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Three Canisius students earn Eagle Scout rank
Thu, Jan 21st 2016 01:00 pm
Canisius High School juniors Joe Arno and Warren Arno, and Canisius High School senior Joe McEachon will each be awarded the highest rank of the Boy Scouts of America on Sunday, January 24, in an Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony.
Poland comes to Alden for St. John's fundraiser
Thu, Jan 21st 2016 08:00 am
The town of Alden looked a lot like Poland when St. John the Baptist Parish held a special Polka Mass and dinner dance in January. World Youth Day pilgrims hosted the Polish Heritage Dancers and served up kielbasa and pierogi to raise funds for the summer pilgrimage to Krakow.
Mercy for youth
Fri, Jan 15th 2016 10:00 am
Bishop Richard Malone's latest "Consider This" reflects on the Year of Mercy, how it relates to young people and the value of attending the 2016 Diocesan Youth Convention
Canisius High School student builds outdoor Stations of the Cross
Tue, Dec 22nd 2015 09:00 am
A senior at Canisius High School in Buffalo turned his craftsmanship skills into a project that reflects his Catholic faith on the grounds of his home parish. Joseph McEachon, 17, made an outdoor Stations of the Cross display at St. Gregory the Great Parish in Williamsville for his Eagle Scout project.
Evangelize through sports? One bishop and marathon veteran explains how
Wed, Nov 25th 2015 01:55 pm
Washington D.C., Nov 25, 2015 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For a veteran runner who's completed 21 marathons, one bishop sees a deep connection between his Catholic faith and running, and says this connection can even evangelize young people.
O'Hara sophomore hoofs it up at national dance competition
Thu, Nov 19th 2015 11:00 am
TONAWANDA - When Jeremiah Martinez was 3 years old, his mother enrolled him in a tap dance class to help his motor skills. Twelve years later, his love of and devotion to dance led him to win fourth place in a recent national solo dance competition in Hollywood, Fla., sponsored by American Dance Awards.
Swormville parish presents special event for teens
Tue, Oct 27th 2015 03:00 pm
Teens are invited to A Night of Faith, Hope and Love, led by Carrie Ford and John Wilde, on Thursday, Nov. 5, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at St. Mary Swormville Parish Center, 6919 Transit Road, East Amherst. Students in grades six through 12 are encouraged to attend.
Orchard Park parish dances to Polish tune for WYD
Fri, Oct 23rd 2015 04:00 pm
Before going to Poland for World Youth Day, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish brought a little bit of Poland to Orchard Park. The parish welcomed a group of dancers who hail from "The Land of the Fields."
What was JPII's secret to inspiring the youth?
Wed, Oct 7th 2015 12:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - Ahead of next year's World Youth Day in Krakow, the long-time secretary for Pope John Paul II explained how the saint inspired a generation even though many never saw him in person.
World Youth Day pilgrims look to have a cross to bear
Mon, Oct 5th 2015 09:00 am
In 1984, Pope John Paul II called more than 300,000 young people to St. Peter's Square for an international jubilee of youth. There he entrusted to all youth the care of the World Youth Day cross. This cross has traveled the globe, serving as a centerpiece for World Youth Day celebrations in Denver, Manila, Paris, Toronto, Cologne, Madrid, Sydney, Rio, and soon Krakow. The Diocese of Buffalo has mirrored that tradition with its own WYD cross, that is now traveling from parish to parish in preparation for next year's Poland pilgrimage.
In Cuba, Pope Francis urges youth to hope and dream for the future
Mon, Sep 21st 2015 03:00 pm
HAVANA, CUBA (CNA/EWTN News) - Pope Francis set aside his prepared remarks to respond to the dreams and hopes of young people who spoke to him in Cuba on Sunday evening.
Annunciation to host 'Mommy and Me' open house
Thu, Sep 10th 2015 10:10 am
The Annunciation Strong Start Early Learning Academy's new "Mommy and Me" program will host an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at 7580 Clinton St., Elma. The program takes place in Annunciation's former school building.
Pope Francis to young people: Don't waste your lives
Mon, Jul 13th 2015 11:00 am
ASUNCIÓN, PARAGUAY (CNA/EWTN News) - Pope Francis tossed aside his prepared remarks in a talk to thousands of Paraguay's young people - urging the crowd to go against the cultural current and to live for Jesus with a "free heart."
Considering WYD 2016 in Poland? Here's what one bishop wants you to know
Fri, Jul 10th 2015 02:00 pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNA/EWTN News) - For those pilgrims thinking about participating in World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland, Bishop Frank Caggiano has a message: It will be worth the sacrifice.
CLI prepares teens for leadership roles
Wed, Jul 8th 2015 08:00 am
History has shown dictators don't have a lot of success in the long run. Christian leadership, however, has been going strong for 2000 years.
Youth Department takes preparatory pilgrimage to World Youth Day sites
Fri, Jun 26th 2015 08:20 am
Members of the diocesan Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministry made a trip to Poland to prepare for World Youth Day 2016 in Kraków.
Teens carry their own cross to prepare for WYD
Mon, Jun 22nd 2015 08:00 am
One early morning in May, a contingent from Newfane began a pilgrimage to Our Lady of Fatima Shine in Lewiston, 15 miles away. The journey was to prepare, both physically and spiritually, for the welcoming of the graces of World Youth Day.
Teens carry their own cross to prepare for World Youth Day
Sun, May 24th 2015 08:00 am
At an early 8 a.m. on May 16, a contingent from Newfane began a pilgrimage to Our Lady of Fatima Shine in Lewiston, 15 miles away. The journey was to prepare, both physically and spiritually, for the welcoming of the graces of World Youth Day.
Cuomo, Catholic leaders promote parental choice in revised proposal
Tue, May 12th 2015 04:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan and Bishop Richard J. Malone joined together today to introduce the Parental Choice in Education Act, a revised version of the Education Tax Credit bill. Educators and students alike gathered together at Eggertsville Youth and Community Center to hear of the common goal of religion and government.
Little boy asks Pope Francis "What is peace?"
Tue, May 12th 2015 02:55 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - This question was part of a special question and answer session with the Bishop of Rome touching on a wide range of themes - from the link between greed and war, to arguments with siblings, and the role of religion in promoting peace in the world.
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.