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One of the biggest decisions in Garrett Bernardo's life was between playing professional baseball or becoming a missionary.


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CONCERT FOR VOCATIONS
"What a wonderful way to promote vocations and to spread the
joy of the Gospel!" said an onlooker when 600 Catholics of all ages gathered at St. Pius X parish in Loudonville Aug. 8 for the third annual Concert for Vocations.


Thursday, August 17, 2017
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Windham 'Women's Expo' fights domestic violence, boosts women in Church
The Women's Guild at St. Theresa of the Child Jesus parish in Windham will hold a huge "Women's Expo" Aug. 19. The Greene County Domestic Violence Shelter will receive the proceeds.

Thursday, August 10, 2017
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Once stillborn, local woman will take part in beatification of priest who may have saved her
A rare beatification will occur in the United States when Rev. Solanus Casey, a Capuchin Franciscan, is honored in a Nov. 18 ceremony in Detroit. Participating in the rite will be Molly Towne of St. Clement's parish in Saratoga Springs.
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Thursday, August 3, 2017
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'13 Reasons Why' TV series sparks creation of mental health committee
What began as a way to address the media furor around the Netflix television series "13 Reasons Why" has ended with the formation of a mental health awareness committee for the Albany Diocese.

Thursday, August 3, 2017
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Opinion
St. Raphael, by my side through illness and change
Choosing a confirmation name is a pretty big deal when accepting your faith. After all, my name, Joseph, has been with me since my birth and will stay with me for the rest of my life. It is the first thing people learn about me. It has become my identity.

Thursday, August 17, 2017
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Boiling blood, volcanoes and a confirmation name
Names are important. They signify who we are and give us individuality. However, we cannot name ourselves. This crucial decision is left to our parents -- but our faith allows us a chance to add to our name and make it truly ours.
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Thursday, August 17, 2017
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Hope for Catholic schools
When my children were young, they attended St. John the Evangelist elementary school in Schenectady. The school took part in the national DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance and Education) program.

Thursday, August 17, 2017
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Hank Williams, Mother Teresa and Jesus Christ
Southerners revere the memory of the late Hank Williams (1923-53), arguably the greatest country-western entertainer of the last century. His career was tragically cut short by a premature death at the age of 30. Sixty-plus years later, Williams' name is still one of the most recognizable in many areas of our country. His hard-earned fame has stood the test of time.

Thursday, August 17, 2017
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Features
Greenfield teens transition from altar servers to ushers
"When I 'aged out' of being an altar server, an old guy asked if I would like to be an usher. I thought it was the coolest thing," Thomas Cronin recalled.

Thursday, August 17, 2017
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TAKE HIM OUT TO THE BALLGAME: Priest tries to visit every MLB stadium
Rev. James Fitzmaurice, pastor of Christ the King parish in Westmere, Albany, is getting closer to fulfilling his baseball dream: visiting every one of the 30 major-league stadiums.

Thursday, August 10, 2017
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Cobleskill Catholics hold listening sessions
This summer, St. Vincent de Paul parish in Cobleskill held a group of "listening sessions" after a Saturday-evening vigil Mass to get parishioners' input on parish events, plans and projects for the new fiscal year.

Thursday, August 10, 2017
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Parish team phones people not in pews
Mass-goers can get used to seeing the same faces in the pews around them each Sunday, but that doesn't mean an empty pew one week becomes a cause for concern.
St. Adalbert's parish in Schenectady thinks maybe it should be.


Thursday, August 3, 2017
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