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Word of the Lord: Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

My first encounter with Jesus didn’t happen in a beautiful cathedral or on some high mountaintop. He didn’t miraculously come to me at my First Communion, as I had hoped. Instead, I first knew the saving power of Jesus Christ as a 10-year-old girl, sitting on the plaid sofa in…


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Bishop calls for support of Education Tax Credit

Bishop Robert J. Cunningham is calling for support of the proposed Education Tax Credit included in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2015-16 budget recommendations. Bishop Cunningham released the following letter on Feb. 12: Dear Parents, Teachers, Friends and Supporters of our children in Catholic schools: I write to inform you of a…


Saint of the Day: Our Lady of Lourdes

Our Lady of Lourdes 19th century February 11   This feast recalls the 18 appearances of Mary to a young French girl, Bernadette Soubirous, from Feb. 11 to July 16, 1858, near a grotto at Lourdes, France. Bernadette did not know the identity of “the beautiful lady in white,” and…


Syracuse mayor declares Jan. 23 St. Marianne Cope Day

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner declared today, Jan. 23, St. Marianne Cope Day in the city. Today is St. Marianne’s birthday and feast day. The official proclamation of the day was on display at the St. Marianne Cope Shrine & Museum this morning, where events were held to mark St. Marianne’s…


Marching for Life with the Diocese of Syracuse

More than 200 students and chaperones from the diocese are in Washington, D.C., with the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry to participate in a three-day pilgrimage for the March for Life. One of those participants, Samantha Pare, will be sharing dispatches from the trip with Sun readers each day….


Marching for Life with the Diocese of Syracuse: Day Two

More than 200 students and chaperones from the diocese are in Washington, D.C., with the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry to participate in a three-day pilgrimage for the March for Life. One of those participants, Samantha Pare, is sharing dispatches from the trip with Sun readers each day. Samantha…



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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…