716-683-2375 sheartshrine@gmail.com

Mission 2019: “I Am With You” at Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma from July 13-20, 6:30-9:30 pm. The Love of God is our greatest calling, and God is calling you to spend eight nights that will bring you closer to God. There is a different speaker each evening. The progression of the entire week will provide spiritual enrichment that allows a special connection with God through a relationship designed to hope and trust in God. Expect each night to be filled with prayer, Catholic liturgies, scripture, song, warm fellowship, and plenty of food. For more information or to register, contact Allison Smerka at allisonsmerka@gmail.com, Dave Maciejewski at 716-683-5033, or Jim & Judy Sipior at 716-343-4013.

Chicken BBQ and Basket Auction on Sunday, July 21 from 11:30 am until 3 pm (or sold out) at St. George Church, 74 Old Glenwood Rd., West Falls. Take-outs available. Dinner includes ½ chicken by Krolick’s, salt potatoes, salad, roll, butter, dessert & beverage. Doors open for the basket auction at 10:30 am; winners drawn at 2:45 pm. For information or tickets, call 716-652-3153 or email stgeorge.wf@gmail.com.

Lancaster High School Carnival Kids Steel Orchestra on Sunday, July 21 from 1-3 pm at Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral (parish hall), 6298 Broadway, Lancaster. Free admission. Pizza and pop available for purchase.

“Tea in the Park” on Wednesday, July 24 from 1-2:30 pm at St. Francis Park, 5229 South Park Ave., Hamburg. See how living at St. Francis Park can enable you to sit back and enjoy life without the burden of home ownership. Join us for light refreshments and a casual presentation at 1 pm, followed by a guided tour of this unique senior living community. There will also be plenty of time to get your questions answered. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required by calling 716-649-1205 before July 22.

Genealogy 101 on Thursday, July 25 from 1-2:30 pm at St. Francis Park, 5229 South Park Ave., Hamburg. Want to put together a family tree? Jump start your family history search with this introduction to genealogy. Join librarian, Rhonda Hoffman, from the Genealogy Department of Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, for a discussion on the types of records used and an overview of the genealogy resources available through the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required by calling 716-649-1205 before July 22. Parking is available around the perimeter and in the back of the building. Registrants may enter the building through the front entrance or our gated courtyard entrance behind the facility.

Food Truck Friday: Fat Bob’s on Friday, July 26 from 11-1:30 pm at St. Francis Park, 5229 South Park Ave., Hamburg. Mouth-watering, authentic barbecue. Cash and all major credit cards accepted. No reservations necessary.

Golf Tournament, sponsored by Cardinal O’Hara High School Athletic Department, on Friday, July 26 at Rothland Golf Course, Akron. Registration begins at 9 am, followed by a 10 am shotgun start. Registration fee includes green fees, cart, lunch at the turn, and dinner after the tournament. Sponsorship packages also available. For more information, call Diane Schiesser at 716-695-2600, ext. 305 or email dschiesser@cardinalohara.com.

Father Baker Day – commemorating the 83rd anniversary of Father Nelson Baker’s passing – on Sunday, July 28 at Our Lady of Victory Basilica, 767 Ridge Rd., Lackawanna. Mass at 12 noon, followed by a reception. To reserve your space at the reception, contact our Special Events office at 716-828-9289.

Chicken Barbecue on Sunday, July 28 from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm (or sold out) at Sacred Heart Church, 380 E. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood. All pre-sale meals must be picked up by 1 pm. Dinners include chicken by Weidner’s BBQ, potato and macaroni salads, roll, cookies, and bottled water. For more information or tickets, contact the parish office at 716-763-2815.

Summer Faith Fun for Kids at St. George Church, 74 Old Glenwood Rd., West Falls. The program runs daily from 9 am-noon starting on Monday, July 29 until Friday, August 2. All children in grades K-8 are welcome for this free program and it’s not necessary for them to be currently registered in our St. George Faith Formation program. We have a variety of fun and faith-focused activities planned, with refreshments, too. If interested, contact Jan Gawrys at 716-826-5946 or gawjan48@gmail.com or Anna Kalinski at akalinski@gmail.com.

