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October 15, 2018

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STARCC Raving Mad Haunted House will be open every weekend in October (ending October 28) at St. Andrew Parish, Crocker & Gierlach Sts., Sloan; Friday and Saturday from 6-10 pm and Sunday from 4-8 pm. Bring a non-perishable food item and receive $1 off admission. For more information, call 716-892-0425.

Rosary Devotions and Benediction at Assumption Church, 435 Amherst St., Buffalo on October 17 and 24 at 6:30 pm. On Wednesday, October 24, Quiet Waters Productions will present a musical presentation of “The Luminous Mysteries.”

Meat Raffle on Saturday, October 20 at Our Lady of Pompeii Parish, 129 Laverack Ave., Lancaster. Doors open at 5 pm; meat raffles start at 7 pm. Reservations accepted for six or more. Admission price includes pizza or roast beef sandwich, and snacks. Grand prize, basket auction, 50/50 raffle, and door prizes will all be part of the evening. For tickets and information, call the office at 716-683-6522.

St. Maximilian Kolbe Annual Harvest Dinner on Sunday, October 21 from 12-2 pm at the East Pembroke Social Hall, 8656 Church Street, East Pembroke. Dinner, served family style, includes roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, squash, beets, coleslaw, sweet breads, homemade desserts, and more! Also, stop at our country store for crafts, baked goods, produce, and more.

Night on Forgiveness. Fourteen Holy Helpers Parish invites you to learn about putting forgiveness into practice at our Night on Forgiveness on Monday, October 22 at 7 pm in the parish hall, 1345 Indian Church Rd., West Seneca. The program will consist of prayer, a witness talk, and breakout sessions. The breakout sessions will cover how to forgive someone who hurt you, forgive the Church, forgive God, forgive yourself, ask for forgiveness, and heal your past. You will be able to attend 2 sessions during the program. Registration starts at 6:15 pm; program starts at 7 pm. Pre-register by calling the rectory at 716-674-2374. This is a free event; all are welcome to attend.

Organ Recital by Andrew Cantrill-Fenwick on Monday, October 22 at 7:30 pm at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo. Cantrill-Fenwick is one of Great Britain’s most experienced and versatile church musicians. His career has taken him to 3 continents working in schools, churches, and cathedrals and he has appeared in some of the world’s most prestigious venues as conductor and organist. His repertoire will include works by English composers Frank Bridge, William Byrd, Herbert Howells, and Edward Elgar, along with French composers Jehan Alain, Louis Lefebure-Wely, Clement Loret, and Alexandre Guilmant. There will be a discretionary donation. The recital is sponsored by the Greater Buffalo Friends of Music.

Eucharistic Adoration & Holy Hour for Life on Thursday, October 25 from 6-7 pm at St. Andrew Church, 1525 Sheridan Dr., Kenmore. All invited (for any length of time) to adore our Lord, Jesus Christ! After Holy Hour, we will pray the rosary for our nation. Deacon Mike Ficorilli, presiding.

All Souls Day Masses will be celebrated at the Catholic Diocese Cemeteries on Saturday, October 27 at 10 am. Please join us as we remember our faithful departed at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Kenmore, Holy Cross Cemetery in Lackawanna, or Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Cheektowaga. For more information, call 716-873-6500.

Buffalo Choral Arts Society presents “The Spirit of Freedom,” a choral celebration of Patriotism and Americana performed in honor of the service and sacrifice of our veterans and military on Sunday, October 28 at 3 pm at St. Joseph University Church, 3269 Main St., Buffalo. Admission free for veterans and active duty military with proper ID. Call 716-775-SONG (7664) or purchase tickets online at For group tickets, call Linda Lang at 716-983-5391 or Margo Fronczek at 716-698-3134.

Sunday Funday on Sunday, October 28 at St. Andrew Church, Crocker & Gierlach Sts., Sloan. Polka Mass with music by Special Delivery at 11 am, Polish Platter Dinner from 12-1 pm (pre-sale only), and a Meat & More Raffle beginning at 12:30 pm, with the first draw at 1:30 pm. Winners will be awarded gift cards valued from $25-$100 to Tops, Wegmans, or Sloan Supermarket, and a grand finale of 80 meats and much more! Specials include over 100 theme baskets, all day 50/50, Thanksgiving Day Feast raffle, cash & lottery raffle, and $2,018 cash drawing. For tickets and more information, call 716-892-0425.

