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Bishop Malone to administer ashes at cathedral
Thu, Feb 23rd 2017 11:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone will distribute ashes at the 12:05 p.m. Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo, on Wednesday, March 1, Ash Wednesday.
Parish tradition ties in well with Divine Mercy Sunday
Thu, Mar 31st 2016 10:20 am
On Divine Mercy Sunday, April 3, St. Pius X Parish in Getzville will be tying a longstanding parish tradition in with the Holy Year of Mercy Pope Francis has declared. The parish will be offering confessions starting at 1:30 p.m., praying of the rosary at 2 p.m. and the Chaplet of Mercy at 2:45 p.m., and regular Mass at 3 p.m.
The moments of Holy Week 2016
Wed, Mar 30th 2016 09:00 am
Holy Week is one of the busiest and most important weeks in the Catholic calendar. From Palm Sunday to the Easter Vigil, take a look at some of our favorite moments in our new photo gallery.
Pope: Easter message brings hope to victims of terrorism, persecution
Sun, Mar 27th 2016 08:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - In his Urbi et Orbi message for Easter, Pope Francis encouraged victims of terrorism and Christian persecution to find hope in the Lord's resurrection.
Good Friday is the "wakeup call for the Church"
Fri, Mar 25th 2016 03:25 pm
As all the chatter of daily life keeps our minds racing, Good Friday "calls us to stop, learn and listen," Bishop Richard J. Malone said during a Solemn Celebration of the Lord's Passion service at St. Joseph Cathedral.
Holy Thursday is about 'self-emptying love'
Fri, Mar 25th 2016 12:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, washed the feet of twelve men, women, and children at the Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper at St. Joseph Cathedral Thursday.
Easter Mass and OLV Basilica documentary to air Sunday
Thu, Mar 24th 2016 08:00 am
On Easter Sunday, March 27, two programs produced by Daybreak TV Productions of the Diocese of Buffalo will air on WKBW-TV Channel 7.
Pope Francis to wash the feet of migrants on Holy Thursday
Wed, Mar 23rd 2016 01:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - After spending previous years washing the feet of inmates and disabled persons on Holy Thursday, this year Pope Francis will celebrate the liturgy in a welcoming center for migrants and refugees.
Chrism Mass reminds all of 'mission' to the Church
Tue, Mar 22nd 2016 10:00 pm
Dozens of priests from across the Diocese of Buffalo stretched out their hands to join Bishop Richard J. Malone Tuesday evening in a blessing of sacred oils at St. Joseph Cathedral.
Humility is the epitome of redemption, Pope Francis says on Palm Sunday
Mon, Mar 21st 2016 03:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - On Palm Sunday Pope Francis said the path toward salvation can be summed up by humility and service, and encouraged pilgrims to contemplate Jesus' shameful Passion and Death throughout Holy Week.
St. Patrick's Day Parade 2016
Mon, Mar 21st 2016 11:20 am
Whether you were there in downtown Buffalo Sunday afternoon or missed the event, you can now catch up on some of our favorite memories from the 2016 St. Patrick's Day Parade in our new photo gallery.
Embrace the Passion, Bishop Malone says on Palm Sunday
Sun, Mar 20th 2016 12:15 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone asked Catholics to fully embrace and think about the story and message of the Passion during the annual Palm Sunday Mass, which began the celebration of Holy Week, at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo.
Relive St. Patrick's Day past
Thu, Mar 17th 2016 09:00 am
Catholicism has always remained a key aspect of St. Patrick's Day celebrations, especially in Buffalo. Our new exclusive photo gallery looks at the recent past celebrations of the day, and the many Catholic leaders who have participated in it.
Diocese to celebrate Palm Sunday and St. Patrick's Day
Tue, Mar 15th 2016 01:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone will be the main celebrant at the Palm Sunday Mass on Sunday, March 20, preceding the annual St. Patrick's Day parade.
10 things you should know about Holy Week
Tue, Mar 15th 2016 09:55 am
One of the most important times of the year for Catholics is Holy Week, an eight-day period beginning on Palm Sunday, filled with religious symbolism, ceremony, obligation and renewal leading up to the end of Lent and Easter Sunday. There are some Catholics that know about much of the meaning behind Holy Week, and there are others who may only know the basic story of Jesus Christ's crucifixion on Good Friday and resurrection on Easter Sunday.
What's it like to go to confession with Pope Francis?
Mon, Mar 14th 2016 01:00 pm
ROME, ITALY (CNA/EWTN News) - Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go to confession with Pope Francis?
Holy Week at St. Joseph Cathedral
Mon, Mar 14th 2016 10:35 am
The following liturgies are scheduled for Holy Week at St. Joseph Cathedral.
Bishop Malone: The Gift of Confession
Wed, Mar 9th 2016 08:00 am
My confirmation homily this year begins with a question addressed to the confirmands: If you were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you? In more direct terms, what is different about my life because I am a Christian, a Catholic? Can those who know me tell the difference Jesus makes in my life? Can I?
Fish Fry Fridays
Fri, Mar 4th 2016 08:50 am
One of the most popular activities of Lent is going out on Fridays for a fish fry. Businesses have boomed with packed restaurants, and even local parishes have used the dinner to raise funds for their community. Take a look at a few of Western New York's most popular fish fry places in our photo gallery.
