Catholic Courier

Joy marks deacon ordination at cathedral
Joy marks deacon ordination at cathedral Courier photo by Mike Crupi
May 28, 2016

Bishop Salvatore R. Matano ordained four men to the diaconate for the Diocese of Rochester May 28 at Sacred Heart Cathedral.

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Sisters of Mercy ministry to close at end of May
Sisters of Mercy ministry to close at end of May
May 24, 2016

Citing financial difficulties, Rochester’s Mercy Community Services -- a ministry operated by the Sisters of Mercy that comprises Mercy Outreach Center and Mercy Residential Services -- is closing at the end of May, according to a statement by the Sisters of Mercy New York, Pennsylvania, Pacific West Community.

 
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Long-married couples celebrated
Long-married couples celebrated
May 23, 2016

The longest married couple who attended this year's Wedding Jubilee Mass met at a wedding.

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Interfaith event focuses on the environment
Interfaith event focuses on the environment
May 20, 2016

More than 60 scholars from around the world will present research papers on the environmental perspectives of different religions during an upcoming conference at Nazareth College in Pittsford.

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Becket Fund founder has local ties
Becket Fund founder has local ties
May 16, 2016

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, founded by Rochester native Kevin Hasson, is defending the Little Sisters of the Poor in Zubik v. Burwell.

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U.S. Supreme Court sends contraceptive mandate case back to lower courts
U.S. Supreme Court sends contraceptive mandate case back to lower courts
May 16, 2016
The U.S. Supreme Court May 16 sent the Zubik v. Burwell case, which challenges the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive requirement for employers, back to the lower courts.
 
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Spokesman: Pope did not say he'd ordain women deacons
Spokesman: Pope did not say he'd ordain women deacons
May 13, 2016

Pope Francis "did not say he intends to introduce a diaconal ordination for women," and he certainly did not speak about the ordination of women priests, the Vatican spokesman said.

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Pope: Vatican will study women deacons
Pope: Vatican will study women deacons
May 12, 2016

Pope Francis told the heads of women's religious orders from around the world that he would set up a commission to study the New Testament deaconesses and he also insisted more can and should be done to involve lay and consecrated women in church decision-making at every level.

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Regional Life

Father DeSocio gives prayer for House session
April 21, 2016

Father John DeSocio made a notable appearance on April 20, delivering the opening prayer for that day's session of the House of Representatives at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.

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Tier groups shake off cancellations, stage local Marches for Life
Tier groups shake off cancellations, stage local Marches for Life
February 1, 2016

Inclement weather kept numerous Southern Tier folks from attending the Jan. 22 March for Life in Washington, D.C., as planned.

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Bishop's visit highlights anniversary Mass
Bishop's visit highlights anniversary Mass
November 2, 2015

Not one, but three parish anniversaries were noted in a single Mass on Oct. 11 -- with a very special guest leading the proceedings.

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Protesters at New York gas storage plant arrested while reading encyclical
Protesters at New York gas storage plant arrested while reading encyclical
September 30, 2015
Accompanied by oversized replica of Pope Francis' encyclical "Laudato Si'," former Catholic seminarian Paul Flansburg took his 
place on the line with 18 others in a human blockade.
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Candle calls for prayer for the unborn
Candle calls for prayer for the unborn
April 28, 2016

Emphasis on the sanctity of human life rings loud and clear throughout Schuyler Catholic Community, thanks in large part to efforts by the cluster's United for Life Committee.

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Study hones in on homelessness
Study hones in on homelessness
April 5, 2016

During the night and early morning of Jan. 27-28, with temperatures hovering just above the freezing mark, some 18 people were found sleeping outdoors, in cars and inside unheated structures throughout this modestly sized city.

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Tier priests prioritize Chrism Mass
Chrism Mass brings diocese together
March 24, 2016

He knew it meant returning home to Ithaca after midnight, but that knowledge didn't deter Father Joseph Marcoux from making his annual trek to the Solemn Mass of Chrism. 

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Tier engages in Lenten initiatives
Tier engages in Lenten initiatives
February 29, 2016

As Lent reaches its halfway point, Southern Tier parishes are in high gear with a wide range of spiritual, service and social events.

