For the Family
Parenting Perspective is full short,
concise, practical and helpful ideas are provided weekly through http://www.susanvogt.net/. These ideas can assist you in discussions with your family, parenting skills and building family unit. Visit the Susan Vogt Website for more information and articles.
Your Weekly Parenting Perspective: April 22 was Earth Day. Often our children teach us
how to be responsible with recycling, take care of nature, etc. Brainstorm with your
child ways that your family can take a step to care for creation. Do one of the
Family Packets: Easy to read, full of prayers, resources, and ideas; we offer packets with ideas for how to work through normal family issues from a Catholic perspective; as well as packets on how to talk with your children about death and divorce.
We also offer seasonal packets that are practical, easy to
use,full of prayers and activities. These are designed to encourage the spiritual side of a "normal" family life. Our packets include a
Lenten/Easter Packet, a packet for Advent and Christmas, Grandparent Activities, and a Summer "Tool Box" of Ideas.
BISHOP COMMITTEE FOR CHRISTIAN HOME & FAMILY
This program assists parents in the religious and moral training of
their preschool aged children. As part of the Pre-Baptismal class or at
the Baptism itself, free educational materials are given to the parents
by a Visitor. Visitors meet twice yearly for updating, mutual support,
liturgy, sharing and a Day of Reflection. The Bishop offers his
encouragement and thanksgiving for this valuable ministry in the Diocese
NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING
Natural Family Planning provides couples a safe and effective means to learn about their fertility and use that knowledge to plan their family. The Creighton Model Fertility Care System, offered by the Catholic Health System is available at Sisters and Buffalo Mercy Hospitals. Introductory Sessions occur each month, followed by individualized instruction over the course of a year. ** Pre-Registration is required at all locations** For information regarding natural family planning, or introductory sessions please either go to www.WomenCareWNY.org.
Catholic Fertility Care Centers of WNY Introductory Session Schedule for 2017.
Sisters of Charity Hospital 2121 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214. 716-862-1944.
Sessions meet on Saturday mornings at 10:30 am. 2018 session dates: May 19, June 23, July 21, August 25, September 29, October 20, and November 10.
Buffalo Mercy Hospital 565 Abbott Road, Buffalo, NY 14220. 716-828-2493.
Sessions meet on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm. 2018 session dates: May 8, June 12, July 10, August 7, September 11, October 9, and November 27.
Mt. St. Mary Hospital 5300 Military Road, Lewiston, NY 14092. 716-298-2385.
Private Introductory Sessions are currently by appointment only.
CATHOLIC WOMEN'S DISCUSSION PROGRAM (CWDP) (Formerly known as the Bishop's Committee Discussion Program.)
BCDP is open to persons of all faith traditions. It is a discussion group that meets once a month from October - May. Meetings are facilitated by trained leaders and each meeting centers on a topic of a spiritual nature. This encourages personal growth; offers support; strengthens one's faith and fosters the sharing of ideas and feelings all from a Catholic/Christian perspective. Sharing takes place in an accepting and confidential environment. Brochure and facilitator training are available. For more information, contact your Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or e-mail us at email@example.com. - click here for Catholic Women's Discussion Program Brochure.
Magnificat: We are the Gentle Woman, Mother of Mercy Chapter based out of Buffalo, NY. Magnificat is an international ministry to Catholic women. Its purpose is to help Catholic women open themselves more to the Holy Spirit through a commitment of their lives to Jesus Christ; and to impart the Holy Spirit to one another by love, service and good news of salvation. For more information on Magnificat, please contact Evelyn Morcelle at (716) 652-2286.
St. Gregory the Great M.O.M.S. (Ministry of Mothers Sharing) Group. MOMS is an inspiring ministry designed by moms, for moms of all ages and
stages. MOMS is a ministry for women seeking to live out their vocation
of motherhood through their Catholic Faith, who come together to share
the joys and struggles of motherhood. MOMS encourages and inspires women
in their life roles as mothers, wives, daughters, sisters, friends.
FREE "Angel Sitting" child-care is available upon request.
