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Pickle Jar Challenge. Shortly after Appeal 2020 began, we received a donation in the form of a pickle jar from a man named Bill. During his walks to and from work, Bill said he started paying attention to the loose change he found on the ground and also to the bottles and cans he would come across. He thought of times in his life when he could have been kinder and wasn’t, so to do some good he started picking up the loose change and recyclables. He then put the change and money from redeeming the recyclables into a jar for Catholic Charities. He added that when he noticed the jar wasn’t full, he had faith and suddenly he noticed more coins and cans. Bill’s pickle jar this year amounted to $173.41. Inspired by Bill’s great work of charity, we challenge YOU to start your own Pickle Jar Challenge by collecting coins and dollar bills in pickle jars in support of Appeal 2020. Interested in getting started and receiving a pickle jar for your challenge? Call Catholic Charities at 716-218-1400, ext. 2020. Think of Me.

The Strong Start Early Learning Academy at the Church of the Annunciation is currently accepting registrations for the 2020-21 school year. The Pre-K is located at 7580 Clinton St., Elma. New Pre-K4 afternoon class will run Monday-Friday from 12:15-2:45 pm; Pre-K3 class will run Monday & Wednesday from 9-11:30 am. Strong Start Learning Academy is a fun and Christ-centered learning community featuring programs such as Handwriting Without Tears and Building Blocks Math. The program follows NYS standards and ensures that all activities are challenging but maintain developmentally appropriate practices. For more information, contact Program Director, Carrie D’Attilio at 716-681-1327, email cdattilio.annunciation@gmail.com or follow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Annunciation-Strong-Start-Pre-K-186615578614654/.

St. Gianna Pregnancy Outreach Center – Niagara’s NEW LOCATION at Msgr. Carr Center, 620 Tronolone Pl., Niagara Falls. Temporary phone: 716-842-2229 (Buffalo Center). The center will be open Wednesdays 1-4 pm. We look forward to our new home in the Msgr. Carr Institute in Niagara Falls. We will continue to work for and with expectant moms, dads and families, especially those with unplanned or unsupported pregnancies. We are a 100% volunteer and nonprofit organization. Donations of your time and baby needs are always welcome. For more information, call the Buffalo Center at 716-842-2229. Donations for the Niagara St. Gianna Pregnancy Outreach Center are to be payable to St. Gianna Pregnancy Outreach Center, in memo line write “Niagara Area,” and mail to Office of Pro-Life Ministry, 795 Main St., Buffalo. Thank you for all your support to our centers.

Pilgrimage to the Oberammergau Passion Play – August 22-30, 2020. Hosted by Msgr. David LiPuma. Tour price includes preferred covered seating at the Oberammergau Passion Play, premium accommodations throughout the tour, daily breakfast, 8 dinners, deluxe motor coach transportation, professional English-speaking tour director, comprehensive sightseeing, porterage, entrance fees and more! For a brochure, more information or to RSVP to our September 30 tour presentation, contact Adam Stumpf at 716-862-7613 or astumpf@thetravelteam.com. A limited number of spaces remain!

Trip to Italy: Rome, Palermo and Sicily from September 14-23; hosted by Fr. Paul Bossi. Includes papal audience, flight to Sicily; leaving from Toronto, transportation included. For more information, call 716-461-9147 or email fprbss@aol.com.

Stay connected online. The Office of Communications manages and supports many of the online platforms and associated ministries of the Diocese of Buffalo with websites and social media handles. The diocesan website (www.buffalodiocese.org) features job and ministry opportunities, a listing of all diocesan parishes, upcoming events, and information on several of the diocesan departments that support parish work throughout Western New York. In addition, the Western New York Catholic (www.wnycatholic.org) website features ongoing and breaking news in the diocese.

The Young Church. The Western New York Catholic features articles for the young church in every issue. Look for “The Scene” which reports on young people’s faith in action, and the “Sound Board” where youths share their opinions on important topics and issues. Pick up the latest Western New York Catholic in your parish, at local Tops Markets, or visit www.wnycatholic.org. The Western New York Catholic is funded in part by your generous donations to the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC).

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 You Tube (/bufdiocese). Follow the Western New York Catholic on Facebook (@wnycatholic) and Twitter (@WNYCatholic), and don’t forget to follow Bishop Richard Malone on Twitter (@bishoprjmalone).

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.

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. Call 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 716-853-4424, 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 716-685-2818.

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