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Catholic Charities, other local groups react to travel ban decision
Thu, Jun 28th 2018 02:00 pm
In reaction to the Supreme Court upholding the Muslim travel ban Catholic Charities of Buffalo hosted a press conference to speak out against U.S. immigration policy. Members of local refugee, Muslim and Arab organizations spoke on June 28, calling the ban anti-American.
2018 Catholic Charities Appeal reaches $11 million goal
Tue, Jun 26th 2018 01:00 pm
Nearly six months of fundraising efforts by hundreds of volunteers throughout the Diocese of Buffalo and a late rally by the Western New York community have helped the 2018 Appeal for Catholic Charities surpass its $11 million goal.
Catholic Charities close to finish line for 2018 appeal
Wed, Jun 20th 2018 09:00 am
With fewer than two weeks remaining the 2018 Appeal for Catholic Charities of Buffalo is $345,416 short of its $11 million goal.
Catholic Charities Workforce and Education Services will have new space
Mon, Jun 18th 2018 09:00 am
Catholic Charities' Workforce and Education Services will have a new, more accessible site on the East Side of Buffalo this summer. The new location will be 1001 E. Delavan Ave., site of the former American Axle plant and will replace the current Kerns Avenue site. The Kerns Avenue site is expected to be closed June 25-29 to complete the move.
'Day of Giving' campaign adds another $50,000 matching donation goal
Fri, Jun 8th 2018 01:35 pm
The community-wide Catholic Charities Day of Giving being held today throughout the eight counties of Western New York to raise funds for the 2018 Appeal continues to gather incredible momentum. As of noon, more than $88,956 has been raised, already surpassing the original goal of $50,000 in matching funds. The total so far today, when doubled, is now at $177,912.
Catholic Charities Day of Giving scheduled for June 8
Tue, Jun 5th 2018 01:20 pm
A community-wide Catholic Charities Day of Giving will be held on Friday, June 8 throughout the eight counties of Western New York to raise funds for the 2018 Appeal. The first $50,000 raised that day will be matched dollar-for-dollar in an effort to help achieve this year's $11 million goal before the June 30 deadline.
After building Father Baker's legacy, OLV's Heist set to retire
Fri, May 25th 2018 10:00 am
During his life, Venerable Nelson Baker established his legacy and work in the Our Lady of Victory Institutions that made him a local saint. A century later, Our Lady of Victory Homes of Charity Executive Director Rick Heist walked in many of the same footsteps of service Father Baker did, as Heist is set to culminate a 45-year career on the Lackawanna campus when he retires in June.
Gerard Place adding a community center to fill need
Thu, May 17th 2018 09:00 am
Gerard Place is expanding its services in order to assist families with moving out of poverty and to expand its ministry within its East Side community.
Catholic Charities Appeal reaches $9.5 million
Wed, May 16th 2018 01:00 pm
Catholic Charities of Buffalo officials today reported a recent surge in donations has helped the 2018 Appeal reach $9.5 million in cash and pledges, representing 86 percent of this year's goal. This updated total includes an influx of more than $600,000 since April 30 when the Appeal was at $8.9 million. With fewer than seven weeks remaining, the 94th annual Appeal remains $1.5 million short of its $11 million goal.
Catholic Charities reaches $8.9 million of appeal goal
Wed, May 2nd 2018 03:00 pm
Catholic Charities of Buffalo officials today updated the community on the progress of the 2018 Appeal. With two months remaining, the 94th annual Appeal has reached nearly $8.9 million in cash and pledges, or just shy of 81 percent of this year's goal. Volunteers and campaign leadership must raise an additional $2.1 million between now and June 30 in order to reach this year's $11 million goal.
'Today Show' honors Buffalo Catholic Charities volunteer
Fri, Apr 20th 2018 04:00 pm
"Daisy" Estelle Anderson has volunteered for Catholic Charities for 30 years, but on April 19, the appreciation and esteem earned for all of her work was given back to her, courtesy of a visit from Al Roker of NBC's "The Today Show."
Buffalo Ladies of Charity set inaugural fundraising event
Tue, Apr 10th 2018 12:10 pm
Ladies of Charity, a volunteer organization affiliated with Catholic Charities of Buffalo, will hold its inaugural Party Saturday fundraising event Saturday, April 14, at Catholic Charities, 75 Caldwell Place, Lackawanna.
For 22 cents, Villa Maria students feed those in need
Tue, Mar 13th 2018 09:00 am
Students and volunteers at Villa Maria College are going to feed starving children for .22 cents. That's the cost of one life saving meal from Feed My Starving Children.
D'Youville students, faculty support rehab efforts in Haiti
Mon, Feb 26th 2018 04:10 pm
With a population of more than 10 million, Haiti is similar in size to the state of Michigan, but when it comes to medical rehabilitation services, there is no comparison.
