2016 News


St. Margaret’s debuts new floor, hosts tourney

By Katherine Long Editor Panther pride was riding high Nov. 11 as St. Margaret’s School in Mattydale kicked off a weekend of basketball on its newly refurbished gym floor.     St. Margaret’s received a $10,500 grant from the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation that allowed for the repair, repainting,…


Tim Mahar hired to run diocesan Foundation

Veteran collegiate fundraiser ready to collaborate By Tom Maguire Associate editor The Foundation has found its maestro.    Timothy J. Mahar, of Baldwinsville, has been hired as the first Executive Director of the Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse.    He is excited about promoting it this month on Syracuse…



Teens encouraged to ‘seek and serve’

By Katherine Long Editor Some 380 teens from seven area parishes were encouraged to “seek and serve” during a special retreat experience held at Bishop Ludden Jr./Sr. High School in Syracuse Nov. 13.    “Our goal is that they [the teens] seek Jesus in their lives and our hope is…


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New year brings new formation opportunities for catechists

By Katherine Long Editor Parish Faith Formation students won’t be the only ones growing in faith this school year — their catechists and catechetical leaders will have new opportunities to continue their formation as well.    The Office of Faith Formation is bringing three new avenues for foundational and continuing…


Ludden’s Oscar Vergara is Coach of the Year again

By Tom Maguire Associate editor For once, don’t listen to the coach. Ignore his eyes; they’ll deceive you. But watch for the last-second twitch of his hips; otherwise, he’ll put the soccer ball right behind you, into the goal.    Every trick of a lethal shooter of penalty kicks resides…


Eight deacons reflect on hitting milestones

By Tom Maguire Associate editor Time has gone by quickly for the eight deacons who are celebrating jubilees this year. They are enjoying their ministry, and they have many stories to tell.    Two key qualities that emerge from interviews with the group are humility and flexibility. One of the…


Mercy Extended: The Spiritual Works of Mercy

By Father Christopher R. Seibt  Contributing writer   Editor’s note: Pope Francis declared an Extraordinary Jubilee, a Holy Year of Mercy, which began Dec. 8, 2015, and will conclude Nov. 20. Father Christopher R. Seibt has explored various aspects of the jubilee in a series of Sun columns throughout the…


Flags for Heroes & Families fly in Utica

By Tom Loughlin, Jr. Sun contributing writer Utica’s Good News Center presented its Flags for Heroes & Families display and celebration on Utica’s Parkway Nov. 5-12. Proceeds from flag dedications honoring more than 1,000 veterans and active members of the armed forces will support The Good News Center’s work with military…