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Classmates from '67 pay tribute to Father Guy Siracuse
Wed, Jul 26th 2017 08:00 am
The Diocese of Buffalo's ordination class of 1967 recently shared a 50th anniversary Mass, paying special honor to Father Guy Siracuse, a classmate, a fellow priest, a friend who has spent the last 18 years at the Brothers of Mercy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Clarence following a stroke. Now, with limited mobility and speech, he remains a much-loved brother of his class.
Bishops appeal for healthcare that serves the common good
Tue, Jul 25th 2017 03:00 pm
WASHINGTON—In light of today's Senate Republican vote to address the healthcare law, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, is appealing to Senators on both sides to work together in the days ahead to advance changes that will serve the common good of all.
Father Robert J. McArtney (1934-2017)
Tue, Jul 25th 2017 10:00 am
Father Robert J. McArtney, a retired diocesan priest, died July 23, 2017, at Mercy Hospital in Buffalo. He was 83 years old.
Who will get a piece of 'This Rock' and when?
Tue, Jul 25th 2017 06:00 am
As the Upon This Rock campaign officially surpasses the $100 million mark this month, it is by no means too late to contribute. While the pledge phase is winding down, the distribution is just beginning. Parishes began to receive checks last summer representing their 35 percent share of the fund drive. This summer, a total of $94,000 will be distributed to 18 Catholic schools to enhance or, in the case of seven of those schools, launch a STREAM program for the first time.
Fathers and sons sought for Fraternus-Buffalo
Tue, Jul 25th 2017 06:00 am
EAST AURORA — Since January, a group of about a dozen boys has been meeting every Wednesday evening at Christ the King Seminary. The newly organized group is part of a national discipleship program known as Fraternus.
Outdoor Mass draws young adults
Mon, Jul 24th 2017 02:00 pm
Gathered under shelter 16 at Ellicott Creek Park, about 30 young adults celebrated Mass on a warm summer's day. Members of [re], Frassati WNY and a few strays came to worship in an environment different from the four walls and stained glass of their churches. St. Benedict Parish in Eggertsville hosted the event. Pastor Father Robert Mock celebrated the July 22 Mass.
USCCB Chair mourns for migrants involved in Texas tragedy
Mon, Jul 24th 2017 11:40 am
WASHINGTON—Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Texas, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Migration, has issued the following statement on San Antonio law enforcement's identification of a tractor trailer containing 39 people, including ten individuals who died due to heat exposure and asphyxiation.
St. Gregory the Great School welcomes new principal
Mon, Jul 24th 2017 10:15 am
St. Gregory the Great Parish & School is excited to welcome Mrs. Julie Gajewski as the new School Principal. Mrs. Gajewski joins St. Gregory's after serving as Principal of the Intermediate Education Center, a school that serves Grades 3-5 in the Lewiston-Porter Central School District.
Justice Perspective: Responding to our Gospel call to speak out
Sun, Jul 23rd 2017 06:00 am
Like most parents, when my kids were growing up I read my share of Dr. Seuss books to them, and one of my favorites was "The Lorax." It is the story of the Once-ler who discovers that he can make a garment called a Thneed from the beautiful Truffula trees - and creates an entire industry that decimates the Truffula trees, pollutes the air and water, and forces the animals to migrate in order to survive.
New grant allows Niagara senior to examine tourism
Sat, Jul 22nd 2017 06:00 am
NIAGARA UNIVERSITY — A new research grant will allow a Niagara University senior to determine why Niagara Falls may lag behind comparable stateside tourist destinations when it comes to eradicating poverty and growing its tourism economy.
Jewish, Christian & Muslim leaders unite for peace
Fri, Jul 21st 2017 01:00 pm
WASHINGTON—In a letter to President Donald J. Trump, thirty-five Jewish, Christian and Muslim national religious leaders agree that Israeli-Palestinian peace is possible. They believe, "based on the legitimate, long-standing aspirations of Israelis and Palestinians for national self-determination and security, a two-state solution still represents the most realistic way to meet essential interests of both peoples and to resolve the conflict."
US Bishop urges more 'reasonable' approach on Healthcare
Fri, Jul 21st 2017 10:00 am
WASHINGTON—In light of uncertainty about how the Senate will proceed on health care in the coming days, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, called on the Senate to fix problems with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in a more narrow way, rather than repeal it without an adequate replacement.
150th anniverary quilt has been preserved for 20 years
Fri, Jul 21st 2017 09:00 am
Earlier this year, an inquiry from a Southern Tier resident led to the rediscovery of, and renewed interest in, a piece of diocesan history: a quilt that parishioners from all existing diocesan parishes, as of 1997, contributed to that year for the 150th anniversary of the Diocese of Buffalo. For a few years after this, the completed quilt, consisting of four large, separate panels, traveled from parish to parish. Since then, it has remained safety stored in the Catholic Center in downtown Buffalo.
St. Vincent de Paul Society to open new store in Niagara Falls
Fri, Jul 21st 2017 08:00 am
The gift of a building from a Youngstown businessman will allow the Society of St. Vincent de Paul to resume retail operations in Niagara Falls.
