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Basilica’s Blessed 125th

Polish themes abound at anniversary Mass By Tom Maguire Associate editor The variety of service projects suggests that the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Syracuse proceeds diligently through the decades.    “There’s always something going on,” said Father Andrew E. Baranski, the rector.    “Always,” added Phil Felice, parish…


The judge rules: Get ye some hobbies!

Msgr. Elmer loves his bagpipes, flowers, and  baseball By Tom Maguire Associate editor So gifted at signage, Msgr. Timothy S. Elmer nevertheless threw away a chance to be an Olean restaurateur.    When he was studying for his master’s degree in history at St. Bonaventure University, the monsignor worked nights as a…


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,…




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…