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Nativity of Our Lord students pray the rosary
Sat, Jan 26th 2019 04:00 pm
ORCHARD PARK — The students at Nativity of Our Lord School had a very busy in November. On Nov. 5, students gathered to pray for our nation. They said a rosary, dedicating each decade to a different government office.
The Olive Tree and the Grafted Branch between Jews and Christians
Sat, Jan 26th 2019 11:00 am
Two contemporary events, one past and one upcoming, prompt this reflection. On Oct. 12, 2018, 11 Jews in the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh were slain as they gathered for Sabbath services. This evil was met with a righteous outcry from almost all Americans, rightly so. Meanwhile, on the 25th of this month we Christians celebrate the Conversion of St. Paul. One can ask what would Paul's thoughts be on the radical anti-Semitism occurring in a synagogue named "The Tree of Life?"
Statement from the Diocese of Buffalo regarding the Reproductive Health Act
Fri, Jan 25th 2019 04:00 pm
Earlier this week, Bishop Malone added this statement to the NYS Catholic Conference of Bishops, regarding the passage of the Reproductive Health Act: "NYS is already the state with the highest rate of killing pre-born children through abortion. This is a tragic day for NYS that makes a very bad situation even worse. It is a barbaric action of our legislature, and clearly nothing to celebrate."
New learning opportunity at St. Christopher School
Fri, Jan 25th 2019 11:00 am
St. Christopher School Media Lab program has been completely revamped and features the new learning platform "Google for Education."
Pope Francis says Panama to be 'a hub of hope' during World Youth Day
Thu, Jan 24th 2019 04:00 pm
PANAMA CITY, Panama (CNA) — Upon arriving in Panama for World Youth Day 2019, Pope Francis met with politicians, diplomats and civil society leaders, extending a message of hope for "a more humane world."
Mount Mercy women excel in social sciences programs
Thu, Jan 24th 2019 11:00 am
Mount Mercy Academy's Women in Social Sciences Program has completed its first full year giving the students the opportunity to interact with three strong female role models.
New York passes Reproductive Health bill to expand abortion
Wed, Jan 23rd 2019 11:00 am
On the 46th anniversary of the Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision that gave women the legal right to an abortion, New York state passed the Reproductive Health Act on Jan. 22 that expands abortion-rights legislation in the Empire State.
Smaller World Youth Day kicks off in Panama
Wed, Jan 23rd 2019 10:00 am
World Youth Day 2019 opened Jan. 22 in Panama City, Panama. Over 150,000 have registered for the event which ran until Jan. 27. Usually held in the summer, this year's event was held during the cool season of Panama, which conflicted with the American school year. As a result, the Diocese of Buffalo has not planned a pilgrimage to the Central American city.
Making learning come to life
Wed, Jan 23rd 2019 10:00 am
As you enter our Maker Space at Immaculate Conception School, you are greeted by the technology room mascot Mip. Mip is a programmable robot that energizes the children from the moment they enter the room. This energy is important as the students begin engaging in various robotic projects such as assembling Hummingbird Robitic kits made out of circuit boards and craft materials, programming Legos to complete tasks or preparing newly purchased underwater Sea Perch robots for a test swim.
Nativity of Our Lord offers open house, faith-based education
Tue, Jan 22nd 2019 02:00 pm
ORCHARD PARK — Teachers and parents will be offering tours of Nativity of Our Lord School and welcome all families interested in a proven Catholic education for their children. The open house takes place Sunday, Jan. 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
New Adult Sexual Abuse and Misconduct Task Force announced
Tue, Jan 22nd 2019 11:30 am
The Diocese of Buffalo has established the Adult Sexual Abuse and Misconduct Task Force. The group will review and recommend policies and procedures for assessing and responding to allegations of sexual misconduct with adults by priests, deacons, religious and lay employees. The Task Force will ensure that the diocesan policies for adult abuse and misconduct complement the existing diocesan policy on child abuse. In addition, the Task Force will review the investigation framework of sexual abuse allegations to ensure compliance with federal and state law, canon law, and the Diocese of Buffalo Code of Conduct to ensure the protection of all of God's people.
Youth Convention offers chance to 'Power Up' on faith
Mon, Jan 21st 2019 10:00 am
Christmas is over. Lent has not yet begun. How does a spirit-filled teen keep the faith in this middling time? The annual diocesan Youth Convention offers teens an opportunity to Power Up their faith over a three-day weekend filled with good talks, prayer and nearly a thousand new friends.
Making a Difference: Lessons learned in mission land USA
Sun, Jan 20th 2019 10:00 am
Many years ago as a young man born and raised in Baltimore, I spent a very different week getting a taste of life in Appalachia.
