Retirement of William Wolff, as Executive Director, LaSalle School, Albany, NY , March 16, 2018

February 17, 2018

Albany’s LaSalle School set to honor retiring Executive Director, Bill Wolff

Who: Organizers are LaSalle School Staff and Trustees What: Open House and reception

Where: LaSalle School, 391 Western Avenue, Albany NY 12203 When: Friday, March 16’\ 2018 4 PM to 7:30 PM with a program at 6

Why: Bill Wolff, long time employee and Executive Director of Albany’s LaSalle since 1994 has announced his plan to retire effective March 13’\ 2018.


Bill positively influenced the lives of many young boys who have sought the services of LaSalle as they traveled through difficult periods of their lives, boys who, not unlike former staff members are now settled throughout New York State and well beyond.


Trustees and Staff at LaSalle will be hosting an open house at LaSalle at 391 Western Avenue, Albany during which the public is invited to join us in thanking Bill for his years of service and wishing him well as he enters the next chapter in his life.  (Details of event and Bill’s background are attached.)   (20180316 Wolff Invitation Final)





Albany NY Chapter of Magnificat – March 10, 2018 Breakfast

February 17, 2018

The Albany NY Chapter of Magnificat, a ministry to Catholic women, is hosting a Women’s Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, March 10 from 9 AM-noon at the Holiday Inn Express, 400 Old Loudon Rd., Latham, NY.  The cost is $20.  Our speaker is Father Anthony Ligato, the Pastor of St. Jude the Apostle Church in Wynantskill, NY. Fr. Ligato serves as Vicar of Vocations and oversees the formation of Permanent Diaconate for the Albany Diocese.  To register, send your $20 check (with you name, address, phone # and email address) to Albany NY Chapter of Magnificat, PO Box 340, Clifton Park, NY  12065 or    Reservations due by Monday, March 5.  For more information, contact Kelly Stiffen, 518-937-8202, or WOPG’s Events page.  Ladies, join us for a morning of spiritual renewal as we praise and worship God, fellowship with women from around our Diocese, listen to Fr. Ligato witness as he tells us how God is working in his life.  Personal Prayer Ministry and the Sacrament of Reconciliation are available following the meal.   You do not need to be an member to attend the breakfast.



Living the Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic, March 17, 2018 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

February 17, 2018

Living the Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic

St. Mary’s, Crescent is putting on an exclusive event on March 17, 2018 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Join us for Living the Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic, presented by Brian Evers, Richard Putorti and Mary Harrison, where we will break open Matthew Kelly’s best-selling book The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic.  St. Mary’s, Crescent is located at 86 Church Hill Road, Waterford.  For more information, contact Stephanie at (518) 371-9632 or via email at


I’ve included a picture “ad” in case you could put in on an online calendar.  If you can help us that would be great!!  If not, I completely understand.  This is a free event open to all.


Stephanie Nolet

St. Mary’s Church, Crescent

(518) 371-9632


Local Programming


Local Programming

WOPG Program Schedule

January 8, 2016

 WOPG Program Schedule in EXCEL download

Pax et Bonum   -   Words of Peace and Goodness
WOPG 1460 kHz Albany and WOPG-FM 89.9 Mhz Experance
12:00 AM
Threshold of Hope
Take 2 with Jerry and Debbie encore
EWTN Live encore
12:30 AM
1:00 AM
The Journey Home
Best of Journey Home
Mother Angelica Live
1:30 AM
2:00 AM
The Great Adventure
Mornings with Mother
Sunday Night Prime
2:30 AM
3:00 AM
Life on the Rock
Women of Grace
Celtic Connections
3:30 AM
4:00 AM
The World Over
Fathers Know Best
Life on the Rock
4:30 AM
5:00 AM
Defending Life
Chaplet of Divine Mercy / Fire on the Earth
Choices we face
5:30 AM
6:00 AM
Vatican Radio
The Son Rise Morning Show
Threshold of Hope
6:30 AM
7:00 AM
Celtic Connection
Morning Glory
Threshold of Hope
7:30 AM
8:00 AM
8:30 AM
9:00 AM
Stories from the Heart
Catholic Connection
Mast Appeal
9:30 AM
10:00 AM
Top of the Week
Fathers Know Best
10:30 AM
11:00 AM
Register Radio
Women of Grace
Catholic Business
11:30 AM
Light of the East
12:00 PM
Take 2 with Jerry & Debbie
Terry & Jesse Show
12:30 PM
1:00 PM
Defending Life
The Doctor is In
Call me Catholic
1:30 PM
2:00 PM
The World Over
Called to Communion
The Evangelist Newspaper
2:30 PM
3:00 PM
St. Joseph radio
EWTN Open Line
3:30 PM
The Good Fight
4:00 PM
DMC Stories
Kresta in the Afternoon
DNC Stories
4:30 PM
Blessed to Play
EWTN Bookmark
5:00 PM
Journey Home
Vocation Boom
5:30 PM
6:00 PM
Where God Weeps
Catholic Answers
Deep Adventure
6:30 PM
7:00 PM
Web of Faith
Register radio
7:30 PM
Blessed to Play
8:00 PM
Sunday Night Prime
The Journey Home
Mother Angelica Live
The World Over
Life on the Rock
Celtic Connection
8:30 PM
9:00 PM
Truth & Life
Vatican Insider
9:30 PM
10:00 PM
Top of the Week
EWTN Open Line encore
Catholic Business
10:30 PM
11:00 PM
Super Saints
Called to Communion encore
Call me Catholic
11:30 PM
Family Theater



