At Catholic Charities, we rejoice with you in the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! We also want to thank you for following the example of Appeal Patron Saint Francis of Assisi and "finding good within" to be a beacon of hope for those we serve. By giving generously to the 2015 Appeal in support of Catholic Charities, you demonstrate that you are a part of a generous community that is always there for our neighbors in need. Find Good Within. Share God's Goodness. Thank you for your continued support of the 2015 Appeal!
Good News Gets Around...The Catholic Directory is now available as a free download on the diocesan website. Published by the Office of Communications, it is the official guide to the offices, institutions, and organizations of the Diocese of Buffalo. It contains addresses and phone numbers for every parish, priest, deacon, and religious sister and brother in the diocese and is essential for anyone involved in parish ministry. Visit www.buffalodiocese.org/directory to download, view or print the official Catholic Directory of the Diocese of Buffalo, just one of the many projects funded in part by your generous donations to the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC).
Minister of Holy Communion Training. There is an opportunity to become a Minister of Holy Communion. The training session will be held on March 25 at Cardinal O'Hara High School, Tonawanda. This training is open to everyone. Applications are available from your pastor. Upon his approval, completed applications should be sent to the Office of Worship. Approved applicants should bring a Bible and a brown bag lunch or snack. Beverages will be provided. Any questions, please contact the Office of Worship at 716-847-5545.
Canisius College Chorale to perform in St. Benedict Church, Eggertsville. The Canisius College Chorale, under the direction of Frank Scinta, will continue its 2014-15 Sacred Spaces concert series with a program on Monday, March 30 at 7:30pm in St. Benedict Church, 1317 Eggert Road (at Main Street), Eggertsville. The concert will feature works by Hogan, Mendelssohn, Buxtehude, Dawson, Ticheli and others. Admission is free. For more information, contact the Canisius College Music Office at 716-888-2536 or Frank Scinta, Adjunct Professor of Fine Arts, at 716-907-0466, email email@example.com.
Mass for Peace in Northern Ireland. The twentieth, and last, Mass for Peace in Northern Ireland - and throughout the world - will be offered at 7pm on Easter Monday, April 6 in St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, 1140 Abbott Road in South Buffalo. The celebrant will be Rev. James Judge, Pastor of the linked parish communities of St. Martin of Tours and St. Thomas Aquinas. David and Felicia Meyer of Kindred will provide the music. The Erie County Sheriff's Pipes and Drums Band and stepdancers from the Buffalo area schools of traditional Irish Dance will also participate. The collection will benefit St. Martin's Church in appreciation for hosting the Mass and reception. All are invited to attend.
Sunday Televised Masses for April. Masses air on Sunday at 7:30am on WUTV Fox TV29. April 5: Most Rev. Richard J. Malone. April 12: Rev. Jeff Nowak. April 19: Rev. Michael Burzynski. April 26: Rev. Msgr. Paul Litwin.
Our Daily Bread for April will feature "Consecrated Life." Host Father Paul Seil is joined in the kitchen by Father Michael Sajda, OFM Conv. and Sister Jenny Wilson, RSM. Tune in Saturday, April 11 at 5:30am and Noon on WKBW-TV Channel 7 to see what delicious recipes Father Paul and his guests put together. Visit http://www.odbtv.org for more information.
"Music and Memories" - A Service to Remember Those We Love will be held on Thursday, April 16 at 6:30pm at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Kenmore, and again on Saturday, April 18 at 1pm at Holy Cross Cemetery in Lackawanna. The service will feature songs that will inspire and uplift you as we remember those we have loved. Poems and pieces will be interspersed throughout the program along with the reading of your loved one's name. Call by April 8 to have your loved one's name listed in the program book. For the service at Mount Olivet, call 716-873-6500. For the service at Holy Cross, call 716-823-1197.
Voices of Angels Concert featuring a melody of performers, including Paul Weisenburger, on Friday, April 17 at 7pm at St. John the Baptist Church, 1085 Englewood Avenue, Kenmore. For more information, contact Michelle Salemi at 716-877-6401.
XLT Buffalo. All young people are invited to join us for XLT Buffalo. XLT (or Exult) is an awesome experience of Adoration and praise and worship for high school and middle school students. Our next event will be held at St. John Vianney Church, 2950 Southwestern Boulevard, Orchard Park on Friday, April 17 from 7-9pm. Guest speaker will be Brian Ruh from St. Amelia Parish, Tonawanda. Refreshments and social time will follow. This event is a multi-parish effort offered by "ENCOUNTER." Any questions, please call 716-835-8905 ext. 14.
