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for Jan. 12 – Jan. 18

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Remembering Pope Emeritus Benedict VXI

On Dec. 31, 2022, the Vatican announced the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who left a lasting legacy over the course of his lifelong service to the Church and who, in 2013, became the first Roman pontiff in 600 years to resign the papacy.

Joseph Ratzinger was born April 16, 1927, in the Bavarian town of Marktl am Inn, the third and youngest child of a police officer, Joseph Sr., and his wife, Maria. Young Joseph joined his brother, Georg, at a minor seminary in 1939. His path from there as a student, theologian and shepherd would lead him to the pinnacle of leadership in the Catholic Church. 

After spending more than 20 years as prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith during the papacy of Pope St. John Paul II, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger succeeded John Paul as pope following the Polish pontiff’s death in 2005. Cardinal Ratzinger became the 16th pope to take the name Benedict. He reigned as the successor of St. Peter until his resignation on Feb. 28, 2013.

The Synod: listening gives way to conversation in diocesan gatherings

The synodal process, initiated locally in the diocesan listening sessions that took place in 2021 and 2022, has moved now to the next stage as the Universal Church prepares for its gathering in Rome later this year.  

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI remembered with special diocesan Masses

“I join the Catholic community in mourning the passing of the 265th Successor of St. Peter whose only desire was to be a ‘humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord.’” With those words, Bishop Douglas J. Lucia called on …

Epiphany liturgies engage with dramatic participation at Utica parish

To celebrate the Feast of Epiphany on the weekend of January 7 and 8, children at every Mass at St. Mary of Mount Carmel / Blessed Sacrament Parish in Utica assembled and offered gifts that…

Events in our Diocese
week of 1-12 – 1/25

Here is a listing of a few events of interest happening in our Diocese. Visit here for a complete list.

Sacrum Cor-Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration

January 19, 2023
St. Daniel Church – Syracuse

Life in the Spirit Seminar

January 21, 2023
Sacred Heart Church

(PAL) Parents of Addicted Loved Ones

January 23, 2023
The Good News Center

Pillar II: The Sacraments

January 25, 2023
The Good News Center

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