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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.
Diocesan Marriage Preparation Registration is now ONLINE. Registration for the Diocesan Marriage Preparation sessions, Journey into Love, is now available through the diocesan website. Couples should go to: https://www.buffalodiocese.org/for-the-engaged and click on the date of the session they would like to attend or the registration link about mid-way down the page.
Notre Dame Academy Bedtime Stories. Bedtime Stories are available to work into your bedtime routine Monday-Friday from July to the end of August on the Notre Dame Academy Facebook page at NDA Buffalo. These stories will be posted at 7:30 pm. If you do not have a Facebook account, you can watch them on the Notre Dame Academy YouTube page at NDA-Buffalo NY or by simply going to our website at www.notredamebuffalo.org.
Pro-Life Office Speaker Request. If you would like one of our staff to come and speak at your parish/school event on Pro-Life issues, Mother Teresa Home, St. Gianna Pregnancy Outreach Center/s, Respect Life issues or Assisted Suicide/End of Life issues, we ask that you fill out our speaker request form located on the top of the Pro-Life Office website: https://www.buffalodiocese.org/pro-life or you can call our office at 716-847-2205 and ask Miriam for a form.
Annunciation Church Picnic on August 16-18 at the Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma. Weekend highlights include live music, classic cars, numerous raffles, delicious food offerings, beer tent and more, with much of the activity occurring under the parish’s brand new pavilion! The fun begins at 5 pm Friday, August 16. A kids’ area featuring carnival games, a bounce house, musical entertainment and lots of activities will be open all three days. Plenty of free parking available. For additional information, visit www.annunciation.cc or call the parish office at 716-683-5254.
Wiffalo Fun. A full day of family fun will make Wiffalo 2019 tournament special. The Wiffle Ball Tournament, open to men and women, will be hosted at the sport complex at Cardinal O’Hara High School, 39 O’Hara Rd., Tonawanda on Saturday, August 17. Five member teams will play on 12 fields and one practice field, each with different dimensions based on division. Co-ed and youth teams are welcome. To register or for more information, go to www.cardinalohara.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Dancing Under the Stars” on Sunday, August 18 from 6-9 pm at St. Joseph University Parish, 3269 Main St., Buffalo. Big band and dance music featuring the fabulous Jim Tudini Band and Bobby Militello. Free dance lessons at 6:30 pm, Anderson’s food truck, raffle and theme baskets. Donation at the door.
Have you ever installed a Heaven Door in your home? Gather with Mama Mary and learn of the graces her Son bestows on those who open a door to heaven for their families, and dedicate their homestead to the Mother of God. From August 18-26, Sundays at 10 am, weekdays at 7 pm at St. Casimir Church, 160 Cable St., Buffalo, sit with her and enter “Table Talk with Mary” as she reveals her powerful intercessions in the nine symbols of this ancient image. You may respond by presenting the needs of your heart. Participation culminates on her feast day, August 26, in an act of Consecration to the divine Mother and Child, a blessing of an imported Black Madonna image, along with tools to install your own heaven door
Anointing of the Sick Healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine on Tuesday, August 20 at 7 pm at St. John Neumann (St. Cecilia worship site), 991 Centerline Rd., Sheldon. 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 www.stperry.org.
“Family Wealth Management: Generational Wealth Conversations” on Wednesday, August 21 from 1-2:30 pm at St. Francis Park, 5229 South Park Ave., Hamburg. “Will I outlive my money?” “Is it too late to start investing?” “What if I pick the wrong investments?” Join Sonja Jensen-Schell from Edward Jones and Bill Strott from MFS Investment Management Fund Distributors for an informative workshop about creating a financial strategy based on your goals and how to stay on track with the help of a financial advisor. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required by August 15 by calling 716-649-1205. Parking is available around the perimeter of the building. Registrants may enter through the front entrance or the gated courtyard entrance behind the facility.
“Our Story, Your Story: The Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph’s Influence in WNY” on Thursday, August 22 from 1-2:30 pm at St. Francis Park, 5229 South Park Ave., Hamburg. The Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph have lived in Hamburg, NY for more than 80 years and founded Immaculata Academy, Hilbert College, St. Anthony Nursing Home, and St. Joseph Hospital in Cheektowaga. Join Sr. Sharon Goodremote and Sr. Judith Elaine Salzman as they share the Congregation’s journey, how the Sisters arrived in Hamburg, and how they continue their mission through service to others. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations required before August 16 by calling 716-649-1205. Parking is available around the perimeter of the building. Registrants may enter through the front entrance or the gated courtyard entrance behind the facility.
Love Dr. Ray Guarendi? Want to be part of his TV show? Dr. Ray will be taping his TV show right here in Buffalo on August 21 & 22. There will be two shows taped each night at 5 pm and 7 pm at the WNED TV studios in downtown Buffalo. Come and be part of the fun and excitement. To reserve your place in the audience, call Darcee at The Station of the Cross (101.7 FM) at 877-888-6279, ext. 103 or email her at email@example.com.
A Day of Hope and Healing ~ HOPE After Abortion ~ on Saturday, August 24 at St. Francis Park, 5229 South Park Ave., Hamburg from 9 am to 3 pm. For those who in any way have been affected by abortion. Led by Cheryl Calire and Deacon Mike Dulak. This is completely free, nonjudgmental, and confidential. Registration is required; call 716-847-2205 or email Pro-Lifeoffice@buffalodiocese.org. Lunch will be provided. Please share this information with others.
