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"Consider this ... Fourth Sunday of Advent"
45 minutes ago by Daybreak TV Productions

Fourth Sunday of Advent

St. Joseph Cathedral’s Christmas Schedule
23 hours ago by Office of Communications

St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo, has scheduled a number of celebrations during the Advent and Christmas seasons.

Saturday, Dec. 20: 7:30 p.m. – Lessons & Carols, Cathedral Choir

Wednesday, Dec. 24: 4:30 p.m. – Vigil Mass of the Nativity; 11:30 p.m. – Music, Choir & Brass

Thursday, Dec. 25: Midnight – Mass of the Nativity, Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, Th.D, celebrant; 8 a.m. – Mass of Christmas Day; 10:30 a.m. – Mass of Christmas Day, Father Peter Drilling (new Cathedral rector), celebrant

"Consider this ... Third Sunday of Advent"
Friday, December 12, 2014 by Daybreak TV Productions

Third Sunday of Advent

Bishop Malone writes pastoral letter with Episcopal bishop
Thursday, December 11, 2014 by Patrick J. Buechi

Bishop Richard J. Malone has teamed up with the local Episcopal Bishop R. William Franklin to ask Western New York to include women and minorities in the growth of Buffalo.

In a groundbreaking pastoral letter co-written by the bishops, they remarked on the new prosperity in the city of Buffalo marked by construction, new businesses and investment growth. The bishops do not want to see any citizen of the area left out of any newfound prosperity.

“A new generation of Western New Yorkers is envisioning new opportunities and making them a reality. With regard to education, medicine, technology and quality of life, this is the time for which we have all waited and prayed and worked. This wave of prosperity benefits not only the city, but the entire region,” they wrote. “Yet at this time not everyone is benefitting. Blacks and Hispanics still live in poverty in greater proportion than do other groups in our population. Children still go to bed hungry. Jobs and security elude too many families. And because some are left out and locked out, the rest of us are poorer. We fail to benefit as much as we might from this new golden age.”

Bishop Malone celebrates the Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Tuesday, December 09, 2014 by Mark Ciemcioch

Monday was the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation that celebrates Mary, Mother of Jesus, as being uniquely conceived without original sin.

Bishop Richard J. Malone celebrated Mass Monday morning in the Mary Chapel at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo. The following is a transcription of the bishop’s homily:

“Throughout the liturgies of the advent season, we listen again and again to the prophets of Israel and John the Baptist as they prepare the world for the coming of the Word made flesh. Soon, we will celebrate with joyful hearts, the Nativity of our Lord, the birth of our Immanuel: God with us.

“Today though, we honor Mary, the Servant of the Word par excellence. We celebrate the Father’s choice of this daughter of Israel, this young woman of Nazareth, to be the bearer of the Incarnate Word who would be Savior of the World. We celebrate Mary by many beautiful titles, each of which really shines as a facet of the jewel that Mary is in the history of salvation and our lives. She is the queen of prophets and apostles; the queen of peace. She is seat of wisdom, mystical rose, morning star. She is health of the sick, refuge of sinners, comforter of the afflicted. She is mother of the Redeemer and mother of the Church.

“On this day, Catholics around the world honor Mary under another title: Immaculate Conception. It’s under that title that our nation honors the Mother of God, our patroness. We recall with awe the declaration of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception 160 years ago today by Pope Pius IX when he solemnly decreed the most Blessed Virgin Mary was from the first moment of her conception, by the singular grace and privilege of almighty God, and in view of the merits of Christ Jesus, the Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin.

Daybreak TV Productions announces December programming
Monday, December 08, 2014 by Office of Communications

The television production company of the Diocese of Buffalo, Daybreak TV Productions, has several programs that will air on various stations in Western New York during the month of December, including the Christmas Day Mass.

Saturday, Dec. 13, 5:30 a.m. and noon, WKBW-TV Channel 7 – “Our Daily Bread: Devotions” - Father Paul Seil, host, will talk about devotions, what they are and how they help the Catholic faith. Recipes for the day include salted caramel pound cake, chicken stock and pasta fagioli.

Sunday, Dec. 14, 3 p.m., WKBW-TV Channel 7 - “Building a Basilica” - In 1921, at the age of 79, Msgr. Nelson Baker contacted Architect Emile Uhlrich with plans to build a church in Lackawanna dedicated to the Blessed Mother. It was to be a place of wondrous beauty and radiating hope to all who enter its doors. Today, Our Lady of Victory Basilica carries the title of “national shrine” and “minor basilica.” It is considered to be Uhlrich’s pinnacle work. For the priest who started it all, Father Baker, he has been named “Venerable,” on his journey toward sainthood.

