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North Tonawanda parish to host Rosary Novena Mass, accept ultrasound machine
Wed, May 23rd 2018 03:00 pm
St. Jude the Apostle Parish, 800 Niagara Falls Blvd, North Tonawanda, will be the site of the Rosary Novena for Life on Saturday, May 26, at 5 p.m. Father James Kirkpatrick, pastor, will be the main celebrant.
Cool travel tips for sizzling seniors
Wed, May 23rd 2018 03:00 pm
Summertime is in full swing, and travel season is upon us. For seniors, summertime often brings a wealth of travel opportunities, from family reunions to pilgrimages to cruises. But with the urge to get out and see the world comes an increased risk - especially for elderly people - of suffering from heat-related illnesses and injuries.
Justice Perspective: For I was in prison and you visited me
Wed, May 23rd 2018 03:00 pm
A few weeks ago I joined about two dozen other volunteers who went inside a local prison to offer a four- day retreat to 40 of the men inside the facility. I have been part of this ministry for over 10 years, and in that time I have had the opportunity to meet a great number of inmates who, although they have made some serious mistakes in their lives, are dedicated to turning their lives around.
St. John Kanty looks forward to the future
Wed, May 23rd 2018 02:00 pm
The parish staff and trustees of St. John Kanty Parish, located on Broadway and Swinburne, want the public to know that their church is open. With solid volunteer support and healthy pierogi sales, the parish is surviving in a changing neighborhood, which they think is changing for the better.
STREAM program gives St. Stephen platform to grow
Wed, May 23rd 2018 10:00 am
The STREAM program at St. Stephen School on Grand Island has taken on many faces in the three-plus years that the school has been part of the diocesan initiative.
Cultural Diversity: Tolton, slave to priest
Tue, May 22nd 2018 04:00 pm
In the Preamble of the National Black Catholic Congress XII, Pastoral Plan of Action, "The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me," states that as black Catholics, "We commit ourselves to promote the causes of canonization of the five holy women and men being considered for sainthood in our Church." The delegation that went to the National Black Catholic Congress from Buffalo met this past March and one of their goals is to commit themselves to helping everyone in our diocese learn about them. They are requesting that we all pray for their canonization.
Legal Advice Helpline provides answers for seniors
Tue, May 22nd 2018 03:00 pm
Seniors in Allegany County have a new tool available through the Center for Elder Law & Justice (CELJ), providing them with free brief legal services and referrals, and if needed, to more in-depth legal services in the caller's geographic area.
Sustainable gardening for St. John School and Parish
Tue, May 22nd 2018 02:00 pm
The excitement is blooming at St. John the Baptist in Alden as they prepare for their new community garden. Working with a grant from the Whole Kids Foundation, as well as generous parishioners and local businesses, they have begun a school-wide garden initiative as a way to teach principles of healthy living and sustainability through authentic educational experiences.
Retirement caps off boyhood dream of being a priest
Tue, May 22nd 2018 10:00 am
How many kids would celebrate a pretend Mass and hand out Necco wafers to their younger siblings as Communion? "I'd keep all the chocolate ones for myself," said Msgr. David S. Slubecky. "I was just drawn to the idea of being able to celebrate Mass and be involved with people in a parish."
Dioceses contribute more than $58 million to hurricane and earthquake recovery
Mon, May 21st 2018 03:00 pm
WASHINGTON—In response to the destruction caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and earthquakes in Mexico, Catholics across the United States have contributed nearly $59 million to relief and recovery efforts. Initiated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), special collections and funds were launched last year to support humanitarian relief efforts as well as to provide pastoral services and financial support to rebuild facilities in dioceses impacted by these disasters.
Scott leaves his Lasallian legacy on many who know him
Mon, May 21st 2018 08:00 am
When Johnny Graves was a freshman, to him Robert Scott was more than president of St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute. Scott became somewhat of a guardian after Graves' brother, Aaron, who was a senior at the school at the time, passed away after a battle with cancer.
The pope's philosophy is highlighted in "A Man of His Word" film
Fri, May 18th 2018 04:05 pm
At a time when daily scandals and bad behavior seem to dominate the headlines, taking a moment to pause and listen to the reflections of an international religious leader like Pope Francis sounds like a pretty good idea. A new documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Wim Wenders that looks at the philosophies and mission of Pope Francis was released locally on Friday.
