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"Consider this ... Easter"
4 days ago by Daybreak TV Productions


Diocese renews itself with Chrism Mass
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 by Mark Ciemcioch

Although it is not a Holy Day of Obligation, the annual Chrism Mass during Holy Week is one of the most important dates of the Catholic year, as priests joined Bishop Richard J. Malone at St. Joseph Cathedral Tuesday night to renew themselves.

“It’s one of the most festive, beautiful and meaningful liturgies of the year, both in every diocese and in our own,” Bishop Malone said. “The Chrism Mass is a unique manifestation of who we are and what we are about as Church. It’s just so good that we’re here.”

Catholic Charities raises 82.3 percent of goal
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by Catholic Charities

The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, provided his second report on the progress of the annual Catholic Charities of Buffalo Appeal today, revealing $8,886,816.65 has been raised to date, as Catholic Charities officials marked the close of Appeal Week 2014.

Today’s total represents 82.3 percent of the final goal, which is trending slightly ahead of last year at this time when 80.2 percent of goal was reached

"Consider this ... Holy Week"
Friday, April 11, 2014 by Daybreak TV Productions

Holy Week

Catholic Charities raises $7.9 million, ahead of last year's pace
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 by Catholic Charities

The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, announced today Catholic Charities’ 90th annual Appeal has raised $7,941,945.04 to date, representing 73.5 percent of the $10.8 million goal. The total includes monies collected and reported by many parish volunteers during the opening weekend (April 5-6) of Appeal Week 2014, the period which marks the strongest push for parish donations.

Funds raised for Appeal 2014 support Catholic Charities’ 70 programs and services offered across 61 sites throughout the eight counties of Western New York. 


The Children First Scholarship is a newly created one-time only scholarship established to provide tuition assistance at participating local non-public elementary schools to students on the 2013-2014 Buffalo Public Schools transfer list* that closed on February 7, 2014. To be eligible, students on this list must be currently enrolled in K-7th grade at a low-performing Buffalo Public School (ie: NYSDOE designated focus or priority school) and be from a financially eligible family.

The scholarship has been created to offer Buffalo Public School families whose transfer requests could not be accommodated by the District an additional educational opportunity for their children. Students who qualify will have a one-time opportunity to apply. Applications are due May 16, 2014. Initial scholarships will begin in the fall of 2014. Once the scholarship is awarded, it would continue through each approved student’s eighth-grade school year as long as the student remains eligible and meets renewal guidelines. The largest award available is $1,500 per child per year. Each family must contribute a minimum of $500 per year towards tuition and families may be required to pay the difference between school tuition and the scholarship award. A list of participating local non-public schools may be found at www.childrenfirstscholarship.org.

It is anticipated that the Buffalo Public School District will announce this opportunity to eligible Buffalo Public School families via written letter that is scheduled to be mailed on February 27, 2014.

Students who are City of Buffalo residents who choose to transfer to a non-public elementary school may still be eligible for Say Yes Buffalo scholarships if they attend a public/charter high school in the City of Buffalo from 9th through 12th grade. Details may be found at: www.SayYesBuffalo.org/bpstransfer.

The Children First Scholarship is privately funded. The John R. Oishei Foundation awarded a challenge grant to support the effort, and the Diocese of Buffalo, the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York, the Rich Family Foundation and the Bell Fund have made matching grants. The goal is to obtain commitments for $500,000 per year which would fund the renewable scholarships for approximately 300 students through their eighth-grade school year.

Statement of Most Reverend Richard J. Malone
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 by Office of Communications

Bishop Richard J. Malone issued the following statement as a result of many questions and concerns raised by parishioners about the decision of New York State Senator Timothy Kennedy to change his stance on abortion.  The story was originally reported by The Buffalo News on Feb. 16, 2014.

When I first arrived in Buffalo, I was encouraged to learn of Senator Kennedy's pro-life position.  Today, I am extremely disappointed and deeply concerned about his turnaround on this most critical issue, the protection of pre-born human life.

For anyone to say that he or she is a faithful Catholic and to be pro-abortion/pro-choice rights is totally inconsistent with Catholic teaching, which is clearly articulated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church:  “Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion.  This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable.

Pastoral Administrators Available Soon for Eligible Parishes
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 by Office of Communications

Since the Second Vatican Council, we have reclaimed our appreciation of the baptismal roots for all ministries in our Church including parish leadership.  More recently, as pope, Benedict XVI called for a "change of mentality" especially regarding lay people, shifting from considering themselves merely as collaborators with the clergy to recognizing themselves truly as "co-responsible for the being and action of the Church."

Bishop Richard J. Malone is moving forward with this ministry for eligible parishes of our diocese.

The pastoral administrator is a highly skilled and well trained leader who will coordinate parish life in cooperation with a priest moderator and sacramental ministers.

A New Era Begins for the Catholic Directory
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Office of Communications

Catholic Directory Diocese of BuffaloEntering the digital realm for the first time, the Catholic Directory for the Diocese of Buffalo is now available entirely online as a free PDF document at http://www.buffalodiocese.org/directory and via the menu sidebar or Parishes tab on the Diocesan website. Anyone connected to the Internet now has access at no cost to the valuable contact and statistical information contained in the Diocesan Directory.

Diocese to appeal Vatican decree on St. Ann Church
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 by Office of Communications

In a decree dated Jan. 7, 2014, the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy has upheld the appeal of former St. Ann parishioners, who argued against the reduction of St. Ann Church in Buffalo to profane (non-religious) use. The decree also prohibits any potential developer from repurposing the property.  Bishop Richard J. Malone is reviewing the decree, and said the diocese will file an appeal before the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican’s highest juridical body.  It will also be up to the bishop to decide what will happen with the use of St. Ann Church in the interim.

Demolition has never been our driving force or our goal, which is to preserve the space by development for other than religious purposes.  A successful appeal of the decree would allow the diocese to pursue its priority for St. Ann:  to find a suitable buyer for the church, with the goal of stabilizing the structure and ensuring that it is a community asset.  The diocese remains in conversation with Preservation Buffalo Niagara regarding possible future uses for the entire St. Ann complex, which includes the church, former school and convent.

All activities at the church were suspended on April 30, 2012, due to the deteriorating condition of the Gothic Revival architectural style church which opened in 1886.  Subsequently, on Aug. 18, 2013, the Diocese of Buffalo announced the church would be razed due to severe interior and exterior deterioration, with re-construction costs estimated at between $8 million and $12 million. read more...