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St. Joseph Cathedral Christmas schedule
Thu, Dec 13th 2018 04:00 pm
St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo, has scheduled a number of celebrations during the Advent and Christmas seasons.
Response to Love requests cleaning supplies
Thu, Dec 6th 2018 03:00 pm
The Response To Love Center is collecting everyday cleaning supplies that will be distributed to the people in need during our Christmas Eve dinner.
Students write holiday prayers and open up their hearts
Thu, Dec 6th 2018 09:00 am
Prayer is one of the most important things a Christian can do. It is a way of communicating with God. Prayer does not have to be complicated or difficult. It can be as easy as a conversation with a good friend.
Commentary: Advent is the remedy to our spiritual crisis
Mon, Dec 3rd 2018 02:05 pm
DENVER, COLO. (CNA) - "Insincerity was an evil which sprang up within the Church from the first," wrote Blessed John Henry Newman in 1839. "Ananias and Simon were not open opposers of the Apostles, but false brethren."
Christ the King Seminary rings in Advent with two events
Wed, Nov 28th 2018 10:25 am
The Western New York community is invited to begin the Advent and Christmas seasons by participating in the annual vespers service, a holiday tradition at Christ the King Seminary, on Sunday, Dec. 2. The service will begin at 4 p.m. in the seminary's St. John Vianney Chapel.
Discovering God in the unexpected
Sun, Dec 24th 2017 06:00 am
Even the most avid of readers might pick up a book that intrigues them, and desire so badly to get into the book that they skip the preface. If we skip the preface during the Christmas season, we might miss the heart of the Christmas message. In St. John's Gospel, the well-known preface says, "The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us." God, who existed before time, broke through both time and space, and entered humanity. In Jesus, God became manifest as He revealed Himself in a complete way.
Father Quinlivan shares 'Joy' of new music
Fri, Dec 22nd 2017 06:00 am
Father Bill Quinlivan, prolific writer, musician and minister, has done it again with a new CD out in time for Christmas. Titled "Jump for Joy," this is Father Quinlivan's eighth CD. Having published "Made to Praise Him" in 2014 and recently been named pastor of two parishes in Buffalo, you might wonder how he does all this.
The ways we connect with the meaning of Christmas
Thu, Dec 21st 2017 08:00 am
Between Advent and all of the preparations for Christmas, December becomes one of the busiest months of the year, especially for a parish staff. Some believe that all of the happenings and "to-dos" distract us from the true meaning of the season. But I think that the true meaning of Christmas is made even more real by the very experiences we sometimes take for granted or that might even seem like distractions. For example: given the choice between watching a Christmas movie with all my cousins or taking time alone in prayer, I am hands down going to choose movie time. Even though prayer is an important part of spiritual preparation, time with family is a blessing and a reminder of how close to God we can be. The festivities we look forward to, the food we eat, and the family we see are experiences that help us fully realize an inward, spiritual celebration that builds with anticipation during Advent and that we celebrate on Christmas.
Christmas week at St. Joseph Cathedral
Wed, Dec 20th 2017 03:55 pm
St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo, has scheduled a number of celebrations during the Advent and Christmas seasons.
Christmas evangelization is spread through whispers
Wed, Dec 20th 2017 09:00 am
"Shhh. The baby is sleeping." Every parent of a newborn has whispered these words. Christmas is our whispering season. Christmas quiets the world. It is time to do what God did for us. It is time to share the Son of God with the world, quietly. God knows, a whisper is sometimes the best way to get a message across.
The mysteries and surprises behind Christmas carols
Tue, Dec 19th 2017 10:00 am
Ah, December. Turn up the radio and hear those ring-ting-tingling Christmas Carols. By definition, a carol is a song of joy or mirth often pertaining to religious joy. Although mostly associated with Christmas, they originated with pagan festivities surrounding the winter solstice. Those same festivities brought us the Christmas tree and kissing under the mistletoe.
An angel and a star - shepherds and Magi
Sun, Dec 17th 2017 08:00 am
What's on the top of your Christmas tree: an angel or a star? And what would the Christmas scene be like if we only had Luke's Gospel? Or only Matthew's? Only Luke has the angel appearing to the shepherds, while only Matthew has the star leading the Magi.
