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Upon This Rock surpasses $100 million goal
Tue, Nov 21st 2017 09:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone announced the diocesan Upon This Rock capital and endowment campaign has raised $107 million since February 2016, surpassing its goal of $100 million, thanks to the donations and efforts of 27,000 benefactors who gave gifts of varying sizes. The bishop made the announcement during a press conference Nov. 20.
Diocese to begin implementing new faith formation curriculum
Thu, Nov 16th 2017 10:25 am
In September, the Diocese of Buffalo began implementing a new faith formation curriculum, "Forming Disciples." To prepare parish leadership for this transition, diocesan staff from the Department of Lifelong Faith Formation have visited over 155 parishes to discuss it and answer questions. Parishes are being supported to develop their own implementation plans, likely to spread out over two to three years, rather than a few months.
Family receives WWII veteran's medals in ceremony
Fri, Nov 10th 2017 11:00 am
A local family with a long history of service to their country and the Catholic Church had seven sons who served in wartime. On Sept. 1, the 78th anniversary of the start of World War II, the Allaire family received medals for Joseph Allaire Sr.'s Navy service aboard the USS Missouri, which officials of the Town of Tonawanda presented to the family in a formal ceremony in front of the Town of Tonawanda Veterans Memorial at Kenney Field in the town.
Father Solanus Casey: The American priest who will be beatified next week
Wed, Nov 8th 2017 04:25 pm
DETROIT, MICH. (CNA/EWTN News) - Venerable Solanus Casey, an American-born Capuchin priest who died in 1957, will be beatified at a Nov. 18 Mass in Detroit.
San Antonio archbishop prays for victims of Texas church shooting
Mon, Nov 6th 2017 04:00 pm
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (CNA/EWTN News) - After at least 26 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday, the local Catholic archbishop offered prayers and solidarity for the victims.
Seminary to host lecture on the Holocaust
Wed, Oct 25th 2017 09:00 am
EAST AURORA — A lecture on "Remembering the Holocaust: Continuing Ethical and Spiritual Challenges" will be held on Friday, Oct. 27, in the Main Dining Room of Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Road.
Bishop McMahon's class of '57 shares fond memories of alma mater
Mon, Oct 23rd 2017 10:15 am
It was just like being back in school for Bishop McMahon High School's class of 1957, who gathered at Classics V restaurant in Amherst for their 60th anniversary reunion. The only difference was they could talk as loud as they wanted, and chew gum and wear makeup.
Care for Creation committee looks to share ideas at fall gathering
Fri, Oct 20th 2017 04:05 pm
The Diocesan Care for Creation Committee will hold a gathering of parish leaders to discuss best practices for educating the community about protecting the environment. Everyone is welcome to the meeting at Villa Maria Convent in Cheektowaga, Monday, Oct. 23.
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.
Charismatic Renewal Conference marks 50 years of Holy Spirit
Wed, Oct 18th 2017 03:00 pm
It has been 50 years since a group of students at Pittsburgh's Duquesne University experienced the gifts of the Holy Spirit. It was the first known case of a group of people receiving gifts at the same time. That experience spread to other college campuses, spawning the Charismatic Renewal movement in the United States. To mark the golden jubilee, Pope Francis called for a conference in Rome.
'Miracle of the sun' broke darkness of Portugal's atheist regimes
Fri, Oct 13th 2017 03:35 pm
FATIMA, PORTUGAL (CNA/EWTN News) - On "the day the sun danced," thousands of people bore witness to a miracle that not only proved the validity of the Fatima Marian apparitions, but also shattered the prevalent belief at the time that God was no longer relevant, according to one theologian.
A guide to local Fatima anniversary celebrations
Thu, Oct 12th 2017 09:00 am
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Fatima appearance, several local parishes will host special celebrations throughout the year beginning this month.
Christ the King Seminary to host Curé of Ars Awards
Wed, Oct 4th 2017 04:00 pm
Christ the King Seminary will host its annual Curé of Ars awards dinner on Thursday, Oct. 5, at The Atrium @ Rich's in Buffalo. This year's event will honor Msgr. Leo F. McCarthy and Father Mark J. Wolski.
Confirmation for sons and daughters of migrant farm workers
Tue, Oct 3rd 2017 01:15 pm
In a Mass that was celebrated in both Spanish and English, Bishop Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, confirmed 15 young people Monday evening at Holy Family Parish in Albion. All 15 are of Mexican descent and their parents are part of the migrant farming community in Orleans and Niagara Counties.
