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Five siblings share laughs and bond at Brothers of Mercy Senior Apartments
Fri, Aug 10th 2018 09:00 am
Clarence has been home to Joan Baez, Joyce Carol Oates and Bishop John Neumann. Now it is home to the Bowen sisters, who form a close sorority in the Brothers of Mercy's Senior Apartments. The five sisters, who come from a family of 15 children born in Mount Jewett, Pa., gather every Tuesday to play cards, which usually turns into an afternoon of laughs.
Catholic Press Association honors WNY Catholic
Thu, Aug 9th 2018 09:00 am
"The diversity of topics and ability to reach a broad audience and offer something for practically everyone are what makes this newspaper stand out." This is what the judges for the Catholic Press Association had to say about the Diocese of Buffalo's own Western New York Catholic. The paper won first place in the category of Newspaper of the Year for non-weekly diocesan newspaper with a circulation of 25,001 or more.
Third annual 'Burgers, Brews and Blues' set for Aug. 14
Wed, Aug 8th 2018 11:00 am
WILLIAMSVILLE — The Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities will host their third annual "Burgers, Brews and Blues" summer fundraiser on Tuesday, Aug. 14 at St. Mary of the Angels, 201 Reist St., in Williamsville. Event proceeds will benefit the sisters' important ministries throughout Western New York and beyond.
Lockport parish seeks to educate on personal finances
Thu, Jul 26th 2018 10:00 am
St. John the Baptist Parish in Lockport has a nearly 40-year history of outreach to Eastern Niagara County, helping the low-income households to eat, sleep and stay clothed. Now, the parish wants to start a program to help the local residents fend for themselves by teaching fiscal responsibility.
Local fundraiser helps refugees fleeing to Canada
Wed, Jul 25th 2018 09:00 am
After a long journey refugees trying to enter Canada can find shelter at Casa el Norte in Fort Erie. Run by the Sisters of St. Mary Namur, Casa el Norte helps, "refugees coming into Canada who don't have a place to stay," Sister Judith Carroll, SSMN, provincial superior said. "Once at the shelter they immediately receive food, clothing and sense of security above all."
Priest in Scotland wants to visit in jail the man who robbed him
Mon, Jul 23rd 2018 03:05 pm
MOTHERWELL, SCOTLAND (CNA/EWTN News) - Father Patrick Hennessy, who was robbed and attacked in May at his rectory in Scotland, says he has forgiven his robber and wants to visit him in prison to give him pastoral care.
Camille Brandon to be Pulaski Day Parade Grand Marshal
Fri, Jul 20th 2018 04:00 pm
Red and white colors of Polonia will line Walden Avenue and Harlem Road in Cheektowaga as the 80th annual Pulaski Day Parade makes its way from the Thruway Plaza to Cheektowaga Town Park. The parade begins at 1:30 p.m. on July 22.
Spreading the Word of God, one letter at a time
Thu, Jul 19th 2018 09:00 am
Joan Dobrin's work brings the written word to life.
The modern miracle of Fatima
Wed, Jul 18th 2018 03:35 pm
FATIMA, PORTUGAL (CNA) - While men in the trenches of World War I faced chemical gasses and industrialized weaponry that wrought unprecedented human carnage, an Angel of Peace appeared with a message.
Catholic Cemeteries helps deal with grief over opioid deaths
Mon, Jun 25th 2018 09:00 am
Deaths from opioid use or substance abuse are prevalent here in Buffalo as well as other places. We know that no two people grieve exactly the same. However, an overdose death creates barricades for healing to take place thereby adding complications to the grief process. This type of grief can become disenfranchised because added emotional stressors such as guilt, resentment and shame can become suppressed because one does not have an outlet to express them. It is important that those who have lost a loved one from an overdose be comforted in a compassionate, non-judgmental way.
St. Leo's focuses on future of the Catholic Church
Thu, Jun 21st 2018 01:00 pm
In the hopes of hearing the 'voice of the people', Msgr. Robert Zapfel welcomed a crowd of over 600 Catholics, Wednesday evening, to an open discussion called "Let's Talk About...The Future of the Catholic Church" at St. Leo the Great Parish in Amherst.
Bemus Point native makes perpetual vows as Daughter of St. Paul
Tue, Jun 19th 2018 01:00 pm
'It's been a journey', in her own words, for Sister Emily Beata Marsh, who will make her perpetual profession of vows as a Daughter of St. Paul on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary of Lourdes Catholic Church in Bemus Point. The 31 year old grew up in the community along Chautauqua Lake, where she has fond memories of biking and playing soccer.
St. Leo's discussion focuses on the future of the Catholic Church
Wed, Jun 13th 2018 10:00 am
AMHERST — What will the Catholic Church look like in 20 years? What do you want our Catholic Church to be? Four Catholics of distinction in our diocese will each make a brief presentation about their vision of the Catholic Church of the future. Then you will have an opportunity to question and share with a Q & A session.
