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WNYCatholic Weekly Podcast March 26
Sat, Mar 25th 2017 08:00 am
The Pre-Theology program at Christ the King Seminary.
Closed churches open doors to provide brand new lives
Sat, Mar 25th 2017 08:00 am
All of the parish restructuring in the Diocese of Buffalo has been completed for years now, but some local Catholics still wonder what happens to the physical presence of a church when it closes its doors. Through a variety of methods, the diocese has worked with several partners to find reuse for these religious facilities, both inside and out.
The Word is a gift, other persons are a gift from God
Fri, Mar 24th 2017 03:45 pm
A few days ago, I met a very little girl who made a big impression on me. Grace and her older brother, Benedict, suffer from a rare genetic disorder that has resulted in serious hearing impairment and limited physical growth. The two come to our home for the elderly each week, with their mother, to pray the rosary with our residents. Watching Grace and Benedict interact with the elderly, I was amazed by their maturity and graciousness. I almost felt that I was in the presence of angels, such was the radiance of these two beautiful little ones in the midst of our frail seniors.
Northern Chautauqua Catholic raises the light for community
Fri, Mar 24th 2017 03:00 pm
A little bit of money is paying big, heartwarming dividends at the only Catholic school in Chautauqua County. "It's a huge blessing for a little school," said Beth Quattrone, a trustee for Northern Chautauqua Catholic School in Dunkirk, which received a grant from the Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo for the current school year.
Vatican reaffirms teaching on cremation, burial of remains
Fri, Mar 24th 2017 10:00 am
New instructions published by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith reaffirm teaching that the Church is not opposed to cremation, while continuing to recommend that the cremated remains of the deceased be buried in Catholic cemeteries or other sacred spaces.
Canisius junior uses rosary to help poor
Fri, Mar 24th 2017 08:50 am
Disadvantaged people across the country will benefit from the hobby of one young man from Hamburg. James Lyon, a junior at Canisius High School in Buffalo, has a passion for making one-decade rosaries, which he sold to raise funds to send himself and fellow students on a series of service immersion trips.
Justice Perspective: No refugee without a welcome
Thu, Mar 23rd 2017 03:00 pm
"We call upon all the Catholic faithful to join us as we unite our voices with all who speak in defense of human dignity."
Catholics, Lutherans to celebrate 500th anniversary of reformation
Thu, Mar 23rd 2017 12:35 pm
In observance of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's posting of the 95 Theses in Wittenberg, Germany, marking the start of the Protestant Reformation, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and the Upstate New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will be holding an evening prayer service, at 4 p.m., Sunday, March 26, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on Main Street in Buffalo.
Niagara University providing free tax help on campus
Thu, Mar 23rd 2017 12:00 pm
NIAGARA UNIVERSITY — It's that time of year again. For the 36th straight year, accounting students from Niagara University's College of Business Administration are providing free tax preparation assistance to members of the Niagara Falls community this tax season.
Legion of Mary holds an Acies
Thu, Mar 23rd 2017 12:00 pm
Following the great Jubilee Year of Mercy in 2016, the Legion of Mary will assemble as a body to renew its dedication to Mary in order to receive strength and blessing for yet another year's battle with the forces of evil at its central function the Acies.
Supreme Court nominee drilled on abortion, religious freedom at hearings
Wed, Mar 22nd 2017 02:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - The judge nominated to replace Antonin Scalia at the Supreme Court answered questions on abortion and religious freedom jurisprudence on Tuesday.
U.S. Bishops administrative committee release statement on migrants, refugees
Wed, Mar 22nd 2017 02:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Administrative Committee has issued the following pastoral reflection in solidarity with those who have been forced to flee their homes due to violence, conflict or fear in their native lands. In the statement, the bishops encourage each of us to do what we can to accompany migrants and refugees who seek a better life in the United States.
