2013 News

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‘A beautiful tribute to a simple friar’

Funeral services honor Father Conrad Somerville, OFM Conv. On Tues., Nov. 26, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Syracuse was crowded with people who had come to honor their priest, their confessor, and most of all, their friend, Father Conrad Somerville, OFM Conv. Father Somerville passed away Nov….


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Most Holy Rosary to celebrate 100th anniversary

Parishioners of Most Holy Rosary in Syracuse will celebrate the anniversary of the parish’s first Mass Dec. 7 with a special Mass at 5 p.m. followed by a gala reception in the gymnasium/parish center. Bishop Robert J. Cunningham will preside and serve as homilist at the celebratory Mass.




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Hunger doesn’t take a holiday

Catholic Charities of Broome County works with parishes, community to feed those in need For more than 40 years, Catholic Charities of Broome County’s Thanksgiving basket program has provided those in need with free turkeys and all the fruits, vegetables and canned goods necessary to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving meal….


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To Pope Francis, with love

Fifteen sixth graders from Trinity Catholic School in Oswego struggled a bit under the weight of several boxes of donated food items Nov. 6, but they never lost their smiles.    The food donation program had become an important project to the sixth graders, who personally gathered donations from friends,…


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Bishop Salvatore R. Matano named ninth Bishop of Rochester

Fourteen months after accepting the resignation of Bishop Matthew H. Clark, the Vatican announced Nov. 6 that the current Bishop of Burlington, Vt., Salvatore R. Matano, will be the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Rochester. He will be installed Jan. 3, 2014.    Bishop of the Diocese of Syracuse…


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Phoenix parish displays image of Our Lady of Guadalupe

It’s called the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, but the striking 4-by-6-foot icon of the Virgin Mary on display at St. Stephen’s Church in Phoenix Nov. 8-10 is not actually a painting; it’s a replica of a miracle.   According to the history of the image, in 1531, Our…


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Back to basics: Faith from the heart

Year of Faith: A year of formation for transformation Editor’s note: Throughout the Year of Faith, Father Christopher Seibt has offered a series of columns based on the reflection series “Catholicism Today” that he gave during First Friday devotions at St. James Church in Syracuse while on pastoral year. This…


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Celebrating the Year of Faith

Looking back and looking ahead, diocese marks Year of Faith By Claudia Mathis and Katherine LongSun staff In his 2011 apostolic letter Door of Faith, Pope Benedict XVI (now Pope Emeritus) issued “a summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord” by declaring Oct. 11, 2012 to Nov….