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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.
Stroke remains a top health concern for Erie County
Sat, Dec 22nd 2018 06:00 am
In timing with World Stroke Awareness Day, Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns and C.J. Urlaub, president and CEO of Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, announced the results of the 'Stroke Prevention Carotid Artery Screenings' conducted at the Erie County Auto Bureaus. This program was a continued, collaborative effort between the clerk's office and the hospital to help improve health in our community, through the Clerk's Wellness Collaborative.
Father Sajdak returned to active ministry
Fri, Dec 21st 2018 12:00 pm
On December 20, 2018, the independent Diocesan Review Board met and carefully considered the report of Investigator Scott F. Riordan who was asked to investigate an allegation of clerical sexual abuse of a minor against Father Ronald P. Sajdak of the Diocese of Buffalo.
MSM students create coloring book for memory loss
Fri, Dec 21st 2018 08:00 am
Three students at Mount St. Mary Academy have used their talents to help those afflicted with Alzheimer's. They created a cognitive coloring book to help draw back memories. Actually, they created more than a product. They created an entire business.
STREAM makes a splash at Christ the King School
Thu, Dec 20th 2018 10:45 am
Students at Christ the King School are jumping into STREAM education to develop skills for the future.
Catholic aid agency looks back on 75 years of service
Wed, Dec 19th 2018 11:50 am
Born 75 years ago as a result of the refugee crisis that unfolded during World War II, Catholic Relief Services, the international relief and development agency of the United States Catholic Church, has since grown into one of the largest humanitarian aid agencies in the world while responding to some of the most devastating modern crises of our time.
Healing Masses offer comfort to those who are suffering illnesses
Tue, Dec 18th 2018 10:05 am
Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Harris Hill and St. Stephen Church on Grand Island are two of the parishes that host healing Masses.
Let every heart prepare room for Him
Mon, Dec 17th 2018 04:00 pm
The poet T.S. Eliot once wrote, "Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go." Taking a risk and entering the unknown begins a great adventure whose final destination is unknown and whose results cannot be calculated. God took a great risk and began a great adventure when he decided to send Jesus to the world.
Sound Board: He's the reason I sing
Mon, Dec 17th 2018 03:00 pm
Just the thought of Mass is very moving for many, but music is one of the many ways to give everything to God. Just closing your eyes and listening to the melody, listening to the lyrics and praying the song can make you at peace and aware that God is with you.
Inclusive Christmas Mass offered at St. Bernadette Parish
Mon, Dec 17th 2018 03:00 pm
ORCHARD PARK — On Dec. 26, St. Bernadette Parish is hosting an Inclusive Christmas Mass from 7-7:30 p.m. This Mass is designed for families with children and adults who have special needs. These families are living examples of Christ's love and his nearness to the most vulnerable among us. The Open Doors Committee, who advocates for parishioners with disabilities planned the celebration.
Four abuse cases reach resolution
Fri, Dec 14th 2018 05:00 pm
On December 13, 2018, the Diocesan Review Board met and carefully considered the reports of Investigator Scott F. Riordan who was asked to investigate allegations of abuse against four priests of the Diocese of Buffalo.
National Dialogue will seek input from young people and parents
Fri, Dec 14th 2018 01:55 pm
If you are a young person, the parent of young people or a ministry leader, your thoughts are wanted.
St. Joseph Cathedral Christmas schedule
Thu, Dec 13th 2018 04:00 pm
St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo, has scheduled a number of celebrations during the Advent and Christmas seasons.
Sister Therese Marie Kodz, CSSF, 1943-2018
Thu, Dec 13th 2018 01:00 pm
Sister Therese Marie Kodz, 75, a Felician Sister for 57 years, died in Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, Dec. 10, 2018. The former Mary Kodz was born on June 23, 1943, in Utica.
