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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.

Position Available: Director of Music (part-time). Blessed Trinity Parish in Buffalo is seeking a part-time Director of Music to serve as organist/pianist and choir director; involves one Sunday Mass and one choir (adult) rehearsal each week. Visit http://www.blessedtrinitybuffalo.org and use the link on the home page to view requirements and procedure for applying.

Eucharistic Adoration and Holy Hour for Life at St. Andrew's Church, 1525 Sheridan Drive, Kenmore on Thursday, January 26 from 6-7pm (this is the eve before the March for Life in Washington, DC). We begin with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, prayer, silence and Benediction. Afterwards, the Patriotic Rosary will be prayed for our nation by anyone wishing to stay. Know that you are welcome to attend for any amount of time.

Benefit Concert. The Cardinal O'Hara High School Alumni Association will host its annual benefit concert on January 27 to raise funds to complete renovations to the school's Performing Arts Center, 39 O'Hara Road, Tonawanda. The BBC Band will perform at 8pm and doors will open at 6:30pm. Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.cardinalohara.com or call the school at 716-695-2600, ext. 311.

Winter Open House at St. Benedict School, Main St. & Eggert Rd., Amherst on Sunday, January 29 from 11am-1pm. This is a great opportunity to tour the classrooms, meet the teachers, and get to know other school families. St. Benedict School serves students ages PreK-3 through 8th grade and was ranked the top private elementary school in WNY in 2016. For more information, visit http://www.StBenSchool.org or call 716-835-2518.

Open House at St. John the Baptist School, Kenmore on Sunday, January 29 from 1-3pm. Tour our campus (1085 Englewood Avenue, Kenmore) to learn about our programs from Pre-K for 3 & 4 year olds through Grade 8. Our on-site after-school care program allows you to meet all your family's needs. Visit us at http://www.stjohnskenmore.com to arrange for a private tour or shadow day. Discover what sets St. John's apart!

Taste of St. Ben's. St. Benedict School, Main St. & Eggert Rd., Amherst will host the Taste of St. Ben's on Friday, February 3 at our school. We invite you to join us for sampling dishes from over 20 local restaurants and live music. This event will directly benefit the students at St. Ben's by funding scholarships and educational programs. Food and drink tasting will be from 6-8pm, with entertainment continuing through 10pm. Each guest will receive a punch card so they can sample once from each establishment. For tickets, visit http://www.StBenSchool.org or call 716-835-2518.

Blessed Trinity's 2016-17 Concert Series continues at 3pm on Sunday, February 12. The Buffalo Brass Choir presents "A Requiem in Our Time," featuring the title piece by Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaar, as well as Pablo Casals' "O Vos Omnes," Bach's "Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring," and works by three living American composers: John Cheetham, Anthony Plog and Brian Balmage. Located at 317 Leroy Avenue in Buffalo, Blessed Trinity is wheelchair accessible with secured off-street parking. Information at http://www.blessedtrinitybuffalo.org or 716-833-0301.

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.  

Praying with Religious Art presented by Deacon Greg Feary on Monday, February 13 from 7-8pm at Our Lady of Pompeii Church, 158 Laverack Avenue, Lancaster. Explore the deep meaning and beauty of religious art and icons in this multimedia adventure! Be inspired to See, to Understand, and to Pray! What a great way to prepare our hearts and eyes for Lent. All are welcome. Refreshments follow.

Sunday TV Mass. For those who are unable to physically attend Mass, the Diocese of Buffalo provides a televised Mass from the Our Lady Chapel at St. Joseph Cathedral that airs each Sunday on WUTV-Fox channel at 7:30am.
* February 5: celebrant Rev. Ronald Sajdak and Deacon Mark Hooper
* February 12: celebrant Rev. Michael Burzynski and Deacon Miguel Santos
* February 19: celebrant Rev. Robert Wozniak
* February 26: celebrant Rev. David Munoz and Deacon Ted Pijacki
* March 5: celebrant Rev. Charles Slisz

Divine Mercy Parish Mission in Our Lady of Peace Parish, 274 Broad Street, Salamanca from March 2-5. Schedule of events - Thursday, March 2: 6pm - Divine Mercy Presentation and Chaplet. Friday, March 3: 12pm - Mass and Eucharistic Adoration; 3pm - Stations of the Cross; 6pm - Divine Mercy Presentation and Chaplet. Saturday, March 4: 10am - Divine Mercy Presentation; 3pm - Divine Mercy Chaplet and Holy Hour; 4:30 pm - Mass. Sunday, March 5: 8:30am and 11am - Mass. For more information, call 716-945-4966 or visit http://www.thedivinemercy.org/events.

