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October 23, 2016

Solemn Vespers (Evening Prayer): Closing Celebration of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy on Sunday, November 6 at 4pm at St. Joseph Cathedral. All are invited to join Bishop Malone in thanking God for the ways in which His mercy has been demonstrated to us throughout the past year.

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.

Polish Ancestors' Day. Polish-American Catholics in WNY will gather on Sunday, October 30 in the old tradition of visiting St. Stanislaus Cemetery around All Saints and All Souls Day. A Mass for All Souls will be celebrated at 3pm by Fr. Czeslaw Krysa in the Resurrection Mausoleum at St. Stanislaus Cemetery. During Mass there will be a reading of "Wypominki" (names of the dearly departed). Following Mass, those present will visit graves of family and friends at St. Stanislaus and other cemeteries. Beginning at 2pm, imported Polish cemetery candles will be available in the Mausoleum, along with information about Polish family research provided by the Polish Genealogical Society of NYS. All are welcome to participate even if they do not have anyone buried at St. Stanislaus Cemetery.

Saint John of the Cross presented by Sister Joan Wagner on Saturday, November 5 from 9:30-11am at St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence. We will be reading and probing the richness of Spain's greatest poet. For reservations, call 716-759-6893, ext. 175.

National Donor Sabbath is observed annually Friday through Sunday two weekends before Thanksgiving (November 11-13, 2016). During this 3-day observance, faith leaders, donor families, transplant recipients, and donation and transplantation professionals join forces to increase awareness of the need for lifesaving organ, tissue and eye donation. In New York State, we have tremendous need for these acts as there are currently over 10,500 New Yorkers waiting for lifesaving organ transplants. Show compassion and love to your brothers and sisters by joining the New York State Organ, Tissue and Eye Registry. You can find out more information about the lifesaving gifts passed to others through organ, tissue and eye donation by visiting

Concert for the Angels - a weekend of remembrance, a musical-poetic journey of healing with tenor vocalist Cory James Gallagher and writer/poet Amy Gallagher on Friday, November 11 at 7pm at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 4263 St. Francis Drive, Hamburg and on Saturday, November 12 at St. Michael Church, 651 Washington Street, Buffalo. Join Cory and Amy as they lead you on a musical and poetic journey of the heart to reconnect with our loved ones that have gone before us. Events are by donation.

Via Negativa/Kenosis presented by Dr. Daniel Brown, Ph.D. on Saturday, November 12 from 9:30-11am at St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence. Through key scriptures and the writings of several mystics including John of the Cross, we will explore this way of finding God through letting go, emptying and allowing God to transform us through purgation leading to illumination and, finally, union. For reservations, call 716-759-6893, ext. 175.

Polka Mass, Turkey Dinner & Meat Raffle on Saturday, November 12 at Queen of Angels Parish, Electric Avenue & Warsaw Street, Lackawanna. Polka Mass at 4pm; turkey dinner served from 5-7pm (pre-sale only) at the parish center; meat raffle begins at 7pm. For dinner tickets, call Gene at 716-646-0513, Vince at 716-649-6302, Mike at 716-822-0742 or the rectory at 716-826-0880.

Marriage Encounter. Great marriages are blessed by God in heaven, but they are made here on earth. There is a wonderful opportunity to make your good marriage great, to reignite the romance in your relationship, to place God fully in your marriage. Come to the next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend held on November 18-20 in Greensburg, PA. For more information, call 814-823-4600 or 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

"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

For Your Marriage. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) provides information and resources about a healthy marriage, in general, and Catholic marriage, in particular. Offerings include a Daily Marriage Tip, regularly changing features like the monthly Marriage Quiz, Book of the Month review and Marriage in the News. They continue to add to the content on a regular basis. Visit, click on "Caring for Your Marriage," then "Resources."

Pro-Life Office: USCCB-Word of Life: "To women with an unplanned pregnancy, Maya says, 'This is survivable. Have hope.'" -"Accompanying Expectant Mothers Considering Adoption"

Oficina de Pro-Vita: USCCB-Palabra de Vida: "A las mujeres que quedan embarazada inesperadamente, dice Maya, 'esto es superable; tenga esperanza.'" -"Acompañamiento de madres gestantes que están considerando dar en adopción"

Marriage Moment. The election is at hand. The USA is divided and tired. Is it possible to love and respect those with different political opinions? Consider how you resolve serious differences of opinion with your spouse. What does it mean to "love your enemy" when it feels like fellow citizens are the enemy? Learn from your marriage. We must go on living together.

Parenting Perspective. It's nice periodically to remember family members who have died. This need not be a sad or gruesome task but rather a way to celebrate the goodness and lessons learned from relatives who have gone before us. Familiarize your children with their deceased relatives by creating a litany of their names and good qualities.

*** New Bulletin Announcements will be posted on October 30, 2016.***