WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES, the world's largest Catholic gathering of families, will be held in Philadelphia September 22 - 27, 2015. This event is held every three years and is sponsored by the Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Family. The theme for this gathering, Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive, emphasizing the impact of love and life of families on our society. Families and individuals from the Diocese of Buffalo interested in attending this event are encourages to contact St. Gemma's Catholic Pilgrimages in Buffalo, toll free: 855 710-7663; or visit www.takeapilgrimage.com or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Pope Francis will attend the closing ceremonies. Pope Francis will attend the closing ceremonies.
NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING provides couples a safe effective means to achieve or avoid pregnancy and gain understanding of their gift of fertility. The NFP Family Network of Buffalo offers support and fellowship to couples in the teachings of the Catholic faith, specifically in the areas of marriage, family and LinkClick.aspx openness to life. The group sponsors couples nights out, theology-enrichment meetings, marriage enrichment evenings and family events. For more information, please contact the Network at email@example.com. For information regarding introductory sessions, contact Catholic Fertility Care Centers of WNY at Sister’s Hospital – 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 2015.
Sisters of Charity Hospital, 2121 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214. 716 862-1944.
Saturday mornings at 10:30 am. 2015 January 10, February 21, March 21, April 25, May 16, June 20, July 11, August 29, September 19, October 10 and November 21, 2015.
Buffalo Mercy Hospital, 565 Abbott Road, Buffalo, NY 14220. 716 828-2493.
Tuesday evenings at 7:30 pm. 2015 January 20, February 10, March 10, April 21, WEDNESDAY May 20, June 9, July 28, August 18, September 29, October 20 and November 10, 2015.
Mt. St. Mary's Hospital, 5300 Military Rd., Lewiston, NY 14092. 716 298-2385 or 716 298-2296.
Wednesday evenings @ 7:00 pm. 2015 January 21, February 18, March 18, April 15, May 20, June 17, July 15, August 19, September 16, October 21 and November 18. 2015.
** Pre-Registration is required at all locations**
BISHOP COMMITTEE FOR CHRISTIAN HOME & FAMILY
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 Brown Bag lunch, May 5, 2015 at St. Philip the Apostle, 950 Losson Road, Cheektowaga, NY 14227. Time - 9 am to 2:00 pm.
- Bishop's Committee Visitors Annual Meeting and Luncheon with Bishop Richard J. Malone, October 6, 2015 at St. Philip the Apostle, 950 Losson Road, Cheektowaga, NY 14227. Time - 9 am to 2:00 pm. For more information and reservations call your Office of Family Life Ministries at 716 847-2210. click here for BCVP Invitation to Bishops Luncheon
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. - 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.
Magnificat, presents a morning of prayer, testimony and praise! Join Mangificat ministry as we welcome Cheryl Calire, Director of Prolife Activities with the Diocese of Buffalo, as its honored speaker at a breakfast on June 21, 2014, at the Holiday Inn - Amherst, 1881 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst, NY. Registration begins at 9:30 am; program begins at 10:00 am. Prepaid reservations must be mailed to Christine Holden, 5191 Hillcrest Drive, Clarence, NY 14031 no later than June 14, 2014. For more information call Chris at 716 380-9375.
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 Tracy and Sarah at email@example.com. The meetings for 2014 are January 17, February 7, March 7, April 4 and May 1.
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 2014 are January 11, February 8, March 8, April TBA, May 10 and June 14. Contact Sarah at 716 957-2410 for more information.
SS Peter & Paul Moms Group (Williamsville) 2014 Schedule January to May 2014. 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 / firstname.lastname@example.org, Kim Adamczyk at email@example.com or Katie Amrhein at firstname.lastname@example.org. The meetings for 2014 are Tuesday January 7th, Wednesday February 5th, Monday March 3rd, Tuesday April 1st and Wednesday May 7th.
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 www.buffalodiocese.org\disabilities.
Catholic Men’s Fellowship: A ministry for men’s spirituality focusing on family, church and community. For more information call Mark Morgante at 716 759-0058 or e-mail www.SpiritIsCalling.org. The Annual Men's Conference 'Be Strong and Courageous' will take place Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Cardinal O'Hara High School, 39 O'Hara Road, Tonawanda, NY 14150. For additional information or register online www.spiritiscalling.org.
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
Sunday Gospel Reflections and Intercessory prayers: These are provided to families and parishes and are based on the month’s scripture readings. They offer a family perspective and help families to prepare in advance for the coming Sunday liturgy. Reference the first of the month Chancery mailing. Click here for current month. Sunday Gospel Reflections.pdf
RESOUECES: Responding To Issues of Concern
- Become more knowledgeable. Movies: Web sites such as Kidsinmind.com 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 www.USCCB.org.
- 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 http://www.NSTeens.org.
- www.NetSmartz.org. 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 www.pureloveclub.net.
- Evert, Jason: If You Really Loved Me - a book available at Catholic.com or Amazon.Com etc.
- Meeker, Meg MD: Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters http://www.megmeekermd.com/ 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.
- www.lyrics.com - help to decipher song lyrics.
- www.cpyu.org 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! http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/family/documents/rc_pc_family_doc_08121995_human-sexuality_en.html.
- Building Family Spirituality homefaith.com. Monthly issues focus on nurturing the spirituality of family. Includes articles and prayers.
- Greenfaith.org provides resources for caring for all creation