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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.

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Golf Tournament. Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School will host the annual Jim Hillery '51 Green & Gold Golf Tournament on Monday, July 24 at Brierwood Country Club in Hamburg. The tournament offers a day of lunch, golf, cocktails, and dinner while providing tuition assistance to students who would otherwise be unable to attend Timon. In addition to individual golf reservations, sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact Michelle Patterson, Director of Advancement at The schedule for the day begins with registration at 11am, followed by a buffet lunch from 11:30am-12:30pm, 1pm shotgun start, 5pm open bar, basket & silent auction, and concludes with dinner at 6pm. There will be contests of skill throughout the day. This year's sponsors include Brian Seifert '88, Mattingly Cavagnaro, LLP and Margaret Martello, Realty USA.

Anointing of the Sick Healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine will be held on Thursday, August 3 at 7pm at Holy Trinity Church, 1032 Central Ave., Dunkirk. Fr. David Bellittiere and the Friends of St. Peregrine cordially invite those afflicted with cancer or need special healing, who wish to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick to attend this healing Mass. For further information, call 716-283-0011 or visit

Day of Mercy. On Friday, August 4, St. John Paul II in Lake View will be having a "Day of Mercy." The day begins with 8:30am Mass in the main church, followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 9am-5pm. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available from 9-11am and 2-4pm. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be recited at 3:45pm and the day will conclude with benediction at 4:45pm. All are invited to come and spend some time in prayer. St. John Paul II is located at 2052 Lakeview Rd. (between Rt. 5 & Rt. 20), Lake View.

Outdoor Mass at St. John XXIII Parish. Join Bishop Richard Malone on Sunday, August 6 at 10am for an Outdoor Mass at St. John XXIII Parish, 1 Arcade St. (corner Harlem Rd.), West Seneca. As St. John XXIII Parish's Church celebrates its 60th Anniversary, funding for it was originally obtained from the Masses held on its historic Outdoor Altar called "Mount Calvary." Formerly St. William Church, Masses had been held on the Outdoor Altar as part of Diocesan and West Seneca heritage. Bring chairs for seating. Call 716-823-1090 for more information.

Annual Men's Retreat from September 15-17 at Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora. The theme is "Evangelization" and the presenter will be Deacon William Hynes. This is open to all men. Registration begins at 4pm on Friday, September 15 and concludes with Mass on Sunday, September 17. For more information or reservations, contact Rev. Paul Sabo at 716-604-4948 or the Holy Name Office at 716-847-2201. Reservations are limited to 60 men (currently 30 are registered.)

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

Our Domestic Violence Program for Men is just one of the many services offered through Catholic Charities of Buffalo. In January 2016, Daniel entered the program for 26 weeks following a court order. "I enjoyed coming every week," Daniel said. "I learned how to have respect for women and others, and how to be calmer. It destabilized the theory of a man needing to be macho." After completing the program, Daniel's case was closed and his harassment charges were dropped. Our Domestic Violence Program for Men is offered in all eight counties of Western New York. To learn more, call 716-896-6390.

Wedding Anniversary Mass. If you know of any couple or couples that are celebrating their 50th, 60th or 70th Wedding Anniversary for the year of 2017, a special Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, October 15, 2017 by Bishop Richard J. Malone, at 3pm at St. Joseph Cathedral located in downtown Buffalo. Following the Mass, an informal reception will be held at the Adam's Mark Hotel. Please contact your parish rectory as soon as possible if you wish to attend.

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

Annual Triduum to Saint Anne at St. John Kanty Church, Broadway (between Brownell & Swinburne Sts.), Buffalo. We invite you to celebrate our annual Triduum to Saint Anne on Friday, July 21 at 12:15pm celebrated by Fr. Walter Matuszak; Saturday, July 22 at 4pm celebrated by Fr. Michael Burzynski; and Sunday, July 23 at 10:30am celebrated by Msgr. Matthew Kopacz. Welcome friends as we honor Saint Anne, mother of Mary, grandmother of Jesus.

Anointing of the Sick Healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine will be held on Tuesday, July 25 at 7pm at St. Gabriel Church, 5271 Clinton St., Elma. Fr. David Bellittiere and the Friends of St. Peregrine cordially invite those afflicted with cancer or need special healing, who wish to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick to attend this healing Mass. For further information, call 716-283-0011 or visit

Girls Basketball Camp. Cardinal O'Hara High School will host Mike McCarthy's Basketball Camp July 25-27 from 9am-4pm at the school, 39 O'Hara Rd., Tonawanda. The camp, directed by McCarthy, is for girls entering grades 4-9 in the fall. O'Hara's award winning coaching staff and players will teach skills and ways for participants to improve their basketball skills. Cost is $75 per player. To register or for more information, go online at or call the school's admission office at 716-695-2600, ext. 357.

Fr. Michael Gaitley Retreat. Join bestselling author of 33 Days to Morning Glory, Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC and the Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy for an inspiring retreat at St. Gregory the Great Parish, 200 St. Gregory Ct., Williamsville, from October 20-21. The retreat will include 5 conferences with Fr. Gaitley, Mass, Adoration, personal testimonies, and much more. Tickets are $49.95. Proceeds from this event support the work of the Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy who minister to the homeless, poor, and needy. To register, visit For more information, contact 413-944-8500, ext. 10 or

Summer Retreat Opportunities at Christ the King Seminary.
* Pray & Paint - En Plein Air Retreat - August 10-11. Facilitated by Gina Marie Cutrona. Encounter art, pray and create during this retreat. Creating is prayer and a conduit to a deeper spirituality - nurture your body, mind, and spirit while praying, painting, and creating outdoors. Retreat will be held rain or shine.
For further information go to,1/per_page,10 or, contact Doug George, Director of Lay Formation, at 716-655-7091 or

Chiavetta's Chicken BBQ & Red Cross Blood Drive on Sunday, July 16 from 12-5pm at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 4263 St. Francis Dr., Athol Springs. Tickets: $10 pre-sale; $12 at the door includes chicken, drink, and dessert. For more information, call 716-627-3357.

