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Diocese of Buffalo preparing Catholics Come Home initiative
Saturday, December 06, 2014 by Office of Communications

Television viewers across Western New York will begin to see “evangomercials TM” beginning in mid-December, offering inspiring stories of faith and hope, as the Diocese of Buffalo embarks on its latest New Evangelization initiative, inviting inactive Catholics and others home to Jesus and His Church.

Catholics Come Home, Inc. (CCH), an independent, non-profit Catholic apostolate, is the lay Catholic group that created the upcoming Christmas television outreach, airing December 12, 2014, through January 18, 2015. 

Since 1998, CCH initiatives have aired in over 37 archdioceses and dioceses from Phoenix to Sacramento, Atlanta to Boston and Chicago to Seattle, helping to increase Mass attendance an average of 10 percent, and welcoming home more than 500,000 inactive Catholics and others seeking more joy, peace and meaning in their lives.  Buffalo will be the 38th diocesan partner of this fruitful outreach initiative of faith.

“This represents a great opportunity for each of us,” said Bishop Richard J. Malone.  “We all know a family member or friend who no longer practices their faith.  We hope and pray that those who see our Catholics Come Home messages come back to our Catholic family, home to a local parish community this Christmas season and into the New Year.
Father Dennis G. Wolf, pastor of St. John XXIII, passes away on Friday
Monday, December 01, 2014 by Office of Communications

Father Dennis G. Wolf, a priest of the Diocese of Buffalo, passed away on Friday, November 28.  He had been pastor of St. John XXIII Parish since 2008.

Father Wolf will lie-in-state on Wednesday, Dec. 3, and Thursday, Dec. 4, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at St. John XXIII Church, 1 Arcade Street, West Seneca.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Most Reverend Richard J. Malone on Friday, Dec. 5, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John XXIII Church. There will also be a viewing prior to the Mass from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Please remember the peaceful repose of Father Wolf’s soul in your Masses and prayers.

Bishop Malone meets Pope Francis, attends colloquium on marriage
Monday, November 24, 2014 by Mark Ciemcioch

Bishop Richard J. Malone represented Buffalo and the United States at the Vatican in November, as he was asked to be a part of the International Colloquium: The Complementarity of Man and Woman to reaffirm the Catholic Church’s position on marriage. Attending the colloquium was an important affirmation of Bishop Malone’s work as chair of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth.

The colloquium was where Pope Francis officially announced he would make his first papal visit to the United States, as he will attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in Sept. 2015.

Bishop Malone welcomes U.S. visit by Pope Francis
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 by Kevin Keenan

Bishop Malone outside the VaticanBishop Richard J. Malone was present at the Vatican on Nov. 17, when Pope Francis announced he will attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next September.  Bishop Malone is in Rome, participating in the International Colloquium: The Complementarity of Man and Woman, through Nov. 19. 

It was a thrill to be in the presence of the Holy Father when he made the announcement,” Bishop Malone said.  “I am delighted he has selected the World Meeting of Families for his first visit to the United States.  On many occasions, the pope has stressed the importance of the traditional family – at the colloquium, he said marriage between a man and woman is a ‘fundamental pillar’ of society and that children have the right to grow up with a mother and father. I look forward to leading a delegation from the Diocese of Buffalo to Philadelphia next year as the pope brings his message of  peace and love to our nation.”

Bishop Malone is chair of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth.

Pope Francis will attend the World Meeting of Families — Philadelphia 2015
Monday, November 17, 2014 by Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Rome, Italy (November 17, 2014) – In remarks offered today in Rome, Pope Francis formally announced his intention to attend the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015, set to be held September 22-27, 2015. This visit will mark his first to the United States as pope. He will be only the fourth reigning Pontiff to visit our nation in its history.

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., and a delegation of World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 organizers were present for the announcement, which the Holy Father made at the opening of the Humanum Colloquium. Also present were Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, Bishop Jean Lafitte, and Monsignor Carlos Simon Vaszquez of the Pontifical Council for the Family, which is the co-sponsor of the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015, with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Archbishop Chaput said, “I am overjoyed by Pope Francis’ announcement that he will join with us for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next year. A hallmark of his papacy has been a keen focus on the many challenges that families face today globally. His charisma, presence and voice will electrify the gathering.”

