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Synod ends by affirming tradition, leaving controversial questions open
Synod ends by affirming tradition, leaving controversial questions open CNS photo by Paul Haring
October 20, 2014

The final document from the Synod of Bishops on the family is grounded in traditional Catholic teaching. Yet the assembly failed to reach consensus on especially controversial questions of Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried and the pastoral care of homosexuals.

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Synod groups emphasize church teaching over welcoming language
Synod groups emphasize church teaching over welcoming language
October 16, 2014

The Synod of Bishops must focus on the beauty of Christian marriage and not let an approach of "welcoming" and mercy override the church's duty to call people to turn away from sin, according to a number of reports from the synod's small groups.

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Synod report calls for welcoming gays, nonmarital unions
Synod report calls for welcoming gays, nonmarital unions
October 13, 2014

In a shift of tone for an official Vatican document, an official midterm report from the Synod of Bishops on the family emphasized calls for greater acceptance and appreciation of divorced and remarried Catholics, cohabitating couples and homosexuals.

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U.S. couple at synod calls for expanded marriage teaching
U.S. couple at synod calls for expanded marriage teaching
October 7, 2014

Existing diocesan programs and Catholic organizations aimed at helping Catholic families fulfill their vocation clearly are not strong enough to meet modern needs, a Wisconsin couple told the Synod of Bishops.

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Opening family synod, pope warns bishops of hypocrisy, pride and greed
Opening family synod, pope warns bishops of hypocrisy, pride and greed
October 6, 2014

Opening a two-week Synod of Bishops on the family, Pope Francis warned participants against the temptations of hypocrisy, pride and greed, urging them instead to serve the church with "freedom, creativity and hard work."

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Diocese issues policy updates
Diocese issues policy updates
September 30, 2014

Changes to confirmation, first reconciliation and first Communion are among the updated sacramental guidelines released by the Diocese of Rochester.

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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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Greece parish marks final Mass, 50 years
Greece parish marks final Mass, 50 years
September 22, 2014

The final regular Sunday Mass at Holy Name of Jesus was celebrated Sept. 21. The Greece parish will now merge with nearby St. Charles Borromeo parish.

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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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Schuyler teen moves on to religious life
September 9, 2014

She has resided in Australia, Tasmania, the Watkins Glen area and now Missouri -- all before her 19th birthday.

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Women's group does many good works
August 5, 2014

Are you a woman in the Chemung County area who would like to devote some free time to a worthy cause?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Events boost funds, health
Events boost funds, health
October 16, 2014
Parish promotes 'Living Faith'
Parish promotes 'Living Faith'
October 14, 2014

Parishioners at St. Benedict Parish in Canandaigua and East Bloomfield had a little extra incentive to go to Mass during four weekends in August and early September.

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Kenyan outreach marks milestone
Kenyan outreach marks milestone
September 9, 2014

Ten years ago, the people of Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Community undertook what they thought would be a one-time initiative to raise the funds necessary to renovate a home for needy and disabled children in Subukia, Kenya, which was the hometown of their parochial vicar, Father John Gathenya.

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Sodus program aids needy families
Sodus program aids needy families
September 9, 2014

Some people might find it hard to think about Christmas shopping during the dog days of summer, but not Bob Hillis. He's been Christmas shopping since last spring.

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Parish to hold annual rummage sale
September 19, 2014

St. Peter Parish in Shortsville, Phelps and Clifton Springs will hold its annual rummage sale Oct. 2-4 at the parish center, located at 97 W. Main St.

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Hoedown to raise funds for lunch program
September 9, 2014

Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes will host a Hoedown for Hunger Sept. 26 at the Geneva Visitor Center, located at 32 Lakefront Drive.

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Empty Bowls event to raise awareness, funds
September 9, 2014

Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes hopes to raise awareness about the issues of hunger and poverty during its annual Empty Bowls events, which will be held at two locations in the Finger Lakes region next month.

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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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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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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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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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SUNY Geneseo event combines food, fellowship
SUNY Geneseo event combines food, fellowship
September 29, 2014

When it comes to satisfying various types of appetites, SUNY Geneseo's Interfaith Center on Thursdays is the place to be.

