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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.
Schools' superintendent, Sister Carol Cimino to retire at end of school year
Thu, Dec 7th 2017 08:00 am
Sister Carol Cimino, SSJ, has announced that she will step down as superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Buffalo at the end of the current school year. "I think I've done what I was supposed to do here," said Sister Carol. "I think I've helped to grow some innovative programs in the diocese. I think we've stabilized the schools. We've got a crop of principals who are just second to none right now."
Students have X-STREAM fun at fourth-annual expo
Wed, Dec 6th 2017 01:00 pm
Students from Catholic elementary schools throughout the diocese met at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in Kenmore for the fourth year to have X-STREAM amounts of fun showing off their creations, ranging from the mechanical to the culinary and everything in between. The Dec. 3 X-STREAM Games and Expo, which the high school has hosted since its inception, is the pinnacle of the diocesan STREAM program, focusing on science, technology, religion, engineering, arts and mathematics. It allows students to compete against their peers as members of the newest generation of inventors, while community members, parents, family and friends come to see what their children can do.
USCCB stresses key moral concerns in final Tax Reform Bill
Wed, Dec 6th 2017 11:35 am
WASHINGTON— As Congress prepares to reconcile the House of Representatives and Senate tax reform bills, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, insisted that "Congress should advance a final tax reform bill only if it meets the key moral concerns . . ."
Sister of Mercy reflects on ministry, official retirement
Wed, Dec 6th 2017 09:25 am
Earlier this year, the Mercy Speech Center, located on Abbott Road in South Buffalo, permanently closed following the retirement of Sister Maralynn Sciarrino, RSM, the center's director of 49 years, and Sister Catherine Hunt, RSM, her administrative assistant. Although newly retired, Sister Maralynn hopes to remain active in the community, and spoke last month with the Western New York Catholic about her life as she plans to serve on a volunteer basis at Mercy Hospital.
Deacon Frank J. Shaughnessy (1925-2017)
Tue, Dec 5th 2017 02:45 pm
Deacon Frank J. Shaughnessy died Dec. 1, 2017, in Hamburg, at age 92.
Sister Mary Caroline Hriczko, DC (1931-2017)
Tue, Dec 5th 2017 02:00 pm
Sister Mary Caroline Hriczko, DC, died Nov. 9, 2017, at St. Louise House in Albany. She was 85.
Sister of St. Mary reflects on her influence on students
Tue, Dec 5th 2017 12:00 pm
Over her 78 years in religious life, Sister Mary Agnes Cobry, SSMN, has taught the young and the cheered the elderly. All the work she has done has been to please God on the day she meets Him.
Felician Sister a witness to costs of care for aging religious
Tue, Dec 5th 2017 12:00 pm
As health care costs for all Americans have been rapidly increasing over the years, men and women religious are no exception. For Sister M. Lorianne Tylczynski, CSSF, who serves as a local minister for aging and ill Felician Sisters in the Blessed Mary Angela Care Center in Buffalo, has personally seen the need for funds to help orders care for retired men and women religious, particularly with many individuals in their 80s and older.
Sister Mary Vivian Maczonis, CSSF (1946-2017)
Mon, Dec 4th 2017 03:00 pm
Sister Mary Vivian Maczonis, CSSF, died Nov. 15, 2017, in the Blessed Mary Angela Care Center in Buffalo. She was 70.
Deacon Franklyn C. Steffen (1935-2017)
Mon, Dec 4th 2017 03:00 pm
Deacon Franklyn C. Steffen, a permanent deacon, died Nov. 8, 2017. He was 82.
USCCB grants assist Latin America and hurricane victims
Mon, Dec 4th 2017 02:00 pm
WASHINGTON—With the goal of strengthening and supporting the pastoral work of the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America awarded nearly $3.2 million in grants for 183 pastoral projects in the region for 2018. These most recent grants were made at the Subcommittee's meeting in November and bring the total awarded for pastoral grants 2018 to almost $7.2 million. Four other projects were awarded in response to natural disasters.
WNYCatholic Weekly Podcasts December 3 & 10
Fri, Dec 1st 2017 03:00 pm
2 programs honoring the memory of Gary Tatu who founded Harvest House with wife, Linda.
