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February 27, 2017

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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.
* March 12: celebrant Rev. Peter Karalus
* March 19: celebrant Rev. Patrick O'Keefe
* March 26: celebrant Rev. James Croglio
* April 2: celebrant Msgr. Thomas Maloney
* April 9: Passion Sunday - celebrant Rev. Jeffrey Nowak and Deacon David Rotterman
* April 16: Easter Sunday - Bishop Richard Malone

Do you feel God is calling you to be a Permanent Deacon? If you are between the ages of 30-55, come and learn about the ordained ministry of the Permanent Deacon. We are currently forming an Inquiry Class for Fall 2017 and attendance at an information session is required to apply. Information sessions are scheduled at Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Rd., East Aurora on Saturday, March 4 at 9am and Saturday, April 8 at 9am in the classroom building. Attendance at an information session is required for both the interested man and his wife to be considered for the Inquiry Class being formed to begin in the Fall of 2017. Contact Deacon Rick Stachura at 716-542-4233 or rstachura@rochester.rr.com to register and/or for further information. Remember, wives of interested men are required to attend!

Lenten Journey: "Spiritual Conversations" held on Wednesdays throughout Lent at St. Katharine Drexel Parish, 135 N. Ogden St., Buffalo; 6:30pm Mass, 7pm Lecture/Presentation, 7:30pm Closing Prayer. Special Events: March 1 - Ash Wednesday Mass at 8:30am & 5:15pm; Fish Fry 4:30-7pm (Tickets $10). March 31 - Choral Tenebrae Service at 7pm. April 5 - Reconciliation Service at 7pm. For more information, call 716-895-6813.

Annual Lenten Homemade Pierogi & Placek Sale at St. John Kanty Parish, 101 Swinburne St., Buffalo from March 4-April 9: Saturdays 3-5pm and Sundays 9:30am-12pm. For further information call 716-893-0412 from 9am-12pm Monday-Friday. Join us for Mass and include a stop at Kanty's Kitchen! Off-street parking and room in our pews for you! Visit http://www.stjohnkantychurchbuffalo.wordpress.com.

Not By Bread Alone: Lenten Wednesdays at St. Michael's Church, 651 Washington St., Buffalo on March 8, March 15 and March 22. Join the Downtown Community for 3 evenings which include Mass at 6:30pm, Simple Soup Supper at 7pm and an inspiring talk by members of the Canisius High School Faculty at 7:15pm. St. Michael's is handicap accessible; onsite parking. For further information, call 716-854-6726 or visit http://www.stmichaelbuffalo.org.

O'Hara Musical - "Guys and Dolls," a musical romantic comedy involving a high-rolling gambler and a puritanical missionary, will be presented on stage at Cardinal O'Hara High School, 39 O'Hara Rd., Tonawanda on March 10 at 7pm, March 11 at 2pm and March 12 at 6pm. A fish fry from 5-7pm will precede the March 10 performance; children's chicken fingers are also available. All dinners are pre-sale only. Show tickets are $8 adults, $5 seniors and students. Tickets for a combo fish fry and show are $15 adults, $13 seniors and students. Dinner tickets alone are $10. For tickets or information, call 716-695-2600, ext. 311 or go online at http://www.cardinalohara.com.

Project Rachel "Post-Abortion" - A Day of Hope & Healing on Saturday, March 11 from 9am-4pm at Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Rd., East Aurora. Free, nonjudgmental and confidential. Space is limited; please let us know if you are attending by calling 716-847-2205 or email Pro-Lifeoffice@buffalodiocese.org. Led by Cheryl Calire and Deacon Michael Dulak.

Our Daily Bread. Teaching and Restoring Youth (TRY) program will be featured on "Our Daily Bread" hosted by Fr. Paul Seil on Saturday, March 11 at 6:30am and noon on WKBW-TV Ch. 7. On the menu: Fr. Paul's Rustic Whole Wheat Raspberry Crostata, Sr. Janet's Quick Chili and Estefania's Beef and Potato Pastelitos. Entire "Our Daily Bread" shows can be viewed on the Daybreak TV Productions YouTube Channel. Enjoy!

Parish of the Annunciation Holy Name Society to host Meat Raffle on Saturday, March 11 at 2pm in the school gym, 7580 Clinton St., Elma. The event will include 56 different raffles for ham, chicken, wings, pork loins, ribs, pork chops, T-bone and strip steaks, shrimp and more! Admission tickets are $10 per person includes entrance into door prizes, a hot sandwich and beverages. Only 300 tickets are being sold for this event and are pre-sale only. Tickets can be purchased after all weekend Masses. Proceeds from the meat raffle will benefit the church. For more information, call 716-870-7986.

