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Evening Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Holy Hour on Thursday, July 28 from 6-7pm at St. Andrew Church, 1525 Sheridan Drive, Kenmore. Please enter via the Lowell doors (off parking lot). All welcome!

Minister of Holy Communion Training is being held on Saturday, July 30 at St. Joseph Parish, Main & Erie Streets, Gowanda from 9am-12:00pm. Applicant needs to consult with their pastor. Upon his approval, completed applications should be sent to the Office of Worship. Approved applicants should bring a Bible and a brown bag lunch or snack. Beverages will be provided. Any questions, please contact St. Joseph Parish at 716-532-5100. Everyone welcome!

Rosary Novena for Life on Saturday, July 30 at 8am at St. Rose of Lima, 500 Parker Avenue, Buffalo. Mass will be celebrated by Rev. Michael LaMarca, followed by a silent and prayerful procession to and from a local abortion clinic (optional) where we join together in prayer. Closing prayers will take place upon our return outside of St. Rose of Lima. For more information, contact the Pro-Life Office at 716-847-2205.

Day of Mercy. As the Year of Mercy continues, please join us for a Day of Mercy on Thursday, August 4, Memorial of St. John Vianney, at St. John Paul II Parish, 2052 Lakeview Road, Lake View. Mass at 8:30am, followed by the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation from 9am-9pm. The Divine Mercy Chaplet will be recited a 3pm and there will be a special Holy Hour for vocations with exposition and benediction at 7pm. We are located at 2052 Lakeview Road, Lake View.

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 maryann.deibel-braun@ccwny.org.

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 familylife@buffalodiocese.org.

Give the Gift of True Love! Heart to Heart PAIRS workshops help both men and women learn the tools to communicate skillfully, to problem solve constructively, and to build lasting love in their relationships with their spouse and children. For more information, please contact Dan & Irma at 716-652-1203, email hearttoheartworkshops@yahoo.com or visit http://www.hearttoheartworkshops.com.

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 familylife@buffalodiocese.org.

Director Search for the St. Joseph Center for Spirituality. The St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence seeks a Director starting this fall 2016. Application deadline is September 1. The Director is expected to assume responsibilities on or before November 1. For detailed description and how to apply, go to http://www.stjosephsctr.org.

Position Available: Principal at Our Lady of Victory Elementary School, Lackawanna (Pre-K to 8). Qualifications for the position include credentials in school administration, several years employment in a Catholic school setting, leadership and management skills and familiarity with the Catholic Church. Resumes may be sent to Msgr. Paul J.E. Burkard, Pastor, Our Lady of Victory National Shrine and Basilica, 767 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, NY 14218 or may be emailed to pburkard@ourladyofvictory.org. Resumes should be sent no later than July 20.

Position Available: full-time Custodian at Blessed Trinity Parish, Buffalo. To read job description and qualifications, visit http://buffalodiocese.org/job-opportunities and scroll to "Parishes/Other." Applications may be sent to blessedtrinitychurch@gmail.com or the church office at 317 Leroy Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14214.

Weekend Extravaganza at St. Andrew Church, Sloan on July 29-31. Friday is a Theme Basket Night with the doors opening at 5pm and basket drawing at 7:15pm. On Saturday, Bingo will be played at 7:30pm, with doors opening at 5:30pm. On Sunday, there will be a Polka Mass at 11am with music by Rare Vintage. Spaghetti dinners (pre-sale only) will be served from 12-3pm in the parish hall, 111 Crocker Street and a Cash Drawing will be held at 3pm. For tickets or more information, call 716-892-0425.

World Youth Day Event. On Saturday, July 30 a special World Youth Day Event will be held at Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora. Pizza, games and registration at 4:30pm with the program beginning at 5:15pm. Register online at http://www.dobyouth.org or call 716-847-8789 (under 18 must attend with parish group or parent). Evening includes music and talks by Carrie Ford, Pop Culture and Voices of Mercy. Outdoor Eucharistic Procession and Mass followed by a bon fire. Bring blanket or lawn chair. Priests and deacons are invited to vest (diocesan vestments). If you plan on vesting, contact Fr. Mike LaMarca at 716-627-2910, ext. 5 or email mplamarca87@gmail.com.

Annual Lawn Fete at Good Shepherd Church, 5442 Tonawanda Creek Road, North Tonawanda on Sunday, July 31 from 11am-6pm. Music, Chinese Auction, Grande Prize Raffle, Games, Chicken & Rib Dinners, Chowder and more. For more information, call the Parish Office at 716-625-8594.