Continued funding urged for U.S. and global HIV/AIDS programs
Fri, Dec 1st 2017 01:00 pm
WASHINGTON—On World AIDS Day, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, Chair of the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace, along with Sean Callahan, President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, urge full funding of U.S. and global HIV and AIDS programs in the FY 2019 budget request. Their position was outlined in a letter sent to the Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Catholic organizations advocate for slave-free seafood label
Fri, Dec 1st 2017 12:00 pm
WASHINGTON—To commemorate the United Nations International Day for the Abolition of Slavery on December 2, 2017, the Coalition of Catholic Organizations Against Human Trafficking (CCOAHT) is asking seafood producers, distributors and seafood retailers to make public, through packaged product labeling, their efforts to fight human trafficking in their product supply chains. According to CCOAHT, consumers are not receiving enough information needed to make moral purchasing decisions.
Collection helps aging sisters, brothers and priests in religious orders
Thu, Nov 30th 2017 03:00 pm
Catholics in the Diocese of Buffalo will have the opportunity to "give to those who have given a lifetime" as part of the collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious, to be held in parishes Dec. 9-10. Coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) in Washington, D.C., the annual appeal benefits 32,000 elderly Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests whose religious congregations lack adequate retirement funding.
St. John Vianney will take video games to the X-STREAM
Thu, Nov 30th 2017 01:00 pm
At St. John Vianney School in Orchard Park, students have been learning about science, technology, religion, engineering, the arts and mathematics as a school participating in the diocesan STREAM program. As December rolls around, they are preparing to take what they have learned to the X-STREAM by making their own video games.
Niagara University launches new program to feed needy
Thu, Nov 30th 2017 09:00 am
NIAGARA UNIVERSITY — Niagara University capped off its 2017 celebration of Vincentian Heritage Week by announcing the coordination of a partnership that will donate leftover food items from its dining halls to two of its nonprofit community partners.
SoulCore combines Catholic prayer, core exercises
Wed, Nov 29th 2017 04:00 pm
Last month, St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Tonawanda held a training session for Catholics looking to incorporate exercise into their daily prayer. Colleen Scariano and Deanne Miller, the co-founders of SoulCore, held a training session intended to introduce others to teaching the experience they first began in Carmel, Ind.
St. Joe's announces 2017 Fine Arts Wall of Honor inductees
Wed, Nov 29th 2017 09:00 am
The St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute Alumni Association is pleased to announce that the following individuals will be placed on the Fine Arts Wall of Honor: Artie Kwitchoff '84, Christopher Markus '87, Zachary Cain '98 and JJ Wright '03.
'Christmas at Hilbert' set for Dec. 3
Wed, Nov 29th 2017 08:00 am
A Live Nativity will bring the Christmas story to life during Hilbert College's 20th annual Christmas celebration from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3. The celebration will include a children's Christmas party, complete with a visit from Santa, following the nativity.
O'Hara senior takes on sports world with his writing
Tue, Nov 28th 2017 09:00 am
TONAWANDA — Adam Gorski plans to make his mark in the world through his sports writing.
Harmonia offers 'Christmas by Candlelight'
Tue, Nov 28th 2017 08:00 am
Harmonia continues its tradition of a cappella Advent and Christmas music, performed in the beauty of candlelight.
Holy Cross Parish reaches out to Puerto Rico hurricane victims
Mon, Nov 27th 2017 03:00 pm
More than nine weeks after Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico, many residents of the island are trying to pull their lives back together somewhere else. For at least 400 of them, that somewhere else is Buffalo. That's why Holy Cross Catholic Church on the city's lower west side assembled a day long outreach in the parish hall to provide counseling from agencies offering social services, housing, employment counseling, medical insurance, food, furniture and schooling.
Study, practice and prayer mark life of transitional deacons
Mon, Nov 27th 2017 09:00 am
This past September, four students of the Catholic faith entered the ranks of transitional deacon. They are in a unique place in their education. They are still students, not yet priests, but have been granted some of the faculties of clergy. These four men will spend about nine months developing their craft before being ordained to the priesthood this spring.
Response to Love wraps 'towels of love'
Mon, Nov 27th 2017 08:00 am
Christmastime is always special at the Response to Love Center in Buffalo, and this year will be no different. Director Sister Johnice Rzadkiewicz, CSSF, is especially tuned in to what people need through prayer, and believes that her mission is to go where God is leading her. For the last few years, the focus has been on the specific needs of locals.
