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Immaculate Conception School dedicated to quality education
Fri, Feb 23rd 2018 11:00 am
EAST AURORA — Immaculate Conception School has been educating the children of East Aurora and the surrounding suburbs for over a century; and for good reason. The school remains dedicated to providing a well rounded quality education true to the Catholic tradition of academic excellence.
Doc puts faith into healing, opens Catholic pediatric practice
Fri, Feb 23rd 2018 08:00 am
Trinity Pediatrics is not like any other doctor's office. Copies of Theology of the Body for children sit in the waiting room. Parents are given full information on vaccines. The doctor prays for her patients.
Sister M. Edwardine Machnica, CSSF, 1933-2018
Thu, Feb 22nd 2018 04:10 pm
Longtime educator Sister M. Edwardine Machnica died Feb. 17, 2018, at the age of 85.
Notre Dame handbell choir comes to Our Lady of Victory
Thu, Feb 22nd 2018 02:00 pm
In 1988, the University of Notre Dame Campus Ministry department first purchased a small set of Schulmerich bells. Thirty years later, the choir has expanded to cover more than five full octaves, plus three octaves of handchimes, providing music ministry to the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the South Bend community, and parishes around the United States.
Sacred Heart Academy plans African immersion project
Thu, Feb 22nd 2018 09:00 am
Students at Sacred Heart Academy will venture to Zambia this summer in an immersion trip sure to change lives of the locals, as well as their own.
St. John the Baptist launches new literacy program
Wed, Feb 21st 2018 01:00 pm
KENMORE — St. John the Baptist School lives by the following mission statement: "We teach children to read, so that they may eventually read to learn - and hope that through this process, they develop a lifelong love of reading."
Catholic Charities rooted in helping families stay together
Wed, Feb 21st 2018 08:00 am
When people hear the word "charity," thoughts of feeding the poor or giving shelter to the homeless are common. But people have needs far beyond the basics. Since its inception, Catholic Charities of Buffalo has offered services to strengthen families and communities. From domestic abuse counseling to school intervention to parenting classes, Catholic Charities works to support the family unit.
Catholic school alumna now lives, works in Jordan
Tue, Feb 20th 2018 03:00 pm
For one local Catholic school alumna, a solid foundation early in her academic career led to a life passion for working toward resolving complex global issues.
St. Mary's to pilot new adjunct professor program
Tue, Feb 20th 2018 12:00 pm
LANCASTER — St. Mary's High School is beginning a new adjunct professor program that involves bringing in accomplished professionals and college-level professors to guest lecture in certain classes throughout the semester.
Here's a mother-in-law story. This time, it's not a joke
Tue, Feb 20th 2018 12:00 pm
This month, during the weekend liturgies, we hear the story of Simon's (Peter's) mother-in-law. The earliest Christians would have heard Mark's Gospel spoken to them or read to them, probably in one or two sittings, not piecemeal as in our Sunday liturgies. So, it is valuable to see Mark's Gospel as an oral performance, similar to a theater play. Thus, it is enlightening to look at the placement of the story of Jesus' healing of Simon's mother-in-law within the gospel.
Catholic Health names Mark Sullivan new president and CEO
Tue, Feb 20th 2018 09:00 am
The Corporate Members and Sponsors Council of Catholic Health has appointed Mark A. Sullivan, FACHE, the new president & CEO of the Buffalo based health system. A veteran healthcare executive, Sullivan has been with Catholic Health since its inception, most recently serving as Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer since 2007.
Sister Helena Burns to host social media workshop
Fri, Feb 16th 2018 02:05 pm
EAST AURORA — The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo is hosting a free workshop, "Good News for Social Media: How Parishes and All Catholics Can Share Faith Online," at Christ the King Seminary on Tuesday, Feb. 27, from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.
A closer look at Catholic weddings
Fri, Feb 16th 2018 02:00 pm
For engaged couples making wedding plans, most are typically concerned about reserving a date and venue, hiring a photographer and DJ, and sending out save the date cards and invitations. However, if they plan to have a Catholic ceremony, those who wish to adhere to these practices have other things to plan out.
Faith formation curriculum combines service, theological reflection
Fri, Feb 16th 2018 02:00 pm
"Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you" (Matthew 28:19-20). It is precisely this directive, from Christ at His ascension, that the third component of the newly-implemented "Forming Disciples" diocesan Lifelong Faith Formation curriculum seeks to illuminate.
