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April 23, 2018

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 and follow the instructions.

Bulletin Message for weekend of May 12-13: Catholic Charities can be a light at the end of the tunnel. If you have a child ages 12-17 who is displaying chronic behaviors such as noncompliance, verbal and/or physical aggression, truancy, school failure, not following curfew, running away, illegal substance abuse and/or criminal activity in two or more environments (home, school and/or community), consider our Multisystemic Therapy Program in Erie, Niagara, Cattaraugus, and Allegany counties. MST is an intensive, family-focused intervention provided in the natural environment of the youth. Interventions are research-based and the program offers 24/7 availability. For more information on Catholic Charities MST program, call 716-204-0555, ext. 330 or visit In other WNY counties, office-based counseling is always available to families."Love your neighbor." Gal. 5:14. Appeal 2018 is still ongoing. Donate

Listen to the Good News. You can listen to Western New York Catholic Weekly which airs on WXRL-AM (1300), WCJW-AM (1140) and WJTN-AM (1240), and to Catholic Today which airs on WLVL-AM (1340) on your radio and online. Podcasts are available at Radio ministry is funded in part by your generous donations to the Catholic Communication Campaign.

Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School is currently looking for host families for exchange students. This is an opportunity to make a difference in a child's life; supporting them while they take the next steps in their education. Monthly stipends are awarded to host families. If interested, contact 716-826-3610.

People of Praise Christian Community will have their annual Youth Camp & Mission Fundraiser on Saturday, April 28 at Nativity of the BVM Gymnasium, Main St. & Harris Hill Rd., Clarence. Doors open at 5:30pm. $3,500 in total prizes, basket raffle, 50/50, door prize, complimentary appetizers and beverages.

Exhibition on the Life of St. Thérèse of Lisieux from May 4-18 from 9am-5pm daily at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Rd. (off Rt. 18), Lewiston. Fr. Réjean Lessard, Rector of the sponsoring Diocesan Shrine of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Quebec, Canada, will give three presentations on the opening weekend of the exhibit: on Friday, May 4 at 7pm - "The Life of St. Thérèse;" on Saturday, May 5 at 2pm - "The Canonization of SS. Louis and Zelie Martin, the Parents of St. Thérèse;" and on Sunday, May 6 at 3pm - "The Little Way of St. Thérèse of Lisieux." Relics of SS. Louis and Zelie Martin will be displayed the opening weekend. Admission is free; wheelchair accessible. All are welcome. For information, call 716-754-7489.

Healing Mass on Friday, May 4 at 7pm at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 4375 Harris Hill Rd., Williamsville. Let's come together and pray for our family, our community, one another, especially the sick, those in hospitals, those with cancer, the homebound, those going for surgery, those with special intentions, the travelers, etc. This Mass is for anyone seeking "physical, spiritual healing." Everyone is welcomed and will be prayed for. For additional information, contact the rectory office at 716-632-8838.

Healing Mass on Sunday, May 5 at 6:30pm at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Rd. (off Rt. 18), Lewiston. Celebrant - Fr. Rick Poblocki. Mass will be followed by prayers for healing. Music ministry will be provided by David Mombrea. All are welcome. For more information, call 716-754-7489.

Mary's Day. Our Lady of Fatima Shrine will celebrate Mary's Day on Sunday, May 6 at 3pm. The traditional start of the Marian Season at Fatima Shrine, the day will include an outdoor Rosary Procession, crowning of the procession statute, homily and Benediction with the Blessed Sacrament. Homilist is Fr. Réjean Lessard, "The Little Way of St. Thérèse of Lisieux," Rector of the Diocesan Shrine of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Quebec, Canada. Fatima Shrine is located at 1023 Swann Rd. (off Rt. 18), Lewiston. All are welcome. For more information, call 716-754-7489.

Food & Wine Tasting is being held to benefit the Sisters of St. Francis on Tuesday, May 8 from 5-7pm at St. Mary of the Angels, 201 Reist St., Williamsville. Enjoy fine wine, gourmet food, silent & live auctions, a "Wine Pull," and the ever popular "Nun-Sweeter" bake sale. For additional information, contact Cindy Munschauer at 716-632-2155, ext. 687 or email

Celebrating Memorial Day at a Catholic Cemetery is truly a mixture of flags and wreaths and tributes and taps. Join us as we honor those who have served our country in the military at one of our Memorial Day Masses. On Saturday, May 26 at 10am, Masses will be held at the following cemeteries: Mount Olivet in Kenmore, Holy Cross in Lackawanna, Gate of Heaven in Lewiston, and Holy Sepulchre in Cheektowaga. On Monday, May 28 at 10am, Masses will be held at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lockport and St. Adalbert Cemetery in Lancaster. Honoring all those buried in the cemetery is the focus of our Eucharistic celebrations and our voiced intercessions. For more information, please call 716-873-6500.

