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Help Wanted: Building & Grounds Manager at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church in North Tonawanda. Duties include maintaining all buildings and equipment, knowledge of routine repairs, cleaning church and parish hall, snow plowing, and other duties as needed. Experience helpful; must have good driving record. Apply to Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, 57 Center Ave., North Tonawanda, NY 14120. Email: olcoffice@nt-olc.org.

Camp Turner is now hiring for the Summer of ’19. We are looking for high character people who are called to work with children and love the out-of-doors. Applicants must be drug free, with great references, clean record, and a service oriented attitude. Paid positions: assistant cook, cabin counselors, and staff for the following areas: horses, drama, nature, dishwasher, sports. Staff must be willing to live on-site in Allegany State Park from June 30 to August 18 (most weekends off). Visit www.CampTurner.com.

Free Tax Return Preparation Available now through April 17 on Wednesdays from 4:30-8 pm and on Saturdays from 9 am-2:30 pm at the Northwest Buffalo Community Center, 155 Lawn St., Buffalo. Appointments are not available – taxpayers are serviced on a first-come basis. Tax payers should bring government issued identification, social security cards and birth dates for everyone on the return, wage and income information, last year’s tax return, child care information, proof of health insurance if available, and bank information for direct deposit of the refund. This free service is supported through the CASH Coalition at the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County. For information, email freetaxbuffalo@gmail.com.

Movie Night, hosted by the Men’s Group of Epiphany, at Epiphany of Our Lord Parish, 10893 Sisson Hwy., North Collins. “The Ten Commandments,” newly digitized and enhanced 3½ hour movie, will be shown in two parts: Saturday, February 16 and Sunday, February 17, both evenings beginning at 6:30 pm. The presentation will be shown in the parish hall using our new big screen and sound system. Admission is free for all ages. Refreshments will be available. For more information, call 716-337-2686.

“I Think I’m Almost Ready to Make a Move” on Monday, February 18 from 2:30-3:30 pm at St. Francis Park, 5229 South Park Ave., Hamburg. Deciding whether or not to downsize in your retirement years can be a difficult decision. Leaving the home you raised your family in or making a switch to a smaller, more easily maintainable space can leave you feeling overwhelmed and filled with emotions. Join the real estate professionals from the Olear team at MJ Peterson Real Estate as they walk you through five simple steps to help you decide, a detailed discussion on what it takes to make a move, and steps you can take to lessen the burden. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Reservations required by calling 716-649-1205 before February 13.

“Tea in the Park” on Wednesday, February 20 from 1-2:30 pm at St. Francis Park, 5229 South Park Ave, Hamburg. Is St. Francis Park your cup of tea? For seniors who no longer want the burden of home ownership, see how living at St. Francis Park can enable you to sit back and enjoy life. Join us for light refreshments, a casual presentation, and a tour of this unique senior living community. There will also 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 February 18.

Queen of Heaven: Mary’s Battle for YOU! St. Martin of Tours / St. Thomas Aquinas will be offering a new 8-part study on Mary, Queen of Heaven on Wednesday evenings from 7-8:30 pm beginning February 20 in the Conference Room at Notre Dame Academy, 1125 Abbott Rd., Buffalo. Join us February 20-April 17 as we embark on a journey into a deeper encounter and understanding of our Blessed Mother. While Catholics know of her and honor her, the Queen of Heaven study will introduce you to her in a fuller and more intimate way. For more information or to register, email diacono@stmartinbuffalo.com, call 716-823-7077, or visit www.stthomasbuffalo.com or www.stmartinbuffalo.com. Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us.

Meat Raffle. The Holy Name Society of the Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma will host a meat raffle on Friday, February 22 at 6 pm in the school gym. The event will include 14 raffles consisting of 65 drawings for steak, shrimp, ham, chicken, and more! There will also be refreshments (beer, wine, pop, and hot sandwiches), a live band, and door prizes. Gym is handicap accessible. Proceeds from the event will benefit church improvements. For tickets or more information, see any Annunciation Holy Name member or call Merck at 716-771-3185 or Craig at 716-725-1977.

Vegas Night on Saturday, February 23 at 6:30 pm at Our Lady of Pompeii Parish (in the Aud), 129 Laverack Ave., Lancaster. Games include Blackjack, Money Wheel, Big 9 Wheel, 50/50 raffle gift, and gift baskets. Admission includes pizza, beer, wine, pop, coffee, and snacks. Tickets available at the parish office during business hours or at the door. Attendees must be over 21 to enter. For more information, call 716-683-6522.

“Carnevaldi, Music Unmasked.” The next performance of the Camerata di Sant’Antonio, entitled “Carnevaldi, Music Unmasked” will be held on Sunday, February 24 at 7 pm at St. Anthony of Padua Church, corner of S. Elmwood & Court St., Buffalo. Reception to follow in the parish center hall. For information, call 716-856-3626.

