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Lenten regulations 2017

All adults, from the completion of their 18th year to the beginning of their 60th year, are expected to fast. All who have completed their 14th year are bound by abstinence. All Fridays in the season of Lent are days of abstinence. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are both days…


Catholic media may be remedy for challenges church faces, says CNS head

By Matthew Gambino, Catholic News Service WYNNEWOOD, Pa. (CNS) — Catholic news media might be the remedy for three of the greatest challenges facing the church in the United States today, according to a leading Catholic journalist who spoke Jan. 30 at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in suburban Philadelphia. Greg…


Even in dark times, never lose hope in God’s love, pope says

By Junno Arocho Esteves, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians must never lose hope and should remind themselves that God loves them even at their worst, Pope Francis said. God’s love provides “security” both in difficult moments and even when “I have done something terrible and evil,” the…


Dental service shows off new suite to potential volunteers

By Tom Maguire, Associate editor A lighthearted dental clinic? Non-gaseous smiles and laughter? It can happen with the blessings of the bishop. Amaus Dental Services, which offers free dental care in Syracuse for people who are financially fragile or uninsured, erupted in celebration of its renovation and expansion Feb. 10.  Bishop…



61 become new Americans in ceremony at Grimes

By Renée K. Gadoua, Contributing writer Joan Pablo Prieto came to Syracuse from Cuba after a friend told him about the community. He came, liked what he saw, and stayed. Five years later, he took the Oath of Allegiance during a Feb. 8 ceremony at Bishop Grimes Jr./Sr. High School in…



My Place in the Sun, February 16: Marriage Jubilee

Sunday, February 12, was a joyous occasion! Married couples from throughout the diocese joined me at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for the celebration of their jubilees. Gathered at the Eucharist we gave thanks to Almighty God for their example of fidelity and enduring love. The Marriage Jubilee is…


‘Lifesaving’ Upstate Cord Blood Bank opens

By Tom Maguire, Associate editor Sometimes, being a hero is effortless.  The Upstate Cord Blood Bank opened with a ceremony Feb. 9 at a new hilltop building in Syracuse. Central and Northern New York mothers who give birth are encouraged to donate the umbilical cord blood so its stem cells can…