext.175.

Summerfest August 1-3 at St. Christopher Church, 2660 Niagara Falls Blvd, Tonawanda. Friday Valint's Fish Fry, Saturday Chicken & Beef Chowder, Lobster & Steak Fest (pre-sale only), Sunday Krolick's Chicken. Saturday Kids Day, 5K Race & Walk Sunday Wine & Craft Beer Tasting, rides by Hammerl. Music: Friday, Route 66 from 7-11pm; Saturday: West of the Mark from 7-11pm; Sunday, Powerhouse from 3-7pm. Attic treasures, theme baskets, gambling. Information: 716-692-2660 or visit http://www.saintchris.org.

Searching to share your wisdom? Catholic Charities Foster Grandparents Program allows for individuals ages 55 and above to be role models, mentors and friends to children with exceptional needs. It also provides a way for volunteers to stay active by serving children and youth in the community. The Foster Grandparent Program was recognized recently during Mayors Day of Service and honored Morris Brown, volunteer at Early Childhood Center #82, for his dedication. For more information on this program, visit http://www.ccwny.org or call 716-896-6388.

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

Anointing of the Sick Healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine. Thursday, August 7 at 7pm at Holy Trinity Church, 1032 Central Ave, Dunkirk. Father David Bellittiere and Friends of Saint 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. For further information, call 716-283-0011 or visit http://www.stperry.org.

St. Joachim All Class Reunion. Saturday, August 9, 2014 from noon until 6pm rain or shine at Como Lake, Shelter #1, 2220 Como Park Blvd., Lancaster, NY. Spread the word. Bring your families, chairs, food, drinks and a dish to share at about 2pm. There are limited tables and grill space. Please share this with anyone who attended St. Joachim School.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28). Every day there are things that remind us of our experiences of loss. Grief never takes a vacation! Our FREE 2014 packet 'Coping with Seasons of Loss' is filled with resources, insights, prayers and scripture support. For your packet, please contact your Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.org.

Summertime with Jesus and Your Family. Your 2014 free Summer Spirituality Tool Box of Ideas is filled with practical ways to make summertime a sacred time. It is a perfect companion for your family throughout the summer months whether vacationing or being at home. Celebrate the glory of all God's creation! For your free Tool Box, contact your Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.org.

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

Triduum to St. Anne. Honor St. Anne, mother of Mary, grandmother of Jesus. Coffee hour follows Sunday Mass at St. John Kanty Church, 101 Swinburne: Friday, July 25 (8:30am Mass); Saturday, July 26 (4pm Mass); Sunday, July 27 (10:30am).

Weekend Extravaganza at St. Andrew Church, Sloan on July 26 & 27 in the Parish Hall, 111 Crocker Street. Saturday's event is a Theme Basket Night with the doors opening at 5pm, basket drawing at 7:15pm. Admission includes 1 sheet of 25 tickets, dessert & beverage. On Sunday there will be a Polka Mass at 11am with music by Special Delivery, Krolick's Chicken BBQ from Noon until sold out, and a 2014 cash drawing at 3pm. For more information, call 892-0425.

Calling all Golfers, Duffers and Friends of Father Gary Bagley: Enjoy some (questionable) golf, a great meal, fabulous raffle prizes and wonderful friends AND support a great cause! The 8th Annual Bagley Open & Charity Dinner, held in memory of Fr. Gary Bagley, will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 13. Join us for this 9-hole scramble format tournament at Deerwood Golf Course in N. Tonawanda, followed by dinner at Classics V Banquet Facilities on Niagara Falls Boulevard. Come for the entire day or just dinner and raffles. Information: http://www.bagleyopen.org. All proceeds benefit the building fund for the St. Francis Chapel at Camp Turner.

Annual Men's Retreat at the Columban Center in Derby, NY will be September 5-7. The theme is The Role of Mary in the Life of a Catholic Man in the 21st Century. This retreat is open to all men. It begins with registration at 4pm on Friday and ends with Mass and Brunch on Sunday. For more information or reservations, contact Rev. Paul P. Sabo at (716)604-4948 or the Holy Name Office at 716-847-2201. Reservations are limited to 55 men.

