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St. Padre Pio relics to be displayed at St. Gabriel's
Fri, Mar 16th 2018 08:00 am
The Diocese of Buffalo will host the relics of St. Padre Pio as they make a North American tour. The first- and second-class relics will be at St. Gabriel Parish in Elma on April 21. Bishop Richard J. Malone will celebrate a Mass in honor of the stigmatist and mystic at 8 a.m.
Mercy Hospital receives Beacon award
Thu, Mar 15th 2018 02:00 pm
BUFFALO — The Intensive Care Unit at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo has earned the Beacon Award for Excellence presented by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. The award recognizes the nation's highest performing hospital patient care units for excellence in professional practice, patient care and clinical outcomes.
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. Mary Elementary in Lancaster STREAMs success
Wed, Mar 14th 2018 09:00 am
LANCASTER - St. Mary's Elementary School began integrating the STREAM program into their curriculum during the 2015-16 school year.
Son celebrates his mother's faith in Jesuit saint every day
Tue, Mar 13th 2018 04:00 pm
Fran Angelo visits his namesake at least once a day to say "thank you." Their friendship was forged 65 years ago in a time of crisis when, Fran believes, his namesake saved his life. It's a story of faith, the power of prayer and a beloved Western New York tradition that created the bond between the Buffalo police officer and a legendary 16th century missionary named Francis Xavier. It's a story that continues to inspire many as Fran once again joined hundreds of others in observing the Novena of Grace to St. Francis Xavier at St. Michael Church during the first week of March.
Commentary: Praying for Francis
Tue, Mar 13th 2018 03:00 pm
LINCOLN, NEB. (CNA) - Five years ago, I stood in the refectory of St. John Vianney Seminary of Denver, with colleagues, friends, and a few hundred seminarians, watching on television as a much larger crowd gathered in St. Peter's Square. When Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, appeared on a balcony above the square, we erupted into cheers, and then we fell silent as the pope asked the world to pray for him, and offered us his blessing.
For 22 cents, Villa Maria students feed those in need
Tue, Mar 13th 2018 09:00 am
Students and volunteers at Villa Maria College are going to feed starving children for .22 cents. That's the cost of one life saving meal from Feed My Starving Children.
Sisters of Mercy celebrate 160 years in diocese
Mon, Mar 12th 2018 03:10 pm
On Feb. 11, 1858, four Sisters of Mercy joined Bishop John Timon, first bishop of Buffalo, on a journey from Rochester to St. Bridget Parish in the old First Ward of Buffalo. On Feb. 10, the Sisters of Mercy celebrated the 160th anniversary of their arrival, gathering at Mercy Center in Buffalo to share this special time with each other, associates, co-workers and friends of the community.
10 things you should know about Holy Week
Mon, Mar 12th 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.
Bishop Malone: March musings
Mon, Mar 12th 2018 09:00 am
Each year, the annual Mass and March for Life in Washington, D.C., is becoming more and more a kind of youth and young adult event. Of course, we're grateful to all the old timers (like me) who continue to attend. I am extremely proud of our Catholic colleges and high schools that send delegations each year to witness to the sacredness of human life. If your school was represented this year, thank you. If not, why not? See you next year, maybe?
Remembering the True Stories of Youth Con 2018
Fri, Mar 9th 2018 03:00 pm
The 2018 Diocesan Youth Convention is in the books, but for many of the more than 800 teens who attended the three-day event March 1-3, the memories will last a long time. Relive some of our favorite moments from the Con in our new photo gallery.
Talking about sin and reconciliation on 'Our Daily Bread'
Fri, Mar 9th 2018 02:00 pm
"Our Daily Bread" host Father Paul D. Seil will talk about sin during the March episode.
Teens at Cardinal O'Hara High fight cancer with food
Fri, Mar 9th 2018 01:10 pm
Over 1.5 million people are diagnosed with cancer each year. While doctors treat their patients, a team of teens from Cardinal O'Hara High School is cooking for a cure. For the past five years Allyson Nemeth has organized a Cooking for Cancer Club, which prepares and sells baked goods and pasta sauce for Courage for Carly, an organization that raises money for pediatric cancer research and family support programs at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
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.
