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August 6, 2018

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Military Veterans. The WNY Catholic is looking for military veterans to interview for the upcoming Veterans Section in November. If you are a vet or know of a vet and would like to tell their story, contact the WNY Catholic Managing Editor, Patrick McPartland, at

Vigil of the Assumption & Blessing of Mary at St. John Kanty. This year the Assumption is a fitting time for the blessing of Mary as she is returned to our “Mary Garden” on the corner of Brownell & Broadway, Buffalo. All are invited to join us for our Vigil Mass of the Assumption, celebrated by Bishop Richard Malone, on August 14 at 5 pm, followed by the blessing. Coffee and dessert will follow in the Parish Center. As you will recall, the original Mary, a gift of Alumni & Friends in May 2014, was damaged beyond repair this past July. St. John Kanty Parish Community is grateful for contributions and support by the Knights of Columbus, our parishioners and alumni, and the general public to allow us to go forward with Mary’s return to our garden.

Venerate the National Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, pray the Rosary, and hear the Message of Fatima. Join us on the feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Wednesday, August 22 as St. Leo the Great, 885 Sweet Home Rd., Amherst welcomes the national traveling Fatima statue for the day. We will begin with morning Mass at 8 am in the chapel, and the statue will be venerated all day in the main church. At 6:30 pm there will be recitation of the Holy Rosary and a talk on the Message of Our Lady of Fatima by the statue’s custodian, Bill Sockey. This is free and open to the public. For more information, visit and

Attention all Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni and Supporters of SUNY Buffalo State. On Sunday, September 9 at 10 am 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 Marcia Sypniewski, Office of Business Services, with the Annual Newman Award for her support of our mission of Catholic Campus Ministry. A brunch will follow immediately after the service. All are welcome! To reserve a space or for additional information, contact the Newman Center at or call 716-882-1080.

Queen of Heaven: Mary’s Battle for You! An 8-part study on Mary, Queen of Heaven, begins September 10 at St. Gregory the Great, 200 St. Gregory Ct., Williamsville. All are welcome to take a journey into a deeper encounter and understanding of our Blessed Mother on Monday nights, September 10-November 5 from 7-8:30 pm in the Gathering Room. While Catholics know of her and honor her, the Queen of Heaven study will introduce you to her in a fuller and more intimate way. For more information, contact Dawn Iacono at

Have you ever installed a Heaven Door in your home? Here’s a home improvement project for the soul. Jesus is knocking; he’s dying, or rather has died, to enter your home. He invites himself saying, “If you open, I will enter and have supper with you.” (Rv. 3:20) Discover, with Fr. Czeslaw Krysa, Diocesan Director of Worship, how believing families have encountered the living God at home, not just in church. Meeting God Encounters Wednesdays, September 12-November 14 at 6:30 pm at St. Casimir Social Hall, 1833 Clinton St., Buffalo. For more information and to register, call 716-847-5545.

Annual Men’s Retreat, sponsored by the Holy Name Societies of the Buffalo and St. Catharines Dioceses, will be held at Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, September 14-16. The theme is: “The Ministry of Jesus: It’s Heaven and Earth, Life and Death.” We are limited to 60 men. For reservations or more information, call the Holy Name Office at 716-847-2201 or Fr. Paul Sabo at 716-604-4948.

Reconciling Doctrine, Theology, Spirituality & Pastorality: Vatican II and Pope Francis, presented by Fr. John O’Malley, SJ on Friday, September 28 at 7 pm at Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora. No registration necessary; free-will offering welcome. The lecture is part of the “Father Thomas Dailey Lecture Series.”

If you know a couple that is celebrating their 50th, 60th, or 70th Wedding Anniversary for the year 2018, a special Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, October 14 at 10:30 am by Bishop Richard Malone at St. Joseph Cathedral located in downtown Buffalo. Contact your parish rectory as soon as possible if you wish to attend.

“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 struggling. Catholic Charities of Buffalo offers several basic and emergency services, such as food, housing, medications, and clothing. Your donation today can help us continue to give food to the hungry, clothes to the naked, and shelter to the homeless. For more information about Catholic Charities of Buffalo and our other services and programs, visit or call 716-218-1400. Join us on Facebook, Instagam, and Twitter.

If you are doing some summer cleaning and sorting through children’s clothing for the upcoming school year, keep Ladies of Charity in mind. The volunteer organization (featured last spring on an Al Roker segment of the Today Show) is affiliated with Catholic Charities and accepts donations of new or gently used clothing, footwear, purses and bags, and household items like small kitchen appliances, curtains and drapes, dishes, utensils, and bed linens. Donations are used for the Ladies’ Lots of Clothes Thrift Store and for the Fresh Start program, which provide basic household goods for those who have experienced home displacement. Donations can be dropped off from 10 am-2:30 pm weekdays at 1122 Broadway, Buffalo, or from 10 am-1:30 pm on the first Saturdays of the month (excluding holiday weekends). For more information, call 716-895-4001.

God knows being a parent can be a Wild Ride! Have you ever felt that you need some practical tools, resources, prayers, and ways to connect on a deeper level with your child or to help share your faith with your child? One of our free parenting packets is designed just for you. For your packet, call the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email Let us know the ages of your children so that we can include age-appropriate information for you.

Marriage Moment. “God created man in the image of himself, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27) Pronouns can be confusing and so can the differences between males and females. How does your spouse fit gender stereotypes? How not? More importantly, how does he/she reflect something of the Divine to you?

Parenting Perspective. “All the things that have happened to me have been important in making me who I am. To wish that certain things didn’t happen is to wish that I am not myself.” (Author unknown) Help your child unravel the mystery of how mistakes and problems teach life lessons to be used for future success.

*** New Bulletin Announcements will be posted on August 20, 2018.***