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February 12, 2018

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Catholic Charities Bulletin message for weekend of February 24-25: It doesn't have to be overwhelming. For parents or caregivers of a child who is struggling in multiple areas, or has chronic physical and mental needs, Catholic Charities can help parents and caregivers keep up with and address those needs. Our Care Managers for the Encompass Children's Health Home can help parents or caregivers and their child with an ongoing planning process that wraps services around the child and family. Care Managers across Western New York ensure the child gets appointments with doctors, dentists, mental health providers and specialists; links the child and family to others in similar situations for support; and provides other support and guidance. To help us continue this ministry to children and families in need, please donate to the 2018 Appeal by calling 716-218-1400 or by visiting http://www.ccwny.org/donation. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. "Love your neighbor." Gal. 5:14.

Catholic Charities Bulletin message for weekend of March 3-4: We support mothers and their children at Catholic Charities. Not only do we offer 15 Women, Infants & Children (WIC) locations in Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties, we also offer nutrition and education counseling, breastfeeding support, prenatal and postpartum support, referrals and supplemental food vouchers. You can show your support for mothers and children by donating to our 2018 Appeal. Call 716-218-1400 or visit http://www.ccwny.org/donation. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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.
* February 18: celebrant Rev. John Mack and Deacon Tim Maloney
* February 25: celebrant Rev. Cole Webster
* March 4: celebrant Rev. Peter Karalus
* March 11: celebrant Rev. Leon Biernat
* March 18: celebrant Rev. James Croglio
* March 25: celebrant Rev. Patrick O'Keefe

Life in the Spirit Seminar. Immaculate Conception Parish, Ransomville will be hosting a Life in the Spirit Seminar beginning Thursday evening, March 1 from 6:30-8pm and continuing for 7 consecutive Thursdays. Guest speakers include Rev. Ryszard Biernat, Rev. Richard DiGiulio, Rev. James Bastian, and more. To register, call 716-731-4822 or visit http://www.icransomville.org for more information. There is no cost to attend. Immaculate Conception is located at 4671 Townline Road, Ransomville.

Healing Service with Stations of the Cross on Friday, March 2 at 7pm at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 4375 Harris Hill Rd., Williamsville. Let's come together and pray for our family, our community, one another, especially the sick, those in hospitals, those with cancer, the homebound, those going for surgery, those with special intentions, the travelers, etc. This Mass is for anyone seeking physical, spiritual healing. Everyone is welcome and will be prayed for. Please invite your family members, friends, relatives, co-workers, etc. For additional information, contact the rectory office at 716-632-8838.

Krolicks Fish Fry on Friday, March 2 from 3-7pm at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, 5337 Genesee St., Bowmansville. Eat in or take out. Includes potato salad, cole slaw, roll, butter and coffee; homemade desserts available. Father Bob's homemade clam chowder for sale! Tickets $10. Pre-sale tickets available at all Masses starting February 17 and at the rectory office.

Practice Entrance Exam for 7th Grade Girls to be held on Saturday, March 3 from 9am-12pm at Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart, 3860 Main St., Eggertsville. This is an opportunity to become familiar with the format of the Catholic High School Entrance Exam which will be offered in November. Girls will take all five sections in a test environment and receive detailed written results. Fee is $20. For more information or to register, visit SHA's website at http://www.sacredheartacademy.org or call the Admissions Office at 716-834-2101, ext. 311.

Pilgrimage Preview Meeting for 2019 & 2020 Pilgrimages. Join Fr. Peter Karalus, Pastor of St. John Paul II, Lake View, on one or both of these upcoming pilgrimages: The Holy Land - An Amazing Journey in the Land of Jesus, September 11-21, 2019; The Oberammergau Passion Play (The Event of the Decade!) including Munich, Innsbruck, Salzburg & Vienna, September 7-16, 2020. Both trips include bus for flights from/to Toronto. You are invited to attend a Pilgrimage Preview Meeting on Sunday, March 4 at 2pm in the Community Room of St. John Paul II Parish, 2052 Lakeview Rd., Lake View. Early registration discounts available; register early to ensure your spot. Call 716-627-2910 for more information.

