Education Tax Credits - We Need Your Help! Bishop Richard Malone was joined two weeks ago in Buffalo by Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Governor Andrew Cuomo to call upon New York State lawmakers to enact the Education Tax Credit (ETC) before they adjourn in mid-June. This measure will not only provide much needed tuition relief for families who choose a Catholic school for their children, it will increase support to our public schools as well. This is the year to make it happen and we need your help. Please go to http://www.nyscatholic.org and click on "Hot Issues: Action Alert" to urge lawmakers to vote in favor of the ETC. Thank You!
Position Available. St. John the Baptist Church in Alden is seeking a Catechetical Leader for its Religious Education Program. Responsibilities include Confirmation preparation and oversight of Faith Formation for Pre-K through High School. Diocesan certification recommended; background check and references required. Send letter of inquiry and resume to: Rev. James Ciupek, 2021 Sandridge Road, Alden, NY 14004 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions, please call the rectory at 716-937-6959.
Enthronement of the Sacred Heart is an active spiritual program carried out within the home to increase personal and family devotion to the Sacred Heart. Come join us on Friday, June 12 at 8:30am Mass at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church, 157 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga. Msgr. Peter Popadick will be the celebrant. This will be followed by coffee and donuts in the school cafeteria. Wheelchair accessible. All are welcome!
BBQ Chicken Dinner and Theme Baskets. St. Vincent de Paul Society invites you to our annual Chicken BBQ Dinner and Theme Basket raffle. It will be held on Sunday, June 14 and will be served at the Summer Camp and Retreat Center on Lake Erie, 8462 Lake Shore Road, Angola beginning at 1pm until sold out. Dinner is grilled by John Lattimore Family and includes: chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, salad, dessert, and drink. Tickets are available at the door. After dinner enjoy a quiet stroll along the Lake Erie Shore.
Theology on Tap for those in their 20s & 30s. St. Joseph University Parish 20s & 30s Group is hosting TOT on Wednesday, June 24 at Handlebar, 149 Swan Street in downtown Buffalo - 7:30pm sip & mingle and at 8pm hear Fr. Jud Weiksnar, OFM, present "Did Jesus Really Say That? Why we'll rock the boat if we live out the beatitudes." All are welcome.
Anointing of the Sick Healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine will be held on Thursday, July 2 at 7pm at St. Anthony Church, 417 Commercial Street, Farnham. 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 716-283-0011 or visit http://www.stperry.org.
St. Gregory the Great Summer Mission Retreat. Join us this summer at our seven-night Mission Retreat to be held Sunday, July 12 through Saturday, July 18. Come and be refreshed and rejuvenated! Our Mission evenings consist of inspiring talks and liturgies and an opportunity for fellowship. We ask that you commit to all seven nights, as each builds upon the other. To reserve a spot at this summer's Mission, please call Jo Pierino in our Parish Office at 716-688-5678. For more information, call Debby or Jack at 716-634-4820.
Chiavetta's Chicken BBQ and huge Theme Tray Raffle at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 4263 St. Francis Drive, Athol Springs (across from St. Francis High School) on Sunday, July 12 from 12-5pm (or until sold out). Tickets available pre-sale or at the door. For more information, contact Jean Hymes at 716-627-2710.
Learn how to change the life of a child. Catholic Charities invites you to learn more about the adoption process or becoming a foster parent through an introductory information session set for July 14 from 10-11:30am or 6-7:30pm at our 525 Washington Street, Buffalo office. Work with Catholic Charities to make a positive impact on the lives of children and teens. For more information or to register, please call 716-856-4494 ext. 360 or email email@example.com. For more information about foster care or adoption, visit http://www.ccwny.org.
Midsummer Night's Run & Family Fun Walk at St. John the Baptist, Kenmore on Friday, July 24 from 5-11pm. Includes a 5K Run (7:30pm), one-mile Family Walk (7pm), a variety of food trucks, beer tent, DJ/karaoke, and more! St. John's is located at 1085 Englewood Avenue in Kenmore. For more information, visit http://www.stjohnskenmore.org or call 716-873-1122. It's a wonderful evening you won't want to miss!
St. Joachim School Reunion. If you attended St. Joachim School at the corner of Miller Avenue and Empire Street, Buffalo, please join us for the St. Joachim All Class Reunion that will be held on Saturday, August 1 at 12pm at Como Lake Park in Lancaster - shelter #56 near the Bowen Road entrance. Bring a dish to share at approximately 2pm. We will have a grill for everyone to use. Bring your own drinks and stories! If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lectio Divina Workshop. Experience a prayerful encounter with Jesus through Lectio Divina. This traditional prayer form is based on contemplation of Scripture through meditative reading. Participants will experience Lectio Divina and will be equipped to lead small groups in this method. Saturday, September 12 from 9:30am-2:30pm at Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse, Immaculate Conception Convent, 5229 South Park Avenue, Hamburg. Included with registration fee: lunch, Bible, and book: Pray With the Bible - Meditate With the Word. For more information, contact Sister Barbara Schiavoni at email@example.com or 716-847-5516. To register, contact Elizabeth Santini at firstname.lastname@example.org or 716-847-5501. Registration and payment requested by August 31.
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.
Good News Get Around ... This weekend, our parish will hold a second collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign. It's not too late to show your support for the work of the Office of Communications in the Diocese of Buffalo as well as national projects that are funded by your donations. You can drop your envelope in the collection basket or even donate securely online here.
If you or someone you know is struggling with finances, domestic violence or child behavior issues, Catholic Charities is the place to start. Find help through a caring staff member who can help sort out the issues at one of our offices. For more information, call your local office or 716-856-4494, or go to http://www.ccwny.org. We are also on Facebook at facebook.com/ccbuffalo and Twitter at twitter.com/ccbuffalo. There is still time to donate to our Appeal, either online or in your parish. We need your help in the final stretch of our campaign.
Marriage Moment. First joint purchase - whether it was major (like a home), minor (like a book) or sentimental (like a pet), how you join your finances shows your values. What have you learned about joint decision making from that first purchase?
Parenting Perspective. Father's Day is coming up. What qualities do you think make an ideal father? Did you learn any of these from your own father? Tell him in person or prayer. Identify one quality that you especially want to pass on to your own child. Take a step to do it today.
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 - http://www.foryourmarriage.org; click on "Caring for Your Marriage," then "Resources."
Bereavement Packet. 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, please call 716-847-2210 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
USCCB-Word of Life: Some behaviors are always wrong, always incompatible with our love of God and the dignity of the human person... assisted suicide and euthanasia are not acts of mercy but acts that are never morally acceptable.
USCCB-Palabra de Vida: Algunas conductas son siempre moralmente malas, siempre incompatibles con nuestro amor a Dios y a la dignidad de la persona... el suicidio asistido y la euthanasia no son actos de piedad, sino acciones siepre inaceptables moralmente.
*** New Bulletin Announcements will be posted on June 15, 2015.***