Catholic Courier

For Year of Mercy, Pope Francis extends possibilities for absolution
For Year of Mercy, Pope Francis extends possibilities for absolution CNS photo by Ettore Ferrari/EPA
September 1, 2015

In an extraordinary gesture for the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has extended to priests worldwide the authority to absolve women for the sin of abortion and has decreed the full validity during the year of the sacrament of confession celebrated by priests of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X. 

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Hurricane Katrina: 10th Anniversary
Hurricane Katrina: 10th Anniversary
August 28, 2015

It has been ten years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005.

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Former nuncio dies in Vatican residence while awaiting sex abuse trial
Former nuncio dies in Vatican residence while awaiting sex abuse trial
August 28, 2015
A Vatican official has ordered an autopsy on the body of former archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, who was found dead Aug. 28 in the Vatican residence where he was awaiting trial on charges of child sexual abuse and possession of child pornography.
 
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Pope urges prayers for creation Sept. 1
Pope urges prayers for creation Sept. 1
August 26, 2015

The World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation should be a time for individuals to examine their lifestyles and the way they impact the environment, Pope Francis said.

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Pope marks Ukraine's independence calling for peace
Pope marks Ukraine's independence calling for peace
August 24, 2015

Marking the 24th anniversary of Ukraine's independence, Pope Francis sent a letter to the nation's president and asked Catholics to join him in prayers for peace.

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Balanced life includes time for family, work, prayer, pope says
Balanced life includes time for family, work, prayer, pope says
August 19, 2015

Work is an important expression of human dignity and of caring for one's family, but today there is a "dangerous tendency" to consider a worker's family obligations as an obstacle to productivity and profit, Pope Francis said.

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New priest welcomed into diocese
New priest welcomed into diocese
August 15, 2015

Father Daniel Ruiz was ordained to the diocesan priesthood Aug. 15 by Bishop Salvatore R. Matano at Sacred Heart Cathedral.

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U.S. Embassy in Cuba reopens, ending 54-year diplomatic break
U.S. Embassy in Cuba reopens, ending 54-year diplomatic break
August 14, 2015

With Havana Harbor's bright blue waters and a trio of vintage U.S. cars parked along the Malecon framing the scene, Secretary of State John Kerry officially reopened the U.S. Embassy in Cuba Aug. 14, marking the end of more than 54 years of fractured diplomatic relations.

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Regional Life

Tier ministers are on the move
July 20, 2015

With a new diocesan year having arrived June 30, several ministerial changes have taken place involving people with ties to the Southern Tier.

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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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Seminarians stage successful holy hour
Seminarians stage successful holy hour
August 31, 2015
Works of Love recipients are honored
Works of Love recipients are honored
July 30, 2015

Eight area parishioners were recognized with Works of Love awards at the annual Catholic Charities Parish Social Ministry Dinner. The banquet was held June 8 at the Hill Top Inn in Elmira.

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High-school course addresses community concerns
July 29, 2015

As Yvie Molingou can attest, the Service Learning curriculum at Elmira Notre Dame High School offers education extending well beyond the classroom.

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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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Catholic Charities holds back-to-school drive
July 21, 2015

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

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New principal named at St. Mary Our Mother
July 16, 2015

Jean Yorio has been selected as the new principal of St. Mary Our Mother School in Horseheads, effective July 27. She replaces Marilyn Zinn, who retired June 30 after 14 years of leading St. Mary Our Mother.

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Sister Butler to celebrate 100th birthday
July 16, 2015

A celebration Mass will take place Saturday, Aug. 8, for Sister Edwina Butler, RSM, in observance of her 100th birthday.

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Elmira school receives accreditation
May 11, 2015
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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Events to raise funds for agency's programs
Events to raise funds for agency's programs
August 27, 2015

Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes will hold its annual fundraisers Hoedown for Hunger and Empty Bowls in September and October, respectively.

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Missionary spirit fuels young woman
Missionary spirit fuels young woman
July 28, 2015

During her young life, Paige Cheney has found creative ways to blend her passions for traveling, humanitarian efforts and tae kwon do.

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Agency awards local volunteers
Agency awards local volunteers
July 27, 2015

Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes honored seven individuals with its Sharing the Light Award during a June 17 dinner and ceremony at the Scandling Center at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva. 

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Bash to aid schools near, far
Bash to aid schools near, far
May 20, 2015
Penn Yan school hires new principal
August 31, 2015
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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Tier ministers are on the move
July 20, 2015

With a new diocesan year having arrived June 30, several ministerial changes have taken place involving people with ties to the Southern Tier.

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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
Sister Dietz takes new position, leaves cluster
Sister Dietz takes new position, leaves cluster
August 17, 2015

She has spent the past several years guiding parish communities. Now Sister Karen Dietz, SSJ, is applying her leadership skills toward a religious community -- her own.

