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All Catholics are called to be "bearers and sharers" of the faith, says Bishop Christopher J. Coyne of the Diocese of Burlington, Vt. However, that doesn't mean scolding people who aren't in church every week.


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Local Catholics help Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico's struggle to recover from Hurricane Maria is hitting home for many Catholics in the Albany Diocese.

Thursday, October 12, 2017
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DIOCESAN RESPECT LIFE MASS
A RESPECT LIFE MASS last weekend at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany included a commissioning ceremony for parish respect life representatives.

Thursday, October 12, 2017
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St. Francis of Assisi parish finds new, united identity
There's a fine line, says parish life director Dorothy Sokol, between merged parishes working toward togetherness and continuing to honor the unique traditions of each faith community, which bring their own spirit to the united parish.

Thursday, October 5, 2017
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Special anniversary of Marriage Jubilee
On Oct. 1, Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger celebrated the 45th annual diocesan Marriage Jubilee Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany.

Thursday, October 5, 2017
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Opinion
A real wedding gift: oneself
There is an enchanting story told by the Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke, who lived in the late 19th and early 20th century. While residing in Paris in the first decade of the last century, he often passed by a woman begging on a city street, into whose hat tourists and local citizens tossed coins. The astute poet could not fail to notice that the beggar was strangely unmoved by the charity shown her, as if she had no feelings at all.

Thursday, October 5, 2017
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Celebrating adoption
Mary is a single mom who is parenting two energetic fourth-graders: Luke and Sebastian. She's an adoptive parent who opened her heart and her home to two baby boys in need of some love and stability. I am in awe of her strength and her courage.

Thursday, October 5, 2017
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A young saint who models imperfection
There are a couple of things I remember about my Granddad Jimmy, who died when I was five: he was badly injured in World War II; and he had a devotion to St. Therese of Lisieux.

Thursday, October 5, 2017
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Rural parish responds to opioid crisis
Other faith communities might consider some of our ideas as we all look for ways to help those who are afflicted with addictions.

Thursday, September 28, 2017
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Features
PASS THE POTATOES: Tater collections feed the hungry around Cooperstown
They come in countless varieties, from savory to sweet. You can bake them, boil them, mash them, fry them, scallop them, rice them or put them in a pie.
Last year, piles of them weighed down one end of St. Mary's Church in Cooperstown so much that they had to be redistributed to different parts of the worship space, because there were concerns that the church floor might collapse.


Thursday, October 5, 2017
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Catholics share pets with nursing home residents
Joan Partyka was a teacher in the Albany City School District for 35 years. Now, she volunteers for the therapy dog organization Share-a-Pet with her golden retriever-poodle mix, Louie.

Thursday, October 5, 2017
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Siena College marks 80th anniversary
At its founding Sept. 22, 1937, Siena College in Loudonville expected 40 students. More than 90 came.

Thursday, October 5, 2017
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PET FEST AT ST. EDWARD'S
FOR FURRY FRIENDS, St. Edward's parish in Clifton Park was the place to be for a recent "Pet Fest and Home Show."

Thursday, October 5, 2017
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