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At Christmas, do we invite Him in or crowd Him out?

Father Bill Jones delivered the homily at the 12:10 Mass at the Cathedral yesterday. It was such a beautiful meditation on the birth of our Savior, I wanted to share it with our readers. Father Jones was happy to oblige me by providing a peek at his handwritten notes, which…



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Mother Marianne’s Westside Kitchen prepares for Thanksgiving

Mother Marianne’s Westside Kitchen was filled with the scent of stuffing Tuesday morning as volunteers prepared for the Thanksgiving feast to be served Thursday. “They’re my family. That’s why Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter are so important here,” Director Vicki Montalbano said. “We’re family every day, but I do it [the…


‘The Sisterhood’: Real discernment or ‘reality TV’?

The second episode of the new series “The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns” aired on Lifetime last night, following five young women as they explore whether they are called to be religious sisters. The Sun asked Sister Caryn Crook, vocation director for the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, for her opinion on how…


Throwback Thursday!

Notre Dame Elementary School held a Veterans Day Celebration for Active or Retired Veterans from various branches of the military..


St Mary’s service project adds up to helping others

   The fourth grade students at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Cortland have been busy collecting hats, coats, mittens and boots over the past few weeks as part of a school service project. While collecting the winter clothing the fourth grade students used the items to incorporate math into their…




Inaugural Technology Education Day creates ‘digital evangelists’

 Some 100 representatives from diocesan parishes, schools and ministries gathered at Holy Cross Church in DeWitt Nov. 19 for the diocese’s first Technology Education Day.    Organized by the diocesan Office of Information Technology in partnership with the Office of Communications, the daylong conference aimed to connect attendees with information…