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Immaculate Conception Parish presents Lent from three women's perspective
Tue, Mar 12th 2019 02:00 pm
You are invited to explore Lent with three dynamic ladies on three Wednesday nights at Immaculate Conception. Eileen Warner, Ann Marie Eckert and Kathleen Heffern will explore the topics of Almsgiving, Fasting and Prayer respectively.
For Lent - it's time to do our homework
Fri, Mar 8th 2019 01:00 pm
If you asked the average Christian if he or she is a disciple of Jesus, I think the answer would be "of course I am." But how many of us really know what that means? Or what it entails?
What is Lent?
Wed, Mar 6th 2019 06:00 am
Next to Advent and Christmas, Lent is one of the most celebrated and revered seasons in the year of the Catholic Church. Almost everybody knows the basics about Lent: that it begins on Ash Wednesday, lasts several weeks in which people routinely "give up" something, and concludes on Easter Sunday with a celebration of the Risen Christ.
Ash Wednesday set for March 6
Mon, Mar 4th 2019 06:00 am
On Ash Wednesday, March 6, Bishop Richard J. Malone will distribute ashes at St. Joseph Cathedral during the 12:05 p.m. Mass. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the most holy time of the year for Catholics.
The desert is our teacher
Fri, Mar 1st 2019 04:00 pm
Each liturgical season has its own sacred landscape traversed by prayer, ritual and tradition. The Church stands at the threshold of a new season with challenging terrain, the desert of Lent.
Grey Nuns plan a day of spiritual enrichment
Wed, Feb 27th 2019 12:10 pm
Getting excited about God is a good way to spend the Lenten season. As the years go by, our faith can grow dull. We may need a new infusion of grace.
Relive Holy Week 2018
Wed, Apr 4th 2018 10:00 am
Happy Easter Week! Relive some of our favorite moments of Holy Week 2018 as Bishop Richard J. Malone blessed baskets, visited the Broadway Market and celebrated several Masses and liturgies. View our new photo gallery here.
The Light of Christ brings new hope to Church on Easter Vigil
Sat, Mar 31st 2018 10:00 pm
Inside a darkened St. Joseph Cathedral, a paschal candle was lit from a blessed fire. The candle was carried by Deacon Paul Cygan proclaiming "The Light of Christ" in the procession, as one candle lit another, then two, then a hundred. As the cathedral became dimly lit by candlelight, Bishop Richard J. Malone began the annual celebration of the Easter Vigil that heralds the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Why we call 'an ugly Friday good'
Fri, Mar 30th 2018 04:00 pm
The Passion of Jesus Christ was solemnly celebrated by Bishop Richard J. Malone and a congregation at St. Joseph Cathedral in Buffalo, as people attended a special liturgy to mark Good Friday 2018 on March 30.
A call to be present to one another on Holy Thursday
Thu, Mar 29th 2018 11:40 pm
At the Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday, Bishop Richard Malone urged the faithful gathered at St. Joseph Cathedral to recommit themselves to look for every opportunity to be present to one another in love and in care and compassion, especially those who need it most.
Your essential guide to the Triduum
Tue, Mar 27th 2018 06:00 am
The Triduum is the time of the Church year when we celebrate the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This three-day celebration begins with the Holy Thursday Mass and continues on Good Friday with the Liturgy of the Lord's Passion. At the end of this liturgy, we leave the church in silence, waiting to celebrate the glory of our Lord's resurrection. Then, on Saturday at sundown, the Church re-gathers to celebrate the final, and most grand moment of the Triduum: the Resurrection of our Lord.
Palm Sunday a symbol of hope in times of abandonment and betrayal
Mon, Mar 26th 2018 10:10 am
"Hosanna to the son of David" sang the choir as the celebration of Palm Sunday began. "Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest." Those words come from the Gospel of Mark and describe Jesus coming into Jerusalem for what would be His crucifixion.
Lenten Day of Prayer at D'Youville College
Wed, Mar 21st 2018 03:00 pm
Grey Nuns and Friends will offer a day of spiritual deepening that will help your Season of Lent end on a high note. Called Young at Heart, the day will provide a variety of spiritual activities that will bring new life and energy to your walk with Jesus. There will be talks, quiet prayer and reflection, journaling, physical movement, and sharing with others.
