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Holy Hour of Prayer for Reparation and Healing set for Sunday
Wed, Sep 26th 2018 02:00 pm
All are invited to join Bishop Richard J. Malone on Sunday, Sept. 30, at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo, for a Holy Hour of Reparation and Healing at 3 p.m. All priests, deacons, consecrated religious and lay faithful are encouraged to attend.
Catholic Church strengthens language on death penalty
Wed, Sep 26th 2018 01:00 pm
While the Catholic Church has always discouraged capital punishment as part of its pro-life teachings, Pope Francis strengthened the language of opposition in August, changing the Catechism of the Catholic Church to state "the death penalty is inadmissible."
Rosary Crusade for world peace planned for Oct. 7
Wed, Sep 26th 2018 01:00 pm
For 38 years, faithful Catholics have been gathering at the Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Lewiston for the annual Rosary Crusade for World Peace. This year's crusade will be held on Sunday, Oct. 7, from 2-3:30 p.m. The shrine is located at 1023 Swann Road, Lewiston. "Mary, Queen of the Holy Rosary, intercedes for all humanity" is this year's chosen theme.
Make time for God and Church during the busy school year
Wed, Sep 26th 2018 10:00 am
The Back-to-School ads have been running since the 4th of July, and now September is here and back-to-school is real. Families all across Western New York are settling into a regular routine of waking early, packing lunches, catching the bus and doing homework. Families also start to get busy with many extra-curricular activities. Sports practices, scouts, or other clubs makes September feel even more hectic. Throw into the mix the suggestion that this can also be "back-to-church" time, and it could be enough to send a parent over the edge with the thought of too many commitments.
Christ the King Seminary to celebrate Curé of Ars
Tue, Sep 25th 2018 11:00 am
Christ the King Seminary will host its annual Curé of Ars awards dinner on Thursday, Oct. 4 at The Atrium @ Rich's in Buffalo. This year's event will honor Father Gregory J. Dobson and Joseph A. Stoeckl, Esq.
St. Joseph School Batavia to become regional
Tue, Sep 25th 2018 10:55 am
St. Joseph School in Batavia, which just celebrated its 150th anniversary, is about to make a big change. The only Catholic elementary school is Batavia will become a regional school sometime this fall. This will allow the school to reach out beyond its parish boundaries to serve students from the surrounding area. It seemed like a logical step for the school.
Father Mierzwa placed on administrative leave
Mon, Sep 24th 2018 04:00 pm
After receiving an abuse complaint against Father Ronald B. Mierzwa, Bishop Richard J. Malone has placed Father Mierzwa on administrative leave as an investigation continues.
FICE presents Michael Boyle on Sept. 28
Fri, Sep 21st 2018 11:00 am
The Foundation for Inclusive Catholic Education (FICE) will continue the conversation about inclusive education in the Diocese of Buffalo, by presenting the keynote speaker for the annual Diocesan School Convocation to be held on Sept. 28. Dr. Michael Boyle from Loyola University in Chicago will address national trends of inclusive education within Catholic Schools.
Sound Board: Why I veil
Thu, Sep 20th 2018 02:00 pm
"The covering of the head with a veil symbolizes the reality of woman sheltered in the side of her Source and becoming one with Him. She becomes covered and hidden in her Divine Spouse." - St. John Chrysostom
From kindergarten student to teacher
Thu, Sep 20th 2018 10:00 am
There is a saying that you can never go back again, but for St. John the Baptist alumna, Lauren Kocher, going back to the Alden elementary school was always her intent.
Catechetical convocation to be held Oct. 3 in Depew
Tue, Sep 18th 2018 03:00 pm
The 13th annual diocesan catechetical convocation is slated for Wednesday, Oct. 3 at the Grapevines Banquet Center, 333 Dick Road in Depew. Nationally known speaker and author, Julianne Stanz will give the keynote, Missionary Discipleship and Transforming Leadership. Stanz is currently the director of discipleship and leadership development for the Diocese of Green Bay and a consultant on the USCCB's committee for evangelization and catechesis.
Fifteen men ordained to the diaconate
Tue, Sep 18th 2018 09:00 am
Under the shadow of intense criticism of diocesan leadership, a Catholic congregation from all over Western New York came together at Our Lady of Victory Basilica in Lackawanna to witness the celebration of the ordination of 15 men to the order of the diaconate on Saturday, Sept. 15.
