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House passage of Tax Bill disappointing to bishops
Fri, Nov 17th 2017 02:00 pm
WASHINGTON— Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, expressed "great disappointment" over the House of Representatives' passage of the deeply flawed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, calling on the Senate to work toward legislation that fixes the problems with H.R.1. The full statement reads as follows:
House passes contentious tax plan despite bishops' warnings
Fri, Nov 17th 2017 11:40 am
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a major tax reform bill, which had drawn caution from the U.S. bishops, who had warned that it could place additional burdens on the working poor.
Pope Francis: The Mass needs silence, not 'chit-chat'
Fri, Nov 17th 2017 11:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - On Wednesday, Pope Francis called out the common habit of chatting with people around you before Mass, stressing that this is a time for silent prayer, when we prepare our hearts for an encounter with the Lord.
Climate change a problem we can't ignore, Pope Francis says
Fri, Nov 17th 2017 11:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Pope Francis sent a message Thursday to a conference on climate change, telling participants the problem is something that can't be ignored, but must be met with a proactive desire to develop effective solutions.
St. Francis students build brotherhood
Fri, Nov 17th 2017 09:00 am
The word "brotherhood" is used a lot around St. Francis High School. The Athol Springs institution, steeped deep into Franciscan values, uses the term to describe the all-male student body. Where the teachers provide the education and the friars imbue the Franciscan values, it is up to the students themselves to support one another.
Diocese to begin implementing new faith formation curriculum
Thu, Nov 16th 2017 10:25 am
In September, the Diocese of Buffalo began implementing a new faith formation curriculum, "Forming Disciples." To prepare parish leadership for this transition, diocesan staff from the Department of Lifelong Faith Formation have visited over 155 parishes to discuss it and answer questions. Parishes are being supported to develop their own implementation plans, likely to spread out over two to three years, rather than a few months.
Director of deacons stresses important role of vocations
Wed, Nov 15th 2017 04:00 pm
Each day in the Diocese of Buffalo, permanent deacons assist priests and participate in the liturgy in parishes throughout Western New York. Last month, Deacon Timothy Chriswell, who was appointed the head of the diaconate program in the diocese on Sept. 1, spoke about the role of deacons in the Catholic Church, as well as what differentiates the unique vocation of deacons from that of priesthood.
Bishop Malone advocates for pastoral plan on marriage and family
Wed, Nov 15th 2017 03:00 pm
A new initiative to develop a pastoral plan that would offer more support for Catholic marriages and families was approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops during their Fall General Assembly in Baltimore Nov. 14. Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo presented the case before the bishops, calling on the body to take a new look at the issue.
Father John N. Reuther, IMC
Wed, Nov 15th 2017 10:00 am
Father John N. Reuther, a Consolata missionary priest, died Nov. 1, 2017, at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Williamsville. He was 79.
Canaseraga community raising money for 'Sister Stan Van'
Wed, Nov 15th 2017 09:00 am
As part of a humanitarian effort to help children in need throughout the world, St. Mary Parish in Canaseraga has formed a committee to raise money to purchase a van for Sister Stan's Children Inc., to help Sister Stan Terese Mario Mumuni, of the Marian Sisters of Eucharistic Love, transport children to her orphanage in Ghana. Sister Stan has made it her life's goal to help "spirit children," infants born with birth defects who would otherwise have been rejected by their families.
Tragedy and hope seen in Houston through the eyes of Buffalo deacon
Tue, Nov 14th 2017 02:30 pm
Deacon Miguel Santos has been to hell and back. He saw death, destruction and despair during a two-week stay in Houston while offering relief to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. He has also seen strangers helping strangers, and people forgoing aid because others need it more.
Father Baker campaign receives $200,000 challenge gift
Mon, Nov 13th 2017 09:00 am
A recent family collaboration resulted in $200,000 to benefit Our Lady of Victory Organizations via their ongoing capital campaign. The campaign, entitled The Campaign for "Father Baker's" ­- Continuing His Legacy of Caring, which started in 2012, has now reached $11.5 million of its $12 million goal to enrich the lives of people in the Western New York area. The capital campaign runs until Dec. 31.
Naval Park honors Msgr. Dino Lorenzetti with Wall of Honor plaque
Fri, Nov 10th 2017 03:00 pm
One of the Diocese of Buffalo's own military veterans received a special recognition just before Veterans Day. Msgr. Dino J. Lorenzetti was inducted in The Buffalo and Erie Country Naval and Military Park's Wall of Honor on Nov. 10.
