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Niagara Catholic Junior Senior High School to close
Wed, Jun 27th 2018 03:00 pm
As a result of continued enrollment reductions, growing financial challenges and a significant reduction in Diocesan support, Niagara Catholic High School on 66th Street, will close its doors, effective immediately.
New Kindergarten scholarships offered at two schools
Wed, Jun 27th 2018 11:00 am
Two local Catholic schools have announced a new scholarship opportunity intended to allow better access to private education. Through an unnamed donor, Saints Peter and Paul School, in Williamsville, and Southtowns Catholic School, in Lake View, will offer a partial scholarship to each of the first ten kindergarteners who qualify financially.
USCCB Migration chairmen disappointed with Supreme Court decision
Wed, Jun 27th 2018 11:00 am
WASHINGTON, DC - On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court decided the case of Trump v. Hawaii, which involves a challenge to President Donald Trump's Proclamation No. 9645 restricting travel from several predominantly Muslim-majority countries. The Supreme Court in a 5-4 ruling upheld the travel ban.
Hungarian 'Angel of Mercy' champion of Human Rights
Wed, Jun 27th 2018 09:00 am
The Sisters of Social Service in Hungary, embraced Benedictine spirituality, had a special devotion to the Holy Spirit and protected many from Nazi atrocities. Their foundress Sister Margaret Slachta is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Lackawanna.
Supreme Court sides with pro-life pregnancy centers in California abortion case
Wed, Jun 27th 2018 09:00 am
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - The Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked a California law requiring pro-life pregnancy centers to post information on programs to obtain a free or low-cost abortion.
2018 Catholic Charities Appeal reaches $11 million goal
Tue, Jun 26th 2018 01:00 pm
Nearly six months of fundraising efforts by hundreds of volunteers throughout the Diocese of Buffalo and a late rally by the Western New York community have helped the 2018 Appeal for Catholic Charities surpass its $11 million goal.
Sister Rita Kane, SSJ, 1917-2018
Tue, Jun 26th 2018 11:00 am
Former teacher and principal, Sister Rita Kane died June 22, 2018, at the age of 100.
Father Stanislaw Dudek, 1937-2018
Tue, Jun 26th 2018 10:45 am
Father Stanislaw Dudek, a Polish-born priest who served the Diocese of Buffalo for over 10 years, died June 24, 2018.
My view: Victims deserve compassion not criticism
Tue, Jun 26th 2018 10:00 am
"Bishop Malone's office, Siobhan speaking - how may I help you?" Over the last two months, a multitude of callers have been on the receiving end of my phone greeting. I've talked to distressed citizens who express anger over Church cover-ups and silence, to concerned Catholics whose faith has been shaken by the priest abuse scandal, and to the victims of this abuse themselves. These latter individuals often share their stories, which are heartbreakingly horrible to hear. Even being on the periphery of their pain has been deeply disturbing. Yet remarkably, it is their strength more than their suffering that has most resonated with me.
Pondering with God's Word: 'More' is not always better
Mon, Jun 25th 2018 03:00 pm
Recently there has been a challenge to a long-held interpretation of the story of the Widow's Gift found in Mark's gospel. No doubt many have heard this short narrative used to praise self-sacrificing on behalf of others or to indicate that a gift is measured by the spirit in which it is given. But is that what the story is meant to convey?
Catholic Cemeteries helps deal with grief over opioid deaths
Mon, Jun 25th 2018 09:00 am
Deaths from opioid use or substance abuse are prevalent here in Buffalo as well as other places. We know that no two people grieve exactly the same. However, an overdose death creates barricades for healing to take place thereby adding complications to the grief process. This type of grief can become disenfranchised because added emotional stressors such as guilt, resentment and shame can become suppressed because one does not have an outlet to express them. It is important that those who have lost a loved one from an overdose be comforted in a compassionate, non-judgmental way.
Catholic Cemeteries offer updates on their sites
Fri, Jun 22nd 2018 02:45 pm
Catholic Cemeteries of Buffalo offered updates on their sites in the June edition of the Western New York Catholic.
Cultural Diversity: Prayer helps build closeness with God
Fri, Jun 22nd 2018 02:00 pm
Prayer is a basic necessity for us as Christians. Realizing this will help us have a better relationship with Jesus. We are blessed because we could not have a better teacher than Jesus. He prayed to the Father every chance He got. He even gave us the Lord's Prayer so that we can pray to our Father in heaven. We can learn and use this prayer daily. Therefore, those who don't know anything else, can at least pray the Lord's Prayer.
