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Bulletin message for weekend of April 20-21: Jesus, through his death and resurrection, gave us unwavering hope. Today, we rejoice in our Lord and Savior’s glory, and celebrate his promise of eternal life! We also want to thank you for following the example of Appeal Patron St. Faustina, who devoted her life to sharing Jesus’ message of divine mercy. Thank you for showing mercy to those most in need in Western New York. Together with your generous support, we are helping our neighbors find hope. Thank you for your continued support of the 2019 Appeal!

Sorrow: The Rosary Musical presented by Quiet Waters Ministries on Wednesday, April 17 at 7 pm at St. Michael Church, 651 Washington St., Buffalo. Live performance; fully costumed cast; original score; rosary prayers; perfect for the family to celebrate Holy Week. Parish groups welcome. Free will offering. Parking in Ellicott St. lot. Handicap access. For further information, call 716-854-6726 or visit www.stmichaelbuffalo.org.

Ignite! on Holy Thursday, April 18, at St. Michael Church, 651 Washington St., Buffalo. Join the Salt+Light Young Adult Community for another uplifting evening of music, prayer, adoration, confessions, and a social. Make us a stop on your Seven Churches Tour. Music ministry starts after 7 pm. Church open until 11 pm for prayer. Parking in Ellicott St. lot. Handicap access. For further information, call 716-854-6726 or visit www.stmichaelbuffalo.org.

Adoration at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 5337 Genesee St., Bowmansville. Adoration will be held from 9 pm on Holy Thursday (April 18), all the way through both nights until 10 am on Holy Saturday (April 20). We will stop Adoration for the Veneration of the Cross on Good Friday at 3 pm. Adoration will then continue again all the way until 10 am on Holy Saturday. Come spend time with Jesus to prepare your hearts for Easter.

Ecumenical Tenebrae Service to be held at Nativity of Our Lord, 26 Thorn Ave., Orchard Park on Good Friday, April 19 at 7 pm. Tenebrae is a church service observed during the final part of Holy Week commemorating the sufferings and death of Christ. For more information, contact Melissa at 716-662-9339, ext. 145 or mpotzler@nativityschool.net.

Divine Mercy Novena will start on April 19 at 6 pm at St. Philip the Apostle Church, 950 Losson Rd., South Cheektowaga. On Divine Mercy Sunday, April 28: Rosary at 2:15 pm, Chaplet at 2:45 pm, and Mass at 3 pm. For the schedule of services, visit www.stphiliptheapostleparish.org.

Inclusive Easter Mass. On Wednesday, April 24, St. Bernadette Parish welcomes families with special needs to an Inclusive Easter Mass at 7 pm, with Sacrament of Reconciliation available at 6 pm. The wheelchair accessible church is located at 5930 South Abbott Rd., Orchard Park. Fr. Bryan Zielenieski will be the celebrant. This Mass offers a short, less crowded worship setting. The lighting will be dimmer, the music soothing, and low gluten hosts will be available. Sponsored by the Open Doors Ministry which advocates for the inclusion of people with disabilities into the life of the parish. Questions may be directed to Parish Advocates, Heidi Mack at 716-646-0792 or heidimack@verizon.net or Mariann Hamm at 716-474-6876.

“Investment Rules of the Road” on Wednesday, April 24 from 1-2:30 pm at St. Francis Park, 5229 South Park Ave., Hamburg. Move toward achieving your financial goals with Edward Jones’ 10 Rules of the Road to investing. Sonja Jensen-Schell, Financial Advisor from Edward Jones, will discuss how these rules can help you learn the fundamental concepts of investing and potential strategies for building wealth. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations required by calling 716-649-1205 before April 22.

“Tea in the Park” on Thursday, April 25 from 1-2:30 pm at St. Francis Park, 5229 South Park Ave., Hamburg. Spring is a perfect time to see if St. Francis Park is your cup of tea! For seniors who no longer want the burden of home ownership, see how living at St. Francis Park can enable you to sit back and enjoy life. Join us for light refreshments and a casual presentation, followed by a tour of this unique senior living community. There will be plenty of time to get your questions answered. Presentation starts at 1 pm, followed by a tour of the St. Francis Park Community. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations required by calling 716-649-1205 before April 23.

St. Michael’s Choir School from Toronto, an all-boys choir, will perform on Thursday, April 25 at 7 pm at St. Gregory the Great Church, 200 St. Gregory Ct., Williamsville. The choir has not performed in the diocese in over 10 years. This event is free and open for all to attend. For more information, visit https://www.stgregs.org/st.-michaels-choir-school-performance/ or St. Michael’s School at www.smcs.on.ca.

Polka Mass & Dinner on Sunday, April 28 at Our Lady of Pompeii, 129 Laverack Ave., Lancaster. Mass at 11:30 am, with dinner to follow from 1-4 pm in St. Peter & St. Paul Auditorium. Tickets are pre-sale only; call the parish office at 716-683-6522.

