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Pope Francis condemns 'inexcusable violence' in murder of Mexican priests
Thu, Sep 22nd 2016 08:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - After hearing of the murder of two priests in Mexico, Pope Francis sent a telegram to the country's bishops condemning the violent act, offering his prayers as a sign of closeness to the community and families affected.
Catholic Charities debuts new system for periodic giving
Wed, Sep 21st 2016 08:00 am
When thinking of "if x, then y" statements, one's thoughts may initially revert back to high school math classes. However, these statements are also a crucial part of a system Catholic Charities of Buffalo is rolling out to allow people to make contributions on a periodic basis while appealing to donors, especially young adults.
St. Joe's has new reminder of its roots
Tue, Sep 20th 2016 03:00 pm
A new marble based, bronze statue of founder St. John Baptist de La Salle now stands in front of St Joseph's Collegiate Institute on Kenmore Avenue.
Bishop ordains five new deacons
Mon, Sep 19th 2016 01:00 pm
The Diocese of Buffalo welcomed five new deacons this weekend as Bishop Richard J. Malone led an ordination Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo. Four of these men will continue to the priesthood, while one will remain a member of the Permanent Diaconate.
New clergy assignments announced for September
Mon, Sep 19th 2016 09:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone has appointed new pastors for two city parishes and one Chautauqua County parish.
UB Newman Center honors two Sisters
Mon, Sep 19th 2016 08:00 am
The Newman Centers at the University at Buffalo honored Sister Margaret Carney, OSF, and Sister Denise Roche, GNSH, at their annual Mass of the Holy Spirit at St. Joseph University Church on Sunday.
Bishop Malone: Back to school ... for all of us!
Sun, Sep 18th 2016 08:00 am
For a few weeks now, the "back to school" ads have been signaling the waning of summertime (for which I, a cold weather aficionado, am very grateful this year - apologies to you heat lovers out there!)
Christ the King Seminary sets fall fundraising goal at $355,000
Sat, Sep 17th 2016 08:00 am
EAST AURORA — Christ the King Seminary will conduct its annual fall fundraising campaign throughout the month of September. President-rector Father Joseph Gatto said this year's goal of $355,000 is needed to help keep pace with the seminary's continued growth in enrollment, along with enhancements to campus facilities and classrooms and ongoing faculty additions.
St. Bernadette's launches youth ministry
Sat, Sep 17th 2016 07:00 am
On Sunday, Sept. 18, at 6:30 p.m., St. Bernadette Parish in Orchard Park will release a new youth ministry program. Its pastor, Father Paul D. Seil, said helping middle and high school aged students to become more engaged in their Catholic faith was too important of a goal to abandon after a partnership with another Southtowns parish ended.
Msgr. Carr Institute gives new leases on life toward recovery
Fri, Sep 16th 2016 12:00 pm
In providing its services to the community, the Chemical Dependency Treatment Program of Catholic Charities' Monsignor Carr Institute in Buffalo is at the forefront of Western New York's fight against an ongoing epidemic of opioid addiction and related deaths. The center provides help for recovering patients, including counseling and Suboxone, a medication prescribed for associated symptoms.
Diocesan, parish catechists prepare for Catechetical Sunday this September
Fri, Sep 16th 2016 09:00 am
Each year, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops designates the third Sunday in September as Catechetical Sunday, an opportunity for catechists at the diocesan and parish levels throughout the United States to focus on lifelong faith formation. Since the theme for this year's event is, "Prayer: The Faith Prayed," parishes will focus on devoting themselves to prayer and the understanding of the practice.
Bishop Grosz to talk Blessed Virgin Mary at Lancaster parish
Thu, Sep 15th 2016 11:00 am
Bishop Edward M. Grosz, auxiliary bishop of Buffalo, will present "The Role of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, in the Mystery of Christ and the Church" on Monday, Sept. 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Our Lady of Pompeii Parish Ministry Center, 129 Laverack Ave. in Lancaster.
Bishop Malone to celebrate Red Mass for lawyers, justices
Wed, Sep 14th 2016 03:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, will be the principal celebrant and homilist at the annual Red Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo, on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 12:05 p.m. Hon. Lawrence J. Vilardo, United States district judge, will give remarks at the close of the Mass on behalf of the judiciary.
