The St. Joseph Cathedral Choir will present a concert of Christmas Lessons & Carols on Monday, December 21 at 7:30 pm, under the direction Organist-Choir Director Tim Socha. Music will include compositions by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Matthew Culloton, Ola Gjeilo, Philip Stopford, Louis Vierne, Bob Chilcott and others. The Cathedral Choir will be joined by members of the Nichols Upper School Chorus and the Christ the King Seminary Schola. There will be a free-will offering. All are welcome. St. Joseph Cathedral is located at 50 Franklin Street, downtown Buffalo, between Church & Swan Streets. Call 716-854-5855 for more information.
Find Good Within. Open hearts follow Jesus' lead. Last year, through the generous support of donors throughout Western New York, Catholic Charities of Buffalo was able to positively impact the lives of children, families and seniors in our community with basic needs like food, clothing and shelter, to mental health counseling and educational services. Bishop Richard Malone has announced our goal of $11 million and St. Nicholas as the patron saint of the 2016 Appeal. St. Nicholas provided for the poor and the sick, and was known for his secret gift-giving. When you support the Appeal, you are "finding good within" and offering the gift of comfort and relief to people in need. Find our more at http://www.ccwny.org or call 716-218-1400.
The Fourteen Holy Helpers Church Choir presents a Festival of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 20 at 4:00 p.m. in Fourteen Holy Helpers Church, 1345 Indian Church Road corner Union Road, West Seneca 14224. Directed by Patrick Barrett, the program features works of Paul Manz, Boris Ord, Thomas Ravenscroft, Egil Hovland, Carl Schalk and others, and will include two new carol arrangements of James Kirkby. The concert is free and all are welcome. For further information, call 716-674-2374.
Chiavetta's Chicken Dinner. Cardinal O'Hara High School Junior Achievement class will host a Chiavetta's chicken dinner on December 21 from 4:30-8:30pm in the student dining room of Cardinal O'Hara, 39 O'Hara Road, Tonawanda. Pre-sale tickets are available or you can pay at the door. Take-out available. Dinner includes a half-chicken breast, tossed salad, pasta salad, and dinner roll. For more information or tickets, call 716-695-2600.
Coping with the Holidays. Whether you are grieving the loss of a loved one, hurting from the pain of separation or divorce or experiencing loneliness, depression or just the "blues," please contact the Office of Family Life Ministries for your free 2015 packet of ideas, reflections, and insights designed specifically with you in mind. Call 716-847-2210 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Five Love Languages on Saturday, January 9 at St. John Paul II Parish, 2052 Lakeview Road (between Rts. 5&20) in Lake View for all married, engaged and dating couples. Come learn your love language and also your spouse's/significant others. Start communicating better! No discussion groups! Evening begins at 5:30pm (following 4:30pm Mass) with appetizers; program starts at 6pm. Registration available at website http://www.jp2parish.org. Limited childcare available - registration a must. Questions? Call Linda Hooper at 716-627-2910, ext. 1.
Catholic Charities needs your help in collecting gently worn unwanted shoes during the months of December and January. Check the following schedule to find out when we will be in your area and where you can drop off your donation. Tri-County: January 9 from 11am-2pm at Bohn's Restaurant in Batavia; Cattaraugus/Allegany County: January 16 from 11am-2pm at St. Bonaventure Club House in St. Bonaventure; Niagara County: January 23 from 11am-2pm at Antonio's Restaurant in Niagara Falls and January 27 from 5:30-7:30pm at Lockport Locks in Lockport. All types of shoes accepted. Drop them off in bags, boxes, or totes. All shoes collected will be donated to poverty stricken communities across the world. For more information, call Cassandra Carleton at 716-218-1400.
Meat Raffle. Just in time for the Super Bowl! Southtowns Catholic School Meat Raffle on Saturday, January 23 at 2052 Lakeview Road (between Rts. 5&20), Lake View. Doors open at 5:30pm and first spin at 6:30pm. For tickets or reservations, contact Dean Stresing at 716-549-6639 or email@example.com (adult event).
Retrouvaille / Rediscovery is a program for troubled marriages. Do you feel alone? Are you frustrated or angry with each other? Retrouvaille helps couples through difficult times. For more information, call 716-474-9371 or visit http://www.marriagesaved.com. The next weekend is January 29-31. For a brochure or further information, call the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210. All inquiries are strictly confidential.
Open House at St. John the Baptist School, 1085 Englewood Avenue, Kenmore on Sunday, January 31 from 1-3pm - http://www.stjohnskenmore.com. Now enrolling Pre-Kindergarten to 8th Grade.
Give the Gift of Food. Just as the three kings brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, you can give gifts to those in need. With eight food pantries in Buffalo, Franklinville, Getzville, Lackawanna and Wellsville, Catholic Charities strives to assist those in need, regardless of their circumstances. The food pantries can always use assistance in sorting, stocking, and preparing food, but any help is welcome! Interested? Call 716-218-1400, ext. 2005 for more information or to sign up to help for as little as four hours a week.
Concert - Save the Date while purchasing a great Christmas gift! LP Ciminelli is sponsoring a benefit concert for Catholic Charities of Buffalo. The Forte Tenors (third runners-up on America's Got Talent) will be performing at Kleinhans Music Hall on June 30 at 7pm. All proceeds raised will advance the services and programs offered through Catholic Charities. Tickets go on sale December 11 and can be obtained by contacting the Kleinhans box office at 716-885-5000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marriage Moment. The winter solstice brings the longest night of the year. Warm it with candlelight. For some couples, however, dark nights bring depression. If you are among those who are currently struggling in your marriage, turn to the power of prayer as one resource.
Parenting Perspective. These last few days before Christmas can be hectic - concerts, cooking, creating gifts. As the nights grow longer, a candle can be your friend. Light the third Advent candle tonight and pause, gaze, take a deep breath. Let the pause refresh and calm you.
USCCB-Word of Life: Those who sow in tears will reap with cries of joy. Those who go forth weeping, carrying sacks of seed, will return with cries of joy, carrying their bundled sheaves. Psalm 126:5-6.
USCCB-Palabra de Vida: Entre gritos de j?bilo cosecharßn aquellos que siembran con dolor. Al ir, iban llorando, cargando le semilla; al regresar, cantando vendrßn con sus gavillas. Salmo 125 (126):5-6.
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