'Team Pierogi' at St. John Kanty Parish prepares for Lent
Fri, Feb 26th 2016 11:00 am
The mixer is whirring and the sounds of the kitchen start the day for Team Pierogi, a group of up to 20 women and men who faithfully carry out their role of making pierogi dough for Lent. The making of pierogi began in mid-January as members of the team gathered two days a week to make batches of pierogi dough.
Lenten season emphasizes indulgences in Year of Mercy
Mon, Feb 22nd 2016 09:00 am
In this Year of Mercy, the Lenten season will be a time for Catholics to reflect on the meaning of mercy and the importance of forgiveness, both of which have a long tradition in the Church. According to Pope Francis, in this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy the sacrament of reconciliation becomes more important than ever, with indulgences granted.
Mercy, not sacrifice
Fri, Feb 19th 2016 03:00 pm
"I desire mercy and not sacrifice." Bishop Richard Malone talks about real commitment vs. empty sacrifice during Lent in a new "Consider This."
Lent is a time of pruning and reconciliation, Pope Francis says
Thu, Feb 11th 2016 09:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - In his Ash Wednesday homily, Pope Francis said that Lent is the perfect time to let go of selfish and indifferent attitudes, returning to God with the help of prayer, penance and acts of charity.
The beginning of Lent
Wed, Feb 10th 2016 09:00 am
Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10, marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. Whether you're in a pew every Sunday or haven't been inside a church in a long time, here are the things you should know about the next 40 days.
The light is on for you
Tue, Feb 9th 2016 08:00 am
In this Year of Mercy, the Diocese of Buffalo will again offer special times for the sacrament of reconciliation during Lent, as parishes did during Advent.
Bishop Malone to distribute ashes on Ash Wednesday
Mon, Feb 8th 2016 09:10 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, will distribute ashes at the 12:05 p.m. Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo, on Wednesday, February 10, Ash Wednesday.
'Consider' spilled ashes
Fri, Feb 5th 2016 11:10 am
Bishop Richard Malone shares an experience he had with spilled ashes on Ash Wednesday 30 years ago. He encourages us to think of each confessional door as a door of mercy in a new "Consider This."
Will Pope Francis change the date of Easter?
Mon, Jun 22nd 2015 10:10 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA) - Speaking to a global gathering of priests, Pope Francis signaled an openness to changing the date of Easter in the West so that all Christians around the world could celebrate the feast on the same day.
'Consider This' sees Bishop Malone talking bees
Fri, Apr 10th 2015 03:30 pm
New people are welcomed into the Church each year. Bishop Richard Malone refers to a homily by St. Augustine who compares new Christians to colony of bees in a new "Consider This."
Relive Holy Week 2015
Mon, Apr 6th 2015 10:00 am
Easter may be over for another year, but you can relive all the wonderful moments from Holy Week 2015 in our new photo gallery.
Bishop Malone delivers Easter homily
Sun, Apr 5th 2015 06:10 am
The gift of the resurrection has been seen throughout the ages, as Bishop Richard J. Malone explains in his video homily for Easter Sunday.
Church renews itself with Easter Vigil
Sat, Apr 4th 2015 11:00 pm
As Holy Week began to draw to a close, Bishop Richard J. Malone welcomed the celebration of the Resurrection during an Easter Vigil at St. Joseph Cathedral in Buffalo Saturday night.
Reflect upon the resurrection in a new 'Consider This'
Sat, Apr 4th 2015 06:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone reminds us that Christ, risen from the dead is the ultimate reason for hope, to all who believe.
Preparing for the Resurrection
Sat, Apr 4th 2015 08:00 am
The Resurrection of Jesus reminds us of the basic belief of our faith as St. Paul expressed perfectly in his first letter to the Corinthians 15:14 "... and if Christ has not been raised, then empty too is our preaching; empty too your faith."
Pope Francis speaks of Easter hope and joy
Fri, Apr 3rd 2015 08:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA) — During a recent general audience Pope Francis emphasized the certainty of Christ's presence in the world today, noting how His resurrection is an invitation to reject sin and be open to joy and hope.
Renewal of priestly vows and blessing of oils at Chrism Mass
Wed, Apr 1st 2015 10:00 am
Faithful from across the Diocese of Buffalo filled St. Joseph Cathedral to capacity on Tuesday evening for the Chrism Mass, a highlight of Holy Week, as Bishop Richard J. Malone blessed three urns of oil: oil of the catechumens, oil of the chrism and oil of the sick.
Easter Vigil to bring thousands into Catholic Church across U.S.
Tue, Mar 31st 2015 01:50 pm
WASHINGTON—Thousands of people across the United States will be welcomed into the Catholic Church at this year's Easter vigil, April 4, including a retired Marine captain who appeared on the cover of National Geographic, a woman from The Gambia now living in the Pacific Northwest and a woman from Pittsburgh whose faith journey has drawn her own mother back to the Church.
"The glory of Holy Week"
Mon, Mar 30th 2015 08:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone used his homily at the start of Holy Week at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo on Mar. 29, to remind worshipers, "God's holy word on Palm Sunday is a meditation on the meaning of suffering in God's plan of salvation."
Cultural Diversity: What would you do?
Wed, Mar 25th 2015 12:00 pm
Would you receive an ashen cross on your forehead if it meant being ridiculed, mocked and laughed at or even worse, if it meant persecution? It would probably be easier to say yes to the first part of the question, but the last part of the question? I wonder what I would do?
Holy Week schedule at St. Joseph Cathedral
Mon, Mar 23rd 2015 01:00 pm
The following liturgies are scheduled for Holy Week at St. Joseph Cathedral.