2015 in review

2015 in review

As the new year approaches, we’re taking a look back at some of the top stories of 2015.   January Cummings appointed first female chancellor of diocese Pope issues ‘firmest condemnation’ of killings at French weekly Throwback game brings back...
Nativity comes to life at Assumption

Nativity comes to life at Assumption

Lessons and carols and a living Nativity were presented at the Franciscan Church of the Assumption in Syracuse Dec. 20. Hundreds gathered at the church for an afternoon of prayer, song, and a recreation of the live Nativity (including live animals!) originally staged...

Obituary Sister M. Barbara DuMont, IHM

On Nov. 21, Sister M. Barbara DuMont, a Sister of Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM), passed away at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton, Pa. She was born Aug. 15, 1925, in Spokane, Wash., the daughter of the late Paul and Mildred (Trimborn) DuMont,...

Jolly Old St. Nick visits Greene

  GREENE — The religious education classes at Immaculate Conception were treated to a special presentation on Sunday Dec. 6, the Feast Day of St. Nicholas.    Confirmation student Derick Heisler was entertaining yet informative as...
Bambinelli blessings

Bambinelli blessings

Parishes and schools in the Diocese of Syracuse are continuing a papal tradition this Advent: the Blessing of the Bambinelli. Originated by Pope Paul VI in 1969, the blessing takes place each year in Rome on the third Sunday of Advent. Children bring the Christ Child...
Cracking the code

Cracking the code

By Katherine Long Editor Building blocks were everywhere in the St. Margaret’s School computer lab Dec. 8, from the computer programming lessons being taught, to the lines of code being manipulated, to the structures being created in the virtual Minecraft world...
Christmas Mass air times

Christmas Mass air times

The students and staff of St. Rose of Lima School in North Syracuse helped Bishop Robert J. Cunningham celebrate Christmas Mass that will air on television stations across the diocese. Air times and photos from the Mass are below. Eastern Region • WKTV...
St. Nick visits CAP

St. Nick visits CAP

   SYRACUSE — St. Nick came to Cathedral Academy at Pompei Dec. 4 in anticipation of St. Nicholas Day. In keeping with tradition, the students put their shoes outside their classrooms when they arrived at school in the morning. Soon after they were...
Sweet treats from Blessed Sacrament

Sweet treats from Blessed Sacrament

   SYRACUSE — The student council at Blessed Sacrament recently held a Dollar Dress-Down Day to raise funds to purchase holiday treats for children whose families are clients of the parish pantry. Student council members decorated the treat bags with...

Family Fun Carnival

January 30 • Family Fun Carnival at St. Michael’s and St. Peter’s Church, 4782 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. To support sister parish in Haiti. Event will include carnival games, a bounce house, clowns, face...

Catholic Date Night

January 26 • Catholic Date Night at Holy Family Church, 127 Chapel Dr., Syracuse; Jan. 26, Mar. 1, Apr. 5, May 3; 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. A monthly evening of retreat for all couples seeking to bring their relationships to the Lord to ask...

Sung Vespers in the Spirit of Taize

January 7 • Sung Vespers in the Spirit of Taize at the Dominican Retreat & Conference Center, 1945 Union St., Niskayuna, 7 p.m. Presented by the Dominican Sisters. Free will offering. For information and reservations, call (518) 393-4169, email ...

The Practice of Centering Prayer

January 7  • The Practice of Centering Prayer at the Western Region Office of Faith Formation, 6651 Kirkville Rd., East Syracuse, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Presented by Sister Lois Barton, CSJ. Unlike many forms of meditation during which attention is given...

The Third Option at The Good News Center

December 20 • The Third Option at The Good News Center, 10475 Cosby Manor Rd., Utica, every other Sunday, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (upcoming meeting Dec. 20). Support group for married couples. Learn to handle anger more constructively, resolve conflicts,...

Christmas Retrospective Concert

December 20 • Christmas Retrospective Concert presented by Schola Cantorum of Syracuse at at Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church, 5299 Jamesville Rd., DeWitt, 4:30 p.m. Featuring carols, motets, villancios, William Byrd’s Mass in Four Parts and seasonal...

Season of Light and Hope Concert

December 17 • Season of Light and Hope Concert at the Cathedral, 259 E. Onondaga St., Syracuse, 7 p.m. Free. This evening of music, prayer and reflection will include scripture readings and reflections along with choral pieces and solos performed by the...

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