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Our Lady of Victory offers holiday gift choices
7 hours ago by KIMBERLEE SABSHIN

The gift shop at Our Lady of Victory will again offer a wide variety of religious-themed gifts for any family member or friend who prefers a uniquely inspirational keepsake that does not stray far from the traditional meaning of the spirit of the holiday season. The gift shop is located next to the Father Baker Museum in Our Lady of Victory National Shrine and Basilica in Lackawanna. 


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The announcement of the Catholics Come Home campaign, which will begin just before Christmas in this diocese, may be an early Christmas gift, if only for the great questions that it raises in us. How often have we heard someone bemoan a parish liturgy? What can we, regular Catholics, do about it? Not much? Maybe more than we think. Because worship is essential to a good parish, and good worship starts with good welcome, this is the first step to building a guest-friendly Church.


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Christmas is coming to North Tonawanda in a big way this year. Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish is planning a special Advent celebration beginning Dec. 1. Food, fun and the Holy Family are all on the calendar. Activities include a Christmas play, a tour of the 86-year-old church and a traditional Wigilia dinner.  


 

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A severe snow storm, nicknamed Knife, paralyzed much of Western New York last week, dropping six feet of snow in some areas over a 24-hour-period and resulted in at least 13 deaths. WNY Catholic Photographer Patrick McPartland ventured out to visit diocesan parishes and schools hit by the storm in an exclusive Facebook photo gallery.


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Time to set plans to participate in annual March for Life
Friday, November 21, 2014 by SPECIAL TO WNYC

Join the Buffalo Diocese and hundreds of thousands of Catholics and others in solidarity for a pilgrimage of public witness, penance and prayer for all those victimized by the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, and for the conversion of those who misguidedly perpetuate it.


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Opera Sacra marks 40th season tonight
Friday, November 21, 2014 by SPECIAL TO WNYC

Opera Sacra, the longest continually producing opera company in Western New York, was founded by Father Jacob Ledwon in 1975 at the former St. Joseph’s New Cathedral in Buffalo. Choosing works that center on religious themes, its repertoire spans more than 1,000 years of music, including the classics of Grand Opera, medieval liturgical dramas, children’s fables and contemporary masterworks. This fall, in celebration of the beginning of its 40th season, Opera Sacra is planning another exceptional program, a fully-staged production of Francis Poulenc’s “Dialogues of the Carmelites.”

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Cultural Diversity: Finding forgiveness, finding peace
Thursday, November 20, 2014 by MILAGROS RAMOS

One morning as I was driving to work, I heard a little voice coming through the radio of a young lady giving her testimony of forgiveness. It was so incredible, so much so, that I said, I have to bring her to Buffalo for Da Bounce. The young people need to hear her testimony. It is just too incredible. She will be able to touch so many young people and help them have a relationship with Jesus. I began repeating her name until I got to my office and typed it into my computer. I was able to locate her, Rosario Rodriguez from Los Angeles.


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Father Bill Quinlivan tells his side of story in new book
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 by PATRICK J. BUECHI

Buffalo’s singing priest, Father William Quinlivan, has added another title to his resumé – book author. With the help of a self-publishing firm, he has released “Made to Praise Him: Finding My Song.” 



 

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WASHINGTON—The visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia in September 2015 for the World Meeting of Families will be a “joyful moment,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Pope Francis made his intention to travel to the United States public, November 17, in an address to the Colloquium on the Complementarity of Man and Woman at the Vatican.


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