Divine Mercy Sunday – April 28th – at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 5337 Genesee St., Bowmansville. Confessions from 2-3 pm; Divine Mercy Chaplet at 2:45 pm; Mass at 3 pm, with Eucharistic Adoration from 4-5 pm. Come join the celebration with us! For more information, contact the rectory at 716-683-2375.

Chicken BBQ. Immaculate Conception Church of Mary Immaculate Parish invites you to our first Chicken BBQ of the year on Sunday, April 28 from 10:45 am until sold out at the Church Hall, Rt. 63, East Bethany. One of the best in the area, your dinner includes a half chicken, a baked potato, vegetable, coleslaw, roll and butter, coffee or tea, with pie or cake for dessert.

“Close to Home, the Family, the Brain and Addiction” on Wednesday, May 8 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Church of the Annunciation, Selbert Hall, 7580 Clinton St., Elma. Scheduled speakers: Dr. Richard Blondell, Avi Israel, and Suzanne Mix. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 716-683-5254 or visit www.annunciation.cc.

Baker Victory Nite 2019. Help us build a playground and create childhood memories at Baker Victory Nite 2019 on Thursday, May 9 at Templeton Landing. Doors open at 6 pm. Silent and Live auctions, limited split club sales, and more. For more information or to purchase your ticket today, visit www.BakerVictoryNite.org. Each ticket comes with a sit down dinner and open bar. Proceeds will go to help build a playground for the children in Baker Victory Services’ Foster Care programs.

Congrega Society of Buffalo Biannual Mass & Breakfast in honor of the Crowned Virgin on Saturday, May 11 at St. Lawrence Church, 1520 E. Delavan Ave., Buffalo. Mass at 9 am. Celebrant is Fr. Chris Okoli; members of St. Lawrence Chamber Choir will provide the music. If you have not previously attended the Mass and breakfast for this devotion, please contact Mary J.D. Steinhauser at 716-656-7195 to be added to the breakfast count.

“God-Given Wellness Through Prayer, Song & Essential Oils.” Healthy Me: Food and Drink; Healthy Hearts: Worship and Prayer; Healthy Homes: Bible, Oils & Chemical-Free Living presented by Carrie Ford and Tammy Stanek, RN on May 13 at 6:30 pm at Our Lady of Pompeii, 129 Laverack Ave., Lancaster. Bring a healthy dish, snack, or drink to share.

“Annie.” Christ the King School production of “Annie” will be performed on May 17 & 18 at 7 pm at Mt. St. Mary Academy, 3756 Delaware Ave., Kenmore. Tickets pre-sale or at the door. Call 716-839-1430 or email jernst@myctkschool.com.

Charge of the Knights 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run on May 18 at 5:45 pm at SS. Peter & Paul School, 5480 Main St., Williamsville. The Charge of the Knights features an exciting course through the historic Village of Williamsville. The post-race party includes live music, food, a beer tent, and children’s activities. All proceeds benefit SS. Peter & Paul Faith Community. For more information, visit www.ChargeOfTheKnights.com.

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.

Connecting Families to Sacramental Ministries for Children and Youth. Attention: all Parish Catechetical Leaders, Sacramental Coordinators, Sacramental Preparation Catechists, RCIA-C, baptism teams, confirmation teams, liturgists… The Center for Ministry Development invites you to join us for the 2019 National Workshop Series for Catholic Leaders on Saturday, June 8 from 8:30 am-2:30 pm at St. Francis Park, 5229 South Park Ave., Hamburg. This workshop will provide vision and practical resources for leaders to know, welcome, engage, and empower parents as they share faith and sacramental life with their children. Registration now open at: https://www.buffalodiocese.org/event/101143.

“The Mystical Perspective of Earth & Cosmic Consciousness,” a 6-night, 7-day retreat, June 19-25 Center of Renewal Retreat & Conference Center, 4421 Lower River Rd., Stella Niagara. Presenters: Denise Turcott, CSC; Norman Comtois, OMI; Dorothy Landry, CAGS. For flyer and other details, call 716-754-7376, ext. 2. Pre-register by June 6.

“Life Changing Experience” for Teens. All high school students are invited to develop their leadership skills and make lifelong friends at the Catholic Leadership Institute (CLI), June 26-July 2 at Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora. Participants will learn communication, decision-making, planning, and other leadership skills that will help them in daily life and in any leadership position they assume in school, church, or work. Past youth participants have described CLI as a “life-changing experience” that helped them develop confidence, grow in their faith, and build solid, supportive friendships. For more information, visit www.dobyouth.org or call the Department of Youth & Young Adult Ministry at 716-847-8789.

