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Parish cooking competition held

   The Taste of Holy Family cooking competition was held recently. More than 50 chefs and bakers representing three generations were present at the parish event that included raffles and a silent auction. Local merchants donated raffle prizes. Nick Cantello provided entertainment on piano.    Silent auction winners took home…

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Third Fortnight for Freedom to be observed June 21-July 4

   WASHINGTON (USCCB) — Catholic dioceses and parishes across the United States are once again encouraged to raise awareness for domestic and international religious freedom concerns during the third annual Fortnight for Freedom, June 21-July 4. The two-week celebration will focus on the theme “Freedom to Serve,” emphasizing the link…

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Religious jubilarians celebrated

Religious celebrating jubilees were honored at a special Mass at Immaculate Conception Church in Fayetteville May 28. Pictured above with Bishop Robert J. Cunningham and Msgr. James McCloskey are jubilarians following Mass; at right are jubilarians Sister Ruth Cecilia Dowd, CSJ, and Sister Colette Walter, OSF. Ad multos annos!

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Obituary Sister Rose Ballantine, MFIC

Sister Rose Ballantine, MFIC, was called home to God on May 20, 2014. She was born Kathleen Teresa (Catherine) Ballantine Aug. 24, 1925, to Michael and Margaret (Gillen) in Armagh, Northern Ireland. She and her sister May grew up in a loving home.    Sister Rose entered the Missionary Franciscan…

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Read to Feed

   UTICA — The students of Notre Dame Elementary School in Utica participated in Heifer International’s Read to Feed Program. Principal Mary Rossi challenged all students pre-K through sixth grade to read for 15 minutes a day for a month. The children asked for sponsors to support their reading efforts….

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St. Joseph Nursing Home requests help with garden

   UTICA — St. Joseph Nursing Home is requesting help in making its gardens bloom. Donations of bedding plants, flowers (annual or perennial), mulch, bulbs, gently used tools, etc., are needed. Monetary donations are also welcome. Contact Valarie Fitzpatrick at (315) 797-1230 for more information or to make arrangements for…

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Seton students receive Academic Excellence Awards

   BINGHAMTON — Three Seton Catholic Central students have been notified by The University of the State of New York that they are the recipients of the 2014 Scholarship for Academic Excellence Award. The three students are Michael Powell, Liam Fontaine and Nicole Blazicek. Scholarships for Academic Excellence provide financial aid…

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Special Friends Day

   FAYETTEVILLE — The kindergarten classes of Jourdan Boskovski and Lisa Egan at Immaculate Conception School in Fayetteville celebrated their annual Special Friends Day with a morning of singing and breakfast that honored grandparents, aunts, uncles, babysitters and friends. Cheryl Ripley, the school’s music teacher, taught the students special songs…

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It’s a fact! Students advance in History Bee

   NORTH SYRACUSE — Four students from St. Rose of Lima School recently participated in the Regionals of the National History Bee. Tyler Yankee, Sarah Falgiatano, Colby Evans and Anthony Falgiatano (pictured above, left to right) were challenged with world and U.S. history questions. Sarah and Tyler earned the right…

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Bishop receives honorary doctorate

   ROCHESTER — The Board of Trustees of St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry in Rochester conferred an honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree upon Bishop Robert J. Cunningham at its commencement ceremony May 9. The citation presented at the ceremony commended Bishop Cunningham for “his leadership in the Church…