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CRS emergency supplies reach rural villagers
Thu, May 7th 2015 01:00 pm
BALTIMORE - A short video featuring the work of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in Nepal following the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake is now available online. The video captures the arrival of a supply truck to a mountainous village in Nepal and the distribution of emergency shelter kits by staff from Catholic Relief Services.
Catholic Charities is a gift, says Bishop Malone
Fri, May 1st 2015 03:00 pm
Catholic Charities of Buffalo reached a major fundraising benchmark this week, but they still need your help. Bishop Richard J. Malone talks about the social service agency's importance in a new ‪"Consider This‬." Give it a watch below:
Baker Victory Nite 2015 to benefit young children
Thu, Apr 30th 2015 01:00 pm
LACKAWANNA - Our Lady of Victory Homes of Charity will hold its annual auction, Baker Victory Nite, on Friday, May 1, at 6:30 pm, at Michael's Banquet Facility in Hamburg. The Wizard of Oz-themed event features cocktails and food stations, with chances to win over $40,000 in valuable prizes through raffles, theme baskets, split clubs and a silent auction.
Catholic Charities Appeal hits $10 million
Tue, Apr 28th 2015 12:30 pm
BUFFALO - Less than one month after Appeal Week 2015 ended and less than two weeks after announcing this year's campaign surpassed $9.5 million, Catholic Charities of Buffalo today announced another milestone, reporting the organization has raised $10,096,782.40 in cash and pledges, representing 93 percent of the goal. As a result, volunteers for the annual Appeal must raise $900,000 more to reach this year's $10.9 million goal.
Catholic Relief Services helping survivors of Nepal
Tue, Apr 28th 2015 09:00 am
BALTIMORE, MD - Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is launching a major relief effort in response to the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday, April 24. A CRS team is on the ground in Kathmandu, the capital city and one of the most affected areas, and our local partner Caritas Nepal has started distributing food and shelter.
Baker Victory Services breaks ground on new facility
Tue, Apr 21st 2015 03:00 pm
LACKAWANNA, NY (April 21, 2015) - Bishop Richard J. Malone joined Baker Victory Services (BVS) President Msgr. Paul J.E. Burkard and Chief Executive Officer Terese M. Scofidio to break ground and officially begin construction on a new $16 million residential treatment facility on the BVS Martin Road Campus in Lackawanna. The latest development in the continuing evolution of programs begun by Father Nelson Baker, the new state-of-the-art facility is designed to replace cottages that were built in the 1950's and 60's, currently home to residents in the BVS RTF programs.
Catholic Charities reaches nearly 80 percent of goal
Tue, Mar 31st 2015 05:00 pm
At the close of Appeal Week 2015, Catholic Charities announced March 31, that 78.4 percent of their goal has been met. Donations will be accepted until the close of the fiscal year June 30. This year's goal is $10.9 million.
Justice Perspective: Almsgiving in solidarity
Sun, Mar 29th 2015 08:00 am
Isn't it striking how much we need each other? We may feel like we are independent, and there is something of the "rugged individualist" that plagues our American psyche and culture. But the truth is that no one can live well independently of others. We are inter-dependent beings.
Food pantry is collaboration of Catholic Charities, Temple Beth Zion
Thu, Mar 26th 2015 02:00 pm
Catholic Charities and Temple Beth Zion have joined in a collaborative effort to open a new food pantry to serve Getzville and Williamsville residents. Town Square Food Pantry is located at the Town Square for Aging on the Weinberg Campus, 2710 North Forest Road, Getzville. The site will serve eligible residents of ZIP codes 14068 and 14221.
Appeal Week opens with $7.43 million raised for Catholic Charities
Wed, Mar 25th 2015 09:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone announced Tuesday Catholic Charities' 91st annual Appeal has raised $7,432,587.16 to date, representing 68 percent of the $10.9 million goal. The total includes monies collected and reported by parish volunteers during the opening weekend (March 21-22) of Appeal Week 2015, the period which marks the strongest push for parish donations. The total reported is more than $500,000 short of where Catholic Charities' officials and the Appeal leadership team hoped to be after the first Sunday.
Bishop Malone delivers meals, prayers and blessings
Sun, Mar 22nd 2015 09:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone and Father Ryszard Biernat recently delivered meals to some of the area's homebound through Meals on Wheels for WNY.