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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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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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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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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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Homeless advocates arrested
Homeless advocates arrested
September 29, 2014

Three local advocates for the homeless were arrested Sept. 15 for protesting Monroe County’s rejection of their proposal to create a new homeless shelter downtown that would accept all homeless regardless of drug or alcohol addictions.

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Greece parish marks final Mass, 50 years
Greece parish marks final Mass, 50 years
September 22, 2014

The final regular Sunday Mass at Holy Name of Jesus was celebrated Sept. 21. The Greece parish will now merge with nearby St. Charles Borromeo parish.

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Diocese joins police departments in mourning slain officer
Diocese joins police departments in mourning slain officer
September 8, 2014

Saying his words fell short, Bishop Salvatore R. Matano Sept. 5 extended sympathies and prayers to those grieving the loss of Rochester Police Department Officer Daryl Pierson, who was fatally shot and killed Sept. 3 while pursuing a suspect.

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Homeless advocates protest Civic Center Garage closing
Homeless advocates protest garage closing
August 22, 2014

The homeless people who spent nights in the privately run Civic Center Parking Garage were told that they could no longer sleep there at night, so advocates for the homeless are spending their nights in the garage instead.

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Musical sister makes final profession of vows
Musical sister makes final profession of vows
October 16, 2014

Sister Anita Kurowski had never met a woman religious until she arrived at Nazareth College as an undergraduate.

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Performer aims to re-evangelize the church
Performer aims to re-evangelize the church
September 9, 2014

She grew up as a Southern Baptist in New Orleans, but that didn’t stop ValLimar Jansen from being fascinated by all things Catholic, such as devotions to Mary and the rosary.

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Teen volunteers help make woodshop SHINE
Teen volunteers help make woodshop SHINE
September 2, 2014

Teenagers from across the United States came to Rochester in August to serve the community through SHINE Catholic Work Camp.

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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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Red, White and Blue Masses set
October 16, 2014
Aquinas, Kearney will offer sixth grades
Aquinas, Kearney will offer sixth grades
October 14, 2014

Two Catholic junior high and high schools that are affiliated with the Diocese of Rochester will be adding sixth grade starting in September 2015.

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Children's ministry fair planned
October 7, 2014

The GRCC Faith In Action Network of Rochester will host a 2014 Children’s Ministry Fair from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9.

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Providence to honor two at gala
September 17, 2014

Providence Housing Development Corp. will mark its 20th anniversary with a gala Sept. 18.

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Pet blessing held at St. Joseph's
Pet blessing held at St. Joseph's
October 8, 2014

Father Sergio Chavez presided over a blessing of the pets Oct. 5 at Penfield's St. Joseph Church.

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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
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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Pipe organs take center stage
Pipe organs take center stage
September 2, 2014

Two of Auburn's Catholic churches were among the many stops on a multicity "organ crawl" that took place during the Organ Historical Society's 59th-annual convention, which was held in Syracuse last month.

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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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Donations for Nicaragua projected needed
August 5, 2014

St. Francis and St. Clare Parish in Waterloo and Seneca Falls is asking for people to donate items to its Nicaragua Project.

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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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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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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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Dansville woman C.A.N.N. help
Dansville woman C.A.N.N. help
August 14, 2014

Several years ago, while volunteering for the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Wayland, Sharon Mitchell detected an interesting trend as she sought donated items for people in need.

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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
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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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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Bishop presides over special confirmation
Bishop presides over special confirmation
September 2, 2014

A family from Tioga County made a trip to Rochester for a special confirmation at the end of July.

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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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Trumansburg bazaar set for Nov. 1
October 16, 2014

All are welcome to St. James Church, Trumansburg, for its annual fall bazaar. It will take place Saturday, Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church, 17 Whig St.

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Sister honored at Tompkins parish
October 16, 2014

Sister Sally Anne Leyda, a former member of All Saints Parish in Lansing, Tompkins County, has made her first profession of vows as a member of the Sisters of the Divine Savior.

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Ithaca prayer initiative welcomes participants
October 16, 2014

Individuals and groups are invited to join the 40 Days for Life fall campaign in Ithaca, which began Sept. 24 and will run through Nov. 2.

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Ministry offers aid to seniors
September 11, 2014

Owego residents ages 65 or older can receive house-cleaning assistance from college and high-school students on Saturday, Oct. 4.

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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