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July 24, 2017

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Annual Lawn Fete at Good Shepherd Church, 5442 Tonawanda Creek Rd., North Tonawanda on Sunday, July 30 from 11am-6pm - rain or shine! Food, games, theme baskets, rummage sale, music, raffles, chowder sale, Krolick's chicken and rib dinners, beer tent, and more! For more information, call 716-625-8594.

40 Hours of Devotion. St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish will be holding 40 Hours of Devotion beginning August 10 in honor of our Patron whose feast day is August 14. The 40 Hours of Devotion will begin after the 7pm Mass on Thursday, August 10 at the Corfu site, 18 West Main Street. There will be continuous Adoration until Saturday, August 12 at 11:30am with Benediction and a Closing Mass at 12noon. Everyone is invited to come and pray whenever you can. The event will be followed by our annual Theme Basket Auction & Corn Roast on Saturday, August 12 from 6-7:30pm. For more information, contact the parish office at 585-599-4833.

Blessing Loaves and Fields. Got a garden? Use herbs? Come and give thanks to God, the Creator, through the First Lady of Heaven, Mother Mary. Local specialists Barb Frackiewicz, Diane Woloszyn, and author Sophie Knab will guide you in making a traditional "first lady" loaf, tasting/smelling healing herbs, creating field flowers, and contemplating grains on Saturday, August 12 from 10am-2pm at St. Casimir Social Hall, 1833 Clinton St., Buffalo. Reserve a seat, limited number available. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 716-824-9589.

Annual St. Lawrence Feast Day Celebration will take place on Sunday, August 13 at St. Lawrence Parish, 1520 East Delavan Ave., Buffalo. The celebration begins with 12noon Mass and continues with food and fun. We will have Chiavetta's chicken dinners, as well as hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, and beverages available for purchase. There will be a Theme Tray as well. All proceeds go to payment of our new roof loan. For more information, call the rectory at 716-892-2471.

Uprooted and Rooted. The cycle of violence and pain needs heavenly healing. Bring a bouquet of fragrant herbs and flowers and celebrate healing rituals of blessing, song, procession and Mass on the Solemnity of the Assumption, Tuesday, August 15 at 7pm at the Church of St. Casimir, 160 Cable St., Buffalo. Outdoor Byzantine Marian devotion or Akathyst and herb blessing at 6:40 pm. Women in attendance will be anointed with blessed rose oil. Whole grain bread, cheese, and herbal tea reception following. Local author, Sophie Knab, will lead a discussion on her new book, Wearing the Letter P, on uprooted Polish women in World War II. Bring a lawn chair.

Annual Spaghetti Dinner at St. Anthony Parish on Sunday, August 27 from 12-5pm (or until sold out). Spaghetti and meatballs are provided by Mulberry's Restaurant in Lackawanna. Also available will be many theme baskets, raffle for Sabres tickets, and cash. Split club and bell jar tickets will also be available at the dinner. Eat-in or take out. Dinners will be served in Drilling Hall located behind the church at 306 Ingham Ave., Lackawanna. Tickets can be reserved or purchased at the parish rectory. For tickets, call 716-823-0782.

Annual Festival at Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish, 57 Center Ave., North Tonawanda on Sunday, August 27. Events include a basket raffle, trash & treasure booth, 5K race, megabucks cash raffle, a chicken bbq, and much more. For more information, call 716-693-3822 or visit http://www.nt-olc.org.

The Bishop's Committee Visitors are having their Annual Fall Meeting & Luncheon with Bishop Richard Malone on Thursday, September 14 from 9am-3pm at St. Philip the Apostle, 950 Losson Rd., Cheektowaga. Newly ordained Fr. Luke Uebler, Parochial Vicar at Queen of Heaven Parish, will be the morning speaker. Fr. Luke's presentation is entitled "Our Lady of Fatima: Mother of God and Our Mother." Bishop Malone will be the guest speaker at the 12:15pm luncheon. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, contact the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or e-mail familylife@buffalodiocese.org.

Wedding Anniversary Mass. If you know of any couple or couples that are celebrating their 50th, 60th or 70th Wedding Anniversary for the year of 2017, a special Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, October 15, 2017 by Bishop Richard J. Malone, at 3pm at St. Joseph Cathedral located in downtown Buffalo. Following the Mass, an informal reception will be held at the Adam's Mark Hotel. Please contact your parish rectory as soon as possible if you wish to attend.

If you or someone you know is struggling with an alcohol or drug addiction, this is your sign to receive help. Catholic Charities' Chemical Dependency Treatment Program has immediate openings. Our outpatient program is New York State OASAS licensed and aims to treat addiction with a combination of therapy and medicine. More information on the program can be found at http://www.ccwny.org/services/outpatient-clinic. To begin the referral process, call Central Intake at 716-895-1033. For more information on Catholic Charities and other services and programs we provide, visit http://www.ccwny.org.

Summer Spirituality Tool Box. Summertime is the perfect time to talk about Jesus with your family. Your free Summer Spirituality Tool Box of Ideas is filled with practical ways to make summertime a sacred time. It is a perfect companion for your family throughout the summer months whether vacationing or being at home. Celebrate the glory of all God's creation. For your free Summer Spirituality Tool Box, check out the Family Life website at https://www.buffalodiocese.org/family-life or contact the office at 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.org.

Marriage Moment. "For we do not know how to pray as we ought." (Romans 8:26) Praying together is one of the most intimate (and scary) deeds a couple can do. Revealing our innermost thoughts and feelings can be a risk.

Parenting Perspective. When speaking to your kids (or anyone) consider these proverbs: "It is better to leave angry words unspoken than to mend the heart those words have broken" and "The tongue is the only instrument that gets sharper with use."

USCCB-Word of Life: "An unexpected pregnancy can bring joy, excitement, awe, gratitude, and deeper love than I knew possible!"

USCCB-Palabra de Vida: "Un embarazo inesperado puede ser la ocasión de alegría, emoción, asombro, gratitud y un amor más profundo de lo que yo pensaba que era posible."

*** New Bulletin Announcements will be posted on July 31, 2017.***