For the Family

 

Parenting Perspective

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   "Where there is forgiveness..." (Hebrews 20:18) Where indeed is there forgiveness today? Is there anyone you or your child need to forgive to make peace in the family or with your neighbor (or your enemy) before the season of peace can begin?

 

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.

 

 

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.  2019 session dates:  January 19, February 16, March 23, April 27, May 18, June 22, July 27, August 24, September 21, October 26, November 23

Buffalo Mercy Hospital  565 Abbott Road, Buffalo, NY  14220.  716-828-2493.   
Sessions meet on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm. 
2019 session dates:  January 8, February 12, March 12, April 9, May 7, June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, October 8, November 12

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 familylife@buffalodiocese.org. - click here for Catholic Women's Discussion Program Brochure.

 

Women's Groups

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 stgregsmoms@gmail.com.
- 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,  marykrowley@yahoo.com,  982-5120.

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 ssppmoms.ministry@gmail.com.  Take a look at their current information here!  

 All meetings begin at 7:00 PM in the Neumann Rooms.
Fall 2018 MOMS Schedule : To Be Announced

Men's Groups

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

 

Family Groups

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!  


 

RESOURCES:

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.