Buffalo Women’s Retreat Explores Discipleship

SM Johnice Rzadkiewicz was the presenter for the last in a series of four Women’s Retreats on Sunday, May 3, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent in Buffalo, NY.In her presentation on “Discipleship,” she challenged each of the 44 women and several sisters present to listen to the Lord as he calls them to follow him as disciples.Sister Johnice

But what does it mean to be a disciple? Sister Johnice developed the understanding of discipleship by looking at various Scripture stories including Noah, Moses, Abraham and St. Paul. She also shared the stories of St. Francis, Dorothy Day, and Felician foundress Blessed Mary Angela. She defined a disciple as “a pupil, a listener, one who comes to be taught.”

She said, “As disciples, our role is to respond to the Spirit and take the learning to heart. There is a price to pay in this response – one has to surrender one’s own self and interest to grow in relationship with God. To respond to God’s invitation to be a true follower, one has to love God more than anyone or anything else.”


During the afternoon session, Sister Johnice spoke about a “Holy longing, a restlessness inside each heart.” She invited Michael Gilhooly, who works with her at the Response to Love Center in Buffalo, to share his personal story of his return to the faith. His involvement in the Center helped him realize that everything he has is a gift from God and he celebrated God working in and through him.

Mike Gilhooly Assistant Director Response to Love Center

Quiet time followed, with questions for reflection which were later shared in small and large groups. A visual reflection entitled, “I Will Come to You in the Silence” and a Prayer for Discipleship concluded the day.

SM Angelette Helak said, “The retreatants left with uplifted hearts and spirits, already looking forward to the upcoming retreats in the fall of 2015 and into 2016.”

Oishei Foundation Day at RTLC

A special Thank You to the team from Oishei. The Oishei Foundation top management team came to volunteer on April 15, 2015.

Oishei Foundation Day at Response to Love Center
Sally Crowley~Curtis Robbins~Linda Gloss-Ball~Sister M. Johnice~Blythe Merrill~Gayle Houck

Two years ago the Oishei Foundation was responsible for the bulk of the financing for our new elevator. At Sisters insistence the “Come and See” idea was realized when we were blessed with the top management team joining us, volunteering to run the dining room and working in the thrift shops.

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M&T Bank Support

Thank you to the M&T Bank Charitable Foundation for a donation of $5000 to the Response to Love Center.

April 14, 2015

Jennifer Huber Assistant Vice President Branch Manager Thruway Mall Branch presented Sr. Johnice with a check for $5000 for operational support to help continue the work of the mission.

M&T Bank Charitable Foundation
Sister Johnice Executive Director Response to Love Center ~ Jennifer Huber Assistant Vice President Branch Manager Thruway Mall Branch

 

This grant is

United Way Donor Choice Program

United Way of Buffalo & Erie County Donor Choice Program

United Way of Erie County

The Response to Love Center is proud to participate in the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County Donor Choice Program. The United Way Community Care Campaign provides donors with a unique opportunity to support a diverse network of human services.

Any donor may choose to designate all or a portion of his or her total gift to a certified, 501 (c) (3) organization that provides health and human services.

Choose from the list of eligible agencies found on the website, www.uwbec.org/donordesignation .

 

 

To designate your gift to the Response to Love Center.

Write the agency’s name (St. Adalbert’s Response to Love Center,)

Write the agency’s code (2060,)

Then, an amount designated on the pledge form.

If the donor’s employer uses ePledge, the list is available on the ePledge site.

 

For more information visit:

http://www.uwbec.org/

 

Thank you.

Girl Scouts Fight Hunger

The Girl Scouts helped today at the Response to Love Center, including a tour, packing eggs and sorting canned goods. With Sister Johnice, Sister Catherine and Sister Rose the girls role played in the intake office learning how our system works from start to finish. To see the Video CLICK HERE.

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15th Annual Food Bank of WNY Motorcycle Run & Benefit Party

15th Annual Food Bank of WNY Motorcycle Run & Benefit Party

SAVE THE DATE…Saturday, September 19th, 2015

Each month nearly 100,000 less fortunate Western New Yorkers turn to soup kitchens, food pantries, and other emergency food providers for assistance. Since 1979, the Food Bank of Western New York has been helping individuals in need by acting as a bridge between available food sources and agencies servicing them. 39,000 of those served by the Food Bank of Western New York’s member agencies are children while 8% are seniors. In addition to distributing food, the Food Bank has programs to further assist its agencies and educate the community about hunger among the needy in our area.

2014 Food Bank Motorcycle Run
Sr. Johnice and Mike Gilhooly at the 2014 Food Bank Motorcycle Run

The Food Bank distributes food to approximately 340 member agencies that feed the less fortunate in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, and Niagara Counties. These are child care centers, food pantries, group homes, senior programs, shelters, soup kitchens, and summer camps, including the Response to Love Center. The Food Bank of WNY provides more than 13 million pounds of food annually across the four counties it serves.

It’s time to polish those pipes, strap on those helmets and ride for the cause…Saturday, September 19th; it’s the Fifteenth Annual Food Bank of Western New York Motorcycle Run & Benefit Party. All the fun starts with a 9:30am registration for the scenic motorcycle dice run. The dice run will include stops at Squire Whites at The White Inn of Fredonia and Gowanda Harley Davidson. The starting point and more dice run stops will be announced. The run will end at the Sunset Bay Beach Club’s Benefit Party!!! Not riding? No worries, everyone is invited to the event party that kicks off at 2pm and will include basket raffles, FUNdraising, run prizes, vendors, contests, live entertainment, finger food, a cash bar and more…

Be sure to visit www.cyberspokes.com and join our Facebook page for more details as they become available. For volunteer, sponsorship and donation opportunities, please contact us. We thank you for your support.

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Net proceeds directly benefit The Food Bank of WNY
www.foodbankwny.org

FoodBankOfWNYMotorcycleRun@gmail.com

Visit the Facebook page  CLICK HERE

Kelly Borrello
Event Coordinator
716-698-2934

Debbi Yoakum
Event Coordinator
716-499-1309

Mike Billoni
Food Bank of WNY, PR
716-852-1305

Food Bank Motorcycle Run 2015
Official Press Release March 22, 2015

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Join our Volunteer Team!

With the launch of our redesigned and updated website we are looking for a volunteer that has the gift of writing ability. One of our goals is to keep the website fresh and updated on a regular basis. That’s where you can help. Our thought is someone to report news and happenings at the Center, interviewing volunteers, etc. If you or someone you know might be interested in doing this please contact me (Webmaster/ Mike Gilhooly) HERE.

How Lovely is Your Dwelling Place?

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Sr. Johnice ~ Fr. Thomas Doyle

How Lovely is Your Dwelling Place…?

A joyful visit from the Rev. Thomas D. Doyle Pastor, Staff and parishioners from Our Lady of Peace Parish in Clarence New York took place and May 12, 2014.

Through their generous giving, as a Lenten project, funds were collected for the installation of stained glass windows at the new Response to Love Center Chapel.

Sister Mary Johnice Rzadkiewicz welcomed and thanked everyone for their special gift.

The windows were given to the Center by the Diocese of Buffalo, installed by McHugh Art Studios and the woodworking, frames and ornamentation by John Trabucco, artisan.

During the visit all were awestruck by the magnificence of the sun shining through the stained glass.

The “Dwelling Place of God” is beautiful and a “wonder to behold” where many will gather in prayer, retreats and meditation.

God is good!