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Craft Show at St. Gregory the Great Parish, 200 St. Gregory Court, Williamsville on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 27 (10am-4pm) and November 28 (10am-3pm). The show will feature over 150 crafters and artisans with many unique, handmade gifts. It is a great way to start your Christmas and holiday shopping while avoiding the crowds and chaos at local stores and malls. A wonderful kitchen menu will also be available for breakfast and lunch during the show as well. For further information, call 716-688-5678 or email

Are you stressed out? Grieving? Dreading the upcoming Christmas and Holiday Season? Discover why "Thanks-Living" can change your attitude and help you learn new ways to take care of yourself today and through the Christmas and Holiday Season and into the New Year. Join us at St. Leo the Great Parish, 885 Sweet Home Road, Amherst on December 3 from 6:30-7:30pm for Stress/Grief Relief for the HO-HO-HO Holidays, Coping with Life through Laughter as we welcome presenter Nancy Weil, Director of Bereavement Support for the Catholic Diocese Cemeteries. Reservations are appreciated by calling St. Leo's parish office at 716-835-8905. Spread the word. All are welcome!

Our Lady of Guadalupe. St. Anthony of Padua Parish, 306 Ingham Avenue, Lackawanna will have their annual celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Sunday, December 6. The bilingual Mass, with a procession of roses, begins with a short reenactment of the appearance of Our Blessed Lady to the peasant, Juan Diego. The celebration and Mass beings at 11am. Following Mass, a traditional Hispanic food dinner will be sold. This dinner includes rice with pork meat & peas, salad, dessert & beverage. Other side foods of enchiladas, pasteles & pastelillos will be available in the parish hall at an extra nominal price. Take out will be available. Also, over 50 raffle prizes will be raffled. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling the rectory at 716-823-0782.

Christmas Bazaar. Come one, come all to the coziest Christmas Bazaar ever on Sunday, December 6 from 8:30am-3pm at Immaculate Conception School, 510 Oakwood Avenue, East Aurora. Have a hearty pancake breakfast before you shop one of the many craft and artisan booths featuring holiday décor, baked goods, and gifts for everyone on your list. The bazaar also features many family events for children of all ages. Visit Santaland for kid-friendly games, holiday crafts, and pictures with Santa! Visit for more information.

Anointing of the Sick and Feast of St. John Kanty to be celebrated at 4pm Mass on December 19. Join St. John Kanty Parish Community, 101 Swinburne Street, Buffalo and our celebrant, Msgr. Robert Golombek. All are welcome. Consider bringing a friend who may benefit from the healing graces of the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. For further information, visit

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

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

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

"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 2015 packet "Coping with Seasons of Loss" is filled with resources, insights, prayers, and scripture support. For your packet, please contact the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email

Christmas Nativity Sets on Display. Father Roy Herberger invites you to experience a display of 560 nativity sets from 59 countries. These international crèches will be shown at SS. Columba-Brigid Church, 75 Hickory & Eagle Streets (one block south of Clinton Street). The building is handicap accessible. The hours are from 1-4pm on the last weekend in November, every weekend in December (except the weekend after Christmas-December 26 & 27), and on the first weekend of January. There is no charge and there is a special section for children. If anyone would like to view the display during the week with a large group (e.g. school children, senior groups, church organizations, etc.), please call Father Roy at 716-852-2076. 

Position Available: Church Organist for Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph, Niagara Falls. Primary responsibility is to provide organ/piano accompaniment. The organist, with the support and consultation of the choir leader, will work with the pastor and associate pastor in areas of general planning, provide organ/piano music at the regularly scheduled weekend Masses and at additional services during the year, and be available for funerals, weddings, etc. The individual should have planning skills, working knowledge in choral direction, with an attitude of collegiality and good will. If interested and for further information, contact Joseph Pastwik at 716-282-1379.