"Engaging Adults" Workshop. Effective faith formation with adults is the key to vibrant parish life and the transmission of faith to the next generation. Join us to explore the vision, methods and strategies for fostering discipleship throughout the adult life cycle, in young, midlife, mature and older adults. Wednesday, August 17 from 9am-3:30pm at Immaculate Conception Convent, 5229 South Park Avenue, Hamburg. Lunch included with registration. For more information and registration, go to http://www.vibrantfaith.org/training/engaging-adults/ or contact Sr. Barbara Schiavoni at 716-847-5516.

Annual Church Picnic at Annunciation Church, Clinton & Girdle Roads, Elma from Friday-Sunday, August 19-21. On Friday, there will be a Fish Fry Dinner and a Cruise Night with music by Hit 'n Run. On Saturday our famous Chowder will be served from 1pm, Pork Chop dinners at 4pm and music by the Drive Time Polka - live remote with Ron Dombrowski, from 3-7pm and Hit 'n Run at 7pm. A Polka Mass on Sunday featuring John Stanczyk with Rare Vintage, McPartlan's Other Band from 12:30-3pm and The Knewz Polka Band from 4-8pm. Grand raffle, large food court, children's games, adult games of change, plus much, much more. For further information, visit http://www.annunciation.cc or call 716-683-5254.

Pilgrimage to St. Anne DeBeaupre, Quebec, Canada from August 21-26, led by Fr. Daniel Young, pastor of Good Shepherd Church, North Tonawanda. Round trip transportation, 5-night stay, 5 dinners, all gratuities and tips are included. For additional information, call 716-625-8594.

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 http://www.fjcsafe.org.

For your Marriage. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) provides information and resources about a healthy marriage, in general, and Catholic marriage, in particular. Offerings include a Daily Marriage Tip, regularly changing features like the monthly Marriage Quiz, Book of the Month review and Marriage in the News. They continue to add to the content on a regular basis. Visit http://www.foryourmarriage.org, click on "Caring for Your Marriage," then "Resources."

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 http://www.thedivinemercy.org/buffalo.

Save the Date: on Thursday, September 1 at 7pm there will be a workshop on how to save money and save the planet in response to Pope Francis' encyclical, Laudato Si, Care for Our Common Home, at Our Mother of Good Counsel, 3688 South Park Avenue, Blasdell. The program will share information on how to get free energy audits of residential houses and how to get assistance in implementing the changes needed to make your home more energy efficient. For more information, contact Sr. Sharon Goodremote, FSSJ at 716-202-4706.

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.
* July 31: celebrant Msgr. Angelo Caligiuri
* August 7: celebrant Rev. David Richards
* August 10: celebrant Msgr. Richard Siepka
* August 17: celebrant Rev. Daniel Ogbeifun with Deacon Ted Pijacki

St. Joachim All Class Reunion. Friendship - the older it grows, the stronger it is. Let's rekindle the friendships and embrace school-time and neighborhood memories at the All Class Reunion on Saturday, August 13 at 12pm at Stiglmeier Park, shelter #3, in Cheektowaga. Bring your families, chairs, food, drinks and a dish to share at about 2pm. Please spread the word. We always have a great time. Any questions, e-mail Pauline Zelma Williams '74 at ewilliams2@roadrunner.com.

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.

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.

Medicine and Ethics series continues at St. Gregory the Great Parish, 200 St. Gregory Court, Williamsville. Join St. Greg's Health Ministry and The Catholic Medical Association of Buffalo on Saturday, July 23 after the 8am Mass. Dr. Stanley Bukowski will speak on Abortion and its Aftermath. Many are affected by abortion which can leave psychological effects long after its occurrence. There is no cost to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

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.

Attention former Staff and Campers of St. Vincent de Paul Camp, Angola: a first run reunion is scheduled for Saturday, August 6 starting with 4pm Mass, followed by a hot dog cookout, picnic and fun activities. Bring the family, share memories and relax by the Lake. For more information, contact Jim Fix at 585-356-3565 or jjf3859@gmail.com or Jan Filipiak at 716-374-2955.

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 http://www.buffalodiocese.org/directory 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).

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 http://www.ccwny.org.

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 http://www.nar-anon.org

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 foster.adopt@ccwny.org, 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 http://www.ccwny.org.

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 http://www.ccwny.org 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 http://www.youtube.com/user/DaybreakTV 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 info@xaviersocietyfortheblind.org.

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 http://www.drvc-faith.org.

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 www.fideliscare.org.

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 http://www.ProjecTruth.com or http://www.myspace.com/projectruth.

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 http://www.nyscatholic.org 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 http://hopeafterabortion.com or http://www.menandabortion.info.

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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