Kindness Changes Everything
Adams twins launch efforts to change world ‘one conversation at a time’
By Dc. Tom Cuskey
In March 2020, when the pandemic introduced us to terms like COVID-19, shelter-in-place and the Quarantine-15 (extra pounds, that is), some interesting and surprisingly positive ideas also bloomed during the spring that wasn’t and the time that followed. Twin sisters from Susquehanna County, Pa., just over the New York border, put voices to an effort that has planted seeds of kindness and borne fruit among a growing audience.
The “Courageously Kind” podcast started in August 2020, a “quarantine project” as Maddie Adams describes it. “It really, I think, was born out of the fact that we were pretty bored. It was the summer, we weren’t in virtual school, we weren’t doing anything.” When she says “we,” she includes her twin sister Liz.
The girls’ mother is Jackie Adams, Pastoral Associate at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Vestal, Broome County, and a parishioner since 1985. It is the family’s — Jackie, husband Michael, Liz and Maddie — spiritual home. Jackie has served as Director of Faith Formation and no doubt helped plant the seeds that took deep root during the pandemic.
“2020 was a crazy and scary year for all of us,” Maddie told us. “We just kept coming back to ‘how can we best support ourselves and everybody else? And what does that look like?’”
The answer they arrived at was simple: kindness.
Churches Pitch in to Feed the Hungry in Endicott
Homeless Ministry Feeds the Poor
By Dc. Gary DiLallo
Contributing writer & photographer
This past March, Rose Blaine was out for her morning walk. “I saw people not only sleeping on the sidewalks but rummaging through a dumpster for a meal.” She knew she had to do something. After meeting with the Pastor Father Richard Prior along with Kathy Hamilton, Director of Faith Formation at Our Lady of Good Counsel, “the Homeless Ministry was born.”
House of Providence to honor three with annual awards
By Kathryne Rakowski
Catholic Charities is gearing up for the 38th annual House of Providence Awards Dinner to be held on Wed. Sep. 27 at The Oncenter. This year’s honorees will be Fr. Frederick Daley receiving the Bishop’s Award, David de Silva posthumously receiving the President’s Award, and Al-amin Muhammad receiving the Humanitarian Service Award.
Funds raised by this event will support
Collaboration leads to a day of ‘Family, Faith & Fun’
It was a magical day. Truly, it was, in more ways than one.
A magician – rabbit in hat, of course – was just one part of an entertaining Family, Faith and Fun Day held at Christ the King Retreat House on Sunday, August 20. Nearly 100 people attended the free event, enjoying entertainment, games, food and faith. The day started with Mass celebrated by Father Thomas Ward of St. Daniel Church in Lyncourt and featured indoor and outdoor events with something for everyone.
Local parishioners march as U.S. group marks 1945 atomic bombings in Japan
Group urges abolishing nuclear weapons and building better world
Photo courtesy of Mike Greenlar.
HIROSHIMA, Japan (OSV News) & local submissions. On August 6, 1945, the nuclear age of weaponry was ushered in with the dropping of the first atomic bomb to be used in warfare on Hiroshima, Japan. Three days later, the second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, part of the Allied effort to bring about the end of World War II.
‘There’s nothing better than a country parish picnic!’
By Mary Wentlent,
Parish Life Director and contributing writer.
Recipe: Combine 1 large gathering space with plenty of shade, at least 2 acres of grass for yard games, 1 sunflower garden, as many homemade potluck dishes as you can fit on the tables, 1 large grill for fixing burgers and hotdogs and assorted raffle baskets. Stir together with a mixture of parishioners and family ranging in age. When all are assembled, sprinkle heavily with smiles and good conversation. Then enjoy!