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It's up to young people to 'end the scourge of abortion,' says speaker
It's up to young people to 'end the scourge of abortion,' says speaker CNS photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
January 23, 2015

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Hundreds turn out for diocesan Mass for Life
Hundreds turn out for diocesan Mass for Life
January 18, 2015

A diocesan Mass for Life was celebrated Jan. 18 in conjunction with the national March for Life, which will take place Jan. 22 in the nation's capital.

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Bishop Matano seeks support for tax-credit proposal
Bishop Matano seeks support for tax-credit proposal
January 15, 2015

Bishop Salvatore R. Matano is asking parishioners throughout the Rochester Diocese to support the state Education Investment Tax Credit proposal.

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Pope says respect for religion should limit expression
Pope says respect for religion should limit expression
January 15, 2015

Commenting on recent killings by Islamist terrorists at a Paris newspaper, Pope Francis condemned killing in the name of God, but said freedom of expression should be limited by respect for religion and that mockery of faith can be expected to provoke violence.

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Pope proclaims Sri Lanka's first saint
Pope proclaims Sri Lanka's first saint
January 14, 2015

Canonizing Sri Lanka's first saint, who ministered to Catholics under persecution three centuries earlier, Pope Francis proclaimed what he called the "fundamental human right" of religious freedom.

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Pope to Sri Lankans: Reconciliation means dialogue
Pope to Sri Lankans: Reconciliation means dialogue
January 13, 2015

Arriving in Sri Lanka, a country recovering from two-and-a-half decades of ethnic and religious civil war, Pope Francis said reconciliation would require its people to explore their painful recent history and accept persistent differences within their multicultural society.

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Pope offers Mass for victims of Paris attack
Pope offers Mass for victims of Paris attack
January 8, 2015

The morning after 12 people were shot to death and 11 others injured at the Paris office of a satirical weekly newspaper, Pope Francis dedicated his early morning Mass to the victims and their families.

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Bishop Matano's first year
Bishop Matano's first year
January 7, 2015

Bishop Salvatore R. Matano had a busy first year on the job as the new leader of the Diocese of Rochester. This photo gallery shows some of the highlights of that busy year.

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Regional Life

Monastery bids farewell on anniversary
Monastery bids farewell on anniversary
August 22, 2014

Fifteen cloistered Dominican nuns are closing their Elmira monastery and moving to Illinois only a few weeks after celebrating the monastery's 70th anniversary.

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Changes take hold in Southern Tier
July 2, 2014

As a new diocesan year began in late June, several transitions of note took place involving Southern Tier clergy and staff.

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Alum gives $1.5 million for Notre Dame campaign
May 12, 2014

Aided by a $1.5 million gift from a single alumnus, Elmira Notre Dame High School is well on the way to realizing its $5 million goal as the public phase of its Legacy of Caring Campaign begins.

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Tier marchers brave frigid conditions
Tier marchers brave frigid conditions
January 30, 2014

Weather conditions were so severe for the March for Life Jan. 22 that some groups from the Diocese of Rochester had to cancel their trips to Washington, D.C. However, Southern Tier contingents from Ithaca and Horseheads did make it.

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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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Schuyler teen moves on to religious life
September 9, 2014

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

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

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

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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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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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Holy Family students celebrate Mother's Day
Holy Family students celebrate Mother's Day
May 8, 2014

In celebration of Mother's Day, the students and staff of Holy Family School's Stay and Play Program (Elmira) prepared a formal tea for their moms ad a couple of grandmothers.

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Fourth-graders learn local history
Fourth-graders learn local history
April 22, 2014

Fourth graders at St. Michael's School in Penn Yan learned about local history during the month of March.

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Walkers show support for life
August 5, 2014

Thirty people bearing brightly colored balloons and handmade signs took to the streets of downtown Geneva July 12 to show their support for life.

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Geneva native ordained a priest
Geneva native ordained a priest
May 28, 2014

Geneva native Father Mario Aquinas Calabrese and six other Dominican priests were ordained May 23 at St. Dominic Church in Washington, D.C.

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Agency assists Penn Yan residents affected by flooding
May 16, 2014

As a lifelong resident of Penn Yan, Penny Coon knows the streets of her hometown like the back of her hand. Walking through those streets on May 15, however, was kind of like walking through a different village.

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Pro-life speaker spreads hope
Pro-life speaker spreads hope
December 6, 2013

If pro-life activists truly want to bring about an end to abortion, they need to start sharing their personal stories related to abortion, according to Kristan Hawkins, executive director of Students For Life of America.

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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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Wolcott Mass draws kids, teens
Wolcott Mass draws kids, teens
November 7, 2014

Church bells rang overhead as parishioners hurried into St. Mary Magdalene Church on Oct. 5. Once inside the church doors, they were eagerly greeted by four young boys clad in their Sunday best.

