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December 5, 2016

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.

St. Joseph Cathedral Choir will present a Festival of Lessons & Carols on Monday, December 19 at 7:30pm under the direction of Organist-Choir Director Tim Socha. The Cathedral Choir will be joined by the Royalton Ringers and Diane Dick, solo handbells; the Bel Canto Singers of West Seneca West High School, and the Christ the King Seminary Schola. Featured music will include newly composed music and traditional Christmas music for choirs and congregation. There will be a free will offering. All are welcome. St. Joseph Cathedral is located at 50 Franklin Street, downtown Buffalo (between Church & Swan Sts.). For more information, call 716-854-5855.

Position Available (January 1, 2017): part-time Parish Catechetical Leader / DRE (or CRE) at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Dunkirk. Hours: Sunday mornings; other hours flexible. Position requirements: Diocesan Catechist Certification, Certificate in Pastoral Studies (or equivalent), minimum of 5 years' experience in Religious Education, ability to relate positively to Hispanic families and customs. Interested parties should contact Rev. Dennis Riter at 716-366-1750 ext. 4 or pastor@seasdunkirkny.org and send a current resume.

Position Available: Maintenance person (part-time) for general repair of residential and office building, St. Mary Center, Buffalo. Experience preferred. Resumes may be sent to ssmnprov@verizon.net. For further information, call Sue at 716-884-8221.

St. Leo the Great - Christmas with Harmonia. Be blessed on Sunday, December 11 from 4-5:30pm as the Harmonia Chamber Singers present "O Holy Night: Christmas with Harmonia" at St. Leo the Great Church, 885 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. Free will offering or donations gratefully accepted. CDs will be available. Celebrate the sacredness of the season.

Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, December 11 from 9am-1pm in the Parish Hall of St. Andrew Parish, Crocker & Reiman Sts., Sloan. Buffet style breakfast includes pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns, coffee, tea and juice. There will be pictures with Santa, craft tables and activities for the kids. For more information, call 716-892-0425.

Third Option Program. Do you need to find the joy in your marriage and live a happier, healthier life together? If so, consider attending the Third Option program. This skills-based group helps participants build stronger, more fulfilling marriages. Group meetings are held every third Sunday from 6-8pm at Resurrection Life, 2145 Old Union Road, Cheektowaga. The next meeting date for 2016 is December 11. The 2017 dates are: January 8, January 29, February 19, March 19, April 9, April 30, May 21, June 11, June 25, September 10, October 1, October 22, November 12, December 3 and December 17. For more information, call Paul or Carol at 716-937-9810 or visit http://www.res-life.com/the-third-option.

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.
* December 25: celebrant Bishop Edward Grosz
* January 1: celebrant Rev. Innocent Onwukwe Diala and Deacon Frank Kedzielawa
* January 8: celebrant Rev. Robert ZIlliox
* January 15: celebrant Msgr. Francis Weldgen
* January 22: celebrant Rev. Bart Lipiec and Deacon David Velasquez
* January 29: celebrant Rev. Matthew Zirnheld

Voices of Mercy Christmas Concert on Tuesday, December 27 at 7pm at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Rd. (off Rt. 18E), Lewiston. This annual favorite Christmas concert will be held in the beautifully decorated National Shrine Basilica. Festival lights on every evening 5-9pm through January 6. Free parking and admission; handicap accessible. Gift shop open daily 9am-9pm. For daily cafeteria hours and more information, call 716-754-7489.

A Friendly Call. The Telephone Assurance Program (TAP) serving Erie and Chautauqua Counties, and the Friendly Phones program serving Orleans County, are free volunteer services providing regular telephone calls to homebound elderly and disabled persons to check on their well-being and to give people an opportunity to socialize. Relationships grow and last for years through a regular 5- to 15-minute call. These calls are especially needed during the upcoming holiday season to alleviate some concerns facing those who live alone and to help them maintain their independence. If you know of someone who would like to receive calls through the programs or to volunteer to make calls, call 585-343-0614, ext. 18 for Friendly Phones and 716-218-1400 for TAP. For frequent updates from Catholic Charities of Buffalo, follow us on Twitter @ccbuffalo and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ccbuffalo. For other services available or volunteer opportunities, visit us at http://www.ccwny.org.

Calix is a gathering of individuals who want to improve their spiritual program because they are afflicted or affected by the disease of alcoholism. Calix is for people who are putting together a spiritual program which uses the 12 Step approach. A journey which brings Step 11 into a deeper and fuller meaning. The Buffalo Unit of Calix Society meets the last Sunday of the month at 3pm in the basement meeting room of St. Michael's Church Rectory, 651 Washington Street, Buffalo. For more information, contact Rev. Martin Moleski at 716-888-2383. International website is http://www.calixsociety.org.

Journey Into Love. The Office of Family Life Ministries is looking for married couples to assist with the monthly diocesan marriage preparation program, Journey Into Love. Married couples help by giving a 20 minute talk once or twice a year on essential topics and issues that engaged and newly married couples face. Married couples that support this ministry find it beneficial to their own marriage and their efforts contribute to the strengthening of family life as couples prepare for their marriage. If you are interested in finding out more about this very successful diocesan marriage program, call the Family Life Office at 716-847-2210.

Pro-Life Office: USCCB-Word of Life: "A child is loved because he is one's child: not because he is beautiful, or because he is like this or like that... Not because he thinks as I do, or embodies my dreams. A child is a child: a life generated by us but intended for him, for his good, for the good of the family, of society, of mankind as a whole." -Pope Francis

Oficina de Pro-Vita: USCCB-Palabra de Vida: "Se ama a un hijo porque es hijo, no porque es hermoso o porque es de una o de otra manera... No porque piensa como yo o encarna mis deseos. Un hijo es un hijo: una vida engendrada por nosotros, pero destinada a él, a su bien, al bien de la familia, de la sociedad, de toda la humanidad." -Papa Francisco

Marriage Moment. "Be patient, brothers and sisters... Do not complain about one another." (James 5:7-9) Preparation for Christmas can strain even the best relationship. Be gentle and patient with each other as you do the many tasks to prepare for Christmas.

Parenting Perspective. The purpose of Advent is not to shop but to learn to wait. Teaching your child to delay gratification is an important life skill. Perhaps this W.A.I.T. acronym could help: W - waiting gives us time to make a good decision or buy the right thing. A - anticipation can enhance appreciation. I - instant gratification is often fleeting. T - take stock of your blessings. What do you already have?

*** New Bulletin Announcements will be posted on December 12, 2016.***