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Sunday TV Mass. Do you know someone who misses going to Mass because of an illness or injury? The Diocese of Buffalo provides televised Mass from the Our Lady Chapel at St. Joseph Cathedral that airs each Sunday on WUTV-Fox channel at 7:30am.
* May 1: celebrant Fr. Eugene Ulrich
* May 8: celebrant Fr. David Munoz, OMI
* May 15: celebrant Fr. Robert Zilliox
* May 22: celebrant Fr. Angelo Chimera
* May 29: celebrant Fr. Edward Durkin, SJ

Dinner Auction. Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart, 3860 Main Street, Amherst is thrilled to announce our Sandstone Dinner Auction. The event will take place on April 30 on our campus. For details about ticket purchase and auction item donations, contact Sara Schumacher at or call 716-834-2101, ext. 318.

Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb. Come join Bishop Edward Grosz, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, and the Pro-Life Office in a special Mass to be held on May 1 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.

Baker Victory Nite 2016: Horray for Hollywood! Join us on Friday, May 6 at 6:30pm at Michael's Banquet Facility in Hamburg for a night of theme basket giveaways, silent auctions and, of course, the grand prize drawings. Your ticket entitles you to food, cocktails and a chance at the big prizes. For more information on this fantastic event that benefits the children in the care of the Our Lady of Victory Institutions, call the Special Events Office at 716-828-9289 or visit

Concerts for the Soul, with Tenor Vocalist Cory James Gallagher and Writer-Poet Amy Gallaher, present "Celebrating Our Mothers: A Musical-Poetic Journey through Motherhood." Join us for an inspiring evening of song and poetic reflections honoring the Essence of Motherhood and celebrating our own mothers, both living and deceased. Mother's Day weekend: Saturday, May 7 at 7:30pm at St. Mary of the Lake Church, 4737 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg. Event is by donation and a reception will follow.

A Weekend of Peaceprints - a Memorial Concert in honor of Sister Karen Klimczak, SSJ. Join Tenor Vocalist Cory James Gallagher and Writer-Poet Amy Gallagher for a beautifully reflective and uplifting "Musical-Poetic Tribute" honoring the life and legacy of Sister Karen. Pentecost weekend: Friday, May 13 at 7:30pm and Sunday, May 15 at 7:30pm at SS. Columba-Brigid Church, 75 Hickory Street (between Clinton Street and North Division), Buffalo. Event is by donation and a reception will follow. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Peaceprints of WNY.

Nutrition for Life will be presented on Tuesday, May 17 at 7pm at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 4000 Elmwood Avenue, Kenmore. Shannon Traphagen, Associate Publisher of Buffalo Healthy Living & Food Writer, will discuss how to improve your eating habits with a few simple steps and counteract the desire for sugars and other unhealthy foods. This program is part of the bereavement lecture series at the Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of Buffalo. There is no charge to attend. For more information or to reserve your spot, call 716-873-6500.

Laugh for No Reason Laughter Club will be held on Thursday, May 19 at 6:30pm at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 4000 Elmwood Avenue, Kenmore. Allow the healing benefits of therapeutic laughter to lift your spirits during this fun program that is open to everyone. Exercises may be done seated or standing. There is no charge to attend. Reservations required; call Nancy at 716-873-6500.

The Guillian-Barre Syndrome Foundation International (GBS), with Sister Eleanor O'Brien acting liaison for the Western New York area, will be hosting an informational meeting for patients and their guests on Saturday, May 21 from 1-4pm at the Center for Tomorrow, UB North Campus (corner of Flint and Maple Road), Amherst. RSVP by May 1st at 716-837-4932 (Sister Eleanor), 610-667-0131 or email GBS at

Calling all High Schoolers in WNY to Be the Light this Summer. Canisius College is hosting Be the Light Youth Theology Institute for current high school sophomores and juniors from July 5-10. This is an on-campus experience of faith, justice and service in the Catholic and Ignatian tradition, including academic instruction, service-immersion experiences, prayer and reflection. This one week can help you shine by developing leadership skills and learning how to brighten the world for others. Learn more at or email Applications are open until April 25.

Transfiguration Parish Reunion. A reunion of all graduating classes, parishioners, priests and nuns from Transfiguration Parish, Sycamore and Mills, Buffalo is being planned for August of this year. For more information, call Richard Gurbacki at 716-361-1145 or stop in and see Chuck Gajewski at Ray Gay Sales, 2880 Genesee Street, Cheektowaga.

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

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

Are you or is someone you know an out of work job seeker? Facing the challenge of being unemployed and working through this tough economy is tough enough. You don't have to go it alone. Contact the Office of Family Life Ministries for your free packet containing practical resources, prayers, scripture support, and programs designed to support you on your journey. Just call us at 716-847-2210 or email

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 Patti & Dave Nyhart at 716-648-5363 or email

Retrouvaille / Rediscovery is a program for troubled marriages. Do you feel alone? Are you frustrated or angry with each other? Retrouvaille helps couples through difficult times. For more information, call 716-474-9371 or visit The next weekend is April 22-24. For a brochure or further information, call the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210. All inquiries are strictly confidential.

