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St. John Vianney parishioners join to offer 22nd lawn fete
Fri, Jul 25th 2014 01:00 pm
This will be the 22nd year that St. John Vianney Parish in Orchard Park is welcoming visitors to its annual lawn fete which will take place from Thursday, July 24, until Sunday, July 27. It will feature events to keep both children and adults entertained, with an emphasis on family-friendly fun. An organizer said this year's lawn fete will maintain long-standing traditions while adding enough to also keep the event fresh.
Classic cars to highlight Pendleton parish lawn fete
Thu, Jul 24th 2014 01:00 pm
PENDLETON — Good Shepherd Parish holds its annual picnic on the last Sunday of July every summer. This year, the event will take place on Sunday, July 27, on the same grounds once walked by St. John Neumann.
St. Michael's offers unique take on Ignatian retreat
Tue, Jul 22nd 2014 12:00 pm
As the month of May came to an end, so did a session of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Retreat that began eight months earlier. Since the fall, eight men and women have met at St. Michael Church in Buffalo, with their spiritual directors, to learn how to live a more enthusiastic Christian life.
Summerfest offers tradition of music, food and family fun
Mon, Jul 21st 2014 12:00 pm
For families looking for a fun weekend event, this year's Summerfest at Our Lady of Charity Parish in Buffalo will take place from Thursday, July 24, to Saturday, July 26. The event offers afternoons and evenings of food, music, drinks, children's activities and raffles.
Longtime organist at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish retires
Fri, Jul 18th 2014 12:50 pm
Eleanor Asklar, longtime organist at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, now a worship site for Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Parish in Niagara Falls, will be retiring after serving in music ministry for more than 60 years.
Take a look inside an East Side landmark
Thu, Jul 10th 2014 11:00 am
For over a decade Corpus Christi Church has worked to preserve the art and architecture of this East Buffalo landmark. With the repair of the north tower seeking funding as the final piece of this ongoing restoration project, the beautiful interior and exterior of the East Side parish is almost complete.
Bishop Malone observes Fortnight, Rosary Novena for Life
Mon, Jun 30th 2014 10:00 am
An early Mass at St. Rose of Lima Parish in North Buffalo celebrated two important tenets of the American Catholic faith, as Bishop Richard J. Malone observed the Fortnight for Freedom and Rosary Novena for Life Saturday morning.
Corpus Christi looks to new media for fundraiser
Fri, Jun 27th 2014 09:00 am
Bake sales are passé. Fish fry dinners are so last Lent. This year Corpus Christi Church in Buffalo turned to the online community to kick start its newest fundraising campaign.
St. Amelia Parish directs Chinese family into Catholic faith
Thu, Jun 26th 2014 03:00 pm
The faith of most American Catholics is something they have been raised with after being baptized as infants. For St. Amelia Parish in the Town of Tonawanda, the process of welcoming new Catholics became an international process of learning a new culture and language.
Charismatic Renewal of diocese to celebrate Pentecost Vigil Mass
Thu, May 22nd 2014 11:00 am
Charismatic Renewal of the diocese will offer a Vigil Mass at Our Lady of Pompeii Church at 158 Laverack Ave., Lancaster, on Saturday, June 7, at 6:30 p.m. Charismatic Renewal will team up with Hispanic Charismatic Renewal and the Buffalo Chapter of Magnificat for this event. St. Luke's "Voices of Mercy" will provide the music for the celebration. All are invited to attend this charismatic style Mass and celebration of Pentecost.
Parishes remember guiding voices of sainted popes
Mon, Apr 28th 2014 10:00 am
As a half million people flooded St. Peter's Square in Rome for the canonization of two popes on the morning of April 27, much smaller celebrations took place in the Diocese of Buffalo. Both St. John Paul Parish in Lake View and Blessed John XXIII Parish in West Seneca carried the spirit of sainthood throughout the weekend.
Swormville parishioner keeps the faith in prayer, teaching and art
Thu, Apr 24th 2014 09:50 am
Involvement and creativity are signature words for Rosanne Saccoccia. A parishioner of St. Mary Parish in Swormville, she is a prayer group member, serves as a lector and teaches a teen Scripture class. She also enjoys working with faith images slowly and deliberately, taking brush to canvas.
Canonization celebration includes fireworks
Tue, Apr 22nd 2014 09:00 am
Blessed John Paul II Parish in Lake View will observe a rare occasion April 27, when its patron is canonized. In honor of the much-loved pope, the parish will celebrate with prayer, music and fireworks.