Catholic Charities rooted in helping families stay together
Wed, Feb 21st 2018 08:00 am
When people hear the word "charity," thoughts of feeding the poor or giving shelter to the homeless are common. But people have needs far beyond the basics. Since its inception, Catholic Charities of Buffalo has offered services to strengthen families and communities. From domestic abuse counseling to school intervention to parenting classes, Catholic Charities works to support the family unit.
NYS Catholic Charities to honor two, including Buffalo director
Fri, Jan 26th 2018 04:20 pm
Sister Mary McCarrick, OSF, the retiring diocesan director of Catholic Charities of Buffalo, and Emmie Glynn Ryan, general counsel, chief corporate compliance officer and senior vice president of Catholic Charities Brooklyn Queens, will be honored by the New York State Council of Catholic Charities Directors at a reception on Monday, February 5, at 5:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Albany. The reception is part of the Council's two-day convening February 5-6, in which Catholic Charities personnel from throughout New York State advocate with elected and state agency officials on important issues of concern to the poor and vulnerable.
Catholic Charities' Project HOPE moves back to former location
Wed, Jan 24th 2018 04:00 pm
Catholic Charities announced on that Project HOPE (Helping Older People Excel), a care coordination program for seniors in Erie County who have been diagnosed with a mental health illness, recently relocated from 20 Rich St., Buffalo, to its former location at 128 Wilson St., Buffalo.
Catholic Charities helps clients take care of basic needs
Thu, Jan 18th 2018 02:00 pm
In June 2015, Michelle had an accident at work that sent her life spiraling into an unknown abyss of paperwork, pain and poverty. Within months she was homeless, living out of her truck and fearing for her future. The last place she ever thought she would be, turned out to be the last place she had to go - Catholic Charities.
Bishop Malone and Meals on Wheels feed North Buffalo
Wed, Jan 17th 2018 10:55 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone is one who practices what he preaches. The man who has spoken about the need to help the neighbors offered his Christian generosity by volunteering with Meals on Wheels just before Christmas.
Catholic Charities join WNYRAC in reacting to alleged Trump comments
Sat, Jan 13th 2018 09:00 am
Organizations involved in the Western New York Refugee and Asylee Consortium, which represents five agencies that resettle and provide services to refugees, immigrants and asylees in the Buffalo area, joined together today to respond to recent comments attributed to President Trump. The comments seen as inappropriate were allegedly made during meetings this week on immigration policies with lawmakers.
Catholic Charities announces $11 million goal for 2018 appeal
Wed, Jan 10th 2018 02:00 pm
On Jan. 10, Bishop Richard J. Malone announced an $11 million goal for the 2018 Catholic Charities Appeal, joining representatives of Catholic Charities of Buffalo at their new Cheektowaga office providing services for the Women, Infants and Children program in Western New York. In addition to the 2018 goal, the bishop announced this year's patron saint, St. Clare of Assisi; its theme, "Love Your Neighbor," and the 2018 appeal family, the first such family to have this role.
Villa Maria Food Pantry provides holiday meals
Thu, Dec 14th 2017 04:00 pm
The Sister Mary Josette Food Pantry at Villa Maria College packed two-hundred bags of holiday meals for food pantry clients with the help of the News Neediest Fund run by The Buffalo News. The Fund purchases holiday meals with the help of cash donations, which are then distributed to food pantries by the Food Bank of WNY.
Annual free Christmas community dinner serves up love of neighbor
Thu, Dec 14th 2017 02:00 pm
Not everyone has the luxury of enjoying a hearty dinner surrounded with family on Christmas day. Many people locally have no family in town, or no family at all. Others are unable to afford a meal, especially for a family. Local meal providers such as Meals on Wheels and the Warming House are not open that day.
Volunteer leadership is a family affair for Appeal 2018
Wed, Dec 13th 2017 09:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone and Sister Mary McCarrick, OSF, diocesan director of Catholic Charities of Buffalo, have named Chancellor Emeritus Robert M. Bennett general chair for the 2018 annual appeal. Bennett's son, Andrew, and daughter, Maurine Bennett Falkowski, will serve as co-chairs, marking the first time in the appeal's 94-year history a family will serve as the campaign's top volunteer leaders.
Niagara University launches new program to feed needy
Thu, Nov 30th 2017 09:00 am
NIAGARA UNIVERSITY — Niagara University capped off its 2017 celebration of Vincentian Heritage Week by announcing the coordination of a partnership that will donate leftover food items from its dining halls to two of its nonprofit community partners.
Response to Love wraps 'towels of love'
Mon, Nov 27th 2017 08:00 am
Christmastime is always special at the Response to Love Center in Buffalo, and this year will be no different. Director Sister Johnice Rzadkiewicz, CSSF, is especially tuned in to what people need through prayer, and believes that her mission is to go where God is leading her. For the last few years, the focus has been on the specific needs of locals.
Tragedy and hope seen in Houston through the eyes of Buffalo deacon
Tue, Nov 14th 2017 02:30 pm
Deacon Miguel Santos has been to hell and back. He saw death, destruction and despair during a two-week stay in Houston while offering relief to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. He has also seen strangers helping strangers, and people forgoing aid because others need it more.
