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Bishops condemn today's attack in the Old City of Jerusalem
Fri, Jul 14th 2017 12:00 pm
WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), along with Bishop Oscar Cantú, of Las Cruces, Chair of the Committee on International Justice and Peace, and Bishop Mitchell Rozanski, of Springfield, Chair of the Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, have issued the following statement on today's attack in the Old City of Jerusalem. The deadly attack took place early this morning by the Lions' Gate in the Old City walls, next to what Muslims call the Noble Sanctuary and Jews call the Temple Mount.
Revised Senate Healthcare Bill 'still unacceptable' says US Bishops' Chairman
Thu, Jul 13th 2017 03:00 pm
WASHINGTON—Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, reacted strongly to the revised Senate health reform bill, the "Better Care Reconciliation Act" (BCRA).
When times are tough, turn to Jesus, pope says
Wed, Jul 12th 2017 03:00 pm
"Jesus knows how hard life can be," Pope Francis said.
Local group shares early inspiration from Convocation
Wed, Jul 12th 2017 02:00 pm
On Independence Day weekend, Bishop Richard Malone, along with 18 other representatives from the Diocese of Buffalo, participated in the Convocation of Catholic Leaders in Orlando, Florida. The four-day event brought together a diverse group of over 3,000 Catholics who joined more than 150 bishops from across the United States to respond to Pope Francis's call, in Evangelii Guadium, "to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by the Joy of the Gospel, to become ever more, and to form others as missionary disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ."
Catholic Charities opens new Wyoming County office
Wed, Jul 12th 2017 09:00 am
PERRY - Catholic Charities of Buffalo began a new chapter on June 12 as the agency celebrated the grand opening of its Wyoming County office on the campus of Community Action for Wyoming County in Building #1, 6470 State Rt. 20A, Perry. About 25 guests attended the event, including Sister Mary McCarrick, OSF, Catholic Charities' diocesan director, and Father Richard Blazejewski of St. Isidore Parish in Perry, who blessed the office.
Catholic Charities tops $11 million goal
Tue, Jul 11th 2017 12:00 pm
Reverend Monsignor David S. Slubecky, vicar general and moderator of the curia of the Diocese of Buffalo, announced this morning the 2017 Appeal in support of Catholic Charities of Buffalo met and exceeded its $11 million goal. After a very challenging Appeal, officials expressed gratitude for the incredible parish, community and corporate support, especially last-minute gifts, which brought the campaign total to $11,069,168.36.
Pope names new Bishop of Cleveland
Tue, Jul 11th 2017 08:00 am
WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Bishop Nelson Perez, up until now Auxiliary Bishop of Rockville Centre, as the new bishop of Cleveland. Pope Francis has also named Father Andrew Bellisario as the new bishop of Juneau, Alaska.
Baloney bonds teens and parishioners at St. Bernadette's
Mon, Jul 10th 2017 02:00 pm
The parishioners of St. Bernadette's have put their money where their mouths are. To support the Orchard Park parish's youth ministry, parishioners bought $1,300 worth of the luncheon meat at the May 20 Baloneyfest. The fundraising idea came from Father Paul Seil, pastor and friend of the Wardynski family of Wardynski Meats fame, who donated 16 logs of baloney to the parish.
Bishop Malone announces new clergy assignments
Mon, Jul 10th 2017 09:00 am
Several diocesan priests, including the four men who were ordained in June, have received new assignments from Bishop Richard J. Malone.
Catholic League thanks the Diocese of Buffalo
Sat, Jul 8th 2017 09:00 am
The Catholic League for Religious Assistance to the Church in Poland continues the good work envisioned 74 years ago and continues to reflect, develoop and expand its present needs. Much has changed in the last seven decades, but love and fidelity to our faith, the mission of the Church and heritage remain steadfast. "For on the shoulders of the giants of the past (clergy and laity), we stand to build the present and influence the future," is a phrase I have heard, and it describes that spirit well.
Red Cross seeks donations from Western New York
Sat, Jul 8th 2017 08:00 am
The need for blood doesn't end with a particular season. By contributing to the community blood supply donors can show their commitment to a better quality of life. While one unit may not seem important at this moment, it could mean the difference between life and death to the patient who needs a particular blood type.
'Our Daily Bread' promotes 'In a Word'
Sat, Jul 8th 2017 08:00 am
Two priests walk into a kitchen. One has a mallet, and one has a cutting board. No, this is not the beginning of a joke. It's a description of this month's encore episode of "Our Daily Bread."
WNYCatholic Weekly Podcast July 9
Sat, Jul 8th 2017 07:00 am
Sister Patricia Burkard, OSF updates us on happenings with the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities in Williamsville and Cindy Munschauer gives the details of this year's Burgers, Brews & Blues event.
