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

Rosary Novena for Life on Saturday, September 30 at 8am at St. Rose of Lima, 500 Parker Ave., Buffalo. Mass will be celebrated by Rev. Andrew Lauricella, followed by a silent and prayerful procession to and from a local abortion clinic (optional) where we join together in prayer. Closing prayers will take place upon our return outside of St. Rose of Lima. For more information, contact the Pro-Life Office at 716-847-2205.

7th Annual Friends of the Poor Walk. The St. Vincent de Paul Society of WNY will be holding their 7th Annual Friends of the Poor Walk on Saturday, September 30 at 10am. The 1.5 mile walk will take place at Goat Island in beautiful Niagara Falls State Park. Enjoy the beauty of the Falls while raising money to assist those less fortunate. Last year the walk raised over $7,500 and every dollar went to feed and clothe the less fortunate of WNY. To register, visit http://www.fopwalk.org. Any questions, call Greg Smith at 716-912-1408.

A weekend away for a lifetime of change. The Beginning Experience is a weekend program for people whom have worked through the initial anger and despair which occurs in the first stages of grief after the death or separation or divorce of one's spouse. One can turn the pain of loss to an experience of positive growth. Beginning Experience is a Christian based non-denominational program under the auspices of the Diocese of Rochester. The program takes place at camp Stella Maris on Conesus Lake. The next weekend is coming up in October. For more information or reservations, call the Beginning Experience hotline at 585-987-1750.

Respect Life Mass. Bishop Edward Grosz, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, invites all to St. Joseph Cathedral on Sunday, October 1 at 10:30am Mass to celebrate the gift of life. Blessings of families, babies, and expectant mothers will be held after Mass, followed by light refreshments in the social hall. Come celebrate the gift of life.

National Life Chain will take place on Sunday, October 1 from 2-3pm along Niagara Falls Blvd. and outlying areas. Together, let us build the largest chain by participating in this prayerful, peaceful event. View our website for a list of parishes participating: http://www.buffalodiocese.org/prolife-events.

International Harvest Festival at Assumption Church, 435 Amherst St., Buffalo on Sunday, October 1. Begins with procession at the 10am Mass. Pancakes, variety of toppings and sausage will be served. Bake sale, variety booths, vegetable market, crafts. All are welcome.

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 2017 dates are: October 1, October 22, November 12, December 3 and December 17. For more information, call Paul or Carol at 716-937-9810 or visit http://www.res-life.com/the-third-option.

Open House at Canisius High School. Come see for yourself all Canisius High School has to offer on Sunday, October 1 from 9:30am-12:30pm or Monday, October 2 from 5:30-7:30pm. At the open house, prospective students and their families can see the school's facilities, learn about the excellent college preparatory curriculum, transformational retreat and service opportunities, and top-notch athletics and co-curricular activities. It is also a chance to meet other students, parents, Jesuits, faculty, administrators, and coaches. More information at http://www.canisiushigh.org/openhouse. Canisius High School is located at 1180 Delaware Ave., Buffalo.

St. Francis Week at Hilbert College. Fr. David Couturier, OFM Cap., Dean of the School of Franciscan Studies at St. Bonaventure University, will present a lecture entitled, "Franciscan Values and Millennials: Envisioning a Healthy World Economy" on Monday, October 2 at 7pm in Swan Auditorium. The lecture will attempt to show how St. Francis' understanding of a social or fraternal economy can inform many of the economic challenges that millennials face today and into the future. Free and open to the public.

Care of God's Gift of Creation. October 4 is the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi. In Laudato Si, Pope Francis says: "Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. I do not want to write this Encyclical without turning to that attractive and compelling figure, whose name I took as my guide and inspiration when I was elected Bishop of Rome. I believe that Saint Francis is the example par excellence of care for the vulnerable and of an integral ecology lived out joyfully and authentically." Take time with nature during this beautiful month of October and pray for the healing of Sister Water and Mother Earth.

Opioid Awareness and Narcan Training Class. A free opioid awareness and narcan training workshop will be offered at 12pm on Sunday, October 22 at the Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma. The 2 hour workshop will focus on the opioid epidemic in Erie County today, signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose, the Good Samaritan Law, the use of Narcan (naloxone) to reverse an overdose and more. Those over 16 are eligible to receive a Narcan kit dependent on NYSDOH supply availability. All participants will also receive instructions on how to get Narcan at a pharmacy. Water and coffee will be provided and participants are invited to bring a brown bag lunch. Registration is required. To register, call the Annunciation Parish office at 716-683-5254 or email dkeenan.annunciation@gmail.com.