The Foundation for Inclusive Catholic Education (FICE) will hold its 4th Annual Taking Flight Dinner on Thursday, March 8 from 6-9pm at the Millennium Hotel, Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Funds from the dinner are used for training and resources to enable Catholic school teachers and administrators to provide children with special needs with an inclusive Catholic education experience. The event will feature dinner, a cash bar, and basket raffles. Tickets are $50; students $20. For further information or tickets, visit http://www.fice-program.org.

Lenten Fish Fry on Friday, March 9 from 4-7:30pm at St. Margaret, 1395 Hertel Ave., Buffalo; event will be held in the rectory. Two seatings: first 4-5:30pm, second 6-7:30pm. Tickets can be purchased following all St. Margaret's weekend Masses (8am & 9:30am) and also at the rectory (entrance behind church) during normal business hours. Tickets are $12. Contact Diane at 716-876-5318 for further information or to purchase tickets.

Annual Sicilian St. Joseph's Dinner. St. John Vianney Parish, 2950 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park is hosting the 3rd Annual Sicilian St. Joseph's Dinner Feast Day Experience on Sunday, March 18. A traditional 4-course Sicilian dinner catered by Orazio's will be served at 5pm; procession of St. Joseph statute at 4:30pm; doors open at 4pm. Dinner includes appetizers, soup, pasta, bread, desserts, wine, soft drinks, coffee and tea. Adults $25; children 12 and under $15. For more information, reservations and tickets, call the parish office at 716-674-9133. Large group reservations of 6 or more are available; must be seated by 4:30pm.

Gastrointestinal Education Day on Tuesday, March 27 from 1-3pm at Kenmore Mercy Hospital (Community Room), 2950 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore. Speakers will include colorectal surgeons Daniel Leberer, MD and Timothy Adams, MD, covering colon cancer and diverticulosis. 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.

Baker Victory Nite 2018. Join us for an evening of old favorites with a new twist at Baker Victory Nite 2018 on Thursday, May 3. Silent and Live auctions, limited split club sales, and more. For more information or to purchase your ticket today, visit http://www.BakerVictoryNite.org. Each ticket comes with a sit down dinner and open bar. Proceeds to help support the programs and services offered by Baker Victory Services, OLV Homes of Charity, and the OLV National Shrine and Basilica. Not only will these funds assist in helping us help those in need, but they will also help provide repairs and upkeep of the OLV Basilica.

Calix is a gathering of individuals who want to improve their spiritual program because they are afflicted or affected by the disease of alcoholism. Calix is for people who are putting together a spiritual program which uses the 12 Step approach. A journey which brings Step 11 into a deeper and fuller meaning. The Buffalo Unit of Calix Society meets the last Sunday of the month at 3pm in the basement meeting room of St. Michael's Church Rectory, 651 Washington Street, Buffalo. For more information, contact Rev. Martin Moleski at 716-888-2383.

Are you or is someone you know out of work and job hunting? Facing the challenge of being unemployed is hard, but you aren't alone in this. Contact the Office of Family Life Ministries for a free packet containing practical resources, prayers, and information about support programs designed to help you on your journey back to employment. Call 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.org to have a packet sent to you.

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 http://www.foryourmarriage.org, click on "Caring for Your Marriage," then "Resources."

Marriage Moment. This year Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day are both on February 14. How might we reconcile these two seemingly opposite themes? The Ash Wednesday reading beckons you to "Return to me with your whole heart." (Joel 2:12) The "me" can be God or the spirit of God within your beloved.

Parenting Perspective. February 16 begins the 2018 Chinese New Year. This year the featured animal is the dog. Help your children learn about another culture - unless of course you are Chinese. Talk with them about the history of China. Eat Chinese food today.

USCCB-Word of Life: "Many parents want perfect children. Our culture is obsessed with perfection - a superficial perfection. Photos are airbrushed and social media sites depict seemingly perfect lives. God calls us to seek perfection, too. He does not call us, however, to perfection of appearance or abilities, but to perfection in love."

USCCB-Palabra de Vida: "Muchos padres quieren hijos perfectos. Nuestra cultura está obsesionada con la perfección, una perfección superficial. Se retocan las fotos, y las redes sociales describen vidas supuestamente perfectas. Dios también nos llama a buscar la perfección. Sin embargo, no nos llama a la perfección de la apariencia o de la capacidad, sino a la perfección en el amor."

*** New Bulletin Announcements will be posted on February 26, 2018.***