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Cultural Diversity: Open our hearts to the Christ Child of peace
Wed, Dec 21st 2016 01:00 pm
This Christmas, we need to open our hearts to the Christ Child of peace. There is violence and war, and so much uncertainty. We have people living in the fear of the unknown. In the world, we have so many families crying and not knowing where they are going to live, or if they even will live, with all the bombings going on around them. In our own country, there is so much division and violence. How do we, as Christians, share the hope the Christ Child brings to the world?
Auschwitz experience teaches students about humanity
Wed, Dec 14th 2016 02:15 pm
"Come here, you free citizen of the world, whose life is safeguarded by human morality and whose existence is guaranteed through law. I want to tell you how modern criminals and despicable murderers have trampled the morality of life and nullified the postulates of human existence." - Zalman Gradowski, murdered at Auschwitz, 1945. What a challenging invitation and a sobering reminder of the recurring power of evil.
Bishop Malone: Closing out the Year of Mercy
Mon, Dec 12th 2016 11:00 am
As I write these words to you, we are experiencing the end of two long-term events: the presidential election and the Jubilee Year of Mercy. While the close of the Year of Mercy is bittersweet, the end of the election could not come soon enough. Yet the close proximity of these two closures offers us much food for thought and reflection.
Religious retirement collection raises money for health care and basic needs
Mon, Dec 5th 2016 02:00 pm
Twenty-nine years ago, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops had the foresight to anticipate the retirement needs of congregations of women and men religious who had worked for the Church in the United States since the late 18th century.
Making a Difference: The world needs saints
Sun, Dec 4th 2016 07:00 am
You are reading this shortly after the U.S. presidential election. America's next leader will have the means at hand to do tremendous good or tremendous harm.
Cultural Diversity: Celebrating Black Catholic history and diversity
Sat, Nov 12th 2016 09:00 am
Our Church today, throughout the United States, is becoming more diverse every day. As we begin National Black Catholic History Month, let us embrace the African-American Catholics in our diocese by welcoming our brothers and sisters and committing to listen to some of the experiences that they encounter, not only in our parishes but also in our communities and workplaces. Are we ready to embrace this culture and all the other cultures that are part of our diocese today? Are we ready to forgive some of the hurts that may have taken place in the past, so that together we can move forward in peace and harmony?
Making a Difference: The crucial importance of voting with a Christian conscience
Sun, Nov 6th 2016 07:00 am
Throw your political affiliation out the window. But you're a loyal Democrat. Or perhaps instead, you're a loyal Republican. Never mind that. Your political affiliation is not that important.
Justice Perspective: The other races on Election Day
Sat, Nov 5th 2016 07:00 am
Can there be any doubt that this election cycle has been unlike any other that we have seen in many years? Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, we are told, have had historically unfavorable ratings, and have engendered stronger dislike than past candidates. And some observers remark that these two candidates have succeeded in polarizing our country to a greater extent than it was before the primaries began.
Bishop Malone: Election Reflection II
Wed, Nov 2nd 2016 08:45 am
It's a common experience for bishops. Often enough, after we have addressed some controversial moral issue (which may also be a neuralgic political issue), we get mail. This intensifies during an election season. No surprise there.
Justice Perspective: No longer slaves, but brothers and sisters
Mon, Oct 24th 2016 09:00 am
Imagine an evil that is so widespread that it affects over 21 million people worldwide, but is hardly ever talked about. Imagine that same evil to be the third-most profitable form of organized crime, right after drugs and weapons trades, with close to $150 billion in illicit annual revenue - and yet it is almost never addressed as an issue.
Cultural Diversity: Healing and reaching out to suffering families
Tue, Oct 18th 2016 03:00 pm
This past week, I heard that the son of a classmate of mine suddenly died of what seems to be a drug overdose. The family, as you may imagine, is devastated. His aunt came to visit me shortly after the funeral and it was so obvious how much pain and suffering her family was going through.
Bishop Malone: Election Reflection I
Fri, Oct 14th 2016 01:00 pm
I haven't met many people who are not by now exasperated, confounded and dismayed by the ongoing presidential election campaign. Ordinarily in an election year I would be looking forward to the day after the election; at least the war of words would be (pretty much) behind us. This time, however, I expect that I will feel no better about the national situation then than I do right now, a few weeks away from Nov. 8. In fact, I may feel worse.
