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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.

Pope Francis wants to hear from young people! Young people - aged 16-29, regardless of how active they are in the practice of the faith - are invited to give online feedback as part of an international listening process that will help Pope Francis and the world's bishops better understand the realities, hopes, and concerns of youth and young adults. The feedback is being collected in preparation for the upcoming international Synod on "Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment." Youth and young adults, ages 16-29, are invited to go online and fill out the Vatican survey: http://youth.synod2018.va/content/synod2018/en.html (click on "Respond to the Questionnaire," then use drop down box in upper right corner to translate survey to English). The online survey is open until November 30.

Christmas Nativity Sets on Display. Father Roy Herberger invites you to experience a display of 580 nativity sets from 58 countries. These international crèches will be shown at SS. Columba-Brigid Church, 75 Hickory & Eagle Streets (one block south of Clinton Street). The building is handicap accessible. The hours are from 1-4pm every Saturday and Sunday from the weekend of November 25-26 until the weekend of January 6 & 7 (except for the weekend of December 23-24). There is no charge and there is a special section for children. If anyone would like to view the display during the week with a large group (e.g. school children, senior groups, church organizations, etc.), please call Father Roy at 716-852-2076. This is the last year they will be displayed at SS. Columba-Brigid.

Healing Mass. St. John Paul II Parish, 2052 Lakeview Rd., Lake View will be celebrating a Healing Mass with Father Ray Donohue on Monday, November 27 at 7pm in the main church. Come join us on this special evening praying for the Holy Spirit's healing presence in our lives. All are welcome. For more information, call 716-627-2910 or visithttp://www.jp2parish.org for directions.

Rekindle the Fire Within. On Thursday, November 30 at 7pm, St. Christopher Parish, 2660 Niagara Falls Blvd., Tonawanda, will be celebrating its first Praise and Worship evening. It will be an evening spent in adoration of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, during which we will be singing songs of praise led by our music ministry and have moments of prayer and reflection interspersed throughout. Please give yourself a gift and attend this new and exciting time with Jesus! Parents bring your children! Children bring your parents and grandparents! Teens bring your friends! You won't be disappointed because Jesus never disappoints those who praise Him!

Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School's Little Theatre presents... Join Timon's Drama Club as they present a very special evening of One Act Plays from Thursday, November 30 - Saturday, December 2 beginning at 7pm. Come and see the talented students from Timon and Mount Mercy Academy as they portray a multitude of characters in this unique evening. Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School is located at 601 McKinley Pkwy., Buffalo. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students. For more information and tickets, call 716-826-3610, ext. 243.

Buffalo Choral Art Society, a 115-voice community chorus, presents "Ringing in the Season," a group of Christmas concerts featuring guest artists, The Royalton Ringers: Handbell Quartet. Concerts will be held on Friday, December 1 at 7:30pm at St. Mary Church, 6919 Transit Rd., Swormville; on Sunday, December 3 at 3pm at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo; and on Saturday, December 9 at 7:30pm at SS. Peter & Paul Church, 66 E. Main St., Hamburg. For more information, call 716-775-SONG (7664) or online at http://www.BuffaloChoralArts.org.

Holiday Bazaar & Craft Show at Mount St. Mary Academy, 3756 Delaware Ave., Kenmore on Sunday, December 3 from 10am-3:30pm, showcasing over 70 vendors and offering great gift ideas for everyone on your list. Shop for everything from homemade candles, jellies, wreaths, scarves, artwork, jewelry, a used book sale, and more. Admission is free, however you may donate a canned good or other non-perishable food item to our Food Drive. Questions? Call Alexandra Fussell at 716-877-1358, ext. 304 or email afussell@msmacademy.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 2017 dates are: December 3 and December 17, and meetings will continue into 2018! For more information, call Paul or Carol at 716-937-9810 or visit http://www.res-life.com/the-third-option.

Canisius Chorale will be visiting Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish, 57 Center Ave., North Tonawanda on Monday, December 4 in the church at 7:30pm.

National Night of Prayer - December 8 & 9 from 9pm-1am. Let us bow down in unison across the nation before the Blessed Sacrament in adoration and reparation for the sins against the lives of our innocent unborn and helpless ones. During the Hour of Unity, 12midnight-1am EST, we will be united in churches across the country in prayer to end abortion and to restore God's blessings of Life and Religious Liberty in America. Is your parish participating in the National Night of Prayer? Let us know by email: Pro-Lifeoffice@buffalodiocese.org.

Celebrate Advent and the Christmas Season with Magnificat Buffalo Ministry to Catholic Women. Rev. Joseph Bayne, OFM Conv., Executive Director to the Franciscan Center of Buffalo, will share how the Holy Spirit has led him to serving the youth and emergency responders of our community. The breakfast, prayer, and testimony will take place on December 9 at the Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga from 9:45am-12:30pm. For pre-paid reservations, call Ellie at 716-632-0646 or visit http://www.magnificatbuffalo.org.

