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Catholic Charities Appeal Week raises $7.89 million
Tue, Apr 11th 2017 11:25 am
BUFFALO, N.Y.- Bishop Richard J. Malone reported on the progress of the annual Catholic Charities of Buffalo Appeal, announcing $7,890,544.24 has been raised to date, as Catholic Charities officials marked the close of Appeal Week 2017 which ran from April 2-9 in parishes throughout the diocese.
Sister Lucille A. Socciarelli, RSM (1935-2017)
Mon, Apr 10th 2017 09:00 am
Sister Lucille A. Socciarelli, RSM, formerly Sister Mary Lucella, died April 9, 2017. She was 82 years of age.
Palm Sunday Mass opens Holy Week in Buffalo
Sun, Apr 9th 2017 09:00 am
With a congregation of Catholics holding individual palms, Bishop Richard J. Malone officially opened Holy Week in the Diocese of Buffalo with Palm Sunday Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo April 8.
'Our Daily Bread' promotes 'In a Word'
Fri, Apr 7th 2017 01:00 pm
Two priests walk into a kitchen. One has a mallet, and one has a cutting board. No, this is not the beginning of a joke. It's a description of this month's "Our Daily Bread."
Has Easter holiday taken a backseat to Christmas?
Thu, Apr 6th 2017 09:00 am
Christmas and Easter mark the birth and death (and resurrection) of Jesus Christ, but Christmas seems to get more attention. Colored lights, a houseful of decorations, even a tree brought indoors fill a house at Christmas. On Easter you might see a lily in the dining room. It even took Charlie Brown nearly nine years after his first Christmas special to introduce the Easter Beagle.
Bishop's secretary incorporates exercise, self-discipline
Tue, Apr 4th 2017 03:00 pm
In the Lenten season, the Catholic faith emphasizes the importance of self-denial, discipline and a sense of planning and preparing oneself for the future. However, Father Ryszard Biernat, who serves as secretary to Bishop Richard J. Malone, strives to live these in his life all year long through vigorous workouts, a strong will and devotion to his spiritual life that came from his desire to make sure he is healthier.
Swormville parish brings longtime tradition into STREAM
Tue, Apr 4th 2017 09:00 am
This year, St. Mary School in Swormville will continue a parish tradition that enables both students and members of the community to participate in the Stations of the Cross while contributing to a cause. Fifth-graders at St. Mary's will participate in "Pray and Play," a live-action Stations of the Cross, at 7 p.m., Friday, April 7, at St. Mary's parish center gym, followed by a fundraiser for Catholic Charities.
Mount St. Mary's gives middle schoolers the business
Mon, Apr 3rd 2017 01:00 pm
The business of education merged with the business of, well, business at Mount St. Mary Academy, when the Kenmore high school opened its doors to teach middle-schoolers about entrepreneurship.
Bishop Malone brings Mass to Erie County Holding Center
Mon, Apr 3rd 2017 10:00 am
Fulfilling one of his roles as bishop, the Most Reverend Richard J. Malone celebrated Mass for inmates at the Erie County Holding Center on the evening of April 1. He told the 16 orange-clad inmates who attended the Mass in the chapel that he made the visit because Jesus said to.
Holy Week at St. Joseph Cathedral
Fri, Mar 31st 2017 02:00 pm
The following liturgies are scheduled for Holy Week at St. Joseph Cathedral.
Bishop Malone speaks out on physician assisted suicide
Fri, Mar 31st 2017 12:00 pm
Bishop Richard Malone shares the experience of being with his parents when they died and how physician assisted suicide is a big mistake. He offers examples of why it is problematic for society.
Mount Mercy students demonstrate compassionate service
Fri, Mar 31st 2017 10:45 am
Mount Mercy Academy is dedicated to educating young women not only for academic excellence, but also for compassionate service, Christian leadership, global awareness and lifelong learning. Rooted in foundress Catherine McAuley's vision for women and those who are poor, Mount Mercy affirms the uniqueness and dignity of individuals and fosters faith with a commitment to the challenges of building a just society.
God's Family ministers to individuals with disabilities
Thu, Mar 30th 2017 03:00 pm
On the first Saturday of each month from September through June, a faith formation program for people with disabilities and their families meets at Baker Victory Services' Baker Hall School in Buffalo from noon until 2:30 p.m. This ministry, called God's Family, allows individuals to connect with other families who have experienced similar life circumstances while also learning more about their Catholic faith.
