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St. John Church inters unclaimed cremains of 17 people
Fri, Dec 13th 2019 12:00 pm
On a Monday morning, Phil Walter, cemetery caretaker at St. John the Baptist Church in Alden, was reviewing his tasks for the day with Pastoral Administrator Deborah Brown. Phil casually mentioned to Brown. "You know, there's a body in the toolshed."
Longtime Catholic Cemeteries Director calls it a day
Thu, Aug 29th 2019 04:00 pm
The joke is that Carmen Colao knows where all the bodies are buried.
Cemetery to expand at Annunciation Church, Elma
Thu, Nov 15th 2018 12:00 pm
The Church of the Annunciation has begun expansion of its 112-year-old historic cemetery. The expansion will offer a more sacred space and park like setting directly behind the old cemetery on Girdle Road in Elma.
Hungarian 'Angel of Mercy' champion of Human Rights
Wed, Jun 27th 2018 09:00 am
The Sisters of Social Service in Hungary, embraced Benedictine spirituality, had a special devotion to the Holy Spirit and protected many from Nazi atrocities. Their foundress Sister Margaret Slachta is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Lackawanna.
Catholic Cemeteries helps deal with grief over opioid deaths
Mon, Jun 25th 2018 09:00 am
Deaths from opioid use or substance abuse are prevalent here in Buffalo as well as other places. We know that no two people grieve exactly the same. However, an overdose death creates barricades for healing to take place thereby adding complications to the grief process. This type of grief can become disenfranchised because added emotional stressors such as guilt, resentment and shame can become suppressed because one does not have an outlet to express them. It is important that those who have lost a loved one from an overdose be comforted in a compassionate, non-judgmental way.
Catholic Cemeteries offer updates on their sites
Fri, Jun 22nd 2018 02:45 pm
Catholic Cemeteries of Buffalo offered updates on their sites in the June edition of the Western New York Catholic.
Gate of Heaven Cemetery dedicates space for unborn fetuses
Wed, Aug 2nd 2017 02:45 pm
As part of a collaboration between Mount St. Mary's Hospital in Lewiston and Catholic Cemeteries, the two entities came together on Aug. 2 to bless and dedicate a new space on the grounds of Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Lewiston for families who have suffered losses associated with miscarriage. The newly dedicated section of the cemetery is designated specifically for fetuses aged 20 weeks or younger.
Cremated remains deserve respectful, sacred placement
Thu, Jun 29th 2017 11:00 am
When her husband passed away after nearly 50 years of marriage, Bernie Mussen found it difficult to say goodbye. She thought keeping Charlie's ashes on the family mantle would make her feel they were still together. She later found the best way to take care of him was to give him a permanent final resting place.
Catholic Cemeteries shares long relationship with Stone Art Memorial
Thu, Jun 22nd 2017 11:50 am
As part of the Diocese of Buffalo, Catholic Cemeteries serves as a means for members of the community to mourn, bury and pay their respects to their departed loved ones. In serving the same clientele, Catholic Cemeteries has formed a strong bond with Stone Art Memorial Company Inc., the 160-year-old business that specializes in unique stonework to be put in cemeteries, mausoleums and other locations.
Catholic Cemeteries hold Memorial Day weekend Masses
Fri, May 26th 2017 01:00 pm
Six diocesan Catholic Cemeteries will celebrate Memorial Day Masses throughout the holiday weekend on May 27 and 29.
WNYCatholic Weekly Podcast April 30
Fri, Apr 28th 2017 07:00 am
Carmen Colao, director of Catholic Cemeteries for the Diocese of Buffalo, discusses their upcoming open houses as well as special remembrances for Mother's Day and Memorial Day.
Vatican reaffirms teaching on cremation, burial of remains
Fri, Mar 24th 2017 10:00 am
New instructions published by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith reaffirm teaching that the Church is not opposed to cremation, while continuing to recommend that the cremated remains of the deceased be buried in Catholic cemeteries or other sacred spaces.
Vatican: Cremated bodies may not be scattered
Wed, Oct 26th 2016 11:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith released an instruction Tuesday regarding burial and cremation, reiterating the Church's teaching that cremation, while strongly discouraged, can be permissible under certain restrictions - and that scattering the ashes is forbidden.
Mount Olivet serves as final resting place for two bishops
Tue, Sep 27th 2016 08:00 am
While most deceased bishops of Buffalo have been laid to rest in the crypts behind the altar at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo, Mount Olivet Cemetery in Kenmore is the final resting place for two bishops, including a native son.
WNYCatholic Weekly Podcast September 11
Fri, Sep 9th 2016 08:00 am
On this week's Podcast we talk about upcoming Open Houses at our Catholic Cemeteries with director, Carmen Colao.
Proper burial of cremated remains provides comfort and relief
Sun, Jun 26th 2016 08:00 am
Going to garage sales was nothing new to Jane Mozer, but what she found at one recently was certainly unusual. There among the toasters and knick-knacks was a porcelain container, one that she immediately knew likely held cremated remains.
Not now, but how
Sat, Jun 18th 2016 08:00 am
We have all heard these familiar words, but how can we rejoice when we are grieving? When our hearts are broken from missing the one we love, it can seem almost impossible to even consider that we will ever feel joy again. Each day only seems to hold tears and despair, not hope or laughter.