Third Option Program. Do you need to find the joy in your marriage and live a happier, healthier life together? If so, consider attending the Third Option program. This skills-based group helps participants build stronger, more fulfilling marriages. Group meetings are held every third Sunday from 6-8pm at Resurrection Life, 2145 Old Union Road, Cheektowaga. The next three meeting dates for 2016 are: April 24, May 15 and June 5. For more information, call Paul or Carol at 716-937-9810 or visit

The Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo invites the public to Yom HaShoah 2016, a commemoration of the Holocaust on Sunday, May 1 at 1pm at Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo. The event features the premiere of a short video presentation created by Jim Gang and Rich Kellman, "We Remember - Six Local Holocaust Survivors Speak," as well as prayers, music and a candle-lighting ceremony. All ages are welcome.

Chicken Dinner. St. Michael's Church, 651 Washington Street, Buffalo is having a Chiavetta's Chicken Dinner on Ascension Thursday, May 5 from 4-7pm. This is take-out only. Please enter the back parking lot when picking up. Dinners can be prepaid by calling 716-854-6726 or coming down to the church rectory in person to receive your ticket.

St. Patrick's Cemetery Dinner & Gala. St. Patrick's Cemetery Committee of All Saints Parish in Lockport announces a 150th Anniversary of the Consecration of the Cemetery Celebration Dinner and Gala on Saturday, May 7 from 5:30-11pm at the Cornell Cooperative Extension, Lake Avenue, Lockport. Dinner by Donna Eick, basket raffle, beer and wine. If you would like tickets or to make a donation (money or items for the basket raffle), contact Glen Miller at or call 716-434-4867.

Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School to hold 7th Grade Practice Entrance Exam. All area 7th grade boys are invited to take the Practice Entrance Exam at 9am on Saturday, May 7 at Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School, 601 McKinley Parkway, Buffalo. Registration begins at 8:30am in the main lobby and there is no cost for the exam. To register, contact our Admissions Office at 716-826-3610, ext. 237 or email Admissions Director, Patrick Hayes at

Pro-Life Office: A Pastoral Response to the Substance Abuse Epidemic. Free conference on Saturday, May 14 from 8:30-11:45am at Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora. Come join us and learn about the substance abuse epidemic, gain skills, share your concerns and plan for a better tomorrow. For more information, contact Sue Boyle at 716-430-0328 or

St. Vincent's Door Project. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul has launched the St. Vincent's Door Project which benefits women in transition and their children that are served through the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's core programs. This includes those that are single mothers, were recently homeless or have other life changes that come to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and its local conferences throughout Erie and Niagara Counties. The St. Vincent's Door Opening Night will be held at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Center, 1298 Main Street, Buffalo on Wednesday, May 18 at 6pm. Ticket includes admission and entry into the Reverse Draw with a Grand Prize of $1,500. For tickets, visit us on Facebook at "The Saint Vincent de Paul Society of Buffalo, New York." For more information, call 716-882-3360 or email

Middle School Eucharistic Retreat. Our annual Middle School Eucharistic Retreat will be held from Friday, May 20 at 6pm through Saturday, May 21 at 9pm at Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora. The theme for this year's retreat is "So Long Self." The cost includes lodging, meals, t-shirt and all retreat activities. Please encourage your 6th-8th graders to join us for this excellent experience. This event is sponsored by Encounter - a multi-parish youth ministry effort organized so that teens may encounter the presence of Christ in the Eucharist. For registration forms and more information, please call 716-835-8905 ext. 14 or email Registrations are due by May 4th.

A Food and Wine Tasting is being held to benefit the Sisters of St. Francis on Tuesday, May 3 from 5-7pm at St. Mary of the Angels, 201 Reist Street, Williamsville. Enjoy fine wine, gourmet food, silent and live auctions, an all-new "Wine Pull" and the ever popular "Nun-Sweeter" Bake Sale. For additional information, contact Cindy Munschauer at 716-632-2155, ext. 687 or email

The Bishop's Committee Visitors will hold their "Annual Day of Reflection" on Thursday, May 12 at St. Philip the Apostle, 950 Losson Road, Cheektowaga. Sister Mary Johnice from the Response to Love Center will be the speaker. Sister Johnice will speak on "Discipleship in the Year of Mercy." She has accepted the challenge to become "a prophetic witness to a world in need of healing." Registration is at 9:30; day concludes at 2pm. There is no fee. Bring a brown bag lunch - beverage and dessert provided. 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

Good News Gets Around... The Catholic Directory is now available as a free download on the diocesan website. Published by the Office of Communications, it is the official guide to the offices, institutions, and organizations of the Diocese of Buffalo. It contains addresses and phone numbers for every parish, priest, deacon, and religious sister and brother in the diocese and is essential for anyone involved in parish ministry. Visit to download, view or print the official Catholic Directory of the Diocese of Buffalo, just one of the many projects funded in part by your generous donations to the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC).

