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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.

Magnificat Ministry to Catholic Women welcomes Sister M. Johnice Rzadkiewicz, CSSF as speaker at its upcoming breakfast on September 20. Sister Johnice will share how the Holy Spirit led her to develop the Response to Love Center that provides spiritual support and basic needs to the poor in the city of Buffalo. Registration is at 9:30am; program begins at 10am at Holiday Inn-Airport, Genesee Street, Cheektowaga. Prepaid registration no later than September 13. For more information, call Chris at 716-759-8135.

St. Rocco Italian Festival. Join us on August 31 for homemade Italian food, theme baskets, music, games, produce market and a bocce ball tournament. The festival will be held across the street from the former St. Rocco Parish on Hulberton Road in Hulberton (which is between Albion & Holley). For more information, contact St. Mary's Parish at 585-638-6718.

Divine Mercy Conference. Join Our Lady of Victory National Shrine and Basilica in Lackawanna for the Divine Mercy and the New Evangelization Conference on Saturday, August 23 from 7:30am to 4pm. The conference begins with the Holy Mass celebrated by the Most Rev. Richard Malone. Then, unlock the mystery of God's love through the message of Divine Mercy with our featured speakers, Jeff Cavins, Fr. Donald Callaway, MIC, Br. Michael Baker, MIC and Rev. Kazimierz Chwalek, MIC. Register by calling 1-800-462-7426. For additional information, including ticket cost or online registration, visit http;//www.thedivinemercy.org/buffalo.

Sunday Televised Masses for September. Masses air on Sunday at 7:30am on WUTV Fox TV29. September 7: Rev. Andrew Lauricella. September 14 & 21: Rev. Jeffrey Nowak. September 28: Rev. Ronald Sams, SJ.

Our Daily Bread for September will feature the WAY program (Work Appreciation for Youth). This program was designed to help youth and young adults not only realize the value of education and work, but also develop skills they need to get a job and maintain it. Host Rev. Paul Seil is joined in the kitchen by Sharon Cavanaugh, Director of the WAY program; and James, a culinary student who went through the WAY program. Tune in September 13 at 5:30am and noon on WKBW-TV Channel 7 for the show.

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.

Ministers of Holy Communion Training. In September there is an opportunity to become a Minister of Holy Communion. The training session will be held on September 13 at Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora. 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.

Life in the Spirit Seminar will be held at St. Jude the Apostle Church in North Tonawanda for 8 consecutive Thursdays starting September 11-October 30 at 7pm in the Parish Center. For information and to register, call Kathy at 716-695-3777.

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.

Bereavement Packet. 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, please call 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.org.

Catholic Biblical Studies Program. Do you want to take a Bible study that is more challenging? Our program may be just what you are looking for. Our restructured program will begin the week of September 15 at the following locations:
* Monday evenings 7-9pm at St. Mary of the Lake, Lake Shore Road in Hamburg;
* Tuesday evenings 7-9pm at UB Newman Center, Skinnersville Road in Amherst;
* Wednesday evenings 6-8pm at St. Michael, Washington Street in Buffalo.
For further details, contact the Catholic Biblical Studies Program office at 716-871-9180, email info@cbstudies.org or visit http://www.cbstudies.org

Do you feel a sense of call to the ministry of Spiritual Direction? Are you looking to deepen your relationship with God? The St. Joseph’s Center for Spirituality offers a two-year Spiritual Director and Training Formation Program for those called to the ministry of Spiritual Direction. If you are interested in enrolling in our program you will need to complete the application on our website at http://www.stjosephsctr.org/application. For more information, please email sjcsadmin@stjosephsctr.org or call 716-759-6893 ext. 175.

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 5 to 7 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.

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.

Spiritual Uplift Packet. Feeling sad, down, discouraged, blue? Looking for healthy, wholesome alternatives to cope? Reach out NOW. Inner healing and hope are a phone call or email away. Please contact your Office of Family Life Ministries for your free packet of practical, easy to use resources to provide you with tried and true antidotes! For more information or a free packet, contact your Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.org.

Separated? Divorced or facing a divorce? DivorceLINK can help. Our volunteers are people like you who know the pain you are feeling. We offer support and healing help to men and women of all ages who are experiencing the devastation of a marriage breakup. Open forum "rap groups" meet twice monthly. Divorce recovery courses are offered 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, please call your Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210.

Help Wanted - Custodian (part-time). St. John the Baptist Parish in Alden is in need of a custodian to work part-time late afternoons. Duties include routine cleaning of the school and parish buildings. Background check and references required. Send letter of application and resume to Rev. James D. Ciupek, St. John the Baptist Church, 2021 Sandridge Road, Alden, NY 14004 or e-mail churchlady@rochester.rr.com.

Position Available - Catechetical Leader for Religious Education Program. St. John the Baptist in Alden is seeking a Catechetical Leader for its Religious Education Program. Responsibilities include Confirmation preparation and oversight of Faith Formation for Pre-K through High School. Diocesan certification recommended; background check and references required. Send letter of inquiry and resume to Rev. James D. Ciupek, St. John the Baptist Church, 2021 Sandridge Road, Alden, NY 14004 or email churchlady@rochester.rr.com. Any questions, please call the rectory at 716-937-6959. 

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 masters level therapists who specialize in couples' treatment, pre-marital counseling and individual counseling for relationship problems. To refer a couple, simply give the interested party our phone number 716-839-4406 and have them call our office between 8:45am and 4:45pm weekdays. Find Catholic Charities at http://www.ccwny.org.