Sound Board: Connecting with Jesus through the 'Godspell'
Sat, Jan 19th 2019 04:00 pm
Recently the curtain went up on the Iroquois High School Drama Club production of "Godspell." While there have been many productions and revivals of the 1971 original, I was proud to be a part of this production. There are challenges inherent in pulling any production together, but "Godspell" presented its own unique ones.
Catholic Health secures $5 million funding for D'Youville College Health Professions Hub
Sat, Jan 19th 2019 10:00 am
Catholic Health has obtained $5.07 million from Community Partners of WNY to support the development of D'Youville College's Health Professions Hub. In October, leaders from the college and the health system announced plans to collaborate on the 50,000 square-foot clinical training center, which will create a unique and innovative learning environment for students, while offering families in the college's West Side neighborhood greater access to high quality primary care services.
Cosgrove named medical director at Mercy Hospital
Fri, Jan 18th 2019 01:00 pm
Edward Cosgrove, MD, has been named medical director of the Emergency Department at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo. He is a member physician of TEAMHealth, Northeast Division, which services the hospital.
Father Koester named temporary administrator
Fri, Jan 18th 2019 09:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone announced appointments for three area priests.
Niagara University and NCCC begin collaboration
Thu, Jan 17th 2019 01:00 pm
NIAGARA UNIVERSITY — Niagara University and Niagara County Community College announced a new partnership that will increase engagement and improve collaboration between the two colleges, creating a seamless continuum of learning and leadership that expands programming in keeping with the workforce, economic and entrepreneurial needs of the region.
Bishop Malone meets with diocesan Pastoral Council
Thu, Jan 17th 2019 11:00 am
"Victim's first." That is the commitment of Bishop Richard J. Malone and all the bishops of New York. "Our principle in anything we say or do, it has to be victims first. That's the first concern. I tell that to our priests."
William Pryor named chief administrative officer
Wed, Jan 16th 2019 04:00 pm
Catholic Health has appointed William B. Pryor to the position of chief administrative officer. Pryor comes to Catholic Health from Cape Fear Valley Health System in Fayetteville, N.C., where he served as chief human resource officer for the past 10 years.
Understanding seminary life: yesterday, today, and tomorrow
Wed, Jan 16th 2019 03:30 pm
As we continue this Christmas season and begin the calendar year, the faculty, staff and students of Christ the King Seminary would like to offer you a blessed season of hope and joyous New Year of encounters with the Lord. We also believe this start to the new year is the perfect opportunity to give you a brief description of seminary life today as compared to around 50 years ago, as well as offer you a glimpse into changes that will be forthcoming.
Physician performs 500th surgery using the Da Vinci surgical system
Wed, Jan 16th 2019 03:00 pm
Kenmore Mercy Hospital passed a milestone on December 10, 2018, when Richard J. Buckley Jr., MD, FACS, completed his 500th surgery using the da Vinci Robot surgical system at Kenmore Mercy Hospital. The hospital's first da Vinci robotic surgery took place on Feb. 24, 2016.
Students make news to help Mother Teresa Home
Wed, Jan 16th 2019 02:30 pm
Girls at Nativity School, in Orchard Park are making headlines for a good cause, literally. These eighth-graders wrote, designed and printed their own newspaper to raise money for the children at Mother Teresa Home in Buffalo.
Brother of Mercy dedicates 75 years of selfless service
Wed, Jan 16th 2019 12:00 pm
Rooted in a Catholic mission to honor Christ by serving those most in need, the Brothers of Mercy was founded in Hadamar, Germany in 1856. For over 160 years, professed brothers have dedicated their lives to serving the sick and elderly all over the world. One such brother carrying on this legacy of compassionate care is Brother Xavier O'Neill.
Black Rock parish and school receive grant from Upon This Rock
Wed, Jan 16th 2019 09:25 am
The Upon This Rock committee presented its first emergency grant to Assumption Parish in, appropriately enough, Black Rock. The $20,000 grant will go to replacing a much-needed furnace used by the century-old church and the adjacent Our Lady of Black Rock School.
Cultural Diversity: Building communities of welcome
Wed, Jan 16th 2019 09:00 am
Our diocese is blessed with the opportunity to have welcomed so many refugees and migrants from various parts of the world. Our children have the opportunity of learning from the various immigrants and refugees who speak over 84 languages. What an awesome opportunity to learn these various languages as we teach English as a second language.
Justice Perspective: Bishops declare racism a life issue
Wed, Jan 16th 2019 09:00 am
Each January busloads of Catholics travel to Washington, D.C., to sorrowfully commemorate the widespread legalization of abortion by the Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade. Each year folks pray, march and advocate for an end to the atrocity that abortion has been in our country for 45 years. Their actions should bring us to a continuing awareness of the attacks on life in our country.
