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The Evangelist
Saturday, May 19, 2018

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  • Pilot parishes top goals for ‘Re-Igniting Our Faith’

    “This is a different kind of campaign,” remarked Rev. Donald Czelusniak.

  • Bishop speaks at pro-life lobby day
    On May 9, pro-life advocates from across New York State came to the State Capitol for the 2018 Lobby for Life Day, sponsored by New York State Right to Life. Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger was a guest speaker at the lobby day.
  • St. Anne Institute opening shelter for homeless teens

    “Two weeks ago, you couldn’t even come in here.”

    Anthony Cortese, CEO of St. Anne Institute in Albany, gestured at the newest addition to the agency that serves troubled children and teens: newly-renovated Bishop Howard J. Hubbard Hall, set to open May 31 as a homeless shelter for runaway youth.
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  • Police memorial Mass includes dedication of ‘Father Lefebvre Way’
    Thursday, May 17, 2018 9:00 AM
    The 32nd annual memorial Mass for deceased members of the law enforcement community was offered May 8 at St. Mary’s parish in Albany by Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger. Police officers, law enforcement representatives and relatives from across New York State came to honor their fallen colleagues and loved ones.
  • Thursday, May 17, 2018 9:00 AM
    Cardinal Timothy Dolan and the bishops of New York State have announced the formation of the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation, which at $3.2 billion will be one of the largest in the United States, and the largest focused solely on New York State.
    Thursday, May 10, 2018 9:00 AM
    CATHOLICS PARTICIPATED IN a walk titled, "No Borders for Workers," held May 1 in Albany. The event included an outdoor interfaith prayer vigil and a walk to the city's Townsend Park to show solidarity with local immigrants.
    Thursday, May 10, 2018 9:00 AM
    THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION was conferred by Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger upon 91 people from parishes across Columbia County, including nine members of the Spanish community. (Nate Whitchurch photos)
  • Rosary Walk participants pray for ‘culture of life’ in N.Y.
    Thursday, May 3, 2018 9:00 AM

    Catholics across the Albany Diocese were invited to celebrate the gift of life at the fifth annual diocesan Rosary Walk for Life, held April 28 in Albany (see accompanying photos).

  • Bishop’s Appeal looks  back at success,  forward to needs
    Thursday, April 26, 2018 9:00 AM

    The Bishop’s Appeal for the Albany Diocese has existed for 64 years and counting. This year, it has already collected nearly all of the $7.5 million pledged by Catholics across the Diocese to support dozens of ministries.
    That doesn’t mean the diocesan director of stewardship and development is resting on his laurels.

  • How do Catholics treat families living with mental health issues?
    Thursday, May 17, 2018 9:00 AM

    The families of those who have been diagnosed with a mental health problem often suffer in silence. The stigma attached to having a major depressive disorder, an anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, addiction or any mental health diagnosis is huge. The surprising thing is that these families sit next to us every weekend at Mass.

  • A letter to confirmands
    Thursday, May 17, 2018 9:00 AM
    Every Easter, I look forward to seeing a new group of young Catholics undergo confirmation. Beyond my happiness at seeing another generation make this important step in their lives, it brings to mind my own confirmation.
  • Pre-ordering the starvation of people with dementia
    Thursday, May 17, 2018 9:00 AM
    My 95-year-old mother has severe dementia. The disease has robbed her of the ability to do so many things she used to fully appreciate in her life: plant her tomato and cucumber seeds in the garden and lovingly nurture them through the summer; read the Reader’s Digest from cover to cover every month; put on her best dress and jewelry to go to church; and never miss anyone’s birthday with a card, a handwritten note or a gift.
  • People of faith keep running
    Thursday, May 10, 2018 9:00 AM

    I was walking down to the river recently and saw a pole with an American flag at half-staff. I found myself wondering, “What tragedy is this marking?” I couldn’t remember which was the latest one.

  • Fostering civil dialogue at Spring Enrichment
    Thursday, May 10, 2018 9:00 AM
    In the prayer attributed to St Francis, we hear several phrases that seem particularly relevant to the political climate of today.
  • Simon of Cyrene’s path, and ours
    Thursday, April 26, 2018 9:00 AM
    One of the most interesting figures in the Easter story is Simon of Cyrene. We know so little about him, yet he teaches us so much.
    Thursday, May 17, 2018 9:00 AM
    A "CARDBOARD CITY" takes shape near Sacred Heart parish in Troy as teens prepare to spend a night on the street to show solidarity with homeless families in the city.
  • Wednesday, May 16, 2018 9:00 AM
    In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, The Evangelist sat down with Harley McDevitt, head of pastoral care for the Albany Diocese, to discuss the Diocese’s recent and forthcoming initiatives to help local Catholics better their state of mental health.
  • Help honor vets by placing flags on graves
    Thursday, May 10, 2018 9:00 AM
    On Memorial Day, fallen soldiers and war veterans who rest at St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands will be honored with American flags placed on their graves. However, the tradition could become a thing of the past without more volunteers offering to help.
  • Clifton Park bowlers have fun to spare
    Thursday, May 10, 2018 9:00 AM
    The St. Edward’s parish bowling league has spent more than 30 years uniting Clifton Park parishioners and other locals with a focus on fun, not on how one will fare in the lanes.
    Thursday, May 10, 2018 9:00 AM
    A "QUEST FOR GOD" retreat sponsored by the Albany Diocese's Catholic Committee on Scouting was held last weekend at the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs in Auriesville for anyone in scouting or parish youth ministry. The day included service projects and other presentations and activities and ended with Mass with Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger. (Nate Whitchurch photos)
  • RPI Chapel + Cultural Center turns 50
    Thursday, May 3, 2018 9:00 AM

    On April 27, the Chapel and Cultural Center (C+CC) on the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy took a trip to Italy in celebration of the building’s 50th anniversary. Wine, coffee and sparkling water, along with garlic bread, salad and lasagna were served to eager diners at tables in the C+CC’s main auditorium.

    The dinner looked like a delicious Italian feast, a celebration of a milestone year in the building’s history. What wasn’t as apparent was that the same space at RPI is the home of Christ Sun of Justice parish.

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