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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."
Justice Perspective: Dorothy Day and The Catholic Worker
Fri, May 13th 2016 04:00 pm
There's not much these days you can get for a penny. Penny candy is long gone, and many economists are talking about doing away with the penny altogether. But the one thing that a penny will still buy is a copy of The Catholic Worker newspaper.
Cultural Diversity: Raise your voice like a trumpet
Wed, May 4th 2016 03:05 pm
This year's National Day of Prayer takes place around our nation on May 5. It is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, which invites people of all faiths to pray for the nation.
Bishop Malone: A brief appetizer for the Joy of Love
Wed, May 4th 2016 09:00 am
The bottom line is expressed in these words of the Holy Father: "It is my hope that, in reading this text, all will feel called to love and cherish family life, for 'families are not a problem; they are first and foremost an opportunity.'"
The case against assisted suicide
Mon, May 2nd 2016 02:00 pm
Several bills have been introduced in New York State that would fundamentally alter the doctor-patient relationship by authorizing physician-assisted suicide for individuals declared by a doctor to be terminally ill.
Cultural Diversity: Awakening service and faith in children
Sun, Apr 24th 2016 08:00 am
As we prepare to celebrate these two occasions we may find ourselves reflecting on how our parents raised us, and we may also spend some time reflecting on how we are raising our own children. Are we raising them to be children of faith and service?
Faith Perspective: Pope Francis' message of mercy for ecology
Fri, Apr 22nd 2016 04:00 pm
I have heard comments from some who are upset over the fact that Pope Francis is "sticking his nose" into areas which are not of his concern. Most of these comments were in reaction to his encyclical letter on the ecology, "Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home." It is disturbing that these good people seem to be missing the message and mission of our pope.
Pro-Life Activities: Suicide law puts many at risk
Fri, Apr 15th 2016 11:00 am
Since California legalized physician-assisted suicide late last year, the proponents of such laws have set their sights on New York, with paid lobbyists, consultants and public relations firms endlessly recounting the story of Brittany Maynard.
Justice Perspective: The kingdom of shared prosperity
Thu, Apr 14th 2016 11:00 am
"The single most powerful word in our democracy is 'We.'" That was how U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez opened his speech to the hundreds gathered to hear him last month. He was quoting President Obama's remarks made at the 50th anniversary celebration of the events at Selma, Ala., last year.
Parish Life: Raising the bar (for ourselves)
Fri, Apr 8th 2016 04:00 pm
Today, churches of all kinds are discovering that by expecting more of their members they get more, and the members grow more. This growth is evident in church attendance, financial support, participation in ministries, as well as enthusiasm for service performed outside the congregation.
Bishop Malone: The great 50 days of Eastertide
Mon, Apr 4th 2016 10:00 am
If you would know the radical meaning of Easter, think of Melanie. Think of the thousands of new Catholics who were baptized around the world at the recent Easter Vigil, along with the many others, already Christian, who were received into full communion with the Catholic Church.
Cultural Diversity: Through mercy from death to life
Thu, Mar 17th 2016 03:00 pm
In this Jubilee year of Mercy we have been given a grand opportunity to look more deeply at ways to walk along in the journey of death through and to the life Jesus gave us by His Resurrection.
Parish Life: Conference to offer help with parish vitality
Mon, Mar 14th 2016 09:00 am
WWJDD? This is a hot question today: what would Jesus' disciples do?
Bishop Malone: The Gift of Confession
Wed, Mar 9th 2016 08:00 am
My confirmation homily this year begins with a question addressed to the confirmands: If you were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you? In more direct terms, what is different about my life because I am a Christian, a Catholic? Can those who know me tell the difference Jesus makes in my life? Can I?
Vine and Branches: Power of ultrasound to save precious lives
Tue, Mar 1st 2016 12:40 pm
Ultrasound images have become a powerful tool in saving the lives of those still in the womb. Ultrasound exams use ultrasound waves to scan a women's abdomen, creating a picture or "sonogram" of the baby in uterus.
Justice Perspective: Overcome indifference and win peace
Tue, Mar 1st 2016 12:00 pm
I recently taught a Continuing Education course in Catholic social teaching at Christ the King Seminary, and during one of our discussions a participant pointed out that it is hard to pay attention to so much of what is going on in the world when we are busy working, raising a family, caring for parents, and just trying to keep things together.
Bishop Malone: Holy doors and God's indulgent mercy
Mon, Feb 29th 2016 09:00 am
Pope Francis, in calling the Church to celebrate this Jubilee Year of Mercy, invites Catholics everywhere to "gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father's action in our lives."
Vocations is a ministry for all
Wed, Feb 24th 2016 11:45 am
In June of last year my priestly ministry underwent a significant shift in focus as I left my work as parochial vicar at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Niagara Falls and began a new role as director of Vocations for our diocese.
