2016 News



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Blessing of the Bambinelli

Parishes and schools in the Diocese of Syracuse participated in a long papal tradition this Advent season: the Blessing of the Bambinelli.     On the Third Sunday of Advent, the children of Rome bring the Christ Child — the Bambinelli — from their family mangers to St. Peter’s Square…


Father David J. Baehr remembered

By Katherine Long, Editor Father David J. Baehr, a retired priest of the Diocese of Syracuse residing in Florida, died Nov. 23, 2016. In the days that followed, his life was celebrated during Masses in both Florida and New York. Father Baehr’s Funeral Mass was celebrated Dec. 2 at St. Frances…


Pope meets movie director Martin Scorsese

American screens film about persecution of Christians By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service    VATICAN CITY — The morning after screening his film “Silence” for about 300 Jesuits, U.S. director Martin Scorsese had a private audience with Pope Francis.    During the 15-minute audience Nov. 30, Pope Francis told Scorsese that he…


‘You give it your all’

Immaculata Awards honor spirit of volunteerism By Tom Maguire Associate editor The Solemn Vespers served to “sanctify the day.” The ceremony that followed rewarded the days and nights, the weekdays and weekends.    More than 100 volunteers who have donated countless hours to more than 80 parishes in the diocese’s four regions…



‘Everybody becomes family’

Thanksgiving at Mother Marianne’s West Side Kitchen Submitted by Bob Stronach, OFS Chairman, Mother Marianne’s  West Side Kitchen Advisory Board    UTICA — Kevin Shelanskey called the 27 volunteers together to give last-minute Thanksgiving Day instructions prior to opening the doors at Mother Marianne’s West Side Kitchen (at St. Joseph –…


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Obituary Father David J. Baehr

  Father David J. Baehr, a retired priest of the Diocese of Syracuse residing in Florida, died Nov. 23, 2016.    Father Baehr was born on December 15, 1938, to parents Rosalie (Hogan) Baehr and George Baehr.    He was educated at St. John Parochial School, Oswego Catholic High School, and…


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2016 Immaculata Award honorees

2016 Immaculata Award honorees Now in their sixth year in the Diocese of Syracuse, the Immaculata Awards were instituted by Bishop Robert J. Cunningham to recognize the “unsung heroes in our midst who build up our parish communities by extraordinary service.” Recipients are nominated for the award by their pastors…