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USCCB leaders urge Congress to consider moral criteria in health care debate
Wed, Mar 8th 2017 03:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC - As Congress prepares to discuss possible changes to the Affordable Care Act, the chairmen of four United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committees called on lawmakers to consider important moral criteria, especially pertaining to the most vulnerable among us, including the unborn and those experiencing deep poverty. The Bishops of the United States have consistently advocated for a health care system in which—as the late Cardinal Francis George used to say—everyone should be cared for and no one should be deliberately killed.
St. Patrick's Day commutation
Wed, Mar 8th 2017 01:00 pm
In honor of the upcoming feast of St. Patrick on Friday, March 17, Bishop Richard J. Malone hereby grants a commutation of abstinence to all Catholics in the Buffalo Diocese.
Priest to observe golden jubilee
Wed, Mar 8th 2017 09:00 am
Father William R. Bigelow, retired pastor of the Diocese of Buffalo, will celebrate his Golden Anniversary of ordination to the priesthood this March. Father Bigelow was ordained a priest by Bishop Paulus Rausch at St. Paul's Church in Innsbruck, Austria on March 11, 1967.
Do you read the Bible as often as you check your phone?
Tue, Mar 7th 2017 04:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - On the first Sunday of Lent, Pope Francis said if we want to fight against the temptation of sin, we must be familiar with the Word of God - treating the Bible more like how we treat our cellphone.
St. Leo the Great presents drug abuse forum
Tue, Mar 7th 2017 02:00 pm
St. Leo the Great Parish will welcome Timothy Logsdon for the educational presentation "Alcohol and Drug Use: What Everyone Needs to Know!" at 1 p.m. March 18.
Don't shut U.S. doors to refugees, bishops plead
Tue, Mar 7th 2017 01:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - With people fleeing humanitarian crises around the world, President Donald Trump's new executive order halting refugee admissions is wrong, Catholic bishop and aid groups maintain.
President's order puts Catholic Charities program in peril
Tue, Mar 7th 2017 10:00 am
Catholic Charities of Buffalo has provided assistance and care for incoming immigrants and refugees in the Western New York area for decades now. But now that program is in jeopardy after President Donald J. Trump signed a revised and controversial executive order that halts incoming refugees for 120 days, and severely restricts immigration from six countries.
Sisters Week highlights the roots of the mission
Tue, Mar 7th 2017 08:00 am
To shine a spotlight on the profound impact of Catholic sisters in our communities and around the world, and in conjunction with National Women's History Month, the third annual National Catholic Sisters Week (NCSW) will be held March 8-14. National Catholic Sisters Week is supported by a $3.3 million grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, is headquartered at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn.
Convention encourages teens to live "Positively Dangerous"
Mon, Mar 6th 2017 01:45 pm
Youth from around the Diocese of Buffalo came together at the Adam's Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo to be "Positively Dangerous" together from March 3-5.
'In a Word' video series returns
Mon, Mar 6th 2017 12:45 pm
How is your decision making? Watch "In a Word" with Father Dave Richards in the latest episode of the teenage reflection series.
Bishop Malone welcomes those wishing to become Catholic
Mon, Mar 6th 2017 12:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone welcomed 158 people into the Catholic faith by saying that their call to conversion "may have come as a whisper or as a roar," but in either case, they heard it and opted to say a public, "Yes, Lord, here I am."
Visual highlights of the Youth Convention
Sun, Mar 5th 2017 04:00 pm
Hundreds of Catholic teens attended the annual three-day Diocesan Youth Convention March 3-5 in order to deepen their faith. See some visual highlights in our new photo album.
WNYCatholic Weekly Podcast March 5
Sat, Mar 4th 2017 08:00 am
4 Lancaster-Depew parishes are collaborating on The Story of Faith, a 2-night event featuring nationally-acclaimed actor and Biblical presenter, Frank Runyeon.
Bishop Malone to celebrate those wishing to become Catholic
Fri, Mar 3rd 2017 03:00 pm
On Sunday, March 5, the first Sunday in Lent, Bishop Richard J. Malone will celebrate the Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo, at 3:30 p.m. for the Diocese of Buffalo.
Lent means Spring
Fri, Mar 3rd 2017 11:00 am
Bishop Richard Malone reflects on the meaning of Lent and suggests how to prepare for Easter in the latest "Consider This."
Soup's on for Lent at local parishes
Fri, Mar 3rd 2017 08:00 am
Lent is a season of fasting, repentance, moderation, self-denial and spiritual discipline. The six-week period that leads to Easter traditionally is spent sacrificing pleasure and becoming more spiritually inclined.
Annual youth convention set for this weekend
Thu, Mar 2nd 2017 03:00 pm
What is 65 years old, but still young and "positively dangerous?" It's this year's 65th annual Diocesan Youth Convention which takes place March 3-5 at the Adam's Mark Hotel in Buffalo. More than 730 youth and chaperones are scheduled to attend as well as dozens of staff, volunteers, presenters and exhibitors.
A look back at Ash Wednesday
Thu, Mar 2nd 2017 01:00 pm
Catholics across Western New York got ashed March 1 to mark the beginning of Lent. See how people celebrated Ash Wednesday this year in our new photo gallery.
Pope Francis has a special message this Lent, and here it is
Thu, Mar 2nd 2017 12:35 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - In his message for Lent 2017, Pope Francis reminded the faithful that they should heed the Scriptures and treat each human person they encounter as a gift.
Pruning away branches for fruits of Lent
Thu, Mar 2nd 2017 09:00 am
I set out not long ago in a search of the way of traveling what Jesus calls "real life" or "life to the fullest." This nomadic expedition toward a life of joy (which I describe in my book, "Holy Nomad") led me to my own backyard, where I stumbled onto the divine teaching of an apple tree. As Lent approaches, I wish for the world to blossom.