Father Baker campaign receives $200,000 challenge gift
Mon, Nov 13th 2017 09:00 am
A recent family collaboration resulted in $200,000 to benefit Our Lady of Victory Organizations via their ongoing capital campaign. The campaign, entitled The Campaign for "Father Baker's" ­- Continuing His Legacy of Caring, which started in 2012, has now reached $11.5 million of its $12 million goal to enrich the lives of people in the Western New York area. The capital campaign runs until Dec. 31.
St. Mary's Junior Ladies of Charity collect dolls for Nicaragua
Thu, Nov 2nd 2017 03:00 pm
LANCASTER — The Junior Ladies of Charity at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish collected 170 dolls this summer and presented them to a local missionary, Ann Marie Zon of Swormville, to be shipped to children in the Nicaragua Missions.
One Jesuit Buffalo Alumni Service Day brightens campus
Tue, Oct 31st 2017 03:00 pm
Armed with floor scrubbers, mops, gallons of soapy water, window cleaner and rolls of paper towels, members of One Jesuit Buffalo Alumni spent two days insuring that students at St. Monica School would have a bright campus when they began classes in September. Thirty volunteers from the Jesuit alumni group participated in the service project for the young women's campus of NativityMiguel Middle School of Buffalo, located in St. Lawrence Parish.
Catholic Charities announces start of construction and funding for Niagara Falls service center
Tue, Oct 31st 2017 02:00 pm
Catholic Charities of Buffalo announced today that construction for a renovation project to create a multiservice center in Niagara Falls will begin next month. Catholic Charities officials said the $2.4 million project is made possible in part through the generosity of three major funders: The James and Mary Glynn Family, the City of Niagara Falls and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York.
Retirement of two sisters marks the end of Mercy Speech Center
Fri, Oct 20th 2017 12:00 pm
Recently, 4-and-a-half-year-old Giani Rizzo, of Williamsville, came scampering into the brightly-decorated classroom of the Mercy Speech Center to be greeted by Sister Maralynn Sciarrino, RSM, with a smile, hug and welcoming words.
Buffalo's Little Portion Friary has big need for volunteers
Thu, Sep 28th 2017 12:10 pm
Little Portion Friary, the quiet house on Main Street just a little north of Buffalo's Medical Campus, serves people in need. But right now, the friary has a need of its own - volunteers.
St. Vincent de Paul Society still going strong after 170 years
Thu, Sep 28th 2017 08:40 am
It's fascinating to think that the first social service organization brought to Buffalo by its first bishop is still around, going stronger than ever 170 years later. The St. Vincent de Paul Society came to the Diocese of Buffalo in 1847, just after Bishop John Timon was named its first bishop. Bishop Timon had heard of the charitable organization while visiting Ireland and brought it first to St. Louis, where he served in the late 1830s.
Catholic Charities' treatment program aims to treat whole person
Thu, Sep 21st 2017 12:00 pm
In the throes of addiction, not one facet of the victim's life is left unaffected. Everything from familial and personal relationships to daily tasks are impacted. Knowing that, the Chemical Dependency Treatment Program of Catholic Charities' Monsignor Carr Institute seeks to treat the whole person - both physically and mentally. Catholic Charities Chemical Dependency Treatment Program, housed at 76 W. Humboldt Parkway in Buffalo, is a New York state OASAS licensed outpatient program that provides services to adolescents, adults and families where substance use/abuse is an ongoing concern.
Allegany parish St. Bonaventure bridges road to recovery from addiction
Fri, Sep 15th 2017 10:00 am
The road to recovery from drug addiction is lined with many hurdles and pitfalls. For the past five years, St. Bonaventure Parish in Allegany has worked with a counseling recovery service to provide a safe passage to sobriety.
Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Faith
Wed, Sep 13th 2017 10:00 am
Jesus was a refugee and friend of outcasts. What about you and me? Will we dare to follow in Jesus' footsteps?
Red Cross drives in the diocese
Sun, Sep 10th 2017 08:00 am
Blood levels drop in the summer, so the Red Cross needs help. The blood donated from one person could mean the difference between life and death.
Adult care program on Sisters Hospital serves community
Fri, Aug 18th 2017 03:05 pm
Located on the campus of Sisters Hospital on Main Street in Buffalo, the St. Catherine Laboure Health Care Center offers a full range of services to assist residents and patients in need of long-term care and rehabilitation. To assist those who wish to live at home and maintain their independence, while still receiving needed services to remain healthy, the center's Adult Day Health Care Program offers a place for adults of all ages to socialize and receive care for several hours per day in a controlled environment.
USCCB grants $6 million to Church in Latin America & Caribbean
Wed, Aug 2nd 2017 11:00 am
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America awarded nearly $4 million in funding in the form of 244 grants to support the pastoral work of the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean, and nearly $2 million in funding for continued reconstruction in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. The grants were approved at the Subcommittee's meeting on June 12 in Indianapolis, Indiana.