Local Programming

In The Vineyard

November 18, 2015

In The Vineyard with Patty Gutch

Theme Song Inspirations by John Gutch

May 2015 Theresa Suarez  Mother of 10, on the Vocation of Motherhood

June 2015 Fr. Rick Lesser  Former Veterinarian, a widower and father of 3, becomes a priest!

July 2015 Dr. Jan Patterson  Family doctor opens medical clinic for women, specializing in fertility issues

August 2015 Lt. Rob Berben  Albany County Police Officer

November 2015 Dr Rich Winslow  Ph.D in Chemistry called to Prison Ministry

December 2015 Dc. Tim Kosto  Hosts homeless families in his parish – Family Promise Program

January 2016     Dr Louis Ianniello   The Quest for Grace Foundation

April 2016   Mary Fay  Family Ministry

June 2016  Dan O’Connor   A journey of  discernment  The Crown and Cocmpletion of all santcty    BLOG

Aug 2016   Tom Johnson  attorney recovering alcoholic

October 2016  Erin Musto,  the story of Madeline Musto   Maddies’s Mark web site

December 2016  Emma, pro-life law student

October 2016  Michelle Waldron Healing after abortion and vasectomy decision

January 2017  Faith and family while serving in the Navy


Local Programming

Fall 2015 Radiothon Guests

October 30, 2015

Dear WOPG Listeners,

WOPG’s 3 day fall 2015 radiothon was blessed with many guests: Bishops, Priests and lay ministries.  The event’s 25 recordings can be  played at your convenience using the links at the bottom of this post.

Radiothon is on YouTube thanks to John Woods click Here

The 2 WOPG radio stations (1460 AM & 89.9 FM) serve a significant portion of the Albany Diocese bringing WORDS OF PEACE AND GOODNESS.   WOPG needs your financial support to fund its expenses; no one receives a salary, there are many loving and talented volunteers.  DONATIONS LINK


Bishops and Priests

The program discussions  center on the significance of growing into adulthood during the late teen to early 20’s. Goal is to examine how all of us respond to God’s invitations. Typically the experiences and decisions made then have a long lasting effect on each of our futures. Somewhat related to the sons response to their father’s request that they go work in the vineyard, Mathew 21:28.
Then weave into that discussion a couple statements from Jesus: “Peace be with you” and “Be not afraid”. What does Peace mean and why is there the potential for fear.
Then examine if a disciple should be comfortable in their journey on earth or should the disciple expect some tension, explain.
Wrap-up with how can these reflections be used to help each other and especially todays young adults.

Fr ButlerFr Doyle

Bishop Scharfenberger,    Bishop Hubbard,    Fr. Butler,    Fr. Doyle,     Fr. Longobucco,    Fr. Ligato


Fr. Young discusses Altimont Wellness Center

LAY Ministries

Beth Lynch


Beth Lynch

Carl Houghton - The Prophet


Carl Houghton’s art


James Cultrara on education

Dr Vinny


Dr Vinny on rosary


James Marra FOCUS


James Marrow on FOCUS


Wendy and Jack


Wendy & Jack on Crusillo


Kathleen Gallagher


Kathleen Gallagher on assisted suicide


Kathys on Rachels Vineyard


Kathy & Kathy on Rachel’s Vineyard


Dan O'Connor


Dan O’Conner on divine Will Missionaries of Mercy


Donna Fragnoli


Dona Fragnoli’s faith journey


Diane and Peg on Magnificate


Diane and Peg on Magnificat


Mark and Lenora St Isaac Jogues Youth Conferance


Mark and Lenora on St Isaac Jogues Youth Conferance


Bill and Jerry Life in the Spirit


Bill & Jerry on Life in the Spirit


Patty and Tom Gutch on family

Eva Louchs on Blessed Mary

Rachelle Cotugno on her life in music

John and Steve on the King’s Men

Pousts and Threlkelds on marriage


Carl Houghton Paintings at WOPG studio

October 18, 2015

WOPG’s radio studio is now an art gallery with the addition of paintings by Carl Houghton on loan.  Please visit us to see actual works, the photo’s do not do justice to the beauty.Carl Houghton - Gabriels Song Carl Houghton - The agony in the garden Carl Houghton - The Prophet Carl Houghton - Eyes to Heaven Carl Houghton - Loving Joseph


