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Current Bulletin Announcements
June 7, 2021
Letters of Good Standing and Celebrets. Priests and deacons who will need good standing letters or celebrets to celebrate Masses or other sacraments in another diocese should call the Chancery secretary, 716-847-5559, at least 3 weeks in advance (except for funerals) to provide the details. Letters will not be issued unless the priest or deacon has a signed Code of Conduct and Uniform Release Authorization in his file, and is current with Virtus training and bulletins.
Bulletin message for weekend of June 19-20: Did you know Catholic Charities offers marriage counseling to Western New York couples and has for more than 50 years? Our professional staff at the Catholic Charities Marriage Counseling Center specializes in relationship counseling and provides a welcoming and comfortable environment for couples who are working on difficult problems. To schedule an appointment, call 716-681-7394 Monday-Friday between 8:45 am-4:45 pm. For more information on Catholic Charities and other services we provide, visit www.ccwny.org. Appeal 2021 is ongoing through June 30. To make a secure online donation, visit www.ccwny.org/donation. HOPE for all seasons.
Bulletin message for weekend of June 26-27: We are now in the final days of our 2021 Appeal. Your support of our annual campaign ensures that Catholic Charities can continue to serve those who are most in need and most vulnerable in Western New York – bringing HOPE for all seasons. If you have already contributed, we offer our sincere thanks. If you have not yet given or made a pledge, now is the perfect time. Donations can be made securely online at www.ccwny.org/donation or by calling 716-218- 1400.
St Gregory the Great Parish warmly welcomes you to “FIAT”, a monthly Eucharistic Conference.
Please join us for an evening of Eucharistic Adoration, praise and worship, a faith-filled presentation on the Fruit of Hope, prayer ministry and light refreshments. Our next night will be Saturday, June 12 at 7 pm at St. Gregory the Great Church, 200 St. Gregory Ct., Williamsville. Come and open your heart to the Lord. Like Mary who said “YES” to the will of God in her life, be ready for Christ to become incarnate in your life. FIAT is open to everyone. Check out www.stgregs.org/fiat.
BasilicaFEST 2021 on June 13 from 3-6:30 pm at Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels, 202 S. Union St., Olean. Outdoor Mass at 3 pm (weather permitting) at Franchot Park; procession of the Blessed Sacrament from the park to the inside of the Basilica at 4 pm where quiet exposition and adoration of Our Lord will take place; theme basket raffles from 4-6:30 pm under tent in the side parking lot. Chicken BBQ Dinner also available from 4-6 pm – drive-thru and pick-up. Tickets for the Big Raffle, with $15,000 in cash raffle prizes, can be purchased online at www.smaolean.org or by calling the parish office at 716-371-4841.
Chiavetta’s drive-up Chicken Dinner / Raffle on Saturday, June 13 from 12-6 pm at St. Mary of the Lake, 4737 Lake Shore Rd., Hamburg; outdoor dining available. Winners of the parish raffle will be pulled; first prize $1,500. For more information, call 716-627-3123.
Community Prayer Service on June 17 at 7 pm at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish (East Pembroke site), 8656 Church St., East Pembroke; we will gather on the church lawn (bring a chair or blanket). We will gather with Fr. Daniel Serbicki to pray for our neighbors, our country, for healing for the sick, for the born and unborn, and for your special intentions. All are welcome.
Father’s Day Steak & Eggs Breakfast on June 20 from 10 am-2 pm at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Rd. (off Rt. 18), Lewiston. Bring your dads and granddads for Mass and Breakfast. NY strip steak and eggs anyway you like. Dads need spoiling too! Wheelchair accessible. Free admission and parking. Gift Shop open. For further questions, call 716-754-7489.
Phil Haberstro Remembrance Day on June 26 at Cardinal O’Hara High School, 39 O’Hara Rd., Tonawanda. Mr. Haberstro was an alumnus of Cardinal O’Hara High School and founder of the Wellness Institute in Buffalo. The day features a 4-mile “Spirit of Phil” walk at 10 am on the Tonawanda Rails-to-Trails pathway (accessible from the school). Register onsite or online by going to www.cardinalohara.com and clicking on the “Event Registration” tab. A reception will be held at 11 am, followed at noon by a non-denominational spiritual ceremony. From 1-3:30 pm, a reception will take place, to include food and beverages provided by the family. An online registration donation is requested, but not required. For more information, contact Jim Haberstro at email@example.com or 253-606-5833.
