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Sound Board: It takes a bad knee to see the good
Wed, Oct 10th 2018 09:00 am
One second; that's how long it takes for a injury to occur. In my case, that is exactly how long it took for me to be out of sports for six months. I am now in my fourth month of recovery from surgery to replace my torn ACL, lateral meniscus, and medial meniscus and I can say that while the experience definitely wasn't fun, it wasn't entirely bad either.
Teens serve and sacrifice in Appalachia
Thu, Oct 4th 2018 12:00 pm
EAST AURORA — Young people from Immaculate Conception Parish spent a week of their summer, July 15-20, serving others in the Appalachia area of Pennsylvania. This was the Immaculate Conception Youth's third Mission Trip with Young People Who Care in Frenchville, Pa. Each day the teens picked blueberries at YPWC's blueberry patch and then went to various work sites. Roofing, yard work, painting, pouring concrete and various building projects were among the tasks they completed for residents in the area. The blueberries are sold to raise funds for YPWC.
Teens and youth leaders discover their strengths
Tue, Oct 2nd 2018 03:00 pm
Teenage years begin a time of self-discovery, when people learn their likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses. It's a period that never really ends. Personal growth leads to new skills and the development of existing strengths. To aid this process, the diocesan Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministry offered a half-day workshop entitled, "Play to Your Strengths," where participants learned how to develop what they were already good at.
Sound Board: Why I veil
Thu, Sep 20th 2018 02:00 pm
"The covering of the head with a veil symbolizes the reality of woman sheltered in the side of her Source and becoming one with Him. She becomes covered and hidden in her Divine Spouse." - St. John Chrysostom
Teens begin journey 'On the Road' to discipleship
Wed, Aug 29th 2018 10:00 am
The word Discipleship does not appear in the Bible, yet it is often used to mean a follower of Christ. Nearly two-dozen high school teens began their journey on the road to discipleship during a weeklong program of education and self-discovery.
Christian Leadership Institute lights fire under teens
Mon, Aug 6th 2018 09:00 am
Emily Kwiatkowski returned to CLI 12 years after first learning the skills of a Christian leader. Now, a leader in her own right, she wants the young people of her parish to experience the learning, the challenge and the friendship she did.
Sound Board: Deus Caritas Est
Tue, Jul 31st 2018 10:00 am
In 2005, Pope Benedict XVI wrote his encyclical "Deus Caritas Est" which was a reminder of God's unfathomable love for humanity. His goal was to remind the world of the love God has for each individual and how limitless it really is.
Diocese installs teens for Youth Board 2018-19
Thu, Jul 5th 2018 07:00 am
"The seed sown in rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold." This line from the Gospel of Matthew defines the purpose of the diocesan Youth Board, allowing the seeds of youth to grow in the rich soil of faith.
New program takes teens 'On the Road' to discipleship
Thu, Jun 21st 2018 11:30 am
The Diocese of Buffalo is inviting teenagers to begin their journey to discipleship.
Centenarian sister 'saved' by O'Hara High students
Mon, Jun 11th 2018 01:05 pm
What started as a scary event for a 100-year-old sister, turned out to have a heroic happy ending.
St. Joe's summer programs offer academics and sports
Wed, Jun 6th 2018 01:00 pm
KENMORE — By late June, students, and sometimes faculty, are anxious for that final bell to ring on the last day before summer recess. But just a few days later, the St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute campus comes alive again as summer programs begin for boys of all ages. The school prides itself on the quality of the programs it offers each year, and all are led by St. Joe's faculty and coaches.
NU accepting registration for Summer Youth camp
Wed, May 30th 2018 02:05 pm
LEWISTON — Niagara University's recreation department is now accepting registrations for its popular Summer Youth Camp. Camp will be held on campus from June 25-Aug. 10.
