WNY Catholic News

Catholic Relief Services helps people in poverty
21 hours ago by KIMBERLEE SABSHIN

Some in Western New York take simple things in life such as three square meals a day, running water, shelter and health for granted. However, the lack of these basic needs for people in nations throughout the world is always a concern for Catholic Relief Services. 


He is often seen standing at the right hand of the priest, assisting him in the celebration of the Mass, and proclaiming the Gospel. He is wearing a stole over his left shoulder and across his chest, symbolically leaving the right hand and shoulder unencumbered so as to offer service. He is a Roman Catholic deacon, and his ministry dates back to the time of the apostles.

Throughout his 45 years in the priesthood, Father Richard DiGiulio has ministered as a doctor of sorts, diagnosing, treating and healing the souls of wounded people. Burning Bush House of Prayer is his practice. St. Lawrence Church in Buffalo serves as his hospital.

A number of Hispanic people from the Diocese of Buffalo had the opportunity to learn more about the Catholic faith and embrace a multicultural perspective of faith, as they recently graduated from St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry in Rochester.

St. John Vianney parishioners join to offer 22nd lawn fete
Friday, July 25, 2014 by KIMBERLEE SABSHIN

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.

Classic cars to highlight Pendleton parish lawn fete
Thursday, July 24, 2014 by STEPHEN SPOTH

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.

St. Michael’s offers unique take on Ignatian retreat
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by PATRICK J. BUECHI
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.