Catholic Courier

Pope to visit U.S. in September 2015
Pope Francis to visit U.S. in September 2015 CNS photo by Paul Haring
July 25, 2014

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said Pope Francis has accepted his invitation to attend the World Meeting of Families in the U.S. next year.

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Border Patrol balances safety, humanity
Border Patrol balances safety, humanity
July 24, 2014

Along Arizona's border with Mexico, Border Patrol agents have a keen eye for spotting signs of people on the move in one of the agency's busiest regions.

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Jerusalem patriarch: Don't punish all Gaza Palestinians because of Hamas
Jerusalem patriarch: Don't punish all Gaza Palestinians because of Hamas
July 23, 2014

It is impossible for Israeli military to target Hamas missiles without hitting civilians in the Gaza Strip, said Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem.

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Pope calls for prayers as militants chase all Christians out of Mosul
Pope calls for prayers as militants chase all Christians out of Mosul
July 21, 2014

As the last Iraqi Christians in Mosul fled the city, Pope Francis urgently called for prayers, dialogue and peace.

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Catholic leaders urge compassion toward migrant children
Catholic leaders urge compassion toward migrant children
July 21, 2014

Catholic leaders urged government officials toward humanitarian responses to a surge of children and families crossing the U.S. border from Central America by addressing both the current crisis and its root causes.

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Australian nun among those killed in plane crash in Ukraine
Australian nun among those killed in plane crash in eastern Ukraine
July 18, 2014

Though exactly what happened to Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 remained unclear, Pope Francis offered prayers for the 298 passengers and crew members who died when it came down in eastern Ukraine.

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Gaza civilians seek aid during cease-fire
Gaza civilians seek aid during cease-fire
July 17, 2014

Civilians in Gaza used a brief cease-fire to replenish scarce supplies and, if able, leave the city, church representatives said.

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Voters in two states to consider legalizing recreational pot in 2014
Voters in two states to consider legalizing recreational pot in 2014
July 15, 2014

As marijuana becomes legal in a growing number of states for either recreational or medical purposes, concerns are being raised about the drug too easily ending up in the hands of youth.

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Regional Life

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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Catholic Charities honors five in Elmira
June 25, 2013

Five Southern Tier residents were recently honored for their outreach efforts.

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Longtime Tier pastors move on
June 11, 2014
Ultrasound machine comes to Elmira
Ultrasound machine comes to Elmira
June 4, 2014

many lives now stand to be saved at the Southern Tier Pregnancy Resource Center in Elmira, where a ceremony took place April 5 to introduce its new ultrasound machine.

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Fishing for men: Deacon ministers in maximum-security prison
Fishing for men: Deacon ministers in maximum-security prison
May 12, 2014

Deacon Mike McGuire urges prisoners to shed their selfishness, stop making excuses for the crimes they committed, be remorseful and develop compassion. Sometimes that message gets through.

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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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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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Easter dinner available at Elmira kitchen
April 10, 2014

A free dinner is being offered at Elmira Community Kitchen from 2 to 3 p.m. on Easter Sunday, April 20.

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Dominican nuns to leave Elmira
January 31, 2014

The Dominican nuns of Elmira, who have resided at Monastery of Mary the Queen since 1944, plan to close the monastery and relocate approximately one year from now.

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Christmas dinner available at Elmira kitchen
December 19, 2013

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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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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Fourth-graders learn local history
Fourth-graders learn local history
April 22, 2014

Fourth graders at St. Michael's School in Penn Yan learned about local history during the month of March.

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Knights announce poster contest winners
Knights announce poster contest winners
April 22, 2014

Knights of Columbus poster contest winners from St. Patricks School Owego  Jim Hackett DD, William Gower Grand Knight and Jim Walsh FS of Blessed Trinety Council 251Owego/ Waverly

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Valuing the homebound
March 11, 2014

On Sunday mornings many of us arise to go to church and celebrate the greatest gift we have, in the Eucharist at Mass. But as you look around those pews have you ever wondered, what happened to other parishioners?

