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UPDATED: NYS Bishops statement on passage of child victims act
Thu, Feb 14th 2019 05:00 pm
The following statement was released by the Catholic bishops of New York state following the passage of the Child Victims Act. For more, visit http://www.nyscatholic.org
Former Vicar General Msgr. David Slubecky passes away
Thu, Feb 14th 2019 03:00 pm
Being a priest had been a dream of David S. Slubecky from childhood. He would celebrate a pretend Mass and hand out Necco wafers to his younger siblings as Communion. "I'd keep all the chocolate ones for myself," he said. "I was just drawn to the idea of being able to celebrate Mass and be involved with people in a parish." Among his many duties in the Diocese of Buffalo, He would go on the become a regular fixture on the Daybreak TV produced "Daily Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral." Less than a year after retiring, Msgr. Slubecky passed away on Feb. 12. The son of the late Stanley and Maria Theresa (Zielonka) Slubecky was born Dec. 5, 1947, in Batavia. He attended Catholic schools right from the start with St. John the Baptist in Alden. The Sisters of St. Joseph who taught him claim that even in second grade he had talked about becoming a priest. "My parents actually encouraged me to go to a regular high school and I said 'No, I really want to do this," said Msgr. Slubecky. By age 14, he attended the Diocesan Preparatory Seminary, a high school for young men pursuing a vocation to the priesthood. There were 122 boys in his freshman class, but he was one of only two who went on to be ordained. After studying philosophy for two years at St. John Vianney Seminary (now Christ the King in East Aurora), he went to Rome to study theology at the North American College. He was ordained on July 21, 1973, by Bishop Edward D. Head. His first assignment was at St. Mary Parish in Batavia, where he stayed for only four months before going back to Rome to finish his graduate degree in theology. After spending a few more months at St. Mary's, he went to St. Ignatius Renewal Center in Clarence to serve as the retreat master and to direct the formation team for the permanent diaconate. When he retired last May, he spoke to the Western New York Catholic saying that that assignment remained close to his heart. "Many times I was really humbled by the quality of faith and the depth of faith of the people who came for retreats. In many ways, I gained more from them than I think they ever could've gotten from me." In September of 1983, he returned to Rome to obtain a graduate degree in Canon Law. He eventually moved on to be judicial vicar of the diocesan Tribunal. "So, although I initially went with the idea that I would be working in a parish, I was not really in a parish for most of the first 22 years of my priesthood." In 1988, Pope John Paul II honored him with the title monsignor. The title is a pontifical honor designating a priest as Chaplain to His Holiness. In July 2008, he was elevated to Prelate of Honor to His Holiness by Pope Benedict XVI. In 1994, he became pastor of Fourteen Holy Helpers Parish in West Seneca, a position he held until 2005, at which time he became moderator of the curia and vicar general for the Diocese of Buffalo. In these roles, Msgr. Slubecky served as a chief operating officer for the Diocese of Buffalo. "I serve on every board that exists in the diocese," said Msgr. Slubecky, who loved parish work, but agreed to go where he was needed most. "In every instance I have to say I believed after the fact that it was supposed to happen. In each case, I gained a lot from it with regard to various parts of my life." He considers one of the most moving moments of his priesthood to be in the final days of his grandmother's life in the late 1980s. "I anointed her and when I finished anointing her, she came out of the fetal position, had a clear mind for three days, talked to all the family and then she passed away. It was just very moving the power of that sacrament." Msgr. Slubecky had been living at the Msgr. John J. Coniff Priest Retirement Home in Lancaster since his retirement. He is survived by his siblings Daniel, Elaine Hudson, Rita Gibney and Donald. He had one other brother, the late Tommy Slubecky. Visitation will take place Sunday, Feb. 17, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Fourteen Holy Helpers Church, 1345 Indian Church Road, West Seneca. Msgr. Slubecky will lie in state on Monday, Feb. 18 at 9 a.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo, where a concelebrated funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. with Bishop Richard J. Malone presiding.
St. Valentine: the man, the myth and the legend
Thu, Feb 14th 2019 11:00 am
According to the National Retail Federation's annual survey, consumers in the United States are expected to spend an average $143.56 on Valentine's Day this year. Total spending is expected to reach $19.6 billion this year, an increase from last year's $18.2 billion. All the treats, cards, flowers and affection can be traced back to a nearly forgotten saint, Valentine.
