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January 11, 2021

AS REQUIRED BY THE BANKRUPTCY COURT, PLEASE INCLUDE THIS NOTICE IN YOUR FEBRUARY 6 & 7 BULLETINS:

UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT

FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK

in re The Diocese of Buffalo N.Y.

Case No. 20-10322

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT, On February 28, 2020, The Diocese of Buffalo N.Y., (“Diocese”) filed for protection under chapter 11 of title 11 of the United States Code (the “Bankruptcy Code”).

The Bankruptcy Court has established August 14, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. (prevailing Eastern time) as the deadline to file proofs of claim against the Diocese (the “Bar Date”).

If you have a claim against the Diocese, including, without limitation, a claim related to sexual abuse committed by any person connected with the Diocese, you must file a claim on or before the Bar Date.

Please visit https://case.stretto.com/dioceseofbuffalo or call 855-292-7696 for more information on how to file your proof of claim.

IF YOU DO NOT TIMELY FILE A PROOF OF CLAIM, YOU MAY FORFEIT YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE ON ANY PLAN OF REORGANIZATION AND TO SHARE IN ANY DISTRIBUTIONS TO CREDITORS IN CONNECTION WITH THE DIOCESE’S CHAPTER 11 CASE.

 

Bulletin message for weekend of January 16-17: When you are alone and uncertain, we are hope. The majority of us have been in a situation where we were in a brand new, unfamiliar place and surrounded by strangers. For many of the refugees coming to Buffalo, this is their reality. Catholic Charities Immigration & Refugee Assistance Program helps to ease the unfamiliarity of a new country and culture. The program offers these sponsored refugees – forced out of their home country by war or persecution – a new start through assistance with housing, food, clothing and employment, and enrolling in English-language classes. Catholic Charities has been supporting refugees and immigrants since it was established in 1923. Catholic Charities offers HOPE for all seasons. For more information, go to www.ccwny.org/refugees. Join us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for timely updates.

Bulletin message for weekend of January 23-24: Appeal 2021 is underway! Bishop Michael Fisher, Appeal 2021 Chair Rick Cronin, and Deacon Steve Schumer launched the Appeal earlier this week and announced the $10 million goal, as well as HOPE for all seasons as the campaign theme and St. Ignatius Loyola as this year’s patron saint. Your donation to the Appeal can support Catholic Charities of Buffalo and the Fund for the Faith. Your donation stays in Western New York. Your gift helps those in our communities who are struggling to live, work and support families, and those who need spiritual care and support. You help provide HOPE for all seasons. And it couldn’t be easier: visit www.ccwny.org/donation or call our Helpline at 716-218-1419 today!

Bulletin message for weekend of January 30-31: In addition to supporting Catholic Charities, Appeal 2021 also helps to support the Fund for the Faith. Established in 1937 by Bishop John Duffy out of concern for those in need of spiritual comfort due to hardships of the Great Depression, the Fund for the Faith continues to provide spiritual nourishment throughout our diocese today. Proceeds provide ministry support services that are instrumental to the vitality of our faith experience and enable us to more effectively spread the Gospel message of Christ’s love. With the COVID-19 Pandemic, donations to the Fund for the Faith are more important than ever as we extend comfort to all of God’s people – our family, friends and neighbors alike. Our hope and prayer is that a successful Fund for the Faith drive will help restore and support expanded ministries including Catholic education and formation programming for youth and young families. For a list of the programs the Fund for the Faith supports, go to www.ccwny.org/appeal-programs. You can make a secure online donation at www.ccwny.org/donation.

Bulletin message for weekend of February 6-7: “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Jesus calls us to help and love our neighbors, especially those who are struggling. Catholic Charities of Buffalo offers several basic and emergency services, such as food, housing, medications and clothing. Your donation to Appeal 2021 can help us continue to give food to the hungry, clothes to the naked and shelter to the homeless. For more information about Catholic Charities and our other services and programs, visit www.ccwny.org or call our Helpline at 716-218-1419. Catholic Charities is HOPE for all seasons. To make a secure online donation, go to www.ccwny.org/donation.

Our Lady of Pompeii Faith Enrichment. Deacon Dave Rotterman will present “Why God,” the struggle to understand suffering and how and why bad things happen on February 8 at 7 pm at Our Lady of Pompeii Parish in the Ministry Center, 129 Laverack Ave., Lancaster. Due to social distancing restrictions, reservations are required. Call the parish office during office hours at 716-683-6522 to make a reservation.

Virtual Wine Tasting, sponsored by St. John the Baptist, Kenmore, on Saturday, February 13 at 7 pm. Bundles include: three 750ml bottles of wine; sommelier-led seminar (via Zoom); blind tasting with bottle reveal and a special gift from our host, Addy’s Wine & Spirits. To learn more about this special event and to RSVP, contact Michelle Salemi at 716-877-6401 or msalemi@stjohnskenmore.com.

*** Next newsletter will be published on January 25, 2021. ***