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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 https://www.buffalodiocese.org/email-newsletter and follow the instructions.

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.

SAVE THE DATE: Annual WNY Catholic Men’s Conference will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Cardinal O’Hara High School, 39 O’Hara Rd., Tonawanda. We welcome the attendance of priests, deacons, religious, and seminarians and can use the help of priests for confessions.

LIGHT the rosary musical by Quiet Waters will be presented in the church at Fourteen Holy Helpers, 1345 Indian Church Rd., West Seneca on October 19 at 7 pm. Bring your families to this live performance of over 30 actors which will bring the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary to life. A free-will offering will be taken and is open to everyone. For more information, call Karen at 716-674-2070 or visit www.fourteenholyhelpers.org.

Theology of the Body, presented by Alyson Borowcyk on Monday, October 22 at 7 pm at Our Lady of Pompeii, 129 Laverack Ave., Lancaster. How John Paul II defined authentic, rightly-ordered love as God intended us to experience, and how our culture is presenting a distorted view of love. Mrs. Borowcyk will discuss how to speak with loved ones regarding premarital relationships, homosexuality, and transgenderism in a charitable and truthful way. For more information, call the church office at 716-683-6522.

Mass honoring the life of John Neumann on Wednesday, October 24 at 6 pm at St. John Gualbert Church and Diocesan Shrine, 83 Gualbert Ave., Cheektowaga. The diocesan shrine contains over 1,100 relics, including several from this local saint. The Mass will be presided by Fr. Michael Burzynski and will include a presentation on these relics of John Neumann. Everyone is invited to join us in this celebration. For more information, call the rectory at 716-892-5746.

Harvest Dinner & Mass on October 28 at St. John Kanty Parish, 101 Swinburne St., Buffalo. Mass at 10:30 am and dinner served 11:30 am-4 pm or until sold out; eat-in or take-out. Serving beef rollups with homemade sides and desserts. Basket raffle and more! All are welcome to celebrate with us. Off street parking; handicap accessible.

Annunciation Holy Name Society to host Pork Chop Dinner & Basket Auction on Sunday, October 28 beginning at 12 pm at Church of the Annunciation (Selbert Hall), 7580 Clinton St., Elma. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door and dinners available until sold out. Take-out also available. For more information, please visit www.annunciation.cc.

38th Annual Friends of Father Baker Reception on Friday, November 2 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo; doors open at 6:30 pm. The highlight of the evening, hosted by Mary Alice Demler, news anchor at WGRZ-TV, is the presentation of the Father Baker Service to Youth Awards. This year’s recipients are Ronald Thaler and Douglas Coleman. In addition to the awards, we will also pay tribute to the 110th anniversary of the opening of the OLV Infant Home. Proceeds from the event, hosted by OLV Homes of Charity, will benefit the programs and services at Baker Victory Services, OLV Homes of Charity, OLV National Shrine and Basilica, and OLV Elementary School. To purchase tickets or make a donation, contact Melanie Brem at 716-828-9289 or online at www.FriendsOfFatherBaker.org.

Annual Women’s Retreat at St. John Paul II Parish, 2052 Lakeview Rd., Lake View on Saturday, November 10 from 8:30 am-1:30 pm. Theme is “Living Water…Come and Be Refreshed!” The retreat begins with Mass at 8:30 am, followed by a light breakfast, retreat program and lunch at 12:30 pm. This event is free of charge and open to all. A free-will offering will be accepted. Seating is limited. Call the parish office at 716-627-2910 or email parish@jp2parish.org to reserve your seat. Women are invited to bring a new or gently used winter clothing item or blanket as a donation to the St. Vincent de Paul Society Winter Clothing Drive taking place at the parish that weekend.

Veteran & Military Support Services. With Veterans’ Day coming up, it’s important to note Catholic Charities, in collaboration with D’Youville College, provides assistance to military-affiliated students. The Veteran and Military Support Services Project is located at 325 Koessler Administration Building, 320 Porter Ave., Buffalo (on the D’Youville Campus). Through this project, support services are offered to students who are veterans, active military and their families as they navigate their higher education. Staffed by Counselor Jennifer Schultz, the Veteran and Military Support Services Office is open Mondays from 8:30 am-4:30 pm; Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 am-6 pm; and Thursdays and Fridays from 8 am-4 pm. Jennifer can be reached at 716-829-8322 or by email at j.schultz@ccwny.org or schultzj@dyc.edu.

Catholic Charities Department of Parish Outreach and Advocacy maintains eight pantries and outreach centers in Erie, Cattaraugus, and Allegany counties to provide food for people in need. The pantries are supported by generous donations from individuals and community organizations. To make a donation or for more information about Catholic Charities Parish Outreach and Advocacy, call 716-218-1400, ext. 2005 or go to www.ccwny.org. You can also join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

If you are doing some summer cleaning and sorting through children’s clothing for the upcoming school year, keep Ladies of Charity in mind. The volunteer organization (featured last spring on an Al Roker segment of the Today Show) is affiliated with Catholic Charities and accepts donations of new or gently used clothing, footwear, purses and bags, and household items like small kitchen appliances, curtains and drapes, dishes, utensils, and bed linens. Donations are used for the Ladies’ Lots of Clothes Thrift Store and for the Fresh Start program, which provide basic household goods for those who have experienced home displacement. Donations can be dropped off from 10 am-2:30 pm weekdays at 1122 Broadway, Buffalo, or from 10 am-1:30 pm on the first Saturdays of the month (excluding holiday weekends). For more information, call 716-895-4001.

Ignatian Volunteers are semi-retired and retired men and women who share their time and talents to help local non-profit agencies address important community issues through volunteerism. If you are interested in the opportunity to use your leadership and professional skills to transform our communities while being supported through spiritual reflection in your ministry and passion to serve others, contact Minnie Wyse, Director of Ignatian Volunteer Corps Buffalo at St. Michael Parish, 716-854-6726 or 716-479-1334; www.ivcusa.org. IVC needs volunteers for the following open positions: administrative; processing donations, mail, answering calls for a local non-profit; communications and volunteer coordinator for a local school district.

Volunteer Services for Catholic Health. We are called to reveal the healing love of Jesus to those in need. If you are looking for a unique and mission driven volunteer opportunity in your community, contact Heide Cornell, Director, Volunteer Services for Catholic Health at 716-319-8405. Currently seeking musicians, artists in residence, goodwill ambassadors, cheer committee members, and correspondence volunteers at our Erie County sites and van drivers for Mount St. Mary’s Hospital & Health Center, Lewiston.

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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