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What is it like to go on a retreat?
Fri, Apr 28th 2017 08:55 am
One of my favorite sayings is, "Every expert was once a beginner," and I can honestly say there are now many experts who enjoy making retreats quite frequently. Allow me to take this opportunity to briefly describe a retreat experience through actual questions and comments received from individuals who had never been on a retreat until their visit to the Center of Renewal at Stella Niagara. Happily, those who decided to try it out have been pleasantly surprised and renewed.
WNYCatholic Weekly Podcast April 30
Fri, Apr 28th 2017 07:00 am
Carmen Colao, director of Catholic Cemeteries for the Diocese of Buffalo, discusses their upcoming open houses as well as special remembrances for Mother's Day and Memorial Day.
Bishop's Committee sponsors Day of Reflection
Wed, Apr 26th 2017 04:00 pm
The Bishop's Committee for Christian Home and Family invites everyone to an inspirational Day of Reflection. The Bishop's Committee will host the day on Thursday, May 11, at St. Philip the Apostle Parish, 950 Losson Road in Cheektowaga, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sacred Heart Parish celebrates 100th Fatima anniversary
Tue, Apr 25th 2017 08:00 am
BOWMANSVILLE — Sacred Heart Parish will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady's appearance to three shepherd children, Lúcia Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto, in Fatima, Portugal, as she pleaded with them to pray for peace and "poor souls who have no one to pray for them."
Christians are the most widely targeted religious group in the world
Mon, Apr 24th 2017 01:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - When it comes to religious persecution, Christians are the most widely targeted community, said a new report released this week.
Care for Creation workshop to be held at Villa Maria Convent
Fri, Apr 21st 2017 09:10 am
For those interested in forming and participating in a local parish committee or team to promote helping the environment, the diocesan Care for Creation Committee will host an informational workshop at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 16, at Villa Maria College in Buffalo. The committee has been reaching out to pastors to see if their parishioners would be interested in having such a group in their parish, as well as seeking feedback from people in diocesan parishes that have them and would like to share their experiences.
Our Lady of Fatima to be commemorated with novena
Wed, Apr 19th 2017 01:00 pm
To commemorate the centenary of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima, Portugal, a novena to Our Lady of Fatima will take place on May 5-13 at the Dominican Nuns' Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary, located at 335 Doat St. in Buffalo.
Information session scheduled for Ireland pilgrimage
Wed, Apr 19th 2017 09:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone invites you to attend an information session about his upcoming pilgrimage to Ireland, A Journey of Faith, which will take place from Oct. 20-29. The session will be held on Sunday, April 30, at 3 p.m. in the Msgr. Britt Room at St. Joseph Cathedral (50 Franklin St., Buffalo, 14202). Whether you have already signed up as a pilgrim or are simply interested in learning more about the trip, everyone is very welcome to attend. Enjoy complimentary refreshments while learning more about the trip itinerary and what you can expect to see and do while you're traversing the Emerald Isle. You will also be given information on what to wear, what to pack and what the weather will be like during your 10-day trip.
Catholic Charities Appeal Week raises $7.89 million
Tue, Apr 11th 2017 11:25 am
BUFFALO, N.Y.- Bishop Richard J. Malone reported on the progress of the annual Catholic Charities of Buffalo Appeal, announcing $7,890,544.24 has been raised to date, as Catholic Charities officials marked the close of Appeal Week 2017 which ran from April 2-9 in parishes throughout the diocese.
Laura Boronski featured singer for mini Lenten retreat for MOMS
Fri, Mar 31st 2017 10:00 am
On Friday, April 7 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at St. Gregory the Great Ministry Center, the MOMS ministry will be holding a mini retreat open to all, entitled, "Lighting the Way in Lent." Laura Boronski, a singer, songwriter, Catholic wife of 25 years and mother of eight, will be singing songs she wrote and recorded, including her famous "Stations of the Cross," which can be heard on local Catholic radio WLOF 101.7FM, the Station of the Cross.
God's Family ministers to individuals with disabilities
Thu, Mar 30th 2017 03:00 pm
On the first Saturday of each month from September through June, a faith formation program for people with disabilities and their families meets at Baker Victory Services' Baker Hall School in Buffalo from noon until 2:30 p.m. This ministry, called God's Family, allows individuals to connect with other families who have experienced similar life circumstances while also learning more about their Catholic faith.
