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January 9, 2017

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 https://www.buffalodiocese.org/email-newsletter and follow the instructions.

Position Available: Director of Music (part-time). Blessed Trinity Parish in Buffalo is seeking a part-time Director of Music to serve as organist/pianist and choir director; involves one Sunday Mass and one choir (adult) rehearsal each week. Visit http://www.blessedtrinitybuffalo.org and use the link on the home page to view requirements and procedure for applying.

Corpus Christi Church invites the community to share Oplatek, enjoy a homemade Polish dinner and the singing of Koledy on Sunday, January 15 beginning with the 11am Mass. Special guests, the Ludowa Nuta Carolers from Hamilton, Ontario, will sing during the Mass and during dinner. A homemade Polish holiday-time dinner is included in the admission price. Children under 12 are free. To RSVP, call 716-510-7562 or 716-892-5975. Corpus Christ is located at 199 Clark Street, Buffalo.

[re:] at St. Benedict Church. All young adults (ages 18-40) are invited to join us at St. Benedict Church, corner of Main St. & Eggert Rd., Amherst on Thursday, January 19 for an evening of praise, worship, witness talks, and inspirational music. Doors open at 6:30pm, praise and witness talk start at 7pm. Visit http://www.saintbenedicts.com for more information. [re]new and st[re]ngthen your faith!

Roe v. Wade Observance Mass (44th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court Abortion Decision) will take place on Saturday, January 21 at 4:30pm at St. Christopher Parish, 2660 Niagara Falls Blvd., Tonawanda. Main Celebrant: Bishop Richard Malone. During the Mass, the diocesan Office of Pro-Life Activities will present the annual Pro-Vita Awards. This year's recipients include Maria Suchyna, Canisius High School Pro-Life, Cheryl Zielen-Ersing, Father Jeffrey Nowak, Dr. Gloria Roetzer. Catholics are encouraged to participate in a solemn observance of the Roe v. Wade anniversary by placing a candle (electric, battery-operated or wax) in the front window of their homes at sundown on the evening of January 22 as a reminder of 50 million unborn babies who have been aborted since the 1972 Supreme Court decision.

Eucharistic Adoration and Holy Hour for Life at St. Andrew's Church, 1525 Sheridan Drive, Kenmore on Thursday, January 26 from 6-7pm (this is the eve before the March for Life in Washington, DC). We begin with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, prayer, silence and Benediction. Afterwards, the Patriotic Rosary will be prayed for our nation by anyone wishing to stay. Know that you are welcome to attend for any amount of time.

Benefit Concert. The Cardinal O'Hara High School Alumni Association will host its annual benefit concert on January 27 to raise funds to complete renovations to the school's Performing Arts Center, 39 O'Hara Road, Tonawanda. The BBC Band will perform at 8pm and doors will open at 6:30pm. Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.cardinalohara.com or call the school at 716-695-2600, ext. 311.

Winter Open House at St. Benedict School, Main St. & Eggert Rd., Amherst on Sunday, January 29 from 11am-1pm. This is a great opportunity to tour the classrooms, meet the teachers, and get to know other school families. St. Benedict School serves students ages PreK-3 through 8th grade and was ranked the top private elementary school in WNY in 2016. For more information, visit http://www.StBenSchool.org or call 716-835-2518.

Open House at St. John the Baptist School, Kenmore on Sunday, January 29 from 1-3pm. Tour our campus (1085 Englewood Avenue, Kenmore) to learn about our programs from Pre-K for 3 & 4 year olds through Grade 8. Our on-site after-school care program allows you to meet all your family's needs. Visit us at http://www.stjohnskenmore.com to arrange for a private tour or shadow day. Discover what sets St. John's apart!

Taste of St. Ben's. St. Benedict School, Main St. & Eggert Rd., Amherst will host the Taste of St. Ben's on Friday, February 3 at our school. We invite you to join us for sampling dishes from over 20 local restaurants and live music. This event will directly benefit the students at St. Ben's by funding scholarships and educational programs. Food and drink tasting will be from 6-8pm, with entertainment continuing through 10pm. Each guest will receive a punch card so they can sample once from each establishment. For tickets, visit http://www.StBenSchool.org or call 716-835-2518.

Blessed Trinity's 2016-17 Concert Series continues at 3pm on Sunday, February 12. The Buffalo Brass Choir presents "A Requiem in Our Time," featuring the title piece by Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaar, as well as Pablo Casals' "O Vos Omnes," Bach's "Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring," and works by three living American composers: John Cheetham, Anthony Plog and Brian Balmage. Located at 317 Leroy Avenue in Buffalo, Blessed Trinity is wheelchair accessible with secured off-street parking. Information at http://www.blessedtrinitybuffalo.org or 716-833-0301.

