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August 29, 2016

Cyberbullying Presentation at Cardinal O'Hara High School. Kathleen Gust from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children will focus on Internet safety at a bullying presentation at 1:15 p.m. on September 9 at Cardinal O'Hara High School, 39 O'Hara Road, Tonawanda. This presentation is for the students and anyone interested in the topic. The presentation will include videos which focus on real-life stories shared by actual teens who have experienced victimization firsthand and encourage teens to learn from their peers' mistakes. The narratives teach teens to recognize risky behaviors and evaluate their online choices and encourage them to communicate with trusted adults. For further information, call the school at 716-695-2600.

Stress in your marriage? Retrouvaille is a program for married couples that feel bored, disillusioned, frustrated or angry in their marriage and don't know how to change the situation or even communicate with their spouse about it. For more information, call 716-474-9371 or visit The next weekend is September 9-11.

Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School commemorates the 70th Anniversary of its founding as Bishop Timon High School. To kick off the anniversary commemoration, there will be a "Timon Turns 70: The Party" at Buffalo River Fest Park on September 10 from 5-9pm; food, beer, wine, live music and raffles. For more information or tickets, contact Erik Bohen, Event Chair, at 716-713-5654.

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius in the Southtowns. Sister Marian Baumler, SSMN is again offering this retreat in daily life from October 2016-May 2017. For over 400 years, Christians - lay, ordained, religious - have found their relationship with Jesus deepened through this retreat. The retreatant prays with Scripture each day and meets individually with a trained spiritual director, usually bi-weekly. Two information sessions will be offered at Queen of Heaven Convent, 839? Mill Road, West Seneca: September 12 from 9:30-11:30am and September 14 from 7-9pm. If interested, reserve a place at one of them by calling Sister Marian at 716-480-1316 before Labor Day, September 5. Please leave your name and phone number.

Introduction to the Religion of Islam. Whenever a tragedy like the shooting in Orlando occurs, there often follows several incidents of hatred exhibited toward the people of Muslim faith. Sadly, so much of this prejudice is the result of ignorance. This talk will provide a brief introduction to the origins, the history and the practice of the religion of Islam. It is hoped that such study will help to eliminate some of the uncertainty and fear that often surrounds our relationship with our Muslim neighbors. Presented by Dr. Joseph Kelly, D.Min. on Saturday, September 17 from 9:30-11am at St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence. For reservations, call 716-759-6893, ext. 175.

Mount Mercy Academy Open House on Sunday, September 18 from 1-3pm and Monday, September 19 from 5-7pm. All young ladies in the 4th-8th grade and their families are invited to tour our facilities at 88 Red Jacket Parkway, Buffalo and see how exciting and rewarding a Mercy education is. We look forward to your visit. If you cannot make either date, call the Recruitment Office for a personal tour at 716-825-9796, ext. 320. Visit our website at

Blessed Trinity School Alumni and Friends are invited to the annual Alumni Sunday on September 18. Included are: 9:30am guided mini-tour of the church; 10am Memorial Mass remembering recently deceased alumni and faculty, followed by all-class reception 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 or call 716-832-2540.

Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart to hold Open House. Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart, an all-girls Catholic high school, 3860 Main Street, Buffalo, will welcome prospective students to its annual Open House on Thursday, September 22 from 5-7pm and Sunday, September 25 from 11am-2pm. Prospective students and parents can tour the school, meet current SHA students, faculty, staff and coaches, and learn about the variety of curricular and extracurricular opportunities offered at Sacred Heart Academy. Information on scholarships, financial aid, the Catholic High School Entrance Exam and Entrance Exam Preparation Course will be available, as well as information on the school's "shadowing" program. For more information, call the Admissions Office at 716-834-2101, ext. 311 or visit our website at

St. Margaret Parish will begin its 100th Anniversary celebration with a Mass at 5:30pm on Saturday, September 24. Following Mass, we will host a wine and cheese reception in the rectory. All current and former parishioners and all others associated with St. Margaret's are welcome. St. Margaret's is located at 1395 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo.

