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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.

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) and WSPQ-AM (1330), on your radio and online. Podcasts are available on the radio page of http://www.wnycatholic.org. Radio ministry is funded in part by your generous donations to the Catholic Communication Campaign.

40 Weeks Sacred Story Examen presented by Charlie Gardner on Saturday, June 3 from 9:30-11am at St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Rd., Clarence. William Watson, SJ wrote a contemporary version of St. Ignatius' examination of conscience. This five point prayer - Creation, Presence, Memory, Mercy, and Eternity - is written for today's practitioner who wants to find God in all things. The 40 Week retreat asks for a 15 minute a day prayer period and targets narcissism, addictions, and compulsions and teaches Sacred Story Prayer. It is being used nation-wide as a parish renewal tool. The presenter would like to share what this tool is and how it has worked in his faith community. For reservations or further information, call 716-759-6893, ext. 175.

St. John Kanty Parish Community Annual Summer Festival / Chicken BBQ & Polka Mass on Sunday, June 4. Mass at 10:30am with music by Rare Vintage. Serving from 11:30am-4pm or sold out: BW's BBQ chicken compliments our delicious homemade sides and desserts; takeout available. Theme baskets, raffles, and more (our annual Summer Festival Drawing has some big prizes!). St. John Kanty is located on Broadway (between Brownell & Swinburne Sts.), Buffalo; offstreet parking. For further information, call 716-893-0412 Monday-Friday from 9:30am-noon or visit http://www.stjohnkantychurchbuffalo.wordpress.com.

Bereavement and our Spiritual Journey presented by Bob and Joyce Grinewich on Tuesday, June 6 at 7pm at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 4000 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore. Bob is Pastoral Associate at SS. Peter & Paul Parish, Williamsville and Joyce does Bereavement Ministry at SS. Peter & Paul. Having lost a loved one evokes many feelings and emotions among which is losing sight of God's presence and support during the time of one's grief. We will explore how God may seem far away, but we will share how through grief we can feel God's presence more so than ever before. We will look at this time as part of the journey that we are all on and how God supports us through it. Open to the community; no charge. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Marianne Hubert, Director of Grief Support at 716-873-6500.

Soul Injury: Liberating Unmourned Loss and Unforgiven Guilt is the subject of a free educational program that provides a new paradigm for assessing acute and chronic trauma. Hosted by Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home on Thursday, June 8, the presentation begins at 6:30pm at the funeral home, 4199 Lakeshore Rd., Hamburg. Continuing education credits are available for nurses, social workers, counselors, clergy, and others at no charge. For more information or to RSVP, call 716-627-2919.

St. Bonaventure University hosts Thomas Merton conference. The 15th general meeting and conference for the International Thomas Merton Society will be held at St. Bonaventure University from June 15-18. Discussions will focus on the writings and impact of this influential Catholic author who served on the faculty at St. Bonaventure in the early 1940s. The university library has an impressive collection of his literary works. Registration is required for the conference and organizers are able to accept one-day registrations on a last minute basis. For more information, visit http://merton.org/2017/default.aspx.

O'Hara 5K Run/Walk. Cardinal O'Hara High School, 39 O'Hara Rd., Tonawanda will host its third annual Black and Gold Run the Hawk 5K Run/Walk on June 23 starting at 6:30pm at the school. Prizes will be awarded and a post-race celebration with music, food, and refreshments will take place at the school. Timing will be by WNYFL&TS. Proceeds from the event will fund curriculum enhancement and building improvements at O'Hara. For more information, call Melinda Pierce at 716-695-2600, ext. 310 or email mpierce@cardinalohara.com or go online at http://www.cardinalohara.com.

Register Now for Summer Timon Day Camp! Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School, 601 McKinley Pkwy., Buffalo will host its Anything-but-Ordinary Summer Timon Camp from July 10-21 for boys entering grades 5-8. Each day begins at 9am and concludes at 3pm. Campers should bring their own lunches. Transportation to all field trips will be provided by Timon. Registration on Tuesday, June 24 from 6-8pm and Saturday, June 27 from 9-11am at TImon. As space is limited, a down payment is required at time of registration; deadline for registration is June 30. Forms can be found at http://www.bishoptimon.com/SummerTimon. For all inquiries, e-mail summertimon@bishoptimon.com or call 716-826-3610, ext. 237.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Position Available: Catholic School Principal. St. Gregory the Great School, Williamsville is seeking a strategically thinking Catholic School Principal who possesses a Master's Degree in education and school level administration certification. The ideal candidate has at least ten years combined experience teaching and academic leadership. The principal administers the school's religious and academic programs and provides leadership in Catholic faith development, spiritual growth and academic excellence. This shall be performed in accordance with parish and diocesan policies and regulations. Applications will be accepted through May 22. Please submit the following materials to Rev. Leon Biernat at jbiernat@stgregs.org: resume and cover letter; statement of your educational philosophy and vision for the future; 4 references with names, current addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses.

