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Tuition Assistance for Private Grammar Schools. The BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund provides tuition assistance to economically eligible children entering Kindergarten-8th grade throughout the eight counties of Western New York. The BISON Fund’s scholarship pre-application is now available for NEW families for the 2020-21 school year. If selected, the scholarships can be used at any private grammar school in WNY. The deadline to apply is February 28. You can apply online at www.bisonfund.com/our-scholarships/. For more information, visit our website at www.bisonfund.com or call 716-854-0869.

Genealogy 101 on Wednesday, February 19 from 1-2:30 pm at St. Francis Park, 5229 South Park Ave., Hamburg. Want to put together a family tree? Jump start your family history search with this introduction to genealogy. Join librarian, Rhonda Hoffman, from the Genealogy Department of Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, for a discussion on basic genealogy concepts, the types of records used, and an overview of the resources available through the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required by calling 716-649-1205 before February 14. Parking is available around the perimeter of the building and in the back.

Meat Raffle on Friday, February 21 at 6 pm at Church of the Annunciation (school gym), 7580 Clinton St., Elma. The event will include 14 raffles consisting of 69 drawings for steak, shrimp, ham, chicken, and more! There will also be refreshments, entertainment, and 3 door prizes. Proceeds from the event will benefit church improvements. For tickets or more information, call or text Greg at 716-870-7986 or email nytrout4@yahoo.com.

Lenten Parish Mission – “The Healing Effects of the Psalms.” St. Gregory the Great Parish is excited to welcome international conference speaker, Dr. John Bergsma, to their Lenten Parish Mission on March 2, 3 & 4. Dr. Bergsma is a former Protestant Pastor; he has authored many books and is currently a professor of Theology at Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH. He will speak twice each day, first at 12:30 pm and again at 7 pm in the church, 200 St. Gregory Ct., Williamsville. Cost is free and all are welcome. For more information, contact Brian Ruh at 716-688-5678.

Concert by Sujeet Desai on March 12 from 7-8 pm at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, 3148 Abbott Rd., Orchard Park. Sujeet is a remarkable, talented young musician who was born with down syndrome and plays seven musical instruments. He has received many rave reviews wherever he goes. Please join us and bring friends and family for an entertaining evening of great music. To learn more about this talented young man, visit www.sujeet.com. If you have any questions, call Diana Skotarczak at 716-674-3825. Church is wheelchair accessible.

“La Feasta Di San Giuseppe.” St. Anthony of Padua Church, 160 Court Street, Buffalo, celebrates the Feast of St. Joseph, “La Feasta Di San Giuseppe,” on Sunday, March 15 with Mass at 11am followed by a traditional St. Joseph Day Table in the Parish Center Hall; parking is free. Seating is limited. For tickets and information, call the rectory at 716-854-2563 between 9am-1pm.

“Spiritual Motherhood and Marian Moments on the Pilgrimage of Life” sponsored by Magnificat of Buffalo on March 21 at Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Registration opens at 9 am; breakfast program begins at 9:45 am and ends at 12:10 pm. Guest speaker: Dawn Iacono. Dawn will share the unspeakable joy of experiencing the presence of Our Lady during pivotal moments in her pilgrimage of life. For more information and to register, visit www.facebook.com/magnificatbuffalo or call Maureen at 716-683-2290.

Pilgrimage to the Oberammergau Passion Play – August 22-30, 2020. Hosted by Msgr. David LiPuma. Tour price includes preferred covered seating at the Oberammergau Passion Play, premium accommodations throughout the tour, daily breakfast, 8 dinners, deluxe motor coach transportation, professional English-speaking tour director, comprehensive sightseeing, porterage, entrance fees and more! For a brochure, more information or to RSVP to our September 30 tour presentation, contact Adam Stumpf at 716-862-7613 or astumpf@thetravelteam.com. A limited number of spaces remain!

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 jacqueline.joy@ccwny.org.

Office of Pro-Life Activities - Telephone Hotline Numbers. Unplanned Pregnancy, Abortion Alternatives & Healing: 716-847-2205. St. Gianna Pregnancy Outreach Centers, helping mothers and fathers in need: 716-842-BABY (2229) Buffalo, 716-203-7593 Chautauqua County, 716-284-BABY (2229) Niagara County. Project Rachel, post-abortion reconciliation: 716-847-2211. 

Diocese of Buffalo Catholic Directory... The Catholic Directory is now available as a free download on the diocesan website. Published by the Office of Communications, it is the official guide to the offices, institutions, and organizations of the Diocese of Buffalo. It contains addresses and phone numbers for every parish, priest, deacon, and religious sister and brother in the diocese and is essential for anyone involved in parish ministry. Visit http://www.buffalodiocese.org/directory to download, view or print the official Catholic Directory of the Diocese of Buffalo, just one of the many projects funded in part by your generous donations to the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC).

ProjecTruth is founded on the belief that as students develop virtues through character education, they build a strong internal commitment to making healthy life choices. ProjecTruth has reached over 50,000 teens across Western New York since its 2001 inception. Visit http://www.ProjecTruth.com or http://www.myspace.com/projectruth.

Make Your Voice Heard - The New York State Catholic Bishops have formed a statewide Catholic Advocacy Network of concerned Catholics who want to put their faith into action. Together, we can speak out in support of the poor and vulnerable, the sick and elderly, the unborn, children and families. Our parish encourages you to join this network. There is no cost. The easiest way to join is to go to http://www.nyscatholic.org to sign up. Or you can send your name, address, phone number and email address to Catholic Advocacy Network, New York State Catholic Conference, 465 State Street, Albany, NY 12203-1004. Be sure to mention you are a member of our parish in the Diocese of Buffalo.

PROJECT RACHEL is in the heart of the Church. Don't suffer alone; be set free from the pain. Many women and men suffer in silence from their abortion experience that is not easily erased. The Father of mercies is ready to give His forgiveness, hope and peace to all who grieve with this wound. The Project Rachel Program offers confidential, spiritual healing. Call 716-847-2211 and also see http://hopeafterabortion.com or http://www.menandabortion.info.

The Catholic Guild for the Blind is a volunteer organization under the auspices of Catholic Charities dedicated to providing spiritual and social opportunities for persons who are visually impaired. Volunteers transport and assist the visually impaired to participate in a variety of community activities. If you have the time to help out on a regular basis, or from time to time, please call 716-853-4424, ext 305. You'll be rendering a service to some very impressive people.

Crossroads is a Catholic community of single adults, forty years of age and older, seeking to share diversified spiritual and social needs and blessings. We welcome people of all faiths. Crossroads respects and upholds the spiritual, moral, and ethical teachings of the Catholic Church, including respect for life. Meetings are held once every other month. For more information, contact Barbara at 716-685-2818.

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