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August 12, 2019

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Maximilian: Saint of Auschwitz, a one-may play about the life of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, will be performed on the following dates/locations: · Wednesday, August 14 at 7 pm at Canisius College’s Marie Maday Theater, 2048 Main St., Buffalo · Thursday, August 15 at 7 pm at St. Francis High School’s Ormsby Theater Alumni Hall, 4129 Lake Shore Rd., Athol Springs · Friday, August 16 at 7 pm at St. Gregory the Great Church, 200 St. Gregory Ct., Williamsville · Saturday, August 17 at 7 pm at Niagara University’s Leary Theater, 16 Vincentian Dr., Niagara University. “Saint Maximilian Kolbe has a powerful, yet cautionary, message for all of us – not to take the freedoms we cherish for granted, but rather to defend them with our lives.” All performances are free, but there will be a free-will offering. Suitable for ages 9 and up.

Your WNY neighbors want to tell you a bit of their story. Survivors of Catholic genocide in Europe, their families came to Buffalo, filled East Side churches and workshops, sparked new life in community organizations. They kept their heroic stories to themselves. On Sunday, August 25 at 10 am Mass, descendants of these WNY Polonia survivors will gather at St. Casimir Church, 160 Cable St., Buffalo to bless and dedicate an original, hand-carved calvary scene, outdoor shrine, given by one of these families in Poland for us in the US to remember millions of Catholic civilian and military victims of Nazi and Soviet concentration camps. These silent heroes, your neighbors, beg you to lend a listening ear, light a candle, and pray with them that morning.

“Tea in the Park” on Wednesday, August 28 from 1-2:30 pm at St. Francis Park, 5229 South Park Ave., Hamburg. See how living at St. Francis Park can enable you to sit back and enjoy life without the burden of home ownership. Join us for light refreshments and a casual presentation at 1 pm, followed by a guided tour of this unique senior living community. There will also be plenty of time to get our questions answered. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required before August 26 by calling 716-649-1205.

Eucharistic Adoration & Holy Hour for MERCY on Thursday, August 29 from 6-7 pm at St. Andrew Church, 1525 Sheridan Dr., Kenmore. All invited to come and spend time in the presence of our Lord! Following Holy Hour, we will pray the rosary for our nation. Join us for any length of time. Deacon Mike Ficorilli, presiding.

Food Truck Friday: The Cheesy Chick on Friday, August 30 from 11 am to 1:30 pm at St. Francis Park, 5229 South Park Ave., Hamburg. Classic comfort food with a twist! Enjoy a variety of specialty grilled cheese sandwiches and their award winning mac-n-cheese. Cash and all major credit cards accepted.

NYS Mandatory Employee Sexual Harassment Training will be conducted on September 4 from 11:30 am-4:30 pm at Ascension Parish (Slomba Hall), 19 Sumner St., Batavia. Lunch will be provided. This meets the requirement for annual training in your parish. All are welcome. All paid employees are required to attend this training.

Our Lady of Knock 9 month Novena Masses will be held on 9 consecutive first Saturdays beginning at 8:30 am on Saturday, September 7 and continuing each month until May 2 at St. Martin of Tours, 1140 Abbott Rd., Buffalo. Booklets for the novena will be available online and for those attending or joining in prayer from home. Our Lady of Knock, pray for us. For more information, visit or call 716-823-7077.

Are you willing to entrust even your most difficult times to the Power of the Holy Spirit? Please join your sisters in Christ when Magnificat Ministry to Catholic Women presents Susan Pivarunas, a devoted mother and the wife of local physician, Dr. Anthony Pivarunas, as its guest speaker on Saturday, September 14 at the Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden, Ave., Cheektowaga. Susan will share the extraordinary ways in which the Holy Spirit provided her and her family with strength and trust in the will of God when her husband experienced a life-changing health crisis in 2017. Registration at 9 am; doors open at 9:15 am. For further information and to register, visit:

Our Lady of Pompeii Faith Enrichment Presentation: FORGIVEn, an evening of reflection on Monday, September 23 from 7-9 pm in the Our Lady of Pompeii Ministry Center Aud, 129 Laverack Ave., Lancaster. Sessions presented by area deacons include: How to Forgive Others, Forgive the Church, Forgive Yourself, Forgive Your Past and How to Ask for Forgiveness. Individuals may choose two of five breakout sessions. For more information, call 716-683-6522.

The great summer downsize! If you’re cleaning out closets and drawers in anticipation of the new school year – and the new wardrobe that comes with it – please keep Ladies of Charity in mind. The volunteer diocesan organization, which is affiliated with Catholic Charities, accepts donations of new or gently used clothing, footwear, purses and bags, and household items such as small kitchen appliances, curtains and drapes, dishes and utensils and bed linens. Donations can be dropped off from 10 am to 2:30 pm weekdays at 1122 Broadway, Buffalo; or from 10 am to 1:30 pm on the first Saturday of the month (excluding holiday weekends). For more information on making donations, call 716-895-4001. For more information on Catholic Charities and other services and programs we provide, visit Join us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Catholic Charities can be a light at the end of the tunnel. If you have a child ages 12-17 who is displaying chronic behaviors such as noncompliance, verbal and/or physical aggression, truancy, school failure, curfew violations, running away, illegal substance abuse and/or criminal activity in two or more environments (home, school and/or community), consider our Multisystemic Therapy Program in Erie, Niagara, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties. MST is an intensive, family-focused intervention provided in the natural environment of the youth. Interventions are research-based and the program offers 24/7 availability. For more information on Catholic Charities MST program, call 716-204-0555, ext. 328 or visit In other WNY counties, office-based counseling is always available to families. For more information on Catholic Charities and other services and programs we provide, visit Join us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

*** Next newsletter will be issued August 26, 2019. ***