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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.

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 - http://www.buffalodiocese.org.

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.   

Family Lenten/Easter Packet Available. Looking for ways to keep your children interested and have a positive experience of the Church's annual retreat for 2017? With a little creativity and time you can provide your family with a unique journey together with Jesus. Your free packet includes realistic ideas and practical activities, designed to discover the riches of Lent and Easter together. For your spirituality toolbox of ideas, contact the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email familylife@buffalodiocese.org.

The Polish Arts Club and Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius College present a dramatic reading of Irena's, a play about a Polish Catholic who attempted to save 12 Jews during WWII. They all survived. This will be held on March 26 at 6pm at the Marie Maday Theatre on the Canisius College Campus, 2001 Main St., Buffalo. A free will offering will be accepted.

Anointing of the Sick Healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine will be held on Wednesday, March 29 at 7pm at Fourteen Holy Helpers Church, 1345 Indian Church Rd., West Seneca. Fr. David Bellittiere and the Friends of St. Peregrine cordially invite those afflicted with cancer or need special healing, who wish to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick to attend this healing Mass. Confessions will be heard before Mass from 5-6:30pm. For further information, call 716-283-0011 or visit http://www.stperry.org.

Timon's Parent Guild to Host Fish Fry. The Parent Guild of Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School will host a Fish Fry Dinner, catered by Krolick's, on Friday, March 31 from 4-7pm. Dinner includes 10 oz. battered haddock, French fries, macaroni salad and tartar sauce; chicken finger meal also offered which includes two large chicken fingers and French fries. Bottled water, canned pop and desserts also available. The chance to win a $100 tuition voucher will also be available only during the event. Pre-sale orders can be placed and paid for through Timon's Main Office through March 30. Fish fry dinner is $11; chicken finger meal is $8. Please call 716-826-3610 for more information.

26th Anniversary "Get Together" to benefit the South Buffalo Community Table on Saturday, April 1 from 6:30pm-midnight at Ironworker's Hall, 196 Orchard Park Rd., West Seneca. This event will raise money for the Community Table which serves over 1,000 meals a month. Ticket price includes beer, pop, wine, food, snacks. Must be over 21 to attend. For more information, contact Paul at 716-823-1596.

The Paschal Mystery of Your Life presented by Sr. Joan Wagner, SSJ on Saturday, April 1 from 9:30-11am at St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Rd., Clarence. Walk with Jesus via the Joyful and Sorrowful mysteries of your life and meet him there. For reservations, call 716-759-6893, ext. 175.

The Passion of Paul presented by Mary Ann Getty on Saturday, April 1 from 8:30am-3pm at the Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. By examining Paul's rich personal background, his call, his claims to authority as well as his acknowledgement of his personal limitations, obstacles and hardships as recorded in his letters, we will see how Paul's gospel formed the foundation of the early Church's mission "to the ends of the earth." For registration information, contact The Catholic Biblical Studies Program at 716-871-9180, info@cbstudies.org or visit http://www.cbstudies.org.

Presentation at St. Anthony's Parish, Lackawanna. As part of our Centennial Celebration, we are hosting a presentation by John Andreozzi on the history of our parish. Mr. Andreozzi previously published "The Italians of Lackawanna," an extensive review of the experience of that population. Mr. Andreozzi has now completed additional research for this centennial presentation utilizing Buffalo Diocesan resources and interviews of priests and parishioners of the former Queen of All Saints parish. The parishes successfully merged in February 1998. The presentation will take place on April 2 at 1pm in St. Anthony's Drilling Hall, 306 Ingham Ave., Lackawanna.

Do you feel God is calling you to be a Permanent Deacon? If you are between the ages of 30-55, come and learn about the ordained ministry of the Permanent Deacon. We are currently forming an Inquiry Class for Fall 2017 and attendance at an information session is required to apply. An Information session is scheduled at Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Rd., East Aurora on Saturday, April 8 at 9am in the classroom building. Attendance at an information session is required for both the interested man and his wife to be considered for the Inquiry Class being formed to begin in the Fall of 2017. Contact Deacon Rick Stachura at 716-542-4233 or rstachura@rochester.rr.com to register and/or for further information. Remember, wives of interested men are required to attend!

Sorrowful Mysteries presented by Quiet Waters Ministry on April 12 at 7pm at St. Michael's Church, 651 Washington St., Buffalo. All are welcome to prepare for the Triduum by joining the downtown community in this beautiful time of prayer, music, drama and reflection. Free will offering. St. Michael's is handicap accessible; onsite parking. For further information, visit http://www.stmichaelbuffalo.org.

