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Retreat leaders to visit South Buffalo parishes
Fri, Oct 13th 2017 02:45 pm
This month, the linked parishes of St. Martin of Tours and St. Thomas Aquinas in South Buffalo will celebrate their Irish-American heritage with Father William Quinlivan. He has invited two Irish retreat ministers, Sister Briege McKenna, OSC, and Father Kevin Scallon, CM, from Oct. 16-19 for a special four-day parish mission retreat.
Catholic pediatrician to speak in Lancaster parish
Thu, Oct 12th 2017 03:00 pm
Our Lady of Pompeii Parish in Lancaster will welcome Respect Life Month by bringing in a Catholic doctor to speak against physician-assisted suicide as part of its Faith Enrichment Speaker Series.
A guide to local Fatima anniversary celebrations
Thu, Oct 12th 2017 09:00 am
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Fatima appearance, several local parishes will host special celebrations throughout the year beginning this month.
Our Lady of Fatima statue in Bowmansville has long history
Tue, Oct 10th 2017 04:00 pm
Since 1948, Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Bowmansville has been the home of one of the first-ever statues of Our Lady of Fatima, sculpted to depict the Virgin Mary as she appeared to the three shepherd children, Lúcia dos Santos and her cousins, Francisco and Jacinta Marto, in Portugal in 1917. As the parish was preparing for the centennial anniversary celebrations to end, Father Robert Zilliox, pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus, spoke about the history of the statue and how it came to Bowmansville.
Fatima Shrine to close out centennial celebrations
Fri, Oct 6th 2017 10:00 am
Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Lewiston will hold special events to mark the 100th anniversary of the last apparition of Mary in Fatima, Portugal.
Bishop Malone invites public to Blue Mass honoring first responders
Thu, Oct 5th 2017 10:00 am
The third annual Blue Mass in the Diocese of Buffalo will take place on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo. The Mass will honor local EMS, fire and law enforcement departments of all faiths who live and work in the diocese. Bishop Richard J. Malone welcomes everyone, from all counties, paid and volunteer staff, families and friends, to attend this special commemorative Mass to honor and thank these men and women for their service to the common good. He will bestow blessings upon all who contribute to public health and safety in the Diocese of Buffalo.
Our Lady of Bistrica celebrates 100th anniversary
Thu, Oct 5th 2017 08:00 am
On Sept. 17, Bishop Richard J. Malone made his first visit as bishop to Our Lady of Bistrica Parish in Lackawanna to celebrate the Croatian church's 100th anniversary. In honor of the rich heritage of the community, portions of the Mass were read in Croatian as well as English, and along with Father Christopher Coric, OFM Conv., parish pastor, several Croatian Catholic priests were in attendance.
Revival 2017 to be held this October
Fri, Sep 22nd 2017 03:00 pm
In October, the Diocesan Revival will be sponsored by the Office of Cultural Diversity's Diocesan African-American Commission. The theme of the Revival this year is "Shut Up and Just Listen, Jesus Has Something to Say."
Vacation Bible School: Operation Arctic Adventure
Fri, Sep 22nd 2017 11:30 am
NIAGARA FALLS — The week of Aug. 7-11 was a flurry of activity as the St. Vincent de Paul Parish Center was transformed into Snowflake Station. During Vacation Bible School Week, the program Operation Arctic Adventure was used, and over 35 children learned about the "coolest book on the planet," the Bible.
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 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."
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.
OLV tradition brings in change at summer carnival
Fri, Sep 1st 2017 03:35 pm
While children of all ages tossed rings and bounced in a house behind Our Lady of Victory Basilica, passersby gave to the church by emptying their pockets and piggybanks in front.
St. Padre Pio celebrates parish anniversary, Fatima centennial
Fri, Sep 1st 2017 03:00 pm
You might not know it by driving by, but the small parish of St. Padre Pio in Elba has a very big connection to Fatima, Portugal and its most important visitor. The parish is the first in the United States to have a shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima. On Aug. 13, St. Padre Pio Parish welcomed Bishop Richard J. Malone to celebrate both the 70th anniversary of the church and the 100th anniversary of the message of Fatima.
Parish youth groups look to spark fellowship and growth
Thu, Aug 24th 2017 08:45 am
LANCASTER — Our Lady of Pompeii Parish is generating new excitement in the renewal of their youth groups. In the last few months, both parishioners and non-parishioners attended youth nights and events which enriched the participant's faith and created a growing sense of camaraderie.
