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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.

Eucharistic Adoration & Holy Hour for Mercy on Thursday, February 22 from 6-7pm at St. Andrew Church, 1525 Sheridan Dr., Kenmore. All welcome to spend time in the presence of our Lord. After Holy Hour, we will pray the rosary. Deacon Mike Ficorilli presiding.

Calling all St. Casimir Alumni, present and past members! When was the last Sunday you prayed at and supported your childhood church? Or donated to keep a Buffalo city landmark church open and vibrant? Celebrate the Prince of the Poor, of Poland and Lithuania - St. Casimir. Krupnik Fest back by popular demand on Saturday, March 3 from 11am-3pm hosted by Polish Villa II. Polish Feastday buffet, featuring two Krupniki: the healthy honey drink at the bar and hearty barley soup at the buffet. Music by Rare Vintage. $20 per person. For further information, call 716-824-9589.

Buffalo Peace House Fundraiser. Fr. Roy Herberger and the members of the board invite you to a fundraiser on behalf of the Buffalo Peace House, a residence for asylum seekers and refugees. It's a St. Patrick's Day Party at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 4263 St. Francis Dr., Athol Spring on Saturday, March 3 from 6-9pm. There will be wine, beer, hors d'oeuvres, live music and a basket raffle. $25 per person; $40 per couple. For further information and tickets, call 716-627-9800.

Queen of Martyrs Parish will welcome St. Patrick, who will be making an appearance from 8:10-9pm on Saturday, March 3 and March 10 in the school gym, 180 George Urban Blvd., Cheektowaga. A St. Patrick impersonator will be telling the life story of the patron Saint of Ireland. Everyone and anyone are welcome to attend.

Day of Recollection, sponsored by District 8 Holy Name Society, on Sunday, March 4 at St. John Gualbert, Cheektowaga. Deacon Bill Hynes of the Evangelization Office, will be the speaker. Registration is at 1pm in the parish hall, concluding about 4pm with Rosary and Mass. Light refreshments and dialogue will follow. This is open to all men and women, not just Holy Name members. While there is no cost, donations are welcome. For more information or reservations, contact Fr. Paul Sabo at 716-604-4948 or the Holy Name Office at 716-847-2201.

"Stations of the Cross: A Musical Journey" on Friday, March 9 at 7pm at St. Andrew Church, 1525 Sheridan Dr., Kenmore; hosted by Marian Ministries. The St. Luke's Voices of Mercy will perform the original music and lyrics of Andrew Bernstein, a member of the singing group. This is a unique interpretation of "The Stations." Worship with us and enjoy this Lenten evening of prayer. All are welcome.

16th Annual WNY Catholic Men's Conference will be held on Saturday, March 10 at Cardinal O'Hara High School, 39 O'Hara Rd., Tonawanda. Doors open at 7:30am and we will conclude with Mass at 2pm celebrated by Bishop Richard Malone. Fr. Albert Haase, OFM, Fr. Joseph Gatto, Rector of Christ the King Seminary, and Joe McClane, "The Catholic Hack," will speak to us. All men are invited. This year we hope to assist the poor in our community and we request those that are able to bring a non-perishable food donation with them to the conference. Registration is $30. To register, visit http://www.spiritiscalling.org.

Palm Weaving Seminar on Saturday, March 10 from 10am-3:30pm at St. Casimir's Social Center, 1833 Clinton St., Buffalo. Participants create Polish Flower Branch Palm, as well as a prized, woven-palm Crown of Thorns. Weaving includes supplies, materials, handouts and a fuller-meaning power point on these domestic church (family) faith symbols; refreshments, a light lunch; and take home palm frond leaves for preparation. Limited seating. $25 per person. For further information or reservations, call 716-824-9589.

Sunday Funday on Sunday, March 11 at St. Andrew Church, Crocker & Reiman Sts., Sloan. There will be a Polka Mass at 11am with music by Special Delivery, a Ham & Cabbage Dinner from 12-1:30pm, and a Meat & More Raffle with the doors opening at 12:30pm and the first drawing at 1:30pm. Dinner ticket includes admission to the raffle. There will also be 50/50 drawings and over 100 theme baskets. For tickets or more information call 716-892-0425.

