Catholic Courier

Bishop announces Holy Week schedule
Bishop announces Holy Week schedule File photo
March 6, 2015

The following is Bishop Salvatore R. Matano’s schedule for Holy Week and the Sacred Triduum.

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St. Patrick School in Owego to close
St. Patrick School in Owego to close
March 20, 2015

St. Patrick School in Owego, Tioga County, will close in June due to declining enrollment and mounting financial pressures, Bishop Salvatore R. Matano announced March 20.

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At Lenten penance service, pope announces Holy Year of Mercy
At Lenten penance service, pope announces Holy Year of Mercy
March 13, 2015

Pope Francis announced an extraordinary jubilee, a Holy Year of Mercy, to highlight the Catholic Church's "mission to be a witness of mercy."

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Italian bishops' newspaper: Archbishop Romero to be beatified May 23
Italian bishops' newspaper: Archbishop Romero to be beatified May 23
March 11, 2015

Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero will be beatified in San Salvador May 23, according to the newspaper of the Italian bishops' conference.

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Inaugural men's conference set for May 16
Inaugural men's conference set for May 16
March 6, 2015

While serving in Rochester's Cathedral Community, Father Edison Tayag was impressed by a parish men's group that addressed such topics as what it means to be a father and how to raise children in the Catholic faith.

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High-schoolers are rewarded for their faith
High-schoolers are rewarded for their faith
March 11, 2015

High-school students from around the diocese were recently recognized for living out their faith.

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Euthanasia threatens improvements in end-of-life care, experts say
Euthanasia threatens improvements in end-of-life care, experts say
March 9, 2015

Legalizing euthanasia risks undermining people's access to loving, holistic care as they face the natural end of their life, many experts at a Vatican conference said.

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After two years in office, Pope Francis has 90 percent favorable rating
After two years in office, Pope Francis has 90 percent favorable rating
March 6, 2015

Two years after he was elected pope, Pope Francis' popularity rating among U.S. Catholics is at 90 percent, surpassing Pope Benedict XVI's best-ever popularity, and rivaling that of St. John Paul II.

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Regional Life

Monastery bids farewell on anniversary
Monastery bids farewell on anniversary
August 22, 2014

Fifteen cloistered Dominican nuns are closing their Elmira monastery and moving to Illinois only a few weeks after celebrating the monastery's 70th anniversary.

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Changes take hold in Southern Tier
July 2, 2014

As a new diocesan year began in late June, several transitions of note took place involving Southern Tier clergy and staff.

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Alum gives $1.5 million for Notre Dame campaign
May 12, 2014

Aided by a $1.5 million gift from a single alumnus, Elmira Notre Dame High School is well on the way to realizing its $5 million goal as the public phase of its Legacy of Caring Campaign begins.

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Tier marchers brave frigid conditions
Tier marchers brave frigid conditions
January 30, 2014

Weather conditions were so severe for the March for Life Jan. 22 that some groups from the Diocese of Rochester had to cancel their trips to Washington, D.C. However, Southern Tier contingents from Ithaca and Horseheads did make it.

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Tier offers many Lenten events
Tier offers many Lenten events
March 6, 2015

From meals to discussion groups, from charitable efforts to special church services, numerous activities are available in the Southern Tier for those seeking to enhance their Lenten experience.

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Tier is Catholic-school proud
Tier is Catholic-school proud
February 6, 2015

Faith. Values. Strong academics. A family atmosphere. Time and again, those are the themes that surface when teachers, staff, parents and students from the Southern Tier describe what makes their Catholic schools so special.

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Hike puts focus on domestic violence
Hike puts focus on domestic violence
December 5, 2014

A hike in Watkins Glen State Park aimed to heighten domestic violence awareness.

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Group assists in dealing with grief
November 5, 2014

For those who are grieving a death, holiday time is anything but cheerful.

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Elmira kitchen offers Christmas dinner
December 10, 2014

A free dinner is being offered at Elmira Community Kitchen from 2 to 3 p.m. on Christmas Day, Dec. 25.

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Holiday donations sought in Schuyler
November 14, 2014
Catholic Charities holds back-to-school drive
August 5, 2014

In partnership with local businesses, Catholic Charities of Chemung/Schuyler is collecting new or like-new clothing, sneakers and backpacks, as well as new school supplies, through mid-August to benefit local children in need.