Bishop Malone reaffirms Church's teaching on Marriage
Wed, Sep 14th 2016 02:00 pm
Two USCCB committee chairmen have issued a joint statement reaffirming the Catholic Church's teaching on marriage "as exclusively the permanent, faithful, and fruitful union of one man and one woman [and] cannot change."
36th annual Rosary Crusade scheduled for Sept. 25
Wed, Sep 14th 2016 01:00 pm
On Sunday, Sept. 25, Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Road, Lewiston, will be the site of the 36th Annual Rosary Crusade for World Peace. The event, which will take place from 2-3:30 p.m., is sponsored by the Niagara Council of Catholic Women of the Diocese of Buffalo. "Mother of mercy, pray for us" is the theme of this year's crusade.
Bishop Malone to ordain five men on Saturday
Tue, Sep 13th 2016 01:00 pm
On Saturday, Sept. 17, Bishop Richard J. Malone, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, will ordain five men to the holy order of deacon. One gentleman will be a permanent deacon and the other four will continue their studies for the priesthood. This special Mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo.
Niagara University, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center sign memorandum of understanding
Tue, Sep 13th 2016 08:00 am
Last month, Niagara University and Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center affirmed that they will be working together in commitment to promoting revitalization and economic growth in not only the city of Niagara Falls, but also all of Niagara County and Western New York, while encouraging international tourism. On Sept. 9, the men in charge of the organizations signed a memorandum of understanding at NU's Niagara Global Tourism Institute in downtown Niagara Falls, signaling a new era of collaboration.
Volunteers show up to Give Back
Mon, Sep 12th 2016 02:00 pm
The diocesan Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministry held its first-ever "Give Back," a large-scale outreach effort for young people to engage in community service in the name of the Catholic Church. The event, which took place Sept. 10 and allowed dozens of volunteers to help out at a total of 11 service sites, was a success.
Msgr. Gallivan to celebrate his 50th anniversary as a priest
Fri, Sep 9th 2016 09:37 am
Msgr. David Gallivan's life as a priest plays like a sequel to "Forrest Gump." In the past 50 years, the longtime director of the Hispanic Apostolate has had some unique, if not historical, experiences. From working with the poor in Buffalo to walking among cardinals in Washington, he has traveled through war zones, patched roofs and read secret files. Then there was the time he had to act as translator for a Cuban dictator.
Forum takes aim at doctor-assisted suicide
Thu, Sep 8th 2016 09:00 pm
"It simply will be cheaper to kill than to treat," said Dennis Vacco as he made a case against physician assisted suicide. The former New York State Attorney General was one of the featured speakers at a forum hosted by the Public Policy Committee of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.
Catholic School Superintendents huddle up in Buffalo
Thu, Sep 8th 2016 02:00 pm
For the first time in memory, the New York State Council of Catholic School Superintendents has assembled in Buffalo for two days of meetings.
"Our Daily Bread" host, crew go for a ride in the country
Thu, Sep 8th 2016 01:00 pm
This month on "Our Daily Bread," host Father Paul D. Seil takes a ride out to Arcade, located in the southwest corner of Wyoming County.
OLBS students get a lesson in Faithful Citizenship
Wed, Sep 7th 2016 11:00 am
They are years away from being eligible to vote, but on their first day of the school year, eighth graders at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament School in Depew got a lesson on Faithful Citizenship.
Students go upSTREAM at diocesan elementary schools
Tue, Sep 6th 2016 08:00 am
As Walt Disney once said, "If you can dream it, you can do it." The students and staff at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament School in Depew and St. Amelia School in Tonawanda took that a step further by believing that if you can dream it, you can STREAM it.
Upon This Rock offers critical investment in Catholic schools
Mon, Sep 5th 2016 08:00 am
In his Feb. 13, 2014, address to the Congregation for Catholic Education in Vatican City, Pope Francis stated, "Catholic education is one of the most important challenges for the church, currently committed to new evangelization in a historical and cultural context that is undergoing constant transformation."
Mother Teresa has officially been declared a saint!
Sun, Sep 4th 2016 12:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Pope Francis on Sunday officially declared Mother Teresa of Calcutta a saint of the Catholic Church in front of thousands of pilgrims in St. Peter's Square - a move the entire world has been waiting for.
