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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 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 and follow the instructions.

Organist Wanted. Mary Immaculate Parish, East Bethany and Pavilion, is looking for an organist to play at their Saturday 4pm Masses. If interested, contact Mary Jo at 585-584-7031.

The Station of the Cross Catholic Radio Network (101.7 FM) is now also broadcasting on 90.7 FM. The 90.7 FM station is a music station featuring primarily contemporary Christian music by top Catholic artists, as well as some Gregorian chant and traditional hymns. Interspersed with music are "Truth Tidbits" based on Catholic teaching. The same music and programming can also be heard on and the iCatholicMusic mobile app available in the app store. Check out 90.7 FM and iCatholicMusic today and let others know as well!

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.

Pastoral Response II - Addictions Workshop. As people of faith, we stand together with our brothers and sisters who are suffering. How can we support those who are suffering and do our part to end this epidemic? Please join us on Saturday, April 29 from 9am-2pm at St. John Paul II Parish, 2052 Lakeview Rd., Lake View for a free workshop sponsored by WNY United & St. John Paul II Parish. Register at There will be an 8:30am Mass in the main church. Registration begins at 8am.

Hildegard de Bingen presented by Dr. Kay Johnson-Gentile on Saturday, April 29 from 9:30-11am at St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Rd., Clarence. Learn about Hildegard's life, thoughts and mysticism. You will never forget this Doctor and Saint of the Church. For reservations, call 716-759-6893, ext. 175.

Poustinia Experience. Wanted: young women and men, ages 18-26, desire to be alone with God for a 24-hour period of silence, solitude, nature, fasting and Scripture. For more information, contact Msgr. James Wall at 716-435-0133 or Sr. Joan Wagner at 716-759-6893, ext. 216 at the St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Rd., Clarence.

Reboot! Live! Are you longing for more? And who isn't looking for something more? Do you want to experience your faith - and live your life - more deeply? Then don't miss Reboot! Live! with internationally known speaker and author Chris Stefanick on Thursday, May 4 from 7-9:30pm at St. Leo the Great Church, 885 Sweet Home Rd., Amherst. Draw closer to God. Deepen your understanding of His plan for your life. And gain a new passion to live the life God created for you. Tickets are $20 and selling fast. Contact St. Leo the Great at 716-835-8905 for details or go to

Ladies First Jazz Big Band to perform at Annunciation Parish, 7580 Clinton St., Elma on Saturday, May 6 at 7:30pm. Ladies First Jazz Big Band is a 16-piece all-female group formed by bassist Jennifer May. A pre-concert event will take place in Annunciation's Selbert Hall beginning at 6:30pm. Guests are invited to bring their own beverages and snacks. Tickets are $10 pre-sale and $12 at the door. For tickets or more information, please call 716-683-5254 or visit

"Life Changing Experience" for Teens. All high school students are invited to develop their leadership skills and make lifelong friends at the Christian Leadership Institute (CLI), June 24-30 at Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora. Participants will learn communication, decision-making, planning and other leadership skills that will help them in daily life and in any leadership position they assume in school, church or work. Past youth participants have described CLI as a "life changing experience" that helped them develop confidence, grow in their faith, and build solid, supportive friendships. For more information, visit or call the Department of Youth & Young Adult Ministry at 716-847-8789.

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.

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28) Everyday there are things that remind us of our experiences of loss. Grief never takes a vacation! Our free packet, "Coping with Seasons of Loss," is filled with resources, insights, prayers and Scripture support. For your packet, contact the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email

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: 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

Annunciation to host Chris Wilson Concert. The Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma will host singer and songwriter Chris Wilson for a songs of faith concert on Friday, April 28 at 7:30pm. For more information about the concert and Chris Wilson, call 716-683-5254 or visit

Ars Nova Musicians Chamber Orchestra will present a concert featuring classical music set in the splendor of historic St. John Kanty Roman Catholic Church, this year celebrating 125 years as a parish. Marylouise Nana is founder, music director and conductor and will lead the orchestra on Sunday, April 30 at 3pm. Emily Tworek Helenbrook, soprano soloist, will also perform. Maestra Nana is excited to return to the St. John Kanty venue as a highlight in the church's 125th anniversary events. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the door, or in advance via PayPal at