High School Entrance Exam Prep Course. Canisius High School, 1180 Delaware Ave., Buffalo is offering three tutoring sessions to help young men prepare for the Entrance and Scholarship Exam. Class sizes are small, with a focus on individual attention. The Entrance Exam Tutorial Course runs for three Saturdays prior to the exam beginning October 28. Cost of course if $75. Learn more at http://www.canisiushigh.org/examcourse.

Common Ground: From Burma to Buffalo...The Journey to Freedom - How Thousands of Burmese Refugees Are Energizing the West Side, presented by award winning journalist Jerry Zremski, the Buffalo News Washington Bureau Chief, on Sunday, October 29 at 12pm at Calvary Episcopal Church, Hughson Hall, 20 Milton St. (at S. Cayuga Rd.), Williamsville. All are welcome. For additional information, call 716-633-7800.

We can be a light at the end of the tunnel. If you have a child ages 12-17 who is displaying chronic behaviors such as: noncompliance, verbal and/or physical aggression, truancy, school failure, not following curfew, running away, illegal substance abuse and/or criminal activity in two or more environments (home, school and/or community), consider our Multisystemic Therapy Program in Erie, Niagara, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties. MST is an intensive, family-focused intervention provided in the natural environment of the youth. Interventions are research-based and the program offers 24/7 availability. For more information on Catholic Charities' MST program, call 716-204-0555, ext. 330 or visit http://www.ccwny.org.

Journey into Love. Has your marriage taught you many things? Would you be willing to pass this knowledge on? The Office of Family Life Ministries is looking for married couples to help run the diocesan marriage prep program, Journey into Love. Couples help by giving a 20-minute talk on topics and issues that engage and newly married couples face. If you are interested in helping with this program, call the Family Life Office at 716-847-2210.

The Western New York Catholic will have a special section devoted to area veterans in the November edition. These men and women deserve our thanks. If you are a vet or know a vet, contact the Western New York Catholic so that we can tell their story. Email the Managing Editor, Patrick McPartland, at pmcpartland@buffalodiocese.org.

Meat Raffle. The Home School Association at Cardinal O'Hara High School will host a meat and basket raffle on September 29. Doors open at 6pm; first spin at 7pm. Admission includes beer, wine, and soda. Bring your own snacks and a cooler for your winnings. Anyone purchasing tickets by September 25 will receive a free sheet of basket raffle tickets. $5 admission. For information or tickets, call O'Hara at 716-695-2600, ext. 312 or email rorr@cardinalohara.com. Cardinal O'Hara is located at 39 O'Hara Rd., Tonawanda.

Oktoberfest - Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish, 57 Center Ave., North Tonawanda invites you to their Oktoberfest on Saturday, September 30 from 5:30-11pm. $10 admission. Children under 12 are free. Music by Niagara County's own Bergholz German Band. Beer, pop, bratwurst, sauerkraut, German potato salad, limburger cheese sandwiches available for purchase.

October Retreat. Three sons of St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parish in Cheektowaga, Father Mark Noonan, Father David Richards, and Father Robert Zilliox, priests of the Diocese of Buffalo, will return to their home parish of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, 157 Cleveland Dr., Cheektowaga to participate in the parish's Fall Retreat. The parish retreat will take place on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, October 2, 3 & 4, beginning at 7pm. The theme of the retreat is "Our Call to Holiness."

Anointing of the Sick Healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine will be held on Wednesday, October 4 at 7pm at Good Shepherd (Good Shepherd worship site), 5441 Tonawanda Creek Rd., North Tonawanda and on Thursday, October 5 at 7pm at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 4263 St. Francis Dr., Hamburg. Father 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 http://www.stperry.org.

Minister of Holy Communion Training is being held on Saturday, October 7 from 9am-1pm at Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Rd., East Aurora; on Saturday, October 28 from 9:30am-2pm at Immaculate Conception Parish, 4671 Townline Rd., Ransomville; and on Saturday, November 4 from 9:30am-2pm at Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora. Applications can be found on the diocesan website or from your parish office; applicants need to be approved by their pastor. Applicants must bring a Bible and should bring a light lunch or snack with them. Any questions, contact the Office of Worship at 716-847-2210.