Cultural Diversity: Do whatever He tells you
Mon, Feb 22nd 2016 09:00 am
The diocesan celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. took place on Sunday, Jan. 17, at St. Martin de Porres Parish in Buffalo.
Vine and Branches: Truths of Natural Family Planning need to be clear
Thu, Jan 28th 2016 03:00 pm
Many of us in the pro-life movement have heard someone make the claim that they're firmly against abortion but see nothing wrong with contraception. This statement shows a common confusion that blurs the truth, espoused and cherished by our Church, about the gift of life and the dignity of every person.
Year of Mercy: RICA is a journey of mercy
Fri, Jan 22nd 2016 03:00 pm
When unbaptized adults (or older children) seek to join the Catholic Church, they are "embedded" in their parish community for a time of faith formation called the Catechumenate, which culminates in the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation and full membership in the Church.
Cultural Diversity: Do you know mercy?
Fri, Jan 15th 2016 03:00 pm
This Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis invites us all to not just meditate on this theme but to also get involved, reach out and get others with this gift that we so many times are given undeservingly by our heavenly Father. We are given it practically every single day and may not even realize it.
New Year musings from Bishop Malone
Wed, Jan 6th 2016 09:00 am
Bishop Malone opens the New Year with a number of thoughts and reflections.
Vine and Branches: Natural Family Planning is a beautiful teaching of the Church
Sat, Dec 26th 2015 10:00 am
They say hindsight is 20-20 and we have now had almost 50 years to look at the evolution of our culture since the availability of the birth control pill and since Pope Paul VI wrote the encyclical "Humanae Vitae." The last half century of practice reveals some of the truths about both of these watershed events in human history.
Justice Perspective: Desperate conditions, desperate choices
Fri, Dec 18th 2015 01:25 pm
In the span of just over two weeks last month, the ISIS terror network claimed responsibility for downing a Russian passenger jet, carrying out a suicide bombing in Baghdad, deadly explosions in Beirut, and multiple, coordinated attacks in Paris, killing hundreds and wounding hosts of others.
Parish Life: Move over for the game-changing generation this Christmas
Fri, Dec 18th 2015 01:00 pm
The iGeneration, Y-Generation, Millennials, Mosaics - whatever the label, they may be the game-changer generation for our parishes.
Bishop Malone: Take advantage of all the Jubilee Year of Mercy offers
Wed, Dec 16th 2015 09:00 am
I write this month from Baltimore, where the bishops of the United States are gathered for our annual Fall Plenary Meeting. As we concelebrated the Eucharist early this Sunday morning. I offered Mass for all of you who constitute the community of faith that is the Diocese of Buffalo. (Did you know that diocesan bishops offer one Mass each Sunday and holy day of obligation pro populo, that is, "for the people," just as pastors are required to do weekly for their parishioners?)
Cultural Diversity: Visit of Pope Francis
Fri, Dec 11th 2015 09:00 am
The pilgrimage to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families and Washington, D.C., to see Pope Francis took plenty of sacrifices. We traveled by bus, train and foot, walking sometimes miles to see him.
Year of Mercy: Forgiving the seemingly unforgivable
Fri, Dec 11th 2015 09:00 am
In proclaiming an "Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy," Pope Francis has called us all to embrace mercy and recognize it as, "God's loving concern for each one of us." He states emphatically that God's mercy has no limits, and that all of us should strive to follow His example by always being ready to forgive.
Religious Retirement Collection helps with housing needs, health care
Thu, Dec 10th 2015 09:00 am
Twenty-Eight 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. Most of these congregations, whose focus had been on providing services to the Church and its pastoral, educational and health care needs, were without adequate savings or investments for the care of retired members. It was at this time that dioceses throughout the country were asked to take up an annual collection to assist these religious congregations in providing funding for the anticipated retirement needs of their members.
Vine and Branches: Exposing the culture of death
Fri, Nov 20th 2015 03:00 pm
Imagine leaving your home on any particular morning and noticing that the cars in your neighborhood all have flat tires. Up and down the block, in driveway after driveway, are cars parked with flat tires. And imagine that on your daily commute, the vast majority of cars on the expressway are actually making their way through traffic in cars without any air in their tires.
Concern for refugees and immigrants
Fri, Nov 20th 2015 11:00 am
We have all been horrified by the senseless terrorist attacks in Paris. Join me in fervent prayer for victims of the massacre, for justice for ISIS leaders and killers, and for world peace.
Justice Perspective: Pope Francis' challenge to American Catholics
Tue, Nov 17th 2015 09:00 am
In the six days that Pope Francis visited the United States, he was able to command the attention of virtually everyone in the country. By spending time in the nation's Capital, the home of the United Nations and Wall Street, and the birthplace of American freedom, he was able to speak to and reflect on the great icons of what it means to be American.