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Diocese bids farewell to Bishop McLaughlin
Mon, Jan 12th 2015 01:40 pm
Friends, family and clergy gathered at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo for the funeral of the Most Reverend Bernard J. McLaughlin on Jan. 10. The auxiliary bishop emeritus of Buffalo passed away Jan. 5 at the age of 102.
Bishop Cunningham remembers Bishop McLaughlin as mentor
Fri, Jan 9th 2015 01:00 pm
A special parish Mass was held at St. John the Baptist Church in Kenmore to honor the late Bishop Bernard J. McLaughlin on Jan. 8. The retired auxiliary bishop of Buffalo passed away Jan. 5, at the age of 102.
St. Nicholas teaches children at St. Casimir Parish
Thu, Dec 25th 2014 11:00 am
Father Czeslaw Krysa ensures his parishioners at St. Casimir are aware of the significance of St. Nicholas. The beloved saint is near and dear not only to his own heart, but to many of those in Eastern European Catholic Churches as well. St. Nicholas visits the parish each year on his feast day, Dec. 6, to teach children to pray.
Diocese announces plans to mark 42nd anniversary of Supreme Court decision regarding abortion
Tue, Dec 23rd 2014 09:00 am
A Mass marking the observance of the 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion will take place on Saturday, Jan. 17, at 4:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Victory National Shrine, Ridge Road and South Park Ave., Lackawanna. The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, will be the celebrant.
St. Joseph Cathedral's Christmas schedule
Thu, Dec 18th 2014 03:00 pm
St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo, has scheduled a number of celebrations during the Advent and Christmas seasons.
Resurrection parishioner designs church Advent display
Thu, Dec 18th 2014 03:00 pm
A parishioner of Resurrection Parish in Batavia has designed a large display which includes much of the important symbolism and an explanation of the season of Advent, as the Church readies for the celebration of Christ's birth.
Fatima Shrine focuses on families for Festival of Lights
Tue, Dec 16th 2014 04:00 pm
Lewiston might be not quite be the North Pole, but the elves of Our Lady of Fatima Shrine are working hard to make Christmas special for everyone. The Barnabite Fathers who direct the shrine are preparing their 24th annual Festival of Lights.
St. Gabriel Parish hosts diocesan Family Mass
Sun, Dec 7th 2014 03:00 pm
The tradition of celebrating the diocesan Family Mass the Second Sunday of Advent continued on Dec. 7, when Bishop Richard J. Malone presided at St. Gabriel Church in Elma. Until 2013, the Mass was celebrated at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo, but is now celebrated in parishes.
Immaculate Conception students have a blast at rocket launch
Tue, Dec 2nd 2014 04:10 pm
Immaculate Conception School in East Aurora swept the 2014 Moog Regional Rocketry Challenge taking home trophies for the top three places. The competition pitted 12 teams against each other for a spot at the the Team America Rocketry Challenge national launch in Washington.
St. John Kanty launches Advent revitalization program
Fri, Nov 28th 2014 04:00 pm
As part of the diocese's new evangelization, St. John Kanty Parish in Buffalo will implement a special Advent program designed to get parishioners back into the pews and into the spirit of the season. The program will span three weeks with evening sessions of discussion, videos, prayer and Scripture.
Our Lady of Victory offers holiday gift choices
Thu, Nov 27th 2014 04:00 pm
The gift shop at Our Lady of Victory will again offer a wide variety of religious-themed gifts for any family member or friend who prefers a uniquely inspirational keepsake that does not stray far from the traditional meaning of the spirit of the holiday season. The gift shop is located next to the Father Baker Museum in Our Lady of Victory National Shrine and Basilica in Lackawanna.
Our Lady of Czestochowa brings Advent program to North Tonawanda
Tue, Nov 25th 2014 04:00 pm
Christmas is coming to North Tonawanda in a big way this year. Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish is planning a special Advent celebration beginning Dec. 1. Food, fun and the Holy Family are all on the calendar. Activities include a Christmas play, a tour of the 86-year-old church and a traditional Wigilia dinner.
