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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.
WNYCatholic Weekly Podcast November 6
Sun, Nov 6th 2016 08:00 am
An audio pilgrimage to parishes where St. John Neumann ministered in our diocese.
Batavia veterans home caters to residents' spiritual needs
Tue, Oct 25th 2016 03:05 pm
Every Friday at 2 p.m., Father Ivan Trujillo, pastor of Resurrection Parish in Batavia, conducts a special Mass for veterans and their family members living at the nearby New York State Veterans Home, located on Richmond Avenue. For 21 years, this Mass has been a tradition at the facility, home to 126 residents, including veterans of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, and their family members.
Diocesan Office of Cultural Diversity to sponsor retreat and bazaar
Tue, Oct 25th 2016 02:00 pm
On October 28-30, the African Commission of the Diocesan of Buffalo will sponsor a retreat and thanksgiving bazaar at Holy Cross Church, 345 7th St., Buffalo. The retreat will be held Friday, Oct. 28, and Saturday, Oct. 29, from 6-9 p.m. On Sunday, Oct. 30, following a 10 a.m. Mass with Bishop Richard J. Malone, there will be bazaar until 3 p.m. All are invited to attend.
Marking 44 years with Bingo cards
Tue, Oct 25th 2016 10:00 am
TONAWANDA ­— ­­Not every birthday is celebrated with cake and singing, "Happy Birthday to You." At Cardinal O'Hara High School, the Booster Club, starting its 44th year, celebrates every time someone calls out, "Bingo!"
WNYCatholic Weekly Podcast October 23
Mon, Oct 24th 2016 10:40 am
A discussion of Faithful Citizenship and public policy ahead of the upcoming election.
Blue Mass honors, remembers first responders in diocese
Mon, Oct 17th 2016 03:00 pm
On Oct. 15, Bishop Richard J. Malone presided over the second-ever Blue Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral, which recognized the work of police officers, firefighters and other first responders who live and work in the Diocese of Buffalo. Although the concept of Blue Mass dates back to 1934, it is a new addition in this diocese, and since 2015, Bishop Malone has been committed to making this an annual tradition here.
Gospel should serve Common Good not political agendas
Fri, Oct 14th 2016 08:00 am
At this important time in our nation's history, I encourage all of us to take a moment to reflect on one of the founding principles of our republic - the freedom of religion. It ensures the right of faith communities to preserve the integrity of their beliefs and proper self-governance. There have been recent reports that some may have sought to interfere in the internal life of the Church for short-term political gain. If true, this is troubling both for the well-being of faith communities and the good of our country.
Diocese debuts new curriculum with implementation workshops
Wed, Oct 12th 2016 09:00 am
In order to prepare catechetical leaders to make the best use of this material to teach and instruct Catholics for life, the diocesan Office of Lifelong Faith Formation announced last month that it will be offering some opportunities to learn more about the updated curriculum and ask any questions they may have.
Eden resident to serve as missionary in South America
Mon, Oct 10th 2016 08:00 am
While her friends are saying "hello" to fall, Mara Wicket will say "hello" to a new life. On Oct. 17, the Steubenville grad will fly to Ecuador to begin a year of missionary service with Heart's Home.
Dominican nuns to hold October bazaar
Sun, Oct 9th 2016 08:00 am
CHEEKTOWAGA — The Dominican Nuns of the Perpetual Rosary of Buffalo will host their second bazaar from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15, at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parish, inside the school. This year, all proceeds will raise money for the daily operational costs and various necessary maintenance projects at the monastery.
WNYCatholic Weekly Podcast October 9
Fri, Oct 7th 2016 04:00 pm
The WNY Catholic is sponsoring a pilgrimage to Fatima and Lourdes with Msgr. David Slubecky, Vicar General of the Diocese. He and Director of Communications, George Richert, also discuss an information night at St. Joseph Cathedral on October 19 at 7PM.
Boy Scouts celebrate 91 years at St. John Kanty
Thu, Oct 6th 2016 09:00 am
As it celebrates 91 years of existence, Boy Scout Troop 107 of St. John Kanty Parish in Buffalo is looking for a few good young men interested in the Boy Scout experience. Recruitment will take place Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m., in the parish's Convent Center, and will be combined with a gym night. Boys 11 years or older, or if they have completed the fifth grade, are welcome to join.
