Buffalo Diocese Announces More Parish...

Buffalo Diocese Announces More Parish Closings Across WNY

There are 62316 comments on the WGRZ Buffalo story from Oct 14, 2007, titled Buffalo Diocese Announces More Parish Closings Across WNY. In it, WGRZ Buffalo reports that:

The Diocese of Buffalo's "Journey of Faith and Grace" has led to the closings of more parishes across Western New York.

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Lancaster, NY

#38118 Mar 26, 2011
Father James Judge, another priest who is not afraid to say that the DOB has gone to hell in a handbag.
true nonsense

Lancaster, NY

#38119 Mar 26, 2011
you call that a nonsense? you better look at what you are doing... Now, that's true nonsense!The Bible says that love covers a multitude of sins. Do you know what that means?
Lockport wrote:
<quoted text> Who needs this psycho nonsense! Let's discuss real matters instead of avoiding the problems that exist within the society and the Church, especially the Chancery. Is Rev. John Mack still at the Seminary. One of my friend saw him in the Rochester Spa where you meet other guys 'for fun'. Is he the spiritual director to the seminarians? I hope he does not guide them to the Rochester Spa.

Lancaster, NY

#38120 Mar 26, 2011
Father Peter Karalus, a priest who is eager to travel the world though it hurts him to be away from his parish beyond his vaction allowance.


#38121 Mar 26, 2011
Father Jim Monaco, willing to live in Allentown - a gay enclave - rather than the parish rectory. Such sacrificial charity!

Lancaster, NY

#38122 Mar 26, 2011
Father Matthew Kopacz, another priest who feels the Diocese is going down the drain and is willing to bear witness of it to others.
are you tired

Lancaster, NY

#38123 Mar 26, 2011
Are you tired of playing games, wearing masks or trying to be someone other than yourself? Wouldn't you like the freedom to just be accepted for who you are, without the pressure to be someone you really don't know how to be? Would you like to learn how to embrace your uniqueness and resist the pull to be like everyone else?

God knew what He was doing when He made you. You are a unique individual—God created you the way you are! It's time that we dare to accept ourselves as different and stop being insecure about who we are.
If you’re going to overcome insecurities and be the person God’s called you to be, you must have the courage to be different. Unhappiness and frustration happen when we reject our uniqueness and try to be like each other. If you’re going to be successful at being completely you, then you’re going to have to take a chance on not being like everyone else. You must ask yourself, Am I a people pleaser or a God pleaser?

Becoming a people pleaser is one of the easiest things we can do...but it can ultimately make us very unhappy. When we begin pleasing others, we begin to hear comments that make us feel good about ourselves. That’s okay as long as we don't derive our sense of worth from it. People are too fickle for us to place our sense of worth in their opinions. We’re worth something because God says we're worth something—not because of what people think or say about us.

People pleasers allow others to control their lives in order to gain acceptance and approval. But God doesn't want us to be easily manipulated or controlled by others. We shouldn't let other people's opinions of us control our actions.

At the same time, we must walk in love. We can't just do anything we want, whenever we want, with total disregard for the feelings of others. We can't say, "I'm going to do this, and if you don't like it, that's tough—that's your problem!" The Bible commands us to love others, and love doesn't behave that way. However, we must not allow people to manipulate and control us to the point that we’re never free to be who we are. If we do, we’ll always try to become the person we think others expect us to be.


#38124 Mar 26, 2011
Monsignor David LiPuma, sacrificing rectory living to live in the mansion.

Lancaster, NY

#38125 Mar 26, 2011
Father Chester Krysa, a priest who is willing to impose his personal biases and heritage upon all who come before him.

Lancaster, NY

#38126 Mar 26, 2011
Monsignor Fred Leising, a priest brave enough to bang his head against the wall and say, "I can't do this anymore."
sin always with us

Lancaster, NY

#38127 Mar 26, 2011
Even though we are covered with Christ’s righteousness our sin remains, we have a sinful nature (an old nature) that has not been removed. No saint ever claimed this pure spiritual condition. Not Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; Not Job, Moses, David; nor anyone in the New Testament Peter, John, or Paul. None were absolutely perfect, they were all guilty of acts of sin? They never affirmed themselves as not being a sinner. The Bible does not teach that ALL Christians are perfect or no longer sinners. Paul said he was the chief of sinners and continued to do what he did not want to at times.“But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me”(Rom. 7:17). Sin is always present with us until we leave this earth.

Lancaster, NY

#38128 Mar 26, 2011
Monsignor David LiPuma, a priest who though busy at the Chancery, is always willing to stick his nose into the affairs of his brother priests and impose himself into their parishes.
the Church is holy

Lancaster, NY

#38129 Mar 26, 2011
By his grace Jesus makes the Church holy, just as he is holy. This doesn’t mean that each member is always holy. Jesus said there would be both good and bad members in the Church (John 6:70), and not all the members would go to heaven (Matt. 7:21–23).

But the Church itself is holy because it is the source of holiness and is the guardian of the special means of grace Jesus established, the sacraments (cf. Eph. 5:26).

Lancaster, NY

#38130 Mar 26, 2011
Father Bob Martin, though on his way to midnight mass, was willing to stop for a minute to roll around in the snow and entertain parishioners.

Lancaster, NY

#38131 Mar 26, 2011
Father Butch Mazur, a man willing to open his mouth long enough to put his foot into it.
Cyprian of Carthage

Lancaster, NY

#38132 Mar 26, 2011
Cyprian of Carthage said:

"They alone have remained outside [the Church] who, were they within, would have to be ejected.
... There [in John 6:68–69] speaks Peter, upon whom the Church would be built, teaching in the name of the Church and showing that even if a stubborn and proud multitude withdraws because it does not wish to obey, yet the Church does not withdraw from Christ. The people joined to the priest, and the flock clinging to their shepherd in the Church. You ought to know, then, that the bishop is in the Church and the Church in the bishops; and if someone is not with the bishop, he is not in the Church. They vainly flatter themselves who creep up, not having peace with the priest of God, believing that they are secretly in communion with certain individuals. For the Church, which is one and catholic, is not split or divided, but is indeed united and joined by the cement of priests who adhere to one another" (Letters 66[67]:8 [A.D. 253]).

Lancaster, NY

#38133 Mar 26, 2011
Monsignor Leo McCarthy, a priest born without an Irish brogue, but willing to learn to have one, so that he can share it with others.

Lancaster, NY

#38134 Mar 26, 2011
Father James Monaco, a priest who cares so much about his staff that he is willing to take one of them into his own apartment.
no useful purpose

Lancaster, NY

#38135 Mar 26, 2011
2 Tim 2:14
Remind people of these things and charge them before God to stop disputing about words. This serves no useful purpose since it harms those who listen.

2 Tim 2:23
Avoid foolish and ignorant debates, for you know that they breed quarrels.
Brilliant Idea

Lockport, NY

#38136 Mar 26, 2011
Someone had a scathingly brilliant idea. Now we get to know a little tidbit about each of the priests in our diocese. Absolutely brilliant. Kudos to whomever came up with this one!


#38137 Mar 26, 2011
Monsignor Green, a man humble enough to tolerate ingcalled "Grabber Green" since his days teaching high school.

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