Gallery of Catholic parishes and schools hit by snow storm
Mon, Nov 24th 2014 03:00 pm
WNY Catholic Photographer Patrick McPartland ventured out to visit diocesan parishes and schools hit by the storm in an exclusive Facebook photo gallery.
Opera Sacra marks 40th season tonight
Fri, Nov 21st 2014 03:00 pm
Opera Sacra, the longest continually producing opera company in Western New York, was founded by Father Jacob Ledwon in 1975 at the former St. Joseph's New Cathedral in Buffalo. Choosing works that center on religious themes, its repertoire spans more than 1,000 years of music, including the classics of Grand Opera, medieval liturgical dramas, children's fables and contemporary masterworks. This fall, in celebration of the beginning of its 40th season, Opera Sacra is planning another exceptional program, a fully-staged production of Francis Poulenc's "Dialogues of the Carmelites."
Pope Francis announces 2015 visit to Philadelphia for World Meeting of Families
Mon, Nov 17th 2014 02:55 pm
WASHINGTON—The visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia in September 2015 for the World Meeting of Families will be a "joyful moment," said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Pope Francis made his intention to travel to the United States public, November 17, in an address to the Colloquium on the Complementarity of Man and Woman at the Vatican.
Life in the Spirit seminars emphasize importance of Holy Spirit
Thu, Aug 28th 2014 02:45 pm
Two parishes in the diocese will present Life in the Spirit seminars this fall for those who would like to establish a deeper faith life and gain a better understanding of the role of the Holy Spirit in their lives.
34th Annual Rosary Crusade scheduled for September 21
Mon, Aug 25th 2014 04:00 pm
On Sunday, Sept. 21, Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Road, Lewiston, will be the site of the 34th Annual Rosary Crusade for World Peace. The event, which will take place from 2-3:30 p.m., is sponsored buy the Niagara Council of Catholic Women of the Diocese of Buffalo. This year's theme is "Mary, Queen of the Holy Rosary, intercedes for all humanity."
Historic Niagara Falls parish continues welcoming tradition
Mon, Aug 18th 2014 02:00 pm
The steeple rises the exact height that the Niagara River falls into the gorge at the American Falls a few blocks away. St. Mary of the Cataract Church in Niagara Falls has embraced its rich metaphors since its early beginnings as a mission parish of St. John Neumann. Ministering within this tradition is Father Jacek Mazur, pastor.
St. Clare Parish begins making parish focus statements
Thu, Aug 14th 2014 02:00 pm
Currently, the pastoral council of St. Clare Parish in Buffalo is in the process of establishing parish focus statements and a mission statement to more clearly express the parish goals. Completed drafts of two of these focus statements have been placed in the back of the church to make sure people are aware of how the parish aims to serve the community.
Corpus Christi Parish begins north tower restoration
Mon, Aug 11th 2014 03:30 pm
Corpus Christi's historic restoration took another step forward with the repair and rebuilding of the church's north tower, which began last week. Rebuilding will include removal of the church's copper cupola.
Youth Department brings program to parishes
Thu, Aug 7th 2014 02:00 pm
After more than 20 years as a diocesan-wide event, the service program known as Young Christians at Work has moved to a parish-based version. However, the focus and lessons, remain the same.
Online campaign bringing mobs to the Masses
Fri, Aug 1st 2014 02:00 pm
Officials in the Catholic Church spend a lot of time thinking about how to get more people to come to Sunday Mass, but four people in Buffalo have developed a simple campaign that can fill the pews beyond expectations, even if it's just one parish at a time.
Buffalo parishioners learn Hispanic pastoral ministry
Mon, Jul 28th 2014 01:00 pm
A number of Hispanic people from the Diocese of Buffalo had the opportunity to learn more about the Catholic faith and embrace a multicultural perspective of faith, as they recently graduated from St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry in Rochester.
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.