"Compassionate Conviction: Creating Change and Building Peace" with Sister Simone Campbell, SSS. Annual fundraiser for SSJ Sister Karen Klimczak Center for Nonviolence on Sunday, April 19 at 3pm at SS. Columba-Brigid Church, 75 Hickory Street, Buffalo. Sister Simone is Executive Director of NETWORK and lobbies on peace-building, immigration reform, healthcare and economic justice. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact 716-362-9688, email firstname.lastname@example.org or purchase online at http://www.sisterkarencenter.org.
Eucharistic Holy Hour for Vocations. Join us for a Eucharistic Holy Hour for Vocations to the Priesthood, Religious, Diaconate and Lay Ministry on Sunday, April 26 at 2pm. The Holy Hour will take place at Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora. Please join us on the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Music will be led by Father Bill Quinlivan and is sponsored by the Serra Club of Buffalo and Vocations Office.
"Life From Beginning to End" - End of Life Topics Conference. Our Lady of Pompeii "Respect Life Committee" is hosting a conference which will address end of life issues. The conference will be held on May 7 at Our Lady of Pompeii Ministry Center, 129 Laverack Avenue, Lancaster from 6:30-9pm and is open to the public. Leading authorities in their respective fields will address topics including Adult Day Care and Respite, In Home Care Giving, Nursing Homes, Catholic Cemeteries, Funeral Homes, Health Care Proxy, Elder Care Law, Hospice & Palliative Care and Alzheimer's in small break-out room sessions. For more information, please contact Chris Murphy at email@example.com or 716-474-1969.
Registration for Camp Turner's 2015 Summer Camp is now open. Boys and girls ages 7-16 are invited to join us for a week this summer. Campers enjoy campfires, hiking, fishing, Low Ropes course, horseback riding, archery, arts and crafts, nature study, sand volleyball, wood-working, basketball, soccer, dodgeball, court hockey, creek walking, yoga, dance, outdoor living skills, beach trips, cool trips and much more. Daily prayer times and weekly Mass in God's creation included. We honor cabin-mate requests. See our website http://www.CampTurner.com for session dates and themes, Parent Handbook and registration options. For further information, call 716-354-4555.
Daybreak TV Productions. Did you know Daybreak TV Productions of the Diocese of Buffalo has a Facebook and YouTube page to go along with their website? Visit http://www.daybreaktv.org and check out the links for videos and other information on Daybreak's programming.
"Consider This..." Daybreak TV Productions of the Diocese of Buffalo provides short videos called "Consider This..." which are 2 minute messages from Bishop Richard Malone on various important topics. You can find the videos on Daybreak's YouTube channel and also after the Daily Mass during the week.
Spring Gift Ideas. Building a Basilica documentary DVD; Proving Holiness documentary DVD; Food for Thought DVD cookbooks (series 1 or 2); Our Daily Bread cookbooks, potholders, aprons, tote bags; Apostle of Peace DVD/VHS; St. Joseph Cathedral documentary; Legacy of Victory documentary; Enduring Faith documentary; Sunday Mass DVD/VHS. To order, call 716-847-8721.
Marriage Moment. A grain of wheat must fall to the ground and die to produce much fruit. (Jn. 12:24) What needs to die in you to bear fruit in your marriage? Pride? The desire to always be right? Wanting stuff your way? Avoiding decisions? Humble yourself today.
Parenting Perspective. "Gimme, get me, I want it, I saw it on TV!" We used to make fun of this jingo with our kids. Although TV is a frequent companion in many homes, we needn't be a slave to it. Sometimes humor can help. Can you and your child identify one item advertised on TV or the internet that you really don't need? Laugh together about how ridiculous it is that advertisers present it as a life necessity.
Coping with Seasons of Loss. "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28) Everyday there are things that remind us of our experiences of loss. Grief never takes a vacation! Our free 2015 packet "Coping with Seasons of Loss" is filled with resources, insights, prayers and scripture support. For your packet, please contact the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer Opportunities. Consider giving back to the community in a special way. Kenmore Mercy Hospital is in need of dedicated volunteers in the following areas: transport, pharmacy, front desk patient information, hospitality cart, gift shop, Eucharistic ministers. All volunteers receive special training, followed by ongoing guidance and support. Individuals interested in volunteering for Kenmore Mercy should contact Lynn A. Overbeck, CAVS, Director of Volunteer Services at 716-447-6188.
*** New Bulletin Announcements will be posted on March 23, 2015.***