Therapeutic Healing of Music. Ellen Cool, Board-Certified Music Therapist and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, will offer a musical presentation, "Where words fail, music speaks" - Hans Christian Anderson - on Monday, May 1 at 4pm as part of the Bereavement Lecture Series sponsored by the Catholic Diocese Cemeteries. Various music therapy techniques geared toward those who are experiencing grief will be presented. No musical abilities or previous musical experience are required to benefit from this highly interactive presentation. Progam will be held at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parish, 157 Cleveland Dr., Cheektowaga. Open to the community; no charge. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Marianne Hubert, Director of Grief Support Services of Catholic Cemeteries at 716-873-6500.

Finding Our Purpose: Harry Potter Guides the Way. Harry Potter and his friends can teach us much about self-discovery and finding our purpose. If you are a woman, age 20 or older, who is a Harry Potter fan, come to this one-of-a-kind retreat to learn more and celebrate Harry's 20th anniversary with us. Join us May 5-7 at St. Mary of the Angels Convent in Williamsville. To register, contact Sr. Caryn Crook, vocation minister, at or 315-751-6819. Visit us online at

2017 Hilbert College Boys and Girls Summer Basketball Camps. The Boys weeks are June 25-29 and July 9-13. The lone Girls week is July 16-20. The registration/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 and click on "Events." For more information on the Boys camps, please contact Hilbert College Head Men's Basketball Coach Rob deGrandpre at 716-926-8803 or For more information on the Girls camp or the July 30-August 3 High School Girls Elite Camp, contact Coach Melissa Graham at 716-926-8775

Position Available: Religious Education Director (full-time) at Immaculate Conception Church, Eden, with responsibilities as a Youth Minister and also to assist with the Adult Faith Formation program. Hours and salary are negotiable, so are the days of the week. Send resume to: Immaculate Conception Church, 8791 S. Main St., Eden, NY 14057.

P.A.T.H. (People Against Trafficking Humans, Inc.). Come learn more about human trafficking in WNY and how to join the fight to stop it! Anyone in the community is welcome and no registration is required. Awareness night: Thursday, April 27 at 7pm in the Social Center at St. Francis of Assisi, 4263 St. Francis Dr., Hamburg. For more information, contact Jean at 716-627-3357.

Mass & Breakfast in Honor of the Crowned Virgin. The Congrega Society of Buffalo announces the next biannual Mass & Breakfast in honor of the Crowned Virgin at St. Lawrence Church, 1520 E. Delavan Ave., Buffalo on Saturday, April 29 with Mass at 9am. Celebrant is Rev. Ronald Sajdak, Pastor; members of the St. Lawrence Chamber Choir will provide the music. If you have not previously attended the Mass and breakfast for this devotion, please contact Mary Steinhauser at 716-656-7195 to be added to the breakfast count.

World Day of Prayer for Vocations Eucharistic Holy Hour, sponsored by the Serra Club of Buffalo and led by Fr. Bill Quinlivan, will take place on Sunday, May 7 at 2pm at Christ the King Seminary, St. John Vianney Chapel, 711 Knox Rd., East Aurora. Please join us in praying for vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, religious life and lay ministry. All are welcome! For more information, contact Linda Hooper at 716-474-9509 or

Monsignor Kawalec Organ Scholarship Auditions will be held at St. Benedict Church, 1317 Eggert Rd., Eggertsville on Monday, May 8 at 7pm. Piano and organ students are invited to audition for the award. Application forms may be obtained from Director Bill Fay at Deadline is May 1.

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

Novena to Our Lady of Fatima. To commemorate the centenary of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima, Portugal, a Novena to Our Lady of Fatima will take place May 5-13 at the Dominican Nuns Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary, 335 Doat St., Buffalo. Confessions will be heard daily at 6:15pm with the recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6:40pm, followed by Holy Mass at 7pm. Fr. Bernard Confer, OP, Monastery Chaplain, will open and close the Novena on May 5 and 13. Other preachers will be attending and preaching in the course of the Novena including Rev. William Quinlivan, Rev. Michael Burzynski, Rev. Czeslaw Krysa and Rev. Michael Monshau, OP. For more information, visit or call 716-892-0066.

