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Do you feel that you might be called to priesthood or know someone who is? If so, you might want to inquire about two discernment programs. The first is the St. Joseph Club, which is a program for high school boys who wish to take a closer look at the vocation of priesthood and consider the possibility that God is calling them to it. The second is the Response Program, which is for gentlemen of college age and older who believe that God is calling them to priesthood and wish to listen to God's voice more closely while benefitting from discernment resources and the support of fellow discerners. Both of these programs are free of cost. Brochures containing schedules and other details will be sent to parishes soon. Information can also be attained by visiting or calling 716-847-5535.

The Diocese of Buffalo wants your feedback. A survey has been created to understand perceptions about how deacons are currently ministering within our community, as well as direct future needs so that our ordained deacons are able to effectively minister to all people within the diocese. Please visit to take this short survey.

Evening Adoration and Holy Hour for Mercy on Thursday, October 27 from 6-7pm at St. Andrew Church, 1525 Sheridan Drive, Kenmore. We begin with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, prayers for the Holy Hour and Benediction. All invited to share in this power hour of prayer.

An Evening of Prayer and Healing. Christ the King, 30 Lamarck Drive, Snyder is hosting a Mass and Healing Service on Friday, October 28 with Frank Kelly of Boston, MA. Endorsed by Cardinal Sean O'Malley, OFM Cap., Frank travels the country sharing his life experiences, spiritual knowledge, his healing ministry and spiritual discerning words, gifted through Scripture. Join us for Mass at 7pm, followed by the healing service. Light refreshments will be offered.

Celtic Spirituality presented by Eileen Charleton on Saturday, October 29 from 9:30-11am at St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence. This program will be focusing on St. Brigid. We will share various prayers and talk about how we can incorporate Celtic Spirituality in our personal prayer. Participants are welcome to bring their favorite Celtic prayer, symbol or song to share. For reservations, call 716-759-6893, ext. 175.

Anointing of the Sick Healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine on Thursday, November 3 at 7pm at St. Stephen Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island. Fr. David Bellittiere and the Friends of St. Peregrine cordially invite those afflicted with cancer or need special healing, who wish to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick to attend this healing Mass. For further information, call 716-283-0011 or visit

38th Annual Bob Ivory Run. The St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute Alumni Association is proud to announce the 38th running of the Bob Ivory '47 Run on Sunday, November 6. Race time is 9am in front of the school at 845 Kenmore Avenue; registration begins at 7:30am in the school gym. This longstanding road race has a new course this year (certified by USA Track & Field), using the Town of Tonawanda's "Rails to Trails" running trail and is also now an 8K, one of the few races of that distance in WNY. All runners receive a free gift and after the race there is plenty of food, refreshments and door prizes in the school gym. Proceeds benefit the Alumni Association Endowment Fund which provides scholarships to deserving students to attend St. Joe's. For more information and to register, visit

Concert at SS. Columba-Brigid Church, 75 Hickory Street, Buffalo on Sunday, November 6 at 6pm. This special concert will combine the choirs of St. Joseph's Church in Fredonia and the one from SS. Columba-Brigid. Some favorite local musicians will also be a part of this evening of inspiring music. A social will follow the concert and there is no charge for the event. The building is handicapped accessible.

Handling the Holidays. The holiday season is not always greeted with happy anticipation. Grief may make it difficult to carry on as usual. Programs will be presented on:
* Monday, November 7 at 4pm at St. Aloysius, 157 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga. Presenter: Ann Stayer, a former teacher and member of our grief support program.
* Tuesday, November 15 at 7pm at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 4000 Elmwood Avenue, Kenmore. Presenter: John Kalinowski, a certified Chaplain and Vice-President for Mission Integration for Catholic Health Services at Mercy Hospital. Programs open to the public; no charge. For more information or to reserve a spot for either date, call Marianne Hubert, Director of Grief Support, at 716-873-6500.

36th Annual Friends of Father Baker Reception on Friday, November 11 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. Doors open at 6:30pm. The highlight of the evening is the presentation of the Father Baker Service to Youth Awards. This year's recipients are Michael Taheri, volunteer at St. Luke's Mission of Mercy, and Jacey Diez, Niagara University student volunteer. Proceeds from the event, hosted by OLV Homes of Charity, will continue Father Baker's legacy of caring. To purchase tickets or to make a donation, contact Melanie Brem at 716-828-9289 or visit

