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Local artist restores crucifix at St. Josaphat Church
Tue, Nov 24th 2015 09:00 am
A 100-year-old crucifix in St. Josaphat Parish in Cheektowaga saw the completion of a much-needed facelift with the help of some artistic talent.
Opera Sacra offers production on Joan of Arc
Wed, Nov 18th 2015 10:00 am
Opera Sacra, the longest continually producing opera company in Western New York, began in 1975, founded by Father Jacob Ledwon at the former St. Joseph New Cathedral in Buffalo. Choosing works that center on religious themes, it has been presenting major productions for 40 seasons in many Western New York churches and schools.
St. Casimir celebrates anniversary, encourages prayer at home
Tue, Nov 3rd 2015 09:00 am
St. Casimir Parish in Buffalo highlighted its 125th anniversary with a special events to help prepare for family celebrations that come with the Thanksgiving holiday season. On Oct. 18, parishioners crowned the Black Madonna, celebrated Mass, prayed the rosary, blessed religious icons and held a luncheon featuring traditional Polish and Italian foods.
St. Martha to have renovations blessed by Bishop Malone
Tue, Nov 3rd 2015 09:00 am
Recently, St. Martha Parish in Depew completed a series of renovations in its church in the aftermath of the merger that created it five years ago. It celebrated its formal five-year anniversary in July, the result of the merging of St. Barnabas and Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament churches in 2011. In order to keep moving into the future, the church will now have a new look for parishioners and visitors alike.
Revival brings faith-building messages of love, humility
Wed, Oct 28th 2015 01:00 pm
As the 2015 Revival began on Oct. 13, everyone entering SS. Columba/Brigid Church was given a small rock inscribed with a reminder that only those without sin should cast stones.
Swormville parish presents special event for teens
Tue, Oct 27th 2015 03:00 pm
Teens are invited to A Night of Faith, Hope and Love, led by Carrie Ford and John Wilde, on Thursday, Nov. 5, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at St. Mary Swormville Parish Center, 6919 Transit Road, East Amherst. Students in grades six through 12 are encouraged to attend.
Orchard Park parish dances to Polish tune for WYD
Fri, Oct 23rd 2015 04:00 pm
Before going to Poland for World Youth Day, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish brought a little bit of Poland to Orchard Park. The parish welcomed a group of dancers who hail from "The Land of the Fields."
Following policy change, annulment workshop explains the process
Wed, Oct 21st 2015 01:00 pm
Following Pope Francis' lead to simplify the Catholic annulment process, Bishop Richard J. Malone has announced that he has waived the fee for annulments in the Diocese of Buffalo. Now Catholics can learn more about the confusing process with a workshop Thursday night.
Sloan parish celebrates 100 years
Mon, Oct 19th 2015 03:00 pm
St. Andrew Parish in Sloan has been celebrating a special anniversary this year, with a series of events to commemorate a century since the parish's establishment.
Bishop celebrates Mass for World Mission Sunday
Mon, Oct 19th 2015 12:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone served as the main celebrant at a Mass that honored missionaries from the diocese who are ministering throughout the world.
Care for Creation Committee inspired by papal visit, encyclical
Thu, Oct 15th 2015 09:20 am
In the wake of Pope Francis' visit to the United States and his call to Catholics around the globe to take better care of the earth, the diocesan Care for Creation Committee continues to organize events to promote Pope Francis' message released in his June encyclical, "Laudato Si," or "Praised Be." The committee, founded in 2006, arranges events in the diocese to raise awareness of the environment.
St. Christopher Parish hosts Family Day Saturday
Wed, Oct 14th 2015 08:00 am
In honor of the Synod on the Family, which takes place in Rome in October, St. Christopher Parish in Tonawanda will hold its own Family Day to promote the Catholic Church providing pastoral care for all families and the need for this care regardless of how traditional or non-traditional they may be.
Cultural Diversity: It's Revival time
Mon, Oct 12th 2015 08:00 am
The Office of Cultural Diversity, along with the members of the African-American Commission of the Diocese of Buffalo, will be holding their biannual Revival this year at SS. Columba-Brigid Parish, 75 Hickory St., Buffalo. The Revival theme is, "Cast the First Stone."
