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Are You Living Your Life's Purpose? (Parts One and Two) presented by Carol Wolf on Saturday, June 6 and Saturday, June 13 from 9:30-11am at St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence. For reservations, call 716-759-6893 ext. 175.

BBQ Chicken Dinner and Theme Baskets. St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Lackawanna, invites you to our annual Chicken BBQ Dinner and Theme Basket/Tray raffle. It will be held on Sunday, June 7 and will be served at the Lake Erie Italian Club, 3200 South Park Avenue, Lackawanna beginning at 12pm until sold out. Dinner is grilled by BW's BBQ and includes ? chicken, potato salad, cole slaw, roll and butter, dessert, and drink. Chicken fingers and fries are available for children. Chicken dinner - $10; chicken fingers and fries - $6.

Summerfest. On Sunday, June 7, the parish community of St. John Kanty and St. Adalbert Churches, Broadway and Swinburne Streets, Buffalo, presents our annual Summerfest from 11:30am-4pm, serving BW's BBQ chicken and our homemade sides and dessert! Join us for 10:30am Mass, then stay for a great chicken dinner. For more information, visit http://www.stjohnkantychurchbuffalo.wordpress.com.

Looking to open your heart and expand your family? To learn more about becoming a foster family, attend the next informational session on June 9 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. For more information about foster care, go to http://www.ccwny.org.

Our Daily Bread. Tune in Saturday, June 13 at 5:30am and 12pm on WKBW-TV Channel 7 to join host Father Paul Seil in the kitchen for a little food, fellowship, and fun. The show recipes can be found at http://www.odbtv.org.

Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, presents a morning of prayer, testimony, and praise! Join Magnificat-Buffalo on Saturday, June 13 at Holiday Inn-Amherst, 1181 Niagara Falls Boulevard, Amherst. Meet two local women whose hearts are filled with love and zeal, which comes straight from the Holy Spirit. Aubrey Bailey and Allie Herian will speak about falling in love with Jesus and His Church and how they evangelize in the workplace and in school. The event includes breakfast, testimony, prayer, praise, and worship. Registration begins at 9:30am; program begins at 10am. Prepaid reservations must be mailed to Christine Holden, 5191 Hillcrest Drive, Clarence, NY 14031 no later than June 6. For more information, call Chris at 716-759-8135.

Good News Gets Around.... On the weekend of June 13-14, parishes throughout the Diocese of Buffalo will hold the annual collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC). Half of all funds collected stay right here in the Buffalo diocese. The other half funds national grants. Donations from Catholic parishioners, like you, make the work of the CCC possible. Please contribute generously to the Campaign the weekend of June 13-14. Thank you for your continued support!

Elder Law Day (sponsored by Erie County Senior Services), legal assistance for older adults and family caregivers, on Wednesday, June 17 from 9am-1pm at Adam's Mark Hotel, 120 Church Street, Buffalo. Seminars by Elder Law Attorneys on Medicare, Medicaid, Wills, Veteran's Benefits, Pooled Trusts, and more. Register at 716-858-7532 or online at http://www2.erie.gov/seniorservices.

The Parish Nurse Ministries, Inc. and Trocaire College are sponsoring an educational program for professional nurses interested in learning more about the role of the Faith Community Nurse. The program will be held at Christ the king Seminary, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora from July 18-25. Scholarships are available. For an application, go to http://www.pnmny.org or call 716-556-1163 for more information. Registration closes June 10.

Forming Young Leaders for Today and Tomorrow! Do you know teens who show leadership potential and would thrive with training and encouragement? This is your opportunity to call forth those young leaders today and make an investment in leadership of tomorrow! The Christian Leadership Institute (CLI) prepares high-school aged teens for active and meaningful leadership in their parish, school, and community. CLI fosters leadership potential and teaches practical skills. This faith-based institute forms young Catholics as servant leaders and inspires them to lead as Jesus did. Please invite and sponsor teens with leadership potential to experience this powerful week! CLI will be held from June 26-July 2 at St. Columban Center in Derby. Brochures and scholarships are available from the Department of Youth & Young Adult Ministry at 716-847-8789 or http://www.dobyouth.org.