Neighboring parishes to co-sponsor Lenten retreat
Fri, Feb 16th 2018 02:00 pm
Four neighboring Depew and Lancaster parishes are joining together to offer a two-part Lenten retreat, entitled "A Heart for God," on Monday, Feb. 26, and Wednesday, Feb. 28, from 7 to 8:15 p.m. This is the third consecutive year St. Mary of the Assumption, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Our Lady of Pompeii and St. Martha parishes have collaborated on presenting a faith enrichment Lenten program.
Catholic Women of Buffalo to hold third-annual conference
Fri, Feb 16th 2018 01:00 pm
On Saturday, Feb. 24, Catholic Women of Buffalo will present their third-annual conference. This year's conference, "The Heart of a Woman," will be held at Cardinal O'Hara High School in Tonawanda, starting at 7:30 a.m., with registration and continental breakfast. It will also include three speakers.
Seminary to host theology and philosophy conference
Fri, Feb 16th 2018 01:00 pm
EAST AURORA — Leading national and international speakers, and top creative minds working in theology and philosophy, will converge on Christ the King Seminary on the weekend of Feb. 23-24 for the 2018 Conference for Collaborative Philosophy, Theology and Ministry. The conference's keynote speakers represent institutions from three continents - the U.S., Europe and Australia.
Justice Perspective: Stand in solidarity with Salvadorans
Fri, Feb 16th 2018 01:00 pm
For nearly 50 years, the Catholic Church in the United States has celebrated National Migration Week. It is an opportunity for us to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, including immigrants, refugees and survivors of human trafficking.
Black population cared for and invited to church by Father Baker
Thu, Feb 15th 2018 04:00 pm
The Venerable Nelson H. Baker earned his title "Servant of God" by helping those with the greatest need. Well known as the "Padre of the Poor" and father figure to the orphaned Baker Boys, the Lackawanna hero also had a hand in helping the African-American population in the Diocese of Buffalo.
Sister Elena M. Sinatra, SSHJ, 1934-2018
Thu, Feb 15th 2018 01:00 pm
Sister Elena M. Sinatra, SSHJ, died Feb. 7, 2018, at the age of 83.
Msgr. Samuel J. Faiola, 1925-2018
Thu, Feb 15th 2018 12:00 pm
Father Samuel J. Faiola, longtime pastor of St. Stephen Parish in Middleport, died Feb. 12, 2018. He was 92.
Catholic leaders react to latest school shooting
Thu, Feb 15th 2018 09:00 am
Following the 18th United States school shooting of 2018 that killed at least 17 people at a Parkland, Fla., high school Feb. 14, Bishop Richard J. Malone called for prayers and action to stop the ongoing "culture of death."
Bishop Malone reflects upon the symbolism of Ash Wednesday
Wed, Feb 14th 2018 03:55 pm
Hundreds of people spent their lunch hour at St. Joseph Cathedral Feb. 14 to celebrate Mass and receive ashes from Bishop Richard J. Malone on Ash Wednesday.
Where do Ash Wednesday ashes come from?
Wed, Feb 14th 2018 10:00 am
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - "Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return."
Bishop Malone: Let's get to work on the new evangelization
Tue, Feb 13th 2018 04:00 pm
When I mentioned to a friend that I intended to write this month's column on the new evangelization, he accused me of having an obsession - a "holy" obsession, he qualified - with that theme. I told him that if I do indeed have such an obsession, it is because I am convinced that the work of helping people encounter Jesus Christ and His saving message is the primary mission of the Church ... at this time, and at all times. Evangelization is, as Blessed Paul VI declared in his 1976 encyclical "Evangelii Nuntiandi," the "deepest identity" of the Church. The Church, he wrote, "exists in order to evangelize" (#14).
Laywoman appointed pastoral administrator of Alden parish
Mon, Feb 12th 2018 02:00 pm
A full Church witnessed history on Feb. 11 as Deborah Brown became the first layperson installed as pastoral administrator in the Diocese of Buffalo. Bishop Richard J. Malone installed Brown at St. John the Baptist Parish in Alden during the 11 a.m. Mass.
