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10/26/2017 9:00:00 AM
Have you heard?

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. The Little Angel Gowns group in the Albany Diocese is on hold until spring from collecting wedding gowns to make burial outfits for infants who have passed away. The group collected more than 1,088 gowns and distributed more than 1,355 gowns to hospitals over the past two and a half years. What is needed are prepaid Visa gift cards to pay for postage to mail the gowns to affiliate hospitals, gift cards for Joann's Fabrics and Walmart and satin gowns in light pink and light blue. Donations may be dropped off at Christ Our Light Church in Loudonville or Latham Ford. If a tax receipt is desired, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. For more information, contact CAROL SELKIS, (518) 482-5700 or tselkis1@nycap.rr.com....

REV. DAVID MICKIEWICZ, pastor of St. Mary's parish in Oneonta, shared a recent homily on the mass shootings in Las Vegas: "There is no meaning in senseless slaughter. The violent act of humans killing humans is at the heart of the history of the human story. It is reflected in the sinful turns of the story of salvation. Cain murders his brother Abel. King David plots the death of Uriah to cover up his adultery with Uriah's wife, Bathsheba. Jesus is killed by state-sponsored execution. There is in all these stories an obstinacy of heart, a stubbornness and inflexibility that leads to the death of the soul.

"The inability and unwillingness in our society to have a mature and informed discussion on the care of the mentally ill, common-sense gun control and background checks, the abuse of alcohol and the cold-heartedness of students in the face of someone dying in violent and degrading college hazing rites is, to my view, an obstinacy of heart that is killing our people and our soul.

"In your opinion, what is more important: the common good or an individual's rights? Do the values of the Gospel and Church social teaching inform your answer...the values of the human dignity of every human being...the value of biblical justice, living in harmony with God and neighbor...the value of working for peace by a conversion of our own hearts...the value of the common good? We Catholic Christians have a valuable contribution to make to our society.

"Individual rights speak the lie that it is possible that we each can do whatever we want and are beholden to no one else. It is an attitude that is lacking in maturity and responsibility. The common good, which Pope Francis mentioned nine times when he spoke to members of Congress, puts the greatest benefit ahead of the individual. The individual is at the service of the community. It means everyone must cooperate, give and take, find a middle ground for the greater good. There is no place for stubbornness of heart. "In regard to the issue of violence in our country, what would you be willing to concede to bring about harmony, mutual responsibility, humility and common sense back into our civil and Church life for the common good?"...

Our Lady of Martyrs Shrine in Auriesville received a "Best of Fultonville" award from the Fultonville Award Program for enhancing the positive image of small business through service to customers and the community"....

The ecumenical Troy Area United Ministries (TAUM), which serves the needy, is having its annual Music and Chocolate fund­raiser Nov. 5, 3-5 p.m., at Gilead Lutheran Church in Center Bruns­wick. Admission is $15 ($18 at the door). SISTER KATE ARSENEAU, CSJ, parish life director for St. Michael's parish in Troy, and the parish's choir will perform a medley of songs from "Sister Act." RSVP for tickets at (518) 274-5920....

MARIA HARTZ, a recent graduate of The College of Saint Rose in Albany, received the Capital Area Council of Churches' ED BLOCH interfaith award for her leadership in the Better Together campus ministry program....

The seventh- and eighth-grade modified soccer team from St. Pius X School in Loudonville recently joined with the St. Ambrose School team from Latham at Siena College's center field to say a prayer together before the start of a game....

At Sacred Heart School in Troy, fifth- and sixth-graders applied the scientific method to the question, "Does the weight of an airplane effect the distance it will fly?" Once they formed their hypothesis, they designed, created and tested several types of paper planes. They concluded that weight did effect the distance their planes flew down the hallway....

For Fire Prevention Week, St. Jude the Apostle School in Wy­nantskill got a visit from the Wynantskill Fire Department. Students practiced a fire drill, learned about the equipment firefighters wear and saw it up close. They learned about meeting places and finding two ways out to prepare for emergencies....

It's an exciting time for kindergartners at St. Mary's School in Ballston Spa: They made a tower out of apple chunks and toothpicks, joined second-grade prayer partners to learn about St. Therese of Lisieux and had a field trip to Ellms Farm, where they saw pumpkins growing, picked their own, fed goats, saw chickens and pigs, tried a zipline and had cider and doughnuts. Also, the Union Fire Company and Eagle-Matt Lee Fire Company No. 1 visited the school to review fire prevention rules.

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