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Monday News Roundup: Bishops against death penalty, the humanity in superheroes and more
Mon, May 18th 2015 10:00 am
Care for the dying, advocates against the death penalty, an encounter with Pope Francis and the superhero in all of us. Here's our weekly roundup of interesting Catholic links from around the web to get you started for the week.
Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb set for Mother's Day
Tue, May 5th 2015 08:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone will celebrate a special Mothers' Day Mass at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 10, at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo. The Mass will include the Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb.
Respect Life Committee to host conference on end-of-life topics
Wed, Apr 29th 2015 08:00 am
While a difficult topic, the prospect of end-of-life care is one nearly everyone must face at some point. In order to make choices easier for local families, the Respect Life Committee of Our Lady of Pompeii Parish in Lancaster has organized a conference designed to inform families about caring for aging or ill family members with dignity and in accordance with Catholic teaching.
St. Rose of Lima community supports life, marriage
Sat, Apr 25th 2015 08:00 pm
More than a hundred people went to Mass first thing Saturday morning in North Buffalo; not just for the Eucharist, but also to show support for the Catholic teaching on life and marriage. Bishop Richard J. Malone noted the consistent attacks on pro-life beliefs and traditional marriage resembled the work of Satan as he presided over a Rosary Novena for Life and March for Marriage celebration at St. Rose of Lima Parish.
Bishop Richard J. Malone celebrates special Mass on Saturday
Tue, Apr 21st 2015 09:00 am
Buffalo Bishop Richard J. Malone and the Office of Pro-Life Activities invite all to participate in prayer for a culture of life at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 25, at the Rosary Novena for Life Mass at St. Rose of Lima Parish, 500 Parker Ave., Buffalo. All priests and deacons are invited to concelebrate and vest for Mass.
Supreme Court order protects Pennsylvania Catholic groups
Mon, Apr 20th 2015 01:00 pm
Washington D.C. (CNA/EWTN News) - The U.S. Supreme Court has continued its trend of decisions stopping enforcement of a federal contraception mandate against religious employers with moral objections.
State bishops oppose physician-assisted suicide bills
Mon, Apr 13th 2015 09:00 am
New York is facing three bills that could allow physician-assisted suicide to take place in the Empire State. The New York bishops are urging voters to prevent these bills from becoming law.
Kansas becomes first state to ban 'dismemberment abortion'
Fri, Apr 10th 2015 12:00 pm
Topeka, Kan. (CNA/EWTN News) - Kansas became on Tuesday the first state to ban abortions by a procedure known as "dilation and evacuation," which is common during second-trimester abortions and is called "dismemberment abortion" in the law.
Annual Rosary Novena for Life begins March 28
Wed, Mar 25th 2015 02:20 pm
The 2015 annual Rosary Novena for Life commences on Saturday, March 28, with 8 a.m. Mass at St. Rose of Lima Parish, Parkside and Parker avenues, Buffalo, and will continue on one Saturday each month through November.
Memorial service lays 'Baby Jesse' to rest
Tue, Mar 17th 2015 09:00 am
Over two dozen people gathered in Dunkirk to pay respects to a life lost. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish hosted a memorial service on March 14, for "Baby Jesse." a fetus discovered last August on the shore of Lake Erie State Park just south of Dunkirk.
Former Planned Parenthood director speaks up for life
Fri, Feb 13th 2015 01:45 pm
The diocesan Office of Pro-Life Activities held its fourth annual banquet to support the St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Center on Feb. 11. The dinner gathered those who work in the pro-life ministries throughout the diocese to hear the testimonies of people affected by the center. Bishop Richard J. Malone led a prayer for those in attendance.
New video and website spotlight Catholic teaching on end-of-life decisions
Fri, Feb 13th 2015 10:40 am
At some point every family must deal with issues involving end of life care for a loved one. As Catholics attempt to navigate the myriad medical, ethical, and religious questions that arise, all the while dealing with the grief of an impending death, it can become overwhelming.
Keenan new representative on Public Policy Committee
Wed, Feb 11th 2015 08:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone has named Kevin A. Keenan as diocesan representative to the New York State Public Policy Committee. In this role Keenan will serve as a voice for Bishop Malone and the Diocese of Buffalo to Albany legislators.