Encounter Ministry. Starting on June 3 at 6pm, St. Vincent in Springbrook will be launching a new ministry for the sick, suffering and infirmed, to encounter the living God in a safe and nurturing place. This service will be held once a month, so people can come and experience the Love of God and His healing power. For more information, contact Tammy Stanek at 716-799-2519.

Buffalo chapter of Magnificat Ministry to Catholic Women presents a morning of prayer, testimony and praise, calling women to experience the healing power of the Holy Spirit in their lives, on Saturday, June 16 from 9:45am-12:15pm at Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Marangely Gonzales, a well-known local Catholic Charismatic speaker, will share her lively and inspiring message of God's love. Do not be afraid; stand up and live your life as a daughter of the King! Prepaid reservations by June 6. For more information, call Ellie at 716-632-0646 or visit

4 Catholic Voices...and Yours! St. Leo the Great Church presents "Let's Talk About..." What will the Catholic Church look like in twenty years? Four Catholics of distinction will speak about their vision of The Future of the Catholic Church for the first in a series of "Let's Talk About..." sessions, followed by Q&A on Wednesday, June 20 at 7pm. Panelists include Bishop Richard Malone, Sr. Denise Roche, GNSH, Dr. Anthony Pivarunas, and Fr. James Vacco, OFM. Msgr. Robert Zapfel will moderate the panel discussion. Light refreshments to follow. Event is free, with free childcare upon request. For more information, contact Dawn at 716-835-8905, ext. 12, or visit

Journey Into Love. The Office of Family Life Ministries needs married couples willing to give of their time for a 20-minute talk to share their experiences with engaged couples at our Journey Into Love monthly diocesan program. The commitment can be as much or as little time as you are available; even just once a year would be helpful. Contact the Family Life Office at 716-847-2210 or email for more details.

Bereavement Packet. During times of loss, loneliness and grief, we may not feel or recognize God's presence in our lives. Though we can't imagine all of the thoughts and feelings you are experiencing right now, we do understand a bit about grieving and that, above all, it is a process. The Office of Family Life Ministries offers a free bereavement packet of materials designed to provide support, especially during the initial stages of grief. For a bereavement packet, call 716-847-2210 or email

Spiritual Uplift Packet. Feeling down or discouraged? Are you looking for ways to cope while down, or just some help? We want to help you. Contact the Office of Family Life Ministries for a free Spiritual Uplift Packet full of practical easy-to-use resources, prayers, and ideas for help. For more information or a free packet, call 716-847-2210 or email

Have you experienced a loss in your family that your children are having a hard time with? Death and grief are inescapable; and it can be hard to discuss them with a child when you are going through these times too. The Office of Family Life Ministries can send you a packet of unique resources that can help you talk about death with children ages pre-school through teens. Please let us know the ages of the children that you are communicating with when you ask for the packet. Call the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email

God knows being a parent can be a wild ride! Have you ever felt that you need some prayers, resources or Catholic-based answers to what your kids are going through? One of our Parenting Packets is designed just for you! For your free packet, call the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email

Marriage Moment. "Let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth." (1 John 3:18) Saying "I love you" is good. Doing an act of kindness is an even stronger testament of love. Use both "love languages" once today.

Parenting Perspective. Do you really listen to your child? Of course you do. Now be honest. Do you sometimes "listen with your answer running?" Today, just for today, pay attention to a request your child makes and look for the reason behind the request before automatically saying, "No."

USCCB-Word of Life: "If we are filled with the love of God, a culture of encounter and solidarity will begin to bloom." −"Serene Attentiveness to God's Creation"

USCCB-Palabra de Vida: "Si estamos llenos del amor de Dios, comenzará a florecer una cultura de encuentro y solidaridad". −Serena Atención a la Creación de Dios

*** New Bulletin Announcements will be posted on April 30, 2018.***