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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 http://www.buffalovocations.org or calling 716-847-5535.

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 jacqueline.joy@ccwny.org.

Dominican Nuns to host October Bazaar. The Dominican Nuns of the Perpetual Rosary will host their second October Bazaar on Saturday, October 15 to raise money for the daily operational costs and various necessary maintenance projects around the Doat Street monastery. The bazaar will run from 10am-5pm at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parish, 157 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga. Festivities will include creations by the nuns available for purchase, theme baskets, a silent auction, food and baked goods, a clown, balloon animals, face painting, and more. For more information or to make a donation, call 716-892-0066.

Hildegard de Bingen presented by Dr. Kay Johnson-Gentile on Saturday, October 15 from 9:30-11am at St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence. Learn about Hildegard's life, thoughts, and mysticism. You will never forget this Doctor and Saint of the Roman Catholic Church. For reservations, call 716-759-6893, ext. 175.

Afternoon of Reflection for Women at St. Andrew's Parish (Msgr. Donovan Center), 1525 Sheridan Drive, Kenmore on Saturday, October 15. Why not make a change in your routine? Set aside a few hours just for you. All women are invited for this day of retreat with Sr. Ann Lyons, FSSJ. She will lead us in prayer and bring us to a better understanding of the Pope's request that we practice "careful living." We begin at 12noon in McNulty Hall with lunch and end by 3:30pm. You'll have time to get to the 4pm Mass if you wish. Reserve your space by calling Michelle at 716-725-6860.

Women's Day of Spiritual Renewal. St. Gregory the Great Women's Enrichment invites you to attend a Women's Day of Spiritual Renewal entitled "Crowned by Love, Adorned with Mercy" on Saturday, October 15 from 10am-3pm in the Ministry Center, 200 St. Gregory Court, Williamsville. Join us as we celebrate Christ's love for us in a day of relaxation, revitalization and renewal. Guest speakers Amy Betros from St. Luke's Mission of Mercy and Eileen Warner from Christ the King Seminary. A gourmet lunch and refreshments will be served, along with coffee and tea throughout the day. All women are invited to join us. Prior registration is required. Contact Joy Bila at 716-834-0128 or jbila@hotmail.com to register.

Oktoberfest at Assumption Church, 435 Amherst Street, Buffalo on Sunday, October 23 from 4-7pm. Music by the Bergholtz Band. Beer and wine included with ticket; food available for purchase. For tickets, call 716-875-7626.

Spaghetti Dinner to benefit the Sisters of St. Francis (Williamsville) on Sunday, October 23 from 11am-6pm at Our Lady of Peace, 10950 Main Street, Clarence. Dine in and takeout will be available. Enjoy door prizes, theme baskets, grand prize, 50-50 split, and the ever-popular "Nun-Sweeter" bake sale. For additional information, call 716-632-2155, ext. 687.

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.

Marriage Encounter. St. Paul tells us that God gives us the strength to carry out the plan he put in us to spread the gospel. In fact, God gave us the Holy Spirit so that we can work in power and love and self-control. Do our words and actions shine forth the light of the gospel to others? In your relationships with others, especially your marriage relationship, do you work in power, love and self-control? Allow God to transform your marriage so that it can shine the love of God; it may be the only gospel that some people ever hear! Sign up today to attend the next Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend on November 18-20 at Notre Dame Retreat Center in Canandaigua. For more information, call Rob & Beth at 877-697-9963 or 877-NYS-WWME or go to http://www.wwme-wny.org.

Walking with Grief is a monthly lecture series and support group provided to assist any person 18 years of age or older in their journey of grief. Each month St. Christopher Parish hosts a speaker who will provide knowledge and insight into the grief journey. Time for Q&A is provided. After the 20-30 minute presentation, attendees have the option to participate in small groups according to their loss. The group meets on the second Wednesday of every month from 6:30-8:30pm at St. Edmund Campus, 530 Ellicott Creek Road, Tonawanda in the Fr. Smiroldo Center. There is no charge and all are welcome. Call St. Christopher Parish office at 716-692-2660 with any questions.

If you are a victim of domestic violence and are in need of access to safety planning, spiritual care, legal assistance, limited medical assistance, counseling, law enforcement, the Family Justice Center of Erie County, Inc. "Where Families Come First" is for you! All services are free. All conversations strictly private. For more information, call 716-558-7233 or visit http://www.fjcsafe.org.

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28) Everyday there are things that remind us of our experiences of loss. Grief never takes a vacation! Our free 2016 packet "Coping with Seasons of Loss" is filled with resources, insights, prayers and Scripture support. For your packet, contact the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.org.

The Spirituality of C.S. Lewis presented by Cynthia Widmer, D.Min. on Saturday, October 8 from 9:30-11am at St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence. A look at the life, literature and legacy of this eminent theologian, Christian thinker and apologist. For reservations, call 716-759-6893, ext. 175.

Rosary Rally for America. Please join in the 2016 Public Square Rosary Crusade on Saturday, October 15 at 12noon on the grounds of St. Andrew Parish, 1525 Sheridan Drive, Kenmore. As we all know, the United States is in great need of public prayer, repentance and conversion. We must ask God to save America through the Rosary of His Most Holy Mother. Please join us in praying for our nation. Rain or shine!

