WNY Catholic News

As the month of May came to an end, so did a session of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Retreat that began eight months earlier. Since the fall, eight men and women have met at St. Michael Church in Buffalo, with their spiritual directors, to learn how to live a more enthusiastic Christian life.

For families looking for a fun weekend event, this year’s Summerfest at Our Lady of Charity Parish in Buffalo will take place from Thursday, July 24, to Saturday, July 26. The event offers afternoons and evenings of food, music, drinks, children’s activities and raffles.


Eleanor Asklar, longtime organist at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, now a worship site for Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Parish in Niagara Falls, will be retiring after serving in music ministry for more than 60 years.

Inspiration of Holy Land heightens faith
Thursday, July 17, 2014 by KIMBERLEE SABSHIN

A trip to the Holy Land gave a group of Catholics a chance to learn a new culture and witness the beauty of the holy sites.

Justice Perspective: Issue of homelessness needs more than compassion
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 by DEACON DON WEIGEL

You have certainly seen them on the street unless you purposely turn away and pretend they aren’t there, or if you diligently avoid eye contact. You may or may not take notice of what they’re wearing, like layers of clothing even in the heat. 

Oblates create mission center to help West Side community
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by PATRICK J. BUECHI

In a time when people need heroes, Buffalo’s West Side has its own set of Avengers. Instead of colorful capes, these men wear black. A band of six Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate use Holy Angels Parish as a headquarters while they go out into the community to serve “where there is a need.”


American saints, canonized popes are examples for modern Catholics
Monday, July 14, 2014 by KIMBERLEE SABSHIN

After the canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II this April, many Catholics recognized the contributions these men made to both the Catholic Church and the world in general, and the importance of what it means to be a saint. However, it is not often that many stop to think about what saints truly mean to today’s lay people, and how the average American Catholic may use the examples of these individuals, but especially American saints in relatively recent history, in their own lives.

East African Sudanese cooking on 'Our Daily Bread'
Friday, July 11, 2014 by PAULA DEANGELIS-STEIN

This month Our Daily Bread goes international, airing an episode originally scheduled for June. Host Father Paul D. Seil is joined in the kitchen by Father Ronald Sajdak, pastor at St. Martin de Porres and St. Lawrence parishes in Buffalo. Father Sajdak is also the director of ROTA: Reaching Out 2 Africa Ministry. Also in the kitchen, is an associate of ROTA, Grace Sokiri. Father Sajdak and Sokiri will be making an East African Sudanese recipe kisra and nyagua. 

Take a look inside an East Side landmark
Thursday, July 10, 2014 by PATRICK MCPARTLAND

For over a decade Corpus Christi Church has worked to preserve the art and architecture of this East Buffalo landmark. With the repair of the north tower seeking funding as the final piece of this ongoing restoration project, the beautiful interior and exterior of the East Side parish is almost complete.

Bishop Malone: Challenge of building religious relationship with youth
Wednesday, July 09, 2014 by BISHOP RICHARD J. MALONE

For several years, I have been following the research of Christian Smith, currently a professor and director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at Notre Dame University.  Smith and his colleagues began in 2001 the National Study of Youth and Religion, the most comprehensive national study ever conducted about American teens’ religious and spiritual lives.