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Sister Anne Peter Motto 1931-2019
Tue, Mar 26th 2019 10:00 am
Sister Anne Peter Motto, a Franciscan Sisters of Allegany for over 60 years, died March 9, 2019, at the age of 87.
Msgr. Donald R. Wangler 1931-2019
Mon, Mar 25th 2019 12:00 pm
Msgr. Donald R. Wangler, who served the Diocese of Buffalo for over 60 years, died March 22, 2019, while at Father Baker Manor in Orchard Park. He was 87.
Swormville Catholic school excels in Future City comp
Mon, Mar 25th 2019 11:00 am
As area Catholic schools embrace STREAM education, it's helping to transform perceptions about private religious education. One example occurred in January, as St. Mary School of Swormville placed third overall in the annual Future City Competition held at Mount St. Mary Academy in Kenmore.
STREAM-ing at St. Mary's Elementary School in Lancaster
Fri, Mar 22nd 2019 02:00 pm
STREAM integration at St. Mary's Elementary School is in its fourth year. "Through planning, organization, and professional development for our teachers, we now fully integrate STREAM in all classes every day," said Becky Hoag, coordinator for St. Mary's Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics program. In the classrooms, teachers engage students in project-based learning experiences which allow for cross-curricular integration of topics and themes to be learned.
Our Lady of Victory Homes of Charity names director of Mission advancement and director of Annual Giving
Thu, Mar 21st 2019 11:00 am
Our Lady of Victory Homes of Charity has promoted Eileen Hudson, CFRE, to director of Mission Advancement, and promoted Tom Lucia to Director of Annual Giving. Hudson will provide strategic direction for mission advancement activities across the footprint of OLV organizations including major, planned and corporate foundation fundraising programs that benefit the missions of the Homes of Charity, Baker Victory Services, and OLV National Shrine & Basilica and OLV Elementary. Our Lady of Victory Homes of Charity (HOC) promotes Tom Lucia to Director of Annual Giving.
Catholic Center cafeteria trashes unearthly food boxes
Wed, Mar 20th 2019 12:00 pm
The Catholic Center is in the process of throwing out Styrofoam food containers for the last time. In an effort to be more ecologically friendly, the downtown office has decided to replace Styrofoam with compostable paper products in the cafeteria.
Young people are the 'Now of God,' says Pope Francis
Wed, Mar 20th 2019 07:00 am
World Youth Day 2019 opened Jan. 22 in Panama City, Panama. Over 150,000 registered for the event, which ran until Jan. 27. This year's event conflicted with the American school year. As a result, the Diocese of Buffalo did not plan a pilgrimage to the Central American city.
Father Edward R. Czarnecki 1940-2019
Tue, Mar 19th 2019 03:00 pm
Father Edward R. Czarnecki, who served several parishes across Erie County, died March 17, 2019. He was 78 years old.
Corpus Christi asks public to help them Save a Saint
Tue, Mar 19th 2019 12:00 pm
While rummaging through the basement of Corpus Christi Church, Father Michal Czyzewski, OSPPE, pastor, found a rolled up canvas under some trophies. Unrolling it, he discovered a painting of St. Joseph and a mystery from the past.
Christ the King to present a dinner lecture and retreat as part of its April programming
Mon, Mar 18th 2019 11:00 am
Christ the King Seminary will host a dinner lecture and a retreat this April on the seminary's East Aurora campus.
Hero to Jewish community passes away with peace
Sat, Mar 16th 2019 10:00 am
Some might call him a man of faith. The Jewish community calls him a hero. His family calls him papa. He will be remembered as a man who allowed God's light to shine through him.
'Justice is JUST US:' sister to reflect on today's racism and inequality
Fri, Mar 15th 2019 03:00 pm
A nationally-recognized advocate for racial justice, Sister Anita Price Baird, DHM, will share her insights with friends of the SSJ Sister Karen Klimczak Center for Nonviolence at the Center's 12th annual event on April 7. SS. Columba-Brigid Church, 75 Hickory St., Buffalo, will host the gathering at 3 p.m. A reception will follow in the parish hall.
Bishop Malone Celebrates St. Patrick's Day Mass at Cathedral
Fri, Mar 15th 2019 08:00 am
On March 17, 2019, Bishop Richard J. Malone will be the main celebrant, on the second Sunday of Lent, for the annual St. Patrick's Day Mass.
ChristLife program at SS. Peter & Paul Church in Hamburg
Wed, Mar 13th 2019 03:00 pm
Join SS. Peter & Paul Parish as they bring national brand "ChristLife" to Hamburg for a parish-wide Lenten opportunity to personally encounter Jesus in your life through ChristLife.
