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November 27, 2017

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St. Nicholas Day Celebration. The Faith Formation of St. Mary of the Lake, 4737 Lake Shore Rd., Hamburg is celebrating St. Nicholas on Saturday, December 2 from 5:30-8:30pm. Join us for a potluck meal, crafts, carols, games, cookie decorating, storytelling, and more. Events will be in the school cafeteria and classrooms; only cafeteria is handicapped accessible.

Timon Chorus to perform at M&T Bank, One Fountain Plaza, downtown Buffalo on Wednesday, December 6 beginning at 12noon. Each year the chorus, under the direction of Joe Head '69 and Chuck Basil '83 are invited to participate in the concert series which features the Timon chorus singing just a few of the Christmas classics. Also, on Monday, December 11 at 7pm at Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School, 601 McKinley Pkwy., Buffalo, all are invited to attend the Christmas concert featuring both vocal and instrumental selections. For more information, call Timon's main office at 716-826-3610.

Eucharistic Adoration & Holy Hour for Peace on Thursday, December 7 from 6-7pm at St. Andrew Church, 1525 Sheridan Dr., Kenmore. All invited to come (for any length of time) and experience the restorative and transformative power of prayer while in the presence of our Lord, Jesus Christ! Deacon Mike Ficorilli presiding.

Christmas by Candlelight. Harmonia Chamber Singers, Artistic Director-Robert Pacillo, continues its tradition of a cappella Advent and Christmas music, performed in the beauty of candlelight, featuring music from the Renaissance through the present. You will hear works of Bach, Poulenc, Rutter, Lauridsen, Mealor, Stopford, Gibbs, & Rockapella. Join us as we celebrate the magic of the season: Saturday, December 9 at 7:30pm at St. Bernadette Church, 5930 S. Abbott Rd., Orchard Park; Saturday, December 16 at 7pm at St. Peter Church, 620 Center St., Lewiston; and Sunday, December 17 at 4pm at St. Joseph University Church, 3269 Main St., Buffalo. Nominal donation.

"Our Daily Bread." On Saturday, December 9 at 6:30am on WKBW-TV Ch. 7, "Our Daily Bread" host, Fr. Paul Seil, will be talking about the season of Advent with Fr. Jack Ledwon, Pastor of St. Joseph University Parish. Together they will make Root of Jesse Stew, quinoa salad, and green salad with blueberries and blueberry dressing.

Poustinia Experience. Looking for something different during Advent? Consider this invitation to young adults 18-26 for a special experience to be alone with God for a day of silence, solitude, nature, fasting, and Scripture. This is called a Poustinia experience and is offered by an experienced retreat team. The upcoming date is Saturday, December 9 at 9am to Sunday, December 10 at 12noon at Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Rd., East Aurora. For further information, contact Kathy White at 716-605-0558 or email PoustiniaNY@gmail.com.

Family Christmas Movie Night. On Saturday, December 9, the St. Jude Society of Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School will be hosting a Family Christmas Movie Night to benefit St. Jude Children's Hospital in their fight against childhood diseases. The holiday favorite, "A Christmas Story," will be shown in the school's auditorium, 601 McKinley Pkwy., Buffalo. Pizza, popcorn, candy, and soft drinks will be available. A 50/50 raffle, as well as appearances by Santa and his elf, will make this a fun night out for the whole family! Doors open at 6pm with the movie beginning at 7pm. Nominal cost. Join us for a memorable event while helping out a great cause. For additional information, contact the school at 716-826-3610.

"Building a Basilica," the National Award winning hour documentary about how Fr. Nelson Baker envisioned and Architect Emile Ulrich designed Our Lady of Victory Basilica & National Shrine, will air on Sunday, December 10 at 1pm on WKBW-TV Ch. 7.

Minister of Holy Communion Training will be held on Wednesday, December 13 from 6-9pm at St. Mary of Lourdes in Bemus Point. Applications can be found on the diocesan website or from your parish office; applicants need to be approved by their pastor. Applicants must bring a Bible with them. Any questions, contact the Office of Worship at 716-847-2210.

Service of Lessons and Carols. Blessed Trinity Church welcomes The Saint John Paul II Schola Cantorum, under the direction of Steve Quebral, for a Service of Lessons and Carols at 3pm on Sunday, December 17. This service of Scripture and song celebrates the birth of Jesus by telling the story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus in a series of short Bible readings interspersed with a cappella choral music and congregational singing. Located at 317 Leroy Ave., Buffalo, the landmark church is wheelchair accessible with secured off-street parking. Information at http://www.blessedtrinitybuffalo.org or 716-833-0301.

Struggling to make ends meet and still put food on the table? We can help. Catholic Charities is the provider of the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) federal nutrition program in Erie, Niagara, and Chautauqua counties. WIC provides nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding support, prenatal and postpartum support, referrals and supplemental food vouchers for all kinds of families with children under 5 years old. Services are free of charge. For more information, call 716-218-1484 or visit http://www.ccwny.org/wic. For more information on Catholic Charities and other services and programs we provide, visit http://www.ccwny.org. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

If you are a victim of domestic violence and are in need of access to safety planning, spiritual care, legal assistance, limited medical assistance, counseling, law enforcement, Erie County's "Where Families Come First" program is for you! All services are free. All conversations strictly private. For more information, call 716-558-7233 or visit http://www.fjcsafe.org.

Advent is approaching quickly! Are you looking for ways to enhance your family's Advent journey? The Office of Family Life Ministries is offering newly revised free packets of prayers, activities, and ideas to help engage your family in fun, spiritual ways. We now have a packet for children ages 3-8 and one for children ages 9-14 to try to reach families at all levels. Contact the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or by email familylife@buffalodiocese.org to order one today.

