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Catholic Cemeteries honor unclaimed remains on All Souls Day
Tue, Nov 3rd 2015 02:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone marked the Feast of All Souls by presiding at a committal service for unclaimed cremated remains at Holy Cross Cemetery in Lackawanna. The Nov. 2 service saw the cremains of over 300 placed in an exterior crypt named the Crypt of the Holy Angels with the inscription, "Eternal Rest Grant unto Them, O Lord."
St. Martha to have renovations blessed by Bishop Malone
Tue, Nov 3rd 2015 09:00 am
Recently, St. Martha Parish in Depew completed a series of renovations in its church in the aftermath of the merger that created it five years ago. It celebrated its formal five-year anniversary in July, the result of the merging of St. Barnabas and Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament churches in 2011. In order to keep moving into the future, the church will now have a new look for parishioners and visitors alike.
St. Casimir celebrates anniversary, encourages prayer at home
Tue, Nov 3rd 2015 09:00 am
St. Casimir Parish in Buffalo highlighted its 125th anniversary with a special events to help prepare for family celebrations that come with the Thanksgiving holiday season. On Oct. 18, parishioners crowned the Black Madonna, celebrated Mass, prayed the rosary, blessed religious icons and held a luncheon featuring traditional Polish and Italian foods.
US bishops to vote on porn statement
Fri, Oct 30th 2015 01:00 pm
WASHINGTON - The U.S. bishops will vote on a proposed formal statement, "Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography," at the annual Fall General Assembly, November 16-19, in Baltimore. The statement's development has been directed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth (LMFLY), in collaboration with other USCCB Committees and offices, as well as additional experts.
Revival brings faith-building messages of love, humility
Wed, Oct 28th 2015 01:00 pm
As the 2015 Revival began on Oct. 13, everyone entering SS. Columba/Brigid Church was given a small rock inscribed with a reminder that only those without sin should cast stones.
Bridgeport bishop comes to 'stir the pot' at catechesis convocation
Wed, Oct 28th 2015 01:00 pm
Although dealing with a bout of laryngitis, Bishop Richard J. Malone welcomed participants to the 10th annual Catechetical Conference, which took place at the Depew Grapevine on Oct. 5. He gave a welcoming prayer and blessed pins for every catechist and schoolteacher in diocese. He also thanked the staff of the Office of Lifelong Faith Formation for sponsoring the program.
Bishop Malone to preside at Catholic Cemeteries of Buffalo committal service for unclaimed cremated remains
Wed, Oct 28th 2015 11:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone will mark the Feast of All Souls by presiding at a committal service for unclaimed cremated remains at Holy Cross Cemetery in Lackawanna.
Sisters of Social Service look to the past and future at annual dinner
Tue, Oct 27th 2015 09:00 am
The Sisters of Social Service looked at their past and faced their future during their annual fundraising dinner on Oct. 22. One guest speaker reviewed the history of the sisters and another spoke about the challenges the order must deal with as it moves forward.
Walk alongside your people, Pope Francis tells bishops at synod's close
Mon, Oct 26th 2015 11:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Pope Francis Sunday officially brought the Synod on the Family to a close at Mass in St. Peter's, warning against a "spirituality of illusion," and reminding pastors of their duty to accompany the faithful and be bearers of God's mercy especially in times of suffering and conflict.
Blue Mass honors police, fire and first responders
Mon, Oct 26th 2015 09:00 am
Hundreds of people donned their navy blue, sky blue, royal blue and other uniform colors as part of the first diocesan Blue Mass, dedicated in honor of local EMS, fire and law enforcement departments of all faiths. Bishop Richard J. Malone thanked all those who served the community during his homily Sunday morning at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo.
Orchard Park parish dances to Polish tune for WYD
Fri, Oct 23rd 2015 04:00 pm
Before going to Poland for World Youth Day, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish brought a little bit of Poland to Orchard Park. The parish welcomed a group of dancers who hail from "The Land of the Fields."
The saint and the synod - John Paul II's legacy still seen in Church teaching
Fri, Oct 23rd 2015 09:15 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Though it has been more than 10 years since the death of Pope John Paul II, the saint's impact can still be seen in those working to uphold Church teaching at the Synod on the Family, said his former secretary.