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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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Pro-life speaker spreads hope
Pro-life speaker spreads hope
December 6, 2013

If pro-life activists truly want to bring about an end to abortion, they need to start sharing their personal stories related to abortion, according to Kristan Hawkins, executive director of Students For Life of America.

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Empty Bowls events yield big rewards
Empty Bowls events yield big rewards
October 4, 2013

It should come as no surprise that the executive director of Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes is hoping for a good turnout at the three fundraising dinners the agency is holding later this month.

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Penn Yan native is professional triathlete
Penn Yan native is professional triathlete
June 4, 2014

Penn Yan native Matt Curbeau left his day job to focus all his efforts on training and racing.

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Luncheons build camaraderie
May 12, 2014

St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish's Church of the Epiphany in Sodus holds a luncheon once a month in the church's hall.

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Robots test kids' skills
Robots test kids' skills
May 12, 2014

Members of the Robotics Club at St. Mary School in Canandaigua spent months learning about and building Lego robots before competing with them at Rochester Institute of Technology.

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Teens support traditional marriage
Teens support traditional marriage
April 3, 2014

A prayerful gathering of teens displayed signs and a banner showing their support for marriage as a covenant between one man and one woman.

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Fidelis Care expands into Seneca, Yates counties
July 9, 2014

Fidelis Care, the health-insurance plan provider founded by New York state's Catholic bishops, recently received approval to offer the state-sponsored Child Health Plus and Medicaid Managed Care insurance programs in Seneca and Yates counties.

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Geneva school puts on spring musical
April 3, 2014

Students from St. Francis-St. Stephen School in Geneva will offer two performances of their spring musical "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten."

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Canandaigua school plans first golf tournament
April 2, 2014

St. Mary School in Canandaigua will hold a golf tournament May 18 at Victor Hills Golf Course in Victor.

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Challenge supports Geneva lunch program
March 6, 2014

Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes is hoping to raise money for the Geneva Community Lunch Program this spring by participating in the Feinstein Challenge.

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St. Michael School holds spring concert
St. Michael School holds spring concert
June 16, 2014
St Michael School celebrates mothers
St Michael School celebrates mothers
June 16, 2014
St. Michael School holds talent show
St. Michael School holds talent show
April 22, 2014
St. Michael School celebrates Mission Day
St. Michael School celebrates Mission Day
April 22, 2014

Students at St. Michael School in Penn Yan celebrated Mission Day on Friday March 21.

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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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Abbey leader speaks at SUNY Geneseo
Abbey leader speaks at SUNY Geneseo
December 6, 2013

Although SUNY Geneseo's campus lies barely five miles from Abbey of the Genesee, it's rare for any of the abbey's Trappist monks to venture even that short distance because they are cloistered.

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Receptions held for pastor, principal, PAs
July 10, 2013
Avon school, village recall Sept. 11 attacks
Avon school, village recall Sept. 11 attacks
September 13, 2013

Although they're too young to remember Sept. 11, 2001, students at St. Agnes School in Avon are well aware of its significance.

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Living rosary planned for October
September 10, 2013
Migrant women gather for learning, fun
Migrant women gather for learning, fun
May 2, 2013

A group of migrant women have taken on knitting as part of group activities that began last summer.

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Artist makes Lima stations shine
Artist makes Lima stations shine
March 4, 2013

LIMA -- For many mornings and early afternoons this past year, Bonnie DePrez toiled alone inside St. Rose Church, applying her artistic talent to a historic building that

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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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Seminarian will assist at Christmas Mass
December 20, 2013
Livingston CC holds 18th-anniversary event
November 4, 2013

Catholic Charities of Livingston County raised more than $17,500 from its 18th-anniversary celebration, held Sept. 24

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Priests to head up Livingston events
October 3, 2013
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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New principal appointed to lead Siena Catholic Academy
New principal appointed to lead Siena Catholic Academy
July 2, 2014

Martin W. Kilbridge became principal of Siena Catholic Academy in Brighton on July 1.