Marriage Preparation. 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 familylife@buffalodiocese.org for more details.

St. Paul reminds us in his letter to the Romans of many comforting words. During times of loss, loneliness and grief, we may not feel or recognize God's presence in our lives. Though we can't imagine many of the thoughts and feelings you are experiencing right now, we do understand 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 familylife@buffalodiocese.org.

USCCB-Word of Life: "When we encounter Christ, experience his love, and deepen our relationship with him, we become more aware of our own worth and that of others." ?USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, "How to Build a Culture of Life"

USCCB-Palabra de Vida: "Al encontrarnos con Cristo, sentimos su amor y profundizamos nuestra relación con él, somos más conscientes de nuestra propia valía y la de los demás." ?Secretariado de Actividades Pro-Vida de la USCCB, "Edificar una cultura de vida"

Marriage Moment. "Be watchful! Be alert!" (Mark 13:33) Advent has begun. Each day try to notice one act of helpfulness or kindness that your beloved does. Don't take each other for granted.

Parenting Perspective. Advent begins December 3. Although too often considered as the Christmas shopping season, our church reminds us that it is a time to "Be watchful! Be alert!" (Mark 13:33) During this Advent, each day watch your child and note one kind, joyful, or positive act.

*** New Bulletin Announcements will be posted on December 4, 2017.***

November 20, 2017

Annual Barn Mass. On Friday, December 1 at 7pm, St. Mary of the Lake Parish will hold their Annual Barn Mass at Draudt's Farm, 4779 Clark Street, Hamburg. Celebrate the liturgy outdoors as we start the 2017 holiday season. Dress warm, bring a chair and your favorite blanket for comfort! Hot chocolate and cookies will be served after Mass. For more information, call the parish office at 716-627-3123.

Healing Mass on Friday, December 1 at 7pm at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, 4375 Harris Hill Rd., Williamsville with Fr. Daniel Ogbeifun, Celebrant. Let us come together and pray for our family, for our community, for 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 welcome and will be prayed for. Please invite your family members, friends, relative, co-workers, etc. For additional information, contact the rectory office at 716-632-8838.

Blessed Trinity's 2017 Christmas Concert is Sunday, December 3 at 3pm when the Freudig Singers of WNY present A Christmas Pie at the landmark church. Their choristers' annual performance offers edible as well as audible treats for the holiday, including the North American premier of Chris Artley's Love Came Down at Christmas, Leroy Anderson's Sleigh Ride, a "Grinch" medley, and much more. There will also be chances to win specialty pies and a post-concert pie reception. Located at 317 Leroy Avenue, Buffalo, the church is wheelchair accessible with secured off-street parking. Information at http://www.blessedtrinitybuffalo.org or 716-833-0301.

Welcome - it's the way Catholic Charities Marriage Counseling Center wants clients to feel from the moment they arrive. The center offers a northtowns site in Amherst and a southtowns site in Hamburg, specializing in relationship counseling and providing a welcoming and comfortable environment for couples who are working on difficult problems. To schedule an appointment, call 716-839-4406 Monday through Friday between 8:45am-4:45pm. For more information on Catholic Charities and other services and programs we provide, visit http://www.ccwny.org. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Are you feeling overwhelmed by Christmas coming so soon this year, disconnected from the season, or just have a case of the holiday blues? Are you looking for a healthy way to work through this and connect with God on a deeper level, or just something to help you take a break from your daily routine? Contact the Office of Family Life Ministries for a free Uplift At Advent packet, full of practical and easy to use reassurances, articles, and prayers to provide you with materials for a break from your routine. For more information or a free packet, contact us at 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.org.

How can you focus on celebrating when you've gone through so much loss lately? When we are in the midst of grief, the last thing we want to think about is the approaching holidays. The Office of Family Life Ministries would like to help support you during the holiday season! We now have a packet of prayers, articles, thoughts, and ideas to try to help you through your first holidays after losing a loved one. Contact the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.org to order one today.

Facing divorce? You are not alone. We want to help you through this painful and often confusing time. For a divorce packet for those separated or divorced, filled with information and resources, contact the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.org. We also have a packet that focuses on positive ways to co-parent during and after separation and divorce to help you with children who are profoundly affected by these events deal with the changes in their lives.

Journey Into Love. Has your marriage taught you many things? Would you be willing to pass this knowledge on? The Office of Family Life Ministries is looking for married couples to help run the diocesan marriage prep program, Journey Into Love. Couples help by giving a 20-minute talk on topics and issues that engaged and newly married couples face. If you are interested in helping with this program, call the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210.

"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.

Marriage Moment. Ways to Turn Your Beloved Off #5 - Let bargain hunting rob you of time - time to serve those who don't have the money even for a bargain. Let Matthew 25 ring in your ears: "I was hungry, thirsty, a stranger, naked, ill, in prison..." Spend some time and money responding to this sales pitch from Christ the King as Christmas approaches.

Parenting Perspective. Thanksgiving is soon over. Let the shopping begin! Or must it? The Friday after Thanksgiving is often called Black Friday - the day stores start to make a profit. Buying gifts isn't inherently bad, but giving an experience is often more memorable. Why not stay home and play a game as a family instead?

USCCB-Word of Life: "By focusing on the most vulnerable members of society, we strengthen the entire fabric of society to protect the rights of all." -Archbishop William E. Lori

USCCB-Palabra de Vida: "Al enfocarnos en los miembros más vulnerables de la sociedad, fortalecemos toda la trama de la sociedad para proteger los derechos de todos". -Arzobispo William E. Lori

*** New Bulletin Announcements will be posted on December 4, 2017.***