Catholic Courier

Stations of the Cross takes many forms
Stations of the Cross takes many forms Courier file photo by Mike Crupi
March 3, 2014

With many ways to pray the Stations of the Cross, the popular devotion helps Catholics to tap into the heart of the faith, especially during Lent.

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Pope apologizes for clerical sex abuse, promises tough sanctions
Pope apologizes for clerical sex abuse, promises tough sanctions
April 11, 2014

"I feel called to take responsibility for all the evil some priests -- large in number, but not in proportion to the total -- have committed and to ask forgiveness for the damage they've done with the sexual abuse of children," Pope Francis said.

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Mudslide survivors see God at work
Mudslide survivors see God at work
April 10, 2014

Ron and Gail Thompson are grieving their neighbors who are lost or missing in the Oso mudslide, but faith and lots of love and prayers are helping them stay strong.

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Sisters recall Selma service
Sisters recall Selma service
April 3, 2014

It was 49 years ago that the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester became part of the civil rights movement while working at Good Samaritan Hospital in Selma, Ala., on Bloody Sunday.

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Community leaders seek poverty solutions
Community leaders seek solutions to poverty
March 31, 2014

With Rochester ranked as the fifth poorest metropolitan area in the country, community leaders are looking to cities around the country for possible solutions to address poverty in the Rochester area on a large scale.

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At border Mass, bishops call for compassion, immigration reform
At border Mass, bishops call for compassion, immigration reform
April 2, 2014

Only a few feet away from the 30-foot wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley and a dozen other bishops from three countries prayed April 1 for compassion and for a return to ideals that welcome immigrants.

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Pope and Obama discuss religious freedom, life issues, immigration
Pope and Obama discuss religious freedom, life issues, immigration
March 27, 2014

In their first encounter, Pope Francis received U.S. President Barack Obama at the Vatican March 27 for a discussion that touched on several areas of tension between the Catholic Church and the White House, including religious freedom and medical ethics.

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Many of today's papal 'traditions' were Blessed John Paul's innovations
Many of today's papal 'traditions' were Blessed John Paul's innovations
March 21, 2014

From frequent parish visits to World Youth Day to Divine Mercy Sunday, much of what passes today for papal "tradition" was actually an innovation of Pope John Paul II.

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Regional Life

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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Catholic Charities honors five in Elmira
June 25, 2013

Five Southern Tier residents were recently honored for their outreach efforts.

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Tier men help swell seminarian roster
May 3, 2013

Of the 20 current seminarians in the Diocese of Rochester, a healthy share hail from the Southern Tier area.

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Schuyler agency stresses community
Schuyler agency stresses community
April 5, 2013

Catholic Charities depends on the wider community of Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian and Episcopal churches as well as its Catholic constituents.

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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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School thrilled by special guest
School thrilled by special guest
February 24, 2014

Bishop Matano presided at a 9 a.m. Mass on Jan. 28 and visited Holy Family Elementary School, Elmira.

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Unity, peace fostered at 200-year-old mansion
Unity, peace fostered at 200-year-old mansion
December 6, 2013

Cobblestone Springs, a nearly 200-year-old cobblestone mansion nestled in rural Dundee in southern Yates County, offers many programs designed to provide people with a place and an opportunity to be open to God.

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New Elmira ministry proves effective
New Elmira ministry proves effective
November 6, 2013

You may wonder from time to time what became of certain older folks you no longer see at church.

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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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Christmas dinner available at Elmira kitchen
December 19, 2013

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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Elmira kitchen plans Thanksgiving dinner
November 4, 2013

A free Thanksgiving dinner sponsored by Elmira Community Kitchen will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28.

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Valuing the homebound
March 11, 2014

On Sunday mornings many of us arise to go to church and celebrate the greatest gift we have, in the Eucharist at Mass. But as you look around those pews have you ever wondered, what happened to other parishioners?

