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A Great Religious Movie: “A Hidden Life” showing from January 17-23 at the North Park Theatre, 1428 Hertel Ave., Buffalo. A true story of an Austrian farmer, Franz Jägerstätter, a husband and father, who defied Hitler even as the possibility of execution threatens him apart from his family. Jägerstätter was beatified in 2007. One of the year’s best movies: 4 stars. PG-13 (Parental Guidance strongly suggested).

Alumni Mass in South Buffalo. If you are alumni of St. Martin of Tours, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Teresa, St. Agatha, Holy Family, St. John the Evangelist or St. Bonaventure, you are cordially invited to a Reunion Mass on Sunday, January 26 at 4 pm at Our Lady of Charity Parish (St. Ambrose worship site), Buffalo. A light reception will follow the Mass, giving you an opportunity to visit with classmates and catch up. Hope to see you there!

Open House and Tour on Sunday, January 26 from 11 am-1 pm at Christ the King School, 2 Lamarck Dr., Snyder. Meet teachers, staff, and parents. Rigorous Academic Excellence in a faith-based environment; accredited; proven success. Join us.

Caring for Creation on January 27 from 7-8 pm at Our Lady of Victory Basilica, 767 Ridge Rd., Lackawanna. Come join Fr. Justin Steeg, Sr. Sharon Goodremote, FSSJ, and Fr. Dan Horan to reflect and learn more about what the Catholic Church teaches us about the importance of caring for creation as taught by the Catholic Church and specifically in Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si, Care for Our Common Home. The workshops will provide a YouTube presentation by Fr. Horan reflecting on sections of the encyclical. Then Fr. Justin and Sr. Sharon will lead a reflection and sharing. There will also be practical actions we as followers of Jesus can do to care for this wonderful gift of Creation. For registration or questions, call Sr. Sharon at 716-202-4872.

Stroke Support Group on Tuesday, January 28 at 12:45 pm at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, 2950 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore. Speech pathologist Deborah Insalac will discuss aphasia, the recovery process, and how people with aphasia communicate. For more Kenmore Mercy Hospital’s Stroke Support Group meetings, contact HealthConnections at 716-447-6205 or visit www.chsbuffalo.org/events.

Live Concerts. The Cardinal O’Hara High School Alumni Association will present the BBC Band concert on January 31 at 8 pm and Strictly Hip concert on February 21 at 8 pm at Cardinal O’Hara High School, 39 O’Hara Rd., Tonawanda. Tickets may be purchased online at www.cardinalohara.com or call 716-695-2600, ext. 311. Proceeds benefit the continuing restoration of the Performing Arts Center and the alumni scholarship fund.

Super Bowl Sunday Pancake Breakfast & Theme Basket Auction on February 2 from 9 am-12 pm (or until sold out) at St. George Parish, 74 Old Glenwood Rd., West Falls. Menu includes: pancakes, sausage, eggs and beverages. Tickets available at the door. Theme basket donations are most welcome. For more information, call the parish office at 716-652-3153 or email stgeorge.wf@gmail.com.

St. Gregory the Great Parish is excited to launch “FIAT,” a monthly Eucharist Conference. Please join us for an evening of adoration, faith-filled presentations, powerful music, and prayer ministry. Come with an open heart and mind. Like Mary who says yes to the will of God, be ready for Christ to become incarnate in your life. FIAT is open to everyone and will take place from 7-9 pm on the 2nd weekend of the month in the Church, 200 St. Gregory Ct., Williamsville. Upcoming dates: February 8 and March 7.

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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