Catholics and Lutherans share Vespers service
Mon, Mar 27th 2017 02:45 pm
The 500 years of animosity between the Catholics and Lutherans were washed away for an hour, when Bishop Richard J. Malone joined Bishop John Macholz for an evening prayer service.
Closed churches open doors to provide brand new lives
Sat, Mar 25th 2017 08:00 am
All of the parish restructuring in the Diocese of Buffalo has been completed for years now, but some local Catholics still wonder what happens to the physical presence of a church when it closes its doors. Through a variety of methods, the diocese has worked with several partners to find reuse for these religious facilities, both inside and out.
Catholics, Lutherans to celebrate 500th anniversary of reformation
Thu, Mar 23rd 2017 12:35 pm
In observance of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's posting of the 95 Theses in Wittenberg, Germany, marking the start of the Protestant Reformation, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and the Upstate New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will be holding an evening prayer service, at 4 p.m., Sunday, March 26, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on Main Street in Buffalo.
Legion of Mary holds an Acies
Thu, Mar 23rd 2017 12:00 pm
Following the great Jubilee Year of Mercy in 2016, the Legion of Mary will assemble as a body to renew its dedication to Mary in order to receive strength and blessing for yet another year's battle with the forces of evil at its central function the Acies.
Bloggers to speak at second annual women's conference
Mon, Mar 13th 2017 08:00 am
Catholic Women of Buffalo is proud to present the second annual Women's Conference, Saturday, March 18 at Cardinal O'Hara High School in Tonawanda, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Divine Mercy Society sponsors pilgrimage to shrine
Fri, Mar 10th 2017 02:00 pm
The Society of Our Lady of Divine Mercy is sponsoring its fifth 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 engage pilgrims in performing works of mercy and richly living out their faith.
Magnificat Buffalo celebrates 20th anniversary
Fri, Mar 10th 2017 02:00 pm
On Dec. 10, 2016, nearly 300 guests celebrated the 20th anniversary of Magnificat's Gentle Woman, Mother of Mercy Chapter in the Diocese of Buffalo. Attendees shared a morning of prayer, testimony and fellowship at the Millennium Hotel in Cheektowaga. Father Jacek Mazur, pastor of Divine Mercy and St. Mary of the Cataract parishes in Niagara Falls, was the honored speaker, who urged guests to become "on fire" for their faith within their communities.
Sister Karen Center presents program on non-violence
Fri, Mar 10th 2017 12:45 pm
St. Bonaventure University professor of Theology Chris Stanley will present "On the Edge of Violence and Nonviolence: The Challenging Words of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam" at SS. Columba-Brigid Church, 75 Hickory St., Buffalo, at 3 p.m. April 2.
Do you read the Bible as often as you check your phone?
Tue, Mar 7th 2017 04:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - On the first Sunday of Lent, Pope Francis said if we want to fight against the temptation of sin, we must be familiar with the Word of God - treating the Bible more like how we treat our cellphone.
WNYCatholic Weekly Podcast March 5
Sat, Mar 4th 2017 08:00 am
4 Lancaster-Depew parishes are collaborating on The Story of Faith, a 2-night event featuring nationally-acclaimed actor and Biblical presenter, Frank Runyeon.
U.S. bishops denounce rise in anti-Semitic attacks
Tue, Feb 28th 2017 04:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - The U.S. bishops are responding with solidarity and concern for the Jewish community, following a surge in anti-Semitic actions in recent weeks.
The road to joining the Catholic faith begins with RCIA
Mon, Feb 27th 2017 09:00 am
The reasons people choose to be Catholic are many. Some join the faith for a spouse. Others join after years of seeking a fill for a void. Many find comfort in the sacraments.
Upcoming RCIA events
Mon, Feb 27th 2017 09:00 am
Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion: Sunday, March 5, 3:30 p.m., St. Joseph Cathedral. At the Rite of Election, catechumens are "elected," or chosen by God through the ministry of the bishop, for the sacraments of initiation
FICE presents third-annual 'Taking Flight' dinner gala
Fri, Feb 24th 2017 10:05 am
DEPEW — The Foundation for Inclusive Catholic Education will hold its third-annual Taking Flight Dinner on March 2, from 6-9 p.m., at Salvatore's Italian Gardens on Transit Road. Funds from the dinner are used for training and resources to enable Catholic schoolteachers and administrators to provide children with special needs an inclusive Catholic education experience.
US anti-Semitism feared to rise if incidents aren't condemned
Thu, Feb 23rd 2017 02:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States must be prosecuted and condemned by the government to curb their rise, a religious freedom expert insists.
