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"Consider this ... Our seminary is a gift"
4 days ago by Daybreak TV Productions

Our seminary is a gift

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Statement from Bishop Richard J. Malone
Thursday, January 22, 2015 by Office of Communications

Bishop Richard J. Malone released the following statement regarding the Education Investment Tax Credit:

“I am pleased that Governor Cuomo has included the Education Investment Tax Credit in his budget message and the Senate has approved the tax credit bill.

“We know too well the increasing financial burdens placed on families with children in Catholic schools, and families who want to send their children to Catholic schools. Enactment of the education investment tax credit is a game changer, providing families the option of a Catholic or private school education for their children.

“The tax credit would stabilize Catholic school enrollment, easing the pressure on tuition, resulting in financial savings to all families.

“The Diocese of Buffalo will continue to be at the forefront of advocacy efforts to get this legislation enacted. It is my hope that the EITC will become law during the current legislative session.”

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Statement from Cardinal Dolan on Education Tax Credit
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 by New York State Catholic Conference of Bishops

Following is a statement of Timothy Cardinal Dolan, archbishop of New York and president of the New York State Catholic Conference, regarding new developments related to the Education Tax Credit, which will encourage private giving to scholarship-making organizations for low- and middle-income families, as well as for programing in public schools:

“Today is a historic day for education policy in New York State with the inclusion of the Education Tax Credit in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Budget, as well as the state Senate’s passage of Senator Martin Golden’s tax credit bill earlier in the day. These developments provide the best momentum to date for the eventual enactment of the tax credit, which is supported by an overwhelming majority of both houses of the state Legislature, and would help working and poor families regardless of where their children attend school.

“On behalf of my brother Bishops of New York, I want to personally thank Gov. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, Senators Golden and Simcha Felder, Assembly Member Michael Cusick and all of our allies in the Legislature, in business and in organized labor who have been fighting for years on this issue. We have been told by Democrats and Republicans at the highest level of state government that this tax credit is a ‘no brainer,’ and we are overjoyed that a clear path toward enactment has been put in place by the Governor and Senate Majority today.

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Pro-Vita Awards
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 by Office of Communications

Kaitlyn Hogg, a 14-year-old high school freshman from St. Gregory the Great Parish, Williamsville, was the youth award recipient at the presentation of the Pro-Vita Awards on Saturday at Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Lackawanna.

The Pro-Vita Awards are presented by the diocesan Office for Pro-Life Activities to people who have labored tirelessly for the pro-life cause. Other award recipients were: Organization - 40 Days for Life, Peter Adornetto, regional coordinator; Lay - Marilyn Neil, retired registered nurse, former patient representative, Sisters Hospital, Buffalo; Religious - Father Martin X. Moleski, SJ, professor, Canisius College/Jesuit Community; and Professional - Judith O’Mara, director of adoption and foster care, Baker Victory Services.

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"Consider this ... Ordinary time, not so ordinary"
Friday, January 16, 2015 by Daybreak TV Productions

Ordinary time, not so ordinary

 

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A Mass marking the observance of the 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion will take place on Saturday, Jan. 17, at 4:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Victory National Shrine, Ridge Road and South Park Ave., Lackawanna. The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, will be the celebrant.

During the Mass, the diocesan Office of Pro-Life Activities will present the annual Pro-Vita Awards. These awards are intended to recognize people who have labored tirelessly for the pro-life cause and to give them strength, encouragement and support.

This year’s recipients are:

Youth: Kaitlyn Hogg, St. Gregory the Great Parish, Williamsville

Organization: 40 Days for Life, Peter Adornetto, regional coordinator

Lay: Marilyn Neil, retired registered nurse, former patient representative, Sisters Hospital, Buffalo

Religious: Father Martin X. Moleski, SJ, professor, Canisius College/Jesuit Community

Professional: Judith O’Mara, director of adoption and foster care, Baker Victory Services



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Bishop McLaughlin laid to rest
Saturday, January 10, 2015 by Kevin Keenan

Bishop Trautman at Bishop McLaughlin's casket

Bishop Donald W. Trautman, bishop emeritus of Erie and former priest of the Diocese of Buffalo, processes past the casket of Bishop Bernard J. McLaughlin at the start of the funeral on Jan. 10, 2015.


On a blustery winter morning in downtown Buffalo, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, archbishop of New York, was the principal celebrant of a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph Cathedral on Jan. 10, 2015, for The Most Reverend Bernard J. McLaughlin, auxiliary bishop emeritus of Buffalo.  Bishop McLaughlin died on Jan. 5, 2015, at the age of 102, in his Kenmore home.

