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Marriage preparation within the community of the Church
Fri, Oct 5th 2018 04:00 pm
In Pope Francis' work on modern family life, "Amoris Laetitia (On Love in the Family)," he wants Church leaders to help the young people discover the dignity and beauty of marriage and family life. In this apostolic exhortation, the pope speaks about the theme of accompaniment. He calls the Church to be a sign of mercy and encouragement for families. A pastoral way that the Office of Family Life Ministries accompanies engaged couples is with immediate preparation to receive the Sacrament of matrimony to help the couple make a solid beginning of life as a family.
Diocesan Catholic Schools deliver generations of faith
Thu, Sep 27th 2018 02:00 pm
This fall Katie Bishop will again walk the halls of St. Mary School, Swormville, as a fourth-grade teacher. Bishop is also an alumnus of St. Mary's, but so is her mother, grandparents and a great-grandfather. Her family, the Herbergers, put down roots at St. Mary's and the family tree has grown healthy in faith ever since.
St. Casimir's offers classes on family faith for home
Wed, Aug 29th 2018 03:15 pm
St. Casimir Church, the home of the world's first shrine to the Domestic Church, will offer classes on easy family faith celebrations for the home. The 10-week series offers traditional, user-friendly ways to invite Jesus into the family household.
Celebrating 50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae
Wed, Jul 25th 2018 08:00 am
WASHINGTON— In honor of the 50th Anniversary of Blessed Paul VI's papal encyclical, Humanae Vitae, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued the following statement. Originally published in 1968, Blessed Paul VI's letter promotes the whole human person in the context of marital love that respects both the spiritual and physical dimensions of man and woman, which is faithful, generous, and life-giving.
St. Christopher Parish holds children's memorial service
Wed, May 16th 2018 04:00 pm
St. Christopher Bereavement Team will have their Annual Children's Memorial Prayer Service on Tuesday, June 14 at 7 p.m. at St. Christopher Church, 2660 Niagara Falls Boulevard, Tonawanda.
Is your marriage breaking your heart? Work to rebuild
Thu, Apr 12th 2018 09:00 am
Someone once said, "marriages may be made in heaven, but they sure take a lot of work on earth." In our society, with the pressures of conflicting demands and too little time, personal relationships are often taken for granted. With all the distractions we easily forget that strong caring loving relationships take work.
USCCB urges support for 'First Amendment Defense Act'
Wed, Mar 14th 2018 11:40 am
WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee for Religious Liberty, and Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln, chairman of the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, gave their strong support for the First Amendment Defense Act, which was recently introduced by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) in the U.S. Senate:
A closer look at Catholic weddings
Fri, Feb 16th 2018 02:00 pm
For engaged couples making wedding plans, most are typically concerned about reserving a date and venue, hiring a photographer and DJ, and sending out save the date cards and invitations. However, if they plan to have a Catholic ceremony, those who wish to adhere to these practices have other things to plan out.
Faith leaders affirm the inherent beauty of being created male and female
Fri, Dec 15th 2017 11:00 am
WASHINGTON—Following the USCCB General Assembly in November 2017, a group of ecumenical and interfaith partners gathered with bishops of the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage to discuss gender ideology. As a result of this discussion, faith leaders today issued an open letter entitled "Created Male and Female".
At-home family engagement a crucial part of curriculum
Fri, Dec 15th 2017 09:00 am
In September, parishes in the Diocese of Buffalo began using the new faith formation curriculum, "Forming Disciples," designed to be introduced over the next few years. Of its four key components, the first is a focus on engaging parents in their faith, and in faith in the home. This family attention is intended to build up the Church within households to support a child's growth in the faith. Although the actual process is different in every parish, and it should be tailored to the unique needs of each one, the diocesan Department of Lifelong Faith Formation has implemented a plan to ensure they share a common goal.
Pendleton family becomes whole with Colombian adoption
Tue, Dec 12th 2017 08:00 am
Here's the story of a family named Donahue. It's a familiar tale of a modern-day blended family, with a slight twist. Instead of a husband and wife blending their children from former marriages, three Colombian children joined the American-based Donahues.
