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Sept. 7 – Sept.13

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Praising God through Song

“Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord”  Ephesians 5:19

By Eileen Jevis
Staff writer                                                                                         

Editor’s note: It’s a subscriber-only sneak peek! This is the first of a three-part series on some of the liturgical music shared in our diocese. Parts two and three will appear in the print version of The Catholic Sun.

The music that accompanies religious services has distinct purposes and messages. As a faith community, we lift our hearts and voices in song to praise God and to connect with him and each other. Music celebrates a liturgical season, interprets Scripture, and expresses our emotions so that we can grow closer to God. Whether gathered for Mass, a funeral, wedding, Christian holiday or other significant occasions, engaging with God through music conveys celebration, grief, joyfulness and thankfulness. We spoke to various music directors around the Diocese of Syracuse and asked them about their dedication to music and faith, and what it means to worship God through music. 

Liturgical music points the way to Christ

Brian Dusell is the director of Music Ministries at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and the coordinator of Sacred Music for the Diocese. Music, particularly organ music, has been an important part of his life since childhood. As he was growing up, his parents often played their record player. While his older brother listened to the Beatles and the Beach Boys, Dusell said it was a recording of the German organist

Celebrating all those who share and teach our faith

By Andrea Slaven
Director, diocesan Office of Child and Family Catechesis

As we approach Sept. 17, 2023, our hearts are filled with anticipation and gratitude for the upcoming celebration of Catechetical Sunday. This special day, set aside by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, invites us to recognize, reflect on, support and celebrate the incredible ministry of our catechists. These dedicated individuals — staff and many volunteers —  selflessly teach the Catholic faith and share the Church’s teachings, guiding us on our spiritual journey.

St. Joseph’s Health College of Nursing: a legacy of nursing education

College celebrates 125 years of preparing tomorrow’s nurses

By Kelly M. Quinn

Nursing always held a prominent place at St. Joseph’s Hospital. In 1898, the Sisters of St. Francis, after carrying the burden alone for 29 years, recognized the need for specifically trained lay women to share with them the nursing care of the sick. Under the expert direction of Amy Higgins, and with Principal Esther G. McCarty, the St. Joseph’s

Diocesan priest charged; Bishop Lucia addresses the people

On Friday, Sept. 1, the Diocese of Syracuse was notified that Father Nathan Brooks had been charged with four misdemeanor counts involving a minor. A diocesan priest currently serving as administrator of parishes in southern Onondaga County, Fr. Brooks has entered not guilty pleas during court arraignments in Cortland and Homer. The charges are third-degree sexual abuse, forcible touching and endangering the welfare of a child. The incidents took place between 2019 and 2021 according to authorities. The Cortland County Sheriff’s Office is investigating and the Diocese is fully cooperating. Fr. Brooks has been suspended from all ministerial duties while the investigation proceeds and is not residing in diocesan housing.

Obituary: Sister Karen Ann Shults, CSJ

LATHAM — Sister Karen Ann Shults (Sister David Marie), CSJ, died on Aug. 21, 2023, at the age of 79 in the 59th year of her religious life.

Sister Karen was born on May 27, 1944, in Syracuse, the daughter of John and Margaret Shults. Sister Karen entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on Sept. 15, 1963. She earned her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Russell Sage College in Troy,  fulfilling a dream which began in high school.

Grandparents: It’s a vocation, too

By Kathryne Rakowski
Contributing writer

If you are a grandparent, then Sept. 10 is an important day for you! Grandparent’s Day, celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day, falls on Sept. 10 this year. It’s a significant day, as grandparents play a very special role in the lives of their grandchildren, especially for Catholics. As Pope Francis said in his message for the first ever World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly in 2021, “There is no retirement age from the work of proclaiming the Gospel and handing down traditions to your

Final Mass at Epiphany Parish IHM worship site

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The mission of the Church continues in new and creative ways, particularly during this difficult and challenging time. The parishes and churches of Saint Joseph the Worker and the Immaculate Heart of Mary have been tending to the pastoral needs of the people of Liverpool since 1890 and 1950 respectively. Indeed, your parishes have remarkable and beautiful histories. More importantly, they are places where God is

Events in our Diocese
week of 9/7 – 9/13

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

September 7, 2023
St. Daniel Church – Syracuse

Marriage Prep-Utica

September 9, 2023
The Good News Center

(PAL) Parents of Addicted Loved Ones

September 11, 2023
The Good News Center

Novena to the Miraculous Medal and St. Jude Thaddeus

September 13, 2023
Sacred Heart Basilica – Syracuse

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