Family receives WWII veteran's medals in ceremony
Fri, Nov 10th 2017 11:00 am
A local family with a long history of service to their country and the Catholic Church had seven sons who served in wartime. On Sept. 1, the 78th anniversary of the start of World War II, the Allaire family received medals for Joseph Allaire Sr.'s Navy service aboard the USS Missouri, which officials of the Town of Tonawanda presented to the family in a formal ceremony in front of the Town of Tonawanda Veterans Memorial at Kenney Field in the town.
House tax reform bill "unacceptable" as written, say USCCB chairs
Fri, Nov 10th 2017 10:05 am
WASHINGTON, DC - In a letter of November 9, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Bishop George V. Murry, SJ of Youngstown, Ohio, called for amendments to the current draft of the House of Representatives tax reform bill "for the sake of families" and "for those struggling on the peripheries of society who have a claim on our national conscience."
Adoption tax credit restored to GOP proposal after outcry
Fri, Nov 10th 2017 10:00 am
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - Republican leaders have restored the adoption tax credit to their federal tax proposal, after a week of criticism over the credit's omission from the original House plan.
From Marine to firefighter to rector, Msgr. Campbell reflects on service
Thu, Nov 9th 2017 10:00 am
Msgr. James Campbell is probably best known for his long run as the rector of St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo. It might surprise some to know that, years before entering the priesthood, he had a promising career in the military, serving in the Marines during the Korean War.
Father Solanus Casey: The American priest who will be beatified next week
Wed, Nov 8th 2017 04:25 pm
DETROIT, MICH. (CNA/EWTN News) - Venerable Solanus Casey, an American-born Capuchin priest who died in 1957, will be beatified at a Nov. 18 Mass in Detroit.
Shootings demonstrate need for gun control, USCCB says
Wed, Nov 8th 2017 04:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - In response to mass shootings in Las Vegas, Nevada and the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Spring, Texas, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has encouraged public debate on gun control, suggesting specific policies that might quell gun violence.
Father Kopec honored by diocesan Youth Department
Wed, Nov 8th 2017 01:50 pm
Father Jerome E. Kopec, pastor of SS. Peter & Paul Parish in Williamsville, received the Venerable Nelson H. Baker Award during the diocesan Youth Ministry Awards Banquet held Nov. 3. The evening saw both teens and adults receive recognition for their role in guiding young people through their faith journey.
Sister Esmeria Marie Bastos, CSSF (1964-2017)
Wed, Nov 8th 2017 11:00 am
Sister Esmeria Marie Bastos, CSSF, died Oct. 17, 2017, in Kenmore Mercy Hospital, after experiencing several ongoing medical issues. She was 53.
Teens and adults receive recognition for work in youth ministry
Tue, Nov 7th 2017 03:00 pm
Adults and teens, families and friends filled Lucarelli's Banquet Center on Nov. 3 to honor the dedication of those working in youth ministry. The diocesan Department of Youth & Young Adult Ministry sponsored the annual youth awards banquet, which recognizes both teens and adults.
Sister Mary Charitine Stankiewicz, CSSF (1923-2017)
Tue, Nov 7th 2017 12:00 pm
Sister Mary Charitine Stankiewicz, CSSF, died Oct. 9, 2017, in the Blessed Mary Angela Care Center in Cheektowaga. She was 94.
Sister Mary Saletinia Kaczor, CSSF (1925-2017)
Tue, Nov 7th 2017 12:00 pm
Sister Mary Saletinia Kaczor, CSSF, died Sept. 24, 2017, in the Blessed Mary Angela Care Center in Cheektowaga. She was 92.
Sister Mary Christine Songin, FSSJ (1922-2017)
Tue, Nov 7th 2017 12:00 pm
Sister Mary Christine Songin, FSSJ, died Oct. 26, 2017, at Father Baker Manor in Orchard Park. She was 95.
Bishop Malone: A Time for Gratitude
Tue, Nov 7th 2017 11:00 am
If each of the months of the year were assigned a quality, it might be said that March is lucky and July is independent, but November is always grateful. Although the Thanksgiving holiday comes at the end of November, it lends an atmosphere of gratitude to the entire month. This month also marks the end of the Church's liturgical year, while the calendar year begins the last stretch toward the finish line. Thus, it is a fitting time to reflect on all that we have to be thankful for.
