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“Let Your Hearts Be Light” Christmas Concert, a special presentation by the Camerata di Sant’ Antonio Chamber Orchestra, on December 13 at 7 pm at Corpus Christi, 199 Clark St., Buffalo. Music composed by Vivaldi, Odermatt, Karlowicz and Lauridsen will be featured. Light reception to follow. A free will offering will be taken; ample parking available.

Family Advent Celebration on December 14 from 10:15 am-12:15 pm at St. Leo the Great Event Center, 885 Sweet Home Rd., Amherst. Help prepare the whole family this Advent with faith-filled musical messaging by Catholic youth leader Mary Palmer, birthday cake in honor of the Christ-Child, and Advent crafts & projects.

Fatima Shrine Bakers Guild to host 3-Day Christmas Bake Sale from Friday, December 13 through Sunday, December 15 at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Rd. (off Rt. 18E), Lewiston. Friday hours 12-7 pm; Saturday and Sunday hours 9 am - 7 pm. Sunday will also include a visit from St. Nicholas from 2-4:30 pm and free hot cider. Come celebrate a festive day and let us do your Christmas baking for you! For more information, call 716-754-7489 or email office@fatimashrine.com.

St. Joseph University Parish will celebrate the birth of Jesus with a Live Nativity on Sunday, December 15 at 5 pm in front of the church, 3269 Main St., Buffalo. This is part of the annual Holiday in the Heights on Main St. Bring the family to church at 5 pm for the Living Nativity, 5:45 pm Lighting of the Christmas Tree (at the former Cantalician Center), followed by 6 pm Hot Chocolate and Santa at Parkside Ice Cream & Candy Shoppe. Each event is a short walk to the next. Dress warm. Free parking behind the church.

Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, December 15 from 9 am-1 pm at St. Andrew Parish Hall, 111 Crocker St., Sloan. Buffet style breakfast includes pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns, coffee, tea and juice. There will be craft tables, activities for the kids, and pictures with Santa! For more information, call 716-892-0425.

Caring for Creation on December 16 and January 27 from 7-8 pm at Our Lady of Victory Basilica, 767 Ridge Rd., Lackawanna. Come join Fr. Justin Steeg, Sr. Sharon Goodremote, FSSJ, and Fr. Dan Horan to reflect and learn more about what the Catholic Church teaches us about the importance of caring for creation as taught by the Catholic Church and specifically in Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si, Care for Our Common Home. The workshops will provide a YouTube presentation by Fr. Horan reflecting on sections of the encyclical. Then Fr. Justin and Sr. Sharon will lead a reflection and sharing. There will also be practical actions we as followers of Jesus can do to care for this wonderful gift of Creation. For registration or questions, call Sr. Sharon at 716-202-4872.

“Tea in the Park” on Wednesday, December 18 from 1:30-3 pm at St. Francis Park, 5229 South Park Ave., Hamburg. Thinking about making a move in the Spring but aren’t quite sure? See how living at St. Francis Park can allow you to sit back, relax, and enjoy all the amenities we have to offer. Join us for light refreshments and a casual presentation at 1:30 pm, followed by a personally guided tour of one of the most unique independent senior living communities in the Southtowns. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required by calling 716-649-1205 before December 11.

Camp Turner’s WinterCamp ’19. Boys (ages 7-13) and Girls (ages 7-15) are invited to sign up for this 3-day overnight camp which runs December 28 at 10 am through 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 trained, vetted and experienced staff is excited to make his a great experience for everyone. We have an RN onsite at all times. Visit www.CampTurner.com for activity descriptions and online registration. If you have any questions, email CampTurner@gmail.com or call 716-354-4555.

Annual Festival of Lights from November 23 through January 6 at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Rd. (off Rt. 18), Lewiston. “Come and Meet Jesus.” See 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 eye view of the Avenue of Saints and the Spirit of Christmas. Lights are on daily from 5-9 pm. Shrine open daily 9 am-9 pm. All are welcome. Admission and parking are free. Groups welcome; reservations appreciated. Religious Articles & Gift Shop open 9 am–9 pm. Call for cafeteria hours. For more information and a schedule of our free Christmas concerts, call 716-754-7489 or email office@fatimashrine.com.

St. Gregory the Great Parish is excited to launch “FIAT,” a monthly Eucharist Conference. Please join us for an evening of adoration, faith-filled presentations, powerful music, and prayer ministry. Come with an open heart and mind. Like Mary who says yes to the will of God, be ready for Christ to become incarnate in your life. FIAT is open to everyone and will take place from 7-9 pm on the 2nd weekend of the month in the Church, 200 St. Gregory Ct., Williamsville. The first FIAT is scheduled for January 11. Upcoming dates: February 8 and March 7.

March for Life Pilgrimage, Washington, DC – January 23-24, 2020. Breakfast and Mass at the Washington Plaza Hotel with Paula Peyton as our guest speaker. Buses depart the morning of Thursday, January 23 from various locations. Washington Plaza Hotel reservation: 202-842-1300 or 800-424-1140; mention “Diocese of Buffalo.” Hotel deadline date is December 20. Bus deadline date is December 27. Money non-refundable if payment received after December 27. Buses are filling up; please send in your registration. For bus locations and registration, visit https://www.buffalodiocese.org/prolife-events. For more information, call the Pro-Life Office at 716-847-2205.

Pilgrimage to the Oberammergau Passion Play – August 22-30, 2020. Hosted by Msgr. David LiPuma. Tour price includes preferred covered seating at the Oberammergau Passion Play, premium accommodations throughout the tour, daily breakfast, 8 dinners, deluxe motor coach transportation, professional English-speaking tour director, comprehensive sightseeing, porterage, entrance fees and more! For a brochure, more information or to RSVP to our September 30 tour presentation, contact Adam Stumpf at 716-862-7613 or astumpf@thetravelteam.com. A limited number of spaces remain!

2020 Pilgrimage with Fr. Peter Karalus. Join Fr. Peter Karalus, Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia of the Diocese of Buffalo, to The Oberammergau Passion Plan (The Event of the Decade!), including Munich, Innsbruck, Salzburg & Vienna on September 7-16, 2020. The trip includes bus for flights from/to Toronto. Mass at historical locations, 4-star centrally located hotels, breakfast daily, some dinners, ground transportation, guides, and all tips and taxes. Deposit and first payment to ensure Passion Play tickets due soon! Do not delay! If you are interested and want to learn more, visit www.jp2parish.org for the trip’s full itinerary and amenities (under home/pilgrimages) or call 716-847-5500 for more information.

Stay connected online. The Office of Communications manages and supports many of the online platforms and associated ministries of the Diocese of Buffalo with websites and social media handles. The diocesan website (www.buffalodiocese.org) features job and ministry opportunities, a listing of all diocesan parishes, upcoming events, and information on several of the diocesan departments that support parish work throughout Western New York. In addition, the Western New York Catholic (www.wnycatholic.org) website features ongoing and breaking news in the diocese.

The Young Church. The Western New York Catholic features articles for the young church in every issue. Look for “The Scene” which reports on young people’s faith in action, and the “Sound Board” where youths share their opinions on important topics and issues. Pick up the latest Western New York Catholic in your parish, at local Tops Markets, or visit www.wnycatholic.org. The Western New York Catholic is funded in part by your generous donations to the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC).

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 You Tube (/bufdiocese). Follow the Western New York Catholic on Facebook (@wnycatholic) and Twitter (@WNYCatholic), and don’t forget to follow Bishop Richard Malone on Twitter (@bishoprjmalone).

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.

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. Call 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 716-853-4424, 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 716-685-2818.

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