Memorial Day Masses planned for Catholic Cemeteries
Thu, May 26th 2016 08:00 am
The men and women of our nation who have served in the U.S. military will be remembered during special Masses at six Catholic Cemeteries of Buffalo during Memorial Day weekend.
Catholic Cemeteries of Buffalo celebrate Mother's Day
Mon, May 2nd 2016 08:00 am
Visitors to Catholic Cemeteries of Buffalo are encouraged to share their thoughts and remembrances of their mothers by signing banners which are mounted near entrances to six cemeteries, with the words, "Happy Mother's Day."
Cemeteries offer service for music and memories
Thu, Apr 21st 2016 10:00 am
Catholic Cemeteries is holding a special "Music and Memories" remembrance service at two locations in which names of loved ones are read aloud. Services will take place at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Kenmore on Thursday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m., and at Holy Cross Cemetery in Lackawanna on Saturday, April 30, at 1 p.m.
Cremation garden developed at Queen of Heaven Cemetery
Fri, Jan 15th 2016 03:00 pm
The new Queen of Angels Cremation Garden saw its first interment in December, at Queen of Heaven Cemetery on Tonawanda Creek Road in the Town of Lockport.
Christmas Masses to be celebrated at Catholic cemeteries
Wed, Dec 23rd 2015 08:00 am
Four Christmas Masses will be celebrated as Catholic Cemeteries of Buffalo takes time to allow families to pray for and remember their loved ones at this special time of year.
Moment of silent prayer planned for noon on Veterans Day
Wed, Nov 11th 2015 09:15 am
On Wednesday, Nov. 11, The Frontline Faith Project is sponsoring it's fourth annual "An American Moment" to honor the men and women of our Armed Forces, past and present. This event will include one moment of silent prayer — prayer to thank our military for their service, to pray for the peaceful repose of those who have died, and to pray for the intentions of those still living. This event will take place at noon in each respective time zone, all across the world, on Veterans Day 2015.
Catholic Cemeteries honor military veterans
Tue, Nov 10th 2015 09:00 am
As the nation pauses this month to honor its military veterans on Nov. 11, Catholic Cemeteries of Buffalo is doing its part through the Veterans Memorial Plaza in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Kenmore and the Thank A Vet program.
Catholic Cemeteries honor unclaimed remains on All Souls Day
Tue, Nov 3rd 2015 02:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone marked the Feast of All Souls by presiding at a committal service for unclaimed cremated remains at Holy Cross Cemetery in Lackawanna. The Nov. 2 service saw the cremains of over 300 placed in an exterior crypt named the Crypt of the Holy Angels with the inscription, "Eternal Rest Grant unto Them, O Lord."
Bishop Malone to preside at Catholic Cemeteries of Buffalo committal service for unclaimed cremated remains
Wed, Oct 28th 2015 11:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone will mark the Feast of All Souls by presiding at a committal service for unclaimed cremated remains at Holy Cross Cemetery in Lackawanna.
Civil War author to hold book signing at Holy Cross Cemetery
Thu, Jun 11th 2015 01:00 pm
William Donahue, author of, "Himself, A Civil War Veteran's Struggles with Rebels, Brits and Devils," will sign copies of his book on Saturday, June 13, 1:30 p.m., in the old chapel near the Ridge Road entrance to Holy Cross Cemetery in Lackawanna.
Memorial Day Masses scheduled for Catholic Cemeteries
Fri, May 15th 2015 02:00 pm
Catholic Cemeteries of Buffalo will again participate in, "Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes," the annual Memorial Day program developed by the Catholic Cemetery Conference.
Why no Catholic is exempt from caring about the environment
Wed, Apr 22nd 2015 12:00 pm
Washington D.C. (CNA) - What does it mean to be truly pro-life? Amid debates over abortion and the death penalty, Catholic ecologists say that one issue is often overlooked in discussions involving human life and dignity - the environment.
Catholic Cemeteries encourages pre-planning, creating lifetime of memories
Sun, Mar 15th 2015 08:00 am
The professional staff of Catholic Cemeteries understands the benefits of pre-planning. Staff members know how important it is for people to make their plans, then to live life creating memories to last a lifetime.
Newest Catholic Cemeteries of Buffalo chapel mausoleum is dedicated
Sat, Jun 21st 2014 04:00 pm
Phase three of the chapel mausoleum complex at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Cheektowaga was completed on June 21, when Bishop Richard J. Malone presided over the Mass and dedication of the St. Anthony Chapel Mausoleum.
Catholic Cemeteries plan Memorial Day weekend activities
Fri, May 23rd 2014 11:00 am
As the country prepares to celebrate Memorial Day, Catholic Cemeteries of Buffalo will join thousands of Catholic cemeteries across the United States in a national celebration, "Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes." Developed by the Catholic Cemetery Conference, the national program will honor those men and women who have served our country.
Veterans have opportunity to visit memorials
Thu, Nov 14th 2013 09:55 am
Honor Flight Buffalo provides a special service to veterans as it transports them to Washington, D.C., to see various landmarks and memorials. It made its final flight for the year in October.
Catholic Cemeteries team up with Erie County to benefit veterans
Thu, Nov 7th 2013 09:00 am
All gave some, some gave all, and now Catholic Cemeteries are giving back.