RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

ST. MARY'S

Crescent parish to try summer faith formation

This summer, St. Mary's parish in Crescent will offer an alternative to traditional faith formation classes.

FAITH FORMATION

BAMOFF educates catechetical leaders

Becoming a Minister of Faith Formation, or BAMOFF, is an annual series offered by the Albany Diocese to train Catholics in becoming parish directors of faith formation, and to enhance the vocation of those already in that ministry.

IHM, WATERVLIET

Faith formation students write their own prayers

For the second time, students in the faith formation program at Immaculate Heart of Mary parish in Watervliet have penned their own prayers, assembled into a book that parishioners could read during a coffee hour after Mass that was hosted by faith formation classes.

REFLECTION

The Catholic schools in my life

I entered kindergarten at St. Joseph's School in Amsterdam. Years later, when the carpet was pulled up to replace the worn one, there was the linoleum that my small feet had walked upon, printed with the letters of the alphabet and a rooster weathervane.

SEPT. 17 EVENT

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.
CATECHETICAL SUNDAY

Training athletes and forming faithnot so different for catechist-coach

Ellen Kueterman is the new pastoral associate for kindergarten through fifth-grade faith formation at St. Vincent de Paul parish in Albany. When she learned in July that she got the job, Mrs. Kueterman left Siena after 12 years of coaching water polo and serving as life skills coordinator for all …

PERSPECTIVE

Catechist formation builds up people of God

The Albany Diocese has had a rich tradition of training and supporting its catechetical ministers -- the men and women teaching the faith at parishes and schools -- since the 1970s.

PARISH BUILDING

Teen artist's mural brightens St. Edward's faith formation space

When the faith formation staff at St. Edward's parish in Clifton Park wanted to "jazz up" their hallway, students knew just the right artist to recommend.

SPECIAL SECTION

Catechetical Sunday

Two local catechists talk about teaching the faith; the Diocese sponsors a support group for catechists who work with children with disabilities; and a columnist reflects on the connection between forgiveness and faith formation.

PETER COTTONTAIL COMES TO CORINTH

AN EASTER EGG HUNT at Holy Mother and Child parish in Corinth/Lake Luzerne last weekend was sponsored by the ninth- and 10th-grade faith formation classes.
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