Open meetings are monthly from September to May. All moms are welcome to participate in all gatherings each month. For more information please contact Dawn Iacono at 716 207-5172 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring 2018 MOMS Schedule
- all meetings begin at 9:00 am in the Gathering Room -
Fall 2018 MOMS Schedule : To Be Announced
When MOMS is not in session, enjoy the company of other Catholic Moms
while your children play with each other. For Moms and kids ages birth -
5 years old. Located in the Ministry Center basement from 9:30 -
11:30am. For more information please contact: Mary Sendlak, email@example.com, 982-5120.
Playgroup Dates for Spring 2018
Playgroup Dates for Fall 2018 : Too Be Announced
NFC Moms Group (Niagara Falls Catholic Moms Group)
Moms of all ages and stages are invited to join us monthly to take a break, enjoy a cup of coffee, listen to a great speaker, talk to other moms and grow in your Faith. Free childcare is available. Meetings are held from 9:30 am to 11 am in the St. Vincent De Paul Parish Ministry Center, 2748 Military Road, Niagara Falls. We meet on the second Saturday of every month. Contact Sarah at (716) 957-2410 for more information.
SS Peter & Paul Moms Group (Williamsville)
SSPP MOMS is a
ministry of faith sharing designed for all women at any point on their
spiritual journey—whether they be mothers, grandmothers, godmothers or
spiritual mothers. SSPP MOMS provides a
relaxed atmosphere to share our Catholic faith, form
friendships with each other, and share in the joys and struggles of motherhood and your faith journey! Meetings include wine and chocolate, a presentation or special speaker, and guided discussion. Please join us! For more information and dates, please contact Rose Quebral at 716-635-9488 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Take a look at their current information here!
2018 MOMS Schedule - all meetings begin at 7:00 PM in the Neumann Rooms.
Fall 2018 MOMS Schedule : To Be Announced
Catholic Men's Fellowship of WNY: A ministry for men's spirituality focusing on family, Church, and community. 716-828-2493.
The Fifteenth Annual Men's Conference was held on Saturday April 1, 2017 at Cardinal O'Hara High School. Courage to Believe is the theme of the day's events.
The date for the Sixteenth Annual Men's Conference has not been announced yet.
For more information, a schedule of events, or to register online please visit www.SpiritIsCalling.org
Enthronement of the Sacred Heart is an active spiritual
program carried out within the home to increase personal and family
devotion to the Sacred Heart. All are welcome!
Written Resources for Parents
- West, Christopher: Good News About Sex And Marriage - "Answers to Your Honest Questions about Catholic Training".
- Evert, Jason: "Pure Love" (A pamphlet for teens) available at www.pureloveclub.net.
- Meeker, Meg MD: Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters http://www.megmeekermd.com/ Excellent book about the influence of Dads in their daughter's lives, including self respect and emotional/social development.
- Pipher, Mary Ph.D.: Reviving Ophelia - saving the selves of adolescent girls. An extensive study of the psychological factors that lead to eating disorders and behavioral concerns with teenage girls.
- Laaser, Mark Ph.D. - Talking to Your Kids About Sex - For early adolescents, offers a Christian approach to this topic.
Online Resources For Parents:
Lyrics.com : A website full of lyrics and help to decipher song lyrics.
Catholic Mom : A website with prayers, printables, activities, and ideas for your family, classroom or organization to help you grow in your Catholic faith. This is great for parents who want to help teach faith at home.
"The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality" : Vatican web site for this document from the Pontifical Council for the family.
Life Teen : Life Teen is a website for teens by teen ministers to help teens better connect faith with their daily lives; and to answer questions with Catholic answers.
NSteens : NSTeens features animated comic-book-style characters who model
safe online practices. The site includes animations, peer
response videos, and an interactive web-comics to address web-based concerns such as
social media and cyberbullying. In addition to these dynamic
content, educators, parents and guardians are provided with safety tips,
classroom activities and discussion starters to open the lines of
communication with their teens.
Kids In Mind : Breaks down movies so you can really know what your children are watching. Kids in Mind actually takes
films scene by scene and provides information about specific content
such as violence, sex and profanity and offers a rating of the degree of
each area within the scene. It even rates G movies which surprisingly
might have a scene with bathroom humor or a scary moment or two.
Net Smartz : NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive,
educational safety websitefrom the National Center for Missing and
Exploited Children (NCMEC) and Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) . It is geared toward children ages 5 through 17, parents, guardians, educators and law
enforcement. It uses 3-D activities to teach children
how to stay safe on the internet.