Bishop Malone advocates for pastoral plan on marriage and family
Wed, Nov 15th 2017 03:00 pm
A new initiative to develop a pastoral plan that would offer more support for Catholic marriages and families was approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops during their Fall General Assembly in Baltimore Nov. 14. Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo presented the case before the bishops, calling on the body to take a new look at the issue.
WNYCatholic Weekly Podcast August 20
Fri, Aug 18th 2017 10:00 am
Eudist Father Dr. Robert Perelli, CJM discusses his upcoming course on Family Systems Theory at D'Youville College beginning on September 19.
Retrouvaille ministry celebrates 40 years of existence
Tue, Mar 28th 2017 01:00 pm
Retrouvaille, an international Catholic ministry that has worked with couples in troubled marriages for four decades, will be celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Retrouvaille's International Council Meeting, a major ministry event that is held in a different location each year, will take place at Sheraton on the Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario, from Oct. 13-15. It will be hosted by Region 11, which includes Retrouvaille Buffalo and 10 other American and Canadian communities.
WNYCatholic Weekly Podcast February 12
Fri, Feb 10th 2017 08:00 am
For World Marriage Day and National Marriage Week we discuss marriage preparation and the Office of Family Life.
Retired priest celebrates 50th anniversary with couple
Wed, Nov 16th 2016 09:00 am
As a newly-ordained young priest serving at St. Mark Parish in Rushford, Father David Griffin, who is now retired, conducted his first wedding ceremony, that of Desider and Dorothy Simcoe III, on Sept. 10, 1966. Today, the couple has been married for 50 years and, to commemorate their golden anniversary, the Simcoes and Father Griffin held a celebration at St. Mark's with a congregation of family members.
Love and marriage go together at anniversary celebration
Tue, Oct 25th 2016 02:00 pm
The most important words in a wedding might be "I do," but the most important words to a marriage are, "please," "thank you" and "sorry."
Mother Teresa Home helps homeless mothers
Mon, Oct 17th 2016 09:00 am
When Cheryl Calire unlocked the door to the former St. Adalbert rectory, she opened a new life for women and their babies. Through the Mother Teresa Home, she will offer a roof over the heads for homeless women who have chosen to raise their babies.
Bishop Malone reaffirms Church's teaching on Marriage
Wed, Sep 14th 2016 02:00 pm
Two USCCB committee chairmen have issued a joint statement reaffirming the Catholic Church's teaching on marriage "as exclusively the permanent, faithful, and fruitful union of one man and one woman [and] cannot change."
Faithful Witness to Marriage
Fri, Aug 5th 2016 03:00 pm
The US Conference of Catholic Bishops offers some thoughts on Faithful Witness to Marriage
Opening our hearts to strengthening marriages
Sun, Jun 26th 2016 09:00 am
Recently, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, offered the following challenge: "But nowadays who is making an effort to strengthen marriages, to help married couples overcome their problems, to assist them in the work of raising children and, in general, to encourage the stability of the marriage bond?"
Religious leaders sponsor rooms in Family Justice Center
Wed, May 11th 2016 08:00 am
On Tuesday, May 10, the Family Justice Center in downtown Buffalo, an organization that provides services for domestic violence victims and their children, welcomed Bishop Richard J. Malone and Bishop R. William Franklin of the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York for a tour of the facility and a look at living rooms they sponsored to help the center in its 10th year of serving the community.
Cultural Diversity: Awakening service and faith in children
Sun, Apr 24th 2016 08:00 am
As we prepare to celebrate these two occasions we may find ourselves reflecting on how our parents raised us, and we may also spend some time reflecting on how we are raising our own children. Are we raising them to be children of faith and service?
'Consider' the Joy of Love
Fri, Apr 22nd 2016 02:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone speaks about "Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love)," written by Pope Francis. This apostolic exhortation is a beautiful celebration of love and families.
Bishop Malone on Joy of Love: 'No one can read this without being touched in some way'
Fri, Apr 8th 2016 12:15 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone was in Washington, DC, Friday morning to respond to the long anticipated exhortation by Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia, or The Joy of Love.
Pope Francis' 'Love' letter invites deeper reflection on beauty of marriage
Fri, Apr 8th 2016 11:00 am
WASHINGTON - Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, welcomed Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, on love in the family. Pope Francis' "love letter to families" invites everyone to grow as members of the family of God, Archbishop Kurtz said April 8.