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Elmira students go back in time
Elmira students go back in time
January 15, 2014

A fourth grade class from Elmira’s Holy Family School took their annual trip back in time recently when they visited a 150-year-old one-room schoolhouse.

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Christmas concert features living Nativity
Christmas concert features living Nativity
December 17, 2013

The annual Christmas Concert at Elmira's Holy Family School took place before a standing room only audience on Dec. 16.

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Students take part in holiday tradition
Students take part in holiday tradition
December 3, 2013

For the past 26 years, the students of Holy Family School in Elmira have participated in the Elmira Christmas Parade.

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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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Empty Bowls events yield big rewards
Empty Bowls events yield big rewards
October 4, 2013

It should come as no surprise that the executive director of Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes is hoping for a good turnout at the three fundraising dinners the agency is holding later this month.

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New Albany priest hails from Ontario County
New Albany priest hails from Ontario County
October 4, 2013

Father VanDerveer, a native of the hamlet of Pumpkin Hook in Farmington, Ontario County, became a priest of the Diocese of Albany June 9.

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Trip to Kenya changes visitors
July 3, 2013

18 St. Benedict parishioners  traveled to Kenya in early June as part of the Kalama Project.

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Teens support traditional marriage
Teens support traditional marriage
April 3, 2014

A prayerful gathering of teens displayed signs and a banner showing their support for marriage as a covenant between one man and one woman.

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Deacon's surrender led to new role
Catholic Charities of Wayne County gets new leader
April 3, 2014

Deacon Peter Dohr believes divine whispers and hints have guided him along the winding path to his current position as executive director of Catholic Charities of Wayne County.

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Family ties abound at Geneva school
Family ties abound at Geneva school
April 3, 2014

"This is home," Leah Morrow recently said of St. Francis-St. Stephen School, where she works as an administrative assistant.

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Couples deepen faith on retreat
March 6, 2014

Valentine's Day was extra special for 25 married couples this year.

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Geneva school puts on spring musical
April 3, 2014

Students from St. Francis-St. Stephen School in Geneva will offer two performances of their spring musical "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten."

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Canandaigua school plans first golf tournament
April 2, 2014

St. Mary School in Canandaigua will hold a golf tournament May 18 at Victor Hills Golf Course in Victor.

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Challenge supports Geneva lunch program
March 6, 2014

Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes is hoping to raise money for the Geneva Community Lunch Program this spring by participating in the Feinstein Challenge.

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Catholic Charities, food pantry receive grants
March 6, 2014

Catholic Charities of Wayne County recently received a total of $5,000 in grants from the Wayne County Community Endowment Advisory Committee of the Rochester Area Community Foundation.

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St. Michael School Zumbathon
St. Michael School Zumbathon
March 11, 2014

St. Michael School in Penn Yan hosted its first annual zumbathon on March 2 at the PYE gym.

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Bishop visits Penn Yan
Bishop visits Penn Yan
January 15, 2014

St. Michael's School and Church community welcomed two very special guests last Sunday, Bishop Salvatore R. Matano and Father Daniel White.

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Wayne County Community Endowment awards over $60,000 to nonprofits
Wayne County Community Endowment awards over $60,000 to nonprofits
January 8, 2014

Rochester Area Community Foundation and the Wayne County Community Endowment Advisory Committee have awarded $36,405 in grants to 10 nonprofit organizations and an additional $25,000 in grants to 22 food pantries serving the Wayne County community.

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May Crowning held in Newark
May Crowning held in Newark
May 15, 2013

The Mary Garden outside St. Michael's Church in Newark was the location of the May Crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary on May 12.

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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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Receptions held for pastor, principal, PAs
July 10, 2013
Tier men help swell seminarian roster
May 3, 2013

Of the 20 current seminarians in the Diocese of Rochester, a healthy share hail from the Southern Tier area.

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New abbot takes helm at Abbey of the Genesee
New abbot takes helm at Abbey of the Genesee
October 5, 2012

The recent leadership transition in the Diocese of Rochester quickly became public knowledge. But a similar shift in leadership also took place recently -- albeit more quietly -- at the Abbey of the Genesee.