U.S. and European Catholic bishops call to eliminate nuclear weapons
Fri, Jul 7th 2017 01:10 pm
WASHINGTON, DC - A joint declaration issued today by U.S. and European Catholic bishops calls for all nations to work together to develop a "credible, verifiable and enforceable strategy for the total elimination of nuclear weapons."
Catholics, Lutherans hold ecumenical study day at seminary
Fri, Jul 7th 2017 12:00 pm
In commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, the Diocese of Buffalo has been collaborating with the Upstate New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America throughout the calendar year. Although the Reformation began after Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses in 1517, the goal in 2017 is to foster unity. On May 19, they joined for an ecumenical study day at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora, with Sister Susan K. Wood, SCL, Ph.D. as keynote speaker.
Sisters seek an owner/operator for their Williamsville property
Thu, Jul 6th 2017 01:00 pm
The Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities in Williamsville have now entered Phase II of their property study and are pursuing a senior care provider owner/operator for the community living center and region house at 201 Reist St. for the 62 sisters currently in residence as well as for any additional future sisters currently residing in local mission houses in Western New York.
Cultural Diversity: The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me
Thu, Jul 6th 2017 01:00 pm
The theme for the National Black Catholic Congress, which will be taking place from July 7-9 in the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Fla., is "The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me: Act Justly, Love Goodness, and Walk Humbly with Your God."
Mary Queen of Angels holds events for school's closing
Thu, Jul 6th 2017 12:00 pm
For 70 years, Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School served Cheektowaga and surrounding municipalities of Western New York, most of this time under its former name, Queen of Martyrs School. However, as the 2016-17 school year came to a close, the MQA community recognized the end of its era with a special field day of activities on June 2 and a Mass celebrating the school's history on June 21.
Teens plan to bring CLI skills back to parish
Thu, Jul 6th 2017 08:00 am
For the past seven years, Theresa Zielinski has watched her parish teens grow into leaders of the Wyoming County Association of Catholic Youth. They learn how to grab the reins of a problem and steer it into a positive outcome by attending the Christian Leadership Institute, a program that teachers young people to be servant leaders in the mold of Jesus Christ.
Bishop Malone: A sacred and urgent call
Wed, Jul 5th 2017 02:20 pm
Do you sometimes wonder, though, why so many people, maybe even beloved relatives or friends, can't seem to find that joy that comes from knowing Jesus? Do you worry that they may perhaps have never truly encountered Him?
Doctors say it's a miracle that toddler survived ninth-floor fall
Mon, Jul 3rd 2017 02:00 pm
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - The doctors at the Children's Hospital in San Miguel, Argentina, find no explanation for the quick recovery of Martin Chain - a three-year-old boy who fell from the ninth floor when he was playing on the balcony of his apartment.
Pope asks for parents' wishes to be respected in Charlie Gard case
Mon, Jul 3rd 2017 01:55 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Stepping into a tumultuous legal battle involving a UK couple's push for a say in the treatment and death of their terminally ill son, Pope Francis has offered his prayers for the child, and asked that the parents' wishes be respected.
Niagara University announces participation in NYS enhanced tuition award program
Fri, Jun 30th 2017 03:00 pm
Niagara University has announced that it will participate in New York State's Enhanced Tuition Award (ETA) program, the tuition assistance program for private colleges and university students available under the state's Excelsior Scholarship legislation.
Father Ronald W. Sams (1928-2017)
Fri, Jun 30th 2017 10:00 am
Father Ronald W. Sams, pastor emeritus of St. Michael Parish in Buffalo, died June 27, 2017, in Kenmore Mercy Hospital. He was 88.
'Most significant hour' in Olean parish's history
Thu, Jun 29th 2017 11:00 pm
Members of an already beautiful and vibrant Catholic church in Olean took things to a whole new level on Thursday evening. With help from a string quartet, brass ensemble and an angelic choir, the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels welcomed a couple new symbols that could only be displayed in a basilica. The church's new tintinnabulum bell rang for the first time as part of the opening procession and the ombrellino was placed behind the presider's chair.
Cardinal Pell to take leave while facing abuse charges in Australia
Thu, Jun 29th 2017 12:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - After Australian police announced that they have charged him on multiple counts of sexual abuse, Cardinal George Pell has maintained his innocence, saying he will take leave from his responsibilities in the Vatican to clear his name.
Cremated remains deserve respectful, sacred placement
Thu, Jun 29th 2017 11:00 am
When her husband passed away after nearly 50 years of marriage, Bernie Mussen found it difficult to say goodbye. She thought keeping Charlie's ashes on the family mantle would make her feel they were still together. She later found the best way to take care of him was to give him a permanent final resting place.
Justice Perspective: The new pro-life movement must protect all stages
Wed, Jun 28th 2017 11:00 am
In the Dec. 20, 2016 issue of Commonweal magazine, this sentence appeared in an article entitled, "Abortion and Social Justice": "Nothing would do more to energize social-justice movements than a broad-based coalition that was able to break through the impasse of abortion politics in the United States."
