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Longing for Advent faith and hope like a child
Wed, Dec 21st 2016 01:00 pm
We pray with our sons about waiting for Christ at Christmas and listening for His voice or feeling His presence. "What does He sound like? How will I know He's talking to me?" they ask. It's difficult to answer. I haven't felt God's presence in a long time.
Bishop Malone delivers Meals on Wheels, encourages volunteerism
Tue, Dec 20th 2016 01:00 pm
During the Christmas season, a tradition has developed in which Bishop Richard J. Malone and Father Ryszard Biernat join Meals on Wheels to visit numerous clients during meal delivery. For the fourth year, the pair were eagerly received by clients who wanted to share a prayer and receive Holy Communion. Each client also received a hand-made card and ornament created by children through a local religious education program.
Msgr. Lorenzetti tackles the hereafter in his latest book
Tue, Dec 20th 2016 11:00 am
"The Tibetan Book of the Dead," believed to be the work of eighth-century Buddhist master Padma Sambhava, is designed to be read to a person who has died to prepare the soul for reincarnation. In a similar vein, Msgr. Dino Lorenzetti, a retired priest from the Diocese of Buffalo, has written "Addio: See You in Heaven," which serves as a guide to prepare the living for heaven.
Catholic Health sponsors Christmas Mass that airs nationwide
Mon, Dec 19th 2016 09:00 am
Most of the leaves were still on the trees on Saturday, October 22, when nearly 200 people assembled in the historic chapel and shrine at Our Lady Help of Christians in Cheektowaga to celebrate a Christmas Mass that will be shown across the nation on Christmas week.
This is how Pope Francis will celebrate his 80th birthday
Sat, Dec 17th 2016 02:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - On Saturday, Dec. 17, Pope Francis will celebrate his 80th birthday, which he will spend doing what he normally does: offering Mass and meeting with various heads of State and members of the Roman Curia.
Lessons and Carols highlight cathedral Christmas week
Thu, Dec 15th 2016 03:00 pm
St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo, has scheduled a number of celebrations during the Advent and Christmas seasons. The St. Joseph Cathedral Choir will present a Festival of Lessons & Carols on Monday, Dec. 19, at 7:30 p.m., under the direction Organist-Choir Director Tim Socha.
Daybreak TV featured on WNYCatholic Weekly Podcast
Thu, Dec 15th 2016 03:00 pm
Christmas projects from Daybreak TV Productions, including Come Let Us Adore Him, Christmas Mass on ABC, and an Our Daily Bread Christmas special.
Celebrating Advent in the home
Thu, Dec 15th 2016 10:00 am
Advent is upon us. While the world seems to be a frenzy of Christmas shopping, traveling, decorating and entertaining, the Church presents us with a unique traditional alternative: a season of reflection, preparation and penance as we anticipate the birth of Christ.
Auschwitz experience teaches students about humanity
Wed, Dec 14th 2016 02:15 pm
"Come here, you free citizen of the world, whose life is safeguarded by human morality and whose existence is guaranteed through law. I want to tell you how modern criminals and despicable murderers have trampled the morality of life and nullified the postulates of human existence." - Zalman Gradowski, murdered at Auschwitz, 1945. What a challenging invitation and a sobering reminder of the recurring power of evil.
Parishes, CRS promote fair trade coffee and other goods
Wed, Dec 14th 2016 09:05 am
In their quest for Catholic social justice, fair pay, and fair treatment of farmers and workers who produce goods Americans use every day, two parishes in the diocese have been selling fair trade items like coffee, tea and chocolate for years. This is part of a collaboration between the parishes, Catholic Relief Services and other organizations which work to ensure the public is aware of the concept of fair trade.At St. John the Baptist Parish in Kenmore, volunteer Mary Grace and pastor Father Michael Parker organize Fair Trade products, which are sold after Mass to parishioners.
The Nativity through the eyes of the world
Tue, Dec 13th 2016 02:00 pm
Father Roy Herberger, pastor of SS. Columba-Brigid Church in Buffalo, has collected Nativity sets from around the world for years. We photographed a small sample of the amazing collection in our photo gallery.
A collection of Nativity
Tue, Dec 13th 2016 01:00 pm
As many families decorate their Christmas trees and set up their Nativity scenes underneath, Father Roy Herberger will be unboxing nearly 600 different versions of Mary, Joseph and the Baby Jesus at his parish, SS. Columba & Brigid Church in Buffalo.
Bishop Malone: Closing out the Year of Mercy
Mon, Dec 12th 2016 11:00 am
As I write these words to you, we are experiencing the end of two long-term events: the presidential election and the Jubilee Year of Mercy. While the close of the Year of Mercy is bittersweet, the end of the election could not come soon enough. Yet the close proximity of these two closures offers us much food for thought and reflection.
