Have you ever experienced Mass outside in the Shrine? Don’t let this beautiful summer slip by without joining us. Every Sunday at 8:30 and 11 am, weather permitting, we will have the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in our beautiful shrine at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church & Diocesan Shrine, 5337 Genesee St., Bowmansville. For more information, call 716-683-2375.
“Dancing Under the Stars” on Sunday, August 18 from 6-9 pm at St. Joseph University Parish, 3269 Main St., Buffalo. Big band and dance music featuring the fabulous Jim Tudini Band and Bobby Militello. Free dance lessons at 6:30 pm, Anderson’s food truck, raffle and theme baskets. Donation at the door.
Have you ever installed a Heaven Door in your home? Gather with Mama Mary and learn of the graces her Son bestows on those who open a door to heaven for their families, and dedicate their homestead to the Mother of God. From August 18-26, Sundays at 10 am, weekdays at 7 pm at St. Casimir Church, 160 Cable St., Buffalo, sit with her and enter “Table Talk with Mary” as she reveals her powerful intercessions in the nine symbols of this ancient image. You may respond by presenting the needs of your heart. Participation culminates on her feast day, August 26, in an act of Consecration to the divine Mother and Child, a blessing of an imported Black Madonna image, along with tools to install your own heaven door
Anointing of the Sick Healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine on Tuesday, August 20 at 7 pm at St. John Neumann (St. Cecilia worship site), 991 Centerline Rd., Sheldon. Fr. 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 www.stperry.org.
“Family Wealth Management: Generational Wealth Conversations” on Wednesday, August 21 from 1-2:30 pm at St. Francis Park, 5229 South Park Ave., Hamburg. “Will I outlive my money?” “Is it too late to start investing?” “What if I pick the wrong investments?” Join Sonja Jensen-Schell from Edward Jones and Bill Strott from MFS Investment Management Fund Distributors for an informative workshop about creating a financial strategy based on your goals and how to stay on track with the help of a financial advisor. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required by August 15 by calling 716-649-1205. Parking is available around the perimeter of the building. Registrants may enter through the front entrance or the gated courtyard entrance behind the facility.
“Our Story, Your Story: The Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph’s Influence in WNY” on Thursday, August 22 from 1-2:30 pm at St. Francis Park, 5229 South Park Ave., Hamburg. The Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph have lived in Hamburg, NY for more than 80 years and founded Immaculata Academy, Hilbert College, St. Anthony Nursing Home, and St. Joseph Hospital in Cheektowaga. Join Sr. Sharon Goodremote and Sr. Judith Elaine Salzman as they share the Congregation’s journey, how the Sisters arrived in Hamburg, and how they continue their mission through service to others. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations required before August 16 by calling 716-649-1205. Parking is available around the perimeter of the building. Registrants may enter through the front entrance or the gated courtyard entrance behind the facility.
Love Dr. Ray Guarendi? Want to be part of his TV show? Dr. Ray will be taping his TV show right here in Buffalo on August 21 & 22. There will be two shows taped each night at 5 pm and 7 pm at the WNED TV studios in downtown Buffalo. Come and be part of the fun and excitement. To reserve your place in the audience, call Darcee at The Station of the Cross (101.7 FM) at 877-888-6279, ext. 103 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
A Day of Hope and Healing ~ HOPE After Abortion ~ on Saturday, August 24 at St. Francis Park, 5229 South Park Ave., Hamburg from 9 am to 3 pm. For those who in any way have been affected by abortion. Led by Cheryl Calire and Deacon Mike Dulak. This is completely free, nonjudgmental, and confidential. Registration is required; call 716-847-2205 or email Pro-Lifeoffice@buffalodiocese.org. Lunch will be provided. Please share this information with others.
Annual Festival at Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish, 57 Center Ave., North Tonawanda on Sunday, August 25. Events include basket raffle, chicken BBQ from 12-3 pm, 5K race, megabucks cash raffle, kids’ games, live music, and much more. For more information, visit www.nt-olc.org.
Your WNY neighbors want to tell you a bit of their story. Survivors of Catholic genocide in Europe, their families came to Buffalo, filled East Side churches and workshops, sparked new life in community organizations. They kept their heroic stories to themselves. On Sunday, August 25 at 10 am Mass, descendants of these WNY Polonia survivors will gather at St. Casimir Church, 160 Cable St., Buffalo to bless and dedicate an original, hand-carved calvary scene, outdoor shrine, given by one of these families in Poland for us in the US to remember millions of Catholic civilian and military victims of Nazi and Soviet concentration camps. These silent heroes, your neighbors, beg you to lend a listening ear, light a candle, and pray with them that morning.