The emotional reunion between one kind sister and adopted child
Thu, Dec 13th 2018 11:00 am
A tearful reunion took place in Buffalo this past month. Lynn Stephens met the woman she calls her second mother, Sister Dorothy Feltz. It had been over 40 years since they last saw each other. When Sister Dorothy saw Stephens safe and sound with her adopted family, she faded away.
Many differences but one common denominator to March for Life
Wed, Dec 12th 2018 01:15 pm
Buffalo Diocese and hundreds of thousands of other Catholics will be taking a pilgrimage of public witness to Washington, D.C. They are calling for the end of abortion in the United States.
Msgr. McCarthy praises new gym at Baker Hall
Wed, Dec 12th 2018 12:00 pm
The gym is more than a place for games. It is where young people learn to obey a set of rules, work as a team and be a good sport. That has always been the belief of Msgr. Leo McCarthy, former coach and mentor, and now namesake of the Baker Hall gym.
Matter matters at St. John the Baptist, Kenmore
Wed, Dec 12th 2018 12:00 pm
As an activity to study the states of matter, fifth-grade teacher Mary Donahue and St. John the Baptist School STREAM coordinator Mary Makar worked together to create lab stations for the students to apply the concepts that they learned in science class and understand how these theories work in the real world.
Hawk-tion fundraiser at Cardinal O'Hara celebrates 25 years
Tue, Dec 11th 2018 03:00 pm
TONAWANDA — A silver anniversary is an occasion to celebrate. At Cardinal O'Hara High School, this year's Hawk-tion, held on Nov. 9, celebrated its 25th year of the school's most successful fundraiser.
Cultural Diversity: The Trial of Juan Diego
Tue, Dec 11th 2018 03:00 pm
This Dec. 12, many throughout the world will join our Mexican brothers and sisters to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. St. John Paul II named her Mother of the Americas.
Brophy named fourth president of Hilbert College
Tue, Dec 11th 2018 02:00 pm
HAMBURG — Dr. Michael S. Brophy, former president of Benedictine University (Chicago and Phoenix) and Marymount California University (Los Angeles), has been named the fourth president of Hilbert College. Brophy, who was born and raised in New York state, is the first male president in the College's 61-year history. He will take office Jan. 15, 2019.
Father Zielenieski named pastor of South Buffalo parish
Mon, Dec 10th 2018 02:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone has named Father Bryan J. Zielenieski pastor of Our Lady of Charity Parish, Buffalo, for a term of six years.
Teens and adults answer the Call
Mon, Dec 10th 2018 02:00 pm
Teenagers and adults from over 10 parishes gathered at Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish in Cheektowaga on Friday, Nov. 9, to reflect on The Call: Sainthood is Now. The evening began with praise and worship led by The Anointed music group. The opening prayer focused on First Samuel where the young boy finally realizes it is God who is calling him. He responds, "Speak for your servant is listening." A sung litany of saints concluded the prayer.
Bishop Malone: U.S. bishops confronting the evils of sexual abuse
Mon, Dec 10th 2018 02:00 pm
Perhaps you caught some of the recent Plenary Assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, held in Baltimore from Nov. 12 through Nov. 15.
Sister Mary has a long ministry of caring for people
Fri, Dec 7th 2018 04:00 pm
Sister Mary Helen Buscarino, OSF, has come a long distance from her Italian birthplace, and she has met a lot of people along the way. Her life as a Franciscan sister has given her opportunities to help others, and she used every one of those chances to make someone else's world better.
Diocese to observe 29th annual National Night of Prayer
Fri, Dec 7th 2018 09:00 am
The 29th Annual Night of Prayer will be observed Saturday, Dec. 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, at 9 p.m. to Sunday, Dec. 9, feast of St. Juan Diego, at 1 a.m.
Response to Love requests cleaning supplies
Thu, Dec 6th 2018 03:00 pm
The Response To Love Center is collecting everyday cleaning supplies that will be distributed to the people in need during our Christmas Eve dinner.