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.

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.

Novena to the Holy Spirit. The Jesuit Fathers at St. Michael's Church, 651 Washington St., downtown Buffalo, will conduct a Novena to the Holy Spirit during the nine days before the Feast of Pentecost, May 26-June 3 at the 12noon Mass. For more information, call the rectory at 716-854-6726.

Blessed Trinity Parish, Buffalo, celebrates Trinity Sunday Weekend beginning the celebration of its feast day at 7:30pm on Friday, June 9 when Canadian organist, William Maddox, performs a benefit recital at the landmark church, 317 Leroy Ave., Buffalo. Mr. Maddox has chosen Romantic French works and orchestral transcriptions to showcase the church's original 1927 Tellers-Kent pipe organ, including the Bach 'St. Anne' Fugue. A reception and opportunity to meet the artist will follow. Guided tours of the church on Saturday, June 10 from 2-4pm will focus on its architecture, culture and history. Parishioners and their guests will observe Trinity Sunday at a special 10am Mass on June 11, celebrated by Rev. Victor Ibhawa. Blessed Trinity is wheelchair accessible with secured off-street parking. For information, call 716-833-0301 or visit http://www.blessedtrinitybuffalo.org.

St. Anthony of Padua Church Homecoming and Anniversary Celebration - 126 years in the Italian/American Western New York Community on Sunday, June 11. Mass at 11am, procession around Niagara Square, followed by dinner/dance in the Parish Center Hall, S. Elmwood Ave. & Court St., Buffalo. For tickets or further information. contact the rectory at 716-854-2563.

Pilgrimage to St. Anne DeBeaupre Shrine, Quebec, Canada, led by Fr. Daniel Young, Good Shepherd Church, North Tonawanda from August 20-25. Five night stay at the Basilica Inn across from the Shrine. Non-refundable deposit due by June 19. For more information, cost or to reserve a spot, call 716-625-8594.

Forming Young Leaders for Today and Tomorrow! Do you know teens who show leadership potential and would thrive with training and encouragement? This is your opportunity to call forth those young leaders today and make an investment in leadership of tomorrow! The Christian Leadership Institute (CLI) prepares high school aged teens for active and meaningful leadership in their parish, school and community. CLI fosters leadership potential and teaches practical skills. This faith-based institute forms young Catholics as servant leaders and inspires them to lead as Jesus did. Please invite and sponsor teens with leadership potential to experience this powerful week. CLI will be held from June 24-30 at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora. Brochures and scholarships are available from the Department of Youth & Young Adult Ministry at 716-847-8789 or http://www.dobyouth.org.

Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart is pleased to offer Service Camps for girls entering 7th & 8th grade in Fall 2017. These weeklong camps will give girls the opportunity to volunteer in a variety of settings throughout Western New York. Transportation will be provided daily to each site from Sacred Heart. Service Camp will be held July 3-7, July 10-14, and July 17-21 from 9am-3:30pm. For more information and costs or to register, visit http://www.sacredheartacademy.org/ or call the Admissions Office at 716-834-2101, ext. 311.

Time for a Marriage Tune-Up! Do you expect your car to run forever without a tune-up? So why expect your marriage to keep going without maintenance? Worldwide Marriage Encounter offers the tools to keep a relationship in top condition. The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend will be June 23-25 at the Quality Inn & Suites, Exit 16, Interstate 90, Erie, PA. For more information and registration, call Terry & Beth or visit http://www.WWME.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 remaining 2017 dates are: 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.

Celebrating Memorial Day at a Catholic Cemetery. Join us as we honor those who have served our country in the military at one of our Memorial Day Masses. On Saturday, May 27 at 10am, Masses will be held at the following cemeteries: Mount Olivet in Kenmore, Holy Cross in Lackawanna, Gate of Heaven in Lewiston, and Holy Sepulchre in Cheektowaga. On Monday, May 29 at 10am, Masses will be held at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lockport and St. Adalbert Cemetery in Lancaster. Honoring all those buried in the cemetery is the focus of our Eucharistic celebrations. Taking a little time from our lives to visit the cemetery and to remember the dead brings value and meaning to the gatherings with family and friends we may have over this holiday weekend. For more information on any of our services, call 716-873-6500.

Morning of Reflection for Leaders of Scripture Study. Calling all Bible Study coordinators and small group leaders! Join us for a time of prayer and networking: we will pray with the Pentecost experience and share best practices for leading Bible Study. Please bring a sample of Scripture Study resources that you would recommend to others, marked with parish name. Saturday, June 10 from 9:30-11:30am at St. John XXIII Parish Hall, 1 Arcade St. (at Harlem Rd.), West Seneca. For more information, contact Sr. Barbara Schiavoni at 716-847-5516 or bschiavoni@buffalodiocese.org. Register by June 6 to 716-847-5501 or esantini@buffalodiocese.org.

