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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.

Position Available. St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Niagara Falls is looking to hire an organist and director of music by the end of August. The job would entail 4 weekend Masses between 2 worship sites, provide music for weddings, funerals and other seasonal, Holy Day and Holy Week services (Lessons and Carols, Tenebrae, Penance Service, etc.) along with working with several cantors and an established choir. There is also potential for expanding the music program. Salary commensurate based on education and experience. Interested candidates should submit a resume ASAP with references to the pastor, Rev. Robert Hughson, 1040 Cayuga Drive, Niagara Falls, NY 14304. For additional information or questions, please call 716-283-2715 ext. 201.

Respect Life Supplement coming in October 2015. Reservation deadline: Wednesday, September 2. Help us make this year's 2015 Pro-Life Supplement the greatest support for life ever! Please consider placing an advertisement in the Western New York Catholic identifying your parish, organization or group as one that celebrates and defends the sanctity and dignity of all human life, from the moment of conception to the moment of death and at all phases in between. Questions related to size and cost, or reservations of space can be directed to Darryl Tills at 716-847-8736.

Respect Life Coordinator Commissioning Mass & In-Service on Saturday, September 12, 9am Mass at St. Louis Church, Main & Edward Sts., Buffalo. Bishop Richard Malone will be commissioning new Respect Life Coordinators and re-certification pledge for all Respect Life Coordinators. In-Service at 10:30am (following Mass) at the Catholic Center, 795 Main St., Buffalo. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call the Office of Pro-Life Activities at 716-847-2205 or visit http://www.buffalodiocese.org/evangelization/prolife/coordinatorscorner.aspx.

Minister of Holy Communion Training. There is an opportunity to become a Minister of Holy Communion. The training is being held at St. Teresa Parish Center, 33 Mineral Springs Road, Buffalo on Saturday, September 12 from 9:30am to 2:30pm. 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.

Spaghetti Dinner. St. Anthony of Padua Parish, 306 Ingham Avenue, Lackawanna will have their annual spaghetti dinner on Sunday, September 13 from 12-5pm. Dinner includes spaghetti, meatballs, bread, salad, dessert and drink. Take-out will also be available. Also available are raffle prizes which include hockey tickets, electric guitar, picnic table and cash prizes. Theme trays and baskets, pull tables and split club tickets will also be sold. Dinner and activities will be held in the parish hall. For further information, call 716-823-0872.

Anointing of the Sick Healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine will be held on Monday, September 14 at 7pm at Immaculate Conception, 520 Oakwood Avenue, East Aurora. Father David Bellittiere and the Friends of St. Peregrine cordially invite those afflicted with cancer or need special healing, who wish to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick to attend this healing Mass. For further information, call 716-283-0011 or visit http://www.stperry.org.

Church Musicians' Guild of Buffalo proudly announces the first of its events for the coming year. "Convocation 2015" will be held at Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora on September 18-19. This year's keynote speaker will be the Guild's own Sister Judith Marie Kubicki, CSSF. The event, entitled "The Song of the Singing Assembly," begins at 2pm on Friday, with check-in beginning at noon. In addition to our focused topic, members will be afforded the opportunity to "gently rehearse" some of the music to be sung at the Guild's October Choral Festival. Attendees will also be invited to pray Night Prayer with Christ the King Seminary students and faculty. The second of Sister Judith Marie's talks will be held Friday evening at 7pm, with a fellowship social after the session. Morning Prayer will be celebrated on Saturday morning; the concluding address will take place at 10:30am. This promises to be a memorable event. We look forward to having you join us! For general questions and/or a registration form, please contact event chairperson, Ed Witul at 716-633-2350 or edwitul@verizon.net.

DivorceLINK. If you are living through the aftermath of being separated or divorced, consider joining a DivorceLINK Level program for support. The Levels program is an 8-week structured program for men and women, separated/divorced, in the process of rebuilding their lives as a single person. Level I - Catholic Charities Building, 3982 Main Street, Eggertsville. Orientation Thursday, September 24 from 7-9pm; last day to join is Thursday, October 1. For more information, call the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210.