Annual fundraiser planned for St. Gianna Molla Center
Mon, Feb 9th 2015 08:00 am
This month, the St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Center will hold its fourth annual banquet to help benefit the center's ministry. The banquet will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m., at Classics V Banquet and Conference Center on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst. The event will feature a dinner and presentations from guest speakers.
Religious and pro-life leaders urge Congress to protect fundamental freedoms in DC
Fri, Feb 6th 2015 01:00 pm
WASHINGTON—Two recently enacted laws in the District of Columbia are "unprecedented assaults upon our organizations" and "violate the freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of association protected by the First Amendment and other federal law," said representatives of a number of national and local organizations, including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), in a February 5 letter to Congress.
March for Life speaker is founder of Project Rachel
Tue, Jan 27th 2015 10:00 am
Pro-life activists from across the country, including a delegation of representatives from the Diocese of Buffalo, assembled at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for the March for Life 2015 on Jan. 22. Before the event, Vicki Thorn, original founder of Project Rachel, the Catholic Church's official ministry for post-abortive women, discussed the work she has done.
Pro-Vita awards honor pro-life advocates
Tue, Jan 20th 2015 11:40 am
Kaitlyn Hogg, a 14-year-old high school freshman from St. Gregory the Great Parish, Williamsville, was the youth award recipient at the presentation of the Pro-Vita Awards on Saturday at Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Lackawanna.
Thousands to pray for end to abortion at National Prayer Vigil for Life
Fri, Jan 16th 2015 03:00 pm
WASHINGTON—Over 10,000 pilgrims, many of them youth from schools around the nation, are expected to gather in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to pray for an end to abortion at the Opening Mass of the National Prayer Vigil for Life, Wednesday, January 21, at 6:30 p.m., the eve of the annual March for Life. The vigil coincides with the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision on January 22, 1973, which legalized abortion nationwide. Since the decision was handed down, an estimated 56 million abortions have been performed legally in the United States.
Diocese announces plans to mark 42nd anniversary of Supreme Court decision regarding abortion
Tue, Dec 23rd 2014 09:00 am
A Mass marking the observance of the 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion will take place on Saturday, Jan. 17, at 4:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Victory National Shrine, Ridge Road and South Park Ave., Lackawanna. The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, will be the celebrant.
Amherst volunteers collect toys for needy
Fri, Dec 5th 2014 04:15 pm
Christmas will be a little bit happier for some disadvantaged kids this year. An Amherst volunteer group has collected toys and clothes for several Catholic social service agencies.
Time to set plans to participate in annual March for Life
Fri, Nov 21st 2014 03:00 pm
Join the Buffalo Diocese and hundreds of thousands of Catholics and others in solidarity for a pilgrimage of public witness, penance and prayer for all those victimized by the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, and for the conversion of those who misguidedly perpetuate it.
Diocese learns to help post-abortive women
Tue, Oct 14th 2014 02:00 pm
Through special training with pro-life experts last May, 30 diocesan clergy heard of the feelings of guilt and anxiety experienced by women who terminated the lives of their unborn children. They also learned how to help them heal.
Seminarian assists in diocesan Pro-Life office
Mon, Oct 13th 2014 02:20 pm
A current student at Christ the King Seminary is taking an opportunity to serve at the Office of Pro-Life Activities to help prepare for the day he becomes a priest.
Respect Life: Pray for all human life
Wed, Oct 8th 2014 01:00 pm
Pope Francis has captivated the world with his humility, warmth and compassion for each person. Vivid accounts of his tenderness for "the least of these" - the elderly, the imprisoned, those with disfiguring disabilities, the unborn and many more - seize our attention. Why?
Pro-life director speaks at national conference
Tue, Oct 7th 2014 01:25 pm
Cheryl Calire, director of the diocesan Office of Pro-Life Activities, sat among 150 of her colleagues in a leadership conference held in Charleston, S.C., in late July. The conference, sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, allowed pro-life directors to share information and bring those practices back to their own dioceses.
Respect Life Sunday Mass and Life Chain to be held on October 5
Thu, Sep 25th 2014 12:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone will be the main celebrant and homilist at the annual Respect Life Mass on Sunday, October 5, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo.