Diocesan Youth Convention. This winter the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministry will hold the 65th Annual Diocesan Youth Convention, "Positively Dangerous," at the Adam's Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo. This inspiring weekend, March 3-5, will bring together over 800 high school aged youth and their adult leaders for 3 days of prayer, faith, evangelization and community service. Registration is now open, so won't you consider joining us? Get information on our website, http://www.dobyouth.org or contact Mike Slish, Program Coordinator, at 716-847-8789 or mslish@buffalodiocese.org.

Catholic Charities. The New Year is upon us. If you are still looking for a resolution for 2017, consider having a goal of giving back to your community and volunteering with Catholic Charities of Buffalo. As the most comprehensive human service provider serving Western New York, Catholic Charities has a wide array of volunteer opportunities. Your talents can be put to good use helping others! To browse volunteer opportunities, visit http://www.ccwny.org/volunteer-with-catholic-charities. For more information on volunteer positions, email Lauren Maguire at lauren.maguire@ccwny.org or call 716-218-1400, ext. 2006. For frequent updates from Catholic Charities of Buffalo, follow us on Twitter @ccbuffalo and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ccbuffalo. To browse our volunteer opportunities or services available, visit http://www.ccwny.org.

Consignment Shop. St. Andrew Church in Sloan is pleased to announce the opening of their Consignment Shop located on the first floor of their school building located at 111 Crocker Street. They sell quality used clothing, accessories, housewares, toys, general merchandise, collector's items and much more! New items are displayed daily. The hours of operation are Tuesday 12:30-6:30pm, Thursday 11am-4pm and Saturday 12:30-6:30pm. For more information, call 716-892-0425 between 9am-4pm.

Are you or is someone you know an out of work job seeker? Facing the challenge of being unemployed and working through this tough economy is tough enough. You don't have to go it alone. Contact the Office of Family Life Ministries for your free packet containing practical resources, prayers, scripture support, and programs designed to support you on your journey. Just call us at 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.org.

Give the Gift of True Love! Heart to Heart PAIRS workshops help both men and women learn the tools to communicate skillfully, to problem solve constructively, and to build lasting love in their relationships with their spouse and children. Contact Dan & Irma at 716-652-1203, email hearttoheartworkshops@yahoo.com or visit http://www.hearttoheartworkshops.com for more information.

Marriage Spirituality Tune Up Packet Available. Jesus' first miracle takes place at the Wedding Feast of Cana (John 2:1-12). Jesus changes the water into wine - the best wine! He changes the ordinary into the extraordinary. Every marriage, whether months or 75 plus years, has tune up needs. For your free practical useful packet with many suggestions and resources to enrich your marriage, contact the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.org.

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 & Dave Nyhart at 716-648-5363 or email pdnyhart1@yahoo.com.

The Daily Gospel and Homily can be found on the diocesan website, http://www.buffalodiocese.org, and Daybreak TV Productions Facebook page. The 3-5 minute video is recorded Monday-Friday from St. Joseph Cathedral's Our Lady Chapel in downtown Buffalo.

Retrouvaille. Thinking about separation or divorce? Is your marriage or that of a relative or friend heading for divorce? Retrouvaille is designed to help troubled marriages regain their health. The program is highly successful in saving hurting marriages. For more information, call 716-474-9371 or visit http://www.MarriageSaved.com.

For Women Only: Women Praying Through the Knots, A Spirituality of Imperfection! presented by Mrs. Theresa Kehl on Monday, January 30 from 7-8pm at Our Lady of Pompeii Ministry Center (Marian Room), 129 Laverack Avenue, Lancaster. All women are welcome! Free will offering accepted. Refreshments follow in the Aud together with the men from the 7pm men's presentation.

For Men Only: The Real St. Joseph and the Tools for Real Manhood in the Home, the Church and the World! presented by Deacon Mark Kehl on Monday, January 30 from 7-8pm at Our Lady of Pompeii Ministry Center (St. Joseph Room), 129 Laverack Avenue, Lancaster. All men are welcome! Free will offering accepted. Refreshments follow in the Aud together with the women from the 7pm women's presentation.

Walking with Grief is a monthly lecture series and support group provided to assist any person 18 years of age or older in their journey of grief. Each month St. Christopher Parish hosts a speaker who will provide knowledge and insight into the grief journey. Time for Q&A is provided. After the 20-30 minute presentation, attendees have the option to participate in small groups according to their loss. The group meets on the second Wednesday of every month from 6:30-8:30pm at St. Edmund Campus (Fr. Smiroldo Center), 530 Ellicott Creek Road, Tonawanda. There is no charge for attendance and all are welcome. Call St. Christopher Parish Office, 716-692-2660, with any questions.

