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Buffalo bishop lays flowers, personal prayer at mass shooting memorial

BUFFALO, N.Y. (CNS) — Bishop Michael W. Fisher of Buffalo joined mourners outside a Tops grocery store where 10 people were killed and three others were injured in what law enforcement authorities said was a racially motivated crime. Placing flowers and a handwritten note remembering “the souls of our brothers and sisters lost to the…

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Two prominent economists, former NU dean, mayor of Vaughan speak at commencement ceremonies

NIAGARA UNIVERSITY —Dr. R. Glenn Hubbard, dean emeritus and Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia University, and Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, university professor and director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, were among the featured speakers at Niagara University’s 2022 commencement ceremonies on May 12 and 14 at the…

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Diocese plans prayer service, accepts donations in reaction to shooting

The last several days has proved that Buffalo truly is the City of Good Neighbors and this title extends well beyond the city’s limits. Western New Yorkers has responded to Saturday’s horrible shooting at Tops in so many Christ-like ways: through prayer, outreach, support, and care in kind and unselfish ways. In response to this tragedy, so…

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St. Thomas More Guild presents scholarships at annual luncheon

On May 11, The St. Thomas More Guild presented its annual spring luncheon, honoring an individual for his or her outstanding contribution as a Catholic lawyer. Scholarship recipients are also recognized.  Levi Sisto from St. Amelia School received a Grade School Scholarship of $1,000. Shannon Kersten of Chesterton Academy of Buffalo took home the High School Scholarship…

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Catholic Charities of Buffalo increases Rich Street food pantry hours through May 27

In the wake of Saturday’s tragedy, Catholic Charities of Buffalo is increasing days of operation for its Rich Street Food Pantry, 930 Genesee St., Buffalo. The pantry will be open from 9 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays through May 27. Food assistance will be available for anyone with…

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Catholic students take tech ed competition to the X-STREAM

On May 15, the Department of Catholic Schools hosted the annual X-STREAM Games that pit Catholic elementary schools against one another to see who can use science, technology, engineering, art, religion and math to the greatest advantage. Games included Kitchen Chemistry, Arcade Academy, and a Science Scrimmage. Students solved crimes in CSI/Forensics, invented products for…

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#Onebody prayer service deals with pain caused by racial hatred

It’s a basic rule of physics. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. When violence hurts good people, the good people pray. When a white supremacist marched into a supermarket in a Black neighborhood and began a shooting rampage, the friends and neighbors of those victims met for a prayer session to…

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Quality Student dinner honors Cardinal O’Hara seniors

TONAWANDA — Four Cardinal O’Hara High School seniors were honored as Quality Student Scholars at the 56th annual Quality Student awards dinner May 12 at Banchetti’s by Rizzo. Keiyan Clark, Nguyn Thanh, Troung Nguyen and Caden Tag were honored at the dinner sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. The Quality Student event praises seniors who…

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Bishop Michael Fisher issues additional thoughts on Saturday shooting   

Interfaith Prayer Service Planned for Monday, May 23 N.B. The following statement is an update on Bishop Michael Fisher’s initial comments issued May 14.  In last Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus spoke of love to his disciples and asked them “to love one another; as I have loved you.” On Saturday afternoon, a racially-motivated killing spree claimed…

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Bishop Fisher brings prayers to site of Tops shooting

Those who gathered at the Jefferson Avenue Tops on May 17, came looking for answers and understanding. What they found were like-minded people full of prayer. Residents of the East Side neighborhood as well as clergy prayed together with hearts still heavy from grief after the tragic shooting of 13 people inside the supermarket. Bishop…

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Sister Helen Marie Schumacher, OSF 1931-2022

Sister Helen Marie Schumacher, OSF, an educator for 35 years, passed away May 5, 2022, at Mount St. Mary Hospital in Lewiston. She was 90 years old. The daughter of Gerard and Mary Louise (Seereiter) Schumacher, was born Sept. 13, 1931, in Buffalo. A year after graduating from Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart, Sister…

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Prayer opportunities offered in wake of recent shooting

In the wake of a shocking and horrendous shooting inside a Tops supermarket on Jefferson Avenue that left 10 people dead and three injured on Saturday, May 14, faith leaders in the Diocese of Buffalo have reacted by calling for an end to racial violence and for a greater respect for human life. Bishop Michael…

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Pastors sought for new Families of Parishes

The new Families of Parishes model will bring with it a new role for priests and laity serving in the Diocese of Buffalo. Currently, the diocese is seeking applications for pastors who will lead the 36 Families of Parishes. Currently, the diocese has 161 parishes. The application to become a pastor of a Family can…

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War’s deadly distractions

War is deadly. While this is an obvious fact regarding those who fight, it is less obvious regarding the life and death plight of many noncombatants trapped within battle zones. And even less obvious are war’s deadly effects on countless poor people far removed from the fighting. The Russian-Ukrainian war is a case in point.…

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Cardinal O’Hara honors student athletes

TONAWANDA — Cardinal O’Hara High School presented its annual End of the Year Athletic Awards at a school-wide assembly on May 6 in the school’s Performing Arts Center. “This event recognizes the important role Cardinal O’Hara athletics plays in our community,” Jill Monaco, assistant principal said. “This ceremony thanks athletes for their commitment and hard…

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