Bishop Malone: Join us for a celebration of life
Fri, Sep 30th 2016 12:00 pm
"Moved by Mercy" has been a consistent theme of Pope Francis and one that has particular urgency today. This year's theme for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Respect Life Program fills us with encouragement and hope and calls us to love, defend and celebrate all human life. It calls us to joyfully follow the example of Christ, to love without limits, and further, to act on that sense of true Christian charity.
Parish Life: We grow when we take a look at ourselves inside out
Fri, Sep 23rd 2016 12:00 pm
Our parish has a clear sense of purpose. We are a parish for newcomers. This was an easy choice for us, being surrounded by refugees and immigrants. Perhaps we are not so unique if one considers that more than one in 10 people relocate each year, and that rate doubles for young adults.
Holy Name Society: Members should think about their outlook on life
Wed, Sep 21st 2016 08:00 am
In today's world, I have observed many hardships over many years that have affected many of us in the Catholic Church today. I wonder: when did it begin? Was it with the Vatican II Council, or did it really begin after the crucifixion of our beloved son, Jesus Christ?
Bishop Malone: Back to school ... for all of us!
Sun, Sep 18th 2016 08:00 am
For a few weeks now, the "back to school" ads have been signaling the waning of summertime (for which I, a cold weather aficionado, am very grateful this year - apologies to you heat lovers out there!)
Cultural Diversity: A time to celebrate and a time to learn
Mon, Sep 12th 2016 09:20 am
During this time of uncertainty, and sometimes even hate, that some of our Hispanic brothers and sisters in Christ are feeling in this country, let us join in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
Proud of our schools
Wed, Sep 7th 2016 08:00 am
As we open our schools in this, the 170th year of the existence of the Diocese of Buffalo, we can be proud of the state of our Catholic schools in 2016.
Retreat in everyday life
Tue, Aug 30th 2016 03:00 pm
Desiring a closer union with God, I attended daily Mass, enrolled in a Bible study, helped with programs at my parish. I prayed daily rosaries, made regular use of the Sacrament of Confession. Still I thirsted for more. God seemed far from me, and I felt like I needed to present myself in a certain fashion in order to be worthy of a closer relationship with God.
Justice Perspective: Racism - America's original sin
Tue, Aug 30th 2016 12:00 pm
We had not even finished drying our tears and saying prayers for the families of the victims of the Orlando shooting in June when a horrific week of events confronted us in July.
Cultural Diversity: May we be the light of hope
Fri, Aug 26th 2016 03:00 pm
I have been saddened by the events that took place in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis and Dallas. As I heard and saw this happening again, my heart just was so heavy. I wanted to do something, but the feeling was also overwhelming. How can we get rid of this terrible sin?
New editor wants to hear your stories
Sat, Aug 13th 2016 08:00 am
Hello, Diocese of Buffalo. I would like to introduce myself. My name is Patrick McPartland, and I am the new managing editor of the Western New York Catholic newspaper.
Bishop Malone: Pilgrimage to the City of Saints
Wed, Aug 10th 2016 10:00 am
Saints... you can sense their influence, in a mysterious way even their presence, everywhere in Kraków. St. John Paul II and St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, of course, are prominent. Then there is the cell at Auschwitz that memorializes St. Maximilian Kolbe, who gave his life so that another prisoner could live. Today I offered catechesis and celebrated Eucharist with hundreds of pilgrims from Ireland in a parish church dedicated to the great St. Casimir.
Bishop Malone: Support the Retired Diocesan Priests' Medical Benefits Fund
Sat, Aug 6th 2016 08:00 am
Throughout the long history of our diocese, we have been served by hundreds and hundreds of dedicated priests. Today, there are 128 retired diocesan priests incurring the cost of living either on their own or the cost of living in one of our diocesan retirement homes.
Faith Perspective: Little Sisters of the Poor uphold Church teaching
Mon, Jul 18th 2016 10:00 am
United States have observed the Fortnight for Freedom in preparation for Independence Day on July 4. The theme set by the U.S. Bishops' Conference for this year's fortnight is "Witnesses to Freedom."
Sound Board: Holy Spirit moved me
Fri, Jul 15th 2016 03:00 pm
If someone told me that my faith would change my life a few years ago, I would not have believed them. I used to be someone that didn't want to go to church and sometimes not even Sunday school.
