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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.

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 and follow the instructions.

Position Available: part-time Bookkeeper at Mary Immaculate Parish, Pavilion and East Bethany. Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 9am-1pm. Position requirements: knowledge of basic accounting principles; ability to use various computer software programs; ability to learn custom church software; ability to meet deadlines; ability to maintain confidentiality; previous bookkeeping knowledge required. Interested parties should contact Mary Immaculate Parish at 585-584-7031 or and provide a current resume.

Christmas Nativity Sets on Display. Father Roy Herberger invites you to experience a display of 580 nativity sets from 58 countries. These international creches will be shown at SS. Columba-Brigid Church, 75 Hickory & Eagle Streets (one block south of Clinton Street). The building is handicap accessible. The hours are from 1-4pm every Saturday and Sunday in December (except on December 24-25) and until the weekend of January 14-15. There is no charge and there is a special section for children. If anyone would like to view the display during the week with a large group (e.g. school children, senior groups, church organizations, etc.), please call Father Roy at 716-852-2076.

Celebrate Christmas. Cardinal O'Hara High School, 39 O'Hara Road, Tonawanda will continue one of its longest running traditions with a Greccio reenactment and Christmas concert starting at 6:30pm on December 14. The O'Hara freshman class will reenact St. Francis of Assisi's pageant which depicts the birth of Jesus. O'Hara's Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Chorus and Song Corps will also perform their annual concert of holiday favorites in the performing arts center immediately following the Greccio reenactment. The music department will host a spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 4-6pm in the student dining room. Eat-in or take-out is available. Dinner tickets may be purchased by calling O'Hara at 716-695-2600.

Buffalo Niagara Concert Band in concert on Wednesday, December 14 at 7:30pm at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Road (off Rt. 18E), Lewiston. This fantastic concert band will perform a program of Christmas and classical favorites in the beautifully decorated National Shrine Basilica. Free parking and admission; handicap accessible. Festival lights on every evening 5-9pm through January 6. Gift shop open daily 9am-9pm. For daily cafeteria hours and more information, call 716-754-7489.

Advent Morning Reflection on Saturday, December 17 from 9:30-11:00am at St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence. Sister Joan Wagner invites you to spend an Advent morning with the exquisite poetry of John of the Cross. For reservations, call 716-759-6893, ext. 175.

Catholic Cemeteries' Christmas Season Masses. The Catholic Cemeteries invites you to join us as we pray, sing, remember and celebrate together in the spirit of the season at our annual Christmas Masses.
Tuesday, December 27 at 5:30 pm
* Mount Olivet Cemetery, 4000 Elmwood Avenue, Kenmore with celebrant Msgr. Francis Weldgen
* Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 500 Riverdale Avenue, Lewiston with celebrant, Msgr. David LiPuma
Wednesday, December 28 at 5:30 pm
* Holy Cross Cemetery, 2900 South Park Avenue, Lackawanna with celebrant Rev. Robert Yetter
* Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 3063 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga with celebrant Msgr. Peter Popadick.
For more information, call 716-873-6500.

Camp Turner's Winter Camp 2016. Boys and girls ages 7-16 are invited to sign up for Camp Turner's Winter Camp. This 3-day overnight camp runs Wednesday, December 28 at 10am through Friday, December 30 at 6pm. The schedule is jam packed with all kinds of great activities including wood working, nature, OLS, low ropes, games-in-the-woods, indoor gaming club, bonfire, dance, Lego club, winter crafting, unique sports. Visit for online registration. Email or call 716-354-4555 if you have any questions.

Our Lady of Blessed Sacrament School's Sweetheart Sweepstakes 2017 on Saturday, February 4. Want a chance to win $10,000! And support a local school in your community? Please consider buying a ticket for the OLBS school's largest fundraiser. The money generated is used to fund programs for the school like STREAM (science, technology, religion, engineering, art and math). Doors open at 5:30pm. Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament is located at 10 French Road, Depew. For ticket information, call Kelly Hartwig at 716-861-4112 or visit

Foundations of Faith Community Nursing. A parish/faith community education program will be held on weekends in February and March of 2017 at Trocaire College, Buffalo. The Foundations of Faith Community Nursing curriculum will prepare interested RNs to function within the American Nurses Association's recognized nursing specialty of Faith Community Nursing. Go to for application and scholarship information or call 716-566-1163 to speak with one of the educators. Deadline for registration is January 16.