Sister from Peru makes long distance connection
Mon, Dec 12th 2016 09:00 am
A young woman from Peru traveled nearly four thousand miles to profess her perpetual vows of poverty, chastity and obedience in the congregation of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities. The Eucharistic liturgy took place in the St. Mary of the Angels convent chapel in Williamsville on Saturday, December 10.
Nothing will stop this Grey Nun from touching the lives of Catholics
Fri, Dec 9th 2016 12:00 pm
The patients huddled in the waiting room of Mercy Hospital in Buffalo had no idea of the effort made by the religious sister tending to their needs. Sister Donna Lord, GNSH, fought the Snowvember storm of 2014 to reach the hospital to fulfill her duty as a chaplain.
Our Lady of Fatima festival of lights looks toward anniversary
Fri, Dec 9th 2016 09:00 am
Our Lady of Fatima Shrine's 26th annual Festival of Lights opened on Nov. 26, with an eye towards celebrating the upcoming 100th anniversary of Our Lady's apparitions to the three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal.
Getting ready for Advent and Christmas
Wed, Dec 7th 2016 11:40 am
Advent is when we prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of the Lord on Christmas, and there are many things we can do. Even watching special programming can help put our minds and hearts in the right place. With that, I offer you this list of programming.
Spending Christmas with Harmonia
Wed, Dec 7th 2016 11:00 am
The Harmonia Chamber Singers will present their annual Christmas concert, featuring music from the Medieval period through the present, throughout the Diocese of Buffalo this Christmas season.
D'Youville names new president
Wed, Dec 7th 2016 09:00 am
The D'Youville College Board of Trustees has named Lorrie A. Clemo, as the 15th president of the private college.
Bishop Malone at X-STREAM Games and Expo
Tue, Dec 6th 2016 03:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone interacted with students from Catholic schools during the Diocese of Buffalo 3rd Annual X-Stream Games and Expo. Area Catholic elementary and middle school students competed in the county-wide science fair Sunday afternoon at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute. Look at our exclusive photo gallery here.
Despite health woes, Sister Elena remains in ministry of prayer
Tue, Dec 6th 2016 11:00 am
The Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, one of the smaller orders of religious women in Buffalo, live with the charism "love and service to the poor." Ten sisters from the Italian-based order serve in Lewiston. Most teach at Sacred Heart Villa, but one sister offers a ministry of prayer and crafting in Our Lady of Peace Nursing Home. Sister Elena Sinatra, SSHJ, lives with cancer and asthma that keeps her tethered to an oxygen tank. A teacher for 52 years, she now volunteers at the very same nursing home where she lives.
McAuley Residence opens with blessings
Tue, Dec 6th 2016 11:00 am
Last year at this time, it was a picnic area. Now the expanded rehabilitation center of Catholic Health's McAuley Residence provides physical, occupational and speech therapy to injured and ailing Western New Yorkers. It shows that wonderful things can happen with patience and hard work.
Catholic schools participate in X-STREAM expo
Tue, Dec 6th 2016 08:00 am
The third annual X-STREAM Expo rolled, bounced and rose through the halls of St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in Kenmore on Dec. 4. Nearly 1,000 students from more than 25 area Catholic schools demonstrated their knowledge of science, technology, religion, engineering, arts and math while competing in robotic, cooking and bridge-building activities.
Bishop decrees a relic shrine at St. John Gualbert Parish
Mon, Dec 5th 2016 09:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone has declared Father Michael H. Burzynski's relic collection a diocesan shrine to be housed at St. John Gualbert Parish in Cheektowaga. The bishop approved a decree designating the Shrine of the Holy Relics of the Saints in November.
Annual collection for elderly religious to be held Dec. 10 and 11
Sun, Dec 4th 2016 07:00 am
Parishes throughout the Diocese of Buffalo will join parishes across the country on the weekend of Dec. 10 and 11 in holding a special collection for the Retirement Fund for the Religious. The collection, which was initiated in 1988 by Catholic bishops of the United States, helps underwrite retirement and health care expenses.
St. John Vianney goes to the X-STREAM
Sat, Dec 3rd 2016 07:00 am
ORCHARD PARK — The start of the new school year can be overwhelming, especially at a STREAM school. At a welcome-back meeting at St. John Vianney School, faculty informed parents of the fun opportunities it will be offering its students this year. These opportunities have allowed the school to take STREAM to the next level.
Night of Prayer begins December 8
Sat, Dec 3rd 2016 07:00 am
The 27th Annual Night of Prayer will be observed Thursday, Dec.8, at 9 p.m. to Friday, Dec. 9, at 1 a.m., Feast of the Immaculate Conception with the Feast of St. Juan Diego.