Single Parent Family Camp will be held August 10-16 at Camp Hope/Camp Duffield in Delevan, NY. This is a place where single parents and their children can work at strengthening the family unit, find a place to heal, and receive support from other single parents who have also suffered the pain of divorce, separation or death of a spouse in a safe, loving and fun atmosphere. For more information or if you have questions about camp, we have veteran campers who can answer them! From Buffalo to the south, contact Tom Bardo at 716-471-1051 or tom@camphopeny.org. From Rochester to the east, contact Michelle Ames at 585-749-5059 or michelle@camphopeny.org

St. Margaret's Parish Picnic/Tailgate Party on the front lawn of the Church, 1395 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo on Sunday, August 24. Featured is a chicken barbeque dinner by Krolick's. Tickets are pre-sale. For further information and to purchase tickets, call Mrs. Pat Fenzel at the rectory 716-876-5318.

No one should live in hunger. Catholic Charities' five food pantries, three in Buffalo, one in Lackawanna and one in Wellsville, accept non-perishable food items to be provided for those in need. For more information or for food pantry and outreach locations, please call 716-856-4494 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

Annual Men's Retreat at the Columban Center in Derby, NY will be September 5-7. The theme is The Role of Mary in the Life of a Catholic Man in the 21st Century. This retreat is open to all men. It begins with registration at 4pm on Friday and ends with Mass and Brunch on Sunday. For more information or reservations, contact Rev. Paul P. Sabo at (716)604-4948 or the Holy Name Office at 716-847-2201. Reservations are limited to 55 men.

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. Items including new and gently used blankets and comforters, dishes and cooking utensils, would be greatly appreciated. Donations are accepted weekdays from 10am to 3pm at 1122 Broadway, Buffalo. Call 716-895-4001 for more information or visit http://www.ccwny.org.

AFS Intercultural Programs welcomes more than 2,300 international high school students to the U.S. annually. These outstanding young people were selected to study in U.S. high schools and are eager to experience what it's like to live in America. Sharing daily life with a teenager from another country and culture is a rich and rewarding experience and a wonderful way for your family to bring more understanding into the world. Host an AFS student and build bridges of intercultural understanding. It's a gift you will give and receive. Start the process at http://www.afsusa.org/host or call 646-381-3338 or email jcoriddi@afsusa.org for more information.

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 those 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 meets the last Sunday of the month at 3pm in the undercroft of St. Michael's Church rectory, 651 Washington St., Buffalo 14203. For more information, contact Rev. Richard Hoar, SJ at 716-854-6726.

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 and conversations strictly private. Information: 716-558-7233 or http://www.fjcsafe.org.

Bishop McMahon High School Class of 1965 from Buffalo, NY is planning its 50th Reunion for September 19, 2015. We are seeking addresses of Alumnae who we have lost contact with. If you are an Alumna of the Class of 1965 or know the whereabouts of someone from this class, please contact one of the following committee members: Florence Loftt Beamer at Flo@roadrunner.com or 716-694-3932; Judy Malloy Schmitt at judy_schmitt@yahoo.com or 716-675-1822; or Kathy Erwin Gannon at gannon.kath@gmail.com or 716-693-6104.

A Friendly Call - The Telephone Assurance Program (TAP) is a free volunteer service providing regular telephone calls to homebound elderly and disabled persons checking on their well-being and to giving people an opportunity to socialize. Relationships grow and last for years through a regular weekly, monthly or daily brief call. If you know of someone who would like to receive calls or make phone calls in Erie County, please call 716-218-1400 ext. 206. In Chautauqua County, call 716-366-3533. In Orleans County, call 585-589-7477.

Pope Francis has made the full Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Retreat at least 2 times in his life. Last year many made this retreat with great enthusiasm. The Spiritual Exercises is an in depth experience of praying with Scripture in an Ignatian tradition. It invoices daily prayer using selected Scripture passages and small group meetings, weekly for the first month then twice a month for 7 months. For information contact Father Dick Hoar SJ at 854-6726 x-19 or Gini Schultz at 837-6020.

Annual Golf Tournament and Scholarship Dinner of St. John the Baptist School in Kenmore. Golfers tee-off at Sheridan Golf Course on Saturday, September 6 from 8am-1pm. Line up your foursomes and register now! Don't golf? Join us at 6pm for Happy Hour and Dinner featuring silent and live auctions, music and more at Klauder Hall on the campus of St. John's. Contact information: Michelle at 716-877-6401 or msalemi@stjohnskenmore.com.

Do you know of any young adults unsure of their next step after college? Catholic Charities Service Corps 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 from August to August and focus on 4 Core Values: Community, Simplicity, Social Justice and Spirituality. While engaging in full-time, direct service work at non-profit agencies with individuals and families who are in need, young adults find the opportunity to "discover their light" - to use their education, talents, life experiences and faith in meaningful, practical ways. Visit http://www.ccservicecorps.org or call 716-218-1400. You can also find them on Facebook as Catholic Charities Service Corps.

Life Changing PILGRIMAGE for youth & young adults. Bishop Malone and the Diocese are leading a Pilgrimage for those ages 16-39 in July 2016 to World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland. This 12-day life-changing journey of faith will include worshipping with the Holy Father and millions of youth/young adults from around the world, as well as trips to Auschwitz, Czestochowa (home of the Black Madonna), Divine Mercy Sanctuary, and Zakopane, plus pre/post pilgrimage experiences at home. Visit http://www.dobyouth.org or call 716-847-8789 for more information on how you can attend or support this pilgrimage! Deposits due May 31, 2014.

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.

Help Wanted: Foster Families. Are you looking to share the warmth of your home and love in your heart with a young person? Baker Victory Services (Father Baker's) is looking for adults interested in becoming foster parents. Individuals enrolled in the program are provided with comprehensive training, support and reimbursement. Information: Call Halli Lavner 828-9497.

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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