Dr. Dennis DePerro officially installed as St. Bonaventure University President
Tue, Nov 7th 2017 09:00 am
Considering it an "awesome privilege," Dr. Dennis R. DePerro was formally installed Friday afternoon as the 21st president of St. Bonaventure University.
San Antonio archbishop prays for victims of Texas church shooting
Mon, Nov 6th 2017 04:00 pm
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (CNA/EWTN News) - After at least 26 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday, the local Catholic archbishop offered prayers and solidarity for the victims.
Despite reports, Pope Francis isn't opening the door to all married priests
Mon, Nov 6th 2017 04:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Pope Francis has reportedly said he will allow for debate as to whether married men could be ordained to the priesthood in the region during a 2019 Synod of Bishops focusing on the Church in the Amazon basin.
USCCB responds to shooting in Texas
Sun, Nov 5th 2017 05:00 pm
WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N DiNardo, of Galveston-Houston, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued the following statement in response to today's mass shooting during a church service in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
National Vocation Awareness Week celebrated in diocese
Fri, Nov 3rd 2017 03:00 pm
Each year, the month of November is an exciting time for the Vocations Office and the Catholic communities of the United States, because it brings the National Vocation Awareness Week, which will occur from Nov. 5-11 this year.
Cultural Diversity: Listen to what Jesus has to say
Fri, Nov 3rd 2017 02:00 pm
Last month, the Office of Cultural Diversity's African-American Commission brought in the well-known national speaker Father Tony Ricard from New Orleans. He is a tremendous storyteller as well as a comedian. He had the assembly roaring in laughter at times. His message was challenging and spiritually uplifting. It was an awesome three nights.
St. Joe's announces fall production of 'Arsenic and Old Lace'
Fri, Nov 3rd 2017 02:00 pm
KENMORE — The St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute Visual and Performing Arts Department is proud to announce the upcoming production of "Arsenic and Old Lace," written by Joseph Kesselring. The performances will take place in the Cullen Theater for the Arts at St. Joe's on Friday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 5 at 2 p.m.
Sound Board: Gifts from God come with four legs and tail
Fri, Nov 3rd 2017 12:15 pm
Hope and Hudson. They are two of the most important words in my life.
Pondering with God's Word: Miryam, beloved leader and prophet of the wilderness community
Fri, Nov 3rd 2017 12:00 pm
One can wonder if Mary of Nazareth had a "patron saint." If so, was it Miryam of the wilderness account? One can never know, but the questions lead to a reflection on Miryam's biblical portrait.
Bishop calls on Congress to consider tax reform's impact on 'the least of these'
Fri, Nov 3rd 2017 11:00 am
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - With House lawmakers releasing their tax reform bill on November 1, one U.S. bishop has laid out moral principles encouraging Congress to care for the poor, families, and the common good.
Recognizing God is the beauty that is within and around us
Thu, Nov 2nd 2017 03:00 pm
American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Beauty is the handwriting of God." During a much earlier time period, St. Augustine said, "Late have I loved you, beauty so ancient, and so new; late have I loved you." In these magnificent quotes, the sacred and secular intersect and invite not only insight into God who is complete beauty, but also contemplation on God, who is love.
St. Mary's Junior Ladies of Charity collect dolls for Nicaragua
Thu, Nov 2nd 2017 03:00 pm
LANCASTER — The Junior Ladies of Charity at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish collected 170 dolls this summer and presented them to a local missionary, Ann Marie Zon of Swormville, to be shipped to children in the Nicaragua Missions.
Theologian resigns from USCCB committee after publishing letter to Pope Francis
Thu, Nov 2nd 2017 02:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - A member of the Vatican's International Theological Commission has resigned his position as a consultant to the USCCB's Committee on Doctrine, following the publication of a letter written to Pope Francis asking the Pope to correct the "chronic confusion" of his pontificate, which he says "fosters within the faithful a growing unease."
Diocesan schools receive donated computers via federal program
Thu, Nov 2nd 2017 10:00 am
A federal government program, Computers for Learning, enabled Immaculate Conception School in East Aurora and St. Mark School in Buffalo to receive updated computer labs. Last month, Roxanne Perry, technology teacher at Immaculate Conception, and Brian Brennan, technology coordinator at St. Mark's, spoke about the effects that these donations have had on the schools.