Magnificat Ministry to Catholic Women. Join your sisters in Christ when Magnificat Ministry to Catholic Women presents a morning of prayer, testimony and praise, helping women to experience the power of the Holy Spirit! Guest speaker will be Marge Fetterman, a local mother and grandmother, who will share how loving a Life in the Spirit has set her heart on fire for Jesus! Saturday, March 17 at Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Registration opens at 9:30am and breakfast program begins at 10am. For more information or to RSVP, call 716-632-0646 or visit http://www.magnificatbuffalo.org.

St. Teresa of Avila - Book 2, a course which contains instruction for prayer development, will be offered at St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Rd., Clarence on Saturday, March 17 from 9am-12pm and 1pm-2:30pm and Saturday, April 21 from 9am-12pm and 1-4pm; conducted by Sr. Joan Wagner. For reservations, call 716-759-6893, ext. 216 by March 1.

Red Cross Blood Drive & Health Fair at St. Leo the Great Parish on Sunday, March 25 from 9am-1pm in the Parish Center, 885 Sweet Home Rd., Amherst. Join Catholic Health Mission on the Move and UB Pharmacy students who will be prepared to offer free blood pressure, cholesterol, BMI and pulse oximetry screenings. There will also be a variety of Community Resource representatives available from Assisted Living Residences, Alzheimer's Association, Hospice and Palliative Care, Meals on Wheels, Erie County Dept. of Health and many more. This service is free and open to the community. To donate blood, visit http://www.redcrossblood.org, sponsor word: Stleothegreat, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. For more information, contact Maureen Couche, RN, parish nurse at 716-835-8905 ormcouche@stleothegreatamherst.com.

Join Bishop Richard Malone as he visits the sacred sites of England and Scotland! Pilgrimage includes Walsingham, Canterbury, Lindisfarne, St. Andrews, London, Edinburgh, York, and Cambridge. October 26 to November 5 - 11 days. $3,999 from Buffalo/Toronto. For information and reservations, contact Marianna Pisano at Unitours, Inc., 1-800-777-7432 (9am-5pm EST), mpisano@unitours.com. Book online at http://bit.ly/BishopPilgrimage.

Teams of Our Lady is a program that seeks to promote authentic married love that not only leads to God but also to a more intimate and enriching relationship with one's spouse. A team is a group of five to seven couples affiliated with a Catholic priest/chaplain who have freely decided to join together to find support in their efforts to lead Gospel lives. For more information or a brochure, contact Patti and Dave Nyhart at 716-648-5363 or pdnyhart1@yahoo.com.

God knows being a parent can be a Wild Ride! Have you ever felt that you need some practical tools, resources, prayers, and ways to connect on a deeper level with your child, or to help share your faith with your child? One of our free parenting packets is designed just for you. For your packet, call the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.org.

Have you experienced a loss in your family that your children are having a hard time with? Death and grief are inescapable; and it can be hard to discuss them with a child when you are going through these times too. The Office of Family Life Ministries can send you a packet of unique resources that can help you talk about death with children ages pre-school through teens. Please let us know the ages of the children that you are communicating with when you ask for the packet. Call the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.org.

Annual Lenten Homemade Pierogi & Placek Sale from February 17-March 25 at St. John Kanty Parish, 101 Swinburne St., Buffalo. Kanty's Kitchen is open Saturdays 3-5pm and Sundays 9:30am-12pm. Join us for Mass and pick up your pierogi and placek. Farmers cheese or sauerkraut pierogis; sold frozen and 6/package. Lunch available on March 25 (Palm Sunday) and large basket raffle. For further information, call 716-893-0412 Monday-Friday from 9am-12pm or visit http://www.saintjohnkanty.com.

Catholic Women's Conference 2018: The Heart of a Woman. Want to be inspired and uplifted? Does your faith life need a boost? Then join hundreds of other Catholic women from New York and surrounding areas as they gather for the Catholic Women's Conference on Saturday, February 24 from 7:30am-3pm at Cardinal O'Hara High School, 39 O'Hara Rd., Tonawanda. Keynote speaker: Dr. Janet Smith, as well as Kate Wicker and Sr. Tatum McWhirter; Mass with Bishop Richard Malone. Tickets $35. For further information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.catholicwomenofbuffalo.org or call 716-222-0622.

