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The light is on for you
Monday, February 08, 2016 by Office of Communicaitons

In this Year of Mercy, the Diocese of Buffalo will again offer special times for the sacrament of reconciliation during Lent, as parishes did during Advent.

Bishop Richard J. Malone has asked parishes to have confessors available for additional sessions, over and above parishes' normally scheduled times, for confession, generally on Wednesdays between 5 and 7 p.m.  Some parishes, for pastoral reasons, have scheduled another time in the week.  Below is a list of the additional times for confession. 

Vicariate of Northwest Central Buffalo

St. Anthony of Padua: 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays

St. Katharine Drexel: 4:30 - 5:15 p.m. Wednesdays followed by Mass; Stations of the Cross 5:15 p.m. Fridays; penance service 7 p.m. Thursday, March 10

St. Lawrence: 5 - 7 p.m. Wednesdays along with Eucharistic adoration

St. Martin de Porres:  5 - 7 p.m. Wednesdays along with Eucharistic adoration

Vicariate of Southeast Buffalo

St. Andrew, Cheektowaga: 5 - 7 p.m. Wednesdays during Lent (not Ash Wednesday); penance service 7 p.m. Monday, March 21 

St. Casimir: 5:30 - 7 p.m. Wednesdays

St. Clare: 5 - 7 p.m. Wednesdays

St. Martin of Tours:  joint penance service with St. Thomas Aquinas, 7 p.m. Monday, March 21

Our Lady of Charity:  5 - 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17 & 24, March 2, 9 16 & 23 along with Eucharistic adoration (benediction at 7 p.m.) at Holy Family site and St. Ambrose site

St. Thomas Aquinas: joint penance service at St. Martin of Tours, 7 p.m. Monday, March 21

Bishop Malone to distribute ashes on Ash Wednesday
Monday, February 08, 2016 by Office of Communications

Bishop Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, will distribute ashes at the 12:05 p.m. Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo, on Wednesday, February 10, Ash Wednesday.

Church guidelines for Lent include, for all Catholics who have reached their 14th birthday, abstaining totally from meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent including Good Friday. Catholics who are between their 18th and 59th birthdays are also bound to observe the Law of Fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. This practice involves limiting oneself to a single full meal and avoiding food between meals. Light sustenance may be taken on two other occasions in the course of the day.

Also, all Catholics who have made their First Communion are bound by the obligation of receiving Communion at least once a year. This must be done during the Easter season, between February 14 (first Sunday of Lent) and May 22 (Trinity Sunday), unless, for a good reason, it is fulfilled at another time. 

Catholic Schools' Week
Friday, February 05, 2016 by Office of Communications

Bishop Richard J. Malone attends "Breakfast with the Bishop" at St. John the Baptist School in Kenmore.  Trevor Stocker and Jessica Napier, students at St. John's, were among 20 randomly-selected students chosen to dine in the school’s library with Bishop Malone, Father Ryszard Biernat, Pastor Father Michael Parker, Father Dawid Krzeszowski, and Deacon Jim Waggoner. (Photo courtesy of St. John the Baptist School)

About 1,500 area Catholic school students attend a Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concert at Kleinhan's Music Hall during Catholic Schools' Week. (Photo by Patrick McPartland, Western New York Catholic)

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