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Do you feel that you might be called to priesthood or know someone who is? If so, you might want to inquire about two discernment programs. The first is the St. Joseph Club, which is a program for high school boys who wish to take a closer look at the vocation of priesthood and consider the possibility that God is calling them to it. The second is the Response Program, which is for gentlemen of college age and older who believe that God is calling them to priesthood and wish to listen to God's voice more closely while benefitting from discernment resources and the support of fellow discerners. Both of these programs are free of cost. Brochures containing schedules and other details will be sent to parishes soon. Information can also be attained by visiting or calling 716-847-5535.

The God's Family Program is a unique, family/intergenerational program that offers catechesis to people of all ages with disabilities; it can be used as either a supplement or an alternative to the parish faith formation program. As we prepare for another year of faith formation, consider how God's Family Program can enhance the catechetical experiences of families. God's Family meets once a month on Saturdays from 12-2:30pm at Baker Hall School. For a detailed schedule or more information regarding the God's Family Program, contact Mario Vinti, Office of Lifelong Faith Formation, at 716-847-5521 or

Meat Raffle to benefit the Parish Community of St. John Kanty/St. Adalbert on August 27 at Matthew Glab Post, 1965 Abbott Road, Lackawanna. Doors open at 6pm, raffle at 7pm. Door prize: dinner and overnight at Millennium Hotel; mini-theme baskets, 50/50 split. Bring family, bring friends, fill a table. Further information: or call 716-893-0412.

Anointing of the Sick Healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine will be held on Monday, August 29 at 7pm at St. John Neumann - St. Mary Queen of the Rosary worship site - 3854 Main Street, Strykersville. Father David Bellittiere and the Friends of St. Peregrine cordially invite those afflicted with cancer or need special healing, who wish to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick to attend this healing Mass. For further information, call 716-283-0011 or visit

Retrouvaille. 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 Retrouvaille weekend is September 9-11.

St. Andrew's Country Day School (SACDS) will hold its inaugural "Lancer Leap" on Saturday, September 10. 5K race starts at 9am; kids fun run begins at 11am. Childcare available; after party includes live music, food and beverages, games, raffles and a bounce house. All invited to participate in this fun-filled event. Proceeds will benefit SACDS. Visit to register.

Attention all Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni and Supporters of SUNY Buffalo State. On Sunday, September 11 at 10am in the Social Hall at the Mildred Campbell Student Union, join the faith community of the Newman Center as we invoke God's blessing on the new academic year at the Annual Convocation and Mass of the Holy Spirit. This year we will honor Stephanie Kindzia, Linda Rainforth and Pamela Steffan from the Financial Aid Office at SUNY Buffalo State, with the Annual Newman Award for their support of our mission of Catholic Campus Ministry. Rev. Zachary Miller, a SUNY Buffalo 2008 graduate, will preside and preach. A brunch will follow immediately after service. All are welcome - invite a friend. To reserve a space or for additional information, please contact the Newman Center at or 716-882-1080.

Sunday, September 11 is National Grandparents Day, an opportunity to celebrate grandparents and elders who have nourished our lives. Our new revised 2016 free packet of materials is filled with ideas for celebrating but has items also for grandparents themselves to enjoy. So, you don't need to do much to make the day itself holy and special. It's all ready for you. And you may find it full of lifegiving ideas to use all year round. Please contact the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email for your free Grandparents Day packet.

Fall Harvest Roast Beef Dinner. On Sunday, September 25, Epiphany of Our Lord Parish, 10893 Sisson Highway, North Collins, will host the Annual Fall Harvest Roast Beef Dinner from 12pm until sold out! Come enjoy a family style, all-you-can-eat roast beef dinner with garden fresh vegetables, mashed potatoes and gravy, bread and homemade desserts. There is also a country store stocked with baked goods and a lottery raffle. Take-out meals also available. For more information, contact Sarah Schmitt at or 716-337-2686.

The Role of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, in the Mystery of Christ and the Church, presented by Bishop Edward Grosz on Monday, September 26 from 7-9pm at Our Lady of Pompeii Ministry Center, 129 Laverack Avenue, Lancaster. Join us as we welcome Bishop Grosz to our air conditioned hall to speak on Mary, the Mother of God. All are welcome! Refreshments follow presentation. Free will offering accepted.