Praying with Religious Art presented by Deacon Greg Feary on Monday, February 13 from 7-8pm at Our Lady of Pompeii Church, 158 Laverack Avenue, Lancaster. Explore the deep meaning and beauty of religious art and icons in this multimedia adventure! Be inspired to See, to Understand, and to Pray! What a great way to prepare our hearts and eyes for Lent. All are welcome. Refreshments follow.

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.
* February 5: celebrant Rev. Ronald Sajdak and Deacon Mark Hooper
* February 12: celebrant Rev. Michael Burzynski and Deacon Miguel Santos
* February 19: celebrant Rev. Robert Wozniak
* February 26: celebrant Rev. David Munoz and Deacon Ted Pijacki
* March 5: celebrant Rev. Charles Slisz

Divine Mercy Parish Mission in Our Lady of Peace Parish, 274 Broad Street, Salamanca from March 2-5. Schedule of events - Thursday, March 2: 6pm - Divine Mercy Presentation and Chaplet. Friday, March 3: 12pm - Mass and Eucharistic Adoration; 3pm - Stations of the Cross; 6pm - Divine Mercy Presentation and Chaplet. Saturday, March 4: 10am - Divine Mercy Presentation; 3pm - Divine Mercy Chaplet and Holy Hour; 4:30 pm - Mass. Sunday, March 5: 8:30am and 11am - Mass. For more information, call 716-945-4966 or visit http://www.thedivinemercy.org/events.

Diocesan Youth Convention. This winter the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministry will hold the 65th Annual Diocesan Youth Convention, "Positively Dangerous," at the Adam's Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo. This inspiring weekend, March 3-5, will bring together over 800 high school aged youth and their adult leaders for 3 days of prayer, faith, evangelization and community service. Registration is now open, so won't you consider joining us? Get information on our website, http://www.dobyouth.org or contact Mike Slish, Program Coordinator, at 716-847-8789 or mslish@buffalodiocese.org.

Catholic Charities. The New Year is upon us. If you are still looking for a resolution for 2017, consider having a goal of giving back to your community and volunteering with Catholic Charities of Buffalo. As the most comprehensive human service provider serving Western New York, Catholic Charities has a wide array of volunteer opportunities. Your talents can be put to good use helping others! To browse volunteer opportunities, visit http://www.ccwny.org/volunteer-with-catholic-charities. For more information on volunteer positions, email Lauren Maguire at lauren.maguire@ccwny.org or call 716-218-1400, ext. 2006. For frequent updates from Catholic Charities of Buffalo, follow us on Twitter @ccbuffalo and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ccbuffalo. To browse our volunteer opportunities or services available, visit http://www.ccwny.org.

Consignment Shop. St. Andrew Church in Sloan is pleased to announce the opening of their Consignment Shop located on the first floor of their school building located at 111 Crocker Street. They sell quality used clothing, accessories, housewares, toys, general merchandise, collector's items and much more! New items are displayed daily. The hours of operation are Tuesday 12:30-6:30pm, Thursday 11am-4pm and Saturday 12:30-6:30pm. For more information, call 716-892-0425 between 9am-4pm.

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. Contact Dan & Irma at 716-652-1203, email hearttoheartworkshops@yahoo.com or visit http://www.hearttoheartworkshops.com for more information.

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.

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 pdnyhart1@yahoo.com.

USCCB-Word of Life: "[God] comes to assist us in our weakness. And his help consists in helping us accept his presence and closeness to us. Day after day, touched by his compassion, we also can become compassionate towards others." -Pope Francis, Misericordiae vultus, http://www.goo.gl/uwk5e4.

USCCB-Palabra de Vida: "[Dios] viene a salvarnos de la condición de debilidad en la que vivimos. Y su auxilio consiste en permitirnos captar su presencia y cercanía. Día tras día, tocados por su compasión, también nosotros llegaremos a ser compasivos con todos." - Papa Francisco, Misericordiae vultus, http://www.goo.gl/6QVaVC.

Marriage Moment. Traditionally people make resolutions to improve themselves at the beginning of the year. In marriage, since you are united in love, what improves one spouse also improves the other. What marriage building practice do you want to start or continue during 2017?

Parenting Perspective. Consider starting a new family prayer tradition this year. Try this ancient prayer: "May God bless you and keep you! May God's face shine upon you and be gracious to you! May God look upon you kindly and give you peace!"

*** New Bulletin Announcements will be posted on January 23, 2017.***