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June 2020

Church Bulletin Announcements via Email. The Diocese of Buffalo publishes a weekly email newsletter that offers Church Bulletin Announcements about upcoming events, ongoing ministry and inspirational messages of faith. To subscribe, go to http://www.buffalodiocese.org/email-newsletter and follow the instructions.

Bulletin message for weekend of June 6-7: “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Jesus calls us to help and love our neighbors, especially those who are most vulnerable and struggling. Catholic Charities of Buffalo offers several basic and emergency services, such as food, rehousing, medications, and clothing. Appeal 2020 continues. Your donation today can help ensure that the hungry have food, the naked have clothing, and the homeless have shelter. If you have already given this year, thank you! Think of them, and help make a tremendous difference in Western New York. Make a secure gift online at https://www.ccwny.org/donation/.

Bulletin message for weekend of June 13-14: Has your financial or employment status been negatively affected by the pandemic? Catholic Charities is here to answer your call for help. We are able to assist with things like food, toiletries, transportation, and utilities through our COVID-19 Helpline at (716) 218-1419. The helpline is staffed weekdays from 8:45 am to 4:45 pm, but you can leave a message at any time. Think of Me.

Bulletin message for weekend of June 20-21: Appeal 2020 is now in its final days. The Appeal closes on June 30. If you have not yet made a donation, now is a perfect time as we continue toward our $10 million goal in support of Catholic Charities and the Fund for the Faith! It is also a vital time for parishes to turn in any Appeal contributions. Each year, so much good comes out of the annual Appeal, from counseling for those struggling with mental health to food for the hungry and crucial support for new mothers and babies. If you want to be part of this life-changing work across Western New York, make a secure online donation at https://www.ccwny.org/donation/ or call (716) 218-1400. Think of Me.

Bulletin message for weekend of June 27-28: We know these times are difficult, but you don’t have to struggle with mental health or anxiety. Catholic Charities is here and ready to help. We offer counseling for children, teens, and adults across all eight counties of Western New York. To access our services, please call our COVID-19 Helpline at (716) 218-1419. The helpline is staffed weekdays from 8:45 am to 4:45 pm, but you can leave a message at any time. Think of Me.

Bulletin message for weekend of July 4-5: Instant contact. Instant connection. During a time of frequent changes, you can keep up-to-date on the latest happenings at Catholic Charities on our social media channels. Follow us for important updates on programs and services, as well as information on upcoming events such as food drives and more. We can be found on Facebook, Twitter and now Instagram. Follow us at Facebook.com/ccbuffalo, Twitter.com/ccbuffalo, and Instagram.com/catholiccharitiesbuffalo.

Appeal 2020 and Catholic Charities: Catholic Charities is doing everything possible to continue to serve our neighbors in need at this time. We are operating every service we safely can and especially those most vital at this time such as basic emergency assistance, including our food pantries (all nine are up and running, assisted by CC staff from other departments) and counseling and mental health services. We are here to help! Many of our staff are working remotely and returning office calls daily. For the Appeal, our office at 741 Delaware Ave. is closed to visitors. Parishes (and even individual parishioners) are asked to mail donations to our office, 741 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY 14209, Attn: Appeal Department. We also encourage online donations: www.ccwny.org/donation when possible. Appeal staff are working remotely and returning office calls daily. Please call Clara Moran, 716-713-4410, with questions or concerns. We are grateful for the returns that are being mailed already! For a daily update about Catholic Charities, go to our home page at www.ccwny.org. Thank you!

Virtual Meat Raffle. Is anyone wishing they could “go to” a Meat Raffle? Well, here’s the next best thing: Notre Dame Academy, a Catholic elementary school in South Buffalo, is hosting a virtual meat raffle. The tickets are cheap and easy to buy. AND the winners will have the meat delivered to them!!! Please check it out and share this link: https://rafflecreator.com/pages/31396/nda-pto-virtual-meat-raffle.

*** Publication of new bulletin announcements is currently suspended. We will resume publication at a later date. ***