Chancery bulletin announcements for Aug. 10

Mon, Aug 10th 2015 10:00 am

Anointing of the Sick Healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine will be held on Wednesday, September 2 at 7pm at Blessed Sacrament, 263 Claremont Avenue, Town of Tonawanda. 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

A Gift to the Church: Biblical and Early Christian Women. "Let their gifts praise them at the city gates" (Prov. 31:31). The Catholic Biblical Studies Program and the Newman Center at UB North Campus invite you on Friday evening, September 18 and Saturday, September 19 to the Newman Center at UB, 495 Skinnersville Road, Amherst. Dr. Gina Hens Piazza, Sister Barbara Reid, OP, and Sister Carolyn Osiek, RSCJ will be our presenters. Our speakers will relate to us how the manner, deeds and gifts of women in the Bible can powerfully communicate the word of God to us. They are models of strength, wisdom, humility and faithfulness. For more information on the content of this program and for registration information, please contact The Catholic Biblical Studies Program at 716-871-9180, or Space will be limited, so please plan to register early.

Catholic Biblical Studies Program. For those who've been part of it, this opportunity is often credited with being a "life changer," sometimes bringing people back to a meaningful experience of faith, sometimes carrying them through difficult challenges and personal crises and always opening the door to meeting remarkable women and men. An introductory Bible study, "Israel Becomes God's People," will start in September. This is to be the first of three seven-week sessions planned for the school year 2015-2016. The locations will be: St. John Vianney Parish, 2950 Southwestern Boulevard, Orchard Park on Wednesday mornings from 10am to 12pm; St. Vincent de Paul Parish, 6441 Seneca Street, Springbrook on Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm; The Newman Center (UB North), 495 Skinnersville Road, Amherst on Thursday afternoons from 1-3pm. Registration information with details is available on the website and by phone at 716-871-9180.

Bishop's Committee Visitors Annual Fall Meeting & Luncheon with Bishop Richard Malone on Thursday, October 8 at St. Philip the Apostle Church, 950 Losson Road, Cheektowaga, from 9am-2pm. Cheryl Calire, Director of Pro-Life Activities, will be the speaker. Bishop Richard Malone will be the guest speaker at the 12:15pm luncheon. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, contact the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email

Human Trafficking. Interested in learning about Human Trafficking and how to stop it? Save the Date: October 14, 2015 at 7pm at Hilbert College, 5900 South Park Avenue, Hamburg. Theresa Neitzel from the Erie County Sheriff's Deputy and Liaison to the Human Trafficking Task Force and Tara Hughes from the International Institute of Buffalo will be speakers at the event. For more information, call Sister Sharon at 716-202-4706.

Wedding Anniversary Mass. If you know of any couple or couples that are celebrating their 50th, 60th or 70th Wedding Anniversary for the year of 2015, a special Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Richard Malone on Sunday, October 18 at 3pm at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin Street, Buffalo. Please contact your parish rectory as soon as possible if you wish to attend, or call the Office of Family Life at 716-847-2210. Following the Mass, an informal reception will be held at the Adam's Mark Hotel.

Spiritual Uplift Packet. Feeling sad, down, discouraged, "blue"? Looking for healthy, wholesome alternatives to cope? Reach out now. Inner healing and hope are a phone call or email away. Contact the Office of Family Life Ministries for your free packet of practical, easy to use resources to provide you with tried and true antidotes. For more information or a free packet, contact the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email

Marriage Spirituality Tune Up Packet Available. Jesus' first miracle takes place at the Wedding Feast of Cana. John 2:1-12. Jesus changes the water into wine - the best wine! He changes the ordinary into the extraordinary. Every marriage, whether months or 75 plus years, has tune up needs. For your free practical useful packet with many suggestions and resources to enrich your marriage, contact the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email

Marriage Moment. "Live not as foolish persons, but as wise." (Ephesians 5:15) Dare you share with your beloved a foolish thing you've done during your life? More importantly, share one way that you see your beloved as wise (other than marrying you).

Parenting Perspective. When life seems to go wrong for your child, reflect on the problems you've faced in your own life. Often it is the mistakes or failures that form us into the person we are. How have you grown from a mistake?

USCCB-Word of Life: "A child is not something owed to one, but is a gift. The 'supreme gift of marriage' is a human person. A child may not be considered a piece of property, an idea to which an alleged 'right to a child' would lead. In this area, only the child possesses genuine rights: the right 'to be the fruit of the specific act of the conjugal love of his parents,' and 'the right to be respected as a person from the moment of his conception.'"

USCCB-Palabra de Vida: "El hijo no es un derecho sino un don. El 'don [...] mßs excelente [...] del matrimonio' es una persona humana. El hijo no puede ser considerado como un objeto de propiedad, a lo que conducirøa el reconocimiento de un pretendido 'derecho al hijo'. A este respecto, s≤lo el hijo posee verdaderos derechos: el de 'ser el fruto del acto especøfico del amor conyugal de sus padres, y tiene tambiØn el derecho a ser respetado como persona desde el momento de su concepci≤n'".

*** New Bulletin Announcements will be posted on August 17, 2015.***  

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