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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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Artist makes Lima stations shine
Artist makes Lima stations shine
March 4, 2013

LIMA -- For many mornings and early afternoons this past year, Bonnie DePrez toiled alone inside St. Rose Church, applying her artistic talent to a historic building that

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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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Priests to head up Livingston events
October 3, 2013
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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Judge OKs Kearney sale
April 3, 2014

A bankruptcy court judge has cleared the way for Bishop Kearney High School to purchase the school building at 125 Kings Highway in Irondequoit.

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Church wraps up major renovation project
Church wraps up major renovation project
April 2, 2014

The first day St. John of Rochester’s new streaming camera went live, its video wound up on the national news.

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Archbishop Sheen's cause advances
March 6, 2014

A board of medical experts with the Congregation for the Causes of Saints unanimously approved a reported miracle attributed to the intercession of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.

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Golisano offers to buy high-school building
March 6, 2014

Local philanthropist B. Thomas Golisano, founder and chairman of the board of the payroll-processing firm Paychex, has offered to buy the building that houses Irondequoit's Bishop Kearney High School, court papers indicate.

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Sisters recall Selma service
Sisters recall Selma service
April 3, 2014

It was 49 years ago that the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester became part of the civil rights movement while working at Good Samaritan Hospital in Selma, Ala., on Bloody Sunday.

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Traveling icon inspires devotion
Traveling icon inspires devotion
April 2, 2014

Dozens of people gathered following a Mass March 22 at St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish to pray the rosary in front of a traveling icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa.

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Students build Habitat home
Students build Habitat home
March 6, 2014

During their winter break in February, a group of McQuaid Jesuit high-school students spent their days knee-deep in mud, doing such jobs as building forms for concrete to be poured on Habitat for Humanity homes built by volunteers.

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Residents say apartments are a second chance at life
Residents say apartments are a second chance at life
March 6, 2014

Just as the namesake of Son House Apartments got a second chance at life, Carmen Sanchez is getting hers.

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Professor to talk about prison ministry
April 3, 2014

Professor Joshua Dubler, assistant professor of religion at the University of Rochester’s Department of Religion and Classics, will share insights from his new book, Down in the Chapel: Religious Life in an American Prison.

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Deacon information session set
April 3, 2014

Men interested in becoming permanent deacons are invited to an information session April 8 at Church of the Assumption,

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Break 4 Life Conference planned
April 3, 2014

The fourth-annual student-oriented Break 4 Life pro-life conference will take place from noon to 5 p.m. April 5 at McQuaid Jesuit High School.

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Musical performance highlights the Passion
April 2, 2014

The St. Andrew’s Chamber Orchestra and St. Michael Church’s choir singers will perform a program "Love, Agony and Hope," which will feature a blend of religious and secular music that has been chosen to reflect the emotions of the Passion.

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Senior to Senior Ball at St. Ann’s Community
Senior to Senior Ball at St. Ann’s Community
March 11, 2014

Students from Bishop Kearney High School's National Honor Society and residents of St. Ann's Home got together for their annual Senior to Senior Ball.

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St. Rita service project spreads warmth
St. Rita service project spreads warmth
February 7, 2014

Fourth-graders at St. Rita School in Webster can’t believe all the winter coats and gear that they collected in their Warm Is The Way To Be service project.

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St. Rita School kicks off anti-bullying program
St. Rita School kicks off anti-bullying program
February 7, 2014

To cap off a spirited Catholic Schools week, St. Rita School held a kick-off event for the Olweus Anti-Bullying Program Jan. 31.

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Doyle employees build bikes for Nativity students
Doyle employees build bikes for Nativity students
February 5, 2014

Over 100 Doyle Security Systems employees participated in a "Build A Bike" motivational team building activity at their recent annual meeting.

