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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
3 days ago 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.


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.

World Mission Sunday makes a difference
Friday, October 17, 2014 by FATHER RONALD SAJDAK

This weekend is World Mission Sunday, and diocesan parishes will hold a special collection to help support the missionary service of the Church.

40 Days for Life prays, fasts for pro-life movement
Thursday, October 16, 2014 by KIMBERLEE SABSHIN

Catholics will join in prayer with members of other faiths as they stand outside the abortion clinic on Main Street in Buffalo as part of the international, ecumenical “40 Days for Life” through Nov. 2. 

Justice Perspective: Celebration of Life
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 by DEACON DON WEIGEL

During this month of October we take time to remind ourselves that as Catholics we respect life, life in all its forms, life as the greatest gift of God. And we declare October to be Respect Life month. What a great celebration it should be – expressing our gratitude for the immeasurable variety of life, and how the human person participates in the light and power of the Spirit of God.

Diocese learns to help post-abortive women
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 by PATRICK J. BUECHI

Through special training with pro-life experts last May, 30 diocesan clergy heard of the feelings of guilt and anxiety experienced by women who terminated the lives of their unborn children. They also learned how to help them heal.


Seminiarian assists in diocesan Pro-Life office
Monday, October 13, 2014 by KIMBERLEE SABSHIN

A current student at Christ the King Seminary is taking an opportunity to serve at the Office of Pro-Life Activities to help prepare for the day he becomes a priest.