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Charming Christmas story takes readers inside the ‘Bethlehem Barn’

BRISTOL, R.I. — If the animals who witnessed Jesus’ birth could have spoken, what would they have said? In her 2022 Moonbeam Award-winning book, “Bethlehem Barn,” Debra Westgate-Silva gives young audiences a lighthearted retelling of the classic Christmas story – from the animals’ point of view.   “The story was inspired by a church service I…

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Sister Eleanor Thielman, OSF 1932–2022

Sister Eleanor Thielman, OSF, who ministered in education, pastoral ministry and community service passed away on Nov. 26, 2022 at Autumn View Health Care Facility.  She was 90 years old. Sister Eleanor was born Mary Lucille on Oct. 21, 1932, in the Lovejoy neighborhood of Buffalo to Anthony and Eleanor (Ernst) Thielman. Sister Eleanor was…

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Msgr. Francis Braun 1929-2022

Msgr. Francis Braun, longtime pastor of St. Mark Parish, died Nov. 23, 2022, after 68 years of priestly ministry. Born Aug. 12, 1929, to George and Mary (Hennessy) Braun, Msgr. Braun was raised and educated in Buffalo, attending St. James School and Canisius High School. He went on to attend St. Bonaventure University earning a…

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Catholic Charities seeking Santa’s Workshop donations, recipients

’Tis the season of giving and the Ladies of Charity elves at Catholic Charities Santa’s Workshop are seeking donations, recipients and volunteers to help brighten the holidays for children in need throughout Western New York.  Once again part of the WNY Holiday Partnership, Catholic Charities’ Christmas program will serve infants to teenagers. Each year, Catholic…

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O’Hara receives $1 million donation to update school’s athletic fields

TONAWANDA — Cardinal O’Hara High School is rejoicing at the news that a 1972 graduate is donating a record-breaking $1 million to be used exclusively to update the school’s athletic fields. Renee Orr, Cardinal O’Hara’s director of advancement, said his only requirement is that the gift remain anonymous. “I couldn’t believe what I was hearing,”…

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Sister Julie Uhrich, OSF 1942-2022

Sister Julie Uhrich, who served as regional director of religious education of the Southern Tier for over two decades, died Nov. 21, 2022. She was 80. Born Carol Uhrich on Jan. 3, 1942, to Mildred (Knab) and Julien Uhrich, Sister was introduced to the Sisters of St. Francis in Williamsville when she attended Bishop O’Hern…

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Washington Archdiocese’s pro-life Mass in January to have local focus

WASHINGTON (CNS) — With the pro-life landscape shifting to the states after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, events in the Washington Archdiocese connected to the annual March for Life in the nation’s capital will have a different focus this January. In one change, the archdiocese has canceled its long-running arena-size Youth…

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Rockville Centre auxiliary is named coadjutor for Providence, R.I.

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Francis has appointed Auxiliary Bishop Richard G. Henning of Rockville Centre, as coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island. The pope also accepted the resignation of Auxiliary Bishop Robert C. Evans of Providence, who has served the diocese as an auxiliary since 2009. On Sept. 2, he turned 75,…

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Catholic Schools congratulates students who place first in sportsmanship

Students in Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Buffalo focused on the virtue of sportsmanship during October.  Students were encouraged to have a positive attitude, always do their best, encourage their teammates, show respect to members of the other team, accept calls and not argue with officials, be gracious winners and learn from their mistakes…

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Thanksgiving message from Bishop Fisher

My Dear Friends, I would like to take a moment and wish everyone in the Diocese of Buffalo a happy Thanksgiving. This most special American holiday is an occasion to pause and take stock of the blessings we enjoy which have less to do with material wealth than they do with the goodness we experience…

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Retired Bishop Hubbard asks Vatican to return him to lay state

ALBANY (CNS) — Retired Bishop Howard J. Hubbard of Albany has asked the Vatican that he be “returned to the lay state.” The 84-year-old bishop announced in a Nov. 18 statement that he made the request, citing his age and that he is retired from active ministry. He also repeated his denial that he abused…

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Sister John Francis Coyle, OSF 1922-2022

Sister John Francis Coyle, a longtime nurse, died Nov. 7, 2022, in St. Joseph Hospital, Tampa, Florida, just short of her 100th birthday. Born Phyllis Ann Coyle on Dec. 10, 1922, in Alma, she is the daughter of Philip J. and Lulu (Cook) Coyle of Bolivar. She attended elementary and high school in the Bolivar…

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Sister Edward Catherine Barrett, OSF 1930-2022

Sister Edward Catherine Barrett, teacher, missionary and nurse, died Sept. 7, 2022, at St. Elizabeth Motherhouse, Allegany.  Born to Edward and Catherine (Howard) Barrett of Buffalo on Jan. 6, 1930, Teresa Elizabeth Barrett attended Holy Family Elementary School and Mercy Academy, both in Buffalo, graduating in 1949. She attended St. Elizabeth Teachers College in Allegany,…

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