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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."
Respect Life Committee to host conference on end-of-life topics
Wed, Apr 29th 2015 08:00 am
While a difficult topic, the prospect of end-of-life care is one nearly everyone must face at some point. In order to make choices easier for local families, the Respect Life Committee of Our Lady of Pompeii Parish in Lancaster has organized a conference designed to inform families about caring for aging or ill family members with dignity and in accordance with Catholic teaching.
Our Lady of Fatima Shrine to mark special anniversaries
Mon, Apr 27th 2015 10:30 am
Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Lewiston, directed by the Barnabite Fathers, has the opportunity this year of celebrating the golden anniversary of the laying of the dome chapel's cornerstone in 1965, and the ruby (40th) anniversary of the dome chapel's designation as a basilica in 1975.
St. Rose of Lima community supports life, marriage
Sat, Apr 25th 2015 08:00 pm
More than a hundred people went to Mass first thing Saturday morning in North Buffalo; not just for the Eucharist, but also to show support for the Catholic teaching on life and marriage. Bishop Richard J. Malone noted the consistent attacks on pro-life beliefs and traditional marriage resembled the work of Satan as he presided over a Rosary Novena for Life and March for Marriage celebration at St. Rose of Lima Parish.
Bishop Richard J. Malone celebrates special Mass on Saturday
Tue, Apr 21st 2015 09:00 am
Buffalo Bishop Richard J. Malone and the Office of Pro-Life Activities invite all to participate in prayer for a culture of life at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 25, at the Rosary Novena for Life Mass at St. Rose of Lima Parish, 500 Parker Ave., Buffalo. All priests and deacons are invited to concelebrate and vest for Mass.
Lakewood parish to offer a 'hole' lotta fun
Mon, Apr 20th 2015 10:00 am
Sacred Heart Parish in Lakewood will host the Donut Man, who teaches children how to fill the holes in their lives. Rob Evans will perform at Southwestern School in Lakewood on Sunday, April 26, at 5 p.m.
Catholics Come Home campaign a success with increased attendance
Thu, Apr 16th 2015 09:00 am
Throughout the Christmas season, the Diocese of Buffalo participated in a large-scale television and social media campaign called Catholics Come Home which intended to welcome Catholics who have fallen away from the faith for various reasons and no longer attend Mass on a regular basis.
Our Lady of Pompeii to host Growth in the Spirit seminar
Wed, Apr 15th 2015 02:00 pm
For Catholics who would like to gain a better understanding of the role of the Holy Spirit in their prayer and faith lives, the diocesan office of Charismatic Renewal is sponsoring a Growth in the Spirit seminar on Saturday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Our Lady of Pompeii Parish in Lancaster.
Pauline Fathers to assume ministry at St. Stanislaus Parish
Mon, Mar 30th 2015 10:40 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone is happy to welcome the Pauline Fathers (the Order of St. Paul the Hermit) in the leadership of St. Stanislaus Parish, 123 Townsend St., Buffalo, effective Apr. 12, Divine Mercy Sunday.
Annual Rosary Novena for Life begins March 28
Wed, Mar 25th 2015 02:20 pm
The 2015 annual Rosary Novena for Life commences on Saturday, March 28, with 8 a.m. Mass at St. Rose of Lima Parish, Parkside and Parker avenues, Buffalo, and will continue on one Saturday each month through November.
Holy Week schedule at St. Joseph Cathedral
Mon, Mar 23rd 2015 01:00 pm
The following liturgies are scheduled for Holy Week at St. Joseph Cathedral.
Blessed Trinity to host concert
Mon, Mar 23rd 2015 08:00 am
The Camerata di Sant' Antonio will perform at Blessed Trinity Church in Buffalo on Sunday, March 29, as part of the church's Trinity concert series of beautiful music in a beautiful space.
Bishop Trautman to lead Lenten retreat
Tue, Mar 10th 2015 08:00 am
Bishop Donald W. Trautman, bishop emeritus of Erie, Pa., will return home to the Diocese of Buffalo in March to lead a Lenten retreat at Immaculate Conception Parish in East Aurora on March 15, 16 and 17, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Batavia Parish to host St. Joseph Table
Mon, Mar 9th 2015 08:00 am
Parishioners of Ascension Parish in Batavia will host a St. Joseph Table on March 15. The St. Joseph Table will be catered by Bing's Restaurant. Donations from the event will be used to care for the poor.