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Recognizing for May
May 2, 2016
Recognizing for April
April 5, 2016
Tax assistance offered by Catholic Charities
February 29, 2016

Catholic Charities of Chemung/Schuyler is offering free tax help in partnership with Arbor Housing and Development’s CA$H (Creating Assets, Savings and Hope) program.

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Deacon information sessions are scheduled
February 1, 2016

Information sessions about formation for the diocesan permanent diaconate are coming up at three Southern Tier locations.

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St. Mary Our Mother performs the Living Stations of the Cross
St. Mary Our Mother performs the Living Stations of the Cross
March 31, 2016

It is a tradition at St. Mary Our Mother School in Horseheads that our 6th grade students present the Living Stations of the Cross to our parish during lent.

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Ladies of Charity help community
Ladies of Charity help community
December 15, 2015

The Chemung County Ladies of Charity recently made a $750 donation to the Elmira Community Kitchen.

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Knights donate coats for kids
Knights donate coats for kids
October 29, 2015

Members of Knights of Columbus Council 229 in Elmira pose at St. Mary's of the Lake in Watkins Glen after two new members received their 1st Degree and became members of the St. Mary's of the Lake Council.

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Notre Dame raises more than $6,000 for mission trip
Notre Dame raises more than $6,000 for mission trip
April 16, 2015

In an effort to raise money for the school’s first ever mission trip to Puerto Rico, Notre Dame's Team Puerto Rico hosted an International Dinner recently.

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Wealth of Lenten events offered
Wealth of Lenten events offered
February 29, 2016

At the start of Lent Father Michael Upson, pastor of Catholic Community of the Blessed Trinity in Wolcott, Red Creek and Fair Haven, asked his parishioners to each select five items and put them in a box. He asked them to choose these items carefully.

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Parish kicks off jubilee year
Parish kicks off jubilee year
October 5, 2015

Bishop Salvatore R. Matano's voice rang out through the chilly morning air on Sept. 13 as he stood in front of St. Mary of the Lake Church and blessed the large cross that had been erected over the entranceway just days earlier.

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Former school finds new life
Former school finds new life
March 6, 2015

A project will convert the former St. Francis de Sales School in Geneva into 16 apartments for senior citizens.

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Walkers show support for life
August 5, 2014

Thirty people bearing brightly colored balloons and handmade signs took to the streets of downtown Geneva July 12 to show their support for life.

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Lyons parish home to good citizens
May 2, 2016

When the Lyons Chamber of Commerce presented its annual Citizen of the Year Award to Joseph Ferndino on April 4, it marked the third year in a row that the award was given to a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish.

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Parishes embrace children
Parishes embrace children
April 5, 2016

Staff at most Catholic parishes agree that children are welcome in church, but they differ in the ways they encourage children to occupy their special places at the Lord's table.

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Parish honors Family of Year
Parish honors Family of Year
March 29, 2016

Bringing three children to church each week is no easy task, yet it's one that Jonathan and Sarah Herendeen committed themselves to a long time ago. Each Sunday like clockwork, the Herendeens bring their three children, ages 13, 11 and 8, to Mass in the morning and faith-formation classes in the evening.

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Student uses party to feed hungry
Student uses party to feed hungry
March 29, 2016

The corporal works of mercy have been the subject of much discussion and renewed attention at many Catholic parishes and schools during this Year of Mercy, which was proclaimed by Pope Francis and runs through November. Such discussions at Geneva's Our Lady of Peace Parish and St. Francis-St. Stephen School recently motivated fifth-grader Julianna Plate to take action.

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May 21 walk to benefit pregnancy center
May 11, 2016

The annual Walk for Life to benefit Geneva's Care Net Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes will be held May 21.

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Festival to benefit veterans' programs
May 2, 2016

The Bishop James E. Kearney Fourth Degree Assembly of the Knights of Columbus is sponsoring an event to benefit the Canandaigua VA Medical Center's rehabilitation and therapy programs.

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Golf tournament to benefit Catholic school
April 28, 2016

St. Mary School in Canandaigua will hold its third-annual golf tournament May 22 at Victor Hills Golf Club, located at 1450 Brace Road in Victor.

