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Eucharistic Adoration & Holy Hour for Vocations on Thursday, April 30 from 6-7pm at St. Andrew's Church, 1525 Sheridan Drive, Kenmore. Come and experience the restorative and transformative power of prayer while in the presence of our Lord, Jesus Christ!

Women's Day of Spiritual Renewal. St. Gregory the Great Women's Enrichment invites you to attend a Women's Day of Spiritual Renewal entitled, "God, the Master Gardener," on Saturday, May 2 from 10am-3pm in the St. Gregory the Great Ministry Center, 100 St. Gregory Court, Williamsville. This event is centered on a unique theme/topic which is united with prayers, music, spiritual and fun activities, and themed décor, as well as a special guest speaker who does a presentation based on that day's topic. A special box lunch and refreshments, coffee and tea are also served throughout the day. Women from our parish, as well as other parishes, their female family members and friends are invited to attend. To register, contact Joy Bila at 716-834-0128 or jbila@hotmail.com.

Providing a healthy start to life. For new mothers and moms-to-be in Erie and Niagara Counties, Catholic Charities Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program provides food, participant-centered nutrition education and referrals for eligible pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and infants and children under the age of 5. The program now has a new, centralized phone number, 716-218-1484, that can be used to connect to any WIC office. Also, through May 6, the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County is hosting a Community Baby Shower, with WIC being one of the recipients. Items like sleep sacks, thermometers and diapers would be helpful to new moms and babies! To learn more about the program and how you can help with the Community Baby Shower, visit http://www.ccwny.org/wic.

Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb. Most Reverend Edward Grosz, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, and the Pro-Life Office invites you to participate in this special Mass held on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 10 at 10:30am at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin Street, Buffalo. We will celebrate and pray for mothers, fathers and families, and for children in the womb. Mass will include a special blessing for unborn children and their expectant parents. We will also pray for couples who are hoping for the gift of a child and for couples who have suffered the loss of a child. For more information, call the Pro-Life Office at 716-847-2205.

Love, nurture and a safe home. It is all some children want but may not find. Catholic Charities is working to help their dreams come true. To learn more about becoming a foster family, attend the next informational session on May 12 from either 10-11:30am or 6-7pm at 525 Washington Street, Buffalo. For more information or to register, please call 716-856-4494 ext. 360 or email foster.adopt@ccwny.org. There is still time to donate online for Appeal 2015 at http://www.ccwny.org or give in your parish.

Project Rachel "A Day of Hope and Healing" on Saturday, May 16 from 10am-3pm at Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora. Led by Deacon Mike Dulak and Cheryl Calire. Let us know if you are attending by calling the Pro-Life Office at 716-847-2205 or email pro-lifeoffice@buffalodiocese.org.

Middle School Eucharistic Retreat on May 16-17 at Camp Weona in Gainesville, NY sponsored by "Encounter." "Encounter" is a group of youth ministers from parishes throughout the diocese who organize events to help our young people encounter Christ in the Eucharist. Please encourage your 6th-8th graders to attend. For registration form and more information, call 716-835-8905 ext. 14 or email office@stleothegreatamherst.com.

Blessed Trinity's 2014-15 Trinity Concert Series. The Buffalo Brass Choir brings Blessed Trinity's 2014-15 Trinity Concert Series to a close on Sunday, May 24 at 3pm with Reflections on a Dance. The church's resident ensemble, under the direction of Nick DelBello, performs music inspired by the dance. Their repertoire will include Brahms' Hungarian Dances, Ginastera's Dances from Estancia and David Sampson's imaginative Reflections on a Dance. Blessed Trinity, located at 317 Leroy Avenue, Buffalo, is wheelchair accessible and has secured off-street parking. Information at http://www.blessedtrinitybuffalo.org or call 716-833-0301.

Join Catholic Charities and the Buffalo Bisons on Friday, May 29 at 7:05pm for a game vs. the Rochester Red Wings. Enjoy a Friday Night Bash with a post-game fireworks show. For further information and ticket prices, contact Rob Kates at 716-846-2032 or email rkates@bisons.com. Proceeds to benefit Catholic Charities.

"Life Changing Experience" for Teens. All high school students are invited to develop their leadership skills and make lifelong friends at the Christian Leadership Institute (CLI), June 26-July 2 at the St. Columban Center in Derby. Participants will learn communication, decision-making, planning and other leadership skills that will help them in daily life and in any leadership position they assume in school, church or work. Past youth participants have described CLI as a "life-changing experience" that helped them develop confidence, grow in their faith, and build solid, supportive friendships. For more information, visit http://www.dobyouth.org or call the Department of Youth & Young Adult Ministry at 716-847-8789.

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.

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.

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. 

Faith and Work: Staying Connected with God. What does it mean to offer our daily work - paid or unpaid - to God in worship? We'll look at the Scriptures to see how God sees work and what "best practices" help us experience the presence of God and transformation on the job. Presented by Dr. Cynthia Widmer on Saturday, April 25 from 9:30-11am at St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence. For reservations, call 716-759-6893 ext. 175.

Retrouvaille (Ret-ro-vi) is a program for troubled marriages. A marriage is more than one that "works out" or one that just survives. If you feel that your marriage is sinking or needs a lifeline, let Retrouvaille help. The next weekend is scheduled for May 1-3. For a brochure or further information, call the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or visit http://www.marriagesaved.com. For more information or to register, call 716-474-9371 or 800-470-2230. All inquiries are strictly confidential.

Social Justice and Spirituality. What is the connection and how can we live this? Presented by Kathy Heffern on Saturday, May 2 from 9:30-11am at St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence. For reservations, call 716-759-6893 ext. 175.

