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rosaryFaith formation students at the Church of the Holy Family in nearby Endwell had a very special project this Easter. They hand made rosaries for students at St. Rose of Lima Parish in Newtown, Connecticut. Several of the students killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School were members of that parish.

The Catholic Sun has a wonderful article HERE about the project.


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 On Saturday, October 29, women from the Syracuse Diocese will gather at the OnCenter in Syracuse for a day of uplifting presentations, Mass and lunch. Speakers include priest & TV chef Fr. Leo Patalinghug,  America’s Next Top Model contestant Leah Darrow, Helen Alvare—Consult to Pope Benedict XVI’s Pontifical Council on the Laity, and music will be performed by Alicia Hernon. For complete information on the conference, visit the website http://syracusecwc.com/

There will be a meeting on Thursday, Sept. 15 in Msgr. Carey Hall for women of St. Ambrose Parish and their friends who would like to attend the conference and register for the early bird admission discount—a $20 savings. Hope you can amke it!

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Bishop Robert Cunningham’s latest column (March 31) in The Catholic Sun focuses on the life of Father Nelson Baker, who was declared venerable by Pope Benedict XVI on January 14. He writes that after making a pilgrimage to Our Lady of Victory Basilica—founded by Father Baker, he “marveled at the amazing good that one priest can do.” Through Father Baker’s keen business acumen, he was able to help the struggling Buffalo parish and its orphanage stay open, eventually enlarging it, adding a maternity ward, establishing a home for unwed mothers and their babies, a protectory for young men and a working boys home for older adolescents. Bishop Cunningham writes that Father Baker “expanded the facilities into a city of charity” and because of this, he was known as the “Padre of the Poor.”

Included with the article are these prayers.

Father Baker’s favorite prayer: O Victorious Lady! Thou who has such powerful influence with Thy Divine Son, in conquering the hardest of hearts, intercede for those for whom we pray, that their hearts being softened by the rays of Divine Grace, they may return to the unity of the true faith, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for the canonization of Father Baker: Lord you gave us Your servant Nelson Baker as an example of service to the poor, homeless, and young. By Father Baker’s ardent concern for those in need, inflame our hearts and lives with compassion for the poor, justice for the oppressed, hope for the troubled, and courage to those in doubt. We pray through the intercession of Our Lady of Victory, if it be your will, that your servant, Nelson Baker, may one day be canonized. Amen.

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The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has a great post on The Lenten Season: what it means to Catholics, how to observe it and where to find specific teachings by the church.

The key to fruitful observance of these practices is to recognize their link to baptismal renewal. We are called not just to abstain from sin during Lent but to true conversion of our hearts and minds as followers of Christ. We recall those waters in which we were baptized into Christ’s death, died to sin and evil, and began new life in Christ.

There are many opportunities to make this holy season a meaningful journey through exploring the links on these pages.

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Below is a video of the workshop given on January 5, 2011 at Most Holy Rosary Church in Maine, NY. The video is courtesy of parishioner Francine Butler Groat.

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Think praying the rosary as a family doesn’t matter? Then read this story in the Catholic Sun: “Four siblings discover their vocation.” It’s a powerful story of how praying the rosary together builds a strong faith foundation in a family.

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It appears that the Legislature will work through the night tonight and try to end the session tomorrow.  So if the Senate Democratic Majority decides to bring the RHA bill (S.5808/A.11484) to the floor for a vote, it will likely happen in the next 24 hours.  Brief, civil and clear phone messages into State Senate offices are very important at this time.  Here’s a suggested script:
“Hello, my name is __________________ and I am a voting constituent in the Senator’s district.  I am calling to register my strong opposition to S.5808, the “Reproductive Health Act.”  This bill would expand abortion in New York State at a time when the state should be moving in the opposite direction.  In order to truly make abortion “rare,” this bill must be defeated.  If this bill comes to a vote, I am counting on you to vote “No.”  Thank you.”
If you don’t know your State Senator’s direct phone number, the general switchboard number for the Senate is 518-455-2800.  Ask to be connected to your Senator’s office by name.
In addition to the phone calls, e-mails can still be sent through the NYS Catholic Conference website at:
Please urge two or three of your friends, family members and colleagues to make the phone call as well.  It is critical at this time for the Senators to feel the pressure from their pro-life constituency.

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