Chancery bulletin announcements for third week of April

Fri, Apr 22nd 2016 03:00 pm

Good News Gets Around... For more than 35 years, the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC) has been spreading the Gospel message locally and nationally on radio, television, in print and on the Internet. Donations from Catholic parishioners, like you, make the work of the CCC possible. Please contribute generously to the Campaign the weekend of June 11-12. Thank you for your continued support!

Sunday TV Mass. Do you know someone who misses going to Mass because of an illness or injury? The Diocese of Buffalo provides televised Mass from the Our Lady Chapel at St. Joseph Cathedral that airs each Sunday on WUTV-Fox channel at 7:30am.
* April 24: celebrant Fr. Michael Burzynski
* May 1: celebrant Fr. Eugene Ulrich
* May 8: celebrant Fr. David Munoz, OMI
* May 15: celebrant Fr. Robert Zilliox
* May 22: celebrant Fr. Angelo Chimera
* May 29: celebrant Fr. Edward Durkin, SJ

Afternoon of Reflection. Join us at St. George Parish, 74 Old Glenwood Road, West Falls for an afternoon of fellowship, discovery, prayer and celebration on Saturday, April 23. Father Ryszard Biernat, secretary to Bishop Malone, will guide our afternoon of reflection - Imagine becoming who you are! We will begin with lunch at noon in the parish hall and conclude our retreat with the 5pm Mass. To learn more or to register, call 716-652-3153 or email

Haiti Breakfast. St. George Parish, 74 Old Glenwood Road, West Falls invites you to our annual Haiti Breakfast in support of our twin parish in Coq Chante, Haiti on Sunday, April 24 from 9am-1pm. Please join us for a delicious French toast and sausage breakfast, a theme basket raffle and a money raffle. Tickets available at the door. For further information, call 716-652-3153 or email

Canisius College Chorale to Perform with Vocalis Chamber Choir. The Canisius College Chorale, under the direction of Frank Scinta, will present a program in collaboration with the Vocalis Chamber Choir, James Burritt, director, on Sunday, April 24 at 7:30pm in Canisius College's Montante Cultural Center, 2001 Main Street, Buffalo. The program will feature works by Vivaldi, Victoria, Mendelssohn, Chatman and others. Combined performances of works by Lauridsen and Dawson will highlight the program. For more information, contact the Canisius College Music Office at 716-888-2536.

Dinner Auction. Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart, 3860 Main Street, Amherst is thrilled to announce our Sandstone Dinner Auction. The event will take place on April 30 on our campus. For details about ticket purchase and auction item donations, contact Sara Schumacher at or call 716-834-2101, ext. 318.

Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb. Come join Bishop Edward Grosz, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, and the Pro-Life Office in a special Mass to be held on May 1 at 10:30am at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin Street, Buffalo. We will celebrate and pray for mothers, fathers and families, and for children in the womb. Mass will include a special blessing for unborn children and their expectant parents. We will also pray for couples who are hoping for the gift of a child and for couples who have suffered the loss of a child. For more information, call the Pro-Life Office at 716-847-2205.

Baker Victory Nite 2016: Horray for Hollywood! Join us on Friday, May 6 at 6:30pm at Michael's Banquet Facility in Hamburg for a night of theme basket giveaways, silent auctions and, of course, the grand prize drawings. Your ticket entitles you to food, cocktails and a chance at the big prizes. For more information on this fantastic event that benefits the children in the care of the Our Lady of Victory Institutions, call the Special Events Office at 716-828-9289 or visit

Concerts for the Soul, with Tenor Vocalist Cory James Gallagher and Writer-Poet Amy Gallaher, present "Celebrating Our Mothers: A Musical-Poetic Journey through Motherhood." Join us for an inspiring evening of song and poetic reflections honoring the Essence of Motherhood and celebrating our own mothers, both living and deceased. Mother's Day weekend: Saturday, May 7 at 7:30pm at St. Mary of the Lake Church, 4737 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg. Event is by donation and a reception will follow.

A Weekend of Peaceprints - a Memorial Concert in honor of Sister Karen Klimczak, SSJ. Join Tenor Vocalist Cory James Gallagher and Writer-Poet Amy Gallagher for a beautifully reflective and uplifting "Musical-Poetic Tribute" honoring the life and legacy of Sister Karen. Pentecost weekend: Friday, May 13 at 7:30pm and Sunday, May 15 at 7:30pm at SS. Columba-Brigid Church, 75 Hickory Street (between Clinton Street and North Division), Buffalo. Event is by donation and a reception will follow. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Peaceprints of WNY.

