For some years now, our parish has been receiving the benefits of the spirituality of St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus. Through parish programs and activities, inspiring homilies and prayerful guidance, the people of St. Michael’s have been instilled with the Ignatian attitudes of seeing God in all things and doing all for the greater glory of God.
The Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life
The Spiritual Exercises, modified for people in the modern world, is given over an eight-month period under the guidance of a spiritual director. It is offered individually or in group settings. For many, the graces received during this retreat can last a lifetime. For further information contact Gini Schultz (716-837-6020) or Joe Ritzert (716-627-5530) or go to this link < http://www.spirexignatius.org >.
Meeting Christ in Prayer
An 8-week program, invites retreatants to a deeper relationship with Jesus through different types of daily prayer and one weekly faith-sharing meeting. This program is a wonderful introduction to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola and is offered in our parish in the Spring and in the Fall. To sign up or for further information contact Fr Len Kamiensky SJ (716-854-6726).
Parish Prayer Chain
A Prayer Chain is basically a phone tree. Liz Keane organizes the phone tree and is the contact person. If someone wishes prayers, they can call Liz Keane (716-832-5695) and she will call the next person.
Parish Intention Book
A book is in place in front of the Sacred Heart Altar. All are invited to write their prayer intentions in this book which will be placed on the main altar during our Sunday Masses as a reminder to all of us to remember in our prayer the needs and intentions of each of us.
An on-going collection of items to be sent to chaplains for distribution to military serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. Lists of useful items for the soldiers can be found at the doors of the church.
Calix is a gathering of individuals who want to improve their spiritual program because they are afflicted or affected by the disease of alcoholism. Calix is for people who are putting together a spiritual program which uses the 12 Step approach. A journey which brings Step 11 into a deeper & fuller meaning. The Buffalo Unit of the Calix Society meets the last Sunday of the month at 3:00pm in the basement meeting room of St. Michael Church Rectory, 651 Washington Street, Buffalo. For more info, contact Rev. Martin Moleski SJ (716-888-2383). Website is <http://www.calixsociety.org>.
Ignatian Volunteer Corps
The IVC provides men and women, most age 50 or better, opportunities to serve others and to transform lives. IVC matches the talents of experienced Volunteers with the greatest social needs of our time. For more info, contact Minnie Wyse (716-854-6726) for the Buffalo branch. Website is <http://www.ivcusa.org>.
This group meets every third Saturday of the month after the 12:00 noon mass in the social hall. All are invited. For more info, contact Robin Carlisi (716-854-6726)
Scripture Study Group
An on-going series, starting in the Fall and going through the Spring. Offered by Fr Ben Fiore SJ, this year it will focus on the Gospel of John starting this fall. Day and time to be announced according to availability of the participants.
A monthly series on topics of general interest. Usually held on Sundays, at 11:00am between the 10:00am and 12:00noon Masses, in the Parish Hall. Offered by the Jesuit staff and visiting speakers.
A discussion group offered 3 times in the Spring and in the Fall. It will focus on Films that deal with Christian themes — not the usual religious epics like The 10 Commandments, Ben Hur, etc. Held on a day agreeable to the group, at 7:00pm, in the Rectory.
Multicultural fiction book club: one book in the fall and one in the spring. Meet to discuss over a potluck dinner with dishes drawn from the culture of the novel. Time and day of potluck dinner discussion to be determined by participants.
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