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Catholic Charities' treatment program aims to treat whole person
Thu, Sep 21st 2017 12:00 pm
In the throes of addiction, not one facet of the victim's life is left unaffected. Everything from familial and personal relationships to daily tasks are impacted. Knowing that, the Chemical Dependency Treatment Program of Catholic Charities' Monsignor Carr Institute seeks to treat the whole person - both physically and mentally. Catholic Charities Chemical Dependency Treatment Program, housed at 76 W. Humboldt Parkway in Buffalo, is a New York state OASAS licensed outpatient program that provides services to adolescents, adults and families where substance use/abuse is an ongoing concern.
Bishop prepares to bless the animals
Thu, Sep 21st 2017 10:10 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, is calling all creatures great and small for a blessing of animals on his front lawn. The blessing will take place at 77 Oakland Place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 30, to mark the upcoming Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.
Father Werbicki celebrates 60 years serving the Lord
Thu, Sep 21st 2017 09:05 am
Father Walter Werbicki celebrated six decades as a priest on June 30. "It is not only my trust in the Lord, but more importantly, the prayers and support of all of you," he wrote to his church family at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, where he lives and celebrates early morning Mass.
Red Mass brings together those called to the legal profession
Wed, Sep 20th 2017 03:00 pm
Area judges, lawyers and public officials of all faiths gathered at St. Joseph Cathedral on Wednesday to take part in the annual Red Mass, celebrated by Bishop Richard J. Malone who urged all in attendance to look at their legal profession as a calling.
New research center focused on attention and learning
Wed, Sep 20th 2017 02:30 pm
ST. BONAVENTURE — A new research center at St. Bonaventure University will begin looking this fall at the cognitive impact of students bringing cell phones into the classroom.
Trocaire College adds brewing, distilling and fermentation program
Wed, Sep 20th 2017 02:00 pm
Trocaire College is pleased to announce its new Brewing, Distilling and Fermentation Science program, officially launching its first course on Sept. 20 under the Workforce Development arm of the college.
USCCB President responds to Mexico earthquake
Wed, Sep 20th 2017 01:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC - Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued the following statement to the people of Mexico following yesterday's powerful earthquake that struck southeast of Mexico City. The death toll has now surpassed 200. As the desperate search for survivors continues, Cardinal DiNardo calls for prayers for those suffering from the catastrophic earthquake.
Holy Name Society to hold annual awards banquet
Wed, Sep 20th 2017 09:20 am
In October, the diocesan Holy Name Society, part of one of the oldest confraternities in the Catholic Church, will be holding its annual awards banquet to honor clergy, religious and laypeople in the community who have gone above and beyond in service and dedication to the Church, society and the diocesan community as a whole. It will take place Sunday, Oct. 15, at Kiebzak's Restaurant and Beginnings Banquet, 38 Crocker St. in Sloan, with refreshments beginning at 5 p.m. and family style dinner at 6 p.m.
Joe McDonald to retire as president and CEO of Catholic Health
Tue, Sep 19th 2017 04:00 pm
After nearly 15 years at the helm of Catholic Health, Joe McDonald, the health system's longest tenured president & CEO, has announced plans to retire. While an exact timetable has not been set, McDonald plans to remain on to help transition his successor, which is expected during the first quarter of 2018. A committee, made up of representatives of Catholic Health's Corporate Members, Sponsors, Board of Directors and Medical Staff, is leading the search process for a new president & CEO.
Red Mass recognizes the legal community of WNY
Tue, Sep 19th 2017 10:40 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone will be the main celebrant at this special Mass for those involved in the legal and judicial systems. Niagara County Court Judge Matthew J. Murphy will offer remarks at the close of Mass.
Making a Difference: Over 20 million people facing starvation - and we should care
Tue, Sep 19th 2017 08:00 am
Think to a time when you were hungry. Remember how it felt, a bit uncomfortable, right? You may have even said, "I'm starving!" But you knew that in a short time the next meal would be there for you. Knowing that a good meal was awaiting you allowed your slight hunger to actually whet your appetite.
Sisters of Mercy celebrate jubilee years
Tue, Sep 19th 2017 08:00 am
Six Sisters of Mercy are celebrating their jubilees this year during a Mass on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 10 a.m. at the Mercy Center Chapel, 625 Abbott Road, Buffalo. The Rev. William Bigelow will celebrate and music will be provided by the Sisters of Mercy and Mercy Associate Choir.
Bishop Malone ordains six deacons
Mon, Sep 18th 2017 10:00 am
Six men from varied backgrounds promised Bishop Richard J. Malone they would discharge the office of deacon with humble charity in order to assist the priestly order and to benefit the Christian people. Finding them worthy, Bishop Malone accepted them and ordained these men as deacons of the Catholic Church. Four men continue their formation to the priesthood, while two - Edward Birmingham and Kenneth Monaco - will remain members of the Permanent Diaconate.
