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Dunkirk/Fredonia parishes make strides on the Road to Renewal

People traveling on the Road to Renewal might want to set their GPS to the Dunkirk/Fredonia area, as Family #3 has something worth checking out. “The Lord’s Vineyard,” as they call themselves, consists of six parishes and eight churches in Northern Chautauqua County. The name plays off the many vineyards in the area and John…

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Sister Mary Norine Truax, RSM

Sister Mary Norine Truax, RSM, passed away Dec. 4, 2023. She is remembered for her service to children with special needs. Born Phyllis Joann Truax, the youngest of six daughters of Guy and Anne (Johnson) Truax grew up in Lakewood. She graduated from the public school there in 1949. Religious life was a central part…

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Service is a tradition at St. Mary School Swormville

SWORMVILLE — This time of year, many of us are getting ready to delve into our own traditions of roasting a turkey, buying gifts, or decorating our homes. But the students at St. Mary School Swormville are keeping up their long-standing tradition of service projects for others. As a part of her religion class, Julie…

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Diocese plans trip to D.C. for March for Life

The Office of Pro-Life Activities will be sponsoring a bus to Washington, D.C., so members of the Diocese of Buffalo can participate in the March for Life this January. Join the Buffalo Diocese and hundreds of thousands of Catholics and others in solidarity for a pilgrimage of public witness, penance and prayer. The bus will…

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In serving the poor we encounter the King

When I began writing this column, it was the Solemnity of Christ the King; an awesome reminder that while kingdoms and kings of all sorts, up and down the centuries, come and go, our Lord Jesus Christ is King of the universe. And his kingdom will have no end.      And the King, as we heard…

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Sister Justine talks about St. Maximilian Kolbe

The students are about to embark on a field trip to a Holocaust Museum. Before they enter, Sister Justine shares the story of St. Maximilian Kolbe, a Catholic priest and prisoner at Auschwitz who volunteered to take the place of a fellow prisoner condemned to death. Listen here:

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Sister Patricia Kelly, RSM

Sister Patricia Kelly, RSM (formerly Sr. Mary Leonarda, RSM) passed away on Nov. 22, 2023. Sister Patricia was survived by her siblings Leo Michael Kelly Jr. and Julie Soeder. She was predeceased by her parents, late Leo M. and Estelle (Graff) Kelly, and her siblings Mary Anne O’Donnell, Vincent Kelly and Catherine Kelly. Family and…

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SBU women and men headed to national rugby semifinal rounds this weekend

ST. BONAVENTURE  — For the first time in the same fall season, St. Bonaventure will have two teams in the national rugby spotlight. The undefeated SBU women (9-0), ranked No. 2 in the National Collegiate Rugby small-college poll, square off with defending national champion and top-ranked Endicott (8-0) at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 in…

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OLV welcomes rare handcrafted Saint John’s Bible

OLV National Shrine & Basilica will host a piece of modern history to help celebrate its 100th anniversary. A reproduction of the Saint John’s Bible will be on display in the Lackawanna church from Dec. 3-Jan. 7. The Saint John’s Bible features the complete text of the Bible, written on calfskin vellum using traditional tools…

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Pro-Life Office maps plan for succession of leadership

Despite a throwaway culture, a financial crisis, and Covid, the diocesan Office of Pro-Life Activities continues to grow. Not only does the office organize the annual trip to Washington, D.C., to participate in the March for Life, offer post abortive counseling, and provide guidance for women unsure how to handle a pregnancy, it also oversees…

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