IGGY FEST 2019 on Wednesday, July 31. Join One Jesuit Buffalo and the Nativity Miguel Junior Board as we celebrate the Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola with downtown’s best street festival at St. Michael Church, 651 Washington St., Buffalo. Jesuit Alumni, family and friends of all ages are welcome to Mass at 5:15 pm with the Voices of Mercy Singers, followed by food, drink, music and fun until 9 pm. Pre-sale tickets and information at OJB Facebook or buy at the gate. Proceeds benefit Nativity Miguel Middle School.

26th National United Choir Choral Concert (free) on Friday, August 2 from 6:30-8:00 pm, followed by the polka music of the “New Direction Band” (nominal admission) from 8-11 pm at Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral (parish hall), 6298 Broadway, Lancaster.

Icon Writing Retreat. Sacred Heart Parish, 380 E. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood, invites you to experience a spirit-filled weekend practicing the ancient art of icon “writing” as we paint an icon of Mary. This retreat will run from 9 am-5 pm from Thursday, August 8 to Sunday, August 11 in our air-conditioned parish center. Payment due at the time of the retreat. Register by July 25 so that materials can be ordered. For more information, contact David Barnas at 716-693-0259 or djbarnas@gmail.com.

22nd Annual Polish Holocaust Remembrance Mass on August 10 at Resurrection Mausoleum, St. Stanislaus Cemetery, 700 Pine Ridge Heritage Blvd., Cheektowaga. Join us to honor St. Maximilian Kolbe and the millions of Christian Poles who were victims of Nazi and Soviet oppression in concentration camps, gulags and forced labor camps during World War II.

Annunciation Church Picnic on August 16-18 at the Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma. Weekend highlights include live music, classic cars, numerous raffles, delicious food offerings, beer tent and more, with much of the activity occurring under the parish’s brand new pavilion! The fun begins at 5 pm Friday, August 16. A kids’ area featuring carnival games, a bounce house, musical entertainment and lots of activities will be open all three days. Plenty of free parking available. For additional information, visit www.annunciation.cc or call the parish office at 716-683-5254.

Kairos Prison Ministry International Wende Chapter is hosting a picnic on Saturday, August 24 from 12-6 pm at Ellicott Creek Park. Anyone 18 years or older, wanting to learn more about WNY men’s Wende or women’s Albion volunteer base is welcome to come meet the volunteers who fuel this ministry. Looking for those with musical talents in any flavor. Find out why we are called the “cookie ministry.” How does children’s artwork become the Picasso of God’s handiwork? This is an interdenominational Christian based filled ministry

.Fall 2019 Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) training program offered by Sisters of Charity Hospital. Buffalo location: classes run September 10, 2019 to March 19, 2020 on Tuesdays from 8:30 am-1 pm OR 3-7:30 pm. Rochester location: classes run October 8, 2019 to April 23, 2020 on Wednesdays from 8:30 am-1 pm OR 4-8:30 pm. Clinical Pastoral Education is interfaith professional education for spiritual care ministry of all faiths (caregivers, pastors, priests, rabbis, imams and others). The program provides formation for growth in self-awareness and developing pastoral competence as a spiritual caregiver. All interested applicants must apply by July 15. For program requirements and information, visit www.chsbuffalo.org/mission/clinical-pastoral-education/program-dates or contact Nancy Koteras at 716-862-1374 or nkoteras@chsbuffalo.org.

The summer is a great time to start a new friendship. The Telephone Assurance Program (TAP) serving Erie and Chautauqua Counties and the Friendly Phones program serving Orleans County, are free volunteer services providing regular telephone calls to homebound elderly and disabled persons to check on their well-being and to give people an opportunity to socialize. Relationships grow and last for years through a regular 5 to 15 minute call. These friendly calls can alleviate some concerns facing those who live alone and can help them maintain their independence. If you know of someone who would like to receive calls or to volunteer to make calls, call 585-343-0614, ext. 18 for Friendly Phones and 716-218-1400 for TAP. For more information on Catholic Charities and other services and programs we provide, visit www.ccwny.org.

USCCB-Word of Life: “Religious freedom gives us the space to carry out the mission that Jesus has entrusted to the Church. Religious freedom means that Catholics, and all people of goodwill, are free to seek the truth and to live in accordance with that truth, and so to strengthen our common life as a nation.”

USCCB-Palabra de Vida: “La libertad religiosa nos da el espacio para llevar adelante la misión que Jesús encomendó a la Iglesia. La libertad religiosa significa que los católicos, y todas las personas de buena voluntad, son libres para buscar la verdad y vivir conforme a esa verdad, y así fortalecer nuestra vida en común como nación”.

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