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March 22, 2014

Going beyond 'What are you giving up for Lent?'


The program is intended to provoke dialogue between committed members of the parish and Christians who feel that there is no place for them in church. It also is open to anyone who may want more information about Catholicism. Each program is presented as a conversation by an area expert.

The first conversation – “Spiritual and/or Religious?” will be presented Monday by Dr. David Avvento, a parishioner at St. Edward the Confessor in Clifton Park.

“Spiritual or religious is a huge topic for anyone to contemplate,” said St. Mary’s parishioner Martie Meadows, who was one the committee members. “Everyone deals with that. It is a modern problem many people face. We are holding these conversations in the parish center of the church instead of in the church itself because we want people to be comfortable and not be distracted by all the churchy stuff.”

“I’m afraid that I am the last Catholic in my family” will be the topic on Tuesday by Rev. Patrick Butler, pastor at St. Edward the Confessor.

“I just can’t do this anymore” will be presented Wednesday be Sister Monica Murphy, Director of Pyramid of Life Center located north of Albany.

“There are many people who have grandchildren who are not getting baptized and they are not being raised in the Catholic Church and this really bothers some of these grandparents,” Mickiewicz said. “We also have people, such as those who are divorced, who would like to belong, but they don’t feel welcome. They should feel welcome. We are not going to change our beliefs; however, there are many ways to look at the doctrine. Sometimes things need to be reinterpreted.”

“I want to belong, but where?” will be presented Thursday by David Amico, director of Kateri Institute for Lay Ministry Formation.

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