Voter registration drive begins with the new school year
Sun, Sep 4th 2016 08:00 am
On the first day of school, each Catholic elementary school student will go home with a blank registration form to encourage all those who are eligible, but are not registered to vote, to do so in time to vote in the fall elections.
Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities
Fri, Sep 2nd 2016 08:00 am
On September 9, the feast of St. Peter Claver, the U.S. Catholic bishops are urging dioceses, parishes, and other faith communities to participate in a Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities. This day complements the ongoing work of a special task force, led by Archbishop Gregory, to help bishops and communities engage the challenging problems connected with race relations.
Native of South Sudan reunites with family in Buffalo
Fri, Sep 2nd 2016 08:00 am
After living mostly away from his family, a refugee originally from what is now South Sudan was able to reunite with his wife and three of their four children at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, with most of them never before having set foot on American soil. On July 27, Fidele Diing Dhan, who has been working with Reaching Out 2 Africa with Father Ronald Sajdak and Joan Ersing, met his wife, Abang Garang Kuol, and their children Abuk, Lok and Gau at the airport. Dhan, born in what is now South Sudan, has lived here since 2001.
101.7 FM providing live coverage of Mother Teresa canonization
Thu, Sep 1st 2016 08:00 am
BUFFALO - 101.7 FM WLOF Catholic Radio will provide listeners with exclusive live radio coverage of the canonization of Mother Teresa on September 4, 2016, in conjunction with the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) Radio.
Men's Retreat offered quiet time and holy talks
Thu, Sep 1st 2016 08:00 am
The annual Men's Retreat sponsored by the Holy Name Society had a change in venue this year. Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora hosted 35 guests who learned about "The Blessed Mother and Her Apparitions" through talks and sharing.
Buff State Newman Center welcomes back former student, now priest
Wed, Aug 31st 2016 09:00 am
The Buffalo State College Newman Center will welcome back an alumnus for a special Mass as it kicks off its 79th year. Father Zachary Miller, a 2008 grad, will celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit, a tradition from medieval times at universities in Paris, Bologna and Salamanca to invoke the Spirit's gifts at the opening of the school year.
Canisius offers theology institute for high schoolers
Wed, Aug 31st 2016 09:00 am
Local high school students had the chance to ask difficult questions about their faith and the moral dimensions relevant to the modern-day challenges they encounter, at Canisius College's inaugural Be the Light Youth Theology Institute.
Firefighters sent by pope rescue 3-year-old boy after earthquake
Wed, Aug 31st 2016 08:00 am
ROME, ITALY (CNA) - A group of Holy See firefighters sent by Pope Francis to an earthquake-devastated town in Italy rescued a three-year-old boy from the rubble of his home.
Cardinal O'Hara High School names new athletic director, assistant principal
Tue, Aug 30th 2016 12:00 pm
TONAWANDA — Cardinal O'Hara High School has named Brian Lamping, of the COHS class of 2001, as athletic director, and Jill Monaco as assistant principal. Both new appointees have had a long history in Catholic education and received high marks from their supervisor.
Bishop Malone celebrates picnic Mass for Little Portion Friary
Mon, Aug 29th 2016 01:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone celebrated an outdoor Mass for the volunteers of Buffalo's Little Portion Friary on Saturday, Aug. 13. Over three dozen of the homeless shelter's volunteer staff attended the annual Mass and picnic with the bishop.
Care for Creation event can cut heating and electric bills
Fri, Aug 26th 2016 03:00 pm
The diocesan Care for Creation Committee and Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish will team up with NYSERDA to save the planet and help people save some money. The Blasdell parish will host an energy workshop on Thursday, Sept. 1.
The happiest day of Mother Teresa's life
Fri, Aug 26th 2016 02:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - It's been said that saints often come in pairs.
Mother Teresa Home opens with a blessing
Thu, Aug 25th 2016 06:40 pm
After a few years of planning and one year of construction, the Mother Teresa Home has officially opened on Buffalo's East Side. Hundreds gathered on Thursday afternoon for a dedication Mass at St. Adalbert Church and then watched on a live video stream as Bishop Richard J. Malone blessed the tiny chapel in the Mother Teresa Home next door.
STREAM initiative's Gear Up for Engineering is a huge success
Thu, Aug 25th 2016 02:00 pm
The goal of the "Gear Up" engineering component of the STREAM initiative is to allow students to explore the engineering design process as they tackle challenges directly related to the curriculum.