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Sister Jean Cumings

Obituary Sister Jean Cummings, CSJ

Sister Jean Cummings, CSJ, (Sister Jean Magdalen), 86, died Nov. 15, 2013, at St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham, N.Y. Sister Jean had been a Sister of St. Joseph for the past 67 years.    Sister Jean was born in Syracuse, N.Y., on July 23, 1927 and was the daughter of…



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Seton students help those in need

    BINGHAMTON — Students from Seton Catholic Central High School in Binghamton donated more than 60 boxes of food, collected throughout the month of November, to support Catholic Charities of Broome County’s Thanksgiving Food Drive. Students collected a variety of food staples and holiday favorites from families and friends to…


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Catholics asked to consult on synod document; responses due Dec. 6

 Catholics in the Diocese of Syracuse are being invited to provide their input on the preparatory document for the extraordinary Synod of Bishops to be held in 2014.    Called by Pope Francis, the synod will address pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelization.    According to…



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St. Michael-St. Peter to host educational series

   During Advent, the Church of St. Michael-St. Peter in Syracuse will offer a three-week educational series focusing on the Church’s pro-life teachings.    The series will be held Dec. 2, 9 and 16 at the church, 4782 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Deacon Greg Cross will preside at the Liturgy…


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Utica parishioner publishes children’s book

   Constance Watkins, parishioner of St. Mary of Mount Carmel/Blessed Sacrament in Utica, has published MuShu, her fifth children’s book. The 28-page book was published through AuthorHouse.The colorful illustrations were created by Watkins and Arthur Henry.   The storyline consists of a young boy, Watson’s grandson Joey, and the tribulations and…


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Harvest for Hunger

   Throughout the month of December, Catholic Charities of Broome County will team up with local companies in an effort to raise money for the hungry.   Now through Dec. 24, Wegmans in Broome County will ask customers if they wish to donate $1, $3 or $5 to local food pantries….


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Coping with the holidays

There is no perfect time for grieving the death of a loved one, but the holiday season becomes even harder with family gatherings, memories of holidays spent together and the thought of “How will I survive this holiday season?” There is no wrong or right way to handle the holidays….


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‘Kids’ these days

  In keeping with New York State’s pre-K Foundation for the Common Core, Rome Catholic School pre-K students took a field trip to Fort Rickey Discovery Zoo in Rome Oct. 30. There they learned about the similarities, differences and categories of animals as well as plants; saw the different habitats…