St. Joseph Cathedral undergoes changing of the guard
Wed, Aug 16th 2017 03:00 pm
St. Joseph Cathedral, the central church for the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, has undergone a changing of the guard. Father Charles E. Slisz has come out of retirement to take over the role of cathedral rector from Father Peter Drilling, who has served in that position since 2014. Father Drilling will continue his long career teaching at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora.
Diocese welcomes three new priests; bishop assigns two vets
Tue, Aug 15th 2017 09:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone has announced new clergy assignments at several parishes in the Diocese of Buffalo. The appointments include welcoming three priests to the diocese.
Bands, food and giveaways to be highlighted at annual Church of the Annunciation picnic
Mon, Aug 14th 2017 09:00 am
A weekend filled with live music, classic cars, numerous raffles and delicious food offerings will highlight the 80th annual summer picnic at the Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma. The event kicks off on Friday, Aug. 18, and concludes with a grand drawing the evening of Sunday, Aug. 20.
Our Lady of Victory Basilica celebrates Father Baker Day
Mon, Jul 31st 2017 03:00 pm
In honor of the 81st anniversary of Venerable Nelson H. Baker's death, Our Lady of Victory National Shrine and Basilica continued its longstanding tradition of honoring the beloved Buffalo icon on July 30. A congregation, including clergy, religious, lay faithful and "Baker Boys," men who lived at Father Baker's orphanage as young boys, listened as Msgr. Paul J.E. Burkard, rector of the basilica, urged all Catholic faithful to use Father Baker's life of service as an ideal role model for modern day sainthood.
Holy Cross Parish 5K Mass Run
Mon, Jul 31st 2017 03:00 pm
The Holy Cross Parish Council is pleased to announce its first Holy Cross 5K Mass Run and one-mile walk on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 7:45 a.m.
Bishop Malone to celebrate outdoor Mass in West Seneca
Fri, Jul 28th 2017 08:00 am
Hundreds of people are expected to join Bishop Richard J. Malone on Sunday, Aug. 6, Transfiguration Sunday, at 10 a.m. for a special outdoor Mass at St. John XXIII Parish, 1 Arcade St. (corner of Harlem Road), West Seneca. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs. This will be the only Mass at the parish on Sunday, Aug. 6.
Outdoor Mass draws young adults
Mon, Jul 24th 2017 02:00 pm
Gathered under shelter 16 at Ellicott Creek Park, about 30 young adults celebrated Mass on a warm summer's day. Members of [re], Frassati WNY and a few strays came to worship in an environment different from the four walls and stained glass of their churches. St. Benedict Parish in Eggertsville hosted the event. Pastor Father Robert Mock celebrated the July 22 Mass.
St. Joseph University engages in outreach to millennials
Wed, Jul 19th 2017 09:00 am
Although they have long histories, many Catholic parishes in the United States has become plagued by an issue many pastors have noticed, one that could lead to a shorter history than they would like. With many millennials, or young adults born during an ill-defined time period that usually includes the 1980s to late 1990s, not attending Church or participating in religion in general, parishes have been put in a bind.
Father Burzynski installed as St. John Kanty administrator
Mon, Jul 17th 2017 03:00 pm
St. John Kanty Parish celebrated a new beginning as it prepares to commemorate the past. Bishop Richard J. Malone installed Father Michael H. Burzynski as administrator of the Buffalo church, which will hold its 125th anniversary later this year.
St. John Vianney Church announces details for 25th annual lawn fete
Mon, Jul 17th 2017 08:55 am
ORCHARD PARK — A 5K race, food truck rally, classic car show and entertainment by Hit n Run and Eric Van Houten are among the highlights of the 25th annual St. John Vianney Lawn Fete, taking place July 20-23.
Composer premieres new musical work
Fri, Jul 14th 2017 02:00 pm
A Mass in honor of divine mercy and Hymn to St. Michael the Archangel, composed by David Butler, were premiered at the noon Mass on Pentecost Sunday at St. Michael Church in Buffalo. Butler, a well known Western New York musician and teacher, arranged and conducted the scores of his original works for voice, strings, piano and congregation. He was assisted by Jim McNeill, Colleen Mazella and the Burnett String Ensemble. Father Benjamin Fiore, SJ, pastor, presided and preached at the Mass.