Ziggurat Marble Run
Tue, Feb 12th 2019 04:00 pm
As part of a STEM project, third-graders at St. Benedict School have been incorporating some of the laws of physics in designing Ziggurat Marble Runs.
Heart Center at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo earns top national rating
Tue, Feb 12th 2019 11:35 am
The Heart Center at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo has been awarded a distinguished three-star national quality rating by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons for its patient care and outcomes in coronary artery bypass grafting procedures (heart bypass surgery) for reporting periods January 2017 to July 2018.
Volunteers from Erie County gather in Buffalo to help 2019 Catholic Charities Appeal
Mon, Feb 11th 2019 03:30 pm
About 85 parish volunteers, clergy and Catholic Charities' Appeal leadership team and staff attended a volunteer training workshop on Feb. 9 to help kick off the 2019 Appeal in support of Catholic Charities in Erie County.
St. Mary's Junior Ladies of Charity volunteer at Ronald McDonald House
Mon, Feb 11th 2019 01:15 pm
Eleven members of the St. Mary's Junior Ladies of Charity volunteered at Ronald McDonald House, Buffalo, preparing dinner for the residents there on Dec. 27. The young women prepared a full taco bar with Spanish rice, fried corn, beans, cornbread and desserts including brownies and pineapple upside down cake.
Children must see the faith lived at home, pope tells parents
Sun, Feb 10th 2019 02:20 pm
VATICAN CITY — At Mass in the Sistine Chapel Jan. 13, Pope Francis baptized 27 babies, reminding their parents that the first space in which children learn and witness the faith is at home. "Yes, when they go to catechism class, they will study the faith well, they will learn catechesis," he said. "But before being studied, faith must be transmitted, and this is a job that is up to you."
Robert H. Chambers gave lifelong service to community
Sat, Feb 9th 2019 12:20 pm
Over the last eight decades, there haven't been many who've given back to Western New York's Catholic community like Robert H. Chambers, both in length of service and number of lives touched.
Sheehan Residence Purchased
Thu, Feb 7th 2019 03:00 pm
The Sheehan Residence, which had been on the market, closed Thursday, February 7, 2019. The property, owned by the Diocese of Buffalo, is located at 330 Linwood Avenue in Buffalo, New York. It was purchased by Mingo Junction Steel Works, LLC and the closing price was $1,300,000.
Sister Teresa Marie Patora, CSSF, 1926-2019
Wed, Feb 6th 2019 08:00 am
Sister Teresa Marie Patora, 92, died at Blessed Mary Angela Care Center in Buffalo on Feb. 1, 2019. The former Theresa Patora was born June 7, 1926, in Erie, Pa. She attemnded school in Erie, then graduated from Villa Maria Academy in Buffalo.
The spirit of unity in diversity
Tue, Feb 5th 2019 09:00 am
Our Church today in the Diocese of Buffalo and throughout the United States is becoming more and more diverse every day. The diversity that we see in our city is gradually becoming the diversity that we will see in our suburbs. Are we ready to embrace these cultures? Are we ready to forgive some of the hurts that may have taken place so that together we can move forward in peace and harmony?
Parishes see new form of leadership taking place
Mon, Feb 4th 2019 02:05 pm
In the past 20 years, the number of active priests serving the Diocese of Buffalo has dropped from 312 to 143. To keep parishes alive, deacons, religious sisters and even lay people are being asked to step into the role of head of the parish. In 2013, the diocese launched a pastoral administrator program to train qualified people to handle the temporal needs of a parish. This includes paying bills, fixing roofs and organizing lawn fetes, freeing priests to handle the duties only a priest can.
Celebrating Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: In the Spirit of God, love, dignity and justice for all
Sat, Feb 2nd 2019 02:00 pm
Living in the spirit of God was the key message at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Mass celebrated at Blessed Trinity Church in Buffalo on Sunday, Jan, 20.