Family Christmas Movie Night. On Saturday, December 9, the St. Jude Society of Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School will be hosting a Family Christmas Movie Night to benefit St. Jude Children's Hospital in their fight against childhood diseases. The holiday favorite, "A Christmas Story," will be shown in the school's auditorium, 601 McKinley Pkwy., Buffalo. Pizza, popcorn, candy, and soft drinks will be available. A 50/50 raffle, as well as appearances by Santa and his elf, will make this a fun night out for the whole family! Doors open at 6pm with the movie beginning at 7pm. $1 for children and $3 for adults. Join us for a memorable event while helping out a great cause. For additional information, contact the school at 716-826-3610.

Marsha McWilson will give a Christmas show to be remembered... on Saturday, December 9 from 6-10pm at Niagara Catholic High School, 520 66th St., Niagara Falls, featuring entertainer Richie Derwald and vocal harmony group Steadfast. If you like Etta James, Tina Turner, Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones and The Temptations, then this show is for you. Proceeds go to struggling families to help with tuition assistance so their kids can go to Niagara Catholic. Get your tickets today at https://marshachristmas.brownpapertickets.com/. Admission at the door is $25 night of the show, so buy your tickets online and save money!

Old World Christmas Cookie Shoppe at Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish, 57 Center Ave., North Tonawanda on Sunday, December 10 from 11:30am-2pm in the parish hall. Homemade cookies of all kinds available. Cookies - $10 per pound. Have your picture taken with Mr. & Mrs. Clause. Browse through Santa's Work Shoppe for small gift ideas.

Minister of Holy Communion Training will be held on Wednesday, December 13 from 6-9pm at St. Mary of Lourdes in Bemus Point. Applications can be found on the diocesan website or from your parish office; applicants need to be approved by their pastor. Applicants must bring a Bible with them. Any questions, contact the Office of Worship at 716-847-2210.

Catholic Charities Department of Parish Outreach and Advocacy maintains eight pantries and outreach centers in Erie, Cattaraugus, and Allegany counties to provide food for people in need. The pantries are supported by generous donations from individuals and community organizations. To make a donation or for more information about Catholic Charities Parish Outreach and Advocacy, call 716-218-1400, ext. 2005 or go to http://www.ccwny.org. You can also join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Advent is approaching quickly! Are you looking for ways to enhance your family's Advent journey? The Office of Family Life Ministries is offering newly revised free packets of prayers, activities, and ideas to help engage your family in fun, spiritual ways. We now have a packet for children ages 3-8 and one for children ages 9-14 to try to reach families at all levels. Contact the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or by email familylife@buffalodiocese.org to order one today.

Are you or is someone you know out of work and job hunting? Facing the challenge of being unemployed is hard, but you aren't alone in this. Contact the Office of Family Life Ministries for a free packet containing practical resources, prayers, and information about support programs designed to help you on your journey back to employment. Call 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.org to have a packet sent to you.

All About Wafers. A chance to discover op?atki, their beginnings and use. Wafer Retreat Workshop takes place on Saturday, December 2 from 10am-2pm at St. Casimir Family Heritage Room at the Social Center, 1833 Clinton St., Buffalo. Paid $20 registration covers materials, lunch, refreshments, and participation. Leave message at 716-824-9589 to confirm attendance. Limited seating.

Stroke Support Group. The holiday season often brings unwelcome guests - stress and depression. Rev. Nancy Faery, MDIV, BCC-HPCC, C-MI, will provide some tips to help stroke victims deal with the dizzying array of demands and keep the holidays from taking an emotional toll on you at Kenmore Mercy Hospital's next Stroke Support Group meeting on December 7 from 10am-12pm. For more information, call HealthConnections at 716-447-6205 or visit http://www.chsbuffalo.org/events.

Villa Maria Chorale Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 10 at 3pm at Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel, 600 Doat St., Buffalo. Free will offering.

Nine Lessons and Carols. Join us at St. Christopher Church, 2660 Niagara Falls Blvd., Tonawanda on Sunday, December 17 at 7pm for an evening of Nine Lessons and Carols. This is a service of worship celebrating Advent and the prophecy and promise of Jesus. The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus is told in nine short Bible readings, and each one will be celebrated with prayer and music. All are welcome!

Make a New Connection. Volunteers for the Telephone Assurance Program (TAP) serving Erie and Chautauqua counties, and the Friendly Phones program serving Orleans County, regularly call homebound elderly and disabled persons to check on their well-being and to give people an opportunity to socialize. If you, or if you know someone, who would like to receive calls or volunteer, call 585-343-0614, ext. 18 for Friendly Phones, and 716-218-1400 for TAP. For more information about Catholic Charities of Buffalo and our other services and programs, visit http://www.ccwny.org or call 716-218-1400. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

St. Patrick's Cemetery, Vol. II is available for purchase. This Lockport cemetery is the final resting place for 11,000 WNY Catholics since 1864, including many Irish, Italian and Eastern Europeans. Biographies, Lot Owner list (3,000 names), monument symbolism and cemetery history update are among the chapters. Purchase online athttp://www.niagaraarttrail.com or in person at All Saints Parish, 76 Church St., Lockport; Ticklebridge, 12 Market St., Lockport; or Niagara County Historical Society, 215 Niagara St., Lockport. For information, contact genealogy@allsaintslockport.org.