Theology of the Body, presented by Deacon Michael Ficorilli, on October 29 from 7-8:30 pm at St. Stephen Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Every person is a child of God and because of this has a profound dignity and purpose. Some say, “It’s my body. I can do whatever I want with it.” But how does this square with “Do you know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.” (1 Cor. 6:19) Theology of the Body invites you to discover your dignified personhood through God’s eyes. “For God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” (1 Cor. 6:20). All are welcome – high school students, parents, parishioners, confirmation students, sponsors. For more information, call the Religious Education office at 716-773-2002, option 3.

“Pelvic Health – What All Women Need to Know” on Tuesday, October 30 from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Presented by Catholic Health women’s health specialist, Praba Jeyalingam, MD and physical therapist, Racquel Kurzweg, DPT. Learn more about the latest surgical and non-surgical treatment options for various pelvic and uterine conditions. Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information, call 716-447-6205 or visit

Healing Mass on Friday, November 2 at 7 pm at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 4375 Harris Hill Rd., Williamsville. Celebrant – Fr. Daniel Ogbeifun. 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. For additional information, call the rectory office at 716-632-8838.

Ten Commandments Hike, open to all interested Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts & American Heritage Girls on Saturday, November 3. Registration begins at 8:30 am at First United Methodist Church, 65 Main St., North Tonawanda. Register by October 31 at Any questions, contact Gerald Hodgson at 716-694-8364 or

Navy Sabbath Day Mass. Scouts and Scouters are invited to attend the Navy Sabbath Day Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo on Sunday, November 4 at 10:30 am. Please come in uniform.

Anointing of the Sick Healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine will be held on Monday, November 5 at 7 pm at St. Stephen Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Fr. David Bellittiere and the Friends of St. Peregrine cordially invite those afflicted with cancer or need special healing, who wish to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, to attend this healing Mass. For further information, call 716-283-0011 or

Driver Education Classes. Places are still available for the fall/winter Driver Education Program sponsored by Cardinal O’Hara High School offered from November 5 to January 3. Participants may choose classes on Monday & Wednesday or Tuesday & Thursday. Students must be 16 years old by November 5. A student’s permit or license is due prior to the start of class. Drivers who complete the course with a passing grade of 65 or above will receive a DMV Certificate of Completion and will be eligible for insurance reduction certificate. For more information or to receive a registration form, email or go to the O’Hara website at

St. Francis Park announces free Community Events for Seniors. St. Francis Park, the southtown’s most unique independent living option for seniors located at 5229 South Park Ave., Hamburg, is hosting the following community events in November: · “Estate Planning” on Monday, November 5 from 1-2:30 pm. · “Tea in the Park” on Wednesday, November 14 from 2-3:30 pm. · “Living Life to the Fullest: Adaptive Equipment and Home Safety Tips” on Monday, November 26 from 1-2:30 pm. ·  “Outsmart the Scammers” on Wednesday, November 28 from 1-2:30 pm. These events are free and open to both residents of St. Francis Park and seniors in the community. Reservations required. For further information, call 716-649-1205 or visit

David Haas Concert on November 7 at 7 pm at St. John the Baptist Parish, 1085 Englewood Ave., Kenmore. Haas will take us on a musical journey of songs and reflections born from over 40 years of liturgical composition. Some of his most popular sacred hymns are: You are Mine, Blest are They, We Have Been Told. For tickets, call 716-873-1122 or email

Black and Gold Gala set at Cardinal O’Hara. Cardinal O’Hara High School will celebrate its 25th Hawk-Tion with a Black and Gold Gala at 6 pm on Friday, November 9 at the school, 39 O’Hara Rd., Tonawanda. Individuals who have made the event such a huge success and the school’s major fundraiser will be honored. Hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and silent auction offering hundreds of items from which to choose, precede a full-course dinner. A live auction will begin during dinner. Tickets may be purchased by calling the O’Hara Advancement Office at 716-695-2600, ext. 312 or email or online at