St. Paul reminds us in his letter to the Romans of many comforting words. During times of loss, loneliness and grief, we may not feel or recognize God's presence in our lives. Though we can't imagine all the thoughts and feelings you are experiencing right now, we do understand a bit about grieving and that, first of all, it is a process. The Office of Family Life Ministries has a free bereavement packet of materials designed to provide support, especially during the initial stages of grief. For a bereavement packet, p=call 716-847-2210 or email

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

26th Annual Festival of Lights. Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Road (off Rt. 18E), Lewiston is hosting its 26th Annual Festival of Lights by celebrating the upcoming 100th anniversary of Our Lady's apparitions in Fatima, Portugal with this year's theme - God's Love: From the Star of Bethlehem to the Sun of Fatima. Come see the new feature nestled among the 15 acres of spectacular Christmas lights, including a 9-foot tall outdoor illuminated Nativity scene and a life-size Fontanini Nativity scene in the Basilica. Climb to the top of the Basilica and get an angel's view of the Avenue of Saints and the Spirit of Christmas. Festival runs through January 6 with lights on daily 5-9pm. Shrine open daily 9am-9pm. All are welcome. Admission and parking are free. Gift shop open until 9pm. Call for cafeteria hours. For more information and a schedule of our free music concerts, call 716-754-7489.

National Night of Prayer for Life. The Barnabite Fathers and Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Road (off Rt. 18E), Lewiston, invite all to come and join in a National Night of Prayer for Life in the National Shrine Basilica on Thursday, December 8 from 9pm-1am. Eucharistic Adoration, Rosary for Life, and silent time will comprise each hour of prayer. For more information, call 716-754-7489.

A Ceremony of Lessons & Carols on Friday, December 9 at 7pm at Our Lady of Fatima National Shrine Basilica, 1023 Swann Road (off Rt. 18E), Lewiston. Come enjoy a Friday fish fry from 11am-8pm during the festival. Lights on daily 5-9pm through January 6. Gift shop open daily 9am-9pm. Free parking and admission; handicap accessible. For more information, cafeteria hours and a schedule of our entire free music concert series, call 716-754-7489.

Finding Hope in Hard Times presented by Charles Gardner on Saturday, December 10 from 9:30-11am at the St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence. Based on the writing of Henri Nouwen, Turn My Mourning Into Dancing, he encourages us to let go, make ourselves vulnerable and to wait patiently for God's hope often while in a state of despair. Not always easy. For reservations, call 716-759-6893, ext. 175.

Canisius High School presents a Service of Lessons and Carols on December 13 at 7pm at Assumption Church, 435 Amherst Street, Buffalo. All are welcome to attend this free presentation of Christmas carols and readings. The school's new audio CD "Christmas at Canisius" will be available for purchase. For more information, call the school at 716-882-0466.

A Poustinia Experience. Experience the Poustinia - a Russian custom. Twenty Four Hour, Word of God, fasting on bread and water - for humankind. Inquire for a date and information at the St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 716-759-6893.

Retrouvaille. Thinking about separation or divorce? Is your marriage or that of a relative or friend heading for divorce? Do you know how to save that marriage? Or do you feel helpless? Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vi) is designed to help troubled marriages regain their health. It helps spouses uncover or re-awaken the love, trust and commitment that originally brought them together. The program is highly successful in saving hurting marriages, even bringing reconciliation to couples who have already separated or divorced. The next weekend is January 20-22. For more information, call 716-474-9371 or visit

Care for God's Gift of Creation. As an integral ecology emphasis, human beings are deeply connected with all of creation. When we mistreat nature, we also mistreat human beings. At the same time, each creature has its own intrinsic value that must be respected. Let us hear "both the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor," and do our best to ensure an appropriate and timely response. Pope Francis' message for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, September 1, Show Mercy to Our Common Home, 2016. Action: when we purchase goods, we need to remember how creating those goods impact our brothers and sisters throughout the world and our common home, Earth. Go to and learn about what we can do to make the production of our clothing more just and fair.