St. Mary of the Angels celebrates basilica anniversary
Thu, Mar 8th 2018 11:00 am
St. Mary of the Angels celebrated the first year of Pope Francis' designation of the Olean church as a minor basilica with a special Mass and dedications on Feb. 11. The congregation witnessed the unveiling of a permanent display of Pope Francis' coat of arms and heard the proclamation of an additional date in the year to offer the plenary indulgence. The proclamation, in the form of a letter by Bishop Richard J. Malone, was read by pastor Father Gregory Dobson.
It's official: Paul VI and Oscar Romero will be canonized
Wed, Mar 7th 2018 02:00 pm
Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News)- The Vatican announced Wednesday that Pope Francis has recognized a second miracle allowing five people on the path to sainthood to be canonized, the most prominent being Bl. Pope Paul VI and Bl. Oscar Romero.
Villa Maria College president announces retirement
Wed, Mar 7th 2018 01:00 pm
BUFFALO, NY - After 50 years of ongoing service to Villa Maria College and its thousands of students, faculty and alumni, Sister Marcella Marie Garus has announced her upcoming retirement, effective June 2018. A Buffalo native, Sister Marcella served for 40 years as Villa Maria College president, making her one of the longest-tenured presidents of a higher education institution both in both Western New York and across North America.
A call for Congress to enact the Conscience Protection Act
Tue, Mar 6th 2018 01:20 pm
WASHINGTON-Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, chair of the USCCB's Committee for Religious Liberty urge the faithful to flood Congress with emails and calls asking for enactment of the Conscience Protection Act as part of the 2018 funding bill and to pray for this outcome. Congress is currently considering whether to include the Conscience Protection Act in must-pass government funding legislation, and a decision on the Conscience Protection Act's inclusion will be made prior to March 23, 2018.
Convention closes with marvelous Mass
Mon, Mar 5th 2018 09:55 am
Over this past weekend, 800 teenagers encountered and lived for Jesus Christ. On Sunday, March 4, they shared Him through a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Richard J. Malone.
Big speeches and small talks pack second day of convention
Sun, Mar 4th 2018 08:00 am
The second day of the 66th annual Diocesan Youth Convention saw the teenage participants still had the energy and enthusiasm they showed on opening night. The bulk of the learning took place on this day, with a variety of large and small speaker sessions on Saturday, March 3.
Convention kicks off with adoration and service
Sat, Mar 3rd 2018 04:00 pm
This is a true story. Over 800 Catholic teenagers gathered at the Adam's Mark looking for a way to better understand their faith. The foot of snow that fell the night before could not deter them from attending the 66th annual Diocesan Youth Convention, held over the weekend of March 2-4 at the Adam's Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo.
Hundreds of area youth to gather for prayer, fellowship and service
Thu, Mar 1st 2018 02:00 pm
In this era of 24-hour access to news and information, it is sometimes a challenge to find the true story amid fake news and alternative facts. Next weekend, more than 700 youth and adult chaperones will explore and discover who is the truth and the truth about Jesus' love at the 66th annual Diocesan Youth Convention. "True Story" is this year's theme. The weekend convention will be held March 2-4 at the Adam's Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo.
EWTN personality Gloria Purvis share story of life at St. Gianna benefit
Thu, Mar 1st 2018 02:00 pm
The joy and sorrow of modern day pregnancy served as the topic of the evening at the seventh annual benefit to support the St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Center. EWTN Radio personality Gloria Purvis delivered an address that explained the troubles she had on her journey to have a child.
Diocese announces Compensation Program for victims of sexual abuse
Thu, Mar 1st 2018 09:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone has announced the establishment of a voluntary Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP) for those who have made claims that they were sexually abused as a child by a member of the clergy in the Diocese of Buffalo. Individuals who have previously made claims will be contacted and invited to participate in this voluntary program offering monetary settlements.
