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Sunday, April 16

 Scripture Sunday

 

Brothers and sisters:
If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, 
where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Think of what is above, not of what is on earth.
For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ your life appears,
then you too will appear with him in glory.  COL 3:1-4

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Monday, April 17

Know It Monday

 

Did you know that Easter is not just one day, but a Liturgical season that lasts for fifty days?  

The season begins on Easter Sunday and ends on Pentecost.  It's characterized by the joy of glorified life and Jesus' victory over death.  The word 'Easter' comes from Old English, meaning 'East' - the sun rises in the East, shining on God's creation and bringing warmth and hope to all! 

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Tuesday, April 18

Respect Life Tuesday

 

The Diocese of Syracuse is proud to offer Project Rachel, a post abortion-healing ministry.  Project Rachel is a program that addresses post-abortion stress (PAS).  

Are you experiencing guilt, sadness, or shame following an abortion experience? For information, please call 855-364-0076 or email hopeandhealing@syrdio.org

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Wednesday, April 19

Share It Wednesday

 

Evangelization: (ih-van-juh-lahyz) to preach the gospel

Take a look at today's readings.  Is there someone in your life who might be able to relate to them?  Send them a link and let them know you're praying for them.

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Thursday, April 20

Live It Thursday

 

Today's Psalm says, 'This is the day the LORD has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it.'  Joy is infectious!  Make an extra effort to find joy in even the seemingly small, everyday things.

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Friday, April 21

Family Friday

 

Pope Francis is a huge supporter of young people.  

You young people, my dear young friends, you have a particular sensitivity towards injustice, but you are often disappointed by facts that speak of corruption on the part of people who put their own interests before the common good. To you and to all, I repeat: never yield to discouragement, do not lose trust, do not allow your hope to be extinguished. Situations can change, people can change. Be the first to seek to bring good, do not grow accustomed to evil, but defeat it with good. The Church is with you, bringing you the precious good of faith, bringing Jesus Christ, who “came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (Jn 10:10). (7/25/13, Varginha)

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Saturday, April 22

Social Saturday

 

Looking for a way to deepen your faith during Easter? Click here.

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Sunday, April 23

Scripture Sunday

 

Divine Mercy Sunday: In his second encyclical, Rich in Mercy, Pope Saint John Paul II offers an extended meditation on the mystery of God’s mercy, which he calls “the greatest of the attributes and perfections of God” (Dives in Misericordia, 13). 

As a gift to humanity, which sometimes seems bewildered and overwhelmed by the power of evil, selfishness, and fear, the Risen Lord offers His love that pardons, reconciles, and reopens hearts to love. It is a love that converts hearts and gives peace. How much the world needs to understand and accept Divine Mercy!

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Monday, April 24

Know It Monday

 

On December 7, 1965, the Second Vatican Council approved Dignitatis humanae, the Declaration on Religious Liberty.  It teaches that religious freedom is the cornerstone of a society that promotes human dignity; it is a fundamental human right, which follows on the duty of all people to seek the truth about God.  Learn more here.

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Tuesday, April 25

Respect Life Tuesday

 

Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live for ever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect. (Pope Francis, 7/17/13)

As Catholics, we are called to respect life at all stages.  For more, visit the Family/Respect Life Facebook page.

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Wednesday, April 26

Share It Wednesday

 

Pope Francis said, 'It is through an unbroken chain of witnesses that we come to see the face of Jesus.'

How will you bear witness to our faith today? 

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Thursday, April 27

Live It Thursday

 

Reading the Bible can be a wonderful way to wind down in the evening.  A Catholic Study Bible is a great tool! 

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Friday, April 28

Family Friday

 

The Holy Father has said, 'It is impossible to believe on our own.'  Consider the ways that you can form the faith of your children (your own, and the youth in your parish).  One way is to encourage religious vocation.  Learn more here

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Saturday, April 29

Social Saturday

 

Looking for daily inspiration, or maybe just a good laugh?  