Ellicottville parish continues Lenten prayer cross tradition
Fri, Mar 6th 2015 12:00 am
As the season of Lent progresses, so will a Lenten tradition at a Southern Tier parish. For years, Holy Name of Mary Parish in Ellicottville has maintained a yearly Lenten prayer cross, which remains common among the parishioners as well as visitors to the region's popular ski resorts.
St. Casimir Church to hold Heritage events
Wed, Mar 4th 2015 08:00 am
St. Casimir Church in Buffalo will hold its annual Heritage Events program throughout March.
Buffalo parish to hold Novena of Grace
Tue, Mar 3rd 2015 11:00 am
Our Lady of Charity Parish in Buffalo will offer the Novena of Grace from Wednesday, March 4, through Thursday, March 12, at the St. Ambrose worship site at 65 Ridgewood Road.
Parish outreach center lends a helping hand to community
Tue, Feb 24th 2015 08:00 am
Parish outreach programs provide needed assistance, companionship and, most importantly, listening ears to offer support and a warm sense of community. At St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Tonawanda, the outreach center co-coordinators, Rita Alviti and Karen Szafran, give back to their community as a key facet of their jobs.
Pierogi tradition continues at St. John Kanty Parish
Fri, Feb 20th 2015 08:00 am
For many years a small group of parishioners at St. John Kanty Parish in Buffalo have been getting together to make pierogi. It all started in the mid 1980s when the former church secretary, Lorraine Wiernik, along with the pastor, Msgr. Robert Golombek, came up with the idea of selling fish frys during Lent.
Pastor of Pius X Parish to retire
Sat, Feb 14th 2015 08:00 am
Father James O'Connor has been a source of peace, strength and love to parishioners for 44 years. His smile conveys a joy of lifelong service to God and others.
Program to help obtain high school equivalency diploma
Sat, Feb 7th 2015 08:00 am
Our Lady of Charity Parish in Buffalo will host a program for young people 16-21 who would like to obtain their high school equivalency diploma. The program will be held at Maguire Hall at 51 Alamo Place and is free of charge.
Parish hosts spiritual renewal program
Fri, Feb 6th 2015 08:00 am
WEST FALLS — St. George Parish is continuing its participation in "Living the Eucharist." This spiritual renewal experience from Paulist Evangelization Ministries welcomes all who are seeking to enrich their faith during the season of Lent.
Pastor of Assumption Parish reflects on Bishop Grosz
Fri, Jan 23rd 2015 02:00 pm
Father Richard Jedrzejewski, pastor of Assumption Parish in Buffalo, was a childhood friend of Bishop Edward M. Grosz. The grew up in Buffalo's Black Rock neighborhood and attended Assumption School.
Bishop Grosz brings special ministry to diocese's 'Mother Church of Polonia'
Thu, Jan 22nd 2015 02:00 am
Throughout his time as a priest and bishop of the diocese, Bishop Edward M. Grosz has always stayed true to his Polish heritage and helped people in the traditionally Polish areas of Buffalo's East Side. Father Thaddeus N. Bocianowski, current pastor of St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Parish in Buffalo, known as the Mother Church of Polonia, recalled how Bishop Grosz served Polish-speaking parishioners during his time as the parish pastor from 2003 to 2009.
'Are we there yet?' homilist asks at MLK Mass
Mon, Jan 19th 2015 08:00 am
How far has society come to ending racism 50 years after the Civil Rights marches from Selma to Montgomery Ala.? That question was posed to the congregation gathered at Blessed Trinity Parish for a special Martin Luther King Mass on Jan. 18.
Buffalo to mob St. Casimir Mass
Fri, Jan 16th 2015 02:00 pm
The eighth Buffalo Mass Mob is set to converge upon St. Casimir Church, Buffalo, this Sunday morning, with a generational chanted Mass set to begin at 10 a.m.
Once Catholics come home, parishes should plan to keep them
Tue, Jan 13th 2015 09:00 am
By now Catholics have no doubt seen commercials inviting them to come home to the Church. Hopefully, some have accepted the gesture and stopped by their childhood parish or the church around the corner. Now pastors and parish councils have to decide how to keep them.
Bishop Malone to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Mass
Mon, Jan 12th 2015 03:00 pm
On Sunday, January 18, Bishop Richard J. Malone will be the main celebrant at the annual diocesan Mass honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Rev. Brother Henry Fulmer, OFM, from the diocese of Charleston, S.C., will be the guest homilist. The Mass will be held at Blessed Trinity Church, 317 Leroy Ave., Buffalo, at 10:30 a.m.