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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.

Foster Care. If you’ve ever thought about being a foster parent, now may be the right time! Catholic Charities provides foster care for children of all ages, racial and ethnic groups in Erie County who cannot safely live in their own homes. Catholic Charities seeks loving, nurturing foster parents to work in partnership with Catholic Charities and birth parents in order to care for the children’s physical, social, emotional, and psychological needs. To learn more about the foster care process, you can attend a brief upcoming information session: August 7 at 10 am and 4 pm; September 11 at 10 am and 6 pm; October 9 at 10 am and 4 pm; November 13 at 10 am and 6 pm; and December 11 at 10 am and 4 pm. For more information or to register, call 716-856-4494, ext. 360 or email Elizabeth.murphy@ccwny.org.

Healthy Baby Festival on Wednesday, August 8 from 11 am to 1 pm in Altro Park, Lockport. The Catholic Charities Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program has teamed up with BlueCross Blue Shield of WNY and the World Alliance for Breast Feeding Action (WABA) to present this event. Free and open to the public. There will be prizes, educational resources, giveaways, Movin’ and Groovin’, a visit from the Buffalo Zoomobile, and other activities for children. Pack a lunch and plan to participate. For more information, call 716-218-1484, ext. 2411. More information about our WIC programs can be found at www.ccwny.org. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Anointing of the Sick Healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine will be held on Thursday, August 9 at 7 pm 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 www.stperry.org.

Meat & Basket Raffle on August 10 at Cardinal O’Hara High School, 39 O’Hara Rd., Tonawanda. Doors open at 6 pm, followed at 7 pm with the first spin. Admission includes beer, wine, and soda. A 50/50 split and a grand prize raffle of a freezer filled with meat will be featured. Proceeds benefit the music department to be used for a trip by the Band Ensemble and Song Corps to Disney. For tickets or information, call Lynn Incardona at 716-270-7765 or Lisa Gilmartin at 716-548-3958 or email lincordona@icloud.com.

Dancing in the Streets is an old-style block party at St. Casimir Church, 160 Cable St., Buffalo. Featuring 3 bands: Euro, Bluegrass, and pop-rock on Saturday, August 11 from 1-9 pm. BBQ, mapled potato pancakes, beer, ice cream, and a good time. Come out for a good, healthy, old tyme, good neighbors music fest. Wrist band admission.

St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish will be holding 40 Hours of Devotion, in honor of our patron whose feast day is August 14. The 40 Hours of Devotion will begin after the 7 pm Mass on Thursday, August 9 at our East Pembroke site in the Cottage at 8650 Church St. There will be continuous Adoration until Saturday, August 11 at 11:30 am with Benediction and a closing Mass at 12 pm. Everyone is invited to come and pray whenever you can. The event will be followed by our Annual Theme Basket Auction and Corn Roast on Saturday, August 11 from 6-7:30 pm at our Corfu site, 18 W. Main St. For more information, contact the parish office at 585-599-4833.

The National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be at Our Lady of Pompeii Church, 158 Laverack Ave., Lancaster for Veneration on Tuesday, August 14 from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm. At 6:30 pm an Assumption Vigil Mass will be celebrated, followed by the rosary and a presentation by Bill Stockey, custodian of the Pilgrim Virgin Statue. Stockey’s presentation will include the five reasons for reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the six points Our Blessed Mother asks for participating in the First Saturday Devotion to Her.

“Burgers, Brews & Blues” hosted by the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities on Tuesday, August 14 from 5-8:30 pm at St. Mary of the Angels, 201 Reist St., Williamsville. Live music featuring the blues, funk and classic rock band, The Black & Blues Band, will highlight the evening. The evening will include a social hour, dinner, beverages, and live music. For tickets and additional information, call 716-632-2155, ext. 687 or email cmunschauer@sosf.org.

Lutherans and Catholics Together: An Evening Conversation on Wednesday, August 15 at 7 pm at Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora. Fr. Peter Drilling and Lutheran Pastors Tim Madsen and Daniel Hoffman will discuss and share about the 500th Commemoration of the Reformation and the ongoing Lutheran-Roman Catholic cooperative efforts. Everyone is welcome; no charge. We would appreciate RSVPs by August 1 and also welcome any questions submitted by that date to stpauls1827@juno.com. Please join us for this Table Talk as we share our common Christian faith, and stay for Evening Prayer at 9 pm if you can.

Music with a Message and Food Truck Friday on August 17 on the campus of St. John Paul II Parish, 2052 Lakeview Rd., Lake View. Food trucks from 5 pm until dusk. Music begins at 6:30 pm; featuring local musicians sharing contemporary folk music by Peter, Paul & Mary, John Denver, Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, and more. Come and sing along to music that you love. Enjoy the food trucks or bring your own picnic basket. This family evening is free and open to all. Bring your chair…rain or shine (indoors if rain).

