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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.
Serra Club changes name to Mary, Mother of Vocations Ministry
Fri, Nov 30th 2018 09:00 am
The name of the Serra Club of Buffalo may have changed to Mary, Mother of Vocations Ministry but its mission remains the same; to foster and affirm vocations to the ordained priesthood, vowed religious life and permanent diaconate and through this ministry, affirm its members' common Catholic Faith. The Serra Club of Buffalo was connected to the larger Serra USA and Serra International organizations.
Women Religious from Buffalo offer a quiet but powerful witness
Thu, Nov 29th 2018 09:00 am
The longer I have reflected the clearer it has become to me that all of the vocations in the Church exist in relation to one another, and that none exist in isolation. Over the years, our diocese has been blessed with the ministry and support of several communities of religious orders.
Christ the King Seminary rings in Advent with two events
Wed, Nov 28th 2018 10:25 am
The Western New York community is invited to begin the Advent and Christmas seasons by participating in the annual vespers service, a holiday tradition at Christ the King Seminary, on Sunday, Dec. 2. The service will begin at 4 p.m. in the seminary's St. John Vianney Chapel.
Nationwide solar power project comes to Villa Maria College
Wed, Nov 28th 2018 09:00 am
The Felician Sisters of North America's recent installation of 774 solar panels on their property in Buffalo, is part of the Felician Sisters of North America's nationwide solar power project that includes a series of such solar installations at six Felician Sisters' sites across the country.
Cardinal O'Hara expands theater program
Tue, Nov 27th 2018 11:50 am
TONAWANDA — Students at Cardinal O'Hara High School are experiencing a new opportunity to join theater. The comedy, "Anne Arky" by Lindsay Price scheduled Nov. 29 and 30, will be the first fall play performed in the school's history and will join the annual spring musical, expanding the drama and performance opportunities for students.
Sound Board: Job, school and faith can work together
Tue, Nov 27th 2018 11:00 am
My name is Rebecca Young and I am a senior at the Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart. My time on Youth Board so far this year has had a meaningful impact on my life already.
Making a Difference: The courageous witness of Oscar Romero and Paul VI
Tue, Nov 27th 2018 11:00 am
Two very different men, facing different sets of dire challenges with prophetic courage, faithfully journeyed along two different paths to the same destination: sainthood!
Father Richards recognized for his work in youth ministry
Tue, Nov 27th 2018 10:00 am
Father David Richards, administrator of Our Lady of Pompeii Parish in Lancaster, received recognition for channeling his abundant energy into advocacy for youth.
Rebuilding the House of God: Community and Temple
Mon, Nov 26th 2018 01:00 pm
In 587 BC, the Babylonians destroyed the Temple in Jerusalem and many Israelites were exiled to Babylonia or they fled to Egypt. Just as the people were referred to as the "House of David," they were also considered the "House of God" - both the building and the community were in ruins. Eventually, the Persians, under Cyrus, defeated the Babylonians, and the Israelites in Babylonia were allowed to return to the environs of Jerusalem. The task of those returnees was to rebuild their lives, their economy and their society, as well as their religious practice and the Temple of their God.
Venerable Nelson Baker, a bright light in dark times
Mon, Nov 26th 2018 12:00 pm
It was a proud moment for the Diocese of Buffalo when 15 deacons were ordained this past September at Our Lady of Victory Basilica in Lackawanna. Upon entering this sacred space the awareness and immensity of God's presence is captivating. Those gathered to celebrate the ordination struggled to recall a time in recent memory when there were so many prepared and ready to serve the Lord and his Church.
New clergy appointments announced
Mon, Nov 26th 2018 11:00 am
The chancery announced several clergy appointments during the month of November 2018.
Father Giangreco placed on administrative leave
Wed, Nov 21st 2018 04:00 pm
After receiving a complaint of sexual misconduct with an adult female, Bishop Richard J. Malone has placed Father Samuel T. Giangreco Jr. on administrative leave as an investigation continues.
Attorneys, social worker and pediatrician added to diocesan board
Wed, Nov 21st 2018 02:00 pm
The Diocese of Buffalo has announced four new members of the Diocesan Review Board (DRB) - Lee Coppola, John F. Coyne, M.D., Hon. Salvatore R. Martoche and Sister Mary McCarrick, OSF. The DRB advises Bishop Richard J. Malone in his assessment of allegations of child or vulnerable adult sexual abuse.
