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Health care presentation at St. Cecilia’s

   The Respect Life Committee from St. Cecilia’s Parish is sponsoring an inspirational presentation, “What’s (on) Your Health Care ‘Bucket List’?”, to be held on Saturday, February 11, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in St. Cecilia’s Denti Hall, 1001 Woods Rd., Solvay. Registration and coffee at 8:30 a.m. The Advanced Care Directive “Planning Tools” (eg. Health Care Proxy, MOLST,…


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High point for Christmas toys

   Holy Family School in Syracuse held a blessing of the Christmas toys on Jan. 4.    “This is a fitting way to let our children know that God, our Father, is a part of everything we do,” the principal, Sister Christina Marie Luczynski, said in an email. “For children,…


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Melara announced as interim Catholic Charities executive director

   Bishop Robert J. Cunningham announced Dec. 22 that Michael Melara, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Onondaga County, would be assuming the role of Interim Catholic Charities & Community Services Executive Director, effective Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. Joe Slavik retired as the Executive Director at the end of 2016, after 42 years of…



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Obituary Deacon Thomas L. Kane

  On Thursday, Nov. 10, Deacon Thomas L. Kane, 64, of Syracuse went to his eternal resting place, where he joined his parents, John and Jean Fehr Kane, sister, Barbara Kane Baker, and brother, David Kane.     Deacon Tom was employed as a buyer at Onondaga Community College. He was previously employed…


Cazenovia group visits St. Patrick’s Cathedral

   Msgr. Robert T. Ritchie, Rector of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan, explains the archbishop’s chair — called a cathedra — to visitors from St. James Church in Cazenovia on Dec. 10. The St. James Cazenovia High School Youth Group took a private tour of the cathedral. Msgr. Ritchie told the…


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An even higher honor for Ludden’s Coach Vergara

By Tom Maguire Associate editor    Bishop Ludden Junior-Senior High School boys varsity soccer Coach Oscar Vergara has been named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Private/Parochial School East Region Coach of the Year. The East Region covers New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.    Last month, Coach…


Holy Cross class makes donation to Cathedral Restoration Fund

Submitted by Martha O’Leary Principal, Holy Cross School    MaryJo DiMento’s third grade class at Holy Cross School in DeWitt has contributed $51.18 to the restoration of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse.    Students got the idea after DiMento showed them a video about the restoration. The video showed the…


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Talks, signings for Kirst’s new book

   Sean Kirst, longtime Upstate journalist, writer, and storyteller who spent nearly 25 years as a columnist for the Syracuse Post-Standard and who has contributed to the Sun, has authored a new book: The Soul of Central New York: Syracuse Stories by Sean Kirst (Syracuse University Press) is a collection…


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2016 Immaculata Award honorees

2016 Immaculata Award honorees Now in their sixth year in the Diocese of Syracuse, the Immaculata Awards were instituted by Bishop Robert J. Cunningham to recognize the “unsung heroes in our midst who build up our parish communities by extraordinary service.” Recipients are nominated for the award by their pastors…