Chancery bulletin announcements for April 13

Mon, Apr 13th 2015 03:35 pm

Good News Gets Around.... You can listen to Western New York Catholic Weekly, which airs on WXRL-AM (1300), WCJW-AM (1140) and WJTN-AM (1240), and to Catholic Today, which airs on WLVL-AM (1340) and WSPQ-AM (1330) on your radio and on-line. Podcasts are available on the radio page of the diocesan website, Radio ministry is funded in part by your generous donations to the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC).

Poetry and Spirituality. A look at the art of "spiritual searching" by means of examining certain key poems. Writers including Gerald M. Hopkins, SJ and Jessica Powers and others will be included. Presented by Peter J. Murray, SJ, D.Min. on Saturday, April 18 from 9:30-11am at St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence. For reservations, call 716-759-6893 ext. 175.

Canisius College Chorale, under the direction of Frank Scinta, will conclude its 2014-15 concert season with two programs: Sunday, April 19 at 7:30pm at All Saints Church, 76 Church Street, Lockport and on Friday, April 24 at 7:30pm at Montante Center, Canisius College, 2001 Main Street, Buffalo. The concerts 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 or Frank Scinta, Adjunct Professor of Fine Arts, at 716-907-0466 or

A weekend away for a LIFETIME of change. The Beginning Experience is a weekend program meant for persons who have worked through the initial anger and despair which occurs in the first stages of grief after the death or separation or divorce of one's spouse. One can turn the pain of loss to an experience of positive growth. Beginning Experience is a Christian based non-denominational program under the auspices of the Diocese of Rochester. The program takes place at Camp Stella Maris, 4395 East Lake Road, Livonia, NY on Conesus Lake. Open to all. The next weekend is April 24-26. For more information or reservations, call the Beginning Experience hotline at 585-987-1750, Barb Truzo at 716-534-4428 or email

Faith and Work: Staying Connected with God. What does it mean to offer our daily work - paid or unpaid - to God in worship? We'll look at the Scriptures to see how God sees work and what "best practices" help us experience the presence of God and transformation on the job. Presented by Dr. Cynthia Widmer on Saturday, April 25 from 9:30-11am at St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence. For reservations, call 716-759-6893 ext. 175.

Marriage Encounter. Married couples, want to make your marriage great? Want to share your feelings and dreams like you used to? Attend a Marriage Encounter weekend and restore effective communication, rekindle romance and renew commitment. The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend will be held on April 24-26 at Wyndham Garden, Pittsburgh Airport. For more information and registration, call Judy and Jay Shock at 814-823-4600 or visit

Give back in style. Reeds Jenss, 3515 Abbott Road in Orchard Park, and Maple Road in Amherst, is hosting a Giveback Day on April 26 with 10% of the cost of any store purchase being donated to the charity of your choice - like Catholic Charities! You can meet former athletes and Robyn Zimmer, Embrace the Difference jewelry creator, and enjoy a catered lunch. Also, anytime you buy Embrace the Difference jewelry, name Catholic Charities as the charity of choice and $30-$100 is donated to us. The Niagara Falls store will also honor the Giveback Day donation to charities. See the flyer under Events on our website,, for more details. Also, there still is time to donate online for Appeal 2015 at, or give in your parish.

Retrouvaille (Ret-ro-vi) is a program for troubled marriages. A marriage is more than one that "works out" or one that just survives. If you feel that your marriage is sinking or needs a lifeline, let Retrouvaille help. The next weekend is scheduled for May 1-3. For a brochure or further information, call the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or visit For more information or to register, call 716-474-9371 or 800-470-2230. All inquiries are strictly confidential.

Social Justice and Spirituality. What is the connection and how can we live this? Presented by Kathy Heffern on Saturday, May 2 from 9:30-11am at St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence. For reservations, call 716-759-6893 ext. 175.

Food and Wine Tasting is being held to benefit the Sisters of St. Francis on Tuesday, May 5 from 5-7pm at St. Mary of the Angels, 201 Reist Street, Williamsville. Enjoy fine wine, gourmet food, silent and live auctions, and the ever popular "Nun-Sweeter" bake sale. For additional information, contact Cindy Munschauer at 716-632-2155 ext. 687 or

Global Justice for All / Local Justice for Each, with Carol Zinn, SSJ, past president of LCWR (Leadership Conference of Women Religious) and internationally recognized justice and peace advocate, to be held on Friday, May 15 at 7pm at Villa Maria College Social Hall, 240 Pine Ridge Road, Cheektowaga. Free will offering accepted. This public presentation is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph and Associates of Buffalo.

Rosary Novena for Life. The Most Reverend Richard Malone, Bishop of Buffalo, and the Office of Pro-Life Activities invites you to join us to pray for a Culture of Life at 8am on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Rosary Novena for Life Mass at St. Rose of Lima Parish (between Parker and Winston), Buffalo. All priests and deacons are invited to concelebrate and vest for Mass. After Mass, Bishop Malone welcomes all to a silent and prayerful procession and march for marriage to and from a local abortion clinic (optional) where we join together in prayer. Closing prayers will take place upon our return outside of St. Rose of Lima. For more information, call the Pro-Life Office at 716-847-2205.

Daily Support for Older Adults. Catholic Charities A Gathering Place is a social program for adults age 60 and older residing in Erie County who may need assistance with activities of daily living in addition to physical activities like Tai Chi and socialization with peers in a supervised, safe environment. Transportation may be available. Support is also provided for caregivers by providing them with respite and linkage to other programs and services. A Gathering Place is located at 128 Wilson Street, Buffalo in the Broadway-Fillmore area. For more information, please call 716-896-6388.

Loss, Lonliness, Grief - St. Paul reminds us in his letter to the Romans of many comforting words. During times of loss, loneliness and grief, we may not feel or recognize God's presence in our lives. Though we can't imagine all the thoughts and feelings you are experiencing right now, we do understand a bit about grieving and that, first of all, it is a process. The Office of Family Life Ministries has a free bereavement packet of materials designed to provide support, especially during the initial stages of grief. For a bereavement packet, call 716-847-2210 or email

USCCB-Word of Life: Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception.

USCCB-Palabra de Vida: La vida humana debe ser respetada y protegida de manera absoluta desde el momento de la concepción.

Marriage Moment. "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." (Mt. 22:39) This often quoted phrase can be deceiving. It depends on an honest love of self and then transferring that attitude to your neighbor - and of course your closest neighbor is spouse. Don't put yourself down today.

Parenting Perspective. April is child abuse prevention month. If you haven't already, alert your children that they should tell you when anyone touches them inappropriately. Sexual abuse by those in positions of authority is tragic, even more so when perpetrated by clergy who hold positions of trust. Victims deserve the Church's ongoing support, apology, and reparation. Clergy of integrity, however, also suffer because of the sins of their colleagues. Let those ministers, priests or religious who has served you well know of your support.

*** New Bulletin Announcements will be posted on April 20, 2015.***


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