Parish outreach center lends a helping hand to community
Tue, Feb 24th 2015 08:00 am
Parish outreach programs provide needed assistance, companionship and, most importantly, listening ears to offer support and a warm sense of community. At St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Tonawanda, the outreach center co-coordinators, Rita Alviti and Karen Szafran, give back to their community as a key facet of their jobs.
Catholic Charities notebook: Appeal leadership announced
Thu, Feb 5th 2015 01:00 pm
Catholic Charities of Buffalo has announced several appointments to its leadership team in advance of the 2015 Appeal. The appointments were announced by the Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, and Sister Mary McCarrick, OSF, diocesan director of Catholic Charities of Buffalo.
Catholic Charities receives two grants totaling $200,000 for creation of Hospitality and Tourism Training Institute
Wed, Feb 4th 2015 12:00 pm
Catholic Charities of Buffalo's Immigration and Refugee Assistance Program recently received two grants totaling $200,000 to develop a Hospitality and Tourism Training Institute (HTTI), in partnership with Niagara University's (NU) College of Hospitality and Tourism Management Program.
Vive to host recognition dinner for supporters
Tue, Feb 3rd 2015 08:00 am
Vive, the Buffalo-based organization whose primary mission is to assist those seeking asylum in Canada and the United States, will host a recognition dinner for its supporters on Feb. 24 at Salvatore's Italian Gardens in Depew. The dinner will be held at 6 p.m. and the public is invited to attend.
Catholic Charities announces $10.9 million goal for 2015
Thu, Jan 8th 2015 01:00 pm
Catholic Charities and Bishop Richard J. Malone have officially begun Catholic Charities' 2015 appeal, with a $10.9 million goal and a theme of "Find Good Within." The announcement was made at a press conference Jan. 7 at Catholic Charities' A Gathering Place, an outreach program for seniors. The appeal funds 70 programs Catholic Charities runs in 61 sites throughout the eight counties of the diocese.
Bishop Malone to announce launch of Catholic Charities Appeal
Mon, Jan 5th 2015 12:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone will announce the goal, theme and patron saint of the 91st annual appeal to support Catholic Charities' services provided throughout Western New York and the Bishop's Fund for the Faith on Wednesday, Jan. 7, The kick-off event will be held at 10:30 a.m., at Catholic Charities' A Gathering Place, a daily social program for adults 60 years of age and older, located at 128 Wilson St., Buffalo.
Deacon named Global Fellow for Catholic Relief Services
Thu, Dec 4th 2014 04:00 pm
A diocesan deacon became a Catholic Relief Services Global Fellow in October. He will be a representative of, and spokesperson for, the work of the Catholic Church's official international humanitarian aid organization which helps less fortunate people in countries around the world.
Local missionaries to help children in Ghana
Mon, Nov 17th 2014 02:00 pm
The sister of a diocesan priest and an incoming college student will travel to West Africa in November to assist the Marian Sisters of Eucharistic Love to serve children at an orphanage in Ghana. Under the careful guidance of Sister Stan Terese Mario Mumuni, MASEL, a native of Africa who has been a missionary for over 16 years, they will help children who would not otherwise have had a chance at life.
St. Martin of Tours parishioner serves in Yukon Territory
Fri, Oct 24th 2014 03:00 pm
For the third year, a parishioner of St. Martin of Tours Parish in Buffalo continues to serve as a missionary in the Yukon Territory of Canada.
Catholic Charities fights to break hold of drug addiction
Tue, Sep 16th 2014 04:10 pm
Addiction knows no boundaries. It can happen to anybody.
Catholic Charities opens Franklinville office
Mon, Aug 25th 2014 02:20 pm
After this year's Catholic Charities Appeal exceeded its goal by nearly $200,000, the social service organization was able to open a new location in Franklinville last week to help serve several communities in Southeast Wyoming and Northern Cattaraugus counties.
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.
St. Luke's Mission of Mercy looks back at 20 years of ministry
Wed, Aug 6th 2014 02:00 pm
It started with a walk up a mountain and for 20 years has continued to be an uphill challenge to those who serve the disadvantaged through St. Luke's Mission of Mercy.
Catholic Relief Services helps people in poverty
Thu, Jul 31st 2014 02:00 pm
Some in Western New York take simple things in life such as three square meals a day, running water, shelter and health for granted. However, the lack of these basic needs for people in nations throughout the world is always a concern for Catholic Relief Services.
Catholic Charities surpassed goal with $11 million total
Tue, Jul 1st 2014 10:00 am
Catholic Charities ran a strong finish in the final lap of the 2014 annual appeal, exceeding its goal of $10.8 million with a total of $11 million at the close of its fiscal year Monday.
