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St. Joe’s centennial accents Endicott church’s Slavic heritage

By Tom Maguire

Associate editor

The centennial Mass offered a Slavic surprise.

“Linguistic continuity” with the church’s founders prompted Father Ken Kirkman to speak Slovak for the opening prayer, the prayer of the gifts, the preface and the closing prayer Oct. 1 at St. Joseph’s in Endicott.

“He did a good job at it,” said Father Jacinto Mary Chapin, F.I., one of two Franciscans of the Immaculate in the sanctuary for the well-attended Mass.

A book on Slovak grammar along with YouTube and the internet had helped Father Kirkman prepare. He had tipped off the parish council, and some people probably saw or heard him practicing, the pastor figured, but his homage to the language would have been new to a lot of parishioners.

“I probably had a little bit of a Polish accent,” Father Kirkman self-critiqued, “because my grandparents are Polish, but they said that’s OK, nobody’s perfect.”

The choir sang “Hail, St. Joseph” and other songs but, again honoring cultural continuity, switched to Slovak to sing the Communion Meditation, “You Are Holy, Holy.”

Annual Red Mass calls for blessings on the courts, legal profession

By Dc. Tom Cuskey

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception sits across Montgomery Street from the Onondaga County Courthouse in downtown Syracuse. The county Justice Center is another short block away. On Monday, Oct. 16, any physical distance between them was

Horseless blessing of pets heads indoors in Oneida County

By Joe Stanton
Contributing writer and photographer

The weather barked, so they got them all under one woof.

Father Sean O’Brien, pastor of St. Peter’s Church in Rome, Oneida County, held a Blessing of Animals on Oct. 7.

Parishioners brought their cats, dogs, 

Register for Syracuse Catholic Women’s Conference by Nov. 1

By Dc. Tom Cuskey

Registrations continue to flow in for the 13th Syracuse Catholic Women’s Conference on Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Oncenter Convention Center.

This year’s theme is “Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done; Preparing for His 

Meals on Wheels gets a new director

Home-delivered meal service for senior citizens

By Dc. Gary DiLallo
Contributing writer and photographer

Mary Strojny, formerly the Youth Ministry director at the Church of the Holy Family in Endwell, has been named the new director of Meals on Wheels of Western Broome County. Mary has served as a volunteer for the organization for the past three years, giving her the needed background and knowledge for the position.

Liverpool deacon offers an ‘iconic’ presentation

By Dc. Tom Cuskey

This month, Steve Manzene marks 32 years of ordained service as a permanent deacon. He serves the people of Epiphany Parish in Liverpool, proclaims and preaches the Gospel and gives countless hours of service at local nursing homes, ministering to all. He also has a fervent desire to share what he has learned about a very famous image that was introduced to him early on in his diaconal service.

Three individuals, two teams to be inducted into CBA’s Lasallian Athletic Hall of Fame

Three individuals and two teams will be inducted into the Lasallian Athletic Hall of Fame Nov. 4 during festivities at the Sheraton University Inn in Syracuse.

Christian Brothers Academy has announced this year’s inductees: Marissa Romeo ’13 (lacrosse and basketball); Brendan Smith ’12 (track and field, cross country); Theresa Lewis (cross country and indoor/outdoor track

Events in our Diocese
week of 10/19 – 10/25

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

October 19, 2023
St. Daniel Church – Syracuse

Theology Uncorked with Bishop Douglas J. Lucia

October 19, 2023
Hart’s Hill Inn

Book Sale & Bottle and Can Drive for Haiti

October 21, 2023
St. Michael/St. Peter’s Church

Eucharistic Miracles Exhibit

October 22, 2023
Liverpool Catholic Community including the parishes of Christ the King, Epiphany Parish, & Pope John XXIII

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