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Marking 40 years, annual HOPE Appeal will focus on family

By Katherine Long | Editor In December of 1977, Bishop Frank J. Harrison sent a letter to his brother priests in the Diocese of Syracuse, announcing a new initiative to fund the myriad critical services provided by the local Church. “The message we want to bring to the people is simply…


Holy Week across the diocese

Palm Sunday Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday. The Church recalls Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem with a procession of palms and reads the account of his Passion. On March 25, the communities of St. Joseph’s and St. Stephen’s in Oswego presented the annual Easter Traditions, with children, parents, and grandparents…


Tradition and history meet during Holy Thursday visitation

@SyracuseHistory takes on #CNYChurchCrawl By David Haas | Special to the Catholic Sun Editor’s note: Visitation is a long-standing Holy Thursday tradition. There are a few explanations of the tradition’s origins, but the devotion remains the same: the faithful visit Altars of Repose in churches to venerate the Blessed Sacrament, spending the…




Liverpool lector lights up Jeopardy! TV stage

Reader for St. Joseph the Worker Church stars on national show By Tom Maguire | Associate editor At St. Joseph the Worker Church in Liverpool, meticulous lector Ashley O’Mara has been told, “When you speak, I’m actually paying attention.” Many people across the country were paying attention March 12 when O’Mara appeared on…


We are witnesses

By Marcellino D’Ambrosio Catholic News Service In the teaching of the Second Vatican Council and all the popes since, we hear over and over again that evangelization is the primary task of the church. In fact, in 1990, St. John Paul II declared, “I sense that the moment has come…



Faith of hundreds fired up at IGNITE

Katherine Long | Editor Marking a decade of firing up men’s faith, the IGNITE Catholic Men’s Conference drew more than 800 men from across the diocese and beyond to Syracuse’s SRC Arena March 24 for a day of speakers, prayer, and fellowship.