Following the opening procession that included nine archbishops and bishops, more than 40 priests, nearly a dozen permanent deacons and 18 seminarians from Christ the King Seminary, Bishop Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, used his welcome to say, “Let us pray, let us remember, let us celebrate as we gather around the earthly remains of our brother, Bishop Bernard.”

Among the concelebrants were Bishop Malone, Bishop Edward U. Kmiec, bishop emeritus of Buffalo, Bishop Edward M. Grosz, auxiliary bishop of Buffalo, Archbishop Henry J. Mansell, archbishop bishop emeritus of Hartford and former bishop of Buffalo, Bishop Robert J. Cunningham, bishop of Syracuse and a former priest of the Diocese of Buffalo, Bishop Donald W. Trautman, bishop emeritus of Erie and a former priest of the Diocese of Buffalo Bishop Salvatore R. Matano, bishop of Rochester, and Bishop Mathew H. Clark, bishop emeritus of Rochester.

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Bishop Bernard J. McLaughlinMost Reverend Bernard J. McLaughlin, auxiliary bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Buffalo, died Monday evening, Jan. 5, 2015, at his home in Kenmore, one day before he would have celebrated the 46th anniversary of his ordination as a bishop.

Click here to view a Bishop McLaughlin photo gallery

He was 102, and was the second oldest living bishop in the world.  Archbishop Peter Leo Gerety, 102, archbishop emeritus of Newark, was born four months to the day before Bishop McLaughlin. 

The son of the late Michael Henry McLaughlin and Mary Agnes Curran McLaughlin, Bishop McLaughlin was born in North Tonawanda on Nov. 19, 1912.  His mother was a homemaker, his father, a dispatcher for the New York Central Railroad.

One of seven children, he attended Visitation School in Buffalo where he was educated by the Williamsville Franciscan sisters, who, along with Msgr. James McGloin, then pastor of St. Nicholas Parish in Buffalo, encouraged young Bernard to consider the priesthood.  He was a member of the first graduating class of the Diocesan Preparatory Seminary in Buffalo.

His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, archbishop of New York, will celebrate Bishop McLaughlin's Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, Jan. 10, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo.

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We are designed by God for a purpose
Monday, January 05, 2015 by Bishop Richard J. Malone, Th.D.

Every human person, male and female, is created in God’s image, created to live in relationship

The following article, written by Bishop Richard J. Malone, appeared in the January 4, 2015, issue of "Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly."

I recently found a New York Times piece I had clipped back in May 2013 entitled “The Joylessness of Sex on TV” by Ginia Bellafante. The essay opens with these words: “Sex on TV is more risqué, more graphic and more raunchy than ever. So why is it so incredibly unsexy?”

The author’s diagnosis is that “much of it is divorced from any real sense of eroticism or desire,” leaving portrayals of sex that are “transactional” and “utilitarian.” The objective of that article was certainly not to reflect on the authentic meaning of human sexuality. It did, though, at least scratch the surface of the question, recognizing a few symptoms of the confusion and distortion that surround the matter of sexuality these days. Sexual expression, when wrenched out of its God-designed meaning and purpose, is bound to be joyless, even destructive.

Sexuality is such a potent dimension of human personhood that no one should be surprised that the subject of sex turns up just about everywhere. Cultural critics use words like “obsession” and “saturation” to describe our society’s preoccupation with sex and sexuality. The more superficial and inadequate views of sex as merely an emotional or physical impulse dominate everything from “hook up” dating to TV series and cinema to casual conversation to standup comedy and advertising, the more it becomes trivialized and detached from its authentic context of meaning. Our Catholic tradition, on the other hand, offers good solid truths about sexuality, beautiful truths drawn from both reason and God’s revelation.

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The Mystery of Christmas
Friday, December 26, 2014 by Mark Ciemcioch

 

Bishop Richard J. Malone celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ before a few hundred people during the annual midnight Christmas Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo Thursday.

“We gather in this cathedral this midnight hour for something even more, something deeper than even the most marvelous Christmas concert,” Bishop Malone said. “We come to touch, and be touched, by the mystery of Christmas. Not, of course, mystery in the sense of a vexing problem to be solved, but mystery in its theological meaning, as a reality just too rich to be grasped by our minds. A truth so wondrously profound that our belief in it flowers best in reverent faith and adoration rather than in complete comprehension. So it is that we speak of the mystery of God."

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