D'Youville students, faculty support rehab efforts in Haiti
Mon, Feb 26th 2018 04:10 pm
With a population of more than 10 million, Haiti is similar in size to the state of Michigan, but when it comes to medical rehabilitation services, there is no comparison.
Immaculate Conception School dedicated to quality education
Fri, Feb 23rd 2018 11:00 am
EAST AURORA — Immaculate Conception School has been educating the children of East Aurora and the surrounding suburbs for over a century; and for good reason. The school remains dedicated to providing a well rounded quality education true to the Catholic tradition of academic excellence.
Doc puts faith into healing, opens Catholic pediatric practice
Fri, Feb 23rd 2018 08:00 am
Trinity Pediatrics is not like any other doctor's office. Copies of Theology of the Body for children sit in the waiting room. Parents are given full information on vaccines. The doctor prays for her patients.
Sacred Heart Academy plans African immersion project
Thu, Feb 22nd 2018 09:00 am
Students at Sacred Heart Academy will venture to Zambia this summer in an immersion trip sure to change lives of the locals, as well as their own.
St. John the Baptist launches new literacy program
Wed, Feb 21st 2018 01:00 pm
KENMORE — St. John the Baptist School lives by the following mission statement: "We teach children to read, so that they may eventually read to learn - and hope that through this process, they develop a lifelong love of reading."
Catholic Charities rooted in helping families stay together
Wed, Feb 21st 2018 08:00 am
When people hear the word "charity," thoughts of feeding the poor or giving shelter to the homeless are common. But people have needs far beyond the basics. Since its inception, Catholic Charities of Buffalo has offered services to strengthen families and communities. From domestic abuse counseling to school intervention to parenting classes, Catholic Charities works to support the family unit.
Catholic school alumna now lives, works in Jordan
Tue, Feb 20th 2018 03:00 pm
For one local Catholic school alumna, a solid foundation early in her academic career led to a life passion for working toward resolving complex global issues.
Sister Helena Burns to host social media workshop
Fri, Feb 16th 2018 02:05 pm
EAST AURORA — The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo is hosting a free workshop, "Good News for Social Media: How Parishes and All Catholics Can Share Faith Online," at Christ the King Seminary on Tuesday, Feb. 27, from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.
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 formation curriculum combines service, theological reflection
Fri, Feb 16th 2018 02:00 pm
"Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you" (Matthew 28:19-20). It is precisely this directive, from Christ at His ascension, that the third component of the newly-implemented "Forming Disciples" diocesan Lifelong Faith Formation curriculum seeks to illuminate.
Catholic Women of Buffalo to hold third-annual conference
Fri, Feb 16th 2018 01:00 pm
On Saturday, Feb. 24, Catholic Women of Buffalo will present their third-annual conference. This year's conference, "The Heart of a Woman," will be held at Cardinal O'Hara High School in Tonawanda, starting at 7:30 a.m., with registration and continental breakfast. It will also include three speakers.
Seminary to host theology and philosophy conference
Fri, Feb 16th 2018 01:00 pm
EAST AURORA — Leading national and international speakers, and top creative minds working in theology and philosophy, will converge on Christ the King Seminary on the weekend of Feb. 23-24 for the 2018 Conference for Collaborative Philosophy, Theology and Ministry. The conference's keynote speakers represent institutions from three continents - the U.S., Europe and Australia.
Black population cared for and invited to church by Father Baker
Thu, Feb 15th 2018 04:00 pm
The Venerable Nelson H. Baker earned his title "Servant of God" by helping those with the greatest need. Well known as the "Padre of the Poor" and father figure to the orphaned Baker Boys, the Lackawanna hero also had a hand in helping the African-American population in the Diocese of Buffalo.
Catholic leaders react to latest school shooting
Thu, Feb 15th 2018 09:00 am
Following the 18th United States school shooting of 2018 that killed at least 17 people at a Parkland, Fla., high school Feb. 14, Bishop Richard J. Malone called for prayers and action to stop the ongoing "culture of death."
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.