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Diocese renews itself with Chrism Mass
one day ago 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
2 days ago 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



Daybreak TV Productions of the Diocese of Buffalo has produced the Easter Mass which will air locally on WKBW-TV Channel 7 at 11 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 20. The Mass, a presentation of the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission, also will be shown on ABC affiliate stations across the country, from Anchorage to Tampa and from Los Angeles to New York City, as well as dozens of cities in between.

The Easter Mass was pre-recorded on March 8 in St. Joseph Cathedral. Bishop of Buffalo, the Most Rev. Richard J. Malone, Th.D., was the main celebrant and cathedral Rector Msgr. James F. Campbell and Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia Msgr. David S. Slubecky concelebrated. The Mass featured the cathedral’s choir and brass as well as the Nichols Sophomore Handbell Choir, all under the direction of Tim Socha.

The production of the Easter Mass also included volunteers from many diocesan offices as well as other lay people of the Diocese of Buffalo. Hundreds of people were in attendance. Funding was provided by the Vincent and Harriet Palisano Foundation, the John R. Oishei Foundation, the Bishop’s Council of the Laity and the Penfold Family Foundation.

Holy Week at St. Joseph Cathedral
3 days ago by Office of Communications



The following liturgies are scheduled for Holy Week at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo.

Saturday, April 12 - Vigil Mass, Palm Sunday

4:30 p.m. - Vigil Mass for Palm Sunday

Sunday, April 13 - Palm Sunday

8 a.m. - Mass for the Passion

10:30 a.m. - Solemn Mass with the blessing of palms; Bishop Richard J. Malone, Th.D., celebrant

Tuesday, April 15 - Chrism Mass

7 p.m. - Bishop Malone, celebrant, will bless three urns of oil, the oil of catechumens, used to bless those who are about to be baptized; the oil of chrism that is used in the Sacrament of Baptism, the Sacrament of Confirmation and the Sacrament of Holy Orders; and the oil of the sick which is used in the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.  Priests and deacons from throughout the diocese will take the oil to their parishes for use throughout the year.  All priests are invited to concelebrate.

"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. 

"Consider this ... Mary undoer of knots"
Friday, April 04, 2014 by Daybreak TV Productions

Mary undoer of knots


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.