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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."
Sister Johnice accepts donation from students at Notre Dame Academy
Fri, Jan 11th 2019 10:00 am
Sister M. Johnice Rzadkiewicz CSSF, executive director of the Response to Love Center came to Notre Dame Academy on Wednesday, Jan. 9 to accept a donation from the fourth-grade class.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Mass scheduled for Jan. 20
Thu, Jan 10th 2019 12:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone will celebrate a special Mass for the observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The 10 a.m. Mass will be held on Sunday, Jan. 20, at Blessed Trinity Church, 317 Leroy Ave., Buffalo 14214. Guest homilist will be Father Clarence Williams, CPPS, Ph.D. All are welcome.
Local observances planned for Roe v. Wade Supreme Court abortion decision
Thu, Jan 10th 2019 10:05 am
This year marks the 46th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. A special Mass will be held on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 4 p.m. at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, 4125 Union Road, Cheektowaga. Bishop Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, will be the main celebrant and homilist.
A statement of solidarity from Presbyteral Council
Thu, Jan 3rd 2019 03:00 pm
The Presbyteral Council and the Vicars Forane met with Bishop Richard Malone on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. The priests committed themselves to work together with Bishop Malone to move forward in the healing process of the victims of clergy sexual abuse, the healing of the divisions within our diocese, and hope-filled steps towards the spiritual renewal and healing of our brother priests and all in our diocese. With these goals in mind, the following actions steps are being initiated:
Bishop Malone: To heal and strengthen the Diocese of Buffalo
Thu, Jan 3rd 2019 03:00 pm
My column will be brief this month, as I want to leave space for an important statement from the priests who serve our diocese as vicars or members of the Presbyteral Council.
Sacred Heart helps educate Zambian students
Thu, Dec 27th 2018 08:00 am
A once in a lifetime trip to Zambia for local girls turned into the beginning of a new life for girls in the south central African nation. Along with making new friends on the mission trip, the Sacred Heart students provided the gift of education for the African students in the form of four years of tuition.
GALA 22:6 celebrates Catholic Education
Wed, Dec 26th 2018 08:00 am
The 19th annual Catholic education dinner - GALA 22:6 - will be held Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Proceeds from the dinner will be used to fund needs-based tuition assistance for students attending Catholic elementary schools throughout the eight counties of Western New York. The 2018 dinner raised $353,708 resulting in 295 scholarships created.
Father Sajdak returned to active ministry
Fri, Dec 21st 2018 12:00 pm
On December 20, 2018, the independent Diocesan Review Board met and carefully considered the report of Investigator Scott F. Riordan who was asked to investigate an allegation of clerical sexual abuse of a minor against Father Ronald P. Sajdak of the Diocese of Buffalo.
MSM students create coloring book for memory loss
Fri, Dec 21st 2018 08:00 am
Three students at Mount St. Mary Academy have used their talents to help those afflicted with Alzheimer's. They created a cognitive coloring book to help draw back memories. Actually, they created more than a product. They created an entire business.
STREAM makes a splash at Christ the King School
Thu, Dec 20th 2018 10:45 am
Students at Christ the King School are jumping into STREAM education to develop skills for the future.
Catholic aid agency looks back on 75 years of service
Wed, Dec 19th 2018 11:50 am
Born 75 years ago as a result of the refugee crisis that unfolded during World War II, Catholic Relief Services, the international relief and development agency of the United States Catholic Church, has since grown into one of the largest humanitarian aid agencies in the world while responding to some of the most devastating modern crises of our time.
Healing Masses offer comfort to those who are suffering illnesses
Tue, Dec 18th 2018 10:05 am
Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Harris Hill and St. Stephen Church on Grand Island are two of the parishes that host healing Masses.