Lawyer credits success to lifelong attendance of Catholic schools
Fri, Sep 14th 2018 03:00 pm
If all goes well, by the time you read this, Danielle Arthur will be adding Esq. to her business cards. The Williamsville native earned top honors in school from kindergarten all the way up to her recent graduation from Columbia Law School. She credits her success to a foundation in Catholic education.
New Communications director to assume duties Monday
Fri, Sep 14th 2018 01:00 pm
The Diocese of Buffalo is pleased to announce that it has hired Kathy Baranski Spangler as its director of Communications.
Msgr. Francis M. Skupien 1927-2018
Thu, Sep 13th 2018 02:00 pm
Msgr. Francis M. Skupien, longtime pastor of St. Mary Parish in Gasport, died Sept. 12, 2018, at the age of 91.
Father Sardina placed on administrative leave
Thu, Sep 13th 2018 01:00 pm
After receiving an abuse complaint against Father John J. Sardina, Bishop Richard J. Malone has placed Father Sardina on administrative leave as an investigation continues. This administrative leave is for the purpose of investigation and does not imply any determination as to the truth or falsity of the complaint.
Cultural Diversity: Hope is an anchor of soul, sure and firm
Thu, Sep 13th 2018 10:00 am
Sept. 15-Oct. 15 of every year in the United States we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. This celebration began as a weeklong celebration by President Lyndon Johnson and became a monthlong celebration during Ronald Reagan's presidency in 1988. Across the United States schools, colleges, community organizations and churches celebrate.
New superintendent of Catholic Schools welcomes new year
Tue, Sep 11th 2018 04:00 pm
Another school year is upon us and our Catholic Schools will once again open its doors to children of all faiths. Though open to all faiths, our Catholic identity and Christian values are present, and clearly evident as the primary focus of each school along with an exemplary academic program. Families who choose Catholic education for their children understand that a spiritual learning environment helps to strengthen the Christian values they teach within their own homes. Having children who daily interact with other children practicing those Christian values and seeing them modeled by the adults around them helps strengthen our future families and communities.
Diocese looking for parish addiction advocates with conference
Tue, Sep 11th 2018 01:05 pm
We've all seen those commercials about who to call when you slip and fall. But who do you call months later when you find yourself still taking opiates for the pain, and can't stop? Your local parish should be able to answer that question.
9/11: When John Paul II grieved with America
Tue, Sep 11th 2018 12:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - As three airliners smashed into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon, and Flight 93 crashed into a Pennsylvania field on September 11, 2001, Joaquín Navarro-Valls, at the time the director of the Vatican press office, delivered the news to Pope John Paul II.
Bishop Malone delivers message to the faithful
Fri, Sep 7th 2018 11:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone delivered the following message to the faithful in the Diocese of Buffalo. His letter was read at Masses throughout the diocese on the weekend of September 8 and 9, 2018:
Lutheran Catholic dialogue continues and shows progress
Thu, Sep 6th 2018 01:00 pm
Catholics and Lutherans gathered together at Christ the King Seminary on Aug. 15, to continue a dialogue that has shown promise in mending the 500-year rift that has kept the two faiths focusing on their differences, rather than focusing on what they have in common.
Bishop Timon holds open house
Wed, Sep 5th 2018 03:00 pm
Bishop Timon - St. Jude High School invites all sixth, seventh and eighth grade boys and their parents to its annual Open House on Tuesday, Sept. 25, and Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m
'Mind Cave' receives special blessing at SS Peter & Paul School
Wed, Sep 5th 2018 03:00 pm
On the first day of classes at SS Peter and Paul School in Williamsville, kindergartners and first graders in the first row squealed and smiled as they were hit with holy water. They were gathered in the new 'Mind Cave' which was blessed by Bishop Richard J. Malone Wednesday afternoon.
Father Jeremiah McGinley, OFM, 1928-2018
Tue, Sep 4th 2018 01:35 pm
Buffalo native Father Jeremiah McGinley, OFM, a professed Franciscan friar for 67 years and a priest for 63, died on Aug. 30 at Holy Name Friary in Ringwood, N.J. He was 89.
An important message from Bishop Malone
Sat, Sep 1st 2018 01:50 pm
It is important that I once again address the topic which has caused so much pain for so many. You do not need me to remind you that grave sins and crimes committed by a small percentage of clergy have had wide-ranging and long-lasting effects both here in our diocese and in the worldwide Church. I am convinced that the best way to respond to complaints of past abuse and to restore trust in the Church and her clergy is to be as open and as transparent as reasonably possible in addressing the complaints and taking action against offending priests.