“As I’ve said many times before, I believe that the presence of the Holy Father will bring all of us – Catholic and non-Catholic alike – together in tremendously powerful, unifying and healing ways. We look forward to Pope Francis’ arrival in Philadelphia next September and we will welcome him joyfully with open arms and prayerful hearts.”

Detailed plans for Pope Francis’ visit have not yet been finalized and are expected to be released in spring or summer of 2015. However, it is expected that the Holy Father will visit Philadelphia September 25 – 27,2015, to participate in the closing events of the Eighth World Meeting of Families. These events include the Festival of Families, an intercultural celebration of family life around the world, which would be held on Saturday, September 26, and a Papal Mass to be held on Sunday, September 27. Both of these events will take place on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in the heart of Philadelphia and will be open to the public.

Survey shows what concerns today's Catholics
Friday, November 14, 2014 by Office of Communications

During the 2014 General Assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the results of a 3 ½ - year-study on what concerned Catholics were presented. The survey, which showed that Catholics want to know the “whys” of their faith and worry about the church walking a fine line between politics and advocacy, included responses from lay leaders, parish priests, and “engaged parishioners.”

Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, New York, called the research “both enlightening and sobering.”

“The Church needs every one of her members, she is called to see the face of Christ in every person,” said Bishop Malone, chairman of the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis.

The results and ongoing evaluation of the research are set to be a part of the July 2017 convocation of Catholic leaders, Bishop Malone announced. The meeting, which will bring thousands of catholic leaders to Orlando, Florida, will address “what it means to be a Catholic.”

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WASHINGTON—Drawing on the teachings of Pope Francis, the theme of the 2015 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering, February 7-10 in Washington, will be “To Go Forth: Encountering Christ in the Heart of the World.” The gathering brings together hundreds of Catholics from across the country who work in ministries at parishes, dioceses and college and university campuses. The theme is meant to echo Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, and observe the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, Gaudium et Spes.

The gathering is sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and 16 other national organizations, including Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Catholic Charities USA, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Catholic Rural Life and the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities. The gathering seeks to equip leaders and rising leaders in the Church to bring the voice of faith into the public square.

“The Catholic Social Ministry Gathering is a unique opportunity to connect with others committed in faith to the common good, learn more about the critical perspective of Catholic social teaching, pray together with other leaders, and advocate in Congress to end poverty and injustice,” said Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development. Archbishop Wenski will celebrate the opening Mass of the gathering on Saturday, February 7.


WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis has released an online version of the “United States Catholic Catechism for Adults” (USCCA). The free, online resource is available in English and Spanish.

“As more people are turning to the Internet for information, we must be able to provide faithful information about the Catholic faith. The online USCCA provides an opportunity for all people to access Church teaching online, use this resource for research and share with others,” said Bishop David L. Ricken of Green Bay, Wisconsin, chairman of the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis, at the announcement of the USCCA publication.

“The USCCA is an especially wonderful resource because it contextualizes our faith within our American culture, and also includes stories of American saints and holy men and women, prayers, reflections and study questions,” Bishop Ricken said.


BALTIMORE—Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, New York, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, invited the U.S. bishops to a 2015 Lay Ecclesial Ministry Summit. He made the invitation during the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Fall General Assembly, November 11, in Baltimore. The gathering will take place June 7, 2015, to mark the tenth anniversary of the bishops’ statement “Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord” (2005), just prior to the USCCB Spring General Assembly in St. Louis.

“Lay ecclesial ministry is a great gift to the Church, arising from the distinct vocation and mission of the laity,” said Bishop Malone in his address to the General Assembly. “The tenth anniversary of ‘Co-Workers [in the Vineyard of the Lord]’ is a wonderful opportunity for us to take stock of the fruits of the last ten years and to devote special attention to this area of the Church’s life, including developments and questions that continue to merit reflection.”

The Summit will be an opportunity for bishops, in consultation with pastoral leaders, to reexamine the current ministerial landscape and explore the realities, challenges, and opportunities facing those in lay ecclesial ministry. With an emphasis on the co-responsibility of all the faithful for the Church’s mission of evangelization, the summit will consider issues including the relationship between the lay apostolate and lay ecclesial ministry, emerging pathways for culturally and generationally diverse populations, formation and authorization of lay ministers, the state of parish workplaces, and the co-responsibility of lay and ordained leaders in the Church.

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