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The extended eight-day celebration of Resurrection Sunday -- the octave of Easter -- illuminates not only how important this solemnity is, but also its true meaning. Important because, without the resurrection, our faith is without content, for "if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in...


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CHRISM MASS AT CATHEDRAL OF IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
THE ANNUAL CHRISM MASS was offered March 22 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany to bless sacred oils for use in sacraments all year in the Albany Diocese.

Thursday, April 5, 2018
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COBLESKILL SEDER MEAL HELPS FAMILIES UNDERSTAND PASSOVER


Thursday, April 5, 2018
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Troubled past soothed by becoming Catholic
At nine years old, Marcella Clark was homeless.
"We bounced around a lot," she explained. "We went from friend's place to friend's place. It was all a blur."


Thursday, March 22, 2018
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LIVING STATIONS IN JOHNSTOWN
FAITH FORMATION STUDENTS present the Living Stations of the Cross last weekend at Holy Trinity parish in Johnstown.

Thursday, March 22, 2018
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WRITING ICONS: ART AND PRAYER
A WORKSHOP AT ST. MARY'S parish in Coxsackie taught beginners how to write an icon of Our Lady of Fatima or the face of Christ.

Thursday, March 22, 2018
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Opinion
Finding wisdom all around us
The majority of TV news is fear-based commentary, promoting the notion that the world is on an inevitable path to ruin.

Thursday, April 5, 2018
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A God who knew His way out of the grave
Until recently, one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Russian city of Moscow was the tomb of Vladimir Lenin, an early communist luminary and rabid enemy of religion, especially of Christianity.

Thursday, April 5, 2018
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10 lessons from Billy Graham
Though Billy Graham was not a Catholic, I learned many things from his powerful Christian witness and preaching. As a Christian and a pastor, I learned at least 10 simple truths about him which have inspired me.

Thursday, March 22, 2018
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God does not make junk; God restores masterpieces
The beloved St. Francis of Assisi initially had an absolute disdain for lepers. He would go miles out of his way to avoid them. One day, Francis saw a leper approaching and started to turn away, but instead turned toward the leper, embraced and kissed him, and gave him some money.

Thursday, March 22, 2018
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Why more people go to Mass this season
Once a year in the liturgy, something unusual happens: A deacon (usually) stands at the ambo and sings for about 10 minutes straight.

Thursday, March 22, 2018
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Features
Friar's experiences become book on encountering God
"Have you ever felt out-of-place? Do you turn away from human suffering because of discomfort or fear? Do you see others for their appearance, or do you do see them as God does?"
Those are just a few of the questions Rev. Kenneth Paulli, OFM, asks in his first book, "Outside the Walls: Encountering God in the Unfamiliar."


Thursday, April 5, 2018
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Vet honored for advocacy work
Bob Becker Jr. may be retired, but he is still putting in countless hours of work for local veterans.

Thursday, April 5, 2018
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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.

Thursday, April 5, 2018
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Nurse's Way of the Cross presented in Wynantskill
On March 16, nurses and laypeople from parishes across the Albany Diocese gathered at St. Jude the Apostle parish in Wynantskill to attend this year's Nurse's Way of the Cross.
"It's so moving," said Johanna Flanigan, a parish trustee and coordinator of the event, which is sponsored by the Trinity Community Nursing Outreach program.



Thursday, March 22, 2018
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Castleton symbol of Lent: sand in holy water fonts
Sacred Heart parish in Castleton is trying an unusual method to help Catholics prepare for Easter Sunday: filling the church's holy water fonts with sand.
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Thursday, March 22, 2018
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