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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.
40 Days for Life 2019 Campaign’s “Help Save Lives in Buffalo” from September 25 – November 3. Join us in prayer and peaceful vigil in front of Buffalo Women Services, 2500 Main St., Buffalo. Vigil hours are 7 am to 7 pm every day and 8 am to 5 pm on Sunday. We join 855 cities in 61 countries in a peaceful, prayerful witness to send a powerful message to the community about the tragic reality of abortion. We pray for “the beginning of the end of abortion.” For information, visit www.40daysforlife.com/buffalo or call Dolly Verdi at 716-868-2049.
Annual Public Square Outdoor Rosary on Saturday, October 12 at 12 noon at St. Rose of Lima Parish, Parkside & Parker Aves., Buffalo. Join us at the outside statue of Our Blessed Lady for the annual public square outdoor rosary sponsored by America Needs Fatima. Our Lady’s healing graces, once again, shower down upon everyone present just as when she appeared 100 years ago in Fatima, Portugal in 1917. Don’t miss this opportunity to be touched deep in your soul as you receive her love and show your devotion to the mother of our Church.
The Master’s Vineyard Excursion Tour on Saturday, October 12 from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. Tour originates from the Center of Renewal Retreat & Conference Center (2 miles north of Lewiston) and is led by local historian and faith musician, Peter Green. We unveil the history of wine from a believer’s perspective. Visit 5 wineries and enjoy samples as we learn of the Scriptural references, uses, and purpose of wine throughout the ages. Our final stop is a “communion” of sorts that allows us to understand the use of wine at the Last Supper. Space is limited and advance reservations are required. For complete details, visit www.stellaniagararetreats.org under the “Programs” category, or call the Center of Renewal at 716-754-7376, ext. 2.
Oktoberfest Meat Raffle on Saturday, October 12 at Fourteen Holy Helpers, 1345 Indian Church Rd., West Seneca. Doors open at 6 pm; first spin at 7 pm. Ticket includes admittance to the event, canned beer, pop, 2 grilled hot dogs and entry to win the $50 cash door prize. Bring your own snacks. No outside alcohol permitted. Tickets available at the door or pre-sale at the rectory. Bring 2 canned items to be donated to the Fourteen Holy Helpers Sharing Committee Food Pantry and you will be entered to win a $25 gift card. For more information, call the rectory at 716-674-2374 or visit www.14hh.org.
Pork Chop Dinner, Basket Auction & Polka Mass on Sunday, October 13 at Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma. Polka Mass at 11 am, followed by the annual Holy Name Society Pork Chop Dinner & Theme Basket Auction. Tickets for the dinner and basket auction will be available for purchase at the door beginning at 12 noon, and dinners available until sold out. Take-outs available. For more information on the Church of the Annunciation, visit www.annunciation.cc.
Chili & Chowder Cook-Off on Sunday, October 13 from 3-7 pm at St. John Paul II, 2052 Lakeview Rd., Lake View. Put your chili or chowder recipe to the test against the best of the Southtowns. Your entry fee is 5 gallons of your chili or chowder. To register, contact Tim West at firstname.lastname@example.org or 716-627-5708. Not entering into the contest? For a nominal fee, come taste all the chili and chowder and have a vote in our winner!
Healing Mass of Remembrance on Monday, October 14 at 7 pm at St. Martin of Tours, 1140 Abbott Rd., Buffalo. The Healing Mass will be offered by pastor, Fr. Bill Quinlivan, for anyone who has experienced the loss of a child, born and unborn. Women and families who have lost a child through abortion, miscarriage or stillbirth will be invited to bring up a rose in honor of their child. For more information, visit www.stmartinbuffalo.com or email Dawn at email@example.com.
Buffalo, Then and Now with Kevin O’Connell on Tuesday, October 15 from 6-8 pm at St. Francis Park, 5229 South Park Ave., Hamburg. Buffalo has experienced a tremendous resurgence in recent years as new industries, restaurants, hotels, and attractions all started dotting the map. Abandoned buildings have been rehabbed and transformed into modern takes on their former glory, and Catholic Health’s Chief of Community Connections and former WGRZ-TV personality, Kevin O’Connell, has had a front row seat for it all. Join Kevin as he takes a look at Buffalo’s past and present, and discusses the Queen City’s exciting future. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required by October 10 by calling 716-649-1205. Parking available around the perimeter of the building. Registrants may enter through the front entrance or the gated courtyard entrance behind the facility.
Anointing of the Sick Healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine will be held on Thursday, October 17 at 7 pm at St. Gregory the Great Church, 200 St. Gregory Ct., Williamsville. 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. For further information, call 716-283-0011 or visit www.stperry.org.