The Gift of a Grandparent. If you have some extra love to give, you're an Erie County adult aged 55 or older and meet the low income eligibility, Catholic Charities' Foster Grandparent Program might be a perfect fit for you. Volunteers in the program develop one-on-one relationships with youth ages 3-18 by tutoring, mentoring and offering support to special- and exceptional-needs children. Foster grandparents serve at various educational sites and generally volunteer between 15-40 hours a week. Volunteers in the program receive partial transportation and meal reimbursement, volunteer insurance, monthly trainings and a small stipend. For more information or to request an application, call 716-896-6388. For frequent updates from Catholic Charities of Buffalo, follow us on Twitter @ccbuffalo and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ccbuffalo. For other services available or volunteer opportunities, visit us at http://www.ccwny.org.

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.

Third Option Program. Do you need to find the joy in your marriage and live a happier, healthier life together? If so, consider attending the Third Option program. This skills-based group helps participants build stronger, more fulfilling marriages. Group meetings are held every third Sunday from 6-8pm at Resurrection Life, 2145 Old Union Road, Cheektowaga. The remaining 2017 dates are:  January 29, February 19, March 19, April 9, April 30, May 21, June 11, June 25, September 10, October 1, October 22, November 12, December 3 and December 17. For more information, call Paul or Carol at 716-937-9810 or visit http://www.res-life.com/the-third-option.

Journey Into Love. The Office of Family Life Ministries is looking for married couples to assist with the monthly diocesan marriage preparation program, Journey Into Love. Married couples help by giving a 20 minute talk once or twice a year on essential topics and issues that engaged and newly married couples face. Married couples that support this ministry find it beneficial to their own marriage and their efforts contribute to the strengthening of family life as couples prepare for their marriage. If you are interested in finding out more about this very successful diocesan marriage program, call the Family Life Office at 716-847-2210.

Our Lady of Blessed Sacrament School's Sweetheart Sweepstakes 2017 on Saturday, February 4. Want a chance to win $10,000! And support a local school in your community? Please consider buying a ticket for the OLBS school's largest fundraiser. The money generated is used to fund programs for the school like STREAM (science, technology, religion, engineering, art and math). Doors open at 5:30pm. Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament is located at 10 French Road, Depew. For ticket information, call Kelly Hartwig at 716-861-4112 or visit http://school.olbsdepew.org/NewsEvents/SweetheartSweepstakes2017.aspx.

Foundations of Faith Community Nursing. A parish/faith community education program will be held on weekends in February and March of 2017 at Trocaire College, Buffalo. The Foundations of Faith Community Nursing curriculum will prepare interested RNs to function within the American Nurses Association's recognized nursing specialty of Faith Community Nursing. Go to http://www.PNMNY.org for application and scholarship information or call 716-566-1163 to speak with one of the educators. Deadline for registration is January 16.

Catholic Charities' Immigration and Refugee Assistance Program is collecting donations of winter outerwear and clothing. Many of the program's clients do not have proper clothing or shoes for the winter months, especially for those who arrived during the summer. Items being collected include winter boots, galoshes, jackets, coats and sweaters. All sizes are being accepted. Items can be dropped off at Immigration and Refugee Assistance, 20 Herkimer Street, Buffalo from 8:45am-4:45pm Monday through Friday. Please call ahead if possible - 716-842-0270. Consider helping Buffalo's newest neighbors. For more information on Immigration and Refugee Assistance, visit http://www.ccwny.org or call 716-842-0270. For frequent updates from Catholic Charities of Buffalo, follow us on Twitter @ccbuffalo and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ccbuffalo. To browse our full list of services and more, visit http://www.ccwny.org.

Volunteers Needed. Little Portion Friary, located at 1305 Main Street (south of Canisius College), Buffalo, is a shelter for homeless men and women whose goal is to assist our guests in ending the reasons for their homelessness. Needed are men and women willing to greet and serve the guests on weekends and weekday shifts. Training is provided. It is an ideal ministry for retired seniors as well as for men and women who want another opportunity to "live out" their faith. Please consider in answering God's call to help feed and shelter the homeless. Call Ed L. at 716-875-9629.

The God's Family Program began over ten years ago to help parish catechetical leaders meet and assist persons with disabilities. It is a unique, family/intergenerational program that offers catechesis to people of all ages with disabilities; it can be used as either a supplement or an alternative to the parish faith formation program. God's Family meets once a month on Saturdays from 12-2:30pm at Baker Hall School. If you would like a detailed schedule or more information regarding the God's Family Program, contact Mario Vinti with the Office of Lifelong Faith Formation at 716-847-5521 or mvinti@buffalodiocese.org.