Bishop Malone responds to WKBW-TV story on Maine
Wed, Nov 21st 2018 12:00 pm
After enduring several months of controversy and anger over his decisions about handling sexual abuse cases within the Diocese of Buffalo, Bishop Richard J. Malone responded to a recent story by WKBW-TV about his history in his former diocese in Portland, Maine.
Foreign priest from Nigeria adjusts to new life in WNY
Wed, Nov 21st 2018 11:00 am
The Diocese of Buffalo takes pride in its rich cultural heritage. Masses are celebrated in 10 different languages throughout the eight counties, as well as signed English and the traditional Latin.
Caring for loved ones and sheltering them at life's end
Wed, Nov 21st 2018 10:00 am
An old Irish proverb says, "It is in the shelter of each other that the people live." Indeed, we are created to depend upon one another and walk together in suffering. But when family members or friends approach life's end, we may not know how best to "shelter" them. Here are some concrete ways we can compassionately care for them. Invite God In: Pope Francis has said that "praying in difficult situations is like opening the door to the Lord, in order that he might enter." The dying process is a sacred time - a final season to seek closure in this life and prepare for the next in the hope of sharing in Christ's Resurrection. As you enter into this season with your friend or family member, ask God to accompany both of you.
Niagara U officially dedicates Statler Foundation Hospitality House
Tue, Nov 20th 2018 01:45 pm
NIAGARA UNIVERSITY — Niagara University officially dedicated the Statler Foundation Hospitality House, a residential living and learning community for students studying event management at the university College of HosGifted Students Recognized at St. Francis High School.
Catholic Charities names Sember to new position
Tue, Nov 20th 2018 01:00 pm
Catholic Charities of Buffalo is pleased to announce the appointment of Timothy J. Sember, lifetime Catholic and Buffalonian, to the newly created position of Chief Development Officer. Dennis C. Walczyk, chief executive officer and diocesan director, made the announcement.
Peace Pole dedicated
Tue, Nov 20th 2018 10:00 am
The Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Committee of the Sisters of St. Joseph and Associates of Buffalo, dedicated a new Peace Pole at the Sisters property in Clarence. Sister of St. Joseph Associate Audrey Mang's welcome set the tone for the dedication of a Peace Pole by saying, "Today we celebrate diversity - the gift of our country. Diversity - all of us - is what makes our country great."
The walls of a cafeteria come alive at Notre Dame
Mon, Nov 19th 2018 04:00 pm
Some people may think school buildings are lifeless and boring. That is not the case at South Buffalo Catholic Notre Dame Academy. A mural was recently created for the cafeteria in the Abbott Road building, whose premise is a box of crayons, which is a perfect theme for this pre-K - fourth-grade campus.
Trocaire College board welcomes six new trustees
Mon, Nov 19th 2018 01:25 pm
Trocaire College's board of trustees has elected six new members to three-year terms on the board.
St. Mary's High School brings back new world view from Mexico
Mon, Nov 19th 2018 09:00 am
St. Mary's High School took a field trip south of the border this summer as three students and their Spanish teacher traveled to Puebla, Mexico to teach English. They ended up learning more than they ever expected.
Father Mancuso: Why Bishop Malone should stay
Fri, Nov 16th 2018 02:10 pm
As a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, I am concerned with the healing of both adult and child victims of abuse. I desire the reconciliation and the healing of the divisions in our Diocese. I long for the sanctification of the Clergy and the growth in holiness of all of the People of God. With all of this in mind: Here are three reasons why I support the Most Reverend Bishop Richard J. Malone to remain as bishop of Buffalo and lead us through the next two and a half years.
Justice Perspective: St. Oscar Romero was God's microphone for the oppressed
Fri, Nov 16th 2018 01:05 pm
Last month, on Sunday, Oct. 14, the Church canonized two giants of the 20th century Church - St. Paul VI and St. Oscar Romero.