Msgr. Paul R. Juenker, 1920-2018
Mon, Feb 12th 2018 09:00 am
The oldest priest in the Diocese of Buffalo, Msgr. Paul R. Juenker, died Feb. 8, 2018, at the Brothers of Mercy Nursing Home in Clarence after a short illness. He was 97.
Anointing of the Sick at annual White Mass
Mon, Feb 12th 2018 09:00 am
"We value tremendously the service that you render to us," Bishop Richard J. Malone told a gathering of healthcare workers Saturday afternoon at the annual White Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral. "We pray that all of you in the healthcare professions will be guided by the hand of God and sustained by Christ's grace as you engage the art and science of healing body, mind and spirit."
Learning about the Mass on 'Our Daily Bread'
Fri, Feb 9th 2018 03:00 pm
"Jesus said to them, 'I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst'" (John 6:35).
Bishop Malone: Ash Wednesday on Valentine's Day
Fri, Feb 9th 2018 09:25 am
As you are likely aware, St. Valentine's Day falls on Ash Wednesday this year. This is the first time these two occasions have overlapped since 1945. As a result, some people have inquired as to whether a dispensation from the Ash Wednesday fast and abstinence will be granted.
Fredonia Newman Center to hold benefit concert
Thu, Feb 8th 2018 03:00 pm
FREDONIA — To help the Newman Center at the State University of New York at Fredonia participate in the Upon This Rock campaign, the center will be hosting a benefit concert, featuring the work of student performers, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 9, at St. Anthony Church, 42 Orchard St.
Bishop appoints first lay woman as pastoral administrator
Thu, Feb 8th 2018 09:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone has named the first lay woman to lead a pastoral team at a parish.
Bishop Malone to distribute ashes on Ash Wednesday
Tue, Feb 6th 2018 11:15 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, will distribute ashes at the 12:05 p.m. Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo, on Wednesday, February 14, Ash Wednesday.
MSM freshman sings her way to Carnegie Hall
Tue, Feb 6th 2018 10:35 am
Someone should name an energy drink after Murphy McDermott. The 14-year-old spends her days studying, singing and taking care of her pets, all 19 of them. Her hard work is paying off as she will perform at Carnegie Hall this month.
MLK celebration reminds faithful of cost of discipleship
Tue, Feb 6th 2018 10:00 am
At SS. Columba-Brigid Parish in Buffalo, a packed church came together to remember the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., a day before what would have been the slain civil rights leader's 89th birthday and months before the 50th anniversary of his death. Bishop Richard J. Malone served as celebrant at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. diocesan celebration on Jan. 14, with Deacon LeRoy T. Gill Jr., from the Archdiocese of Chicago, serving as guest homilist.
Diocese, VOICE-Buffalo hold day of community organizing
Mon, Feb 5th 2018 09:00 am
The Diocese of Buffalo partnered with VOICE-Buffalo and Back to Basics Ministries for their first-ever day of community organizing on Martin Luther King Jr. Day at SS. Columba-Brigid Parish in Buffalo. It focused on how to mobilize community awareness on issues in accordance with King's own methods and legacy.
GALA 22:6 recognizes those who have made a difference
Fri, Feb 2nd 2018 08:00 pm
The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo's largest annual fundraiser, GALA 22:6, kicked off the festivities Feb. 1 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, raising funds for needs-based Catholic education tuition assistance. The tuition assistance helps students attending Catholic elementary schools throughout the eight counties of Western New York.
Called to Abundant Life: World Day of Prayer
Fri, Feb 2nd 2018 12:00 pm
Although it may not seem so, the days are getting longer as the winter solstice has passed and the daylight hours grow. As the light expands and intensifies, there is pause to consider if what is occurring externally is simultaneously happening in our spiritual lives. Is the light of Christ growing in our lives? When speaking about Jesus in John's Gospel, St. John the Baptist says, "He must increase and I must decrease."
Cultural Diversity: Share the Journey with the family
Fri, Feb 2nd 2018 12:00 pm
"Share the Journey" is the theme for this year's National Day of Prayer for the African-American and the African family.
Mount Mercy Academy soccer team receives honor
Fri, Feb 2nd 2018 10:00 am
The 2016 Mount Mercy Magic varsity soccer team was named the winner of the 2017 Soccer Officials Sportsmanship Award. The award is given to the girls' soccer team in Western New York that exhibits the best sportsmanship throughout the season. All schools, both private and public are considered for this honor.