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For The Family

NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING  provides couples a safe effective and scientifically proven means to learn about their fertility and use that knowledge to plan their family.

 The Creighton Model FertilityCare System, offered by the Catholic Health System is available at Sisters, Buffalo Mercy and mt. St. Mary's Hospitals.  Introductory Sessions occur each month, followed by individualized instruction over the course of a year.  The program is very affordable and couples are taught by quali8fied, trained FertilityCare Practitioners.  Intrested couples are encouraged to visit or call one of our locations.  Pre-registration is required for the Introductory Session.

For information regarding introductory sessions, contact Catholic Fertility Care Centers of WNY at Sister’sHospital – 716 862-1944, Mercy Hospital – 716 828-2438 or Mt. St. Mary ’s Hospital in Lewiston – 716 298-2385.

Catholic Fertility Care Centers of WNY Introductory Session Schedule for 2016.

Sisters of Charity Hospital, 2121 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214.  716 862-1944. 
Saturday mornings at 10:30 am.   2016  April 23, May 14, June 18, July 23, August 27, September 24, October 22 and November 12, 2016.

Buffalo Mercy Hospital, 565 Abbott Road, Buffalo, NY  14220.  716 828-2493.   
Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm. 
2016  April 12,  May 3, June 7, July 12, August 16, September 13, October 4 and November 29, 2016.

Mt. St. Mary's Hospital, 5300 Military Rd., Lewiston, NY  14092.  716 298-2385 or 716 298-2296.  
Wednesday evenings @ 7:00 pm.
  2016 April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, August 17, September 21, October 19 and November 16. 2016.              

 ** Pre-Registration is required at all locations**

This program assists parents in the religious and moral training of their pre-school children. As part of the pre-baptismal class or at the baptism itself, free educational materials are given to the parents by a Visitor. Visitors meet twice yearly for updating, mutual support, liturgy, sharing and a Day of Reflection. The Bishop offers his encouragement and thanksgiving for this valuable ministry in the Diocese of Buffalo. - click here for Bishop Committee Visitor's Programs Brochure.

  •  Bishop's Committee Visitors Annual Day of Reflection, Thursday May 12, 2016 at St. Philip the Apostle, 950 Losson Road, Cheektowaga, NY  14227.  Time - 9 am to 2:00 pm. Sister Mary Johnice will be the guest speaker.  Her topic will be "Discipleship in the Year of Mercy'.

CATHOLIC WOMEN'S DISCUSSION PROGRAM (CWDP)  Formerly known as the Bishop's Committee Discussion Program.
BCDP is open to persons of all faith traditions. It is a discussion group that meets once a month from October – May. Meetings are facilitated by trained leaders and each meeting centers on a topic of a spiritual nature. This encourages personal growth; offers support; strengthens one’s faith and fosters the sharing of ideas and feelings all from a Catholic/Christian perspective. Sharing takes place in an accepting/confidential environment. Brochure and/or facilitator training are available. For more information, contact your Office of Family Life Ministries at 716 847-2210 or e-mail us at - click here for Catholic Women's Discussion Program Brochure.

MAGNIFICAT:  A Ministry to Catholic Women. Gentle Woman, Mother of Mercy Chapter, Buffalo , New York. An International ministry to Catholic women. It’s purpose is to help Catholic women open more to the Holy Spirit through a commitment of their lives to Jesus Christ and to impart the Holy Spirit to one another by love, service and good news of salvation. It is an opportunity to grow in holiness.  For more information on Magnificat contact Evelyn Morcelle, Coordinator at 716 652-2286. 

St. Gregory the Great M.O.M.S. (Ministry of Mothers Sharing) Group. A ministry designed for moms by moms to support and affirm women in the many roles of life as mothers, wives, daughters, sisters and friends e.g. women bonded by their vocation and their Catholic faith gathering to share joys and struggles. Open meetings are monthly from September to May. Free child care is available. Also available is a MOMS Book Club. All moms are welcome to participate in all gatherings each month. For more information please contact Dawn Iacono at 716 207-5172 or  The meetings for 2016 are January 22, February 11, April 8 and May 6 at 9:00 am to 11:00 am in the Gathering Room.

    NFC Moms Group (Niagara Falls Catholic Moms Group)
    Moms of all ages and stages are invited to join us monthly to take a break, enjoy a cup of coffee, listen to a great speaker, talk to other moms and grow in your Faith.  Free childcare is available.  Meetings are held from 9:30 am to 11 am in the St. Vincent De Paul Parish Ministry Center, 2748 Military Road, Niagara Falls.  We meet on the second Saturday of every month.  The meetings for 2016 are  March 12th, April 9th, May 9th and June 11th.  Contact Sarah at 716 957-2410 for more information.

    SS Peter & Paul Moms Group (Williamsville) 2016 Schedule January to May 2016.  All moms, grandmoms and godmothers are welcome to SSPP MOMS!  SSPP MOMS can increase your faith, strengthen your friendships with wonderful Catholic women, and give you an excuse to get out of the house to enjoy a glass of wine!  For more information contact:  Rose Quebral at 716 635-9488 /, Kim Adamczyk at or Katie Amrhein at  The meetings for 2016 Wednesday February 3rd at 7-8:30pm, Friday February 26th at 7pm, Sunday April 3rd following the 9:30 Mass,  Wednesday April 6th at 7pm to 8:30 pm, Wednesday May 4th at 7pm.

