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Preparing for the Resurrection
Sat, Apr 4th 2015 08:00 am
The Resurrection of Jesus reminds us of the basic belief of our faith as St. Paul expressed perfectly in his first letter to the Corinthians 15:14 "... and if Christ has not been raised, then empty too is our preaching; empty too your faith."
Justice Perspective: Almsgiving in solidarity
Sun, Mar 29th 2015 08:00 am
Isn't it striking how much we need each other? We may feel like we are independent, and there is something of the "rugged individualist" that plagues our American psyche and culture. But the truth is that no one can live well independently of others. We are inter-dependent beings.
Cultural Diversity: What would you do?
Wed, Mar 25th 2015 12:00 pm
Would you receive an ashen cross on your forehead if it meant being ridiculed, mocked and laughed at or even worse, if it meant persecution? It would probably be easier to say yes to the first part of the question, but the last part of the question? I wonder what I would do?
Sound Board: CLI imparts leadership skills to Youth Board
Sun, Mar 22nd 2015 08:00 am
At the beginning of this past summer, I attended the Christian Leadership Institute in preparation for being on Youth Board. I was quite excited, and couldn't wait to start up the year full of fun events including Witness the Spirit, Da Bounce and, especially,
Catholics Come Home: Lent can be a mission of new growth
Fri, Mar 20th 2015 10:00 am
As we journey deeper into Lent, the choice is ours - a mission or the Matrix.
Bishop Malone: Repent and believe
Thu, Mar 12th 2015 03:00 pm
There is an embarrassing story my family loves to recount every Christmas. It is, of course, about me. I was very small, perhaps in first-grade. The only remaining present for me under the tree was from my aunt. When I opened the beautifully wrapped package and discovered a sweater - hand-knitted, no less - I tossed it to the ground and broke out in tears. What I had wanted more than anything else was a little toy fire truck. And no one had given it to me ... not even my aunt.
Vocations: God's plan is energizing and inspiring
Sat, Feb 28th 2015 08:05 am
My story begins with my loving family. I was born to Luke and Pamela Uebler in July of 1990. I also have a younger brother Kyle and a younger sister Sara, whom I admire and enjoy spending time with. Father Michael Uebler, my uncle, baptized me, and I like to tell him that, so far, it's working.
Families play important role in vocation
Thu, Feb 26th 2015 08:00 am
The Program of Priestly Formation lists those responsible for the discovery and promotion of a religious vocation. It comments the bishop, the presbyterate, the vocation director, the seminary and seminarians as all having vital roles in caring "for the birth, discernment and fostering of vocations, particularly to the priesthood."
Justice Perspective: Be mindful of the poor
Wed, Feb 25th 2015 08:00 am
There was a bit of history made this past December, and it deserves some thought beyond just the headlines it made. Bishop Richard J. Malone and Episcopal Bishop R. William Franklin issued a joint pastoral letter on the renewal in Western New York.
The 'Francis Effect' on vocations
Sat, Feb 21st 2015 08:00 am
Every year the Diocesan Vocation Office produces and distributes a vocation poster to every parish in the diocese. This year the poster was done in two sizes and it focuses on Pope Francis as he ordains a young man to the priesthood at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Both of the posters contain a quote from Pope Francis on vocations. Have you seen these posters in your church or school?
Catholics Come Home: Where do we go from here?
Tue, Feb 17th 2015 08:00 am
Is the Catholics Come Home campaign over at your parish? Let's hope not.
Prayers to support vocations always needed
Sun, Feb 15th 2015 08:00 am
I had served as a parish priest for nine years when then Bishop Henry J. Mansell asked me to return to Christ the King Seminary as part of the formation team. In those nine beautiful years in parish ministry, I encountered some dedicated lay people who wanted to know what they could do to promote vocations.
Bishop Malone: Supporting our ministries and services
Fri, Feb 13th 2015 08:00 am
Unlike some Christian churches which tend to be self-contained, self-sufficient and freestanding, our Catholic parishes are distinct faith communities within the larger Church community that we call the diocese. For us Catholics of Western New York, the "Diocese of Buffalo" is another way of speaking about the entire Roman Catholic community of our eight counties - all of the people (laity, religious, priests and deacons), as well as our parishes, schools, colleges and universities, health care and human service ministries, and so much more.
Sound Board: Following Jesus' example of love
Tue, Feb 10th 2015 08:00 am
As Valentine's Day approaches I try to reflect on my life and how I follow in Jesus' example in loving all people and especially God. The most important rule Jesus gave us was "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength."
Cultural Diversity: We've come this far on faith
Wed, Feb 4th 2015 08:00 am
During February many parishes, schools and businesses will be celebrating National Black History Month. Feb. 1 is National Day of Prayer for the African-American and African Family. The theme chosen this year is Courage for the Step I'm On.