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 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.

Candlelight Remembrance Service. You are invited to attend the Catholic Diocese Cemeteries annual Candlelight Remembrance Service on Sunday, December 3 at 2pm. Your choice of two locations: Mount Olivet Cemetery, 4000 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore or Holy Cross Cemetery, 2900 South Park Ave., Lackawanna. This spiritually uplifting service is filled with music, scripture, prayers, and the healing words from the Chaplains at the Pastoral Care Department at Hospice Buffalo. Bring an ornament in memory of your loved one or take one that is provided to hang on the tree. Reserve your spot by calling Mount Olivet at 716-873-6500 or Holy Cross at 716-823-1197.

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.

For Your Marriage. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) provides information and resources about a healthy marriage, in general, and Catholic marriage, in particular. Offerings include a Daily Marriage Tip, regularly changing features like the monthly Marriage Quiz, Book of the Month review and Marriage in the News. They continue to add to the content on a regular basis. Visit http://www.foryourmarriage.org, click on "Caring for Your Marriage," then "Resources."

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.
* November 26: celebrant Rev. Sean Paul Fleming
* December 3: celebrant Msgr. Richard Siepka
* December 10: celebrant Rev. Frederick Betti, SJ
* December 17: celebrant Rev. Robert Wozniak
* December 24: celebrant Bishop Richard Malone
* December 31: celebrant Rev. Andrew Lauricella
* January 7: celebrant Rev. Jeff Nowak and Deacon Charles Esposito
* January 14: Rev. Martin Gallagher
* January 21: Rev. Mark Itua

March for Life Pilgrimage, Washington, DC, January 18-19, 2018. Bishop Richard Malone, Bishop of Buffalo, will be attending the Mass at the Verizon Center in Washington on January 19 with youth groups from Buffalo. Breakfast and Mass at the Washington Plaza Hotel. Speaker: "Sidewalk Advocates for Life;" come hear and learn sidewalk tips and testimony. Buses will depart on the morning of Thursday, January 18 from various locations. Washington Plaza Hotel reservation: 202-842-1300 or 800-424-1140; mention Diocese of Buffalo. Reminders: hotel deadline date is December 14; bus deadline date is December 29. Money non-refundable if payment received after December 29. For prices, registration form and bus locations, check our website under "Events" at http://www.buffalodiocese.org/prolife-events.

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).

Tomorrow's Youth Today Program. Are you ready to complete your high school education and accelerate your job skills? Catholic Charities' Tomorrow's Youth Today program can help you obtain your high school equivalency diploma and provide job readiness training, internship assistance, paid work experience or help with resume and cover letter writing. The program, which is available in Erie and Niagara counties through our Workforce and Education Department, is for youths ages 16-24 who are out of school and meet other eligibility requirements. To learn more, visit http://www.ccwny.org/ReadySetJob or call 716-893-3500 for Erie County residents and 716-694-7749, ext. 218 for Niagara County residents. You're willing to work. We'll make you able.

Camp Turner's Winter Camp 2017. Boys and girls ages 8-16 are invited to sign up for Camp Turner's Winter Camp. This 3-day overnight camp runs Thursday, December 28 at 10am through Saturday, December 30 at 6pm. An optional round trip bus is available from Williamsville and Hamburg. The cabins are toasty, the food is delicious, and our experienced staff is excited to make this a great experience for everyone. Of course, we have a RN onsite at all times. Visit http://www.CampTurner.com for activity descriptions and online registration. Email CampTurner@gmail.com or call 716-354-4555 if you have any questions.

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.

If you or someone you know is struggling with an alcohol or drug addiction, this is your sign to receive help. Catholic Charities' Chemical Dependency Treatment Program has immediate openings. Our outpatient program is New York State OASAS licensed and aims to treat addiction with a combination of therapy and medicine. More information on the program can be found at http://www.ccwny.org/services/outpatient-clinics. To begin the referral process, call Central Intake at 716-895-1033. For more information on Catholic Charities and other services and programs we provide, visit http://www.ccwny.org.

Struggling to make ends meet and still put food on the table? We can help. Catholic Charities is the provider of the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) federal nutrition program in Erie, Niagara, and Chautauqua counties. WIC provides nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding support, prenatal and postpartum support, referrals and supplemental food vouchers for all kinds of families with children under 5 years old. Services are free of charge. For more information, call 716-218-1484 or visit http://www.ccwny.org/wic.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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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