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$5 million donation to transform Mercy High School's auditorium
$5 million donation to transform Mercy High School's auditorium
June 4, 2014

Alumna Kathleen Bonsignore and her husband gave the largest single gift in the history of Our Lady of Mercy High School with their $5 million donation to renovate the school's auditorium.

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Kearney says purchase of building ensures its future
Kearney high school says purchase of building ensures its future
May 16, 2014

Closure is no longer a threat for Bishop Kearney High School now that the Irondequoit school owns its 125 Kings Highway building as well as the surrounding 42-acre campus, according to the chairman of the school’s board of trustees.

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Judge OKs Kearney sale
April 3, 2014

A bankruptcy court judge has cleared the way for Bishop Kearney High School to purchase the school building at 125 Kings Highway in Irondequoit.

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Tea group brews understanding
Tea group brews understanding
July 11, 2014

Local women of different faith and cultural backgrounds have been gathering over tea to learn more about each other.

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Priest honored for social-justice commitment
Priest honored for social-justice commitment
June 4, 2014

Father Laurence Tracy implored the 175 people gathered before him to be a church "of the poor" as he accepted his Gaudete Medal from St. Bonaventure University.

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Mercy Sister fights poverty through education
Mercy Sister fights poverty through education
May 12, 2014

Sister Marilyn Lacey founded the nonprofit Mercy Beyond Borders in 2008 to educate women and girls, support women’s Micro-Enterprise groups, and improve maternal and child health.

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Program aims to teach people about faith, encourage sharing it
Program aims to teach people about faith, encourage sharing it
May 12, 2014

Three local parishes are hosting the ChristLife program, which aims to teach people about the foundations of the Catholic faith.

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OLPH alumni are invited to reunion
July 2, 2014

All alumni of the former Our Lady of Perpetual Help School are invited to attend an all-class reunion from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at St. Stanislaus Hall, 935 Norton St., Rochester.

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Schools golf tournament planned
June 5, 2014

Golfers, sponsors and awards dinner participants are needed for the 18th-annual Catholic Schools Golf Classic on June 23.

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St. Monica hosts Caribbean Mass
June 5, 2014

St. Monica Church, 831 Genesee St., Rochester, will host the 24th-annual Diocesan Caribbean Celebration at 1:30 p.m. June 8.

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Area man gives Elmira Notre Dame High School $1.5 M
June 4, 2014

Area resident Richard Crossed, a 1958 graduate of Notre Dame High School in Elmira, has given $1.5 million to the school to help it on its way to raising $5 million in the Legacy of Caring Capital Campaign.

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St. Rita Fiesta 5k a success
St. Rita Fiesta 5k a success
June 17, 2014

Nearly 200 runners and walkers gathered May 31 to take part in the inaugural running of the St. Rita Fiesta 5k in Webster.

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St. Rita participates in Jump Rope for Heart
June 16, 2014
St. Ann's celebrates mothers
St. Ann's celebrates mothers
June 16, 2014
Deacon presides at first Mass
Deacon assists at first Mass
June 16, 2014

Deacon Carlos Sanchez, who was ordained by Bishop Salvatore R. Matano June 7, presided at his first Mass June 8 at Pittsford's St. Louis Church.

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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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Parish helps fulfill dream of mission work
Parish helps fulfill dream of mission work
July 2, 2014

Amy Babiarz, 21, has dreamt of doing mission work ever since she was a young girl.

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Auburn couple hikes the Camino
June 4, 2014

Deacon Nick and Judi Valvo hiked Spain's El Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St. James, which runs from the village of St. Jean Pied de Port in France to the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, where the remains of St. James the Greater are believed to be buried.

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Teens talk faith at Newman Club
Teens talk faith at Newman Club
May 12, 2014

The Newman Club, similar to a youth group, holds meetings at school rather than at a church to make the group accessible to a wider range of students.