Life Issues Forum: Lessons from a traffic jam
Wed, Jan 21st 2015 12:00 pm
Patience has never been my strong suit. Waiting can feel agonizingly prolonged and sometimes pointless. Often, the effort to be patient is accompanied by varying degrees of suffering - whether it comes from awaiting a currently unattainable good, living through a painful situation, or any number of other reasons. In the last couple of years, I've begun to question more deeply what patience is, realizing that it must be more than white-knuckled endurance.
Cultural Diversity: Rebuilding the Bridge
Wed, Jan 14th 2015 09:00 am
On Sunday, Jan. 18, the diocese will be celebrating a Mass at Blessed Trinity Church, 317 Leroy Ave., Buffalo, at 10:30 a.m., in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. All are welcome to come and join us!
Bishop Malone: Celebrating Epiphany
Wed, Jan 7th 2015 01:00 pm
Even as homes, stores and streets are quickly stripped of holiday decorations during these days after Christmas, Christians continue to observe the Lord's birthday through Sunday, Jan. 11, the feast of the Baptism of the Lord.
Bishop Malone: We are designed by God for a purpose
Mon, Jan 5th 2015 02:00 pm
Every human person, male and female, is created in God's image, created to live in relationship
Justice Perspective: 'Change the paradigm'
Wed, Dec 31st 2014 11:00 am
For any celebration or holiday, the first thing we usually think about is sharing food. There is no doubt about it. Having a meal with friends and family is an experience of recalling our past with each other, strengthening the bonds we have, and sharing our hopes for the future. It's no wonder that Jesus was so often eating and drinking with people of His time - and that He left us an ultimate meal to share with each other.
Catholics Come Home: The Ten Commandments of Welcoming
Wed, Dec 24th 2014 10:00 am
Have you ever wondered what newcomers notice at your church? The first impression may determine whether they decide to return or just keep shopping. The best ways to be guest-friendly may surprise you.
Sound Board: Take time to let Him inn
Fri, Dec 19th 2014 03:00 pm
During the Christmas season we tend to forget the true meaning of Christmas, allowing the hustle and bustle of the season to replace what is really important - the birth of a beautiful baby born in a manger to a woodworker and his wife.
Cultural Diversity: Catholics Come Home
Wed, Dec 17th 2014 03:00 pm
Some may have left home because of the feeling of being neglected, abandoned, abused, burned out and discriminated against by the actions taken by some in the Church. Maybe some just stopped coming because life just got too busy, so they fell into a routine. It may be possible that leaders who were in the Church said something to them that scared them away. That person may not be there any longer. It is up to those who are attending Church now to invite those people to come back home for Christmas, and to continue coming.
Catholics Come Home: Good worship starts with good welcome
Wed, Nov 26th 2014 04:00 pm
The announcement of the Catholics Come Home campaign, which will begin just before Christmas in this diocese, may be an early Christmas gift, if only for the great questions that it raises in us. How often have we heard someone bemoan a parish liturgy? What can we, regular Catholics, do about it? Not much? Maybe more than we think. Because worship is essential to a good parish, and good worship starts with good welcome, this is the first step to building a guest-friendly Church.
Cultural Diversity: Finding forgiveness, finding peace
Wed, Nov 19th 2014 03:00 pm
One morning as I was driving to work, I heard a little voice coming through the radio of a young lady giving her testimony of forgiveness. It was so incredible, so much so, that I said, I have to bring her to Buffalo for Da Bounce. The young people need to hear her testimony. It is just too incredible. She will be able to touch so many young people and help them have a relationship with Jesus. I began repeating her name until I got to my office and typed it into my computer. I was able to locate her, Rosario Rodriguez from Los Angeles.
Catholic Difference: An extraordinary Synod, indeed
Wed, Nov 12th 2014 02:00 pm
According to Vatican-speak, a specially scheduled session of the Synod of Bishops is an "Extraordinary Synod," meaning not-an-ordinary Synod, held every three years or so. In the case of the recently-completed Extraordinary Synod of 2014, extraordinary things did happen, in the "Oh, wow!" sense of the word. And if this year's Extraordinary Synod was a preview of the Synod for which it was to set the agenda, the Ordinary Synod of 2015, that Synod, too, promises to be, well, extraordinary.
Op-ed: BlueCross BlueShield excludes Catholic Health facilities
Wed, Nov 5th 2014 03:00 pm
With the open enrollment period for Western New York seniors to choose their health care coverage for 2015 currently underway, Catholic Health is alerting area residents about important changes implemented by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York to their Medicare Advantage offerings.
