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This deacon is on the road to priesthood
Wed, Feb 22nd 2017 03:00 pm
The priestly formation process, for me, has been about developing a larger theological and ministerial toolbox.
Life, conversion of Roe v. Wade's Norma McCorvey remembered
Wed, Feb 22nd 2017 08:55 am
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - As the woman at the center of the case legalizing abortion in the U.S. passed away, pro-life leaders hailed her ultimate conversion on the issue and her ensuing struggles to promote life.
Mount Mercy student wants tobacco to butt out
Tue, Feb 21st 2017 11:00 am
Over the summer, Nora Galley saw something she liked - "No Smoking" signs along the pristine trails at Allegany State Park. Coming back to Buffalo, she found something she did not like - tobacco products seemingly targeted to minors.
Sister Jean Vogel, GNSH 1926-2017
Tue, Feb 21st 2017 10:00 am
Sister Jean Vogel, GNSH, formerly known as Sister Stella Maris, died Feb. 10, 2017, in Philadelphia, at 91 years of age.
Sister Rose Mary Cauley, GNSH 1936-2017
Tue, Feb 21st 2017 09:00 am
Sister Rose Mary Cauley, GNSH (Sister Mary de Montfort) died Feb. 3, 2017, at Holy Redeemer Hospital Hospice in Philadelphia. She was 81.
Justice Perspective: From a Catholic perspective, health care is a basic human right
Fri, Feb 17th 2017 04:20 pm
Within all of the debate of what to do with the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") - and how to replace, revise or remove it - almost all of the emphasis is on the cost and the coverages. Of course, these are the practical issues of prudential judgment that need to be made regarding any public policy. But, as in all prudential judgments, the decisions that should be made must come from some set of principles, not solely based on what works best.
Three seniors formally declare intentions for college athletics
Fri, Feb 17th 2017 04:00 pm
KENMORE — St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute is proud to introduce three members of the Class of 2017 who are the first student-athletes to announce their college athletic intentions this year.
Bishop Malone: Refugees are not our enemies
Fri, Feb 17th 2017 03:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone talks about what we can do to support refugee resettlement. Watch the latest "Consider This."
Banquet for St. Gianna Pregnancy Center tells of pro-life namesake
Fri, Feb 17th 2017 11:00 am
The sixth-annual St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Center banquet offered a witness of the saintly testament to the value of life. Father Thomas Rosica, CSB, a friend of the Molla family, spoke about the legacy of the saint who died rather than abort her daughter.
Catholic Charities receives $1 million grant to help fund renovation of former Niagara Falls school
Fri, Feb 17th 2017 08:00 am
Catholic Charities of Buffalo is the recent recipient of a $1 million grant from the Nonprofit Infrastructure Capital Investment Program through the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York to help transform the former Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Parish School in Niagara Falls into a family services center.
Faith, grassroots leaders to mobilize to end 'economy of exclusion'
Thu, Feb 16th 2017 04:05 pm
WASHINGTON, DC - A worldwide effort sponsored by the Vatican to energize and empower grassroots leaders will convene in Modesto, Calif., February 16-19. Twenty U.S. bishops will join nearly 700 participants representing 12 countries to examine and discuss collective responses to the issues of land, labor, lodging, racism and migration.
USCCB chairmen ask President Trump to fulfill his promise to protect religious liberty
Thu, Feb 16th 2017 04:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC - In early February, several media outlets reported that President Donald J. Trump is considering issuing an executive order establishing a government-wide initiative to respect religious freedom. A copy of a draft executive order was published by multiple news outlets. The President has not yet signed the executive order on religious freedom.
Did you know Mother Teresa experienced visions of Jesus?
Thu, Feb 16th 2017 01:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Even her friend of more than 30 years, Father Sebastian Vazhakala, did not know Mother Teresa had conversations with and visions of Jesus before forming the Missionaries of Charity.
