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Evangelization: What's a Catholic for?
Wed, Aug 23rd 2017 08:00 am
Pope Francis calls us to be "missionary disciples." In recent messages, he speaks of a "new" evangelization and two notions that to some ears sound opposite: a missionary (someone who is sent away) and disciples (called to accompany, or be with, those who are near). Which is it?
St. Joseph Cathedral undergoes changing of the guard
Wed, Aug 16th 2017 03:00 pm
St. Joseph Cathedral, the central church for the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, has undergone a changing of the guard. Father Charles E. Slisz has come out of retirement to take over the role of cathedral rector from Father Peter Drilling, who has served in that position since 2014. Father Drilling will continue his long career teaching at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora.
From the Bishop: A Book review or three
Wed, Aug 16th 2017 10:00 am
As I write this column, I am in Massachusetts, the "land of my birth," where I have been blessed to step out of the whirlwind for a few quiet summer days of R and R. I should add a third R to Rest and Relaxation, as a vacation priority for me always is to catch up on Reading.
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.
Nearly $1.4 million approved for Catholic Church in Africa
Thu, Aug 10th 2017 09:00 am
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Africa approved 54 grants totaling nearly $1.4 million in funding to support dioceses and pastoral projects across the African continent.
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.
USCCB grants $6 million to Church in Latin America & Caribbean
Wed, Aug 2nd 2017 11:00 am
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America awarded nearly $4 million in funding in the form of 244 grants to support the pastoral work of the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean, and nearly $2 million in funding for continued reconstruction in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. The grants were approved at the Subcommittee's meeting on June 12 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
St. Joseph University engages in outreach to millennials
Wed, Jul 19th 2017 09:00 am
Although they have long histories, many Catholic parishes in the United States has become plagued by an issue many pastors have noticed, one that could lead to a shorter history than they would like. With many millennials, or young adults born during an ill-defined time period that usually includes the 1980s to late 1990s, not attending Church or participating in religion in general, parishes have been put in a bind.
Local group shares early inspiration from Convocation
Wed, Jul 12th 2017 02:00 pm
On Independence Day weekend, Bishop Richard Malone, along with 18 other representatives from the Diocese of Buffalo, participated in the Convocation of Catholic Leaders in Orlando, Florida. The four-day event brought together a diverse group of over 3,000 Catholics who joined more than 150 bishops from across the United States to respond to Pope Francis's call, in Evangelii Guadium, "to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by the Joy of the Gospel, to become ever more, and to form others as missionary disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ."
Bishop Malone: A sacred and urgent call
Wed, Jul 5th 2017 02:20 pm
Do you sometimes wonder, though, why so many people, maybe even beloved relatives or friends, can't seem to find that joy that comes from knowing Jesus? Do you worry that they may perhaps have never truly encountered Him?
WNYCatholic Weekly Podcast June 25
Sun, Jun 25th 2017 08:00 am
Dennis Mahaney, Diocesean Director of Evangelization and Catechesis, discusses the upcoming Convocation of Catholic Leaders sponsored by the USCCB.
Convocation of Catholic leaders scheduled for July
Fri, May 19th 2017 08:00 am
This summer, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will be convening an unprecedented gathering of diverse leaders from dioceses and Catholic organizations from across the country to assess the challenges and opportunities of our time, particularly in the context of the Church in the United States. An ongoing initiative of the Bishops' Working Group on the Life and Dignity of the Human Person, the Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America, will assemble Catholic leaders in Orlando, Florida for a strategic conversation, under the leadership of the bishops, on forming missionary disciples to animate the Church and to engage the culture.
Evangelization: Spread Easter joy through new and old traditions
Tue, Apr 11th 2017 03:00 pm
If you re-read the Easter passages in the Gospels through fresh eyes you find people rushing to share their joy in Jesus Christ. Quite simply, that is evangelization. Pope Francis taught about joy in a pithy, powerful morning homily at Casa Santa Marta (May 23, 2016). "A Christian is a man, or a woman, of joy: a man and a woman with joy in their heart. There is no Christian without joy! You may be told that there are many such Christians, they are not Christians! They say they are, but they are not! They are missing something," he said.
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.
Evangelization: Getting serious about spiritual matters
Wed, Mar 22nd 2017 01:00 pm
Lent is well known to Catholics and non-Catholics alike. That makes it a great time to share the Gospel. People understand that it is time to get serious about spiritual matters.
Bishop Malone welcomes those wishing to become Catholic
Mon, Mar 6th 2017 12:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone welcomed 158 people into the Catholic faith by saying that their call to conversion "may have come as a whisper or as a roar," but in either case, they heard it and opted to say a public, "Yes, Lord, here I am."
Bishop Malone to celebrate those wishing to become Catholic
Fri, Mar 3rd 2017 03:00 pm
On Sunday, March 5, the first Sunday in Lent, Bishop Richard J. Malone will celebrate the Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo, at 3:30 p.m. for the Diocese of Buffalo.
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
Evangelization: Bringing Catholics together through sports
Sat, Feb 4th 2017 08:00 am
Sports are like religion in many ways. People identify with sports teams the way they identify with their religion. They gather to celebrate and sing together. Sometimes they mourn together. People dress in special clothes to play or just be a fan. There are even similarities with the halls of fame and canonized saints.
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.