USCCB responds to Santa Fe High School shooting
Fri, May 18th 2018 04:00 pm
Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardoof Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following statement in the aftermath of the Santa Fe High School shooting:
"Violence is not the answer" to Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Fri, May 18th 2018 01:50 pm
WASHINGTON—In response to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and the ongoing violence between Israelis and Palestinians, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, Chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace, stated the following:
Dawn Riggie to retire, led Mount St. Mary for 25 years
Fri, May 18th 2018 11:40 am
KENMORE — Mount St. Mary Academy Principal Dawn Riggie announced her retirement after 25 years leading the Kenmore all-girls high school.
St. Amelia School aspires to serve those in need
Fri, May 18th 2018 11:00 am
TONAWANDA — One of the core values at St. Amelia School is "Aspiring to Serve." Throughout the school year, students are involved in many different activities and projects that serve our school, our parish and our community.
Mercy Hospital introduces 'laughing gas' less invasive option for childbirth
Fri, May 18th 2018 11:00 am
The Mercy Hospital Family BirthPlace is pleased to now offer nitrous oxide, also known as "laughing gas," as another option to ease the discomfort of childbirth.
The Joy of Pentecost in Western New York
Fri, May 18th 2018 10:00 am
There are many experiences that tie Western New Yorkers together. One of them is visiting the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. I recall being especially attracted to a beautiful "Eucharistic Dove" circa A.D. 1200. It was auctioned off by the Albright-Knox in 2007 but can still be seen online.
Gerard Place adding a community center to fill need
Thu, May 17th 2018 09:00 am
Gerard Place is expanding its services in order to assist families with moving out of poverty and to expand its ministry within its East Side community.
St. Christopher Parish holds children's memorial service
Wed, May 16th 2018 04:00 pm
St. Christopher Bereavement Team will have their Annual Children's Memorial Prayer Service on Tuesday, June 14 at 7 p.m. at St. Christopher Church, 2660 Niagara Falls Boulevard, Tonawanda.
Catholic Charities Appeal reaches $9.5 million
Wed, May 16th 2018 01:00 pm
Catholic Charities of Buffalo officials today reported a recent surge in donations has helped the 2018 Appeal reach $9.5 million in cash and pledges, representing 86 percent of this year's goal. This updated total includes an influx of more than $600,000 since April 30 when the Appeal was at $8.9 million. With fewer than seven weeks remaining, the 94th annual Appeal remains $1.5 million short of its $11 million goal.
Bishop Malone appoints new vicar general
Wed, May 16th 2018 01:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone announced that, effective June 1, Father Mark J. Noonan, will assume the duties of vicar general and moderator of the curia. Msgr. David S. Slubecky, who has held the office since 2005, will retire June 1.
Stroke victim credits Mercy Hospital with recovery
Tue, May 15th 2018 04:00 pm
Thomas Witakowski is missing five seconds of his life due to a stroke. The staff of Mercy Hospital has given him the past 17 months.
St. Benedict lives out 'Laudato Si' through service
Tue, May 15th 2018 03:10 pm
At a recent monthly meeting, the St. Benedict Creation Care Team held an informational session to inform those interested in living out Pope Francis's encyclical on the environment called "Laudato Si" or "On Care For Our Common Home."
Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus change indentifying initals
Tue, May 15th 2018 03:00 pm
What's in a name? Or initials for that matter?
Bishop Malone: Navigating through the storm, staying the course
Tue, May 15th 2018 11:35 am
"In her voyage across the ocean of this world, the Church is like a great ship being pounded by the waves of life's different stresses. Our duty is not to abandon ship, but to keep her on her course."
Mary, a spiritual mother for the Church and all
Fri, May 11th 2018 04:20 pm
As we begin the month of May, our spirits are energized by the warm glow of sunshine, and beholding the new life around us in blossom and color. The long awaited springtime is upon us. This month of new life is dedicated to Mary, the Mother of the Church and our mother.
Exploring s'more of the diocesan campgrounds
Fri, May 11th 2018 04:10 pm
This May on "Our Daily Bread," host Father Paul D. Seil will be taking the show on the road, as he heads to Camp Turner in Salamanca. Camp Turner is a summer and winter residential camp operated by the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministry of the Diocese of Buffalo. The camp is located inside Allegany State Park about 90 minutes from downtown Buffalo.