Making a Difference: After 50 years of Israeli occupation, enough is enough
Sun, Nov 26th 2017 08:00 am
Fifty years is a long time to endure forced suffering.
Justice Perspective: Open your eyes to the sin of racism
Sat, Nov 25th 2017 08:00 am
You may have seen the movie "Hidden Figures" (and if you haven't, you should). It's the story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. It is a story not only of their talent and their ability to overcome obstacles, but also of the challenges and roadblocks that African-Americans (especially women) faced in the early '60s.
Catholic Health to buy South Buffalo convent
Fri, Nov 24th 2017 08:00 am
Catholic Health has agreed to purchase the Immaculate Conception Convent at 5229 South Park Ave. in Hamburg from the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph. The agreement provides for the continued residence of the congregation. The sale is expected to close on Dec. 28.
Local Dominican Sister of Mary teaches in Texas
Thu, Nov 23rd 2017 08:00 am
In July, Sister Dominica Hooper, OP, professed perpetual vows, the final step in becoming a Dominican Sister of Mary. Last month, Sister Dominica and her parents spoke about her experience and the importance of religious vocations today.
USCCB chair calls for Senate to amend tax proposal to ensure just moral framework
Wed, Nov 22nd 2017 12:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC - Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, called for amendments to the Senate tax reform proposal to "ensure a just and moral framework for all."
EWTN launches free on-demand access to 12,000 programs
Wed, Nov 22nd 2017 12:00 pm
IRONDALE, ALA. (CNA/EWTN News) - EWTN Global Catholic Network has introduced a new service allowing free on-demand access to a large library of its video content, with more than 12,000 programs available, and more being added regularly.
Why character counts in the voting booth
Wed, Nov 22nd 2017 12:00 pm
DENVER, COLO. (CNA) - Sexual misconduct allegations against Republican candidate Roy Moore have brought Alabama's special election to fill a U.S. Senate seat into the national spotlight.
Bishop announces latest clergy and pastoral assignments
Wed, Nov 22nd 2017 09:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone has announced the following clergy assignments.
Upon This Rock surpasses $100 million goal
Tue, Nov 21st 2017 09:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone announced the diocesan Upon This Rock capital and endowment campaign has raised $107 million since February 2016, surpassing its goal of $100 million, thanks to the donations and efforts of 27,000 benefactors who gave gifts of varying sizes. The bishop made the announcement during a press conference Nov. 20.
Diocese of Buffalo seeks developer for St. Ann Church
Tue, Nov 21st 2017 08:00 am
The Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican's highest judicial court, has ruled that Bishop Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, was within his rights to issue a decree on Aug. 14, 2013, closing St. Ann Church on Broadway in Buffalo.
A STREAM of learning opportunities at St. Peter School
Mon, Nov 20th 2017 09:00 am
LEWISTON — St. Peter School has been formally accepted into Cohort 4 of the Buffalo Diocese STREAM initiative. STREAM is an integrated approach to education that brings science, technology, religion, engineering, the arts and mathematics to all students in all grades. The goal is to better prepare students for successful careers in the 21st-century workforce in a field where jobs for recent graduates are in high demand.
Called to communion with the entire community of saints
Sun, Nov 19th 2017 08:00 am
While many people lament the problems caused by the use of social media, there are countless pearls of wisdom that are shared every day on outlets such as Facebook and Twitter. While often the platform for instant news, political rants and the need people have to put themselves out there, inspiration can also be found in cyberspace. A recent tweet by Pope Francis was an attention getter. The pope tweeted, "Our contagious joy must be our first testimony of the closeness and love of God."
Genesis re-enacted: blessings over food and recycling
Sat, Nov 18th 2017 08:00 am
Rabbinic Jewish writings present their understanding of God and of our lives. Read what they write on the purpose of pronouncing a blessing/thanksgiving over food. Their insight occurs in a discussion of an apparent conflict between two Scripture verses.
House passage of Tax Bill disappointing to bishops
Fri, Nov 17th 2017 02:00 pm
WASHINGTON— Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, expressed "great disappointment" over the House of Representatives' passage of the deeply flawed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, calling on the Senate to work toward legislation that fixes the problems with H.R.1. The full statement reads as follows: