Adult Ministries

Outreach Ministry: The Outreach Ministry are volunteers who visit those who are nursing home residents and shut-ins from our parishes We are in need of more volunteers for this ministry. Volun-teers need to sign up for one month per year. Please call the parish office for more information.

New Beginnings is for anyone who has lost someone close and would like to get together socially with others who have also lost a loved one. We meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.

Men’s Prayer Group Come join us for prayer, coffee & fellowship. All men from both of our parish communities are invited.

PRAYER MINISTRY: Anyone is welcome to contact the St. Brigid Prayer Tree. If you have prayer requests, please feel free to call Cheri Sheridan 748-7248.

Recycled Teens

Holy Name Society: The Holy Name Society is a fellowship of Catholic men. Our primary objective is to beget due love and reverence for the Holy Name of God and Jesus Christ.

Each month Holy Name Members meet to discuss liturgical issues and how they relate to events in the news and media and how they affect Catholic men.  We also pray for the sick and deceased, and plan special activities for Our Lady of Mercy Parish and School.

Marriage workshops for all couples. Heart to Heart Workshops is hosting powerful communication, confiding and problem-solving workshops in Buffalo for all couples – married and engaged – on March 5 & 6. For more information and to register call Dan or Irma at 716-480-9273 or

BRIDGES is a group for divorced, separated and widowed individuals. Many have found great comfort in attending meetings on the third Wednesday of each month at 7pm in the Rectory Conference Room of St. Bernadette Church, 5930 South Abbott Road, Orchard Park. For more information call Pat at 716-677-9375 or the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210.

Husbands and wives spend immense amount of time on their jobs/careers/children/leisure. How much time do you spend just for the two of you as a couple? You deserve more time together on a priority basis. Make a Marriage Encounter soon! The next Marriage Encounter weekend is February 18-20 at Notre Dame Retreat House, Canandaigua, NY. For more information call the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210.

Marriage Spirituality Tune Up Packet Available. Jesus' first miracle took place at the Wedding Feast of Cana (John 2:1-12). Jesus changed the water into wine - the best wine! He changed the ordinary into the extraordinary. Every marriage, whether months or 75 plus years, has tune up needs. For your free practical and useful packet with many suggestions and resources to enrich your marriage, contact your Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email [email protected].

God Knows Parenting is a Wild Ride! If you ever wished for practical tools, resources, skill-building techniques, and lots more, one of these FREE parenting packets is designed just for you. Parenting Packet I addresses the basic tough tasks of raising children in today's world. Parenting Packet II is for those separated or divorced and focuses on positive ways to co-parent in order to help children of all ages who are profoundly affected by their parents' divorce deal with the pain and upheaval in their lives. Parenting Packet III: Death and grief are inescapable; if you feel ill-prepared to discuss death with a child, you are not alone. This packet offers useful tools from preschool through teens. For your free packet, please call the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email [email protected].

Spiritual Uplift Packet. Feeling sad, down, discouraged "blue"? Looking for healthy, wholesome alternatives to cope? Reach out NOW. Inner healing and hope are a phone call or email away. Please contact the Office of Family Life Ministries for your FREE packet of practical easy to use resources to provide you with tried and true antidotes! For more information or a free packet, call 716-847-2210 or email [email protected].

Facing Divorce? You are not alone. Hundreds of people have turned to DivorceLINK for help during the pain and confusion of their marriage breakup. DivorceLINK is a volunteer organization offering support and healing help to men and women of all ages who are going through separation or divorce. You are invited to our open-forum "RAP groups" which meet twice a month. Divorce recovery courses are also available. For details call 716-847-2210, the Office of Family Life Ministries, Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28) Every day there are things that remind us of our experiences of loss. Grief never takes a vacation! Our new, FREE 2011 packet “Coping with Seasons of Loss” is filled with resources, insights, prayers and scripture support. For your packet, please contact the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 or email [email protected]. We care!

Alcoholism. 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 and fuller meaning. The Buffalo Unit of Calix Society meets the last Sunday of the month at 3 pm in the undercroft of St. Michael's church Rectory, 651 Washington St., Buffalo, NY 14203. For more information, contact Rev. Richard Hoar, SJ at 716-854-6726. International website is