Cardinal O'Malley: Government report confirms bishops' concern on abortion coverage
Tue, Sep 16th 2014 10:35 am
A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) "confirms the U.S. bishops' longstanding concern about abortion coverage" in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), said Cardinal Seán O'Malley of Boston, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Bishop makes clear goal of Church on life issues
Tue, Sep 9th 2014 03:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone delivered a keynote address to respect life coordinators that clarified Pope Francis' position on life issues. He also stated his views in no uncertain terms. "I believe that the primal evil in our time is the assault on unborn life," the bishop said during a Sept. 6 inservice held at the Catholic Center in downtown Buffalo.
Pro-life activist brings team of interns to diocese
Tue, Aug 26th 2014 02:00 pm
Members of Stand True Pro-Life Outreach spent the summer traveling across the country dropping information like a gang of Johnny Appleseeds. They swung through Buffalo in mid-August to pray, protest and participate in a pro-life weekend.
Bishop Malone observes Fortnight, Rosary Novena for Life
Mon, Jun 30th 2014 10:00 am
An early Mass at St. Rose of Lima Parish in North Buffalo celebrated two important tenets of the American Catholic faith, as Bishop Richard J. Malone observed the Fortnight for Freedom and Rosary Novena for Life Saturday morning.
USCCB trainers bring pro-life leadership to diocese
Fri, May 16th 2014 10:00 am
The guilt and pain of having an abortion can last for years. For some it leads to depression and anxiety. Others may develop an inability to connect with children. Catholic dioceses across the country offer healing through Project Rachel Ministries, the Catholic Church's outreach to women and men affected by abortion.
Pro-Life is the theme for early May in diocese
Mon, May 5th 2014 10:00 am
The first few days of May have brought a Pro-Life focus to the Diocese of Buffalo with a series of events that began Sunday with the second annual Blessing of the Child in the Womb Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral in Buffalo.
Pro-Life Perspective: Children are not fashion accessories
Wed, Apr 23rd 2014 09:00 am
An article in The New York Times a few weeks ago caught my attention. It was about an effort to legalize commercial surrogacy in New York state, the process whereby people who wish to be parents pay a woman to rent out her womb to grow a baby.
School tax credit among topics of Public Policy Day
Thu, Mar 27th 2014 02:00 pm
Deacon Don Weigel led a faithful army to the state capitol on Public Policy Day to advocate for those in need. They spoke to state senators and assembly representatives, imploring them to pass legislation that would offer fair benefits to workers, restore dignity to inmates and decrease abortions.
St. Gianna banquet brings death-defying speaker
Tue, Mar 4th 2014 11:00 am
Bryan Kemper almost missed out on speaking at the St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach banquet Feb. 12 for several reasons. Most involve his near death experiences.
Cold can't stop the March for Life
Fri, Jan 24th 2014 03:15 pm
It takes more than a polar vortex to stop the Pro-Life Movement. Over 300 people from Western New York bundled up and joined 20,000 others from all walks of life and faith backgrounds to tell the world abortion will not be tolerated
Life Issues Forum: Each human masterpiece possess intrinsic value
Wed, Jan 22nd 2014 03:00 pm
As I watched in shock, the same questions kept coming back to me: How can these soldiers do this? How can they act so brutally against their fellow man?
Pro-Life committees share strategies at Vine & Branches meetings
Mon, Dec 9th 2013 09:00 am
Respect life coordinators across the diocese have asked for more education on life issues and the diocesan Office of Pro-Life Activities has replied. Warriors in the pro-life movement now hold quarterly Vine & Branches meetings to share information and hear from people making decisions that support life.
Diocese marks observance of "tragic" Supreme Court decision
Sun, Jan 20th 2013 03:45 pm
St. John the Baptist Church in Kenmore was filled to capacity on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, as Bishop Richard J. Malone celebrated the annual diocesan Mass in observance of the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.
Cardinal Dolan applauds 12 court challenges of HHS mandate
Mon, May 21st 2012 01:00 pm
WASHINGTON—Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), in a May 21 statement, applauded 43 dioceses, hospitals, schools and church agencies for filing 12 lawsuits around the nation saying the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mandate violates religious freedom.