Justice Perspective: Confronting the gun culture
Tue, Jul 12th 2016 09:35 am
There is an old proverb that says, "What the eye does not see, the heart does not grieve over." How difficult it is for us to truly empathize with the sufferings or pain of another if we are not really witness to it, or have a connection with the one suffering.
Cultural Diversity: National V Encuentro
Sat, Jul 9th 2016 08:00 am
The national Encuentros began in the Catholic Church in the United States in 1972. Since then, there have been three other Encuentros - 1977, 1985 and 2000. The third Encuentro brought together hundreds of thousands of Catholics from around the country in a consultation process that led to establishment of the National Pastoral Plan for Hispanic Ministry in the United States, which also inspired the rise of Spanish speaking bishops, priests, deacons and lay leadership in diocesan offices and parishes throughout our nation.
Bishop Malone: On my mind ...
Sun, Jul 3rd 2016 08:00 am
It was American Protestant theologian Reinhold Niebuhr who famously declared that the Christian teaching on original sin is "the only empirically verifiable doctrine of the Christian faith."
A look inside the Pontifical Mission Societies
Sun, Jun 26th 2016 08:00 am
The main responsibility of this office is to promote the necessity and the value of mission-centered expressions and practices of our faith. Each year we invite all our diocesan parish communities to share in the work of our universal Church by celebrating and contributing to World Mission Sunday.
Bishop Malone: Papal priorities
Thu, Jun 23rd 2016 08:00 am
Pope Francis has given to the Church four major teaching documents - two encyclical letters and two apostolic exhortations. In each of these documents, the pope invites us to deeper, stronger, and more authentic ways of living our faith as friends and followers of Jesus Christ sent on mission to bring the Gospel to the world.
Sound Board: CLI teaches the skills to lead
Wed, Jun 22nd 2016 09:00 am
I knew what I wrote on my Diocesan Youth Board application was from my heart and every single word was the truth, but I had always been better at writing than speaking.
Cultural Diversity: What Father's Day is like in the 21st century
Sun, Jun 19th 2016 08:00 am
Father's Day is upon us and, much like its maternal counterpart, this holiday is often filled with love and appreciation, heartache and mournfulness, contempt and disesteem, or all of the above.
Cultural Diversity: Love of a father and a mother
Sat, Jun 18th 2016 08:00 am
St. Joseph is an excellent role model for all Christian fathers. His life with Mary and Jesus teaches us to have a lot of faith in God. St. Joseph reminds fathers of the importance of prayer. He teaches fathers to protect their family by his constant protection of Mary and Jesus. He provided for his family as a carpenter and he humbly served the Lord.
Not now, but how
Sat, Jun 18th 2016 08:00 am
We have all heard these familiar words, but how can we rejoice when we are grieving? When our hearts are broken from missing the one we love, it can seem almost impossible to even consider that we will ever feel joy again. Each day only seems to hold tears and despair, not hope or laughter.
STREAM project helps students reach for the stars - and moon
Mon, Jun 13th 2016 09:00 am
Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School in Cheektowaga is extremely proud of its status as a STREAM Academy.
'Consider This' offers inspirational messages
Fri, Jun 10th 2016 10:00 am
It was a typical November day, perhaps overcast with a chill in the air. And like so many other mornings when I arrive to St. Amelia Parish in Tonawanda, I opened my email and checked my messages.
Justice Perspective: Just peace and Gospel nonviolence
Fri, Jun 3rd 2016 03:25 pm
Could you endorse the following statement? "The time has come for our Church to be a living witness and to invest far greater human and financial resources in promoting a spirituality and practice of active nonviolence and in forming and training our Catholic communities in effective nonviolent practices."
A reflection on Eucharistic ministry and the healing power of Jesus
Fri, May 27th 2016 06:00 am
With its mission to "reveal the healing love of Jesus to those in need," Catholic Health responds to the spiritual needs of people of all faiths. As a ministry of the Catholic Church, the health system also serves the sacramental needs of its patients, bringing the healing presence of Jesus to the sick and injured in its hospitals and nursing homes.
Life Issues Forum: The 70-day-after abortion pill
Fri, May 20th 2016 04:00 pm
Much to the delight of abortion advocates, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has loosened its guidelines for the powerful abortion drug, RU-486/Mifepristone, marketed as "Mifeprex."