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February 11, 2019

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Bulletin message for weekend of February 23-24: Investing today in tomorrow’s future. Catholic Charities wants to give others the tools to succeed in life, and that’s why we’re continuously making strides with our Workforce and Education Services. As the administrator of the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative (ESPRI) in Niagara Falls, Catholic Charities is working with the City of Niagara Falls and other partners to create a pipeline of social, educational, and training services to bring Niagara Falls residents out of poverty and unemployment and into stable employment. Additionally, Catholic Charities provides outreach, recruiting, career coaching, and wrap-around case management at the Northland Workforce Training Center on Buffalo’s east side; and recently celebrated the grand opening of its new workforce and education headquarters also on the east side. It’s just one way we are helping our neighbors find hope. Will you help us in our mission? Donate to the 2019 Appeal. Call 716-218-1400 or visit

Bulletin message for weekend of March 2-3: Roger was providing a good life for himself and his children. Then things changed in an instant. He lost his job and was evicted when he couldn’t pay rent. “I felt terrible knowing that my kids used to have enough food, a place to live, and good things that kids want,” Roger said. Losing hope, Roger came to Catholic Charities where he received assistance with food, medicine, clothing, and household items. Soon his luck changed and he found employment and regained stability in his life and his children’s. Your donation to the 2019 Appeal helps people like Roger and his children. Help your neighbor find hope. You can select your new gift designation option when making a secure donation online at or by calling Catholic Charities at 716-218-1400.

Free Health Screening on Saturday, February 23 from 10-11:30 am at St. Francis Park, 5229 South Park Ave., Hamburg. Join Catholic Health Mission on the Move associates Maria Shilling, RN, Beth Stuart, RN, and Erica Kreutzer for a free health screening event. Screenings include blood pressure, cholesterol, BMI, and oxygen levels (pulse oximetry). This event is open to the public. You must be 18 years of age to participate. Reservations required by calling 716-649-1205 before February 21.

“Retirement: Making Your Money Last” on Wednesday, February 27 from 1-2:30 pm at St. Francis Park, 5229 South Park Ave., Hamburg. Have you recently retired or planning to retire soon? This presentation discusses ideas to help build a reasonable and sustainable strategy for managing income and expenses during retirement. Join Sonja Jensen-Schell, Financial Advisor from Edward Jones, as she explains how to address key concerns such as inflation, healthcare expenses, and market volatility, and ways to prepare for things that may not go as expected. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations required by calling 716-649-1205 before February 25.

Eucharistic Adoration & Holy Hour for Vocations on Thursday, February 28 from 6-7 pm at St. Andrew Church, 1525 Sheridan Dr., Kenmore. We begin with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, followed by adoration. Afterwards we will pray the rosary for our nation. Deacon Mike Ficorilli, presiding. All welcome for any amount of time.

Healing Mass on Friday, March 1 at 7 pm at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, 4375 Harris Hill Rd., Williamsville. Let’s come together and pray for our family, for our community, for 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 welcomed and will be prayed for. Presider, Fr. Daniel Ogbeifun. For additional information, contact the rectory office at 716-632-8838.

Annual Paczki Day, sponsored by the Polish Heritage Dancers of WNY, will take place on Sunday, March 3 from 1-7 pm at the Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster. Special Delivery will be playing all your favorite polkas from 2-6 pm; the Polish Heritage Dancers will take the stage at 3 pm. Our Polish kitchen will be open for all your favorite Polish foods; Polish beer also available. There will be a theme basket raffle. Plenty of free parking and buses are welcome. For tickets, table reservations or more information, call 716-983-5084 or 716-681-0813. Pre-sale tickets on sale until March 1.

Stock the Freezer Meat Raffle, hosted by the Newman Center at SUNY Buffalo State, on Saturday, March 9 at Knights of Columbus, 1530 Kenmore Ave., Buffalo. Doors open at 6 pm; first spin at 7 pm. Tables of 10 are available. Entrance ticket includes a door prize raffle ticket, beverages (beer or soda), and pizza. Other raffles taking place throughout the event consist of a large prize raffle, a 50/50 split raffle, and a basket raffle. Those attending must be at least 18 years old. For tickets or more information, call 716-882-1080.

