Buffalo Congress XIII Meeting

Event Start Date:
May 10, 2024
Event End Date:
May 10, 2024
Event Venue:
St. Martin de Porres Church

Congress participants will share their awesome experience and ideas to implement action steps for the Diocese of Buffalo. All are welcome to attend.

Let’s build a Pastoral Plan that spells out and gives direction or ideas that…

  • Rebuilds and makes strong every individual’s relationship with God.
  • Rebuilds and makes strong a vision to address the situations of struggle that we face today.
  • Rebuilds and makes strong the community at large within our parishes.

St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church | 555 Northampton, Buffalo, NY | 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

X-Stream Games 2024

Event Start Date:
May 4, 2024
Event End Date:
May 4, 2024
Event Venue:
St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute

X-STREAM Games is coming to St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute on Saturday, May 4th.

This year’s events will include many favorites from years past as well as some new events.  There will be opportunities for the students in our Diocese schools to participate in events such as:
Linked pages above are included as general reference guides, except VEX IQ and Rubber Band Cars.  The cutoff for registrations will be Friday, April 12.  See you at the X-STREAM Games.

Making Connections: Youth Convention 2024

Event Start Date:
April 28, 2024
Event End Date:
April 28, 2024
Event Venue:
Villa Maria College

Young people in grades 8-12 are invited to Making Connections: A Day for Catholic Teens on Sun., Apr. 28th from 12-5pm at Villa Maria College in Buffalo!

Gather with teenagers from across the Diocese of Buffalo for an interactive day with national speaker and musician ValLimar Jansen! ValLimar’s unique blend of proclamation, reflection, storytelling, music, movement, insights and wisdom propels faith to new heights. The day concludes with Mass with Bishop Michael Fisher.

Teens have the choice of different breakout topics and service activities during the event. The cost is $20 and includes lunch. For more information or to register, visit https://tinyurl.com/makingconnections716

 

Schedule for the event:

12:00-12:15pm Gather in Auditorium – Praise and Worship

12:15-12:30pm Welcome & Opening Prayer

12:30-1:30pm Keynote Address: ValLimar Jansen

1:30-2:00pm Lunch (pizza) and Service Project/Activities

2:00-2:45pm Breakouts

2:45-3:15pm Q & A Panel

3:15-3:45pm Keynote 2: ValLimar Jansen

4:00-5:00pm Mass with Bishop Michael Fisher

Pro-Vita Award Mass

Event Start Date:
April 25, 2024
Event End Date:
April 25, 2024
Event Venue:
St. Christopher's RC Church

The rescheduled Pro-Vita Awards from January is on April 25th starting at 4:00 pm at St. Christopher’s RC Church.

The following will be recognized:

Deacon Mark & Theresa Kehl

Lindsay Adornetto

Dr. John Brach & Darya

David Kersten-OLV Charities

Sharon Kuczmarski

Ann Wagner

 

Chrism Mass 2024

Event Start Date:
March 26, 2024
Event End Date:
March 26, 2024
Event Venue:
St. Joseph Cathedral

Every Catholic in the Diocese of Buffalo is invited to the Chrism Mass on Tuesday, March 26th at St. Joseph Cathedral. At the Chrism Mass, priests of the diocese renew their commitment to priestly service. Priests are brought together and concelebrate the Chrism Mass as witnesses and cooperators with their bishop in the consecration of the chrism because they share in the sacred office of the bishop in building up and sanctifying the people of God. The blessing of the oil of the sick, the blessing of the oil of catechumens, and the consecration of the chrism are an essential part of this Mass. This Mass is, therefore, a clear expression of the unity of the priesthood and sacrifice of Christ, which continues to be present in the Church. For it is with the sacred Chrism consecrated by the Bishop that the newly baptized are anointed and those to be confirmed are signed. It is with the Oil of Catechumens that catechumens are prepared and disposed for Baptism. Finally it is with the Oil of the Sick that those who are ill are comforted in their infirmity.

34th Annual Diocesan Art Exhibition

Event Start Date:
May 13, 2024
Event End Date:
May 15, 2024
Event Venue:
St. Mary School, Swormville, NY

Saint Mary School Swormville will host this year’s Diocesan Art Exhibition, from May 13th to the 15th.  This is the 34th Annual Diocesan Art Exhibition, and entry is open to all schools in the diocese. Each school is invited to submit up to 15 pieces of original student art and 2 free-standing pieces of original student art for a total of 17 pieces per school. Early registration is strongly encouraged. Each school that registers will be able to download promotional materials to be displayed in their school, emailed to parents, posted on social media and their school website.

This is a great opportunity to promote our Catholic Schools and support our wonderful art programs! All participants will receive certificates and ribbons. Please direct all questions and inquiries to Mrs. Karen Genovese, SMS Visual Arts Instructor: kgenovese@stmaryschoolswormville.org.

The Art Exhibition will be open to the public the following dates and times, come check out some great student artwork from around the diocese and visit our beautiful school!

OPENING & RECEPTION
Monday, May 13th, 2024 – 6:00 to 8:00 pm

EXHIBITION TIMES
Tuesday, May 14th – 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Wednesday, May 15th – 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Batavia Synod Listening Session

Event Start Date:
March 19, 2024
Event End Date:
March 19, 2024
Event Venue:
Ascension Parish Hall

 Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at 6:00 p.m.

Ascension Parish Hall
19 Sumner Street, Batavia

Hosted by:  Rev. Bernard Nowak, Vicar Forane – Genesee/Wyoming Counties

Cheektowaga Synod Listening Session

Event Start Date:
March 13, 2024
Event End Date:
March 13, 2024
Event Venue:
Resurrection Church

Wednesday. March 13, 2024 at 6:30 p.m.
Resurrection Parish Hall
130 Como Park Blvd.
Buffalo, NY

Host by: Rev. Sean DiMaria, Vicar Forane – Southern Erie County

Bishops, priests, deacons, consecrated religious, and laity gathered around the Holy Father in Rome from October 4th to 29th, 2023. Their mission? To begin the next stage of the Synod on Synodality. After gathering information at the diocesean, regional, and continental stages, it was time to begin a conversation on what is a synodal church. The desire of the Synod participants can be summed up in the last paragraph of the introduction to the synthesis from the first session. “We carry in our hearts the desire, sustained by hope, that the climate of mutual listening and sincere dialogue that we experienced during the days of common work in Rome will radiate in our communities and throughout the world, at the service of the growth of the good seed of the Kingdom of God.”

The synthesis report is broken into three parts:

1.) “The face of the synodal church”

2.) all disciples, all missionaries”

3.) weaving bonds, building community.”

Each part has subtopics which are broken down into

1.) convergence

2.) matters for consideration

3.) proposals.

These proposals are being taken back to local episcopal conferences and hierarchical structures of the Eastern Catholic Churches. For us locally in the United States, that means the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops which met for their fall general assembly the week prior to Thanksgiving in Baltimore.There are many preliminary steps that must be taken before the second and final session in October of 2024. We entrust the Holy Spirit with our path forward, that He may reveal to those involved the true direction God desires for his Church on earth.

St. Joseph the Worker Awards

Event Start Date:
March 9, 2024
Event End Date:
March 9, 2024
Event Venue:
St. Joseph Cathedral

The Lay Award of St. Joseph is presented to those who have dedicated their time to various ministries within their individual parishes.

Rite of Election 2024

Event Start Date:
February 18, 2024
Event End Date:
February 18, 2024
Event Venue:
St. Joseph Cathedral

The Rite of Election will take place on February 18th at St. Joseph Cathedral from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm