2011 Archives

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DPC covers HOPE Appeal survey and faith formation

By Connie BerrySun editor Sometimes survey results provoke thoughtful consideration. The diocese recently took a close look at parishes’ perception of the HOPE Appeal and its ministries — including The Catholic Sun. At the Nov. 19 Diocesan Pastoral Council (DPC) meeting, the results were revealed and explained by Dr. Eileen…


making room — and an inn

By Katherine LongSun associate editor It’s the time of year when a familiar scene starts popping up in churches and homes: the infant Jesus, snug in a manger, flanked by proud parents Mary and Joseph and perhaps some curious livestock. That nativity scene comes from the Gospel of Luke, which…


Catholic school students to compete in Irish dancing competition

By Claudia MathisStaff writer Regina Dziergas, eighth grader at Christian Brothers Academy, is extremely excited. She will be competing along with 53 other dancers from the Johnston School of Irish Dance at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Competition, better known as Oireachtas. The Oireachtas, a gathering of top dancers from schools in…

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The new texts of the Roman Missal: part III

The Liturgy of the Eucharist and the Eucharistic prayer By Father Joseph ScardellaSun contributing writer Since Vatican Council II Catholics have been learning that the Mass consists of two principal parts: the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of te Eucharist. These two form an inseparable unity. “The two…


Couple honored for years of service

By Katherine LongSun associate editor One day, Lucy Distin had to make a visit to the hospital. Her husband, Deacon Leslie Distin, always by her side, accompanied her. Just as they were getting into the elevator, someone saw Les. The deacon was told his services were needed urgently. Could he…


The faces of Africa

by Connie BerrySun editor From Oct. 9 to 21, I traveled to Kenya and Malawi with two other Catholic journalists, Patricia Zapor from Catholic News Service and Liz Quirin, editor of the Belleville Messenger. The trip was led by Jen Hardy and John Rivera, both in the communications department at…


Youngest & oldest parishes celebrate their faith

By Elizabeth L. PrattSun contributing writer Historic Old St. John’s Church in Utica and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Baldwinsville are the oldest and youngest, respectively,  parishes in the Syracuse Diocese. As the diocese celebrates 125 years this month, the stories of each of these parish communities — founded…


New mosaic celebrates Bl. Mother Marianne

By Connie BerrySun editor When it came to deciding what a fitting tribute to Bl. Mother Marianne Cope — who is on track to become the first “Saint of Syracuse” —might be, Bishop Robert Cunningham knew where to look. He contacted his old friend, Brian Baker, president and owner of…


The museum goes to the museum

By Edward Long and Mickey BruceSun contributing writers One of the best kept secrets in the Syracuse Diocese is the existence of an extensive museum in the basement of the Chancery. This beautiful collection of rare, priceless and sentimental artifacts reflects the history of our local and universal church and…


Bishops of the diocese of syracuse

Most Rev. Patrick Anthony Ludden  1887 ~ 1912 Bishop Patrick A. Ludden, first bishop of Syracuse, was born on Feb. 4, 1836 in County Mayo, Ireland. His motto was “Justice and Peace.”  He frequently spoke out against Bible reading in public schools and strongly supported municipal ownership of Skaneateles water….