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Evangelization: What's a Catholic for?
Wed, Aug 23rd 2017 08:00 am
Pope Francis calls us to be "missionary disciples." In recent messages, he speaks of a "new" evangelization and two notions that to some ears sound opposite: a missionary (someone who is sent away) and disciples (called to accompany, or be with, those who are near). Which is it?
Marian Franciscans get in the habit
Tue, Aug 22nd 2017 10:15 pm
They are hoping to start a new religious congregation and, on Tuesday, three women from the Diocese of Buffalo took a big individual step in their formation as Marian Franciscan Sisters. They received their religious habits and new religious names as Bishop Richard Malone received them into the novitiate in a special Mass at Our Lady Chapel in St. Joseph Cathedral.
Timon conference opens book on Buffalo's founding father
Tue, Aug 22nd 2017 09:00 am
Bishop John Timon left a lasting impression on the Diocese of Buffalo, the full scope of which is probably not well known. Two seminary professors plan to change that with a series of lectures on the diocese's founding shepherd.
Sister Mary Anthony Garnier, OSP (1916-2017)
Mon, Aug 21st 2017 03:20 pm
Sister Mary Anthony Garnier, OSP, of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, died July 20, 2017, at 101 years of age.
USCCB stands up for Central American Parole Program
Mon, Aug 21st 2017 03:00 pm
WASHINGTON—Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Texas, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration, expresses his opposition to the Administration's decision to end parole processing for individuals in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala who apply to enter the U.S. through the Central American Minors (CAM) program. Bishop Vasquez, who is currently in El Salvador, says that the elimination of this program puts the lives of vulnerable children at risk for greater harm.
Class of 1967 look back at 50 years in priesthood
Mon, Aug 21st 2017 09:00 am
The year 1967 is remembered as teeming with violence, milestones and setbacks in race relations, and the beginning of a youth culture. The year saw the Summer of Love and germ warfare, the first African-American justice on the Supreme Court and race riots on Buffalo's East Side. Bishop Karol Wojtyla is ordained a cardinal and abortion is legalized in the United Kingdom. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band issued a new progression of popular music, while a group of new priests in the Diocese of Buffalo became the first group to be trained and educated at St. John Vianney Seminary.
Summer music festival at Mount St. Mary Academy
Sun, Aug 20th 2017 06:00 am
KENMORE — Mount St. Mary Academy will host its fifth-annual Summer Music Festival, featuring a Super Cruise Car Show and food truck rally, on Aug. 26, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., on the front lawn of the school, 3756 Delaware Ave.
Cultural Diversity: The Spirituality of Marriage and Family
Sat, Aug 19th 2017 06:00 am
This year's Hispanic Family Day at Fatima Shrine is on Aug. 26. The theme of the day is, "The Spirituality of Marriage and Family." The celebrant for the 10 a.m. Mass will be Father Erick Viloria, from the Diocese of Rochester, who will also speak at the 1 p.m. workshop on the section of "Amoris Laetitia" that we chose for the theme of the day.
Adult care program on Sisters Hospital serves community
Fri, Aug 18th 2017 03:05 pm
Located on the campus of Sisters Hospital on Main Street in Buffalo, the St. Catherine Laboure Health Care Center offers a full range of services to assist residents and patients in need of long-term care and rehabilitation. To assist those who wish to live at home and maintain their independence, while still receiving needed services to remain healthy, the center's Adult Day Health Care Program offers a place for adults of all ages to socialize and receive care for several hours per day in a controlled environment.
WNYCatholic Weekly Podcast August 20
Fri, Aug 18th 2017 10:00 am
Eudist Father Dr. Robert Perelli, CJM discusses his upcoming course on Family Systems Theory at D'Youville College beginning on September 19.
'Another senseless act' in Barcelona
Thu, Aug 17th 2017 07:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, is responding to today's attack which killed 13 people in Barcelona, Spain.
St. Bonaventure prepares to welcome incoming students
Thu, Aug 17th 2017 09:00 am
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y., Aug. 15, 2017 — Students who are new to the Bona family will begin arriving at St. Bonaventure University Aug. 24 for Welcome Days 2017, a four-day program hosted the weekend before classes begin.
St. Joseph Cathedral undergoes changing of the guard
Wed, Aug 16th 2017 03:00 pm
St. Joseph Cathedral, the central church for the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, has undergone a changing of the guard. Father Charles E. Slisz has come out of retirement to take over the role of cathedral rector from Father Peter Drilling, who has served in that position since 2014. Father Drilling will continue his long career teaching at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora.
