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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 CNS photo by Kristoffer Tripplaar, White House via EPS
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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Term 'genocide' angers Turkey, while pope says memory leads to healing
Term 'genocide' angers Turkey, while pope says memory leads to healing
April 13, 2015

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, Pope Francis said atrocities from the past have to be Read More

Pope says Year of Mercy will be time to heal, to help, to forgive
Pope says Year of Mercy will be time to heal, to help, to forgive
April 13, 2015

Mercy is what makes God perfect and all-powerful, Pope Francis said in his document officially proclaiming the 2015-2016 extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy.

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Flurry of briefs seeks to shape court's look at same-sex marriage
Flurry of briefs seeks to shape court's look at same-sex marriage
April 10, 2015

When it takes up same-sex marriage cases from four states April 28, the Supreme Court will officially be considering just two constitutional questions.

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Bishops object to death penalty as punishment in Boston bomber case
Bishops object to death penalty as punishment in Boston bomber case
April 7, 2015

As the trial of Boston Marathon bombing defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev went to the jury April 6, the Catholic bishops of Massachusetts released a statement reiterating the church's teaching on the death penalty.

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Humility is key to understanding Easter, sharing its joy, pope says
Humility is key to understanding Easter, sharing its joy, pope says
April 6, 2015

To enter Christ's empty tomb like the disciples and see that he has risen, Christians today also must "bend down," Pope Francis said in his Easter message.

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Cardinal calls Kenyans to prayer in wake of militants' college attack
Bishops urge Kenya to beef up security, intelligence after attack
April 8, 2015

NAIROBI, Kenya (CNS) -- Kenya's Catholic bishops, urging citizens to remain united, asked the government to beef up security, especially Read More

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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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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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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
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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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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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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Parish teams reach out
Parish teams reach out
February 6, 2015

Last spring Suzi Castellano helped found a team that made prayer shawls for the sick and homebound in her parish, St. Joseph the Worker in Lyons, Clyde and Savannah.

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Quilts give warmth, hope to needy
Quilts give warmth, hope to needy
December 5, 2014

Hundreds of Yates County residents will be a little warmer this holiday season, thanks to the efforts of My Brother's Keeper Quilt Group.

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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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Retreat house to host Retrouvaille weekend
November 7, 2014

Couples experiencing marital difficulties are invited to attend the next Retrouvaille weekend, which will be held Nov. 14-16 at Notre Dame Retreat House, located at 5151 Foster Road in Canandaigua.

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Newark parish to hold holiday bazaar
November 7, 2014

St. Michael Parish in Newark will hold its Christmas Magic Bazaar from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Dec. 6 at the church hall, located at 401 S. Main St.

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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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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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Recognizing
September 9, 2014
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
April 13, 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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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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Mass Mob planned at city church
Mass Mob planned at city church
April 2, 2015

Diocesan officials are hoping a mob of people will descend on Rochester's St. Michael Church on April 19 for its regularly scheduled 4 p.m. Mass.

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Lenten program focuses on 'Mentoring Out of Poverty'
March 30, 2015

A Lenten presentation at Church of the Assumption in Fairport will focus on an Action for a Better Community program called “FOCUS +: Mentoring Out of Poverty.”

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New food pantry opens
April 17, 2015

The Cathedral Community opened a food pantry last month in the former Sacred Heart convent.

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Greece parish to host afternoon of sacred hymns
April 10, 2015

St. John the Evangelist Church, 2400 Ridge Road West, Greece, will host an "Afternoon of Sacred Hymns" Sunday, April 19, at 2 p.m.

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St. John Neumann welcomes new principal
March 6, 2015

A Rochester Catholic school welcomed a new principal in January.

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Deacon information session set
February 6, 2015

Interested in becoming a permanent deacon? There will be an information session for prospective candidates and their wives at 10 a.m. Feb. 21 at St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry, 120 French Road, Pittsford.

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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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Local Knights of Columbus honored
Local Knights of Columbus honored
November 19, 2014

Knights of Columbus Council #15471, based at Penfield's St. Joseph Church, was honored twice in recent months for its exceptional membership growth and outstanding community activity.

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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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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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Drop-in sessions inspire new Catholics
January 12, 2015

In just a few months Brandi Baida will join the Catholic Church during the Easter Vigil at Our Lady of the Snow Parish in northern Cayuga County. Her initiation will mark the culmination of Baida's lengthy search for a church community she could call home.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tioga ministry helps at holidays
Tioga ministry helps at holidays
December 5, 2014

Day in and day out, Tiffany Floyd faces the challenge of making ends meet. But fortunately for Floyd, Tioga County Rural Ministry is in her corner.

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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