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Kids tour church, celebrate
March 13, 2014

Thirty preschoolers and kindergartners followed Adelaide Hutson down the center aisle of St. Alphonsus Church on Jan. 30, listening as she pointed out the church's various features and attempted to relate them to things the children could understand.

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Fidelis Care expands into Seneca, Yates counties
July 9, 2014
Auburn school to perform Disney play
May 12, 2014

St. Joseph School in Auburn will present "Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Jr." on June 3 at 7 p.m. at Cayuga Community College's Bisgrove Theater.

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Parish plans trip to patron saints' hometown
May 12, 2014

St. Francis and St. Clare Parish in Waterloo and Seneca Falls is planning a pilgrimage to Italy in September.

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Auburn school hosts 'Mary' screening
December 6, 2013

This month St. Joseph School in Auburn will host two showings of the new movie "Mary of Nazareth" at the Fingerlakes Mall

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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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Auburn principal honored
Auburn principal honored
June 11, 2013

A celebration honoring St. Joseph School principal Kathleen Coye was held at the Auburn school June 7.

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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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Head of St. James Mercy Hospital departs
October 4, 2013

Mary E. LaRowe, president and chief executive officer of St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell since 2007, resigned from her position effective Aug. 16.

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Receptions held for pastor, principal, PAs
July 3, 2013

Several Southern Tier parish and school leaders were recently honored as they departed their longtime posts.

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Personal ties guide support of VA
Personal ties guide support of VA
November 4, 2013

When Deacon Dave LaFortune and Father Jim Jaeger affirm the value of Veterans Health Administration support, they do so for highly personal reasons.

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Mass, picnic celebrate parish unity
Mass, picnic celebrate parish unity
September 10, 2013

Despite its taking place in the heart of summer, Holy Family Catholic Community's annual Mass and picnic seemed better suited for mid-autumn.

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Teacher sells running to students by example
Teacher sells running to students by example
August 7, 2013
Corning native evolves 'from bombs to Bibles'
Corning native evolves 'from bombs to Bibles'
May 3, 2013

How does somebody who spent 16 years in the military, helping produce nuclear weapons and loading bombs, end up a woman religious?

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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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New facilities are opened in Hornell
March 6, 2014

St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell has opened a new orthopedic clinic as well an "express care" clinic.

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Program welcomes inactive Catholics
January 3, 2014

Beginning Jan. 8, All Saints Parish in Corning is offering a six-week "Catholics Returning Home" series.

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Life events are coming up
October 4, 2013

Several activities are planned in the Southern Tier to acknowledge Respect Life Month and special rosary devotion in October.

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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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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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New Ithaca principal 'really excited'
New Ithaca principal 'really excited'
August 7, 2013

Immaculate Conception School lies in a renowned academic community, and Don Mills wants to see the school fully reflect its surroundings.

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Longtime Tier pastors move on
Longtime Tier pastors move on
June 4, 2014

There's a guy in Tioga County who's well-known for washing dishes and taking the garbage out after church events.

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Cross goes up at St. James
Cross goes up at St. James
April 3, 2014

A new cross has been erected at St. James Church, Trumansburg.

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Ithaca students author book about Lost Boys
Ithaca students author book about Lost Boys
April 3, 2014

Fifteen young people from Immaculate Conception School have already attained a status that many grown-ups would envy: published book authors.

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Bishop Matano thrills Owego congregation
Bishop Matano thrills Owego congregation
March 6, 2014

Bishop Salvatore R. Matano has quickly made clear that his personal connection with the Diocese of Rochester won't be limited to easily reachable places.

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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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Recognizing
April 2, 2014

Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga

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Ministry offers aid to seniors
March 6, 2014

Owego and Apalachin residents ages 65 or older can receive house-cleaning assistance from Binghamton University students on Saturday, March 29.

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Coat drive being held in Apalachin
November 4, 2013

Donations of clean, useable coats are need for a coat drive to benefit the needy. The drive is being sponsored by the Lions Club in Apalachin, Tioga County.

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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