Still Groovin'. Cardinal O'Hara High School, 39 O'Hara Road, Tonawanda will host its 23rd Annual Hawk-tion, "Friday Night Fever," on November 11 beginning at 6pm with silent auction bidding, followed by dinner at 8pm, live auctions and a disco club dance. Disco-style fashions, a reminder of the disco club scene of the 60s and 70s, will be capped off with a disco dance party at the end. Tickets may be purchased by calling the O'Hara Advancement Office at 716-695-2600, ext. 312 or email or go online at

Buffalo Peace House Annual Fall Fling on Saturday, November 12 at SS. Peter & Paul Church, 66 E. Main Street, Hamburg. Cocktails at 5:30pm, dinner at 6:30pm. Proceeds support this special ministry that currently houses 21 people from 5 countries who are seeking permanent legal asylum in the US. For ticket prices and more information, contact Fr. Roy Herberger at 716-852-2076.

Attention: Married Couples - It's Date Night: "Marriage Is..." on Saturday, November 12 from 7-9pm at St. John Paul II Parish, 2052 Lakeview Road, Lake View. Those of you who are married remember well the time when you first met your spouse-to-be and started dating. Are you still dating? You want to go on dates with your spouse but you don't seem to find the time. It is fun, it is light, and most of all you don't have to share your thoughts or feelings with anyone except your spouse! Finger foods and drink provided. Free will offering. Please register at or 716-627-2910.

Living Mercy Beyond the Year of Mercy presented by Deacon Bill Hynes on Monday, November 14 from 7-8pm at Our Lady of Pompeii Church, 158 Laverack Avenue, Lancaster. The close of the Year of Mercy is quickly approaching! Here is an opportunity to reflect on mercy and to learn ways to make mercy part of our everyday lives, beyond the formal "Year of Mercy!" All are welcome. Refreshments following presentation. Free will offering accepted.

Sunday TV Mass. For those who are unable to physically attend Mass, the Diocese of Buffalo provides a televised Mass from the Our Lady Chapel at St. Joseph Cathedral that airs each Sunday on WUTV-Fox channel at 7:30am.
* November 13: celebrant Rev. Angelo Chimera
* November 20: celebrant Rev. John Stanton and Deacon Gary Andelora
* November 27: celebrant Msgr. Richard Siepka
* December 4: celebrant Rev. Richard Reina
* December 11: celebrant Rev. Peter Calabrese, CRSP
* December 18: celebrant Rev. Walter Szczesny

Marriage Encounter. Jesus tells us not to exalt ourselves; not to be filled with pride and self-righteousness or we will be humbled. We are called to imitate our Lord, Jesus Christ, who is meek and humble of heart. Do you show this attitude of heart in your relationship with God and others? Are you kind and loving putting them ahead of yourself? Discover the love and joy that God wants you to experience in your marriage - sign up today to attend a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend on November 18-20 at Notre Dame Retreat Center in Canandaigua. For more information, call 877-NYS-WWME (877-697-9963) or visit

Making Disciples for a New Generation. Great training for all youth workers! Saturday, November 19 from 9am-3pm at Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora. This workshop will give adults the skills and strategies for growing mature teen disciples in today's world. Designed for all adults who work with middle school and high school youth, this day-long event will nourish your mind, heart and soul so that you can better reach the minds, hearts and souls of our young people. The day will help you connect spiritually with today's youth, understand the distinct characteristics of today's generations of youth, and learn how to evangelize and form disciples with these generations. Pre-registration required. Register online by November 14 at

March for Life Pilgrimage, Washington, DC, January 26-27, 2017. Bishop Richard Malone, Bishop of Buffalo, will be attending the Mass at the DC Armory or Verizon Center in Washington on January 27 with youth groups from Buffalo. Breakfast and Mass at the Washington Plaza Hotel: keynote speaker, Caroline Carver; come hear and learn from the organization "Talk About Adoption." Buses will depart on the morning of Thursday, January 26 from various locations. Washington Plaza Hotel reservation: 202-842-1300 or 800-424-1140; mention Diocese of Buffalo. Reminders: hotel deadline date is December 19; bus deadline date is December 30. Money non-refundable if payment received after December 30. For prices, registration form and bus locations, check our website under "Yearly Calendar" at

God Knows Parenting is a Wild Ride! If you ever wished for practical tools, resources, skill-building techniques, and lots more, one of these free parenting packets is designed just for you. Parenting Packet I: addresses the basic tough tasks of raising children in today's world. Parenting Packet II: is for those separated or divorced; focuses on positive ways to co-parent well in order to help children of all ages who are profoundly affected by their parents' divorce deal with the pain and upheaval in their lives. Parenting Packet III: death and grief are inescapable. If you feel ill-prepared to discuss death with a child, you are not alone. This packet offers useful tools from preschool through teens. For your free packet, please call the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or e-mail

All Souls Day Masses will be celebrated at the Catholic Diocese Cemeteries on Saturday, October 29 at 10am. Please join us as we remember our faithful departed at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Kenmore, Holy Cross Cemetery in Lackawanna, Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Lewiston or Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Cheektowaga. For more information, call 716-873-6500.

