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Hospital pet therapy program

    To help patients with their healing process, St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center recently launched a therapy pet program.    Working with  Pet Partners of Syracuse, St. Joseph’s Hospital will have four separate animal/handler teams that will visit in two-hour blocks, first in the main lobby and waiting areas and later in…


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Safe Haven program

   FULTON — New York State Catholic Daughters of the Americas will host President/Director of Safe Haven, Timothy Jaccard, on Feb. 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the community room at the Fulton municipal building. Jaccard will speak on the need to offer women who abandon their babies a safe place to…


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Holy Hours for vocations

Bishop Robert J. Cunningham, in his pastoral letter Faith: A Gift Received a Treasure to be Shared, asks the people of the diocese to join him daily in prayer for vocations. On the first Friday of each month, Bishop Cunningham will lead a holy hour of adoration to pray for…


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Obituary Sister Mary Zita McLaughlin, DC

Sister Mary Zita McLaughlin, DC, passed away on Jan. 27, 2014 in Albany. A funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 31 at St. Louise House, followed by a Christian burial at St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands, N.Y.      Born in Skaneateles, N.Y., on Oct. 30, 1917, Sister Mary Zita was one…


CBA Student designs winning cover

   DEWITT — Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) junior Camille Cady–McCrea of Skaneateles received a $100 check from Brother Joseph Jozwiak (pictured above) for designing the winning program cover for the 25th annual CBA Lasallian Auction and Dinner. Students were asked to design a cover for the program based on this…


Sister Simone Campbell speaks at Peace Retreat

   LATHAM — Sisters of St. Joseph and laypeople from the Syracuse Diocese were among the one-hundred-plus people who attended the 2014 Annual Peace Retreat Jan. 17 – 18 in Latham, sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. At the retreat, attendees listened to Sister Simone Campbell, SS,…


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Presentation on the role of the laity

   BINGHAMTON — On Feb. 4 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the St. Patrick School library, Sister Lois Barton, CSJ, will consider the Second Vatican Council’s Decree on the Apostolate of Lay People. In this session she will explore what the Council said about lay people and how…


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Catholic Extension asks young Catholics to ‘make some noise’

    In response to Pope Francis’ continual call since World Youth Day 2013 to “make some noise,” Catholic Extension is encouraging youth nationwide to extend to beyond himself or herself with a day of prayer, service or philanthropy, and to document their “good works” with a video. Good works can…


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Weekend retreat for troubled marriages

   On March 14-16, Retrouvaille, a program that focuses on teaching communications skills between marriage partners, will hold a retreat at The Good News Center in Utica. This weekend experience aims to help couples find a new way of looking at themselves and one another.    Retrouvaille has helped marriages survive…


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St. Patrick’s to host open house

   ONEIDA — Parents throughout Madison County and western Oneida County will have the opportunity to learn more about St. Patrick’s School during an open house Saturday, Feb.1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school. There will also be a carnival with a magician and games, food and…