Justice Perspective: Imagine what it would take
Fri, Jun 22nd 2018 02:00 pm
Imagine for a moment what it would take for you to stuff whatever you could into a garbage bag and take your entire family to a place you have never been, without any certain plans or destination.
Cutbacks affect Daybreak staff and Fredonia Newman Center
Fri, Jun 22nd 2018 02:00 pm
The Diocese of Buffalo released the following statement Friday pertaining to cutbacks affecting Daybreak TV Productions and the Fredonia Newman Center:
Bishop Malone updates new clergy appointments
Fri, Jun 22nd 2018 12:00 pm
Three parish priests have received a third six-year term appointment by Bishop Richard J. Malone and two deacons have been given new assignments.
Husband and wife to head two Catholic high schools
Thu, Jun 21st 2018 02:00 pm
You don't see this every day. On Thursday, Mount St. Mary Academy named Katherine M. Spillman as its new principal. What's unique about the appointment is that Spillman's husband, James Spillman, was recently named the new principal of St. Joseph Colligate Institute.
St. Leo's focuses on future of the Catholic Church
Thu, Jun 21st 2018 01:00 pm
In the hopes of hearing the 'voice of the people', Msgr. Robert Zapfel welcomed a crowd of over 600 Catholics, Wednesday evening, to an open discussion called "Let's Talk About...The Future of the Catholic Church" at St. Leo the Great Parish in Amherst.
New program takes teens 'On the Road' to discipleship
Thu, Jun 21st 2018 11:30 am
The Diocese of Buffalo is inviting teenagers to begin their journey to discipleship.
Local pro-life leader to speak at national conference
Thu, Jun 21st 2018 09:35 am
Cheryl Calire, director of the Office of Pro-Life Activities for the Diocese of Buffalo, will head to St. Charles, Mo., to take part in the national Pro-Life Women's Conference, June 22-24. The three-day event, by women and for women, is to illustrate that women's empowerment cannot be attained by the oppression of other human beings. More than 600 women are expected to attend the conference held at the St. Charles Convention Center.
Bishop Malone: Let's build bridges, not walls
Wed, Jun 20th 2018 12:00 pm
Recent attention in local media has been given to the joyful news of the ordination of four men as priests for service in our diocese, and, on the other hand, to the tragic story of past clergy abuse of minors. While we rejoice with our new priests, and share the sadness and anger of abuse victims - while continuing our commitment a to safe environment for our young people - we must not lose sight of other important matters that call out to our consciences.
Pope Francis criticizes Trump's 'zero tolerance' migrant policy
Wed, Jun 20th 2018 09:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - In a new interview with Reuters, Pope Francis backed the U.S. bishops' opposition to the separation of migrant children from their parents at the Mexican border, calling the move "immoral" and "contrary to Catholic values."
Catholic Charities close to finish line for 2018 appeal
Wed, Jun 20th 2018 09:00 am
With fewer than two weeks remaining the 2018 Appeal for Catholic Charities of Buffalo is $345,416 short of its $11 million goal.
Bemus Point native makes perpetual vows as Daughter of St. Paul
Tue, Jun 19th 2018 01:00 pm
'It's been a journey', in her own words, for Sister Emily Beata Marsh, who will make her perpetual profession of vows as a Daughter of St. Paul on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary of Lourdes Catholic Church in Bemus Point. The 31 year old grew up in the community along Chautauqua Lake, where she has fond memories of biking and playing soccer.
St. Mary School plans special space for tech learning
Tue, Jun 19th 2018 11:00 am
There's a buzz in Swormville. The staff of St. Mary's School has been busy as bees to get a special dedicated space for their technology program.
'Zero tolerance' family immigration policy condemned by Catholic leaders
Mon, Jun 18th 2018 01:00 pm
The Trump administration's recent policy changes in border security and immigration enforcement, particularly the move to separate parents from their children, has drawn outcry from a number of Catholic leaders like Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo.
Catholic Charities Workforce and Education Services will have new space
Mon, Jun 18th 2018 09:00 am
Catholic Charities' Workforce and Education Services will have a new, more accessible site on the East Side of Buffalo this summer. The new location will be 1001 E. Delavan Ave., site of the former American Axle plant and will replace the current Kerns Avenue site. The Kerns Avenue site is expected to be closed June 25-29 to complete the move.
Missionary Sisters of St. Columban meet in diocese
Thu, Jun 14th 2018 08:00 am
The new leadership team for the Missionary Sisters of St. Columban visited the Diocese of Buffalo this spring on a three-week fact finding trip. The sisters serve in cross-cultural missions, live in community, and commit themselves to helping the poor and marginalized. The four-member team is traveling to all the areas where the congregation serves. The next stop is Britain before going to Asia. Thirteen sisters live in Silver Creek, their only American province.
