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Students in Kenmore learn about energy usage, pope's encyclical
Thu, Mar 10th 2016 09:00 am
At St. Andrew's Country Day School in Kenmore, students in the middle school grades are in the process of learning more about energy use and how to live according to Pope Francis' call to care for their common home.
Bishop Malone: The Gift of Confession
Wed, Mar 9th 2016 08:00 am
My confirmation homily this year begins with a question addressed to the confirmands: If you were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you? In more direct terms, what is different about my life because I am a Christian, a Catholic? Can those who know me tell the difference Jesus makes in my life? Can I?
Faith compels couple to fully participate in Catholic life
Tue, Mar 8th 2016 08:00 am
Richard and Marilyn Neil are products of a Catholic life. Married 51 years and longtime parishioners of St. Louis Church in downtown Buffalo, the Neils involve themselves in giving back to the causes they care about.
'Prayer huddles' place focus on hospital care and compassion
Mon, Mar 7th 2016 08:45 am
At Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo, the nursing staff participates in a pilot program designed to encourage a group sense of spirituality, caring and compassion among the hospital workers.
The Works of Mercy
Fri, Mar 4th 2016 02:10 pm
In this short "Consider This" reflection, Bishop Richard Malone introduces the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy. This is the first of a series as Bishop Malone will reflect on each Work of Mercy during the Jubilee Year of Mercy.
Fish Fry Fridays
Fri, Mar 4th 2016 08:50 am
One of the most popular activities of Lent is going out on Fridays for a fish fry. Businesses have boomed with packed restaurants, and even local parishes have used the dinner to raise funds for their community. Take a look at a few of Western New York's most popular fish fry places in our photo gallery.
St. John Paul II documentary to air on WNED on Monday, March 7th
Wed, Mar 2nd 2016 02:00 pm
One of history's greatest examples of the triumph of spiritual power over violence and oppression is vividly recounted in "Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism," a new documentary film that poignantly captures the intricate role played by St. John Paul II in the fall of Communism and the liberation of Poland and Eastern Europe. The program will air on WNED-TV on Monday, March 7 at 8 p.m.
The future of the Church is with more than youth
Wed, Mar 2nd 2016 01:45 pm
So often we hear, the future of the Church is our youth. I disagree. The future of our Catholic Church is most especially in the hands of parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, godparents - really, all of us.
Oblate vocation brings Illinois native to diocese
Wed, Mar 2nd 2016 01:00 pm
Based in Buffalo's West Side in the parishes of Holy Angels, Holy Cross and Our Lady of Hope, the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate dedicate themselves to community service in countries around the world in the example of the order's founder, St. Eugène de Mazenod. In the Diocese of Buffalo, several young men have taken an interest in joining religious life with this order.
Vocation to priesthood grounded firmly in faith
Wed, Mar 2nd 2016 01:00 pm
Every seminarian has a unique story about their call to priesthood. Every religious sister or member of an order has a particular tale about what inspired her or his vocation.
Niagara County couple shares experience of meeting Pope Francis
Tue, Mar 1st 2016 12:00 pm
A couple living on the Tuscarora Reservation in Niagara County had the experience of meeting Pope Francis at the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia last September.
Teens get to 'Know Mercy' at convention
Mon, Feb 29th 2016 10:00 am
Over 800 high schoolers found themselves surrounded by mercy during the 64th annual diocesan Youth Convention. The teens, in turn, offered their own mercy through service projects and prayer.
Relive the 2016 Youth Convention
Mon, Feb 29th 2016 10:00 am
The 2016 Diocesan Youth Convention, titled "Know Mercy," is all wrapped up and in the books, but you can relive the memories in our new exclusive photo gallery.
Bishop Malone: Holy doors and God's indulgent mercy
Mon, Feb 29th 2016 09:00 am
Pope Francis, in calling the Church to celebrate this Jubilee Year of Mercy, invites Catholics everywhere to "gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father's action in our lives."
