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December 10, 2018

Church Bulletin Announcements via Email. The Diocese of Buffalo publishes a weekly email newsletter that offers Church Bulletin Announcements about upcoming events, ongoing ministry and inspirational messages of faith. To subscribe, go to http://www.buffalodiocese.org/email-newsletter and follow the instructions.

The annual display of 600 international Nativity sets at SS. Columba & Brigid will NOT be shown this year. There will be a new location for Christmas of 2019.

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. St. Gregory the Great Church will be holding a prayer service following the noon Mass on Wednesday, December 12 to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. All are welcome to attend and gather near the painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe. St. Gregory the Great Church is located at 200 St. Gregory Ct., Williamsville.

Lessons & Carols. The St. Joseph Cathedral Choir will present a concert of Christmas Lessons & Carols on Monday, December 17 at 7:30 pm, under the direction of Organist-Choir Director Tim Socha. They will be joined by the West Seneca West Vocal Jazz Singers, under the direction of Keith Ersing and the Bell Choir of the Catholic Academy of West Buffalo. Also performing are Diane Dick, solo handbells; Paul Schlossman, English horn; and Sandy Consiglio, oboe. Music will include traditional carols and newly composed choral works. St. Joseph Cathedral is located at 50 Franklin St. (between Church & Swan Sts.), downtown Buffalo. There will be a free-will offering. For more information, call 716-854-5855.

Voices of Mercy Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 29 at 6:30 pm at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Rd. (off Rt. 18E), Lewiston. This annual favorite Christmas concert will be held in the beautifully decorated National Shrine Basilica. Festival lights on every evening from 5-9 pm through January 6. Free parking and admission; handicap accessible. Gift shop open daily 9 am-9 pm. For daily cafeteria hours and more information, call 716-754-7489.

14th Annual Festival of Lights Benefit & Auction on Saturday, January 12 at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Rd. (off Rt. 18E), Lewiston. An elegant evening in support of the Shrine’s renovation is planned. Wine tasting, basket & live auctions, door prizes, and catered dinner. Limited tickets available by calling 716-754-7489. Encore lighting of Fatima Shrine’s Festival of Lights display makes the setting of this gala unique. Come enjoy a fun evening for a great cause. Preview days of auction baskets: Thursday, January 10 & Friday, January 11 from 9 am-7 pm; and Saturday, January 12 from 9 am-3 pm.

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 (MST) 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. 330 or visit www.ccwny.org. In other WNY counties, office-based counseling is always available to families.

Are you or 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.

Jesus’s first miracle takes place at the wedding feast of Cana. Jesus changes water into wine – He changes the ordinary into the extraordinary. Every marriage, whether months or 45 plus years, can go from ordinary to extraordinary. For a free packet filled with prayers, articles, and resources to enrich your marriage, contact the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.org.

Marriage Moment. “Rejoice in the Lord always…the Lord is near.” (Philippians 4:4-5) Sometimes pressure preparing for Christmas can blind us to what’s really important. Start by remembering that Christ lives in your beloved. Pause. Take time to rejoice in each other today.

Parenting Perspective. As your family prepares Christmas gifts for each other, this is a good time to discuss with your child how to share their older but still good toys, clothes, etc. with each other or to donate them for others who don’t have any. “Whoever has two cloaks should share with the person who has none.” (Luke 3-11)

*** Next newsletter will be issued December 17, 2018. ***