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Sister Dorothy keeps going and going and going
Fri, Dec 11th 2015 09:00 am
Sister Dorothy Feltz, SSJ, keeps herself busy these days. When she's not at the Lighthouse cleaning the Clarence retreat facility, she's with her faith-sharing group at the Williamstowne Apartments. Then there are those fundraisers for Future in Our Hands, and, of course, the monthly prayer and reflections sessions, and let's not forget those book discussions in Cheektowaga.
Father Quinlivan returns to St. Greg's for Christmas concert
Thu, Dec 10th 2015 09:00 am
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at the noses, and Father Bill Quinlivan singing about the birth of our Lord. The season has arrived.
Williamsville Franciscan sister shares ministry with elderly
Wed, Dec 9th 2015 03:00 pm
Sister Marianne Ferguson is a retired sister of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities in Williamsville. A native of the Buffalo area, she attended elementary school at St. Margaret School in North Buffalo and graduated from Bennett High School in Buffalo. Although she no longer received religious education in her public high school, she remained active in her faith by attending Mass and religious education classes at the nearby St. Joseph University Church in Buffalo.
Bishop Malone to mark opening of Year of Mercy
Wed, Dec 9th 2015 02:00 pm
On Sunday, Dec. 13, Bishop Richard J. Malone will open the "Door of Mercy" at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo, signifying the beginning of the Jubilee Year of Mercy for the Catholic Church. The doors symbolize the welcoming of all to the Church. The ritual will take place at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. All are welcome.
It's time to rediscover God's mercy, Pope says at Jubilee launch
Wed, Dec 9th 2015 09:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Pope Francis has officially commenced the Jubilee of Mercy, calling those who pass through the newly-opened Holy Door to rediscover God's mercy and experience the mystery of his love.
Bishop gives blessing, dedication for new altar in homily
Wed, Dec 9th 2015 08:00 am
The altar at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Bowmansville received a dedication courtesy of Bishop Richard J. Malone, in which he spoke of the meaning of the altar in Catholic churches, the then-coming Christmas season and the ways in which both are important to Catholics. Bishop Malone gave the church's new wooden altar, adorned with a depiction of the Last Supper, a special blessing on Dec. 5.
Students go XSTREAM with inventions
Mon, Dec 7th 2015 04:00 pm
The Diocese of Buffalo held its second annual Xtreme Games and Expo, and cats everywhere are grateful.
Annual collection benefits 33,000 sisters, brothers and religious order priests
Mon, Dec 7th 2015 03:45 pm
The annual Retirement Fund for Religious collections will be held this weekend, December 12 and 13, in the Diocese of Buffalo. Now in its 28th year, the appeal is coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) and offers support for senior Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests whose communities lack sufficient retirement funding. Some 33,000 women and men religious past age 70 benefit.
The miracle that led 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' to convert to Catholicism
Mon, Dec 7th 2015 03:00 pm
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. (Church Pop) - Sir Alec Guinness is one of the most recognizable actors of the 20th century. While he appeared in lots of films over the years and won many awards, he is best known as having played Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars.
Jubilee year is time to receive and share mercy
Mon, Dec 7th 2015 09:00 am
The opening of the Year of Mercy within the Buffalo Diocese will be take place on Sunday, Dec. 13, with Mass celebrated by Bishop Richard J. Malone at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral in Buffalo. The Holy Door of Mercy will open during this Mass.
Grand Island family meets Pope Francis
Fri, Dec 4th 2015 01:00 pm
A family from St. Stephen Parish on Grand Island got to meet Pope Francis in Philadelphia for the pope's first-ever visit to the United States in September. Mary and Marty Bobak meet Pope Francis and watched as he gave a blessing and kiss on the forehead to their youngest daughter.
26th annual Night of Prayer begins Dec. 8
Fri, Dec 4th 2015 09:00 am
The 26th Annual Night of Prayer will be observed Tuesday, Dec.8, at 9 p.m. to Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 1 a.m., Feast of the Immaculate Conception with the Feast of St. Juan Diego.
Catholic Charities is all soles for Giving Tuesday
Tue, Dec 1st 2015 09:00 am
Dec. 1 is Giving Tuesday, a worldwide effort designed to encourage people to donate charitably after several days of shopping and sales from Black Friday to Cyber Monday.