The Marriage Counseling Center of Catholic Charities offers locations in Amherst and West Seneca and is a unique resource in Western New York because of its dedication to counseling couples for more than 50 years. Services are provided by master's level therapists who specialize in couples' treatment, pre-marital counseling and individual counseling for relationship problems. To refer a couple, simply give the interested party our phone number, 716-839-4406, and have them call our office between 8:45am-4:45pm weekdays. Check us out at http://www.ccwny.org. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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).

Daily TV Mass. Do you know someone who misses going to Daily Mass because of an illness or injury? The Diocese of Buffalo provides Mass from the Our Lady Chapel at St. Joseph Cathedral Monday-Friday. The Mass airs on Time Warner cable Ch. 20 at 12:05pm (city) and at 12:05pm and 6pm (suburbs).

Have you heard of our Service Corps? The Catholic Charities Service Corps (CCSC) gives recent college graduates the opportunity to spend a full year in service to their community. Individuals room together and share their talents to give back to the community. Whether it be counseling, serving the homeless, assisting refugees, helping those who are disabled, or working against domestic violence, the CCSC touches all levels of the community. For more information, please call 716-218-1400 ext. 2005 or visit http://www.ccwny.org.

Nar-Anon Family Groups offer support for those affected by another's addiction. Group meets weekly on Mondays at St. Andrew's Church, 1525 Sheridan Drive, Kenmore. Newcomer meeting begins at 6:30pm; regular meeting at 7pm. Located in the Loyola Room (door between Church and Rectory, off parking lot). For more information about Nar-Anon Family Groups, visit http://www.nar-anon.org

Give the gift of a home. Catholic Charities works diligently to provide children in need of a family (temporarily or permanently) with a loving home. Catholic Charities provides parent training, home studies, placement and supervision until an adoption is finalized and is willing to be with the family every step of the way. Interested in learning more about fostering or adopting a child? Email foster.adopt@ccwny.org, contact our offices at 716-856-4494 ext. 360, or come to an informational meeting on October 13 from 10-11:30am or 6-7:30pm at 525 Washington Street, Buffalo. For more information on Catholic Charities and the services we provide, visit http://www.ccwny.org.

"Consider This...." Don't miss Bishop Richard Malone's weekly message on "Consider This...." Fridays on the Daybreak Facebook page, diocesan website, and YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/DaybreakTV and also after the Daily Mass during the week. 

The Xavier Society for the Blind is looking for volunteers to record from your home computer periodicals for their website. They will provide the recording program and headset. Please call (212) 473-7800 and leave a message or email info@xaviersocietyfortheblind.org.

Natural Family Planning provides couples with a safe effective means to achieve or avoid pregnancy and gain understanding of their gift of fertility. A new video 'Plan Your Family Naturally: An Introduction To Natural Family Planning' is now available and will enhance and enrich your marriage preparation efforts. Two married couples and NFP educators share their own experience giving heartfelt, real-life witness to its effectiveness, challenges and many benefits ... practical, relational and spiritual ... as they cooperate with God's natural plan for married sexuality. Produced by the Diocese of Rockville Centre/Office of Faith Formation. Visit http://www.drvc-faith.org.

Fidelis Care, the New York State Catholic Health Plan, wants to make sure that every child in the diocese has access to quality, affordable health coverage. Parents are encouraged to apply for enrollment in New York State's Child Health Plus program. Every child under age 19 residing in the state is eligible for free or low-cost health insurance coverage through the program. Covered benefits include doctor visits, checkups, dental and eye exams, immunizations, hospital and emergency care, prescription drugs, and more.  Depending on a family's income and household size, Child Health Plus with Fidelis Care may cost very little or nothing at all. Parents can choose their child's own doctor from the Fidelis Care network - a healthcare professional in their neighborhood they know and trust. A happy, healthy child is life's greatest gift. Call Fidelis Care toll-free at 1-888-FIDELIS (1-888-343-3547) TTY: 1-800-421-1220 or visit www.fideliscare.org.

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.

Pharmaceutical Access Program of St. Vincent de Paul is designed to help those who need prescription medications, but can't afford them. The Society has designed this service for many who are on low or fixed income situations. In order for this program to work, we need volunteers to help with phone calls and also client interviews. If you would like to help or need more information, please call 882-3360, ext. 8.

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.

The Catholic Alumni Club is a 35 year old national organization for Catholic single professionals. We invite Catholic singles over 21 years of age to join and become active with us. For more information, contact Marcia Popaduch (693-0640), Rich Stroh (895-7612), or Al Schneider (633-7157).

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