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Sound Board: Month of Mary has special meaning
Fri, May 8th 2015 03:00 pm
Since the 13th century, the month of May has been especially dedicated to Our Blessed Lady, Mother Mary. This is often seen as a dedication to new life. Especially after our cold winter, everyone is hoping that spring will finally roll around - that the classic saying "April showers bring May flowers" will come true. May is also the culmination of a long decision-making process for many seniors that brings a sort of new life - where to attend college.
St. Joe's student receives national scholarship
Tue, May 5th 2015 02:25 pm
St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute is proud to announce that senior Andrew Siaw-Asamoah was named a 2014-15 National Merit Achievement Scholarship winner. He will receive one of 7,600 National Merit Scholarships, worth approximately $33 million.
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."
St. Mary's community cleans, furnishes home for immigrants
Fri, Apr 24th 2015 12:35 pm
More than 50 members of the St. Mary's High School community, including members of the student senate, faculty, staff and parents, spent a recent Saturday morning on the West Side of Buffalo cleaning and furnishing a home for a refugee family.
Mount St. Mary Academy helps students believe in themselves
Fri, Mar 27th 2015 12:00 pm
There's something to smile about at Mount St. Mary Academy. The Kenmore school has launched a project designed to boost the self-confidence of the students and lift the spirits of the community. The MSM Friends of Rachel Club started a Pocket Paper Project asking every student to think of an affirmation, then "Write It, Read It, Believe It."
Francis Center helps children with reading, math skills
Tue, Mar 24th 2015 11:00 am
The Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity at Stella Niagara are providing an after-school tutoring program for young children in Niagara Falls.
Sound Board: CLI imparts leadership skills to Youth Board
Sun, Mar 22nd 2015 08:00 am
At the beginning of this past summer, I attended the Christian Leadership Institute in preparation for being on Youth Board. I was quite excited, and couldn't wait to start up the year full of fun events including Witness the Spirit, Da Bounce and, especially,
See the excitement of Restore 2015
Fri, Feb 20th 2015 01:00 pm
Last weekend was the annual Diocesan Youth Convention, Restore 2015, which drew about 850 teens to the Adam's Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo. Relive some top moments in our exclusive photo gallery.
Teens learn to restore selves at convention
Mon, Feb 16th 2015 05:40 pm
On the eve of St. Valentine's Day, the same day that "50 Shades of Grey" opened, the 63rd annual diocesan Youth Convention also opened. As a reaction to the hedonist message that society gives teenagers, the convention held the theme of Restore.
Convention looks to RESTORE youthful faith
Thu, Feb 12th 2015 03:00 pm
Approximately 700 Catholic youth and adult chaperones will be in attendance at the 63rd annual Diocesan Youth Conference this weekend. This year's theme is "Restore."
Sound Board: Following Jesus' example of love
Tue, Feb 10th 2015 08:00 am
As Valentine's Day approaches I try to reflect on my life and how I follow in Jesus' example in loving all people and especially God. The most important rule Jesus gave us was "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength."
St. Mary's volleyball star earns Gatorade award
Thu, Jan 29th 2015 08:00 am
St. Mary's High School senior Leah Meyer received the Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year Award for New York State. The 6'3" middle also announced her plans to attend Duke University at the Jan. 9 presentation.
No place like home for faith formation
Tue, Dec 23rd 2014 10:20 am
What draws teenagers into a life of faithful church worship? The answers might surprise you.
Sound Board: Take time to let Him inn
Fri, Dec 19th 2014 03:00 pm
During the Christmas season we tend to forget the true meaning of Christmas, allowing the hustle and bustle of the season to replace what is really important - the birth of a beautiful baby born in a manger to a woodworker and his wife.
Youth become witnesses for the Spirit
Wed, Dec 17th 2014 03:00 pm
Despite being postponed due to the Snovember storm, young people and the adults who guide them received their due recognition at the Witness the Spirit awards banquet on Dec. 13, 1014. The event, sponsored by the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, was held at Nardin Academy in Buffalo.
Pilgrims learn how to prepare for World Youth Day in Krakow
Mon, Dec 15th 2014 04:00 pm
The Diocese of Buffalo held its first meeting of World Youth Day 2016 pilgrims on Oct. 26. About 60 people met at St. John Paul II Parish in Lake View to hear speakers talk about what WYD has meant to them.