St. John Vianney Lawn Fete. A 5K race, Food Truck Rally, Classic Car Show and entertainment by Hit N Run and Eric Van Houten are among the highlights of the 25th annual St. John Vianney Lawn Fete, taking place July 20-23. The parish is located at 2950 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park. For more information, visit or call 716-674-9133.

Reunion - Annunciation School (formerly on Buffalo's West Side) currently holds an annual reunion each autumn for those who attended the elementary school, the high school, or both. The reunion is by reservation only, so at this time we are seeking to locate former students and faculty. Please provide your contact information to Sr. Corinne Yarborough at or call 716-939-2318.

Church of the Annunciation Picnic. A weekend filled with live music, classic cars, numerous raffles and delicious food offerings will highlight the 80th annual summer picnic at the Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma from Friday, August 18-Sunday, August 20. On Friday: fish fry at 5pm, Classic Car Cruise Night from 6-9pm, and music from 7-11pm. On Saturday: will kick off at 1pm, pork chop dinner at 4pm, musical entertainment from 1-11pm; clam chowder available throughout the day; also, a special blessing of motorcycles and riders will take place outside the church at 6:15pm. On Sunday: Polish Polka Mass at 11:30am, chicken barbecue beginning at noon, and music from 12:30-8pm; also, first responders and emergency vehicles will receive a special blessing outside the church at 12:45pm. For additional information, visit or call the parish office at 716-683-5254.

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."

Walking with Grief is a monthly lecture series and support group provided to assist any person 18 years of age or older in their journey of grief. Each month St. Christopher Parish hosts a speaker who will provide knowledge and insight into the grief journey. Time for Q&A is provided. After the 20-30 minute presentation, attendees have the option to participate in small groups according to their loss. The group meets on the second Wednesday of every month from 6:30-8:30pm at St. Edmund Campus (Fr. Smiroldo Center), 530 Ellicott Creek Road, Tonawanda. There is no charge for attendance and all are welcome. Call St. Christopher Parish Office, 716-692-2660, with any questions.

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.
* July 23: celebrant Rev. Michael LaMarca
* July 30: celebrant Rev. Richard Zajac

Third Option Program. Do you need to find the joy in your marriage and live a happier, healthier life together? If so, consider attending the Third Option program. This skills-based group helps participants build stronger, more fulfilling marriages. Group meetings are held every third Sunday from 6-8pm at Resurrection Life, 2145 Old Union Road, Cheektowaga. The remaining 2017 dates are: September 10, October 1, October 22, November 12, December 3 and December 17. For more information, call Paul or Carol at 716-937-9810 or visit

Father Baker Day. Please join us on Sunday, July 30 at 12pm to celebrate Father Baker Day - a full Mass at Our Lady of Victory Basilica, 767 Ridge Rd., Lackawanna, with a reception immediately following - commemorating the 81st anniversary of Father Nelson Baker's passing. To reserve your space at the reception, contact our Special Events office at 716-828-9289.

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.

Catholic Speaker and Musician, Chris Bray, will be coming to the Newman Center, 495 Skinnersville Rd., Amherst on Friday, September 8 from 7-9:30pm . Students are free with the showing of their UB ID Card. Community and general admission is $5. Tickets are on sale now! You can purchase them at the Newman Center or online under Christ Bray ticket. For more information, call 716-636-7495.

Watch Mass every day on your TV, tablet or computer. In addition to airing the morning Mass from St. Joseph Cathedral on Time Warner/Spectrum Cable, you can now watch the replay of the gospel and homily each day on Daybreak TV Productions' Facebook page and on This is funded in part by your generous donations to June's Catholic Communication Campaign.

Fatima Pilgrimage. 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the Apparitions at Fatima, Portugal. Father Paul Seil, Pastor of St. Bernadette Church, Orchard Park, will be leading a pilgrimage to Fatima, Santiago de Compostela, Avila, Madrid and Lourdes. Departure is November 9 by motorcoach to Pearson Airport, Toronto, with return on November 19. Transportation, hotels, admissions, 2 meals most days and tips are included. For a brochure, call Linda Jeswald at 716-649-3090.

Reunion: Save the Date! South Park High School's Class of 1967 will be celebrating its 50th reunion on September 23 at Carriagers Social Club Grove, 224 Fisher Rd., West Seneca from 6-11pm. Cost $25 includes a live band and appetizers; cash bar. Classes of '66 and '68 are welcome. Spread the word. For more information, contact Joan at

Rosary Novena for Life now until November 18, completing nine consecutive months of prayer. Each Mass takes place at 8am on the last Saturday of each of those months (with some exceptions as noted by*) remaining dates: July 29, August 26, September 30, October 28 and November 18*. Masses are held at St. Rose of Lima Parish, 500 Parker Ave., Buffalo. Silently and prayerfully after Mass we process to the local abortion clinic to pray the rosary for mothers, fathers, their unborn children and the ultimate end to abortion. Closing prayers will take place upon our return outside of St. Rose of Lima.

Scholarship Money Available for Private School Education. The BISON Children's Scholarship Fund, a tuition assistance program for children in grades K-8, has scholarships available for the 2017-2018 school year. Interested families can visit the BISON website to learn more about the application process, including financial eligibility and key deadlines. With a maximum award of $1,900 per child, this is a great opportunity for families who want a private education or their children but are unable to afford it. For more information, please visit or call 1-888-216-8380.

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

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).

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

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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