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WNYCatholic Weekly April 23
Sat, Apr 22nd 2017 08:00 am
Immigration and refugee assistance at Catholic Charities featuring Ann Brittain, director, and Walter Win, case manager.
St. Mary's staff practices what they preach
Fri, Apr 21st 2017 03:35 pm
Each Spring brings forth a renewed spirit and sense of excitement for the season that lies ahead. In keeping with this zest for the season, the faculty and staff of St. Mary's High School in Lancaster recently participated in the school's annual Day of Caring.
'Consider' equal opportunity for Buffalo
Fri, Apr 21st 2017 03:00 pm
As Buffalo continues to prosper, Bishop Richard J. Malone asks that we work together toward racial equity in our community.
Care for Creation workshop to be held at Villa Maria College
Fri, Apr 21st 2017 09:10 am
For those interested in forming and participating in a local parish committee or team to promote helping the environment, the diocesan Care for Creation Committee will host an informational workshop at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 16, at Villa Maria College in Buffalo. The committee has been reaching out to pastors to see if their parishioners would be interested in having such a group in their parish, as well as seeking feedback from people in diocesan parishes that have them and would like to share their experiences.
Cultural Diversity: Missionary disciples are witnesses of God's love
Thu, Apr 20th 2017 03:00 pm
The Catholic Church in the United States is in the middle of the process of the V Encuentro. This is a four-year process of ecclesial reflection and evangelization that invites all Catholics in the United States to intense missionary activity, consultation, leadership development, and the identification of best ministerial practices in the spirit of the New Evangelization.
Expert from New Zealand to direct Bona's cybersecurity program
Thu, Apr 20th 2017 03:00 pm
ST. BONAVENTURE — St. Bonaventure University has hired a global expert in computer technology and security to direct its bachelor's degree program in cybersecurity.
Father David J. Peter (1940-2017)
Thu, Apr 20th 2017 10:00 am
Father David J. Peter, a retired diocesan priest, died April 17, 2017, at the Brothers of Mercy facility in Clarence. He was 76 years of age.
Catholic Charities Wyoming County office moves to Perry
Thu, Apr 20th 2017 08:50 am
The Wyoming County office of Catholic Charities has moved to a larger, more accessible site and is now serving clients two days each week on the campus of Community Action for Wyoming County in Building #1, 6470 State Rt. 20A, Perry.
Our Lady of Fatima to be commemorated with novena
Wed, Apr 19th 2017 01:00 pm
To commemorate the centenary of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima, Portugal, a novena to Our Lady of Fatima will take place on May 5-13 at the Dominican Nuns' Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary, located at 335 Doat St. in Buffalo.
Information session scheduled for Ireland pilgrimage
Wed, Apr 19th 2017 09:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone invites you to attend an information session about his upcoming pilgrimage to Ireland, A Journey of Faith, which will take place from Oct. 20-29. The session will be held on Sunday, April 30, at 3 p.m. in the Msgr. Britt Room at St. Joseph Cathedral (50 Franklin St., Buffalo, 14202). Whether you have already signed up as a pilgrim or are simply interested in learning more about the trip, everyone is very welcome to attend. Enjoy complimentary refreshments while learning more about the trip itinerary and what you can expect to see and do while you're traversing the Emerald Isle. You will also be given information on what to wear, what to pack and what the weather will be like during your 10-day trip.
Sister Mary Marcella Anne Wendzikowski, CSSF (1943-2017)
Tue, Apr 18th 2017 03:40 pm
Sister Mary Marcella Anne Wendzikowski, CSSF, died on Good Friday, April 14, 2017, in the Blessed Mary Angela Care Center of the Felician Sisters in Buffalo. She was 74.
Pope on Easter: The Resurrection is more than a party - it's the source of eternal life
Mon, Apr 17th 2017 09:50 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Pope Francis reminded Christians on Easter Sunday that the Resurrection is the cornerstone of our faith - and that even in the face of unexplainable tragedy and suffering in the world, we can declare, "Christ is risen!"
Remembering Holy Week 2017
Mon, Apr 17th 2017 09:00 am
Holy Week at St. Joseph Cathedral is one of the busiest times of the year, with several Masses and liturgies marking the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Here are some of our favorite images of the week in a new photo gallery.
Catholics find the light at Easter Vigil
Sat, Apr 15th 2017 11:00 pm
The path to the Resurrection was illuminated at St. Joseph Cathedral, as Bishop Richard J. Malone celebrated the Easter Vigil Saturday night.