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

Director Search for The St. Joseph Center for Spirituality. The St. Joseph Center for Spirituality in Clarence seeks a Director starting this fall 2016. Application deadline: September 1. The Director is expected to assume responsibilities on or before November 1. For detailed description and how to apply, go to

Father Baker Manor Hosts Second Annual Artisan Fair & Farmers' Market. Father Baker Manor, 6400 Powers Road, Orchard Park, will be sponsoring its Second Annual Artisan Fair & Farmers' Market on Saturday, August 27 from 10am-4pm. The event is open to the public and will be held rain or shine. The community is invited to enjoy local artisans, crafters, and market vendors. There will also be a Lucky Draw Raffle for a number of prizes. All proceeds to support special projects at Father Baker Manor, a Catholic Health Skilled Nursing Facility. For more information, visit or contact Jill Hirczak at or by calling 716-209-0744.

Sunday TV Mass. For those who are unable to physically attend Mass, the Diocese of Buffalo provides a televised Mass from the Our Lady Chapel at St. Joseph Cathedral that airs each Sunday on WUTV-Fox channel at 7:30am.
* August 28: celebrant Rev. Joseph Gullo with Deacon Timothy Maloney
* September 4: celebrant Rev. Joseph Gullo with Deacon Timothy Maloney
* September 11: celebrant Rev. Frederick Betti, SJ
* September 18: celebrant Rev. Ronald Sams, SJ with Deacon Paul Snyder
* September 25: celebrant Rev. John Adams
* October 2: celebrant Rev. Bryan Zielenieski

Infant of Prague Lawn Fete. Infant of Prague, 921 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga will be having their lawn fete on August 26-27 - rides and games, carnival food, games of chance, a beer tent, entertainment, a basket extravaganza and much more. On Friday, the rides, midway and beer garden open at 5pm; basket raffle extravaganza from 5-10pm; "Party of Nine" in the beer garden from 7-11:30pm. On Saturday, the rides and midway open at 12noon; basket raffle extravaganza from 12-10pm; "Kids Zone" featuring Party Animals Petting Zoo, face painting and games from 1-6pm; Krolick's BBQ dinner from 4-6pm (or sold out); "Hit 'N Run" in the beer garden from 7-11:30pm.

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, call the Family Life Office 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

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

Divine Mercy Conference 2016. Join Our Lady of Victory National Shrine and Basilica in Lackawanna for the Divine Mercy Conference 2016 on Saturday, August 27 from 7:30am-4pm. The conference features: Holy Mass celebrated by Bishop Edward Grosz, Be Transformed in this Year of Mercy with our featured speakers, Fr. Donald Callaway, Scott Hahn and Fr. Chris Alar, MIC, and Rev. Kazimierz Chwalek, MIC. Register today by calling 1-800-462-7426. For additional information, including ticket cost or online registration, visit our website at

Annual Men's Retreat will be held August 26-28 at Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora. The theme is "The Blessed Mother and Her Apparitions." Open to all men. It begins with registration at 4pm on Friday and ends with Mass on Sunday. For more information or reservations, contact Rev. Paul Sabo at 716-604-4948 or the Holy Name Office at 716-847-2201. Reservations are limited to 60 men.

Ireland 2017 Pilgrimage - An Unforgettable Journey in the Emerald Isle. Join Fr. Peter Karalus, pastor of St. John Paul II, Lake View on this remarkable trip September 20-30, 2017. The trip includes non-stop flight from Toronto to Dublin, Mass at historical locations, 4 star centrally located hotels, breakfast daily, high tea, several dinners, all tips and taxes. If you are interested and want to learn more about the trip's itinerary and amenities, you are invited to learn more at an Ireland 2017 Pilgrimage Preview Night on Monday, June 27 at 7pm in the Community Room of St. John Paul II Parish, 2052 Lakeview Road, Lake View. A full itinerary and complete details will be available at the Preview Night. Call 716-627-2910 for more information.

Office of Pro-Life Activities - Telephone Hotline Numbers. Unplanned 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. 

Diocese of Buffalo Catholic Directory... 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).

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).

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.

"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. 

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

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) 847-2211 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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