St. Vincent de Paul sells former summer camp
Thu, May 24th 2018 12:25 pm
A local company has purchased the former summer camp operated for nearly 90 years by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
Why I keep coming back to Camp Turner
Thu, May 24th 2018 12:00 pm
I spend my summers in the woods. I wake up at 6:30 every morning with six hours of sleep after countless middle-of-the-night bathroom trips and at least one counseling session with a homesick 10-year-old. I live in a hot, humid cabin with no air conditioning. I spend the day scorching under the sun and under persistent bug attacks. I'm cut off from my family and friends for seven weeks, with no cell phone service. Many wonder why anyone would willingly do this all summer long.
Sound Board: Why I march
Tue, Mar 13th 2018 01:00 pm
On Jan. 22, 1973, the Supreme Court legalized abortion in the United States. Since then, the lives of 60 million innocent babies have been taken by abortion. This is a tremendously horrible crime against humanity. It is the killing of the most helpless and innocent of all human life.
Remembering the True Stories of Youth Con 2018
Fri, Mar 9th 2018 03:00 pm
The 2018 Diocesan Youth Convention is in the books, but for many of the more than 800 teens who attended the three-day event March 1-3, the memories will last a long time. Relive some of our favorite moments from the Con in our new photo gallery.
Convention closes with marvelous Mass
Mon, Mar 5th 2018 09:55 am
Over this past weekend, 800 teenagers encountered and lived for Jesus Christ. On Sunday, March 4, they shared Him through a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Richard J. Malone.
Big speeches and small talks pack second day of convention
Sun, Mar 4th 2018 08:00 am
The second day of the 66th annual Diocesan Youth Convention saw the teenage participants still had the energy and enthusiasm they showed on opening night. The bulk of the learning took place on this day, with a variety of large and small speaker sessions on Saturday, March 3.
Convention kicks off with adoration and service
Sat, Mar 3rd 2018 04:00 pm
This is a true story. Over 800 Catholic teenagers gathered at the Adam's Mark looking for a way to better understand their faith. The foot of snow that fell the night before could not deter them from attending the 66th annual Diocesan Youth Convention, held over the weekend of March 2-4 at the Adam's Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo.
Hundreds of area youth to gather for prayer, fellowship and service
Thu, Mar 1st 2018 02:00 pm
In this era of 24-hour access to news and information, it is sometimes a challenge to find the true story amid fake news and alternative facts. Next weekend, more than 700 youth and adult chaperones will explore and discover who is the truth and the truth about Jesus' love at the 66th annual Diocesan Youth Convention. "True Story" is this year's theme. The weekend convention will be held March 2-4 at the Adam's Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo.
MSM freshman sings her way to Carnegie Hall
Tue, Feb 6th 2018 10:35 am
Someone should name an energy drink after Murphy McDermott. The 14-year-old spends her days studying, singing and taking care of her pets, all 19 of them. Her hard work is paying off as she will perform at Carnegie Hall this month.
Canisius student gives back
Fri, Feb 2nd 2018 09:00 am
If there were an award for the Canisius student involved in the most extracurricular activities, Matthew Sullivan would certainly be a top contender. He has embraced the Ignatian concept of magis by taking the lead on several projects to help children in Buffalo and around the world. "My mom always says that nothing you have matters if you can't share it," said Sullivan.
Sound Board: New Year is time for new prayers
Sun, Jan 21st 2018 06:00 am
The New Year is a great way to find oneself closer to God. There is always the common question of "How am I going to start this New Year with a good resolution?" The answer is simple; find your resolution in God. It is great to cut back on sweets and go to the gym more, but oftentimes I find myself slipping up on those resolutions. Finding a goal in strengthening your relationship with God can be tough as we all live busy lives, but there is always time for God.
Teens to hear the 'True Story' of Jesus at Youth Convention
Fri, Jan 19th 2018 10:00 am
The diocesan Youth Board wants you to know the "True Story" of Jesus Christ and is inviting everyone to the Youth Convention to hear it.
Huge crowd attends NCYC faith fest
Mon, Jan 15th 2018 06:00 am
A group of 45 teenagers from the Diocese of Buffalo swam in a sea of 23,000 new friends of faith at the National Catholic Youth Conference. Held Nov. 15-18 in Indianapolis, with events at Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indy Convention Center, the event is a national conference similar to the local diocesan Youth Convention, with a series of keynote speakers, music, breakout sessions, prayer and fun.
