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Rain, rubble: With no help in sight, Nepalese try to salvage possessions
Rain, rubble: With no help in sight, Nepalese try to salvage possessions CNS photo by Anto Akkara
April 29, 2015

 Five days after a powerful earthquake sowed death and devastation in Nepal, victims could be seen trying to salvage possessions from mountains of rubble in the suburbs of Kathmandu.

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Inclement weather, logistical issues delay aid for Nepal quake victims
Inclement weather, logistical issues delay aid for Nepal quake victims
April 28, 2015

Inclement weather and logistical pressures were delaying aid to hundreds of thousands of Nepalese earthquake victims.

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Pope offers prayers for quake victims, solidarity for relief workers
Pope offers prayers for quake victims, solidarity for relief workers
April 27, 2015

Pope Francis offered his prayers to all those affected by a deadly earthquake in Nepal and encouraged rescue and emergency workers in their efforts.

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Italians arrest suspected terrorists; Vatican says no current threat
Italians arrest suspected terrorists; Vatican says no current threat
April 24, 2015

Italian police arrested at least nine people in what officials described as a terrorist cell that had planned, in 2010, to strike at the Vatican with a suicide bomber.

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Pope to visit Cuba first before heading to United States in September
Pope to visit Cuba before heading to United States in September
April 22, 2015

Pope Francis will visit Cuba in September before his trip to the United States.

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Shroud of Turin on display; city readies for visit by pope, pilgrims
Shroud of Turin on display; city readies for visit by pope, pilgrims
April 20, 2015

A thin white cloth draped over the glass-covered Shroud of Turin was pulled down and billowed to the floor, marking the official opening of the venerated icon's exposition to the public.

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Law improved much for disabled but much work remains, say advocates
Law improved much for disabled but much work remains, say advocates
April 17, 2015

It was nearly 25 years ago, on July 26, 1990, that the Americans With Disabilities Act passed by Congress was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush.

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War of the sexes: Gender theory is the problem, not solution, pope says
War of the sexes: Gender theory is the problem, not solution, pope says
April 15, 2015

Eradicating male and female identities does nothing to solve the problem of unfair or disrespectful treatment based on people's gender, Pope Francis said.

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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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Catholic Charities benefit to take place June 19
April 22, 2015
Schuyler Catholic Charities recognizes its volunteers
April 21, 2015

Catholic Charities of Schuyler County observed National Volunteer Appreciation Week (April 12-18) by paying tribute to its many volunteers.

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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
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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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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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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Volunteers aid neighbors during day of service
Volunteers aid neighbors during day of service
April 24, 2015

A woman with eight children walked into a winter-coat distribution held March 14 at the Rushville Town Hall. A group of volunteers from St. Benedict Parish, including Krissy Owens and her sons, Ethan and Bradley, were able to provide winter coats for all eight children.

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Students raise money, earn show
Students raise money, earn show
April 22, 2015

It's not every day that someone takes a pie in the face in order to promote awareness of the dignity of human life, yet third-grade teacher Sarah Baker did just that during a recent assembly at St. Mary School.

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Teens bring Jesus' passion to life
Teens bring Jesus' passion to life
March 27, 2015

The Stations of the Cross came to life March 6 at Victor's St. Patrick Parish, courtesy of a group of 19 teens and adults from a parish in the Thousand Islands.

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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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Newark parish to hold Family Festival
April 24, 2015

St. Michael Parish in Newark will hold its annual Family Festival June 12 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. and June 13 from noon to 9:30 p.m.

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Mobile food pantry to visit Bloomfield, Canandaigua
April 24, 2015

Canandaigua Churches in Action's food pantry and Bloomfield's Blessing Room community cupboard have teamed up with Foodlink to provide the community with access to a mobile food pantry, which offers a wide range of produce, juices and baked goods at no charge.

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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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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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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
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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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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Church, others offer youths a safety net
Church, others offer youths a safety net
April 17, 2015

Nearly every day, young people from the neighborhood around Sacred Heart Cathedral have been drawn to that building after school, so many that Cathedral Community staff members decided to provide the youths with an alternative to just hanging out.

