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September 26, 2016

Program to focus on Works of Mercy. An evening focused on Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy will take place on Wednesday, October 5 from 6:30-9:30pm at the Church of the Annunciation, Selbert Hall, 7580 Clinton Street, Elma. Participants will gain a better understanding of the works of mercy through organizations that live them out. Representatives from Gerard Place, Response to Love Center, Mother Teresa Home, Harvest House, Catholic Charities (Refugee Division) and Kairos will participate in the event. Refreshments will be served. For more information, visit http://www.annunciation.cc or call 716-683-5254.

Dominican Nuns to host October Bazaar. The Dominican Nuns of the Perpetual Rosary will host their second October Bazaar on Saturday, October 15 to raise money for the daily operational costs and various necessary maintenance projects around the Doat Street monastery. The bazaar will run from 10am-5pm at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parish, 157 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga. Festivities will include creations by the nuns available for purchase, theme baskets, a silent auction, food and baked goods, a clown, balloon animals, face painting, and more. For more information or to make a donation, call 716-892-0066.

Hildegard de Bingen presented by Dr. Kay Johnson-Gentile on Saturday, October 15 from 9:30-11am at St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence. Learn about Hildegard's life, thoughts, and mysticism. You will never forget this Doctor and Saint of the Roman Catholic Church. For reservations, call 716-759-6893, ext. 175.

Afternoon of Reflection for Women at St. Andrew's Parish (Msgr. Donovan Center), 1525 Sheridan Drive, Kenmore on Saturday, October 15. Why not make a change in your routine? Set aside a few hours just for you. All women are invited for this day of retreat with Sr. Ann Lyons, FSSJ. She will lead us in prayer and bring us to a better understanding of the Pope's request that we practice "careful living." We begin at 12noon in McNulty Hall with lunch and end by 3:30pm. You'll have time to get to the 4pm Mass if you wish. Reserve your space by calling Michelle at 716-725-6860.

Women's Day of Spiritual Renewal. St. Gregory the Great Women's Enrichment invites you to attend a Women's Day of Spiritual Renewal entitled "Crowned by Love, Adorned with Mercy" on Saturday, October 15 from 10am-3pm in the Ministry Center, 200 St. Gregory Court, Williamsville. Join us as we celebrate Christ's love for us in a day of relaxation, revitalization and renewal. Guest speakers Amy Betros from St. Luke's Mission of Mercy and Eileen Warner from Christ the King Seminary. A gourmet lunch and refreshments will be served, along with coffee and tea throughout the day. All women are invited to join us. Prior registration is required. Contact Joy Bila at 716-834-0128 or jbila@hotmail.com to register.

Oktoberfest at Assumption Church, 435 Amherst Street, Buffalo on Sunday, October 23 from 4-7pm. Music by the Bergholtz Band. Beer and wine included with ticket; food available for purchase. For tickets, call 716-875-7626.

Spaghetti Dinner to benefit the Sisters of St. Francis (Williamsville) on Sunday, October 23 from 11am-6pm at Our Lady of Peace, 10950 Main Street, Clarence. Dine in and takeout will be available. Enjoy door prizes, theme baskets, grand prize, 50-50 split, and the ever-popular "Nun-Sweeter" bake sale. For additional information, call 716-632-2155, ext. 687.

Annual Fall Festival. Our Lady of Hope Parish will be hosting their Annual Fall Festival on Saturday, November 5 at 5:30pm at our new location - Catholic Academy of West Buffalo, 1069 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo. Admission includes a sheet of tickets for the basket auction, and one coffee and dessert. We will have a kitchen with wonderful food for purchase, basket auction, 50/50 split, international bake table and much more. Our parish is a multi-cultural community on the West Side of Buffalo and this is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year. For further information, call 716-885-2469.

Marriage Encounter. St. Paul tells us that God gives us the strength to carry out the plan he put in us to spread the gospel. In fact, God gave us the Holy Spirit so that we can work in power and love and self-control. Do our words and actions shine forth the light of the gospel to others? In your relationships with others, especially your marriage relationship, do you work in power, love and self-control? Allow God to transform your marriage so that it can shine the love of God; it may be the only gospel that some people ever hear! Sign up today to attend the next Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend on November 18-20 at Notre Dame Retreat Center in Canandaigua. For more information, call Rob & Beth at 877-697-9963 or 877-NYS-WWME or go to http://www.wwme-wny.org.

Walking with Grief is a monthly lecture series and support group provided to assist any person 18 years of age or older in their journey of grief. Each month St. Christopher Parish hosts a speaker who will provide knowledge and insight into the grief journey. Time for Q&A is provided. After the 20-30 minute presentation, attendees have the option to participate in small groups according to their loss. The group meets on the second Wednesday of every month from 6:30-8:30pm at St. Edmund Campus, 530 Ellicott Creek Road, Tonawanda in the Fr. Smiroldo Center. There is no charge and all are welcome. Call St. Christopher Parish office at 716-692-2660 with any questions.

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 http://www.fjcsafe.org.

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28) Everyday there are things that remind us of our experiences of loss. Grief never takes a vacation! Our free 2016 packet "Coping with Seasons of Loss" is filled with resources, insights, prayers and Scripture support. For your packet, contact the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.org.

Marriage Moment. Trading places with your partner can increase your ability to understand and connect with each other. The next time you have a disagreement, physically trade places with your partner to remind yourself that there is more than one way to see and understand an issue.

Parenting Perspective. October is Respect Life month. Are there people in our world that you find difficult to respect (criminals, people who are lazy or mean, people of a different political persuasionà)? Yes, even these are worthy of human respect. Talk to your children about giving respect - even to people they don't like.

Pro-Life Office: USCCB-Word of Life. "We are called to show mercy because mercy has first been shown to us." -Pope Francis, Misericordiae vultus, http://www.goo.gl/uwk5e4.

Oficina de Pro-Vita: USCCB-Palabra de Vida. "Estamos llamados a vivir de misericordia, porque a nosotros en primer lugar se nos ha aplicado misericordia." -Papa Francisco, Misericordiae vultus, http://www.goo.gl/6QVaVC.

*** New Bulletin Announcements will be posted on October 3, 2016.***