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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.


Bishop Malone, Russ Salvatore to be honored
Saturday, April 23, 2016 by Brothers of Mercy

The Brothers of Mercy Campus Foundation has announced the 2016 Caritas Awards honorees. They will be the guests of honor at the annual Brothers of Mercy Caritas Awards Dinner on May 12 at Salvatore's Italian Gardens on Transit Road, Depew.

The Patsy Casilio Humanitarian Award will be presented to the Bishop Richard J. Malone. The award is presented to an individual who demonstrates ongoing dedication to the service of others.


Bishop Malone to honor women and men religious
Friday, April 22, 2016 by Office of Communications

Ninety-three women and men religious will be recognized on Saturday, April 23, for their commitment to God as they celebrate their silver, golden and diamond jubilees. Bishop Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, will be the main celebrant and homilist at this special 10 a.m. Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo.

More than 80 religious women from the Carmelite Nuns, Dominican Nuns of the Perpetual Rosary, Felician Sisters, Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph, Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Franciscan Sisters of Penance & Christian Charity, Sisters of St. Joseph, Sisters of St. Mary of Namur, Franciscan Sisters of the Neumann Communities, Missionary Sisters of St. Columban, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, and the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul will all be honored. Nine men from the Franciscan Friars, Jesuit Fathers, Brothers of Mercy, Conventual Franciscan Friars and the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales will also be recognized.

Among the jubilarians in attendance (all honorees will not be present) will be Father Ronald W. Sams, SJ, who will celebrate 70 years and Sister Mary Eugenia Vastola, RSM, who celebrates 75 years. Father Sams will proclaim the gospel and Sister Mary Eugenia will be part of the procession with the gifts during Mass.

Following the jubilee Mass, there will be a reception for jubilarians and their invited guests at the Catholic Center, 795 Main St., Buffalo.

Sixty-four religious men and women will celebrate diamond jubilees, 26 will be honored for golden jubilees and three will celebrate silver jubilees.

"Consider this ... The joy of love"
Friday, April 22, 2016 by Daybreak TV Productions

The joy of love

Students to be featured in hospital's art mosaic
Thursday, April 21, 2016 by WNY Catholic

EAST AURORA — When patients, family members, and visitors walk into the future John R. Oishei Children's Hospital, they will be greeted by 10,000 smiles. These smiles will be in the hospital's community art mosaic.

Students at Immaculate Conception School have been invited to participate by drawing pictures of themselves. These pictures will be included in the mosaic. There will also be a fundraising component of this special honor.


Williamsville parish offers vocations night for women religious
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 by WNY Catholic staff

Two women religious from the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George from Illinois will speak about vocations in the Diocese of Buffalo Thursday night. Sister Consolata and Sister Mary David offer their perspective on religious life at 7 p.m. at St. Gregory the Great Church in Williamsville.


Local prisoners experience mercy
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 by George Richert

In the true spirit of the Year of Mercy, Bishop Richard J. Malone celebrated mass for about one hundred female prisoners at the Albion Correctional Facility in Orleans County Monday evening.

"All of these women have heard the voice of the Shepherd, calling them to the Sacraments of Initiation, and that's a beautiful thing," said Bishop Malone, who baptized seven inmates into the Catholic Church, confirmed three others who had previously been baptized in the church, and also received one inmate who was raised in another Christian faith into the Catholic Church for her first time. All of the women took part in the Eucharist, in the hopes that it would give them the strength to prepare them for a mission.


Bishops encourage Faithful Citizenship as primary approaches
Monday, April 18, 2016 by Mark Ciemcioch, WNY Catholic

As New York state voters prepare to head to the polls to help decide the most heated and contested presidential primary in recent memory, the New York Catholic bishops are reminding the faithful of their political responsibility in staying true to Catholic doctrine.

“We want to invite you to prepare to vote by becoming familiar with both the candidates and the issues,” the New York State Catholic Conference said in a release on their website. “Just voting for a name you recognize or a party you belong to does not fulfill your responsibility to build a good society where human dignity, personal freedom, care for one another – especially the vulnerable – and the common good prevail as values which should be cherished in our democracy.”


Fatima Shrine and the Holy Year of Mercy
Saturday, April 16, 2016 by Rosaire R. Johnson

When one hears the word "pilgrimage," the first image to come to mind is that of a long journey to a sacred place to offer prayers to God. In Catholic tradition, those prayers are often offered as penance for sins, as petition for special blessings and favors, or simply out of devotion to honor God.

"Pilgrimages evoke our earthly journey toward heaven and are traditionally very special occasions for renewal in prayer" (Catholic Catechism 2691). This earthly pilgrimage is a time of grace and mercy, which God offers, so as to work out this earthly life in accordance with the Divine plan and its ultimate destiny (Catholic Catechism 1013).


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