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‘An encounter like no other’

Hundreds from diocese to attend March for Life By Tom Maguire Associate editor It is a long bus ride, so there is much time for reflection.    Every year, hundreds of people from the Diocese of Syracuse attend the March for Life in Washington, D.C. On the bus ride home, the pilgrims…


‘Best gift’ on Christmas: donated time

Mother Marianne’s West Side Kitchen serves 189 meals Submitted by Bob Stronach, OFS   UTICA — Robin Komorek of Waterville got her Christmas wish — to volunteer at Mother Marianne’s West Side Kitchen.    “She asked if I would give this to her for Christmas,” husband Chris said.     Daughter Toni Amodio…


Pope to diplomats: Break bad habits of war, injustice

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service    VATICAN CITY (CNS)  — At the start of a new year, Pope Francis laid out a laundry list of suggested resolutions for religious and political leaders for making a joint commitment toward building peace.    No conflict exists that is “a habit impossible…



Instruments of Peace

Christmas trees are down and stored away until next year or waiting curbside to be picked up. Holiday decorations are packed away. Little remains visible of Christmas 2016. Stores have moved on from Christmas bargains and are prepared for the next holiday. Walking into a store the other day, I…




Church kids build toy bears and make tykes’ day

“Yeah!” is the word for presentation party at Bellevue Elementary   By Tom Maguire Associate editor There are many ways to build a bear, but there is only one socially acceptable construct for a bear party.   “If you’re a reindeer sitting with the elves, you’re in the wrong section,” Terri Condon…


Funeral Mass celebrated for Msgr. John R. Madden

By Katherine Long Sun editor Family, friends, and parishioners filled the pews of St. Mary’s Church in Hamilton Aug. 13 for the Mass of Christian Burial of Msgr. John Madden, who passed away Aug. 10 at the age of 84.    A native of St. John the Evangelist Church in…


Brady Faith Center off to the farm

By Tom Maguire Associate editor    The Brady Faith Center, ever fond of gardens, has graduated to the farm.    In the Valley of Syracuse, a mouthwatering collection of plants has sprouted, drawing startled looks.    On a 5.8-acre lot where there was nothing but some grass and the ghost…