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Father Juran placed on administrative leave
Wed, Oct 31st 2018 04:00 pm
After receiving an abuse complaint against Father Michael P. Juran, Bishop Richard J. Malone has placed Father Juran on administrative leave as an investigation continues.
Coffee with a cause initiative benefits small farmers
Tue, Oct 30th 2018 03:00 pm
BALTIMORE — Do you need an excuse to drink that second, third ... or even fourth cup of coffee? We've got you covered, but not with just any old coffee - we have coffee with a cause. For a limited time, you can purchase "Mama Tierra" coffee, created through a partnership between Catholic Relief Services and Equal Exchange. Proceeds from coffee sales will benefit CRS' work with coffee farming communities throughout Mexico and Central America.
Local doctor testifies against physician assisted suicide
Mon, Oct 29th 2018 04:00 pm
On May 3, Dr. Stanley L. Bukowski, a third-generation physician from Buffalo, testified before the State Assembly Health Committee in opposition to the legalization of physician-assisted suicide. For 34 years, Bukowski has been a primary care internal medicine physician with experience in caring for the chronically ill, the disabled and the dying. The following are excerpts from his testimony.
One student's mission to pair students and service dogs
Mon, Oct 29th 2018 02:55 pm
ST. BONAVENTURE — When most freshmen are taking the year to get adjusted to new class schedules and college life, Rachel Hoag accomplished all that and still found time to establish a new club on campus with a very important focus — helping service dogs in training for veterans and individuals with disabilities.
Bishop Malone gives statement to '60 Minutes'
Sat, Oct 27th 2018 08:00 am
The following is the statement Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo released to "60 Minutes" in advance of their upcoming story on the Diocese of Buffalo. The diocese also released it to the public.
A child with special needs is a perfect gift, not a label
Thu, Oct 25th 2018 11:00 am
Soon after the birth of my son Charlie, who has Down syndrome, a visitor asked whether he was "mild, moderate or severe," referring to his level of cognitive impairment. I knew the terminology, but the question shocked me. In my arms I held my beautiful baby boy, who defied easy categorization. Clinical labels may describe some aspects of an individual's "functioning," but they don't tell the whole story. Labels could not describe how Charlie's smile lit up a room or how the sweetness of his soul had captured our hearts so completely.
It takes sisters to make a house a home on East Side
Wed, Oct 24th 2018 12:25 pm
Remember the classic sitcom "The Facts of Life," where four girls with diverse backgrounds are thrown together to learn and grow together under the watchful eye of Mrs. Garrett? That exact thing is happening here in Buffalo. Eastland Academy takes on the form of Mother Teresa Home, a house that provides a safe, stable place for women who have received pressure regarding their pregnancies.
New vicar general begins serving diocese, other new pastors named
Tue, Oct 23rd 2018 01:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone has named Father Peter J. Karalus as the new vicar general and moderator of the curia for the Diocese of Buffalo. A vicar general acts as deputy of the bishop, exercising administrative authority through the diocese.
St. John Kanty lyceum reminder of East Side's life
Mon, Oct 22nd 2018 10:00 am
Walking into the lyceum of St. John Kanty Parish is like walking into a bygone era. The tiles on the wall look like something out of Gatsby. The wooden pocket doors, the ambient lighting, the bar neatly tucked backstage that once sold beer for 35 cents brings smiles to those who remember and awe to those too young to know.
Catholic Charities students log time at the urban farm
Fri, Oct 19th 2018 02:00 pm
Queen City Farm is a slice of rural goodness nestled in the heart of Buffalo. Once a property whose only feature was a dilapidated house, is now an urban farm generating produce for neighbors in need. For students of Catholic Charities Workforce and Education Department, the farm serves as a mechanism to learn new skills and hone ones they already have.
Nickels add up for Response to Love Center
Thu, Oct 18th 2018 04:00 pm
The deposit on cans and bottles is 5 cents. That may not seem like a lot of money, but Response to Love Center is taking nickels from can and bottle returns in Western New York and using the accumulated money to help with its ministry.
A path to hope leads to a day of reparation and healing
Wed, Oct 17th 2018 03:00 pm
Nearly 600 people of faith attended a Day of Reparation & Healing; a Path to Hope at St. Leo the Great Parish on Friday, Sept. 7. This collaborative effort initiated by the parish with the North Eastern Vicariate was a spiritual response to the current sex abuse scandal in the Diocese of Buffalo and in the Church. Fourteen priests were present throughout the day either as confessors or concelebrating Mass with St. Leo the Great's pastor, Msgr. Robert E. Zapfel, STD, as celebrant and homilist. "The day was designed to reach out and touch many in need of comfort and healing during these emotionally difficult days," said Msgr. Zapfel.
