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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.

Celtic Spirituality Day of Reflection presented by Eileen Charleton on Saturday, March 4 from 9:30am-2:30pm at St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence. During the day participants will talk about elements of Celtic Spirituality, share stories of a few Celtic saints, and take a brief video "pilgrimage" to one of the holy sites. Our goal is to experience the Power of Celtic Spirituality in our prayer life and spiritual growth. The theme of the day will be the prayer, St. Patrick's Breastplate. Please bring a favorite Irish blessing, poem or prayer and a journal and Bible. Note: this will be a full day program. Registration required; call 716-759-6893, ext. 175.

Lenten Fish Fry. St. Margaret's Parish will host its 4th annual Lenten Fish Fry on Friday, March 10 from 4-6:30pm. Event will be held in the Holy Spirit Church Hall (beneath the church) located at 85 Dakota St., Buffalo. Catered by Krolick's. Dinner tickets are $10 and go on sale February 12 and can be purchased following all St. Margaret's weekend Masses and also in St. Margaret's rectory during normal business hours. Dine-in or carry-out available. For further information or to purchase tickets, contact Diane at 716-876-5318.

Timon's Treasure: The Forgotten Reliquary of St. Joseph's Cathedral. In the current edition (Winter 2017) of the WNY Heritage Magazine is the article Timon's Treasure: The Forgotten Reliquary of St. Joseph's Cathedral. "Lost" for decades, the reliquary of St. Joseph's Cathedral is a stunning work of art and a moving testament of faith. The article helps to unravel the mysteries of its origins and creation. The reliquary is on display in Our Lady's Chapel at St. Joseph's Cathedral.

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.

Stroke Support Group. Kenmore Mercy Hospital, 2950 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore, hosts its next Stroke Support Group meeting on Thursday, March 2 from 10am-12pm in the Medical Rehabilitation Dining Room. "Life After Stroke" will be the topic of the next meeting. Dr. Nadeem Hussain will cover such topics as depression, caregiver burnout and intimacy issues. Blood pressure screenings will be available. For more information or to register, call Catholic Health's HealthConnection at 716-447-6205 or visit http://www.chsbuffalo.org/events.

UB Distinguished Alumni Concert Series, featuring Dr. Jim Kosnik, on Friday, March 3 at 7:30pm at Slee Hall on UB's North Campus, Amherst. The program will include the Music of Tunder, DeGrigny, J.S. Bach, Vierne and the organ music of Adolphus Hailstork. For more information, visit the Catholic Musicians' Guild website at http://www.cmgbuffalo.org.

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.

Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School's Parent Guild will host a Fish Fry Dinner on Friday, March 31 from 4-7pm catered by Krolick's. Adult dinner includes 10 oz. battered haddock, French fries, macaroni salad and tartar sauce. Kid's meal includes 2 chicken fingers, French fries, blue cheese and carrots. Pre-sale tickets are available until March 3 in Timon's Main Office. Adult dinner is $11. Kid's meal is $8. Call 716-826-3610 for more information. Take-out orders and tickets will be available at the door.

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.

Lenten Day of Prayer. Open the Eyes and Ears of My Heart will be the theme of the annual day of prayer and reflection offered by Grey Nuns and Friends on Saturday, March 4 from 9am-3:30pm. As Lent begins, women and men of all ages are invited to come and open their hearts to let God's grace and mercy flow in. Retreat will be held at D'Youville College (Madonna Hall), 320 Porter Ave., Buffalo. There is no fee for the day; free will offerings will be accepted. Parking is available in the Visitor's Lot on Fargo Ave. Participants are asked to bring a brown bag lunch; drinks will be provided. To register, contact Arlene at arlypez@yahoo.com or by calling 716-833-7451.

Marriage Preparation (Pre-Cana) is an important part of the journey into love and marriage. Pre-Cana is scheduled at St. Christopher Roman Catholic Church, 2660 Niagara Falls Blvd., Tonawanda on Saturday, March 11 from 9am-3pm in the school cafeteria. All couples planning to marry in 2017 are invited to participate in this small group marriage preparation program. The schedule for the day includes presentations and activities with sponsor couples from our Marriage Ministry as well as time for questions and answers. Contact the rectory office at 716-692-2660 for more details or to register.