'Team Pierogi' at St. John Kanty Parish prepares for Lent
Fri, Feb 26th 2016 11:00 am
The mixer is whirring and the sounds of the kitchen start the day for Team Pierogi, a group of up to 20 women and men who faithfully carry out their role of making pierogi dough for Lent. The making of pierogi began in mid-January as members of the team gathered two days a week to make batches of pierogi dough.
Diocesan priests receive new assignments
Thu, Feb 25th 2016 08:00 am
Among Bishop Richard J. Malone's recent appointments are a new pastor at St. Teresa of Avila Parish, Akron, and an administrator for Our Lady of Charity Parish in South Buffalo.
Faith leads to prayer ministry and bringing God to others
Wed, Feb 24th 2016 04:00 pm
The classic gospel song, "He Touched Me," epitomizes Diane Dryja's faith life perfectly. It was 40 years ago when the faithful Buffalo woman felt a change come over her, compelling her to live out her life in the way Jesus asks her.
Vocations is a ministry for all
Wed, Feb 24th 2016 11:45 am
In June of last year my priestly ministry underwent a significant shift in focus as I left my work as parochial vicar at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Niagara Falls and began a new role as director of Vocations for our diocese.
Catholic and Episcopal bishops join in conversation with public
Tue, Feb 23rd 2016 07:00 am
Catholic Bishop Richard J. Malone and Episcopal Bishop R. William Franklin joined together on Feb. 21 to dialogue with each other and the public about issues important to both dioceses. Billed as "Conversation with Two Bishops: A Discover Sunday Event," the gathering served as part of an ongoing partnership between the two bishops that began with the release of a December 2014 joint pastoral letter.
Lenten season emphasizes indulgences in Year of Mercy
Mon, Feb 22nd 2016 09:00 am
In this Year of Mercy, the Lenten season will be a time for Catholics to reflect on the meaning of mercy and the importance of forgiveness, both of which have a long tradition in the Church. According to Pope Francis, in this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy the sacrament of reconciliation becomes more important than ever, with indulgences granted.
Pro Life advocate shares testimony to help others
Fri, Feb 19th 2016 04:00 pm
Jacquie Stalnaker is one of those special people who not only have managed to overcome the very difficult situations in her life, but managed to use them for good and to help others.
This little girl only has half a heart, but she's full of joy for Pope Francis
Fri, Feb 19th 2016 03:00 pm
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (CNA/EWTN News) - Sabrina Puig is eight years old. Due to a rare condition, she only has half a heart. But when Pope Francis passed by, she ran to him.
Bishop Malone announces Upon This Rock capital campaign
Fri, Feb 19th 2016 09:35 am
On Feb. 18, Bishop Richard J. Malone formally announced Upon This Rock, a five-year, $100 million capital campaign that will fund the Diocese of Buffalo's mission in three specific areas. These three pillars, which the campaign calls "those we serve," "those who serve" and "how we serve," involve investing money into the future of diocesan parishes, caring for retired priests, and supporting efforts of Catholic Charities and Catholic education, all with the goal of ensuring a solid future for the diocese.
Response to Love Center answers call of Year of Mercy
Thu, Feb 18th 2016 09:00 am
As the Year of Mercy continues, the Response to Love Center on Buffalo's East Side is continuing its commitment to serve the poor and help those in need in the example of Jesus Christ. The non-profit organization, located in the former St. Adalbert Parish school building, began in 1985 and has continued its mission of helping economically disadvantaged people with food, clothing, a sense of community and spiritual assistance, with the help of a dedicated group of volunteers.
Local artist's crucifixion will hang at Buff State Newman Center
Wed, Feb 17th 2016 02:25 pm
The Buffalo State College Newman Center will host a unique painting by a local artist during Lent. Henry Schmidt's "Christ, A Point of View" will hang in the chapel Feb. 10-March 25. The artist himself will give a talk about his work Feb. 17, at 7 p.m.