Sister Joan still meeting the needs of her people
Thu, Dec 6th 2018 02:00 pm
Retirement for Sister Joan Sherry means working four days a week rather than seven. There are also no more late night meetings, and "a lot less pressure."
Students write holiday prayers and open up their hearts
Thu, Dec 6th 2018 09:00 am
Prayer is one of the most important things a Christian can do. It is a way of communicating with God. Prayer does not have to be complicated or difficult. It can be as easy as a conversation with a good friend.
At 100 years, Sister Fidelma is still cherished by her students
Wed, Dec 5th 2018 04:00 pm
Teachers know they have made an impact on their students when those students attend their birthday parties. When Sister Mary Fidelma Kakol turned 100 in October, her former students packed the Blessed Mary Angela Care Center to wish her well.
National appeal supports elderly Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests
Tue, Dec 4th 2018 10:00 am
The annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection will be held Dec. 8-9 in the Diocese of Buffalo. Coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) in Washington, the appeal benefits 31,000 elderly Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests.
Commentary: Advent is the remedy to our spiritual crisis
Mon, Dec 3rd 2018 02:05 pm
DENVER, COLO. (CNA) - "Insincerity was an evil which sprang up within the Church from the first," wrote Blessed John Henry Newman in 1839. "Ananias and Simon were not open opposers of the Apostles, but false brethren."
Catholic Charities celebrates grand opening of new workforce and education services site
Mon, Dec 3rd 2018 10:15 am
Officials and staff of Catholic Charities Workforce and Education Services celebrated the grand opening of its newest location at 1001 E. Delavan Ave., Buffalo, Friday, Nov. 16, with an open house, blessing and dedication and tours of the facility.
How to live as missionary disciples
Sun, Dec 2nd 2018 10:00 am
Wondering just how Catholics can live as missionary disciples? Pope Francis' suggests that we do it by visiting with those at the margins. In other words, we learn to be missionaries by spending time in the company of those with whom church insiders can find it most difficult. If we want our parishes to thrive and not merely survive, we need to pay attention to those who we find hardest to understand. Why? Because that is where many of God's people are. Our purpose is to connect, welcome and engage them.
Sister Ruth Haselbauer, SSJ, 1934- 2018
Fri, Nov 30th 2018 04:00 pm
Sister Ruth Haselbauer, a Sister of St. Joseph for 65 years and an administrator and faculty member at Medaille College for 35 years, died Nov. 19, 2018, at the Sisters of St. Joseph Residence in Clarence, after an extended illness. She was 84.
Sister Mary Rosalma Pawlak, CSSF, 1920-2018
Fri, Nov 30th 2018 04:00 pm
Sister Mary Rosalma Pawlak, 98, a Felician Sister for 76 years, died in the Blessed Mary Angela Care Center in Buffalo on Nov. 28, 2018. The former Josephine Pawlak was born on Feb. 22, 1920, in Morris Run, Pa. She entered the Immaculate Heart of Mary Province of the Felician Sisters on Oct. 25, 1942, and professed perpetual vows on Aug. 6, 1950. She was a member of St. Casimir Parish in Elmira, and graduated from Elmira Free Academy. She earned a bachelor's degree from Mount St. Joseph Teachers (now Medaille) College in Buffalo. She also received a diploma from Rochester Dental Dispensary and a New York state license as a dental hygienist.
Sister Mary Janet Mazierski, CSSF, 1929-2018
Fri, Nov 30th 2018 04:00 pm
Sister Mary Janet Mazierski, 89, a Felician Sister for 69 years, died in the Blessed Mary Angela Care Center in Buffalo on Nov. 28, 2018. The former Lucille Mazierski was born Sept. 18, 1929, in Buffalo. She entered the Buffalo Province of the Felician Sisters on Sept. 17, 1949, and professed perpetual vows on Aug. 13, 1957. She graduated from Riverside High School in Buffalo and furthered her education at Canisius College of Buffalo earning a bachelor's degree and at Medaille College, Buffalo, with a master of arts degree.