WNY Catholic News

September issue of WNY Catholic now available
21 hours ago by MARK CIEMCIOCH

The new issue of the Western New York Catholic is now available to read here

Life in the Spirit seminars emphasize importance of Holy Spirit
Thursday, August 28, 2014 by KIMBERLEE SABSHIN

Two parishes in the diocese will present Life in the Spirit seminars this fall for those who would like to establish a deeper faith life and gain a better understanding of the role of the Holy Spirit in their lives. 

Permanent Diaconate: Ministerial functions
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 by DEACON RICK MACKIEWICZ

The Permanent Diaconate has been restored in the Church for nearly 50 years, and there is still some confusion as to what a deacon can do. 

Pro-life activist brings team of interns to diocese
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 by PATRICK J. BUECHI
Members of Stand True Pro-Life Outreach spent the summer traveling across the country dropping information like a gang of Johnny Appleseeds. They swung through Buffalo in mid-August to pray, protest and participate in a pro-life weekend.  read more...
Catholic Charities opens Franklinville office
Monday, August 25, 2014 by MARK CIEMCIOCH

After this year’s Catholic Charities Appeal exceeded its goal by nearly $200,000, the social service organization was able to open a new location in Franklinville last week to help serve several communities in Southeast Wyoming and Northern Cattaraugus counties.

Local doctors change lives through surgery overseas
Friday, August 22, 2014 by KIMBERLEE SABSHIN

For a group of local doctors, serving the poor is about improving people’s lives by donating costly medical care, time and much-needed surgeries. In May and June, a retired priest of the diocese was among a group that traveled to Ghana and Rome with the Hope for Tomorrow Foundation, an organization of doctors and surgeons based in Williamsville, that provides reconstructive surgeries at no cost.

Ed Tech Day refurbishes computers for schools
Thursday, August 21, 2014 by MARK CIEMCIOCH

Eight Catholic elementary schools received a much needed upgrade this summer, as volunteers throughout the Diocese of Buffalo refurbished and installed fresh computers and equipment during the 11th annual Ed Tech Day on Aug. 19.


In June, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision in the case of Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby. The Court said that the owners of Hobby Lobby, the Green family – devout Christians – are free to run their business according to their religious beliefs. The Greens had objected to paying for certain kinds of contraception in their employee health insurance plan, specifically, four different kinds of contraception that can cause early abortions.

Hamburg resident uses snow days to write book of prayers
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 by PATRICK J. BUECHI

Five cold snowy days in winter allowed an 83-year-old woman an opportunity to reflect on her life and write it down. Mary Carol Herwood, Ph.D., used those days, snowbound in her Hamburg home, to write her second book, “Psalms of an 83-year-old Woman.”