Young adult hiking retreat offered at Christ the King
Thu, Oct 6th 2016 09:00 am
The diocesan Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministry will host a hiking retreat for young adults on Saturday, Oct. 8 through Sunday, Oct. 9 at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora. The retreat will include peer witness talks, Mass, spiritual direction, small group discussions, board games, a bonfire and hiking opportunities.
Mark Wahlberg made a video about why he loves priests
Wed, Oct 5th 2016 04:00 pm
BOSTON, MASS. (CNA) - In an online video, actor Mark Wahlberg said that he will be praying for vocations to the priesthood, which he deeply values because of the role that priests have played in his own life.
Christ the King Seminary to celebrate Curé of Ars dinner
Wed, Oct 5th 2016 01:00 pm
Christ the King Seminary will host its annual Curé of Ars Awards dinner on Thursday, Oct. 6, at The Atrium @ Rich's in Buffalo. This year's event will honor Father Peter J. Drilling, Father Gregory M. Faulhaber and Kathleen Heffern as award recipients.
Friends of St. Peregrine hold healing Masses for people with cancer
Wed, Oct 5th 2016 10:15 am
In modern times, St. Peregrine, who lived in Italy during the 13th and 14th centuries, has become known as the patron saint of people suffering from cancer. In the Diocese of Buffalo, the Friends of St. Peregrine continue to celebrate healing Masses, as they have since 1992, to administer the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick to people who are fighting cancer. More recently, its actions led to a new Friends of St. Peregrine chapter in Ireland, courtesy of an Irishman who was inspired by his visit to Western New York.
WNYCatholic Weekly Podcast October 2
Sat, Oct 1st 2016 09:00 am
Father Peter Calabrese, CRSP from the Fatima Shrine in Lewiston leads off the month of October, dedicated to the Holy Rosary.
Two priests murdered in Mexico
Wed, Sep 21st 2016 09:00 am
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (CNA/EWTN News) - One day after they were kidnapped from their parish, Mexican priests Alejo Nabor Jiménez Juárez and José Alfredo Suárez de la Cruz were found murdered in a field.
Diocesan, parish catechists prepare for Catechetical Sunday this September
Fri, Sep 16th 2016 09:00 am
Each year, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops designates the third Sunday in September as Catechetical Sunday, an opportunity for catechists at the diocesan and parish levels throughout the United States to focus on lifelong faith formation. Since the theme for this year's event is, "Prayer: The Faith Prayed," parishes will focus on devoting themselves to prayer and the understanding of the practice.
Bishop Malone to celebrate Red Mass for lawyers, justices
Wed, Sep 14th 2016 03:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, will be the principal celebrant and homilist at the annual Red Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo, on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 12:05 p.m. Hon. Lawrence J. Vilardo, United States district judge, will give remarks at the close of the Mass on behalf of the judiciary.
Bishop Malone reaffirms Church's teaching on Marriage
Wed, Sep 14th 2016 02:00 pm
Two USCCB committee chairmen have issued a joint statement reaffirming the Catholic Church's teaching on marriage "as exclusively the permanent, faithful, and fruitful union of one man and one woman [and] cannot change."
Volunteers show up to Give Back
Mon, Sep 12th 2016 02:00 pm
The diocesan Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministry held its first-ever "Give Back," a large-scale outreach effort for young people to engage in community service in the name of the Catholic Church. The event, which took place Sept. 10 and allowed dozens of volunteers to help out at a total of 11 service sites, was a success.
Msgr. Gallivan to celebrate his 50th anniversary as a priest
Fri, Sep 9th 2016 09:37 am
Msgr. David Gallivan's life as a priest plays like a sequel to "Forrest Gump." In the past 50 years, the longtime director of the Hispanic Apostolate has had some unique, if not historical, experiences. From working with the poor in Buffalo to walking among cardinals in Washington, he has traveled through war zones, patched roofs and read secret files. Then there was the time he had to act as translator for a Cuban dictator.
Native of South Sudan reunites with family in Buffalo
Fri, Sep 2nd 2016 08:00 am
After living mostly away from his family, a refugee originally from what is now South Sudan was able to reunite with his wife and three of their four children at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, with most of them never before having set foot on American soil. On July 27, Fidele Diing Dhan, who has been working with Reaching Out 2 Africa with Father Ronald Sajdak and Joan Ersing, met his wife, Abang Garang Kuol, and their children Abuk, Lok and Gau at the airport. Dhan, born in what is now South Sudan, has lived here since 2001.