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"Consider this ... Third Sunday of Advent"
Friday, December 12, 2014 by Daybreak TV Productions

Third Sunday of Advent

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Bishop Malone writes pastoral letter with Episcopal bishop
Thursday, December 11, 2014 by Patrick J. Buechi

Bishop Richard J. Malone has teamed up with the local Episcopal Bishop R. William Franklin to ask Western New York to include women and minorities in the growth of Buffalo.

In a groundbreaking pastoral letter co-written by the bishops, they remarked on the new prosperity in the city of Buffalo marked by construction, new businesses and investment growth. The bishops do not want to see any citizen of the area left out of any newfound prosperity.

“A new generation of Western New Yorkers is envisioning new opportunities and making them a reality. With regard to education, medicine, technology and quality of life, this is the time for which we have all waited and prayed and worked. This wave of prosperity benefits not only the city, but the entire region,” they wrote. “Yet at this time not everyone is benefitting. Blacks and Hispanics still live in poverty in greater proportion than do other groups in our population. Children still go to bed hungry. Jobs and security elude too many families. And because some are left out and locked out, the rest of us are poorer. We fail to benefit as much as we might from this new golden age.”

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Bishop Malone celebrates the Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Tuesday, December 09, 2014 by Mark Ciemcioch

Monday was the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation that celebrates Mary, Mother of Jesus, as being uniquely conceived without original sin.

Bishop Richard J. Malone celebrated Mass Monday morning in the Mary Chapel at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo. The following is a transcription of the bishop’s homily:

“Throughout the liturgies of the advent season, we listen again and again to the prophets of Israel and John the Baptist as they prepare the world for the coming of the Word made flesh. Soon, we will celebrate with joyful hearts, the Nativity of our Lord, the birth of our Immanuel: God with us.

“Today though, we honor Mary, the Servant of the Word par excellence. We celebrate the Father’s choice of this daughter of Israel, this young woman of Nazareth, to be the bearer of the Incarnate Word who would be Savior of the World. We celebrate Mary by many beautiful titles, each of which really shines as a facet of the jewel that Mary is in the history of salvation and our lives. She is the queen of prophets and apostles; the queen of peace. She is seat of wisdom, mystical rose, morning star. She is health of the sick, refuge of sinners, comforter of the afflicted. She is mother of the Redeemer and mother of the Church.

“On this day, Catholics around the world honor Mary under another title: Immaculate Conception. It’s under that title that our nation honors the Mother of God, our patroness. We recall with awe the declaration of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception 160 years ago today by Pope Pius IX when he solemnly decreed the most Blessed Virgin Mary was from the first moment of her conception, by the singular grace and privilege of almighty God, and in view of the merits of Christ Jesus, the Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin.

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Daybreak TV Productions announces December programming
Monday, December 08, 2014 by Office of Communications

The television production company of the Diocese of Buffalo, Daybreak TV Productions, has several programs that will air on various stations in Western New York during the month of December, including the Christmas Day Mass.

Saturday, Dec. 13, 5:30 a.m. and noon, WKBW-TV Channel 7 – “Our Daily Bread: Devotions” - Father Paul Seil, host, will talk about devotions, what they are and how they help the Catholic faith. Recipes for the day include salted caramel pound cake, chicken stock and pasta fagioli.

Sunday, Dec. 14, 3 p.m., WKBW-TV Channel 7 - “Building a Basilica” - In 1921, at the age of 79, Msgr. Nelson Baker contacted Architect Emile Uhlrich with plans to build a church in Lackawanna dedicated to the Blessed Mother. It was to be a place of wondrous beauty and radiating hope to all who enter its doors. Today, Our Lady of Victory Basilica carries the title of “national shrine” and “minor basilica.” It is considered to be Uhlrich’s pinnacle work. For the priest who started it all, Father Baker, he has been named “Venerable,” on his journey toward sainthood.

“Building a Basilica,” an award-winning 60-minute documentary produced by Daybreak TV Productions, tells the story of this national shrine through vast archival materials including drawings and hundreds of letters from Father Baker, Emile Uhlrich, builders, artists and contractors.

Saturday, Dec. 20, noon, WKBW-TV Channel 7 - “The First Christmas” - Bishop Richard J. Malone introduces “The First Christmas” and will close this Claymation program by offering a Christmas blessing. “The First Christmas” is a tale of the timeless Nativity story written in the Gospels of Luke and Matthew. This presentation, narrated by Christopher Plummer, was produced by The Christophers in association with Billy Budd Films and funded by the Catholic Communication Campaign.

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