PARISH LIFE

PASTORAL PLANNING

Diocese to use interim parish teams to fill vacancies between pastors

A new development in pastoral planning for the Albany Diocese will help meet the needs of parishes that are in-between pastors. From now on, when a pastor retires or is reassigned, an “interim parish team” will be assigned to the parish.

MASS AT CATHEDRAL

Respect life representatives commissioned for parishes

On Oct. 21, Catholics gathered at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany for a Respect Life Mass in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary and Respect Life Month.

OLA, LATHAM

Man with disabilities bequeaths model cars to help food pantry

Michael Joseph Page loved cats, collecting model cars and caring for others. A loving son and brother, Mr. Page — who passed away in June from pulmonary fibrosis — left behind a gift that has helped to feed the hungry at the Sister Maureen Joyce Center food pantry in Albany.

EL SEÑOR DE LOS MILAGROS MASS

ST. ANTHONY'S PARISH in Schenectady celebrated  "El Señor de los Milagros" — the Lord of Miracles — with a special Mass Oct. 7, followed by an outdoor procession and reception. The Lord of Miracles is the patron of the county of Peru and its capital, Lima.

ST. STANISLAUS, AMSTERDAM

Funeral homily promises peace for those lost in tragic accident

A funeral Mass was offered Oct. 13 at St. Stanislaus parish in Amsterdam for eight of the 20 victims of a tragic limousine crash in Schoharie. Remembered in prayer were the four King sisters, their husbands and the brother of one of the husbands: Mary King Dyson and Robert Dyson, …
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH

Walton Rosary rally set up by 93-year-old

Roberta Lacey of St. John the Baptist parish in Walton is proof that age is just a number. At 93, Mrs. Lacey is working hard to plan a Rosary rally for her parish and town.

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.

FILIPINO COMMUNITY OFFERS SPECIAL MASS

FILIPINO CATHOLICS in the Albany Diocese gathered last weekend for a special liturgy at Christ Our Light Church in Loudonville to mark the feast day of St. Lorenzo Ruiz, a 17th-century saint who is the patron of the Philippines and its people.

FEAST OF ST. FRANCIS

A blessing of pets at Holy Trinity parish in Johnstown was a celebration of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron of animals.

PUP IN PROFILE

Albany parish has four-legged friend

Seamus Fitzmaurice is easily one of the most beloved members of Christ the King parish in Westmere, Albany. A friend to all, Seamus loves greeting parishioners, hanging out with his friends and taking long walks.

ILION PARISH MARKS SESQUICENTENNIAL

THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY of the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion was celebrated last weekend with Mass with Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger. The parish also had an anniversary dinner, a display of memorabilia and a slide show on its history.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES

Delanson garden offers fun and food for seniors

Our Lady of Fatima parish in Delanson is the proud host of a beautiful new garden that helps to feed hungry senior citizens. The story of how the garden came about is even more beautiful.

REACHING DEMOGRAPHICS

Sunday-night Masses fit into schedules of today’s Catholics

Going to church on Sunday morning is a tradition for most Catholics, but a new trend may be emerging: Sunday-evening Masses.

DIOCESAN RESPONSE ON ABUSE

Parishes hold listening sessions

“They’re concerned about the Church. They’re concerned about the future. They’re angry. They’re confused...and it all comes from a place of love.” That comment from Rev. Robert Longobucco may sum up how Catholics in the Albany Diocese are feeling about the latest spate of news around clergy sexual abuse in …

CHRIST SUN OF JUSTICE, TROY

Back-to-school time means recommitting to campus-based parish

“I lose a quarter of my parish every year” when students graduate from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, said Rev. Edward Kacerguis, pastor of Christ Sun of Justice parish, which is located on RPI’s campus in Troy. Then, in the fall, “we gain a quarter of the parish” back when new students …
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