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St. Jude the Apostle School in Wynantskill is hoping to increase its enrollment with a little help from some young leaders. Last fall, the school began a student ambassador program.


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SIGNING UP FOR FAITH
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.

Thursday, February 22, 2018
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CHUC MUNG NAM MOI
The Vietnamese Catholic community celebrated Tet, the Vietnamese New Year, with a special Mass and meal last weekend at Sacred Heart parish in Albany.

Thursday, February 22, 2018
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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.

Thursday, February 15, 2018
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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.

Thursday, February 15, 2018
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Opinion
Mary, calming distractions on the Mass Pike
One of my daily struggles in trying to live a more prayerful life has been distraction. Often, when praying or at Mass, my mind will wander away from focusing on Christ as I drift into thoughts about a paper I have to write, what I need to buy at the store or how many slabs of bacon I will eat later that morning at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary's Sunday brunch.

Thursday, February 22, 2018
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Abortion-expanding budget not good for women, children
In 2013, Gov. Andrew Cuomo tried to give New York women a present. He called it the "Women's Equality Act," a 10-point plan of policies for women that included protections against salary inequities, sexual harassment, discrimination and domestic violence.

Thursday, February 15, 2018
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The message of Ash Wednesday
Surely, 16-century English martyr and learned bishop St. John Fisher knew of the proverb "Momento Mori."
The Latin words mean, "Remember, thou must die."


Thursday, February 8, 2018
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Valentine's Day in the ER
I'd like to share one of my favorite love stories.

Thursday, February 8, 2018
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Features
'Volunteer cuddler' soothes infants in St. Peter's NICU
At St. Peter's Hospital in Albany, in the neonatal intensive care unit, Maureen Nyilis cradles five-day-old Adio snugly in her arms. The two sit in a cushioned chair next to Adio's NICU incubator.

Thursday, February 15, 2018
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Discussion group helps post-confirmation teens
Each month, a group of high school seniors gathers at Immaculate Conception parish in Glenville. They ponder their future, their careers and their faith.

Thursday, February 15, 2018
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'You are Beautiful Day' energizes AHN students
In the gymnasium of the Academy of the Holy Names in Albany, senior girls sat in groups on the floor. In each of their laps was a purple sheet of paper with the words, "You are beautiful because..." and room to write affirmations.

Thursday, February 8, 2018
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'Super Freeze' prepped St. Pius for Super Bowl
In the parish center of St. Pius X Church in Loudonville, a little girl stood in front of an inflatable football goal, looking determined. With a foam football in her hand and her eyes locked on the target, she sent the ball soaring through the air and into the goal -- a perfect shot.

Thursday, February 8, 2018
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