Our Faith and Diocesan Community Updates

Our Faith and Diocesan Community Updates - Updated April 25, 2022

Spring Pork Chop Dinner on Saturday, April 30 from 3 pm until sold out at Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster. Dinner includes: breaded pork chop, mashed potatoes & gravy, sweet & sour cabbage, vegetable, roll and dessert. Tickets available at the parish office.

Learn about Alpha Catholic. The Diocese of Buffalo will be offering two sessions to explain the Alpha Catholic program. Alpha is a wonderful program to invite anyone in your parish, friends, coworkers, neighbors who are searching for meaning in life, wanting to learn more about Jesus and his Church, or desires to reconnect or grow deeper in the Catholic faith. There is a special track for young adults as well. Learn more about this program for your parishes by attending one of the information sessions. Both are held on Thursday, May 5: Morning Session (10 am-12:30 pm) at Our Lady of the Angels, Cuba; Evening Session (6:30-9 pm) at Our Lady of Peace, Clarence. To register, email to Volunteer1@buffalodiocese.org by May 1. For more information, contact Ted Musco, Director of Renewal Mission, Evangelization, and Lay Formation, at tmusco@buffalodiocese.org or 716-847-8374. 

Webinars on Evangelization. The Diocese of Buffalo is sponsoring a four-part Zoom webinar on the new evangelization. Fr. Frank DeSiano, CSP, President of Paulist Evangelization Ministries, will be directing these sessions. We encourage pastors, priests, staff and all interested parishioners to participate. The sessions will be held May 10, 17, 25 & 31 at 2 pm. There is no cost to attend. Beyond learning ideas and theories, the series will stress action, tailored to the needs of the parish that parishes can undertake to become more inviting, welcoming and engaging. All who registers will receive links to the recorded webinar. To register: https://bit.ly/3IPMMz6. For more information, contact Ted Musco, Director of Renewal Mission, Evangelization, and Lay Formation at tmusco@buffalodiocese.org or 716-847-8374.   

BBQ Chicken Dinner on Sunday, May 15 from 12-3 pm (or until sold out) at Our Lady of Bistrica (Cardinal Stepinac Hall), 222 West Elmview, Lackawanna. Eat-in or take-out. Dinner includes ½ chicken, buttered potatoes, Croatian coleslaw, macaroni salad and bread. For more information or to reserve tickets, email rectoryourladyofbistrica@gmail.com or call 716-822-0818.

Beloved: An Evening of Healing, Rejoicing and Love of Jesus through Music and Prayer. An inspirational concert by Mary Palmer on Monday, May 16 from 7-8 pm at Our Lady of Pompeii Church, 129 Laverack Ave., Lancaster. Finger foods following concert. No charge; free-will offering. RSPV appreciated but not required – 716-683-6522. All are welcome!

“A Catholic Perspective on End of Life Issues” on Tuesday, May 17 at 7 pm in the SS. Peter & Paul School Gym, 5480 Main St., Williamsville. Speaker: Dr. Stan Bukowski, a local Catholic physician. Presented by the Respect Life Ministry at SS. Peter & Paul Parish. Please bring a friend and any questions you may have.

Weekend Spring Retreat-Workshop on May 20-22 at Stella Niagara’s Center of Renewal, 4421 Lower River Rd., Stella Niagara. “Valuing the Labyrinths of Our Lives” will link springtime renewal, rebirth and revitalization symbolically with labyrinths which can enlighten our spiritual paths in our lives. Designed and facilitated by Executive Director Nancy Askins, PhD, this enjoyable retreat will feature multiple adult learning techniques to enhance spiritual growth. Pre-registration is required by May 6. Call 716-754-7376, ext. 1 or 2 for a detailed flier or visit www.stellaniagararetreats.org for more information.

Mega Raffle. St. Mary of the Assumption and St. Mary’s Elementary School in Lancaster will hold their 7th Annual Mega Raffle virtually on Friday, June 10. Tickets can be ordered online at www.stmarysonthehill.org. For questions, email megaraffle@smeschool.com or call 716-253-7880.

Registration now open at Camp Turner. Camp Turner, a ministry of OLV Charities, has opened registration for overnight children’s camp for kids ages 7-16. Camp Turner has been operating for nearly 100 years in beautiful Allegany State Park and offers a faith-based summer experience for WNY kids. Our qualified staff put your child’s safety first, while guiding them to foster new, life-long friendships. Space is filling up fast so register your camper today at www.campturnerolv.com or by calling 716-354-4555.

Christian Leadership Institute is back! Do you know a high school teen in your parish that wants to grow in their faith and discover their true potential? OLV Charities is sponsoring the 2022 Christian Leadership Institute (CLI) hosted at Camp Turner from June 26 to July 1. Our churches, schools and communities can benefit from us encouraging our high school youth to attend this faith-based and leadership-focused experience. Support the future by encouraging a teen you know to register today or sponsor a teenager to attend and discover their potential. To register/obtain more information, go to www.cliwny.org or contact Scott Weigley at 716-828-9657 or sweigley@olvcharities.org.

Are you a woman between the ages of 21-45, looking to live in community? Are you wondering what God is calling you to do with your life? Are you hoping to deepen your spirituality? Caritas Community might be for you! The Sisters of Mercy are sponsoring an intentional community outside Buffalo where laywomen and Sisters of Mercy will live simply, live in community, and share their faith and spirituality. While working or going to school, you would contribute living expenses and share household responsibilities. Due to the pandemic, your plans for the future may have changed. Flexibility around this ever-fluid situation will be considered in every individual circumstance. Contact: Sr. Jenny Wilson or Sr. Colleen O’Toole for more information – jwilson@sistersofmercy.org, cotoole@sistersofmercy.org or 814-969-5327.

Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb on Sunday, May 1 at 10:30 am at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo. Celebrant: Bishop Michael Fisher. We will celebrate and pray for mothers, fathers, 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 Office of Pastoral Ministries at 716-847-2205.

OLV National Shrine & Basilica Centennial Speakers Series will begin on Tuesday, May 10 at 7 pm. Rev. Matthew Malone, SJ, President & Editor-in-Chief of America Media will be the featured speaker with Interlocutor Hon. Lawrence Vilardo, Judge, United States District Court for WNY. A reception will be held at 6 pm prior to the presentation in the Glynn Family Conference Center, OLV Charities Administration Building, 780 Ridge Rd., Lackawanna. Please RSVP to 716-828-9607.

“River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey,” a virtual presentation by Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ on Tuesday, May 24 at 7 pm at Canisius High School Auditorium, 1180 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. Sr. Helen is known around the world for her tireless work against the death penalty. She has been instrumental in sparking national dialogue on capital punishment and in shaping the Catholic Church’s vigorous opposition to all executions. She’ll talk about her childhood, convent and early ministry experiences where she worked with the African-American poor who helped her understand what white privilege and institutional racism is. She’ll also share how she went from being a-political to becoming politically active. Tickets available online at www.BSCBuffalo.org/events or at all weekend Masses at Blessed Sacrament Church, Buffalo. For further questions, contact Michael Pitek at Michael@thepitekgroup.com or 716-480-8313.