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December 9, 2019

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Bilingual Mass. SS. Columba-Brigid Parish, 75 Hickory St., Buffalo is inviting you to join us for a special Bilingual Mass on Thursday, December 12 at 6:30 pm for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. We ask each person attending to bring a rose to present to Our Blessed Mother in her honor. Our youth will perform a short skit about Our Lady of Guadalupe. Following Mass, we will have a simple social in our church hall.

St. Louis Choir to perform at Blessed Sacrament Church. The Choir of St. Louis, under the direction of organist/choirmaster Frank Scinta, will present An Advent Evening Choral Concert on Thursday, December 12 at 7:30 pm in Blessed Sacrament Church, 1025 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. Featured will be Advent and Christmas works of Bach, Forrest, Ord, Poston, Willcocks, Wood, and others. Admission is free.

The Alden Ecumenical Choir will perform its Christmas concert entitled “Christmas Around the World” on Saturday, December 14 at 7 pm at Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster. For further information, call 716-685-5766.

Lessons & Carols on Sunday, December 15 at 4 pm at St. John Kanty, 1473 Broadway (near Bailey), Buffalo. This is a celebration of Christmas, with readings and traditional carols, both English and Polish. This is based on an old English tradition, with modifications for East-side Buffalo. Come and get into the true Christmas Spirit. Ample off-street parking available.

Festival of Lessons & Carols, presented by the St. Joseph Cathedral Choir, on Monday, December 16 at 7:30 pm, under the direction of organist-choir director Tim Socha. They will be joined by choristers from West Seneca West, under the direction of Keith Ersing, and the Royalton Ringers, a handbell quartet. Also performing are Diane Dick, solo handbells and Paul Schlossman, oboe. Music will include traditional and newly composed music for Advent and Christmas. St. Joseph Cathedral is located at 50 Franklin St., Buffalo. For more information, call 716-854-5855. There will be a free-will offering.

“Advent and Creation: Who is God? Who are We?,presented by Msgr. Frederick Leising, on Monday, December 16 at 7 pm at Our Lady of Pompeii Parish (Ministry Center), 129 Laverack Ave., Lancaster. Msgr. Leising’s presentation will help prepare you to invite Christ to dwell in your heart and be truly ready for the birth of Christ!

“Embracing the Word: Praying Lectio Divina” on Wednesday, December 18 at 6:30 pm at Christ the King Seminary, St. John Vianney main chapel, 711 Knox Rd., East Aurora. Lectio Divina is rooted in the Latin, meaning “Divine Reading.” This spiritual experience involves a contemplation on Sacred Scripture that, in a unique way, enables the Word of God to become a vehicle of union with the Lord. Come join us and pray Lectio Divina and enter into this ancient practice of the Church that will help us to listen deeply to the Spirit and to hear with the “ears of our heart.” Further details will be sent to those who contact Fr. John Adams at or 716-655-6406.

The Wonder of Christmas: A Musical-Poetic Journey, presented by Cory James Gallagher & Concerts for the Soul, on Friday, December 20 at 7 pm at St. Michael Church, 651 Washington St., Buffalo and on Saturday, December 21 at 7 pm at St. Mary of the Lake Church, 4737 Lake Shore Rd., Hamburg. Join Tenor Vocalist Cory James Gallagher and Writer-Poet Amy Gallagher as they take you on a musical-poetic journey through the wonder and nostalgia of this sacred season. All concerts by donation. To dedicate a song and have your loved one included in our “Christmas Angels” segment, contact Cory at or 716-868-2047.

Concert of Organ and Choral Sacred Music on January 4 at 1 pm at Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster. Dedication of Trumpet ranks donated by the late Rt. Rev. Thaddeus Peplowski. For further information, call 716-685-5766.

Project HOPE. Do you have an older adult loved one who has been diagnosed with a mental illness and is now at risk for out-of-home placement? Consider Project HOPE (Helping Older People Excel) in Erie County. The program provides services to keep an older adult with a mental health diagnosis independent in their home environment through linkage, referral, advocacy and intervention with formal and informal supports. Care coordinators and nurses provide an in-depth assessment before creating an individualized action plan to empower older adults and help them thrive in the environment they deem most comfortable. To connect with the program, call 716-362-2388. For more information on Catholic Charities and other services and programs we provide, visit Join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Give the gift of food. Catholic Charities runs seven food pantries in Erie County and a pantry in both Franklinville in Cattaraugus County and Wellsville in Allegany County. Your donation of non-perishable food items can help feed hungry individuals in your community. To find your nearest pantry, visit For more information about our pantries and making a donation, call 716-218-1400, ext. 2005. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

USCCB-Word of Life: “Those who die in God's grace and friendship live forever with Christ. Heaven is not an abstract idea, but a true and lasting relationship with God that is beyond all earthly description and understanding. We look forward to the resurrection of the dead and everlasting life by preparing now, in hope, for our passage from this life into eternal life.”   USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities - “Catholic Considerations for Our Earthly Passing”

USCCB-Palabra de Vida: “Los que mueren en la gracia y amistad de Dios viven para siempre con Cristo. El cielo no es una idea abstracta, sino una relación verdadera y duradera con Dios que está más allá de toda descripción y entendimiento terrenal. Esperamos la resurrección de los muertos y la vida eternal preparándonos ahora, en la esperanza, para nuestro paso de esta vida a la vida eterna”. Secretariado de Actividades Pro-Vida de la USCCB - “Consideraciones católicas para nuestra partida a la otra vida”

*** Next newsletter will be issued December 16, 2019. ***