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It's easy to disagree on theological fine points, but it's hard to argue with experience. In attempting to evangelize both active and inactive Catholics, no one set a better example than Christ the Good Shepherd, who would look for the one sheep when He had 99.


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Once stillborn, local woman will take part in beatification of priest who may have saved her
A rare beatification will occur in the United States when Rev. Solanus Casey, a Capuchin Franciscan, is honored in a Nov. 18 ceremony in Detroit. Participating in the rite will be Molly Towne of St. Clement's parish in Saratoga Springs.
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Thursday, August 3, 2017
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'13 Reasons Why' TV series sparks creation of mental health committee
What began as a way to address the media furor around the Netflix television series "13 Reasons Why" has ended with the formation of a mental health awareness committee for the Albany Diocese.

Thursday, August 3, 2017
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Hard-hit Hoosick Falls works on flood recovery
Immaculate Conception parish in Hoosick Falls continues to cope with the devastating effects of July 1 flooding that left the village under a state of emergency.

Thursday, July 20, 2017
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SPECIAL SECTION: REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS IN THE ALBANY DIOCESE
A special section on the local refugee community and how Catholics are coming to the aid of immigrants and refugees in need....

Thursday, July 13, 2017
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Opinion
A garden of weeds and wheat
My teacher for my first lesson as a novice gardener was a weed.

Thursday, August 3, 2017
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Excuses for not going to church
There was recently a meme making its way around social media that took the excuses for not going to church and applied them to not going to sporting events:  "Every time I go [to a sporting event], they asked me for money...."

Thursday, July 27, 2017
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Information, please
When I was working as an information operator for AT&T in 1982, I was instructed that, after giving out a phone number, I should never say, "God bless you."

Thursday, July 27, 2017
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Dreaming of treasure
In 1982, while in grad school, I took a course in dream interpretation. Since then, I've enjoyed identifying parallels between dreams and real life.

Thursday, July 27, 2017
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Features
Cobleskill Catholics hold listening sessions
This summer, St. Vincent de Paul parish in Cobleskill held a group of "listening sessions" after a Saturday-evening vigil Mass to get parishioners' input on parish events, plans and projects for the new fiscal year.

Thursday, August 10, 2017
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Parish team phones people not in pews
Mass-goers can get used to seeing the same faces in the pews around them each Sunday, but that doesn't mean an empty pew one week becomes a cause for concern.
St. Adalbert's parish in Schenectady thinks maybe it should be.


Thursday, August 3, 2017
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Oneonta parish renovations bring excitement, ecumenism
Parishioners of St. Mary's in Oneonta agree that there's no point in renovating their church if they themselves aren't renewed.
So, until the interior renovations underway at St. Mary's since June are complete, every Mass includes prayers for both the spiritual renewal of the people and the safety of the construction workers.


Thursday, August 3, 2017
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After wartime service and missionary work, centenarian brother lives a peaceful life
"In your daily life, take it easy. Do what you can," says Brother John O'Laughlin, CSC.
Having turned 100 in May, the Holy Cross brother is taking his own advice.


Thursday, August 3, 2017
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