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Volunteers from Diocese heading south to help after hurricanes
"If Yeshua [Jesus] was here, would He say I'm too old to do this? He'd say, 'I'll give you the strength. I'll give you the grace. Go,'" said 71-year-old Phyllis Mescia.
Mrs. Mescia, a parishioner of Holy Spirit Church in East Greenbush, is volunteering with relief efforts after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Associate publisher named for The Evangelist
Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger has announced the appointment of Mary DeTurris Poust, diocesan director of communications, to the newly-created position of associate publisher of The Evangelist, effective immediately. In this additional role, she will work closely with the editor on setting the tone and direction of the paper going forward.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Local faithful rejoice at beatification of Rev. Stanley Rother
To Rev. Thomas Connery, his old seminary classmate was "a big guy from a farming family" who loved music and worked hard.
To Rev. Alan Jupin, who was a year ahead of Rev. Stanley Rother at Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Maryland, Father Rother was "a nice guy, quiet," who struggled to learn the Latin, Greek and Hebrew required in studying for the priesthood.
To Rev. James Donlon of the Albany diocesan Tribunal, who visited the site of Father Rother's 1981 torture and martyrdom in Guatemala, the future saint was "one of us! A mere diocesan priest, who was called to ministry and mission, and responded."

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Diocesan youth rally targets middle-schoolers
Middle school is when young Catholics start to figure out faith for themselves. An upcoming youth rally specifically for sixth- through eighth-graders will be an opportunity to do that, in the context of high-energy music, breakout sessions on unusual topics and even a giant outdoor Jenga game.
Thursday, September 14, 2017

Kathleen Gallagher, director of pro-life activities for the New York State Catholic Conference, issued a statement in response to a Sept. 5 state Court of Appeals decision on an assisted suicide case.
Thursday, September 14, 2017

Cemetery has honored dead and served living for 150 years
"Even in death, you have the opportunity to be a part of history."
So says Kelly Grimaldi, historian for Albany Diocesan Cemeteries and author of a new coffee table book, "These Sacred Grounds: Celebrating 150 Years of St. Agnes Cemetery."

Thursday, September 7, 2017

At the request of Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger, a collection to assist relief efforts in states ravaged by Hurricane Harvey will be taken up at all Masses the weekend of Sept. 9-10 in parishes of the Diocese of Albany.
Thursday, September 7, 2017

Holy Trinity team rises from ashes with completion of new fieldhouse
After the Holy Trinity football team's fieldhouse was destroyed in a fire last year, coach John Barber and principal Peter Fusco of Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons School in Schenectady knew they'd rebuild. They just didn't know how that would happen.
Thursday, August 24, 2017

"What a wonderful way to promote vocations and to spread the
joy of the Gospel!" said an onlooker when 600 Catholics of all ages gathered at St. Pius X parish in Loudonville Aug. 8 for the third annual Concert for Vocations.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Windham 'Women's Expo' fights domestic violence, boosts women in Church
The Women's Guild at St. Theresa of the Child Jesus parish in Windham will hold a huge "Women's Expo" Aug. 19. The Greene County Domestic Violence Shelter will receive the proceeds.
Thursday, August 10, 2017

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.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

'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

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

Saratoga woman aids refugees one-on-one
While attending Mass, Kathleen Heidsieck of Saratoga Springs listened to the pastor read aloud a letter from Pope Francis to all parishes in Europe, proposing that action be taken to help refugees around the world.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Refugees line up at St. Vincent's food pantry
About 30 percent of those who come to the food pantry at St. Vincent de Paul parish in Albany are refugees and immigrants.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Mary's Corner seeing more refugees
Mary's Corner, run by the local Ladies of Charity, provides impoverished mothers with baby and toddler items. The volunteers are working to serve the Albany Diocese's growing refugee and immigrant population.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Washington County Catholics lose fellow parishioners in ICE raids
St. Joseph's parish in Fort Edward has been in the media spotlight after 12 Mexican families from St. Joseph's were caught up in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids in April.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

How Catholic Charities helps immigrants and refugees
Catholic Charities of the Albany Diocese noted that it assists refugees in several important ways.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

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

The Evangelist captures 11 national journalism awards
The Evangelist has won 11 national prizes for excellence in journalism in a competition against Catholic newspapers across the U.S.
Thursday, July 6, 2017


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