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April 12, 2021

AS REQUIRED BY THE BANKRUPTCY COURT, PLEASE INCLUDE THIS NOTICE IN YOUR MAY 1 & 2 BULLETINS:

UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT

FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK

in re The Diocese of Buffalo N.Y.

Case No. 20-10322

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT, On February 28, 2020, The Diocese of Buffalo N.Y., (“Diocese”) filed for protection under chapter 11 of title 11 of the United States Code (the “Bankruptcy Code”).

The Bankruptcy Court has established August 14, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. (prevailing Eastern time) as the deadline to file proofs of claim against the Diocese (the “Bar Date”).

If you have a claim against the Diocese, including, without limitation, a claim related to sexual abuse committed by any person connected with the Diocese, you must file a claim on or before the Bar Date.

Please visit https://case.stretto.com/dioceseofbuffalo or call 855-292-7696 for more information on how to file your proof of claim.

IF YOU DO NOT TIMELY FILE A PROOF OF CLAIM, YOU MAY FORFEIT YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE ON ANY PLAN OF REORGANIZATION AND TO SHARE IN ANY DISTRIBUTIONS TO CREDITORS IN CONNECTION WITH THE DIOCESE’S CHAPTER 11 CASE.

 

Bulletin message for weekend of April 17-18: Give back and start a new friendship at the same time. The Friendly Phones program serving Orleans County and Home Visitation Program in Genesee County, as well as the Telephone Assurance Program (TAP) in Erie 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 friendly calls can alleviate some concerns facing those who live alone, and can help them maintain their independence. If you know of someone in Orleans and Genesee counties who would like to receive calls or to volunteer to make calls, call 585-343-0614, ext. 18 for Friendly Phones and 585-481-5224 for Home Visitation Program. If you live in Erie County, you can connect with TAP by calling 716-218-1400. Appeal 2021 is ongoing through June 30. To make a secure online donation, visit www.ccwny.org/donation. HOPE for all seasons.

Bulletin message for weekend of April 24-25: These are challenging, uncertain times. But one thing remains a constant: Just as we have for nearly 98 years, Catholic Charities is here and ready to help – now. If you have an emergency need for food or toiletries, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and more, Catholic Charities is ready to answer your call. Our Helpline can be reached at 716-218-1419. The Helpline is staffed weekdays from 8:45 am to 4:45 pm and you can leave a message at any time. Check out all of our services at www.ccwny.org/services. Appeal 2021 is online through June 30. To make a secure online donation, visit www.ccwny.org.donation. HOPE for all seasons.

The Future of Camp Turner. For nearly a century Camp Turner, nestled in Allegany State Park, has been an invaluable resource for youth in our diocese: summer camp experience for boys and girls, overnight lodging for confirmation retreats and parish catechetical teams, to name but a few. Unfortunately, due to the significant financial challenges of the diocese, Camp Turner’s future was in jeopardy. However, following Father Baker’s example of service to youth, OLV Charities will serve as the new sponsoring organization, providing stability. But Camp Turner still needs your help to secure a strong future! We invite you to partner with Friends of Camp Turner to give youth, especially those unable to afford camp, the experience of God’s creation and gracious love through this treasure. Please send your donation to Camp Turner Fund, c/o OLV Charities, 780 Ridge Rd., Lackawanna, NY 14218.

Looking for a summer job with meaning? Come use your powers for good as a Camp Counselor at Camp Turner. Employment begins June 27 and ends August 15 with time off on weekends. Earn a salary (plus room and board) while making a difference. Camp Counselors develop skills that employers are looking for: leadership, decision-making, interdependence, empathy, and much more. We have openings for cabin counselors, horse corral, nature studies, outdoor living skills, and low ropes. Counselors must be 18. We also need Activity Assistants (minimum age 17). Applications are available at www.CampTurnerOLV.com.

Our Lady of Pompeii Bottle/Can Recycling Parish Fundraiser and Food Pantry Drive to benefit Tri-Community and Trinity Food Pantries on Saturday, April 17 from 10 am to 1 pm in the OLP parking lot, 129 Laverack Ave., Lancaster. Volunteers will safely remove all redeemable cans/bottles and food donations from your auto.

Word of Life-April 18: “Christ invites us to trust in his invisible grace that prompts us to the generosity of supernatural charity, as we identify with everyone who is ill: ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me’ (Mt 25:40).”

Word of Life-April 25: “Current laws in our country fail to protect the lives of unborn children. …People of good will must boldly stand up against this intrinsic evil [of abortion], especially when it is occurring on a massive scale, implemented in law and funded, in some instances, by the government.”

Palabra de Vida-Abril 18: "Así Cristo nos invita a fiarnos de su gracia invisible y nos empuja a la generosidad basada en la caridad sobrenatural, identificándose con cada enfermo: 'Cada vez que lo hicisteis con uno de estos, mis hermanos más pequeños, conmigo lo hicisteis' (Mt 25,40).”

Palabra de Vida-Abril 25: “Las leyes vigentes en nuestro país no protegen la vida de los niños en el vientre materno. … Las personas de buena voluntad deben alzarse decididamente contra este mal intrínseco [del aborto], en especial cuando ocurre de forma masiva, implementado por la ley y financiado, en algunos casos, por el gobierno.”

*** Next newsletter will be published on April 26, 2021. ***