Bishop Malone celebrates Easter at the cathedral
Mon, Apr 21st 2014 09:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone closed Holy Week with a Mass emphasizing the true meaning of Easter, echoing his recent newspaper column, on Sunday at St. Joseph Cathedral.
Prayer room introduces St. John Paul II to diocese
Tue, Apr 15th 2014 03:00 pm
With Blessed John Paul II's canonization taking place April 27, Father Czeslaw M. Krysa has commemorated the late pope's last visit to Buffalo by designating a room in the rectory of St. Casimir Church as the Papal Prayer Room.
Fatima Shrine continues to offer special message
Mon, Apr 7th 2014 02:00 pm
Lent, often times, is depicted as a desert, a place to meet God and experience an inward pilgrimage. Deserts also contain oases, places to go to rest and find peace. Nestled below the Niagara Escarpment is such a place away from a distracting, busy world. That oasis, in the care of the Barnabite Fathers, is Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Lewiston.
Immaculate Conception is a parish with purpose
Thu, Mar 20th 2014 01:00 pm
Pope Francis is advocating for the Church to make a shift from maintenance to mission. Certainly, such a shift will upset the way we do business. Perhaps this will be felt nowhere more than in a parish's approach to adult faith formation. At Immaculate Conception Church in East Aurora they are making this shift, addressing the profound faith questions of their people, discovering new enthusiasm, and seeing a growing sense of purpose in the whole parish.
Interest continues to flourish at St. Amelia Bible study group
Fri, Mar 14th 2014 01:00 pm
The Bible study group at St. Amelia Parish in Tonawanda has grown to 52 people, pleasantly surprising even those who began the venture. Jane Brown takes care of the administrative work and leads hospitality for the group. Experienced facilitator Harriette Hoebel has been sharing about the Book of Daniel during the latest session.
Bowmansville parish rededicates Marian statue
Thu, Mar 13th 2014 01:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone visited Sacred Heart Parish in Bowmansville to dedicate a Marian statue in February. As Mass began, women and children in a variety of ethnic costumes, representing the church's history, sparkled the aisles with bright colors. Father Joseph Klos, pastor, Knights of Columbus members, and uniformed Scouts stood ready for the procession.
Repair work helps Holy Cross Church in time for centennial
Mon, Mar 10th 2014 11:00 am
With the 100th anniversary of Buffalo's Holy Cross Parish occurring this year, the church recently underwent some repair work to keep the building's foundation stable for years to come.
Stiches and prayers unite volunteers in parish ministry
Thu, Feb 27th 2014 11:00 am
A special group of women in the Ladies of Charity group at St. John the Baptist Parish in Kenmore sew, knit, crochet and assemble layettes, infant clothing sets, for needy newborns in Western New York and Canada.
Harmonia kickstarts 'Into Light' concerts
Mon, Feb 24th 2014 10:55 am
Long a highlight of the Buffalo Lenten and Christmas seasons, the Harmonia Chamber Singers is embarking on an ambitious new project with a new concert series and Kickstarter campaign.
Father Ben Fiore returns to Buffalo as pastor of St. Michael's
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 09:55 am
Father Benjamin Fiore, SJ, has been appointed pastor of St. Michael Parish in downtown Buffalo. He returns to his second home after serving as president of Campion College in Regina, Saskatchewan, for the past eight years.
Modesty trumps twerking at Lockport women's conference
Tue, Feb 11th 2014 09:00 am
St. John the Baptist Parish in Lockport has challenged the media's interpretation of beauty. During a women's conference held in January, a fashion show rooted in virtue and modesty showed that although skin deep, beauty can be seen without showing skin.
MLK and Black History, we need to look back to move forward
Tue, Feb 4th 2014 03:00 pm
The memory of one of the great African-American heroes was invoked at the Martin Luther King Jr. Mass. The annual tribute, held at SS. Columba & Brigid Parish in Buffalo, was celebrated Jan. 19. The Office of Cultural Diversity sponsored the Mass.
Diocese to appeal Vatican decree on St. Ann Church
Tue, Jan 21st 2014 04:00 pm
In a decree dated Jan. 7, 2014, the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy has upheld the appeal of former St. Ann parishioners, who argued against the reduction of St. Ann Church in Buffalo to profane (non-religious) use. The decree also prohibits any potential developer from repurposing the property. Bishop Richard J. Malone is reviewing the decree, and said the diocese will file an appeal before the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican's highest juridical body. It will also be up to the bishop to decide what will happen with the use of St. Ann Church in the interim.