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Spaghetti supper set for May 21
May 8, 2014

The 27th-annual Free Community Spaghetti Supper, hosted by Elmira's Blessed Sacrament Parish, will take place May 21 at the parish center.

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Students step back in time
Students step back in time
March 10, 2015

Holy Family fourth-graders have traditionally taken a one day field trip to Corning’s Browntown School, where they dress and study in the style of their great, great grandparents.

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Holy Family helps "March Out Hunger"
Holy Family helps "March Out Hunger"
November 6, 2014

For the past 13 years, Holy Family School in Elmira has led the way with the local food drive known as "March Out Hunger."

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Students take annual river walk
Students take annual river walk
September 22, 2014

Fourth-graders from Amy Eckert's class at Holy Family School in Elmira took their annual "Riverwalk Field Trip" to the banks of the Chemung River Sept. 22.

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Holy Family students celebrate Mother's Day
Holy Family students celebrate Mother's Day
May 8, 2014

In celebration of Mother's Day, the students and staff of Holy Family School's Stay and Play Program (Elmira) prepared a formal tea for their moms ad a couple of grandmothers.

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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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Geneva native ordained a priest
Geneva native ordained a priest
May 28, 2014

Geneva native Father Mario Aquinas Calabrese and six other Dominican priests were ordained May 23 at St. Dominic Church in Washington, D.C.

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Agency assists Penn Yan residents affected by flooding
May 16, 2014

As a lifelong resident of Penn Yan, Penny Coon knows the streets of her hometown like the back of her hand. Walking through those streets on May 15, however, was kind of like walking through a different village.

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Tradition, faith, fun, mark Stella Maris' success
Tradition, faith, fun, mark Stella Maris' success
March 6, 2015

"Tradition" is a word that pops up often when Molly Share gives her take on what makes Camp Stella Maris so special.

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Parish teams reach out
Parish teams reach out
February 6, 2015

Last spring Suzi Castellano helped found a team that made prayer shawls for the sick and homebound in her parish, St. Joseph the Worker in Lyons, Clyde and Savannah.

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Quilts give warmth, hope to needy
Quilts give warmth, hope to needy
December 5, 2014

Hundreds of Yates County residents will be a little warmer this holiday season, thanks to the efforts of My Brother's Keeper Quilt Group.

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Wolcott Mass draws kids, teens
Wolcott Mass draws kids, teens
November 7, 2014

Church bells rang overhead as parishioners hurried into St. Mary Magdalene Church on Oct. 5. Once inside the church doors, they were eagerly greeted by four young boys clad in their Sunday best.

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Retreat house to host Advent reflection
December 5, 2014

Notre Dame Retreat House will hold an Advent Day of Reflection on Dec. 9.

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Fidelis expands Medicare Advantage coverage
December 5, 2014

Fidelis Care recently received approval to offer Medicare Advantage coverage to eligible senior citizens in Seneca and Yates counties for 2015. Open enrollment for 2015 coverage runs until Dec. 7.

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Retreat house to host Retrouvaille weekend
November 7, 2014

Couples experiencing marital difficulties are invited to attend the next Retrouvaille weekend, which will be held Nov. 14-16 at Notre Dame Retreat House, located at 5151 Foster Road in Canandaigua.

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Newark parish to hold holiday bazaar
November 7, 2014

St. Michael Parish in Newark will hold its Christmas Magic Bazaar from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Dec. 6 at the church hall, located at 401 S. Main St.

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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
Afternoon Mass appeals to families, youth
Afternoon Mass appeals to families, youth
May 27, 2014

Jamie Parry wasn't entirely joking when he remarked that a 4 p.m. Sunday Mass gives his family extra time to get ready.

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Tradition, faith, fun, mark Stella Maris' success
Tradition, faith, fun, mark Stella Maris' success
March 6, 2015

"Tradition" is a word that pops up often when Molly Share gives her take on what makes Camp Stella Maris so special.

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Tier offers many Lenten events
Tier offers many Lenten events
March 6, 2015

From meals to discussion groups, from charitable efforts to special church services, numerous activities are available in the Southern Tier for those seeking to enhance their Lenten experience.