St. Joseph's Table at St. Leo the Great Parish, 885 Sweet Home Rd., Amherst on Saturday, March 11 at 5:30pm, following the 4:30pm Mass at the parish. Bing's Restaurant will cater a wonderful 8-course family style dinner in honor of St. Joseph in St. Leo's new parish center. This adult evening includes an authentic St. Joseph's Table with music, hors d'oeuvres, theme baskets, 50/50 split club, dinner, vino and desserts. Pre-sale tickets only $25 donation; some proceeds to benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. For information, call the parish office at 716-835-8905 or Shelly Schratz for reservations at 716-998-4007.

Super Safety Saturday Child Safety Fair. Calling all pint-sized superheroes and their families to Super Safety Saturday! Catholic Health, EPIC (Every Person Influences Children) and Safe Kids Western New York will be hosting Super Safety Saturday - a free child safety fair on Saturday, March 11 from 10am-12pm at Catholic Health's Administrative & Regional Training Center, 144 Genesee St., downtown Buffalo. More than 2 dozen community partners will be on hand for this fun-filled, family event featuring informative displays, interactive exhibits and hands-on activities to help parents, grandparents and guardians keep their little ones safe. Certified child car seat technicians will be offering car seat safety checks by appointment from 9am-1pm. Raffle prizes, free giveaways including child bike helmets and carbon monoxide detectors (while supplies last), face painting and a live magic show will round out the day's activities. Free parking is also available. For more information or to schedule an appointment for a car seat check, call Catholic Health's HealthConnection at 716-447-6205 or visit http://blog.chsbuffalo.org/super-safety-saturday/.

Missions, Martyrs and Today: Special Presentation for The Novena of Grace. Jesuit Alumni and all others are welcome to the Noon Mass on March 12 at St. Michael's Church, Buffalo as we celebrate the legacy of Ignatian missions. A light reception follows Mass. A special presentation at 1:30pm will be offered by Nicholas Sawicki, staff member of America Magazine, On Living the Mission Day by Day. For details, call 716-854-6726 or visit http://www.stmichaelbuffalo.org. St. Michael's is located at 651 Washington St., Buffalo. Handicap accessible; onsite parking.

Harmonia Chamber Singers will present their annual "Into Light: A Concert by Candlelight," on Sunday, March 12 at 7pm at Assumption Church, 435 Amherst St., Buffalo. Candlelight and lighting effects enhance the music of light and life, suffering and hope, time and space, Lent and Easter. Many Polish composers featured. $15 donation.

Flea Market & Rummage Sale. St. Andrew Church in Sloan will hold their annual Flea Market & Rummage Sale on Sunday, March 12 from 9am-2pm in their Parish Hall, 111 Crocker Street. The kitchen will be open serving breakfast and lunch. Table rental is available and donations for the rummage sale are greatly appreciated. For more information, call 716-892-0425.

Meat Raffle sponsored by St. John Kanty Parish on Sunday, March 12...a 125th Anniversary Event. If you have never been to a meat raffle, it is a lot of fun; if you have been to a meat raffle, you KNOW it is a lot of fun! Door prize $100 cash! Doors open at 1pm - $5 entry fee; first spin at 2pm. Adults 21 and over; mini-theme baskets. Legal beverages and snacks included; pizza/dessert/coffee available for purchase. Held at Matthew Glab Post, 1965 Abbott Road, Lackawanna. For tickets, contact the church office at 716-893-0412 between 9am-12pm Monday-Friday.

Gospel of Mark: A Great Preparation for Lent presented by Sr. Joan Wagner on Tuesdays, March 14, 21, 28 and April 4 from 10-11:15am at St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence. Study and pray with the Jesus of Mark's gospel, where we see Jesus "driven" by the Holy Spirit to do the will of the Father. For reservations, call 716-759-6893, ext. 175.

Catholic Women's Conference 2017 - Joyful. Patient. Faithful on Saturday, March 18 at Cardinal O'Hara High School, 39 O'Hara Rd., Tonawanda. 7:30am - Registration; 8am - Mass with Bishop Malone. Keynote Speakers: Rachel Balducci, Brooke Taylor, Matthew Leonard. Ticket $35 includes continental breakfast and lunch. For details, visit http://www.catholicwomenofbuffalo.org or e-mail catholicwomenbuff@gmail.com.

St. Joseph's Dinner. St. John Vianney Parish, 2950 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park is hosting a Sicilian St. Joseph's Dinner Feast Day Experience on Saturday, March 18. The statue of St. Joseph will be processed from the church to the school cafeteria following the 4:30pm Mass. A traditional four course Sicilian dinner, catered by Orazio's, will be served at 6:15pm. Dinner includes appetizers, soup, pasta, bread, desserts, wine, soft drinks, coffee and tea. Adults $22; children 12 and under $12. For information, reservations and tickets, call the parish office at 716-674-9133.

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 2017 dates are: 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.

