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Catholic Charities 2014 Appeal Reaches $9.8 Million Mark

BUFFALO, N.Y., May 12, 2014 – Catholic Charities of Buffalo today reported the 2014 Appeal has reached $9.8 million in cash and pledges, representing 91 percent of this year’s goal. As a result, volunteers and campaign leadership must raise an additional $1 million between now and June 30 in order to reach $10.8 million.

The Appeal is now at $9,806,141.

Sister Mary McCarrick, OSF, Catholic Charities diocesan director, said the Appeal team remains cautiously optimistic the 90th annual Appeal will be able to close the gap and ensure a successful conclusion over the next several weeks. “On the plus side, we have raised nearly $1 million since the close of Appeal Week 2014 (April 6-13) which is incredibly encouraging,” said Sister Mary.

Rapha Family Wellness Center Plans Grand Opening Event

The Rapha Family Wellness Center will hold its grand opening from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 17.

Dr. Frances Ilozue and staff of the facility at 3610 Main St., across from the University at Buffalo South Campus, welcome guests to the event, which will feature speakers, entertainment, dancing, prizes and refreshments.

Featured guest Dr. J. Gabriella Juris, a renowned expert on obesity and lifestyle intervention from Beverly Hills, Calif., also will discuss her program “Transform Fat2Fit.”

To register, call Pamela James at 829-7298.

For more information, email info@raphafamilywellnesscenter.

Dog Ears Executive Director Thanks Community for Successful Gala

Dog Ears Executive Director Thanks Community for Successful Gala

 

The annual gala for Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, held April 26 at the Buffalo Irish Center, was a huge success, generating much-needed funding that will help support upcoming literary programs at the nonprofit community bookstore.

“I would like to thank all the food vendors for making the event such a huge success,” said Executive Director Tom McDonnell. “It was our biggest and best event yet! The proceeds will help us continue our programs and get ready for our summer camps sponsored by South District Councilman Chris Scanlon.

Buffalo Mass Mob to Hold Rosary Mob May 10th at Saint Ann’s

Buffalo Mass Mob to Hold Rosary Mob May 10th at Saint Ann’s

Buffalo Mass Mob is partnering with the Friends of Saint Ann’s to host a Rosary Mob outside of Saint Ann’s Church and Shrine at the corner of Broadway and Emslie in Buffalo on Saturday, May 10, 2014 starting at 10:00am.

Started in 2013, Buffalo Mass Mob has held three “Flash Mob” style events at inner city Catholic churches organized through social media and the internet. Mass Mob participants are asked to simply come worship at Sunday Mass to a designated church. The last Mass Mob held on March 23, 2014 at Saint John Kanty filled the church to near capacity. The organizers’ goal is to bring attention to some of Buffalo’s beautiful and historic churches needing support and remind people how valuable they are to the urban fabric of the city.

You Can Save 3 Lives Today

You Can Save 3 Lives Today
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You can save up to 3 lives today.  It is as easy as donating blood.  There is a desperate need right now because of all the severe weather we have been having.  Many blood drives have had to be cancelled or have had low attendance because of the weather.  However, the need for blood never goes away.  You can go to the Redcross website put in your zip code and find a drive near you.  You can find more ways to change the world at http://dogoodeveryday365.com/

Appeal Week 2014 Culminates with $8.88 Million Raised for 90th Annual Catholic Charities Appeal

Appeal Week 2014 Culminates with $8.88 Million Raised for  90th Annual Catholic Charities Appeal

BUFFALO, N.Y., April 15, 2014 – The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, provided his second report on the progress of the annual Catholic Charities of Buffalo Appeal today, revealing $8,886,816.65 has been raised to date, as Catholic Charities officials marked the close of Appeal Week 2014.

Today’s total represents 82.3 percent of the final goal, which is trending slightly ahead of last year at this time when 80.2 percent of goal was reached. Funds raised for Appeal 2014 support Catholic Charities’ 70 programs and services offered across 61 sites throughout the eight-county region. The annual campaign runs through June 30 and carries a goal of $10.8 million.

During Appeal Week, which ran from April 6-13, parish volunteers and pastors across Western New York led a concerted effort to gather donations, and participated in fundraising activities in order to bring the Appeal closer to its final goal.

Ecclesiastical Textiles & Linens & Lace: a Celebration of Needlecraft Buffalo Religious Arts Center

Ecclesiastical Textiles & Linens & Lace: a Celebration of Needlecraft  Buffalo Religious Arts Center

This two component exhibit  takes place at the Buffalo Religious Arts Center, 157 East Street, Buffalo, NY in Historic Black Rock.

ECCLESIASTIC TEXTILES includes a large collection of handmade vestments, linens and canopies that will be on exhibit  from May 3 - 11 from 11-3 PM.

LINENS & LACE: A CELEBRATION OF NEEDLEWORK includes vintage handmade linens such as cross stitch, tatting, cutwork, and embroidery from the collections of residents in the area on exhibit May 3 & 4 from 11-3 PM.

Accompanying the exhibit will be a presentation of the History of Irish Lace by Veronica Hogle on Sunday, May 4 at 2 PM.  Her collection includes a Limerick lace christening dress similar to the one given to John F. Kennedy for John Jr. on a visit to Ireland.

 

Admission $12 for both exhibits and presentation