Chancery bulletin announcements for March 23, 2015

Wed, Mar 25th 2015 02:40 pm

Good News Gets Around... When you're out of town, you can find Mass times for parishes all over the country via the Internet. Log on to This is just one product that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is able to provide because of your generous donations to the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC).

Spirituality and Science presented by Dr. Daniel Brown on Saturday, April 11 from 9:30-11am at St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence. We will look at several spiritual writers that have incorporated scientific theory and findings into their work. We will focus primarily on "Field of Compassion" by Judy Cannato. For reservations, call 716-759-6893 ext. 175.

National Health Care Decisions Day - Start the Conversation. Join St. Leo the Great Parish, 885 Sweet Home Road, Amherst on Thursday, April 16 from 7-8:30pm as they welcome Catholic Health Palliative Care Team and Elderwood for an informational and educational session, followed by Q&A about the importance of Advance Directives. Advance Directives allow you to plan for future medical care in the event that you are unable to make your own decisions. Designating a person to speak on your behalf helps to ensure that your medical care will be carried out according to your beliefs and wishes. Learn why healthy individuals should complete their Advance Directives. Everyone 18 years and older should designate a Health Care Proxy. RSVP appreciated by calling St. Leo's at 716-835-8905 or email

A Mass for anyone touched by Adoption will be celebrated by Msgr. Paul Burkard on Saturday, April 18 at 10:30am at Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Ridge Road and South Park Avenue, Lackawanna. All are welcome to attend - birth parents, adoptees, adoptive parents, grandparents and other relatives. For more information, please call Baker Victory Services at 716-828-9570 or the Pro-Life Office at 716-847-2205.

Live Your Legacy Workshop. 45 Gardening Tips in 45 Minutes will be held on Thursday, April 23 at 6:30pm as part of the Live Your Legacy Workshop Series. As the snow melts and our thoughts turn to spring, we eagerly begin to plan our gardens. Learn some of the best tips presenter Connie Oswald Stofko discovered as she interviewed home gardeners and gardening experts for the online gardening magazine, The program will be held at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 4000 Elmwood Avenue, Kenmore. No charge; open to the community. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Nancy Weil, Director of Bereavement Support, at 716-873-6500.

Congrega Society of Buffalo announces the 95th Anniversary Mass and Brunch in honor of the Crowned Virgin scheduled for Saturday, April 25 at 9am at St. Lawrence Church, 1520 East Delavan Avenue, Buffalo. Brunch provided by Banchetti by Rizzo's Catering. Beautiful items will be raffled at the brunch and meeting in the parish hall. Reservations required. For more information or to make a reservation, please call Mary J. D. Steinhauser at 716-656-7195 or St. Lawrence Rectory at 716-892-2471. Reservations much be made by April 5 to attend the brunch.

Stress in Your Marriage? Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vi) is a program for married couples that feel disillusioned, frustrated, or angry in their marriage. Some experience coldness. Others experience conflict in their relationship. Most don't know how to change the situation or even communicate with their spouse about it. This program offers help to couples experiencing difficulties in their marriage. For confidential information or to register for the next weekend on May 1-3, call 716-474-9371, 1-800-470-2230 or visit

Annual Day of Reflection. The Bishop's Committee Visitors will hold their Annual Day of Reflection on Tuesday, May 5 at St. Philip the Apostle, 950 Losson Road, Cheektowaga. Rev. Paul Steller, Pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Lancaster will be the speaker. Father Paul's presentation will focus on "Mary - Biblical Insights and Contemporary Reflections." Registration is at 9:30am; the day concludes at 2pm. There is no fee. Bring a brown bag lunch; beverage and dessert provided. The day includes liturgy and more. Everyone is invited to attend. For further information, please contact the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email

Weekend Bus Trip to See Pope Francis. A Buffalo weekend bus trip to attend Mass with Pope Francis in downtown Philadelphia is being organized for September 26-27. Individuals and families interested in attending the Papal Mass on Sunday are encouraged to contact St. Gemma's Catholic Pilgrimages in Buffalo, toll free at 855-710-7663 or visit or email

USCCB - Word of Life: Human life is good and to be protected. All medical decisions ought to reflect this core belief. "Advance Medical Directives: Planning for your Future."

USCCB - Palabra de Vida: La vida humana es buena y debe ser protegida. Todas las deicisiones médicas deben reflejar esta creencia central. "Directivas anticipadas para el cuidado medico: planes para el future."

God Knows Parenting is a Wild Ride! If you ever wished for practical tools, resources, skill-building techniques, and lots more, one of these free parenting packets is designed just for you. Parenting Packet I: addresses the basic tough tasks of raising children in today's world. Parenting Packet II: is for those separated or divorced. Focuses on positive ways to co-parent well in order to help children of all ages who are profoundly affected by their parents' divorce deal with the pain and upheaval in their lives. Parenting Packet III: death and grief are inescapable. If you feel ill-prepared to discuss death with a child, you are not alone. This packet offers useful tools from pre-school through teens. For your free packet, call the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email

Marriage Moment. "The way to know Jesus is to keep his commandments." (1 John 2:3) Examine your conscience about which of the commandments (10 Mosaic or the 2 Great Commandments) is the most difficult for you. Can you entrust this discernment to your spouse? How can you support each other with your challenge?

Parenting Perspective. "A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep." (John 10:11) A good parent is like a good shepherd...we spend our time, money, and worries on our children. In essence, we lay down our lives for their good. Remember that you, as a parent, also have The Good Shepherd who cares for you in the same way.

*** New Bulletin Announcements will be posted on March 30, 2015.***  

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