Evangelization: Getting serious about spiritual matters
Wed, Mar 22nd 2017 01:00 pm
Lent is well known to Catholics and non-Catholics alike. That makes it a great time to share the Gospel. People understand that it is time to get serious about spiritual matters.
Catholic Center staff feeds the hungry through Meals on Wheels
Wed, Mar 22nd 2017 08:00 am
The good work at the Catholic Center doesn't slow down during lunchtime. A group of volunteers uses that time to feed the hungry and give drink to the thirsty through Meals on Wheels.
Sister Mary Christina Dineen, RSM (1924-2017)
Tue, Mar 21st 2017 01:35 pm
Sister Mary Christina Dineen, RSM, died March 20, 2017, in Mercy Center's health care unit. She was 93.
Children's Choir Festival to be held in Williamsville
Tue, Mar 21st 2017 10:00 am
"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything," Plato once said. Holding true to that philosophy, the Church Musicians' Guild of Buffalo will present a Children's Choir Festival on Sunday, March 26, at 5 p.m. at SS. Peter & Paul Church in Williamsville.
Sister Susanne Humpe, OSF (1922-2017)
Tue, Mar 21st 2017 10:00 am
Sister Susanne Humpe, OSF, died March 15, 2017, at the Sisters of St. Francis' health center in Stella Niagara.
Happiness at the 2017 St. Patrick's Day Parade
Mon, Mar 20th 2017 01:00 pm
Thousands of people capped off a week filled with snow, basketball and corned beef by attending the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Buffalo. We were there and captured some of the sights in our new photo gallery.
Don't cut foreign assistance, Catholic leaders tell Trump
Mon, Mar 20th 2017 12:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - The United States mustn't cut foreign aid while conflicts, famines, and a worldwide refugee crisis rage, Catholic leaders are insisting.
USCCB chair commends life protections but concerned about poor in AHCA
Mon, Mar 20th 2017 12:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC - In a letter sent to the U.S. House of Representatives, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida notes that, while the recently introduced American Health Care Act (AHCA) commendably contains key provisions in defense of life, the proposed legislation also creates "grave challenges for poor and vulnerable people that must be addressed" by Congress before passage.
Diocesan officials, VOICE-Buffalo team up for refugees
Mon, Mar 20th 2017 09:00 am
As part of the Church's mission to administer service to migrants in need, representatives of the Diocese of Buffalo will be hosting an informational refugee convocation from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 25 at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora.
St. Greg's to hold Lenten retreat with Father Bayne
Mon, Mar 20th 2017 08:00 am
WILLIAMSVILLE — Come and give God your time. During Lent, prepare yourself and your families to grow in holiness. Set aside the time and listen for the ways in which God is calling to you to join Him for three nights.
St. Patrick's Day Mass
Fri, Mar 17th 2017 12:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, will be the main celebrant at the 10:30 a.m. Mass Sunday preceding the annual St. Patrick's Day parade.
'We believe in one God'
Fri, Mar 17th 2017 10:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone shares the official Catholic Church teaching regarding the Muslim faith, in an effort to help eradicate Islamophobia in our hearts
Olean church honored with the title 'basilica'
Fri, Mar 17th 2017 09:30 am
Pope Francis has bestowed the title of "basilica" on St. Mary of the Angels Church in Olean. This marks only the ninth time in his papacy that the Holy Father has granted this rare honor to a site in the United States.
Bishops welcome dialogue in Congress to protect creation
Thu, Mar 16th 2017 03:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC - Bishop Frank J. Dewaneand Bishop Oscar Cantú welcomed a new resolution introduced in Congress yesterday, March 15, by a group of Republican legislators.
Bishop Malone: These 40 Days of Lent
Thu, Mar 16th 2017 03:00 pm
As we enter into the holy season of Lent, let us listen to the words of our Holy Father in his Lenten message for this year: "Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, Christ's victory over death. This season urgently calls us to conversion.
