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St. Joseph Nursing Home to hold free memory screenings

  UTICA — As part of National Memory Screening Day — an annual initiative of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) — St. Joseph Nursing Home will offer free, confidential memory screenings on Tuesday, Nov. 19. Screenings will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Home at…


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Pastor appointed at St. Agatha’s

   Bishop Robert J. Cunningham has appointed Father Stephen Wirkes pastor of St. Agatha’s Parish in Canastota. The appointment is effective Nov. 15. Father Wirkes was pastor of Immaculate Conception since 2003 and was appointed canonical pastor of Holy Family/St. Michael’s in 2005 before the parish was renamed as the Church of…


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Obituary • Father Robert E. O’Brien, SJ

   Father Robert E. O’Brien, SJ, priest, teacher and administrator, died at Murray-Weigel Hall, Bronx, N.Y., on Oct. 19, 2013. Born in the Bronx on Aug. 1, 1923, to John M. and Margaret A. (Holland) O’Brien, he was 90 years old. He was a Jesuit for 70 years and a…


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Author Colum McCann to speak at Le Moyne

On Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.,Le Moyne College in Syracuse will host renowned Irish author Colum McCann, whose latest novel, Transatlantic, was nominated for the Booker Prize. The event will take place in Grewen Auditorium on the Le Moyne campus.    Born in Ireland in 1965, McCann teaches creative…


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St. Anthony’s Alumni Association marks 25 years

   The St. Anthony of Padua Alumni Association, founded in 1988, marks its 25th anniversary this year. The organization was founded “as a way of remembering and fundraising to support the school,” said founder and President Jim Wright, class of 1970, at the association’s annual Mass offered for deceased alumni…


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Mother-daughter tea

   “Beginning to Blossom,” a mother-daughter tea for 10- to 12-year-old girls, will be presented on Sunday, Nov. 17 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 47 Syracuse St., Baldwinsville.   This educational program is presented by the Diocese of Syracuse Respect Life Office to…


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November Confirmations

Bishop Robert J. Cunningham will celebrate the following Confirmations: Nov. 2: Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Endicott, 5 p.m.Nov. 3: St. Mary’s Church, Baldwinsville, 2 p.m.Nov. 7: St. John the Baptist Church, Rome: 7 p.m.Nov. 14: St. John’s Church, Bainbridge and St. Agnes Mission, Afton, 7 p.m.Nov. 16: St….


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Door-to-door evangelization

  The Legion of Mary at St. Joseph-St. Patrick Church in Utica engages in evangelization by going door-to-door in pairs throughout West Utica. They invite the unchurched to share the Catholic faith and welcome non-practicing Catholics to return to the Church. Mary Hallman, new diocesan director of the Evangelization Office,…


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Obituary Sister Catherine Bede Rupprecht, CSJ

Sister Catherine Bede Rupprecht, CSJ, 95, died Oct. 5, 2013, at St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham. She had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for the past 78 years.    Catherine Veronica Rupprecht was born March 4, 1918, in Green Island, N.Y., daughter of the late Joseph and…


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Service to Catholic Charities honored

   Catholic Charities celebrated the many years of service given by dedicated employees throughout the Diocese of Syracuse during their Annual Corporate Board Luncheon at the Bishop Curley Building in Syracuse Sept. 26.    Pictured (L to R) are Kelly Williams – Oneida/Madison County (25 years), Karen Cummings – Oneida/Madison…