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Ron and Sharon Harshman, along with Father Jacek Mazur, pose with Bishop Michael W. Fisher following the Mass honoring the 2023 Lay Award of St. Joseph the Worker recipients.

Excerpt from the Western NY Catholic Magazine March 14, 2023...

The Harshmans receive a certain satisfaction from serving their tight-knit community of St. Mary of the Cataract Parish in Niagara Falls. The couple are both eucharistic ministers. They count the collection. And lend a hand when it comes to decorating for the holidays.

“We love our parish. We love Father (Jacek) Mazur (the pastor). We just love doing it. We love helping,” says Sharon Harshman.

For her husband Ron Harshman, in serving the parish he feels, “Peace being closer to God.”



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Bishop Michael W. Fisher, who celebrated the March 11 Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral, spoke of St. Joseph as an example of a faithful and just man, who taught skills and a work ethic to Jesus.

“Today, we honor you for this work ethic, this faithfulness, and this dedication not only to your parishes, but to the people that we serve throughout the diocese,” he said. “I think all of my brother priests can honestly say that usually there are those few people in our parishes that we know we can go to and we’re going to get something done. And it’s usually those people that we put a lot on their shoulders, and I think they’re sitting here in the pews today.”