“Tea in the Park” on Wednesday, August 28 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 our questions answered. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required before August 26 by calling 716-649-1205.
Eucharistic Adoration & Holy Hour for MERCY on Thursday, August 29 from 6-7 pm at St. Andrew Church, 1525 Sheridan Dr., Kenmore. All invited to come and spend time in the presence of our Lord! Following Holy Hour, we will pray the rosary for our nation. Join us for any length of time. Deacon Mike Ficorilli, presiding.
Food Truck Friday: The Cheesy Chick on Friday, August 30 from 11 am to 1:30 pm at St. Francis Park, 5229 South Park Ave., Hamburg. Classic comfort food with a twist! Enjoy a variety of specialty grilled cheese sandwiches and their award winning mac-n-cheese. Cash and all major credit cards accepted.
Eucharistic Minister Training. Feel called to be a Eucharistic Minister? The linked parishes of St. Martin of Tours / St. Thomas Aquinas will be hosting a Eucharistic Minister training session for any eligible Catholic in the diocese on Saturday, August 31 from 11 am to 3 pm in the sacristy of St. Martin of Tours, 1140 Abbott Rd., Buffalo. To download/print the application (which needs to be sent in 7 days prior to the training), visit www.stmartinbuffalo.com. Applicants must be baptized and confirmed Catholics practicing the faith weekly at Mass and, if married, in a sacramental Catholic marriage. Please bring a Bible. Snacks will be provided. Call St. Martin of Tours Parish at 716-823-7077 to register by August 24.
NYS Mandatory Employee Sexual Harassment Training will be conducted on September 4 from 11:30 am-4:30 pm at Ascension Parish (Slomba Hall), 19 Sumner St., Batavia. Lunch will be provided. This meets the requirement for annual training in your parish. All are welcome. All paid employees are required to attend this training.
Our Lady of Knock 9 month Novena Masses will be held on 9 consecutive first Saturdays beginning at 8:30 am on Saturday, September 7 and continuing each month until May 2 at St. Martin of Tours, 1140 Abbott Rd., Buffalo. Booklets for the novena will be available online and for those attending or joining in prayer from home. Our Lady of Knock, pray for us. For more information, visit www.stmartinbuffalo.com or call 716-823-7077.
.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 email@example.com.
Sign Language Classes will be offered at Resurrection Church in Cheektowaga for 10 Monday evenings from 6-7:30 pm starting September 9. Beginner and intermediate levels will be available. More advanced and tutoring for religious interpretation will also be available upon request. For more information, contact Sr. Conchetta LoPresti, OSF at 716-601-8887.
Healing Mass on Friday, September 11 at 7 pm at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 4375 Harris Hill Rd., Williamsville. Let’s come together and pray for our family, for our community, for one another, especially the sick, those in hospitals, those with cancer, the homebound, those going for surgery, those with special intentions, the travelers, etc. This Mass is for anyone seeking physical, spiritual healing. Everyone is welcomed and will be prayed for. Fr. Daniel Ogbeifun, celebrant. For additional information, contact the rectory office at 716-632-8838.
Annual Men’s Retreat, sponsored by the Holy Name Societies of Buffalo and St. Catharines Dioceses, on September 13-15 at Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Rd., East Aurora. Theme: Evangelization. Limited to 60 men. For reservations or more information, call the Holy Name Office at 716-847-2201 or Fr. Paul Sabo at 716-604-4948.
Are you willing to entrust even your most difficult times to the Power of the Holy Spirit? Please join your sisters in Christ when Magnificat Ministry to Catholic Women presents Susan Pivarunas, a devoted mother and the wife of local physician, Dr. Anthony Pivarunas, as its guest speaker on Saturday, September 14 at the Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden, Ave., Cheektowaga. Susan will share the extraordinary ways in which the Holy Spirit provided her and her family with strength and trust in the will of God when her husband experienced a life-changing health crisis in 2017. Registration at 9 am; doors open at 9:15 am. For further information and to register, visit: https://magnificat-ministry.net/chapters/chapter-states-n/ny-buffalo/.
Our Lady of Pompeii Faith Enrichment Presentation: FORGIVEN, an evening of reflection on Monday, September 23 from 7-9 pm in the Our Lady of Pompeii Ministry Center Aud, 129 Laverack Ave., Lancaster. Sessions presented by area deacons include: How to Forgive Others, Forgive the Church, Forgive Yourself, Forgive Your Past and How to Ask for Forgiveness. Individuals may choose two of five breakout sessions. For more information, call 716-683-6522.