St. Casimir's exhibit celebrates domestic Church
Tue, Jan 21st 2014 03:00 pm
St. Casimir Church has become a bit more homey since Father Czeslaw Krysa set up a display celebrating the domestic Church. The exhibit is meant to remind people the first church was in the home.
Daybreak documentary tells how OLV came to be
Tue, Jan 14th 2014 02:00 pm
Our Lady of Victory National Shrine and Basilica, which has stood as a beacon of faith in Lackawanna for nearly 90 years, has stories buried deep inside its walls, not the least of which was the collapse of the famous dome. With payments slow to be made and the architect in Cleveland during much of the construction, how could the jewel of Lackawanna be built in four years? That question and many others will be answered in "Building a Basilica" the hourlong documentary produced by Daybreak TV Productions.
Immaculate Conception Parish returns to its roots
Fri, Jan 3rd 2014 01:00 pm
Founded 135 years ago, Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville is one of Allegany County's foundations of Catholic life. But years of patch-over work have left the interior of the church looking shabby, so pastor Father Sean DiMaria embarked on a plan to restore Immaculate Conception to its original glory.
Catholic Directory goes digital; 2014 edition will be online
Fri, Dec 27th 2013 01:00 pm
The Catholic Directory has become the latest vehicle on the information superhighway. The 2014 edition will be released in a digital format in February.
St. Mary of Angels in Olean unveils 'Children of Fatima' mural
Mon, Dec 23rd 2013 01:00 pm
St. Mary of the Angels is looking back as it plans its future. As the Olean parish prepares for the centennial celebration of its church in 2015, the building is being restored to its 1915 look and feel. The parish has also built a chapel dedicated to the children who witnessed the apparition of Fatima in 1917.
OLV Gift Shop offers a world of blessings
Fri, Dec 20th 2013 01:00 pm
December is a busy time as visitors stream into the Gift Shop of Our Lady of Victory Basilica in Lackawanna. Reopened adjacent to the Father Baker Museum in October 2009 after major remodeling, it features a well-lit sales floor and a wide variety of religious items.
Father Bill sings the songs of Christmas at Blessed Sacrament
Thu, Dec 12th 2013 09:50 am
The sound of sleigh bells will be heard inside Blessed Sacrament Parish as Father Bill Quinlivan presents his annual Christmas concert on Friday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m., at Father Cotter Hall at the Tonawanda church.
Pro-Life committees share strategies at Vine & Branches meetings
Mon, Dec 9th 2013 09:00 am
Respect life coordinators across the diocese have asked for more education on life issues and the diocesan Office of Pro-Life Activities has replied. Warriors in the pro-life movement now hold quarterly Vine & Branches meetings to share information and hear from people making decisions that support life.
Parish programs seeks to promote respect life message
Thu, Nov 28th 2013 09:30 am
A new program at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Athol Springs promotes, safeguards and protects the sanctity of human life and hopes to bring about a change of heart for society.
Diocese observes end of Year of Faith, moves to New Evangelization
Tue, Nov 26th 2013 09:00 am
The Year of Faith is almost over, and the Diocese of Buffalo came together AT St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo Sunday afternoon to celebrate the theme, as well as move forward with a renewed focus on New Evangelization.
St. Mark Parish welcomes everyone with new accessbility
Mon, Nov 25th 2013 09:00 am
If St. Mark Parish in Buffalo feels more inviting these days, you're not imagining things.
Daybreak TV documentary to tell story of OLV Basilica
Tue, Nov 19th 2013 09:15 am
Daybreak TV Productions has reached out to local talent for the documentary "Building a Basilica." The 60-minute film tells the story of the priest and architect who built a magnificent church to honor the Blessed Mother Mary and will air on WKBW-TV on Jan. 19, 2014, at noon.
Parish thankful for more than a decade of priest's ministry
Wed, Nov 13th 2013 09:00 am
This month of Thanksgiving is a time in which we are especially grateful for the Lord's blessings. The blessings come in many ways and remind us of God's love each day.
St. Luke's Productions brings 'Faustina' to Diocese of Buffalo
Fri, Nov 8th 2013 09:00 am
Inspired by the tale of a 20th-century Polish saint, St. Luke's Productions brings their nationally touring "Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy" one-woman show for three performances in the Diocese of Buffalo in November.