    Persons With Disabilities: Over 14 million Catholics have a disability. These disabilities cover a wide spectrum of both physical and neuro-psychological disorders. Resources and information are readily available to you. The Diocese of Buffalo offers a Directory of Spiritual Resources For Persons With Disabilities which provides information for persons with disabilities of all ages to fully participate in the life of the Church and much more.  For more information contact\disabilities

    Catholic Men’s Fellowship of WNY: A ministry for men's spirituality focusing on family, church and community.  The Fourteenth Annual Men's Conference will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at Cardinal O'Hara High School, 39 O'Hara Road, Tonawanda, NY.  Live Fully is the theme of the day's events.  Early bird registration is $25 if postmarked by February 15, 2016; otherwise admission is $30.   For more information, schedule of events, or to register online visit 

    ENTHRONEMENT OF THE SACRED HEART is an active spiritual program carried out within the home to increase personal and family devotion to the Sacred Heart.  Come join us on Friday June 3, 2016 at 8:30 am Mass at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church, 157 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga, NY 14215.  This will be followed by Coffee and donuts in the school cafeteria.  Wheelchair accessible.  All are welcome!  Msgr. Popadict will be the celebrant.  

    Family and parenting packets: Practical, easy to use and accessible activities, resource ideas and enrichment opportunities are offered seasonally and coincide with the liturgical cycle of the church. They are designed to encourage the spiritual dimension of “ordinary” family life. Present packets include Family Lenten/Easter Packet, Advent Activities, Grandparent Activities, Summer Spirituality Tool Box of Ideas, Coping With the Holidays and Parenting Packet and much more.

    Summer Spirituality Tool Box of Ideas Packet - is filled with practical ways to make summertime a sacred time.  It is a perfect companion for your family throughout the summer months whether vacationing or being at home.  Celebrate the glory of all God's creation! SPIRITUAL TOOL BOX PACKET

    Parenting Perspective: Short, concise, practical and helpful ideas are provided weekly. These suggestions assist you in parenting skills and building family unit.  click here for current insite

    RESOUECES:  Responding To Issues of Concern

    • Become more knowledgeable. Movies: Web sites such as provide excellent non-judgmental information. Kidsinmind actually takes films scene by scene and provides information about specific content such as violence, sex and profanity and offers a rating of the degree of each area within the scene. It even rates G movies which surprisingly might have a scene with bathroom humor or a scary moment or two.
    • Invite your children whenever they are age appropriate to read the review with you. It opens dialogue with you and helps them make better informed decisions and choices.
    • Share with other persons who hold the same core values you have and whose faith and knowledge you trust.
    • Remember you have the power of the pen and pocketbook.
    • Prayer. Where two or more are gathered in God’s name (in mind, heart and spirit for the greater good) God is present. Jesus is with us through both good and bad and offers us wisdom, insight, endurance, fortitude and enough grace to help us. Utilize solid web sites.
    • United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has an incredible wealth of information and resources. Go to the main web site
    • NSTeens. NSTeens content features animated comic-book-style characters who model safer online practices.  The materials include animations, peer response videos, and an interactive webcomic to address issues such as social netowrking and cyberbullying.  To supplement these dynamic content, educators, parents and guardians are provided with safety tips, classroom activities and discussion starters to open the lines of communication with their teens.  Their logline is "Can these friends help each other make the right decisions online and in the real world?  To find out more about the crew and available resources, visit
    •  The NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational safety resource from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for children aged 5 to 17, parents, guardians, educators and law enforcement that uses age-appropriate, 3-D activities to teach children how to stay safer on the internet.  Included are excellent Blog Beware Tips.

    Resources for Parents

      -  West, Christopher:  Good News About Sex And Marriage - "Answers to Your Honest Questions about Catholic Training".

      -  Evert, Jason: "Pure Love"  (A pamphlet for teens) available at

      -  Evert, Jason: If You Really Loved Me -  a book available at or Amazon.Com etc.

      -  Meeker, Meg MD:  Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters  Excellent book about the influence of     Dad's in their daughter's lives, including self respect and emotional/social development.

      -  Pipher, Mary Ph.D.:  Reviving Ophelia - saving the selves of adolescent girls.  An extensive study of the psychological factors that lead to eating disorders and behavioral concerns with teenage girls.

      -  Laaser, Mark Ph.D. - Talking to Your Kids About Sex - For early adolescents, offers a Christian approach to this topic.

      -  "Catechism of the Catholic Church" - The most comprehensive work on the teachings of our Catholic faith.  Available at most book stores or online. 


    Online Resources:

      - - help to decipher song lyrics.

      - center for parent/youth understanding - current statistics/trends.

      -  "The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality" - Vatican web site for this document from the Pontifical Council for the family.  Very solid resource regarding Catholic teachings!

      -  Building Family Spirituality  Monthly issues focus on nurturing the spirituality of family.  Includes articles and prayers.

      - provides resources for caring for all creation


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