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Recognizing for April
April 5, 2016
St. Mary School holds successful can drive
St. Mary School holds successful can drive
November 25, 2015

Students at St. Mary’s School in Canandaigua recently hosted a non-perishable food drive to benefit St. Vincent de Paul Society.

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Walk for Life benefits Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes
Walk for Life benefits Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes
June 4, 2015
Penn Yan students have a blast during Catholic Schools Week
Penn Yan students have a blast during Catholic Schools Week
February 4, 2015

St. Michael School in Penn Yan had a festive Catholic Schools Week.

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St. Michael School holds spring concert
St. Michael School holds spring concert
June 16, 2014
Tier ministers are on the move
July 20, 2015

With a new diocesan year having arrived June 30, several ministerial changes have taken place involving people with ties to the Southern Tier.

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Abbey church reopens after renovations
Abbey church reopens after renovations
March 25, 2015

The church at the Abbey of the Genesee reopened March 25 after being closed for 10 months for extensive renovations.

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New look will await abbey visitors
New look will await abbey visitors
September 9, 2014

The Abbey of the Genesee, best known for the Monks' Bread produced there, is undergoing the largest renovation in its 63-year history.

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Changes take hold in Southern Tier
July 2, 2014
Parish embraces young family
Parish embraces young family
May 23, 2016

Even before Pope Francis released a key document on marriage and family life March 19, St. Mary Parish was already putting its principles into action.

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Tier engages in Lenten initiatives
Tier engages in Lenten initiatives
February 29, 2016

As Lent reaches its halfway point, Southern Tier parishes are in high gear with a wide range of spiritual, service and social events.

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Principals lead in many ways
Principals lead in many ways
February 1, 2016

Catholic-school principals are a unique breed: They're called upon to not only be administrators, but spiritual leaders as well.

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Christmas outreach flourishes in Tier
Christmas outreach flourishes in Tier
January 4, 2016

From visits with the homebound to gifts of toys, food and clothing for people in need, Southern Tier parishes were in full swing with outreach efforts during the Christmas season.  

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Rosary rally will be Oct. 10 in Honeoye Falls
September 1, 2015
Livingston Catholic Charities asks for school items
August 6, 2015
Spelling bee set for May 28 in Geneseo
April 21, 2015

The sixth-annual Livingston County Spelling Bee, a benefit for Catholic Charities of Livingston County, will take place Thursday, May 28, at Geneseo High School

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Eat for Heat fundraiser provides crucial funding
April 10, 2015
Avon school wins regional competition
Avon school wins regional competition
May 10, 2016

St. Agnes School Page Turners team recently earned top honors at the Western New York Regional Page Turners Championship

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St. Agnes 9/11 remembrance ceremony
St. Agnes 9/11 remembrance ceremony
September 18, 2015

St. Agnes School held a 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony Sept. 11, 2015 in the Avon Circle Park.

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St. Agnes students show off penmanship
St. Agnes students show off penmanship
January 21, 2015

St. Agnes School, in Avon, Livingston County, participated in the 2015 Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest.

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St. Agnes students connect with kids in Kenya
St. Agnes students connect with kids in Kenya
January 29, 2013

First-grade technology students at St. Agnes School, Avon, have been corresponding in a variety of ways with students from the Kibera neighborhood, a slum section of Nairobi, Kenya. 

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Sisters of Mercy ministry to close at end of May
Sisters of Mercy ministry to close at end of May
May 24, 2016

Citing financial difficulties, Rochester’s Mercy Community Services -- a ministry operated by the Sisters of Mercy that comprises Mercy Outreach Center and Mercy Residential Services -- is closing at the end of May, according to a statement by the Sisters of Mercy New York, Pennsylvania, Pacific West Community.

 
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Daystar's future in jeopardy
Daystar's future in jeopardy
May 2, 2016

One component of New York state's 2016-17 budget will place a heavy burden on local low-income families with medically fragile children, and it may even deal a fatal blow to Daystar for Medically Fragile Children, according to Kim Condon, the facility's executive director.

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St. Pius prepares to rebuild
St. Pius prepares to rebuild
February 1, 2016

Rebuilding a church requires thinking from the inside out.

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Former church can be used for nonworship purposes
Former church can be used for nonworship purposes
January 22, 2016

A recent decree from Bishop Salvatore R. Matano makes an Irondequoit church building available for certain uses other than worship.