St. John Gualbert debuts Mass series honoring saints
Tue, Oct 16th 2018 10:00 am
CHEEKTOWAGA — St. John Gualbert Church and Diocesan Shrine is debuting a Mass series, honoring the saints whose relics are amongst the 1,100 housed in the shrine. The series kicks off at 6:00 p.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at St. John Gualbert in Cheektowaga.
Annual inservice brings grit to pro-life cause
Mon, Oct 15th 2018 02:00 pm
The diocesan Office of Pro-Life Activities held a gritty inservice for local Respect Life coordinators. The annual training and information session took place Oct. 6, the vigil of Respect Life Sunday.
Daily Bread food truck welcomes guest chef Father Paul Seil
Thu, Oct 11th 2018 09:00 am
The former host of "Our Daily Bread," Father Paul D. Seil, will serve as guest chef for the Daily Bread Food Truck Benefit Bash, Oct. 11.
Name and attitude makes Catholic Charities program stand out
Wed, Oct 10th 2018 09:00 am
When Tim Patterson came across Catholic Charities' Buffalo-based Chemical Dependency Treatment Program two years ago, he was no stranger to addiction programs. Previously, he had been in a Suboxone program with a different agency, but during his time there, Patterson said it never felt quite right.
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.
NU student skates with cancer-free father in 11-Day Power Play
Fri, Oct 5th 2018 03:00 pm
NIAGARA UNIVERSITY — In January 2016, Justin Crawford received a jolt that would make a Scott Stevens check feel like a mosquito bite: His father, Gary, had been diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma.
Junior Achievement brings financial literacy to STREAM
Fri, Oct 5th 2018 03:00 pm
As the STREAM curriculum continues to circulate through many of the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Buffalo, students are refreshed and enthusiastic about their new learning opportunities. But when teachers are not fluent in some of the new subject areas offered, the schools create partnerships to fill in the gaps, like the one Department of Catholic Education has with Junior Achievement of Western New York.
St. John XXIII Parish mystery trip worth a laugh
Fri, Oct 5th 2018 12:00 pm
Travelers from St. John XXIII Parish eagerly awaited and planned for their first ever Mystery Trip. The day they all anticipated finally arrived on Thursday, Aug. 9 as 55 brave parishioners boarded a luxury coach at the parish to an unknown destination. Father John Stanton, pastor of St. John XXIII Parish, planned a special day to a secret destination. He wanted to build community, enjoy time together, and celebrate summer in the parish.
Teens serve and sacrifice in Appalachia
Thu, Oct 4th 2018 12:00 pm
EAST AURORA — Young people from Immaculate Conception Parish spent a week of their summer, July 15-20, serving others in the Appalachia area of Pennsylvania. This was the Immaculate Conception Youth's third Mission Trip with Young People Who Care in Frenchville, Pa. Each day the teens picked blueberries at YPWC's blueberry patch and then went to various work sites. Roofing, yard work, painting, pouring concrete and various building projects were among the tasks they completed for residents in the area. The blueberries are sold to raise funds for YPWC.
Holley parish spreads the faith
Thu, Oct 4th 2018 12:00 pm
On a warm summer night, after Mass celebrating the Feast of the Assumption, the congregation at St. Mary Parish in Holley all got up to take a walk. The 100-plus line of people processed from the Main Street church down Wright Street and the public square carrying a statue of Mother Mary and singing "Ave Maria."
Buffalo hosts Catholic Charities USA annual gathering
Thu, Oct 4th 2018 09:00 am
Catholic Charities representatives from around the United States recently visited Buffalo to participate in workshops, panel discussions and volunteer opportunities as part of the 2018 Catholic Charities USA Annual Gathering.
Young adult choir aims to bring God to everyone
Wed, Oct 3rd 2018 11:00 am
"Cantate Omnes," it's a Latin phrase meaning "let us all sing." That's the motivating factor behind the formation of a new young adult choir based at St. Benedict's Parish in Eggertsville. It's for everyone.
A unique twist on a Catholic school in South Buffalo
Wed, Oct 3rd 2018 10:00 am
Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Buffalo are guided by the Gospel message of Jesus. At South Buffalo Catholic School Notre Dame Academy, the goal is to build a faith community in which teachers, students, parents and administrators support each other and grow in God's love. And growing they are!
Father Dolinic placed on administrative leave
Tue, Oct 2nd 2018 04:00 pm
After receiving an abuse complaint against Father Louis S. Dolinic, Bishop Richard J. Malone has placed Father Dolinic on administrative leave as an investigation continues.
