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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.

Calling All Pray-ers! Your prayers are needed for the success of the Catholics Come Home campaign in our diocese. The campaign will start in December but we ought to start praying now. When Jesus taught His disciples to pray, He instructed them to pray for God's will over their own. Likewise, we must dedicate this campaign to God's intentions or we cannot succeed, nor should we. Please lift up the success of this campaign in your own prayer time. Pray for those who need Christ in their lives as we approach Christmas. Invite those who have a devotion for prayer to join you. Ask people who come for adoration. Each time you hear the Catholics Come Home message on television, on the radio or online, pray: "Lord, open my eyes to those who seek you, and give me a welcoming heart on their behalf." The campaign prayer and more information can be found at http://www.evangelizebuffalo.org.

"The First Christmas" to air on Saturday, December 20 at 12noon on WKBW-TV Ch. 7. Bishop Richard Malone introduces "The First Christmas" and will close this Claymation program by offering a Christmas blessing. "The First Christmas" is a Claymation tale of the timeless Nativity story written in the Gospels of Luke and Matthew. This presentation, narrated by Christopher Plummer, was produced by The Christophers in association with Billy Budd Films and funded by the Catholic Communication Campaign.

Voices of Mercy. Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Road (off Rt. 18E), Lewiston is pleased to present the Voices of Mercy in concert on Monday, December 29 at 7pm. This annual favorite Christmas concert will be held in the beautifully decorated National Shrine Basilica. Come enjoy the Festival lights: on every evening 5-9pm through January 6. Free parking and admission. Handicap accessible. Gift shop open daily 9am-9pm. For daily cafeteria hours and more information, call 716-754-7489.

Calix is a gathering of individuals who want to improve their spiritual program because they are afflicted or affected by the disease of alcoholism. Calix is for people who are putting together a spiritual program which uses the 12 step approach. A journey which brings Step 11 into a deeper and fuller meaning. The Buffalo Unit of Calix Society meets the last Sunday of the month at 3pm in the undercroft of St. Michael's Church Rectory, 651 Washington Street, Buffalo. For more information, contact Rev. Richard Hoar, SJ at 716-854-6726. International website is http://www.calixsociety.org

Festival of Lights. Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Road (off Rt. 18E), Lewiston is hosting its 24th Annual Festival of Lights beginning Saturday, November 22 with Mass at 4pm and Blessing of Lights at 5pm. Come see 15 acres of spectacular Christmas lights, including a 9-foot tall outdoor illuminated Nativity scene and a life-size Fontanini Nativity scene in the Basilica. Climb to the top of the Basilica and get an angel's view of the Avenue of Saints and the spirit of Christmas. Festival runs through January 6, with lights on daily from 5-9pm. Shrine open daily 9am-9pm. All are welcome. Admission and parking are free. Gift shop open until 9pm. Call for cafeteria hours. For more information and a schedule of our free music concert, call 716-754-7489.

Christmas Nativity Sets on Display. The annual display of nativity sets will take place at SS. Columba-Brigid Church located at 75 Hickory Street at Eagle (one block south of Clinton Street in downtown Buffalo). There are 507 creches from 57 countries with a special section for the children. Some sets are made from banana leafs, corn husks, newspapers, automobile parts, rice, cork, coal, and other materials. The display runs each weekend until January 4 on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4pm. It is free and handicap accessible.

Sunday Televised Masses for December. Masses air on Sunday at 7:30am on WUTV Fox TV29. December 7: Rev. Jeffrey Nowak. December 14: Rev. John Stanton. December 21: Rev. Msgr. David Slubecky. December 28: Rev. Thomas Quinlivan.

Daybreak TV Productions of the Diocese of Buffalo provides "Consider This... "; which are 2 minute messages from Bishop Richard Malone on various important topics. You can find the videos on Daybreak's YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/DaybreakTV and also after the Daily Mass during the week.

Discover your light and ignite it in others. Catholic Charities Service Corps (CCSC) invites young adults to find the opportunity to use their education, talents, life experiences and faith in meaningful, practical ways. CCSC is a year-long service program often described as a local Peace Corps with a spiritual component. Young adults, typically recent college graduates, live in Buffalo beginning in August and engage in full-time, direct service work at non-profit agencies with individuals and families in need. Throughout their service, young adults focus on four core values: Community, Simplicity, Social Justice and Spirituality. Visit http://www.ccservicecorps.org or find them on Facebook as Catholic Charities Service Corps. If interested, please call 716-218-1400 ext. 2008.

Teams of Our Lady is a program that seeks to promote authentic married love that not only leads to God but also to a more intimate and enriching relationship with one's spouse. A Team is a group of five to seven couples affiliated with a Catholic priest/chaplain who have freely decided to join together to find support in their efforts to lead Gospel lives. For more information or a brochure, contact Dave & Cheryl Clifford at 716-677-0920 or email thetaximom82@yahoo.com

Ladies of Charity, a volunteer organization that sponsors a variety of programs of assistance for those in need, has a growing need for household items provided through Fresh Start, which provides basic household goods for those who have experienced home displacement. New and gently used dishes and cooking utensils, silverware, sheets, drapes/curtains, blankets and comforters would be greatly appreciated. Donations are accepted weekdays from 10am-3pm at 1122 Broadway, Buffalo. Call 716-895-4001 for more information or visit http://www.ccwny.org.

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.

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius for this fall. Since 1986 hundreds of people in our diocese have made a special retreat known as the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius or the Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life. If you are seeking to find God's will, want more structure in your prayer life, or to grow in your relationship with God and others, this retreat might be for you! The format requires a serious commitment to daily prayer and small group meetings, weekly for the first month, then semi-monthly for 7 months. For information, please contact Rev. Dick Hoar, SJ at 716-854-6726 ext. 19 or Gini Schultz at 716-837-6020.

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

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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