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December 17, 2018

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Position available: Administrative Assistant (part-time) at St. Gabriel Parish, Elma. Computer skills (Word, Excel, Publisher), telephone communication skills, team worker, honest and knowledge of the Catholic faith and Church are necessary. Send resume to: St. Gabriel Parish, attn.: Fr. Walter Grabowski, 5271 Clinton St., Elma, NY 14059.

Christmas Magic and Miracles: A Musical & Poetic Journey through the wonder of the season. Two evenings: Thursday, December 20 at 7 pm at Blessed Sacrament Church, 1029 Delaware Ave., Buffalo; and Friday, December 21 at 7 pm at St. Michael Church, 651 Washington St., Buffalo. Tenor Vocalist Cory James Gallagher’s singing will stir your soul as he shares well-loved songs spanning the ages. Writer-Poet Amy Gallagher’s reflections will remind you of the beauty of life and the magic of the season. Open your treasure chest of golden Christmas memories and come be inspired.

A Christmas inclusion Mass for people with different abilities will be held at St. Bernadette Church, 5890 S. Abbott Rd., Orchard Park on December 26 at 7 pm. The Mass has been shortened and includes low-gluten hosts, low lighting, and quieter music. A quiet room, automatic door openers, and pew cuts are available to our guests who may need them. Questions? Call our parish advocates Mariann Hamm or Heidi Mack at 716-649-3090.

Living Nativity. Rejoice! Rejoice! Join St. Gregory’s on Wednesday, December 26 from 7-9 pm and Thursday, December 27 from 7-9 pm to continue the celebration of Christ’s birth with a walk-through Living Nativity. This will feature live animals, a children’s choir of angels, and much more. Guests will meet in the Parish Gathering Room where they will walk through various scenes depicting the journey to Bethlehem. All are welcome to join us for this special event which focuses on the holiness of the season. St. Gregory the Great is located at 200 St. Gregory Ct., Williamsville.

Healthy Eating After the Holidays on Wednesday, January 9 from 10:30 am-12 pm at St. Francis Park, 5229 South Park Ave., Hamburg. Get your diet back on track after the holiday treats and feasts! Nutrition plays a huge role in our overall health. Join Catholic Health dietician, Jackie McIntyre, MS, ED, CDN, as she talks about simple changes you can make to help you feel your best. She’ll discuss the benefits of superfoods and easy ways to incorporate them into your daily diet. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required; call 716-649-1205 before January 4.

Roe v Wade Observance Mass will take place on Saturday, January 12 at 4 pm at Our Lady Help of Christians Church, 4125 Union Rd., Cheektowaga. Main celebrant – Bishop Richard Malone. During the Mass, the diocesan Office of Pro-Life Activities will present the 25th annual Pro-Vita Awards which recognize people who have labored tirelessly for the pro-life cause and to give them strength, encouragement, and support. This year’s recipients include: Maren Lelonek, Sarah Lindstrom, Fr. Michael LaMarca, Fr. Steven Jekielek, Fr. Daniel Young, Suzanne Lazzara, and Al Donius. Catholics are encouraged to participate in a solemn observance of the Roe v Wade anniversary by placing a candle in the front window of their homes at sundown on the evening of January 22. The candle serves as a reminder of 50 million unborn babies who have been aborted since the 1973 Supreme Court decision.

A Spiritual New Year: Consecrate Yourself to Jesus through Mary. Thinking of a holy way to begin the New Year for your spiritual life? Consider joining us at St. Leo the Great, 885 Sweet Home Rd., Amherst, as we prepare for the 33 Days to Morning Glory (Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary) for the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, a healing day on Monday, February 11. Five Saturday morning sessions will begin January 12 following 8 am Mass with rosary in the chapel, and ends February 9 with Mass offered on February 11 at Our Lady of Victory Basilica with Act of Consecration at the Lourdes Grotto. For forms and materials, email diacono@stleothegreatamherst.com or call 716-835-8905, ext. 12.

Should I Stay or Should I Go? on Monday, January 14 from 2:30-3:30 pm. at St. Francis Park, 5229 South Park Ave., Hamburg. Does the idea of moving to a more manageable living space sound great, but the details overwhelm you? Join the real estate professionals from the Olear Team at MJ Peterson Real Estate for a detailed discussion on what it takes to make a move, as well as steps you can take to lessen the burden. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required; call 716-649-1205 before January 9.

Need a resolution for the New Year? Consider giving back by volunteering with Catholic Charities. Our agency has many different volunteer positions, from office work to helping out in one of our six food pantries. To browse our volunteer opportunities, visit www.ccwny.org/volunteer. Make 2019 be the year you make a mark in your community! For more information on Catholic Charities and other services and programs we provide, visit www.ccwny.org.

How can you focus on celebrating when you’ve gone through so much loss lately? When we are in the midst of grief, the last thing we want to think about is the approaching holidays. The Office of Family Life Ministries would like to help support you during the holiday season. We now have a packet of prayers, articles, thoughts, and ideas to try to help you through your holidays after losing a loved one. Contact the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.org to order one today.

Spiritual Uplift Packet. Feeling down or discouraged? Are you looking for ways to cope while down, or just some help? We want to help you! Contact the Office of Family Life Ministries for a free Spiritual Uplift Packet full of practical, easy to use resources, prayers and ideas for help. For more information or a free packet, call 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.org.

Marriage Moment. It’s almost here. Perhaps your tradition is to decorate the tree or open presents on Christmas Eve. Keep the focus on your love for each other, not on if everything will go right. Sometimes the best Christmas stories are about fiascos.

Parenting Perspective. December 30 is the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph; and often this feast gets lost amidst the hustle of Christmas. Take 5 minutes today to share with your family at least one thing that makes your family holy. Hint: it need not be about saying prayers; it could be examples of selflessness.

USCCB-Word of Life: “To couples who cannot have children of their own, you are no less loved by God; your love for each other is complete and fruitful when it is open to others.”

USCCB-Palabra de Vida: “Para las parejas que no pueden tener hijos propios, no eres menos amado por Dios; tu amor por los demás es completo y fructífero cuando está abierto a los demás.”

*** Next newsletter will be issued January 7, 2019. ***