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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.

Annual Lenten Pierogi & Placek Sale at St. John Kanty Parish Community, on Broadway (between Brownell and Swinburne Streets), Buffalo. Sale takes place every Saturday and Sunday from February 13 through March 20; Saturdays from 3-5pm (following 4pm Mass) and Sundays from 9:30am-12noon (following 10:30am). Off street parking available. Sale takes place in the School Hall... look for the signs.

Women's Lenten Afternoon of Reflection. Fr. Ryszard Biernat, Secretary to Bishop Malone, will offer a Women's Lenten Afternoon of Reflection on Saturday, February 20 at St. Andrew Parish in Kenmore. The afternoon, filled with both inspiration and humor, will begin at 12:15pm in the Msgr. Donovan Center, Lowell Avenue, Kenmore. Ending at 3:30pm, all are then welcome to join the parish in church for the 4pm Mass. Please register by calling Michelle at 716-725-6860.

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 six meetings dates for 2016 are: February 21, March 13, April 3, April 24, May 15 and June 5. For more information, call Paul or Carol at 716-937-9810 or visit http://www.res-life.com/the-third-option.

Year of Mercy Parish Retreat. All Saints Parish in Lockport will host a 4 evening parish Lenten Retreat commemorating the Year of Mercy. The retreat - "Come Receive God's Mercy" - will be presented by Fr. Stephen Vasek, OMI and Sister Marcella Wendzikowski, CSSF and a team of All Saints parishioners from February 21-24 from 7-8:15pm. The retreat will take place in the church at 76 Church Street, Lockport. This is open to the public. For more information, call the parish at 716-433-3707 or visit http://www.allsaintslockport.org.

St. Leo the Great to host Bishop Malone at the Hour of Mercy. On Sunday, February 28 Bishop Malone will offer a prayer service that will include the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick at St. Leo the Great, 885 Sweet Home Road, Amherst at the Holy Hour of Mercy at 3pm. St. Leo's has been designated a Station Church for the Year of Mercy by Bishop Malone because it has a blessed Holy Door of Mercy. All are invited and welcome to attend! For more information, contact Dawn Iacono, Adult Faith Formation Director, at diacono@stleothegreatamherst.com.

Natural Family Planning Introductory Session on Saturday, March 12 at St. John Paul II Parish, 2052 Lakeview Road, Lake View. Light refreshments will begin in the Community Room at 5:30pm with the program starting at 6pm. Come get your questions answered about Natural Family Planning and hear from a couple and their experience with NFP. FertilityCare Practitioner, Sarah Dolph from Catholic Health will be here to introduce you to the Natural Family Planning program. Please register at http://www.JP2Parish.org. (Limited childcare available - registration at least one week prior necessary).

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

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28) Everyday there are things that remind us of our experiences of loss. Grief never takes a vacation! Our free 2016 packet "Coping with Seasons of Loss" is filled with resources, insights, prayers and Scripture support. For your packet, contact the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.org

Position Available: Part-time Gift Shop Clerk for Our Lady of Victory National Shrine, Lackawanna; 25+ hours weekly with availability to work on weekends and evenings. Customer service and retail sales experience and an ability to skillfully handle money are essential. Knowledge of religious items and merchandising would be a plus. The clerk will assist with inventory, pricing and setting up displays and be responsible for the opening and closing of the Gift Shop. This position requires a pleasant and helpful demeanor. The clerk will be required to stand for long periods of time and do some lifting. Resumes can be mailed to: OLV National Shrine, 767 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, NY 14218 or e-mailed to dbellagamba@ourladyofvictory.org.

Sunday TV Mass. Do you know someone who misses going to Mass because of an illness or injury? 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.
* February 7: celebrant Fr. Frederick Betti, SJ from Canisius High School
* February 14: celebrant Fr. Andrew Lauricella and Deacon Terry Harter
* February 21: celebrant is Fr. Peter Calabrese, CRSP and Deacon Thomas Scherr
* February 28: celebrant Fr. Patrick Melfi and Deacon Tom Healey
* March 6: celebrant Fr. Kevin Creagh, CM from Niagara University

The 5 Love Languages presented by Bob and Joyce Grinewich on Saturday, February 13 from 9:30-11am at St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence. Each of us feels loved in a different way. This is called a Love Language. To find out what Love Language you, a member of your family, or friend speaks, join us for this insightful and fun filled session. For reservations, call 716-759-6893, ext. 175.

Blessed Trinity's Concert Series continues at 3pm on Sunday, February 14 with two of last season's favorite performers. The husband and wife duo of tenor Robert Zimmerman and soprano Amy Grable were such show stoppers when they opened the series last fall, they've been invited back - this time for Valentine's Day. Their Celebration of Love offerings include some of musical theater's most cherished love songs and are sure to provide a sweet treat for your heart and soul. More treats are in store at a post-concert reception. The Landmark Church, located at 317 Leroy Avenue, Buffalo is wheelchair accessible and has secured off-street parking. Information at http://www.blessedtrinitybuffalo.org or 716-833-0301.