St. Greg's MOMS Ministry because Motherhood Matters! Join many moms, like you, as they gather at St. Greg's on Friday mornings to begin a new year of faith, fellowship and encouragement. This year's theme is Mothers of Mercy in anticipation of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Be inspired in your Catholic faith, be supported in your vocation as a mother and be encouraged as we share the challenges and joys of being a mom. Motherhood is as universal as the Catholic Church; let's build a Catholic culture together! We offer free babysitting by reservation, a MOMS playgroup, Book Club, Faith & Film nights and opportunities for Works of Mercy. Contact Dawn Iacono, Chair, to register today at stgregsmoms@gmail.com or call/text 716-207-5172. First meeting is the Back to School American Breakfast on Friday, September 25 from 9-11am. Don't delay, register today! Mary, Mother of Mercy, pray for us!

Join the Ladies of Charity for their Annual Style Show and Theme Basket Auction on Saturday, September 26 at beautiful new venue, The Columns Banquets, 2221 Transit Road, Elma. No stairs, great parking, all ground level. Buffalo award-winning actress, Mary Kate O'Connell, is this year's commentator. Enjoy a delicious Almond Chicken Dijon luncheon. Tables fill up fast, so don't miss the chance to join your friends and support Ladies of Charity and its ministries. Doors open at 11am for browsing, lunch at 12pm and Style Show at 1pm. For reservations, contact Ladies of Charity, 1122 Broadway, Buffalo, 716-895-4001.

Alumni and Friends of Blessed Trinity School are invited to attend the annual Alumni Memorial Mass on Sunday, September 27 at 10am. An all-class reception follows in St. Charles Hall. Blessed Trinity Church, located at 317 Leroy Avenue, Buffalo, is wheelchair accessible with secured off-street parking. Additional information regarding the event, tour of the Landmark church and the alumni committee raffle is available at http://www.blessedtrinitybuffalo.org or 716-832-2540.

Bishop's Committee Visitors Annual Fall Meeting & Luncheon with Bishop Richard Malone on Thursday, October 8 at St. Philip the Apostle Church, 950 Losson Road, Cheektowaga, from 9am-2pm. Cheryl Calire, Director of Pro-Life Activities, will be the speaker. Bishop Richard Malone will be the guest speaker at the 12:15pm luncheon. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, contact the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.org.

Wedding Anniversary Mass. If you know of any couple or couples that are celebrating their 50th, 60th or 70th Wedding Anniversary for the year of 2015, a special Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Richard Malone on Sunday, October 18 at 3pm at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin Street, Buffalo. Please contact your parish rectory as soon as possible if you wish to attend, or call the Office of Family Life at 716-847-2210. Following the Mass, an informal reception will be held at the Adam's Mark Hotel.

Book Sale. Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora, will hold a second-hand book sale in the auditorium with items in most categories, but mostly religious. Hours are Wednesday-Friday, September 9-11 from 9:30am-7pm; and Saturday, September 12 from 9am-1pm.

Devotional Mass for the Crowned Virgin. The Congrega Society of Buffalo announces the next biannual Mass and Breakfast in honor of the Crowned Virgin at St. Lawrence Church, 1520 E. Delavan Avenue, Buffalo. The Mass is scheduled for Saturday, September 12 at 9am. Guest Celebrant is former pastor, Rev. Paul Seil. Paul Weisenburger, Jr. and the St. Lawrence Chamber Choir will provide the music. If you have not previously attended the Mass and breakfast, please contact Mary J.D. Steinhauser at 716-656-7195 to be added to the breakfast count.

Project Homeless Connect. Do you have a bunch of those hotel soaps and shampoos just taking up space in your bathroom? Project Homeless Connect will be taking place at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center on September 22 and we need your help! This is a one day event where those experiencing homelessness can come and connect with community based resources, dental and medical services, get a free haircut and so much more. We are looking for individuals to donate travel size personal care items or do a collection for these items within their offices or through their place of worship. (Examples of products: shampoo, conditioner, disposable razors, band aids, dental floss, soap, deodorant, hair brushes, toothpaste, sanitary napkins.) If you or someone you know would like to help or has items they would like to donate, please contact Renee Siepierski of Catholic Charities at 716-856-4494. We would truly appreciate any help!