Lenten Retreat. Una Voce Buffalo presents a 3-day Lenten Retreat at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 160 Court St., Buffalo from Monday, February 26-Wednesday, February 28. Church opens at 6pm; confessions at 6:15pm and recitation of the rosary. Conference on "Christ the King" featuring Fr. Shannon Collins, MSJB begins at 7pm. For more information, call 716-854-2563. Parking is free in our church parking lot.

St. Gianna Pregnancy Outreach Banquet on Tuesday, February 27 at 6pm at the Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Opening remarks: Bishop Richard Malone. Keynote speaker: Gloria Purvis. Live Music: David Calire. Make your reservation today. Limited seating; advanced seating necessary. Learn more about the center, clients and our referring agencies. Gift baskets/raffle; cash bar. If you cannot attend, please prayerfully consider making a donation. For ticket price or more information, call the Pro-Life Office at 716-847-2205.

Stock the Freezer Meat Raffle. The Newman Center at SUNY Buffalo State will host its second annual meat raffle on Saturday, March 3 at the Knights of Columbus, 1530 Kenmore Ave., Buffalo. Doors open at 6pm; first spin at 7pm. Tables of 10 are available. All entrance tickets include a door prize raffle, beverages (beer or soda), and pizza. Other raffles taking place throughout the event consist of a stocked freezer chest, a 50/50 split raffle, and a basket raffle. Those attending must be at least 18 years old. Tickets $5/person; $45/table of 10. For tickets or more information, call 716-882-1080.

Lenten Day of Prayer. The Grey Nuns and Friends are offering a Lenten Day of Prayer called Young at Heart, on Saturday, March 24 from 9am-3:30pm at D'Youville College, Madonna Hall, 320 Porter Ave., Buffalo. All are welcome. The day will include a variety of spiritual activities that will bring new life and energy as you move into Holy Week and Easter. Free parking is available on campus. Brown bag lunch (drinks provided). Free will offering. To register, email Arlene at arlypez@yahoo.com or call 716-833-7451.

Are you looking for new ways to connect your family to your faith this Lent? The Office of Family Life Ministries would love to send you a free packet of ideas, prayers, scripture, and practical activities to do with your family this Lent. We offer a packet for families with younger children (ages 4-9) and a packet for families with older children (ages 10-16). Contact the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or by email at familylife@buffalodiocese.org to order one.

St. Paul reminds us in his letter to the Romans of many comforting words. During times of loss, loneliness and grief, we may not feel or recognize God's presence in our lives. Though we can't imagine all the thoughts and feelings you are experiencing right now, we do understand a bit about grieving and that, above all, it is a process. The Office of Family Life Ministries offers a free bereavement packet of materials designed to provide support, especially during the initial stages of grief. For a bereavement packet, call 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.org.

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.

Come to 7 free dinners this Lent! St. Leo's Spiritual Soup-er Suppers will be served when you join FOLLOWING CHRIST! Most folks have made resolutions to get physically fit for the new year. As Lent approaches, why not eat healthy and exercise your soul as well. Join us for FOLLOWING CHRIST at St. Leo the Great, 885 Sweet Home Rd., Amherst. You won't regret enriching your Lenten experience by committing to these 7 weekly gatherings now through March 15. Every Thursday night dinner is served at 6:15pm sharp and ends at 8:30pm with prayer. Enjoy Soup-er/Salad Suppers with dessert, dynamic teachings and music with group discussions. Seating is limited. Contact Dawn Iacono at 716-835-8905, ext. 12 to register or email diacono@stleothegreatamherst.com. Registration forms and more information can be found at http://www.stleothegreatamherst.com.

ChristLife at St. Teresa: Discovering Christ for Lent! St. Teresa in South Buffalo is hosting an 8-week experience for Lent and through the early Easter season called Christ Life: Discovering Christ. It is thought-provoking and touches the heart, forming real community in the Lord. This Lent, is God calling you to grow deeper in faith and community - at ChristLife. Each session involves a light community lunch, prayer and heart-felt music, an engaging and practical video presentation, and community-building small group discussions. ChristLife begins after the 11am Mass starting on Sunday, February 18 and ending on Sunday, April 22 (breaking for March 4 and also April 1 [Easter]). For more information or to RSVP, contact Michael at michael.st.teresa@gmail.com or call 716-202-0609. To view the promo video, visit http://www.stteresabuffalo.com/p.christlife.html. St. Teresa is located at 1974 Seneca St., Buffalo.

