Jail Ministry brings Christmas to Justice Center

By Katherine LongSun associate editor Every year, the Christmas season seems to start a little earlier — decorations appear before Thanksgiving turkeys hit tables, holiday sale circulars fall out of the newspaper as soon as the Halloween candy’s marked...

Father O’Connor takes the Ironman challenge

Q. You recently competed in an Ironman competition in Florida. Can you describe the competition? A.  The Ironman Triathlon came into existence in Hawaii in 1977, which happens to be the year I was born. That year, an argument arose among a group of athletes over...

Briefs

Advent evening FAYETTEVILLE — Immaculate Conception Church, 400 Salt Springs St., hosts an Advent Evening of Reflection at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13. Father Mike Carmola, a former pastor of the church, will offer the reflection, which will be suitable for the...

Diocese honors ‘unsung heroes’

By Katherine Long Sun associate editor It was standing room only at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse when Bishop Robert Cunningham presented lay volunteers from 73 parishes with the first-ever Immaculata Awards for Service Dec. 4. The award was...

making room — and an inn

By Katherine LongSun associate editor It’s the time of year when a familiar scene starts popping up in churches and homes: the infant Jesus, snug in a manger, flanked by proud parents Mary and Joseph and perhaps some curious livestock. That nativity scene comes...

DPC covers HOPE Appeal survey and faith formation

By Connie BerrySun editor Sometimes survey results provoke thoughtful consideration. The diocese recently took a close look at parishes’ perception of the HOPE Appeal and its ministries — including The Catholic Sun. At the Nov. 19 Diocesan Pastoral Council...