Nutrition for Life will be presented on Tuesday, May 17 at 7pm at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 4000 Elmwood Avenue, Kenmore. Shannon Traphagen, Associate Publisher of Buffalo Healthy Living & Food Writer, will discuss how to improve your eating habits with a few simple steps and counteract the desire for sugars and other unhealthy foods. This program is part of the bereavement lecture series at the Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of Buffalo. There is no charge to attend. For more information or to reserve your spot, call 716-873-6500.

Laugh for No Reason Laughter Club will be held on Thursday, May 19 at 6:30pm at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 4000 Elmwood Avenue, Kenmore. Allow the healing benefits of therapeutic laughter to lift your spirits during this fun program that is open to everyone. Exercises may be done seated or standing. There is no charge to attend. Reservations required; call Nancy at 716-873-6500.

The Guillian-Barre Syndrome Foundation International (GBS), with Sister Eleanor O'Brien acting liaison for the Western New York area, will be hosting an informational meeting for patients and their guests on Saturday, May 21 from 1-4pm at the Center for Tomorrow, UB North Campus (corner of Flint and Maple Road), Amherst. RSVP by May 1st at 716-837-4932 (Sister Eleanor), 610-667-0131 or email GBS at

Calling all High Schoolers in WNY to Be the Light this Summer. Canisius College is hosting Be the Light Youth Theology Institute for current high school sophomores and juniors from July 5-10. This is an on-campus experience of faith, justice and service in the Catholic and Ignatian tradition, including academic instruction, service-immersion experiences, prayer and reflection. This one week can help you shine by developing leadership skills and learning how to brighten the world for others. Learn more at or email Applications are open until April 25.

Transfiguration Parish Reunion. A reunion of all graduating classes, parishioners, priests and nuns from Transfiguration Parish, Sycamore and Mills, Buffalo is being planned for August of this year. For more information, call Richard Gurbacki at 716-361-1145 or stop in and see Chuck Gajewski at Ray Gay Sales, 2880 Genesee Street, Cheektowaga.

If you are a victim of domestic violence and are in need of access to safety planning, spiritual care, legal assistance, limited medical assistance, counseling, law enforcement, the Family Justice Center of Erie County, Inc. "Where Families Come First" is for you! All services are free. All conversations strictly private. For more information, call 716-558-7233 or visit

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

Are you or is someone you know an out of work job seeker? Facing the challenge of being unemployed and working through this tough economy is tough enough. You don't have to go it alone. Contact the Office of Family Life Ministries for your free packet containing practical resources, prayers, scripture support, and programs designed to support you on your journey. Just call us at 716-847-2210 or email

Teams of Our Lady is a program that seeks to promote authentic married love that not only leads to God but also to a more intimate and enriching relationship with one's spouse. A Team is a group of five to seven couples affiliated with a Catholic priest/chaplain who have freely decided to join together to find support in their efforts to lead Gospel lives. For more information or a brochure, contact Patti & Dave Nyhart at 716-648-5363 or email

Marriage Moment. After the last child leaves home, Mom and Dad may wake up and wonder who they are looking at. Somewhere over the years they've gotten so involved in their children's lives that they forgot about each other. Prepare for an empty nest by paying attention to your honey today. Plan a date for this week.

Parenting Perspective. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Certainly you don't abuse your own child (unless insisting on homework is considered abuse). You may not know any children in danger either. But prevention counts. Be kind to a neighbor or lonely child this week.

Pro-Life Office: USCCB-Word of Life: "By radiating charity and mercy to all our neighbors, we provide those much needed islands of mercy. Together, we stand against the wind of the throwaway culture, and brave its sea of indifference, sustained by Jesus who is, as Pope Francis has called Him, 'the living face of the Father's mercy.'"

Oficina de Pro-Vita: USCCB-Palabra de Vida: "Al irradiar caridad y misericordia a nuestro prójimo, ofrecemos estas necesarias islas de misericordia. Juntos, luchamos contra el viento de la cultura de lo desechable y enfrentamos el mar de la indiferencia, alimentados por Jesús, que es 'es el rostro de la misericordia del Padre,' como lo llamó el Papa Francisco."

*** New Bulletin Announcements will be posted on April 25, 2016.***  

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