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7/13/2017 8:45:00 AM
Have you heard?
Youths and young adults from age 14-39 are invited to participate in a survey by the Albany Diocese's Youth, Young Adult and Campus Ministry Office about their thoughts on the Catholic Church. Church attendance is not necessary to be a part of the survey, which is aimed at gathering information for an upcoming Synod of Bishops in fall 2018 on "young people, the faith and vocational discernment." The survey results will be shared with BISHOP EDWARD B. SCHARFENBERGER. Go to www.surveymonkey.com/r/H5ZVC7B by Aug. 31 or scan the QR code above to participate....

Local newscaster and journalist JOHN GRAY, a Catholic, has self-published a children's book titled, "God Needed a Puppy." The idea came about after the loss of his dog, Samuel, who died unexpectedly at six months old. He decided to pen a book to help any child who has lost a pet, written from the perspective of animals talking about their lives.

"The most special animals God ever made were pets," one animal explains to another in the book. "Sometimes they live a long time and sometimes they are only here for a short visit....Sometimes they have to leave to make room for another pet that is waiting to come down and be with a child and sometimes they're needed in heaven."

To order the book, visit local bookstores or www.tbmbooks.com; $1 from each sale will go to a local animal shelter....

GARY GUSTIN JR. of St. Michael's in Troy wrote about finishing a novena to St. Anthony of Padua, the patron saint of lost things, and remembering his childhood: "Growing up, I was always encouraged to ask for his intercession if I lost something. I always ended up finding whatever I prayed for. This year, I prayed for something more intangible. The past six months have brought a series of major changes to my life, both personal and professional. Sometimes, I've felt a bit off center. In a way, I felt concerned about getting 'lost' in these life changes and forgetting what was really important. I prayed to St. Anthony for the grace to remember who I am in the midst of these changes and not to lose sight of the faith.

"On the eighth day of the novena, I attended the 50th anniversary of the Troy Flag Day parade. I remembered watching this parade on many occasions with my Grandma Gustin and Aunt Grace [as a child]. As I stood on the corner near their former home, I felt a sense of peace, like I was right where I had to be.

"I then remembered that, no matter where life takes me to, my core identity will never change because it was forged by people of faith, and people who I know will continue to intercede for me. Those memories serve as a strength that I can always call upon. Let us pray that we'll never lose the ability to remember what really matters in life, and that no matter what changes may come, our faith will carry us through"....

St. Mary's Academy in Hoosick Falls announced its honor roll for the fourth marking period. Earning high honors were STASIA EPLER, ASHLEY PACHECO and KATELYN YERDON....

A cast of more than 20 students at St. Pius X School in Loudonville performed the musical "Annie" before the school year ended. Also, first-grade students had a Flag Day celebration, dressing in red, white and blue shirts they made and singing patriotic songs. The St. Pius X School band performed, too....

St. Catherine's Center for Children in Albany, which offers human services for children and families, has three new board members: GERALD J. JENNINGS, AMY KRAMER and MONICA MARINI....

The Schenectady Chapter of The College of Saint Rose's alumni association presented its J. RAYMOND QUINN JR. award to LINDSAY THORNTON, a recent graduate of Niskayuna High School School and incoming CSR freshman. Mother Rose of Lima language awards for juniors and seniors excelling in a foreign language were presented to GRACE HAMILTON of www.nd-bg.org">www.nd-bg.org">www.nd-bg.org">Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons School in Schenectady and to JASMINE FISHER of Burnt Hills/Ballston Lake, ALEXANDRA COELHO of Mohonasen, JOHN HESS of Niskayuna, ALEXIS HORWEDEL of Schalmont, WILLIAM D. SMITH of Schenectady High, AIDAN CHAFFIN of Scotia-Glenville, DYLAN NEZAJ of Shenendehowa and RYAN DEVANANDAN of South Colonie Public School....

Freshman JULIE A. ECKHARDT of Mater Christi parish in Albany was named to the dean's list at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass....

Nurse practitioner ROBIN ADAMS has joined the pediatric healthcare medical team at St. Mary's Healthcare in Amsterdam, seeing patients at the Johnstown and Northville Health Centers. Call (518) 762-3161 for Johnstown or (518) 863-4200 for Northville, and see www.smha.org/primarycare....

St. Anne Institute in Albany presented its St. Mary Euphrasia award -- named for the foundress of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd who established St. Anne Institute in 1887 -- to pre-school program administrator THERESA DEVANE, who has dedicated 17 years to providing a positive, enriching program for pre-school children served by St. Anne's.

From July 14-16, the National Shrine of ST. KATERI TEKAKWITHA in Fonda will celebrate St. Kateri's feast day. There will be a 9 a.m. Mass July 14 with a blessing with the relic of the saint and a performance at 1:30 p.m. July 15 by the women's drum group Spirit of Thunderheart, followed by prayer with members of the Akwasasne tribe and the Kateri Native Ministry of Ottawa, a 4:30 p.m. Mass and prayer. On July 16, there will be a 10:30 a.m. Mass and blessing. The shrine will be collecting non-perishable food items for a food pantry all weekend. Contact BILL JACOBS, (518) 853-3646 or national

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas' Court Catherine Esther No. 1264 met in June at Our Lady of Hope parish in Fort Plain. There was a wake service for deceased member VERA JENNINGS. KATHY WALSH reported on her participation in the American Cancer's Society's "Relay for Life;" her team collected more than $17,000. Winning the CDA's $200 graduation award was LIAM SAMMONS. A bus trip was planned Oct. 3 to the Villa Roma Resort in Callicoon, N.Y.; an ice cream social Aug. 3, 7 p.m., in Haslett Park, Fort Plain; and a garage sale Aug. 5 at the home of CATHY SMITH. Members are collecting school supplies for area children in need....

The Electric City Mayhem Hockey Tournament, held in June in Schenectady, benefited St. Catherine's Center for Children in Albany, which serves families dealing with abuse, neglect and other issues. The tournament is organized by MATT LAFAVE, who presented St. Catherine's with a $1,600 donation from the tournament. Children from the residential program attended and received hockey jerseys donated by players.

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