Pro-Life director discusses Pope Francis' message on abortion
Thu, Oct 22nd 2015 09:00 am
In September, Pope Francis made headlines when he announced that all priests worldwide will be allowed to hear confessions and forgive women who have had abortions. Cheryl Calire, diocesan director of Pro-Life Activities, discussed this matter and said this will not have a significant effect on Diocese of Buffalo policy, but is an important step toward making the Church more welcoming.
New clergy assignments for late October announced
Wed, Oct 21st 2015 02:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone has announced the following new clergy assignments.
Following policy change, annulment workshop explains the process
Wed, Oct 21st 2015 01:00 pm
Following Pope Francis' lead to simplify the Catholic annulment process, Bishop Richard J. Malone has announced that he has waived the fee for annulments in the Diocese of Buffalo. Now Catholics can learn more about the confusing process with a workshop Thursday night.
Remembering Baby Jesse and all unborn
Wed, Oct 21st 2015 10:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone referred to Baby Jesse as a "little saint" during a prayer service at St. Mary Cemetery in Dunkirk on Oct. 20.
Bishop Malone invites public to first Blue Mass
Tue, Oct 20th 2015 01:00 pm
The first Blue Mass in the Diocese of Buffalo will take place on Sunday, Oct. 25, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo. The Mass will honor local EMS, fire and law enforcement departments of all faiths who live and work in the diocese. Bishop Richard J. Malone welcomes everyone, from all counties, paid and volunteer staff, families and friends, to attend this special commemorative Mass to honor and thank these men and women for their service to the common good.
Sloan parish celebrates 100 years
Mon, Oct 19th 2015 03:00 pm
St. Andrew Parish in Sloan has been celebrating a special anniversary this year, with a series of events to commemorate a century since the parish's establishment.
Church welcomes four new saints
Mon, Oct 19th 2015 03:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - On Sunday Pope Francis canonized four new saints, whose greatest legacy he said was their tireless imitation of Jesus in humble service to others, which is something each of us are asked to emulate.
Bishop celebrates Mass for World Mission Sunday
Mon, Oct 19th 2015 12:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone served as the main celebrant at a Mass that honored missionaries from the diocese who are ministering throughout the world.
Prayer service to be held at Baby Jesse's gravesite
Sat, Oct 17th 2015 08:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone will preside over a prayer service on Tuesday, Oct. 20, the observance of the National Remembrance Day for the Unborn. The prayer service will be held at 4 p.m. at St. Mary Cemetery, 10880 Bennett Road (Route 60), Dunkirk, at Baby Jesse's grave.
Holy Angels Parish renames food pantry after founder
Sat, Oct 17th 2015 08:00 am
A food pantry that has remained a staple of Buffalo's West Side community for more than a decade received a new designation. In September, Holy Angels Parish in Buffalo formally dedicated its food pantry to its founder, a Missionary Oblate who devoted his life to serving the poor and hungry. It will now be called the Father James C. Erving, OMI, Food Pantry.
Bishop Malone: World Mission Sunday
Fri, Oct 16th 2015 08:05 am
Every year we remember in a special way our baptismal call to mission as we celebrate World Mission Sunday, which is being held this year on Oct. 18. On this Sunday, we will gather at the Eucharist, as will Catholics throughout the world, in a spirit of love for evangelization so that, through our prayers and concrete acts of solidarity, the gift of faith may be shared with all.
Young adult group receives relic of beatified namesake
Fri, Oct 16th 2015 08:00 am
Last month, a social group for Catholic young adults held a special celebration in honor of its namesake, a model of a pious Catholic young adult who dedicated his life to the poor.
Care for Creation Committee inspired by papal visit, encyclical
Thu, Oct 15th 2015 09:20 am
In the wake of Pope Francis' visit to the United States and his call to Catholics around the globe to take better care of the earth, the diocesan Care for Creation Committee continues to organize events to promote Pope Francis' message released in his June encyclical, "Laudato Si," or "Praised Be." The committee, founded in 2006, arranges events in the diocese to raise awareness of the environment.
We need to be clear on what marriage actually is, synod bisops insist
Thu, Oct 15th 2015 09:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Numerous bishops voiced alarm over the lack of a clear definition of marriage in the synod's controversial guiding text, prompting a call for one based on scripture and Church teaching to be added.