The Department of Lifelong Faith Formation would like to invite all catechists, catechetical leaders, and adult volunteers who work with adolescent youth to attend a workshop that should not be missed! Join us as national Catholic speaker Stephanie Clouatre Davis leads us in "Leading Teens to Mercy: The Role of the Adult Catechist with Young Disciples." The free workshop (including free lunch and free parking) will be held on Saturday, February 27 at the Adam's Mark Hotel from 8:45am to 3pm during the Diocesan Youth Convention. While there is no cost, we ask that you register for the event by filling out the registration form on our website - http://www.officeoflifelongfaithformation.org - and mailing it back to the Department of Lifelong Faith Formation. Hope to see you there.

The Voices of Mercy at St. John Kanty, 101 Swinburne Street, Buffalo on March 5. Join us for Mass at 4pm with The Voices of Mercy, followed by their original musical interpretation of Stations of the Cross. Following the Stations, soup, beverage and dessert will be served. For further information, visit http://www.stjohnkantychurchbuffalo.wordpress.com.

Mercy Matters! Lenten Retreat for Catholic MOMS. Sign up now for Friday, March 18 (feast day of Mary, Mother of Mercy-designated by Pope Francis as the Patroness of the Year of Mercy) at Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora. Events include Lenten Dinner, Spiritual Exercises, Holy Mercy Mass celebrated by Rev. Joseph Gatto (for the vigil of St. Joseph patron saint of the Diocese of Buffalo and the Universal Church), Mothers of Mercy Talk: Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Stations of the Cross-Mary's Way with Catholic singer/songwriter homeschool mother of 8 Laura Boronski, Holy Rosary for the Year of Mercy, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction. Renew, Refresh, Retreat this Lent and for the Year of Mercy! Limited seating; early bird special. For information and ticket reservations, contact Dawn Iacono at stgregsmoms@gmail.com or 716-207-5172. All Catholic mothers welcome!

Walking the Lenten Journey of Mercy, a day of prayer and reflection offered by Grey Nuns and Friends, will take place on Saturday, March 19 from 9am-3:30pm at D'Youville College, Madonna Hall. In the spirit of Pope Francis, women and men of all ages are invited to open our hearts to the rich dimensions of God's mercy and ponder how we can embody that mercy in our own lives. There is no fee; a free will offering will be accepted. Parking is available in the Visitors' Lot on Fargo Avenue. Participants are asked to bring a brown bag lunch. Drinks will be provided. To register, contact Arlene at arlypez@yahoo.com or by calling 716-833-7451.

Facing divorce? You are not alone. Hundreds of people have turned to DivorceLINK for help during the pain and confusion of their marriage breakup. DivorceLINK is a volunteer organization offering support and healing help to men and women of all ages who are going through separation or divorce. You are invited to our open-forum "RAP group" which meets twice a month. Divorce recovery courses are also available. For more information or a DivorceLINK packet filled with information and resources, call the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210.

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.

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

Celebrate World Marriage Day. This day honors husband and wife as head of the family and salutes the beauty of their faithfulness, sacrifice, and joy in daily married life. The second Sunday in February - February 14 - is the date this year. We invite you to view the World Marriage Day packages prepared as suggestions and aids to celebrate. They are available for download from the World Marriage Day website: http://www.wmd.wwme.org. Please look for the download tab and download WMD: Clergy/Family Life Package and the WMD: Celebration Planning Package.

Mission Lenten Retreat. St. John Paul II Parish celebrates its 28th consecutive Mission Lenten Retreat from Sunday, February 28-Saturday, March 5. The evenings are filled with powerful talks, prayer, liturgy, and song, and completed with a warm fellowship. Each evening begins at 7pm in the parish's Community Room. St. John Paul II Parish is located at 2052 Lakeview Road (between Rts. 5 & 20), Lake View. For more information on Mission, contact this year's Lead Couple, Chuck & Faith Holmes, at 716-627-2147 or the Parish Office at 716-627-2910 or email parish@jp2parish.org. More information can also be found on our website: http://www.jp2parish.org.

Save the Date while purchasing a great gift! LP Ciminelli is sponsoring a benefit concert for Catholic Charities of Buffalo. The Forte Tenors (third runners-up on America's Got Talent) will be performing at Kleinhans Music Hall on June 30 at 7pm. All proceeds raised will advance the services and programs offered through Catholic Charities. Tickets now on sale and can be obtained by contacting the Kleinhans box office at 716-885-5000 or visit http://www.kleinhansbuffalo.org

Calix is a gathering of individuals who want to improve their spiritual program because they are afflicted or affected by the disease of alcoholism. Calix is for people who are putting together a spiritual program which uses the 12 Step approach. A journey which brings Step 11 into a deeper and fuller meaning. The Buffalo Unit of Calix Society meets the last Sunday of the month at 3pm in the 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 http://www.calixsociety.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

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 http://www.ccwny.org.

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 http://www.nar-anon.org

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 foster.adopt@ccwny.org, 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 http://www.ccwny.org.

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, please call the Family Life Office at 716-847-2210.

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 http://www.ccwny.org for more information.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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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