Remembering Our Loved Ones: A Musical-Poetic Journey will be held on November 15 at St. Andrew Church, 1525 Sheridan Dr., Kenmore; November 16 at Blessed Sacrament Church, 1035 Delaware Ave., Buffalo; November 22 at UB Newman Center, 495 Skinnersville Rd., Amherst; and November 23 at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 4263 St. Francis Dr., Hamburg. All concerts begin at 7 pm and are by donation. Join Tenor Vocalist Cory James Gallagher and Writer-Poet Amy Gallagher as they take you on a musical-poetic journey through loss and grief, to the light of hope and inspiration. This evening will be a meaning-filled opportunity to remember those that we hold most dear in our hearts. There is a special opportunity to have your loved one included in the concert with a song dedication or a written message in the program. To arrange a song dedication, contact Cory at email@example.com or 716-868-2047.
Our Lady of Pompeii presentation “Our Life is a Journey” . . . Revelations of the “Camino de Santiago” with Deacon Bill Walkowiak on Monday, November 18 from 7-8 pm in the Our Lady of Pompeii Ministry Center, 129 Laverack Ave., Lancaster. Deacon Bill will share insights and visuals of his 500 mile pilgrimage across Spain via The Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James, the apostle). An opportunity to enrich your spirit and discover a sense of The Camino experience as a “pilgrim” on the journey.
Handling the Holidays will be presented on Tuesday, November 19 at 7 pm at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 4000 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore. The holiday season is not always greeted with happy anticipation. Grief may make it difficult to carry on as usual. Practical tips and strategies will be discussed for handling the holidays, to help you find your way through the season. Presenter is Cindy Tichenor who has served for over 20 years as a facilitator of her parish Bereavement Support Group. Open to the community; no charge. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Marianne Hubert, Director of Grief Support, at 716-873-6500.
Arthritis & Management of the Painful Knee: Is Joint Replacement Surgery Right for Me? on Wednesday, November 20, 12:30-2 pm (registration starts at 12 pm) at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Rd., Depew. Do you suffer from chronic joint pain or arthritis? Are painful knees, hips, shoulders or ankles preventing you from doing everyday activities or things you enjoy? Join host Kevin O’Connell and Catholic Health orthopedic expert Keith Stube, MD for an informative discussion on the causes and latest treatment options for knee, hip, shoulder, and ankle pain. Dr. Stube will provide information on various types of joint replacement surgery, including full and partial join replacements and the latest minimally-invasive procedures available. Space is limited and reservations are required. Call 716-447-6205 or visit www.chsbuffalo.org/events.
Tea in the Park on Wednesday, November 20 from 1:30-3 pm at St. Francis Park, 5229 South Park Ave., Hamburg. Before you know it, the bitter, blustery winter season will be at our doorstep. Tired of winter maintenance, snow blowing, and shoveling? Come join us for light refreshments and a casual presentation at 1:30 pm, followed by a personally guided tour of one of the most unique independent senior living communities in the Southtowns. See how living at St. Francis Park can allow you to sit back, relax, and enjoy all of the amenities we have to offer. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required by calling 716-649-1205 by November 15.
Spaghetti & Meatball Dinner, hosted by the Knights of Columbus Fatima Shrine Council #14622, on Saturday, November 23 from 3-7 pm at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Rd. (off Rt. 18), Lewiston. Tickets at the door. Come for some great food and stay for the opening of the spectacular Annual Festival of Lights! Mass at 4 pm. For more information, call 716-754-7489 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“JUST MEN” Retreat Weekend at Stella Niagara Center of Renewal in Lewiston from Friday dinner, November 22 through Sunday lunch, November 24. Led by Fr. John Graden, OSFS, Director of Embraced by God at Stella Niagara. Space is limited. Call 716-754-7376, ext. 2 for flyer and to register (preferably 2 weeks prior to event). Website: www.stellaniagararetreats.org.
If you are not having Thanksgiving Dinner with your relatives this year, come and join Sacred Heart of Jesus “Parish Family” for a Thanksgiving Day Home-Cooked Buffet Supper on Thursday, November 28 from 12-3 pm at Sacred Heart of Jesus, 5337 Genesee St., Bowmansville. Bring a friend, bring a relative or come alone and enjoy a buffet supper on us. Free of charge; reservations required by November 23. Leave a message with Barb at the rectory office, 716-683-2375, or email SHoJsuppertable@gmail.com. Please give us your fist name, number of attendees, and if “eat-in or take-out.”
“Come and Set Us Free,” an Advent Preparation Event hosted by St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy on Monday, December 2. The event beings with 7 pm Mass, followed by a talk from 8-9:30 pm by Fr. Joe Freedy, former UB starting quarterback and current priest for the Diocese of Pittsburgh. St. Luke’s is located at 325 Walden Ave., Buffalo. All are welcome to come and be inspired as we enter into the season of Advent.
“Mary, Did You Know?” on Tuesday, December 3 from 6-8 pm at St. Francis Park, 5229 South Park Ave., Hamburg. Preparing for the Christmas holidays can often be filled with more stress than the joy. Sr. Deborah Marie, FSSJ, will help you fill your heart with the spirit of Christmas that will last all season long. Enjoy a stress-free evening of faith and friendship, prayer, reflection, conversation, and songs of the season before the hustle and bustle begins. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required by calling 716-649-1205 before November 25. Parking is available around the perimeter of the building.
“Genealogy Research Tool: Heritage Quest Helper” on Wednesday, December 4 from 1-2:30 pm at St. Francis Park, 5229 South Park Ave., Hamburg. Join Rhonda Hoffman, Genealogy Specialist of the Grosvenor Room at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library as she provides information on what can be found by utilizing the genealogy research tool, Heritage Quest Helper. Discover valuable family history content such as US Federal Census Records, city directories, Revolutionary War pension files, Freedman’s Bank Records, thousands of family and local history books, and much more. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required by calling 716-649-1205 before November 29. Parking is available around the perimeter of the building.