Pope Francis asks forgiveness for scandals in the Church
Thu, Oct 15th 2015 08:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Pope Francis opened this Wednesday's general audience by apologizing for unspecified scandals that have recently arisen in the Vatican.
Look back on Bishop Kmiec's arrival in Buffalo
Wed, Oct 14th 2015 12:00 pm
It's been 11 years since Bishop Edward U. Kmiec was installed as the 13th bishop of Buffalo in October 2004. Jump into our wayback machine to relive his welcome celebration in our new photo gallery.
Are those who strive for virtue the new minority? Cardinal Dolan thinks so
Wed, Oct 14th 2015 11:55 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Married couples who endure hardships together; gay men and women trying to live chastely; engaged couples who choose not to cohabitate. What do all these people have in common?
St. Christopher Parish hosts Family Day Saturday
Wed, Oct 14th 2015 08:00 am
In honor of the Synod on the Family, which takes place in Rome in October, St. Christopher Parish in Tonawanda will hold its own Family Day to promote the Catholic Church providing pastoral care for all families and the need for this care regardless of how traditional or non-traditional they may be.
New teachers to be involved in STREAM program
Tue, Oct 13th 2015 09:00 am
St. Gregory the Great School in Williamsville is welcoming a pair of recent college graduates to its elementary school faculty. Madeline Otero and Tiffany LoGiudice begin their careers in Catholic education working with children in the diocese.
From the synod: Mercy is not an abandonment of Church teaching
Mon, Oct 12th 2015 09:40 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Mercy has emerged as a major theme in the synod of bishops, as discussion has moved forward with many participants emphasizing that while mercy is greatly needed, it must always be linked to truth.
'Consider' the month of Mary
Fri, Oct 9th 2015 03:00 pm
October is the month for the Blessed Mother and the Rosary. Bishop Richard J. Malone talks about the mysteries of the Rosary in a new "Consider This."
'Our Daily Bread' focuses on the importance of family life
Fri, Oct 9th 2015 01:30 pm
The World Meeting of Families was held in September in Philadelphia. Pope Francis, the fourth pope to visit the United States attended this, the world's largest Catholic gathering of families. Held every three years and sponsored by the Holy See's Pontifical Council for the Family, this year's theme was "Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive."
Pope's US visit generates goodwill, especially among liberals
Thu, Oct 8th 2015 12:00 pm
After Pope Francis' visit to the United States, a new Pew Research Center survey finds that the pope has generated goodwill toward the Roman Catholic Church among many people across the political spectrum. Ideological liberals and moderates, along with Democrats, are especially likely to say Francis has given them a more positive view of the church.
Diocese of Buffalo sponsors Revival 2015
Thu, Oct 8th 2015 12:00 pm
The African-American Commission of the Diocese of Buffalo will present "Revival 2015 - Cast the First Stone" on October 13, 14, and 15 at SS. Columba & Brigid Church, 75 Hickory St., Buffalo. The three-night program will include worship, music and guest speakers. The programs begin with 30 minutes of praise and worship at 6 p.m. each night.
New movement hopes to share the reality of marriage
Thu, Oct 8th 2015 10:00 am
SAN FRANCISCO (CNA) - A new group called the Marriage Reality Movement aims to help Catholics and others renew the vision of marriage in society.
Priest brings a touch of India to Wyoming County
Thu, Oct 8th 2015 10:00 am
The Diocese of Buffalo is currently home to a number of international priests who have come from around the globe to bring their unique gifts to the area. One of these priests is Father Johnson Machado, administrator of St. John Neumann Parish in Strykersville, who was born in India.
It's a family affair for St. Therese, whose parents are poised for sainthood
Wed, Oct 7th 2015 04:00 pm
ROME, ITALY (CNA/EWTN News) - Glass cases with the relics of Saint Therese of Lisieux and her parents, Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, will be displayed in Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome for the entirety of the Synod on the Family, Oct. 4-25.
Here's what it was like when Pope Francis visited the homeless in DC
Wed, Oct 7th 2015 04:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - Pope Francis' visit to homeless men and women in Washington, D.C., was "life-changing," said the head of Catholic Charities in the nation's capital.