Mary Queen of Angels School to close
Wed, Mar 29th 2017 06:30 pm
Teachers were informed on Wednesday afternoon and parents were told this evening that Mary Queen of Angels School in Cheektowaga will be closing at the end of this school year. The difficult decision was made by the school's Board of Trustees, a board of limited jurisdiction, which asked Bishop Richard J. Malone's permission to close the school.
Stella Niagara announces next phase of outdoor initiative
Wed, Mar 29th 2017 03:00 pm
STELLA NIAGARA — Stella Niagara Education Park announced its plans to further incorporate the innovative Outdoor Education Program that was created in 2015 to provide intentional outdoor experiences and infuse outdoor education into all areas of the curriculum. Building on an existing curriculum that utilized the 104-acre campus, the education committee of the school's board of directors created the Outdoor Education Program and hired Coleen Edwards as the coordinator.
Q&A about Lent and Lenten practices
Wed, Mar 29th 2017 10:00 am
Why do we do the things we do during Lent? Find out the reasons why we fast, abstain from meat and more.
Bringing the faithful flock together, one mile at a time
Tue, Mar 28th 2017 02:50 pm
In its next commercial for the Ford Escape, Ford Motor Corporation might want to consider making Father Dennis Mancuso the spokesman for the small sport utility vehicle. It's the vehicle he uses to cover 400 square miles of Allegany County on a regular basis.
Retrouvaille ministry celebrates 40 years of existence
Tue, Mar 28th 2017 01:00 pm
Retrouvaille, an international Catholic ministry that has worked with couples in troubled marriages for four decades, will be celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Retrouvaille's International Council Meeting, a major ministry event that is held in a different location each year, will take place at Sheraton on the Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario, from Oct. 13-15. It will be hosted by Region 11, which includes Retrouvaille Buffalo and 10 other American and Canadian communities.
Catholics and Lutherans share Vespers service
Mon, Mar 27th 2017 02:45 pm
The 500 years of animosity between the Catholics and Lutherans were washed away for an hour, when Bishop Richard J. Malone joined Bishop John Macholz for an evening prayer service.
Closed churches open doors to provide brand new lives
Sat, Mar 25th 2017 08:00 am
All of the parish restructuring in the Diocese of Buffalo has been completed for years now, but some local Catholics still wonder what happens to the physical presence of a church when it closes its doors. Through a variety of methods, the diocese has worked with several partners to find reuse for these religious facilities, both inside and out.
Northern Chautauqua Catholic raises the light for community
Fri, Mar 24th 2017 03:00 pm
A little bit of money is paying big, heartwarming dividends at the only Catholic school in Chautauqua County. "It's a huge blessing for a little school," said Beth Quattrone, a trustee for Northern Chautauqua Catholic School in Dunkirk, which received a grant from the Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo for the current school year.
Vatican reaffirms teaching on cremation, burial of remains
Fri, Mar 24th 2017 10:00 am
New instructions published by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith reaffirm teaching that the Church is not opposed to cremation, while continuing to recommend that the cremated remains of the deceased be buried in Catholic cemeteries or other sacred spaces.
Canisius junior uses rosary to help poor
Fri, Mar 24th 2017 08:50 am
Disadvantaged people across the country will benefit from the hobby of one young man from Hamburg. James Lyon, a junior at Canisius High School in Buffalo, has a passion for making one-decade rosaries, which he sold to raise funds to send himself and fellow students on a series of service immersion trips.
Catholics, Lutherans to celebrate 500th anniversary of reformation
Thu, Mar 23rd 2017 12:35 pm
In observance of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's posting of the 95 Theses in Wittenberg, Germany, marking the start of the Protestant Reformation, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and the Upstate New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will be holding an evening prayer service, at 4 p.m., Sunday, March 26, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on Main Street in Buffalo.
Catholic Center staff feeds the hungry through Meals on Wheels
Wed, Mar 22nd 2017 08:00 am
The good work at the Catholic Center doesn't slow down during lunchtime. A group of volunteers uses that time to feed the hungry and give drink to the thirsty through Meals on Wheels.