"Envision, Explore, Experience" Cardinal O'Hara High School at its annual Open House for 6th-8th grade students and their families on Thursday, September 22 from 5-8pm and Sunday, September 25 from 10am-2pm at the co-educational school, 39 O'Hara Road, Town of Tonawanda. O'Hara students will lead tours of the 17 acre campus and discuss the opportunities available, including more than 50 sports teams and clubs. Visitors will be able to explore the school's core curriculum, fine arts, engineering, world languages, and culinary art programs. For more information, contact Doug Buczak, Admissions Director, at 716-695-2600, ext. 357 or visit

Luke - The Gospel of Mercy: this St. Benedict Press Bible Study runs for 18 Mondays beginning on October 3 at St. Leo the Great Church, 885 Sweet Home Road, Amherst from 7-8:30pm. Why study Luke? Of all four Gospels, only Luke is known as "The Gospel of Mercy" and it is in Luke that the Church draws from in a special way during this Extraordinary Jubilee Year. In Luke, find God who is rich in mercy, learn about the Gospel readings and discover how God is calling you to live out His Mercy. Registration forms can be found online at or contact Dawn Iacono at or 716-835-8905, ext. 12.

Looby-Lewis Memorial Golf Tournament to support the Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School Crew Team will be held on Monday, October 3 at Harvest Hill Golf Course / Rooth's Sky-Lite Restaurant, 3052 Transit Road, Orchard Park. Proceeds will help the crew team purchase needed equipment and supplement travel expenses for competitions. Cost includes lunch at the turn, drinks on the course and dinner catered by Chef's restaurant. Following golf, there will be raffles and prizes to give away. Hole sponsorships available for purchase. For questions or to register, contact Dennis Mann at 716-713-5809 or Pete Margerum at 716-480-5814.

"An Encounter with St. Francis: His Story and Lessons for Today" presented by Br. F. Edward Coughlin, OFM, Ph.D., President of Siena College. In celebration of St. Francis Week, Hilbert College will be featuring Br. Coughlin as Keynote Speaker on Thursday October 6 at 3:30 pm in the Swan Auditorium, 5200 South Park Avenue, Hamburg. This event is free and open to the public, with refreshments to follow. For more information, contact Jeffrey Papia at 716-926-8924.

Western New York Catholic of the Diocese of Buffalo Pilgrimage to Fatima and Lourdes. Under the auspices of the Western New York Catholic, Msgr. David Slubecky, Vicar General, will lead a 13 day pilgrimage to Portugal, Spain and France from March 16-28, 2017. Details of the itinerary can be found in the September issue of the Western New York Catholic. An informational night will be held in Msgr. Brett room of St. Joseph Cathedral Rectory at 7pm on Wednesday, October 19.

The Marriage Counseling Center of Catholic Charities offers locations in 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. To refer a couple, simply give the interested party our phone number, 716-839-4406, and have them call our office between 8:45am-4:45pm weekdays. Check us out at You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Pro-Life Office: USCCB-Word of Life: "God of peace, bring your peace to our violent world... Comfort and console us, strengthen us in hope, and give us the wisdom and courage to work tirelessly for a world where true peace and love reign." -Pope Francis, "Prayer of Remembrance"

Oficina de Pro-Vita: USCCB-Palabra de Vida: "Dios de la paz, concede tu paz a nuestro violento mundo... Confórtanos y consuélanos, fortalécenos en la esperanza, y danos la sabiduría y el coraje para trabajar incansablemente por un mundo en el que la verdadera paz y el amor reinen". -Papa Francisco, "Oración conmemorativa"

Marriage Moment. A fiancé was thrilled to have finally found Ms. Right. Not long after the wedding, he was disillusioned to discover that her first name was "Always." Of course, you can reverse the genders. Negotiating differences and letting go of my way is the art of marriage.

Parenting Perspective. Labor Day. Are you an employer? Are your personnel policies family friendly? Are you an employee? Are there any changes you can make in your work schedule that would make your parenting easier? Evaluate your life/work balance.

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28) Everyday there are things that remind us of our experiences of loss. Grief never takes a vacation! Our free 2016 packet "Coping with Seasons of Loss" is filled with resources, insights, prayers and Scripture support. For your packet, contact the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email

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

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