Bereavement Lecture Series. Daniel Berger, retired US Customs Communications Analyst will present a talk, Always a Parent: Sharing Life Lessons as a Surviving Parent, on Monday, March 20 at 4pm at St. Aloysius Gonzaga, 157 Cleveland Dr., Cheektowaga. Losing a child is one of the worst things that could happen to a parent. The loss of a child leaves a void in one's heart. Searching out purpose and fulfillment in life will be explored as well as sharing life's healing experiences as a surviving parent and exploring ways to get strength from the loss of a loved one and use it to make a difference in the lives of others. Open to the community; no charge. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Marianne Hubert, Director of Grief Support Services, at 716-873-6500. Program is part of the Bereavement Lecture Series sponsored by the Catholic Diocese Cemeteries.

Mass for the Unborn on Wednesday, March 22 at St. Aloysius Gonzaga, 157 Cleveland Dr., Cheektowaga. Rosary for the Unborn at 6:30pm; Mass at 7pm. Celebrant and Homilist is Rev. James Pribek, SJ. For more information, call 716-833-1715.

Meat & More Raffle at St. Andrew Church, Sloan on Sunday, March 26 in their Parish Hall, 111 Crocker Street. Doors open at 1pm, drawings start at 2pm. Winners will be awarded with various grocery store gift cards and a fabulous grand finale of meats & gift cards. There will also be a theme basket raffle and 50/50 splits. This is a 21 year and older event. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 716-892-0425.

Kenmore Mercy Hospital is hosting a Gastrointestinal Community Day on Thursday, March 23 from 12:30-4pm in the hospital's Community Room, 2950 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore. Speakers will include gastroenterologist Maya Srivastava and colorectal surgeon Dr. Daniel Leberer. Registered dietician Theresa Jackson and registered nurses from the Endoscopy Unit will also be on hand to respond to questions. For more information, call Catholic Health's HealthConnections at 716-447-6205 or visit http://www.chsbuffalo.org/events.

Middle School Eucharistic Retreat from Friday, March 31 at 6pm through Saturday, April 1 at 9pm at Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Rd., East Aurora. The theme for this year's retreat is "Amazing Love." Cost is $60 per person includes lodging, meals, t-shirt and all retreat activities. Encourage your 6th-8th graders to join us for this excellent experience! This event is sponsored by ENCOUNTER - a multi-parish youth ministry effort organized so that teens may encounter the presence of Christ in the Eucharist. For registration form and more information, call 716-835-8905, ext. 14 or e-mail office@stleothegreatamherst.com. Registrations are due by March 13.

Father Baker Manor to host 3rd Annual Artisan Fair & Farmers' Market. Father Baker Manor, 6400 Powers Rd., Orchard Park, will be sponsoring its 3rd Annual Artisan Fair & Market on Saturday, August 26 from 10am-3pm. The event will be held rain or shine. Local artisans, crafters and market vendors are invited to reserve a 12'x12' space for event at $35 per space. For more information or an exhibitor application, visit http://www.chsbuffalo.org/FBMfair or contact Jill Hirczak at jhirczak@chsbuffalo.org or by calling 716-209-0744. Please return completed applications and fees to Jill Hirczak at Father Baker Manor, 6400 Powers Rd., Orchard Park, NY 14127.

Family Lenten / Easter Packet Available. Looking for ways to keep your children interested and have a positive experience of the Church's annual retreat for 2017? With a little creativity and time you can provide your family with a unique journey together with Jesus. Your free packet includes realistic ideas and practical activities designed to discover the riches of Lent and Easter together. For your spirituality toolbox of ideas, contact the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.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 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. A good marriage is not recognized by the absence of conflict, but the presence of peacemaking. One sign of a healthy marital relationship is the desire of a husband and wife to seek unity when there are disagreements and differences.

Parenting Perspective. "Share your bread...Shelter the homeless...Clothe the naked." (Isaiah 58:7) Although this scripture is usually meant to urge people to go beyond their own families, if you are in the active parenting stage of life, it may be enough to feed, shelter, and clothe your own family. If you're stretched pretty thin this week, you're allowed to count that. It's holy.

USCCB-Word of Life: "It is important to remember that no matter what you have done, you retain your dignity as a son or daughter of God, loved by the Father. What sin has disintegrated, grace can reunite and make whole." "Wash Me Thoroughly": Healing from Pornography Use and Addiction, Daniel Spadaro / USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth.

USCCB-Palabra de Vida: "Es importante recordar que sin importar lo que uno haya hecho, conserva su dignidad como hijo de Dios, amado por el Padre. Lo que el pecado ha desintegrado, la gracia puede recomponerlo y sanarlo." "Lávame bien" curándome del uso y adicción a la pornografía, Daniel Spadaro / Comité para los Laicos, Matrimonio, Vida Familiar y Juventud de la USCCB.

*** New Bulletin Announcements will be posted on March 6, 2017.***