Free Blood Pressure Screening on Wednesday, January 8 from 1-3 pm at St. Francis Park, 5229 South Park Ave., Hamburg. High blood pressure can be a silent killer. While it’s a major risk factor for a life-threatening heart attack or stroke, often times there are no warning signs or symptoms. Join Catholic Health RN and Patient Educator, Maureen McCabe, for a free blood pressure screening. She’ll provide tips and help you identify changes for living a healthier lifestyle. This event is free and open to the public. You must be 18+ years to participate. Appointment slots are ten minutes long and reservations are required by calling 716-649-1205 before January 6. Parking is available around the perimeter of the building.
“Life’s Sacred Places Shape Our Relationship with God,” presented by Sr. Francesca Buczkowski on Monday, January 13 at 7 pm at Our Lady of Pompeii Parish Ministry Center, 129 Laverack Ave., Lancaster. Sr. Francesca’s talk will explore how the many places where we love and are loved, where we forgive or are forgiven, shape our relationship to God. Come discover how to find God in places that will enrich your spiritual life. All are welcome.
A Great Religious Movie: “A Hidden Life” showing from January 17-23 at the North Park Theatre, 1428 Hertel Ave., Buffalo. A true story of an Austrian farmer, Franz Jägerstätter, a husband and father, who defied Hitler even as the possibility of execution threatens him apart from his family. Jägerstätter was beatified in 2007. One of the year’s best movies: 4 stars. PG-13 (Parental Guidance strongly suggested).
Open House and Tour on Sunday, January 26 from 11 am-1 pm at Christ the King School, 2 Lamarck Dr., Snyder. Meet teachers, staff, and parents. Rigorous Academic Excellence in a faith-based environment; accredited; proven success. Join us.
Alumni Mass in South Buffalo. If you are alumni of St. Martin of Tours, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Teresa, St. Agatha, Holy Family, St. John the Evangelist or St. Bonaventure, you are cordially invited to a Reunion Mass on Sunday, January 26 at 4 pm at Our Lady of Charity Parish (St. Ambrose worship site), Buffalo. A light reception will follow.
Stroke Support Group on Tuesday, January 28 at 12:45 pm at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, 2950 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore. Speech pathologist Deborah Insalac will discuss aphasia, the recovery process, and how people with aphasia communicate. For more Kenmore Mercy Hospital’s Stroke Support Group meetings, contact HealthConnections at 716-447-6205 or visit www.chsbuffalo.org/events.
Live Concerts. The Cardinal O’Hara High School Alumni Association will present the BBC Band concert on January 31 at 8 pm and Strictly Hip concert on February 21 at 8 pm at Cardinal O’Hara High School, 39 O’Hara Rd., Tonawanda. Tickets may be purchased online at www.cardinalohara.com or call 716-695-2600, ext. 311. Proceeds benefit the continuing restoration of the Performing Arts Center and the alumni scholarship fund.e Mass, giving you an opportunity to visit with classmates and catch up. Hope to see you there!
Super Bowl Sunday Pancake Breakfast & Theme Basket Auction on February 2 from 9 am-12 pm (or until sold out) at St. George Parish, 74 Old Glenwood Rd., West Falls. Menu includes: pancakes, sausage, eggs and beverages. Tickets available at the door. Theme basket donations are most welcome. For more information, call the parish office at 716-652-3153 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Facing a hardship? Call Catholic Charities. If you have an urgent, immediate need for assistance with clothing, food, shelter or medication, call your neighborhood Catholic Charities office. We are equipped to help you and your loved ones through a crisis. For more information on Catholic Charities and other services and programs we provide, visit www.ccwny.org. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Help for Your Marriage. Do you feel alone? Are you frustrated or angry with each other? Retrouvaille helps couples through difficult times. For more information, call 716-474-9371 or visit www.HelpOurMarriage.org. All calls are confidential and pre-registration is required. Next weekend date is February 14-16.
It’s time to start a new chapter. If you or someone you know is struggling with an alcohol or drug addiction, let 2020 be the year you make a positive change. Catholic Charities Chemical Dependency Treatment Program has immediate openings. Our outpatient program is New York State OASAS licensed and aims to treat addiction with a combination of therapy and medicine. More information on the program can be found at www.ccwny.org/addictionhelp. To begin the referral process, call Central Intake at 716-895-1033. For more information on other services and programs we provide, visit www.ccwny.org. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
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 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, ex. 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. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Need a resolution for the New Year? Consider giving back by volunteering with Catholic Charities. Our agency has many different volunteer positions, from office work to helping out in one of our nine food pantries. To browse
Needs for Mother Teresa Home and St. Gianna Pregnancy Outreach Centers. Mother Teresa Home (716-424-0217) is in need of towels, sheets, pillow cases (queen size), baby wipes, paper towels, toilet paper, garbage bags (large black and tall white), laundry detergent, dish detergent, dryer sheets, larger size diapers (sizes 4-6). St. Gianna Pregnancy Outreach Centers: Buffalo area (76 Church St., Buffalo, 716-842-2229) is in need of diapers (size 1 & 6), new infant socks, baby wash and lotion, bibs, receiving and fleece blankets, girls onesies (size 0-3 months). Cattaraugus area (205 W. Henley St., Olean, 716-373-2569) is in need of baby shampoo, baby wash, baby wipes, diapers (size 6), winter coats (6 months to 2 years), snow pants. 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.
USCCB-Word of Life: “God never stops offering each of us his mercy, ‘a concrete reality with which he reveals his love.’” (MV 6) −Reflection: Moved by Mercy
USCCB-Palabra de Vida: “Dios nunca deja de ofrecer a cada uno de nosotros su misericordia, ‘una realidad concreta con la cual Él revela su amor.’” (MV 6) −Reflexión: Movidos por la misericordia