Teens and youth leaders discover their strengths
Tue, Oct 2nd 2018 03:00 pm
Teenage years begin a time of self-discovery, when people learn their likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses. It's a period that never really ends. Personal growth leads to new skills and the development of existing strengths. To aid this process, the diocesan Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministry offered a half-day workshop entitled, "Play to Your Strengths," where participants learned how to develop what they were already good at.
Respect Life Mass scheduled for Saturday
Tue, Oct 2nd 2018 12:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone will be the main celebrant and homilist at the annual Respect Life Mass on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 4 p.m. at St. Louis Church, 780 Main St., Buffalo. During the Mass, the bishop will commission the parish respect life coordinators.
Bishop holds Holy Hour of Reparation and Healing for abuse victims
Tue, Oct 2nd 2018 10:00 am
In the wake of the priest abuse scandal that has shaken the Diocese of Buffalo, Bishop Richard J. Malone held a Holy Hour of Reparation and Healing "to apologize deeply and sincerely to all who have been victimized by clergy or other Church ministers." The Sept. 30 gathering took place at 3 p.m., Mercy Hour, at St. Joseph Cathedral.
Father Gatto placed on administrative leave
Thu, Sep 27th 2018 05:00 pm
Yesterday afternoon, the diocese received a complaint against Father Joseph C. Gatto involving an alleged sexual advance made on an adult. Bishop Richard J. Malone has placed Father Gatto on administrative leave as an investigation continues.
Lockport church endures sticky situation after bees move in
Thu, Sep 27th 2018 03:00 pm
All of God's creation should be cared for and protected, even bees. So how do you protect a hive when it has become a problem and is in danger of damaging a church?
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.
Canisius opens Center for the Arts
Thu, Sep 27th 2018 02:00 pm
When students returned to school this moth, the Canisius High School campus looked at bit different than it did last fall.
Catholic educators to meet for professional development
Thu, Sep 27th 2018 10:00 am
About 900 Catholic school educators in the Diocese of Buffalo will gather on Friday, Sept. 28, for an educators' convocation at Cardinal O'Hara High School, 39 O'Hara Road, Tonawanda. The biennial meeting will include teachers and administrators from all diocesan elementary and middle schools, which will be closed that day.
Conference tackles addiction in the family
Wed, Sep 26th 2018 02:00 pm
Several diocesan offices and the Samaritan Counseling Center gathered to address the crisis of opioid addiction and related deaths that has hit Western New York with a workshop that addressed the scientific, social and spiritual perspectives of addiction. The Sept. 22 presentation, held at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora, was one in a series of events that the diocese has held on the topic.
Catholic Church strengthens language on death penalty
Wed, Sep 26th 2018 01:00 pm
While the Catholic Church has always discouraged capital punishment as part of its pro-life teachings, Pope Francis strengthened the language of opposition in August, changing the Catechism of the Catholic Church to state "the death penalty is inadmissible."
Rosary Crusade for world peace planned for Oct. 7
Wed, Sep 26th 2018 01:00 pm
For 38 years, faithful Catholics have been gathering at the Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Lewiston for the annual Rosary Crusade for World Peace. This year's crusade will be held on Sunday, Oct. 7, from 2-3:30 p.m. The shrine is located at 1023 Swann Road, Lewiston. "Mary, Queen of the Holy Rosary, intercedes for all humanity" is this year's chosen theme.
Make time for God and Church during the busy school year
Wed, Sep 26th 2018 10:00 am
The Back-to-School ads have been running since the 4th of July, and now September is here and back-to-school is real. Families all across Western New York are settling into a regular routine of waking early, packing lunches, catching the bus and doing homework. Families also start to get busy with many extra-curricular activities. Sports practices, scouts, or other clubs makes September feel even more hectic. Throw into the mix the suggestion that this can also be "back-to-church" time, and it could be enough to send a parent over the edge with the thought of too many commitments.
Christ the King Seminary to celebrate Curé of Ars
Tue, Sep 25th 2018 11:00 am
Christ the King Seminary will host its annual Curé of Ars awards dinner on Thursday, Oct. 4 at The Atrium @ Rich's in Buffalo. This year's event will honor Father Gregory J. Dobson and Joseph A. Stoeckl, Esq.
Father Mierzwa placed on administrative leave
Mon, Sep 24th 2018 04:00 pm
After receiving an abuse complaint against Father Ronald B. Mierzwa, Bishop Richard J. Malone has placed Father Mierzwa on administrative leave as an investigation continues.