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Tier is Catholic-school proud
Tier is Catholic-school proud
February 6, 2015

Faith. Values. Strong academics. A family atmosphere. Time and again, those are the themes that surface when teachers, staff, parents and students from the Southern Tier describe what makes their Catholic schools so special.

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Diocesan migrant minister retires
Diocesan migrant minister retires
January 28, 2015

During her tenure as migrant minister, Penny Gardner established relationships she could not have imagined when she accepted the job with the Diocese of Rochester.

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Camp Stella Maris accepting registrations
February 6, 2015

Registration has begun for summer youth programs at Camp Stella Maris, a Catholic Charities-affiliated camp on Conesus Lake in Livonia.

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Community's generosity overshadows criminal act
December 22, 2014

The generosity of the Avon community as well as the parish cluster of St. Agnes in Avon, St. Paul of the Cross in Honeoye Falls and St. Rose in Lima recently saved the day for dozens of local families in need.

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Recognizing
September 9, 2014
Tickets on sale for spelling bee, dinner
April 2, 2014

Tickets are available for the fifth-annual Catholic Charities of Livingston County Spelling Bee, to be held May 1 at Geneseo High School.

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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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Father Hayes given CCLC award
Father Hayes given CCLC award
November 15, 2011

Father John H. Hayes was presented with Catholic Charities of Livingston County’s 2011 Father William Trott Award at the agency's 16th-anniversary dinner on Sept. 27 at the Genesee River Restaurant & Reception Center, Mount Morris.

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Agency breaks ground on community garden
Agency breaks ground on community garden
May 12, 2010

Want a garden but don’t have any land? Catholic Charities of Livingston County is offering its neighbors a place to put down roots.

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Gerard Rooney to lead St. John Fisher College
March 26, 2015

Gerard J. Rooney will succeed Donald Bain as president of St. John Fisher College, according to a March 19 announcement from the Pittsford college.

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Incoming Siena sixth-graders to receive laptops
March 16, 2015

Students entering Siena Catholic Academy's inaugural sixth-grade class in September 2015 will receive Google Chromebook laptop computers, which they will use during their three years at the school and take with them upon graduation from eighth grade.

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After fire, St. Pius Tenth will build a new church
After fire, St. Pius Tenth will build a new church
February 26, 2015

Due to extensive structural damage caused by a Jan. 1 fire, St. Pius Tenth Church in Chili will be razed and rebuilt.

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Greece parish grew with community
Greece parish grew with community
February 6, 2015

Even though the town of Greece developed around St. John the Evangelist Parish, some of the farm families who helped it grow are still involved in the parish, 150 years after its founding in 1865.

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Burial group remembers the forgotten
Burial group remembers the forgotten
March 6, 2015

It did not matter if some of the people at Diana Lynch’s memorial service did not know her.

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Theater company reprises role
Theater company reprises role
March 6, 2015

More than 35 years after the curtain went up on the Upstairs Youth Agency’s first production, Sister of St. Joseph Sheila Walsh said she’s glad to see her "babies" from Rochester's St. Monica and St. Augustine parishes are still on stage entertaining people.

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Mt. Carmel House goes home to a log cabin
February 6, 2015

For those who want to die at home, Mt. Carmel House may now offer the next best thing.

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Bishop calls for unity during Christmas celebration
Bishop calls for unity during Christmas celebration
December 29, 2014

Speaking to a full church during Christmas Day Mass, Bishop Salvatore R. Matano called for unity among the faithful as the Latin Mass community transitions to its new home in Irondequoit.

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St. John Neumann welcomes new principal
March 6, 2015

A Rochester Catholic school welcomed a new principal in January.

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Deacon information session set
February 6, 2015

Interested in becoming a permanent deacon? There will be an information session for prospective candidates and their wives at 10 a.m. Feb. 21 at St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry, 120 French Road, Pittsford.

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Father McNamara book available online
January 28, 2015

A biography of Father Robert McNamara, the renowned diocesan historian and archivist, is now available for online ordering.

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Report: Poverty growing to extremes among families in Rochester
January 28, 2015
Holy Cross hosts 2nd Annual CYO Cheerleading Night
Holy Cross hosts 2nd Annual CYO Cheerleading Night
March 27, 2015

On March 20, teams from Holy Cross, St. Kateri and St Rita's gathered at Holy Cross Gym for CYO Cheerleading show night.