Marriage Encounter. Does your marriage need a break in its routine and humdrum lifestyle? Want more "sparkle and 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 November 20-22 at Notre Dame Retreat House, Canandaigua, NY. For more information, call 877-697-9963 or visit

Buffalo Choral Arts Society - a 115-voice community chorus, now celebrating its 50th Anniversary Season - welcomes in the Christmas Season with "Singing, Ringing, Caroling," a group of wonderful concerts featuring guest artists The Royalton Ringers: Handbell Quartet. Concerts will be held on Friday, December 4 at 8pm at SS. Peter & Paul Church, 66 E. Main Street, Hamburg; on Sunday, December 6 at 3pm at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin Street, Downtown Buffalo; on Saturday, December 12 at 7pm at St. Mary Church, 6919 Transit Road, Swormville. For more information, call 716-775-SONG (7664) or online at

Homemade Christmas Cookie & Placek Sale. St. John Kanty Parish Community, 101 Swinburne Street, Buffalo will have its annual Homemade Cookie & Placek Sale on December 5 from 3-5:30pm and December 6 from 9:30am-noon. Basket raffle and much more! Join us for Mass on Saturday at 4pm or Sunday at 10:30am, then go shopping! Further information at

Spirituality and Science. We will look at several spiritual writers that have incorporated scientific theory and findings into their work. Presented by Dr. Daniel Brown, Ph.D., on Saturday, December 5 from 9:30-11am at St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence. For reservations, call 716-759-6893, ext. 175.

Take this Advent to find peace. The Marriage Counseling Center of Catholic Charities, located in both Amherst and West Seneca, has offered marriage counseling for over 50 years in the Western New York Region. Today, the Marriage Counseling Center offers couples' treatment, pre-marital counseling and individual counseling for relationship problems from master's level therapists. Interested or know someone who might be? Call our office at 716-839-4406 between 8:45am-4:45pm weekdays. Visit for more information on this and other services Catholic Charities provides in the Western New York community.

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

Holy Name Society Convention. On Saturday, December 5, the Diocesan Union Holy Name Society will be hosting their local annual Convention at St. Andrew's Parish, Crocker & Reiman Streets, Sloan beginning with a 9am Mass celebrated by Bishop Richard Malone. This convention is open to all members of the Holy Name Society men and women in the Diocese of Buffalo and Western New York. Parish societies are asked to bring their parish Holy Name banners for processing into the church prior to the beginning of the Mass.

Candlelight Remembrance Service. You are invited to attend the Catholic Diocese Cemeteries annual Candlelight Remembrance Service on Sunday, December 6 at 2pm. Your choice of two locations: Mount Olivet Cemetery, 4000 Elmwood Avenue, Kenmore or Holy Cross Cemetery, 2900 South Park Avenue, Lackawanna. This spiritually uplifting service is filled with music, prayers, and healing words from the Chaplains at the Pastoral Care Department at Hospice Buffalo. Reserve your spot by calling Mount Olivet at 716-873-6500 or Holy Cross at 716-823-1197.

Craft Show. The Senior Class at Cardinal O'Hara High School is hosting Santa's Secret, a craft and vendor fair at the school, 39 O'Hara Road, Tonawanda, on December 12 from 9am-2pm. The fair is an opportunity to purchase last minute and unique Christmas gifts. Crafters who are interested in taking part may call Rena Hoffman at 716-695-2600 for an application or more information. Proceeds will benefit the senior class prom.

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. Martin Moleski, SJ at 716-888-2383. International website is

Mount St. Mary Academy Holiday Drop & Shop on Sunday, December 6 from 10am-4pm. A holiday craft and vendor bazaar will be available throughout the afternoon featuring a variety of craft shops. "Drop" off the kids for activities and games; "shop" for your holiday gifts all in one place. Questions? Call Alexandra Fussell at 716-877-1358 ext. 304 or email

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 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.

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 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.

Help Stop Hunger. Catholic Charities' eight food pantries in Buffalo, Franklinville, Getzville, Lackawanna, and Wellsville provide for individuals across Western New York in an emergency or when the food budget just doesn't stretch far enough. Volunteers to help sort, stock, and prepare food for distribution are always welcome. If you are available for as little as four hours a week and are interested in helping our food pantries, please contact Catholic Charities Parish Outreach at 716-218-1400 ext. 2005.

The Coming of Christ Into Our Lives: Advent Day of Prayer with Pope Francis and Thomas Merton on Wednesday, December 9 from 10am-3pm at Christ the King Retreat House & Conference Center, 500 Brookford Road, Syracuse. Together we will explore the true meaning of Advent, the reason God became human, and the significance of Christian hope in our contemporary world. Open to all clergy, religious and laity of all denominations. Facilitated by Dan Horan, OFM, a Franciscan Friar and spiritual writer. He is currently a student in the PhD program in Systematic Theology at Boston College and serves on the International Thomas Merton Society Board of Directors. He is a columnist for America Magazine. For further information, visit, call 315-446-2680 or email

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

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 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.

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

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

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 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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