Bishop Malone names new pastors
Mon, Nov 30th 2015 09:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone has named three new pastors and two new administrators for area parishes.
Lancaster parish offers Generations of Faith program
Mon, Nov 30th 2015 09:00 am
LANCASTER — St. Mary of the Assumption Parish will hold sessions for the intergenerational faith formation program Generations of Faith from Saturday, Dec. 5 through Monday, Dec. 7 at the parish center.
Seminary to hold annual Advent vesper service
Wed, Nov 25th 2015 10:00 am
An annual Advent tradition and prayer service will again take place at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora, and will be open to members of the community.
Local artist restores crucifix at St. Josaphat Church
Tue, Nov 24th 2015 09:00 am
A 100-year-old crucifix in St. Josaphat Parish in Cheektowaga saw the completion of a much-needed facelift with the help of some artistic talent.
Pope sends condolences after deadly terrorist attack in Mali
Mon, Nov 23rd 2015 03:25 pm
Vatican City, Nov 22, 2015 / 11:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis condemned the "senseless violence" of Friday's terrorist attack on a hotel which killed at least 22 people in Mali, and prayed for the "conversion of hearts."
Hamburg parish begins Creation Care team
Sun, Nov 22nd 2015 03:00 pm
Parishioners of SS. Peter and Paul in Hamburg with its newly formed environmental committee hope to promote greener living and reflect the message of Pope Francis in his most recent encyclical.
Pope Francis: What will be left in a world torn apart by war?
Fri, Nov 20th 2015 03:30 pm
Vatican City, Nov 19, 2015 / 09:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily Thursday, Pope Francis said that just as Jesus wept for Jerusalem in the day's Gospel reading, he continues to weep today, because the world has rejected the path of peace in exchange for war.
Concern for refugees and immigrants
Fri, Nov 20th 2015 11:00 am
We have all been horrified by the senseless terrorist attacks in Paris. Join me in fervent prayer for victims of the massacre, for justice for ISIS leaders and killers, and for world peace.
Confronting the porn epidemic: a major goal for the US bishops
Thu, Nov 19th 2015 11:00 am
BALTIMORE, MD. (CNA/EWTN News) - In a historic statement outlining the challenges pornography poses to the family and individuals as well as the tools available within the Church and society to combat its negative effects, the U.S. bishops say they have created a resource for healing and mercy.
O'Hara sophomore hoofs it up at national dance competition
Thu, Nov 19th 2015 11:00 am
TONAWANDA - When Jeremiah Martinez was 3 years old, his mother enrolled him in a tap dance class to help his motor skills. Twelve years later, his love of and devotion to dance led him to win fourth place in a recent national solo dance competition in Hollywood, Fla., sponsored by American Dance Awards.
Opera Sacra offers production on Joan of Arc
Wed, Nov 18th 2015 10:00 am
Opera Sacra, the longest continually producing opera company in Western New York, began in 1975, founded by Father Jacob Ledwon at the former St. Joseph New Cathedral in Buffalo. Choosing works that center on religious themes, it has been presenting major productions for 40 seasons in many Western New York churches and schools.
Bishops approve Bishop Malone-led statement on porn
Wed, Nov 18th 2015 09:00 am
BALTIMORE - The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) approved a formal statement, "Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography," at their annual Fall General Assembly in Baltimore, November 17.
Justice Perspective: Pope Francis' challenge to American Catholics
Tue, Nov 17th 2015 09:00 am
In the six days that Pope Francis visited the United States, he was able to command the attention of virtually everyone in the country. By spending time in the nation's Capital, the home of the United Nations and Wall Street, and the birthplace of American freedom, he was able to speak to and reflect on the great icons of what it means to be American.
US bishops met with Obama yesterday. Here's what they talked about
Mon, Nov 16th 2015 01:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA) - Leading Catholic bishops met with President Barack Obama at the White House on Friday and had a discussed a number of issues including religious liberty, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops confirmed.