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Fighting cancer with love
Fighting cancer with love
July 30, 2015

In December 2013 Sara Harvey learned that her breast cancer, discovered 10 months earlier, had disappeared following successful treatment. Her sister-in-law, Karen Harvey, had also battled breast cancer a couple of years earlier and emerged cancer-free as well.

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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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Livingston Catholic Charities asks for school items
August 6, 2015
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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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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Live liturgies streamed into hospital rooms
Live liturgies streamed into hospital rooms
August 28, 2015

When Father Brian Cool celebrates Masses on Sundays, students and staff at the University of Rochester's Newman Center won't be the only ones celebrating with him.

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Parish community bids farewell to sisters
Parish community bids farewell to sisters
August 27, 2015

Sisters Dorothy Mary, Blanche and Florence Leising stood with beaming smiles in front of the congregation at Holy Apostles Church as Father Tony Mugavero blessed them.

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Inspiring talks highlight Magnificat events
August 27, 2015

 More than 100 women listened intently as Monica Pierce described her often difficult, and yet ultimately rewarding, life journey.

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Parish, mosque strive to be good neighbors
Parish, mosque strive to be good neighbors
July 22, 2015

From sharing a parking lot to creating a little piece of serenity in a spirit of peace, the relationship between Holy Cross Church and the Masjid Al Sabur mosque next door has deepened in respect and friendship for nearly a decade.

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Rosary rally will be Oct. 10 in Honeoye Falls
September 1, 2015

All are invited to take part in the sixth-annual Rosary Rally set for Saturday, Oct. 10, in Honeoye Falls.

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First responders Mass set for Sept. 9
August 27, 2015

Our Mother of Sorrows Church in Greece will hold a special Mass to pray for all first responders on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 8 a.m.

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Tribute to veterans planned Sept. 11-13
August 27, 2015

Rochester's first "Field of Honor" will pay tribute to area veterans, military personnel, police officers, fire fighters and emergency responders.

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Seton Catholic names new principal
August 27, 2015

Mary Szlosek, a former Victor Central Schools principal, has been named as the new principal at Seton Catholic School in Brighton. She replaces Linda Moll.

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St. Charles summer camp draws hundreds
St. Charles summer camp draws hundreds
August 3, 2015

Greece's St. Charles Borromeo Church welcomed 228 children for their two-week faith formation summer camp in July.

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Youth activities abound at Hilton parish
July 10, 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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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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New principal begins at St. Francis-St. Stephen
New principal begins at St. Francis-St. Stephen
August 27, 2015

Although Mary Mantelli was aware last school year of the ongoing search to fill the principal's position at St. Francis-St. Stephen School, it didn't immediately occur to her that she might be a worthy candidate.

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Events to raise funds for agency's programs
Events to raise funds for agency's programs
August 27, 2015

Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes will hold its annual fundraisers Hoedown for Hunger and Empty Bowls in September and October, respectively. 

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New evangelization is deacon's mission
July 28, 2015

From boosting its social media presence to creating new sports leagues, Deacon Dennis Donahue is leading the work of the new evangelization at St. Mary Church.

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Agency awards local volunteers
Agency awards local volunteers
July 27, 2015

Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes honored seven individuals with its Sharing the Light Award during a June 17 dinner and ceremony at the Scandling Center at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva.

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Italian organization to honor Bishop Matano
August 27, 2015

Bishop Salvatore R. Matano will be the honoree at the Cultural Italian American Organization's upcoming recognition dinner.

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Mission's theme is discipleship
July 31, 2015

"Growing As Disciples Today" is the theme of a four-day mission to be held this month at St. Mary Church, 15 Clark St., 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
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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Dansville church celebrates 100 years
Dansville church celebrates 100 years
August 24, 2015

"You know, you have a very beautiful church," Bishop Salvatore R. Matano told the congregation that packed the pews of St. Mary Church.

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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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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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Turning Point launches drive in Steuben
August 11, 2015

Turning Point, a ministry of Catholic Charities of Steuben, is currently collecting supplies for its annual back-to-school drive.

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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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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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Tier ministers are on the move
July 20, 2015

With a new diocesan year having arrived June 30, several ministerial changes have taken place involving people with ties to the Southern Tier.

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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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Works of Love recipients are honored
Works of Love recipients are honored
July 27, 2015

Eight area parishioners were recognized with Works of Love awards at the annual Catholic Charities Parish Social Ministry Dinner. The banquet was held June 8 at the Hill Top Inn in Elmira.

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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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Catholic Charities asks for back-to-school donations
August 13, 2015

Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga is collecting new backpacks and school supplies (pens, pencils, notebooks, erasers, pencil sharpeners, etc.) to distribute to students whose families are in financial need.

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Two bishops to celebrate Masses in Tioga
July 21, 2015

Tioga County will be graced by the presence of two bishops over the next few days.

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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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Ithaca area man met the pope long before he was the pope
Ithaca area man met the pope long before he was the pope
August 5, 2015

Frank Payton, an Ithaca resident, had the opportunity to meet Pope Francis in Buenos Aires in the late 1990s.

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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