Baloney bonds teens and parishioners at St. Bernadette's
Mon, Jul 10th 2017 02:00 pm
The parishioners of St. Bernadette's have put their money where their mouths are. To support the Orchard Park parish's youth ministry, parishioners bought $1,300 worth of the luncheon meat at the May 20 Baloneyfest. The fundraising idea came from Father Paul Seil, pastor and friend of the Wardynski family of Wardynski Meats fame, who donated 16 logs of baloney to the parish.
Red Cross seeks donations from Western New York
Sat, Jul 8th 2017 08:00 am
The need for blood doesn't end with a particular season. By contributing to the community blood supply donors can show their commitment to a better quality of life. While one unit may not seem important at this moment, it could mean the difference between life and death to the patient who needs a particular blood type.
All eyes on the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels
Mon, Jun 26th 2017 10:00 am
OLEAN — Three months after the announcement from the Vatican that Pope Francis has bestowed the title of minor basilica on St. Mary of the Angels Church, the parish is preparing for its inaugural Mass to celebrate that recognition on Thursday, June 29.
Bishop Malone to bless renovations at St. Mark's in Buffalo
Fri, Jun 9th 2017 03:55 pm
As a conclusion to the large-scale renovations that took place at St. Mark Parish in North Buffalo over the winter, the parish will welcome the nearing of summer with a formal dedication to the updated church's interior.
St. Margaret's celebrates 100 years of faith in style
Fri, Jun 9th 2017 03:00 pm
There was a time when women were expected to wear hats or "chapel veils" in church, and Kate Mazzarini, for one, is glad that became optional in 1962.
A 'Day of Joy' for four new priests
Sat, Jun 3rd 2017 02:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone welcomed a crowd of nearly one thousand at St. Joseph Cathedral Saturday morning by noting that he rarely sees so many smiles in church as on the day of an ordination. On this day, he placed his hands upon the heads for men as he said the ordination prayer making them priests of Jesus Christ forever.
Lackawanna parish celebrates 100 years
Mon, May 22nd 2017 03:00 pm
In the shadow of the majestic Our Lady of Victory Basilica resides St. Anthony Church in Lackawanna, a small parish that has ministered to a diverse neighborhood for generations. St. Anthony Parish celebrated their 100th anniversary with a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Richard J. Malone on May 21.
WNYCatholic Weekly Podcast May 14
Sat, May 13th 2017 07:00 am
As Upon This Rock moves into its public phase we get another update from Rick Suchan, Executive Director of the Foundation for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.
Holy Angels Parish will celebrate longtime organist
Tue, May 9th 2017 08:00 am
Holy Angels Parish in Buffalo will throw a party to celebrate a lifetime of service. Bob Chambers, its longtime organist, will be honored with a special Mass and reception May 13. The 4 p.m. Mass at the church will be followed by a reception at D'Youville College in Buffalo.
Buffalo Mass Mob heads to Coronation May 7
Tue, May 2nd 2017 02:00 pm
Buffalo Mass Mob XXI will take place on Sunday, May 7, at Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church on the city's West Side starting at 9 a.m.
2017 events scheduled for Our Lady of Fatima anniversary
Tue, May 2nd 2017 08:55 am
YOUNGSTOWN — One hundred years ago, on Oct. 13, 1917, an estimated 70,000 pilgrims travelled to the Cova da Iria, of Fatima, Portugal, to witness the miracle promised by the Blessed Mother. Our Lady appeared six times to three shepherd children, on the 13th of each month from May to October of 1917, each time exhorting them to "Pray, pray, pray."
Blessed Sacrament hosts Camerata concert
Fri, Apr 28th 2017 02:00 pm
Father Paul Bossi, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church, will host the Camerata di Sant'Antonio Chamber Orchestra during a special concert May 17 at the Buffalo church.
Sacred Heart Parish celebrates 100th Fatima anniversary
Tue, Apr 25th 2017 08:00 am
BOWMANSVILLE — Sacred Heart Parish will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady's appearance to three shepherd children, Lúcia Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto, in Fatima, Portugal, as she pleaded with them to pray for peace and "poor souls who have no one to pray for them."
Remembering Holy Week 2017
Mon, Apr 17th 2017 09:00 am
Holy Week at St. Joseph Cathedral is one of the busiest times of the year, with several Masses and liturgies marking the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Here are some of our favorite images of the week in a new photo gallery.