Did you know Mother Teresa experienced visions of Jesus?
Thu, Feb 16th 2017 01:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Even her friend of more than 30 years, Father Sebastian Vazhakala, did not know Mother Teresa had conversations with and visions of Jesus before forming the Missionaries of Charity.
Boy Scouts accepts gender identity as new standard for admission
Wed, Feb 1st 2017 09:00 am
DALLAS, TEXAS (CNA/EWTN News) - Citing legal and community changes, the Boy Scouts of America have said self-declared gender identity now determines youth eligibility for its scouting programs. The move could add new difficulties for Catholic sponsors of scout troops trying to adapt to the organization's relatively new policy on homosexuality.
Family experiences closing of Year of Mercy in Rome
Wed, Jan 18th 2017 10:00 am
TONAWANDA — Callum Antonio, a freshman at Cardinal O'Hara High School, and his family were on hand at a historic event during a weeklong visit to Italy, when Pope Francis closed St. Peter's Basilica in Rome on Nov. 20 to conclude the Catholic Church's Jubilee Year of Mercy, which began Dec. 8, 2015.
Catholic Foundation names Polly Lougen gala award recipient
Mon, Jan 16th 2017 08:00 am
The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo will recognize Polly Lougen as the Sister Lucille Socciarelli/Father John Sturm Making a Difference Award recipient when it celebrates GALA 22:6 on Jan. 19. It will be held at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in downtown Buffalo, beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.
East Aurora man takes family on 100-km Spanish pilgrimage
Wed, Jan 11th 2017 09:00 am
Last month, an East Aurora man and parishioner of nearby Immaculate Conception Parish recalled his family's experience walking the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, in honor of apostle St. James the Great, in Spain. Known by the English name of the Way of St. James, multiple routes all lead to the shrine of the apostle at the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral in Galicia, where his remains are believed to be.
Daybreak TV featured on WNYCatholic Weekly Podcast
Thu, Dec 15th 2016 03:00 pm
Christmas projects from Daybreak TV Productions, including Come Let Us Adore Him, Christmas Mass on ABC, and an Our Daily Bread Christmas special.
Sister from Peru makes long distance connection
Mon, Dec 12th 2016 09:00 am
A young woman from Peru traveled nearly four thousand miles to profess her perpetual vows of poverty, chastity and obedience in the congregation of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities. The Eucharistic liturgy took place in the St. Mary of the Angels convent chapel in Williamsville on Saturday, December 10.
WNYCatholic Weekly Podcast December 11
Fri, Dec 9th 2016 10:00 am
Father Bill Quinlivan, newly appointed Pastor of St. Martin of Tours and St. Thomas Aquinas parishes in South Buffalo, talks about his new book, Coming Home to Christmas Through Advent.
FNE takes active role in New Evangelization in North America
Wed, Nov 23rd 2016 08:00 am
NIAGARA FALLS — Since 2014, Niagara Falls has had a local unit of the Federation of North American Explorers, a Catholic outdoor adventure movement for youth that works to promote faith, develop character, and train young people in outdoor skills.
WNYCatholic Weekly Podcast November 20
Sun, Nov 20th 2016 08:00 am
Thomas Awiapo from Ghana tells his story of being helped by Catholic Relief Services in his youth which led to working on their behalf today.
Parishes make digital connection with apps
Tue, Nov 15th 2016 10:00 am
Some people take home their parish bulletins and hang them up on their refrigerator. Now St. Mary of the Angels Church in Olean is making an even stronger connection to its parishioners by putting new updates right in their pockets.
WNYCatholic Weekly Podcast November 13
Thu, Nov 10th 2016 02:00 pm
The latest presentation in a faith enrichment series at Our Lady of Pompeii in Lancaster ponders what happens after the Year of Mercy.
World War II veteran & retired judge reflects on service, life
Thu, Nov 10th 2016 09:00 am
As a decorated World War II veteran, retired New York State Supreme Court Judge James B. Kane Jr. transitioned from the Army Air Forces to the bench after completing his tour of duty. Last month, the nonagenarian discussed his military service and being shot down over Europe, accomplishments as a judge and his wife, Marie, who passed away earlier this year, as well as his Catholic faith.
WWII vet credits VA for helping with post-war trauma
Thu, Nov 10th 2016 08:00 am
Ted Drews remembers his war stories all too vividly. The former Marine saw things during World War II that have haunted him for 70 years. Now 90 years old, the Tonawanda resident still recalls burying his dead buddies on the sands of Iwo Jima.