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Special blessing for unborn babies to be held on Sunday
Wed, May 2nd 2018 03:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone will be the main celebrant at the sixth annual Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb and Mass on Sunday, May 6. The 10:30 a.m. Mass will be held at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo.
What is Arrowsmith?
Mon, Apr 30th 2018 04:10 pm
TONAWANDA — St. Amelia School is one of only two schools in New York state and the only school in Western New York to offer the innovative, research-based Arrowsmith Program.
Struggle for justice in all ages
Mon, Apr 30th 2018 04:00 pm
Wrestling with the problems of social injustice in society seems to be perennial. Two of the saints of our Judeo-Christian tradition faced these problems and both have left us a record: the prophet Amos with his words (Amos 3) and Blessed Oscar Romero with his life. We remembered Blessed Oscar last month. In a course on the biblical prophets, my students wrote out a possible initial conversation between Amos and Oscar when Oscar died and met Amos in the presence of the Holy One. The following is an excellent dialogue written by our Father Martin Gallagher.
Retreats help guide us through labyrinths of life
Mon, Apr 30th 2018 10:00 am
Have you ever experienced the prayerful journey of walking through a labyrinth? According to Lessons4Living.com, "a labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. It combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering, but purposeful, path. The labyrinth represents a journey to our own center and back again out into the world. Labyrinths have long been used as meditation and prayer tools ... It is a metaphor for life's journey
St. Francis Park offers independent living option for seniors
Fri, Apr 27th 2018 10:20 am
HAMBURG — St. Francis Park is now open and leasing more than 35 studio suite apartments on its South Park Avenue campus in Hamburg. The opening follows the completion of the sale of the facility, formerly known as the Immaculate Conception Convent, by the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph to the Catholic Health System in January.
Silence and solitude offered at the Abbey of the Genesee
Fri, Apr 27th 2018 10:00 am
In the fast paced modern world you can experience plenty of noise and stress. Sometimes it can seem overwhelming. Many look for solitude and quiet. The Retreat House at Abbey of the Genesee offers just that for those who want it.
Making a Difference: Trump is stealing from the poor to give to the rich
Fri, Apr 27th 2018 10:00 am
Robin Hood, the legendary hero of English folklore who took from the rich to give to the poor - whose very name conjures up thoughts of fairness, justice and love for the oppressed - stands in stark contrast to President Trump who wants to take from poor and give to the rich.
Father Jerome P. Laubacker
Thu, Apr 26th 2018 01:40 pm
Lockport native Father Jerome P. Laubacker died April 11, 2018.
Dominican Nuns to hold Novena in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima
Thu, Apr 26th 2018 01:00 pm
The Dominican Nuns will celebrate a Novena in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima, May 1-9, at the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary, 335 Doat St., Buffalo.
Mount Mercy students experience cutting edge technology
Thu, Apr 26th 2018 09:00 am
Twenty-four students from Mount Mercy Academy's Health and Science Academy and Health Care Career Club had the experience of a lifetime recently. The students visited the Jacobs Institute and were able to practice and learn about cutting edge technology.
Administrative Professionals' Day
Wed, Apr 25th 2018 03:00 pm
April 25 is Administrative Professionals' Day, a moment to recognize all those office workers who take the calls, fix the copier and do all the little things to make the office run smoother. We've asked for and received pictures of a few office managers and parish administrators from all over the diocese as a way to honor all of the hard work they do. View our latest photo gallery, and be sure to thank your administrative professionals today!
Christ the King Seminary to update education center
Wed, Apr 25th 2018 09:30 am
EAST AURORA — A $1.9 million construction project to completely update the education center on the campus of Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora is underway. A late spring or early summer completion date is expected.
New York assisted suicide bill draws fire from disability rights group
Tue, Apr 24th 2018 04:00 pm
NEW YORK CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Disability rights activists are speaking out in opposition to a proposal in New York that would legalize physician assisted suicide.
The adventures of an extrovert on a silent retreat
Tue, Apr 24th 2018 02:00 pm
I was born an extrovert. When I was 2, my mom put me in the front seat of the grocery cart at ShopRite, and as an older woman bent down to pick up eggs, I kissed her on the head. My mom, shocked, exclaimed, "Tinamarie! You can't just kiss strangers!" When I was 16, my friend's parents constantly questioned my sobriety due to expressive moves on the dance floor. So, when the Benedictine Sisters of Erie invited me on a five-day silent retreat during my summer internship with them, it went about as well as you might imagine.
