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The light is on for you
one day ago by Office of Communications

As we begin this year, with the approval of the  Presbyteral Council, Bishop Richard J. Malone announces that throughout the season of Advent, over and above the regular confession schedule, all parishes in the Diocese of Buffalo will offer the opportunity for the Sacrament of Penance on Wednesdays.  Generally, this will take place between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesday evenings.  If a particular parish, for pastoral reasons, has scheduled another time on Wednesdays, please note the schedule below. 

(The schedule is updated regularly, so please check back for more locations.)

Vicariate of Northwest-Central Buffalo

St. Joseph Cathedral - 3:30-5:50 p.m.

Vicariate of Southeast Buffalo

St. Andrew, Sloan - Wednesday, Dec. 2, 6:30 p.m.; Monday, Dec. 21, 6:30 p.m.

St. Clare - Wednesday 5-7 p.m.

Corpus Christi - Wednesday 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

St. John Gualbert - Wednesday 5-7 p.m.

St. Martin of Tours - Wednesday after 8:30 a.m. Mass

St. Teresa - Wednesday 5-7 p.m.

Vicariate of Allegany

Tri-County Vicariate

St. Mary, Arcade - St. Mary worship site Wednesday 6-7 p.m. followed by 7 p.m. Mass

Vicariate of Southern Cattaraugus

Vicariate of Chautauqua

St. Joseph, Fredonia - Wednesday 5-7 p.m.; Penance Service Dec. 21, 7 p.m.

Multi-Faith Thanksgiving Celebration
4 days ago by Office of Communications
"Consider this ... The light is on for you"
4 days ago by Daybreak TV Productions

The light is on for you


BALTIMORE—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) approved a formal statement, “Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography,” at their annual Fall General Assembly in Baltimore, November 17.

The statement was approved by the full body of bishops, with 230 votes in favor, 4 against and 1 abstaining.

“My brother bishops’ approval of this statement shows our collective concern for the widespread problem of pornography in our culture today,” said Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, New York, chairman of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family and Youth (LMFLY), which led the statement’s development. “As the statement says, virtually everyone is affected by pornography in some way. So many people –including within the Church– are in need of Christ’s abundant mercy and healing. My hope is that the statement can serve as a foundation and catalyst for increased pastoral attention to this challenge at the national and local level.”


WASHINGTON—The national collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) will take place in most parishes the weekend before Thanksgiving, November 21-22. The theme of this year's collection is "CCHD: Working on the Margins."

"In the gospel of Luke, Jesus told his disciples, 'Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in here the poor and the crippled, the blind and the lame.' This is the mission of CCHD (Lk. 14.15-24)," said Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, California, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

"CCHD works on the margins, alongside our brothers and sisters to bring new hope, build community, and address the root causes of poverty," said Bishop Soto. "With its focus on long-term solutions, CCHD transforms the lives of families and communities in need, bringing them to the table of God's Kingdom of justice, love and peace."

Examples of CCHD-funded groups include Urban Tree Connection, which works with low-income communities to develop local gardening projects. Urban Tree Connection Coop has turned vacant land in Haddington, Pennsylvania, into space for food production, teaching low-income residents how to grow and sell food. These projects not only give residents access to nutritious foods but they also create an opportunity for people to develop leadership skills and build community bonds.

Statement on Syrian refugees and the attacks in Paris
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 by USCCB


BALTIMORE -- Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration, issued a statement on Syrian refugees during the Bishops’ annual General Assembly in Baltimore Nov. 17.

On behalf of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, I offer my deepest condolences to the families of the victims of the November 13 attacks in Paris, France, and to the French people. I add my voice to all those condemning these attacks and my support to all who are working to ensure such attacks do not occur again—both in France and around the world.

I am disturbed, however, by calls from both federal and state officials for an end to the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States. These refugees are fleeing terror themselves—violence like we have witnessed in Paris. They are extremely vulnerable families, women, and children who are fleeing for their lives. We cannot and should not blame them for the actions of a terrorist organization.

Pray for France
Monday, November 16, 2015 by Bishop Malone & USCCB

"Join in fervent prayer for victims of the Paris massacre, for swift apprehension and justice for ISIS leaders/killers, and for world peace."

- Bishop Richard J. Malone, posted on Twitter (@BishopRJMalone)

A statement of solidarity from the administrative committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

"Terror always seeks to separate us from those we most love. Through their suffering, courage and compassion, Parisians are reminding us that the common bond of humanity is strongest when the need is greatest. We pledge our prayers for everyone who suffers from this horrific violence and our advocacy to support all those working to build just and peaceful societies.

U.S. bishops to meet November 16-19 in Baltimore
Monday, November 16, 2015 by USCCB

ROME—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will meet, November 16-19, in Baltimore for their annual Fall General Assembly. The bishops will hear addresses by Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, USCCB president, and Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganó, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

The bishops will discuss and vote on revisions to the proposed USCCB strategic priorities for USCCB's next planning cycle. The priorities, if approved, will inform the writing of the Conference's next strategic plan, which will cover 2017-2020. The bishops discussed and provided input on a draft version of these priorities at their Spring General Assembly in St. Louis.

The bishops will also discuss and vote on a new introductory note and a limited revision to their quadrennial statement on political responsibility, "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship." The revised statement, which is reissued the calendar year before a U.S. presidential election, will feature new language around issues of public concern for Catholics. The revisions are the result of a working group led by Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, USCCB vice president.

"Consider this ... Death and Heaven"
Friday, November 13, 2015 by Daybreak TV Productions

Death and Heaven

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