Justice Perspective: Christmas can still change the world
Sat, Dec 16th 2017 08:00 am
As our season of Advent begins, it almost seems like we are late to the party. After all, Christmas has been a part of what has surrounded us in our culture for weeks already. We have lived through Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday, and on and on. We have been bombarded with Christmas music, Christmas movies, Christmas party invitations, Christmas sales and Christmas decorations.
Villa Maria Food Pantry provides holiday meals
Thu, Dec 14th 2017 04:00 pm
The Sister Mary Josette Food Pantry at Villa Maria College packed two-hundred bags of holiday meals for food pantry clients with the help of the News Neediest Fund run by The Buffalo News. The Fund purchases holiday meals with the help of cash donations, which are then distributed to food pantries by the Food Bank of WNY.
Annual free Christmas community dinner serves up love of neighbor
Thu, Dec 14th 2017 02:00 pm
Not everyone has the luxury of enjoying a hearty dinner surrounded with family on Christmas day. Many people locally have no family in town, or no family at all. Others are unable to afford a meal, especially for a family. Local meal providers such as Meals on Wheels and the Warming House are not open that day.
Celebrating Advent in the home should be prayerful
Thu, Dec 14th 2017 09:00 am
Advent is upon us. While the world seems to be a frenzy of Christmas shopping, traveling, decorating and entertaining, the Church presents us with a unique traditional alternative: a season of reflection, preparation and penance as we anticipate the birth of Christ.
Cultural Diversity: Make straight the way of the Lord
Sat, Dec 9th 2017 08:00 am
Advent is a time for us to prepare for the joy of the birth of our Savior. John the Baptist came to announce the coming of our Messiah and said, "I am the voice that is crying out in the desert; make straight the way of the Lord."
Polish dancers come to town
Thu, Dec 7th 2017 03:00 pm
The acclaimed Lira Ensemble of Chicago returns to Buffalo with a new production: "A Polish Holday! Carols, Song & Dance," on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at UB's Center for the Arts, 103 Center of the Arts.
Advent and Christmas: The joy of the season
Thu, Dec 7th 2017 09:00 am
Advent is the time of year when we prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of the Lord's birth on Christmas, and there are many things we can do to ready ourselves. We can attend daily Mass, pray or use an Advent wreath. Even watching special programing can help put our minds and hearts in the right place.
'Christmas at Hilbert' set for Dec. 3
Wed, Nov 29th 2017 08:00 am
A Live Nativity will bring the Christmas story to life during Hilbert College's 20th annual Christmas celebration from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3. The celebration will include a children's Christmas party, complete with a visit from Santa, following the nativity.
Harmonia offers 'Christmas by Candlelight'
Tue, Nov 28th 2017 08:00 am
Harmonia continues its tradition of a cappella Advent and Christmas music, performed in the beauty of candlelight.
Response to Love wraps 'towels of love'
Mon, Nov 27th 2017 08:00 am
Christmastime is always special at the Response to Love Center in Buffalo, and this year will be no different. Director Sister Johnice Rzadkiewicz, CSSF, is especially tuned in to what people need through prayer, and believes that her mission is to go where God is leading her. For the last few years, the focus has been on the specific needs of locals.
Manger becomes a throne at Midnight Mass
Sun, Dec 25th 2016 01:00 am
"There's something very special about Midnight Mass on the Birthday of our Lord," said Bishop Richard J. Malone, as he celebrated Midnight Mass of the Lord's Nativity at St. Joseph Cathedral. Bishop Malone recalled staying up to attend Midnight Mas even as a child. "My Mom would always make sure I slept for a while so I was alert as an altar server at Midnight Mass."
Christmas Podcast
Sun, Dec 25th 2016 12:00 am
Christmas reflections from Bishop Richard Malone and the readings and homily from the Christmas Televised Mass celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop Edward Grosz. Also music from the Voices of Mercy and Father Bill Quinlivan.
Sound Board: Preparing for the joy of Christmas
Sat, Dec 24th 2016 08:00 am
This winter, Catholics should not just prepare with rock salt and shovels, but also begin preparing their hearts for the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
So Catholic coloring books for grown-ups are a thing now ...