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

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

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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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St. Michael School holds spring concert
St. Michael School holds spring concert
June 16, 2014
St Michael School celebrates mothers
St Michael School celebrates mothers
June 16, 2014
St. Michael School holds talent show
St. Michael School holds talent show
April 22, 2014
St. Michael School celebrates Mission Day
St. Michael School celebrates Mission Day
April 22, 2014

Students at St. Michael School in Penn Yan celebrated Mission Day on Friday March 21.

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New look will await abbey visitors
New look will await abbey visitors
September 9, 2014

The Abbey of the Genesee, best known for the Monks' Bread produced there, is undergoing the largest renovation in its 63-year history.

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Changes take hold in Southern Tier
July 2, 2014
Afternoon Mass appeals to families, youth
Afternoon Mass appeals to families, youth
May 27, 2014

Jamie Parry wasn't entirely joking when he remarked that a 4 p.m. Sunday Mass gives his family extra time to get ready.

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Abbey leader speaks at SUNY Geneseo
Abbey leader speaks at SUNY Geneseo
December 6, 2013

Although SUNY Geneseo's campus lies barely five miles from Abbey of the Genesee, it's rare for any of the abbey's Trappist monks to venture even that short distance because they are cloistered.

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

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

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Avon school, village recall Sept. 11 attacks
Avon school, village recall Sept. 11 attacks
September 13, 2013

Although they're too young to remember Sept. 11, 2001, students at St. Agnes School in Avon are well aware of its significance.

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Living rosary planned for October
September 10, 2013
Migrant women gather for learning, fun
Migrant women gather for learning, fun
May 2, 2013

A group of migrant women have taken on knitting as part of group activities that began last summer.

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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
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
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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After fire, Chili parishioners eager to rebuild
After fire, Chili parishioners eager to rebuild
January 5, 2015

A fire at St. Pius Tenth caused severe damage to the Chili church Jan. 1, but parishioners are already uniting with an eagerness to rebuild.

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Family gives big check after homeless displaced
Family gives big check after homeless displaced
December 23, 2014

The story of the homeless living outside in the cold in Rochester had the makings of a sad Christmas tale. Until the miracle.

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Advocates raising funds after homeless encampment removed
Advocates raising funds after homeless encampment removed
December 22, 2014

Advocates for the homeless are attempting to raise funds for a long-term housing option for the chronically homeless after the city of Rochester bulldozed an encampment under the Frederick Douglass-Susan B. Anthony Memorial Bridge Dec. 20.

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Friendly Rush parish celebrates 150 years
Friendly Rush parish celebrates 150 years
December 5, 2014

The first Sunday that Gene and Marilyn Zientara attended St. Joseph Church in Rush, they were impressed by the friendliness of the parishioners.

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Bishop calls for unity during Christmas celebration
Bishop calls for unity during Christmas celebration
December 29, 2014

Speaking to a full church during Christmas Day Mass, Bishop Salvatore R. Matano called for unity among the faithful as the Latin Mass community transitions to its new home in Irondequoit.

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Penfield Knights say service is key to growth
Penfield Knights say service is key to growth
December 5, 2014
Nonprofits reap from festival
December 5, 2014

When Lynn Sullivan, CEO of Holy Sepulchre Cemetery and Ascension Garden, met Ken Zablotny, social business manager of Healthy Sisters Soup and Bean Works, at a Catholic Family Center event, the idea for a new fundraiser was planted in her mind.

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Red Mass inspires legal professionals
Red Mass inspires legal professionals
October 27, 2014

At the Red Mass held for legal professionals, Bishop Salvatore R. Matano told those working in the profession that their decisions should be guided by faith.

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Bowling, adoration, talks set for young adults
December 24, 2014

St. Kateri Parish in Irondequoit is hosting a young-adult series for Catholics in their 20s and 30s to connect during the holidays.

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Craft sale planned
December 5, 2014

Catholic Moms of Rochester will host a Holiday Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 13 at Holy Cross Church School cafeteria, 4492 Lake Ave., Rochester.

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Executive director wins big prize for Neighborhood Center
December 5, 2014

Sister of St. Joseph Christine Wagner, executive director and cofounder of St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center, won the 2014 Farash Prize for Social Entrepreneurship Nov. 5.

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Deacon sessions set
November 7, 2014

There will be deacon information sessions at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at Church of the Assumption, 20 East Ave., Fairport., and 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at the diocesan Pastoral Center's Bishop Hickey Conference Center, 1150 Buffalo Road, Gates.

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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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St. Rita marathon supports charity
St. Rita marathon supports charity
October 22, 2014

On October 4, the St. Rita School Community had its 28th Annual MARATHON Saturday.