Father Smith and Father Venne placed on administrative leave
Mon, Apr 23rd 2018 10:00 am
After receiving an abuse complaint against Fr. Arthur S. Smith, of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Depew, Bishop Richard J. Malone has placed Father Smith on administrative leave as an investigation continues. Bishop Malone has also placed Rev. Samuel J. Venne on administrative leave after receiving an abuse complaint. Fr. Venne is a retired priest serving at St. Stephen's Parish on Grand Island.
Devotion to Our Blessed Mother at St. Lawrence Parish
Mon, Apr 23rd 2018 09:00 am
St. Lawrence Parish at 1520 East Delavan Ave., Buffalo, will hold a special Mass of devotion to Our Lady.
Thousands come to venerate relics of St. Padre Pio
Sat, Apr 21st 2018 01:00 pm
Throughout the day on Saturday, thousands of people lined up at St. Gabriel's Church in Elma for the chance to venerate several relics of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina. One by one, they took turns walking up to a table and were allowed to briefly touch some of the relics which included Saint Pio's crusts of the wounds, cotton-gauze with his blood stains, a lock of Saint Pio's hair, his mantle, and a handkerchief soaked with his sweat hours before he died. Touching or praying in the presence of such an object helps a faithful individual focus on the saint's life and virtues, so that through the saint's prayer or intercession before God, the individual will be drawn closer to God.
'Today Show' honors Buffalo Catholic Charities volunteer
Fri, Apr 20th 2018 04:00 pm
"Daisy" Estelle Anderson has volunteered for Catholic Charities for 30 years, but on April 19, the appreciation and esteem earned for all of her work was given back to her, courtesy of a visit from Al Roker of NBC's "The Today Show."
Father Zajac among those to be honored by SBU
Fri, Apr 20th 2018 01:40 pm
Three outstanding community members devoted to making a positive difference in Western New York will be honored May 2 at St. Bonaventure University's Gaudete Medal Awards Ceremony and Dinner at the Hyatt Regency in Buffalo.
A small wooden cross and the power of prayer
Fri, Apr 20th 2018 09:00 am
When we suffer we look for things that give us comfort and strength. When Sister Johnice Rzadkiewicz, CSSF, visited her terminally ill brother, Jack, she gave him comfort and strength with a small wooden cross.
OLV curriculum STREAMs path to Victory
Thu, Apr 19th 2018 09:00 am
To say the students are thrilled with the implementation of the diocesan STREAM program at Our Lady of Victory School in Lackawanna is an understatement.
Catholic Health taking back unwanted medications on April 28
Wed, Apr 18th 2018 04:00 pm
As part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) 15th annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Catholic Health is joining forces with local law enforcement to help get unused and unwanted drugs out of people's homes.
Sister Alma Robert Glenn, 1931-2018
Wed, Apr 18th 2018 04:00 pm
Teacher and missionary, Sister Alma Robert Glenn died April 12, 2018 at St. Elizabeth Motherhouse, Allegany. She was 86.
National Association of Church Personnel Administrators coming to Buffalo
Wed, Apr 18th 2018 09:00 am
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Assciation of Church Personnel Administrators will hold its annual convocation in the Diocese of Buffalo April 22-24 at the Conference and Event Center, 101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls. NACPA represents human resource, finance directors, chancellors, principals, college presidents and other Church leaders in arch/dioceses nationwide. The NACPA's mission is "to promote justice in the workplace."
Diocese puts properties up for sale
Tue, Apr 17th 2018 01:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone announced that the Bishop's Residence at 77 Oakland Place, Buffalo, will be placed on the market this summer and all proceeds from the sale of the property will be dedicated to the Diocese of Buffalo's Independent Reconciliation & Compensation Program to assist victims of past sexual abuse by priests.
St. Vincent's launches new 'Miracles and Evangelization' ministry
Tue, Apr 17th 2018 12:20 pm
SPRINGBROOK — By this summer, more local Catholics may be "takin' it to the streets" as part of two new initiatives at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, in Springbrook. A special training workshop will be held on April 21 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. for those wishing to effectively minister to people in the community.
Houghton College to host Women of Worship event
Mon, Apr 16th 2018 03:10 pm
HOUGHTON - Western New York Women of Worship, a one-day event designed to uplift, restore and motivate the spirits of women, returns to Houghton College on Saturday, April 21.