Fri, Dec 23rd 2016 08:00 am
Coloring books for adults have exploded onto the bookstore scene in the past two years. What was once considered a hobby for the kids is now all the rage for people who are full-grown.
Joy to the World
Wed, Dec 21st 2016 03:30 pm
Bishop Richard Malone talks about the joy of Christmas and mentions Christmas TV Masses available for those who are home bound.
Longing for Advent faith and hope like a child
Wed, Dec 21st 2016 01:00 pm
We pray with our sons about waiting for Christ at Christmas and listening for His voice or feeling His presence. "What does He sound like? How will I know He's talking to me?" they ask. It's difficult to answer. I haven't felt God's presence in a long time.
What does it really mean to observe and prepare for Advent?
Wed, Dec 21st 2016 01:00 pm
With the fourth Sunday of Advent approaching, the liturgical season of preparing for Christmas is well underway.
Catholic Health sponsors Christmas Mass that airs nationwide
Mon, Dec 19th 2016 09:00 am
Most of the leaves were still on the trees on Saturday, October 22, when nearly 200 people assembled in the historic chapel and shrine at Our Lady Help of Christians in Cheektowaga to celebrate a Christmas Mass that will be shown across the nation on Christmas week.
Daybreak TV featured on WNYCatholic Weekly Podcast
Thu, Dec 15th 2016 03:00 pm
Christmas projects from Daybreak TV Productions, including Come Let Us Adore Him, Christmas Mass on ABC, and an Our Daily Bread Christmas special.
Lessons and Carols highlight cathedral Christmas week
Thu, Dec 15th 2016 03:00 pm
St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo, has scheduled a number of celebrations during the Advent and Christmas seasons. The St. Joseph Cathedral Choir will present a Festival of Lessons & Carols on Monday, Dec. 19, at 7:30 p.m., under the direction Organist-Choir Director Tim Socha.
Celebrating Advent in the home
Thu, Dec 15th 2016 10:00 am
Advent is upon us. While the world seems to be a frenzy of Christmas shopping, traveling, decorating and entertaining, the Church presents us with a unique traditional alternative: a season of reflection, preparation and penance as we anticipate the birth of Christ.
The Nativity through the eyes of the world
Tue, Dec 13th 2016 02:00 pm
Father Roy Herberger, pastor of SS. Columba-Brigid Church in Buffalo, has collected Nativity sets from around the world for years. We photographed a small sample of the amazing collection in our photo gallery.
A collection of Nativity
Tue, Dec 13th 2016 01:00 pm
As many families decorate their Christmas trees and set up their Nativity scenes underneath, Father Roy Herberger will be unboxing nearly 600 different versions of Mary, Joseph and the Baby Jesus at his parish, SS. Columba & Brigid Church in Buffalo.
WNYCatholic Weekly Podcast December 11
Fri, Dec 9th 2016 10:00 am
Father Bill Quinlivan, newly appointed Pastor of St. Martin of Tours and St. Thomas Aquinas parishes in South Buffalo, talks about his new book, Coming Home to Christmas Through Advent.
Our Lady of Fatima festival of lights looks toward anniversary
Fri, Dec 9th 2016 09:00 am
Our Lady of Fatima Shrine's 26th annual Festival of Lights opened on Nov. 26, with an eye towards celebrating the upcoming 100th anniversary of Our Lady's apparitions to the three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal.
Getting ready for Advent and Christmas
Wed, Dec 7th 2016 11:40 am
Advent is when we prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of the Lord on Christmas, and there are many things we can do. Even watching special programming can help put our minds and hearts in the right place. With that, I offer you this list of programming.
Spending Christmas with Harmonia
Wed, Dec 7th 2016 11:00 am
The Harmonia Chamber Singers will present their annual Christmas concert, featuring music from the Medieval period through the present, throughout the Diocese of Buffalo this Christmas season.
St. Christopher Parish offers Advent and Christmas music programs
Wed, Dec 7th 2016 11:00 am
TONAWANDA — All are invited to attend two programs offered at St. Christopher Parish to bring people closer to the true meaning of the Advent and Christmas seasons.