Canisius High School Higher Achievement Program (HAP), June 29-July 30, 8:30am-2:30pm, is open to boys who have completed 7th grade. For more information/application, go to http://www.canisiushigh.org/hap or contact Michel Ann Group at mgroup@canisiushigh.org or at 716-200-0204.

Pilgrimage to Ste. Anne deBeaupre, August 23-29. Visit St. Joseph Oratory, St. Joachim Church, St. Anne, Three Rivers, tour Quebec City, and more! Sponsored by the parish community of St. John Kanty. For further information and to reserve a spot, contact Larry Lisiecki at 716-668-5389.

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.

Now and at the Hour of Our Death - Catholic Guidance for End-of-Life Decision Making. Illness and aging, coupled with rapid advances in medical technology, can lead to heightened anxiety when health care decisions must be made. Go to http://www.catholicendoflife.org for assistance in navigating the end-of-life challenges that you and/or your loved ones face. Learn about the key principles of Catholic teaching in this area and how to apply them in the complex world of medical advance directives.

Marriage Spirituality Tune Up Packet Available. Jesus' first miracle takes place at the Wedding Feast of Cana. John 2:1-12. Jesus changes the water into wine - the best wine! He changes the ordinary into the extraordinary. Every marriage, whether months or 75 plus years, has tune up needs. For your free practical useful packet with many suggestions and resources to enrich your marriage, contact the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.org.

God Knows Parenting is a Wild Ride! If you ever wished for practical tools, resources, skill-building techniques, and lots more, one of these free parenting packets is designed just for you. Parenting Packet I: addresses the basic tough tasks of raising children in today's world. Parenting Packet II: is for those separated or divorced. Focuses on positive ways to co-parent well in order to help children of all ages who are profoundly affected by their parents' divorce deal with the pain and upheaval in their lives. Parenting Packet III: death and grief are inescapable. If you feel ill-prepared to discuss death with a child, you are not alone. This packet offers useful tools from preschool through teens. For your free packet, please call the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.org.

Pilgrimage Walk For Faith. St. Brendan on the Lake is hosting its second annual Walking Pilgrimage from Wilson, NY to the Lady of Fatima Shrine in Lewiston, NY on Saturday, May 16 at 8am at 345 Lake Street, Wilson, NY. This 15 mile walk with Christ is inspired by the Holy Father's call to evangelize, devote ourselves to prayer, and in preparation for our 2016 Pilgrimage to Poland for World Youth Day! Along the journey we will pray, catechize, sing praise, celebrate reconciliation and many others. We will stop along the way to eat, rest, and pray! We will conclude our walk at the Fatima Shrine with Eucharist at 6pm. See our flyer for more details or visit us at http://www.stbrendanonthelake.org. Register with us via phone at 716-778-9822, email DFFPALMER@gmail.com, or print the registration form from our website and mail it.

Is Writing and Publishing a Book on Your Bucket List? It is said that each of us has a book or two inside of us. Leave a lasting legacy by publishing your book this year. For the past 17 years Mary Dougherty of Bootstrap Publishing has helped authors bring their books into reality. Attend this workshop on Thursday, May 21 at 6:30pm and learn the basics of writing, how to self-publish your conventional book, print-on-demand or e-book, plus 50 ways to promote your book and get it into the hands of readers. This program is part of the Live Your Legacy Workshops offered by the Catholic Cemeteries to the community at no charge. Program will be held at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 4000 Elmwood Avenue, Kenmore. Reserve your spot by calling 716-873-6500.

