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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.

28th Annual Festival of Lights now through January 6 at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Rd. (off Rt. 18), Lewiston. This year’s theme – “Let the Children Come to Me (Mt. 19:14)” – showcases the new lighted image of St. Nicholas, patron of little children. Come see this unique feature nestled among the 15 acres of spectacular Christmas lights, including a 9-foot tall outdoor illuminated Nativity scene and a life-size Fontanini Nativity scene in the Basilica. Climb to the top of the Basilica and get an angel’s view of the Avenue of Saints and the Spirit of Christmas. Lights on daily 5-9 pm; Shrine open daily 9 am-9 pm. Admission and parking are free. Gift shop open until 9 pm; call for cafeteria hours. For more information and a schedule of our free music concert, call 716-754-7489.

Your Retirement & Healthcare on Wednesday, December 19 from 1-2:30 pm at St. Francis Park, 5229 South Park Ave., Hamburg. There is a lot to consider when planning for your retirement. Do your plans account for managing your healthcare costs in your senior years? Join Sonja Jensen-Schell, Financial Advisor from Edward Jones, as she discusses how to keep your retirement savings healthy and what steps you can take to prepare for future healthcare costs (including Medicare and long-term care costs). Light refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required by calling 716-649-1205 before December 17.

Executive Producer of “Paul” film coming to St. Bernadette. Eric Groth, an Executive Producer of the film “Paul – Apostle of Christ,” will appear at St. Bernadette Church, 5930 S. Abbott Rd., Orchard Park on Thursday, December 20. The film will be shown at 7 pm, followed by an open forum with Mr. Groth. The movie chronicles the life of Saint Paul from his journey as one of the most infamous persecutors of early Christians to one of its most prolific evangelists. This free event is open to the community. For more information, call 716-649-3090 or visit www.SaintBOPNY.org.

Catholic Cemeteries Annual Christmas Mass. The Catholic Cemeteries invites you to join us as we pray, sing, remember and celebrate together in the spirit of the season at our annual Christmas Mass at the following locations: Thursday, December 27 at 5:30 pm at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 4000 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore with Msgr. Francis Weldgen as celebrant; Thursday, December 27 at 5:30 pm at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 500 Riverdale Ave., Lewiston with Fr. Jacek Mazur as celebrant; Friday, December 28 at 5:30 pm at Holy Cross Cemetery, 2900 South Park Ave., Lackawanna with Msgr. Paul Litwin as celebrant; and Friday, December 28 at 5:30 pm at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 3063 Harlem Rd., Cheektowaga with Msgr. Peter Popadick as celebrant. For more information, call 716-873-6500.

Camp Turner’s WinterCamp ’18. Boys and girls, ages 7-15, are invited to sign up for Camp Turner’s WinterCamp. This 3-day overnight camp runs Friday, December 28 at 10 am through Sunday, December 30 at 6 pm. 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. An RN is on-site at all times. Visit www.CampTurner.com for activity descriptions and online registration. If you have any questions, e-mail CampTurner@gmail.com or call 716-354-4555.

Voices of Mercy Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 29 at 6:30 pm at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Rd. (off Rt. 18E), Lewiston. This annual favorite Christmas concert will be held in the beautifully decorated National Shrine Basilica. Festival lights on every evening from 5-9 pm through January 6. Free parking and admission; handicap accessible. Gift shop open daily 9 am-9 pm. For daily cafeteria hours and more information, call 716-754-7489.

14th Annual Festival of Lights Benefit & Auction on Saturday, January 12 at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Rd. (off Rt. 18E), Lewiston. An elegant evening in support of the Shrine’s renovation is planned. Wine tasting, basket & live auctions, door prizes, and catered dinner. Limited tickets available by calling 716-754-7489. Encore lighting of Fatima Shrine’s Festival of Lights display makes the setting of this gala unique. Come enjoy a fun evening for a great cause. Preview days of auction baskets: Thursday, January 10 & Friday, January 11 from 9 am-7 pm; and Saturday, January 12 from 9 am-3 pm.

