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Bishop Richard J. Malone has asked pastors in parishes throughout the Diocese of Buffalo to conduct special collections at Masses the weekend of May 9-10, with all proceeds going to Catholic Relief Services (CRS), which has mobilized immediate response teams in support of earthquake relief in Nepal.

“The scenes coming from the earthquake zones have been devastating,” said Bishop Malone, who is a member of the CRS board. “I know the faithful of the diocese will be generous, as they always are, when we conduct these emergency collections. We continue to offer our prayers for the people of Nepal and the victims of this tragedy.”

CRS is supporting the emergency effort with critical supplies for families rendered homeless by the quake: tarps and other materials for emergency shelter, means for clean water, hygiene supplies and sanitation needs.

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Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb planned for Mothers’ Day
Friday, May 01, 2015 by Office of Communications

Bishop Richard J. Malone will celebrate a special Mothers’ Day Mass at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 10, at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo. The Mass will include the Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb.

Parishioners will not only recognize and pray for mothers, fathers, families, and for children in the womb, but also for couples who are hoping for the gift of a child and for those who have suffered the loss of a child.

Approved by the Vatican in 2012, this rite is included in the Book of Blessings published by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The blessing originated when then-Bishop Joseph Kurtz of Knoxville, Tenn. (now archbishop of Louisville, Ky.), asked the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities to see if a blessing existed for a child in the womb. When none was found, the committee prepared a text and submitted it to the USCCB's Divine Worship committee in March of 2008. It was approved by the full body of bishops in November 2008, and then sent to Rome for editing and final approval.

Two inner city parishes to share pastor with suburban parish
Friday, May 01, 2015 by Office of Communications

Father Ronald P. Sajdak will be embarking on what he calls an “exciting venture.” Bishop Richard J. Malone has announced that, on July 30, Father Sajdak will become pastor of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Harris Hill, while maintaining his position as pastor at St. Martin de Porres and St. Lawrence, both in Buffalo. Msgr. Frederick D. Leising, the former pastor, retired April 6 and Msgr. W. Jerome Sullivan is serving as the parish’s temporary administrator.

“This is an unusual and creative arrangement which has great potential,” Bishop Malone said. “Positioning Father Sajdak as the spiritual leaders of these three parishes will allow the faith lives of parishioners to be enhanced in ways many may have never imagined. It also offers new evangelization opportunities that can be replicated in many of our parishes.”

“I think this opportunity, with Nativity, St. Martin de Porres and St. Lawrence, is unique in its timing and has incredible potential,” Father Sajdak said.

St. Martin de Porres and St. Lawrence both have had sister parish relationships with Nativity. Parishioners from Nativity have assisted in the food pantry at St. Lawrence; Nativity and St. Martin held a joint concert with their choirs. Nativity has offered guidance and funding for adults working with youths in the city parishes and they’ve often assisted some students to attend the annual youth convention. But, as Father Sajdak explained, the relationship can be strengthened.

“There’s often the question, on the part of all involved, what do the city parishes have to contribute to a parish that has more resources than they do? The way I’d like to think about that,” he said, “is that the city parishes have a pastor they may be willing to share. I look at this as a way of the two parishes who share me now saying, ‘we will share what we have.’ And, I’m willing, as pastor, to take on that responsibility, however not alone.”

Bishop honors 27 local Catholics for service to their parishes
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 by Office of Communications

More than two dozen men and women who have gone above and beyond their ministry in the church were honored on Sunday at St. Joseph Cathedral at the annual St. Joseph the Worker Award Mass.  Bishop Richard J. Malone presented each of these faithful Catholics the "Lay Award of St. Joseph."

The bishop recognized their faithful and generous commitment to their parishes.  "While the pastors and their pastoral teams, and clergy religious and lay church ministers provide the everyday pastoral leadership and ministry," he said, "it is the devoted core of  lay faithful who, often in quiet but significant ways, make up the workforce of every parish community.  They are the catechists, the ushers and hospitality ministers, the lector and Eucharistic ministers, the musicians, the parish pastoral council members and RCIA teams, and many more, who make our parishes work."

Rosary Novena for Life and March for Marriage
Saturday, April 25, 2015 by Office of Communications

More than a hundred people went to Mass first thing Saturday morning in North Buffalo; not just for the Eucharist, but also to show support for the Catholic teaching on life and marriage. Bishop Richard J. Malone noted the consistent attacks on pro-life beliefs and traditional marriage resembled the work of Satan as he presided over a Rosary Novena for Life and March for Marriage celebration at St. Rose of Lima Parish.







March for Marriage
Monday, April 13, 2015 by Bishop Richard J. Malone & Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone

Bishop Malone, chairman of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life & Youth, and Bishop Cordileone, archbishop of San Francisco and chairman of the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, have issued the letter below in support of the third annual March for Marriage, asking bishops and dioceses throughout the United States to join them in this endeavor.

In the Diocese of Buffalo, the March for Marriage will be held in conjunction with the annual Rosary Novena for Life on Saturday, April 25, at 8 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima, 500 Parker Ave., Buffalo.

Dear Brother Bishops,

As you may be aware, several organizations have come together to sponsor a third March for Marriage which is scheduled to be held on Saturday April 25, 2015 in Washington, D.C. This event is taking place three days before the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the constitutionality of states’ preserving the legal definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

We are grateful for this opportunity once again to express support for the March for Marriage and to encourage participation in this event. We ask that you consider promoting this event in your diocese and parishes and participating if possible.

The March will be an opportunity to stand for the good of marriage in our nation, to pray for our Supreme Court justices, and to demonstrate our commitment to the well-being of children. It complements well the bishops’ Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty ( The anticipated decision of the Supreme Court positions itself to be the most important judicial ruling in our nation since the infamous Roe v. Wade decision declaring a constitutional right to abortion. The March is an important witness to a movement dedicated to building a culture of marriage and the family, and it serves to remind all people that a Supreme Court ruling will not decide the issue of marriage any more than Roe decided the issue of abortion. We are deeply grateful for any support you can offer for this March.

Bishop Richard J. Malone's Easter homily 2015
Sunday, April 05, 2015 by Daybreak TV Productions

Bishop Malone's Easter homily 2015

Holy Saturday Easter Vigil
Saturday, April 04, 2015 by Office of Communications

 All Photos by Patrick McPartland, Western New York Catholic

The Sacred Triduum reaches it's culmination in the Easter Vigil at St. Joseph Cathedral. Bishop Richard J. Malone blesses the fire which illuminates a new Paschal Candle to be used throughout the Easter Season and at other Sacramental celebrations until next year. Visit the Western New York Catholic for further coverage

Good Friday Solemn Liturgy of The Lord's Passion
Friday, April 03, 2015 by Office of Communications

Adoration of The Holy Cross

Photo by Patrick McPartland, Western New York Catholic

The Sacred Triduum continues with the Solemn Liturgy of The Lord's Passion. Bishop Richard J. Malone's homily focused on the Cross, shown here in procession prior to Adoration by the Faithful. Visit the Western New York Catholic for further coverage

Holy Thursday Mass of The Lord's Supper
Thursday, April 02, 2015 by Office of Communications

The Washing of Feet

Bishop Richard J. Malone washes feet as the Easter Triduum begins on Holy Thursday at St. Joseph Cathedral with the Evening Mass of The Lord's Supper. In addition to highlighting the importance of Eucharist in enabling us to serve others, Bishop Malone used the Prayers of the Faithful to encourage those considering priesthood and remind all of us to pray for vocations. Visit the Western New York Catholic for further coverage

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