Bishop Malone calls a "Bills option play" for Confirmands
Wed, Jan 3rd 2018 08:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone has offered to celebrate two Confirmation Masses at Nativity of Our Lord Parish in Orchard Park; one at 1:15 p.m. for those who prefer to stick to the original plan, and another at the 10:30 a.m. Mass for those who wish to get home in time for the big game.
Mount St. Mary students collect over 10,000 food items, 300 gifts for needy
Tue, Jan 2nd 2018 10:00 am
KENMORE — Mount St. Mary Academy celebrated the Advent season by sharing with those in need. Led by the student volunteer organization, Z-Club, students collected over 10,000 food items, which were donated to local shelters.
O'Hara senior takes on sports world with his writing
Tue, Nov 28th 2017 09:00 am
TONAWANDA — Adam Gorski plans to make his mark in the world through his sports writing.
St. Francis students build brotherhood
Fri, Nov 17th 2017 09:00 am
The word "brotherhood" is used a lot around St. Francis High School. The Athol Springs institution, steeped deep into Franciscan values, uses the term to describe the all-male student body. Where the teachers provide the education and the friars imbue the Franciscan values, it is up to the students themselves to support one another.
Father Kopec honored by diocesan Youth Department
Wed, Nov 8th 2017 01:50 pm
Father Jerome E. Kopec, pastor of SS. Peter & Paul Parish in Williamsville, received the Venerable Nelson H. Baker Award during the diocesan Youth Ministry Awards Banquet held Nov. 3. The evening saw both teens and adults receive recognition for their role in guiding young people through their faith journey.
Teens and adults receive recognition for work in youth ministry
Tue, Nov 7th 2017 03:00 pm
Adults and teens, families and friends filled Lucarelli's Banquet Center on Nov. 3 to honor the dedication of those working in youth ministry. The diocesan Department of Youth & Young Adult Ministry sponsored the annual youth awards banquet, which recognizes both teens and adults.
Sound Board: Gifts from God come with four legs and tail
Fri, Nov 3rd 2017 12:15 pm
Hope and Hudson. They are two of the most important words in my life.
St. Mary's softball team meets Pope Francis
Thu, Oct 26th 2017 11:50 am
The St. Mary's High School travel softball team hit a grand slam this summer. They won the Msgr. Martin League Championship, toured Italy and tagged the pope outside the Vatican.
Sound Board: Music be the food of love, life and faith
Fri, Sep 22nd 2017 03:15 pm
Music, a universal language. It evokes thoughts, feelings, and memories. For teenagers, music is an essential part of life. We listen to music while we get ready for school, do homework, or when we are just relaxing. As I have grown, my music choices have developed as well. There are also special songs that I will always remember and love, like "This Town" by Niall Horan or "Caroline" by Amine. When I hear certain songs from my childhood it brings back memories from church, and suddenly I am 7 years old again sitting with my family in our favorite pew.
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.
'Our Daily Bread' discusses the importance of youth ministry
Fri, Sep 8th 2017 08:00 am
Traditionally in the Northeast, September is the time of year when people of all ages wave goodbye to summer and head back into the classroom. I would bet that, for most of us, youth ministry doesn't even enter our minds when we think about back-to-school. Yet, just like teachers, this is the time when youth ministers gear up to involve, engage and invite young people into the Church.
Father LaMarca leading pilgrimage to WYD Panama
Fri, Aug 25th 2017 09:00 am
Plans are underway for a pilgrimage to Panama for World Youth Day 2019. Father Michael LaMarca will lead a group to Central America in January 2019 for the spiritual event. Due to the winter dates, there will be no diocesan pilgrimage from the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, who have organized trips to Denver, Paris, Toronto, Cologne and Krakow in past years.
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.
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.
Canisius College shows students how to 'Light' the way for city's growth
Wed, Jul 19th 2017 02:00 pm
Canisius College hosted a weeklong immersion experience for high school students to expose them to the wonders of faith and tragedies of injustice in the city of Buffalo. The Be the Light Youth Theology Institute welcomed 10 students from July 10-15.