Sisters of Mercy Giving Circle awards grants
Mon, Sep 18th 2017 09:00 am
The Sisters of Mercy Many Faces of Mercy Giving Circle celebrated its 15th anniversary of awarding grants to non-profit agencies that serve women and young girls by distributing 10 grants totaling $17,100 during a ceremony at Mercy Center, Buffalo, on Sept. 14.
Bishop Malone appoints two new pastors to Erie County parishes
Mon, Sep 18th 2017 08:00 am
Father Walter Grabowski was named pastor of St. Gabriel Parish, Elma, effective Sept. 1. The previous pastor, Father Daniel Palys, retired at the end of January 2017. Father Grabowski's new assignment is for a term of six years. He had been serving as pastor at Immaculate Conception Parish, Eden, and Holy Spirit Parish, North Collins.
Annual fall campaign for Christ the King Seminary
Sat, Sep 16th 2017 08:00 am
EAST AURORA - The annual fall campaign for Christ the King Seminary will be held in September throughout the Diocese of Buffalo, with a goal of $350,000. President-Rector Father Joseph Gatto said funds raised will help support the seminary's mission to educate sponsored candidates for the priesthood, as well as permanent deacons, and religious and lay ministers enrolled in graduate programs. The campaign will also help focus attention on the many activities that take place at the seminary year-round.
Justice Perspective: Stand in support of DREAMers
Fri, Sep 15th 2017 02:00 pm
Parents will do just about anything for their children. Sacrifice is a quality that seems built into being a parent, and protecting your children from danger, suffering, or threats to their life and well-being is both natural and expected.
Seminary to host Bishop Timon conference
Fri, Sep 15th 2017 12:30 pm
Bishop John Timon, the first bishop of Buffalo, will be the topic of a conference commemorating his legacy on the 150th anniversary of his death. Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora will host the conference on Friday, Sept. 22 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the seminary's main dining room. Bishop Richard J. Malone will open the afternoon with welcome and prayer.
Allegany parish St. Bonaventure bridges road to recovery from addiction
Fri, Sep 15th 2017 10:00 am
The road to recovery from drug addiction is lined with many hurdles and pitfalls. For the past five years, St. Bonaventure Parish in Allegany has worked with a counseling recovery service to provide a safe passage to sobriety.
Bishop Malone: Hope amid an epidemic of violence
Fri, Sep 15th 2017 08:00 am
Turku, Finland. Barcelona and Cambrils, Spain. Charlottesville, Virginia. Stockholm, Sweden. Paris, France. Manchester and London, England. The Middle East, Africa ... and Buffalo. There are so much more, just in recent months, including 3,000 preborn children's lives snuffed out through abortion every day in the United States.
USCCB plans emergency collection after Hurricane Irma
Fri, Sep 15th 2017 08:00 am
WASHINGTON—The President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has invited his brother bishops to take up an emergency collection the weekend of September 23-24 on behalf of those devastated in parts of the Caribbean and southeastern United States by Hurricane Irma. In the letter sent to bishops today, Cardinal DiNardo says the emergency collection is greatly needed to help victims of Hurricane Irma rebuild their lives and also help support reconstruction needs of churches destroyed or severely damaged in the U.S. and Caribbean.
Bishop Edward Grosz to serve as homilist for annual rosary crusade
Thu, Sep 14th 2017 11:20 am
On Sunday, Sept. 24, Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Road, Lewiston, will be the site of the 37th Annual Rosary Crusade for World Peace. The event, which will take place from 2-3:30 p.m., is sponsored by the Niagara Council of Catholic Women of the Diocese of Buffalo. This year's theme is "We thank you, Blessed Mother, for 100 years of love and blessings."
Knights of Columbus team with Pro-Life department to bring ultrasounds to area clinics
Thu, Sep 14th 2017 11:00 am
Three organizations in the Diocese of Buffalo have formed a pro-life trinity. The Knights of Columbus and Catholic Health have teamed up with the Office of Pro-Life Activities to bring ultrasound machines to the eight counties of Western New York.
Father Ronald (Henry) Sermak, OFM Conv. (1934-2017)
Thu, Sep 14th 2017 10:00 am
Father Ronald (Henry) Sermak, OFM Conv., died Aug. 20, 2017, at Mercy Nursing Facility at Our Lady of Victory in Lackawanna. He was 83.
Sister Barbara Sipple, OSF (1936-2017)
Thu, Sep 14th 2017 10:00 am
Sister Barbara Sipple, OSF, died Sept. 6, 2017, at St. Elizabeth Motherhouse in Allegany. She was 80.