Sister Mary Angeline (Donald) Bierut, CSSF (1921-2017)
Wed, Aug 16th 2017 03:00 pm
Sister Mary Angeline (Donald) Bierut, CSSF, died Aug. 8, 2017, in the Blessed Mary Angela Care Center in Buffalo. She was 96.
Bishop Malone reflects on Charlottsville tragedy
Wed, Aug 16th 2017 12:20 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone is calling on the faithful to continue praying for healing after Saturday's deadly attack at a protest in Charlottsville, Virginia. "Our hearts and prayers are in Charlottsville as we condemn the evil of white supremacism, New-Nazism and every form of racism," said Bishop Malone. "God save us."
From the Bishop: A Book review or three
Wed, Aug 16th 2017 10:00 am
As I write this column, I am in Massachusetts, the "land of my birth," where I have been blessed to step out of the whirlwind for a few quiet summer days of R and R. I should add a third R to Rest and Relaxation, as a vacation priority for me always is to catch up on Reading.
Diocese welcomes three new priests; bishop assigns two vets
Tue, Aug 15th 2017 09:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone has announced new clergy assignments at several parishes in the Diocese of Buffalo. The appointments include welcoming three priests to the diocese.
Bands, food and giveaways to be highlighted at annual Church of the Annunciation picnic
Mon, Aug 14th 2017 09:00 am
A weekend filled with live music, classic cars, numerous raffles and delicious food offerings will highlight the 80th annual summer picnic at the Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma. The event kicks off on Friday, Aug. 18, and concludes with a grand drawing the evening of Sunday, Aug. 20.
Bishops call for prayer and unity after attack
Mon, Aug 14th 2017 08:00 am
WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Bishop Frank Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, are calling on all people of goodwill to join in prayer and unity today in response to yesterday's violent protest and deadly attack in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Pondering God's Word: God the gardener, the seamstress, the protector
Sun, Aug 13th 2017 06:00 am
Summer in Western New York is a time for working in the garden with the soil, the plants, the flowers, the bushes, the trees. So this is an appropriate time to think of the first "garden story" in the Bible, that of Genesis 2:4-24.
Justice Perspective: 1 percent does a world of good
Sat, Aug 12th 2017 06:00 am
Imagine for a moment that you are putting your family's budget together for the next year, and you think that you are just plain spending too much. Let's also imagine that your total spending for the year is $100. You look over what your household spends, and you find a place you want to cut: you spend $1 on poor people overseas, so you decide to cut that down to just 67 cents. Does that seem like a reasonable choice to you? Does it seem like a moral choice?
Catholic League launches 2017 appeal
Fri, Aug 11th 2017 09:00 am
In apostolic times, when the Church in Jerusalem was in great distress, St. Paul did not hesitate to ask the Catholics of Corinth to give generously to the relief of their brothers in religion. This bond of human solidarity and Christian brotherhood has been in the Church through the ages. Whenever distress came to our brothers in the faith in one part of the world, those in other parts were always willing to extend to them their helping hand.
Nearly $1.4 million approved for Catholic Church in Africa
Thu, Aug 10th 2017 09:00 am
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Africa approved 54 grants totaling nearly $1.4 million in funding to support dioceses and pastoral projects across the African continent.
Sisters remember their past and celebrate new life
Thu, Aug 10th 2017 09:00 am
CLARENCE — Sisters of St. Joseph, associates and friends gathered under a tent June 23 at their Clarence residence to ritualize the recent sale of some of their Clarence land and buildings and to honor their deceased sisters with a tree-planting ceremony.
Mass on the Midway to honor veterans at Erie County Fair
Wed, Aug 9th 2017 09:00 am
For 35 years, the Erie County Fair has hosted an annual tradition, one that is relatively unknown even to many Western New Yorkers, but consistently draws a crowd of around 200 people each year. Held on the fairgrounds' Evans Bank Family Entertainment Complex, this year's Mass on the Midway, a Catholic service to accompany its annual day honoring veterans, will take place at 10 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 13.
The Teacher's Desk provides free school supplies for education
Tue, Aug 8th 2017 09:00 am
While teachers who work in any diocesan Catholic schools often feel the pinch of budgetary concerns, this becomes even more of a concern in low-income areas where students' families find it difficult to afford school supplies, requiring teachers to buy them. However, thanks to the efforts of a retired autoworker and substitute teacher, The Teacher's Desk, located just off of Main Street in the city of Buffalo, has let teachers in eligible schools in Western New York shop for donated supplies free of charge since 2011.