Day of Prayer set for families of immigrants
Fri, Dec 2nd 2016 01:55 pm
WASHINGTON—A Day of Prayer with a focus on the plight of refugees and migrants will take place across the United States on December 12, 2016, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. It will be a time to place before a merciful God the hopes, fears, and needs of all those families who have come to the U.S. seeking a better life.
St. Mary of the Angels celebrates 140 years, legacy of first pastor
Fri, Dec 2nd 2016 01:00 pm
In honor of its 140th anniversary as an official diocesan parish, St. Mary of the Angels in Olean held a special Mass on Oct. 30 that rolled out the red carpet for descendants of Father John Hamel, the parish's first pastor. Current pastor Father Gregory Dobson honored Father Hamel's legacy by using his refurbished chalice in the Mass, a gift from parishioners for Hamel's 25th anniversary, viewing his crypt and historical artifacts and visiting the Oratory of the Sacred Heart in Portville, which Father Hamel built generations ago.
Father Quinlivan uses his songs to reflect on Advent message in new book
Thu, Dec 1st 2016 12:50 pm
The artist in Father Bill Quinlivan cannot be silenced, nor can his love of the Advent and Christmas season. The Singing Priest of South Buffalo has released a book for the season, called "Coming Home for Christmas Through Advent," which offers reflections on themes of the season that come from his two Christmas albums. Topics span the range of holiday ups and downs from gift-wrapping and cooking baking, to nativity sets and being alone.
Seminarians benefit from inaugural Spiritual Summer program
Wed, Nov 30th 2016 08:00 am
EAST AURORA — For six, third-year seminarians finishing their pastoral year at Christ the King Seminary, the inaugural "Spiritual Summer" program was a transformative step on their paths to the transitional diaconate and ultimately priesthood.
Diocese brings back "The Light is on for You" initiative
Tue, Nov 29th 2016 09:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone has announced that during the Advent season (Nov. 27 - Dec. 24), parishes throughout the eight-county Diocese of Buffalo will have additional hours for confession.
Priest reassignments, deacon assignments announced
Mon, Nov 28th 2016 01:00 pm
Among the most recent appointments made by Bishop Richard J. Malone are some priest reassignments and new assignments for seven deacons.
St. Joe's grad tops Billboard charts
Fri, Nov 25th 2016 07:00 am
CINCINNATI — Topping this week's Billboard Classical Album chart is Dynamic Catholic's new Advent and Christmas CD, "O Emmanuel," which sold 2,600 copies in its first week.
The coming of Advent
Fri, Nov 25th 2016 07:00 am
While repentance is a constant theme of the Christian life, the Catholic Church gives the faithful two extended seasons of the liturgical year for the specific purpose of examining our lives and changing our ways. Lent may be better known, but Advent is also a time for sacrifice and humility.
Entering Advent
Thu, Nov 24th 2016 07:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone talks about Thanksgiving and the beginning of Advent in "Consider This."
Diocese recognizes 1,050th anniversary of Christianity in Poland
Wed, Nov 23rd 2016 02:00 pm
As the cold weather began to hit Buffalo and the first snow fell, members of the Polish community of Western New York came together on Nov. 20, at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo, to celebrate the 1,050th anniversary of the introduction of Christianity to Poland. Many Polish-American Western New Yorkers joined Bishop Richard J. Malone, the principal celebrant at the Mass, in honor of both this anniversary and the Feast of Christ the King, which has been an American Catholic tradition since 1925.
FNE takes active role in New Evangelization in North America
Wed, Nov 23rd 2016 08:00 am
NIAGARA FALLS — Since 2014, Niagara Falls has had a local unit of the Federation of North American Explorers, a Catholic outdoor adventure movement for youth that works to promote faith, develop character, and train young people in outdoor skills.
Legos allow students to creatively learn at St. Andrew's
Tue, Nov 22nd 2016 03:00 pm
At St. Andrew's Country Day School in Kenmore, Legos, the perennial favorites of children and adults alike, have become a tool for STREAM education instructing children in the fields of science, technology, religion, engineering, arts and math. Throughout the months of October and November, the school held an eight-week after school course, the Lego U STREAM Academy, to teach children in lower grades to collaborate with one another, use critical thinking skills and have fun in the process of learning.
Cardinal Dolan renews opposition to doctor-assisted suicide
Tue, Nov 22nd 2016 08:55 am
The Washington, DC, City Council and the voters of Colorado both recently acted to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, chair of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, called for increased efforts to fight against assisted suicide, saying it must be "opposed with renewed vigor."