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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.
Catholics Come Home: Lent can be a mission of new growth
Fri, Mar 20th 2015 10:00 am
As we journey deeper into Lent, the choice is ours - a mission or the Matrix.
'Our Daily Bread' goes meatless for season of Lent
Thu, Mar 12th 2015 12:00 pm
Feb. 18 marked the beginning of Lent, which can be described as the period spent preparing for Easter. Lasting 40 days, it commemorates Jesus' time in the desert, where He fasted, prayed and was tempted by the devil.
Bishop Trautman to lead Lenten retreat
Tue, Mar 10th 2015 08:00 am
Bishop Donald W. Trautman, bishop emeritus of Erie, Pa., will return home to the Diocese of Buffalo in March to lead a Lenten retreat at Immaculate Conception Parish in East Aurora on March 15, 16 and 17, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Things to remember for Lent
Fri, Mar 6th 2015 02:00 pm
Bishop David L. Ricken of Green Bay, Wisc., former chairman of the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, offers "10 Things to Remember for Lent."
Ellicottville parish continues Lenten prayer cross tradition
Fri, Mar 6th 2015 12:00 am
As the season of Lent progresses, so will a Lenten tradition at a Southern Tier parish. For years, Holy Name of Mary Parish in Ellicottville has maintained a yearly Lenten prayer cross, which remains common among the parishioners as well as visitors to the region's popular ski resorts.
Pope Francis says to give up indifference during Lent
Thu, Mar 5th 2015 08:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA) — The "globalization of indifference" was at the heart of Pope Francis' Lenten message in which he urged the faithful to fight individualism with merciful hearts that are more attentive to the needs of others.
St. Casimir Church to hold Heritage events
Wed, Mar 4th 2015 08:00 am
St. Casimir Church in Buffalo will hold its annual Heritage Events program throughout March.
Buffalo parish to hold Novena of Grace
Tue, Mar 3rd 2015 11:00 am
Our Lady of Charity Parish in Buffalo will offer the Novena of Grace from Wednesday, March 4, through Thursday, March 12, at the St. Ambrose worship site at 65 Ridgewood Road.
Lent is time to turn to prayer
Fri, Feb 27th 2015 08:00 am
Father Czeslaw Krysa said that Scripture reading is the single most important thing Catholics should do during the Lenten season of prayer and fasting. The diocesan director of the Office of Worship said a good focus would be on reading the prophets and the Psalms. Since Catholics are called to fast during this time, Father Krysa also suggested some different ways they might experience this special sacrificing.
Pierogi tradition continues at St. John Kanty Parish
Fri, Feb 20th 2015 08:00 am
For many years a small group of parishioners at St. John Kanty Parish in Buffalo have been getting together to make pierogi. It all started in the mid 1980s when the former church secretary, Lorraine Wiernik, along with the pastor, Msgr. Robert Golombek, came up with the idea of selling fish frys during Lent.
USCCB's online Lenten resources help Catholics
Wed, Feb 18th 2015 01:00 pm
WASHINGTON—A variety of resources to help Catholics observe Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday, this year February 18, is being provided by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
The Beginning of Lent
Wed, Feb 18th 2015 08:00 am
Today is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the Season of Lent.
Bishop Malone explains why we must fall in a new 'Consider This'
Fri, Mar 14th 2014 04:05 pm
14th century English mystic Julian of Norwich says we must fall and realize we have fallen. Bishop Richard Malone notes why and suggests more spiritual reading during this Lenten season.