St. Lawrence Parish Annual Feast Day on August 10. The celebration starts promptly at Noon with our Feast Day Mass at 1520 E. Delavan Avenue, Buffalo. Festivities afterward include the Colored Musicians Club of Buffalo, dancing featuring the music of the Weisenburgers, kids activities, and booths from parish and neighborhood groups. Barbecued ribs, hamburgers, hot dogs, side dishes and beverages will be available for purchase. There will be a money raffle, tour of the campus, and door prizes. For additional information please contact us at 716-892-2471 or 716-308-6302 or dyerluke@gmail.com.

First Annual Grandma's Attic Sale of St. John XXIII Parish, 1 Arcade Street (rain or shine). Saturday, August 2 from 9:00am until 3pm. We are in need of your donated furniture, household items, children's clothes and toys. (No appliances, electronics or adult clothing accepted.) Coffee, doughnuts and hotdogs will be available for sale. Donations will be accepted at the school site located at 1 Arcade Street on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3pm-4:30pm, July 21, July 23, July 28 and July 30. We are also in need of volunteers - please consider donating your time to a worthwhile cause. All proceeds go to patching the Church parking lot. Information: 823-1090.

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. Items including new and gently used blankets and comforters, dishes and cooking utensils, would be greatly appreciated. Donations are accepted weekdays from 10am to 3pm at 1122 Broadway, Buffalo. Call 716-895-4001 for more information or visit http://www.ccwny.org.

AFS Intercultural Programs welcomes more than 2,300 international high school students to the U.S. annually. These outstanding young people were selected to study in U.S. high schools and are eager to experience what it's like to live in America. Sharing daily life with a teenager from another country and culture is a rich and rewarding experience and a wonderful way for your family to bring more understanding into the world. Host an AFS student and build bridges of intercultural understanding. It's a gift you will give and receive. Start the process at http://www.afsusa.org/host or call 646-381-3338 or email jcoriddi@afsusa.org for more information.

During times of loss, loneliness and grief, we may not feel or recognize God's presence in our lives. Though we can't imagine all the thoughts and feelings you are experiencing right now, we do understand a bit about grieving and that first of all it is a process. The Office of Family Life Ministries has a free Bereavement Packet of materials designed to provide support, especially during the initial stages of grief. For a free packet, call 716-847-2210 or email us at 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 those 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 meets the last Sunday of the month at 3pm in the undercroft of St. Michael's Church rectory, 651 Washington St., Buffalo 14203. For more information, contact Rev. Richard Hoar, SJ at 716-854-6726.

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 and conversations strictly private. Information: 716-558-7233 or http://www.fjcsafe.org.

Don't go through divorce alone! DivorceLINK is a volunteer organization offering support and healing help to men and women of all ages who are suffering through a separation or divorce. You are invited to our open-forum "RAP groups" which meet twice a month throughout the year. Divorce recovery courses are also available each spring, summer and fall. DivorceLINK is affiliated with the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. For more information or a DivorceLINK packet filled with information and resources, call the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210.

Single Parent Family Camp will be held August 10-16 at Camp Hope/Camp Duffield in Delevan, NY. This is a place where single parents and their children can work at strengthening the family unit, find a place to heal, and receive support in a safe, loving and fun atmosphere from other single parents who have also suffered the pain of divorce, separation or death of a spouse. For further information, we have veteran campers who can answer them! From Buffalo to the south contact Tom at 716-471-1051 or at tom@camphopeny.org. From Rochester to the east contact Michelle at 585-749-5059 or at michelle@camphopeny.org.

Camp Turner Overnight Summer Camping in Allegany State Park. Don't miss out on the campfires, horseback riding, beach trips, dances and more! Space is still available in some sessions! The deadline to sign up is 10 days before your arrival date. Sessions run Sundays at 2pm through Fridays at 6pm. A one-way bus from camp to Hamburg and Williamsville is available each week. Visit www.CampTurner.com to sign up. Camp Turner is not-for-profit and is operated by the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.

Garage Sale. Saturday, July 26 from 8:30am-3pm at St. Mary of the Angel's Convent, 201 Reist Street, Williamsville. Refreshments will be provided. To donate garage sale items or for additional information, please call 632-2155, ext. 687.

Bishop McMahon High School Class of 1965 from Buffalo, NY is planning its 50th Reunion for September 19, 2015. We are seeking addresses of Alumnae who we have lost contact with. If you are an Alumna of the Class of 1965 or know the whereabouts of someone from this class, please contact one of the following committee members: Florence Loftt Beamer at Flo@roadrunner.com or 716-694-3932; Judy Malloy Schmitt at judy_schmitt@yahoo.com or 716-675-1822; or Kathy Erwin Gannon at gannon.kath@gmail.com or 716-693-6104.