Scouts earn their wings honoring life in Olean
Tue, Oct 21st 2014 02:00 pm
Olean will soon be overrun by a flock of eagles, Eagle Scouts that is. Troop 617 expects five of its members to reach the highest rank in the Boy Scouts this year.
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.
Hamburg Scout earns American Legion scholarship
Tue, Aug 5th 2014 02:00 pm
Hard work and a kind character will help send Stephen Weppner to college. The American Legion Post 527 in Hamburg awarded the 18-year-old Hamburg resident with a $1,000 scholarship.
Bishop Malone: Challenge of building religious relationship with youth
Wed, Jul 9th 2014 10:00 am
For several years, I have been following the research of Christian Smith, currently a professor and director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at Notre Dame University. Smith and his colleagues began in 2001 the National Study of Youth and Religion, the most comprehensive national study ever conducted about American teens' religious and spiritual lives.
Teens take on task and maintenance roles at CLI
Tue, Jul 8th 2014 10:55 am
Parish youth ministers keep a sharp eye out for teens who display vision, friendliness and a positive energy. These are the qualities of leaders. Teens with these talents are advised to attend the Christian Leadership Institute, a weeklong experience that challenges young people to share insights and knowledge so as to grow in faith together. Often, when they leave, the teens say they had the best time of their lives.
Diocese welcomes new Youth Board
Fri, Jul 4th 2014 10:00 am
The Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministry installed the 2014-2015 Diocesan Youth Board in June in the Catholic Center in downtown Buffalo. These 13 teens will help plan youth ministry activities for the diocese.
Immaculata gives international students a taste of Catholicism
Tue, Jun 17th 2014 02:40 pm
Being the new kid in class is never easy, but imagine being in a new school, in a new country, full of students with a different belief system. That's what's happening at Immaculata Academy in Hamburg, which welcomes international students, some of whom received their first taste of Catholicism when the first bell rang.
Teens told to use talents to evangelize
Tue, Apr 8th 2014 02:00 pm
The youth of the Diocese of Buffalo have been tasked with evangelization. While attending a faith rally known as Da Bounce, held March 21, they gained the tools to bring the Gospel to others. Father David Muñoz, OMI, told the 55 teens gathered to use their gifts and talents to spread the word of Jesus Christ.
School tax credit among topics of Public Policy Day
Thu, Mar 27th 2014 02:00 pm
Deacon Don Weigel led a faithful army to the state capitol on Public Policy Day to advocate for those in need. They spoke to state senators and assembly representatives, imploring them to pass legislation that would offer fair benefits to workers, restore dignity to inmates and decrease abortions.
International students feel like members of family
Tue, Mar 25th 2014 02:00 pm
Niagara Catholic High School retains that welcoming spirit that greeted students from St. Mary's, Bishop Duffy, and Madonna high schools when it opened its doors in 1975. In the fall of 2012, kids from St. Dominic Savio Middle School joined the nearby school, merging to form one junior/senior high school. Teachers and pupils now welcome four foreign-born students to their classes.
Teens encouraged to trust, choose, love and follow God with all their hearts
Wed, Feb 19th 2014 09:00 am
On Valentines weekend, 750 teenagers were asked to give their hearts to God. As they poured into the Adam's Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo to attend the 62nd annual Diocesan Youth Convention, they saw a banner with a broken heart. The more they learned about their faith, experienced their faith and shared their faith, the more that heart healed.
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.
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.
Teens and adults recognized for dedication to youth ministry
Tue, Dec 10th 2013 09:00 am
Youth and adults gathered to celebrate youth ministry on Nov. 15 at the third annual Witness the Spirit awards presentation, held at Mount St. Mary Academy in Kenmore. The evening saw people of all ages being recognized for the work and support of youth ministry.
Buffalo native shows youth they are not too young for faith at revival
Tue, Nov 5th 2013 09:00 am
Three days of preaching. Three days of singing. Three days of gathering for the Lord. For three days St. Martin de Porres Parish in Buffalo welcomed Father Arthur Cavitt who in turn invited others to "Walk by Faith, Walk in Faith, Walk through Faith."