Pope calls Paris attacks part of 'piecemeal World War III'
Sat, Nov 14th 2015 07:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - The acts of terrorism which took place in Paris Friday night are the latest part in what Pope Francis has called a "piecemeal World War III," describing the attacks as "inhuman."
The potential irony of a new health care non-discrimination rule
Thu, Nov 12th 2015 03:00 pm
Washington D.C., Nov 11, 2015 / 04:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Proposed federal anti-discrimination rules could threaten the religious liberty of health care providers and also infringe on the privacy of patients, lawyers for the U.S. Catholic Bishops have warned.
Shuttered rectory sees rebirth as Mother Teresa Home
Thu, Nov 12th 2015 09:00 am
Becoming pregnant while facing an uncertain and unstable future forces women to make one of the most important decisions of their lives. The diocesan Office of Pro-Life Activities is now working to build a ministry that hopefully eases the stress of that decision.
Eat with your family, not with your smartphone, pope says
Wed, Nov 11th 2015 03:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - For Pope Francis the dinner table is a key place to strengthen family bonds and foster a sense of "togetherness," which he said can often be thwarted by an excess attachment to technology.
Moment of silent prayer planned for noon on Veterans Day
Wed, Nov 11th 2015 09:15 am
On Wednesday, Nov. 11, The Frontline Faith Project is sponsoring it's fourth annual "An American Moment" to honor the men and women of our Armed Forces, past and present. This event will include one moment of silent prayer — prayer to thank our military for their service, to pray for the peaceful repose of those who have died, and to pray for the intentions of those still living. This event will take place at noon in each respective time zone, all across the world, on Veterans Day 2015.
This Catholic nun is competing on the Food Network
Tue, Nov 10th 2015 09:00 am
CHICAGO, ILL. (CNA) - Fans of the Food Network's competitive cooking show "Chopped" can look forward to a special appearance on Monday night's episode - Sister Alicia Torres, a Catholic religious sister from the Franciscans of the Eucharist of Chicago.
See this South Buffalo vet's pics from World War II
Mon, Nov 9th 2015 12:00 pm
South Buffalo's Richard Jeffers, a parishioner at St. Martin of Tours, was called to serve the United States taking photographs in World War II.
World War II veteran recalls experiences in Army Air Forces
Mon, Nov 9th 2015 08:00 am
Each year on Veterans Day, the United States honors its men and women who have served in the Armed Forces. Richard Jeffers, 93, a parishioner at St. Martin of Tours in South Buffalo, is one of the approximately 16 million Americans who served their country in World War II. He served in the Army Air Forces as a photographer from 1944-45.
Priest from India welcomed at Attica parish
Fri, Nov 6th 2015 11:00 am
Earlier this year, Father George Devanapalle, administrator of SS. Joachim and Anne Parish in Attica, came to the Diocese of Buffalo after previously serving downstate in Kingston. Before coming to New York state, he served in his native India. Experiences Father Devanapalle had as a youth led to his pursuit of the priesthood.
How to invest as a Catholic without selling your soul
Thu, Nov 5th 2015 03:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA) - For Catholics who want to invest in a retirement plan but hesitate for fear of unintentionally supporting causes contradicting their faith, a financial advisor group is now offering a new option.
Pope: If you don't serve others, then what are you living for?
Thu, Nov 5th 2015 03:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Though letting go of yourself and living for others can make you seem weak in the eyes of the world, Pope Francis said that this is the purpose of our lives, and that in the logic of God, it's what makes us truly victorious.
Representatives from seminary share memories of seeing pope
Thu, Nov 5th 2015 10:00 am
A group of 38 priests, deacons and seminarians from Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora were among the congregation when Pope Francis celebrated Mass in Washington, D.C.
Local priests reflect on Mass with Pope Francis
Wed, Nov 4th 2015 09:00 am
When Pope Francis approached the altar at Madison Square Garden for Mass, seven priests and two bishops from Buffalo were on hand to concelebrate. As Bishop Richard J. Malone and Bishop Edward M. Grosz stood at the altar alongside the Holy Father and other bishops of New York state, nearly 1,000 other priests sat behind and to the sides in the bleachers for the historic Mass. Special tickets were given to dioceses throughout the United States allowing the holder to concelebrate with Pope Francis during his September Mass in New York City.