Mary of Nazareth is mother, disciple, prophet
Fri, May 11th 2018 04:00 pm
Two trends in biblical studies come together for this reflection. The first, the search for the historical Jesus, allows us to speak also of the historical Mary; the second, the understanding that the earliest Christians lived under the oppressive rule of the Roman Empire opens our minds to elements in Mary's depiction that imply such an experience.
Catholic organizations help ease pain of losing a baby
Fri, May 11th 2018 10:00 am
With Mother's Day coming soon, the Catholic Church wishes to reiterate its focus on the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death. The faithful pray and protest to end abortion, while at the same time working in hospitals and with the government to care for those who are lost before birth.
Mercy and Sisters designated Blue Distinction Centers
Fri, May 11th 2018 10:00 am
Catholic Health's Sisters of Charity Hospital and Mercy Hospital of Buffalo have been named Blue Distinction Centers for Maternity Care as part of BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York's Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.
Cardinal O'Hara student to perform with Buffalo Philharmonic
Wed, May 9th 2018 10:00 am
TONAWANDA — Julia Dunn, a sophomore at Cardinal O'Hara High School, will perform Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" on a concert program May 12 and 13 with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of JoAnn Falletta.
New foundation created from Fidelis Care sale
Tue, May 8th 2018 11:00 am
Cardinal Timothy Dolan and the Catholic Diocesan Bishops of New York State announced today the formation of the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation, which at $3.2 billion will be one of the largest in the United States, and the largest focused solely on New York State. The foundation will provide up to $150 million annually in grants to serve New Yorkers in need and will be steered by a board of health experts, business leaders and philanthropists chaired by Al Kelly, CEO of Visa.
Local students make it to states in national geography bee
Tue, May 8th 2018 09:00 am
A couple local students are putting Buffalo on the map. Zachary Hawley and Brigid Benson, both eighth-graders made their way to the state finals of the National Geographic Geography Bee held April 8 in Albany. They joined 100 students from across the state.
Sister Marie Colette Rutkowski, 1935-2018
Mon, May 7th 2018 04:00 pm
Sister Marie Colette Rutkowski, (formerly Sister M. Inviolata) died peacefully on May 3, 2018, at St. Francis Park in the 83rd year of life and the 61st year of religious life.
Norman Paolini, Jr., 1947-2018
Mon, May 7th 2018 03:00 pm
Norman (Norm) Paolini Jr., co-founder of St Luke's Mission of Mercy, passed away on April 30, 2018 in his Buffalo home, after a lengthy illness.
Father Maryanski placed on administrative leave
Mon, May 7th 2018 12:00 pm
After receiving a recent letter regarding a previous abuse complaint against Father Fabian Maryanski, Bishop Richard J. Malone has placed Father Maryanski on administrative leave for the purpose of reopening the previous investigation
Four men to be ordained diocesan priests June 2
Mon, May 7th 2018 09:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone will have the honor of ordaining four men to the priesthood on Saturday, June 2. The special Mass will begin at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo. The new priests, who were ordained deacons in September, are Rev. Mr. Peter Nsa Bassey, Rev. Mr. Paul Stanislaw Cygan, Rev. Mr. Peter Santandreu and Rev. Mr. Gerard Skrzynski. Each of the men will graduate from Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, on May 11 with a master of divinity degree.
Bishop Malone visits two local prisons
Wed, May 2nd 2018 04:00 pm
Bishop Richard Malone celebrated Mass in Spanish Tuesday afternoon with a group of about 600 detainees inside the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia. Many of the detainees are serving time for immigration violations. His visit was inspired by Matthew 25:37 "I was in prison and you visited me."
Catholic Charities reaches $8.9 million of appeal goal
Wed, May 2nd 2018 03:00 pm
Catholic Charities of Buffalo officials today updated the community on the progress of the 2018 Appeal. With two months remaining, the 94th annual Appeal has reached nearly $8.9 million in cash and pledges, or just shy of 81 percent of this year's goal. Volunteers and campaign leadership must raise an additional $2.1 million between now and June 30 in order to reach this year's $11 million goal.