Lenten MISSION. St. John Paul II Parish invites you to join us for our Lenten MISSION 2018 from Sunday, February 25 - Saturday, March 3. The evenings are filled with powerful talks, prayer, liturgy and song, and completed with a warm fellowship. Each evening begins at 7pm in the Parish's Community Room, 2052 Lakeview Rd. (between Rts. 5 & 20), Lake View. For more information on MISSION, contact this year's Lead Couple, Greg & Joyce Jones at 716-947-5853 or the Parish Office at 716-627-2910 or Parish@JP2Parish.org. More information can be found on our website: http://www.JP2Parish.org.

Lenten Retreat: A Heart for God. Neighboring Depew Lancaster parishes to co-sponsor two-part Lenten Retreat: A Heart for God with author and speaker Michelle Castelli on Monday, February 26 and Wednesday, February 28 from 7-8:15pm at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 1 St. Mary's Hill, Lancaster (use Aurora St. entrance). Monday evening: Love Received, exploring God's continual offer of love in our lives; Wednesday evening: Love Returned, our response to God's love.

Save the Date: Reds, Whites & Brews - Chesterton Academy of Buffalo's annual gala! Join us on April 21 for live and silent auctions, basket raffles, entertainment, wine and beer tastings, food, and fun! Pre-sale tickets now on sale for $45. More information available at http://www.buffalochestertonacademy.org or call 716-674-8100.

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, Erie County's "Where Families Come First" program is for you! All services are free. All conversations strictly private. For more information, call 716-558-7233 or visit http://www.fjcsafe.org.

Marriage Preparation. The Office of Family Life Ministries needs married couples willing to give of their time for a 20-minute talk to share their experiences with engaged couples at our Journey Into Love monthly diocesan program. The commitment can be as much or as little time as you are available; even just once a year would be helpful. Contact the Family Life Office at 716-847-2210 or familylife@buffalodiocese.org for more details.

Alpine Catholic Vacation Bible School for Midwinter Recess hosted by St. Leo the Great Parish, 885 Sweet Home Rd., Amherst. With "Alpine Winter VBS," children PreK-5th grade will be introduced to saints from the Alpine region and learn Bible verses while participating in fun and on-theme crafts, games, music and snack prep. VBS will be held Tuesday, February 20 - Thursday, February 22, 9am-12pm, at the brand new Parish Events Center. Suggested donation: $15 per child / $30 per family. Register now at http://www.stleothegreatamherst.com/religious-education. For more information, call St. Leo's Religious Education Director, Michael Ruszala, at 716-835-8905, ext. 15.

The new year is upon us. If you are looking for a resolution, consider volunteering with Catholic Charities. The agency offers a wide array of opportunities, from reception and office work to organizing donations, instructing classes and facilitating respite groups. If 2018 is the year you want to give back in a meaningful way, visit http://www.ccwny.org/volunteer and explore the opportunities available. For more information on Catholic Charities and other services and programs we provide, visit http://www.ccwny.org.

Rediscover Your Marriage - Retrouvaille, a program for struggling couples that offers the chance to rediscover yourself, your spouse, and a loving relationship in your marriage. For details or to register, call 716-474-9371 or visit http://www.MarriageSaved.com. All calls confidential. The next weekend date is January 19-21.

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 engaged and newly married couples face. If you are interested in helping with this program, call the Family Life Office at 716-847-2210.

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.

St. Gianna Pregnancy Outreach Center. As the seasons change and colder weather approaches, the St. Gianna Pregnancy Outreach Center in Buffalo is in great need of size Newborn and 0-3 month sleepers, Onesies and clothing, especially for girls. Sleepers/pajamas in larger sizes, 12 months-4T, are also needed. For donation and other information, call our outreach center at 716-842-BABY(2229).

Lenten Retreat and Pilgrimage will depart for Assisi on March 6, 2018. We will visit the Medieval town of Saint Francis including Mount Alverna. We will go on to Rome for a tour and a Papal Audience and a daytrip to the home of Saint Maria Goretti and to Frascati. Tour will be led by Fr. Paul Seil, pastor of St. Bernadette Church and host of Our Daily Bread. The pilgrimage is 11 days and returns March 16. For a detailed brochure, call 716-649-3090 or email frpaul@saintBOPNY.org.

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.

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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