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Mount St. Mary students collect over 10,000 food items, 300 gifts for needy
Tue, Jan 2nd 2018 10:00 am
KENMORE — Mount St. Mary Academy celebrated the Advent season by sharing with those in need. Led by the student volunteer organization, Z-Club, students collected over 10,000 food items, which were donated to local shelters.
Making a Difference: Game of North Korean-American brinkmanship
Sat, Dec 30th 2017 06:00 am
Remember the game of chicken? It's a foolishly high-stakes challenge in which two drivers, risking death, drive on a collision course towards each other until one of the drivers chooses to swerve away.
Taking Flight Dinner to benefit FICE on March 8
Wed, Dec 27th 2017 10:00 am
Growing up, my parents instilled in my three brothers and me that our Catholic faith was not what you do on Sundays, it's who you are. It is the constant celebration of the value of goodness, and this has had a profound influence on the way I think, behave and act.
Catholic Health receives top grades in safety report
Tue, Dec 26th 2017 06:00 am
As the area leader in health care quality and patient safety, Catholic Health has once again earned the region's highest overall grades in the Leapfrog Group's biannual Hospital Safety Grade Report. Catholic Health also received two of only seven "A" grades that were presented to hospitals throughout New York state. A national leader in health care quality reporting, the Leapfrog Group grades hospitals from "A" to "F" on how well they protect patients from medical errors, infections and injuries.
Discovering God in the unexpected
Sun, Dec 24th 2017 06:00 am
Even the most avid of readers might pick up a book that intrigues them, and desire so badly to get into the book that they skip the preface. If we skip the preface during the Christmas season, we might miss the heart of the Christmas message. In St. John's Gospel, the well-known preface says, "The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us." God, who existed before time, broke through both time and space, and entered humanity. In Jesus, God became manifest as He revealed Himself in a complete way.
Our Lady of Pompeii Parish offers grief workshop
Sat, Dec 23rd 2017 06:00 am
For many, holidays are a time for joy and sharing with family. But for some, the colored lights and burning candles cast a shadow of depression. Many are saddened by the loss of family members or fear of dealing with the first Christmas since the death of a loved one.
Father Quinlivan shares 'Joy' of new music
Fri, Dec 22nd 2017 06:00 am
Father Bill Quinlivan, prolific writer, musician and minister, has done it again with a new CD out in time for Christmas. Titled "Jump for Joy," this is Father Quinlivan's eighth CD. Having published "Made to Praise Him" in 2014 and recently been named pastor of two parishes in Buffalo, you might wonder how he does all this.
The ways we connect with the meaning of Christmas
Thu, Dec 21st 2017 08:00 am
Between Advent and all of the preparations for Christmas, December becomes one of the busiest months of the year, especially for a parish staff. Some believe that all of the happenings and "to-dos" distract us from the true meaning of the season. But I think that the true meaning of Christmas is made even more real by the very experiences we sometimes take for granted or that might even seem like distractions. For example: given the choice between watching a Christmas movie with all my cousins or taking time alone in prayer, I am hands down going to choose movie time. Even though prayer is an important part of spiritual preparation, time with family is a blessing and a reminder of how close to God we can be. The festivities we look forward to, the food we eat, and the family we see are experiences that help us fully realize an inward, spiritual celebration that builds with anticipation during Advent and that we celebrate on Christmas.
Christmas week at St. Joseph Cathedral
Wed, Dec 20th 2017 03:55 pm
St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo, has scheduled a number of celebrations during the Advent and Christmas seasons.
Bishops call on President to continue working with Congress toward acceptable tax bill
Wed, Dec 20th 2017 03:00 pm
WASHINGTON— After the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate passed The Tax Reform and Jobs Act, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, drew attention to unacceptable problems that remain, and called on President Trump to insist that Congress fix them before he signs a bill into law.
Christmas evangelization is spread through whispers
Wed, Dec 20th 2017 09:00 am
"Shhh. The baby is sleeping." Every parent of a newborn has whispered these words. Christmas is our whispering season. Christmas quiets the world. It is time to do what God did for us. It is time to share the Son of God with the world, quietly. God knows, a whisper is sometimes the best way to get a message across.
The mysteries and surprises behind Christmas carols
Tue, Dec 19th 2017 10:00 am
Ah, December. Turn up the radio and hear those ring-ting-tingling Christmas Carols. By definition, a carol is a song of joy or mirth often pertaining to religious joy. Although mostly associated with Christmas, they originated with pagan festivities surrounding the winter solstice. Those same festivities brought us the Christmas tree and kissing under the mistletoe.
Annual GALA 22:6 education dinner to be held Feb. 1
Mon, Dec 18th 2017 04:15 pm
The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo will hold its 18th annual Catholic Education dinner, GALA 22:6, on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. The 2018 Bishop's Medal honorees will include the chair couples for the Upon This Rock capital campaign, the Montante family and Uniland Development Company.
