BUFFALO - On Sunday, Bishop Edward U. Kmiec will celebrate a Mass in recognition of Catholic Charities of Buffalo in this Centennial anniversary year of Catholic Charities USA. The Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St. in Buffalo. Employees, trustees and volunteers are attending and taking part in the liturgy. Included will be a prayer spoken in six languages to reflect the diversity of the employees, clients and the communities in which Catholic Charities serves. Former Catholic Charities Trustee Robert Bennett will offer remarks about Catholic Charities.
Catholic Charities USA, founded in 1910, is the national office for local Catholic Charities' agencies and affiliates nationwide. Catholic Charities of Buffalo was established in 1923. CCUSA provides leadership and support to enhance the work of local agencies in their efforts to reduce poverty, support families, and empower communities. Catholic Charities Sunday is a national recognition event, designated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, honoring the Catholic Charities network for its century of commitment and service to more than nine million people of all faiths each year. Dioceses across the country have been celebrating Catholic Charities Sunday in conjunction with the Centennial.
Catholic Charities reaches all eight Western New York counties with 62 locations. Founded in 1923, Catholic Charities also provides, without regard to religious affiliation, comprehensive counseling services for children and families, anti-domestic violence programming and emergency services, among other social and mental health services. For more information, go to www.ccwny.org.