Justice Perspective: Confronting the gun culture ... again
Mon, Apr 16th 2018 03:00 pm
Two months ago, on Ash Wednesday, (and Valentine's Day), we were witness to another mass shooting, this time in a high school in Parkland, Fla. The pain inflicted on the families, friends and the nation from this attack is unconscionable, and even now our hearts are still tender from the wound this atrocity inflicted.
Mother Teresa Home is the house that love built
Fri, Apr 13th 2018 08:00 am
This month on "Our Daily Bread," host Father Paul D. Seil is out of his kitchen and traveling to 208 Stanislaus St., on Buffalo's East Side, to cook in and learn more about the Mother Teresa Home, which has been open for a little over a year now.
Is your marriage breaking your heart? Work to rebuild
Thu, Apr 12th 2018 09:00 am
Someone once said, "marriages may be made in heaven, but they sure take a lot of work on earth." In our society, with the pressures of conflicting demands and too little time, personal relationships are often taken for granted. With all the distractions we easily forget that strong caring loving relationships take work.
Altar server cuts his own path on journey of faith
Wed, Apr 11th 2018 09:45 am
When Bryce McLanahan walked up the aisle of St. Joseph Cathedral to receive his award as one of the Altar Servers of the Year, it was the final steps in a unique journey for the Amherst teen. Although baptized in the Catholic Church, he grew up not attending regular Mass with his family. Instead, he forged his own spiritual path.
Buffalo Ladies of Charity set inaugural fundraising event
Tue, Apr 10th 2018 12:10 pm
Ladies of Charity, a volunteer organization affiliated with Catholic Charities of Buffalo, will hold its inaugural Party Saturday fundraising event Saturday, April 14, at Catholic Charities, 75 Caldwell Place, Lackawanna.
Legion of Mary to hold Acies
Tue, Apr 10th 2018 09:00 am
It's the time of year again when the Legion of Mary looks forward to it's annual Marian consecration of active and auxiliary members called the "Acies." Acies is a Latin word meaning army ranged in battle array, which describes the Legion of Mary as they assemble all together to renew their dedication to the Most Holy Virgin Mary and receive from her, strength and blessing for the upcoming year's battles with the forces of evil.
St. John the Baptist holds Styrofoam recycling collection
Mon, Apr 9th 2018 03:55 pm
At St. John the Baptist Parish in Kenmore, parishioners have engaged in a number of initiatives to reduce the community's carbon footprint. Since October, this has included collections of Styrofoam, long recognized as a non-biodegradable material that clogs up landfills, after Masses in the church.
Christ the King Seminary shared a 'horizon of hope'
Mon, Apr 9th 2018 03:00 pm
"Nearly all the presenters approached me to point out something important is happening at Christ the King Seminary, and, more broadly, in the Diocese of Buffalo."
Daybreak's 'In a Word' series returns
Fri, Apr 6th 2018 04:30 pm
Daybreak TV Productions' series "In a Word" is back with interesting topics delivered by a familiar face. Father Dave Richards continues to produce videos with a solid Catholic message. His upbeat delivery draws you in as you listen to his powerful reflections. "The goal of this new series is to offer a message on social media that gives viewers something to think about, something to live by, and though it is produced with young people in mind we see Faith Formation instructors, parents and teachers interested and responding as well," says Daybreak TV Productions Executive Producer Claire Rung.
Anchored in hope, reflections on the Resurrection
Fri, Apr 6th 2018 04:25 pm
The Easter Season is a time of great hope as the Church celebrates the miracle of Christ's resurrection, rejoices in His promises, and receives the great gift of the Holy Spirit. Hope is born because of the Easter moment. The brilliance of Easter light has eclipsed the darkness of Good Friday. In the light of the resurrection, our faith finds an anchor, which is hope. In resounding alleluias sung with jubilation, God gives every believer hope in a future that includes eternal life with Him.
'Campus Chat' with Bishop Malone comes to Niagara University
Fri, Apr 6th 2018 09:00 am
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit down with a bishop and chat, just chat, about whatever's on your mind? What would you ask him?
Sister Mary Belair, OSF, 1931-2018
Thu, Apr 5th 2018 01:00 pm
Sister Mary Belair, longtime teacher, died April 3, 2018, after more than 60 years with the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany.
Men's group cooks up morning ministry meetings
Thu, Apr 5th 2018 09:00 am
Men hungering for a healthy serving of spirituality get more than they bargain for at Blessed Sacrament Parish. The Tonawanda church hosts a Breakfast & the Bible event the first Saturday of every month immediately following the 8 a.m. Mass. The morning consists of fresh made breakfast of eggs (and recently zucchini soufflé), a guest speaker and some Bible study.