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Panel addresses faith-related questions
Panel addresses faith-related questions
May 23, 2016

What is the Catholic Church's view on cremation vs. a traditional burial ceremony?

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Easter Rising commemorated
Easter Rising commemorated
May 2, 2016

Members of Rochester's Irish-American community recently gathered at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery to commemorate local ties to the creation of the Republic of Ireland.

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Doctor thrives on missionary duty
Doctor thrives on missionary duty
May 2, 2016

While growing up, Ellen Dailor was inspired by the example of Blessed Mother Teresa -- "She was my hero" -- yet never foresaw herself performing the same kind of service.

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Local film seeks to inspire
Local film seeks to inspire
March 29, 2016

"It's tricky if you don't know if your own story has a reliable author." Those are some of the first words spoken on screen by Chloe, the troubled main character in "Wildflower," a new film written, directed and produced by local Catholic Nicholas DiBella and filmed in the Rochester area. 

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Students honored for their writing
May 26, 2016

Three middle-school students from Bishop Kearney in Irondequoit recently received writing awards from the Western New York Volunteer Firemen’s Association, according to information from school officials.

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Mendon event features music, chicken BBQ
May 23, 2016

St. Catherine of Siena Parish will hold its Music "Feast" 2016 event June 12 on the church grounds, located at 26 Mendon-Ionia Road in Mendon.

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Parish plans anniversary events
May 2, 2016

St. Kateri Parish in Irondequoit will host a "Pentecost Fifth-Year Anniversary Celebration" this month that will include a fair, a school open house and a parish picnic.

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CFC opens new clinic
May 2, 2016

Catholic Family Center has opened a third mental-health clinic.

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Students celebrate reading
Students celebrate reading
May 18, 2016

St. Joseph School (Penfield) students celebrate the love of reading with an annual spring event, called DEAR - Drop Everything And Read.

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Open house to be held at St. Stanislaus Church
Open house to be held at St. Stanislaus Church
April 29, 2016

St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, a local landmark and the spiritual heart of Rochester’s Polish community, will participate in a statewide open house of historic religious structures on May 22.

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St. Joseph students explore the outdoors
St. Joseph students explore the outdoors
April 28, 2016

St. Joseph School studens in Penfield marked Earth Day by learning a little about their world April 22.

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Knights sponsor free throw competition
Knights sponsor free throw competition
January 22, 2016

Students of all ages participated in a free throw shooting competition sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council Jan. 15 at St. Joseph School in Penfield.

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Wealth of Lenten events offered
Wealth of Lenten events offered
March 1, 2016
Clustered churches to become single parish
November 2, 2015

Bishop Salvatore R. Matano has called for the clustered parishes of St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken; Holy Cross, Ovid; and St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg, to merge into a single parish by June 2016.

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Three parishes form new cluster
Three parishes form new cluster
October 5, 2015

Three Catholic communities along a 15-mile stretch of Route 96 are becoming more united.

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Auburn church battles city
Auburn church battles city
April 10, 2015

If a church collects a registration fee for a nonreligious day camp held on church property, does that constitute a commercial use of the property?

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Teens' artwork promotes mercy
Teens' artwork promotes mercy
May 26, 2016

Fourteen-year-old Andrew Bishuk has known the parable of the prodigal son for as long as he can remember. It wasn't until recently, however, that he really reflected on the meaning behind the familiar tale.

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Campaign seeks to increase prayer
Campaign seeks to increase prayer
May 2, 2016

After parishioners at St. Mary Parish raised more than $800,000 during the parish's recent capital campaign, parish leaders set an even loftier goal: to raise 1 million minutes of prayer.

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Tyburn students' speeches win
Tyburn students' speeches win
April 28, 2016

Euthanasia. Abortion. Infanticide. Speeches about those topics recently earned top honors for three students from Auburn's Tyburn Academy of Mary, who were participating in Syracuse Right-To-Life Association's annual oratorical contest.

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Catholic Daughters live out motto
Catholic Daughters live out motto
February 29, 2016

The Finger Lakes region is home to nearly 200 members of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas belonging to four different chapters, called courts, based at four local parishes.