Lenten theatrical event 'The Story of Faith' coming to St. Martha's
Thu, Mar 16th 2017 09:00 am
DEPEW — "The Story of Faith," two evenings of powerful and insightful theatrical presentations by Frank Runyeon, will take place next month.
'In a Word' tackles anxiety
Mon, Mar 13th 2017 01:00 pm
Father Dave Richards from the Diocese of Buffalo talks about how to deal with anxiety in the latest episode of the Catholic teen series, "In a Word."
Bloggers to speak at second annual women's conference
Mon, Mar 13th 2017 08:00 am
Catholic Women of Buffalo is proud to present the second annual Women's Conference, Saturday, March 18 at Cardinal O'Hara High School in Tonawanda, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
WNYCatholic Weekly Podcast March 12
Sun, Mar 12th 2017 08:00 am
The 2017 Catholic Charities Appeal, with Diocesan Director, Sister Mary McCarrick, OSF, and co-chair, Barbara Mazurkiewicz.
Magnificat Buffalo celebrates 20th anniversary
Fri, Mar 10th 2017 02:00 pm
On Dec. 10, 2016, nearly 300 guests celebrated the 20th anniversary of Magnificat's Gentle Woman, Mother of Mercy Chapter in the Diocese of Buffalo. Attendees shared a morning of prayer, testimony and fellowship at the Millennium Hotel in Cheektowaga. Father Jacek Mazur, pastor of Divine Mercy and St. Mary of the Cataract parishes in Niagara Falls, was the honored speaker, who urged guests to become "on fire" for their faith within their communities.
Divine Mercy Society sponsors pilgrimage to shrine
Fri, Mar 10th 2017 02:00 pm
The Society of Our Lady of Divine Mercy is sponsoring its fifth bus pilgrimage to the Divine Mercy Shrine in Stockbridge, Mass., from Oct. 4-6 for St. Faustina Day. The purpose of this pilgrimage is to spread the Divine Mercy Devotion and to engage pilgrims in performing works of mercy and richly living out their faith.
Sister Karen Center presents program on non-violence
Fri, Mar 10th 2017 12:45 pm
St. Bonaventure University professor of Theology Chris Stanley will present "On the Edge of Violence and Nonviolence: The Challenging Words of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam" at SS. Columba-Brigid Church, 75 Hickory St., Buffalo, at 3 p.m. April 2.
St. Mary's Lancaster launches mega raffle
Fri, Mar 10th 2017 12:00 pm
Tickets are available now for the second annual Mega Raffle to benefit St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, Lancaster, and St. Mary's Elementary School. Mega raffle made its debut in 2016 with a Grand Prize offering of $20,000, in addition to other cash prizes.
Bishop Malone: 'It needs to stop'
Fri, Mar 10th 2017 11:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone talks about threats against our brothers and sisters of the Jewish faith and asks that we share in solidarity and love.
Harmonia Chamber Singers to perform two 'Into Light' shows
Fri, Mar 10th 2017 11:00 am
The Harmonia Chamber Singers, a local a cappella group that is one of the most sought-after of its type in Western New York, will have two performances at area parishes this weekend. The group will present two performances of "Into Light: A Concert by Candlelight," its fifth-annual presentation, at 7:30 p.m. on March 11 at St. Peter Church in Lewiston, and 7 p.m., March 12, at Assumption Church in Buffalo.
Sister Margaret Anthony Domin, OSF 1934-2017
Thu, Mar 9th 2017 02:00 pm
Sister Margaret Anthony Domin, OSF, a longtime diocesan educator, died March 7, 2017, at age 82.
'Our Daily Bread' TRYs to make a difference
Thu, Mar 9th 2017 12:40 pm
The Teaching and Restoring Youth program, or TRY program, has been serving young women in Buffalo since 1997. TRY offers a safe, structured environment to women between the ages of 16 and 21 who are homeless and who have suffered abuse, violence and victimization. The TRY program provides access to education, health care, counseling and job training.