Assisted suicide for mental health issues? A Catholic response
Mon, Aug 7th 2017 03:00 pm
Denver, Colo., Aug 5, 2017 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With awareness of mental health conditions on the rise, how is the Church called to respond to those who do not simply wish to end their lives, but push for the right to do so legally?
Daybreak TV Productions to debut 'Campus Chat' with bishop
Mon, Aug 7th 2017 09:00 am
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit down with a bishop and chat, just chat, about whatever's on your mind? What would you ask him?
Diocesan pilgrimage to D.C. being planned
Sun, Aug 6th 2017 06:00 am
The Diocesan Marian Commission, under the spiritual direction of Father Michael Burzynski, pastor of St. John Gualbert Church in Cheektowaga, is in the process of planning a pilgrimage to Washington, D.C., similar to the one that took place in 2012.
Making a Difference: Did you miss World Refugee Day?
Sat, Aug 5th 2017 06:00 am
World Refugee Day, June 20, came and went with hardly a notice.
Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph celebrate jubilees
Fri, Aug 4th 2017 03:00 pm
HAMBURG — Sister Christine Songin, FSSJ, and Sister Benilda Nadolski, FSSJ, celebrated their 75th jubilee, and Sister Ann Marie Hudzina, FSSJ, celebrated her 50th jubilee on May 28 at Immaculate Conception Convent.
Brother Louis N. Mauro, SJ (1942-2017)
Fri, Aug 4th 2017 01:00 pm
Brother Louis N. Mauro, SJ, died July 28, 2017, at Murray-Weigel Hall in the Bronx. He was 75.
Sisters of St. Francis host second annual 'Burgers, Brews and Blues'
Fri, Aug 4th 2017 09:00 am
WILLIAMSVILLE — The Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities will host their second annual "Burgers, Brews and Blues" summer fundraiser on Tuesday, Aug. 15 at St. Mary of the Angels Convent, 201 Reist St., in Williamsville. Event proceeds will benefit the sisters' important ministries throughout Western New York and beyond.
USCCB Chair opposes RAISE Act
Thu, Aug 3rd 2017 08:00 am
WASHINGTON—The Most Reverend Joe S. Vásquez, Bishop of Austin and Chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration, says that the newly proposed RAISE Act would cause our nation to turn its back on those setting out to build better lives, weaken family bonds and impact the nation's ability to respond to those in crisis. Bishop Vásquez's full statement follows:
Buffalo duo help schools paddle through STREAM
Wed, Aug 2nd 2017 03:00 pm
The Buffalo Diocese' STREAM program has proven to be a model of education for the nation. Representatives from Buffalo led a two-day conference to teach other educators how to make the tech program work in their schools. Jean Comer, diocesan STREAM coordinator, and Shelly Reidy, diocesan professional development coordinator, traveled to Chicago's Loyola University to explain and demonstrate how to deliver the principles of STREAM education to the classrooms, school or diocese.
Gate of Heaven Cemetery dedicates space for unborn fetuses
Wed, Aug 2nd 2017 02:45 pm
As part of a collaboration between Mount St. Mary's Hospital in Lewiston and Catholic Cemeteries, the two entities came together on Aug. 2 to bless and dedicate a new space on the grounds of Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Lewiston for families who have suffered losses associated with miscarriage. The newly dedicated section of the cemetery is designated specifically for fetuses aged 20 weeks or younger.
USCCB grants $6 million to Church in Latin America & Caribbean
Wed, Aug 2nd 2017 11:00 am
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America awarded nearly $4 million in funding in the form of 244 grants to support the pastoral work of the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean, and nearly $2 million in funding for continued reconstruction in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. The grants were approved at the Subcommittee's meeting on June 12 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Sister Virginia May, OSF (1926-2017)
Tue, Aug 1st 2017 01:00 pm
Sister Virginia May, OSF, died July 30, 2017, at St. Elizabeth Motherhouse in Allegany. She was 91.
Making a Difference: My personal story as a Catholic conscientious objector
Mon, Jul 31st 2017 03:00 pm
As I was trying to discern what God wanted me to write about, I walked into my 16-year-old son's bedroom to discover a military calendar hanging on the wall. It highlighted young men and women in combat fatigues, fighter jets, an aircraft carrier battle group and plenty of American flags.
Holy Cross Parish 5K Mass Run
Mon, Jul 31st 2017 03:00 pm
The Holy Cross Parish Council is pleased to announce its first Holy Cross 5K Mass Run and one-mile walk on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 7:45 a.m.