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Tour of Marian shrine set
May 23, 2016

An informational meeting about an upcoming tour of Marian shrines will be held June 28 at 1 p.m. at St. Francis and St. Clare Parish's ministry center, which is located at 35 Center St. in Waterloo.

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Waterloo to mark National Day of Prayer
April 19, 2016

Waterloo will commemorate the 65th-annual National Day of Prayer on May 5 with a 6 p.m. celebration at Lafayette Park on West Main Street.

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Auburn teens to sell Christmas trees
November 30, 2015

Teens from Sacred Heart, St. Ann and St. Mary parishes in Auburn are selling Christmas trees to raise money for their youth group.

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Annual 'Flavors' event to benefit Auburn school
October 1, 2015

Auburn's St. Joseph School will hold its annual Flavors of the Finger Lakes fundraiser Oct. 17 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Falcons Lanes, located at 75 Pulaski St. in Auburn.

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Community makes Healing Field possible
Community makes Healing Field possible
May 27, 2015

These ladies and many more from the school and surrounding community helped assemble the flags on Sunday May 17th for use in the Healing Field - Field of Hopes and Dreams.

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Auburn students help retire flags
Auburn students help retire flags
December 1, 2014

Members of Boy Scout Troop 58 and students from St. Joseph School in Auburn worked together during a Nov. 14 flag retirement ceremony at the Fleming Fire House in Fleming, Cayuga County.

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Auburn school blankets the community
Auburn school blankets the community
November 6, 2014

First- and sixth-graders at St. Joseph School in Auburn teamed up to lead the school in a blanket drive.

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Students present Beauty and the Beast
Students present Beauty and the Beast
May 30, 2014

Students at St. Joseph's School in Auburn will present Disney's Beauty and the Beast June 2-3 at Cayuga Community College's Bisgrove Theater.

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Hornell hospital gets $54.9 million in state funding
Hornell hospital gets $54.9 million in state funding
March 9, 2016

With a March 4 announcement that it is to receive $54.9 million in state funding, officials of Hornell's St. James Mercy Hospital say they now have the financial means to build a new hospital.

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Dansville church celebrates 100 years
Dansville church celebrates 100 years
August 24, 2015

"You know, you have a very beautiful church," Bishop Salvatore R. Matano told the congregation that packed the pews of St. Mary Church.

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Hornell hospital, UR Medicine to explore affiliation
June 17, 2015

Officials at Hornell's St. James Mercy Hospital announced June 10 that they plan to seek a formal affiliation with UR (University of Rochester) Medicine.

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Tier folks travel far to provide aid
Tier folks travel far to provide aid
August 5, 2014

Seeing was believing for Deacon David LaFortune when he journeyed to Jamaica May 19-23.

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Corning events target young people
Corning events target young people
May 23, 2016

Since becoming director of youth and young-adult ministry at All Saints Parish last summer, Lauretta Beale said she's had "a thousand ideas" for programming and events.

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Tier priests prioritize Chrism Mass
Chrism Mass brings diocese together
March 24, 2016

He knew it meant returning home to Ithaca after midnight, but that knowledge didn't deter Father Joseph Marcoux from making his annual trek to the Solemn Mass of Chrism. 

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Hornell chapel offers special connection with Christ
Hornell chapel offers special connection with Christ
February 29, 2016

Over the past 15 years, Isabel Nobilski has maintained a weekly one-hour ritual at a time most of us are asleep -- from 2 to 3 a.m. each Tuesday. Also since 2001, Donna Kull has been equally dedicated to her Sunday slot of 7 to 8 a.m.

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Tier engages in Lenten initiatives
Tier engages in Lenten initiatives
February 29, 2016

As Lent reaches its halfway point, Southern Tier parishes are in high gear with a wide range of spiritual, service and social events.

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Theology on Tap slated in Corning
March 23, 2016

Theology on Tap, a popular discussion and reflection series for young adults, will make its debut in the Corning area with three sessions in April.

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Tax assistance offered by Catholic Charities
February 29, 2016

Catholic Charities of Chemung/Schuyler is offering free tax help in partnership with Arbor Housing and Development’s CA$H (Creating Assets, Savings and Hope) program.