Retired priest receives Clarence Chamber of Commerce award
Thu, Feb 16th 2017 10:00 am
Msgr. Frederick D. Leising, a retired diocesan priest, will receive the Clarence Chamber of Commerce's Lifetime Achiever of the Year Award. The chamber's 2017 awards dinner will take place at 6 p.m., on March 2, at Samuel's Grande Manor in Clarence, where Msgr. Leising will receive his award along with others from the area.
Pope Francis: Don't preach the Gospel like it's a 'recommendation'
Wed, Feb 15th 2017 03:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Pope Francis said Tuesday that the Word of God isn't something that can be explained to people as a mere recommendation, or merely a good idea, but that it requires courage, prayer and humility to preach with honesty - and this is the only way it will have an impact.
Villa Maria College program granted accreditation
Wed, Feb 15th 2017 10:00 am
The American Occupational Therapy Association's Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education reviewed the Report of On-Site Education regarding the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Villa Maria College.
Sister Marilyn Archer, OSF 1921-2017
Tue, Feb 14th 2017 12:00 pm
Sister Marilyn Archer, OSF, died Feb. 8, 2017, at the Sister of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity's health center in Stella Niagara. She was 96.
Sister Rosemary Anthony, OSF 1931-2017
Tue, Feb 14th 2017 12:00 pm
Sister Rosemary Anthony, formerly Sister Mary Augusta, died Feb. 11, 2017, at Mount St. Mary Hospital in Lewiston. She was 85.
Serra Club reaches out to parents of those considering priesthood
Tue, Feb 14th 2017 08:00 am
When intending to provide the best assistance to discerners, especially to those of high school age, it has become clear to me that family members, especially parents, play a large part. In many cases, parents have been of tremendous help on their sons' vocational journey, and much appreciation is due to them. Sometimes, when a high school student musters up enough courage to share that he is feeling a call to priesthood, the parents are stopped in their tracks. This surprise can be followed by a number of possible reactions.
Cultural Diversity: Stand for what you believe
Mon, Feb 13th 2017 11:25 am
Every year since 1989, Father Jim Goode, OFM, asked that in all our parishes we begin National Black History Month by praying for the African and African-American family. He began what is known today as National Day of Prayer for the African-American and African Family. The day designated for this celebration is the first Sunday in February.
Catholic leaders urge support of Conscience Protection Act
Sun, Feb 12th 2017 10:00 am
WASHINGTON, DC - Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan and Archbishop William E. Lori - as chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities and Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, respectively - wrote to both Houses of the United States Congress on February 8, urging support for the Conscience Protection Act of 2017 (H.R. 644, S. 301).
Solidarity at the service of all people in the Middle East
Sat, Feb 11th 2017 10:00 am
WASHINGTON, DC - The chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committees on Migration, Religious Liberty and International Justice and Peace, along with the board of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) issued a joint statement expressing solidarity with Christians and all those who suffer in the Middle East.
6th annual banquet to benefit St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Center
Fri, Feb 10th 2017 02:00 pm
The St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Center, the pastoral outreach of the Office of Pro-Life Activities of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, has become a significant resource in the Buffalo and surrounding Western New York area. The Center will hold its sixth annual benefit banquet on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 6 p.m. at the Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave.,
Deacon Daniel H. Mackowiak 1952-2017
Fri, Feb 10th 2017 01:00 pm
Deacon Daniel H. Mackowiak, a permanent deacon at Infant of Prague Parish in Cheektowaga and a Niagara Catholic High School teacher, died Feb. 7, 2017, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, at age 65.
USCCB Migration chair responds to Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision
Fri, Feb 10th 2017 10:00 am
WASHINGTON, DC - On Feb. 9, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a unanimous decision upholding a lower court's temporary restraining order (TRO) blocking the implementation of several key provisions of Executive Order 13769.
Mount Mercy offers Holocaust class
Fri, Feb 10th 2017 08:00 am
It is a well-known adage that "history repeats itself." In an effort to prevent one of the worst atrocities from history from happening again, Mount Mercy Academy is teaching a class entitled the Holocaust.
