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6th annual banquet to benefit St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Center
Fri, Feb 10th 2017 02:00 pm
The St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Center, the pastoral outreach of the Office of Pro-Life Activities of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, has become a significant resource in the Buffalo and surrounding Western New York area. The Center will hold its sixth annual benefit banquet on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 6 p.m. at the Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave.,
Mount Mercy offers Holocaust class
Fri, Feb 10th 2017 08:00 am
It is a well-known adage that "history repeats itself." In an effort to prevent one of the worst atrocities from history from happening again, Mount Mercy Academy is teaching a class entitled the Holocaust.
WNYCatholic Weekly Podcast February 12
Fri, Feb 10th 2017 08:00 am
For World Marriage Day and National Marriage Week we discuss marriage preparation and the Office of Family Life.
Buffalo Mass Mob heads to St. Lawrence with a new plan
Thu, Feb 9th 2017 01:00 pm
For years now, Buffalo Mass Mob has used a grassroots social media campaign to draw many people, Catholic and otherwise, to the city's churches for Sunday Mass. Their latest destination - St. Lawrence Parish on Feb. 26 - also includes a fundraising campaign to help repair and replace the church's roof.
Is a meeting between Pope Francis and Donald Trump on the horizon?
Wed, Feb 8th 2017 10:50 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA) - Pope Francis could meet with President Donald Trump at the end of May.
'Our Daily Bread' to teach viewers about human trafficking
Tue, Feb 7th 2017 12:00 pm
Did you know that Feb. 8 is recognized as the International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking? According to the United States Department of Homeland Security, "Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act."
Bishop Malone: It's a matter of life and death
Mon, Feb 6th 2017 03:00 pm
Two lethal bills have been introduced in Albany: A.1748 in relation to abortion expansion, and A.10059/S.7579 in relation to legalizing physician-assisted suicide.
Father Jost named pastor
Sun, Feb 5th 2017 08:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone has named Father Edward "Ted" F. Jost Jr. pastor of St. Mary of the Lake Parish, Hamburg, for a term of six years, effective Jan 1. Father Jost had been serving as the parish administrator there since September 2015.
STREAM-ing at St. Mary Elementary and St. Joseph Schools
Fri, Feb 3rd 2017 01:00 pm
St. Mary Elementary School In Lancaster began its STREAM integration during the 2015-2016 school year. "Being a STREAM school takes a lot of planning, organization and professional development for the teachers. Last year, we were new to the program and we learned so much," said Becky Hoag, STREAM coordinator for St. Mary's. The school offers STREAM Academies to all students during the school day on Friday afternoons thanks to the support from principal, Kim Kwitowski. "I am very happy that we are a STREAM school. STREAM education is essential to the future of our children and helps to shape their everyday experiences," stated Kwitowski.
Thanks to all sisters and brothers
Fri, Feb 3rd 2017 10:40 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone talks about the celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life. Women and Men Religious have been part of our faith lives and we should thank them for their gifts. Watch the latest "Consider This."
Diocesan representatives discuss World Day for Consecrated Life
Thu, Feb 2nd 2017 04:00 pm
Since 1997, when St. John Paul II declared the first World Day for Consecrated Life, the global Catholic Church has set aside a specific day each year to pray for men and women who have chosen to dedicate their lives to service in the Church. Each year, it falls on Feb. 2, the date of the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, and in 2017, diocesan parishes will be celebrating the special occasion on Feb. 4 and 5.
Real world ideas meet real research at St. Peter in Lewiston
Thu, Feb 2nd 2017 10:00 am
LEWISTON — During the past two months, science for students at St. Peter School has been focused on real research with real world ideas, working in two different areas of the living environment. Recently, students from grades four, five and six and their teachers were given an opportunity to work with volunteers from Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve in Cheektowaga on a project involving the Buffalo River.
Fostering creativity beyond the classroom at Nardin Academy
Wed, Feb 1st 2017 03:00 pm
At Nardin Academy, an independent Catholic school in the heart of the Elmwood Village in the city of Buffalo, an enriching academic experience extends beyond the classroom for students in the co-ed Montessori, co-ed elementary, and high school for young women.
Advocacy for Catholic schools returns funds for mandates
Tue, Jan 31st 2017 03:00 pm
Persistence pays off for Catholic schools - to the tune of $6 million. Advocacy from the NYS Catholic Conference State Coordinating Committee, Catholic school staff and parents has caused New York state to agree to modify the formula used to reimburse all state non-public schools for mandated services those schools provide.
