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On the death of James 'JJ' Hanson
James "JJ" Hanson, an outspoken advocate for patients rights and against physician-assisted suicide, died of brain cancer Dec. 30 at the age of 36. Mr. Hanson, a Hudson Valley resident, retired Marine and one-time member of the administration of former Gov. David Paterson, leaves behind his wife, Kristen, and two young sons, James and Lucas.
Thursday, January 4, 2018

School aid veto disappoints
Last week, the New York State Catholic Conference was informed that Gov. Andrew Cuomo vetoed legislation (S.6089) that would have averted cuts in state reimbursements to Catholic and other non-public schools. The cuts are based on the state changing a nearly four-decade-old formula for calculating reimbursement.
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Top local 2017 headlines
Here is a review of major news items about the Albany Diocese that appeared in The Evangelist during the 12 months of 2017.
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Coming soon to a parish near you: live-streamed Masses
On the third day, God created live-streaming.
Maybe it wasn't that easy. Yet, for many parishes across the Albany Diocese, the prospect of live-streaming Christmas and Sunday Masses on a regular basis for homebound or ill parishioners is becoming a reality

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Former parish's crèche lives on in Troy display
St. Mary's parish in Troy closed in 2010, but one feature of the church continues to be an important part of the city's holiday season: its Nativity scene.
Thursday, December 21, 2017

AMSTERDAM VOLUNTEER SUSPENDED AFTER ARREST
New York State Police have informed St. Mary's Institute in Amsterdam that John D. Salisbury, a volunteer after-school coach for the girls' junior basketball team, was arrested Dec. 14,
Thursday, December 21, 2017

CHRISTMAS MASS OBLIGATIONS
Christmas Day falls on a Monday this year, so Christmas Eve is the fourth Sunday of Advent. The fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Day are separate days of obligation. Mass-goers should not merge the two.
Thursday, December 21, 2017

AT THE MANGER
Joe, Amanda and Finnley Thouin portray Joseph, Mary and Jesus for "The Christmas Story" at Our Lady of the Assumption parish in Latham.
Thursday, December 21, 2017

CHRISTMAS IN GLENS FALLS
WHEN REV. THOMAS MORRETTE became pastor of St. Mary's parish in Glens Falls not long ago, he brought along a tradition from other parishes he'd served: a Christmas party after a Sunday Mass during Advent for the children of the parish.
Thursday, December 21, 2017

North Country Ministry fights ever-present Adirondack poverty
Last Christmas, a single father stopped at North Country Ministry to pick up donated Christmas presents for his five-year-old son. As he accepted the gifts, he couldn't look the NCM caseworker in the eye -- but he pulled a $5 bill out of his pocket and held it out to her.
"This is the last money I have, but I have to do something for the ministry, after you've done so much for my son," he said.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

RECONSECRATING DIOCESE TO MARY
ON DEC. 8, THE FEAST of the Immaculate Conception, Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger reconsecrated the Albany Diocese to Mary, its patroness, during a Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
Thursday, December 14, 2017

Catholics in Diocese aid Puerto Rico's recovery
Two months after Puerto Rico was slammed by back-to-back hurricanes, millions of island residents "still have no power and lack access to clean drinking water, refrigeration and other necessities."
That hits close to home for people like Chemise Cuevas and Lisette Stapleton.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Diocese to mark Encuentro
On Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m., Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the culmination of the Diocese of Albany's participation in the local level of the fifth national Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry with a bilingual Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

VIGIL FOR CHILDREN
IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY parish in Watervliet brought attention to the abuse, trafficking and abandonment of children in the United States with a candlelight prayer vigil in front of the Watervliet Price Chopper.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

How local Catholics are easing grief and fear amid tragedies
Counselors and Catholics around the Albany Diocese have been seeing the same problems lately: grief, fear and pain.
The string of attacks that have mowed down innocent people in the United States, the natural disasters that have plagued the global community and people's own personal grief are causing many to need comfort and reassurance, especially as the holiday season approaches.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Grant boosts social justice in parishes
Catholic Charities of the Albany Diocese and several parishes are beginning a three-year collaboration to boost social justice efforts all over the Diocese.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

CORNERSTONE OF FAITH
ON OCT. 28, 1917, the cornerstone for St. Patrick's Church in Ravena was dedicated before a crowd of 2,000, with a marching band and grandstand to overlook the ceremony. On Oct. 28, 2017, Bishop Emeritus Howard J. Hubbard was on hand to celebrate the centennial of that event.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

ST. CLEMENT'S CENTENNIAL
ST. CLEMENT'S PARISH in Saratoga Springs just marked its centennial with a Mass and reception.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Campaign will 're-ignite' parishes in Albany Diocese
It's time to address parish needs in a new way, say parish leaders and officials from the Albany Diocese working on the "Re-Igniting Our Faith" campaign.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Vermont bishop will speak on America as missionary Church
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.

Thursday, October 12, 2017






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