The Evangelist

September 11, 2015

The Evangelist

The Evangelist and WOPG wish to assist those in our community who have an impairment preventing them from reading the news paper.  The Evangelist articles are being recorded and will be aired on Saturdays at 2:00 PM, 9 days after the Thursday publication date on WOPG 1460 AM and WOPG-FM 89.9.

The Evangelist is the weekly newspaper of the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese.  It’s just $18 for 48 issues a year, covering the Catholic church around the world and here at Home to subscribe , call 518-453-6688.

The recorded readings of articles for recent past issues of The Evangelist may be found via the publication date links listed below.

September 10, 2015

  • A timely workshop explaining the annulment process coming up in the Diocese fits right in with Pope Francis’ announcement that the process will be simplified (he wants it to be free, too).
  • Come to St. Joseph’s Church in Troy Sept. 12 at 4 p.m. for a “mob Mass” celebrated by Bishop Emeritus Howard J. Hubbard!
  • Migrants and refugees are at the top of every news story. One local woman met Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon; related stories talk about hoping Pope Francis’ U.S. visit will spur policy changes, the British people’s plea to welcome more migrants, and 150 immigrants and refugees who will meet the pope in New York.
  • Speaking of meeting the pope, Francis will celebrate “a simple weekday Mass” at Madison Square Garden—and each parish in the Albany Diocese will get one ticket, plus a few lucky young people whose names will be drawn in a lottery!
  • Five federal judges are not happy with the decision not to re-hear an appeal by the Little Sisters of the Poor over covering birth control in employees’ health plans.
  • Bishop Scharfenberger says to “make Jesus number one”—and so does Pope Francis, who also wonders why young people leave the Church.
  • Am I in love with God?” a columnist ponders….
  • A New Jersey bishop tells Catholics to do more to protect the environment.
  • Women who have had abortions can find healing through Project Rachel (1-888-456-HOPE).
  • The Diocesan School Board has awarded 14 grants to our Catholic schools.
  • Ken Doyle’s Q&A column addresses the idea of the “sins of the fathers being visited on the children,” as well as sacraments offered by former priests.
  • Newsflash” world and national items wander the globe, from the pope’s new glasses to Facebook’s ban on a monk’s name. Read the print edition to learn more!

September 3, 2015

  • Pope Francis holds a “virtual town hall” with Catholics from Chicago, Los Angeles and McAllen, Texas.
  • Where is the conscience of the world?” demand a Syriac Catholic patriarch and the pope about the persecution of Christians.
  • In a Labor Day statement, the U.S. bishops talk about how workers are affected by what we wear, eat and buy.
  • Don’t know how to evangelize? Bishop Scharfenberger explains, step by step.
  • How about stopping global hunger? Read Rev. David Mickiewicz’ column for some ideas.
  • Parents can relate to Kay Winchester’s funny reflection on a memorable Mass with her toddler.
  • A Catholic pondering priesthood is also a funeral director who sponsors “aftercare” programs for grieving families.
  • Theresa’s parish in Windham may be small, but its golf tournament sets the standard for parish fundraisers.
  • A. Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully, a Catholic, talks retirement.
  • Filipino Catholics debate family planning vs. faith.
  • A new “Catholic values” stock fund comes in for some scrutiny.
  • Young adult columnist Karen Osborne discusses broken trust that can never be perfectly repaired.
  • Ken Doyle, in his Q&A column, covers whether praying the Rosary while driving is safe and addresses a person abused by a priest who wants to hang onto strong Catholic faith.
  • The “Newsflash” world and national page talks about what Pope Benedict is doing these days, Guatemalans’ wish for their president to resign, prayers for refugees found dead in a truck in Austria, Nigeria’s #BringBackOurGirls movement, good relations among Mali’s Christians and Muslims, the death of a papal nuncio accused of abuse, a hope that Pope Francis will bless a “Homeless Jesus” statue, a pallium for Chicago’s archbishop, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, and 11 cardinals who want the Church’s rules on marriage kept as-is.