Response to Love Center still growing after 35 years
Fri, Feb 1st 2019 03:00 pm
This year marks 35 years since Response to Love opened its doors to serve the hungry of Buffalo's East Side. Over the years, the center has expanded to meet the growing needs of the area. A thrift store, education classes and a Veterans program have been added. Thus, opening doors to a better life for those who come to the center.
OLBS School has charitable challenge
Thu, Jan 31st 2019 11:00 am
DEPEW — Students at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament School learned lessons about the spirit of giving, production, economics and sales. Each class was given $25 and challenged to use that money to create something that could be sold to make money for a charity chosen by the class.
Our Lady of Victory School unveils tech lab 2.0
Wed, Jan 30th 2019 10:00 am
Over the next five years, more than 1,000 children are expected to learn computer and engineering skills at Our Lady of Victory Elementary School. These skills will prepare students for careers that have not even been invented yet. This is thanks to the Susan E. Brvenik Foundation.
Sister Marie Bernarde Procknal, RSM 1927-2019
Tue, Jan 29th 2019 02:00 pm
Sister Marie Bernarde Procknal RSM, died January 23, 2019, at Mercy Center Convent in Buffalo after 73 years as a dedicated Sister of Mercy.
Teaching minds, touching hearts, and transforming lives
Tue, Jan 29th 2019 10:00 am
KENMORE — The halls of St. John the Baptist School are alive and buzzing with excitement as students, faculty and staff have jumped feet first into the Diocese of Buffalo's STREAM Education Initiative.
Pope Francis celebrates Mass for World Youth Day
Mon, Jan 28th 2019 04:00 pm
PANAMA CITY, Panama - Pope Francis celebrated the closing Mass of World Youth Day 2019 on Sunday, Jan. 27.
St. Benedict School expands coding to their technology program
Mon, Jan 28th 2019 02:30 pm
EGGERTSVILLE — St. Benedict School technology coordinator and pre-K through eighth-grade Technology teacher, Marcia Elliott, is enhancing her primary and intermediate grade coding program. She will be introducing coding robots Dash and Dot with the primary grades and Cue with her middle school students.
St. Amelia teacher makes difference for students, parish
Mon, Jan 28th 2019 10:00 am
When St. Amelia School teacher Colleen Milette was called to assemble with other faculty, by the school principal, she thought it was to announce a calendar change.
Nativity of Our Lord students pray the rosary
Sat, Jan 26th 2019 04:00 pm
ORCHARD PARK — The students at Nativity of Our Lord School had a very busy in November. On Nov. 5, students gathered to pray for our nation. They said a rosary, dedicating each decade to a different government office.
Statement from the Diocese of Buffalo regarding the Reproductive Health Act
Fri, Jan 25th 2019 04:00 pm
Earlier this week, Bishop Malone added this statement to the NYS Catholic Conference of Bishops, regarding the passage of the Reproductive Health Act: "NYS is already the state with the highest rate of killing pre-born children through abortion. This is a tragic day for NYS that makes a very bad situation even worse. It is a barbaric action of our legislature, and clearly nothing to celebrate."
New learning opportunity at St. Christopher School
Fri, Jan 25th 2019 11:00 am
St. Christopher School Media Lab program has been completely revamped and features the new learning platform "Google for Education."
Pope Francis says Panama to be 'a hub of hope' during World Youth Day
Thu, Jan 24th 2019 04:00 pm
PANAMA CITY, Panama (CNA) — Upon arriving in Panama for World Youth Day 2019, Pope Francis met with politicians, diplomats and civil society leaders, extending a message of hope for "a more humane world."
Mount Mercy women excel in social sciences programs
Thu, Jan 24th 2019 11:00 am
Mount Mercy Academy's Women in Social Sciences Program has completed its first full year giving the students the opportunity to interact with three strong female role models.
New York passes Reproductive Health bill to expand abortion
Wed, Jan 23rd 2019 11:00 am
On the 46th anniversary of the Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision that gave women the legal right to an abortion, New York state passed the Reproductive Health Act on Jan. 22 that expands abortion-rights legislation in the Empire State.
Smaller World Youth Day kicks off in Panama
Wed, Jan 23rd 2019 10:00 am
World Youth Day 2019 opened Jan. 22 in Panama City, Panama. Over 150,000 have registered for the event which ran until Jan. 27. Usually held in the summer, this year's event was held during the cool season of Panama, which conflicted with the American school year. As a result, the Diocese of Buffalo has not planned a pilgrimage to the Central American city.