Pro-Life Office - Rosary Novena for Life on Saturday, October 29 at 8am at St. Rose of Lima Church, 500 Parkside & Parker Aves., Buffalo. Mass will be celebrated by Rev. Jacek Mazur, Pastor of Divine Mercy & St. Mary of the Cataract Parishes, Niagara Falls, followed by a silent and prayerful procession to and from a local abortion clinic (optional) where we will join together in prayer. Closing prayers will take place upon our return outside of St. Rose of Lima. For more information, contact the Pro-Life Office at 716-847-2205.

Women's Retreat. The annual Women's Retreat at St. John Paul II Parish will be held on Saturday, November 19 beginning with 8:30am Mass and concluding with lunch at 12:30pm; light breakfast following Mass. The theme is "Becoming a Saint! Who? Me? What Else is There?" We will examine saints and saintly people, as we're all called to be saints. Registration is necessary and seating is limited. Register online at A free will offering will be taken up. St. John Paul II Parish is located at 2052 Lakeview road (between Rts. 5 & 20), Lake View. For more information, call the parish office at 716-627-2910.

If you been abused or victimized by a member of the Catholic clergy, please believe in the possibility for hope, help, and healing. We encourage you to come forward and speak out. Every diocese in the United States has a victim assistance coordinator who is available to obtain support for your needs, to help you make a formal complaint of abuse to a diocese, and to arrange a personal meeting with the bishop or his representative, if you desire. The victim assistance coordinator for the Diocese of Buffalo is Jacqueline Joy. The telephone number to contact Ms. Joy is (716) 895-3010. Written complaints can be sent to Ms. Joy at Catholic Charities, 425 Main Street, Dunkirk NY 14048. Her e-mail address is

Annual Fall Festival. Our Lady of Hope Parish will be hosting their Annual Fall Festival on Saturday, November 5 at 5:30pm at our new location - Catholic Academy of West Buffalo, 1069 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo. Admission includes a sheet of tickets for the basket auction, and one coffee and dessert. We will have a kitchen with wonderful food for purchase, basket auction, 50/50 split, international bake table and much more. Our parish is a multi-cultural community on the West Side of Buffalo and this is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year. For further information, call 716-885-2469.

Gift Card Shower and Dinner to assist the newly opened Mother Teresa Home. Cheryl Calire, Director of Pro-Life Activities for the Diocese of Buffalo, and Sara Dolph will each be speaking at a dinner event on Saturday, October 29 at St. John Paul II, 2052 Lakeview Road, Lake View, following 4:30pm Mass. The Mother Teresa Home serves women who have opted to say "Yes" to life. During October, designated as the "Pro-Life Month," St. John Paul II Parish will be collecting gift cards from Target, WalMart, Bed, Bath & Beyond, and Tops to be donated to the home. RSVP for the dinner online ( or by calling the Parish Office at 716-627-2910, ext. 8 by Monday, October 24.

Catholic Religious Awards for Scouts. Groups are forming to begin work on Catholic Religious Awards for Scouts grades 7-12. Mary the First Disciple and Spirit Alive for Girl Scouts, also Ad Alare Dei and Pope Pius XII for Boy Scouts. Upon completion, medals to be presented by Bishop Richard Malone at St. Joseph Cathedral on April 8, 2017. Books are also available for younger scouts to begin working on their awards. For more information and/or training, call or email Sue Vermeulen at 716-778-8887 or or Diane Ruminski, Youth & Young Adult Ministry-Diocese of Buffalo, at 716-847-8798 or

Western New York Catholic of the Diocese of Buffalo Pilgrimage to Fatima and Lourdes. Under the auspices of the Western New York Catholic, Msgr. David Slubecky, Vicar General, will lead a 13 day pilgrimage to Portugal, Spain and France from March 16-28, 2017. Details of the itinerary can be found in the September issue of the Western New York Catholic. An informational night will be held in Msgr. Britt room of St. Joseph Cathedral Rectory at 7pm on Wednesday, October 19.

