Bulletin announcements for Nov. 17

by MARK CIEMCIOCH
Tue, Nov 17th 2015 01:55 pm

Canisius College Chorale, under the direction of Frank Scinta, will continue its 2015-2016 Sacred Spaces concert series with a program on Sunday, November 22 at 7:30pm at St. Pius X Church, 1700 North French Road, Getzville. 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.

Craft Show at St. Gregory the Great Parish, 200 St. Gregory Court, Williamsville on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 27 (10am-4pm) and November 28 (10am-3pm). The show will feature over 150 crafters and artisans with many unique, handmade gifts. It is a great way to start your Christmas and holiday shopping while avoiding the crowds and chaos at local stores and malls. A wonderful kitchen menu will also be available for breakfast and lunch during the show as well. For further information, call 716-688-5678 or email craftshow@stgregs.org.

Are you stressed out? Grieving? Dreading the upcoming Christmas and Holiday Season? Discover why "Thanks-Living" can change your attitude and help you learn new ways to take care of yourself today and through the Christmas and Holiday Season and into the New Year. Join us at St. Leo the Great Parish, 885 Sweet Home Road, Amherst on December 3 from 6:30-7:30pm for Stress/Grief Relief for the HO-HO-HO Holidays, Coping with Life through Laughter as we welcome presenter Nancy Weil, Director of Bereavement Support for the Catholic Diocese Cemeteries. Reservations are appreciated by calling St. Leo's parish office at 716-835-8905. Spread the word. All are welcome!

Our Lady of Guadalupe. St. Anthony of Padua Parish, 306 Ingham Avenue, Lackawanna will have their annual celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Sunday, December 6. The bilingual Mass, with a procession of roses, begins with a short reenactment of the appearance of Our Blessed Lady to the peasant, Juan Diego. The celebration and Mass beings at 11am. Following Mass, a traditional Hispanic food dinner will be sold. This dinner includes rice with pork meat & peas, salad, dessert & beverage. Other side foods of enchiladas, pasteles & pastelillos will be available in the parish hall at an extra nominal price. Take out will be available. Also, over 50 raffle prizes will be raffled. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling the rectory at 716-823-0782.

Christmas Bazaar. Come one, come all to the coziest Christmas Bazaar ever on Sunday, December 6 from 8:30am-3pm at Immaculate Conception School, 510 Oakwood Avenue, East Aurora. Have a hearty pancake breakfast before you shop one of the many craft and artisan booths featuring holiday décor, baked goods, and gifts for everyone on your list. The bazaar also features many family events for children of all ages. Visit Santaland for kid-friendly games, holiday crafts, and pictures with Santa! Visit http://www.icschoolea.com/events/christmasbazaar.aspx for more information.

Anointing of the Sick and Feast of St. John Kanty to be celebrated at 4pm Mass on December 19. Join St. John Kanty Parish Community, 101 Swinburne Street, Buffalo and our celebrant, Msgr. Robert Golombek. All are welcome. Consider bringing a friend who may benefit from the healing graces of the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. For further information, visit http://www.stjohnkantychurchbuffalo.wordpress.com.

Have you heard of our Service Corps? The Catholic Charities Service Corps (CCSC) gives recent college graduates the opportunity to spend a full year in service to their community. Individuals room together and share their talents to give back to the community. Whether it be counseling, serving the homeless, assisting refugees, helping those who are disabled, or working against domestic violence, the CCSC touches all levels of the community. For more information, please call 716-218-1400 ext. 2005 or visit http://www.ccwny.org.

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.

Give the Gift of True Love! Heart to Heart PAIRS workshops help both men and women learn the tools to communicate skillfully, to problem solve constructively, and to build lasting love in their relationships with their spouse and children. For more information, contact Dan & Irma at 716-652-1203 or email hearttoheartworkshops@yahoo.com.

"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 familylife@buffalodiocese.org.

Christmas Nativity Sets on Display. Father Roy Herberger invites you to experience a display of 560 nativity sets from 59 countries. These international crèches will be shown at SS. Columba-Brigid Church, 75 Hickory & Eagle Streets (one block south of Clinton Street). The building is handicap accessible. The hours are from 1-4pm on the last weekend in November, every weekend in December (except the weekend after Christmas-December 26 & 27), and on the first weekend of January. There is no charge and there is a special section for children. If anyone would like to view the display during the week with a large group (e.g. school children, senior groups, church organizations, etc.), please call Father Roy at 716-852-2076.

USCCB-Word of Life: "A critical part of end-of-life care is a trusting doctor-patient relationship in which a patient knows their doctor has their best interests at heart and will not abandon them; it is one which assures patients of the truth that their lives have meaning and are worth living." USCCB 2015-16 Respect Life Program, "Maggie's Story: Living like Dad," www.goo.gl/JKnvWc.

USCCB-Palabra de Vida: "Una parte importante del cuidado al final de la vida es una relación de confianza entre el médico y el paciente en la cual un paciente sabe que su médico tiene los mejores intereses en mente y no lo abandonará; es uno que asegure a los pacientes la verdad de que su vida tiene sentido y vale la pena vivirla." USCCB Programa Respetemos la Vida 2015 16, "La historia de Maggie: Vivir igual que papa," www.goo.gl/JKnvWc.

Marriage Moment. "In those days... the sun will be darkened... and the stars will be falling from the sky." (Mark 13:24-25) Jesus warns us of tribulations and all loving couples bear their share. Are you going through any current tribulation as a couple? Share your burden. If not yourselves, pray for those who are having a hard time in their marriage.

Parenting Perspective. "A mother's soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience." (Emily Dickinson) Although written by a woman about mothers, could this same sentiment be said about fathers? Hopefully, yes. Check your language and family life for unnecessary gender stereotypes this week.

*** New Bulletin Announcements will be posted on November 23, 2015.***  

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