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Bishop Richard J. Malone will celebrate a special Mothers’ Day Mass at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 10, at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo. The Mass will include the Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb.

Parishioners will not only recognize and pray for mothers, fathers, families, and for children in the womb, but also for couples who are hoping for the gift of a child and for those who have suffered the loss of a child.

Approved by the Vatican in 2012, this rite is included in the Book of Blessings published by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The blessing originated when then-Bishop Joseph Kurtz of Knoxville, Tenn. (now archbishop of Louisville, Ky.), asked the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities to see if a blessing existed for a child in the womb. When none was found, the committee prepared a text and submitted it to the USCCB's Divine Worship committee in March of 2008. It was approved by the full body of bishops in November 2008, and then sent to Rome for editing and final approval.

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"Consider this ... A gift to Western New York"
3 days ago by Daybreak TV Productions

A gift to Western New York

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Two inner city parishes to share pastor with suburban parish
3 days ago by Office of Communications

Father Ronald P. Sajdak will be embarking on what he calls an “exciting venture.” Bishop Richard J. Malone has announced that, on July 30, Father Sajdak will become pastor of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Harris Hill, while maintaining his position as pastor at St. Martin de Porres and St. Lawrence, both in Buffalo. Msgr. Frederick D. Leising, the former pastor, retired April 6 and Msgr. W. Jerome Sullivan is serving as the parish’s temporary administrator.

“This is an unusual and creative arrangement which has great potential,” Bishop Malone said. “Positioning Father Sajdak as the spiritual leaders of these three parishes will allow the faith lives of parishioners to be enhanced in ways many may have never imagined. It also offers new evangelization opportunities that can be replicated in many of our parishes.”

“I think this opportunity, with Nativity, St. Martin de Porres and St. Lawrence, is unique in its timing and has incredible potential,” Father Sajdak said.

St. Martin de Porres and St. Lawrence both have had sister parish relationships with Nativity. Parishioners from Nativity have assisted in the food pantry at St. Lawrence; Nativity and St. Martin held a joint concert with their choirs. Nativity has offered guidance and funding for adults working with youths in the city parishes and they’ve often assisted some students to attend the annual youth convention. But, as Father Sajdak explained, the relationship can be strengthened.

“There’s often the question, on the part of all involved, what do the city parishes have to contribute to a parish that has more resources than they do? The way I’d like to think about that,” he said, “is that the city parishes have a pastor they may be willing to share. I look at this as a way of the two parishes who share me now saying, ‘we will share what we have.’ And, I’m willing, as pastor, to take on that responsibility, however not alone.”

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More than two dozen men and women who have gone above and beyond their ministry in the church were honored on Sunday at St. Joseph Cathedral at the annual St. Joseph the Worker Award Mass.  Bishop Richard J. Malone presented each of these faithful Catholics the "Lay Award of St. Joseph."

The bishop recognized their faithful and generous commitment to their parishes.  "While the pastors and their pastoral teams, and clergy religious and lay church ministers provide the everyday pastoral leadership and ministry," he said, "it is the devoted core of  lay faithful who, often in quiet but significant ways, make up the workforce of every parish community.  They are the catechists, the ushers and hospitality ministers, the lector and Eucharistic ministers, the musicians, the parish pastoral council members and RCIA teams, and many more, who make our parishes work."

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