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The Evangelist
Monday, July 16, 2018


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  • Priest sees more couples  convalidating marriages

    Ginger and Jim McDade of St. Jude the Apostle parish in Wynantskill always wanted to have their marriage convalidated. “I think it adds a positive weight on marriage and your respect to each other,” Mrs. McDade said.

  • Catholic weddings can be balancing act between Church guidelines, couples’ wishes
    The love felt between couples to be wed and the celebration of that love through holy matrimony is a joyous occasion for the whole Church — unless there are misunderstandings between a couple and their parish about what is acceptable for a Catholic wedding.
  • Bishop speaks at pro-life lobby day
    On May 9, pro-life advocates from across New York State came to the State Capitol for the 2018 Lobby for Life Day, sponsored by New York State Right to Life. Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger was a guest speaker at the lobby day.
  • Assisted suicide legislation has fatal flaws
    The legal flaws in the so-called “Medical Aid in Dying Act” assisted suicide legislation pose real dangers to the public and to vulnerable patients. In our view, there is no way to fix this legislation, and we will oppose any bill that would legalize physician-assisted suicide.
  • Bill would help parents who miscarry early

    When parents lose a child to miscarriage, says labor and delivery nurse Sharon Hoffman, “you can never take away their pain.”

    But it brings back some level of control, she says, when they can at least bury their child.
  • Special anniversary of Marriage Jubilee
    On Oct. 1, Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger celebrated the 45th annual diocesan Marriage Jubilee Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany.
  • In 1921, a young Italian who would someday be the prime minister of Italy, Alcide DeGaspari, wrote an impassioned letter to the woman he intended to marry, Francesca Romani. It was a marriage proposal in artful prose.
  • Tony Abbate, 94, holds up a sepia-toned photo of a stunning woman with pincurls in her hair.
    "She's still my sweetheart," he says of his wife, Sheela -- age 19 in the photo, 90 today.
  • Like many couples, my husband and I sometimes struggle to understand one another, unable to see what motivates the other's actions. A few years ago, during a very stressful period of our lives, I found myself angry and bitter with my husband -- could we ever attain reconciliation? -- when I received inspiration from an unexpected source: the Stations of the Cross.
  • "Sometimes, we are a little confused about our Church," said Anne Snyder, a parishioner of Blessed Sacrament Church in Albany. "I think it's interesting being a person of faith at this point in time, because everything's changing."



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