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 http://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).
Evening Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Holy Hour for the Jubilee Year of Mercy on Thursday, March 31 from 6-7:30pm at St. Andrew's Church, 1525 Sheridan Drive, Kenmore. All are invited to share in this special evening Adoration. Join us in the presence of Christ for a few minutes or for the entire time. Chaplet of Divine Mercy beginning at 6pm, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament afterwards until 7:30pm. Please enter via the Lowell or Elmwood doors.
A Catholic High School practice entrance exam will take place on April 2 from 8:30am-noon at Cardinal O'Hara High School, 39 O'Hara Road, Tonawanda. The free practice exam is open to all seventh graders. For information or to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 716-695-2600, ext. 357.
Post-Dyngus Day Dinner Dance on Saturday, April 2 at St. Gregory the Great Ministry Center, 200 St. Gregory Court, Williamsville. Ticket price includes: family style catering from salad to dessert by Nowak's, drinks, live music by The Buffalo Touch, polka dancing and a theme basket raffle. Doors open at 5pm; dinner served at 6:15pm. Tickets can be purchased at the Parish Office or by mailing your information to St. Gregory the Great, attn.: Dyngus Day, 200 St. Gregory Court, Williamsville, NY 14221. No tickets will be sold at the door. All proceeds benefit the St. Gregory's World Youth Day Pilgrims. For further information, call 716-688-5678.
Conversation with St. Ignatius about his Spiritual Exercises presented by Fr. Peter Murray, SJ, D.Min. and Jan Sheridan, MA on Saturday, April 9 from 9:30-11am at St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence. Fr. Peter and Jan will dramatize a portion of the book "Just Call Me Lopez" in order to elucidate invaluable Ignatian themes and values as expressed in the Spiritual Exercises. We will then discuss how these relate to our own spirituality. For reservations, call 716-759-6893, ext. 175.
25th Anniversary "Get Together" to benefit the South Buffalo Community Table on Saturday, April 9 from 6pm-midnight at Ironworker's Hall, 196 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca. To raise money for the Community Table which serves over 1,000 meals a month and to honor Sister Celeste O'Bryan for 33 years of service to the community. Ticket includes beer, pop, wine, food, snacks. Must be 21 or over to attend. For further information, contact Paul Barbus at 716-823-1596 or Peter Clancy at 716-822-6718.
Anointing of the Sick Healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine will be held on Tuesday, April 12 at 7pm at Blessed Mary Angela (St. Hyacinth worship site), 295 Lake Shore Drive E., Dunkirk. 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 this healing Mass. For further information, call 716-283-0022 or visit http://www.stperry.org.
"Mercy Calls" Retreat for those in their 20s & 30s on April 16-17. Get away in the peace of Allegany State Park, joining other young adults (ages 18-39) as we spend time connecting with God in nature and each other. Experience peer witness talks, Mass, personal hiking/reflection time, and bonfire/social. Held April 16 at 9:30am through April 17 at 12:30pm at Camp Turner. Day-only option as well. Register by April 8 at http://www.havefaithbuffalo.com (financial assistance available). All are welcome! Sponsored by the Department of Youth & Young Adult Ministry in partnership with Charis. For further information, call 716-847-8789.
Spring Flea Market on Sunday, April 17 from 11am-4pm at Villa Maria College Athletic Center, 240 Pine Ridge Road, Buffalo. Tables still available. For more information, call 716-634-4077. Free admission. To benefit Villa Maria Chorale.
Trinity Concert Series. Blessed Trinity Church closes its 2015-16 Trinity Concert Series at 7:30pm on Friday, April 22. The church's resident ensemble, The Buffalo Brass Choir, directed by Nick DelBello, presents "American Originals," a program of all-American works originally composed for brass ensemble. Highlights include "Fanfaria" by local composer Rob Deemer, and a solo performance by Timothy Smith, second trombone with the BPO. The program concludes with Alfred Reed's rousing "Symphony No. 1 for Brass." The Landmark Church, located at 317 Leroy Avenue, Buffalo, is wheelchair accessible and has secured off-street parking. Information at http://www.blessedtrinitybuffalo.org or 716-833-0301.
"Music and Memories" - A Service to Remember Those We Love will be held on Thursday, April 28 at 6:30pm at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Kenmore and again on Saturday, April 30 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 18 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. This program is presented as part of the bereavement support programs of the Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of Buffalo.
Do you feel God is calling you to be a Permanent Deacon? 135 men had this same feeling and are now serving as deacons in our diocese. If you are feeling this desire, God may be calling you to find out more about the Permanent Diaconate! We are currently forming an Inquiry Class for Fall 2016 and attendance at an information session is required to apply. An information session is scheduled for Saturday, April 30 at 9am at Christ the King Seminary (classroom building), 711 Knox Road, East Aurora. Attendance at an information session is required for both the interested man and his wife to be considered for the inquiry class being formed to begin in the Fall of 2016. Contact Deacon Rick Stachura at 716-542-4233 or email@example.com to register and/or for further information.
2016 Hilbert College Boys and Girls Summer Basketball Camps. The Boys weeks are June 26-30 and July 10-14. The lone Girls week is July 17-21. The registration/check-in is on Sunday(s) between 2:30-4pm and each camp concludes on Thursday(s) at 3pm. Campers are given the choice of staying on campus (resident camper) in air conditioned Trinity Hall, or commuting (day camper). Day camp runs from 9am-9pm weekly. All meals included in the cost. To download a brochure, go to http://www.hilberthawks.com and click on "Events." For more information on the Boys camps, please contact Hilbert College Head Men's Basketball Coach Rob deGrandpre at 716-926-8803 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the Girls camp or the August 1-4 High School Girls Elite Camp, contact Coach Melissa Graham at 716-926-8775 or email@example.com.
Pro-Life Office: USCCB-Word of Life: Our relationships on earth are meant to help us and others grow in perfect love. We are meant to depend on one another, serve each other in humility, and walk together in times of suffering.
Oficina de Pro-Vita: USCCB-Palabra de Vida: Nuestras relaciones en la Tierra tienen el fin de ayudarnos a nosotros y a otros a crecer en el amor perfecto. Estamos hechos para depender unos de otros, servir a cada uno en humildad y caminar juntos en momentos de sufrimiento.
Marriage Moment. As Christians we believe that Jesus rose from the dead. As humans we know that each of us will eventually die. When you are honest with yourself, do you really believe in an afterlife? What do you think it will be like? Talk it over with your beloved.
Parenting Perspective. On this "Good" Friday, we remember that Jesus experienced humiliation and the physical suffering of the crucifixion. Death is the ultimate letting go of self. Few of us will be in a position to surrender our lives for our faith through physical martyrdom, but letting go of pride and ego can be a spiritual martyrdom and not for the fainthearted. Take stock of your attitudes of pride, self-righteousness, and wanting to be right and important today. Help your children understand true humility.
Are you or is someone you know an out of work job seeker? Facing the challenge of being unemployed and working through this tough economy is tough enough. You don't have to go it alone. Contact the Office of Family Life Ministries for your free packet containing practical resources, prayers, scripture support, and programs designed to support you on your journey. Just call us at 716-847-2210 or email firstname.lastname@example.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 Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210.
*** New Bulletin Announcements will be posted on April 4, 2016.***