Bishop Timon brought Vincentian values to Buffalo
Thu, Jul 20th 2017 08:00 am
Bishop John Timon, ordained as a Vincentian priest, was immersed in the order's charisms reflecting social justice and the Gospel values of care for the poor, sick, widowed and orphaned, and he lived by the motto of the order: Evangelizare pauperibus misit me - "He has sent me to preach the Gospel to the poor." Soon after his arrival, the bishop discovered the immediate need for an orphanage and hospital. Writing in his diary years later he believed that the purpose of the Catholic Church in Buffalo was to: "satisfy their worldly and spiritual needs."
Congo family receives St. John's Helping Hands
Wed, Jul 19th 2017 03:00 pm
A family from Congo, Africa received many helping hands from the students, parents, and faculty of St. John the Baptist School in Kenmore. Under the guidance of James Werick, the school's Dean of Discipline, students collected furniture, household items, clothing, and food to help settle the family of four. "Our students performed a wonderful act of kindness for a young family who has nothing and is fleeing unimaginable hardship, desperately seeking a new life in our country," states Werick. "This project helped in a very substantial way—working to create a welcoming home for our family."
Canisius College shows students how to 'Light' the way for city's growth
Wed, Jul 19th 2017 02:00 pm
Canisius College hosted a weeklong immersion experience for high school students to expose them to the wonders of faith and tragedies of injustice in the city of Buffalo. The Be the Light Youth Theology Institute welcomed 10 students from July 10-15.
Two dozen Catholic pages blocked from Facebook without explanation
Wed, Jul 19th 2017 02:00 pm
DENVER, COLO. (CNA/EWTN News) - In the last 24 hours more than twenty Catholic pages, some with millions of followers, have been blocked by Facebook for unknown reasons.
Religious sisters reflect on aid to refugees, homeless
Wed, Jul 19th 2017 11:00 am
As jubilarians, we welcome and thank all who come to celebrate with us today: Bishop Richard J. Malone, our family and friends, priests concelebrating, and all who have supported us along our way to this day.
St. Joseph University engages in outreach to millennials
Wed, Jul 19th 2017 09:00 am
Although they have long histories, many Catholic parishes in the United States has become plagued by an issue many pastors have noticed, one that could lead to a shorter history than they would like. With many millennials, or young adults born during an ill-defined time period that usually includes the 1980s to late 1990s, not attending Church or participating in religion in general, parishes have been put in a bind.
USCCB Chairman supports protection for young immigrants
Wed, Jul 19th 2017 08:20 am
WASHINGTON— Over 750,000 youth have received protection from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) since its inception by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2012. While DACA provides no legal status, it does provide recipients with a temporary reprieve from deportation and employment authorization for legal work opportunities in the United States.
Father Burzynski installed as St. John Kanty administrator
Mon, Jul 17th 2017 03:00 pm
St. John Kanty Parish celebrated a new beginning as it prepares to commemorate the past. Bishop Richard J. Malone installed Father Michael H. Burzynski as administrator of the Buffalo church, which will hold its 125th anniversary later this year.
Fidelis Care awards grant to Catholic Charities
Mon, Jul 17th 2017 02:00 pm
Catholic Charities of Buffalo's In-School Social Work Program was the recent recipient of a $411,000 grant from Fidelis Care, the New York State Catholic Health Plan.
St. John Vianney Church announces details for 25th annual lawn fete
Mon, Jul 17th 2017 08:55 am
ORCHARD PARK — A 5K race, food truck rally, classic car show and entertainment by Hit n Run and Eric Van Houten are among the highlights of the 25th annual St. John Vianney Lawn Fete, taking place July 20-23.
Teams of Our Lady sponsors informational picnic July 22
Sun, Jul 16th 2017 06:00 am
Teams of Our Lady invites married couples to an indoor-outdoor picnic, preceded by the 4:30 p.m. Mass, on Saturday, July 22, at SS. Peter & Paul Church, Williamsville. The north and south sectors for the region invite children to this event, to be held in the school cafeteria, with access to the gym. Look in the parish activity book for more information on Teams of Our Lady.
Mount St. Mary's Hospital acquires latest technology
Sat, Jul 15th 2017 06:00 am
LEWISTON — Thanks to the funds provided by a donation from Catherine DiMino of Niagara Falls, Mount St. Mary's Hospital has acquired the latest vein visualization technology to assist in the placement of IVs and blood draws. The newly acquired system was unveiled in May at a luncheon as part of the hospital's celebration of National Nurses Week.
Talty Memorial Scholarship awarded at St. John's School
Fri, Jul 14th 2017 02:00 pm
KENMORE — The Briana Talty Memorial Scholarship was recently awarded at St. John the Baptist School in honor of Briana Talty, the school's Spanish teacher, who passed away earlier this year. Families and friends of both St. John's and Talty established a memorial scholarship to honor the beloved teacher. Talty's parents and members of her family joined St. John the Baptist's principal, Cynthia Jacobs, at the ceremony to present the scholarship awards to the recipients, eighth-grader Alyssa Barnum and seventh-grader Colin Richey.