“Building a Basilica,” an award-winning 60-minute documentary produced by Daybreak TV Productions, tells the story of this national shrine through vast archival materials including drawings and hundreds of letters from Father Baker, Emile Uhlrich, builders, artists and contractors.

Saturday, Dec. 20, noon, WKBW-TV Channel 7 - “The First Christmas” - Bishop Richard J. Malone introduces “The First Christmas” and will close this Claymation program by offering a Christmas blessing. “The First Christmas” is a tale of the timeless Nativity story written in the Gospels of Luke and Matthew. This presentation, narrated by Christopher Plummer, was produced by The Christophers in association with Billy Budd Films and funded by the Catholic Communication Campaign.

St. Gabriel Parish hosts diocesan Family Mass
Sunday, December 07, 2014 by Kevin Keenan

Bishop Malone talks to the children

The tradition of celebrating the diocesan Family Mass the Second Sunday of Advent continued on Dec. 7, when Bishop Richard J. Malone presided at St. Gabriel Church in Elma.  Until 2013, the Mass was celebrated at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo, but is now celebrated in parishes.

"Before the start of the Mass, I saw a steady stream of happy faces," Bishop Malone said as he opened the Mass.  "That is a sign of vitality in this parish."

With children of the parish gathered at his feet for the homily, Bishop Malone talked about the upcoming visit to the United States by Pope Francis, who will attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in late September 2015.

Annual Collection Benefits 35,000 Sisters, Brothers, Priests in Religious Orders
Saturday, December 06, 2014 by National Religious Retirement Office

WASHINGTON—The 27th national collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious will be held in parishes in the Diocese of Buffalo and throughout the United States on the weekend of December 13 and 14. The annual, parish-based appeal is coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) and benefits more than 35,000 senior Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests.

The 2013 appeal raised nearly $28.4 million, enabling the NRRO to distribute $23 million in financial assistance to 424 religious communities. Additional funding is allocated for communities with the greatest needs and for retirement planning and educational resources.

Catholic bishops in the United States initiated the collection in 1988 to address the significant lack of retirement funding among U.S. religious communities. Proceeds are distributed to eligible communities to help underwrite such day-to-day needs as prescription medications and nursing care. Since the collection began, Catholics have contributed $726 million. Over 93 percent of donations directly support senior religious and their communities.

Despite the overwhelming generosity to this fund, many religious communities continue to lack resources sufficient to support retirement and eldercare. Of 590 communities submitting data to the NRRO in 2013, fewer than eight percent were fully funded for retirement.

Diocese of Buffalo preparing Catholics Come Home initiative
Saturday, December 06, 2014 by Office of Communications

Television viewers across Western New York will begin to see “evangomercials TM” beginning in mid-December, offering inspiring stories of faith and hope, as the Diocese of Buffalo embarks on its latest New Evangelization initiative, inviting inactive Catholics and others home to Jesus and His Church.

Catholics Come Home, Inc. (CCH), an independent, non-profit Catholic apostolate, is the lay Catholic group that created the upcoming Christmas television outreach, airing December 12, 2014, through January 18, 2015. 

Since 1998, CCH initiatives have aired in over 37 archdioceses and dioceses from Phoenix to Sacramento, Atlanta to Boston and Chicago to Seattle, helping to increase Mass attendance an average of 10 percent, and welcoming home more than 500,000 inactive Catholics and others seeking more joy, peace and meaning in their lives.  Buffalo will be the 38th diocesan partner of this fruitful outreach initiative of faith.

“This represents a great opportunity for each of us,” said Bishop Richard J. Malone.  “We all know a family member or friend who no longer practices their faith.  We hope and pray that those who see our Catholics Come Home messages come back to our Catholic family, home to a local parish community this Christmas season and into the New Year.
Father Dennis G. Wolf, pastor of St. John XXIII, passes away on Friday
Monday, December 01, 2014 by Office of Communications

Father Dennis G. Wolf, a priest of the Diocese of Buffalo, passed away on Friday, November 28.  He had been pastor of St. John XXIII Parish since 2008.

Father Wolf will lie-in-state on Wednesday, Dec. 3, and Thursday, Dec. 4, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at St. John XXIII Church, 1 Arcade Street, West Seneca.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Most Reverend Richard J. Malone on Friday, Dec. 5, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John XXIII Church. There will also be a viewing prior to the Mass from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Please remember the peaceful repose of Father Wolf’s soul in your Masses and prayers.