Buffalo native speaks to students on filmmaking, Catholic faith
Tue, Jan 31st 2017 12:40 pm
On Jan. 30 and 31, Jonathan Shaw, an alumnus of Christ the King School in Snyder and filmmaker who has relocated to Hollywood, came to the Buffalo Museum of Science to speak with Catholic schools' seventh-grade students as part of the diocesan STREAM initiative. STREAM focuses on integrating the diverse fields of science, technology, religion, engineering, arts and math into the classroom setting.
Christ the King students collect donations for Buffalo school
Tue, Jan 31st 2017 09:00 am
SNYDER — At Christ the King School, students came together to help fellow students at Our Lady of Black Rock School in Buffalo in the weeks leading up to Christmas by collecting donations for the city students, many of whom are refugees in great need as the weather started getting colder.
Saints as superheroes!
Mon, Jan 30th 2017 03:00 pm
Father David Richards from the Diocese of Buffalo talks about super hero saints and how we can learn to be heroes too. Watch the latest "In a Word."
CMA allows health care workers to integrate religion and work
Mon, Jan 30th 2017 12:00 pm
At 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 12, the Diocese of Buffalo will continue the tradition of holding the White Mass, an annual event to recognize health care professionals in Western New York, at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo. In the diocese, the Buffalo guild of the Catholic Medical Association supports and brings together Catholic doctors, nurses and other health care professionals who have committed themselves to caring for all patients to the best of their ability, while also following rules of Catholic doctrine.
USCCB statement on executive order on refugees and immigration
Mon, Jan 30th 2017 08:00 am
WASHINGTON, DC - President Donald J. Trump issued an Executive Order addressing the U.S. refugee admissions program and migration to the United States, generally. The executive order virtually shuts down the refugee admissions program for 120 days, reduces the number of refugees to be admitted to the United States this year from 110,000 to 50,000 individuals, and indefinitely suspends the resettlement of Syrian refugees. In addition, it prioritizes religious minorities suffering from religious persecution, thereby deprioritizing all other persons fleeing persecution; calls for a temporary bar on admission to the United States from a number of countries of particular concern (all Muslim majority); and imposes a yet-to-be determined new vetting process for all persons seeking entry to the United States.
Pence to pro-life: Win hearts with compassion and love
Fri, Jan 27th 2017 02:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence urged pro-lifers to win over hearts with gentleness and compassion at the 2017 March for Life on Friday.
Cardinal Dolan: Abortion undermines everyone's human rights
Fri, Jan 27th 2017 02:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - In a culture where abortion is prevalent, no one's rights are safe, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York insisted at a national pro-life Mass before the March for Life.
Youth Convention promises to be both positive and dangerous
Thu, Jan 26th 2017 08:00 am
This year's diocesan Youth Convention is going by the book. The theme, breakout sessions and planning all came from "Positively Dangerous," a youth ministry guide by Frank Mercadante.
Family of woodworkers created structures in Swormville parish
Wed, Jan 25th 2017 09:25 am
At St. Mary Parish in Swormville, three members of one family have produced much of the woodwork within the church, using their craftsmanship to update the décor while preserving the beauty of the interior. Donna Allan, an employee of the parish, noted last month that two of her family members built the altar, ambo, tabernacle stand, while her husband made the confessional and processional cross St. Mary's uses.
Remembering Sister Maria Pares
Tue, Jan 24th 2017 12:00 pm
Sister Maria Pares, OSF, a legend in Western New York women's basketball history, an inductee of multiple halls of fame, and a vocal opponent of misogyny in sports, died Jan. 20, 2017, at age 75, due to complications related to cancer. Throughout her years of service, Sister Maria was considered to be a strong and feisty coach on the court who also enjoyed helping young women excel on a personal level.
Pro-lifers carve space for themselves at Women's March
Tue, Jan 24th 2017 11:00 am
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - Amid signs proclaiming "Keep Your Rosaries Off My Ovaries," "#IstandWithPlannedParenthood", and a host of other homemade posters ranging from the snarky to the explicit at the Women's March on Washington, pro-life women staked a spot in support of women's dignity - and against abortion.
Poll: 6 in 10 Americans favor 20-week abortion ban
Tue, Jan 24th 2017 11:00 am
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - Ahead of the 44th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. a survey shows a "consensus" favoring a 20-week abortion ban, which President Trump has pledged to sign into law if passed by Congress.