Children's Easter celebration planned at Hilbert
Wed, Mar 21st 2018 03:00 pm
A chance to visit with the Easter Bunny and various Easter-inspired activities are planned for a children's party on Sunday, March 25 at 2-4 p.m. in Hilbert College's Hafner Recreation Center.
10 things you should know about Holy Week
Wed, Mar 21st 2018 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.
Holy Week at St. Joseph Cathedral
Mon, Mar 19th 2018 02:00 pm
The following liturgies are scheduled for Holy Week at St. Joseph Cathedral.
Is giving up chocolate a true sacrifice?
Thu, Mar 15th 2018 09:00 am
A contemporary Catholic author and speaker gave the following advice: "Don't give up chocolate for Lent. Instead do something life-changing. Have the best Lent ever!" The wisdom of this simple statement is that there is something deeper and greater that the Lord invites us to during Lent. As we enter into the heart of Lent this month, our Lord calls us to conversion and he invites us to transformation in Christ.
St. Leo's to celebrate Lent with Celtic music and talk
Fri, Mar 9th 2018 10:05 am
St. Leo the Great's traditional Lenten Friday night fish fry will be extra special in March when Bob Halligan and members of the Celtic band Ceili Rain come to the Amherst church for a night of music and talk. This special event will take place Friday, March 9, with fish being served from 5-7 p.m. Stations of the Cross take place at 7 p.m. Halligan will give a talk about his experiences being adopted and adopting a child himself.
Father Krysa keeps weaving tradition into Palm Sunday
Thu, Mar 8th 2018 03:00 pm
Since the Fourth century, the last Sunday in Lent has been recognized as Palm Sunday, commemorating Jesus' entry into Jerusalem. The tradition of waving palms remains in the American Church. At St. Casmir Church in Kaisertown, Father Czeslaw M. Krysa takes his palms seriously, by keeping the tradition of decorative palm weaving alive.
Neighboring parishes to co-sponsor Lenten retreat
Fri, Feb 16th 2018 02:00 pm
Four neighboring Depew and Lancaster parishes are joining together to offer a two-part Lenten retreat, entitled "A Heart for God," on Monday, Feb. 26, and Wednesday, Feb. 28, from 7 to 8:15 p.m. This is the third consecutive year St. Mary of the Assumption, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Our Lady of Pompeii and St. Martha parishes have collaborated on presenting a faith enrichment Lenten program.
Bishop Malone reflects upon the symbolism of Ash Wednesday
Wed, Feb 14th 2018 03:55 pm
Hundreds of people spent their lunch hour at St. Joseph Cathedral Feb. 14 to celebrate Mass and receive ashes from Bishop Richard J. Malone on Ash Wednesday.
Where do Ash Wednesday ashes come from?
Wed, Feb 14th 2018 10:00 am
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - "Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return."
Bishop Malone: Ash Wednesday on Valentine's Day
Fri, Feb 9th 2018 09:25 am
As you are likely aware, St. Valentine's Day falls on Ash Wednesday this year. This is the first time these two occasions have overlapped since 1945. As a result, some people have inquired as to whether a dispensation from the Ash Wednesday fast and abstinence will be granted.
Fredonia Newman Center to hold benefit concert
Thu, Feb 8th 2018 03:00 pm
FREDONIA — To help the Newman Center at the State University of New York at Fredonia participate in the Upon This Rock campaign, the center will be hosting a benefit concert, featuring the work of student performers, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 9, at St. Anthony Church, 42 Orchard St.
Bishop Malone to distribute ashes on Ash Wednesday
Tue, Feb 6th 2018 11:15 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 14, Ash Wednesday.
Lenten 'Les Misérables' retreat at Center of Renewal
Fri, Feb 2nd 2018 10:00 am
STELLA NIAGARA — The Center of Renewal is pleased to announce a special Thursday through Sunday weekend retreat during Lent, "Les Misérables: A Lenten Retreat," from Feb. 22-25. This unique, reflective and interactive Lenten retreat will run from Thursday dinner through Sunday lunch.
Pope on Easter: The Resurrection is more than a party - it's the source of eternal life
Mon, Apr 17th 2017 09:50 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Pope Francis reminded Christians on Easter Sunday that the Resurrection is the cornerstone of our faith - and that even in the face of unexplainable tragedy and suffering in the world, we can declare, "Christ is risen!"