An angel and a star - shepherds and Magi
Sun, Dec 17th 2017 08:00 am
What's on the top of your Christmas tree: an angel or a star? And what would the Christmas scene be like if we only had Luke's Gospel? Or only Matthew's? Only Luke has the angel appearing to the shepherds, while only Matthew has the star leading the Magi.
Justice Perspective: Christmas can still change the world
Sat, Dec 16th 2017 08:00 am
As our season of Advent begins, it almost seems like we are late to the party. After all, Christmas has been a part of what has surrounded us in our culture for weeks already. We have lived through Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday, and on and on. We have been bombarded with Christmas music, Christmas movies, Christmas party invitations, Christmas sales and Christmas decorations.
Oishei high school scholarships available
Fri, Dec 15th 2017 01:00 pm
The John R. Oishei Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of full tuition scholarships for incoming high school freshmen at area independent secondary schools for the fall of 2018.
Mount St. Mary Academy recognizes Sister Regina Murphy, SSMN
Fri, Dec 15th 2017 11:00 am
Sister Regina Murphy, SSMN (formerly Sister Damian) received the 2017 Mount St. Mary Academy Distinguished Educator Award, which honors a former faculty member for her dedication to academic excellence and the care of her students. The award was presented as part of Mount St. Mary Academy's 90th anniversary celebration.
Faith leaders affirm the inherent beauty of being created male and female
Fri, Dec 15th 2017 11:00 am
WASHINGTON—Following the USCCB General Assembly in November 2017, a group of ecumenical and interfaith partners gathered with bishops of the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage to discuss gender ideology. As a result of this discussion, faith leaders today issued an open letter entitled "Created Male and Female".
Villa student, faculty art featured in FOX's 'Bob's Burgers'
Fri, Dec 15th 2017 11:00 am
Villa Maria College Animation student Bridget McCleary '17 and Animation faculty members Lee Terwilliger '14 and Valery Amborski '14 each had their work selected and featured in a fan-drawn episode of Bob's Burgers, which airs on FOX.
Bishop Dominic Dinh Mai Luong, DD (1940-2017)
Fri, Dec 15th 2017 10:40 am
Bishop Dominic Dinh Mai Luong, DD, who served for 10 years in the Diocese of Buffalo as a priest and went on to become the first Vietnamese-born Catholic bishop in the United States, died Dec. 6, 2017, in California. He was 76.
At-home family engagement a crucial part of curriculum
Fri, Dec 15th 2017 09:00 am
In September, parishes in the Diocese of Buffalo began using the new faith formation curriculum, "Forming Disciples," designed to be introduced over the next few years. Of its four key components, the first is a focus on engaging parents in their faith, and in faith in the home. This family attention is intended to build up the Church within households to support a child's growth in the faith. Although the actual process is different in every parish, and it should be tailored to the unique needs of each one, the diocesan Department of Lifelong Faith Formation has implemented a plan to ensure they share a common goal.
Villa Maria Food Pantry provides holiday meals
Thu, Dec 14th 2017 04:00 pm
The Sister Mary Josette Food Pantry at Villa Maria College packed two-hundred bags of holiday meals for food pantry clients with the help of the News Neediest Fund run by The Buffalo News. The Fund purchases holiday meals with the help of cash donations, which are then distributed to food pantries by the Food Bank of WNY.
Annual free Christmas community dinner serves up love of neighbor
Thu, Dec 14th 2017 02:00 pm
Not everyone has the luxury of enjoying a hearty dinner surrounded with family on Christmas day. Many people locally have no family in town, or no family at all. Others are unable to afford a meal, especially for a family. Local meal providers such as Meals on Wheels and the Warming House are not open that day.
St. Joe's honored alumni include Marvel Studios writer
Thu, Dec 14th 2017 12:00 pm
For good or ill, many people go through high school and begin to form the adult they will become. Four St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute alumni who made their marks on the world were honored by the private school with inductions into the SJCI Fine Arts Wall of Honor during a ceremony at Buffalo State College Dec. 13.
Celebrating Advent in the home should be prayerful
Thu, Dec 14th 2017 09:00 am
Advent is upon us. While the world seems to be a frenzy of Christmas shopping, traveling, decorating and entertaining, the Church presents us with a unique traditional alternative: a season of reflection, preparation and penance as we anticipate the birth of Christ.
Sister Mary Constance Ward, SSMN (1915-2017)
Wed, Dec 13th 2017 09:00 am
Sister Mary Constance Ward, SSMN, died Dec. 1, 2017, at St. Mary Center in Buffalo. She was 102 years of age.
