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Bishop Malone to receive ecumenical leadership award
Monday, May 09, 2016 by WNY Catholic

Bishop Richard J. Malone (left) of the Catholic Diocese and Bishop R. William Franklin of the Episcopal Diocese been working together since 2014. (Patrick McPartland/Staff Photographer) 

Bishop Richard J. Malone and Bishop R. William Franklin will receive the Award for Ecumenical Leadership from the New York State Council of Churches honoring leaders who have distinguished themselves in areas of ministry which are consistent with the mission of the council.

This first-time award is the beginning a new tradition of the New York State Council of Churches to honor leaders.


Bishop Malone's new blog on 'The Joy of Love'
Wednesday, May 04, 2016 by Office of Communications

Bishop Richard J. Malone has updated his blog, giving his thoughts on the Holy Father's recent Apostolic Exhortation, "The Joy of Love."

"The bottom line is expressed in these words of the Holy Father: 'It is my hope that, in reading this text, all will feel called to love and cherish family life, for 'families are not a problem; they are first and foremost an opportunity,'" Bishop Malone writes.


"Our Daily Bread" Catholic celebrates 20th anniversary
Tuesday, May 03, 2016 by Daybreak TV Productions

Sister M. Bernadette Okulicz, FSSJ, (left) and Sister Barbara Ciarico, RSM

“Our Daily Bread,” the monthly cooking show produced by Daybreak TV Productions of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The show airs on the second Saturday of the month. During this month’s encore performance, “Our Daily Bread” will celebrate two decades of programing on Saturday, May 14, at 5:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on WKBW-TV Ch. 7. This show will be about acceptance, and the importance it plays in our world today. Father Paul D. Seil, host, will be talking to and cooking with Deacon Miguel Santos from Holy Cross Parish, Buffalo, and Father Conrad Stachowiak, from Resurrection Parish, Cheektowaga, home of the Catholic Deaf Apostolate.

The first episode of “Our Daily Bread” aired in 1996 and featured the St. Vincent de Paul dining room on Main Street in Buffalo, N.Y. During that time, the show was hosted by two women religious, Sister M. Bernadette Okulicz, FSSJ, and the late Sister Barbara Ciarico, RSM. These two spirited women religious cooked in kitchens all over our diocese.

Ethiopia faces worst drought in 50 years
Tuesday, May 03, 2016 by George Richert

Catholic Relief Services is responding to Ethiopia, which is facing its worst drought in a half century. Two failed rainy seasons last year and poor rains early this year have led to severely reduced harvests and a shortage of food. Where the landscape should be green at this time of the year, it is cracked, dusty and brown. Bridges cross deep river beds filled with only rocks and dirt, empty of water. Ethiopia is completely dependent on rain-fed agriculture. 85 percent of the population are farmers. Without rain their lives are altered.

Catholic Cemeteries of Buffalo celebrates Mother's Day
Monday, May 02, 2016 by Catholic Cemeteries of Buffalo

Visitors to Catholic Cemeteries of Buffalo are encouraged to share their thoughts and remembrances of their mothers by signing banners which are mounted near entrances to six cemeteries, with the words, "Happy Mother's Day." 

"Mother's Day is the busiest day of the year at all of our cemeteries," said Carmen Colao, diocesan director of Catholic Cemeteries. "We're always impressed with the thoughtful tributes that our families share about their mothers who have been laid to rest in our cemeteries."


St. Joseph University Parish to address human trafficking
Sunday, May 01, 2016 by Office of Communications

St. Joseph University Parish will sponsor a panel discussion about human trafficking on Wednesday, May 11, at 7 p.m. in the parish’s Community Room, 3269 Main St., Buffalo. The panel includes Judge Amy Martoche from the Buffalo City Court; Ryan Haggert, Erie County assistant district attorney and Todd Bunnenburg, victim assistance specialist for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The panel will discuss human trafficking in Western New York, what the legal and court systems are doing about the issue and ways to recognize risk factors and signs of human trafficking. 

Hamburg parish to host witness talk
Thursday, April 28, 2016 by WNY Catholic

Dawn Curazzato will give a witness talk on a "Memoir of a Miracle," "The Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist," and the "Power of Prayer" during this extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy at SS. Peter and Paul Parish, 66 E. Main St., Hamburg, on Friday, May 6, at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria.

Curazzato will share developments of this journey of faith after viewing a short film about the Eucharistic miracle she witnessed 19 years ago.

John Michael Talbot comes to St. Martin of Tours to fire up the faith
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 by Patrick J. Buechi, WNY Catholic

Grammy-winning Catholic musician John Michael Talbot will come to Buffalo for a two-day ministry next month. The accomplished singer, author and television host will mix singing with preaching at St. Martin of Tours Parish in Buffalo May 16-17. Both days' events begin at 7 p.m.

Talbot, who is well known for his albums "Table of Plenty," "Light Eternal" and "City of God," serves as the general minister and spiritual father of the Brothers and Sisters of Charity, based in Eureka Springs, Ark. Since 2014, he has hosted "All Things are Possible" for the Church Channel. For the past several years, he has led an itinerant ministry, going from parish to parish, firing up the faith and renewing lives one at a time. His trip to Buffalo will be one of about 120 stops he will make this year.


O'Hara siblings awarded Seneca nation scholarships
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 by WNY Catholic

Checking one's heritage is a popular pastime, which takes time and patience. In the case of Summer and Justin Hemphill, however, exploring their heritage is as easy as asking their mother and grandmother.

Summer, a senior at Cardinal O'Hara High School in Tonawanda and her brother, Justin, a freshman, belong to the Hawk Clan of the Seneca Nation of Indians tribe on the Allegany Territory.


Documentary on Divine Mercy image comes to Tonawanda
Monday, April 25, 2016 by Patrick J. Buechi, WNY Catholic

Blessed Sacrament Parish in Tonawanda will host a screening of "The Original Image of Divine Mercy." The documentary tells the story of the actual painting of the Divine Mercy image as described by St. Faustina Kowalska from a vision of Jesus Christ. Director Daniel diSilva will be on hand to talk about the film and answer questions from the audience.

In the film, Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelism; Bishop Robert Barron, auxiliary of Los Angeles; musician Harry Connick Jr., comedian Jim Gaffigan, Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, archbishop of Vienna, Austria, and author George Weigel; among others, offer their thoughts on the often-reproduced image.


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