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The Evangelist
Friday, April 20, 2018

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  • Knotting cord rosaries keeps retiree busy
    For more than a decade, Nancy Krosky of St. Clare’s parish in Colonie has been making rosaries entirely out of nylon cord — no metal or glass included. Each “bead” of the rosary is formed by creating several knots; even the cross is created entirely of knotted cord.
  • Diocese reviews IMAP and responses on abuse
    In 2004, the Albany Diocese established the Independent Mediation Assistance Program (IMAP) to address the needs of individuals who, as minors, were sexually abused by clergy. The program was one of the first in the country to address the needs of victims and survivors as they sought healing.
    FAITH FORMATION STUDENTS present the Living Stations of the Cross last weekend at Holy Trinity parish in Johnstown.
  • Vatican astronomer speaks in Troy
    "Wonderful. Absolutely wonderful," Rev. Edward Kacerguis declared, taking in the crowd Feb. 28 at Christ Sun of Justice parish in Troy.
    A cluster of people surrounded the reason for Father Kacerguis' enthusiasm: Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, a planetary scientist who is director of the Vatican Observatory.
  • Prayer week offers healing for
unemployed, abused, others
    As parishes across the Albany Diocese offer Lenten talks, prayer services and retreats, St. Kateri Tekakwitha parish in Schenectady is taking an unusual tack: From March 12-16, the parish will offer a week-long series of prayer experiences on topics like the dignity of work and finding healing after abuse.
  • Fourteen faith communities meet
to work on caring for the Earth
    Protecting the Earth is a goal for many faith communities. Now, Catholic parishes and other congregations in the Albany Diocese are teaming up to work on environmental issues.
    The Vietnamese Catholic community celebrated Tet, the Vietnamese New Year, with a special Mass and meal last weekend at Sacred Heart parish in Albany.
    The Rite of Election was held last weekend at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany for persons wishing to join the Catholic Church.
  • Three diocesan schools 
turning focus to pre-K
    Three elementary schools across the Albany Diocese will be expanding their pre-kindergarten programs in response to increased interest in their communities, while also making adjustments to the older elementary grades as a result of shifting demographics.
  • Hoosick Falls parish mulls options
in wake of 2017 flood damage
    As Immaculate Conception parish in Hoosick Falls continues to recover from last summer's devastating flood damage, parishioners are deliberating whether it's best to repair their church or relocate.

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