A woman prays at the Cathedral of St. Paul in Minnesota July 8. Pope Francis said Oct. 20 that prayer, silent adoration and recognizing one's sinfulness are needed to grasp the mystery of Christ and the immensity of his love. (CNS photo/Dave Hrbacek, The Catholic Spirit) See POPE-HOMILY-ADORATION Oct. 20, 2016.

Lenten prayer week offers healing for unemployed, abused, others

Every Lent, Catholic parishes across the country offer talks, prayer services and retreats as the Catholic Church prepares for Easter. And parishes in the Diocese of Albany are no exception.

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Sharing the Word for March 19, 2018 – Fifth Week of Lent – Year 2

St. Joseph didn't appear much in the Gospel accounts of Jesus' life, yet he did have an important role to play.

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Sharing the Word for March 12, 2018 – Fourth Week of Lent – Year 2

As Lent draws to a climax we are called to ask ourselves what we believe about the identity of Jesus.

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Sharing the Word for March 5, 2018 – Third Week of Lent – Year 2

Prophets--including Jesus himself--are agents of God, and their power is directed as God determines.

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Sharing the Word for February 26, 2018 – Second Week of Lent – Year 2

Forgiving doesn't mean deciding that nothing has happened. Loving the person who has harmed us in spite of the harm is precisely what constitutes forgiveness.

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Parishioners of Mary Help of Christians Church in Parkland, Fla., pray during an outdoor Stations of the Cross service Feb. 16 dedicated to the victims and survivors of the deadly mass shooting at nearby Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. At least 17 people were killed when 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz stormed the school with an AR-15 semi-atomic style weapon. At least one member of the parish was among those killed, according to the parish administrator. (CNS photo/Tom Tracy) See story to come.

Church’s Lenten observance dedicated to shooting victims, their families

A parish community less than two miles away and directly impacted by the Feb. 14 school shooting at a Broward County high school is finding new purpose in Lent this year, according to the parish administrator.

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Sharing the Word for February 19, 2018 – First Week of Lent – Year 2

The Lord’s directives are essential for our lives. We need His words for access to the Spirit, and to life.

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Cardinal Jozef Tomko places ashes on the head of Pope Francis during Ash Wednesday Mass at the Basilica of Santa Sabina in Rome Feb. 14. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Lent is time to notice God’s work, receive God’s mercy, pope says

Lent is a time for Christians to get their hearts in sync with the heart of Jesus, Pope Francis said.

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A still image taken from a video shows people gathering outside St. Philip Catholic Church following a deadly shooting by unknown gunmen Aug. 6 in Ozubulu, Nigeria. Pope Francis called for an end to violence against Christians following deadly attacks at St. Philip's and at a mission in Gambo, Central African Republic. (CNS photo/Reuters TV)

Pope prays for Christian victims of violent attacks in Africa

Pope Francis called for an end to violence against Christians following deadly attacks in two African countries.

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Sharing the Word for April 3, 2017 – Fifth Week of Lent – Year 1

We all need God’s mercy for ourselves and for the community in which we live.

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