Rite of Election

Event Start Date:
March 6, 2022
Event End Date:
March 6, 2022
Event Venue:
St. Joseph Cathedral

Catechumens, candidates, sponsors, godparents, family and friends are invited to join Bishop Michael Fisher to participate in the Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion at Saint Joseph Cathedral on the afternoon of the First Sunday of Lent, March 6, 2022 at 3 PM. Please register below. COVID protocols and the number of guests allowed will be determined at the time of the event and communicated through email to individuals and RCIA Team Members.

St. Ignatius of Loyola – Then and Today: Ignatian Spirituality

Event Start Date:
February 24, 2022
Event End Date:
February 24, 2022
Event Venue:
Blessed Sacrament Church

Church on Fire Series at Blessed Sacrament Church from 7 PM to 8 PM

St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556) lived at a time at least as tumultuous as our own, especially in the Church. Well before he founded the Society of Jesus, he developed his classic Spiritual Exercises, based on his own conversion and experiences with prayer. In these Exercises, he distilled methods of prayer and a way of looking at life and the world, which we commonly refer to as Ignatian Spirituality. 

Fr. Thomas Slon will explain what is unique about Ignatian Spirituality and why it might be especially helpful to us in our time, as we face our own Church crises. The evening will offer opportunities to experience these methods of prayer and to engage in conversation.

Fr. Slon is a priest of the Society of Jesus and has served as the rector of the Jesuit Community of Buffalo since July 2016. A native of Buffalo, he studied mathematics at Cornell University, theology at the Weston School of Theology in Cambridge, MA (now the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College), and architecture at The Catholic University of America.

Before moving to Buffalo in 2016, Fr. Slon served for eight years as the Socius to the Provincial – a position similar to that of chief of staff – in the Province’s central office in New York City. 

#OneBody Virtual Prayer Service

Event Start Date:
January 18, 2022
Event End Date:
January 18, 2022
Event Venue:
ZOOM

The National Day of Racial Healing 
January 18, 2022 | 7:00-8:30 pm EST

Virtual Prayer Service on Racial Healing with #OneBody. All are welcome. Register for the Zoom event at Eventbrite.

March for Life Youth Mass

Event Start Date:
January 22, 2022
Event End Date:
January 22, 2022
Event Venue:
St. Gregory the Great

 We are very excited to invite you and your parish community to attend the Youth Rally, March and Mass for Life on January 22, 2022 at St. Gregory the Great Parish with Bishop Michael Fisher. Our Respect Life rally will consist of dynamic pro-life speakers interspersed with contemporary Christian music to energize the youth for the march and public witness of the Rosary. Bishop Fisher will celebrate Mass, and the event will conclude with a reception. The schedule of events is as follows: 

Schedule of events:
3:30 pm -4:15 pm: Youth Rally in the Ministry Center
4:15 pm – 5:15 pm: March for Life & Rosary on Maple Ave.
5:30 pm: Mass in Church with Bishop Fisher Celebrating 

All are encouraged to attend, especially our youth! We ask for parental oversight to help with safety. Face coverings will be required. Please dress appropriately as we will be marching outside regardless of the weather. Groups are encouraged to make appropriate signs for the event. 

Want to get the word out? St. Gregory the Great has provided a Media Kit along with other resources: https://www.stgregs.org/youth-rally-march-mass-life/

Ordination to the Transitional Diaconate

Event Start Date:
January 1, 2022
Event End Date:
January 1, 2022
Event Venue:
OLV Basilica

This Saturday at OLV Basilica starting at 2:00 pm, Joseph Franz will be ordained to the transitional diaconate. Please keep Joseph Franz and all our seminarians in formation in your prayers! You can watch the livestream at bit.ly/3pF3uv3

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Mass

Event Start Date:
January 16, 2022
Event End Date:
January 16, 2022
Event Venue:
317 Leroy Avenue, Buffalo 14214

2021 Annual Diocesan Mass in Remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
Sunday, January 16th at Blessed Trinity Church | 10:00 am
(317 LeRoy Ave., Buffalo 14214)

 DUE TO COVID REGULATIONS AN E-TICKET IS REQUIRED FOR ADMITTANCE AND E-TICKETS WILL BE ISSUED ON FIRST-COME, FIRST- SERVED BASIS. PLEASE CALL 716-847- 2212 FOR E-TICKET(S) BY JANUARY 12TH AND PROVIDE YOUR FULL NAME AND EMAIL ADDRESS. THE MASS CAN BE VIEWED LIVE AT https://www.facebook.com/Blessed-Trinity-RC-Church-175671532473241/ OR PRE-RECORED AT YOUTUBE – https://www.youtube.com/user/BlessedTrinityChurch 

The Martin Luther King and Lenhard Scholarship recipients will be announced at the Mass. Scholarship applications are due January 3, 2022. A theme-basket raffle, to raise funds for MLK scholarships, will be held following the Mass. Theme basket donations will be accepted until, January 12, 2022. Details – contact 716-847-2212. Celebrant for the Mass will be Bishop Michael W. Fisher and Homilist, Fr. Fred Alexander, OCD of Milwaukee, MI.

Roe v Wade/Pro-Vita Observance Mass

Event Start Date:
January 15, 2022
Event End Date:
January 15, 2022
Event Venue:
St. Joseph Cathedral

Roe v Wade/Pro-Vita Observance Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral. These awards are intended to recognize people who have labored tirelessly for the pro-life cause and to give them strength, encouragement, and support. Mass is at 4:30 pm.

St. Bernard’s Open House

Event Start Date:
December 1, 2021
Event End Date:
December 1, 2021
Event Venue:
Catholic Center, 795 Main St., Buffalo, NY

Do you feel you are called to the Lay Ecclesial Ministry or the Permanent Diaconate? Do you want to know more about getting your degree or a certificate in ministry? If you are interested in the diaconate or continuing your education, please join us on December 1st at the Catholic Center for an evening of fellowship and learning about St. Bernard’s upcoming course offerings and programs!

December 1st, 2021 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Catholic Center in downtown Buffalo. 

Learn more about:

  • Courses for the spring 2022 semester
  • The cost of our Masters and Certificate programs
  • The admissions process
  • All financial aid and scholarship opportunities

Registration is required. We hope to see you there!

Inclusive Christmas Mass

Event Start Date:
August 16, 2022
Event End Date:
August 16, 2022
Event Venue:

A shorter, sensory-friendly Mass with lower lighting, softer music, and no incense. Low-gluten hosts are available.

Saint Bernadette Church 
Monday, December 27, 2021 at 7:00 to 7:30 pm
5930 South Abbott Road, Orchard Park, NY 14127

The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available at 6:00 pm. Father Bob Owczarczak will the celebrant. Featuring a special song composed by Brielle, a recently confirmed young adult with autism who serves on Saint Bernadette’s Family Team and Open Doors Ministry. 

Masks are required walking into and out of Church and while processing to receive Holy Communion. A reception will follow in the accessible Parish Ministry Center with social distancing according to current COVID-19 guidelines. If guidelines change, the reception may be canceled. The Mass will be available live on Saint Bernadette’s Facebook Page. 

Questions? Contact Sharon at 716-648-1720 ext. 3 or sharonu@saintbopny.org

Adoption Mass

Event Start Date:
November 14, 2021
Event End Date:
November 14, 2021
Event Venue:
OLV Basilica

OLV’s Adoption Mass will take place Noon on November 14, 2021.  OLV invites all adoptees, birth parents, friends, relatives and adoptive families to attend this special Mass.