MARRIAGE AND FAMILY

MOTHERLY MILESTONE

Catholic Charities' Community Maternity Services celebrates its 50th anniversary

LIFE LINES

Without marriage and family life, there would be no other vocations

On any given day, you’ll find me and Dennis running the gauntlet of modern family life. If you live it, you know it — or at least your own version of it. Early to rise, lunches to make, school forms to sign, commutes to drive, work to do, more work …

Getting Married? Here’s what you need to know

A guide to getting married in a Catholic church.   

Project Rachel to aid in healing

Project Rachel offers care and healing opportunities to those who had an abortion and resources for women who are struggling after having obtained an abortion.

MARRIED LIFE

Saying yes to forever

A recent trend when announcing engagements and weddings is to use the term “We are saying yes to forever,” rather than “We are getting married.” While some might see this as cute or romantic, I find it hopeful and inspiring. What may have started as a catchy hashtag could have …

MARRIAGE JUBILEE CELEBRATION HELD AT CATHEDRAL

COUPLES CELEBRATE the gift of marriage each year at the diocesan Marriage Jubilee celebration, held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany.

MOVING TOWARD DIACONATE

FUTURE DEACONS CELEBRATED the Rite of Admission to Candidacy for Holy Orders last weekend in a ceremony held at St. Joseph's Provincial House in Latham. In this rite, candidates offer themselves to God and the Church, an official recognition of a vocation.

LOUDONVILLE EVENT

St. Pius parish to offer Dynamic Catholic program on marriage

“The Passion and Purpose for Marriage” will take place at St. Pius X parish in Loudonville Nov. 17, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

PARENT PERSPECTIVE

The scavenger hunt for school supplies

It’s that glorious season when your beloved children will soon become, for six hours a day, someone else’s responsibility. That’s not without a price, fellow parents on the journey: First, you must go through the wringer that is known as “back to school.”

PARENT PERSPECTIVE

Why we’re sending Anna to a Catholic school

When it came time for our daughter to begin school, my wife and I discussed our options at length. Living in an excellent school district, we had multiple options to consider as to where we should send Anna for her education.
PERSPECTIVE

Mourning the loss of an unborn child

Due to a poorly-crafted law, New York State only requires a burial permit and proper disposition for the remains of fetal deaths occurring at 20 weeks gestation or greater.

SACRAMENTAL MARRIAGE

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.

BLESSED BY CHURCH

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.

RIGHT TO LIFE

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.

MEDICAL AID IN DYING ACT

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.
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