Charles Dickens Presents: “A Christmas Carol” featuring Mike Randall on Thursday, December 5 at 6 pm at St. Francis Park, 5229 South Park Ave., Hamburg. Get in the holiday spirit! Join TV personality Mike Randall as he takes the stage as Charles Dickens in this one-man performance of A Christmas Carol. He’ll act out more than 25 characters the same way Charles Dickens presented the story in the 1800s. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required by calling 716-649-1205 before November 28. Parking is available around the perimeter of the building.
Special Magnificat Events: Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, internationally known EWTN guest, author, and vocations director of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, will present a morning of prayer and testimony on December 7 from 7:30 am-12 pm at Our Lady of Victory National Shrine and Basilica, 767 Ridge Rd., Lackawanna. Father Calloway’s testimony to how the extraordinary love and mercy of Our Lord, through the persistence of Our Blessed Mother, Mary and the prayers of his own earthly mother, Conchita, rescued him from a life of sin and painful consequences is a dynamic account of the power of the Holy Spirit to save souls! Further details and reservations may be had by contacting Maureen Wilson at 716-683-2290 or visit www.facebook.com/magnificatbuffalo.
“Looking at Advent Anew: A way of life, not just a season,” a free mini-retreat on Saturday, December 7 at St. Philip the Apostle (Msgr. Jasinski Center), 950 Losson Rd., Cheektowaga. Registration and goodies start at 8:30 am; presentation by Sr. Lucette Kinecki, CSSF from 9 am – 12 noon. Reserve your space by December 1 by calling Marilyn Fronczak at 716-668-8472 or Elizabeth at 716-674-8581.
76th Annual Family Christmas Fair on Saturday, December 7 from 12-6 pm at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parish Hall, 157 Cleveland Dr., Cheektowaga. The Christmas Fair includes a Grand Prize Drawing, a wide variety of prize booths (groceries, musical novelties, toys for boys and girls, candy, and Christmas variety), Theme Baskets, and cash prizes. Santa Claus will visit with youngsters from 2-4 pm and the kitchen will be serving a full menu of homemade food items. For more information, call the rectory at 716-833-1715.
Barnabite Fathers invite all to join in a National Night of Prayer for Life on Sunday, December 8 from 9 pm – 1 am in the National Shrine Basilica, 1023 Swann Rd. (off Rt. 18E), Lewiston. Eucharistic Adoration, Rosary for Life, and silent time will comprise each hour of prayer. For more information, call 716-754-7489 or email email@example.com.
Buffalo Niagara Concert Band on Wednesday, December 11 at 7:30 pm at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Rd. (off Rt. 18E), Lewiston. This fantastic concert band will perform a program of Christmas and classical favorites in the beautifully decorated National Shrine Basilica. A “must-see and hear” concert! Free parking and admission. Handicap accessible. Festival lights on every evening 5-9 pm through January 6. Gift shop open daily 9 am – 9 pm. For daily cafeteria hours and more information, call 716-754-7489 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fatima Shrine Bakers Guild to host 3-Day Christmas Bake Sale from Friday, December 13 through Sunday, December 15 at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Rd. (off Rt. 18E), Lewiston. Friday hours 12-7 pm; Saturday and Sunday hours 9 am – 7 pm. Sunday will also include a visit from St. Nicholas from 2-4:30 pm and free hot cider. Come celebrate a festive day and let us do your Christmas baking for you! For more information, call 716-754-7489 or email email@example.com.
Camp Turner’s Winter Camp ’19. Boys (ages 7-13) and Girls (ages 7-15) are invited to sign up for this 3-day overnight camp which runs December 28 at 10 am through December 30 at 6 pm. An optional round trip bus is available from Williamsville and Hamburg. The cabins are toasty, the food is delicious and our trained, vetted and experienced staff is excited to make his a great experience for everyone. We have an RN onsite at all times. Visit www.CampTurner.com for activity descriptions and online registration. If you have any questions, email CampTurner@gmail.com or call 716-354-4555.
Annual Festival of Lights from November 23 through January 6 at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Rd. (off Rt. 18), Lewiston. “Come and Meet Jesus.” See the 15 acres of spectacular Christmas lights, including a 9-foot tall outdoor illuminated Nativity scene and a life-size Fontanini Nativity scene in the Basilica. Climb to the top of the Basilica and get an angel’s eye view of the Avenue of Saints and the Spirit of Christmas. Lights are on daily from 5-9 pm. Shrine open daily 9 am-9 pm. All are welcome. Admission and parking are free. Groups welcome; reservations appreciated. Religious Articles & Gift Shop open 9 am–9 pm. Call for cafeteria hours. For more information and a schedule of our free Christmas concerts, call 716-754-7489 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Multisystemic Therapy Program. 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 youth’s natural environment. Interventions are research-based and the program offers 24/7 availability. For more information about MST, call 716-204-0555, ext. 328 or visit www.ccwny.org/MST. 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.
Navigating health care and services can be tricky – but it doesn’t have to be. Adults age 60+ can access in-home case management and service coordination through Catholic Charities Comprehensive Care to help them not only remain in their homes, but to thrive there as well. Comprehensive Care services include a consultation to discuss needs, an individualized service plan, navigation and assistance with obtaining entitlements and supports, as well as guidance for family and caregivers. To connect with Comprehensive Care, call 716-896-6388. For more information on other services and programs Catholic Charities provides, visit www.ccwny.org. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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.
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.
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