Among the many retired women religious in the Diocese of Buffalo is Sister Norine Truax, RSM, who helped area Catholics develop ways to help children with special needs.
In its preparation for the October 2014 Extraordinary General Synod of Bishops on the theme “The Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization,” the Holy See is asking the world’s bishops to consult “widely” among the Catholic faithful. So it is that there is a questionnaire, provided by the Vatican, included in this issue of the Western New York Catholic. I will be most grateful for your taking time to share your reflections on any of the survey questions that interest you.
The December edition includes stories about a physical education teacher who will be honored by the Diocese of Buffalo, St. Luke's breaking ground on a new residence community for mothers and children, a new rector at Christ the King Seminary and a new bishop of Rochester. In addition, you can find information about how to respond to a new survey about family life created by the Vatican.
The 57th Annual Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be celebrated on Sunday, Dec. 8, with a special Mass and procession of roses at St. Anthony Church, 306 Ingham Ave., Lackawanna. The Most Rev. Richard J. Malone, Th.D., bishop of Buffalo, will be the celebrant the 11 a.m. Mass.
Music for the Mass will be provided by Mariachi Band Zelaya and the St. Anthony Hispanic Choir. The band will also perform in the parish hall after Mass courtesy of José Sanchez from Don Tequila Mexican Restaurant. Mexican and Puerto Rican food will be featured at a dinner following Mass. Tickets are available at the door for $8.
On this night, Catholic parishes across the diocese and the nation are invited to hold a prayer service before the Blessed Sacrament in adoration and reparation for the sins against the lives of innocent unborn and helpless ones.
It is asked that people attending pray 20 decades of the rosary and other prayers of their choice followed by benediction. People will be asking Mary, the mother of God, under her title Our Lady of Guadalupe, to pray for all to her divine Son for a return to respect for all life in the country. Participants also will be asked to pray that parents may be conscious of their calling as they share in God’s creative power. It is also hoped that people pray for those who have acted against human life experience forgiveness.
Parishes listed below will participate in this endeavor from 9 p.m. on Dec. 8 to 1 a.m. on Dec. 9 unless noted with an asterisk. For more information, please contact the diocesan Pro-Life Office at (716) 847-2205.
The annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection will be held on December 7–8 in the Diocese of Buffalo as well as Catholic parishes across the nation. Now in its 26th year, the collection is coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) and benefits over 34,000 senior Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests. In 2012, the Diocese of Buffalo raised over $936,000, more than any other diocese in the country.
The U.S. bishops initiated the collection in 1988 to address the significant lack of retirement funding among U.S. religious communities. Proceeds are distributed to eligible communities to help underwrite retirement and health-care expenses. Since the collection began, Catholics have contributed $698 million. Over 93 percent of donations directly support senior religious and their communities.
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