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.

Give a child a safe home. Catholic Charities works closely with birth families to provide a safe place for children, especially sibling groups, to stay and receive care when they cannot receive it at their own home. While often temporary, some children must be relocated permanently. Our Foster Care program allows for children to receive nurturing care in these moments of their lives from other loving families. Interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent? Our next informational meetings will be held at 525 Washington Street, Buffalo on September 8 from 10-11:30am and 6-7:30pm; attend either one. You can also learn more by calling 716-856-4494 ext. 360 or emailing foster.adopt@ccwny.org.

A Gift to the Church: Biblical and Early Christian Women. "Let their gifts praise them at the city gates" (Prov. 31:31). The Catholic Biblical Studies Program and the Newman Center at UB North Campus invite you on Friday evening, September 18 and Saturday, September 19 to the Newman Center at UB, 495 Skinnersville Road, Amherst. Dr. Gina Hens Piazza, Sister Barbara Reid, OP, and Sister Carolyn Osiek, RSCJ will be our presenters. Our speakers will relate to us how the manner, deeds and gifts of women in the Bible can powerfully communicate the word of God to us. They are models of strength, wisdom, humility and faithfulness. For more information on the content of this program and for registration information, please contact The Catholic Biblical Studies Program at 716-871-9180, info@cbstudies.org or http://www.cbstudies.org. Space will be limited, so please plan to register early.

Catholic Biblical Studies Program. For those who've been part of it, this opportunity is often credited with being a "life changer," sometimes bringing people back to a meaningful experience of faith, sometimes carrying them through difficult challenges and personal crises and always opening the door to meeting remarkable women and men. An introductory Bible study, "Israel Becomes God's People," will start in September. This is to be the first of three seven-week sessions planned for the school year 2015-2016. The locations will be: St. John Vianney Parish, 2950 Southwestern Boulevard, Orchard Park on Wednesday mornings from 10am to 12pm; St. Vincent de Paul Parish, 6441 Seneca Street, Springbrook on Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm; The Newman Center (UB North), 495 Skinnersville Road, Amherst on Thursday afternoons from 1-3pm. Registration information with details is available on the website http://www.cbstudies.org and by phone at 716-871-9180.

Bishop's Committee Visitors Annual Fall Meeting & Luncheon with Bishop Richard Malone on Thursday, October 8 at St. Philip the Apostle Church, 950 Losson Road, Cheektowaga, from 9am-2pm. Cheryl Calire, Director of Pro-Life Activities, will be the speaker. Bishop Richard Malone will be the guest speaker at the 12:15pm luncheon. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, contact the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.org.

Human Trafficking. Interested in learning about Human Trafficking and how to stop it? Save the Date: October 14, 2015 at 7pm at Hilbert College, 5900 South Park Avenue, Hamburg. Theresa Neitzel from the Erie County Sheriff's Deputy and Liaison to the Human Trafficking Task Force and Tara Hughes from the International Institute of Buffalo will be speakers at the event. For more information, call Sister Sharon at 716-202-4706.

Lectio Divina Workshop. Experience a prayerful encounter with Jesus through Lectio Divina. This traditional prayer form is based on contemplation of Scripture through meditative reading. Participants will experience Lectio Divina and will be equipped to lead small groups in this method. Saturday, September 12 from 9:30am-2:30pm at Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse, 5229 South Park Avenue, Hamburg. Lunch, Bible and book, "Pray with the Bible-Meditate with the Word," included with registration fee. For more information, contact Sister Barbara Schiavoni at bschiavoni@buffalodiocese.org or 716-847-5516. To register, contact Elizabeth Santini at esantini@buffalodiocese.org or 716-847-5501. Registration and payment requested by August 31.

6th Annual Break the Cycle Bike-A-Thon & Walk honoring the lives of those affected by domestic violence. The Erie County Commission for the Status of Women, along with several domestic violence service providers, will be holding the 6th Annual "Break the Cycle Bike-a-Thon & Walk" on Saturday, September 26 at Isle View Park in Tonawanda, NY. Following the Bike-a-Thon & Walk, a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Tribute Garden will take place, along with a celebration of music, basket raffles, and light food and refreshments. One in four women will be a victim of domestic violence at some point in their life; the Garden will act as a permanent memorial to those who have lost their lives to domestic violence, as well as to honor the lives of survivors. To register for the event and for more information, please visit http://tributegardenwny.org.

Holy Land Pilgrimage - November 11-20, 2015. Walk in the footsteps of Jesus on the pilgrimage of a lifetime! Haifa, Tiberias, Nazareth, Bethlehem, Jerusalem! Hosted by Fr. Paul Seil, Pastor of St. Bernadette Church, Orchard Park and host of "Our Daily Bread." For a free brochure, call 716-649-3090 or 716-491-9431.

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.

The King's Men. Attention: Men of the Parish. Are you yearning for an experience like no other in the great outdoors? Do you wish to grow in your God-given masculinity and calling as Leader, Protector and Provider? Do you want to experience God in a profoundly masculine way or to spend some quality time with God, your brothers in Christ, or your sons and fathers? Then you need The King's Men dynamic "Into the Wild" outdoor experiential retreat, coming to Allegany State Park, September 10-13. The weekend features 9 gourmet meals, fantastic talks about our masculine role and spirituality, Eucharistic Adoration & Benediction, daily Mass & Rosary, orienteering, archery, fishing, hiking, brotherhood, huge bonfires and much more. Visit http://www.intothewildweekend.com to learn more and to register for the retreat. Any questions, please contact Timothy Gastle at 716-662-6815 or timgastle@verizon.net.

Annual Men's Retreat at the Columban Center in Derby, NY will be held September 11-13. The theme is "Divine Mercy and Reconciliation." Deacon Thaddeus Pijacki will be our leader. This is open to all men. The retreat begins with registration at 4pm on Friday, September 11 and ends with Mass and Brunch on Sunday, September 13. For more information or reservations, contact Rev. Paul Sabo at 716-604-4948 or the Holy Name Office at 716-847-2201. Reservations are limited to 55 men.

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 maryann.deibel-braun@ccwny.org.

Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is an intensive, family-focused intervention, serving families with delinquent youth ages 12-17 who exhibit negative behaviors including noncompliance, verbal and/or physical aggression and truancy. Families are empowered to solve the youth's own behavior and interventions are research-based. Lucy needed help getting her daughter to focus and become more organized in school. With the help of MST, Lucy said her daughter has "gone nowhere but up." For more information, call 716-204-0555 or go to http://www.ccwny.org for a location nearest you.

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.

A Friendly Call. The Telephone Assurance Program (TAP) is a free volunteer service providing regular telephone calls to homebound elderly and disabled persons to check on their well-being and to give people an opportunity to socialize. Relationships grow and last for years through a regular weekly, monthly or daily 5- to 15-minute call. These calls are especially needed to alleviate some concerns facing those who live alone and to help them maintain their independence. If you know of someone who would like to receive calls or make phone calls in Erie County please call 716-218-1400 ext. 2003, in Chautauqua County call 716-366-3533, and in Orleans County call 585-589-7477.

The Marriage Counseling Center of Catholic Charities offers two locations (Amherst and West Seneca) and is a unique resource in Western New York because of its dedication to counseling couples for more than 50 years. Services are provided by master's level therapists who specialize in couples' treatment, pre-marital counseling and individual counseling for relationship problems. Last year the center assisted more than 4,000 people! To refer a couple, simply give the interested party our phone number, 716-839-4406, and have them call our office between 5:45am-4:45pm weekdays. Find Catholic Charities at http://www.ccwny.org.

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. 

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.

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.

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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