New administrators signal positive changes for parishes
Thu, Oct 1st 2015 09:00 am
Most people believe that change is good - for someone else. This might be especially true of people in institutions with a reputation for stability. Interesting that the Catholic Church has always changed in response to signs of the times. But significant changes may be felt as a breakdown, before appreciating the breakthrough.
Local Catholics join together to watch papal Mass
Mon, Sep 28th 2015 03:00 pm
About 100 people skipped Sunday's Buffalo Bills victory over the Miami Dolphins for another kind of community activity: a special telecast of Pope Francis' closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia screened at St. Leo the Great Church in Amherst.
Live papal Mass at St. Leo the Great Church
Mon, Sep 21st 2015 03:00 pm
Msgr. Robert E. Zapfel, pastor of St. Leo the Great Church in Amherst, is especially eager for the pope's visit. The parish will debut its new technology on Sunday, Sept. 27, at 4 p.m., featuring Pope Francis celebrating Mass live from Philadelphia for the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families.
St. Mary of the Angels in Olean celebrates 100 years
Fri, Sep 11th 2015 02:30 pm
St. Mary of the Angels Parish has been a fixture of the Olean community since the current church was built in 1915. The parish will celebrate its 100th anniversary in September with a Mass and concert. Part of the parish's celebration includes a series of ongoing renovations that have been paid for by the parish's centennial capital campaign with funding from the donations of various benefactors.
The restoration of a Niagara Falls church
Tue, Aug 18th 2015 02:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone visited Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Parish (St. Joseph worship site, 1413 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls 14301) on Sunday to rededicate the St. Joseph Church site and celebrate the completion of the painting of the church which included several murals.
'Consider' the life of parish ministry
Sun, Aug 16th 2015 08:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone says parish communities are the heart of the church in "Consider This."
Annunciation plans music-filled summer picnic
Thu, Aug 13th 2015 08:00 am
ELMA — Music, classic cars, numerous raffles and delicious food offerings will highlight the 78th annual summer picnic at the Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St. The event kicks off on Friday, Aug. 14, and concludes with a grand drawing the evening of Sunday, Aug. 16.
St. Bernard, Our Lady of Czestochowa parishes to link
Fri, Aug 7th 2015 03:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone has informed members of two parishes in Kaisertown that their faith communities will be linking, effective Oct. 1.
OLV offers a 'heavenly' lawn fete
Fri, Jul 31st 2015 01:00 pm
Our Lady of Victory Basilica plans big fun, big music and big giveaways at its annual lawn fete.
Summerfest is a hit at Our Lady of Charity
Mon, Jul 27th 2015 01:00 pm
We stopped by Our Lady of Charity Parish (which combined the St. Ambrose, Holy Family and St. Agatha communities) in Buffalo for their annual Summerfest Thursday through Saturday. Relive the party with our new photo gallery by clicking here.
What makes a good parish?
Sat, Jul 25th 2015 08:00 am
Bishop Richard Malone shares some characteristics that make a good parish in a new episode of his weekly YouTube show, "Consider This."
St. Mary Parish in Pavilion celebrates sesquicentennial
Fri, Jul 24th 2015 09:00 am
Agriculture has been a thread woven throughout the history of St. Mary Parish in Pavilion from its earliest years to the present. The small country parish had its roots in the Irish immigrants who were escaping the trials of the Potato Famine in Ireland. Many settled in the area because they were assured work at the Brooks Farm.
Stained glass window from closed Buffalo church finds new life
Thu, Jul 23rd 2015 11:00 am
Last year, part of Buffalo history made its way to St. Pacificus Oratory in Humphrey.
Buffalo parish holds Summerfest
Tue, Jul 21st 2015 10:00 am
The Our Lady of Charity Parish Summerfest will take place on Thu., July 23 through Sat., July 25 at St. Ambrose Church, located at 65 Ridgewood Road, Buffalo. The annual event benefits the entire parish, which includes the former parishes of St. Ambrose, Holy Family and St. Agatha's.
Chowder and run: Swormville parish hosts annual picnic
Wed, Jul 15th 2015 09:00 am
This month, St. Mary Parish in Swormville will continue a long-standing tradition that dates back to the 19th century, as well as a newer one that will keep Western New Yorkers on their toes. At 7 p.m., on Friday, July 17, the parish is hosting its Chowder Chase annual 5K Run/3K Walk, There will be an outdoor Mass at 6 p.m., Saturday, July 18, and the 166th annual parish picnic from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m., Sunday, July 19.
