Education Tax Credits - We Need Your Help! Bishop Richard Malone was joined this past week in Buffalo by Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Governor Andrew Cuomo to call upon New York State lawmakers to enact the Education Tax Credit (ETC) before they adjourn in mid-June. This measure will not only provide much needed tuition relief for families who choose a Catholic school for their children, it will increase support to our public schools as well. This is the year to make it happen and we need your help. Please go to http://www.nyscatholic.org and click on "Hot Issues: Action Alert" to urge lawmakers to vote in favor of the ETC. Thank You!
BBQ Chicken Dinner and Theme Baskets. St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Lackawanna, invites you to our annual Chicken BBQ Dinner and Theme Basket/Tray raffle. It will be held on Sunday, June 7 and will be served at the Lake Erie Italian Club, 3200 South Park Avenue, Lackawanna beginning at 12pm until sold out. Dinner is grilled by BW's BBQ and includes „ chicken, potato salad, cole slaw, roll and butter, dessert, and drink. Chicken fingers and fries are available for children.
Marriage Encounter. Does your marriage need a break in its routine and humdrum lifestyle? Want some of your original romance to be felt and seen again? Make a Marriage Encounter. The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend is June 12-14 at Notre Dame Retreat House, Canandaigua, NY. For more information, call 877-697-9963 or visit http://www.wwme-wny.org.
Anointing of the Sick Healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine will be held on Thursday, June 18 at 7pm at St. John Gualbert Church, 83 Gualbert Avenue, Cheektowaga and on Thursday, June 25 at 7pm at Queen of Heaven Church, 4220 Seneca Street, West Seneca. Father David Bellittiere and the Friends of St. Peregrine cordially invite those afflicted with cancer or need special healing, who wish to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick to attend a healing Mass. For further information, call 716-283-0011 or visit http://www.stperry.org.
Franciscans in Action. You are invited to join the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities as we travel to David, Kentucky, June 21-28, to repair homes for people in need through our Franciscans in Action service retreat. While giving of your time and talent, you'll also experience personal and spiritual growth in the Franciscan tradition. To register, please contact Sister Karen Krebs, OSF at 412-965-1247 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit http://www.sosf.org.
The Marriage Counseling Center of Catholic Charities offers two locations (Amherst and West Seneca) and is a unique resource in Western New York because of its dedication to counseling couples for more than 50 years. Services are provided by master's level therapists who specialize in couples' treatment, pre-marital counseling and individual counseling for relationship problems. Last year the center assisted more than 4,000 people! To refer a couple, simply give the interested party our phone number, 716-839-4406, and have them call our office between 5:45am-4:45pm weekdays. Find Catholic Charities at http://www.ccwny.org.
Good News Gets Around... This weekend, our parish, along with the other parishes in the Diocese of Buffalo, will take part in the annual Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC). Funds collected are used to support the work of the Office of Communications, including the Western New York Catholic, Daybreak TV Productions, and diocesan radio. Donations from Catholic parishioners, like you, make the work of the CCC possible. Please contribute generously to the Campaign this weekend. Thank you for your continued support!
Marriage Moment. "They worshiped, but they doubted." (Mt. 28:17) No matter how much spouses love one another, there are bound to be times that we doubt. We are human and crave reassurance that we are loved. Offer that reassurance today.
Parenting Perspective. Don't think that you have to rush in with a solution to every problem your child has. Sometimes all that a child needs is your listening presence to figure out his or her own solution.
Spiritual Uplift Packet. Feeling sad, down, discouraged, "blue"? Looking for healthy, wholesome alternatives to cope? Reach out now. Inner healing and hope are a phone call or email away. Contact the Office of Family Life Ministries for your free packet of practical, easy to use resources to provide you with tried and true antidotes. For more information or a free packet, contact the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email email@example.com.
If you are a victim of domestic violence and are in need of access to safety planning, spiritual care, legal assistance, limited medical assistance, counseling, law enforcement, the Family Justice Center of Erie County, Inc. "Where Families Come First" is for you! All services are free. All conversations strictly private. For more information, call 716-558-7233 or visit http://www.fjcsafe.org.
Journey Into Love. The Office of Family Life Ministries is looking for married couples to assist with the monthly diocesan marriage preparation program, Journey Into Love. Married couples help by giving a 20 minute talk once or twice a year on essential topics and issues that engaged and newly married couples face. Married couples that support this ministry find it beneficial to their own marriage and their efforts contribute to the strengthening of family life as couples prepare for their marriage. If you are interested in finding out more about this very successful diocesan marriage program, please call the Family Life Office at 716-847-2210.
USCCB-Word of Life: "The fundamental human right, the presupposition of every other right, is the right to life itself. This is true of life from the moment of conception until its natural end. Abortion, consequently, cannot be a human right - it is the very opposite. It is 'a deep wound in society.'" - Pope Benedict XVI, September 7, 2007.
USCCB-Palabra de Vida: "El derecho humano fundamental, el presupuesto de todos los demßs derechos, es el derecho a la vida misma. Esto vale para la vida desde el momento de la concepci≤n hasta la muerte natural. En consecuencia, el aborto no puede ser un derecho humano; es exactamente lo opuesto. Es una 'profunda herida social'". - Papa Benedicto XVI, 7 de septiembre de 2007.
*** New Bulletin Announcements will be posted on June 8, 2015.***