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Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger addresses people who say, "I'm spiritual, but not religious;" Father Anthony Barratt explains what the upcoming feast of the exaltation of the cross is about; Linda Berkery reminisces in a column about her grandmother's rocking chair; and Deacon Walter Ayres writes on modern martyrs.

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Diocese's future is here: Parishes collaborate, priests juggle duties
Pastoral planning is still on the minds of every parish leader and pastoral council member in the Albany Diocese.

Thursday, September 4, 2014
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Retreat will correct misunderstandings on divorce, annulment
Misconceptions about the Catholic Church's views on divorce complicate the healing process for people coping with the end of their marriages.

Thursday, August 28, 2014
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Priest remains on leave pending review
The Albany Diocese released the following statement on Rev. J. Michael Taylor.

Thursday, August 21, 2014
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Local parishes gear up to shelter homeless families
Ten Catholic parishes in the Albany Diocese have signed on to participate in Family Promise, an interfaith program to help homeless families find permanent housing and employment.

Thursday, August 21, 2014
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How to grow a parish
When I think of the word "parish," the first thing that comes to mind is radishes.

Thursday, September 4, 2014
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Taking time to figure out a vocation
When I was first accepted as a seminarian for the Albany Diocese, a priest friend gave me some of the best advice in regard to discerning the priesthood: "You're not deciding to be a priest now; rather, you're deciding if you are willing to take a year to discern that call."

Thursday, August 28, 2014
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Darwin vs. Eden
Do you believe that the earth is flat? Do you believe the sun, planets and stars revolve around the earth? Do you believe the earth travels on the back of a turtle? Do you believe that the universe came about in six days? Do you believe humans beings were created by command and have always existed as we are in our present form?

Thursday, August 7, 2014
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If God could make me a teacher...
It was almost 10 years ago that I walked into my classroom as a teacher for the first time. At first, I was excited to start teaching, but by the end of second period, I was thinking, "What have I gotten myself into?"

Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Catholics on Call welcomes young adults with vocations
This fall, the Albany Diocese will host its first Catholics on Call discernment weekend for young adults.

It's also the first time the conference will be held at a site other than Chicago, where it was created. The weekend, billed as a "vocation discovery program," will be Oct. 10-12 at the Carondelet Hospitality Center in Latham.

Thursday, September 4, 2014
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Amsterdam vet honored at 70th anniversary of D-Day
Memories of everyday life are starting to escape John Trzaskos, 89, a parishioner of St. Stanislaus Church in Amsterdam. But he'll never forget the details of June 6, 1944, the day he and more than 160,000 Allied soldiers invaded Western Europe in World War II.

Thursday, August 28, 2014
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Teen artist's mural brightens St. Edward's faith formation space
When the faith formation staff at St. Edward's parish in Clifton Park wanted to "jazz up" their hallway, students knew just the right artist to recommend.

Thursday, August 28, 2014
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CCHS coach isn't sidelined yet
Bob Gilligan officially retired from teaching and coaching at Catholic Central High School in Troy five years ago, but he still coaches co-ed golf at the school and cheers for other athletes.

Thursday, August 14, 2014
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