Office of Family Life


Nancy Scherr - Director
Phone: (716) 847-2210
Fax: (716) 847-2206


Special Events


An annulment workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, October 17, 2017, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the UB North Newman Center, 495 Skinnersville Rd., Amherst. The session will include information on the recent changes in the annulment process and step-by-step help in getting started.  A $5.00 registration fee will cover the cost of materials.  For additional information, call Barbara at 633-7786 or email  Walk-ins are welcome.


Magnificat invites women and men to attend their life in the spirit seminar that runs every Tuesday from September 19 through October 24 at 7 PM at Annunciation Church, Elma.  The seminar will present the Christian message of salvation, what it means to live life in the Holy Spirit, and how to maintain a life in it.  For more information or to register, please call Chris at 716-759-8135 before September 12.


WEDDING ANNIVERSARY MASS for couples celebrating their 50th, 60th and 70 plus anniversaries of marriage will take place Sunday, October 15, 2017, 3:00 pm, at St. Joseph 's Cathedral. A reception will follow at the Adam's Mark Hotel. Family and friends are welcome. There is no cost for this event. HONOREES WILL HAVE THEIR PHOTO TAKEN WITH BISHOP RICHARD J. MALONE, Th.D.  This photo is a free gift to the honorees as a special remembrance.  To register, please contact your parish office.  For more information contact your parish or e-mail us at

RESERVATIONS for this event are due by September 25, 2017.

As part of our Annual Diocesan Recognition, all couples whether they can or cannot attend the Anniversary Mass will receive an Anniversary Scroll signed by Bishop Malone.  Please contact your local parish for information.


Our Mission Statement

"God is Love. Let us love one another as he has loved us." 1 John 4:8,11

Our mission is to reflect caring, concern and compassionate pastoral presence for family in all dimensions be it traditional families, blended families, single parent families, international families, single persons, those adopted, disabled, those hurting and suffering.

Responding to the needs of the engaged, the married, family and those in need of healing through diocesan programs and parish-based specific support and peer ministry.

To provide services and practical resources to assist persons in all stages of life from birth to 100 years plus in order to more fully experience God in the ordinary of one's lived reality.

Office of Family Life Ministry brochure


Married Couples Needed!

Husband/Wife Teams are needed to help with our Diocesan Marriage Preparation Program, "Journey into Love".  There is a need for more married couples to give a 20 minute talk at this Pre-Cana program.  Come and share on important topics such as effective communication, commitment/spirituality, marital roadblocks, sacramental marriage, and to help people understand more clearly the importance of family and the gift of married life as husband and wife.  If you have an interest in doing this, please call the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 for more information.