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Our Lady of Good Counsel celebrates 75 years

By Deacon Tom Picciano Contributing writer ENDICOTT — “This was all field out here,” said Norma Bidwell.   Bidwell, a charter member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, doesn’t recall much about the church being built 75 years ago, but she remembers winning a statue there as the building first…


Holy Week across the diocese

Palm Sunday        Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord began Holy Week March 20. The Church celebrated Jesus’ triumphant entrance into Jerusalem with a procession of palms, as seen at right at Holy Trinity Church in Utica, and the reading of the Passion narrative. Chrism Mass   …


Furry friends help reluctant readers

By Dyann Nashton Contributing writer    UTICA — It’s all gone to the dogs at Notre Dame Elementary School. But in the meantime, some hesitant students are also becoming better readers.    The school’s Reluctant Readers program allows a few furry friends into the building to be read to by…


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Mercy Encountered: The Church

Father Christopher R. Seibt Contributing writer Editor’s note: During the Holy Year of Mercy, Father Christopher R. Seibt will explore various aspects of the jubilee in a series of Sun columns. This is the third column in the series. “Father, I am spiritual, but not religious.” This is a common phrase uttered…


Mother Angelica, founder of EWTN, dies after long illness

   BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (CNS) — Mother Angelica, who founded the Eternal Word Television Network and turned it into one of the world’s largest religious media operations, died March 27 at age 92.    Feisty and outspoken, she was a major controversial figure in the U.S. church in the closing decades…



Holy Thursday ‘church hopping’ with IHM & SJW

Visitation, or “church hopping” in modern parlance, 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 seven different Altars of Repose to venerate the Blessed Sacrament, spending the evening with the Lord. Immaculate Heart of…


An Easter message from Bishop Robert J. Cunningham

Dear Friends in Christ, “And behold Jesus met them on their way and greeted them” (Mt 28:9). As Mary Magdalen, “fearful but overjoyed,” ran to tell the disciples that Jesus’ tomb was empty, the Lord met her along the way. This is the remarkable and hope-filled good news of Easter….


Catholic school talent takes center stage

By Katherine Long Editor   EAST SYRACUSE — Bishop Grimes Jr./Sr. High School presented its sixth annual Music and Arts Showcase March 18, featuring the talents of students from six of the diocese’s Catholic schools.    Bishop Grimes, Blessed Sacrament, Holy Cross, Most Holy Rosary, St. Rose of Lima and…