Check out our Instagram account! 

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Sunday, April 30

Scripture Sunday

 

On the third Sunday of Easter, we proclaim the Gospel of Luke (LK 24:13-35)

How do you recognize the face of Jesus in your own life?

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Monday, May 1

Know It Monday

 

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Protecting God's gifts, especially children and vulnerable adults, is an integral part of our Catholic identity.

ALL clergy, religious, diocesan employees and volunteers are required to complete Safe Environment training.  Over 37,000 adults  have trained since 2002! 

Even our Catholic school and Faith Formation students are trained.

Learn more here

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Tuesday, May 2

Respect Life Tuesday

 

Catechesis is the act of handing on the Word of God intended to inform the faith community.  

The USCCB has compiled excellent resources on the Church's teachings on love and sexuality.  View them here, and then check out the diocesan office of Family/Respect Life on Facebook.

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Wednesday, May 3

Share It Wednesday

 

The New Evangelization Summit will be live-streamed to two locations in the diocese: New Hartford & Vestal!  This two day conference will bring together speakers who are leaders in the New Evangelization to provide inspiration, encouragement, training, practical wisdom and resources on how Catholics can effectively evangelize.  Learn more here

 

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Thursday, May 4

Live It Thursday

 

Did you know that through our baptism, we are called to proclaim the Good News to all people?  Today, offer this prayer during your time with God:

Loving God, our Father,
strengthen us
to become witnesses
to the saving grace of your Son,
Jesus, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen!

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Friday, May 5

Family Friday

 

The Catholic Church runs the largest network of private schools in the United States.  There are 22 component schools in the Diocese of Syracuse, all of which are accredited by the Middle States Association!  Many Catholic families desire a faith-based education for their children.  Learn more about our schools by clicking here

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Saturday, May 6

Social Saturday

 

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse is currently in the midst of a huge restoration!  Check out their Facebook page for photos, video, and progress updates. 

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Sunday, May 7

Scripture Sunday

 

Today's Responsorial Psalm is a favorite of many faithful:

The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. 

As we come together in joy on the fourth Sunday of Easter, be sure to take a moment during Mass to bask in God's abundant love for you.  Feel the peace that comes with knowing that God provides!

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Monday, May 8

Know It Monday

 

May is known as the 'Month of Mary.' 

Mary is the mother of Jesus.  Because she is the mother of Jesus--Son of God and second Person of the Blessed Trinity--according to the flesh, she is rightly called the Mother of God (Theotokos).  Mary is also called "full of grace," and "Mother of the Church," and in Christian prayer and devotion, "Our Lady," the "Blessed Virgin Mary," and the "New Eve."

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Tuesday, May 9

Respect Life Tuesday

 

The Gianna Center in Syracuse is a Catholic healthcare center committed to delivering high quality, scientifically based, ethically sound health care for women of all ages and faiths.  The center provides general medical care, general gynecological care, natural family planning education and more.  Visit https://www.giannasyracuse.com/ to learn more. 

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Wednesday, May 10

Share It Wednesday

 

The word of God continued to spread and grow.  Acts 24

Today's first reading follows Barnabas and Saul as they travel across the seas to preach God's word.  Today, visit the diocesan Facebook page (or your parish Facebook page!) and share a recent post that has particular meaning in your life.  Digital evangelization!

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Thursday, May 11

Live It Thursday

 

'Since Mary is rightly to be regarded as the way by which we are led to Christ, the person who encounters Mary cannot help but encounter Christ likewise.'  

Mense Maio, Encyclical of Pope Paul VI on Prayers During May for Preservation of Peace, April 29 1965

In an effort to deepen your faith, commit to saying a Hail Mary when you wake up and before you to sleep.

 

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Friday, May 12

Family Friday

 

Check out upcoming events for young Catholics in the diocese by visiting our office of youth ministry page

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Saturday, May 13

Social Saturday

 

There's always something happening across the diocese!  Check out our events calendar, visit us on Facebook, and tune in to Around the Diocese, our bi-weekly news program.