Bishop marks Good Friday Cathedral
Fri, Apr 14th 2017 09:00 pm
Hundreds of people flocked to St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo on Good Friday, April 14 to hear Bishop Richard J. Malone lead the Solemn Celebration of the Lord's Passion. Good Friday liturgies have three parts: Liturgy of the Word, Adoration of the Holy Cross, and Holy Communion.
'Come and be nourished; go and serve' on Holy Thursday
Thu, Apr 13th 2017 10:35 pm
At the evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday, Bishop Richard J. Malone washed the feet of twelve men, women and young people in front of the altar at St Joseph Cathedral.
Bishop welcomes priests, religious and community members to Chrism Mass
Wed, Apr 12th 2017 02:00 pm
The Diocese of Buffalo continued a time-honored Holy Week tradition that renewed the promises of all diocesan priests and enabled Bishop Richard J. Malone to prepare sacred oils for use in sacraments throughout the diocese. The Chrism Mass, held at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo April 11, also included the participation of "The Elect," soon-to-be Catholics initiated later in the week.
Thousands of new Catholics to be welcomed by Catholic Church in United States
Wed, Apr 12th 2017 01:30 pm
WASHINGTON, DC - A married couple in their golden years, a couple inspired by their late daughter's legacy, and a salesman who heard Jesus' call to conversion on a stranger's porch, are among the thousands who will be welcomed into the Catholic Church on Easter Vigil, April 15, in parishes across the United States. All have participated in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), a process of conversion and study in the Catholic faith for catechumens and candidates coming into full communion with the Church.
Adoption Mass to be held at Our Lady of Victory Basilica
Wed, Apr 12th 2017 01:00 pm
The diocesan Office of Pro-Life Activities and Baker Victory Services are sponsoring a Mass for all those who have been touched by adoption -- birthparents, adoptees, adoptive parents, grandparents and other relatives.
Rosary Novena for Life begins
Wed, Apr 12th 2017 01:00 pm
Each year, the Office of Pro-Life Activities for the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo sponsors a Rosary Novena for Life. This year, it begins on Saturday, March 25, with 8 a.m. Mass at St. Rose of Lima Parish, Parkside and Parker avenues, Buffalo, and will continue on one Saturday each month through November.
Pope prays for victims of attack on Coptic church in Egypt
Wed, Apr 12th 2017 01:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - After a bomb blast killed over 20 people and wounded several others during Palm Sunday celebrations in Egypt, Pope Francis voiced his closeness to the Coptic nation, and prayed for those who perpetrate violence through the arms trade.
Bicyclists will take a 'Holy Roll' through seven churches on Holy Thursday
Wed, Apr 12th 2017 11:00 am
During the warm months, you may have seen a group riding their bikes around Buffalo on a slow roll, checking out the scenic city. On Holy Thursday, some of these people will take a "Holy Roll" through the seven Catholic churches of Buffalo's Polonia and Kaisertown districts.
Evangelization: Spread Easter joy through new and old traditions
Tue, Apr 11th 2017 03:00 pm
If you re-read the Easter passages in the Gospels through fresh eyes you find people rushing to share their joy in Jesus Christ. Quite simply, that is evangelization. Pope Francis taught about joy in a pithy, powerful morning homily at Casa Santa Marta (May 23, 2016). "A Christian is a man, or a woman, of joy: a man and a woman with joy in their heart. There is no Christian without joy! You may be told that there are many such Christians, they are not Christians! They say they are, but they are not! They are missing something," he said.
Catholic Charities Appeal Week raises $7.89 million
Tue, Apr 11th 2017 11:25 am
BUFFALO, N.Y.- Bishop Richard J. Malone reported on the progress of the annual Catholic Charities of Buffalo Appeal, announcing $7,890,544.24 has been raised to date, as Catholic Charities officials marked the close of Appeal Week 2017 which ran from April 2-9 in parishes throughout the diocese.
Sister Alice Williams, SSJ (1934-2017)
Tue, Apr 11th 2017 10:00 am
Sister Alice Williams, SSJ, died March 27, 2017, in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Williamsville.
United in Christ Our Hope
Tue, Apr 11th 2017 08:00 am
FRENCH CREEK — Christ Our Hope Parish in French Creek and Sherman held a parish celebration, entitled "United In Christ Our Hope," in February. The brainchild of Father Mark Itua worked to help further unify St. Matthias parishioners in French Creek and St. Isaac Jogues parishioners in Sherman. The two parishes merged in 2008 and worked well together, but Father Itua decided a unity weekend would improve the long-term life of the parish.
Bishop Malone: Open wide your hearts!
