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This will be the 22nd year that St. John Vianney Parish in Orchard Park is welcoming visitors to its annual lawn fete which will take place from Thursday, July 24, until Sunday, July 27. It will feature events to keep both children and adults entertained, with an emphasis on family-friendly fun. An organizer said this year’s lawn fete will maintain long-standing traditions while adding enough to also keep the event fresh.


PENDLETON — Good Shepherd Parish holds its annual picnic on the last Sunday of July every summer. This year, the event will take place on Sunday, July 27, on the same grounds once walked by St. John Neumann. 


Catholic social teaching is unfortunately the Church’s best kept secret. But because it directly addresses the world’s most pressing social justice and peace issues, Catholic social teaching needs to come out of hiding and be discovered, read, preached, proclaimed and lived in our parishes, schools, universities, media, homes and society.

As the month of May came to an end, so did a session of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Retreat that began eight months earlier. Since the fall, eight men and women have met at St. Michael Church in Buffalo, with their spiritual directors, to learn how to live a more enthusiastic Christian life.
Summerfest offers tradition of music, food and family fun
Monday, July 21, 2014 by KIMBERLEE SABSHIN

For families looking for a fun weekend event, this year’s Summerfest at Our Lady of Charity Parish in Buffalo will take place from Thursday, July 24, to Saturday, July 26. The event offers afternoons and evenings of food, music, drinks, children’s activities and raffles.

Longtime organist at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish retires
Friday, July 18, 2014 by KIMBERLEE SABSHIN

Eleanor Asklar, longtime organist at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, now a worship site for Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Parish in Niagara Falls, will be retiring after serving in music ministry for more than 60 years.

Inspiration of Holy Land heightens faith
Thursday, July 17, 2014 by KIMBERLEE SABSHIN

A trip to the Holy Land gave a group of Catholics a chance to learn a new culture and witness the beauty of the holy sites.

Justice Perspective: Issue of homelessness needs more than compassion
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 by DEACON DON WEIGEL

You have certainly seen them on the street unless you purposely turn away and pretend they aren’t there, or if you diligently avoid eye contact. You may or may not take notice of what they’re wearing, like layers of clothing even in the heat. 

Oblates create mission center to help West Side community
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by PATRICK J. BUECHI

In a time when people need heroes, Buffalo’s West Side has its own set of Avengers. Instead of colorful capes, these men wear black. A band of six Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate use Holy Angels Parish as a headquarters while they go out into the community to serve “where there is a need.”


American saints, canonized popes are examples for modern Catholics
Monday, July 14, 2014 by KIMBERLEE SABSHIN

After the canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II this April, many Catholics recognized the contributions these men made to both the Catholic Church and the world in general, and the importance of what it means to be a saint. However, it is not often that many stop to think about what saints truly mean to today’s lay people, and how the average American Catholic may use the examples of these individuals, but especially American saints in relatively recent history, in their own lives.