Our favorite memories of September
Fri, Sep 29th 2017 04:00 pm
Back to school, "Give Back," and Masses, Masses, Masses. Look at some of our favorite memories of September 2017 in our new photo gallery.
A retreatant's reflections on the Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life
Thu, Sep 28th 2017 08:00 am
What is it like to have peace within? What is it like to know God loves you regardless of your faults? What is it like to love God, to know Him more and want to do His will?
Revival 2017 to be held this October
Fri, Sep 22nd 2017 03:00 pm
In October, the Diocesan Revival will be sponsored by the Office of Cultural Diversity's Diocesan African-American Commission. The theme of the Revival this year is "Shut Up and Just Listen, Jesus Has Something to Say."
A weekend to recognize Buffalo's first bishop
Thu, Sep 21st 2017 02:00 pm
A hundred people gathered at Christ the King Seminary, in East Aurora, Friday to hear more about Buffalo's first bishop. Bishop John Timon established the Diocese of Buffalo in 1847 and over the next 20 years laid a groundwork for many of the hospitals, schools and missions which still serve the diocese to this day. To commemorate his legacy on the 150th anniversary of his death, Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora hosted a four-hour conference in the seminary's main dining room.
Holy Name Society to hold annual awards banquet
Wed, Sep 20th 2017 09:20 am
In October, the diocesan Holy Name Society, part of one of the oldest confraternities in the Catholic Church, will be holding its annual awards banquet to honor clergy, religious and laypeople in the community who have gone above and beyond in service and dedication to the Church, society and the diocesan community as a whole. It will take place Sunday, Oct. 15, at Kiebzak's Restaurant and Beginnings Banquet, 38 Crocker St. in Sloan, with refreshments beginning at 5 p.m. and family style dinner at 6 p.m.
Sisters of Mercy celebrate jubilee years
Tue, Sep 19th 2017 08:00 am
Six Sisters of Mercy are celebrating their jubilees this year during a Mass on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 10 a.m. at the Mercy Center Chapel, 625 Abbott Road, Buffalo. The Rev. William Bigelow will celebrate and music will be provided by the Sisters of Mercy and Mercy Associate Choir.
Sisters of Mercy Giving Circle awards grants
Mon, Sep 18th 2017 09:00 am
The Sisters of Mercy Many Faces of Mercy Giving Circle celebrated its 15th anniversary of awarding grants to non-profit agencies that serve women and young girls by distributing 10 grants totaling $17,100 during a ceremony at Mercy Center, Buffalo, on Sept. 14.
Seminary to host Bishop Timon conference
Fri, Sep 15th 2017 12:30 pm
Bishop John Timon, the first bishop of Buffalo, will be the topic of a conference commemorating his legacy on the 150th anniversary of his death. Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora will host the conference on Friday, Sept. 22 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the seminary's main dining room. Bishop Richard J. Malone will open the afternoon with welcome and prayer.
Questioning of nominee draws reaction from USCCB
Fri, Sep 8th 2017 03:00 pm
WASHINGTON—Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty has issued the following statement in response to the line of questioning directed at a federal judicial nominee earlier this week.
St. Joseph University students get back into the rhythm
Wed, Sep 6th 2017 01:00 pm
After greeting students as they stepped off of school buses on Main Street in Buffalo Wednesday, Bishop Richard J. Malone went inside and joined some of them in a drum session on the first day of classes at St. Joseph University School.
Be ready to help Hurricane Harvey victims, U.S. bishops say
Mon, Aug 28th 2017 01:00 pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNA/EWTN News) - The damage done by Hurricane Harvey is a cause for prayer and preparation to help the storm's victims, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has said.
The rise of the 'alt-right' - how should the Church respond?
Fri, Aug 25th 2017 03:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - People are probably familiar with white supremacist groups like neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan - both of which made an appearance at the violent rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia that shocked the nation and the world.
Marian Franciscans get in the habit
Tue, Aug 22nd 2017 10:15 pm
They are hoping to start a new religious congregation and, on Tuesday, three women from the Diocese of Buffalo took a big individual step in their formation as Marian Franciscan Sisters. They received their religious habits and new religious names as Bishop Richard Malone received them into the novitiate in a special Mass at Our Lady Chapel in St. Joseph Cathedral.
Timon conference opens book on Buffalo's founding father
Tue, Aug 22nd 2017 09:00 am
Bishop John Timon left a lasting impression on the Diocese of Buffalo, the full scope of which is probably not well known. Two seminary professors plan to change that with a series of lectures on the diocese's founding shepherd.
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.