O'Hara Summer Camps, Clinics. Students in 5-8 grades are invited to join the summer camps and clinics offered at Cardinal O'Hara High School, 39 O'Hara Rd., Tonawanda. Offerings include a 3-week Academic Enrichment camp starting July 10; Acting and Singing camp from July 17-21; Band camp from July 10-14; and Physics and Engineering camp from July 10-21. Camps run from 9am-1pm. The annual free Football Clinic for those in grades 7-9 will take place from June 26-29 from 10:30am-1pm. An All-Star Soccer Clinic is scheduled from July 17-21 from 9-11am. The Gold Glove Baseball Camp for children ages 6-13 will be offered July 10-14. For more information and cost, contact Tammy Huber at 716-695-2600, ext. 357, email thuber@cardinalohara.com or visit the O'Hara website at http://www.cardinalohara.com.

Mount St. Mary Academy hosts Summer Sessions, Athletic and Theater Camps. Mount St. Mary Academy invites girls entering grades 5-8 to participate in its annual Summer Sessions day camp which includes a combination of athletic, art, and educational sessions, running from August 7-11 from 9am-4pm at the school, 3756 Delaware Ave., Kenmore. Additional athletic camps will be held throughout July, including Volleyball (June 26-30), Lacrosse (July 17-21), Tennis (July 31-August 4), and Basketball (August 1-3). MSM will also offer Entrepreneurship Camp (June 26-30) and Theater Camp (July 24-28). For more information, parents may download a brochure from the school's website at http://www.msmacademy.org or call Mount St. Mary Academy at 716-877-1358.

Fatima Pilgrimage. 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the Apparitions at Fatima, Portugal. Father Paul Seil, Pastor of St. Bernadette Church, Orchard Park, will be leading a pilgrimage to Fatima, Santiago de Compostela, Avila, Madrid and Lourdes. Departure is November 9 by motorcoach to Pearson Airport, Toronto, with return on November 19. Transportation, hotels, admissions, 2 meals most days and tips are included. For a brochure, call Linda Jeswald at 716-649-3090.

Put Your Faith in Action. Single women, age 18 and older, are invited to join the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities as we travel to David, Kentucky from June 23-July 1 to repair homes for people in need through our Franciscans in Action service retreat. While giving of your time and talent, you will also experience personal and spiritual growth in the Franciscan tradition. To register, contact Sr. Donna McGartland, OSF at 315-420-5039 or dmcgartland@sosf.org. More information at http://www.sosf.org.

Calling all High School Sophomores and Juniors. Canisius College is proud to host the 2nd Annual Be the Light Youth Theology Institute from July 10-15. This is an opportunity for current high school sophomores and juniors to explore issues of justice and social justice in the City of Buffalo through the lenses of Catholic theology and Jesuit spirituality. Applications are being accepted through May 5. For more information, visit http://www.canisius.edu/btli.

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.

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.

2017 Hilbert College Boys and Girls Summer Basketball Camps. The Boys weeks are June 25-29 and July 9-13. The lone Girls week is July 16-20. The registration/check-in is on Sunday(s) between 2:30-4pm and each camp concludes on Thursday(s) at 3pm. Campers are given the choice of staying on campus (resident camper) in air conditioned Trinity Hall, or commuting (day camper). Day camp runs from 9am-9pm weekly. All meals included in the cost. To register or for more information, go to http://www.hilberthawks.com and click on "Events." For more information on the Boys camps, please contact Hilbert College Head Men's Basketball Coach Rob deGrandpre at 716-926-8803 or rdegrandpre@hilbert.edu. For more information on the Girls camp or the July 30-August 3 High School Girls Elite Camp, contact Coach Melissa Graham at 716-926-8775 ormgraham@hilbert.edu.

Retrouvaille (Ret-ro-vi) is a program for married couples that feel bored, disillusioned, frustrated or angry in their marriage and don't know how to change the situation or even communicate with their spouse about it. The next weekend is May 12-14. For a brochure or further information, call the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or visit http://www.marriagesaved.com. For more information or to register, call 716-474-9371 or 800-470-2230. All inquiries are strictly confidential.

Reunion: Save the Date! South Park High School's Class of 1967 will be celebrating its 50th reunion on September 23 at Carriagers Social Club Grove, 224 Fisher Rd., West Seneca from 6-11pm. Cost $25 includes a live band and appetizers; cash bar. Classes of '66 and '68 are welcome. Spread the word. For more information, contact Joan at JLYNCHSPHS67@gmail.com.

Rosary Novena for Life now 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*) remaining dates: 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.

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.

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

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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