Composer premieres new musical work
Fri, Jul 14th 2017 02:00 pm
A Mass in honor of divine mercy and Hymn to St. Michael the Archangel, composed by David Butler, were premiered at the noon Mass on Pentecost Sunday at St. Michael Church in Buffalo. Butler, a well known Western New York musician and teacher, arranged and conducted the scores of his original works for voice, strings, piano and congregation. He was assisted by Jim McNeill, Colleen Mazella and the Burnett String Ensemble. Father Benjamin Fiore, SJ, pastor, presided and preached at the Mass.
Bishops condemn today's attack in the Old City of Jerusalem
Fri, Jul 14th 2017 12:00 pm
WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), along with Bishop Oscar Cantú, of Las Cruces, Chair of the Committee on International Justice and Peace, and Bishop Mitchell Rozanski, of Springfield, Chair of the Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, have issued the following statement on today's attack in the Old City of Jerusalem. The deadly attack took place early this morning by the Lions' Gate in the Old City walls, next to what Muslims call the Noble Sanctuary and Jews call the Temple Mount.
Revised Senate Healthcare Bill 'still unacceptable' says US Bishops' Chairman
Thu, Jul 13th 2017 03:00 pm
WASHINGTON—Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, reacted strongly to the revised Senate health reform bill, the "Better Care Reconciliation Act" (BCRA).
When times are tough, turn to Jesus, pope says
Wed, Jul 12th 2017 03:00 pm
"Jesus knows how hard life can be," Pope Francis said.
Local group shares early inspiration from Convocation
Wed, Jul 12th 2017 02:00 pm
On Independence Day weekend, Bishop Richard Malone, along with 18 other representatives from the Diocese of Buffalo, participated in the Convocation of Catholic Leaders in Orlando, Florida. The four-day event brought together a diverse group of over 3,000 Catholics who joined more than 150 bishops from across the United States to respond to Pope Francis's call, in Evangelii Guadium, "to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by the Joy of the Gospel, to become ever more, and to form others as missionary disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ."
Catholic Charities opens new Wyoming County office
Wed, Jul 12th 2017 09:00 am
PERRY - Catholic Charities of Buffalo began a new chapter on June 12 as the agency celebrated the grand opening of its Wyoming County office on the campus of Community Action for Wyoming County in Building #1, 6470 State Rt. 20A, Perry. About 25 guests attended the event, including Sister Mary McCarrick, OSF, Catholic Charities' diocesan director, and Father Richard Blazejewski of St. Isidore Parish in Perry, who blessed the office.
Catholic Charities tops $11 million goal
Tue, Jul 11th 2017 12:00 pm
Reverend Monsignor David S. Slubecky, vicar general and moderator of the curia of the Diocese of Buffalo, announced this morning the 2017 Appeal in support of Catholic Charities of Buffalo met and exceeded its $11 million goal. After a very challenging Appeal, officials expressed gratitude for the incredible parish, community and corporate support, especially last-minute gifts, which brought the campaign total to $11,069,168.36.
Pope names new Bishop of Cleveland
Tue, Jul 11th 2017 08:00 am
WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Bishop Nelson Perez, up until now Auxiliary Bishop of Rockville Centre, as the new bishop of Cleveland. Pope Francis has also named Father Andrew Bellisario as the new bishop of Juneau, Alaska.
Baloney bonds teens and parishioners at St. Bernadette's
Mon, Jul 10th 2017 02:00 pm
The parishioners of St. Bernadette's have put their money where their mouths are. To support the Orchard Park parish's youth ministry, parishioners bought $1,300 worth of the luncheon meat at the May 20 Baloneyfest. The fundraising idea came from Father Paul Seil, pastor and friend of the Wardynski family of Wardynski Meats fame, who donated 16 logs of baloney to the parish.
Bishop Malone announces new clergy assignments
Mon, Jul 10th 2017 09:00 am
Several diocesan priests, including the four men who were ordained in June, have received new assignments from Bishop Richard J. Malone.
Catholic League thanks the Diocese of Buffalo
Sat, Jul 8th 2017 09:00 am
The Catholic League for Religious Assistance to the Church in Poland continues the good work envisioned 74 years ago and continues to reflect, develoop and expand its present needs. Much has changed in the last seven decades, but love and fidelity to our faith, the mission of the Church and heritage remain steadfast. "For on the shoulders of the giants of the past (clergy and laity), we stand to build the present and influence the future," is a phrase I have heard, and it describes that spirit well.
Red Cross seeks donations from Western New York
Sat, Jul 8th 2017 08:00 am
The need for blood doesn't end with a particular season. By contributing to the community blood supply donors can show their commitment to a better quality of life. While one unit may not seem important at this moment, it could mean the difference between life and death to the patient who needs a particular blood type.
'Our Daily Bread' promotes 'In a Word'
Sat, Jul 8th 2017 08:00 am
Two priests walk into a kitchen. One has a mallet, and one has a cutting board. No, this is not the beginning of a joke. It's a description of this month's encore episode of "Our Daily Bread."