WNY Catholic News

An extensive workshop on why people may drift away from the Church, and how to re-engage them when they return, took place at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora on Oct. 24. The workshop was in preparation for the “Catholics Come Home” program which the diocese will undertake. 

Justice Perspective: Voting is a moral obligation
one day ago by DEACON DON WEIGEL

Do you realize that according to the Church you have a moral obligation to vote? The Church doesn’t just encourage you to vote, or recommend voting; the Church states that participation in political life is a moral obligation. No matter how you might look at the current state of politics, our obligation is to participate in public life and to do so for the common good.

Bishop Malone: Election Day

When I was bishop of the Diocese of Portland, we had the custom of hosting an annual social for our governor, state legislators and others in political life. It was an opportunity to thank men and women in elected office for their service to the people of Maine. It was also a moment for me to share reflections on various dimensions of Catholic teaching concerning issues of public policy current at the time.


Our Lady of Black Rock School in Buffalo has steadily experienced an increase in enrollment over the past several years. According to Principal Martha Eadie, the school has welcomed a number of students from other countries, which has offered the community a uniquely multicultural experience.


The Diocese of Buffalo will soon expand its services to help more women in need. The St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Center in downtown Buffalo will soon be opening two satellite locations in Niagara and Chautauqua counties, which will help the center to better serve individuals who live farther away from the city.

St. Martin of Tours parishioner serves in Yukon Territory
Friday, October 24, 2014 by KIMBERLEE SABSHIN

James McNichol, 74, was a former executive and television host who could not follow what he thought was a calling to be a priest due to his age. He contacted Bishop Gary Gordon of the Diocese of Whitehorse, in the Yukon Territory, who also told McNichol he was too old to serve. McNichol asked the bishop to call two priests as references, and if he felt the same way after talking to them, McNichol wouldn’t bother him again.

Synod examines Pastoral Challenges of Families
Thursday, October 23, 2014 by PATRICK J. BUECHI

The recent Extraordinary Synod of Bishops garnered the attention of the media, but for the wrong reasons. The Catholic Church will not be discussing same-sex marriages as some reports have stated, and the topic of people who have divorced and remarried receiving Holy Communion needs more discernment.

Cultural Diversity: Celebrations of faith and Thanksgiving
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 by MILAGROS RAMOS

From October through November we are given plenty of opportunities to celebrate our faith with the various cultures represented here in our diocese. In November, the Church in the United States celebrates Black Catholic History Month, the Puerto Ricans in our community will celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Providence and the Native American Community celebrate National Native American Heritage Month. 

Scouts earn their wings honoring life in Olean
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 by PATRICK J. BUECHI
Olean will soon be overrun by a flock of eagles, Eagle Scouts that is. Troop 617 expects five of its members to reach the highest rank in the Boy Scouts this year.
Programs trains 'Sidewalk Advocates for Life'
Monday, October 20, 2014 by KIMBERLEE SABSHIN

Last month, the diocesan Office of Pro-Life Activities participated in a training program to help advocate for the pro-life movement in a peaceful, non-confrontational way in front of local abortion clinics. The “Sidewalk Advocates for Life” program provides talking points and tips for discussing the topic of abortion with those seeking to get one.