St. John Paul II community has a blast at lawn fete
Tue, Jul 14th 2015 12:00 pm
Judging by these pictures, people had a lot of fun at the St. John Paul II Church lawn fete in Lake View July 10-12. Check out our photo gallery here.
Parish director helps others encounter Christ
Mon, Jul 13th 2015 08:00 am
Throughout the Diocese of Buffalo, evangelization has taken on new life with the recent Catholics Come Home campaign, a media effort to welcome back fallen-away Catholics. However, evangelization must begin in individual parishes for them to continue thriving. One such person responsible for this Church mission is Adam Pasternack, director of evangelization at St. Amelia Parish in Tonawanda.
Raised near birthplace of St. John Paul II, Polish priest brings ministry to Buffalo
Thu, Jul 9th 2015 11:00 am
From his earliest days, Father Dawid Krzeszowski had much in common with one of the newest saints of the Catholic Church. Now parochial vicar of St. John the Baptist in Kenmore, Father Krzeszowski was born in Poland near the birthplace of St. John Paul II. Today, he continues to share his faith and his heritage with many American parishioners.
Polish priest looks forward to serving in diocese
Thu, Jun 25th 2015 06:00 am
Many Western New Yorkers remeber November 2014 because of the several feet of snow that blocked doorways and stranded motorists. For Father Marcin Porada, parochial vicar at St. John Gualbert Parish in Cheektowaga, that November was a time of new beginnings as he came to the United States from Poland.
Ignatian retreat seeks longlasting influence on life
Wed, Jun 24th 2015 06:00 am
St. Ignatius of Loyola, the 16th-century hermit who founded the Society of Jesus, also designed the "Retreat in Daily Life." St. Michael Parish in Buffalo regularly offers these directed, group retreats at its downtown church.
St. Louis Church honored as masterpiece of sandstone
Wed, Jun 24th 2015 06:00 am
The Medina Sandstone Society has honored St. Louis Church, the oldest church in the Diocese of Buffalo, by inducting the church into its Sandstone Hall of Fame as an "outstanding example of Medina sandstone."
SS.Peter and Paul Parish celebrates 150th anniversary
Tue, Jun 23rd 2015 02:00 pm
Bishop Edward Grosz will be the principle celebrant for a Mass honoring the 150-year legacy of SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Williamsville on June 28 at 11:30 a.m.
Online digital Directory 2015 is useful resource
Fri, Jun 12th 2015 01:10 pm
Even in an institution with 2,000 years of tradition, things can move pretty fast. To keep up with the frequent changes in parish staff or Mass times in the Diocese of Buffalo, the diocesan Office of Communications offers an online Directory of all things Catholic.
St. Amelia's lends a hand with parking lot ministry
Wed, May 27th 2015 11:00 am
St. Amelia Parish refused to let a little snow prevent people from attending Mass. The Tonawanda parish started a parking lot ministry to make sure the elderly and disabled could safely enter the house of God.
LeRoy resident visits every church in the diocese
Tue, May 19th 2015 01:00 pm
For most practicing Catholics in Western New York, going to Mass involves a short walk to the church on their corner, or a brief drive to a neighboring town or city. For Daniel Gangi, a parishioner of St. Joseph Parish in LeRoy and a grand knight of the Knights of Columbus' Edward Powers Council in LeRoy, going to church involved attending Mass in every church in the eight-county Diocese of Buffalo.
Two inner city parishes to share pastor with suburban parish
Mon, May 4th 2015 01:00 pm
Father Ronald P. Sajdak will be embarking on what he calls an "exciting venture."
Niagara Falls parish starts programs for youth, young adults
Thu, Apr 30th 2015 03:00 pm
A year ago, Father Jacek Mazur, pastor of St. Mary of the Cataract and Divine Mercy Parishes in Niagara Falls, was looking for a program to reach the youth of his city parishes. He wanted it to be fun and faithful to the teachings of the Church. Father Mazur knew that many children were not getting much exposure to the faith, and this new youth ministry might be a "candle in the darkness."