Taste of Italy Spaghetti Dinner on Sunday, March 10 from 12-4 pm, sponsored by the Holy Name Society of Queen of Angels Parish, Electric Ave. & Warsaw St., Lackawanna. The full course “all you can eat pasta” dinner includes homemade dessert and beverage. There will be bell jar tickets and a split club raffle to add to the fun and festivities. Tickets will be pre-sale only and may be purchased by calling Gene at 716-646-0513, Jim at 716-481-1278, Mike at 716-880-4048 or the rectory at 716-826-0880. Tickets will be sold before and after weekend Masses.

“La Feast Di San Giuseppe.” St. Anthony of Padua Church, 160 Court Street, Buffalo, celebrates the Feast of St. Joseph, “La Feast Di San Giuseppe,” on Sunday, March 17 with Mass at 11am followed by a traditional St. Joseph Day Table in the Parish Center Hall; parking is free. Seating is limited. For tickets and information, call the rectory at 716-854-2563 between 9am-1pm.

Polka Lessons. Want to learn how to dance for Dyngus Day? Classes on Wednesday evenings, March 20, April 3 & April 10 from 7-8 pm at St. Gabriel Parish Hall, 5271 Clinton St., Elma. Sign up with your partner or single. This event is sponsored by the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association. Proceeds will support the youth group at the parish. Classes taught by Michelle Kisluk of the Polish Heritage Dancers and Lynn Zakowicz of the FCSLA. Space is limited; call 716-983-5084 or 716-480-4370 to reserve your spot by March 14.

Lenten Fish Fry on Friday, March 22 from 4-7 pm at St. Margaret Rectory, 1395 Hertel Ave., Buffalo. Ticket includes haddock, two side dishes, roll, butter, dessert, and a beverage. Dine-in or carry-out available. Two seatings: first is 4-5:30 pm, second is 6-7:30 pm. Tickets go on sale February 17 and can be purchased following all St. Margaret Sunday Masses and also in the rectory during normal business hours. Also, 50-50 and theme basket raffles. For further information or for tickets, contact Diane at 716-876-5318.

Lenten MISSION 2019. St. John Paul II Parish invites you to join us for our Lenten MISSION 2019 from Sunday, March 24 to Saturday, March 30. The evenings are filled with powerful talks, prayer, liturgy and song, and completed with a warm fellowship. Each evening begins at 7 pm in the Parish’s Community Room, 2052 Lakeview Rd., Lake View. For more information on MISSION, contact this year’s Lead Couple, Brian & Dina Pacillo at 716-200-6515, the parish office at 716-627-2910 or email More information can also be found on our website:

Pisanki Making Class on Saturday, March 30 at Am-Pol Eagle/Buffalo Standard Printing Office, 3620 Harlem Rd., Suite 4, Cheektowaga. Two sessions: 10 am-12 pm or 2-4 pm; limited seating. Cost includes all supplies. Register by March 28 by calling 716-983-5084. Sessions can be added for groups. Home parties available.

Cow & Pig Meat Raffle Tickets to benefit Notre Dame Academy School, Buffalo. 1st Prize: ¼ of a cow, ¼ of a pig and a freezer. 2nd Prize: ¼ of a cow & ¼ of a pig. 3rd and 4th Prize: ¼ of a cow. 5th and 6th Prize: ¼ of a pig. Only 1000 tickets will be sold. Drawing on Sunday, May 26 after 10 am Mass at Our Lady of Charity Parish, Buffalo. Tickets are available by calling Notre Dame Academy at 716-824-0726.

Facing Divorce? We want to help you through this painful and often confusing time. For a divorce packet filled with information, thoughts and resources, call the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or by email We also have a packet that focuses on positive ways to co-parent during and after separation to help children from 2-18 who are profoundly affected by these events deal with the changes in their lives.

USCCB-Word of Life: “Called to serve the people and the common good, [civil leaders] have a duty to make courageous choices in support of life, especially through legislative measures.” −Pope Saint John Paul II

USCCB-Palabra de Vida: “Llamados a servir al hombre y al bien común, [los responsables de la vida pública] tienen el deber de tomar decisiones valientes en favor de la vida, especialmente en el campo de las disposiciones legislativas.” −San Juan Pablo II

Marriage Moment. “Love is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, but rejoices with the truth…” (1 Cor. 13:6) Which of these qualities of love best describes your beloved?

Parenting Perspective. Sometimes parents of young adults (15-30+) struggle with what appears to be a lack of faith in their offspring. Consider, “Sometimes you must lose faith to find it.” Your child may have to let go of “inherited faith” and eventually reflect on what is missing in their life.

*** Next newsletter will be issued February 25, 2019. ***