St. Leo's discussion focuses on the future of the Catholic Church
Wed, Jun 13th 2018 10:00 am
AMHERST — What will the Catholic Church look like in 20 years? What do you want our Catholic Church to be? Four Catholics of distinction in our diocese will each make a brief presentation about their vision of the Catholic Church of the future. Then you will have an opportunity to question and share with a Q & A session.
St. Christopher offers new Praise & Worship program
Tue, Jun 12th 2018 09:00 am
St. Christopher Parish in Tonawanda has begun a new monthly Praise & Worship program that blends something old and something new. Father Steven A. Jekielek, pastor, and music director Sean Polen have designed a program that incorporates adoration with Scripture readings and music that mixes traditional, contemporary, meditative and upbeat music.
Centenarian sister 'saved' by O'Hara High students
Mon, Jun 11th 2018 01:05 pm
What started as a scary event for a 100-year-old sister, turned out to have a heroic happy ending.
Norm Paolini: Don't waste your suffering
Fri, Jun 8th 2018 02:00 pm
Let me say here that if you are expecting a story about Norm's beautiful family or his many ministries or his work at St. Luke's Mission of Mercy, by all means read the previous obituary we shared. You can also search Norm's name at the Buffalo News for 2 wonderful tributes. This is not that story.
'Day of Giving' campaign adds another $50,000 matching donation goal
Fri, Jun 8th 2018 01:35 pm
The community-wide Catholic Charities Day of Giving being held today throughout the eight counties of Western New York to raise funds for the 2018 Appeal continues to gather incredible momentum. As of noon, more than $88,956 has been raised, already surpassing the original goal of $50,000 in matching funds. The total so far today, when doubled, is now at $177,912.
Daybreak finds new ways to share 'What's Going On'
Fri, Jun 8th 2018 01:00 pm
"It's a very exciting time to be working at Daybreak because of social media," said Claire A. Rung, executive producer of Daybreak TV Productions, who is pleased with the response to two new video segments launched this year by the Diocese of Buffalo's video production team.
Dr. Michael LaFever named superintendent of Catholic Schools
Fri, Jun 8th 2018 11:15 am
A veteran educator with a wealth of school administration experience has been appointed Superintendent of Schools for the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. Michael C. LaFever, Ed.D, president of St. Benedict School in Eggertsville, will assume the leadership of Catholic Schools in the diocese effective June 29, upon the retirement of Sister Carol Cimino, SSJ.
Catholic cooking program includes 'sin' on this month's menu
Thu, Jun 7th 2018 12:00 pm
On Saturday, June 9, at 6:30 a.m. and noon, Father Paul D. Seil, host of "Our Daily Bread," will talk about sin on the monthly cooking show. Produced by Daybreak TV Productions of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, "Our Daily Bread" airs on WKBW-TV Channel 7.
Father Vacco named chair of Communication Campaign
Wed, Jun 6th 2018 02:00 pm
If you've visited Daybreak TV's YouTube channel, you may have seen Father James Vacco, OFM, deliver a reflection on the day's Gospel reading or cooking up Thanksgiving dinner on an episode of "Our Daily Bread." Perhaps you've read about his thoughts on Easter in the Western New York Catholic newspaper. Soon, you will hear him speak about the Office of Communications. The pastor of St. Bonaventure Parish in Allegany has been named the honorary chairperson for this year's Catholic Communication Campaign, an annual collection to support national and local communication needs in the Church.
Making a Difference: King's wisdom still calling us higher - 50 years later
Wed, Jun 6th 2018 01:00 pm
When a disciple of Jesus takes his or her prophetic baptismal call seriously, that person's words and actions live on long after he or she leaves this world.
St. Joe's summer programs offer academics and sports
Wed, Jun 6th 2018 01:00 pm
KENMORE — By late June, students, and sometimes faculty, are anxious for that final bell to ring on the last day before summer recess. But just a few days later, the St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute campus comes alive again as summer programs begin for boys of all ages. The school prides itself on the quality of the programs it offers each year, and all are led by St. Joe's faculty and coaches.
John Paul II Parish displays relic of namesake pope
Wed, Jun 6th 2018 10:00 am
St. John Paul II Parish in Lake View received a first class relic of their patron, the 264th pope. The parish held a special Mass to install the relic on May 3. The small drop of blood will be on permanent display in the vigil chapel room for veneration.