Do you feel God is calling you to be a Permanent Deacon? 135 men had this same feeling and are now serving as deacons in our diocese. If you are feeling this desire, God may be calling you to find out more about the Permanent Diaconate! We are currently forming an Inquiry Class for Fall 2016 and attendance at an information session is required to apply. An information session is scheduled for Saturday, April 30 at 9am at Christ the King Seminary (classroom building), 711 Knox Road, East Aurora. Attendance at an information session is required for both the interested man and his wife to be considered for the inquiry class being formed to begin in the Fall of 2016. Contact Deacon Rick Stachura at 716-542-4233 or to register and/or for further information.

2016 Hilbert College Boys and Girls Summer Basketball Camps. The Boys weeks are June 26-30 and July 10-14. The lone Girls week is July 17-21. The 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 brochure, go to and click on "Events." For more information on the Boys camps, please contact Hilbert College Head Men's Basketball Coach Rob deGrandpre at 716-926-8803 or For more information on the Girls camp or the August 1-4 High School Girls Elite Camp, contact Coach Melissa Graham at 716-926-8775 or

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 Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210. 

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

Camp Turner is hiring for the summer of 2016. Employment begins June 26 and ends August 14. Most weekends off. Openings in Horse Corral, Nature, Low-Ropes, Archery, Cabin Counseling, and dishwashing/maintenance. Competitive salary plus room and board. You must love kids and the outdoors! Visit for application. Camp Turner is not-for-profit and is operated by the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.

Pro-Life Office / St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Center. With spring approaching, we are currently in great need of size 0-3 month sleepers, clothing and short-sleeved onesies. New and cleaned gently used items are gratefully accepted. Also needed are wipes, baby wash/shampoo, lotion, powder, diaper rash cream and pacifiers. For more information or to make donation arrangements, call us at 716-842-BABY(2229) or email Let us know if your parish is hosting a Baby Shower to support the St. Gianna Outreach Center. Call us with the details and we will post it on our website and Facebook. Many blessings to all whose donations and prayers make our ministry possible!

Daily TV Mass. Do you know someone who misses going to Daily Mass because of an illness or injury? The Diocese of Buffalo provides 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).

Saint Joseph Club. Are you in high school, thinking priesthood and want to meet others who are as well? Then check out the Saint Joseph Club. The club is open to all high school men who wish to take a serious look at their lives and grow personally, emotionally and spiritually. Each member is asked to attend the club's meetings and events in an attempt to discern and understand God's call in their life. Meetings are held at Christ the King Seminary generally once a month. Brochures are available at your parish. If you would like more information, please contact Rev. Andrew Lauricella, Vocation Director, at 716-847-5535.

Response Program. Do you feel called to priesthood? Would you like to meet others with the same calling? The Response Program is a process of on-going prayer and discernment designed for adult Catholic men (college age and older) who have taken the initiative to express interest in diocesan priesthood. Meetings are held at Christ the King Seminary generally once a month. Brochures are available at your parish. If you would like more information, please contact Rev. Andrew Lauricella, Vocation Director, at 716-847-5535.

Have you heard of our Service Corps? The Catholic Charities Service Corps (CCSC) gives recent college graduates the opportunity to spend a full year in service to their community. Individuals room together and share their talents to give back to the community. Whether it be counseling, serving the homeless, assisting refugees, helping those who are disabled, or working against domestic violence, the CCSC touches all levels of the community. For more information, please call 716-218-1400 ext. 2005 or visit

Nar-Anon Family Groups offer support for those affected by another's addiction. Group meets weekly on Mondays at St. Andrew's Church, 1525 Sheridan Drive, Kenmore. Newcomer meeting begins at 6:30pm; regular meeting at 7pm. Located in the Loyola Room (door between Church and Rectory, off parking lot). For more information about Nar-Anon Family Groups, visit

Give the gift of a home. Catholic Charities works diligently to provide children in need of a family (temporarily or permanently) with a loving home. Catholic Charities provides parent training, home studies, placement and supervision until an adoption is finalized and is willing to be with the family every step of the way. Interested in learning more about fostering or adopting a child? Email, contact our offices at 716-856-4494 ext. 360, or come to an informational meeting on October 13 from 10-11:30am or 6-7:30pm at 525 Washington Street, Buffalo. For more information on Catholic Charities and the services we provide, visit

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 for more information.

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.

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

"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 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.

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

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

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

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 or

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 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 or

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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