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“The glory of Holy Week”
20 hours ago by Kevin Keenan

Bishop Malone processes on Palm Sunday

Bishop Richard J. Malone used his homily at the start of Holy Week at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo, to remind worshipers, “God’s holy word on Palm Sunday is a meditation on the meaning of suffering in God’s plan of salvation."

Constant anxiety in our lives can leave us weary, the bishop said.  “The glory of this Holy Week, in God’s loving design, strangely, suffering can have power to yield new life.”  


The bishop noted there is new life for us too, if we walk with Jesus.


"Consider this ... We must first fall"
3 days ago by Daybreak TV Productions

We must first fall

Annual Rosary Novena for Life begins March 28
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 by Office of Communications

The 2015 annual Rosary Novena for Life commences on Saturday, March 28, with 8 a.m. Mass at St. Rose of Lima Parish, Parkside and Parker avenues, Buffalo, and will continue on one Saturday each month through November.

Following each service, there will be a peaceful, prayerful procession to a nearby abortion clinic (optional). At the clinic, participants will pray the rosary with the intention that today’s society will choose life instead of abortion. The group will return to St. Rose of Lima for closing prayers.

Bishop Richard J. Malone will be the main celebrant at the Mass on April 25.    

Holy Week at St. Joseph Cathedral
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 by Office of Communications

The following liturgies are scheduled for Holy Week at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo. All are welcome.

Saturday, March 28 -- Vigil Mass, Palm Sunday

4:30 p.m. – Vigil Mass for Palm Sunday

Sunday, March 29 – Palm Sunday

8 a.m. – Mass of the Lord’s Passion

10:30 a m. – Solemn Mass with the blessing of palms; Bishop Richard J. Malone, Th.D., celebrant

Tuesday, March 31 – Chrism Mass

7 p.m. – Bishop Malone, celebrant, will bless three urns of oil, the oil of catechumens, used to bless those who are about to be baptized; the oil of chrism that is used in the Sacrament of Baptism, the Sacrament of Confirmation and the Sacrament of Holy Orders; and the oil of the sick which is used in the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. Priests and deacons from throughout the diocese will take the oil to their parishes for use throughout the year. All priests are invited to concelebrate.

Thursday, April 2 – Holy Thursday

7 p.m. – Mass of the Lord’s Supper; Bishop Malone, celebrant

Adoration until 10 p.m. in the Lady Chapel

"Consider this ... When I was hungry ... you fed me"
Friday, March 20, 2015 by Daybreak TV Productions

When I was hungry ... you fed me

St. Patrick's Day Parade 2015
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 by Office of Communications

Photo by Patrick McPartland, Western New York Catholic

Father Ryszard Biernat, Bishop Richard J. Malone and Father David Richards help to lead the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade up Delaware Avenue in the City of Buffalo on Sunday.

Catholic Diocese of Buffalo arranges service, burial for baby “Jesse”
Friday, March 13, 2015 by Office of Communications

A Catholic prayer service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 328 Washington Ave., Dunkirk, for baby “Jesse,” the male fetus discovered last August along the shoreline of Lake Erie State Park in Portland, N.Y.

Bishop Richard J. Malone and Pro-Life Activities Director Cheryl Calire wanted to make sure the remains of the baby were treated with respect and given an appropriate burial, if no family member was found or came forward to do so.

“My first concern, of course,” said Bishop Malone, “is for the little one found and the family. When we first heard and read the news, we began to make an inquiry about the fetus. Our particular concern was that a fetal death certificate be issued and that the child would have a proper burial.”

Bishop Malone, Vatican seek opinions on today’s family
Friday, March 13, 2015 by Office of Communications

In preparation for the October 2015 XIV Ordinary General Assembly at the Vatican, Bishop Richard J. Malone is asking Catholic priests and their parishioners to discuss and reflect upon the role and place of the family in the world today. These issues, which were the result of the 2014 Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, will be the starting point for the meetings this October that will focus on the vocation and mission of the family in the church and the contemporary world.

The series of six questions explore various topics concerning Catholics worldwide, including divorce and homosexuality. The survey, available on the diocesan website,, includes a brief explanatory video for each of the questions.

Bishop Malone reflects upon Cardinal Egan's passing
Friday, March 06, 2015 by Mark Ciemcioch

Cardinal Edward M. Egan, who served as Archbishop of New York from 2000 to 2009, passed away Thursday at the age of 82. 

Bishop Richard J. Malone of the Diocese of Buffalo issued a statement on Cardinal Egan late Thursday night:

"Cardinal Egan was a courageous leader of the Catholic Church:  in New York, on the national level and at the Vatican.  A gracious priest, he served the Church with great faithfulness, was an inspiration to others and was a friend to the Diocese of Buffalo, as evidenced by his presence last month for the 25th anniversary celebration for Bishop Edward Grosz.  He was a wise advisor to me and my brother bishops. May God grant him eternal rest."  

New York State Catholic Conference outlines opposition to physician–assisted suicide
Thursday, February 26, 2015 by New York State Catholic Conference

Three bills in New York State, one in the Senate and two in the Assembly, if passed, would allow physicians to prescribe medication in doses lethal enough to end a patient’s life. Senator Diane Savino and Assemblywomen Amy Paulin and Linda Rosenthal are looking to add this new section the public health law.

With the notoriety of Brittany Maynard, the young California woman diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, physician-assisted suicide and “death-with-dignity” have been the subject of much debate. Maynard moved to Oregon where, under the law, she was allowed to end her life with the help of legally-prescribed medications.

In New York State, with the proposed bills from Savino, Paulin and Rosenthal, the Catholic Conference recently explained its opposition.

Legalizing physician-assisted suicide would blur longstanding medical, moral and legal distinctions between withdrawing extraordinary medical assistance and taking active steps to destroy human life. One lets people die a natural death; the other is the deliberate and direct act of hastening death.

It also undermines the physician’s role as healer, forever alters the doctor-patient relationship, and lessens the quality of care provided to patients at the end of life. Patients are best served when medical professionals, together with families and loved ones, provide support and care with dignity and respect, not lethal doses of drugs.

The American Medical Association holds a policy position against physician-assisted suicide, which they say is “fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role” and would be “difficult or impossible to control.”

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