2012 News

Lighting the way

The “Rosary 10” are on a quest for peace By Dyann Nashton Sun contributing writer It started out as a song. Then it was two songs. Then with music resonating in their hearts, just a handful of Most Holy Rosary School’s children decided they could light up the world for…


Hungry for help

Without long-term support, Assumption Food Pantry faces closure Pasta, rice and canned vegetables were among the staples Santi and Januka Sapkot selected during their visit to the food pantry at the Franciscan Church of the Assumption on Syracuse’s north side Dec. 4. The items, the couple said, would help create…


‘Unsung heroes in our midst’

Honored with Immaculata Awards Lay volunteers from more than 60 parishes across the diocese were honored with Immaculata Awards  for service during a special vespers service and awards ceremony at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse Dec. 9.    Created and first presented by Bishop Robert Cunningham in…


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Vocation Awareness Week

When you receive this column we will be in the midst of National Vocation Awareness Week, celebrated January 13-19. This annual event earmarks a time for dioceses and parishes to consider their role in the important work of promoting the role of the ordained ministry and consecrated life to men…


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Advent thoughts

Prepare the Way of the Lord, make straight his paths” (Is 40:3). The word Advent means “coming” or “presence.” During Advent we celebrate the coming, the presence of God in the world and in our lives. We commemorate His coming in the Incarnation, prepare to welcome Him at the end…


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New years resolutions

May God the source and origin of all blessings, grant you grace, pour out his blessings in abundance, and keep you safe from all harm throughout the year” (Roman Missal, Solemn Blessing for January 1). May 2013 be a year of grace for all of us.    Traditionally “resolutions” are…


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Benedict VXI: Father and Teacher

It was February 1964 and the First Week of Lent. It was my first retreat in the major seminary and it left a lasting impression. There have been annual retreats since then, but the preacher, Father John Baptist Pesce, CP, developed his retreat around the need for the seminarians to…


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Marriage Jubilee

Sunday, Feb. 10 was a joyous occasion! Married couples from throughout the diocese joined me at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for the celebration of their jubilees. [Turn to pages 8 and 9 of this issue to see photos from the Mass.] Gathered at the Eucharist, we gave thanks…


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A message for Lent

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,    Following the story of the Transfiguration, there is a wonderful healing story in the Synoptic Gospels. There is a crowd gathered around Jesus’ disciples, who are trying unsuccessfully to heal a boy brought to them by his father. Jesus enters the scene,…


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Mary: Woman of Faith

As I prepare to write my column this week it is late Sunday afternoon, the Feast of Christ the King which begins the last week of Ordinary Time. It will soon be dark and it is only 4:30. Surely you too have noticed that the hours of daylight are decreasing….