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April 24, 2017

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Catholic Charities' Chemical Dependency Treatment Program. Spring is a time of hope. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, we can help. Catholic Charities' Chemical Dependency Treatment Program has immediate openings. The outpatient program is New York State OASAS licensed and aims to treat addiction with a combination of therapy and medicine. For more information on the program, visit To begin the referral process, call Central Intake at 716-895-1033. Finite time. Infinite good. Appeal 2017 is still ongoing. Donate at

Blossom into 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 wellbeing 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 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. Finite time. Infinite good. Appeal 2017 is still ongoing. Donate at

Evening Adoration & Holy Hour for Peace on Thursday, April 27 from 6-7pm at St. Andrew's Church, 1525 Sheridan Dr., Kenmore. All warmly invited to visit for a few minutes or the entire hour. Chaplet of Divine Mercy beginning at 6pm; Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament afterwards until 7pm. Following, for those wishing to stay, we will say the Patriotic Rosary for our country.

St. Benedict School will host the annual "Dare to Dream" Finale Party including the $10,000 Grand Prize drawing, food/beverages, basket raffle, silent and live auction prizes. The event is on Saturday, April 29 at 6pm at St. Benedict School, Main St. & Eggert Rd., Amherst. Paid admission ($25 donation) includes food/beverages and one entry into the grand prize drawing. For more information, visit or call 716-835-2518.

Dance Fundraiser for Middle School Students on Saturday, April 29 sponsored by St. Andrew's Catholic Youth Organization. Dress up or dress down, but dress appropriately! St. Andrew's is located at 1545 Sheridan Dr., Kenmore; enter Donovan Center door #4 off Lowell Rd. Paid admission ($5) includes free beverage. A free check-in for baggage is provided before entering admissions. Arrival time is 7:30pm; departure time is 9:30pm.

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 "We are Sisters on the Path of Life" on Saturday, May 6 from 10am-3pm in the Ministry Center, 200 St. Gregory Ct., Williamsville. Join us as we celebrate Christ's love for us in a day of relaxation, revitalization, and renewal. Our special guest speaker is Vanessa Langer, along with Sydnie & Joanah Perkins of the Voices of Mercy. A box lunch and refreshments will be served, along with coffee and tea throughout the day. All women are invited to join us! Seating is limited and prior registration is required. Contact Joy Bila at 716-834-0128 or for registration information.

Spring Open House at St. Benedict School, Main St. & Eggert Rd., Amherst on Monday, May 8 from 5:30-7pm. This is a great opportunity to tour the classrooms, meet the teachers, and get to know other school families. St. Ben's serves students ages PreK-3 through 8th grade and was ranked the top private elementary school in WNY in 2016. For more information, visit or call 716-835-2518.

Catholic Charities Foster Care Program. May is the month of Mary, the blessed mother of our Lord. Like Mary, we, too, can answer the call of accepting and loving a child. Catholic Charities works closely with birth families to provide a safe place for children, especially sibling groups, to stay and receive care when they cannot receive it at their own home. While often temporary, some children must be relocated permanently. Our foster care program in Erie County allows for children to receive nurturing care from loving families. Interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent? Our next informational meetings will be held at 525 Washington St., Buffalo on May 9 from 10-11:30am and 6-7:30pm; attend either one. To register for the informational meeting or to learn more, call 716-856-4494, ext. 360 or email Finite time. Infinite good. Appeal 2017 is still ongoing. Donate at

The Bishop's Committee for Christian Home & Family will hold their Annual Day of Reflection on Thursday, May 11 from 9:30am-2pm at St. Philip the Apostle, 950 Losson Rd., Cheektowaga. Msgr. Fred Voorhes will deliver a morning address on "Family Values, Past and Present," offering wisdom and practical help to guide us as we walk the journey of life as families supporting one another. Following the morning presentation, Msgr. Voorhes will be the celebrant and homilist at the Eucharistic liturgy. Bring a brown bag lunch - beverage and dessert is provided. A goodwill offering is suggested to support the Bishop's Committee for Christian Home & Family Ministry. The day concludes with praying the rosary. Charitable donations will be gladly accepted in the form of baby needs to benefit the St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Center, Diocese of Buffalo. Donations are greatly appreciated, but never required. Everyone is invited to attend! For further information, contact the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or

