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The Evangelist
Monday, August 20, 2018

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    SEMINARIANS HEADING "back to school" are blessed each year during Candidacy and the Rite of Sending as they begin or return to their studies for the priesthood. Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger leads the ceremony at St. Jude the Apostle parish in Wynantskill. (Nate Whitchurch photos)
    AS STUDENTS START another school year, many are starting to think about future careers. The annual Concert for Vocations offers music by people in religious life and prayers for more vocations. The concert was held at St. Pius X parish in Loudonville. (Nate Whitchurch photos)
    A JUBILANT CELEBRATION always marks the annual Mass for the anniversary of the Albany Diocese's Black Catholic Apostolate, based at St. Joan of Arc parish in Menands. The Mass last weekend marked the BCA's 34th anniversary. For more information, see www.rcda.org/parishes/black-catholic-apostolate. (Nate Whitchurch photos)
  • Bishop Scharfenberger: Laity are ‘essential’ and must lead investigations
    In response to recent allegations of sexual abuse by high-ranking clergy, Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger issued the following statement to his fellow U.S. bishops Aug. 6.
  • Catholic News Service reports that "Pope Francis has ordered a revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to assert that 'the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person.'" Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger and Deacon Walter Ayres of the diocesan Commission on Peace and Justice offer their comments.
  • New veterans’ group wants to help Schenectady vets

    Inside the parish center at St. Luke’s in Schenectady, a group of local veterans chat amongst themselves. Tables are pushed together, and the men and women sit down for the third installment of St. Luke’s veterans’ support group. Still in its infancy, the group was created to establish a network of support for veterans and help local veterans in need.

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