Nativity of Our Lord offers open house, faith-based education
Tue, Jan 22nd 2019 02:00 pm
ORCHARD PARK — Teachers and parents will be offering tours of Nativity of Our Lord School and welcome all families interested in a proven Catholic education for their children. The open house takes place Sunday, Jan. 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
New Adult Sexual Abuse and Misconduct Task Force announced
Tue, Jan 22nd 2019 11:30 am
The Diocese of Buffalo has established the Adult Sexual Abuse and Misconduct Task Force. The group will review and recommend policies and procedures for assessing and responding to allegations of sexual misconduct with adults by priests, deacons, religious and lay employees. The Task Force will ensure that the diocesan policies for adult abuse and misconduct complement the existing diocesan policy on child abuse. In addition, the Task Force will review the investigation framework of sexual abuse allegations to ensure compliance with federal and state law, canon law, and the Diocese of Buffalo Code of Conduct to ensure the protection of all of God's people.
Youth Convention offers chance to 'Power Up' on faith
Mon, Jan 21st 2019 10:00 am
Christmas is over. Lent has not yet begun. How does a spirit-filled teen keep the faith in this middling time? The annual diocesan Youth Convention offers teens an opportunity to Power Up their faith over a three-day weekend filled with good talks, prayer and nearly a thousand new friends.
Cosgrove named medical director at Mercy Hospital
Fri, Jan 18th 2019 01:00 pm
Edward Cosgrove, MD, has been named medical director of the Emergency Department at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo. He is a member physician of TEAMHealth, Northeast Division, which services the hospital.
Niagara University and NCCC begin collaboration
Thu, Jan 17th 2019 01:00 pm
NIAGARA UNIVERSITY — Niagara University and Niagara County Community College announced a new partnership that will increase engagement and improve collaboration between the two colleges, creating a seamless continuum of learning and leadership that expands programming in keeping with the workforce, economic and entrepreneurial needs of the region.
Bishop Malone meets with diocesan Pastoral Council
Thu, Jan 17th 2019 11:00 am
"Victim's first." That is the commitment of Bishop Richard J. Malone and all the bishops of New York. "Our principle in anything we say or do, it has to be victims first. That's the first concern. I tell that to our priests."
Understanding seminary life: yesterday, today, and tomorrow
Wed, Jan 16th 2019 03:30 pm
As we continue this Christmas season and begin the calendar year, the faculty, staff and students of Christ the King Seminary would like to offer you a blessed season of hope and joyous New Year of encounters with the Lord. We also believe this start to the new year is the perfect opportunity to give you a brief description of seminary life today as compared to around 50 years ago, as well as offer you a glimpse into changes that will be forthcoming.
Students make news to help Mother Teresa Home
Wed, Jan 16th 2019 02:30 pm
Girls at Nativity School, in Orchard Park are making headlines for a good cause, literally. These eighth-graders wrote, designed and printed their own newspaper to raise money for the children at Mother Teresa Home in Buffalo.
Brother of Mercy dedicates 75 years of selfless service
Wed, Jan 16th 2019 12:00 pm
Rooted in a Catholic mission to honor Christ by serving those most in need, the Brothers of Mercy was founded in Hadamar, Germany in 1856. For over 160 years, professed brothers have dedicated their lives to serving the sick and elderly all over the world. One such brother carrying on this legacy of compassionate care is Brother Xavier O'Neill.
Black Rock parish and school receive grant from Upon This Rock
Wed, Jan 16th 2019 09:25 am
The Upon This Rock committee presented its first emergency grant to Assumption Parish in, appropriately enough, Black Rock. The $20,000 grant will go to replacing a much-needed furnace used by the century-old church and the adjacent Our Lady of Black Rock School.
Catholic Charities launches $11 million 2019 appeal
Tue, Jan 15th 2019 12:00 pm
Catholic Charities has announced their launch of the 2019 Appeal with a goal of $11 million. $1.4 million havs already been raised. The theme for Appeal 2019 is "Help your neighbor find HOPE."