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SPSE Team PhotoWelcome to our Cohoes chapter of St. Paul Street Evangelization.

St. Paul Street Evangelization is dedicated to responding to Jesus’ instruction to share the Gospel message with all nations by taking our Catholic Faith to the streets. We do this by allowing the Holy Spirit to move in the hearts of those who witness our public and joyful Catholic presence.

As an on-the-street Catholic evangelization group, St. Paul Street Evangelization provides an avenue to share the Person of Jesus Christ and the truth and beauty of the Catholic Faith with a hungry culture. We are ordinary people who enjoy meeting and connecting with other people as we bring Jesus’ message to others. We are also happy to bring others’ needs to God in prayer.

To learn more about St. Paul Street Evangelization at the national level, click here.

Why do we use the fish symbol when we go out?


An early circular ichthys symbol, created by combining the Greek letters ΙΧΘΥΣ, Ephesus.

ΙΧΘΥΣ (Ichthus) is an acronym/acrostic[5] for “Ίησοῦς Χριστός, Θεοῦ Υἱός, Σωτήρ“, (Iēsous Christos, Theou Yios, Sōtēr), which translates into English as “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour”.

  • Iota (i) is the first letter of Iēsous (Ἰησοῦς), Greek for “Jesus“.
  • Chi (ch) is the first letter of Christos (Χριστός), Greek for “anointed”.
  • Theta (th) is the first letter of Theou (Θεου), Greek for “God’s”, the genitive case of ΘεóςTheos, Greek for “God”.
  • Upsilon (y) is the first letter of (h)uios[6] (Υἱός), Greek for “Son”.
  • Sigma (s) is the first letter of sōtēr (Σωτήρ), Greek for “Savior”.

The first letters make up the word that means “fish” in Greek.  In a time of persecution, early Christians identified others of like faith with the fish symbol to let other believers know they were not alone.  While the Romans could easily identify the cross symbol for Christ, the fish symbol was a little more obscure.  It allowed the persecuted to feel they were not alone, to bolster their faith in the one true God.  We use the fish symbol today, because we are mindful of our roots and our ties with those who have come before us in faith.

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