Happiness at the 2017 St. Patrick's Day Parade
Mon, Mar 20th 2017 01:00 pm
Thousands of people capped off a week filled with snow, basketball and corned beef by attending the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Buffalo. We were there and captured some of the sights in our new photo gallery.
Diocesan officials, VOICE-Buffalo team up for refugees
Mon, Mar 20th 2017 09:00 am
As part of the Church's mission to administer service to migrants in need, representatives of the Diocese of Buffalo will be hosting an informational refugee convocation from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 25 at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora.
St. Greg's to hold Lenten retreat with Father Bayne
Mon, Mar 20th 2017 08:00 am
WILLIAMSVILLE — Come and give God your time. During Lent, prepare yourself and your families to grow in holiness. Set aside the time and listen for the ways in which God is calling to you to join Him for three nights.
Olean church honored with the title 'basilica'
Fri, Mar 17th 2017 09:30 am
Pope Francis has bestowed the title of "basilica" on St. Mary of the Angels Church in Olean. This marks only the ninth time in his papacy that the Holy Father has granted this rare honor to a site in the United States.
Bishop Malone: These 40 Days of Lent
Thu, Mar 16th 2017 03:00 pm
As we enter into the holy season of Lent, let us listen to the words of our Holy Father in his Lenten message for this year: "Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, Christ's victory over death. This season urgently calls us to conversion.
Lenten theatrical event 'The Story of Faith' coming to St. Martha's
Thu, Mar 16th 2017 09:00 am
DEPEW — "The Story of Faith," two evenings of powerful and insightful theatrical presentations by Frank Runyeon, will take place next month.
Bloggers to speak at second annual women's conference
Mon, Mar 13th 2017 08:00 am
Catholic Women of Buffalo is proud to present the second annual Women's Conference, Saturday, March 18 at Cardinal O'Hara High School in Tonawanda, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Magnificat Buffalo celebrates 20th anniversary
Fri, Mar 10th 2017 02:00 pm
On Dec. 10, 2016, nearly 300 guests celebrated the 20th anniversary of Magnificat's Gentle Woman, Mother of Mercy Chapter in the Diocese of Buffalo. Attendees shared a morning of prayer, testimony and fellowship at the Millennium Hotel in Cheektowaga. Father Jacek Mazur, pastor of Divine Mercy and St. Mary of the Cataract parishes in Niagara Falls, was the honored speaker, who urged guests to become "on fire" for their faith within their communities.
Bishop Malone: 'It needs to stop'
Fri, Mar 10th 2017 11:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone talks about threats against our brothers and sisters of the Jewish faith and asks that we share in solidarity and love.
Harmonia Chamber Singers to perform two 'Into Light' shows
Fri, Mar 10th 2017 11:00 am
The Harmonia Chamber Singers, a local a cappella group that is one of the most sought-after of its type in Western New York, will have two performances at area parishes this weekend. The group will present two performances of "Into Light: A Concert by Candlelight," its fifth-annual presentation, at 7:30 p.m. on March 11 at St. Peter Church in Lewiston, and 7 p.m., March 12, at Assumption Church in Buffalo.
'Our Daily Bread' TRYs to make a difference
Thu, Mar 9th 2017 12:40 pm
The Teaching and Restoring Youth program, or TRY program, has been serving young women in Buffalo since 1997. TRY offers a safe, structured environment to women between the ages of 16 and 21 who are homeless and who have suffered abuse, violence and victimization. The TRY program provides access to education, health care, counseling and job training.
St. Patrick's Day commutation
Wed, Mar 8th 2017 01:00 pm
In honor of the upcoming feast of St. Patrick on Friday, March 17, Bishop Richard J. Malone hereby grants a commutation of abstinence to all Catholics in the Buffalo Diocese.
Do you read the Bible as often as you check your phone?
Tue, Mar 7th 2017 04:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - On the first Sunday of Lent, Pope Francis said if we want to fight against the temptation of sin, we must be familiar with the Word of God - treating the Bible more like how we treat our cellphone.
President's order puts Catholic Charities program in peril
Tue, Mar 7th 2017 10:00 am
Catholic Charities of Buffalo has provided assistance and care for incoming immigrants and refugees in the Western New York area for decades now. But now that program is in jeopardy after President Donald J. Trump signed a revised and controversial executive order that halts incoming refugees for 120 days, and severely restricts immigration from six countries.