Women's Conference put Eucharist and Scripture into focus
Wed, Mar 13th 2019 09:50 am
With a Southern Hey y'all, author, speaker and podcast host Sonja Corbitt took to the stage to speak to other Catholic women about their role as a human monstrance. Corbitt, along with Father David Richards, served as special guests for the annual Catholic Women's Conference hosted by Catholic Women of Buffalo Inc.
Bishop Malone welcomes catechumens during Rite of Election
Tue, Mar 12th 2019 03:00 pm
A large congregation came to St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo on the first Sunday of Lent, March 10, as Bishop Richard J. Malone celebrated Mass for the Rite of Election for Catechumens and Call to Continuing Conversion of Candidates.
Immaculate Conception Parish presents Lent from three women's perspective
Tue, Mar 12th 2019 02:00 pm
You are invited to explore Lent with three dynamic ladies on three Wednesday nights at Immaculate Conception. Eileen Warner, Ann Marie Eckert and Kathleen Heffern will explore the topics of Almsgiving, Fasting and Prayer respectively.
Kanty's Kitchen cooks up annual Lenten pierogi
Mon, Mar 11th 2019 04:15 pm
Team Pierogi, a diversified group of committed pierogi artisans, that gather for fellowship, fun and pierogi.
Catholic Health sponsors free women's health fair
Mon, Mar 11th 2019 11:00 am
Catholic Health is sponsoring a free women's health fair on Wednesday, March 20, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at St. John Maron Church, 2040 Wehrle Drive, Williamsville. The event will include live presentations, health screenings, demonstrations and informational displays.
Weaving a story at St. Benedict School
Thu, Mar 7th 2019 01:00 pm
Students at St. Benedict School in Eggertsville celebrated Catholic Schools Week in late January in a unique way. Nancy Grant's religion classes created beautiful quilts, weaving a collaboration of art, religion and math. Sixth, seventh and eighth graders each incorporated a different theme for their creations.
What is Lent?
Wed, Mar 6th 2019 06:00 am
Next to Advent and Christmas, Lent is one of the most celebrated and revered seasons in the year of the Catholic Church. Almost everybody knows the basics about Lent: that it begins on Ash Wednesday, lasts several weeks in which people routinely "give up" something, and concludes on Easter Sunday with a celebration of the Risen Christ.
Catholic education supporters celebrate schools with successful GALA 22:6
Mon, Mar 4th 2019 04:00 pm
The mood was festive, hearts were joyful and the spirit of giving remained strong at the annual Gala 22:6 - A Celebration of Catholic Education, held Thursday, February 21st, at the Buffalo Convention Center.
Ash Wednesday set for March 6
Mon, Mar 4th 2019 06:00 am
On Ash Wednesday, March 6, Bishop Richard J. Malone will distribute ashes at St. Joseph Cathedral during the 12:05 p.m. Mass. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the most holy time of the year for Catholics.
Pilgrimage planned to Massachusetts shrine
Sun, Mar 3rd 2019 10:20 am
The Society of Our Lady of Divine Mercy is sponsoring their seventh bus pilgrimage to the Divine Mercy Shrine for Oct. 4, 5 and 6 for St. Faustina Day.
The desert is our teacher
Fri, Mar 1st 2019 04:00 pm
Each liturgical season has its own sacred landscape traversed by prayer, ritual and tradition. The Church stands at the threshold of a new season with challenging terrain, the desert of Lent.
St. Leo the Great Church presents "Let's Talk About ... Keeping the Faith in Crisis and Suffering"
Thu, Feb 28th 2019 11:00 am
When crisis hits, how do you hold on? What role does faith play when suffering?
Parishes donate $2,000 to Trocaire student food pantry
Tue, Feb 26th 2019 02:00 pm
Two local parishes made a generous gift to Trocaire's food pantry this past December, donating $2,000 to help assist in its mission to alleviate food insecurity among students.
Statement regarding St.Patrick's Day Parade
Fri, Feb 22nd 2019 04:00 pm
Bishop Malone will continue the true celebration of the feast day of Saint Patrick with Mass at Saint Joseph's Cathedral on Sunday March 17th at 10:30 AM. This will precede the lining up of the Saint Patrick's Day Parade on Delaware Avenue.