"Cremation the Process" on Wednesday, October 11 from 6:30-8pm at Mount Calvary Cemetery's Pine Lawn Chapel located at 2951 Harlem Rd., Cheektowaga. Hear from industry experts. This no cost question/answer session revolves around the word "cremation." Program will address topics including the process itself, legalities, religious views and the options available to those choosing cremation. An optional tour of the crematory is offered after the program. For reservations, call 716-892-6600.

Catholic High School Exam Prep Course. Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart will offer a four-week course designed to prepare 8th grade girls for the Catholic High School Entrance Exam. Girls will receive preparation for both the English and Math sections. The course will run four Saturdays from 9am-12noon beginning Saturday, October 14. The cost of course is $100 and includes a review book as well as the fee for the Entrance Exam at Sacred Heart. For more information or to register, visit SHA's website at http://www.sacredheartacademy.org or contact the admissions office at 716-834-2101, ext. 311. Sacred Heart Academy is located at 3860 Main St., Eggertsville.

"Fur"ever in My Heart pet remembrance service will be held on Sunday, October 15 at 2pm at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 4000 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore. The service will feature Keith Kelly performing songs that will inspire and uplift you as we remember those animals we have loved. Poems and pieces will be interspersed throughout the program along with the reading of your pet's name. Reservations received by October 4 will have their pet's names included in our program book. Call 716-873-6500. This program is presented as part of the bereavement support programs of the Catholic Diocese Cemeteries.

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.

Diocesan Holy Name Societies Annual Banquet will be held on Sunday, October 15 at 5pm at Kiebzak's Restaurant & Beginning Banquet Facilities, 38 Crocker St., Sloan. This year the Holy Name Society will be honoring 3 wonderful priests: Rev. Robert Zilliox, Jr., Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Bowmansville; Rev. Jeffrey Nowak, Parochial Vicar, St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Niagara Falls; and Rev. Sean Paul Fleming, Parochial Vicar, St. Amelia Parish, Tonawanda, in addition to the many Holy Name men who will receive awards for their achievement in their respective parish societies. This event is open to everyone. Purchase tickets from the Holy Name Society, 795 Main St., Buffalo from 9:30am-1:30pm, Monday-Friday. Tables are available in either 8 or 10, in addition to individual seating. Tickets are non-refundable. To take an ad out in our brochure book or for any additional information, call Ray Zientara at the Holy Name Office, 716-847-2201/2202.

Catholic Charities is now a children's health home provider. If you are feeling overwhelmed with keeping up with your child's medical care and physical, dental and/or mental health appointments, Catholic Charities can help. Catholic Charities is now a children's health home provider through Encompass Family Health Home. Through the health home, children and their families are given a network of providers, health plans and community-based organizations that work to ensure the child's needs are met, including physical, dental, mental health or simple support. To learn more about the program and eligibility requirements, visit http://www.ccwny.org/encompass_health_home or call 716-218-1400, ext. 2012.

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.

Ladies of Charity. The school year is right around the corner. If you're cleaning out closets or downsizing before updating wardrobes with new school clothes, keep Ladies of Charity in mind. The volunteer organization, which is affiliated with Catholic Charities, accepts donations of new or gently used clothing, footwear, purses and bags. The organization also accepts household items such as small kitchen appliances, curtains and drapes, dishes and utensils and bed linens. Donations are used for the Ladies' Lots of Clothes Thrift Store and for the Fresh Start program, which provides basic household goods for those who have experienced home displacement. Donations can be dropped off from 10am-2:30pm weekdays at 1122 Broadway, Buffalo or from 10am-1:30pm on the first Saturdays of the month (excluding holiday weekends). For more information, call 716-895-4001.

Journey Into Love. Has your marriage taught you many things? Would you be willing to pass this knowledge on? The Office of Family Life Ministries is looking for married couples to help run the diocesan marriage preparation program, Journey Into Love. Couples help by giving a 20 minute talk on topics and issues that engaged and newly married couples face. If you are interested in helping with this program, call the Family Life Office at 716-847-2210.

Attention: Girl Scouts, American Heritage Girls, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. Consider earning the Catholic Religious Emblems to be presented by Bishop Richard Malone at St. Joseph Cathedral in the spring. Contact your scout leader. Groups are forming soon! Adults interested in working with older scouts in the Religious Emblem's program, please join us for Counselor Training on September 23. For more information, call or email Sue Vermeulen at 716-778-8887, sue1221@aol.com.

Skills and Formation for Leaders of Small Groups. Calling all small group leaders - of Bible study, adult faith formation, RCIA, youth and family small group faith formation, women's or men's groups and other parish small group programs. We will practice skills for facilitating small faith-sharing groups and tackle challenging situations. For those who are presently leading small groups and seasoned group members transitioning into leadership roles. Saturday, September 30 from 9am-12noon at The Newman Center at UB (North Campus), 495 Skinnersville Rd., Amherst. For more information, contact Sr. Barbara Schiavoni at 716-847-5516 or bschiavoni@buffalodiocese.org. Please register by September 22 to 716-847-5501 or dbrydalski@buffalodiocese.org.

Christ the Teacher Conference. Sacred Heart of Jesus Shrine, 5337 Genesee St., Bowmansville is having their first annual "Christ the Teacher Conference" celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima on October 13-14. Feature talks by Dr. Ray Guarendi and Fr. Bernard Confer, OP. For tickets and information, visit http://www.SacredHeartShrine.org or email SacredHeartMike@gmail.com.

Calix is a gathering of individuals who want to improve their spiritual program because they are afflicted or affected by the disease of alcoholism. Calix is for people who are putting together a spiritual program which uses the 12 Step approach. A journey which brings Step 11 into a deeper and fuller meaning. The Buffalo Unit of Calix Society meets the last Sunday of the month at 3pm in the basement meeting room of St. Michael's Church Rectory, 651 Washington Street, Buffalo. For more information, contact Rev. Martin Moleski at 716-888-2383. International website is http://www.calixsociety.org.

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 http://www.foryourmarriage.org, click on "Caring for Your Marriage," then "Resources."

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.

Diocesan Holy Name Societies Annual Banquet will be held on Sunday, October 15 at 5pm at Kiebzak's Restaurant & Beginning Banquet Facilities, 38 Crocker St., Sloan. This year the Holy Name Society will be honoring 3 wonderful priests: Rev. Robert Zilliox, Jr., Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Bowmansville; Rev. Jeffrey Nowak, Parochial Vicar, St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Niagara Falls; and Rev. Sean Paul Fleming, Parochial Vicar, St. Amelia Parish, Tonawanda, in addition to the many Holy Name men who will receive awards for their achievement in their respective parish societies. This event is open to everyone. Purchase tickets from the Holy Name Society, 795 Main St., Buffalo from 9:30am-1:30pm, Monday-Friday. Tables are available in either 8 or 10, in addition to individual seating. Tickets are non-refundable. To take an ad out in our brochure book or for any additional information, call Ray Zientara at the Holy Name Office, 716-847-2201/2202.

Retrouvaille. Do you feel helpless, stressed or worried about your marriage? Is your marriage or that of a relative or friend heading for separation or divorce? Retrouvaille is designed to help troubled marriages regain their health. It helps spouses uncover and 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 October 20-22 at Stella Niagara. For more information, call 716-474-9371 or visit http://www.MarriageSaved.com.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter. We are called to imitate our Lord, Jesus Christ, who is meek and humble of heart. Do you show this attitude of heart in your relationship with your spouse? Are you kind and loving putting them ahead of yourself? Discover the love and joy that God wants you to experience in your marriage - sign up today to attend a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend on November 3-5 in Bolivar, PA; or on November 17-19 in Canandaigua, NY. For more information, call 877-697-9963 or visit http://www.wwme-wny.org.

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.
* October 1: celebrant Rev. Paul Nogaro and Deacon Frank Kedzielawa
* October 8: celebrant Msgr. John Madsen
* October 15: celebrant Rev. Andrew Lauricella

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 http://www.buffalodiocese.org. This is funded in part by your generous donations to June's Catholic Communication Campaign.

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: 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.

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 mvinti@buffalodiocese.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).

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 http://www.ccwny.org.

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 http://www.nar-anon.org

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 info@xaviersocietyfortheblind.org.

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 http://www.drvc-faith.org.

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 www.fideliscare.org.

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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