The God's Family Program began over ten years ago to help parish catechetical leaders meet and assist persons with disabilities. It is a unique, family/intergenerational program that offers catechesis to people of all ages with disabilities; it can be used as either a supplement or an alternative to the parish faith formation program. God's Family meets once a month on Saturdays from 12-2:30pm at Baker Hall School. If you would like a detailed schedule or more information regarding the God's Family Program, contact Mario Vinti with the Office of Lifelong Faith Formation at 716-847-5521 or

Teams of Our Lady is a program that seeks to promote authentic married love that not only leads to God but also to a more intimate and enriching relationship with one's spouse. A Team is a group of five to seven couples affiliated with a Catholic priest/chaplain who have freely decided to join together to find support in their efforts to lead Gospel lives. For more information or a brochure, contact Patti & Dave Nyhart at 716-648-5363 or email

The Marriage Counseling Center of Catholic Charities offers locations in Amherst and West Seneca and is a unique resource in Western New York because of its dedication to counseling couples for more than 50 years. Services are provided by master's level therapists who specialize in couples' treatment, pre-marital counseling and individual counseling for relationship problems. To refer a couple, simply give the interested party our phone number, 716-839-4406, and have them call our office between 8:45am-4:45pm weekdays. Check us out at You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Journey Into Love. The Office of Family Life Ministries is looking for married couples to assist with the monthly diocesan marriage preparation program, Journey Into Love. Married couples help by giving a 20 minute talk once or twice a year on essential topics and issues that engaged and newly married couples face. Married couples that support this ministry find it beneficial to their own marriage and their efforts contribute to the strengthening of family life as couples prepare for their marriage. If you are interested in finding out more about this very successful diocesan marriage program, call the Family Life Office at 716-847-2210.

Ireland 2017 Pilgrimage - An Unforgettable Journey in the Emerald Isle. Join Fr. Peter Karalus, pastor of St. John Paul II, Lake View on this remarkable trip September 20-30, 2017. The trip includes non-stop flight from Toronto to Dublin, Mass at historical locations, 4 star centrally located hotels, breakfast daily, high tea, several dinners, all tips and taxes. If you are interested and want to learn more about the trip's itinerary and amenities, you are invited to learn more at an Ireland 2017 Pilgrimage Preview Night on Monday, June 27 at 7pm in the Community Room of St. John Paul II Parish, 2052 Lakeview Road, Lake View. A full itinerary and complete details will be available at the Preview Night. Call 716-627-2910 for more information.

Office of Pro-Life Activities - Telephone Hotline Numbers. Unplanned Pregnancy, Abortion Alternatives & Healing: 716-847-2205. St. Gianna Pregnancy Outreach Centers, helping mothers and fathers in need: 716-842-BABY (2229) Buffalo, 716-203-7593 Chautauqua County, 716-284-BABY (2229) Niagara County. Project Rachel, post-abortion reconciliation: 716-847-2211. 

Diocese of Buffalo Catholic Directory... The Catholic Directory is now available as a free download on the diocesan website. Published by the Office of Communications, it is the official guide to the offices, institutions, and organizations of the Diocese of Buffalo. It contains addresses and phone numbers for every parish, priest, deacon, and religious sister and brother in the diocese and is essential for anyone involved in parish ministry. Visit to download, view or print the official Catholic Directory of the Diocese of Buffalo, just one of the many projects funded in part by your generous donations to the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC).

Daily TV Mass. Do you know someone who misses going to Daily Mass because of an illness or injury? The Diocese of Buffalo provides Mass from the Our Lady Chapel at St. Joseph Cathedral Monday-Friday. The Mass airs on Time Warner cable Ch. 20 at 12:05pm (city) and at 12:05pm and 6pm (suburbs).

Have you heard of our Service Corps? The Catholic Charities Service Corps (CCSC) gives recent college graduates the opportunity to spend a full year in service to their community. Individuals room together and share their talents to give back to the community. Whether it be counseling, serving the homeless, assisting refugees, helping those who are disabled, or working against domestic violence, the CCSC touches all levels of the community. For more information, please call 716-218-1400 ext. 2005 or visit

Nar-Anon Family Groups offer support for those affected by another's addiction. Group meets weekly on Mondays at St. Andrew's Church, 1525 Sheridan Drive, Kenmore. Newcomer meeting begins at 6:30pm; regular meeting at 7pm. Located in the Loyola Room (door between Church and Rectory, off parking lot). For more information about Nar-Anon Family Groups, visit

Give the gift of a home. Catholic Charities works diligently to provide children in need of a family (temporarily or permanently) with a loving home. Catholic Charities provides parent training, home studies, placement and supervision until an adoption is finalized and is willing to be with the family every step of the way. Interested in learning more about fostering or adopting a child? Email, contact our offices at 716-856-4494 ext. 360, or come to an informational meeting on October 13 from 10-11:30am or 6-7:30pm at 525 Washington Street, Buffalo. For more information on Catholic Charities and the services we provide, visit

Catholic Charities' Immigration & Refugee Assistance Program is looking for such furniture items as chairs, dining room and kitchen sets, basic personal household items, school supplies, gift cards and volunteers to set up apartments and drive the delivery truck. Want to repurpose old furniture? Like to furnish homes? Consider helping the Immigration & Refugee Assistance Program. Please call 716-842-0270 or visit for more information.