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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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Hundreds attend Masses for popes
Hundreds attend Masses for popes
April 4, 2013

More than 100 people celebrated the feast of St. Joseph and the inauguration of Pope Francis at Auburn's St. Mary Church on March 19.

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Kids tour church, celebrate
March 13, 2014

Thirty preschoolers and kindergartners followed Adelaide Hutson down the center aisle of St. Alphonsus Church on Jan. 30, listening as she pointed out the church's various features and attempted to relate them to things the children could understand.

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'Faustina' drama spreads message of mercy
'Faustina' drama spreads message of mercy
December 6, 2013

More than 250 people showed up at St. Mary Church in Auburn on a Friday evening in early November to watch "Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy."

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Unique event showcases differences
Unique event showcases differences
November 6, 2013

The idea for the Unique-A-Thon was born of a desire to hold a school fundraiser that would involve celebrating each student's individual gifts.

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Chapel in Syracuse mall is oasis of serenity
Chapel in Syracuse mall is oasis of serenity
September 10, 2013

The Franciscan Place is a small chapel tucked away on the lowest level of Destiny USA, formerly known as the Carousel Center.

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Auburn school hosts 'Mary' screening
December 6, 2013

This month St. Joseph School in Auburn will host two showings of the new movie "Mary of Nazareth" at the Fingerlakes Mall

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Communion breakfast set for Oct. 20
October 4, 2013

Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court Theresa 806 in Waterloo will host a Communion breakfast Oct. 20.

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Gregorian chant gathering planned
October 4, 2013

St. Mary Church in Auburn will host a Gregorian chant gathering from 2 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at the church, 15 Clark St.

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Retreat focuses on relationships
October 4, 2013

St. Alphonsus Church is offering a retreat led by Capuchin Father Simeon Gallagher Oct. 7-10 at the parish, 85 E. Genesee St. in Auburn.

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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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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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Head of St. James Mercy Hospital departs
October 4, 2013

Mary E. LaRowe, president and chief executive officer of St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell since 2007, resigned from her position effective Aug. 16.

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Receptions held for pastor, principal, PAs
July 3, 2013

Several Southern Tier parish and school leaders were recently honored as they departed their longtime posts.

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Corning parish welcomes back inactive Catholics
December 17, 2012

This Christmas, Catholic churches near and far are sure to be overflowing at Masses -- thanks in part to attendees who haven't shown up since last Easter or Christmas, if not longer. Such folks are bound to feel ill at ease; other inactive Catholics might not surface at all at holiday time.

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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
Corning native evolves 'from bombs to Bibles'
Corning native evolves 'from bombs to Bibles'
May 3, 2013

How does somebody who spent 16 years in the military, helping produce nuclear weapons and loading bombs, end up a woman religious?

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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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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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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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Receptions held for pastor, principal, PAs
July 3, 2013
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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Ithaca students author book about Lost Boys
Ithaca students author book about Lost Boys
April 3, 2014

Fifteen young people from Immaculate Conception School have already attained a status that many grown-ups would envy: published book authors.

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Bishop Matano thrills Owego congregation
Bishop Matano thrills Owego congregation
March 6, 2014

Bishop Salvatore R. Matano has quickly made clear that his personal connection with the Diocese of Rochester won't be limited to easily reachable places.

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Parishioners put Gospel words into action when family appears in their midst
Parishioners put Gospel words into action when family appears in their midst
December 6, 2013

During his homily Sept. 28, Father Joseph Marcoux made clear that congregants should never ignore others in obvious need as did the wealthy man with Lazarus in that day's Gospel reading (Luke 16:19-31).

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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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Recognizing
April 2, 2014

Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga

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Ministry offers aid to seniors
March 6, 2014

Owego and Apalachin residents ages 65 or older can receive house-cleaning assistance from Binghamton University students on Saturday, March 29.

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Coat drive being held in Apalachin
November 4, 2013

Donations of clean, useable coats are need for a coat drive to benefit the needy. The drive is being sponsored by the Lions Club in Apalachin, Tioga County.

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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