Remembering Holy Week 2017
Mon, Apr 17th 2017 09:00 am
Holy Week at St. Joseph Cathedral is one of the busiest times of the year, with several Masses and liturgies marking the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Here are some of our favorite images of the week in a new photo gallery.
Catholics find the light at Easter Vigil
Sat, Apr 15th 2017 11:00 pm
The path to the Resurrection was illuminated at St. Joseph Cathedral, as Bishop Richard J. Malone celebrated the Easter Vigil Saturday night.
Bishop marks Good Friday Cathedral
Fri, Apr 14th 2017 09:00 pm
Hundreds of people flocked to St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo on Good Friday, April 14 to hear Bishop Richard J. Malone lead the Solemn Celebration of the Lord's Passion. Good Friday liturgies have three parts: Liturgy of the Word, Adoration of the Holy Cross, and Holy Communion.
'Come and be nourished; go and serve' on Holy Thursday
Thu, Apr 13th 2017 10:35 pm
At the evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday, Bishop Richard J. Malone washed the feet of twelve men, women and young people in front of the altar at St Joseph Cathedral.
Thousands of new Catholics to be welcomed by Catholic Church in United States
Wed, Apr 12th 2017 01:30 pm
WASHINGTON, DC - A married couple in their golden years, a couple inspired by their late daughter's legacy, and a salesman who heard Jesus' call to conversion on a stranger's porch, are among the thousands who will be welcomed into the Catholic Church on Easter Vigil, April 15, in parishes across the United States. All have participated in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), a process of conversion and study in the Catholic faith for catechumens and candidates coming into full communion with the Church.
Bicyclists will take a 'Holy Roll' through seven churches on Holy Thursday
Wed, Apr 12th 2017 11:00 am
During the warm months, you may have seen a group riding their bikes around Buffalo on a slow roll, checking out the scenic city. On Holy Thursday, some of these people will take a "Holy Roll" through the seven Catholic churches of Buffalo's Polonia and Kaisertown districts.
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.
Bishop Malone: Open wide your hearts!
Mon, Apr 10th 2017 02:00 pm
Isn't it a curious and concerning thing that so many of our Christian feasts have been overlaid - better, co-opted - by all sorts of customs that, though nice, have little to do with the essence of those feasts. Christmas comes first to mind, which for too many folks seems more a consumer-driven winter wonderland festival than the celebration of our Savior's birthday. And don't get me started on what popular American culture has done to the Vigil of the Solemnity of all Saints ... better known, sadly, as Halloween.
President of USCCB responds to explosions at churches
Sun, Apr 9th 2017 04:00 pm
WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued the following statement in response to explosions on Palm Sunday at two Coptic Christian churches in Egypt that have killed at least 40 and injured at least 100:
Palm Sunday Mass opens Holy Week in Buffalo
Sun, Apr 9th 2017 09:00 am
With a congregation of Catholics holding individual palms, Bishop Richard J. Malone officially opened Holy Week in the Diocese of Buffalo with Palm Sunday Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo April 8.
Has Easter holiday taken a backseat to Christmas?
Thu, Apr 6th 2017 09:00 am
Christmas and Easter mark the birth and death (and resurrection) of Jesus Christ, but Christmas seems to get more attention. Colored lights, a houseful of decorations, even a tree brought indoors fill a house at Christmas. On Easter you might see a lily in the dining room. It even took Charlie Brown nearly nine years after his first Christmas special to introduce the Easter Beagle.
Bishop's secretary incorporates exercise, self-discipline
Tue, Apr 4th 2017 03:00 pm
In the Lenten season, the Catholic faith emphasizes the importance of self-denial, discipline and a sense of planning and preparing oneself for the future. However, Father Ryszard Biernat, who serves as secretary to Bishop Richard J. Malone, strives to live these in his life all year long through vigorous workouts, a strong will and devotion to his spiritual life that came from his desire to make sure he is healthier.
Swormville parish brings longtime tradition into STREAM
Tue, Apr 4th 2017 09:00 am
This year, St. Mary School in Swormville will continue a parish tradition that enables both students and members of the community to participate in the Stations of the Cross while contributing to a cause. Fifth-graders at St. Mary's will participate in "Pray and Play," a live-action Stations of the Cross, at 7 p.m., Friday, April 7, at St. Mary's parish center gym, followed by a fundraiser for Catholic Charities.