New Mass schedule for some Southern Tier churches
Thu, Aug 30th 2018 03:00 pm
(Olean) — Local Roman Catholics heading to Mass after Labor Day weekend will need to re-think their normal routine. That's because a new Mass schedule goes into effect for three area Roman Catholic parishes—Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels, St. John the Evangelist Church, and St. Philomena Church in Franklinville.
Labor Day calls for just wages
Thu, Aug 30th 2018 03:00 pm
WASHINGTON—In his 2018 Labor Day statement, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, calls for all persons to work together for just wages, which are necessary for families to flourish. A just wage is one that "not only provides for workers' financial well-being, but fosters their social, cultural, and spiritual dimensions as individuals and members of society."
Our Lady of Victory visits Holy Land in annual pilgrimage
Wed, Aug 29th 2018 03:20 pm
He didn't wear a fedora or carry a bullwhip, but Msgr. Paul J.E. Burkard did lead an adventurous expedition into a historical land as Our Lady of Victory took its annual pilgrimage. This year 22 pilgrims traveled to the Holy Land, visiting Israel, Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
St. Casimir's offers classes on family faith for home
Wed, Aug 29th 2018 03:15 pm
St. Casimir Church, the home of the world's first shrine to the Domestic Church, will offer classes on easy family faith celebrations for the home. The 10-week series offers traditional, user-friendly ways to invite Jesus into the family household.
Christ the King School Class of 1968 holds reunion
Wed, Aug 29th 2018 03:00 pm
When friends gathered together to reminisce about the old days, who knew that it would blossom into a full blown class reunion for the Christ the King School class of 1968. Through social media and friends reaching out to other friends, most of the class was able to reconnect. They came from California, Texas, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Vermont and from all parts of New York state.
Making a Difference: Defending the unborn children at the edge of hell
Wed, Aug 29th 2018 03:00 pm
In the early months of his papacy, Pope Francis felt the urgent need to courageously preach on the actual existence of the devil, and the grave dangers of not taking his existence seriously (see: 1 Peter 5:8-9).
Bishop Malone announces resignation of Communications director
Wed, Aug 29th 2018 12:20 pm
George Richert has decided to step down as diocesan Director of Communications, effective Friday, Sept. 7.
Find God through an Ignatian Journey
Wed, Aug 29th 2018 11:10 am
For the past 25 plus years St Michael Jesuit Church in Buffalo has offered the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola in Daily Life.
Catechist formation requirements to be updated for 2018-19
Wed, Aug 29th 2018 11:00 am
In the coming months the Lifelong Faith Formation Department is updating the catechist formation requirements in order to create a solid, robust formation process for adult catechists.
Teens begin journey 'On the Road' to discipleship
Wed, Aug 29th 2018 10:00 am
The word Discipleship does not appear in the Bible, yet it is often used to mean a follower of Christ. Nearly two-dozen high school teens began their journey on the road to discipleship during a weeklong program of education and self-discovery.
Hindering or welcoming children entering the kingdom
Tue, Aug 28th 2018 03:00 pm
The middle section of Mark's Gospel, 8:32-10:52, presents Jesus and His disciples journeying to Jerusalem. Three times in this section Jesus predicts his coming suffering and death. Each time the disciples misunderstand Jesus and the meaning of the cross. The second prediction 9:30-31, and the subsequent misunderstandings include two passages involving children.
Do views on abortion align with party platforms? Not always
Tue, Aug 28th 2018 03:00 pm
WASHINGTON D.C. — Abortion in the United States is usually thought of as a deeply partisan issue. The majority of Republicans in Congress support restrictions on abortion, and the Democratic Party has included support and public funding for abortion in its most recent official party platform.
Sister Mary Agnes Czarnecki, CSSF, 1920-2018
Tue, Aug 28th 2018 03:00 pm
Sister Mary Agnes Czarnecki, 98, a Felician Sister for 79 years, died in Blessed Mary Angela Care Center in Buffalo Aug. 28, 2018.
Father Robert Yetter placed on administrative leave
Mon, Aug 27th 2018 03:00 pm
After receiving a new abuse complaint against Father Robert Yetter, Bishop Richard J. Malone has asked for and received the resignation of Father Yetter as pastor of St Mary's of Swormville. Father Yetter has also been placed on administrative leave as an investigation continues. Please note that this administrative leave is for the purpose of investigation and does not imply any determination as to the truth or falsity of the complaint.