Seven Last Words: Good Friday Service at St. Michael's Church, 651 Washington St., Buffalo on April 14 from 12-3pm. All are welcome to join the downtown community in this time honored observance. This year's preacher will be Rev. Joseph Burke, SJ. Good Friday Liturgy will follow the service. St. Michael's is handicap accessible; onsite parking. For further information, call 716-854-6726 or visit http://www.stmichaelbuffalo.org.

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. Don't wait! Tickets are $20 and are selling fast. Buy your tickets soon. Contact St. Leo the Great at 716-835-8905 for details or go to http://www.RealLifeCatholic.com.

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.

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

Camp Turner - Summer Camp Registration is now open. Camp Turner offers a traditional overnight camping program for boys and girls ages 7-16. Sessions run from 2pm on Sundays through 6pm on Fridays, from July 9 through mid-August. The camp is located in the gorgeous, pastoral hills of Allegany State Park in the woods amidst pristine streams and lakes. Lifelong friendships are born in an intentionally Catholic community. Horses, sports, campfires, beach trips, dance, hiking, art and so much more. For information, pictures, activity listings, session descriptions and prices, visit http://www.CampTurner.com. Partial financial assistance is available.

The Voices of Mercy. St. John Kanty Parish Community is pleased to host The Voices of Mercy, the musical arm of St. Luke's Mission of Mercy, at our 4pm Mass on Saturday, March 25. Following Mass, they will provide their original compositions for Stations of the Cross. All are invited to a Soup Supper in Kanty's Kitchen following Mass. Join us in our historic church, 101 Swinburne St., Buffalo; handicap accessible and off street parking.

Rosary Novena for Life begins on March 25 and lasts 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*): 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.

Make a Joyful Sound!: A Concert for Laetare Sunday with Bobby Militello at St. Michael's Church, 651 Washington St., Buffalo on March 26 at 2pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the rectory or in the church on concert day. St. Michael's is handicap accessible; onsite parking. For further information, visit http://www.stmichaelbuffalo.org.

Joint Vespers with the Catholics & the Lutherans. 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. There are many mixed emotions as we mark this major event in the life of the Christian Church. In commemoration of this anniversary, Bishop Richard Malone, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, and Bishop John Macholz, Lutheran Bishop of the Upstate New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, will together preside at Vespers/Evening Prayer on Sunday, March 26 at 4pm. The liturgy will take place at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main St., Buffalo. The choirs of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and St. Joseph Cathedral will participate. Priests, deacons and the lay faithful are all invited to attend this momentous occasion. Clergy and faithful of other Christian denominations are also invited.

Father/Daughter Bonding Day to be held at Sacred Heart Academy, 3860 Main St., Eggertsville on Sunday, March 26 from 1-4pm. A workshop for dads (or other important male figure) and daughters in grades 4-7. A relationship with Dad is one of the most important in your daughter's life. Ever wonder how to deepen those roots? This is an opportunity to spend an afternoon interacting with your daughter in a meaningful and positive way while engaging in a variety of fun activities. The event will feature workshops in communication, hands-on activities and goal setting, as well as a keynote speaker. For more information, cost or to register, visit http://www.sacredheartacademy.org or contact the Admissions Office at 716-834-2101, ext. 311.

Evening Adoration and Holy Hour for Mercy on Thursday, March 30 from 6-7pm at St. Andrew's Church, 1525 Sheridan Dr., Kenmore. We begin with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction. Afterwards, for those wishing to stay, we will pray the Patriotic Rosary for our Nation. All welcome!

Egg-Writing Retreat. Award winning experts in Polish Easter egg ornamentation present beginners and advanced sessions in ancient pin drop and stylus written eggs: pisanki. Fr. Czeslaw Krysa will discuss the faith meaning of resurrection egg symbols, motifs and colors on Saturday, April 1 from 9:30am-3:45pm at St. Casimir's Social Center, 1833 Clinton St., Buffalo. For information/flyer, send self-addressed, stamped envelope to Egg Writers Retreat, St. Casimir Church, 160 Cable St., Buffalo, NY 14206 or call 716-824-9598. Afternoon special: palm weaving workshop. Pre-paid reservation for full or half day necessary. Limited seating.

Stations of the Cross prayed by the Mission of Mercy Singers. Join the downtown community in this musical reflection on Wednesday, April 5 at 7pm at St. Michael's Church, 651 Washington St., Buffalo. Free will offering. St. Michael's is handicap accessible; onsite parking. For further information, visit http://www.stmichaelbuffalo.org.