Queen of Heaven: Mary's Battle for YOU! St. Leo the Great, 885 Sweet Home Rd., Amherst will be offering a new 8-part study on Mary, Queen of Heaven beginning in her month of May on Thursday evenings from 7-8:30pm. Join us May 11-June 29 as we embark on a journey into a deeper encounter and understanding of our Blessed Mother. Interested in joining us? Contact Adult Faith Formation Director, Dawn Iacono, at 716-835-8905, ext. 12 or for more information.

Trinitarian Spirituality presented by Eileen Hothow on Saturday, May 13 from 9:30-11am at St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Rd., Clarence. Based on Fr. Richard Rohr's new book, "The Divine Dance," we are invited to understand and practice Trinitarian spirituality. We will focus on the question of how we can see the Trinity in a new light and this will help us transform our lives in the journey of building a loving and dynamic spiritual community. For reservations, call 716-759-6893, ext. 175.

The month of May marks the 20 anniversary of Fr. Merrick Bednar's passing into eternal life. Many are aware of the contributions he made and his example of faith through health challenges, including a heart transplant and cancer. Please join us on Saturday, May 13 for 5pm Mass to celebrate Fr. Merrick's life and the indelible mark he has left on St. Bernadette Church and the Diocese of Buffalo. At Mass, the annual Conviction of the Heart Scholarship in memory of Fr. Merrick will be awarded. Following Mass, there will be a reception in the Parish Ministry Center and a program where those affected by Fr. Merrick's life and ministry will share their recollections. For planning purposes, email Linda Jeswald at or call 716-649-3090 if you are attending. Priests may concelebrate the Mass. All are welcome! St. Bernadette is located at 5930 S. Abbott Rd., Orchard Park.

[re:] at St. Benedict Church. All young adults (ages 18-40) are invited to join us at St. Benedict Church, Main St. & Eggert Rd., Amherst on Wednesday, May 17 for an evening of praise, worship, witness talks, and inspirational music. Our special guest speaker will be Fr. Joseph Gatto from Christ the King Seminary. Doors open at 6:30pm; praise & witness talks start at 7pm. Visit or for more information. [re]new and st[re]ngthen your faith!

Put Your Faith in Action. Single women, age 18 and older, are invited to join the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities as we travel to David, Kentucky from June 23-July 1 to repair homes for people in need through our Franciscans in Action service retreat. While giving of your time and talent, you will also experience personal and spiritual growth in the Franciscan tradition. To register, contact Sr. Donna McGartland, OSF at 315-420-5039 or More information at

Calling all High School Sophomores and Juniors. Canisius College is proud to host the 2nd Annual Be the Light Youth Theology Institute from July 10-15. This is an opportunity for current high school sophomores and juniors to explore issues of justice and social justice in the City of Buffalo through the lenses of Catholic theology and Jesuit spirituality. Applications are being accepted through May 5. For more information, visit

St. Paul reminds us in his letter to the Romans of many comforting words. During times of loss, loneliness and grief, we may not feel or recognize God's presence in our lives. Though we can't imagine all the thoughts and feelings you are experiencing right now, we do understand a bit about grieving and that, first of all, it is a process. The Office of Family Life Ministries has a free bereavement packet of materials designed to provide support, especially during the initial stages of grief. For a bereavement packet, call 716-847-2210 or email

Marriage Moment. The resurrection of Jesus which we celebrate on Easter was a pretty hard story for the women and apostles to believe. Today we believe on the testimony of others and thousands of years of retelling the story. Unconditional love is so hard to believe. Believe your spouse's love anyway.

Parenting Perspective. After the resurrection, several disciples were walking to Emmaus and talking about what had happened. Take a long walk with your child this weekend. Observe; pay attention if someone crosses your path. Be open to conversation or let nature speak to you of the God of creation.

*** New Bulletin Announcements will be posted on May 1, 2017.***