March for Life Pilgrimage in Washington, DC on January 17-18. Registration is open. Breakfast and Mass at the Washington Plaza Hotel. Buses will depart on the morning of Thursday, January 17 from various locations. For Washington Plaza Hotel reservation, call 202-842-1300 or 800-424-1140 by December 17 and mention: Diocese of Buffalo. Bus deadline date: Friday is December 28 (money non-refundable if payment received after December 28). For prices and bus locations, check out our website, under Events, at https://www.buffalodiocese.org/prolife-events or register at https://www.buffalodiocese.org/marchforlife.

Do you feel that you might be called to priesthood or know someone who is? If so, you might want to inquire about two discernment programs. The first is the St. Joseph Club, which is a program for high school boys who wish to take a closer look at the vocation of priesthood and consider the possibility that God is calling them to it. The second is the Response Program, which is for gentlemen of college age and older who believe that God is calling them to priesthood and wish to listen to God's voice more closely while benefitting from discernment resources and the support of fellow discerners. Both of these programs are free of cost. Brochures containing schedules and other details will be sent to parishes soon. Information can also be attained by visiting http://www.buffalovocations.org or calling 716-847-5535.

If you are a victim of domestic violence and are in need of access to safety planning, spiritual care, legal assistance, limited medical assistance, counseling, law enforcement, the Family Justice Center of Erie County, Inc. “Where Families Come First” is for you. All services are free. All conversations strictly private. For more information, call 716-558-7233 or visit www.fjcsafe.org.

Pray for our Priests. The Marian Movement of Priests Prayer Cenacle meets every Monday morning from 10-11 am in the Parish Center at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 5337 Genesee St., Bowmansville. All are welcome. Please take some time out of your day to join us in praying for our priests. For more information, call the rectory at 716-683-2375.

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

Diocesan social media. You can follow the Diocese of Buffalo on social media so you're up-to-date on what's happening in your diocese. Follow the Diocese of Buffalo on Facebook, Twitter (@buffalodiocese), Instagram (@buffalodiocese), and YouTube (/bufdiocese), and don't forget to follow Bishop Richard Malone on Twitter (@bishoprjmalone).

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

If you been abused or victimized by a member of the Catholic clergy, please believe in the possibility for hope, help, and healing. We encourage you to come forward and speak out. Every diocese in the United States has a victim assistance coordinator who is available to obtain support for your needs, to help you make a formal complaint of abuse to a diocese, and to arrange a personal meeting with the bishop or his representative, if you desire. The victim assistance coordinator for the Diocese of Buffalo is Jacqueline Joy. The telephone number to contact Ms. Joy is (716) 895-3010. Written complaints can be sent to Ms. Joy at Catholic Charities, 425 Main Street, Dunkirk NY 14048. Her e-mail address is jacqueline.joy@ccwny.org.

Office of Pro-Life Activities - Telephone Hotline Numbers. Unplanned Pregnancy, Abortion Alternatives & Healing: 716-847-2205. St. Gianna Pregnancy Outreach Centers, helping mothers and fathers in need: 716-842-BABY (2229) Buffalo, 716-203-7593 Chautauqua County, 716-284-BABY (2229) Niagara County. Project Rachel, post-abortion reconciliation: 716-847-2211. 

Diocese of Buffalo Catholic Directory... The Catholic Directory is now available as a free download on the diocesan website. Published by the Office of Communications, it is the official guide to the offices, institutions, and organizations of the Diocese of Buffalo. It contains addresses and phone numbers for every parish, priest, deacon, and religious sister and brother in the diocese and is essential for anyone involved in parish ministry. Visit http://www.buffalodiocese.org/directory to download, view or print the official Catholic Directory of the Diocese of Buffalo, just one of the many projects funded in part by your generous donations to the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC).

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

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

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

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

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

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