USCCB Pro Life Chairman applauds re-establishment of Mexico City Policy
Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 04:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC—Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Chairman of the USCCB's Committee on Pro-Life Activities, applauded the memorandum issued today by President Donald Trump restoring the Mexico City Policy and extending its requirements to all U.S. global assistance.
Awards recognize determination work of pro-life workers
Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 09:00 am
The diocesan Office of Pro-Life Activities presented the annual Pro-Vita Awards during a special Mass on Jan. 21 at St. Christopher Parish in Tonawanda. The Pro-Vita Awards were established in the Diocese of Buffalo in 1995 and are presented to people who best exemplify respect for all life.
On Trump presidency, pope says we must 'wait and see'
Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 09:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - In a new interview published Saturday, Pope Francis said he will wait to see what U.S. President Donald J. Trump does before making any judgments, emphasizing God's own patience with him and his faults.
'Pray for life. Stand up for life.'
Fri, Jan 20th 2017 11:00 am
In "Consider This," Bishop Richard J. Malone talks about President Trump, the March For Life and the pro-life words of Pope Francis from his exhortation, "Amoris Laetitia."
17th annual dinner raises funds for Catholic tuition assistance
Fri, Jan 20th 2017 10:00 am
The community of Western New York came together to celebrate Catholic education in the community at the largest annual diocesan fundraiser for needs-based tuition assistance on Jan. 19. Organized by the Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, the 17th-annual GALA 22:6, formerly known as the Making a Difference Dinner, the event included a presentation of awards to individuals and organizations who have gone above and beyond.
An ending for St. Gerard's sees two new beginnings
Thu, Jan 19th 2017 09:00 am
After years of uncertainty, the former St. Gerard Church in Buffalo will find a new purpose, as the Diocese of Buffalo has agreed to sell the property to a group of men who plan on keeping the facility religious, but not Catholic.
USCCB chairman calls on Congress and Senate to preserve health care gains
Wed, Jan 18th 2017 02:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC - As Congress discusses a repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, the Chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, is urging members of the House and Senate to provide a replacement plan concurrently so that millions of Americans will continue to have access to vital health care.
Catholic Charities announces $11 million campaign
Wed, Jan 18th 2017 02:00 pm
Catholic Charities officially announced an $11 million goal to begin its 93rd annual appeal Wednesday to benefit services it offers residents throughout the eight counties of Western New York. Bishop Richard J. Malone, along with representatives of Catholic Charities, made the announcement at a press conference inside Catholic Charities' central intake building at 525 Washington St. in downtown Buffalo.
Racial healing service draws hundreds
Wed, Jan 18th 2017 01:00 pm
Nearly 400 people gathered for a prayer service at the historic Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Buffalo to mark a National Day of Racial Healing on Tuesday, Jan. 17. The interfaith service was organized by the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable to encourage the community to work toward healing the wounds created by racial, ethnic and religious bias.
Family experiences closing of Year of Mercy in Rome
Wed, Jan 18th 2017 10:00 am
TONAWANDA — Callum Antonio, a freshman at Cardinal O'Hara High School, and his family were on hand at a historic event during a weeklong visit to Italy, when Pope Francis closed St. Peter's Basilica in Rome on Nov. 20 to conclude the Catholic Church's Jubilee Year of Mercy, which began Dec. 8, 2015.
Ireland, it's finally time to meet Bishop Malone
Tue, Jan 17th 2017 10:15 am
It may come as a surprise to many that Bishop Richard J. Malone has never been to Ireland, although his roots run deep in the Emerald Isle. Next October, travelers from the Diocese of Buffalo can join the bishop as he sees the sights in the land of his ancestors for the very first time.
Catholic Foundation names Polly Lougen gala award recipient
Mon, Jan 16th 2017 08:00 am
The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo will recognize Polly Lougen as the Sister Lucille Socciarelli/Father John Sturm Making a Difference Award recipient when it celebrates GALA 22:6 on Jan. 19. It will be held at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in downtown Buffalo, beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Come to gather
Sat, Jan 14th 2017 08:00 am
In this week's "Consider This," Bishop Richard Malone talks about three timely events: the Presidential Inauguration of Donald Trump, the week of Prayer for Christian Unity, and Prayer for Racial Healing.
Pope Francis: having an abortion to keep your figure is a big problem
Fri, Jan 13th 2017 02:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - On Wednesday Pope Francis issued strong words against worshipping idols, cautioning against the false hope that beauty, wealth and power can give, but which lead a person to trust in empty promises rather than in the Lord.