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McQuaid Jesuit names new principal
April 7, 2015

Adam R. Baber has been named principal of McQuaid Jesuit in Rochester, effective July 1.

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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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Parishes spread their goodness around town
Parishes spread their goodness around town
April 24, 2015

More than 130 volunteers from the Eastern Greece/Charlotte parishes performed chores and provided companionship at sites in the city of Rochester and town of Greece April 11.

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Student driven by culinary passion
Student driven by culinary passion
April 21, 2015

When Alicia Smith let her 3-year-old son, Anthony, roll meatballs on the tray of his high chair, she had no inkling that just nine years later, her son would be cooking gourmet meals with ease.

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Sisters make positive impression on local young adults
Sisters make positive impression on local young adults
April 20, 2015

The joyful enthusiasm of the New York City-based Sisters of Life, whose members spoke during a coffee-house presentation prior to last month's Rochester Catholic Women's Conference, made an impression on the young adults who attended.

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Tradition, faith, fun, mark Stella Maris' success
Tradition, faith, fun, mark Stella Maris' success
April 10, 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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Ministry seeks donations after burglary
Ministry seeks donations after burglary
April 24, 2015

Mary’s Place Refugee Outreach Center, 414 Lexington Ave., Rochester, has set up a GoFundMe account for donations after a burglary last weekend.

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Gala will benefit Scottsville comfort-care facility
April 21, 2015
Buffalo woman to speak at Magnificat breakfast
April 21, 2015
Concert to benefit Chili parish's music ministry
April 21, 2015

Sacred Heart Cathedral, 296 Flower City Park, Rochester, will host a "Benefit Concert for St. Pius Tenth Music Ministry" Sunday, April 26, at 2 p.m.

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Irondequoit's Harry J. Watt celebrating 100th birthday
Irondequoit's Harry J. Watt celebrating 100th birthday
April 15, 2015

On Saturday, May 23, at St James Church in Irondequoit, Harry J. Watt, his family and friends will celebrate his induction to the centenarian club with his 100th birthday!

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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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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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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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Auburn student's efforts honored
April 21, 2015

Community service is nothing new for Connor Cuthbert. The 14-year-old, who is in eighth grade at St. Joseph School in Auburn, has been volunteering regularly since he was in kindergarten.

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Knights help 'reveal truth of life'
April 10, 2015

Care Net Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes hopes to soon have a brand-new ultrasound machine, thanks to the Knights of Columbus of St. Francis and St. Clare Parish in Waterloo and Seneca Falls.

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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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School sells flags, plans Healing Field
April 10, 2015

Auburn's Hoopes Park will again be filled with American flags over Memorial Day weekend, thanks to a fundraiser hosted by St. Joseph School.

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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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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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Holy Family lends big support to Kenyan school
Holy Family lends big support to Kenyan school
April 23, 2015

Although he now lives half a world away, Father Stephen Karani remains deeply attached to his home village of Gitare, Kenya -- a poor farming community where educational opportunities have been notably limited.

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Cross walk set for April 3 in Wayland
March 27, 2015

On Good Friday, April 3, Wayland will be the site of a communitywide religious event that has taken place annually for more than four decades.

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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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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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Ithaca parish shows mission spirit
Ithaca parish shows mission spirit
April 22, 2015

She is physically in Ithaca, but Bridget Fetsko's heart remains some 1,700 miles away.

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Tioga parishes flock to Chrism Mass
Tioga parishes flock to Chrism Mass
April 21, 2015

With nearly 50 people at Sacred Heart Cathedral on March 31, Blessed Trinity and St. Patrick parishes were among the largest contingents to attend the annual Chrism Mass.

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New group unites young professionals
New group unites young professionals
April 6, 2015

For Yeny Hudiono, connecting with Ithaca-area residents who share both her religious and professional interests isn't always easy.

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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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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