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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…



‘Lifesaving’ Upstate Cord Blood Bank opens

By Tom Maguire, Associate editor Sometimes, being a hero is effortless.  The Upstate Cord Blood Bank opened with a ceremony Feb. 9 at a new hilltop building in Syracuse. Central and Northern New York mothers who give birth are encouraged to donate the umbilical cord blood so its stem cells can…


St. James students deliver gifts to police on Day of Service

   JOHNSON CITY — St. James School third graders visited the Johnson City Police Department Jan. 30, delivering gift boxes to express their gratitude. The visit took place on the diocesan-wide Day of Service that kicked off Catholic Schools Week. In addition to some treats, the boxes included a medal…


Literacy Camp Out at Rome Catholic

   ROME — Rome Catholic School held a Literacy Camp Out Feb. 2 as part of its Catholic Schools Week celebrations. Each class had a “campsite” in the gym with a tent and “campfire.” Local community leaders and celebrities read to the children at each campsite.    Catholic Schools Week…


How a marriage strengthens and grows

By David Gibson Catholic News Service Marriage is like a crucible. At least Pope Francis appears to think so.    But how is marriage anything like a crucible in which, for example, metal is melted in order to be remolded into a new shape?    Actually, Pope Francis compared all…