The great summer downsize! If you’re cleaning out closets and drawers in anticipation of the new school year – and the new wardrobe that comes with it – please keep Ladies of Charity in mind. The volunteer diocesan organization, which is affiliated with Catholic Charities, accepts donations of new or gently used clothing, footwear, purses and bags, and household items such as small kitchen appliances, curtains and drapes, dishes and utensils and bed linens. Donations can be dropped off from 10 am to 2:30 pm weekdays at 1122 Broadway, Buffalo; or from 10 am to 1:30 pm on the first Saturday of the month (excluding holiday weekends). For more information on making donations, call 716-895-4001. For more information on Catholic Charities and other services and programs we provide, visit www.ccwny.org. Join us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Catholic Charities can be a light at the end of the tunnel. If you have a child ages 12-17 who is displaying chronic behaviors such as noncompliance, verbal and/or physical aggression, truancy, school failure, curfew violations, running away, illegal substance abuse and/or criminal activity in two or more environments (home, school and/or community), consider our Multisystemic Therapy Program in Erie, Niagara, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties. MST is an intensive, family-focused intervention provided in the natural environment of the youth. Interventions are research-based and the program offers 24/7 availability. For more information on Catholic Charities MST program, call 716-204-0555, ext. 328 or visit www.ccwny.org. In other WNY counties, office-based counseling is always available to families. For more information on Catholic Charities and other services and programs we provide, visit www.ccwny.org. Join us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Are you a divorced or separated parent looking for assistance in navigating this new family dynamic? Catholic Charities can help. Our Kids Parent education and Awareness Program (OKPEAP) is a NYS Certified program available to parents and their significant others who have experienced conflict regarding custody and/or access issues related to their children. This group helps parents develop a “business” relationship that encourages co-parents to refrain from putting children in the middle of arguments. OKPEAP is available at multiple sites throughout Western New York and referrals can be made by anyone, including individuals. For more information, visit www.ccwny.org/okpeap. For more information on Catholic Charities and other services and programs we provide, visit www.ccwny.org. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Needs for St. Gianna Pregnancy Outreach Centers: Buffalo area (76 Church St., Buffalo, 716-842-2229) is in urgent need of clothes for girls size newborn and 0-3 months, receiving blankets for girls, baby wash and lotion. Cattaraugus area (205 W. Henley St., Olean, 716-373-2569) is in need of summer clothes for boys, especially 6-12 months. Chautauqua area (32 Moore Ave., Fredonia, 716-401-3324) is in need of clothes for children size 3T-5T, diapers size 3-6, wipes, baby wash, lotion, shampoo, powder, blankets large enough to wrap baby. Niagara Falls area (335 24th St., Niagara Falls, 716-284-2229) is in need of diapers size newborn, newborn clothes, sleepers and onesies (boys and girls), wipes, baby wash and lotion, bottles, pacifiers, cribettes.
Pro-Life Office Speaker Request. If you would like one of our staff to come and speak at your parish/school event on Pro-Life issues, Mother Teresa Home, St. Gianna Pregnancy Outreach Center/s, Respect Life issues or Assisted Suicide/End of Life issues, we ask that you fill out our speaker request form located on the top of the Pro-Life Office website: https://www.buffalodiocese.org/pro-life or you can call our office at 716-847-2205 and ask Miriam for a form.
You don’t have to struggle. Turn to Catholic Charities for support! Our agency offers several types of counseling including: marriage counseling, substance abuse treatment, diocesan counseling for church ministers, and comprehensive assessment and counseling for children, adults and families. To learn more, visit www.ccwny.org and click the “Counseling & Mental Health” tab on the right-hand side.
Looking for a service project for your children, youth group or circle of friends this summer? Consider a donation drive. Catholic Charities runs six food pantries in Erie County and a pantry in both Franklinville in Cattaraugus County and Wellsville in Allegany County. Additionally, Catholic Charities also distributes dignity bags to individuals in need. Dignity bags are filled with personal hygiene items like soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, razors, shaving cream, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and lotion. Donation drives to collect non-perishable food or personal hygiene items are a great way to give back to your neighbors in need! For more information about these opportunities, call 716-218-1400, ext. 2005. For more information on Catholic Charities and other services and programs we provide, visit www.ccwny.org. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
USCCB-Word of Life: “O God, you are faithful, and you never abandon those who hope in you. I know that my redemption from sin and death has been purchased at the cost of your Son’s blood. In return for this priceless gift, I resolve today to renew my trust in your unfailing mercy.” –“Trust in God’s Mercy” Prayer