Ash Wednesday reminds Catholics to reject spiritual amnesia
Wed, Mar 1st 2017 03:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone and many other diocesan clergy and laypeople distributed ashes at a packed St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo on March 1, Ash Wednesday.
Lenten regulations for 2017
Wed, Mar 1st 2017 11:30 am
March 1 is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the season of Lent. Practicing Catholic are asked to follow these Lenten regulations.
Archdiocese tells Catholics, 'I Phone Fast! Will u?'
Wed, Mar 1st 2017 09:00 am
In honor of the solemnity of Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, the Archdiocese of Hartford, Conn., came up with an idea for a uniquely 21st-century Lenten sacrifice it hopes has already caught on in many dioceses throughout the United States. In February, the archdiocese challenged Catholics with a new campaign, "I Phone Fast! Will u?", to encourage Americans to silence their phones on Ash Wednesday and April 14, Good Friday. Instead, they are asked to pray and focus on the significance of these two holy days.
U.S. bishops denounce rise in anti-Semitic attacks
Tue, Feb 28th 2017 04:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - The U.S. bishops are responding with solidarity and concern for the Jewish community, following a surge in anti-Semitic actions in recent weeks.
Msgr. Edward J. Sobierajski 1932-2017
Tue, Feb 28th 2017 12:00 pm
Msgr. Edward J. Sobierajski, a retired diocesan priest, died Feb. 25, 2017, in Sisters Hospital in Buffalo.
Sister Gertrude Fawls, OSF 1923-2017
Tue, Feb 28th 2017 11:35 am
Sister Gertrude Fawls, OSF, formerly known as Sister Geraldine, died Feb. 24, 2017. She was 93.
Lost baby Bernadette laid to rest
Tue, Feb 28th 2017 10:00 am
For the second time in two years, the Diocese of Buffalo bid farewell to an abandoned deceased baby. On Feb. 27, Bishop Richard J. Malone and Father Jeffrey L. Nowak presided over memorial and burial services for Baby Bernadette, a girl 27 weeks along in gestation.
Bishop Malone gives new assignments to three deacons
Tue, Feb 28th 2017 09:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone has announced new assignments for Deacons David H. Harvey, Joseph A. Pasquella and Thaddeus V. Pijacki.
Sister Faith McGahan, GNSH 1937-2017
Mon, Feb 27th 2017 10:40 am
Sister Faith McGahan, GNSH, formerly Sister David Martin, died at St. Joseph's Manor in Philadelphia on Feb. 20, 2017, after being diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor. She was 79.
Sister M. Concilia Flaherty, OSF 1920-2017
Mon, Feb 27th 2017 10:00 am
Sister M. Concilia Flaherty, OSF, died Feb. 18, 2017, at age 96.
Upcoming RCIA events
Mon, Feb 27th 2017 09:00 am
Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion: Sunday, March 5, 3:30 p.m., St. Joseph Cathedral. At the Rite of Election, catechumens are "elected," or chosen by God through the ministry of the bishop, for the sacraments of initiation
The road to joining the Catholic faith begins with RCIA
Mon, Feb 27th 2017 09:00 am
The reasons people choose to be Catholic are many. Some join the faith for a spouse. Others join after years of seeking a fill for a void. Many find comfort in the sacraments.
Collection for Central-Eastern European Church planned for Ash Wednesday
Sun, Feb 26th 2017 08:00 am
WASHINGTON, DC - The annual Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe will be held in most parishes on Ash Wednesday, March 1, with the theme: "Restore the Church, Build the Future." The collection supports pastoral, evangelization, and construction projects, as well as scholarships in Central and Eastern Europe, and Central Asia.
Worshiping the same God
Fri, Feb 24th 2017 02:00 pm
The Diocese of Buffalo recently sold St. Gerard Church to a group of Muslims, who will turn it into a mosque. Bishop Richard J. Malone addresses how Christians and Muslims acknowledges the same God in the latest "Consider This" below:
St. Bonaventure to add bachelor's degree in health science
Fri, Feb 24th 2017 01:00 pm
ST. BONAVENTURE - St. Bonaventure University will offer a bachelor's degree in health science beginning this fall.
Bishop Malone to preside at memorial service for abandoned baby
Fri, Feb 24th 2017 01:00 pm
Joining efforts and resources, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, Amigone Funeral Home and Catholic Cemeteries will provide a memorial service and burial for baby Bernadette, an abandoned deceased baby. Buffalo's Bishop Richard J. Malone will be the presider at the memorial service on Monday, Feb. 27, at 2 p.m. at Amigone Funeral Home, 1132 Delaware Ave., Buffalo.
Niagara University establishes center for race, equality and mission
Fri, Feb 24th 2017 11:00 am
NIAGARA UNIVERSITY - Niagara University announced today the creation of a new on-campus center that will advance the institution's commitment to diversity and social justice.
FICE presents third-annual 'Taking Flight' dinner gala
Fri, Feb 24th 2017 10:05 am
DEPEW — The Foundation for Inclusive Catholic Education will hold its third-annual Taking Flight Dinner on March 2, from 6-9 p.m., at Salvatore's Italian Gardens on Transit Road. Funds from the dinner are used for training and resources to enable Catholic schoolteachers and administrators to provide children with special needs an inclusive Catholic education experience.
US anti-Semitism feared to rise if incidents aren't condemned
Thu, Feb 23rd 2017 02:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States must be prosecuted and condemned by the government to curb their rise, a religious freedom expert insists.
Bishop Malone to administer ashes at cathedral
Thu, Feb 23rd 2017 11:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone will distribute ashes at the 12:05 p.m. Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo, on Wednesday, March 1, Ash Wednesday.