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The Evangelist
Sunday, December 16, 2018


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  • A prisoner of a Nazi concentration camp looked out through an opening in his cell as the dawn was approaching. Depressed and desperate, he then saw a light go on in a distant farmhouse. The thought came to him, “A light shines in the darkness.”
  • Seniors’ lives are examples of service
    Elaine Mecier of Christ Our Light parish in Loudonville and Anne Tremblay of St. Mary’s in Crescent are two of the many dedicated parishioners in the Albany Diocese to receive this year’s Capital District Senior Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Veteran ‘buddies’ take  Honor Flight to D.C.

    Every morning, Joe Malandro, Joe Naccarato and Michael DiFabio meet for daily Mass, and then gather for breakfast at nearby DinerTime restaurant. The three veterans — two served in the Korean War, one in World War II — have been meeting each day for years.

  • Vets with diabetes get TLC from VA hospital dietician
    Meg Wilson has brought her talents to the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center to help assist local veterans battling diabetes.
  • Teresian House steps up for Mindful Mile program
    Eileen Schiesel, 92, sits on a wooden bench outside the Teresian House Center for the Elderly in Albany. Her walker sports a floating red balloon. When the cue is given, Mrs. Schiesel pulls herself off the bench and heads down to the parking lot.
  • ‘People may have thought me strange:’ New book traces life of female doctor
    Anna Ward Perkins decided to become a physician at a time when very few women were doctors. Around Rensselaerville in southern Albany County, she cared for residents for 65 years.
  • How Catholics can avoid being victimized by scams

    Catholics across the Albany Diocese are being contacted by alleged tax collectors, computer software companies or government agencies. These are not legitimate calls; the callers are scammers, and parishioners everywhere are potential victims.

  • Local sister now in leadership for Sisters of Mercy Northeast
    In recent bulletins, St. Mary’s and Sacred Heart parishes in Albany listed good news and bad news. The good news was that parish outreach/social ministry coordinator Sister Peg Sullivan, RSM, had been elected to the leadership team of her religious order, the Sisters of Mercy of the Northeast.
  • Help honor vets by placing flags on graves
    On Memorial Day, fallen soldiers and war veterans who rest at St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands will be honored with American flags placed on their graves. However, the tradition could become a thing of the past without more volunteers offering to help.
  • Sisters of St. Joseph, Eddy team up to serve seniors
    The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet have reached a collaborative agreement with Eddy SeniorCare, part of St. Peter’s Health Partners (SPHP), that will enable the sisters to continue to receive health care at St. Joseph’s Provincial House in Latham while allowing SPHP to bring new healthcare services to seniors in Albany and Rensselaer Counties.



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