2-Day Basket Auction Fundraiser on Friday, June 25 from 11 am-7 pm and Saturday, June 26 from 11 am-5:30 pm (to coincide with the Garden Party & Flower Show) at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Rd. (off Rt. 18), Lewiston. Purchase of a “Garden Party & Flower Show Ticket” is not necessary to participate in the Basket Auction. Proceeds to benefit the Shrine’s Beautification Fund. For ticket information, call 716-754-7489.
Garden Party & Flower Show Fundraiser on Saturday, June 26 from 3-7:30 pm at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Rd. (off Rt. 18), Lewiston. This outdoor event will feature: free fresh fried dough, appetizers served from 4-5 pm, gourmet buffet served at 6 pm, basket auction, floral basket raffle and sale, door prizes, “Ladies’ & Men’s Hat Contest” and a cash wine and beer tent. Proceeds benefit the Shrine’s Beautification Fund. For ticket information, call 716-754-7489.
Carrubba’s drive-thru Chicken BBQ on Sunday, June 27 from 11 am until sold out at St. Andrew rectory parking lot, Crocker & Gierlach Sts., Sloan. Dinner includes: 1⁄2 chicken, buttered spuds, coleslaw, dinner roll and garlic butter dipping sauce. For more information, call St. Andrew rectory at 716-892-0425.
St. Mary of the Lake Beach Mass on Saturday, July 31 at 6 pm at Hamburg Town Park. Covid regulations will be followed. Food and beverage provided. For more information or a parking permit, call 716-627-3123.
St. Mary of the Lake Lawn Fete on September 11. Featuring: Chiavetta’s Chicken dinner (sit down or take-out); Dennis George, Quiz Master Game Show; Beer and Band tent featuring the band “Hit and Run;” Basket Raffle; and Attic Treasures. St. Mary of the Lake is located at 4737 Lake Shore Rd., Hamburg. For further information, call 716-627-3123.
Summer Math Camp. Keep your child’s math skills sharp this summer in a creative environment that they will enjoy! The Diocesan Catholic Schools department is offering two week-long interactive Summer Math Camps hosted at 4 locations. Students will experience math in new ways that are engaging and fun, as they understand how the brain learns mathematics. This creative and relaxed environment will help them develop mathematical thinking and reasoning skills that will last a lifetime. Activities will be based on the Mathematical Mindset series and the youcubed program from Stanford University (www.youcubed.org). To view a short video of the program, visit http://bit.ly/solvingmath. Easy link to register: http://bit.ly/mathreg2021. Be sure to save your spot for the program!
St. Andrew’s Consignment Shop, located at 111 Crocker St., Sloan, is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 11 am-3 pm and every Saturday from 11 am-2 pm. Currently accepting new or gently used clothing and general merchandise. For more information, call 716-892-0425.
Prayer and Reflection. All are encouraged to join with the faithful at St. Andrew, Crocker & Reiman Sts., Sloan for an hour of prayer and reflection every Sunday at 6:30 pm. Spend some time in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, concluding with Evening Prayer. Resources for Adoration and Evening Prayer provided.
Word of Life-June 13: “It is so hard to express in words what a unique experience adoption has been for us. It has been quite a journey facing infertility, as well as so many unknowns and acts of kindness and sacrifice—all with so many emotions— which led to the growth of our family. There were times when our faith was shaken and we weren’t sure if we could handle our cross. But adopting Andrew has made us more aware of God’s power and of his love for us. We realize that he always has a perfect plan for our lives.”
Palabra de Vida-Junio 13: “Es muy difícil expresar en palabras lo especial que ha sido la experiencia de adopción. Ha sido un camino muy difícil enfrentar la infertilidad, así como muchas cosas desconocidas y actos de bondad y sacrificio: tantas emociones que llevaron al crecimiento de nuestra familia. Hubo tiempos en que nuestra fe fue sacudida y no estábamos seguros de poder cargar nuestra cruz. Pero adoptar a Andrew nos ha hecho más conscientes del poder de Dios y de su amor por nosotros. Comprendemos que siempre tiene un plan perfecto para nuestras vidas”.
Word of Life-June 20: “Through our prayers and through the intercession of St. Joseph, patron of fathers, may fathers come to know the irreplaceable role they hold in the lives of their children, and the responsibility they share in welcoming God’s gift of new life!
Palabra de Vida-Junio 20: “Que, por medio de nuestras oraciones y mediante la intercesión de san José, patrono de los padres, los padres puedan conocer la función insustituible que desempeñan en la vida de sus hijos, ¡y la responsabilidad que comparten al acoger el regalo que Dios le concede de una nueva vida!”