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Resisting Temptation

March 6, 2019  •   Rev. Mark Suslenko For Sunday, March 10th, 2019  1st Sunday of Lent  Deuteronomy 26:4-10 Romans 10:8-13 Luke 4:1-13 Our Church and our world are going through painful times. For our Church, the ongoing revelations of the sex abuse crisis are disturbing, discouraging, and sad. Feelings of betrayal and anger are commonly expressed, and many are disillusioned, lacking joy and without a concrete sense of hope. For our world, there are still great...

This Lent, Give up and Give In

March 5, 2019  •   Tracy Earl Welliver It will take too long. I can’t spare it. I don’t know anybody. I am just too busy. How many excuses can you think of to put forth as reasons why you should say no to the call of Jesus Christ? Wait. You didn’t know to whom those responses were directed? We say no to many things and many people, but we wouldn’t say no to Jesus. Really? During...

Was Shakespeare Part of a Covert Catholic Resistance Movement?

New book suggests that in Elizabethan England, the Bard’s works communicated secret codes. K.V. Turley The debate over whether William Shakespeare was a Catholic, the nature of his religious beliefs and their relationship to his work has reignited with the publication of a new book, Shakespeare and the Resistance: The Earl of Southampton, the Essex Rebellion and the Poems That Challenged Tudor Tyranny (PublicAffairs) by Clare Asquith. Building upon her 2005 work Shadowplay: The Hidden...

A 10-Point Primer on the Lord’s Prayer Kerfuffle

Is Pope Francis likely to approve a change in the Italian translation of the Lord’s Prayer? What’s the real story, and what does it mean for us? Several newspapers are reporting that Pope Francis is likely to approve a change in the Italian translation of the Lord’s Prayer. This is causing concern in some quarters. What’s the real story, and what does it mean for us? Let’s take a look … 1) Is Pope Francis...

Review: ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

Emily Blunt, Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and Joel Dawson in Mary Poppins Returns (Disney) Like Christopher Robin, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, and Steven Spielberg’s Hook, Mary Poppins Returns is yet another revisionist sequel about childhood whimsy lost and regained. Steven D. Greydanus In the last 10 minutes or so of Mary Poppins Returns, something truly magical happens. First, Dick Van Dyke shows up, virtually reprising his brief secondary role from Mary Poppins as the...

National appeal supports elderly Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests

  Tue, Dec 4th 2018 10:00 am Retirement Fund for Religious Coordinator The Retirement Fund for Religious collection helps enable religious congregations to provide health care and residential planing for thousands of retired religious. (WNYC File Photo) The annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection will be held Dec. 8-9 in the Diocese of Buffalo. Coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) in Washington, the appeal benefits 31,000 elderly Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order...

Hawk-tion fundraiser at Cardinal O’Hara celebrates 25 years

  Tue, Dec 11th 2018 03:00 pm Cardinal O’Hara High Schol Board Chairman Michael Rizzo congratulates Kathy Miskey on being one of the 25 people honored for helping make Hawk-tion a success over the past 25 years. TONAWANDA — A silver anniversary is an occasion to celebrate. At Cardinal O’Hara High School, this year’s Hawk-tion, held on Nov. 9, celebrated its 25th year of the school’s most successful fundraiser. Mike Rizzo, a 1980 graduate and...

Msgr. McCarthy praises new gym at Baker Hall

  by PATRICK J. BUECHI Wed, Dec 12th 2018 12:00 pm Staff Reporter Msgr. Leo McCarthy speaks during the blessing and dedication of the gymnasium named after him. A lifelong youth coach and advocate for “Father Baker’s,” Msgr. McCarthy chaired the fundraising drive and renovations of Baker Hall School’s gymnasium. (Dan Cappellazzo/Staff Photographer) The gym is more than a place for games. It is where young people learn to obey a set of rules, work...

Many differences but one common denominator to March for Life

  Representatives from the Diocese of Buffalo gather on the National Mall to begin the March for Life in January. The Office of Pro-Life is organizing buses to Washington, D.C., for those who want to participate in 2019. (Courtesy of Pro-Life Department) Buffalo Diocese and hundreds of thousands of other Catholics will be taking a pilgrimage of public witness to Washington, D.C. They are calling for the end of abortion in the United States. The...

Catholic Myth-busters: Immaculate Conception edition

On Dec. 8, the Church celebrates the feast of the Immaculate Conception (it’s a Holy Day of Obligation, so make sure you get to Mass)! There are three common misconceptions about this feast day in particular that we’d like to bust wide open. Myth #1: This is about Jesus’ conception Nope. The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception celebrates Mary’s Immaculate Conception – the fact that from her conception in the womb of her mother, St....