"Consider This...." Don't miss Bishop Richard Malone's weekly message on "Consider This...." Fridays on the Daybreak Facebook page, diocesan website, and YouTube channel and also after the Daily Mass during the week. 

The Xavier Society for the Blind is looking for volunteers to record from your home computer periodicals for their website. They will provide the recording program and headset. Please call (212) 473-7800 and leave a message or email

Natural Family Planning provides couples with a safe effective means to achieve or avoid pregnancy and gain understanding of their gift of fertility. A new video 'Plan Your Family Naturally: An Introduction To Natural Family Planning' is now available and will enhance and enrich your marriage preparation efforts. Two married couples and NFP educators share their own experience giving heartfelt, real-life witness to its effectiveness, challenges and many benefits ... practical, relational and spiritual ... as they cooperate with God's natural plan for married sexuality. Produced by the Diocese of Rockville Centre/Office of Faith Formation. Visit

Fidelis Care, the New York State Catholic Health Plan, wants to make sure that every child in the diocese has access to quality, affordable health coverage. Parents are encouraged to apply for enrollment in New York State's Child Health Plus program. Every child under age 19 residing in the state is eligible for free or low-cost health insurance coverage through the program. Covered benefits include doctor visits, checkups, dental and eye exams, immunizations, hospital and emergency care, prescription drugs, and more.  Depending on a family's income and household size, Child Health Plus with Fidelis Care may cost very little or nothing at all. Parents can choose their child's own doctor from the Fidelis Care network - a healthcare professional in their neighborhood they know and trust. A happy, healthy child is life's greatest gift. Call Fidelis Care toll-free at 1-888-FIDELIS (1-888-343-3547) TTY: 1-800-421-1220 or visit

ProjecTruth is founded on the belief that as students develop virtues through character education, they build a strong internal commitment to making healthy life choices. ProjecTruth has reached over 50,000 teens across Western New York since its 2001 inception. Visit or

Make Your Voice Heard - The New York State Catholic Bishops have formed a statewide Catholic Advocacy Network of concerned Catholics who want to put their faith into action. Together, we can speak out in support of the poor and vulnerable, the sick and elderly, the unborn, children and families. Our parish encourages you to join this network. There is no cost. The easiest way to join is to go to to sign up. Or you can send your name, address, phone number and email address to Catholic Advocacy Network, New York State Catholic Conference, 465 State Street, Albany, NY 12203-1004. Be sure to mention you are a member of our parish in the Diocese of Buffalo.

PROJECT RACHEL is in the heart of the Church. Don't suffer alone; be set free from the pain. Many women and men suffer in silence from their abortion experience that is not easily erased. The Father of mercies is ready to give His forgiveness, hope and peace to all who grieve with this wound. The Project Rachel Program offers confidential, spiritual healing. (716) 847-2211 and also see or

Pharmaceutical Access Program of St. Vincent de Paul is designed to help those who need prescription medications, but can't afford them. The Society has designed this service for many who are on low or fixed income situations. In order for this program to work, we need volunteers to help with phone calls and also client interviews. If you would like to help or need more information, please call 882-3360, ext. 8.

The Catholic Guild for the Blind is a volunteer organization under the auspices of Catholic Charities dedicated to providing spiritual and social opportunities for persons who are visually impaired. Volunteers transport and assist the visually impaired to participate in a variety of community activities. If you have the time to help out on a regular basis, or from time to time, please call 853-4424, ext 305. You'll be rendering a service to some very impressive people.

Crossroads is a Catholic community of single adults, forty years of age and older, seeking to share diversified spiritual and social needs and blessings. We welcome people of all faiths. Crossroads respects and upholds the spiritual, moral, and ethical teachings of the Catholic Church, including respect for life. Meetings are held once every other month. For more information, contact Barbara at 685-2818.

The Catholic Alumni Club is a 35 year old national organization for Catholic single professionals. We invite Catholic singles over 21 years of age to join and become active with us. For more information, contact Marcia Popaduch (693-0640), Rich Stroh (895-7612), or Al Schneider (633-7157).

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