Reflecting on the Physical Suffering Christ Endured for Us, presented by Mr. Ted Lina on Monday, April 10 from 7-8pm at Our Lady of Pompeii Church, 158 Laverack Ave., Lancaster. Gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the physical suffering Jesus experienced by reflecting upon the sorrowful mysteries and the execution. A Lenten experience you will not want to miss. Light refreshments follow in the vestibule of the church. All are welcome. Free will offering accepted.

Our Lord's Seven Last Words. Fr. Joseph Burke, SJ will be the preacher at St. Michael's Church on Good Friday, April 14. The Good Friday service will start at 12noon with the Stations of the Cross. The celebration of the Passion of the Lord and Communion will follow shortly after the completion of the Stations. St. Michael's is located at 651 Washington St., Buffalo; parking in back of the church. For further information, call 716-854-6726.

"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 http://www.bakervictorynite.org. 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.

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.
* March 26: celebrant Rev. James Croglio
* April 2: celebrant Msgr. Thomas Maloney
* April 9: Passion Sunday - celebrant Rev. Jeffrey Nowak and Deacon David Rotterman
* April 16: Easter Sunday - Bishop Richard Malone

Annual Lenten Homemade Pierogi & Placek Sale at St. John Kanty Parish, 101 Swinburne St., Buffalo Now through April 9: Saturdays 3-5pm and Sundays 9:30am-12pm. For further information call 716-893-0412 from 9am-12pm Monday-Friday. Join us for Mass and include a stop at Kanty's Kitchen! Off-street parking and room in our pews for you! Visit http://www.stjohnkantychurchbuffalo.wordpress.com.

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 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.

Meat & More Raffle at St. Andrew Church, Sloan on Sunday, March 26 in their Parish Hall, 111 Crocker Street. Doors open at 1pm, drawings start at 2pm. Winners will be awarded with various grocery store gift cards and a fabulous grand finale of meats & gift cards. There will also be a theme basket raffle and 50/50 splits. This is a 21 year and older event. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 716-892-0425.

Middle School Eucharistic Retreat from Friday, March 31 at 6pm through Saturday, April 1 at 9pm at Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Rd., East Aurora. The theme for this year's retreat is "Amazing Love." Cost is $60 per person includes lodging, meals, t-shirt and all retreat activities. Encourage your 6th-8th graders to join us for this excellent experience! This event is sponsored by ENCOUNTER - a multi-parish youth ministry effort organized so that teens may encounter the presence of Christ in the Eucharist. For registration form and more information, call 716-835-8905, ext. 14 or e-mail office@stleothegreatamherst.com. Registrations are due by March 13.

Father Baker Manor to host 3rd Annual Artisan Fair & Farmers' Market. Father Baker Manor, 6400 Powers Rd., Orchard Park, will be sponsoring its 3rd Annual Artisan Fair & Market on Saturday, August 26 from 10am-3pm. The event will be held rain or shine. Local artisans, crafters and market vendors are invited to reserve a 12'x12' space for event at $35 per space. For more information or an exhibitor application, visit http://www.chsbuffalo.org/FBMfair or contact Jill Hirczak at jhirczak@chsbuffalo.org or by calling 716-209-0744. Please return completed applications and fees to Jill Hirczak at Father Baker Manor, 6400 Powers Rd., Orchard Park, NY 14127.

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.

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 http://www.bisonfund.com or call 1-888-216-8380.

Alcohol and Drug Use - what EVERYONE needs to know. Join us on Saturday, March 18 from 1-3pm at St. Leo the Great Parish, 885 Sweet Home Road, Amherst for an educational presentation by Timothy Logsdon, MS Ed., LMHC. Drug and alcohol use affects EVERYONE. Educating ourselves is critical to help stem the loss and destruction of so many lives. Community based resource representatives will also be available. Learn how to help and get help. For more information, contact Maureen Couche, RN, parish nurse at 716-835-8905 or mcouche@stleothegreatamherst.com.

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.

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.

Marriage Encounter. Husbands and wives spend immense amount of time on their jobs/careers/children/leisure. How much time do you spend just for the two of you as a couple? You deserve more time together on a priority basis. Make a Marriage Encounter soon! The next Marriage Encounter weekend is March 17-19 at the Notre Dame Retreat House, Canandaigua. For more information, call 877-697-9963 or visit http://www.wwme-wny.org.

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.

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).

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.

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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