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St. Lawrence celebrates reading
St. Lawrence celebrates reading
March 11, 2015

St. Lawrence School celebrated Read Across America Day Feb. 27. Their theme this year was Fairytales.

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Couples take part in Sweetheart Tea
Couples take part in Sweetheart Tea
February 11, 2015

Residents and families took part in the annual “Sweetheart Tea” at St. Ann’s Community in Rochester Feb. 10.

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Local Knights of Columbus honored
Local Knights of Columbus honored
November 19, 2014

Knights of Columbus Council #15471, based at Penfield's St. Joseph Church, was honored twice in recent months for its exceptional membership growth and outstanding community activity.

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Auburn parish to host Matthew Kelly's talk
May 12, 2014

Well-known Catholic speaker and New York Times best-selling author Matthew Kelly will be in Auburn May 31 to present his "Living Every Day With Passion and Purpose" retreat.

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Empty Bowls events yield big rewards
October 4, 2013
Auburn Mass honors deceased infants
August 7, 2013

Each year on the first Tuesday evening in August dozens of people gather in the infant section of St. Joseph Cemetery in Auburn.

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Chiropractic college to hold memorial for Father Richard Murphy
June 12, 2013

A memorial service for Father Richard "Murph" Murphy will be held at the New York Chiropractic College June 20.

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Many hands created parish garden
Many hands created parish garden
March 6, 2015

Nestled under a thick blanket of snow lies a unique garden on the grounds of Sacred Heart Parish in Auburn.

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Group restores deceased's dignity
Group restores deceased's dignity
February 6, 2015

Members of the Willard Cemetery Memorial Project hope to memorialize by name all 5,776 of the deceased patients resting in the cemetery at Willard Asylum, a state mental hospital on the shores of Seneca Lake.

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Drop-in sessions inspire new Catholics
January 12, 2015

In just a few months Brandi Baida will join the Catholic Church during the Easter Vigil at Our Lady of the Snow Parish in northern Cayuga County. Her initiation will mark the culmination of Baida's lengthy search for a church community she could call home.

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Group's mission is spreading rosary
Group's mission is spreading rosary
December 5, 2014

The discovery of two beat-up old rosaries inspired a Romulus woman to start a group that has created more than 10,000 rosaries and given them away to people all over the world.

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Auburn parishes host citywide Stations
March 6, 2015

The six Catholic parishes within the city of Auburn will take turns hosting the Stations of the Cross on Fridays during Lent at noon and again at 7 p.m.

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Auburn speaker aims to strengthen marriages
February 6, 2015

Dr. Allen Hunt, a well-known Catholic speaker and author, will present his "Passion & Purpose for Marriage" program June 13 from 9 am. to 1:30 p.m. at Holy Family Church, located at 85 North St. in Auburn.

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Skaneateles retreat center to close
January 28, 2015

Stella Maris Retreat and Renewal Center in Skaneateles closed its doors for good on Jan. 26.

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Fidelis expands Medicare Advantage coverage
December 5, 2014

Fidelis Care recently received approval to offer Medicare Advantage coverage to eligible senior citizens in Seneca and Yates counties for 2015. Open enrollment for 2015 coverage runs until Dec. 7.

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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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Catholic Daughters of America hold Communion Breakfast
Catholic Daughters of America hold Communion Breakfast
October 31, 2013

Court Theresa 806 of the National Catholic Daughters of America recently inducted new members at their annual Communion Breakfast.

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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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Many mission efforts to note
August 5, 2014

Numerous Southern Tier folks have traveled to faraway places in efforts to assist the underprivileged.

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Changes take hold in Southern Tier
July 2, 2014
Hornell hospital makes CEO appointment permanent
March 6, 2014

Jennifer L. Sullivan, who had served as interim president and chief executive officer of St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell since August 2013, has been named permanently to the position effective Feb. 4, 2014.

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Hibernian ladies debut in Steuben
Hibernian ladies debut in Steuben
March 6, 2015

March 17 will be extra-special for a group of Southern Tier women who love their Catholic faith and Irish heritage.