A Friendly Call - The Telephone Assurance Program (TAP) is a free volunteer service providing regular telephone calls to homebound elderly and disabled persons checking on their well-being and to giving people an opportunity to socialize. Relationships grow and last for years through a regular weekly, monthly or daily brief call. If you know of someone who would like to receive calls or make phone calls in Erie County, please call 716-218-1400 ext. 206. In Chautauqua County, call 716-366-3533. In Orleans County, call 585-589-7477.

Pope Francis has made the full Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Retreat at least 2 times in his life. Last year many made this retreat with great enthusiasm. The Spiritual Exercises is an in depth experience of praying with Scripture in an Ignatian tradition. It invoices daily prayer using selected Scripture passages and small group meetings, weekly for the first month then twice a month for 7 months. For information contact Father Dick Hoar SJ at 854-6726 x-19 or Gini Schultz at 837-6020.

Does your marriage need a 'break' in its routine and humdrum lifestyle? Want more sparkle & glow in your marriage? Want some of your 'original romance' to be felt and seen again? Make a marriage encounter. The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend is August 1-3 at the Olmsted Manor Retreat Center Ludlow, PA 16333. For more information, please call 814-823-4600 or visit http://www.wwme.org 

Lawn Fete at Good Shepherd Church, 5442 Tonawanda Creek Road, N. Tonawanda. Sunday, July 27 from 11am to 6pm. Chicken chowder, chicken dinners by Krolick, classic car show, games, theme baskets, flea market rooms, music, beer tent, rain or shine. Handicap accessible. Information: 625-8594.

Annual Golf Tournament and Scholarship Dinner of St. John the Baptist School in Kenmore. Golfers tee-off at Sheridan Golf Course on Saturday, September 6 from 8am-1pm. Line up your foursomes and register now! Don't golf? Join us at 6pm for Happy Hour and Dinner featuring silent and live auctions, music and more at Klauder Hall on the campus of St. John's. Contact information: Michelle at 716-877-6401 or msalemi@stjohnskenmore.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.

Do you know of any young adults unsure of their next step after college? Catholic Charities Service Corps 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 from August to August and focus on 4 Core Values: Community, Simplicity, Social Justice and Spirituality. While engaging in full-time, direct service work at non-profit agencies with individuals and families who are in need, young adults find the opportunity to "discover their light" - to use their education, talents, life experiences and faith in meaningful, practical ways. Visit http://www.ccservicecorps.org or call 716-218-1400. You can also find them on Facebook as Catholic Charities Service Corps.

Life Changing PILGRIMAGE for youth & young adults. Bishop Malone and the Diocese are leading a Pilgrimage for those ages 16-39 in July 2016 to World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland. This 12-day life-changing journey of faith will include worshipping with the Holy Father and millions of youth/young adults from around the world, as well as trips to Auschwitz, Czestochowa (home of the Black Madonna), Divine Mercy Sanctuary, and Zakopane, plus pre/post pilgrimage experiences at home. Visit http://www.dobyouth.org or call 716-847-8789 for more information on how you can attend or support this pilgrimage! Deposits due May 31, 2014.

Consider This.... Daybreak TV Productions of the Diocese of Buffalo provides 2-minute messages from Bishop Richard J. 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.

Pilgrimage to St. Anne DeBeaupre, Quebec, Canada Aug. 24-29 led by Father Daniel Young (pastor of Good Shepherd Church, North Tonawanda) includes a day trip to Our Lady of the Cape Shrine. For additional information please call 625-8594.

Help for addictions is near. New York State licensed substance abuse treatment is available through Catholic Charities at our Chemical Dependency Treatment Program, Monsignor Carr Institute, 76 W. Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo. Our therapists also are uniquely equipped to work with a chemical dependency problem and a mental health problem. We now provide the Suboxone program. John, who is featured in our 2013 video “A time to heal, help and hope,” credits the program with saving his life. For more information, call (716) 895-1033. Check us out at 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.

Help Wanted: Foster Families. Are you looking to share the warmth of your home and love in your heart with a young person? Baker Victory Services (Father Baker's) is looking for adults interested in becoming foster parents. Individuals enrolled in the program are provided with comprehensive training, support and reimbursement. Information: Call Halli Lavner 828-9497.

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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