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

Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion Training. There is an opportunity to become an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion on Thursday, May 21 at 6:30pm at St. Bernadette, 5930 South Abbott Road, Orchard Park. Everyone is welcome. Applications are available from your pastor. Upon his approval, completed applications should be sent to the Office of Worship. Approved applicants should bring a Bible and a brown bag lunch or snack. Beverages will be provided. Any questions, please contact the Office of Worship at 716-847-5545.

Mount St. Mary Academy hosts Summer Sessions, Athletic and Theater Camps. Mount St. Mary Academy in Kenmore invites girls entering grades 5-8 to participate in its annual Summer Sessions day camp running from August 3-7 from 9am-4pm at the school, which will include a combination of athletic, art, and educational sessions such as:
* Candy Creations - make projects out of candy and create magnets, pincushions, and jewelry treats out of sweet treats.
* Hunger-y Games - great books come to life in the form of delicious foods with this class. Make creative dishes that have a connection with some of your favorite books.
* Nothing But Net - pickleball, beach volleyball, and soccer tennis are just a few of the great games we'll play!
Additional athletic camps will be held throughout July, including Basketball (July 7-9), Running (July 13-17), and Lacrosse (July 27-31). Mount St. Mary will also offer Journalism Camp (July 13-17) and Theater Camp (July 27-31). For more information, parents may download a brochure from the school's website at http://www.msmacademy.org or call Mount St. Mary Academy at 716-877-1358.

Celebrating Memorial Day at a Catholic Cemetery is truly a mixture of flags and wreaths and tributes and taps. Join us as we honor those who have served our country in the military at one of our Memorial Day Masses. On Saturday, May 23 at 10am, Masses will be held at the following cemeteries: Mount Olivet in Kenmore, Holy Cross in Lackawanna, Gate of Heaven in Lewiston, and Holy Sepulchre in Cheektowaga. On Monday, May 25 at 10am, Masses will be held at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lockport and St. Adalbert Cemetery in Lancaster. Honoring all those buried in the cemetery is the focus of our Eucharistic celebrations and our voiced intercessions. Taking a little time from our lives to visit the cemetery and to remember the dead is what brings value and meaning to the gatherings with family and friends we may have over this holiday weekend. For more information on any of our services, please call 716-873-6500.

Learn to share your faith "on the street" with St. Paul Street Evangelization (SPSE). This training is for Catholics who want to be confident about expressing their faith in Christ and pride in the Church. This formation is offered on June 4-5 at St. Pius X Parish, 1700 North French Road, Getzville. This hands-on training will run from 6-10pm both evenings. It will be presented by Adam Janke, the national director at St. Paul Street Evangelization. At this event, you will learn about the new evangelization, the spirituality of the evangelist, the journey of discipleship, discipleship conversations, sharing your testimony, evangelical apologetics and how to pray with others. Register directly at http://bet-ny.eventbrite.com or http://www.streetevangelization.com/buffalo. For more information, contact Jennie Silverman at jenniesilverman@yahoo.com or call 716-868-0639. Also contact Michael Ruszala at michael.ruszala@gmail.com or call 716-688-5417. Pope Francis insists that all Christians are baptized to be missionaries for Christ. Come and grow in your faith as you learn to share it!

Help provide nourishment when people need it most. Catholic Charities' 7 food pantries in Buffalo, Getzville, Lackawanna and Wellsville help people who are experiencing an emergency or whose food budgets need stretching. Your volunteer help is needed to sort, stock and prepare food for distribution. If you are available to help for as little as 4 hours each week or more, please contact Catholic Charities' Parish Outreach at 716-218-1400 ext. 2005.

Circle of Daughters, Inc. offers counseling for men, women, and children for grief related issues as well as depression, anxiety, and parenting concerns. Also offered are a variety of groups including a group for women who have lost their mother, the only such group in WNY. Program director Day Cummings, LMSW, RN, has worked with groups and individuals for over 30 years. All services are held at our office, 4263 St. Francis Drive, Hamburg. For more information, call 716-507-6281 or email momspirit@aol.com.

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 meets 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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