Young adults offer hospitality with New Evangelization effort
Mon, Nov 21st 2016 09:00 am
Parishioners of St. Benedict's received a warm welcome from a group of young adults last month. Members of Dynamis WNY, a New Evangelization effort inspired by St. John Paul II, greeted those who entered the Eggertsville church as part of the group's hospitality effort.
Bishop Malone previews Convocation of Catholic Leaders
Tue, Nov 15th 2016 09:00 am
On the opening day of the Catholic bishops' annual fall assembly in Baltimore, Bishop Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, discussed plans for an unprecedented gathering of Catholic leaders next July in Orlando, Florida.
St. Mary's project turns cans into cows for Nicaragua
Fri, Oct 7th 2016 09:35 am
The St. Mary Swormville Faith Community recently raised $1,000 to purchase ten milk cows for families in Nicaragua missions by collecting and redeeming recyclables.
Father Lauricella reflects on first year as vocations director
Tue, Aug 23rd 2016 02:00 pm
It's been just about a year since Father Andrew Lauricella exchanged his role of a parish priest for an office in the downtown Buffalo Catholic Center. He now serves as the director of vocations for the diocese. He has gone from bringing God to the people, to bringing people to God.
Christ the King Seminary to offer new course on Catholic Teachings
Fri, Aug 12th 2016 12:00 pm
EAST AURORA — Christ the King Seminary will offer a new course, Ministry Essentials: Introductions to Catholic Teachings, this fall. The course will offer foundational information on Catholic teachings, including essential themes, history and vocabulary for faith formation and other parish ministries. Dennis Mahaney, M.Div., director of evangelization and parish life for the diocese, will serve as the primary instructor for the class, along with seminary faculty and guest lecturers.
Legion of Mary helps evangelize at Fatima Shrine
Thu, Jul 28th 2016 03:00 pm
The Legion of Mary will appear on Filipino Day at the Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Lewiston on Saturday, July 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day will include a rosary procession and Mass, as well as a potluck lunch at 12:30 p.m., and a Filipino cultural presentation.
Diocese, parishes warm up for summer faith formation
Fri, Jul 22nd 2016 12:00 pm
Over the summer, bonfires blaze, children are out of school and summer clothes make their return from the back of the closet. However, for parishes in the diocese, summer is also a prime opportunity for faith formation and ensuring parishes and their faith remain strong throughout warmer months of the year in Buffalo.
State of the Diocese: A Bishop's Eye View
Thu, Jun 23rd 2016 12:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone is the first to admit that he wears two hats for the Church. He is not only the "chief shepherd", but also the CEO of a corporation that is the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.
How can disabled persons be more integrated into the Church?
Tue, Jun 21st 2016 01:00 pm
ROME, ITALY (CNA/EWTN News) - A Vatican conference dedicated to the up-and-coming 'theology of disability' aims not only to end common stigma surrounding persons with disabilities, but to show that their lives are a gift and to help integrate them more fully into the life of the Church and of society.
Buffalo Catholic diocese sponsors evangelization workshop
Fri, Apr 22nd 2016 03:00 pm
On Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30, parish leaders from across the Diocese of Buffalo will gather at Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora, to examine what it means to be deliberate followers of Jesus who are committed to paying it forward.
Parish Life: Raising the bar (for ourselves)
Fri, Apr 8th 2016 04:00 pm
Today, churches of all kinds are discovering that by expecting more of their members they get more, and the members grow more. This growth is evident in church attendance, financial support, participation in ministries, as well as enthusiasm for service performed outside the congregation.
Bishop Malone: The great 50 days of Eastertide
Mon, Apr 4th 2016 10:00 am
If you would know the radical meaning of Easter, think of Melanie. Think of the thousands of new Catholics who were baptized around the world at the recent Easter Vigil, along with the many others, already Christian, who were received into full communion with the Catholic Church.
Why do we exist? Bishop Malone answers in 'Consider This'
Fri, Apr 1st 2016 03:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone explains why the Church exists and the role of believers in "Consider This: Why We Exist."
Unique vocation provides opportunities to evangelize
Wed, Mar 30th 2016 02:00 pm
A Western New York woman has chosen to follow an unusual vocation in which she commits herself to a single life by symbolically getting married to God instead of a human husband. It is one of the oldest rituals of the Catholic Church that remains relatively unknown.
Parish Life: Conference to offer help with parish vitality
Mon, Mar 14th 2016 09:00 am
WWJDD? This is a hot question today: what would Jesus' disciples do?
Christ the King Seminary faculty to offer parish lectures
Fri, Mar 11th 2016 09:00 am
EAST AURORA — Members of the faculty of Christ the King Seminary will be offering a series of lectures at parishes throughout the diocese this spring. While there are always opportunities for people to visit the seminary for classes, workshops, retreats and lectures, the new lecture series brings the extensive knowledge of the seminary faculty, many of whom hold doctorate degrees in sacred theology or related fields, out into the diocese.
Parish Life: Move over for the game-changing generation this Christmas
Fri, Dec 18th 2015 01:00 pm
The iGeneration, Y-Generation, Millennials, Mosaics - whatever the label, they may be the game-changer generation for our parishes.
Evangelize through sports? One bishop and marathon veteran explains how
Wed, Nov 25th 2015 01:55 pm
Washington D.C., Nov 25, 2015 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For a veteran runner who's completed 21 marathons, one bishop sees a deep connection between his Catholic faith and running, and says this connection can even evangelize young people.