Annual Novena for Life begins
Tue, Jan 15th 2019 04:00 pm
The Respect Life Committee of St. John the Baptist Church in Kenmore, will hold their 35th annual Novena for Life beginning on Monday, Jan. 14, and closing on Tuesday, Jan. 22, the 46th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision on abortion.
Catholic Charities launches $11 million 2019 appeal
Tue, Jan 15th 2019 12:00 pm
Catholic Charities has announced their launch of the 2019 Appeal with a goal of $11 million. $1.4 million havs already been raised. The theme for Appeal 2019 is "Help your neighbor find HOPE."
Sister Johnice accepts donation from students at Notre Dame Academy
Fri, Jan 11th 2019 10:00 am
Sister M. Johnice Rzadkiewicz CSSF, executive director of the Response to Love Center came to Notre Dame Academy on Wednesday, Jan. 9 to accept a donation from the fourth-grade class.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Mass scheduled for Jan. 20
Thu, Jan 10th 2019 12:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone will celebrate a special Mass for the observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The 10 a.m. Mass will be held on Sunday, Jan. 20, at Blessed Trinity Church, 317 Leroy Ave., Buffalo 14214. Guest homilist will be Father Clarence Williams, CPPS, Ph.D. All are welcome.
Local observances planned for Roe v. Wade Supreme Court abortion decision
Thu, Jan 10th 2019 10:05 am
This year marks the 46th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. A special Mass will be held on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 4 p.m. at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, 4125 Union Road, Cheektowaga. Bishop Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, will be the main celebrant and homilist.
Bonaventure and D'Youville sign collaborative agreement
Wed, Jan 9th 2019 01:20 pm
ST. BONAVENTURE — St. Bonaventure University has signed an agreement with D'Youville College in Buffalo that will allow graduates of SBU's master's degree program in Educational Leadership to get a head start on D'Youville's doctoral program.
Epiphany: It's personal
Wed, Jan 9th 2019 01:00 pm
With the start of a new year, a season of unlimited and fresh opportunities for growth is opening up before us. On a weekly basis, most of us become informed about these great prospects for human and spiritual development either through our weekly parish bulletins or digital media. Filled with obvious invitations to intensify our spiritual lives, our parish bulletins and the digital platforms to which we have become accustomed contain both obvious and hidden nuggets of holiness and wisdom that can lead us to a personal experience of epiphany.
A statement of solidarity from Presbyteral Council
Thu, Jan 3rd 2019 03:00 pm
The Presbyteral Council and the Vicars Forane met with Bishop Richard Malone on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. The priests committed themselves to work together with Bishop Malone to move forward in the healing process of the victims of clergy sexual abuse, the healing of the divisions within our diocese, and hope-filled steps towards the spiritual renewal and healing of our brother priests and all in our diocese. With these goals in mind, the following actions steps are being initiated:
Bishop Malone: To heal and strengthen the Diocese of Buffalo
Thu, Jan 3rd 2019 03:00 pm
My column will be brief this month, as I want to leave space for an important statement from the priests who serve our diocese as vicars or members of the Presbyteral Council.
Justice Perspective: CRS celebrates 75 years serving the world's most vunerable
Sun, Dec 30th 2018 03:00 pm
Take this simple quiz: 1. What is Catholic Relief Services? 2. What year did CRS begin, and why? 3. How many countries does CRS serve? 4. What are the guiding principles of CRS? 5. What three words used in the CRS logo define our purpose?
Sacred Heart helps educate Zambian students
Thu, Dec 27th 2018 08:00 am
A once in a lifetime trip to Zambia for local girls turned into the beginning of a new life for girls in the south central African nation. Along with making new friends on the mission trip, the Sacred Heart students provided the gift of education for the African students in the form of four years of tuition.
GALA 22:6 celebrates Catholic Education
Wed, Dec 26th 2018 08:00 am
The 19th annual Catholic education dinner - GALA 22:6 - will be held Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Proceeds from the dinner will be used to fund needs-based tuition assistance for students attending Catholic elementary schools throughout the eight counties of Western New York. The 2018 dinner raised $353,708 resulting in 295 scholarships created.
The other unexpected pregnancy: Elizabeth and Zechariah
Sun, Dec 23rd 2018 06:00 am
The gospel reading for this coming fourth Sunday of Advent recounts Mary's "hasty" visit to Elizabeth (Lk 1:39-45). Many reflections on this passage focus on Mary and rightly so since verse 42 is in the first part of our Hail Mary.