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Tier offers many Lenten events
Tier offers many Lenten events
March 6, 2015

From meals to discussion groups, from charitable efforts to special church services, numerous activities are available in the Southern Tier for those seeking to enhance their Lenten experience.

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Tier is Catholic-school proud
Tier is Catholic-school proud
February 6, 2015

Faith. Values. Strong academics. A family atmosphere. Time and again, those are the themes that surface when teachers, staff, parents and students from the Southern Tier describe what makes their Catholic schools so special.

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Artwork showcases Jesus' lineage
Artwork showcases Jesus' lineage
December 5, 2014

Since the beginning of his organ-playing days at St. Ann Church some 60 years ago, John Bartell has frequently claimed the closest seat in the house to a striking piece of art.

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Deacon info session to be held March 8
March 6, 2015

Thinking about becoming a permanent deacon? An information session will be held Sunday, March 8, at 2 p.m. at St. Mary Church's O'Malley Hall, 32 E. Morris St., Bath.

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Corning principal announces retirement
December 5, 2014

Joseph Tobia, principal of All Saints Academy in Corning since July 2012, is retiring in early 2015.

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High-school coach to speak at 'faith festival'
November 4, 2014

Holy Family Catholic Community will host a "Faith Festival" Sunday, Nov. 16, at St. Mary Church, 40 Elizabeth St., Dansville.

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Lent nears completion in Tier
April 3, 2014

As Lent moves past its halfway point, seasonal activities across the Southern Tier are in full swing.

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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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Owego school faces uncertain future
March 2, 2015

St. Patrick School in Owego, Tioga County, has until March 15 to raise $500,000 to keep the struggling school open beyond the current school year.

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Changes take hold in Southern Tier
July 8, 2014
Tier marchers brave frigid conditions
January 30, 2014

Weather conditions were so severe for the March for Life Jan. 22 that some groups from the Diocese of Rochester had to cancel their trips to Washington, D.C. However, Southern Tier contingents from Ithaca and Horseheads did make it.

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Tompkins' Catholics unite for peace events
October 4, 2013

"Violence and war are never the way to peace," Pope Francis emphasized Sept. 7 during a day of fasting and prayer for Syria, the Middle East and other places affected by strife.

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Tier offers many Lenten events
Tier offers many Lenten events
March 6, 2015

From meals to discussion groups, from charitable efforts to special church services, numerous activities are available in the Southern Tier for those seeking to enhance their Lenten experience.

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Tier is Catholic-school proud
Tier is Catholic-school proud
February 6, 2015

Faith. Values. Strong academics. A family atmosphere. Time and again, those are the themes that surface when teachers, staff, parents and students from the Southern Tier describe what makes their Catholic schools so special.

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Tioga ministry helps at holidays
Tioga ministry helps at holidays
December 5, 2014

Day in and day out, Tiffany Floyd faces the challenge of making ends meet. But fortunately for Floyd, Tioga County Rural Ministry is in her corner.

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Students embrace faith on campus
Students embrace faith on campus
September 29, 2014

Away from home, college students find similarity and support through the Catholic ministries at Cornell University and Ithaca College.

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Forty Days for Life continues in Ithaca
March 6, 2015

A Forty Days for Life vigil is continuing through March 29 in Ithaca.

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TCRM offer cleaning help for senior citizens
February 25, 2015
Tioga youths to offer Living Stations during Lent
February 6, 2015

Living Stations of the Cross, a longtime Lenten initiative of Blessed Trinity/St. Patrick parishes in Tioga County, will hold presentations each Friday of Lent.

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Former Tioga priest is appointed bishop
January 28, 2015

Bishop John Yaw Afoakwah, who served as parochial vicar for Blessed Trinity/St. Patrick parishes in Tioga County from 2007-11, has been appointed by Pope Francis as the new bishop of the Diocese of Obuasi, Ghana.

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Fidelis Care helps distribute school supplies
Fidelis Care helps distribute school supplies
August 28, 2013
Living its mission to help those in need, Fidelis Care, the New York State Catholic Health Plan, recently partnered with Walmart and radio station Z95.5 for the annual “Build Your Backpack” giveaway.
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Colleen Craig honored at St. Margaret Mary
Colleen Craig honored at St. Margaret Mary
March 1, 2012