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4/12/2017 9:00:00 AM
Have you heard?
The Catholic Daughters of the Americas' Court Catherine Esther No. 1264 met in March at Our Lady of Hope parish in Fort Plain, bringing baby items for Catholic Charities' Community Maternity Services. Other recent projects included collections of items for veterans and school supplies, a candlelight service and a scholarship for a local high school graduate. A tea party fundraiser will be held, as well as a state convention in Albany May 25-28....

Shaker Pointe at Carondelet, a senior living community in Latham, hosted two talks recently on "Spiritual Resilience and the Ill or Aging Person." Nurse practitioner MARGARET GRIFFEN of Our Lady of the Assumption parish in Latham talked about support and techniques to overcome challenges....

Underway at The College of Saint Rose in Albany is the 2017 Senior Exhibition, an annual exhibit of outstanding works by the graduating seniors in the college's art programs. It's open through April 28 at the Esther Massry Gallery, with 30 seniors' work on display. Learn more at www.strose.

edu/gallery or contact JEANNE FLANAGAN, (518) 485-3902 or flanagaj@strose.edu....

Seminarian STEPHEN YUSKO notes that Cathedral Seminary, where he and MATTHEW DUCLOS are studying for the priesthood for the Albany Diocese (read a story on their future studies in Rome, Italy, at www.evangelist.org), is hosting a golf outing in May 16 to support seminarians. The Cathedral Seminary Golf Classic will be held at Clearview Park Golf Course in Bayside, N.Y.; it's $175 for golf and dinner or $75 for dinner only, with special group rates. Contact CARMINE CARUSO, (848) 207-0772 or cshofcommunications@gmail.com....

RICHARD M. HOLMES of Albany's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception shared a reflection on "the road not taken:" the vocation he believes he had to the priesthood, which he did not pursue. "I hope that someone in a like circumstance may read it, someone who might now think a little bit longer before saying, 'No,'" he said.

The reflection reads in part: "Few of us can say that we always made all the right choices. I recently reached my 75th birthday. It has enabled me to reflect on choices I made during these past decades. I think I've made a lot of good ones: I went to college and earned three degrees, chose a good profession, have a family. But not all my choices were for the best.

"There is one decision I made that I know was the wrong decision. In 1959, I was a senior at a Catholic high school in Albany when a Maryknoll missionary visited to seek out prospective seminarians. I was mesmerized by his words. I remember him describing a day as a missionary in South America, paddling a canoe from one village to another to bring the Word of God to the inhabitants. I was certain that I had 'the calling.' There was always a voice in my mind that said, 'Come, follow me.' For whatever reason, I always tried to ignore it.

"The Maryknolls kept in touch with me into my first year in college. Finally, I told them that I was no longer interested. That was not the truth. I did not have the courage to accept the call. Do I regret it? Yes. Am I happily married? Yes. The priesthood was a road not taken by me -- and, as poet Robert Frost wrote, 'that has made all the difference'"....

Emmaus House, the Albany Catholic Worker Community, notes that its annual New Sanctuary for Immigrants fundraiser raised more than $5,000 to provide legal and practical support for immigrants, as well as advocacy and justice programs. To learn more, contact (518) 482-4966 or fred.acw@gmail.com.

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