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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.

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.

Are you a former parishioner of Blessed Sacrament Church, Tonawanda, NY? We are celebrating 90 years and want you to be included! Call the parish at 716-834-4282 or email bsctonawanda@gmail.com and leave your name, address, and phone number so information can be sent to you.

Annunciation Pre-K program has openings for 2019-20 school year. The Strong Start Early Learning Academy at the Church of the Annunciation currently has a few openings for the 2019-20 school year. The Pre-K is located at 7580 Clinton St., Elma. Openings at the Pre-K3 level are on Monday and Wednesday from 9-11:30 a.m. Pre-K4 openings are from 9-11:30 am Monday through Friday. Strong Start Learning Academy is a fun and Christ-centered learning community featuring programs such as Handwriting Without Tears and Building Blocks Math. The program follows NYS standards and ensures that all activities are challenging but maintain developmentally appropriate practices. For more information, contact Program Director, Carrie D’Attilio at 716-681-1327, email office.annunciation@gmail.com or follow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Annunciation-Strong-Start-Pre-K-186615578614654/.

St. Greg’s Great Race. St. Gregory the Great Parish in Williamsville will host its 24th Annual Great Race on Friday, June 21. The 5K sanctioned Run/One-Mile Walk begins promptly at 7 pm, pre-race party begins at 6 pm, and the post-party is in the parkng lot after the race. With over 1,000 runners and walkers taking part in the event, this is one race you don’t want to miss! The St. Greg’s Great race is a Buffalo Runner of the Year race. Don Postles from Channel 4 will emcee the event, along with Hit n Run playing the after-party. Media sponsor, 96.1 The Breeze, will broadcast live from 3-7 pm. For further information or to register, visit https://www.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=7145.

Annual Children’s Memorial Prayer Service on Tuesday, June 25 at 7 pm at St. Christopher Church, 2660 Niagara Falls Blvd., Tonawanda. Anyone who has lost a child, regardless how old the child was, or how long ago the loss, is invited to attend “I Light a Candle for You.” This special service includes prayers and readings, poems, music, and a candle-lighting remembrance. For more information, contact the parish office at 716-692-2660 or Deacon Tom Healey at 716-812-7609.

“Tea in the Park” on Wednesday, June 26 from 1-2:30 pm at St. Francis Park, 5229 South Park Ave., Hamburg. Come see what’s blooming at St. Francis Park! See how living at St. Francis Park can enable you to sit back and enjoy life without the burden of home ownership. Join us for light refreshments and a casual presentation at 1 pm, followed by a guided tour of this unique senior living community. There will be plenty of time to get your questions answered. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required by calling 716-649-1205 before June 24.

Forming Young Leaders for Today and Tomorrow! Do you know teens who show leadership potential and would thrive with training and encouragement? This is your opportunity to call forth those young leaders today and make an investment in leadership of tomorrow! The Catholic Leadership Institute (CLI) prepares high-school aged teens for active and meaningful leadership in their parish, school, and community. CLI fosters leadership potential and teaches practical skills. This faith-based institute forms young Catholics as servant leaders and inspires them to lead as Jesus did. Please invite and sponsor teens with leadership potential to experience this powerful week. CLI will be held from June 26-July 2 at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora. Brochures and scholarships are available from the Department of Youth & Young Adult Ministry at 716-847-8789 or www.dobyouth.org.

Anointing of the Sick Healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine on Thursday, June 27 at 7 pm at Resurrection Church, 130 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga. 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.

The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus will be celebrated with a Mass on Friday, June 28 at 8:30 am at St. Aloysius Church, 157 Cleveland Dr., Cheektowaga. Msgr. Peter Popadick will be the main celebrant. The church is wheelchair accessible. Please bring your family and friends as we honor our Lord’s request for this great celebration. Information regarding The Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in the Home will be available at this Mass or by calling 716-633-3939.

Meat Raffle. The Cardinal O’Hara High School Alumni Association will host a meat raffle on Friday, June 28 at the school, 39 O’Hara Rd., Tonawanda. Doors open at 6 pm, followed by the first raffle at 7 pm. Admission fee includes beer, wine, soda, and pizza. Those attending are encouraged to bring table snacks and a cooler. Featured raffles include a grill, 50/50, and a cooler. For event tickets or information, call Lisa at 716-548-3958 or Steve at 716-445-1355 or visit www.cardinalohara.com.

2019 Hilbert College Boys and Girls Summer Basketball Camps. The Boys weeks are June 30-July 4 and July 14-18. The Girls weeks are July 7-11 and July 21-25. The check-in is on Sunday(s) between 2:30-4pm and each camp concludes on Thursday(s) at 3pm. Campers are given the choice of staying on campus (resident camper) in air conditioned Trinity Hall, or commuting (day camper). Day camp runs from 9am-9pm weekly. All meals included in the cost. To register or for more information, go to www.hilberthawks.com and go to the men’s or women’s basketball page(s). For more information on the Boys camps, please contact Hilbert College Head Men’s Basketball Coach Rob deGrandpre at 716-926-8803 or rdegrandpre@hilbert.edu. For more information on the Girls camps, contact Hilbert Head Women’s Basketball Coach Amy Senefelder at 716-926-8775 or asenefelder@hilbert.edu.

Class Reunion. The Cardinal O’Hara High School class of 1999 will host the O’HaraFest All Year Reunion on July 19 at the Cardinal O’Hara sports complex. All classes celebrating a reunion year are welcome. Tickets available pre-sale or at the door, and includes beer, wine, soda, food, and entertainment. For more information or tickets, call the Advancement Office at 716-695-2600 or email rorr@cardinalohara.com.

 

All Alumni Reunion for St. Gerard’s School on August 3 at Gerard Place, 2515 Bailey Ave., Buffalo. The evening will begin with a Mass at 4:10 pm in the lyceum, followed by a tour of the Gerard Place Community Center. From 6-9 pm, there will be food and music to enjoy. A Buffalo theme of pizza, wings, and roast beef on weck will be served. Music provided by Tom Stahl and the Dangerfields (alumni). For more information, contact Tom Ahearn at tandj1978@gmail.com.

Directed Retreat Week – August 11-17 – at Center of Renewal Retreat & Conference Center, 4421 Lower River Rd., Stella Niagara. Three or five day directed retreats also available. Spiritual directors planned for this retreat include: Fr. Tom Hartle, OFM; Sr. Jean Thompson, OSF; Sr. Nancy Fortkort, OSF; Sr. Donna Lord, GNSH; with additional directors as needed. For flyer and details, call 716-754-7376, ext. 2. Pre-register by July 28.

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 sacredheartlkwd@yahoo.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 pastor@ascensionrcc.com. 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 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. (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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