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The light is on for you
3 days ago 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

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Bishop Malone to distribute ashes on Ash Wednesday
4 days ago 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. 

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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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George Richert named communications director for Catholic diocese
Friday, February 05, 2016 by Office of Communications

Bishop Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, today announced that George Richert, well-known WIVB-TV Channel 4 reporter, has been named director of communications for the Diocese of Buffalo.

The position was not filled in 2011, when Kevin Keenan left his position with the diocese and founded Keenan Communications Group. Keenan was diocesan director of communications from 2000 to 2011. For the past four-plus years, Keenan has served as chief communications counsel to the diocese. He will transition to the role of consultant to Bishop Malone and will remain as the bishop’s public policy representative to the New York State Catholic Conference.

“George has a deep and strong Catholic faith which makes him an ideal communications director,” said Bishop Malone. “He has a strong understanding of the news media in the digital age, is well respected in the community, among his viewers, the sources he’s covered, and his fellow journalists. I look forward to working with George as we evangelize and work to build up the Kingdom of God here in the Diocese of Buffalo.”

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"Consider this ... Spilled ashes"
Friday, February 05, 2016 by Daybreak TV Productions

Spilled ashes

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WASHINGTON—National Catholic Schools Week 2016 will be observed in dioceses around the country, Jan. 31 - Feb. 6. This year’s theme, “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service,” focuses on the important faith-building, academic and societal contributions provided by a Catholic education.

“Catholic schools are a vital aspect of the Church’s mission to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and so an important aspect of our own teaching mission,” said Archbishop George J. Lucas of Omaha, Nebraska, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Catholic Education. He noted that Pope Francis reminded Catholic educators at the World Congress held in Rome in November to know the spiritual and corporal works of mercy and to offer them to students in Catholic schools as practical examples of how to live the Gospel. “By teaching the Good News of the Gospel, Catholic educators guide our students to Jesus Christ and his healing mercy,” Archbishop Lucas said.

About 1.9 million students are currently educated in nearly 6,600 Catholic schools around the country. Students receive an education that prepares them for higher education, a competitive work environment, but most importantly, living a Christian life of virtue in a challenging society. “We want our students to keep their eyes fixed on eternity which is the ultimate goal of a complete education,” said Archbishop Lucas.



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"Consider this ... Pope Francis' beautiful gift"
Friday, January 29, 2016 by Daybreak TV Productions

Pope Francis' beautiful gift

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The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo announced its honorees for the 16th annual Catholic Education dinner – GALA 22:6 – to be held on Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

The 2016 honorees are:

BISHOP’S MEDAL HONOREES

The Habib Family – Amy Habib and her family have made a significant impact on Catholic education in our community. Since the dinner’s inception, the Habib family has given graciously to help hundreds of children receive a quality, faith-based education and build a deeper relationship with our community. Their steadfast generosity, including establishment of the Amy J. and Halim A. Habib Endowment Fund, has touched the lives of many.

Judith A. Nolan Powell – Nolan Powell is deeply committed to her faith and community, in addition to being a friend to Catholic education in particular. She serves as the current chair of the board at Niagara Catholic Junior/Senior High School, is a former trustee and chair for the Canisius College Women’s Business Center, past chair of the Advisory Board of Catholic Academy of Niagara Falls and was a member of the Diocese of Buffalo’s Board of Catholic Education and chaired Marketing Committee that inaugurated the annual Catholic Education dinner.

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NEW YORK—On the occasion of the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Orthodox and Catholic Christians will join in prayer and public gathering to express their long-standing belief that all life is sacred.

An official delegation of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States will participate in choir in the Opening Mass of the National Prayer Vigil for Life at the Roman Catholic Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 21. The following day, January 22, Catholic and Orthodox bishops will jointly offer prayer to begin the March for Life at 12 noon on the National Mall.

As he reflected upon the importance of this year’s sanctity of life events, His Eminence Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York and chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), said: “While we lament the tragedy of abortion in our land, our Lord continues to show us how good can come from evil. Our collaborative and prayerful efforts with our Orthodox brothers and sisters have certainly been a sign of hope in our combined efforts to build a culture of life.”

Highlighting the importance of prayer when addressing the issue of abortion, His Eminence Metropolitan Savas of Pittsburgh, chairman of the Committee for Church and Society of the Assembly of Orthodox Bishops in the U.S., stressed the need to “pray not only for those who are currently considering an abortion, but also those who have already undergone the procedure and may despair of God’s love and mercy.”

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