Volunteer leadership is a family affair for Appeal 2018
Wed, Dec 13th 2017 09:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone and Sister Mary McCarrick, OSF, diocesan director of Catholic Charities of Buffalo, have named Chancellor Emeritus Robert M. Bennett general chair for the 2018 annual appeal. Bennett's son, Andrew, and daughter, Maurine Bennett Falkowski, will serve as co-chairs, marking the first time in the appeal's 94-year history a family will serve as the campaign's top volunteer leaders.
Sister Mary Aurelian Kosiba, CSSF (1924-2017)
Tue, Dec 12th 2017 11:00 am
Sister Mary Aurelian Kosiba, CSSF, died Dec. 9, 2017, in the Blessed Mary Angela Care Center in Buffalo. She was 93.
Sister Mary Raymond Syjut, FSSJ (1926-2017)
Tue, Dec 12th 2017 11:00 am
Sister Mary Raymond Syjut, FSSJ, died Dec. 6, 2017, at Immaculate Conception Convent in Hamburg. She was 91.
Canisius introduces new MS degree in data analytics
Tue, Dec 12th 2017 08:00 am
Canisius College will introduce a new master's of science degree in data analytics, beginning in fall 2018. This new and emerging field applies fundamental scientific principles to the analysis of large, complex data sets. At Canisius, the data analytics program will function as a uniquely interdisciplinary major designed to provide students with a graduate-level education in three core components of the field: statistics, computer science and business (including accounting, economics, finance, management and marketing).
Pendleton family becomes whole with Colombian adoption
Tue, Dec 12th 2017 08:00 am
Here's the story of a family named Donahue. It's a familiar tale of a modern-day blended family, with a slight twist. Instead of a husband and wife blending their children from former marriages, three Colombian children joined the American-based Donahues.
Musician, motivational speaker to perform in Kenmore
Mon, Dec 11th 2017 02:00 pm
As the Advent season draws to a close, St. John the Baptist Parish in Kenmore will welcome a special guest in the form of a multitalented musician, motivational speaker and world traveler. At 1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 17, the parish will welcome Sujeet Desai, a local musician born with Down syndrome who, among other talents, is classically trained in seven instruments and has become a leading advocate for the rights of people with disabilities.
Bishop Malone: Reflecting on an Irish pilgrimage
Sun, Dec 10th 2017 08:00 am
"What was the best part of your pilgrimage to Ireland?" I've heard that question a dozen times since our return from the "land of saints and scholars." The short answer is, the simple fact that I finally got there, for the first time, and just months before my 72nd birthday. Too long a wait, to be sure, but well worth it in every way. It was a truly blessed journey of faith and prayer, joy and beauty, history and ... fun.
Cultural Diversity: Make straight the way of the Lord
Sat, Dec 9th 2017 08:00 am
Advent is a time for us to prepare for the joy of the birth of our Savior. John the Baptist came to announce the coming of our Messiah and said, "I am the voice that is crying out in the desert; make straight the way of the Lord."
Collection provides needed support to religious congregations
Fri, Dec 8th 2017 08:00 am
For 30 years, the National Religious Retirement Fund has provided much-needed financial assistance for religious congregations. During those years, the generous donors in the Diocese of Buffalo have contributed more than $25 million to assist women and men religious with the care of retired members, who ordinarily have no pension and minimal Social Security benefits.
Southern Cattaraugus County parishes join for living rosary
Thu, Dec 7th 2017 03:00 pm
All the parishes of the Southern Cattaraugus County vicariate joined together at the behest of Our Lady of Fatima to pray for the end of war.
Polish dancers come to town
Thu, Dec 7th 2017 03:00 pm
The acclaimed Lira Ensemble of Chicago returns to Buffalo with a new production: "A Polish Holday! Carols, Song & Dance," on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at UB's Center for the Arts, 103 Center of the Arts.
Pope Francis urges world leaders to respect UN position on Jerusalem
Thu, Dec 7th 2017 02:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - With debate on the status of Jerusalem heating up in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump's controversial decision to recognize the city as the capital of Israel, Pope Francis has urged international leaders to proceed with prudence and respect for current U.N. resolutions.
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe celebrated Dec. 12
Thu, Dec 7th 2017 02:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC - On Tuesday, Dec. 12, the Catholic Church will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas and the Unborn. Celebrations in dioceses across the nation will be held throughout the month of December to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe. These events seek to honor the accomplishments, hopes, fears, and needs of all families who have come to the U.S. seeking a better life.
Advent and Christmas: The joy of the season
Thu, Dec 7th 2017 09:00 am
Advent is the time of year when we prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of the Lord's birth on Christmas, and there are many things we can do to ready ourselves. We can attend daily Mass, pray or use an Advent wreath. Even watching special programing can help put our minds and hearts in the right place.