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Bishop Scharfenberger delivers first Easter Mass.
ALBANY -- This Easter Sunday will go down in the history books for the Albany Catholic Diocese. There were packed pews at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, to see Bishop Edward Scharfenberger's first Easter Mass. He says the message Sunday, is one of peace.
"What the resurrection stands for is we believe that Jesus is not found among the dead but among the living and is with us, and that gives us peace because it means we are the future, and that's the message I'd like to convey," he says.
Catholics came from near and far to hear the Bishop's Easter message. Jeanette Reyes came all the way from New York City.
"We want to welcome him of course and everything," she says.
And those from around the Capital Region wanted to experience history.
"It was very special for us, it's one of the reasons we chose to come to the Cathedral this Easter Sunday we usually go to church at Saint Henry's in Avril Park," says Adam Averill of East Nassau.
"We're excited to be here. We are members of the Cathedral parish community, and I'm a big history buff myself so it's definitely a turning point in Albany and the Cathedral's history," adds Lucas Labarre of Albany.
"I think it's a double whammy for us to be in the church, very special," adds Joseph DeFronzo of Voorheesville.
And when it comes to relocating from downstate, Bishop Scharfenberger says it feels like home.
"No really it's been good, we have a wonderful support team with the choir and the Cathedral staff, but it's very very much like being at home in the parish," he says.
Former Bishop Howard Hubbard retired after reaching the mandatory age of 75 earlier this month.