Rosary Novena for Life on Saturday, July 25 at 8am at St. Rose of Lima Parish, 500 Parker Avenue, Buffalo. After Mass, we welcome all to peacefully and prayerfully walk to the local abortion clinic silently praying the rosary for mothers, fathers, their unborn children, and the ultimate end to abortion. For more information, contact the Pro-Life Office at 716-847-2205.
Volunteer Training Opportunity: coming in August. Consultant for St. Gianna Pregnancy Outreach Center and/or Sidewalk Advocate for Life. For sign up form, check our website at http://www.buffalodiocese.org/Evangelization/ProLife/OtherEvents.aspx. For more information, call the Pro-Life Office at 716-847-2205.
Boat Cruise. St. Margaret's Altar and Rosary Society will host a luncheon boat cruise aboard the Grand Lady on Saturday, August 22 from 11am-2pm. Your ticket includes a 3 hour narrated tour of the Niagara River, appetizers, 2 entrees, 3 side dishes, dessert, open bar and music. Tickets can be purchased following all St. Margaret's weekend Masses (through August 2), and are also available in St. Margaret's Rectory, 1395 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo during normal business hours. Deadline for advance ticket sales is August 2. Please contact Pam at 716-876-5318 for further information or to purchase tickets.
High School Eucharistic Retreat sponsored by "Encounter" from August 28-30 at Camp Kenan in Barker, NY. "Encounter" is a group of youth ministers from parishes throughout the diocese who organize events to help our young people encounter Christ in the Eucharist. Please encourage your 9th-12th graders to attend. For registration forms and more information, please call 716-835-8905 ext. 14 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help for Your Marriage. 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 Retrouvaille weekend is September 18-20.
World Meeting of Families - The world's largest Catholic gathering of families, will be held in Philadelphia from September 22-27. This event is held every 3 years and is sponsored by the Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Family. The theme for this gathering, "Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive," emphasizing the impact of love and life of families on our society. Families and individuals from the Diocese of Buffalo interested in attending this event are encouraged to contact St. Gemma's Catholic Pilgrimages in Buffalo, toll free at 855-710-7663, visit http://www.takeapilgrimage.com or e-mail email@example.com. Pope Francis will attend the closing ceremonies.
Care for Creation. Pope Francis began his encyclical, Praise be to you, my Lord: On Care for our Common Home, with the reminder that "St. Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with who we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us." (1) "St. Francis was a mystic and a pilgrim who lived in simplicity and in wonderful harmony with God, with others, with nature and with himself. He shows us just how inseparable the bond is between concern for nature, justice for the poor, commitment to society, and interior peace." (10) Action: take time during this summer to enjoy nature and learn God's creativity and love from this wondrous gift God has given us. To learn more, go to http://www.franciscanaction.org.
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If you are living through the aftermath of being separated or divorced, consider joining a DivorceLINK Level program for support. The Levels program is an 8 week structured program for men and women, separated/divorced, in the process of rebuilding their lives as a single person. Level I: Catholic Charities Building, 3982 Main Street, Eggertsville. Orientation on Thursday, September 24 from 7-9pm; last day to join is Thursday, October 1. For more information, call the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210.
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.
For Your Marriage: The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) provides information and resources about a healthy marriage, in general, and Catholic marriage, in particular. Offerings include a Daily Marriage Tip, regularly changing features like the monthly Marriage Quiz, Book of the Month review, and Marriage in the News. They continue to add to the content on a regular basis. Go to this user friendly website at http://www.foryourmarriage.org; click on "Caring for Your Marriage", then "Resources."
Marriage Moment. "Jesus...sent them out two by two." (Mark 6:7) Although this scripture refers to the 12 apostles, as a married couple you two are sent to bring good news to the people around you. Who can you lift up today?
Parenting Perspective. As your children mature and become emerging adults, the way you share your faith must mature also. Share your faith struggles, not just your certainty. Their questions may deepen your faith. That is good.
USCCB- Word of Life: "Dr. Stevens, if you had believed in physician-assisted suicide, I wouldn't be here. You didn't give up on me, and you didn't abandon me, and that's why I'm still hereà These are the kind of doctors we need; they give you hope when your hope is gone." Jeanette Hall, "Jeanette's Story: 15 years later," http://www.bit.ly/JeanettesStory (3 minute video).
USCCB-Palabra de Vida: "Dr. Stevens, si usted hubiera creødo en el suicidio por un medico, yo no estarøa aquø. Usted no perdi≤ la fee n mø, y usted no me abandon, y es pore so que a?n estoy aquøà Estos son los tipos de medicos que necesitamos; ted an esperanza cuando tu esparanza ha desaparecido." Jeanette Hall, "La historia de Jeanetee: 15 years later," http://www.bit.ly/JeanettesStory (video de 3 minutos).
*** New Bulletin Announcements will be posted on July 20, 2015.***