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Foster care program seeks respite homes
January 25, 2016

Kinship Family and Youth Therapeutic Foster Care program, an initiative of Catholic Charities of Steuben, is seeking community members to provide respite homes for children in foster care.

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Deacon information sessions are scheduled
January 25, 2016

Information sessions about formation for the diocesan permanent diaconate are coming up at three Southern Tier locations.

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Youths spruce up St. Mary's Cemetery
Youths spruce up St. Mary's Cemetery
November 5, 2015

On Saturday, October 31, middle and high school students from All Saints Parish (Lansing, Tompkins County) spent their morning at Saint Mary's Cemetery.

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All Saints Academy honors congressman
All Saints Academy honors congressman
June 26, 2012

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, left, and his wife Jean Reed were honored during the All Saints Academy eighth grade graduation on June 20.

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St. Joseph Church celebrates 140 years
September 14, 2011

On Sunday, Aug. 28, Bishop Matthew H. Clark celebrated a special Mass marking the 140th anniversary of St. Joseph Church in Campbell.

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Hornell school remembers fallen student
June 2, 2011

On June 3, 1956, David Gozelski, a third-grade student at St. Ann School in Hornell, drowned tragically. His family has remembered him in prayer all these 55 years -- and David's memory was honored in a special way earlier in 2011.

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Tier groups shake off cancellations, stage local Marches for Life
Tier groups shake off cancellations, stage local Marches for Life
February 1, 2016

Inclement weather kept numerous Southern Tier folks from attending the Jan. 22 March for Life in Washington, D.C., as planned.

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Clustered churches to become single parish
November 2, 2015

Bishop Salvatore R. Matano has called for the clustered parishes of St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken; Holy Cross, Ovid; and St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg, to merge into a single parish by June 2016.

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Three parishes form new cluster
Three parishes form new cluster
October 5, 2015

Three Catholic communities along a 15-mile stretch of Route 96 are becoming more united.

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Tier ministers are on the move
July 20, 2015

With a new diocesan year having arrived June 30, several ministerial changes have taken place involving people with ties to the Southern Tier.

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Ithaca dads, teens connect at special meeting
Ithaca dads, teens connect at special meeting
May 23, 2016
Tips for parents
May 23, 2016

Ashley Blank, youth faith-formation administrator at Ithaca's St. Catherine of Siena Parish, offers the following suggestions on how to build your relationship with your teen.

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Mothers' group forms in Ithaca
Mothers' group forms in Ithaca
April 20, 2016

Although moms will be in the spotlight with Mother's Day, May 8, Jiza Zito knows that motherhood can often be an isolating experience.

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Parish assists during mine mishap
Parish assists during mine mishap
March 29, 2016

Anne Drake acknowledged that being roused at odd hours is old hat in her home due to her husband, Richard, and daughter, Rebecca, who both serve with the Lansing Fire Department.

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TCRM offers aid to senior citizens, seeks bike donations
March 8, 2016

Owego residents ages 65 or older can receive house-cleaning assistance through Tioga County Rural Ministry on Saturday, April 9.

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Grant money assists Tioga rural ministry
February 29, 2016

Tioga County Rural Ministry recently received a grant of nearly $4,400 from the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers.

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Deacon information sessions are scheduled
January 25, 2016

Information sessions about formation for the diocesan permanent diaconate are coming up at three Southern Tier locations.

 

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Openings available on March for Life buses
November 30, 2015

Participants are encouraged to join March for Life bus contingents scheduled to depart from Horseheads and Ithaca.

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Ithaca students honor police
Ithaca students honor police
May 24, 2016

Immaculate Conception School honored approximately 20 Ithaca Police Officers and detectives at morning prayer recently.

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Ithaca woman confirmed at 97
Ithaca woman confirmed at 97
May 19, 2016

Geraldine Patterson, 97, was confirmed May 9 by Father Malachy Nwosu at Ithaca’s Oak Hill Manor Nursing Home.

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Tioga volunteers help seniors
Tioga volunteers help seniors
April 20, 2016
Ithaca area man met the pope long before he was the pope
Ithaca area man met the pope long before he was the pope
August 5, 2015

Frank Payton, an Ithaca resident, had the opportunity to meet Pope Francis in Buenos Aires in the late 1990s.

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