Bands, food and giveaways to be highlighted at annual Church of the Annunciation picnic
Mon, Aug 14th 2017 09:00 am
A weekend filled with live music, classic cars, numerous raffles and delicious food offerings will highlight the 80th annual summer picnic at the Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma. The event kicks off on Friday, Aug. 18, and concludes with a grand drawing the evening of Sunday, Aug. 20.
Catholic League launches 2017 appeal
Fri, Aug 11th 2017 09:00 am
In apostolic times, when the Church in Jerusalem was in great distress, St. Paul did not hesitate to ask the Catholics of Corinth to give generously to the relief of their brothers in religion. This bond of human solidarity and Christian brotherhood has been in the Church through the ages. Whenever distress came to our brothers in the faith in one part of the world, those in other parts were always willing to extend to them their helping hand.
Sisters remember their past and celebrate new life
Thu, Aug 10th 2017 09:00 am
CLARENCE — Sisters of St. Joseph, associates and friends gathered under a tent June 23 at their Clarence residence to ritualize the recent sale of some of their Clarence land and buildings and to honor their deceased sisters with a tree-planting ceremony.
Mass on the Midway to honor veterans at Erie County Fair
Wed, Aug 9th 2017 09:00 am
For 35 years, the Erie County Fair has hosted an annual tradition, one that is relatively unknown even to many Western New Yorkers, but consistently draws a crowd of around 200 people each year. Held on the fairgrounds' Evans Bank Family Entertainment Complex, this year's Mass on the Midway, a Catholic service to accompany its annual day honoring veterans, will take place at 10 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 13.
Diocesan pilgrimage to D.C. being planned
Sun, Aug 6th 2017 06:00 am
The Diocesan Marian Commission, under the spiritual direction of Father Michael Burzynski, pastor of St. John Gualbert Church in Cheektowaga, is in the process of planning a pilgrimage to Washington, D.C., similar to the one that took place in 2012.
Fathers and sons sought for Fraternus-Buffalo
Tue, Jul 25th 2017 06:00 am
EAST AURORA — Since January, a group of about a dozen boys has been meeting every Wednesday evening at Christ the King Seminary. The newly organized group is part of a national discipleship program known as Fraternus.
Who will get a piece of 'This Rock' and when?
Tue, Jul 25th 2017 06:00 am
As the Upon This Rock campaign officially surpasses the $100 million mark this month, it is by no means too late to contribute. While the pledge phase is winding down, the distribution is just beginning. Parishes began to receive checks last summer representing their 35 percent share of the fund drive. This summer, a total of $94,000 will be distributed to 18 Catholic schools to enhance or, in the case of seven of those schools, launch a STREAM program for the first time.
150th anniverary quilt has been preserved for 20 years
Fri, Jul 21st 2017 09:00 am
Earlier this year, an inquiry from a Southern Tier resident led to the rediscovery of, and renewed interest in, a piece of diocesan history: a quilt that parishioners from all existing diocesan parishes, as of 1997, contributed to that year for the 150th anniversary of the Diocese of Buffalo. For a few years after this, the completed quilt, consisting of four large, separate panels, traveled from parish to parish. Since then, it has remained safety stored in the Catholic Center in downtown Buffalo.
Bishop Timon brought Vincentian values to Buffalo
Thu, Jul 20th 2017 08:00 am
Bishop John Timon, ordained as a Vincentian priest, was immersed in the order's charisms reflecting social justice and the Gospel values of care for the poor, sick, widowed and orphaned, and he lived by the motto of the order: Evangelizare pauperibus misit me - "He has sent me to preach the Gospel to the poor." Soon after his arrival, the bishop discovered the immediate need for an orphanage and hospital. Writing in his diary years later he believed that the purpose of the Catholic Church in Buffalo was to: "satisfy their worldly and spiritual needs."
Two dozen Catholic pages blocked from Facebook without explanation
Wed, Jul 19th 2017 02:00 pm
DENVER, COLO. (CNA/EWTN News) - In the last 24 hours more than twenty Catholic pages, some with millions of followers, have been blocked by Facebook for unknown reasons.
Teams of Our Lady sponsors informational picnic July 22
Sun, Jul 16th 2017 06:00 am
Teams of Our Lady invites married couples to an indoor-outdoor picnic, preceded by the 4:30 p.m. Mass, on Saturday, July 22, at SS. Peter & Paul Church, Williamsville. The north and south sectors for the region invite children to this event, to be held in the school cafeteria, with access to the gym. Look in the parish activity book for more information on Teams of Our Lady.