Justice Perspective: Voting is a moral obligation
Thu, Oct 30th 2014 03:40 pm
Do you realize that according to the Church you have a moral obligation to vote? The Church doesn't just encourage you to vote, or recommend voting; the Church states that participation in political life is a moral obligation. No matter how you might look at the current state of politics, our obligation is to participate in public life and to do so for the common good.
Bishop Malone: Election Day
Wed, Oct 29th 2014 03:00 pm
When I was bishop of the Diocese of Portland, we had the custom of hosting an annual social for our governor, state legislators and others in political life. It was an opportunity to thank men and women in elected office for their service to the people of Maine. It was also a moment for me to share reflections on various dimensions of Catholic teaching concerning issues of public policy current at the time.
Cultural Diversity: Celebrations of faith and Thanksgiving
Wed, Oct 22nd 2014 02:00 pm
From October through November we are given plenty of opportunities to celebrate our faith with the various cultures represented here in our diocese. In November, the Church in the United States celebrates Black Catholic History Month, the Puerto Ricans in our community will celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Providence and the Native American Community celebrate National Native American Heritage Month.
Justice Perspective: Celebration of Life
Wed, Oct 15th 2014 02:00 pm
During this month of October we take time to remind ourselves that as Catholics we respect life, life in all its forms, life as the greatest gift of God. And we declare October to be Respect Life month. What a great celebration it should be - expressing our gratitude for the immeasurable variety of life, and how the human person participates in the light and power of the Spirit of God. Our celebration of life is, of course, marred by those events and practices that we recognize to be a part of a culture of death, and not a culture of life. And in this month, we particularly pay attention to the tragedy and the scandal of the presence of legalized abortion in our country.
Respect Life: Pray for all human life
Wed, Oct 8th 2014 01:00 pm
Pope Francis has captivated the world with his humility, warmth and compassion for each person. Vivid accounts of his tenderness for "the least of these" - the elderly, the imprisoned, those with disfiguring disabilities, the unborn and many more - seize our attention. Why?
Bishop Malone: Musings at the Sea of Galilee
Wed, Oct 1st 2014 01:00 pm
As most of you know, I returned recently from a Bishops' Prayer Pilgrimage for Peace in the Holy Land. You can read more about that experience online. It was an intense experience that will take me some time to process, both in my mind and in my heart.
Justice Perspective: Personal responsibility for justice
Wed, Sep 24th 2014 04:00 pm
We can often get frustrated in our mission to help create a more just and peaceful world. Sometimes it seems that injustice is beyond our personal involvement, or that some issue is too overwhelming or seems just plain unsolvable.
Cultural Diversity: The beginning of Catholic Hispanic History in Buffalo
Wed, Sep 17th 2014 04:00 pm
The History of Hispanic Catholic Ministry in the Diocese of Buffalo began in the Steel City in 1949 when Bishop John O'Hara was called to address the spiritual needs of the Spanish speaking people in Lackawanna. The numbers of the Spanish-speaking Mexicans in that area was increasing.
Bishop Malone: The love of learning and a desire for God
Wed, Sep 10th 2014 03:00 pm
The title of this column is borrowed from a fine book on monastic culture and spirituality by Father Jean Leclerq, OSB. While monasticism is a blessed vocation within our Church, it is not, however, my topic this month. The love of learning and the desire for God is.
New program creating anticipation for school year
Wed, Sep 3rd 2014 02:50 pm
One of the fondest memories I have of the first day of school, when I was a student (a thousand years ago), was that anticipation of a whole new year, a new teacher, new books, new friends and new things to learn. All things were possible.
Permanent Diaconate: Ministerial functions
Wed, Aug 27th 2014 02:00 pm
The Permanent Diaconate has been restored in the Church for nearly 50 years, and there is still some confusion as to what a deacon can do.
Pro-Life Activities: Criticism of Supreme Court decision is disrespecting religion
Wed, Aug 20th 2014 02:00 pm
In June, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision in the case of Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby. The Court said that the owners of Hobby Lobby, the Green family - devout Christians - are free to run their business according to their religious beliefs. The Greens had objected to paying for certain kinds of contraception in their employee health insurance plan, specifically, four different kinds of contraception that can cause early abortions.
Justice Perspective: Migration crisis should be guided by best interest of child
Wed, Aug 13th 2014 01:00 pm
They come across the border, fleeing the situation back home, sometimes brought into the U.S. by "coyotes" - the name for the paid "guides" who transport them. Since last October, there have been more than 60,000 of them who have been apprehended - and many more who have escaped detection. Recent government estimates are that more than 90,000 will come across the border in this fiscal year, and that number is likely to increase to more than 130,000 next year.