On Dec. 9 after 5:30 p.m. Mass, St. Paul's parish in Schenectady will offer "cookies, cocoa and Christmas carols"....

On Dec. 12 and 19, St. Mary's in Oneonta will have the sacrament of reconciliation 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Taize prayer from 7-8 p.m....

At St. Ann's in Fort Ann, Catholic Daughters of the Americas have been repurposing hymnals into angels and selling the crafts for $10....

St. Peter's in Delhi and St. John the Baptist in Walton announced "Conversation, Questions and Answers" Dec. 12, 7 p.m., in the parish hall, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. REV. EDWARD GOLDING will discuss the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the impact of the Crusades and an overview of Catholicism....

The men's service team from St. Pius X parish in Loudonville volunteered to clean up Schuyler Inn in Menands, which houses 40 families in need and was preparing for a New York State inspection. The young adult ministry was invited to peel potatoes for Compassion in Action's Thanksgiving meals and attend a cookie frosting and decorating night in preparation for a parish Advent event....

St. John the Evangelist parish in Schenectady had a craft show and bake sale Dec. 2 with 19 vendors, a basket raffle, Santa and Mrs. Claus and a white elephant table....

St. Mary's in Clinton Heights planned many Advent events: a blessing of Advent calendars at Masses Dec. 3, a blessing of the straw from parishioners' Nativity sets Dec. 10 and a blessing of the bambinelli (baby Jesus figurines) Dec. 17....

ANDY LOPEZ retired as a tour guide for the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany. He and his wife, JOAN, also cleaned and painted the cathedral's crypt, where past bishops of the Albany Diocese are interred.

The cathedral marked the 165th anniversary of its dedication Nov. 21; a "then and now" insert in the parish bulletin noted that, when the cathedral was dedicated, POPE PIUS IX was pope and BISHOP JOHN MCCLOSKEY headed the Albany Diocese as its first bishop....

Sacred Heart parish in Stamford had 24-hour adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Dec. 1-2 and a living Rosary Dec. 5, and will offer an Advent parish mission, "Being Church in the Now by Living the Sacraments," Dec. 11-13 at 7 p.m. Call (607) 652-7170....

Transfiguration parish in Speigletown/Schaghticoke announced its annual ski program: Friday evenings, 7 p.m. beginning Jan. 12, for six weeks at Willard Mountain. Lift, lessons and rentals are $185; other bargains are available. Call Sharon Frazee, (518) 235-8693....

At St. Joseph's in Fort Edward, REV. THOMAS BABIUCH, pastor, invited parishioners to join him at his home Dec. 10, noon-4 p.m., for a Christmas celebration....

St. Mary's parish in Coxsackie had its rectory open house Dec 3. Still to come is a presentation on the addiction epidemic, to be held Dec. 10, 9:15 a.m....

St. Thomas parish in Cherry Valley is having an Advent presentation on Jesus called, "Who Do You Say I Am," Dec. 10, 12:15 p.m., by DEACON RICHARD BROWN....

St. Thomas parish in Delmar will celebrate the feast of St. Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe Dec. 15, 6 p.m., with a bilingual Mass at 6:30 p.m., then food and entertainment in the school gym....

Knights of Columbus at St. Michael's in South Glens Falls are selling Christmas trees and wreaths Monday-Friday, 5-8 p.m.; and Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m....

Parishioners of St. Joseph's in Stuyvesant Falls/Stottville started a novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe Dec. 1; it continues through Dec. 9, starting at 5:30 p.m. every night but Dec. 7....

On Sundays during Advent, Corpus Christi parish in Round Lake has been showing five-minute videos before Masses, each explaining a piece of religious art. The artworks are at www.loyolapress.com/our-catho­lic-faith/liturgical-year/advent/arts-and-faith....

The annual Christmas dinner for the elderly at St. Joan of Arc parish in Menands/the Black Catholic Apostolate is Dec. 16, 1 p.m., and Dec. 17 after the 10:15 a.m. Mass. A donation of $20 per SJOA/BCA family (regardless of whether or not someone is attending the dinner) is appreciated....

There was an Advent book fair Dec. 2-3 at St. James parish in Chatham to benefit the parish....

St. Augustine's in Troy noted that VIVIAN MORELLI stepped down as parish secretary and her predecessor, PEGGY RYAN, has returned....

On Dec. 15, St. Clement's retreat ministry in Saratoga offers an evening of reflection, "Advent Through the Eyes of St. Joseph"....

Our Lady of Fatima parish in Delanson is displaying a folk art-style painting of the Blessed Mother in the sky over the church, painted by a MR. PROULX whose wife was once a parishioner. "Please take a moment to enjoy this treasured piece of our parish history," the bulletin said....

Ss. Anthony and Joseph parish in Herkimer prepared for the Diocese's annual consecration to Mary with a mini-retreat in late November....

Our Lady of the Valley parish in Middleburgh had its annual "ladies' Advent tea" Dec. 2. OLV also noted that this year's pie sale raised $2,049 for the parish building fund....

Parishioners of St. Paul's in Hancock built a float for the town's Dec. 2 Christmas parade....

St. Kateri Tekakwitha parish in Schenectady notes that, with LARRY GRIMMER now serving as parish manager, a new trustee for the parish is sought to advise the pastor, serve on the pastoral council and ensure the proper stewardship of the parish....

CARMEL FOLTAN is a new trustee for St. Thomas parish in Delmar. Each parish in the Diocese has a separate civil corporation structure: The Bishop serves as president, the vicar general as vice president, the pastor as secretary/treasurer and two parishioners as trustees. They safeguard the financial stability of the parish and ensure it's fulfilling its mission. PAT GALLAGHER recently completed his six-year term as a trustee. ADELE NUCCI is St. Thomas' other trustee.