“Lost City of Bethsaida,” presented by Deacon Dave Rotterman, on Monday, February 25 at 7 pm at Our Lady of Pompeii Church, 158 Laverack Ave., Lancaster. Bethsaida, home to several of the apostles and site of several miracles Jesus performed, was lost for almost 1700 years. This presentation will share the history of Bethsaida and its rediscovery and excavation in the 1980’s. For further information, call 716-683-6522.

Seeking a Church Annulment? An annulment writing workshop is scheduled for Monday, February 25 from 7-9 pm at St. Thomas Aquinas, 450 Abbott Rd., Buffalo. The session will include all the information you need on annulments, information on the recent changes, and how to start writing your history. Registration will take place at 6:45 pm; nominal registration fee to cover the cost of materials. To ensure enough materials, pre-register by calling 716-823-7077 or email diacono@stmartinbuffalo.com. Walk-ins welcome.

8th Annual St. Gianna Pregnancy Outreach Banquet on Tuesday, February 26 at 6 pm at the Millennium Hotel Buffalo, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Opening Remarks: Bishop Richard Malone, Bishop of Buffalo; Keynote Speaker: Michele Sterlace-Accorsi, Executive Director of Feminist Choosing Life of New York. Live Music by David Calire. Learn more about the center, clients, and our referring agencies. Gift Baskets/Raffle; cash bar. Open seating – limited -reservations only. Reservation deadline: Friday, February 15 at https://www.buffalodiocese.org/event/101138. If you cannot attend, please prayerfully consider making a donation. For price or more information, call the Pro-Life Office at 716-847-2205.

Blessed Basket & Resurrection Table Seminar on Saturday, March 9 from 9:30 am-4 pm at St. Casimir Social Center, 1033 Clinton St., Buffalo. Ever bless your Easter menu or set a Resurrection Table? Ideas on how and why to prepare a family basket for Holy Saturday blessing. Culinary expert Irena Woszczak leads hands-on demo of easy kitchen decorated, onion skin eggs. Tradition bearer Michael Szafranski will show you how to make his mom’s Polish royalty cookie and fruity, iced, rum babka. New recipes; make and taste Easter delicacies. Fr. Czeslaw Krysa will discuss the symbolic meaning of this ritual feast and inviting Jesus into your home. Limited seating; reservations necessary. Light lunch served. Basket blessing covers and more available. For more information, call 716-824-9589.

Do you trust in God’s unfailing love for you? Magnificat-Buffalo welcomes Beverly Brunner Hofert, mother of seven, who will share how God’s amazing grace and unfailing love have walked her through some very difficult storms in her life. The breakfast will take place on Saturday, March 16 at the Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Registration opens 9:15 am; program begins 9:45 am. For more information or ticket price, call Maureen at 716-683-2290 or visit www.facebook.com/magnificatbuffalo. Advance registration can be sent to Maureen Wilson, 303 Meyer Rd., Apt. #1403, West Seneca.

Lenten Day of Prayer will be offered by Grey Nuns and Friends on Saturday, March 23 from 9 am to 3:30 pm at D’Youville College, Madonna Hall, 320 Porter Ave., Buffalo. Called “Renewing Our Energy: Fostering Faith and Hope,” the day will focus on opening our hearts to God in a new way. Included will be spiritual talks, time for quiet prayer and journaling, sharing with others, and adoration in the chapel. Free parking available on campus. Brown bag lunch (drinks provided). Free will offering. All are welcome. To register, call Arlene at 716-440-9260 or email arlypez@yahoo.com.

St. Ann’s Sodality Luncheon and Basket Raffle. St. Ann’s Sodality of SS. Peter & Paul Parish in Williamsville will hold their 31st Annual Luncheon Basket Raffle, “A Rainbow of Spring,” on Sunday, April 7 at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Rd., Depew. Doors open at 10:30 am at which time all Chinese Auction and special prize items will be on display. Ticket sales will close at 12:15 pm. A cash bar will be available until 12:30 pm, when lunch will be served. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Debbie Napierala at 716-631-9528.

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.

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.

Listen to the Good News. You can listen to Western New York Catholic Weekly which airs on WXRL-AM (1300), WCJW-AM (1140) and WJTN-AM (1240), and to Catholic Today which airs on WLVL-AM (1340) on your radio and online. Podcasts are available at www.wnycatholic.org/radio. Radio ministry is funded in part by your generous donations to the Catholic Communication Campaign.

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 YouTube (/bufdiocese), and don't forget to follow Bishop Richard Malone on Twitter (@bishoprjmalone).

Online resources. The Catholic Communication Campaign supports two online projects you might not be aware of, the Catholic Directory and masstimes.org. The diocesan Catholic Directory, published by the Office of Communications, is available as a free download on the diocesan website, www.buffalodiocese.org/directory. It is the official guide for the Diocese of Buffalo and is updated every month. Masstimes.org is a great resource when you are out of town or at home. It contains Mass times for parishes all over the country. Your generous donations to the annual Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC) make these two efforts possible.

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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