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First Baptist Church celebrates 200 years in Trumansburg

First Baptist Church celebrates 200 years in Trumansburg
This year, First Baptist Church is rejoicing in its 200th year of ministry in Trumansburg. The theme of the anniversary is “Shining the Light of Christ, 200 Years and Beyond.” The church celebrated its anniversary on the weekend of Sept. 21 and 22 with an open house for the community at the Ulysses Historical Society on Saturday afternoon from 2... more

Cuomo directs State Police to increase security near synagogues

Cuomo directs State Police to increase security near synagogues
Governor Andrew Cuomo is directing New York State Police to its increase security presence near synagogues and religious centers during Jewish high holidays. “We will not allow the cowards who contributed to the recent rash of hateful acts against the Jewish community and other groups to intimidate or divide us,” said Cuomo. Continue reading from WSTM-TV more

Committee chosen to oversee diocese’s bankruptcy

Committee chosen to oversee diocese’s bankruptcy
Survivors of clergy abuse in the Catholic Diocese of Rochester are among nine people chosen to oversee its bankruptcy. They will serve on the committee of unsecured creditors. Their role is to speak on behalf of all the survivors during its bankruptcy and determine the diocese’s assets in order to compensate victims. Bankruptcy attorney James Stang was also hired to... more

Phelps abuse claimant blasts diocese for bankruptcy filing

Phelps abuse claimant blasts diocese for bankruptcy filing
Pete Saracino is one of 45 people who has filed sexual abuse claims against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester since the Child Victims Act opened a one-year window for claims that had been barred by the statute of limitations. A Seneca Falls native and Phelps resident, Saracino claims he was sexually abused as a young boy at the Immaculate... more

Trinity Church, developer say legal entanglements have delayed project in Geneva

Trinity Church, developer say legal entanglements have delayed project in Geneva
When Trinity Episcopal Church officials and Mark McGroarty of McGroarty Investments forged a plan to redevelop the historic South Main Street church into an inn, events center and restaurant, they projected a June or July 2018 opening. That didn’t happen. Three years later after the idea was hatched, the church that is struggling from dwindling membership and declining finances has... more

Sex abuse lawsuits will strain Catholic dioceses as faith and money collide

Sex abuse lawsuits will strain Catholic dioceses as faith and money collide
A half-century of pent-up anger and distress over sexual misconduct by New York’s Roman Catholic spiritual leaders will culminate next week. Faith and money will collide. Under a new state law, lawsuits seeking damages for past acts of rape or sexual abuse of children can be filed during a one-year window that opens Aug. 14. Hundreds of abuse lawsuits are expected to... more

Diocese of Rochester could face at least 75 new lawsuits over child abuse

Diocese of Rochester could face at least 75 new lawsuits over child abuse
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester could face dozens of lawsuits next month due to a change in state law. Boston attorney Mitchell Garabedian told Ithaca.com dozens of victims claiming abuse by clergy members in the Diocese of Rochester have come to him over the last several months to inquire about filing lawsuits. Of the 75 victims Garabedian represents, he says 70... more

Auburn church to throw new Mardi Gras celebration

Auburn church to throw new Mardi Gras celebration
Pursuing "the true meaning of Lent," St. Mary's Church in Auburn will host a new Mardi Gras Masquerade Gala at 6:45 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Springside Inn, 6141 W. Lake Road, Fleming. The event will take the form of an over-the-top carnival with indulgent foods and extravagant drinks. There will also be DJ Goodtime Charlie's Mobile Entertainment, a... more

Palmyra church members come together to make Friday a ‘Night to Shine’

Palmyra church members come together to make Friday a ‘Night to Shine’
Community members in Palmyra worked all day – to make sure Friday was a night to shine. The “Night to Shine” event is held around the world, and provides kids with special needs with a prom-like event. Cross Creek Church in Palmyra is one of the locations taking part. A tent had been put up for the event. Overnight Thursday,... more

Church abuse victim sees chance for justice locally

Church abuse victim sees chance for justice locally
When a bill that would extend the statute of limitations on child molestation cases breezed through the state Legislature this past week, there weren’t many people happier than Peter Saracino. Saracino, a native of Seneca Falls and a retired Marcus Whitman teacher, says a Capuchin priest at a former Catholic seminary in Geneva abused him when he was 8 or... more

Cuomo says he doesn’t govern as a Catholic

Cuomo says he doesn’t govern as a Catholic
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday in a radio interview defended the passage of a bill bolstering abortion laws in New York as opponents seek to mobilize politically on the issue. The bills were opposed by the Catholic Church and organizations opposed to abortion, while Vice President Mike Pence has said the bills should be a rallying cry for the pro-life... more

Some Catholic leaders angered over new abortion law in New York

Some Catholic leaders angered over new abortion law in New York
Some Catholic leaders are ripping Gov. Andrew Cuomo for signing into law a bill last week that will expand abortion rights in New York, with some suggesting the governor should be excommunicated from the Catholic Church. Cuomo, a Roman Catholic and former altar boy, was unmoved by the criticism, saying Monday that he and his late father, the former Gov.... more

Auburn’s Wall Street Church faces uncertain future

Auburn’s Wall Street Church faces uncertain future
The steeple of the Wall Street Methodist Episcopal Church in Auburn has been a visible landmark in the city for more than 130 years. But, after being vacated in the early 2000s, the historic building has deteriorated enough to put its future in doubt. The church was recently placed on the Eight That Can’t Wait list by the Preservation Association... more

Local residents react to Hill Cumorah Pageant ending in 2020

Hill Cumorah Pageant to end in 2020
The famed Hill Cumorah Pageant is set to end after its 2020 season, according to Pageant officials. The announcement was made on Saturday. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said several pageants produced by the Church will be either modified or ended, including its flagship pageant in Palmyra. According to Pageant officials, Church officials listed several factors which... more

Half Acre Union Church in Aurelius presents new building

Half Acre Union Church in Aurelius presents new building
Cars overflowed from the parking lot to line both sides of W. Genesee St. Road as Half Acre Union Church presented its new building — located at the same address as the former building that burned down nearly three years ago — to the community on Sunday. A devastating fire destroyed the former Aurelius church building in November 2015, and... more

Geneva man hopes sharing his story of abuse will bring change

Peter Saracino, 66, of Geneva alleges he was sexually abused by a Capuchin Franciscan priest when he was eight-years-old. Thursday marked 27 years to the day that Saracino confronted his alleged abuser in a letter. Saracino said his abuser was not part of the Rochester Diocese, rather from a seminary in New Jersey that led the school for boys interested... more

Changes coming to Hill Cumorah Pageant

Some historic changes are in place ahead of the 2019 performance of the Hill Cumorah Pageant. For the first time in 14 years, the show has a new artistic director, and for the first time in its 81 year history that director is a woman, Shawnda Moss The 2018 show wraps up tonight. Moss' predecessor served 21 years of service... more

Half Acre Union Church in Aurelius open after rebuilding from fire

Half Acre Union Church is now in full operation after rebuilding from a devastating fire that destroyed the church building more than two years ago. The Aurelius church continued hosting services elsewhere after the formerly 100-year-old building caught fire in November 2015, but Pastor Harry Dow said he wants people to know a new building has been constructed and the... more
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