Catholic Courier

Pope Francis returns to South America
Pope Francis returns to South America CNS photo by Paul Haring
July 5, 2015

Although still thousands of miles from his birthplace in Argentina, Pope Francis made a homecoming of sorts July 5 when he landed in Ecuador, greeted by cheering crowds and the sights and sounds of South America.

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Pope's visits to Cuba, U.S. to highlight families, charity, tolerance
Pope's visits to Cuba, U.S. to highlight families, charity, tolerance
June 30, 2015

In word and deed, Pope Francis will take his vision of a Catholic's approach to family life, parish life, charity, economics, immigration and good governance to Cuba and the United States during a Sept. 19-27 visit. 

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Tags: Pope Francis' U.S. Visit
USCCB president calls Supreme Court ruling on marriage 'tragic error'
USCCB president calls Supreme Court ruling on marriage 'tragic error'
June 26, 2015

The president of the U.S. bishops' conference called the Supreme Court's June 26 marriage ruling "a tragic error" and he urged Catholics to move forward with faith "in the unchanging truth about marriage being between one man and one woman."

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Court upholds health care subsidies in states with federal exchanges
Court upholds health care subsidies in states with federal exchanges
June 25, 2015

Writing that "Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them," a 6-3 majority of the Supreme Court June 25 upheld tax subsidies for participants in health care exchanges run by the federal government in states that refused to create them. 

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Speaker stresses Catholic ideals amid societal shifts
Speaker stresses Catholic ideals amid societal shifts
June 24, 2015

As a law professor and nationally recognized Catholic speaker and author, Helen Alvaré has much to say about the ongoing struggle to preserve Catholic values and religious freedom in this country.

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Ordination day proves 'amazing,' 'indescribable'
Ordination day proves 'amazing,' 'indescribable'
June 20, 2015

Father's Day Weekend got off to a special start June 20, with three men assuming the title of Father -- in a priestly sense -- at Sacred Heart Cathedral.

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Humans are destroying God's creation, pope says in encyclical
Humans are destroying God's creation, pope says in encyclical
June 18, 2015

The earth, which was created to support life and give praise to God, is crying out with pain because human activity is destroying it, Pope Francis says in his long-awaited encyclical, "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home." 

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Historic number of Catholics to seek U.S. presidency in 2016
Historic number of Catholics to seek U.S. presidency in 2016
June 15, 2015

The onetime stigma of being a Catholic for those seeking national office appears to have disappeared in the 2016 presidential election cycle since a record number of candidates have declared their candidacy or expressed an interest in running for the highest office in the country.

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Regional Life

Retiring Horseheads principal values team approach
Retiring Horseheads principal values team approach
May 11, 2015

Converting to Catholicism at the age of 31 marked more than a new chapter in Marilyn Zinn's spiritual life.

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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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Schuyler movie nights gets a thumbs up
Schuyler movie nights gets a thumbs up
May 11, 2015

If you long for a good old-fashioned Friday night out at the movies, there's a new place in town that fits the bill nicely.

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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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Elmira school receives accreditation
May 11, 2015
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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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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Bash to aid schools near, far
Bash to aid schools near, far
May 20, 2015
Priest recalls Nepal quake
Priest recalls Nepal quake
May 19, 2015

When a devastating earthquake shook Nepal on April 25, Father Edison Tayag thought perhaps his time on earth was about to come to an abrupt end.

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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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Newark pastor, Ghana native, becomes U.S. citizen
June 22, 2015

Father Felix Dalimpuo, pastor at St. Michael Parish in Newark, became a United States citizen on May 14.

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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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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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Pregnancy center marks anniversary
June 22, 2015

The Focus Pregnancy Help Center will mark a decade of service to women and their babies during a celebration this month.

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Advocates call attention to homeless crisis
Advocates call attention to homeless crisis
June 2, 2015

A team of Catholic advocates who recently conducted a sweep of homeless people around Rochester found that some of them have no shelter of any kind, while others are sleeping in various places from a garden at St. Mary Church to a portable toilet.

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Historic cemetery gatehouses rededicated
Historic cemetery gatehouses rededicated
May 27, 2015

During the rededication ceremony of the restored gatehouses at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Bishop Salvatore R. Matano said they were "no ordinary buildings."

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Cemetery plans new uses for renovated gatehouses
Cemetery plans new uses for renovated gatehouses
May 14, 2015

Bishop Salvatore R. Matano will rededicate the restored gatehouses at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery during a ceremony later this month.

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Students, athlete focus on service
Students, athlete focus on service
June 25, 2015

Sixth-grade students arrived at St. Louis School on May 15 excited about the prospect of sorting and packing thousands of donated items and delivering them to local charities.

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Mass marks 25th year of celebrating Caribbean cultures
Mass marks 25th year of celebrating Caribbean cultures
June 22, 2015

Stop. Pay attention. Make connections.

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Musicians captivate crowd at St. Lawrence
Musicians captivate crowd at St. Lawrence
May 11, 2015

Put three dynamic solo musicians together, and the energy level is bound to multiply as well.

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Nun takes ministry to the Web
Nun takes ministry to the Web
May 11, 2015

Sister Julie Vieira is following the Gospel call to "go out to all the world" (Mark 16:15).

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Birthday fundraiser to help the homeless
Birthday fundraiser to help the homeless
June 17, 2015

The House of Mercy is hoping to raise $80,000 by the end of July in honor of Sister Grace Miller's 80th birthday.

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Series on end-of-life issues set
June 2, 2015

The second-annual seminar series, "End of Life Issues," will begin in June. 

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Transportation ministry needs volunteers
June 2, 2015

Volunteers are needed for a transportation ministry that serves the east side of the city.

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Diocesan organizations receive grants
May 21, 2015
Students take part in Run for the Young
Students take part in Run for the Young
May 8, 2015

This year 29 students from St. Lawrence School participated in the Run for the Young, a 5k race and 1 mile fun run/walk to benefit youth in the diocese.

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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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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 retreat aimed at strengthening marriages
Auburn retreat aimed at strengthening marriages
May 19, 2015

Is it possible to strengthen a marriage in just half of one day?

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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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Committee plans celebration, seeks student memories
June 5, 2015

St. Francis and St. Clare Parish in Waterloo and Seneca Falls is planning a June 28 celebration to mark the 50th jubilee of Sister Anne Marvin, and is asking Sister Marvin's former students for help putting together a special gift for the Sister of St. Joseph

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Golf tournament to aid pregnancy center
May 19, 2015
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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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, 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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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
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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Teens feel effects of homelessness
Teens feel effects of homelessness
June 22, 2015

Around 1 a.m. on May 31, young teens ventured outside St. Catherine of Siena Church to occupy the cardboard beds they'd made earlier in the evening. Their structures had already incurred damage due to thunderstorms that had just passed through.

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Owego school special to the end
Owego school special to the end
May 19, 2015

As she went to check on students playing at outdoor recess, Paula Smith paused to admire some of their artwork on a hallway wall.

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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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Sister O'Brien notes 50th jubilee
May 26, 2015

Sister Mary O'Brien, CSJ, is celebrating her 50th anniversary this year as a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

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Tags: Milestones and Vocations 2015
Rural ministry conducts dropoff of donated items
May 6, 2015

An area-wide collection of personal-care products for people in need is being held throughout May by Tioga County Rural Ministry.

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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
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