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Statement from Cardinal Dolan on behalf of the New York State Catholic Conference
Monday, March 30, 2015 by New York State Catholic Conference

Governor Cuomo and the leadership of the New York State Senate and Assembly have announced a three-way agreement on a state budget, which again does not include the Education Tax Credit, a critically needed piece of legislation for the parents and students of Catholic and other nonpublic education in the state.

Following is a statement of Timothy Cardinal Dolan, archbishop of New York and president of the New York State Catholic Conference:

“Last week, I made the comment that there would be plenty of blame to go around if the Education Tax Credit didn’t get done in the state budget. And now, sadly, this has played out yet again. My brother bishops and I are sorely disappointed in all of our political leaders in Albany, who again assured us of their strong personal support, but again could not deliver for the children of our state. Yet we have no alternative but to turn to them again and implore them to please pass this legislation once and for all before the close of the legislative session.

“The Education Tax Credit encourages increased charitable giving to public schools and to foundations which provide scholarships to help children in need escape failing public schools. This is why the legislation is supported by so many in our minority communities, where the financial need is the greatest and the disparity in educational outcomes between public and Catholic schools are so great. Parents in these communities are desperate for a better future for their children, a future that our schools can provide. Why their representatives are insensitive to them is a mystery.

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Pauline Fathers to assume ministry at St. Stanislaus Parish
Monday, March 30, 2015 by Kevin Keenan

Bishop Richard J. Malone is happy to welcome the Pauline Fathers (the Order of St. Paul the Hermit) in the leadership of St. Stanislaus Parish, 123 Townsend St., Buffalo, effective April 12, Divine Mercy Sunday.

The Pauline Fathers took pastoral responsibility for Corpus Christi Parish in Buffalo in 2004. The monastic community established by the order will continue to reside at that parish, which is located at Clark and Kent streets. Father Mariusz Dymek, OSPPE, current pastor of Corpus Christi, will become pastor of St. Stanislaus. Father Michael Czyzewski, OSPPE, will become administrator of Corpus Christi.

“The Pauline Fathers expressed an interest in expanding their ministry in the diocese,” Bishop Malone said. “After lengthy conversations and prayer, we arrived at the consensus that this was a natural fit. The order has a keen understanding of and respect for the longstanding Polish heritage and traditions of St. Stanislaus. I am confident they will work tirelessly to meet the ministerial needs of the parish and the community.”

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“The glory of Holy Week”
Sunday, March 29, 2015 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.

 

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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.    

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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.

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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.”

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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."  


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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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New video and website spotlight Catholic teaching on end-of-life decision making
Thursday, February 19, 2015 by New York State Catholic Conference

At some point every family must deal with issues involving end of life care for a loved one. As Catholics attempt to navigate the myriad medical, ethical, and religious questions that arise, all the while dealing with the grief of an impending death, it can become overwhelming.

In an effort to offer assistance, the New York State Catholic Conference has produced a high definition video and a brand new website (www.catholicendoflife.org) entitled "Now and at the Hour of Our Death" that tackles many of the common questions and concerns, offers clarity and compassion, and serves as an education resource for Catholics nationwide.

“Catholic Church teachings regarding the end of life are not black and white; rather they are shades of gray,” said Kathleen M. Gallagher, director of pro-life activities for the New York State Catholic Conference “There is no one-size-fits-all response. Each case is different. What the video and website attempt to do is, not so much give answers, but help Catholics to ask the right questions.”

Funded by a $25,000 grant from "Our Sunday Visitor," the website and video grew out of a booklet produced by the Conference, also titled "Now and at the Hour of Our Death."

“The demand for the booklet is unlike anything we have ever produced at the Conference,” Mrs. Gallagher said. “We knew there was a need to be met, but did not fully grasp how great that need was until we saw the reaction to the booklet. And when we looked around the country, we realized that the resources didn’t exist in any one place. Thankfully "Our Sunday Visitor" saw the same need, and so generously provided the necessary funding for this new project.

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Ash Wednesday
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 by Office of Communications

Catholics line up to receive ashes at the 12:05 p.m. Mass today at St. Joseph Cathedral.  Father Peter J. Drilling (above),  cathedral rector, distributed ashes along with Bishop Richard J. Malone and Msgr. David S. Slubecky.  

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