Bishop Malone names new pastors for Buffalo and Lake View parishes and chaplain of Buffalo Fire Department
Fri, Feb 22nd 2019 12:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone has named new pastors for two area parishes. Father Michael P. Zuffoletto was named pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Buffalo, and Father Sean DiMaria was named pastor of St. John Paul II Parish, Lake View. Both assignments are for a term of six years. Father DiMaria, who previously served as the pastor of five area parishes concurrently, SS. Brendan & Jude, Almond-Alfred; Blessed Sacrament, Andover; Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Belmont; St. Mary, Bolivar; and Immaculate Conception, Wellsville, assumed his duties at his new parish on Jan. 31. Ordained in 2005, Father DiMaria's first priestly assignment was as parochial vicar at SS. Peter and Paul Parish, Hamburg. In 2008, he was named pastor of Blessed Sacrament and SS. Brendan & Jude. Pastorates in Wellsville, Belmont and Bolivar were later added. At St. John Paul II Parish, Father DiMaria takes over for Father Peter Karalus who was named diocesan moderator of the curia and vicar general in the fall of 2018. Father Zuffoletto had retired from active priestly duties in 2013 when he was serving as pastor at St. Peter Parish in Lewiston. A graduate of St. John Vianney Seminary, East Aurora, and Canisius College, Buffalo, Father Zuffoletto was ordained in 1972 and served in various parishes throughout the diocese. He was an assistant at Ascension Parish, North Tonawanda; Our Mother of Good Counsel, Blasdell; Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Niagara Falls; Assumption Parish, Buffalo; and was a weekend assistant at St. Thomas Aquinas, Buffalo. Father Zuffoletto also taught at St. Mary's High School, Lancaster, and served in the Diocese of San Diego. He served his country as a U.S. Navy chaplain for many years before returning to the Diocese of Buffalo to become pastor at St. Peter, Lewiston. Bishop Malone has given Father Robert W. Wardenski a third term as pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, East Aurora. Originally assigned to the parish in 2005, Father Wardenski had served as parochial vicar at several parishes in the diocese including St. Adalbert, St. James and St. Rose of Lima, all in Buffalo, as well as St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Tonawanda and St. Paul in Kenmore. He received his first pastorate in 1989 when he was named pastor of both St. Peter, LeRoy, and St. Anthony, Lime Rock. In October 1999, Father Wardenski was appointed pastor at St. William Parish, West Seneca, where he served until moving to Immaculate Conception. Father Victor Ibhawa was named administrator of Blessed Trinity Parish, Buffalo, for a term of three years; he had been serving as the parish's temporary administrator since the retirement of the pastor, Father George L. Reger, in October 2016. Father Ibhawa, a native of Nigeria, was ordained in 2010 and came to the United States in 2013 to further his education. Bishop Malone also announced the appointment of Father Paul D. Seil as chaplain to the Buffalo Fire Department. Ordained in 1989, Father Seil has been pastor of St. Bernadette Parish for the past 10 years. In addition to various parish assignments, Father Seil was the host of the "Our Daily Bread" cooking show produced by Daybreak TV Productions and director of the diocesan Office of Worship. Father Joseph Bayne, OFM Conv., was the previous chaplain for the Buffalo Fire Department. Father Bayne, a Franciscan priest, was assigned by his order to a position in Massachusetts last summer.
Statement from Bishop Malone on the Pope's Meeting "The Protection of Minors in the Church, Vatican, February, 21-24, 2019"
Thu, Feb 21st 2019 04:00 pm
Today at the Vatican, Pope Francis and the presidents of every Episcopal Conference from around the world are gathering to begin an unprecedented summit meeting to discuss the sexual abuse crisis within the Church.
Camp Turner Winter Camp 2018 builds friendships and relationships
Thu, Feb 21st 2019 12:30 pm
For over a dozen years, come snow or shine, Camp Turner has provided a winter camp full of hikes, games and campfires. If the weather is right, snow forts are made, if not, hockey and crafts are still available.
Foundation bestows major gift to DeSales School
Wed, Feb 20th 2019 03:00 pm
LOCKPORT — Sam and Gerry Ward lived in Lockport most of their lives. Sam was the owner of Ward, Beals and McCarthy, an industrial distributor headquartered in Lockport until its sale in 1990. He and Gerry were always very generous with their time...
Christ the King Seminary to host second annual theology and philosophy conference Feb. 22-23
Tue, Feb 19th 2019 02:30 pm
Leading national and international speakers and top creative minds working in theology and philosophy will again converge on Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22-23 for the 2019 International Conference for Collaborative Philosophy, Theology and Ministry.
Remembering Msgr. David S. Slubecky
Tue, Feb 19th 2019 12:30 pm
With a keen eye for detail and a sense of design, Msgr. David S. Slubecky received a funeral Mass he would be proud of, because he crafted it himself, picking the hymns and readings long ago. The funeral for the retired vicar general and moderator of the curia for the Diocese of Buffalo took place at St. Joseph Cathedral on the chilly morning of Feb. 18, six days after he passed away quietly.
Waiting for God to give answers
Sun, Feb 17th 2019 11:40 am
When I had my first birthday, my parents thought that I would need a companion in the form of a dog. So for my first birthday present, I got a little beagle puppy and we ended up naming him Oscar.
Tragedy brings out best Hawk Pride
Fri, Feb 15th 2019 02:00 pm
Cardinal O'Hara High School suffered its worst disaster in its 58-year history the weekend of Feb. 9 when two pipes burst cascading water into the fine arts hallway damaging classrooms and offices.
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.