Office of Family Life


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


With school letting out for the summer break, what better time is there to break with your routine and connect with your child and their faith in a more meaningful way? Check out our Summer Spirituality Tool Box for ideas and prayers to inspire ways to spend time with your child this summer!   


Special Events


Bishop's Committee Visitors Annual Meeting and Luncheon with Bishop Richard J. Malone, September 14, 2017 at St. Philip the Apostle, 950 Losson Road, Cheektowaga, NY  14227.  Time - 9 am to 2:00 pm.   The cost for the luncheon is $18.00.  All Reservations Are Due On August 31.  Please contact the office of Family Life for more details, and information on how to register; check out the invitation here!


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.