Cultural Diversity: Celebrating our diversity and Black Catholic heritage
Fri, Nov 16th 2018 01:00 pm
Our church in the Diocese of Buffalo and throughout the United States is already diverse and becoming more diverse every day. This past October, we gathered with over 3,500 Catholic Hispanics leaders from around the United States for the V National Encuentro working toward a better way to serve this growing population. Looking at ways we can all work together as we move forward into the future of the Church in the United States.
Blood drives coming to area parishes
Fri, Nov 16th 2018 12:00 pm
The following Catholic institutions and organizations will hold blood drives in the next few weeks. Dates and times are subject to change.
Catholic Health launches new website to guide patients through the pregnancy journey
Fri, Nov 16th 2018 12:00 pm
When it comes to having a baby, there are a lot of decisions to make. Catholic Health has launched a new website, healthymomhealthybaby.org, to help guide mothers and families through the pregnancy journey. The site, designed for expectant mothers or women contemplating pregnancy, explores maternity services available throughout Catholic Health.
Catholic educators learn of latest teaching techniques
Fri, Nov 16th 2018 11:00 am
Pope Francis has spoken about providing a "moral and religious" education for all children. The diocesan Department of Catholic Education took that to heart when planning the annual education convocation. This year's theme "All Our Welcome; Learning Knows No Bounds," addressed the need to provide the strong teaching that Catholic schools are known for to all students regardless of race, economic class or special needs.
Seminarian brings medical background to Pro-Life Office
Fri, Nov 16th 2018 09:00 am
The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of the moral vision of society. Kevin Upendran, a student of Christ the King seminary studying for the priesthood in Hamilton, Ontario, has seriously considered that idea. He holds a medical degree and has met with several women who did not see new life as such an important thing.
Melissa Graham Kuberka's success assisted by Mount Mercy Academy
Thu, Nov 15th 2018 12:00 pm
While at Mount Mercy Academy Melissa Graham Kuberka (Class of 2009) was recognized as a talented student-athlete. She won multiple honors in athletics, including Senior Athlete of the Year and academically was the salutatorian of her class. Her academic and athletic prowess continued at the State University of New York at Geneseo. Kuberka, a former resident of Orchard Park, credits her time at Mount Mercy with providing her a strong base for both academics and athletics.
Cemetery to expand at Annunciation Church, Elma
Thu, Nov 15th 2018 12:00 pm
The Church of the Annunciation has begun expansion of its 112-year-old historic cemetery. The expansion will offer a more sacred space and park like setting directly behind the old cemetery on Girdle Road in Elma.
Ouch! Why? Please! Praying with the Lament Psalms
Thu, Nov 15th 2018 12:00 pm
The Book of Psalms contains the "Word of God" in the words of humans. Of the 150 Psalms in our biblical book, more than half of them are psalms of lament. Unfortunately, these psalms, at least the lament sections, are not used commonly in our Sunday lectionary and so we may have lost touch with this dimension of prayer; we need to recover it.
African flavor and 21st century saints make up annual bazaar
Wed, Nov 14th 2018 03:00 pm
A little bit of Africa came to Buffalo when the Office of Cultural Diversity held its annual African bazaar. The event, Held at Our Lady of hope Parish in Buffalo, raised money to help Vive La Casa Refugee Center in Buffalo.
USCCB discusses standards of conduct, independent commission
Wed, Nov 14th 2018 11:00 am
BALTIMORE, MD. (CNA/EWTN News) - The U.S. bishops have formally begun discussion of a new set of standards of conduct and a special commission to investigate accusations made against bishops.
Intense debate over handling of abuse scandal ensures at USCCB meeting
Wed, Nov 14th 2018 10:55 am
BALTIMORE, MD. - More than 20 bishops and cardinals offered passionate interventions during an open floor discussion on the sex abuse crisis at the U.S. bishops' meeting in Baltimore on Tuesday afternoon.
Sister Timothy 'turned the lights on in Buffalo'
Tue, Nov 13th 2018 11:00 am
Sitting in the office of NativityMiguel Middle School, Sister Timothy Howard, OSP, reminds her students to say, "Excuse me" as they come in for a hall pass. Sister Timothy has taught in Buffalo for nearly 50 years. She is now one of only two Oblate Sisters of Providence in the Diocese of Buffalo.