Norm Paolini: Don't waste your suffering
Fri, Jun 8th 2018 02:00 pm
Let me say here that if you are expecting a story about Norm's beautiful family or his many ministries or his work at St. Luke's Mission of Mercy, by all means read the previous obituary we shared. You can also search Norm's name at the Buffalo News for 2 wonderful tributes. This is not that story.
Canisius camps help ease transition to high school
Tue, May 29th 2018 12:00 pm
The transition from middle school to high school can be a big adjustment for some students, but there is a way to ease the transition during the summer between grades seven and eight. Camps such as the Higher Achievement Program (HAP) at Canisius High School offer boys heading into eighth grade a glimpse ahead to high school life.
MOMSpiritual Italy Pilgrimage is a journey for life
Tue, May 29th 2018 12:00 pm
St. Gregory the Great Parish's Ministry of Mothers Sharing (MOMS) will lead a Spiritual Pilgrimage for Life in Italy. Former Vatican volunteers for the Jubilee Year of Mercy and St. Greg's members Nadine Bargnes and Dawn Iacono will return to the Eternal City with Catholic MOMS from the diocese. Msgr. Robert E. Zapfel, STD, who studied and lived in Rome and is pastor of St. Leo the Great Parish in Amherst, will spiritually guide 24 MOMS through Rome and Assisi in late May.
Cardinal Dolan: Pope's reported remarks, while 'beautiful,' could require clarification
Wed, May 23rd 2018 04:20 pm
NEW YORK CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - The Archbishop of New York said Tuesday that while some recent comments about homosexuality attributed to Pope Francis are "orthodox teaching," the pope's reported remarks could require clarification.
Cool travel tips for sizzling seniors
Wed, May 23rd 2018 03:00 pm
Summertime is in full swing, and travel season is upon us. For seniors, summertime often brings a wealth of travel opportunities, from family reunions to pilgrimages to cruises. But with the urge to get out and see the world comes an increased risk - especially for elderly people - of suffering from heat-related illnesses and injuries.
Legal Advice Helpline provides answers for seniors
Tue, May 22nd 2018 03:00 pm
Seniors in Allegany County have a new tool available through the Center for Elder Law & Justice (CELJ), providing them with free brief legal services and referrals, and if needed, to more in-depth legal services in the caller's geographic area.
Retreats help guide us through labyrinths of life
Mon, Apr 30th 2018 10:00 am
Have you ever experienced the prayerful journey of walking through a labyrinth? According to Lessons4Living.com, "a labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. It combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering, but purposeful, path. The labyrinth represents a journey to our own center and back again out into the world. Labyrinths have long been used as meditation and prayer tools ... It is a metaphor for life's journey
St. Francis Park offers independent living option for seniors
Fri, Apr 27th 2018 10:20 am
HAMBURG — St. Francis Park is now open and leasing more than 35 studio suite apartments on its South Park Avenue campus in Hamburg. The opening follows the completion of the sale of the facility, formerly known as the Immaculate Conception Convent, by the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph to the Catholic Health System in January.
Silence and solitude offered at the Abbey of the Genesee
Fri, Apr 27th 2018 10:00 am
In the fast paced modern world you can experience plenty of noise and stress. Sometimes it can seem overwhelming. Many look for solitude and quiet. The Retreat House at Abbey of the Genesee offers just that for those who want it.
Dominican Nuns to hold Novena in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima
Thu, Apr 26th 2018 01:00 pm
The Dominican Nuns will celebrate a Novena in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima, May 1-9, at the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary, 335 Doat St., Buffalo.
A small wooden cross and the power of prayer
Fri, Apr 20th 2018 09:00 am
When we suffer we look for things that give us comfort and strength. When Sister Johnice Rzadkiewicz, CSSF, visited her terminally ill brother, Jack, she gave him comfort and strength with a small wooden cross.
National Association of Church Personnel Administrators coming to Buffalo
Wed, Apr 18th 2018 09:00 am
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Assciation of Church Personnel Administrators will hold its annual convocation in the Diocese of Buffalo April 22-24 at the Conference and Event Center, 101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls. NACPA represents human resource, finance directors, chancellors, principals, college presidents and other Church leaders in arch/dioceses nationwide. The NACPA's mission is "to promote justice in the workplace."
Houghton College to host Women of Worship event
Mon, Apr 16th 2018 03:10 pm
HOUGHTON - Western New York Women of Worship, a one-day event designed to uplift, restore and motivate the spirits of women, returns to Houghton College on Saturday, April 21.
Altar server cuts his own path on journey of faith
Wed, Apr 11th 2018 09:45 am
When Bryce McLanahan walked up the aisle of St. Joseph Cathedral to receive his award as one of the Altar Servers of the Year, it was the final steps in a unique journey for the Amherst teen. Although baptized in the Catholic Church, he grew up not attending regular Mass with his family. Instead, he forged his own spiritual path.
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.