WNYCatholic Weekly Podcast February 12
Fri, Feb 10th 2017 08:00 am
For World Marriage Day and National Marriage Week we discuss marriage preparation and the Office of Family Life.
Buffalo Mass Mob heads to St. Lawrence with a new plan
Thu, Feb 9th 2017 01:00 pm
For years now, Buffalo Mass Mob has used a grassroots social media campaign to draw many people, Catholic and otherwise, to the city's churches for Sunday Mass. Their latest destination - St. Lawrence Parish on Feb. 26 - also includes a fundraising campaign to help repair and replace the church's roof.
Is a meeting between Pope Francis and Donald Trump on the horizon?
Wed, Feb 8th 2017 10:50 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA) - Pope Francis could meet with President Donald Trump at the end of May.
Making a Difference: Remembering MLK and a king's advice to the president
Wed, Feb 8th 2017 08:00 am
I believe it is no mere coincidence that the U.S. national holiday celebrating the inspiring life of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (Jan. 16) was positioned within the same week as the Jan. 20 presidential inauguration of Donald J. Trump.
Catholic students to visit the BPO
Tue, Feb 7th 2017 01:30 pm
BUFFALO, NY - Students from 19 Catholic schools will attend the BPO's Feb. 8 Music For Youth programs, in Catholic Schools Day at the BPO. The program begins at 10:15 a.m. More than 1600 students are expected to attend this concert at Kleinhans Music Hall.
'Our Daily Bread' to teach viewers about human trafficking
Tue, Feb 7th 2017 12:00 pm
Did you know that Feb. 8 is recognized as the International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking? According to the United States Department of Homeland Security, "Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act."
'In a Word?' Sin
Mon, Feb 6th 2017 04:15 pm
Father Dave Richards from the Diocese of Buffalo talks about how to detach yourself from sin and bad behavior in the final "In a Word" of the season.
Bishop Malone: It's a matter of life and death
Mon, Feb 6th 2017 03:00 pm
Two lethal bills have been introduced in Albany: A.1748 in relation to abortion expansion, and A.10059/S.7579 in relation to legalizing physician-assisted suicide.
Father Jost named pastor
Sun, Feb 5th 2017 08:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone has named Father Edward "Ted" F. Jost Jr. pastor of St. Mary of the Lake Parish, Hamburg, for a term of six years, effective Jan 1. Father Jost had been serving as the parish administrator there since September 2015.
Evangelization: Bringing Catholics together through sports
Sat, Feb 4th 2017 08:00 am
Sports are like religion in many ways. People identify with sports teams the way they identify with their religion. They gather to celebrate and sing together. Sometimes they mourn together. People dress in special clothes to play or just be a fan. There are even similarities with the halls of fame and canonized saints.
Catholic leaders: Refugee ban actually harms national security
Fri, Feb 3rd 2017 03:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - Rather than protecting U.S. interests, recent executive orders restricting immigrants and refugees could actually pose a threat to national security, warned a group of Catholic leaders on Wednesday.
STREAM-ing at St. Mary Elementary and St. Joseph Schools
Fri, Feb 3rd 2017 01:00 pm
St. Mary Elementary School In Lancaster began its STREAM integration during the 2015-2016 school year. "Being a STREAM school takes a lot of planning, organization and professional development for the teachers. Last year, we were new to the program and we learned so much," said Becky Hoag, STREAM coordinator for St. Mary's. The school offers STREAM Academies to all students during the school day on Friday afternoons thanks to the support from principal, Kim Kwitowski. "I am very happy that we are a STREAM school. STREAM education is essential to the future of our children and helps to shape their everyday experiences," stated Kwitowski.
Thanks to all sisters and brothers
Fri, Feb 3rd 2017 10:40 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone talks about the celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life. Women and Men Religious have been part of our faith lives and we should thank them for their gifts. Watch the latest "Consider This."
WNYCatholic Weekly Podcast February 5
Fri, Feb 3rd 2017 07:00 am
Given the heightened news focus on immigration, on this week's podcast we revisit 2 interviews on the topic of refugees.