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All activities suspended at St. Ann Church - serious structural damage poses safety threat
Sun, Apr 29th 2012 11:00 am
Pointing to severe deterioration to the exterior of St. Ann Church in Buffalo, Bishop Edward U. Kmiec has ordered the suspension of all activities at the Broadway church.
Bishops promote political responsibility with online resources
Wed, Apr 25th 2012 11:25 am
WASHINGTON—Blog posts, YouTube videos, an online quiz and resources on Facebook are among the ways U.S. Catholics can learn about the Church's teaching on issues and involvement in the political process, as part of an initiative of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). These resources promote the document, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the call to political responsibility issued by the U.S. bishops in 2007 and reissued last fall.
Disciples called to witness: the New Evangelization
Mon, Apr 16th 2012 11:00 am
WASHINGTON—The U.S. bishops want to provide an opportunity for all Catholics to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ, according to a new document from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Disciples Called to Witness: The New Evangelization focuses on reaching out to Catholics, practicing or not, who have lost a sense of the faith in an effort to re-energize them.
Bishops vow continued vigorous efforts against HHS mandate
Wed, Mar 14th 2012 11:00 am
WASHINGTON—The U.S. bishops are strongly united in their ongoing and determined efforts to protect religious freedom, the Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) said in a March 14 statement.
Cardinal Dolan voices dismay as religious freedom talks stall
Sat, Mar 3rd 2012 11:00 am
WASHINGTON—Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York voiced dismay in the Administration's handling of the church as the White House and the church seek to work out religious freedom problems found in a mandate in the new health care reform bill.
"40 days to reflect on our lives"
Wed, Feb 22nd 2012 11:00 am
Using the analogy of building a house, Bishop Edward U. Kmiec posed a series of questions to a filled St. Joseph Cathedral on Ash Wednesday, as the church goers prepared to embark on their Lenten journey.
Journey to the foot of the Cross
Tue, Feb 21st 2012 10:00 am
Bishop David L. Ricken of Green Bay, Wisconsin, chairman of the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), offers "10 Things to Remember for Lent" as the Church prepares to begin the season with Ash Wednesday on February 22:
Catholics urged to oppose HHS mandate
Thu, Feb 16th 2012 10:00 am
For many years, the U.S. bishops have supported access to life-affirming health care for all. During the health care reform debate in Congress you received a number of urgent USCCB memorandum calling for health care legislation that would advance the goal of truly universal, life-affirming health care: upholding longstanding federal policies against abortion funding , protecting rights of conscience, and not leaving immigrants worse off.
Bishops renew call to legislative action on religious liberty
Sat, Feb 11th 2012 03:00 pm
WASHINGTON - The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have issued the following statement:
Bishops studying initial White House movement on religious liberty
Fri, Feb 10th 2012 03:30 pm
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued the following statement, responding to President Obama's announcement about religious freedom that was made at the White House on Feb. 10, 2012.
Bishops vow to voice government edict forcing contraceptive converage
Fri, Jan 20th 2012 03:00 pm
The Catholic bishops of the United States called "literally unconscionable" a decision by the Obama Administration to continue to demand that sterilization, abortifacients and contraception be included in virtually all health plans. The Jan. 20 announcement means that this mandate and its very narrow exemption will not change at all; instead there will only be a delay in enforcement against some employers.
Bishop Kmiec celebrates 50 years of priesthood
Tue, Dec 20th 2011 02:00 pm
In December of 1961, Elvis Presley's "Blue Hawaii" was number one on the album charts, President John F. Kennedy approved of the deployment of U.S. military crews and helicopters to Vietnam and young Edward U. Kmiec of Trenton, N.J. was preparing for his ordination to the priesthood.
Midnight Mass produced by Daybreak TV to air nationwide
Thu, Dec 15th 2011 02:55 pm
Daybreak TV Productions of the Diocese of Buffalo was honored to produce the Christmas Midnight Mass that will air on ABC television stations nationwide on December 24 and 25.
Now is time to prepare for Roman Missal, Third Edition
Tue, Jun 21st 2011 02:00 pm
The Roman Missal, Third Edition, the ritual text containing prayers and instructions for the celebration of the Mass, is now being prepared for publication. In the United States, seven publishers (Catholic Book Publishing Corp., Liturgical Press, Liturgy Training Publications, Magnificat, Midwest Theological Forum, USCCB Communications, and World Library Publications) will publish ritual editions and are now advertising their plans and will soon accept pre-orders. The Roman Missal will be implemented in the United States of America on the First Sunday of Advent, November 27, 2011. The ritual editions should start arriving in parishes around October 1.
New vision unveiled for Catholic elementary schools
Wed, Jun 1st 2011 01:00 pm
The Diocese of Buffalo has unveiled its new vision for Catholic elementary schools. Titled "Faith in Tomorrow," the strategic plan provides a detailed course of action to strengthen Catholic education and help secure the future success and viability of elementary schools located throughout the eight counties of Western New York.
Cheektowaga pastor placed on administrative leave
Thu, Mar 3rd 2011 01:00 pm
Father David Bialkowski, former pastor of St. John Gualbert Parish in Cheektowaga, has been placed on administrative leave by Bishop Edward U. Kmiec, following an allegation of inappropriate conduct.
Archbishop Dolan says it's time New York supported Catholic, independent schools
Wed, Feb 16th 2011 01:00 pm
Appearing before a Joint Legislative Budget hearing in Albany on Feb. 15, Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, archbishop of New York, urged members of the state Senate and Assembly to give parents of Catholic and independent school students some tax relief.
Celebrating Catholic Schools Week
Wed, Feb 2nd 2011 01:00 pm
The music of the St. Vincent School (Elma) Bell Choir and four flautists from St. Christopher School (Tonawanda) filled the Catholic Center cafeteria on Jan. 31, marking the start of the weeklong Catholic Schools Week celebration.
St. Barbara Church to be razed
Mon, Jan 31st 2011 01:00 pm
The Diocese of Buffalo has announced that St. Barbara Church, 551 Ridge Rd., Lackawanna, will be demolished.
Vatican upholds decision to merge St. Adalbert, St. John Kanty parishes
Sun, Jan 30th 2011 01:00 pm
The Vatican Congregation for the Clergy has upheld the decision to merge St. Adalbert Parish into St. John Kanty Parish. Both parishes are in Buffalo.
Father Baker a step closer to sainthood
Tue, Jan 11th 2011 01:00 pm
At the Vatican today (Jan. 11, 2014), Pope Benedict XVI declared the heroic virtues of Father Nelson Baker, the diocesan priest who built Our Lady of Victory National Shrine and Basilica in Lackawanna and Our Lady of Victory Institutions, which continue Father Baker's compassionate legacy of caring begun more than a century ago. The declaration by the Holy Father is the next step on Father Baker's path to sainthood.
Bishop McLaughlin celebrates 75 years as a priest
Tue, Dec 21st 2010 12:00 pm
On the date of his ordination to the priesthood, Dec. 21, 1935, Bernard J. McLaughlin was about to embark on a journey of faithful service that has continued for more than three quarters of a century. From student in Rome to his ordination in the Eternal City, from assistant pastor at St. Joseph New Cathedral to the founding pastor of Coronation Parish, from his appointment as auxiliary bishop of Buffalo to his episcopal ordination at the hands of Pope Paul VI, Bishop McLaughlin's service to the Church has been hallmarked by grace and a special devotion to our Blessed Mother.
Bishop Kmiec issues statement on health care reform
Fri, Mar 19th 2010 03:30 pm
As members of Congress prepare to take a final vote on health care reform legislation, it is important to reiterate my position, and that of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.