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The priest who made good friends everywhere

Father Vavonese retires — sort of — with gratitude and humility By Tom Maguire Associate editor As a high school student, Father Charles S. Vavonese performed big numbers with a lot of choreography and great singing in the chorus for the Pompeian Players’ “almost professional” Broadway shows.    “The Pompeian…


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Bread-making sweetens Vacation Bible School

Activity helps children view the ‘Church as One’ By Tom Maguire Associate editor When one’s name goes on a product, one takes particular care.    On Day 3 — bread-making day — at Vacation Bible School, 46 children from eight nations filled the St. Vincent’s kitchen and church hall to make…



Good News Foundation celebrates 25 years

By Dyann Nashton Contributing writer A quarter of a century can be as fleeting as the beat of a heart. But in that time, programs can be conceived, people can be welcomed and lives can be renewed. This is how it has been for the Good News Foundation of CNY,…


Retirements, appointments, and reappointments in the diocese

Numerous pastoral changes have occurred in the diocese. Below is a list of all retirements, appointments, and reappointments to date, arranged alphabetically by the priest’s last name. Changes were effective July 1 unless otherwise noted. Rev. Paul J. Alciati, pastor of St. Margaret’s Church in Homer, has been reappointed for…



A pilgrimage to religious (and sports) shrines

The trip includes stops at churches and Erin Hills, site of the U.S. Open golf championship. Submitted by Regina Harty The next time your husband says, “Let’s go to a great sporting event” (in my case, the U.S. Open, Erin Hills, Wis.), say “YES!” and start googling religious shrines in…


Camillus couple moved by memorials in Poland

They explore their heritage on a pilgrimage with Father Jozef. Submitted By Pam Stepien How would you like to go to Poland? In our church bulletin at Holy Family in Syracuse was the blurb “Fr. Jozef Mucha, our former parochial vicar, is planning a pilgrimage to Poland from May 15-26, 2017. Tour stops…


Thoughts on a historic gathering

By Greg Erlandson Catholic News Service    WASHINGTON (CNS) — The first century of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has concluded with its organization of an unprecedented and powerful gathering of Catholics in Orlando, Fla.    With the somewhat ungainly title of “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of…


Utica’s Healthy Redo

MVHS moving ahead with plans for new hospital By Tom Maguire Associate editor It’s a medical mystery — of the benign and welcome kind.    As of now, no one knows what the name of Utica’s new $480 million hospital will be. And although NBBJ, an international architectural firm that has produced…