No doctrine change from Pope Francis, but a call for better pastoral care
Fri, Apr 8th 2016 11:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Catholics who have divorced-and-remarried need the fullness of Church teaching. They also need a wise pastoral and community response to their difficulties that can help them grow in the Christian life, Pope Francis said on Friday in his new document on love in the family.
Pope's 'Love in the Family' welcomed by Bishop Malone
Fri, Apr 8th 2016 09:00 am
"We welcome this teaching from Pope Francis as the fruit of the synodal process started by him more than two years ago—a process that has inspired in our Church, and indeed all over the world, a renewed attention to the importance of marriage and the family for all of society," said Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, chairman of the Committee.
Bishop Malone speaks on marriage and family Friday
Thu, Apr 7th 2016 04:05 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone is one of three who have been chosen to go to Washington, DC, and respond to the Pope's Exhortation on behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Bishop Malone is the Chairman of USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth.
Elma parish to host seminar to help marriages
Thu, Mar 31st 2016 10:55 am
A seminar designed to help couples strengthen their marriage, whether newly married or married for 50 years or more, will take place from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 in Selbert Hall at the Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma.
Faith compels couple to fully participate in Catholic life
Tue, Mar 8th 2016 08:00 am
Richard and Marilyn Neil are products of a Catholic life. Married 51 years and longtime parishioners of St. Louis Church in downtown Buffalo, the Neils involve themselves in giving back to the causes they care about.
National Marriage Week and World Marriage Day emphasize support for married couples
Thu, Feb 4th 2016 10:00 am
WASHINGTON, DC - National Marriage Week USA and World Marriage Day are opportunities "to celebrate the gift and blessing of marriage," said the chairman of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
Vine and Branches: Truths of Natural Family Planning need to be clear
Thu, Jan 28th 2016 03:00 pm
Many of us in the pro-life movement have heard someone make the claim that they're firmly against abortion but see nothing wrong with contraception. This statement shows a common confusion that blurs the truth, espoused and cherished by our Church, about the gift of life and the dignity of every person.
Final synod document strongly backs Church teaching, beauty of family life
Mon, Oct 26th 2015 11:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - With a two-thirds majority vote, the more than 200 bishops gathered for the Vatican's synod on the family supported Church teaching on hot-button issues such as homosexuality and communion for divorced and remarried persons.
Walk alongside your people, Pope Francis tells bishops at synod's close
Mon, Oct 26th 2015 11:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Pope Francis Sunday officially brought the Synod on the Family to a close at Mass in St. Peter's, warning against a "spirituality of illusion," and reminding pastors of their duty to accompany the faithful and be bearers of God's mercy especially in times of suffering and conflict.
Following policy change, annulment workshop explains the process
Wed, Oct 21st 2015 01:00 pm
Following Pope Francis' lead to simplify the Catholic annulment process, Bishop Richard J. Malone has announced that he has waived the fee for annulments in the Diocese of Buffalo. Now Catholics can learn more about the confusing process with a workshop Thursday night.
We need to be clear on what marriage actually is, synod bisops insist
Thu, Oct 15th 2015 09:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Numerous bishops voiced alarm over the lack of a clear definition of marriage in the synod's controversial guiding text, prompting a call for one based on scripture and Church teaching to be added.
Are those who strive for virtue the new minority? Cardinal Dolan thinks so
Wed, Oct 14th 2015 11:55 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Married couples who endure hardships together; gay men and women trying to live chastely; engaged couples who choose not to cohabitate. What do all these people have in common?
Violent marriages: A woman's quest to help synod bishops grasp the issue
Wed, Oct 14th 2015 11:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Christauria Welland is a clinical psychologist who's worked with both victims and perpetrators of domestic violence - and with one in three women worldwide suffering from abuse at the hands of a partner, her goal is to make sure bishops know about the problem.
St. Christopher Parish hosts Family Day Saturday
Wed, Oct 14th 2015 08:00 am
In honor of the Synod on the Family, which takes place in Rome in October, St. Christopher Parish in Tonawanda will hold its own Family Day to promote the Catholic Church providing pastoral care for all families and the need for this care regardless of how traditional or non-traditional they may be.