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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
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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
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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
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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
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Opinion
My responsibility in forming future priests
What about the formators, those involved in the formation and assessment of our future priests? Who is involved and how do they help our seminarians?

Thursday, January 11, 2018
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Ways of looking at Mary
Arguably one of the most renowned artists of the 19th century was the American-born Englishman, James Whistler, whose portrait of his beloved mother, Anna McNeil Whistler, is a masterpiece of ingenuity and a symbol of maternal affection.

Thursday, January 4, 2018
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Christmas musings
Christmas is often marked by spending time with family. We instinctively seek out those who have loved and nourished us as we grew in age and wisdom.

Thursday, December 28, 2017
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The end of a year, the beginning of a new one
A lot of thoughts go through my mind at the turn of the year. I think of the blessings I've experienced during the past year and how generous and kind God is to all of us. This year, I am particularly grateful to God for sending me to St. Mary's parish in Glens Falls to minister.

Thursday, December 28, 2017
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Features
Kateri Institute helped Bolton Landing Catholic grow in his faith
Three years ago, when David Wilson of Blessed Sacrament parish in Bolton Landing saw his youngest daughter go off to college, he knew he needed an avocation. With no more school sports games to attend or volunteering with high school activities necessary, there was time to explore an area he wanted to know more about: his faith.

Thursday, January 11, 2018
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College student spends semester in Madagascar
Joe Schuster, a parishioner of St. Cecilia's Church in Warrensburg, returned to his hometown Dec. 14 after spending almost three months volunteering in the island nation of Madagascar, just off the east coast of Africa.

Thursday, January 4, 2018
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Trumpeter came home for Christmas
Hymns were sung and trumpets sounded at St. Kateri Tekakwitha parish in Schenectady for Christmas Eve Mass -- this time, with some musical help from a special visitor.

Thursday, January 4, 2018
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ORGAN STOPS: Music minister retires after four decades in Schenectady
At least in retirement, George Bollock won't have to worry about choir members catching on fire.
The music minister at St. Kateri Tekakwitha parish in Schenectady is stepping down after an impressive 43 years on the job, but he'll never forget the Mass when "one of our choir members went by a candle and caught on fire!"


Thursday, December 28, 2017
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