La Feast Di San Giuseppe. St. Anthony of Padua Church, 160 Court Street, Buffalo, celebrates the Feast of St. Joseph, "La Feast Di San Giuseppe," on Sunday, March 19 with Mass at 11am followed by a traditional St. Joseph Day Table in the Parish Center Hall; parking is free. For tickets and information, call the rectory at 716-854-2563 between 9am-1pm.

Calix is a gathering of individuals who want to improve their spiritual program because they are afflicted or affected by the disease of alcoholism. Calix is for people who are putting together a spiritual program which uses the 12 Step approach. A journey which brings Step 11 into a deeper and fuller meaning. The Buffalo Unit of Calix Society meets the last Sunday of the month at 3pm in the basement meeting room of St. Michael's Church Rectory, 651 Washington Street, Buffalo. For more information, contact Rev. Martin Moleski at 716-888-2383. International website is http://www.calixsociety.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.

Practice Entrance Exam for 7th Grade girls to be held at Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart, 3860 Main Street, Eggertsville on Saturday, March 4 from 9am-12pm. For more information or to register, visit SHA's website at http://www.sacredheartacademy.org or contact the Admissions Office at 716-834-2101, ext. 311.

Lenten Mission 2017. St. John Paul II Parish invites you to join us for our Lenten Mission 2017 from Sunday, March 5-Saturday, March 11. The evenings are filled with powerful talks, prayer, liturgy and song, and completed with a warm fellowship. Each evening begins at 7pm in the Parish's Community Room, 2052 Lakeview Road (between Rts. 5 & 20), Lake View. For more information, contact this year's Lead Couple, Greg & Joyce Jones, at 716-947-5853 or the parish office at 716-627-2910, email parish@JP2Parish.org or visit http://www.JP2Parish.org.

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.

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.  

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

Teams of Our Lady is a program that seeks to promote authentic married love that not only leads to God but also to a more intimate and enriching relationship with one's spouse. A Team is a group of five to seven couples affiliated with a Catholic priest/chaplain who have freely decided to join together to find support in their efforts to lead Gospel lives. For more information or a brochure, contact Patti & Dave Nyhart at 716-648-5363 or email pdnyhart1@yahoo.com.

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

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

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).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ProjecTruth is founded on the belief that as students develop virtues through character education, they build a strong internal commitment to making healthy life choices. ProjecTruth has reached over 50,000 teens across Western New York since its 2001 inception. Visit http://www.ProjecTruth.com or http://www.myspace.com/projectruth.

Make Your Voice Heard - The New York State Catholic Bishops have formed a statewide Catholic Advocacy Network of concerned Catholics who want to put their faith into action. Together, we can speak out in support of the poor and vulnerable, the sick and elderly, the unborn, children and families. Our parish encourages you to join this network. There is no cost. The easiest way to join is to go to http://www.nyscatholic.org to sign up. Or you can send your name, address, phone number and email address to Catholic Advocacy Network, New York State Catholic Conference, 465 State Street, Albany, NY 12203-1004. Be sure to mention you are a member of our parish in the Diocese of Buffalo.

PROJECT RACHEL is in the heart of the Church. Don't suffer alone; be set free from the pain. Many women and men suffer in silence from their abortion experience that is not easily erased. The Father of mercies is ready to give His forgiveness, hope and peace to all who grieve with this wound. The Project Rachel Program offers confidential, spiritual healing. (716) 847-2211 and also see http://hopeafterabortion.com or http://www.menandabortion.info.

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

The Catholic Guild for the Blind is a volunteer organization under the auspices of Catholic Charities dedicated to providing spiritual and social opportunities for persons who are visually impaired. Volunteers transport and assist the visually impaired to participate in a variety of community activities. If you have the time to help out on a regular basis, or from time to time, please call 853-4424, ext 305. You'll be rendering a service to some very impressive people.

Crossroads is a Catholic community of single adults, forty years of age and older, seeking to share diversified spiritual and social needs and blessings. We welcome people of all faiths. Crossroads respects and upholds the spiritual, moral, and ethical teachings of the Catholic Church, including respect for life. Meetings are held once every other month. For more information, contact Barbara at 685-2818.

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

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