Annual Picnic at Annunciation Parish, 7580 Clinton St., Elma from August 17-19. Highlights will include live music, classic cars, numerous raffles, delicious food offerings, a beer tent, and much more! Friday features Fish Fry Dinner and Cruise Night; on Saturday there will be a Pork Chop Dinner and Drive Time Polka Live Broadcast; and on Sunday a Polka Mass at 11 am and Chicken BBQ dinners will be served. Large food court, children’s games, adult games of chance, plus much more! Plenty of free parking available. For additional information, visit www.annunciation.cc or call the parish office at 716-683-5254.

When was the last time you sat down with Mama Mary and had a heart-to-heart conversation? Yes, Jesus’ Mama Mary. She waits, particularly at her sacred heaven windows, icons of the Madonna and Child, listening to your heart as she did to Jesus’. Try this innovative, seven-year running, prayer twist at the Church of St. Casimir, 160 Cable St., Buffalo, weekday evenings at 7 pm, Sundays at 10 am from August 18-26. Maybe you’ve yet to discover the mysteries of the Black Madonna of Czestochowa, how the saints of the ages, Casimir and John Paul, and Mother Angela drew power and healing from God’s Mother, scarred by human hatred. Come, listen and sing her a song.

Annual Festival at Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish, 57 Center Ave., North Tonawanda on Sunday, August 26. Events include a basket raffle, chicken BBQ from 12-3 pm, 5K race, megabucks cash raffle, kid’s games, and much more. For more information, visit www.nt-olc.org.

Pilgrimage to St. Anne DeBeaupre, Quebec, Montreal, Canada. Good Shepherd Church in North Tonawanda presents a 6-day pilgrimage with Fr. Daniel Young to St. Anne DeBeaupre, Quebec, Montreal, Canada from August 26-31. Discover the historical and spiritual significance of St. Anne and the extraordinary beauty of the shrine with us. Call 716-625-8594 for more information.

Catholic Emblems Counselors. It’s not too early to start recruiting in your Units for the Catholic Emblems and maybe to start working on them in the summer. Here are a few dates to keep in mind: Catholic Emblem Counselor Training on September 22 at St. Gregory the Great Church; Scout Youth Retreat on Friday & Saturday, October 19 & 20 at Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora. This event will be an overnight event, please bring your own tents and overnight camping essentials. Register online by October 15 at http://www.wnyscouting.org. For more information, call Sue Vermeulen at 716-778-8887 or email sue1221@aol.com. It is recommended that all Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, 6th grade and up working toward Religious Emblems, attend this event.

Life in the Spirit Seminar will be held each Friday from September 28 to November 9 from 7-9 pm at Our Lady of Victory Basilica (school cafeteria), 2760 South Park Ave., Lackawanna. Teaching, testimony, a discussion, refreshments, and fellowship. Presented by Charismatic Renewal-Diocese of Buffalo, along with Magnificat/Buffalo Chapter and Our Lady of Victory Altar and Rosary Society. For more information or to register, contact Sandy Swiech at sandy826@hotmail.com or call 716-864-5583 or 716-648-5870.

If you know a couple that is celebrating their 50th, 60th, or 70th Wedding Anniversary for the year 2018, a special Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, October 14 at 10:30 am by Bishop Richard Malone at St. Joseph Cathedral located in downtown Buffalo. Contact your parish rectory as soon as possible if you wish to attend.

Save the Date! There will be a Scout Youth Retreat Encampment at Christ the King Seminary on Friday & Saturday, October 19 & 20. This retreat is for Girl Scouts, American Heritage Girls & Scouts 7th grade and older working toward Religious Emblems. Arrival on Friday at 5pm, with closing Mass at 4pm on Saturday. Cost includes Friday night snack, Saturday breakfast and lunch. Must bring tent and overnight camping essentials. For more information, contact Sue Vermeulen at 716-778-8887 or sue1221@aol.com. Register online by October 15 at http://www.wnyscouting.org.

Celebrating God at Home Experiences. Discover household action-prayer for holydays and weekdays. Fr. Krysa, Worship Office director, will lead you to see how Catholics for centuries have encountered God and the saints at home. User friendly tools, guide, and examples for the entire year and weekdays, too. Held on Wednesdays from September 12-November 14 at 6:30 pm at St. Casimir Social Hall, 1833 Clinton St., Buffalo. For further information and to register, call 716-847-5545.

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.

If you are cleaning out your closets or downsizing before the holidays, keep Ladies of Charity in mind. We accept donations of new or gently used clothing, footwear, purses and bags, and household items like small kitchen appliances, curtains and drapes, dishes and utensils, and bed linens. Donations can be dropped off from 10am-2:30pm weekdays at 1122 Broadway, Buffalo, or from 10am-1:30pm on the first Saturday of the month (excluding holiday weekends). For more information, call 716-895-4001. For more information on Catholic Charities and other services and programs we provide, visit http://www.ccwny.org. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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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