Mon, Apr 10th 2017 02:00 pm
Isn't it a curious and concerning thing that so many of our Christian feasts have been overlaid - better, co-opted - by all sorts of customs that, though nice, have little to do with the essence of those feasts. Christmas comes first to mind, which for too many folks seems more a consumer-driven winter wonderland festival than the celebration of our Savior's birthday. And don't get me started on what popular American culture has done to the Vigil of the Solemnity of all Saints ... better known, sadly, as Halloween.
Inclusion Act receives strong support from USCCB
Mon, Apr 10th 2017 01:00 pm
WASHINGTON—Three chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) are offering their strong support for the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2017. The Act would prevent the federal government, and any state receiving federal funds for child welfare services, from taking adverse action against a provider that, for religious or moral reasons, declines to provide a child welfare social service.
10 things you should know about Holy Week
Mon, Apr 10th 2017 09:55 am
One of the most important times of the year for Catholics is Holy Week, an eight-day period beginning on Palm Sunday, filled with religious symbolism, ceremony, obligation and renewal leading up to the end of Lent and Easter Sunday. There are some Catholics that know about much of the meaning behind Holy Week, and there are others who may only know the basic story of Jesus Christ's crucifixion on Good Friday and resurrection on Easter Sunday.
Sister Lucille A. Socciarelli, RSM (1935-2017)
Mon, Apr 10th 2017 09:00 am
Sister Lucille A. Socciarelli, RSM, formerly Sister Mary Lucella, died April 9, 2017. She was 82 years of age.
President of USCCB responds to explosions at churches
Sun, Apr 9th 2017 04:00 pm
WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued the following statement in response to explosions on Palm Sunday at two Coptic Christian churches in Egypt that have killed at least 40 and injured at least 100:
Palm Sunday Mass opens Holy Week in Buffalo
Sun, Apr 9th 2017 09:00 am
With a congregation of Catholics holding individual palms, Bishop Richard J. Malone officially opened Holy Week in the Diocese of Buffalo with Palm Sunday Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo April 8.
US Bishops call for renewed peace efforts in Syria
Fri, Apr 7th 2017 04:35 pm
WASHINGTON— Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Bishop Oscar Cantú, chair of the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace, have issued a joint statement calling for renewed peace efforts in Syria.
'Our Daily Bread' promotes 'In a Word'
Fri, Apr 7th 2017 01:00 pm
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 "Our Daily Bread."
Chemical attack in Syria 'shocks the soul,' says top U.S. bishop
Thu, Apr 6th 2017 02:40 pm
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - Religious and political leaders have renewed calls for peace as they decried dozens of reported civilian deaths by poison gas this week in the Syrian conflict.
Cardinal Dolan applauds administration for withdrawing funding to UNFPA's coercive abortion/sterilization program
Thu, Apr 6th 2017 02:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC - Cardinal Timothy Dolan, chair of the USCCB's Committee on Pro-Life Activities, welcomed the State Department's April 4th announcement that it will withhold federal funding from the U.N. Population Fund ("UNFPA") because UNFPA monies go to Chinese agencies that perform forced abortions and involuntary sterilizations.
Has Easter holiday taken a backseat to Christmas?
Thu, Apr 6th 2017 09:00 am
Christmas and Easter mark the birth and death (and resurrection) of Jesus Christ, but Christmas seems to get more attention. Colored lights, a houseful of decorations, even a tree brought indoors fill a house at Christmas. On Easter you might see a lily in the dining room. It even took Charlie Brown nearly nine years after his first Christmas special to introduce the Easter Beagle.
Bishop's secretary incorporates exercise, self-discipline
Tue, Apr 4th 2017 03:00 pm
In the Lenten season, the Catholic faith emphasizes the importance of self-denial, discipline and a sense of planning and preparing oneself for the future. However, Father Ryszard Biernat, who serves as secretary to Bishop Richard J. Malone, strives to live these in his life all year long through vigorous workouts, a strong will and devotion to his spiritual life that came from his desire to make sure he is healthier.
Swormville parish brings longtime tradition into STREAM
Tue, Apr 4th 2017 09:00 am
This year, St. Mary School in Swormville will continue a parish tradition that enables both students and members of the community to participate in the Stations of the Cross while contributing to a cause. Fifth-graders at St. Mary's will participate in "Pray and Play," a live-action Stations of the Cross, at 7 p.m., Friday, April 7, at St. Mary's parish center gym, followed by a fundraiser for Catholic Charities.
Mount St. Mary's gives middle schoolers the business
Mon, Apr 3rd 2017 01:00 pm
The business of education merged with the business of, well, business at Mount St. Mary Academy, when the Kenmore high school opened its doors to teach middle-schoolers about entrepreneurship.