Events, jubilees, retirement mark Southern Tier happenings - Catholic Courier
Students enact Jesus carrying his cross in a production of "Mary's Way" at a Catholic high school in the Southern Tier. The class of 2024 at Elmira's Notre Dame High School presented "Mary's Way" March 27. (Photo courtesy of Notre Dame High School)

Events, jubilees, retirement mark Southern Tier happenings

A special musical performance in Ithaca, initiatives at Elmira Notre Dame High School, a jubilee observance for two Elmira priests and a retirement in Schuyler County are among the recent highlights for Southern Tier parishes and schools.

Musical group makes guest appearance at Ithaca parish

On April 27, the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers sang during the 5 p.m. Mass at Ithaca’s St. Catherine of Siena Church. The group joined with the parish choir, and a public reception followed in Mahler Hall.

The Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers is a group that is passionate about African American sacred music and Negro spirituals, and educating audiences about them. The group, under the directorship of founder Baruch J. Whitehead, associate professor of music education at Ithaca College, includes music students from the college as well as community members of all ages. The group is named in honor of civil rights pioneer Dorothy Cotton, who resided in Ithaca and served as education director for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Elmira Notre Dame High School hosts events

On March 19, Notre Dame High served as host for the Empty Bowls event that raised more than $28,000 for Catholic Charities’ Elmira Community Kitchen. Those attending experienced a simple lunch of soup and bread — to be in solidarity with those living in poverty — and received commemorative bowls made by local potters.

On March 27, Notre Dame’s school community witnessed the Class of 2024’s presentation of “Mary’s Way,” a meditation on the Stations of the Cross as seen through the eyes of the Blessed Mother.

The high school also welcomed residents from Appleridge Senior Living on April 16. The special guests sat in on classes and enjoyed lunch with Notre Dame’s international students, with whom they’ve developed a relationship through past service visits by the students.

Also on April 16, the school marked the culmination of a special Lenten project. A young single mother — who had previously walked her two children to school and also walked to her full-time job — was presented that day with a vehicle acquired through fundraising efforts by the Notre Dame community. The woman’s plight had originally come to the attention of Marie McCaig, ND’s campus minister.

Priests from Elmira parish note 40-year jubilees

A dual 40th-anniversary drop-in reception, honoring Fathers Scott Kubinski and Richard Farrell from Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish, will take place June 9 at the Hilltop Restaurant in Elmira from 1 to 4 p.m.

Father Scott Kubinski
Fr. Kubinski

Father Kubinski grew up in Elmira’s St. Casimir Parish, attending the parish school as well as Notre Dame High. Bishop Matthew H. Clark ordained him on June 1, 1984, at St. Charles Borromeo Church near Rochester.

Father Kubinski’s 40-year priesthood has included several Southern Tier assignments: parochial vicar at St. Patrick, Owego, and St. Mary Our Mother, Horseheads; chaplain at Ithaca College; sacramental and administrative roles in the cluster of All Saints in Lansing, Holy Cross in Dryden/Freeville, and St. Anthony in Groton; and pastor at Elmira’s Christ the Redeemer. In 2017, he was named pastor of Christ the Redeemer, Blessed Sacrament and St. Mary in Elmira, which all became Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish a year later. He remains in that pastorate today.

Father Richard Farrell
Fr. Farrell

Father Farrell, a Rochester native, was ordained by Bishop Clark on May 18, 1984, at St. Pius Tenth Church near Rochester.

Nearly all of Father Farrell’s priestly ministry has been in Elmira, where he has served as director of pastoral care at St. Joseph Hospital; pastor of St. Mary Southside; pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish; and sacramental minister at Elmira’s Southport Correctional Facility. In 2017, he began as parochial vicar of Elmira’s Blessed Sacrament, Christ the Redeemer and St. Mary parishes, and has remained in that role since the church communities evolved into Most Holy Name of Jesus in 2018.

Minister in Watkins Glen, Odessa cluster retires

Rosemary Nabogis, who has served in a number of ministerial roles for Schuyler Catholic Community, has retired from her duties effective May 8.

Nabogis, a native of Australia, began serving in the Schuyler cluster (St. Mary of the Lake, Watkins Glen, and St. Benedict, Odessa) in 2017. Her responsibilities have included pastoral ministry, cemetery management, children’s and adult faith formation, and preparation for those seeking to be initiated into the Catholic Church.

“There are many memories I shall cherish,” Nabogis stated in an April 28 parish bulletin announcement.

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