2011 Archives


Father O’Connor takes the Ironman challenge

Q. You recently competed in an Ironman competition in Florida. Can you describe the competition? A.  The Ironman Triathlon came into existence in Hawaii in 1977, which happens to be the year I was born. That year, an argument arose among a group of athletes over who was more fit…

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Jail Ministry brings Christmas to Justice Center

By Katherine LongSun associate editor Every year, the Christmas season seems to start a little earlier — decorations appear before Thanksgiving turkeys hit tables, holiday sale circulars fall out of the newspaper as soon as the Halloween candy’s marked down. Jail Ministry might have all the retailers beat, however: their…

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Justice for immigrants?

By Paul WelchSun contributing writer In 2003 the Bishops of Mexico and the U.S. developed five key principles for the migration of peoples between the two nations. In the document, Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope, these principles were laid out as follows: 1. People have a…

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Diocese promotes safe environment for all children

By Jacqueline FarrellSun contributing writer Pick up a newspaper these days and you see endless accounts of both the Penn State and Syracuse University scandals involving key leadership in and around these academic communities. When we read about this kind of social tragedy we can turn away, or, more responsibly,…

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Sister Elizabeth Urbanek, OSF

Sister Elizabeth Urbanek, 93, went home to God on Dec. 4 at Jolenta Convent. She was born in Utica, NY, to John and Matilda Pluta Urbanek. She was a Sister of St. Francis for 74 years. Sister Elizabeth was missioned in many convents in New York and New Jersey, including…

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Sister Mary Laurence Hanley, OSF

Sister Mary Laurence, 86, embraced death on Dec. 2 at Jolenta Convent. She was born in Syracuse, NY, to Anthony and Madalen Bukowsky Hanley. She was a Sister of St. Francis for 67 years. Sister received a bachelor’s degree from Le Moyne College, a master’s degree from Catholic University in…

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The Communion Rite and concluding Rites: The Roman Missal

By Father Joseph ScardellaSun contributing writer Our reflection on the new texts of the Roman Missal now brings us to reflect upon the Communion Rite.  The Communion Rite begins with the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer.  After sharing the Sign of Peace, which underlies our unity through the mystery of…


Love and loss at Christmas

By Katherine LongSun associate editor Christmas has always been my favorite time of year, a magical season of family and tradition and joy and love. This year, however, the prospect of Christmas has filled me with a creeping dread. This holiday season will be the first without my mother-in-law Karen….