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Friday, August 17, 2018

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    Thursday, August 16, 2018 9:00 AM
    SEMINARIANS HEADING "back to school" are blessed each year during Candidacy and the Rite of Sending as they begin or return to their studies for the priesthood. Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger leads the ceremony at St. Jude the Apostle parish in Wynantskill. (Nate Whitchurch photos)
    Thursday, August 16, 2018 9:00 AM
    AS STUDENTS START another school year, many are starting to think about future careers. The annual Concert for Vocations offers music by people in religious life and prayers for more vocations. The concert was held at St. Pius X parish in Loudonville. (Nate Whitchurch photos)
    Thursday, August 16, 2018 9:00 AM
    A JUBILANT CELEBRATION always marks the annual Mass for the anniversary of the Albany Diocese's Black Catholic Apostolate, based at St. Joan of Arc parish in Menands. The Mass last weekend marked the BCA's 34th anniversary. For more information, see www.rcda.org/parishes/black-catholic-apostolate. (Nate Whitchurch photos)
  • Bishop Scharfenberger: Laity are ‘essential’ and must lead investigations
    Thursday, August 9, 2018 9:00 AM
    In response to recent allegations of sexual abuse by high-ranking clergy, Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger issued the following statement to his fellow U.S. bishops Aug. 6.
  • Thursday, August 9, 2018 9:00 AM
    Catholic News Service reports that "Pope Francis has ordered a revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to assert that 'the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person.'" Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger and Deacon Walter Ayres of the diocesan Commission on Peace and Justice offer their comments.
  • New veterans’ group wants to help Schenectady vets
    Thursday, August 2, 2018 9:00 AM

    Inside the parish center at St. Luke’s in Schenectady, a group of local veterans chat amongst themselves. Tables are pushed together, and the men and women sit down for the third installment of St. Luke’s veterans’ support group. Still in its infancy, the group was created to establish a network of support for veterans and help local veterans in need.

  • Why we’re sending Anna to a Catholic school
    Thursday, August 16, 2018 9:00 AM
    When it came time for our daughter to begin school, my wife and I discussed our options at length. Living in an excellent school district, we had multiple options to consider as to where we should send Anna for her education.
  • The scavenger hunt for school supplies
    Thursday, August 16, 2018 9:00 AM
    It’s that glorious season when your beloved children will soon become, for six hours a day, someone else’s responsibility. That’s not without a price, fellow parents on the journey: First, you must go through the wringer that is known as “back to school.”
  • A lesson in God’s math
    Thursday, August 9, 2018 9:00 AM

    At first glance, this Sunday’s readings are simple math lessons. Elisha (2 Kgs 4:42-44) feeds 100 people with 20 barley loaves: one-fifth of a loaf per person. The Gospel (John 6:1-15) yields an even smaller fraction, dividing five barley loaves and two fish among 5,000 people.That is the difference between God’s math and ours: God does not divide; God multiplies.

  • Thursday, August 9, 2018 9:00 AM
    The Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents serves the spiritual needs of grieving parents whose children of any age have died from any cause, and helps interested parents — as well as clergy, religious, diocesan staff and spiritual directors — bring this ministry to their own parishes or regions.
  • Priest’s plea: Please have a funeral Mass
    Thursday, July 26, 2018 9:00 AM
    In recent years, among survivors, there’s been a shift in attitude about planning a funeral Mass for a deceased Catholic loved one. Many bypass it and choose another venue for a memorial service — a prayer service in the funeral home or at the graveside — or nothing at all.
  • Mourning the loss  of an unborn child
    Thursday, July 26, 2018 9:00 AM
    Due to a poorly-crafted law, New York State only requires a burial permit and proper disposition for the remains of fetal deaths occurring at 20 weeks gestation or greater.
  • Thursday, August 16, 2018 9:00 AM
    Gene-Philippe Mongan was happy to receive a college scholarship from the Knights of Columbus. He didn’t expect to be using it to study architecture for a semester in Rome, Italy.
  • Girl Scout’s project:  writing her first book
    Thursday, August 16, 2018 9:00 AM
    Every day, residents look around the Albany Diocese and see ways they wish to help their community. Cassandra Carraher, a Girl Scout and a new graduate of St. Mary’s School in Waterford, is making sure positive change happens.
  • Teresian House steps up for Mindful Mile program
    Thursday, August 9, 2018 9:00 AM
    Eileen Schiesel, 92, sits on a wooden bench outside the Teresian House Center for the Elderly in Albany. Her walker sports a floating red balloon. When the cue is given, Mrs. Schiesel pulls herself off the bench and heads down to the parking lot.
  • Glenville Catholic heading N.Y. Naval Militia
    Thursday, August 9, 2018 9:00 AM

    Rear Admiral Timothy Zakriski of Immaculate Conception parish in Glenville is the newest commander of the New York Naval Militia. The local Catholic took command June 22 during a ceremony held at Schodack Island State Park.

    Thursday, August 9, 2018 9:00 AM
    PEOPLE WHO EXERCISE know that it helps their fitness level to periodically change up their workouts, trying different exercises. St. Edward the Confessor parish in Clifton Park just followed this principle when in comes to the faith of children, offering a summer "Cross Training Camp" with activities, Bible stories and music.
    Monday, August 6, 2018 9:00 AM
    MSGR. DONALD RUTHERFORD, a priest of the Albany Diocese who retired in 2015 as the U.S. Army's chief of chaplains, has been made one of the inaugural members of the Army's Order of St. Martin of Tours.

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