Legion of Mary to hold Acies
Tue, Apr 10th 2018 09:00 am
It's the time of year again when the Legion of Mary looks forward to it's annual Marian consecration of active and auxiliary members called the "Acies." Acies is a Latin word meaning army ranged in battle array, which describes the Legion of Mary as they assemble all together to renew their dedication to the Most Holy Virgin Mary and receive from her, strength and blessing for the upcoming year's battles with the forces of evil.
St. John the Baptist holds Styrofoam recycling collection
Mon, Apr 9th 2018 03:55 pm
At St. John the Baptist Parish in Kenmore, parishioners have engaged in a number of initiatives to reduce the community's carbon footprint. Since October, this has included collections of Styrofoam, long recognized as a non-biodegradable material that clogs up landfills, after Masses in the church.
Men's group cooks up morning ministry meetings
Thu, Apr 5th 2018 09:00 am
Men hungering for a healthy serving of spirituality get more than they bargain for at Blessed Sacrament Parish. The Tonawanda church hosts a Breakfast & the Bible event the first Saturday of every month immediately following the 8 a.m. Mass. The morning consists of fresh made breakfast of eggs (and recently zucchini soufflé), a guest speaker and some Bible study.
Former U.S. Attorney Hochul to visit Sister Karen Center
Mon, Apr 2nd 2018 06:00 am
The SSJ Sister Karen Klimczak Center for Nonviolence will welcome William J. Hochul Jr. as keynote speaker for its annual event on April 15, at 3 p.m. at SS. Columba-Brigid Church, 75 Hickory St., Buffalo. A reception will follow. Hochel will invite attendees to join him on "A Journey of Justice and Mercy."
Sixth bus pilgrimage planned to Divine Mercy Shrine
Fri, Mar 23rd 2018 03:55 pm
The Society of Our Lady of Divine Mercy will be making its sixth bus pilgrimage to the Divine Mercy Shrine in Stockbridge, Mass. from Oct. 4-6 for St. Faustina Day. The purpose of this pilgrimage is to spread the Divine Mercy Devotion and to create fellowship among Catholics and non-Catholics. With the fall colors starting to change, pilgrims will be able to pray and worship in a retreat type setting on the beautiful grounds of the Berkshire Mountains. Here the Marians of the Immaculate Conception Fathers will invite pilgrims to learn about the Divine Mercy Devotion and have them participate in God's mercy through the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the reception of the Holy Eucharist at Mass. Mass will be held at the Mother of Mercy Outdoor Shrine. A guest speaker will preceed Mass. The speaker will cover Divine Mercy related topics. Afterward pilgrims will be able to have their "paper bag lunch" in a tented picnic area.
Faith formation encourages responsible use of technology
Thu, Mar 22nd 2018 04:05 pm
In today's digital age, Facebook and other social media platforms have changed the way people interact with one another. However, this also presents the challenge of encouraging the use of said technology in a responsible manner. As the final of four components of the "Forming Disciples" curriculum it began implementing at the beginning of this school year, the diocese is focusing on how parishes use the internet, namely social media, in a constructive manner.
Teens at Cardinal O'Hara High fight cancer with food
Fri, Mar 9th 2018 01:10 pm
Over 1.5 million people are diagnosed with cancer each year. While doctors treat their patients, a team of teens from Cardinal O'Hara High School is cooking for a cure. For the past five years Allyson Nemeth has organized a Cooking for Cancer Club, which prepares and sells baked goods and pasta sauce for Courage for Carly, an organization that raises money for pediatric cancer research and family support programs at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
Catholic school alumna now lives, works in Jordan
Tue, Feb 20th 2018 03:00 pm
For one local Catholic school alumna, a solid foundation early in her academic career led to a life passion for working toward resolving complex global issues.
Sister Helena Burns to host social media workshop
Fri, Feb 16th 2018 02:05 pm
EAST AURORA — The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo is hosting a free workshop, "Good News for Social Media: How Parishes and All Catholics Can Share Faith Online," at Christ the King Seminary on Tuesday, Feb. 27, from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.
Faith formation curriculum combines service, theological reflection
Fri, Feb 16th 2018 02:00 pm
"Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you" (Matthew 28:19-20). It is precisely this directive, from Christ at His ascension, that the third component of the newly-implemented "Forming Disciples" diocesan Lifelong Faith Formation curriculum seeks to illuminate.
Seminary to host theology and philosophy conference
Fri, Feb 16th 2018 01:00 pm
EAST AURORA — Leading national and international speakers, and top creative minds working in theology and philosophy, will converge on Christ the King Seminary on the weekend of Feb. 23-24 for the 2018 Conference for Collaborative Philosophy, Theology and Ministry. The conference's keynote speakers represent institutions from three continents - the U.S., Europe and Australia.
Catholic Women of Buffalo to hold third-annual conference
Fri, Feb 16th 2018 01:00 pm
On Saturday, Feb. 24, Catholic Women of Buffalo will present their third-annual conference. This year's conference, "The Heart of a Woman," will be held at Cardinal O'Hara High School in Tonawanda, starting at 7:30 a.m., with registration and continental breakfast. It will also include three speakers.