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Church Bulletin Announcements via Email. The Diocese of Buffalo publishes a weekly email newsletter that offers Church Bulletin Announcements about upcoming events, ongoing ministry and inspirational messages of faith. To subscribe, go to http://www.buffalodiocese.org/email-newsletter and follow the instructions.
Bulletin message for weekend of May 22-23: “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Jesus calls us to help and love our neighbors, especially those who are most vulnerable and struggling. Catholic Charities of Buffalo offers several basic and emergency services, such as food, rehousing, medications and clothing. Your donation to the 2021 Appeal today can help ensure that the hungry have food, the naked have clothing and the homeless have shelter. If you have already given this year, thank you! Give the gift of HOPE for all seasons. Make a secure online donation at www.ccwny.org/donation.
Guys’ Night Out on May 20 from 6-9 pm at Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish Hall, 71 Center Ave., North Tonawanda. Men (adults only) are invited for an evening out to enjoy subs, soda and speakers. It will be a night packed with fun, food, fellowship and some fabulous speakers. Please register by contacting Sr. Jacinta at 814-505-2290 or email@example.com.
Girls’ Night Out on May 27 from 6-9 pm at Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish Hall, 71 Center Ave., North Tonawanda. Women (adult only) are invited for an evening out to enjoy soups, salads and spirit-filled speakers. It will be a night allowing for sharing and stories, fun and games, and spiritual growth. Please register by contacting Sr. Jacinta at 814-505-2290 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Riches of our Catholic Faith” on Saturday, May 29 at 9:15 am at St. Gregory the Great Church, 200 St. Gregory Ct., Williamsville. Join popular Catholic speaker Scott Hahn as we celebrate the year of St. Joseph and the beauty of our Faith. Reservations are required to attend. If you are planning on attending with individuals you are comfortable sitting with, we encourage you to purchase your tickets together as a group. This will help with our seating capacity. For tickets, visit https://stgregs.brushfire.com/stgregsdrscotthahn/500990.
Weidner’s Drive-thru Chicken Dinner will be held on Friday, June 25 from 12-6 pm at Notre Dame Academy, 1125 Abbott Rd., Buffalo (across from St. Martin of Tours). Cash, credit or check accepted; no pre-sales.
The Future of Camp Turner. For nearly a century Camp Turner, nestled in Allegany State Park, has been an invaluable resource for youth in our diocese: summer camp experience for boys and girls, overnight lodging for confirmation retreats and parish catechetical teams, to name but a few. Unfortunately, due to the significant financial challenges of the diocese, Camp Turner’s future was in jeopardy. However, following Father Baker’s example of service to youth, OLV Charities will serve as the new sponsoring organization, providing stability. But Camp Turner still needs your help to secure a strong future! We invite you to partner with Friends of Camp Turner to give youth, especially those unable to afford camp, the experience of God’s creation and gracious love through this treasure. Please send your donation to Camp Turner Fund, c/o OLV Charities, 780 Ridge Rd., Lackawanna, NY 14218.
Looking for a summer job with meaning? Come use your powers for good as a Camp Counselor at Camp Turner. Employment begins June 27 and ends August 15 with time off on weekends. Earn a salary (plus room and board) while making a difference. Camp Counselors develop skills that employers are looking for: leadership, decision-making, interdependence, empathy, and much more. We have openings for cabin counselors, horse corral, nature studies, outdoor living skills, and low ropes. Counselors must be 18. We also need Activity Assistants (minimum age 17). Applications are available at www.CampTurnerOLV.com.
St. Joseph, Our Guide. Fourteen Holy Helpers Parish has created a second webpage to promote St. Joseph: www.StJosephOurGuide.org. One of the features of this webpage is to highlight artwork of St. Joseph that is in our parishes. It is our hope that after the pandemic, people will visit these sites. Please help us in growing this list by providing a picture and information about the artwork in your parish. Use the submission form on the website under the section “Artwork of St. Joseph.” We also encourage you to provide a digital photograph of the artwork; attach it with the submission form or send it to us via email to email@example.com.
Free cancer screenings offered in Erie County. Are you up to date? Are the ones you love? Don’t let the lack of health insurance or high out of pocket costs keep you from peace of mind. Breast exams, mammograms, Pap tests and colon cancer screening costs are covered by the Erie County Cancer Services Program as part of a statewide initiative for those with little or no health insurance. Call Erie County Cancer Services Program today at 716-858-7376 or visit our website www.cspwny.org. Catch cancer early when it’s easier to treat. Regular screening tests can improve and save your life!