A Musical Portrayal of the Rosary, by renown 30-member troupe “Quiet Waters” on Thursday, October 17 at 7 pm at St. Philip the Apostle Church, 950 Losson Rd., Cheektowaga. A free-will collection will be taken. For more information, call Marilyn Fronczak at 716-668-8472.
Meat & Basket Raffle on Friday, October 18 sponsored by the Home School Association at Cardinal O’Hara High School, 39 O’Hara Rd., Tonawanda. Doors open at 6 pm, followed at 7 pm with the first spin. Admission includes beer, wine, and soda. No outside alcohol permitted. Those attending may bring table snacks and a cooler for winnings. A basket raffle will also take place, along with 50/50 split and grand prize raffles. Proceeds will benefit the students and programs. Presale ticket deadline is October 17. For tickets, call Renee Orr at 716-695-2600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Martin of Tours Parish is holding a “fun” raising concert featuring BADLANDS on Friday, October 18 at 7 pm in the Our Lady of Bistrica Parish Hall (Cardinal Stephinac Memorial Auditorium), 1619 Abbott Rd., Lackawanna. Proceeds from this night of Springsteen music will go to cover the cost of new windows for Notre Dame Academy, Abbott Rd. campus. Admission tickets can be purchased at the parish office, after Masses, online www.stmartinbuffalo.com or at the door. There will also be pizza and a cash bar with beer, wine, and pop. Tickets are limited, so buy today. For further information, call 716-823-7077 or email email@example.com.
“Fur”ever in My Heart Pet Remembrance Service will be held on Saturday, October 19 at 10 am at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 4000 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore. The service will feature Keith Kelly performing songs that will inspire and uplift you as we remember those animals we have loved. Poems and pieces will be interspersed throughout the program, along with the reading of your pet’s name. Reservations received by October 4 will have your pet’s name included in our program book and read at the service (limit of 3 names). Call 716-873-6500. Family Service Counselors will be available to discuss newly approved options for the burial of a beloved pet with their loved one. This program is presented as part of the bereavement support programs of the Catholic Diocese Cemeteries.
Knights of Columbus State Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Fatima Shrine. On Sunday, October 20 the NY State Council & Western Chapter (Buffalo Diocese) of the Knights of Columbus will be holding their annual State Pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Lewiston. The day’s events will start at 12 noon with Mass celebrated by Rev. Michael Gelfant, Associate State Chaplain from the Diocese of Brooklyn, followed by a Rosary Walk around the grounds, and then Benediction to conclude the day. This event is open to all members of the K of C, their family, friends, and anyone in the diocese who would like to join the Knights for this Pilgrimage.
Prayer in the Square. There will be an hour of prayer called “Prayer in the Square” on October 20 at 3 pm in Niagara Square, Buffalo. We will pray the rosary, Divine Mercy chaplet, sing praise and worship, as well as hear a speaker or two. This hour is for healing and solidarity. For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Mary’s Church Breakfast, sponsored by Mary Immaculate Parish, on Sunday, October 20 from 8 am to 12 noon at Pavilion Firemen’s Recreation Hall, Rte. 19, Pavilion. The all-you-can-eat breakfast includes, any style eggs, hash browns, ham, Monks Bread toast, fresh juice, milk, coffee and tea. There will also be a baked goods sale, Chinese Auction, 50/50 Raffle and a $500 Cash Raffle.
Diet, Nutrition & Grief on Monday, October 21 at 4 pm at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church/School Hall (door G), 157 Cleveland Dr., Cheektowaga. Presenter: Erin Brudz, Clinical Nutritionist Manager and Registered Dietitian. The body can be greatly affected by grief. One may suffer from a lack of appetite. Sometimes the grieving person does not feel like cooking for one. Erin will focus on nourishing the body and address how certain food can be healing for the body when one is experiencing grief. 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.
Buffalo Choral Arts Society. Marcia Giambrone, Music Director, presents “Sing A New Song” on Saturday, October 26 at 7:30 pm at St. Joseph University Church, 3269 Main St., Buffalo. The concert features a diverse array of choral literature, both classic and new. This concert will also feature special guest artists, Amherst Central High School Concert Chorale, Justin Pomietlarz, Conductor. Tickets are available at www.BuffaloChoralArts.org and at the door of the event.
All Souls Day Masses will be celebrated at the Catholic Diocese Cemeteries on Saturday, October 26 at 10 am. Join us as we remember our faithful departed at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Kenmore, Holy Cross Cemetery in Lackawanna, or Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Cheektowaga. For more information, call 716-873-6500.
Lecture on the Gospel of Life on Sunday, October 27 from 7-8:30 pm at St. Stephen Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island. Presented by Rev. Denis Wilde, OSA, PhD (Associate Director Priest for Life), a professional pianist who has traveled to over 750 venues to deliver the gospel of life message. All are welcomed. Free will offering. Dessert and coffee will be available after the lecture. For more information, contact Dave at 716-773-4908.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.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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