Diocese to participate in collection for Latin America
Mon, May 12th 2014 10:00 am
The Diocese of Buffalo will take up a special collection this month for the Latin American Missions. Bishop Richard J. Malone has asked all parishes to hold a second collection on a weekend of the pastor's choosing, for Catholics in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Catholic Charities Appeal raises $8.88 million
Tue, Apr 15th 2014 03:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone announced that Catholic Charities of Buffalo has raised $8,886,816.65 as of April 15 for Appeal 2014. This marks 82.3 percent of the final goal of $10.8 million.
Felician Sisters to hold service day to support food pantry
Thu, Apr 10th 2014 03:00 pm
The Felician Sisters will sponsor a "Felician Service Day" on Saturday, April 12, to support the Sister Mary Josette Food Pantry at Villa Maria College.
Catholic Charities' volunteers prepare for Appeal Week activities
Fri, Apr 4th 2014 02:50 pm
Catholic Charities 2014 Appeal Week will take place throughout the Diocese of Buffalo from April 6 to 13. This is the 90th annual appeal week for Catholic Charities which celebrates the support of Western New Yorkers who have made contributions to the appeal, and encourages those who have not already donated to do so.
Sisters of Mercy bring compassionate aid to Philippines
Mon, Mar 31st 2014 02:00 pm
Three Sisters of Mercy from the diocese knew their visit to the Philippines would be anything but routine after Super Typhoon Haiyan battered the central islands of the area with 160 mile per hour winds and walls of seawater last November.
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.
Crusader feels synod should address just wage, domestic violence
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 10:00 am
As Bob Golden filled out his survey in preparation for the Synod on Family and Evangelization, he felt the need to add a few subjects he thinks the Catholic Church needs to address. The Albion resident feels a just wage, domestic violence, immigration and health care do not receive the attention they deserve.
Catholic Charities program gives hope to refugees
Mon, Jan 20th 2014 03:05 pm
Some might say that Buffalo was built by immigrants. In recent years, the City of Good Neighbors has continued to be a place of welcome. Refugee experiences shown on the nightly news may be painful, yet distant. Refugees arrive in Western New York legally, approved by the Department of State and supported by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Catholic Charities goes hog wild with $10.8 million appeal goal
Fri, Jan 10th 2014 01:00 pm
A $10.8 million goal, "Heart at Work" theme and a Harley-Davidson are at the center of this year's Catholic Charities Appeal, which was announced at a news conference in their Kenmore-Tonawanda office Friday morning.
Vision of home for asylum seekers is realized at Peace House
Tue, Dec 31st 2013 01:40 pm
On the outside, Buffalo Peace House is a cozy brick building on the lawn of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Athol Springs. On the inside, a community of international refugees and Western New Yorkers is coming to quiet life. Speaking directly to Pope Francis's call to host refugees in unused parish buildings, Father Ross Syracuse, pastor, and the social outreach group from St. Francis Parish welcomed Peace House in their former convent building.
St. Luke's breaks ground on homes for mothers and children
Tue, Dec 17th 2013 12:00 pm
St. Luke's Mission of Mercy, which has tended to the corporal works of mercy for nearly 20 years, will expand its ministry by creating a gated community for at-risk mothers and children. The first house in Gospa Village is expected to open this spring. The neighborhood will allow mothers and their children to live together with a missionary volunteer, who will serve as a nanny and aid, to allow the mother to work or go to school. A community center will be available for classes on basic home economics and parenting.
Conference looks to provide support and compassion to suicide survivors
Fri, Nov 15th 2013 09:00 am
All Souls Day, and the Fifteenth International Survivors of Suicide Day scheduled in Buffalo for Nov. 23, are reminders of a recent letter that appeared in a newsletter of the Association of Marian Helpers. The author lives in Buffalo and regularly prays for holy souls.
Catholic Cemeteries team up with Erie County to benefit veterans
Thu, Nov 7th 2013 09:00 am
All gave some, some gave all, and now Catholic Cemeteries are giving back.
Bishop Malone elected to USCCB committee, re-elected to Catholic Relief board
Wed, Nov 14th 2012 03:00 pm
BALTIMORE - Bishop Richard J. Malone was elected chairman-elect of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth at the Fall General Assembly on Nov. 12. He was also re-elected to the board of Catholic Relief Services.