Retrouvaille (Ret-ro-vi) is a program for married couples that feel bored, disillusioned, frustrated or angry in their marriage and don't know how to change the situation or even communicate with their spouse about it. The next weekend is May 12-14. For a brochure or further information, call the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or visit For more information or to register, call 716-474-9371 or 800-470-2230. All inquiries are strictly confidential.

Camp Turner is now hiring for the summer of 2017. Start July 1, finish August 20; most Saturdays off. Need 3 male cabin counselors, office manager, assistant cook, 1 kitchen aide, orienteering instructor, sports, horseback riding and care, nature instructor, low ropes instructor, activity assistant (minimum 17 years of age). Must be willing to work with kids in a Catholic environment. Applications available at

Reunion: Save the Date! South Park High School's Class of 1967 will be celebrating its 50th reunion on September 23 at Carriagers Social Club Grove, 224 Fisher Rd., West Seneca from 6-11pm. Cost $25 includes a live band and appetizers; cash bar. Classes of '66 and '68 are welcome. Spread the word. For more information, contact Joan at

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). The Daily Gospel and Homily can be found on the right side of the diocesan website -

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   

"Consider This..." - Don't miss Bishop Richard Malone's weekly message, "Consider This...," each Friday on the top banner of the Diocesan website,

Rosary Novena for Life now until November 18, completing nine consecutive months of prayer. Each Mass takes place at 8am on the last Saturday of each of those months (with some exceptions as noted by*) remaining dates: April 29, May 20*, June 24, July 29, August 26, September 30, October 28 and November 18*. Masses are held at St. Rose of Lima Parish, 500 Parker Ave., Buffalo. Silently and prayerfully after Mass we process to the local abortion clinic to pray the rosary for mothers, fathers, their unborn children and the ultimate end to abortion. Closing prayers will take place upon our return outside of St. Rose of Lima.

"Music and Memories" - A Service to Remember Those We Love will be held on Thursday, April 27 at 6:30pm at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Kenmore and again on Saturday, April 29 at 1pm at Holy Cross Cemetery in Lackawanna. The service will feature songs that will inspire and uplift you as we remember those we have loved. Poems, Scripture and other pieces will be interspersed throughout the program along with the reading of your loved one's name. Call by April 13 to have your loved one's name listed in the program book. For the service at Mount Olivet, call 716-873-6500; for the service at Holy Cross, call 716-823-1197. The program is presented as part of the Bereavement Support Programs of the Catholic Cemeteries, Diocese of Buffalo.

Baker Victory Night: A Grand Masquerade? Join us on Thursday, May 4 at Michael's Catering & Banquets for an evening of masked fun with theme baskets, silent auction items, 2 split clubs, and more! Don't miss out on several Grand Prize drawings - including $5,000! Doors open at 6pm. To purchase tickets, visit The proceeds will go to help support the programs and services offered by Baker Victory Services, OLV Homes of Charity and the OLV National Shrine and Basilica. Not only will these funds assist in helping us help those in need, but they will also help provide for repairs and upkeep of the OLV Basilica.

Scholarship Money Available for Private School Education. The BISON Children's Scholarship Fund, a tuition assistance program for children in grades K-8, has scholarships available for the 2017-2018 school year. Interested families can visit the BISON website to learn more about the application process, including financial eligibility and key deadlines. With a maximum award of $1,900 per child, this is a great opportunity for families who want a private education or their children but are unable to afford it. For more information, please visit or call 1-888-216-8380.

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 or call 716-842-0270. For frequent updates from Catholic Charities of Buffalo, follow us on Twitter @ccbuffalo and on Facebook at To browse our full list of services and more, visit

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

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 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 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).

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

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

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, 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

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

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

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

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 or

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 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 or

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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