Articles by The Catholic Sun

Basketball helps priests teach New Jersey students about vocations

By Mary Stadnyk and Rich Fisher Catholic News Service HOLMDEL, N.J. (CNS) — Students at St. John Vianney High School expected their recent pep rally to be fun, colorful and filled with good-natured competition. But they were completely taken by surprise during the pre-Christmas celebration when six priests ran out…


Mercy sisters embark on solidarity week with immigrants via social media

By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — In a strongly worded message prior to National Migration Week Jan.7-13, the president of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas expressed solidarity with migrants and called on others to stop “blaming migrants and fanning anti-immigrant sentiment that divides our nation.” “We renew…


Churches no longer exempt from FEMA disaster aid

By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency is revising its policies to no longer exclude houses of worship from applying for federal aid to recover from damages caused by natural disasters. The policy change was outlined in the agency’s revised 217-page manual: “Public…


Sound of music: Vatican offers ordinary choirs extraordinary venues

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Fifteen-year-old show choir member Molly Biggs of Topeka, Kansas, thought her biggest singing break would be performing in Kansas City. As the New Year dawned, she wasn’t in Kansas anymore. She was standing in St. Peter’s Square Jan. 3 —…


Catholic program for abandoned babies may have saved Edmonton newborn

By Catholic News Service EDMONTON, Alberta (CNS) — A safe-haven program called Angel Cradle, operated by Covenant Health, may have saved a newborn baby’s life. A healthy baby was dropped off at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital in Edmonton within the past six months under the Angel Cradle program that…


Don’t confess other’s faults, own up to sins, pope says at audience

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Fear and the shame of admitting one’s own sins leads to pointing fingers and accusing others rather than recognizing one’s own faults, Pope Francis said. “It’s difficult to admit being guilty, but it does so much good to confess…



Most Holy Rosary, Holy Family Basketball Teams to Face Off This Saturday

The third and fourth grade boy’s basketball teams from Most Holy Rosary and Holy Family School in Syracuse will face off in an exhibition game on Saturday, January 13. The match off will take place at halftime during the LeMoyne College basketball game at approximately 3:45 pm.    The opportunity was coordinated by parent-coaches and the LeMoyne…


Assumption Church Hires Incredibly Talented Music Director

Friar Rick, Pastor of Assumption Church, is excited to announce the hiring of accomplished organist and composer Mr. Charles Rus as Music Director of Assumption Church.  A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Charles received degrees from the Eastman School of Music, the University of Michigan, and, as a Fulbright Scholar, the…