2019 Hilbert College Boys and Girls Summer Basketball Camps. The Boys weeks are June 30-July 4 and July 14-18. The Girls weeks are July 7-11 and July 21-25. The check-in is on Sunday(s) between 2:30-4pm and each camp concludes on Thursday(s) at 3pm. Campers are given the choice of staying on campus (resident camper) in air conditioned Trinity Hall, or commuting (day camper). Day camp runs from 9am-9pm weekly. All meals included in the cost. To register or for more information, go to www.hilberthawks.com and go to the men’s or women’s basketball page(s). For more information on the Boys camps, please contact Hilbert College Head Men’s Basketball Coach Rob deGrandpre at 716-926-8803 or rdegrandpre@hilbert.edu. For more information on the Girls camps, contact Hilbert Head Women’s Basketball Coach Amy Senefelder at 716-926-8775 or asenefelder@hilbert.edu.

Camp Turner. Horseback riding, grooming and care; campfires, archery, hiking, fishing, challenge course, arts and crafts, basketball, gaga, 9 square, soccer, dodgeball, court hockey, creek walking, drama, dance, outdoor living skills, beach trips, ping pong, daily prayer, weekly Mass within 65,000 acres of Allegany State Park. We honor cabin-mate requests. Sign up for a week now! Spaces are filling up! Visit www.CampTurner.com for session dates and themes, Parent Handbook, and to register for camp. Visit www.FriendsofCampTurner.org for financial assistance application.

Directed Retreat Week – August 11-17 – at Center of Renewal Retreat & Conference Center, 4421 Lower River Rd., Stella Niagara. Three or five day directed retreats also available. Spiritual directors planned for this retreat include: Fr. Tom Hartle, OFM; Sr. Jean Thompson, OSF; Sr. Nancy Fortkort, OSF; Sr. Donna Lord, GNSH; with additional directors as needed. For flyer and details, call 716-754-7376, ext. 2. Pre-register by July 28.

Join Fr. Piotr Zaczynski on a Pilgrimage in the footsteps of St. Paul & the Early Church to Greece and Esphesus, plus 3 day Greek Isles Cruise on the Aegean Sea from October 15-25, 11 days/9 nights. For more information, contact Fr. Piotr Zaczynski at sacredheartlkwd@yahoo.com or 716-763-2815.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land – October 21-30. Hosted by Fr. David Glassmire, Pastor, Ascension Parish, Batavia. Walk where Jesus walked…cruise the Sea of Galilee…visit Nazareth…climb the Mount of Olives…and view the Old City of Jerusalem…walk the via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre…visit Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity. Tour price includes round trip air from Toronto, first class hotels, breakfast and dinner daily, comprehensive sightseeing, porterage, entrance fees, and much more! For a detailed brochure, contact Fr. David Glassmire at 585-343-1796 or email pastor@ascensionrcc.com. Don’t miss this trip of a lifetime!

2020 Pilgrimage with Fr. Peter Karalus. Join Fr. Peter Karalus, Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia of the Diocese of Buffalo, to The Oberammergau Passion Plan (The Event of the Decade!), including Munich, Innsbruck, Salzburg & Vienna on September 7-16, 2020. The trip includes bus for flights from/to Toronto. Mass at historical locations, 4-star centrally located hotels, breakfast daily, some dinners, ground transportation, guides, and all tips and taxes. Deposit and first payment to ensure Passion Play tickets due soon! Do not delay! If you are interested and want to learn more, visit www.jp2parish.org for the trip’s full itinerary and amenities (under home/pilgrimages) or call 716-847-5500 for more information.

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 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 www.fjcsafe.org.

Pray for our Priests. The Marian Movement of Priests Prayer Cenacle meets every Monday morning from 10-11 am in the Parish Center at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 5337 Genesee St., Bowmansville. All are welcome. Please take some time out of your day to join us in praying for our priests. For more information, call the rectory at 716-683-2375.

Listen to the Good News. You can listen to Western New York Catholic Weekly which airs on WXRL-AM (1300), WCJW-AM (1140) and WJTN-AM (1240), and to Catholic Today which airs on WLVL-AM (1340) on your radio and online. Podcasts are available at www.wnycatholic.org/radio. Radio ministry is funded in part by your generous donations to the Catholic Communication Campaign.

Diocesan social media. You can follow the Diocese of Buffalo on social media so you're up-to-date on what's happening in your diocese. Follow the Diocese of Buffalo on Facebook, Twitter (@buffalodiocese), Instagram (@buffalodiocese), and YouTube (/bufdiocese), and don't forget to follow Bishop Richard Malone on Twitter (@bishoprjmalone).

Online resources. The Catholic Communication Campaign supports two online projects you might not be aware of, the Catholic Directory and masstimes.org. The diocesan Catholic Directory, published by the Office of Communications, is available as a free download on the diocesan website, www.buffalodiocese.org/directory. It is the official guide for the Diocese of Buffalo and is updated every month. Masstimes.org is a great resource when you are out of town or at home. It contains Mass times for parishes all over the country. Your generous donations to the annual Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC) make these two efforts possible.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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