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Lenten regulations 2017

All adults, from the completion of their 18th year to the beginning of their 60th year, are expected to fast. All who have completed their 14th year are bound by abstinence. All Fridays in the season of Lent are days of abstinence. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are both days…


Almsgiving as an act of mercy

By Paul Senz Catholic News Service We all recognize Lent as a time of sacrifice, a time to prepare ourselves for the commemoration of Jesus Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection. Traditionally, there are three pillars of this intensely spiritual and ascetic period that can help us grow in charity and…


‘Powerful, powerful’: IGNITE 2017 Men’s Conference

‘The King’s Men’ co-founder among speakers at OCC By Tom Maguire Associate editor Mark Houck gives about 65 talks a year, spending up to four months away from his wife, his five children, and his home 45 minutes outside Philadelphia. Wherever he goes, he tries to inspire men to be leaders, protectors,…


Fasting: A way of ‘deepening our spiritual life’

By David Gibson Catholic News Service Fasting is a paradox for Christians. It encompasses seemingly contradictory intentions.    First, fasting appears to possess a negative quality. It asks us to do less of something — to eat less, to reduce the amount of our TV viewing or curtail our spending…


Ways to pray during Lent

By Effie Caldarola Catholic News Service “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.”    These words are from Scripture, in 1 Samuel, Chapter 3. The young boy Samuel, the future prophet, awakens the aged Eli because he thinks he has been called by him. But Eli recognizes that it is…


Ash Wednesday: Rituals and symbols

By Paul Senz Catholic News Service Our society is not one that readily embraces the idea of sacrifice. There is little recognition of the profound benefits of self-denial and of giving completely of oneself to others — and to God.    All the more reason, then, for us as Catholics…



Dental service shows off new suite to potential volunteers

By Tom Maguire, Associate editor A lighthearted dental clinic? Non-gaseous smiles and laughter? It can happen with the blessings of the bishop. Amaus Dental Services, which offers free dental care in Syracuse for people who are financially fragile or uninsured, erupted in celebration of its renovation and expansion Feb. 10.  Bishop…



61 become new Americans in ceremony at Grimes

By Renée K. Gadoua, Contributing writer Joan Pablo Prieto came to Syracuse from Cuba after a friend told him about the community. He came, liked what he saw, and stayed. Five years later, he took the Oath of Allegiance during a Feb. 8 ceremony at Bishop Grimes Jr./Sr. High School in…