Annual Women’s Retreat at St. John Paul II Parish. The annual half-day Women’s Retreat at St. John Paul II Parish, 2052 Lakeview Rd., Lake View will take place on Saturday, November 10 from 8:30 am-1:30 pm. The theme is: “Living Water…Come and Be Refreshed!” The retreat begins with Mass at 8:30 am, followed by a light breakfast, retreat program, and lunch at 12:30 pm. This event is free of charge and is open to all. A free-will offering will be accepted. Seating is limited. To reserve your seat, call the parish office at 716-627-2910 or email Women are invited to bring a new or gently used winter clothing item or blanket as a donation to the St. Vincent de Paul Society Winter Clothing Drive taking place at the parish that weekend.

Annunciation Church to host Chris Wilson concert. The Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma will host singer and songwriter, Chris Wilson, for a free concert featuring songs of faith and Christmas favorites at 7:30 pm on Saturday, November 10. A reception will follow. Open to the public; a free-will offering to help defray expenses. For more information on the Church of the Annunciation, call 716-683-5254 or visit

“Advent Anticipation” with Sister Lucette Kinecki on Monday, November 26 at 7 pm at Our Lady of Pompeii, 129 Laverack Ave., Lancaster. Learn about this special time where “Emmanuel” God-with-us calls us to come and be refreshed in spirit with God’s warming grace and peace. During this sacred time, learn how to relax, reflect, and celebrate the season of Advent anticipation. For more information, call the church office at 716-683-6522.

Camp Turner’s WinterCamp ’18. Boys and girls, ages 7-15, are invited to sign up for Camp Turner’s WinterCamp. This 3-day overnight camp runs Friday, December 28 at 10 am through Sunday, December 30 at 6 pm. An optional round trip bus is available from Williamsville and Hamburg. The cabins are toasty, the food is delicious, and our experienced staff is excited to make this a great experience for everyone. An RN is on-site at all times. Visit for activity descriptions and online registration. If you have any questions, e-mail or call 716-354-4555.

Fr. Roy Herberger’s collection of nearly 600 nativity sets will be at a new location this year. He is in need of coat racks, “winter” mats at the doorways, glass display cases, and rectangular tables. If you have some to donate, call him at 716-852-2076.

Telephone Assurance Program & Friendly Phones Program. Start a new friendship. 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 5-15 minute call. These friendly calls can alleviate some concerns facing those who live alone and can help them maintain their independence. If you know of someone who would like to receive calls or to volunteer to make calls, call 585-343-0614, ext. 18 for Friendly Phones, and 716-218-1400 for TAP. For more information on Catholic Charities and other services and programs we provide, visit

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, the Family Justice Center of Erie County, Inc. “Where Families Come First” is for you. All services are free. All conversations strictly private. For more information, call 716-558-7233 or visit

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 speak at the monthly 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 the diocesan marriage program, call the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210.

Facing Divorce? We want to help you through this painful and often confusing time. For a divorce packet filled with information, thoughts, and resources, call the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email We also have a packet that focuses on positive ways to co-parent during and after separation to help children from 2-18 who are profoundly affected by these events deal with the changes in their lives.

Marriage Moment. Do something unexpected for our beloved today that shows you appreciate them. For example, place a love note in the bag they take to work; take a special picture for them and send with a nice text message. Say, “I appreciate you because…” and tell them something that you normally wouldn’t.

Parenting Perspective. Kids naturally like to be first, the boss, to be served. Ask your kids if they’d be willing to turn the tables for a day or just one hour and take care of things that you normally do for them. They might serve a parent dinner, wash the dishes, do a load of laundry, bring you your phone, rake leaves, etc.

USCCB-Word of Life: “Pray daily for the end to abortion, that all mothers and children experience the loving support of the Church community, and that all who suffer after abortion find healing and peace.”

USCCB-Palabra de Vida: “Orar diariamente por el final del aborto, para que todas las madres y niños experimenten el amoroso apoyo de la comunidad de la Iglesia, y que todas las personas que sufren después del aborto encuentren sanación y paz.”

*** Next newsletter will be issued October 22, 2018. ***