2015 News

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Life of Father Paul Slavetskas celebrated at memorial Mass

By Father Donald Bourgeois Contributing writer Approximately 20 brother priests gathered at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Binghamton Dec. 11 for a memorial Mass in honor of Father Paul Slavetskas, who died on Nov. 27. The concelebrants joining Bishop Robert J. Cunningham included Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Costello and Father Paul Carey, a…


Cracking the code

By Katherine Long Editor Building blocks were everywhere in the St. Margaret’s School computer lab Dec. 8, from the computer programming lessons being taught, to the lines of code being manipulated, to the structures being created in the virtual Minecraft world onscreen.


Christmas Mass air times

The students and staff of St. Rose of Lima School in North Syracuse helped Bishop Robert J. Cunningham celebrate Christmas Mass that will air on television stations across the diocese. Air times and photos from the Mass are below. Eastern Region • WKTV Channel 2: Dec. 25, 6 a.m. Southern Region…


Cobras beat Spartans in season’s first home game

By Paul Cifonelli Contributing writer The Bishop Grimes Cobras boys basketball team began their season with new head coach Bob McKenney Nov. 27, bringing home an 84-54 victory over Mount Markham in their first-round game of the NBT Bank Tournament at Oneida. The following day, the Cobras defeated Vernon-Verona-Sherrill 82-62…



Life of Father John Comeskey celebrated

By Dyann Nashton Contributing writer Friends and family recently joined together in prayer for the repose of the soul of Father John H. Comeskey at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Utica. Father Comeskey passed on Nov. 28 after nearly 60 years as a devoted diocesan priest. His Mass of…


Knit one, prayer two

By Pat Shea Associate editor A year ago, Franciscan Sister Alvera O’Grady, 91, a resident at Franciscan Villa on Buckley Road in Liverpool, watched with interest as aide Amanda LaFrance, 26, created a knitted hat on a loom.   “I asked her what she was doing and she explained that in…


Immaculatas honor service

By Katherine Long Editor Ninety-seven lay volunteers from 78 parishes across the diocese were honored for their service at the annual Immaculata Awards celebration held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse Dec. 6.


And a little child shall lead them

Start a new tradition with the Blessing of the Bambinelli By Pat Shea Associate editor Holiday traditions provide a wonderful opportunity to share the importance of faith and create special memories that can last a lifetime. This year, the Diocese of Syracuse invites all parishes to join in a special…


The faces of our family The Ayeil family

By Katherine Long Editor Bang Ayeil and Adit Meukuir, parishioners of St. Vincent de Paul Church in Syracuse, are the proud parents of Naywel, a 6th grader at Cathedral Academy at Pompei; Deng, a CAP 4th grader; and Nafoni, 18 months. Bang and Adit originally hail from South Sudan; they…