USCCB Chair responds to CBO report on Senate Health Care Bill
Tue, Jun 27th 2017 04:00 pm
WASHINGTON— The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) today has released its score on the Senate health care bill. The score could impact how the Senate votes on the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. As he is analyzing the full report and expects to release further comment tomorrow, Bishop Frank Dewane of Venice, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Domestic Justice and Humane Development Committee, has issued the following initial statement:
Father Vincent Cooke, SJ (1936-2017)
Tue, Jun 27th 2017 02:00 pm
Father Vincent Cooke, SJ, the 23rd president of Canisius College from 1993-2010 who transformed the small college into a prestigious institution and expanded it with new buildings and academic programs, died June 22, 2017, in Murray-Weigel Hall at Fordham University in New York City. He was 81.
US Bishops respond to Supreme Court decision on travel ban
Tue, Jun 27th 2017 08:25 am
WASHINGTON— Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the Administration's Executive Order 13870 announcing an emergency stay partially overturning preliminary injunctions that were put in place by federal courts in Maryland and Hawaii and upheld by the Fourth Circuit and the Ninth Circuit. The Supreme Court decision narrows refugee resettlement and travel from six Muslim-majority countries to individuals who can prove a "bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States," until the Supreme Court can rule on the legality of the ban.
USCCB applauds Supreme Court decision upholding religious liberty
Mon, Jun 26th 2017 03:00 pm
WASHINGTON- Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in the case of Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer, in which the Court held that the exclusion of churches from an otherwise available public benefit violates the Free Exercise Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Trinity Lutheran's preschool sought to participate in the State of Missouri's scrap tire program, which would have allowed it to repave its playground with recycled tire pieces in order to provide a softer and safer playground surface for children.
Students take STREAM literally with fish in the classroom
Mon, Jun 26th 2017 03:00 pm
As part of its participation in the diocesan STREAM initiative at local Catholic schools, St. Mary School in Swormville recently opted to take STREAM, usually an acronym standing for science, technology, religion, engineering, art and mathematics, literally. Polly Lougen's third-, fourth- and fifth-grade science classes hatched and raised brown trout eggs and fry (baby fish) in the school's science lab, which the Department of Environmental Conservation later released in Glen Park's Ellicott Creek in Williamsville.
To understand Pope Francis, you have to understand the Jesuits
Mon, Jun 26th 2017 02:35 pm
ROME, ITALY (CNA/EWTN News) - Discernment is one of the words Pope Francis repeats most, especially when speaking to priests and seminarians.
Southtowns Catholic hires new principal
Mon, Jun 26th 2017 02:00 pm
Southtowns Catholic School of St. John Paul II Parish, Lake View, is pleased to announce the hiring of Marc Bandelian as its new principal effective July 5, 2017. Bandelian is replacing Mrs. Judith MacDonald who is retiring this summer after serving as principal for the last fifteen years.
D'Youville College Community mourns passing of Dr. William Mariani
Mon, Jun 26th 2017 02:00 pm
William Mariani, Ed.D., D'Youville College's executive vice president, Administrative Affairs, died following a brief illness Sunday, June 25, at Gates Vascular Institute in Buffalo. He was 67.
All eyes on the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels
Mon, Jun 26th 2017 10:00 am
OLEAN — Three months after the announcement from the Vatican that Pope Francis has bestowed the title of minor basilica on St. Mary of the Angels Church, the parish is preparing for its inaugural Mass to celebrate that recognition on Thursday, June 29.
WNYCatholic Weekly Podcast June 25
Sun, Jun 25th 2017 08:00 am
Dennis Mahaney, Diocesean Director of Evangelization and Catechesis, discusses the upcoming Convocation of Catholic Leaders sponsored by the USCCB.
Sisters of Mercy advocate for water rights at Canalside
Fri, Jun 23rd 2017 03:00 pm
Several hundred Sisters of Mercy of the Americas gathered for a Walk for Water in Buffalo on Friday morning, June 23. The threat of lightning shortened a walk planned from the sisters' conference site to Canalside, but did not put a damper on their commitment to advocating for the human right to water. A blessing followed a walk up and down Main Street with Community leaders and representatives from the nearby Seneca and Cayuga Native American Nations.
Sound Board: Adoration offers clarity for life's biggest decisions
Fri, Jun 23rd 2017 02:00 pm
Teens in this day and age are often bombarded with daunting and overwhelming decisions that need to be made in a timely fashion. For many, the decisions include where to go to high school or college, what career path they should choose, and how they want to live their lives. These important and life-changing decisions can leave teens feeling frustrated, confused and misguided. It was not until I started living on call to the Holy Spirit, and truly listening to God's plan for me that I began to feel confident in my choices.