Kairos Prison Ministry International Wende Chapter is hosting a picnic on Saturday, August 24 from 12-6 pm at Ellicott Creek Park. Anyone 18 years or older, wanting to learn more about WNY men’s Wende or women’s Albion volunteer base is welcome to come meet the volunteers who fuel this ministry. Looking for those with musical talents in any flavor. Find out why we are called the “cookie ministry.” How does children’s artwork become the Picasso of God’s handiwork? This is an interdenominational Christian based filled ministry.
Annual Festival at Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish, 57 Center Ave., North Tonawanda on Sunday, August 25. Events include basket raffle, chicken BBQ from 12-3 pm, 5K race, megabucks cash raffle, kids’ games, live music, and much more. For more information, visit www.nt-olc.org.
Eucharistic Minister Training. Feel called to be a Eucharistic Minister? The linked parishes of St. Martin of Tours / St. Thomas Aquinas will be hosting a Eucharistic Minister training session for any eligible Catholic in the diocese on Saturday, August 31 from 11 am to 3 pm in the sacristy of St. Martin of Tours, 1140 Abbott Rd., Buffalo. To download/print the application (which needs to be sent in 7 days prior to the training), visit www.stmartinbuffalo.com. Applicants must be baptized and confirmed Catholics practicing the faith weekly at Mass and, if married, in a sacramental Catholic marriage. Please bring a Bible. Snacks will be provided. Call St. Martin of Tours Parish at 716-823-7077 to register by August 24.
Healing Mass on Friday, September 6 at 7 pm at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 4375 Harris Hill Rd., Williamsville. Let’s come together and pray for our family, for our community, for one another, especially the sick, those in hospitals, those with cancer, the homebound, those going for surgery, those with special intentions, the travelers, etc. This Mass is for anyone seeking physical, spiritual healing. Everyone is welcomed and will be prayed for. Fr. Daniel Ogbeifun, celebrant. For additional information, contact the rectory office at 716-632-8838.
Reunion: Old First Ward - if you attended St. Brigid, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, St. Valentine, School #4 or #34, Bishop Quigley, St. Stephen – we are looking for you. A reunion is planned for September 7 from 2-6 pm at Bison City Road & Gun Club, 511 Ohio St., Buffalo. Cost includes lunch buffet and beer, pop and snacks. Reservations required. If interested, contact Lorraine at 716-836-8487 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Renew old friendships and share memories.
Sign Language Classes will be offered at Resurrection Church in Cheektowaga for 10 Monday evenings from 6-7:30 pm starting September 9. Beginner and intermediate levels will be available. More advanced and tutoring for religious interpretation will also be available upon request. For more information, contact Sr. Conchetta LoPresti, OSF at 716-601-8887.
Annual Men’s Retreat, sponsored by the Holy Name Societies of Buffalo and St. Catharines Dioceses, on September 13-15 at Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Rd., East Aurora. Theme: Evangelization. Limited to 60 men. For reservations or more information, call the Holy Name Office at 716-847-2201 or Fr. Paul Sabo at 716-604-4948.
St. John the Baptist, Kenmore, Class of 1969, will celebrate their 50th reunion on Saturday, September 14 on the campus and church grounds, 1085 Englewood Ave., Kenmore. The event will begin with Mass at 4 pm, followed by a tour of St. John’s School, Klauder Hall and Chapel. From 6-9 pm guests will assemble in the Reina Community Room for dinner and memories. At 9 pm, classmates will continue festivities at a location to be determined. For questions or to register, contact Michelle Salemi, Director of Advancement, at 716-877-6401.
Calling all classmates from the 1969 graduating class of St. Thomas Aquinas School, South Buffalo. We will celebrate our 50 year grammar school reunion on Saturday, September 28 at Doc Sullivans, 474 Abbott Rd., Buffalo. For more information, call or text Moey O’Connor Oakley at 716-913-9057.
Join Fr. Piotr Zaczynski on a Pilgrimage in the footsteps of St. Paul & the Early Church to Greece and Esphesus, plus 3 day Greek Isles Cruise on the Aegean Sea from October 15-25, 11 days/9 nights. For more information, contact Fr. Piotr Zaczynski at email@example.com or 716-763-2815.
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land – October 21-30. Hosted by Fr. David Glassmire, Pastor, Ascension Parish, Batavia. Walk where Jesus walked…cruise the Sea of Galilee…visit Nazareth…climb the Mount of Olives…and view the Old City of Jerusalem…walk the via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre…visit Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity. Tour price includes round trip air from Toronto, first class hotels, breakfast and dinner daily, comprehensive sightseeing, porterage, entrance fees, and much more! For a detailed brochure, contact Fr. David Glassmire at 585-343-1796 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t miss this trip of a lifetime!
2020 Pilgrimage with Fr. Peter Karalus. Join Fr. Peter Karalus, Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia of the Diocese of Buffalo, to The Oberammergau Passion Plan (The Event of the Decade!), including Munich, Innsbruck, Salzburg & Vienna on September 7-16, 2020. The trip includes bus for flights from/to Toronto. Mass at historical locations, 4-star centrally located hotels, breakfast daily, some dinners, ground transportation, guides, and all tips and taxes. Deposit and first payment to ensure Passion Play tickets due soon! Do not delay! If you are interested and want to learn more, visit www.jp2parish.org for the trip’s full itinerary and amenities (under home/pilgrimages) or call 716-847-5500 for more information.
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.
The Young Church. The Western New York Catholic features articles for the young church in every issue. Look for “The Scene” which reports on young people’s faith in action, and the “Sound Board” where youths share their opinions on important topics and issues. Pick up the latest Western New York Catholic in your parish, at local Tops Markets, or visit www.wnycatholic.org. The Western New York Catholic is funded in part by your generous donations to the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC).
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 email@example.com.
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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