Catholic Charities' Immigration and Refugee Assistance Program is collecting donations of winter outerwear and clothing. Many of the program's clients do not have proper clothing or shoes for the winter months, especially for those who arrived during the summer. Items being collected include winter boots, galoshes, jackets, coats and sweaters. All sizes are being accepted. Items can be dropped off at Immigration and Refugee Assistance, 20 Herkimer Street, Buffalo from 8:45am-4:45pm Monday through Friday. Please call ahead if possible - 716-842-0270. Consider helping Buffalo's newest neighbors. For more information on Immigration and Refugee Assistance, visit or call 716-842-0270. For frequent updates from Catholic Charities of Buffalo, follow us on Twitter @ccbuffalo and on Facebook at To browse our full list of services and more, visit

National Night of Prayer on December 8 & 9 from 9pm-1am. Let us bow down in unison across the nation before the Blessed Sacrament in Adoration and Reparation for the sins against the lives of our innocent unborn and helpless ones. During the Hour of Unity, 12midnight-1am, we will be united in churches across the country in prayer to end abortion and to restore God's blessings of Life and Religious Liberty in America. Is your parish participating in the National Night of Prayer? Let us know by email -

Holiday Craft, Vendor Show on December 10 from 8am-2pm at Cardinal O'Hara High School, 39 O'Hara Road, Tonawanda. Admission is free. Proceeds will support the senior class prom. Registration fee for vendors/crafters includes one 8-foot table. For more information or application, email or call Rena Hoffman at 716-695-2600, ext. 353.

March for Life Pilgrimage, Washington, DC, January 26-27, 2017. Bishop Richard Malone, Bishop of Buffalo, will be attending the Mass at the Verizon Center in Washington on January 27 with youth groups from Buffalo. 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

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

For Your Marriage. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) provides information and resources about a healthy marriage, in general, and Catholic marriage, in particular. Offerings include a Daily Marriage Tip, regularly changing features like the monthly Marriage Quiz, Book of the Month review and Marriage in the News. They continue to add to the content on a regular basis. Visit, click on "Caring for Your Marriage," then "Resources."

50th Class Reunion. Trying to reach the Graduating Class of 1967 of Archbishop Carroll High School for a 50th Class Reunion. Please contact Nancy at 716-688-0460 or Ev at 716-479-2089 for details.

Family Christmas Movie Night. On Saturday, December 10, Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School's St. Jude Society is hosting a Family Christmas Movie Night om the school's auditorium to benefit St. Jude Children's Hospital, showing the holiday favorite "Elf" starring Will Ferrell. Pizza, popcorn and soft drinks will be available for purchase. A 50/50 raffle, as well as an appearance by Santa and his elf will make this a fun night out for the whole family! Doors open at 6pm with the movie beginning at 7pm. Join us for a memorable event while helping out a great cause. For additional information and cost, contact the school at 716-826-3610.

Villa Maria Chorale Christmas Concert will be held in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel of the Felician Sisters at 600 Doat Street, Buffalo on Sunday, December 11 at 3pm. A program of international carols will be presented. Free will offering.

Advent: It's Not Just a Countdown to Christmas! On Monday, December 12 from 7-8pm at Our Lady of Pompeii Church, 158 Laverack Avenue, Lancaster. Presenter: Deacon Dave Rotterman. Don't get caught up in the hustle and bustle! Learn how to make each day and each moment of the Advent season "count"! It's not a countdown! It's a state of Being! All are welcome. Refreshments follow presentation. Free will offering accepted.

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.

Volunteers Needed. Little Portion Friary, located at 1305 Main Street (south of Canisius College), Buffalo, is a shelter for homeless men and women whose goal is to assist our guests in ending the reasons for their homelessness. Needed are men and women willing to greet and serve the guests on weekends and weekday shifts. Training is provided. It is an ideal ministry for retired seniors as well as for men and women who want another opportunity to "live out" their faith. Please consider in answering God's call to help feed and shelter the homeless. Call Ed L. at 716-875-9629.

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

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.
* December 11: celebrant Rev. Peter Calabrese, CRSP
* December 18: celebrant Rev. Walter Szczesny

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

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.

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

"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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