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Sunday, May 14

Scripture Sunday

 

Proverbs 1: 8-9 refers to the teaching of a mother as 'a chain to adorn your neck.'  On Mother's Day, offer a Hail Mary in praise and thankfulness for your own mom (and other mother figures in your life). 

Then watch this great segment of Mother Angelica Live on the holiness of Mary, the Mother of God.  Invite Mom to watch, too! 

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Monday, May 15

Know It Monday

 

 Catholic schools collaborate with parents and guardians in raising and forming their children as families struggle with the changing and challenging cultural and moral contexts in which they find themselves. Catholic schools provide young people with sound Church teaching through a broad-based curriculum, where faith and culture are intertwined in all areas of a school's life. By equipping our young people with a sound education, rooted in the Gospel message, the Person of Jesus Christ, and rich in the cherished traditions and liturgical practices of our faith, we ensure that they have the foundation to live morally and uprightly in our complex modern world.  This unique Catholic identity makes our Catholic elementary and secondary schools "Schools for the human person" and allows them to fill a critical role in the future life of our Church, our country, and our world (Catholic Schools on the Threshold, no.9)

Learn more about the 22 component schools within the Diocese of Syracuse by clicking here.

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Tuesday, May 16

Respect Life Tuesday

 

'May she who experienced the cares and hardships of earthly life, the weariness of daily toil, the hardships and trials of poverty, and the sorrows of Calvary, come to aid the needs of the Church and the human race.  May she graciously lend an ear to the devout pleas of those all over the world who beg her for peace.  May she enlighten the minds of those who rule nations.  And finally, may she prevail on God, who rules the winds and storms, to calm the tempests in men's warring hearts and grant us peace in our day.  What we seek is true peace grounded on the sturdy foundations of justice and love—on a justice which recognizes the legitimate rights of the weak as well as those of the strong; on a love which keeps men from falling into error through excessive concern for their own interests.  Thus each person's rights may be safeguarded without the rights of others being forgotten or violated.'  Mense Maio, Encyclical of Pope Paul VI on Prayers During May for Peace, April 29, 1965

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Wednesday, May 17

Share It Wednesday

 

'Evangelization is the Church's deepest identity.  Evangelization brings the good news of the Gospel to all who seek the life-giving message of faith in Jesus Christ.   Each one of us in virtue of our baptism is called to live our faith and to bear witness to the Gospel.  To share in the Church's mission of Evangelization and Catechesis is to grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ. ' USCCB Subcommittee on Evangelization and Catechesis

Witness is the most simple way to live our faith.  How will you be a witness to the word of God today? 

 

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Thursday, May 18

Live It Thursday

 

My sheep hear by voice, says the Lord;
I know them, and they follow me. JN 10:27

God knows you.  All of you.  And he loves you anyway!  Go through your day today knowing that He loves you, cherishes you, and forgives you.

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Friday, May 19

Family Friday

 

Watch this great video piece from EWTN on praying together as a family.   The video is full of great suggestions for being completely present to your children.  You can buy the book here

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Saturday, May 20

Social Saturday

 

Mr. Matthew Rawson will be ordained to the transitional diaconate today at 10:00 am at Saint James Church in Syracuse.  For complete coverage, visit TheCatholicSun.com and follow us on Instagram

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Sunday, May 21

Scripture Sunday

 

Saint of the Day: Saint Cristóbal Magallanes and Companions.  Cristóbal and his 24 companion martyrs lived under a very anti-Catholic government in Mexico.  He and other priests had to minister secretly to the Catholic people because Mexico's government had declared it a crime to celebrate Mass or receive the Eucharist.  

Anyone can imagine situations in which being a follower of Jesus is easier than the present situation.  Saints remind us that our daily choices, especially in adverse circumstances, form the pattern of our lives.