• Stacks of boxes, neatly labeled in both English and Spanish, are a familiar sight around St. Francis and St. Clare Parish, which has worship sites in Waterloo and Seneca Falls....

    <p>Ann Marie Zon looks on Aug. 24 as boxes of donated items are packed into a truck at St. Patrick Church in Seneca Falls. The items will be distributed to the needy in Nicaragua. (Courier photo by John Haeger)  </p>

    Ann Marie Zon looks on Aug. 24 as boxes of donated items are packed into a truck at St. Patrick Church in Seneca Falls. The items will be distributed to the needy in Nicaragua. (Courier photo by John Haeger)

  • HENRIETTA — The closing of a Catholic church in suburban Rochester is a rare but — over the last decade — not unprecedented event.

    <p>Parishioners pray at Good Shepherd in Henrietta Aug. 25. The church campus was sold to the Rush-Henrietta School District in July, and the church&rsquo;s operations will shift to Henrietta&rsquo;s Guardian Angels Church by the end of November. </p>

    Parishioners pray at Good Shepherd in Henrietta Aug. 25. The church campus was sold to the Rush-Henrietta School District in July, and the church’s operations will shift to Henrietta’s Guardian Angels Church by the end of November. (Courier photo by John Haeger)

  • WATKINS GLEN — High in the hills above this Schuyler County village, a short distance from a popular state park, lies some deserted acreage with enough architectural remnants to hint of...

    <p>St. Anthony of Padua Minor Seminary and Prep School's historic main building in Watkins Glen was demolished in 1996.  </p>

    St. Anthony of Padua Minor Seminary and Prep School’s historic main building in Watkins Glen was demolished in 1996. (Photo courtesy of Gary Emerson)