Those letters between John Paul II and a woman? Not so secret, actually
Wed, Feb 17th 2016 09:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Experts and friends of Pope St. John Paul II responded quickly to a BBC promotion of a documentary about his friendship with Polish-born female philosopher Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka - questioning some of the portrayals of their friendship and outright dismissing others.
What Pope Francis told a stunningly large crowd of Mexican youth
Wed, Feb 17th 2016 09:00 am
MORELIA, MEXICO (CNA/EWTN News) - In his visit to Morelia - one of Mexico's most violent cities - Pope Francis had a strong message for the country's youth: rather than allowing themselves to be used and trampled on, he told them to recognize their value and to place their hope in Jesus.
The beginning of Lent
Wed, Feb 10th 2016 09:00 am
Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10, marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. Whether you're in a pew every Sunday or haven't been inside a church in a long time, here are the things you should know about the next 40 days.
Bishop Malone delivers meals and prayers to homebound
Tue, Feb 9th 2016 03:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone and Father Ryszard Biernat recently delivered meals to some of the area's homebound through Meals on Wheels for WNY.
The light is on for you
Tue, Feb 9th 2016 08:00 am
In this Year of Mercy, the Diocese of Buffalo will again offer special times for the sacrament of reconciliation during Lent, as parishes did during Advent.
Bishop Malone to distribute ashes on Ash Wednesday
Mon, Feb 8th 2016 09:10 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, will distribute ashes at the 12:05 p.m. Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo, on Wednesday, February 10, Ash Wednesday.
George Richert named Communications director for Catholic diocese
Fri, Feb 5th 2016 04:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, today announced that George Richert, well-known WIVB-TV Channel 4 reporter, has been named director of communications for the Diocese of Buffalo.
'First in history' - Pope Francis to meet Russian Patriarch in Cuba
Fri, Feb 5th 2016 09:30 am
On Friday the Vatican announced that while on his way to Mexico, Pope Francis will stop in Cuba to meet with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in the first meeting between a Pope and a leader of the Russian Orthodox Church since the Great Schism 1,000 years ago.
National Marriage Week and World Marriage Day emphasize support for married couples
Thu, Feb 4th 2016 10:00 am
WASHINGTON, DC - National Marriage Week USA and World Marriage Day are opportunities "to celebrate the gift and blessing of marriage," said the chairman of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
Do mercy and justice contradict each other? Pope Francis says no
Wed, Feb 3rd 2016 01:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - When God is described in the Bible as being both merciful and just it can seem like an identity crisis, however Pope Francis said it's the opposite: rather than contradicting each other, the two actually go hand in hand.
Diocesan school leaders attend World Congress on Catholic Education
Wed, Feb 3rd 2016 01:00 pm
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Vatican II education document "Gravissimum Educationis," the Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education convened a World Congress in Rome.
St. Gianna Molla Center to hold fifth-annual banquet
Wed, Feb 3rd 2016 01:00 pm
In February, the St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Center will be holding its fifth-annual benefit banquet to raise money to buy needed supplies for women it serves who are in need of baby supplies.
Mount St. Mary Academy plays it cool at high school jazz fest
Tue, Feb 2nd 2016 11:00 am
Mount St. Mary Academy teamed up with area schools in the spirit of jazz. Three Catholic high schools and three public high schools played on the same bill at a jazz festival at Banchetti by Rizzo's, Saturday, Jan. 30, beginning at 6 p.m.
Pope Francis' beautiful gift of mercy
Fri, Jan 29th 2016 03:00 pm
Pope Francis created the 2016 Jubilee Year of Mercy to reflect, in a new way, the gift of God's Mercy. Bishop Richard Malone explains in "Consider This."
Products of Catholic education evident at Gala 22:6
Fri, Jan 29th 2016 01:00 pm
The results of Catholic education were on display. From the handmade robots to the generous donations to the touching video of a grad who tragically passed away, Gala 22:6 showed the power of what a Catholic education can do.