Classes for Caregivers. The Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton Street, Elma will host a six-week session of "Powerful Tools for Caregivers," a national program which addresses the problems facing persons responsible for the needs of relatives or friends with physical and/or memory impairments. Each week, attendees will learn new ways to deal with stress, brainstorm solutions to common challenges and receive information on available services to assist them in their caregiving role. Classes will take place from 1-3:30pm on Tuesdays from October 18 through November 22. Fee (paid by insurers Blue Cross/Blue Shield of WNY and Independent Health for members) covers the cost of The Caregivers Helpbook. For more information and registration, contact the Erie County Caregivers Resource Center at caregiver@erie.gov or 716-858-2177.

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 (http://www.JP2Parish.org) or by calling the Parish Office at 716-627-2910, ext. 8 by Monday, October 24.

Give the Gift of True Love! Heart to Heart PAIRS workshops help both men and women learn the tools to communicate skillfully, to problem solve constructively, and to build lasting love in their relationships with their spouse and children. For more information, please contact Dan & Irma at 716-652-1203, email hearttoheartworkshops@yahoo.com or visit http://www.hearttoheartworkshops.com.

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 sue1221@aol.com or Diane Ruminski, Youth & Young Adult Ministry-Diocese of Buffalo, at 716-847-8798 or youth@buffalodiocese.org.

March for Life Pilgrimage. Join us on Wednesday, January 25 - Saturday, January 28, 2017 for the "March for Life" in our nation's capital. Come stand up for the sanctity of life from conception until natural death. Join thousands from across the United States as we pray and march for an end to abortion and promote a culture of life! Cost includes three night hotel stay, breakfast day of March with speaker, lunch buffet on way to Washington, as well as bus transportation and tip. Deposit is due with form (which can be found at http://www.jp2parish.org) by September 15. Space is limited. For questions or more information, contact Father Mike LaMarca at 716-627-2910, ext. 5 or frmikel@jp2parish.org.

Alumni Mass/Polka Mass & Harvest Dinner. The Parish Community of St. John Kanty and St. Adalbert will hold their Annual Alumni Mass/Polka Mass and Harvest Dinner on Sunday, October 9. Mass at 10:30am with music by Rare Vintage. Serving from noon until 4pm (or sold out): homemade beef rollups, sides and desserts. Takeout available. Theme baskets, raffles and more. Offstreet parking. St. John Kanty is located on Broadway (between Brownell and Swinburne Streets), Buffalo. Keep calm and listen to polka music!

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.
* October 9: celebrant Rev. Sean Paul Fleming
* October 16: celebrant Rev. Arthur Mattulke and Deacon John Wlos
* October 23: celebrant Rev. Andrew Lauricella and Deacon David Rotterman
* October 30: celebrant Rev. Patrick O'Keefe
* November 6: celebrant Rev. Michael Burzynski and Deacon Henry Moscicki

Political responsibility from a Catholic Perspective presented by Msgr. Frederick Leising on Monday, October 17 from 7-8pm at Our Lady of Pompeii Church, 158 Laverack Avenue, Lancaster. The 2016 Presidential election will be upon us before we know it! Are you ready to step into the voting booth to cast your vote? Msgr. Leising will help navigate us through that which we hear through culture and the media and that which the Bible teaches us in the exercise of our rights and duties as participants in our democracy. All are welcome! Refreshments follow presentation. Free will offering accepted.

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 mvinti@buffalodiocese.org.

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 pdnyhart1@yahoo.com.

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 http://www.ccwny.org. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

If you are a victim of domestic violence and are in need of access to safety planning, spiritual care, legal assistance, limited medical assistance, counseling, law enforcement, the Family Justice Center of Erie County, Inc. "Where Families Come First" is for you! All services are free. All conversations strictly private. For more information, call 716-558-7233 or visit http://www.fjcsafe.org.

Third Option Program. Do you need to find the joy in your marriage and live a happier, healthier life together? If so, consider attending the Third Option program. This skills-based group helps participants build stronger, more fulfilling marriages. Group meetings are held every third Sunday from 6-8pm at Resurrection Life, 2145 Old Union Road, Cheektowaga. The next four meeting dates for 2016 are:  October 9, October 30, November 20 and December 11. For more information, call Paul or Carol at 716-937-9810 or visit http://www.res-life.com/the-third-option.

Calix is a gathering of individuals who want to improve their spiritual program because they are afflicted or affected by the disease of alcoholism. Calix is for people who are putting together a spiritual program which uses the 12 Step approach. A journey which brings Step 11 into a deeper and fuller meaning. The Buffalo Unit of Calix Society meets the last Sunday of the month at 3pm in the basement meeting room of St. Michael's Church Rectory, 651 Washington Street, Buffalo. For more information, contact Rev. Martin Moleski at 716-888-2383. International website is http://www.calixsociety.org.

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 http://www.buffalodiocese.org/directory 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 http://www.ccwny.org.

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 http://www.nar-anon.org

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 foster.adopt@ccwny.org, 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 http://www.ccwny.org.

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 http://www.ccwny.org 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 http://www.youtube.com/user/DaybreakTV 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 info@xaviersocietyfortheblind.org.

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 http://www.drvc-faith.org.

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 www.fideliscare.org.

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 http://www.ProjecTruth.com or http://www.myspace.com/projectruth.

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 http://www.nyscatholic.org 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 http://hopeafterabortion.com or http://www.menandabortion.info.

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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