Sister Mary Nelson Harlach, OSF (1913-2017)
Wed, Sep 13th 2017 02:00 pm
Sister Mary Nelson Harlach, OSF, of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities in Williamsville, died Sept. 10, 2017, in St. Mary of the Angels Health Center in Williamsville. She was 104.
St. Joe's open house scheduled for October
Wed, Sep 13th 2017 01:00 pm
St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute is pleased to announce that its annual open house for prospective students and their families will take place on Sunday, October 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Monday, October 2 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Prospective students, currently in grades 5 through 8, and their families are welcome. No reservations are necessary.
Faith community nurses host sessions on end-of-life documents
Wed, Sep 13th 2017 10:10 am
While many people do not like to think about end of life decisions, these topics are often not brought up or discussed until it is too late for them to plan ahead, leaving them unable to make informed choices. In response to this need, faith community nurses will host a four-part series on important documents people should prepare - advance directives, wills, power of attorney and funeral preplanning - on Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Oct. 26 and Nov. 2, held from 7-8:30 p.m. on each date at St. Leo the Great Parish in Amherst.
Mount St. Mary students compete globally
Wed, Sep 13th 2017 10:00 am
Mount St. Mary Academy represented the United States in an international business competition this summer. Two teams from the Kenmore school's SAGE program went up against school-based businesses from 26 different countries as part of the SAGE World Cup. Both teams, representing for-profit and not-for-profit businesses took home fourth place awards.
Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Faith
Wed, Sep 13th 2017 10:00 am
Jesus was a refugee and friend of outcasts. What about you and me? Will we dare to follow in Jesus' footsteps?
US Bishops form Committee Against Racism
Tue, Sep 12th 2017 01:00 pm
WASHINGTON—The following is a statement released by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Executive Committee in support of the new Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism. The committee focuses on addressing the sin of racism in our society and the urgent need to come together to find solutions. Bishop George V. Murry, SJ of Youngstown, Ohio has been named chairman of the committee by Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the USCCB. The committee was formed upon the unanimous recommendation of the U.S. Bishops Conference Executive Committee and in consultation with members of the USCCB's Committee on Priorities and Plans.
US Bishops release statement on recent hurricanes
Tue, Sep 12th 2017 12:00 pm
WASHINGTON—In the wake of two devastating hurricanes in just two weeks, the Executive Committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops released the following statement:
Bishop Malone to ordain six men on Saturday
Tue, Sep 12th 2017 10:00 am
Six men will receive the sacrament of holy orders on Saturday, Sept. 16, when Buffalo's Bishop Richard J. Malone ordains the men to the holy order of deacon. Two gentlemen will be permanent deacons and the other four will continue their studies for the priesthood. This special Mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo.
Sister Elizabeth Bagen, GNSH (1935-2017)
Tue, Sep 12th 2017 09:55 am
Sister Elizabeth "Betty" Bagen, GNSH, formerly Sister Daniel Marie, died Sept. 1, 2017. She was 81.
Victories celebrated, training begun at diocesan Respect Life in-service
Mon, Sep 11th 2017 12:00 pm
Those laboring to cultivate a culture of life in New York received some good news at the Respect Life in-service sponsored by the Diocese of Buffalo. Bishop Richard J. Malone announced that the New York State Appeals Court affirmed that the current state laws against physician-assisted suicide are constitutional.
Red Cross drives in the diocese
Sun, Sep 10th 2017 08:00 am
Blood levels drop in the summer, so the Red Cross needs help. The blood donated from one person could mean the difference between life and death.
Condolences for victims and families in Mexico
Sat, Sep 9th 2017 10:00 am
WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued the following statement and call for prayer for those involved in this morning's devastating earthquake off the southern coast of Mexico and Guatemala.
Cultural Diversity: Celebrations of our unity in Christ
Sat, Sep 9th 2017 08:00 am
Over the next couple of months, we have plenty of opportunities to experience celebrations and times of worship from the various cultures we have in our diocese. We all know that, in the wake of all that has happened in Charlottesville, we must turn to our Lord in prayer for peace in our country. It is important that we all come together to pray for each other, and with each other. The Lord calls us to love one another as he loves us.
Questioning of nominee draws reaction from USCCB
Fri, Sep 8th 2017 03:00 pm
WASHINGTON—Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty has issued the following statement in response to the line of questioning directed at a federal judicial nominee earlier this week.
Father John P. Bucki, SJ (1950-2017)
Fri, Sep 8th 2017 10:00 am
Father John P. Bucki, SJ, a familiar face among alumni, faculty and staff of Canisius College in Buffalo, died Sept. 2, 2017, at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, following a long battle with cancer. He was 67.