Stay connected online. The Office of Communications manages and supports many of the online platforms and associated ministries of the Diocese of Buffalo with websites and social media handles. The diocesan website (www.buffalodiocese.org) features job and ministry opportunities, a listing of all diocesan parishes, upcoming events, and information on several of the diocesan departments that support parish work throughout Western New York. In addition, the Western New York Catholic (www.wnycatholic.org) website features ongoing and breaking news in the diocese.
Diocesan social media. You can follow the Diocese of Buffalo on social media so you’re up-to-date on what’s happening in your diocese. Follow the Diocese of Buffalo on Facebook, Twitter (@buffalodiocese), Instagram (@buffalodiocese) and You Tube (/bufdiocese). Follow the Western New York Catholic on Facebook (@wnycatholic) and Twitter (@WNYCatholic).
Do you feel that you might be called to priesthood or know someone who is? If so, you might want to inquire about two discernment programs. The first is the St. Joseph Club, which is a program for high school boys who wish to take a closer look at the vocation of priesthood and consider the possibility that God is calling them to it. The second is the Response Program, which is for gentlemen of college age and older who believe that God is calling them to priesthood and wish to listen to God's voice more closely while benefitting from discernment resources and the support of fellow discerners. Both of these programs are free of cost. Brochures containing schedules and other details will be sent to parishes soon. Information can also be attained by visiting http://www.buffalovocations.org or calling 716-847-5535.
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 www.fjcsafe.org.
If you been abused or victimized by a member of the Catholic clergy, please believe in the possibility for hope, help, and healing. We encourage you to come forward and speak out. Every diocese in the United States has a victim assistance coordinator who is available to obtain support for your needs, to help you make a formal complaint of abuse to a diocese, and to arrange a personal meeting with the bishop or his representative, if you desire. The victim assistance coordinator for the Diocese of Buffalo is Jacqueline Joy. The telephone number to contact Ms. Joy is (716) 895-3010. Written complaints can be sent to Ms. Joy at Catholic Charities, 425 Main Street, Dunkirk NY 14048. Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Office of Pro-Life Activities - Telephone Hotline Numbers. Unplanned Pregnancy, Abortion Alternatives & Healing: 716-847-2205. St. Gianna Pregnancy Outreach Centers, helping mothers and fathers in need: 716-842-BABY (2229) Buffalo, 716-203-7593 Chautauqua County, 716-284-BABY (2229) Niagara County. Project Rachel, post-abortion reconciliation: 716-847-2211.
Diocese of Buffalo Catholic Directory... The Catholic Directory is now available as a free download on the diocesan website. Published by the Office of Communications, it is the official guide to the offices, institutions, and organizations of the Diocese of Buffalo. It contains addresses and phone numbers for every parish, priest, deacon, and religious sister and brother in the diocese and is essential for anyone involved in parish ministry. Visit http://www.buffalodiocese.org/directory to download, view or print the official Catholic Directory of the Diocese of Buffalo, just one of the many projects funded in part by your generous donations to the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC).
ProjecTruth is founded on the belief that as students develop virtues through character education, they build a strong internal commitment to making healthy life choices. ProjecTruth has reached over 50,000 teens across Western New York since its 2001 inception. Visit http://www.ProjecTruth.com or http://www.myspace.com/projectruth.
Make Your Voice Heard - The New York State Catholic Bishops have formed a statewide Catholic Advocacy Network of concerned Catholics who want to put their faith into action. Together, we can speak out in support of the poor and vulnerable, the sick and elderly, the unborn, children and families. Our parish encourages you to join this network. There is no cost. The easiest way to join is to go to http://www.nyscatholic.org to sign up. Or you can send your name, address, phone number and email address to Catholic Advocacy Network, New York State Catholic Conference, 465 State Street, Albany, NY 12203-1004. Be sure to mention you are a member of our parish in the Diocese of Buffalo.
PROJECT RACHEL is in the heart of the Church. Don't suffer alone; be set free from the pain. Many women and men suffer in silence from their abortion experience that is not easily erased. The Father of mercies is ready to give His forgiveness, hope and peace to all who grieve with this wound. The Project Rachel Program offers confidential, spiritual healing. Call 716-847-2211 and also see http://hopeafterabortion.com or http://www.menandabortion.info.
The Catholic Guild for the Blind is a volunteer organization under the auspices of Catholic Charities dedicated to providing spiritual and social opportunities for persons who are visually impaired. Volunteers transport and assist the visually impaired to participate in a variety of community activities. If you have the time to help out on a regular basis, or from time to time, please call 716-853-4424, ext 305. You'll be rendering a service to some very impressive people.
Crossroads is a Catholic community of single adults, forty years of age and older, seeking to share diversified spiritual and social needs and blessings. We welcome people of all faiths. Crossroads respects and upholds the spiritual, moral, and ethical teachings of the Catholic Church, including respect for life. Meetings are held once every other month. For more information, contact Barbara at 716-685-2818.
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