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

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

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St. Rita Fiesta 5k a success
St. Rita Fiesta 5k a success
June 17, 2014

Nearly 200 runners and walkers gathered May 31 to take part in the inaugural running of the St. Rita Fiesta 5k in Webster.

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Auburn parish to host Matthew Kelly's talk
May 12, 2014

Well-known Catholic speaker and New York Times best-selling author Matthew Kelly will be in Auburn May 31 to present his "Living Every Day With Passion and Purpose" retreat.

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Empty Bowls events yield big rewards
October 4, 2013
Auburn Mass honors deceased infants
August 7, 2013

Each year on the first Tuesday evening in August dozens of people gather in the infant section of St. Joseph Cemetery in Auburn.

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Chiropractic college to hold memorial for Father Richard Murphy
June 12, 2013

A memorial service for Father Richard "Murph" Murphy will be held at the New York Chiropractic College June 20.

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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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Group's mission is spreading rosary
Group's mission is spreading rosary
December 5, 2014

The discovery of two beat-up old rosaries inspired a Romulus woman to start a group that has created more than 10,000 rosaries and given them away to people all over the world.

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Auburn organist is parish treasure
Auburn organist is parish treasure
December 5, 2014

When the organist at St. Mary Parish in Auburn passed away, Muriel Hickey agreed to step in and play at the parish until a replacement organist was found.

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Mother's faith saved future priest
Mother's faith saved future priest
November 7, 2014

Abortion is a hot-button issue for many people, but it's more than just a topic of debate for Father Jan Kusyk, a priest of the Archdiocese of Kingston, Ontario, in Canada.

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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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Donations for Nicaragua projected needed
August 5, 2014

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

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Fidelis Care expands into Seneca, Yates counties
July 9, 2014
Auburn school to perform Disney play
May 12, 2014

St. Joseph School in Auburn will present "Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Jr." on June 3 at 7 p.m. at Cayuga Community College's Bisgrove Theater.

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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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Artwork showcases Jesus' lineage
Artwork showcases Jesus' lineage
December 5, 2014

Since the beginning of his organ-playing days at St. Ann Church some 60 years ago, John Bartell has frequently claimed the closest seat in the house to a striking piece of art.

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Knights connect with community
November 4, 2014

Members of the Knights of Columbus were out in full force at the Interstate 86 rest stop in Campbell Aug. 16-17, getting ready for ... the holidays.

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Third order groups flourish in Tier
November 4, 2014

On Oct. 4, more than 50 people gathered in Painted Post to honor a saint they emulate year-round.

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

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

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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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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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All Saints Academy honors congressman
All Saints Academy honors congressman
June 26, 2012

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, left, and his wife Jean Reed were honored during the All Saints Academy eighth grade graduation on June 20.

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St. Joseph Church celebrates 140 years
September 14, 2011

On Sunday, Aug. 28, Bishop Matthew H. Clark celebrated a special Mass marking the 140th anniversary of St. Joseph Church in Campbell.

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Hornell school remembers fallen student
June 2, 2011

On June 3, 1956, David Gozelski, a third-grade student at St. Ann School in Hornell, drowned tragically. His family has remembered him in prayer all these 55 years -- and David's memory was honored in a special way earlier in 2011.

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Changes take hold in Southern Tier
July 8, 2014
Tier marchers brave frigid conditions
January 30, 2014

Weather conditions were so severe for the March for Life Jan. 22 that some groups from the Diocese of Rochester had to cancel their trips to Washington, D.C. However, Southern Tier contingents from Ithaca and Horseheads did make it.

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Tompkins' Catholics unite for peace events
October 4, 2013

"Violence and war are never the way to peace," Pope Francis emphasized Sept. 7 during a day of fasting and prayer for Syria, the Middle East and other places affected by strife.

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New Ithaca principal 'really excited'
New Ithaca principal 'really excited'
August 7, 2013

Immaculate Conception School lies in a renowned academic community, and Don Mills wants to see the school fully reflect its surroundings.

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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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Students embrace faith on campus
Students embrace faith on campus
September 29, 2014

Away from home, college students find similarity and support through the Catholic ministries at Cornell University and Ithaca College.

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

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

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Longtime Tier pastors move on
Longtime Tier pastors move on
June 4, 2014

There's a guy in Tioga County who's well-known for washing dishes and taking the garbage out after church events.

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St. James Church to host rummage sale
November 5, 2014

St. James Church in Waverly will hold its annual rummage sale Nov. 14-15.

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Trumansburg bazaar set for Nov. 1
October 16, 2014

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

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Sister honored at Tompkins parish
October 16, 2014

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

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Ithaca prayer initiative welcomes participants
October 16, 2014

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

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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