Food and Wine Tasting is being held to benefit the Sisters of St. Francis on Tuesday, May 5 from 5-7pm at St. Mary of the Angels, 201 Reist Street, Williamsville. Enjoy fine wine, gourmet food, silent and live auctions, and the ever popular "Nun-Sweeter" bake sale. For additional information, contact Cindy Munschauer at 716-632-2155 ext. 687 or cmunschauer@sosf.org.

Global Justice for All / Local Justice for Each, with Carol Zinn, SSJ, past president of LCWR (Leadership Conference of Women Religious) and internationally recognized justice and peace advocate, to be held on Friday, May 15 at 7pm at Villa Maria College Social Hall, 240 Pine Ridge Road, Cheektowaga. Free will offering accepted. This public presentation is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph and Associates of Buffalo.

Daily Support for Older Adults. Catholic Charities A Gathering Place is a social program for adults age 60 and older residing in Erie County who may need assistance with activities of daily living in addition to physical activities like Tai Chi and socialization with peers in a supervised, safe environment. Transportation may be available. Support is also provided for caregivers by providing them with respite and linkage to other programs and services. A Gathering Place is located at 128 Wilson Street, Buffalo in the Broadway-Fillmore area. For more information, please call 716-896-6388.

Loss, Lonliness, Grief - St. Paul reminds us in his letter to the Romans of many comforting words. 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 bereavement packet, call 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.org

2015 Hilbert College Boys and Girls Summer Basketball Camps. The Boys weeks are June 28-July 2 and July 12-16. The lone Girls week is July 5-9. Please note that 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 free brochure, go to http://www.hilberthawks.com and click on "Events." For more information, contact Rob deGrandpre at 716-926-8803 or rdegrandpre@hilbert.edu (Boys) or Melissa Graham at 716-697-8946 or mgraham@hilbert.edu (Girls).

Annual Day of Reflection. The Bishop's Committee Visitors will hold their Annual Day of Reflection on Tuesday, May 5 at St. Philip the Apostle, 950 Losson Road, Cheektowaga. Rev. Paul Steller, Pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Lancaster will be the speaker. Father Paul's presentation will focus on "Mary – Biblical Insights and Contemporary Reflections." Registration is at 9:30am; the day concludes at 2pm. There is no fee. Bring a brown bag lunch; beverage and dessert provided. The day includes liturgy and more. Everyone is invited to attend. For further information, please contact the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.org.

Weekend Bus Trip to See Pope Francis. A Buffalo weekend bus trip to attend Mass with Pope Francis in downtown Philadelphia is being organized for September 26-27. Individuals and families interested in attending the Papal Mass on Sunday are encouraged to contact St. Gemma's Catholic Pilgrimages in Buffalo, toll free at 855-710-7663 or visit http;//www.takeapilgrimage.com or email rome@takeapilgrimage.com.

"Life From Beginning to End" - End of Life Topics Conference. Our Lady of Pompeii "Respect Life Committee" is hosting a conference which will address end of life issues. The conference will be held on May 7 at Our Lady of Pompeii Ministry Center, 129 Laverack Avenue, Lancaster from 6:30-9pm and is open to the public. Leading authorities in their respective fields will address topics including Adult Day Care and Respite, In Home Care Giving, Nursing Homes, Catholic Cemeteries, Funeral Homes, Health Care Proxy, Elder Care Law, Hospice & Palliative Care and Alzheimer's in small break-out room sessions. For more information, please contact Chris Murphy at murphychristopher33@gmail.com or 716-474-1969.

Registration for Camp Turner's 2015 Summer Camp is now open. Boys and girls ages 7-16 are invited to join us for a week this summer. Campers enjoy campfires, hiking, fishing, Low Ropes course, horseback riding, archery, arts and crafts, nature study, sand volleyball, wood-working, basketball, soccer, dodgeball, court hockey, creek walking, yoga, dance, outdoor living skills, beach trips, cool trips and much more. Daily prayer times and weekly Mass in God's creation included. We honor cabin-mate requests. See our website http://www.CampTurner.com for session dates and themes, Parent Handbook and registration options. For further information, call 716-354-4555.

"Consider This..." Daybreak TV Productions of the Diocese of Buffalo provides short videos called "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.

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.

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

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."

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.

South Park High School's 100th Anniversary - Save the Date! Plans are underway for the 100th Anniversary of South Park High School. The celebration will take place on Saturday, May 2 at the Adams Mark Hotel. Ticket includes a sit down dinner, music, dancing, and cash bar. More information is available at www.gosparks.org, sphaa@aol.com or call the school at 716-816-4828. Spread the word and purchase early bird tickets at: http://www.buffaloschools.org/SouthPark206.cfm?subpage=101392.

Be a lifeline for someone in need. Catholic Charities' Telephone Assurance Program is a free volunteer service providing regular telephone calls to seniors and disabled individuals or those who are isolated and homebound. Relationships grow and last for years through a regular daily, weekly or monthly call. If you know of someone in Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee or Orleans counties who wants to receive calls, contact Carolyn Kwiatkowski at Catholic Charities at 716-218-1450 ext. 2003.

Have a little time and love to spare? Catholic Charities administers the Foster Grandparent Program in Erie County and is calling out to income eligible individuals over 55 to share their experience, skills and talents, and change young lives. At schools and child care centers, foster grandparents receive a modest stipend and provide a consistent model for children who welcome a loving hand. For more information, contact Susan or Erin at 716-896-6388 or susan.seawood@ccwny.org or erin.pustulka@ccwny.org.

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.

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.

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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