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Drive-thru Chiavetta’s Chicken Dinner on Saturday, October 24 from 11:30 am-2:30 pm at St. Andrew, Crocker & Reiman Sts., Sloan. Dinners include: ½ chicken, potato salad, coleslaw, dinner roll/butter. For tickets and payment options, call the rectory at 716-892-0425 or visit St. Andrew-Sloan facebook page.

Food Drive Collection. The St. Vincent de Paul Society will be collecting canned or boxed non-perishable items the weekend of October 24-25 at St. Gregory the Great Church, 250 St. Gregory Ct., Williamsville. Please bring your donations to the Church entrance. Food bags will be handed out at Masses on October 24-25.

Pork Chop Dinner and Raffle on Sunday, October 25 from 12-4 pm (or until sold out) at Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, 6298 Broadway (between Schwartz & Ransom Rds.), Lancaster; curbside pickup. Dinner includes pork chop, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet & sour cabbage, vegetable, roll and dessert. Raffle Tickets: 1st Prize is Dinner for Two at Russell’s with a Jacuzzi Suite at Salvatore’s Grand Hotel, 2nd Prize is $100 Wegmans Gift Certificate, 3rd Prize is $100 Cash, 4th Prize is $75 Gas Card and more! Dinner tickets and raffle tickets may be purchased by calling the parish office at 716-685-5766.

Hope in the Darkness: Depression & Suicide in a Pandemic. Are you or someone you know suffering from anxiety or depression in these Covid days? Don’t know where to turn for emotional or spiritual help? Help parishioners cope and manage their mental health with the help of their Catholic faith. Join Catholic psychotherapist Dan Lawson on October 28 at 6:30 pm live at St. Martin of Tours, 1140 Abbott Rd., Buffalo or livestreaming on St. Martin of Tours Buffalo Facebook. To register to attend the free live presentation, call 716-823-7077. For more information, contact Dawn Iacono at diacono@stmartinbuffalo.com or visit www.stmartinbuffalo.com.

Candle Light Vigil Mass of Remembrance for the souls of the faithfully departed on Wednesday, November 4 at 6:30 pm at St. Gregory the Great, 250 St. Gregory Ct., Williamsville.

Are you wondering what to do with your life? Do you want to follow God but aren’t sure how? Do you have questions about religious life, married life, the diaconate, single life or the priesthood? Come to a Discernment and Vocations night at St. Bernadette Parish, 5930 South Abbott Rd., Orchard Park: for high school/teens on November 6 from 6:30-8:30 pm; for college students and older on November 10 at 7 pm. Learn helpful tips for discerning your purpose, hear vocation stories and experience the many ways God calls us all to service. Questions and RSVPs, contact Sister Colleen at srcolleen@saintbopny.org or 716-649-3090, ext. 109.

Divine Mercy Devotions every Friday at 3 pm LIVE on facebook: Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels, Olean. Pope Francis has granted a Plenary Indulgence for praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet during these trying times. Experience LIVE Adoration with Divine Mercy Chaplet and Litany led by Fr. David Tourville.

St. Rose of Lima Parish is pleased to offer the former convent, John Paul II Residence on Winston Rd., North Buffalo for small group retreats. There are 12 rooms and 14 beds available; a downstairs bedroom with a private bath that can house a retreat director/leader of a group; a full kitchen, dining room, meeting rooms, chapel, 3 reflection rooms. Internet can be provided. Parking on parish grounds. Groups responsible for cooking, cleaning and laundering; washer/dryer on premises. There is no elevator so all guests must be able to walk up a flight of stairs to the bedrooms and bathrooms/shower facilities. Retreatants are welcome to both daily and/or weekend masses at St. Rose of Lima Parish, which is a short walk away. For further booking information, call Fr. Joe Rogliano, Pastor of St. Rose of Lima, at 716-834-6688; or if he is not available there, call his residence at St. Mark Rectory at 716-836-1600.

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.

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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