THE KINDERGARTEN Christmas pageant at St. Mary's parish in Waterford.
THE KINDERGARTEN Christmas pageant at St. Mary's parish in Waterford.
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St. Paul the Apostle parish in Hancock placed a basket of items people had brought to church to share, like ornaments and religious booklets, in the church for parishioners to take home as stocking stuffers....

St. Ambrose parish in Latham will have a "night of praise" Dec. 28, 7 p.m., with songs of praise and songs of the season....

St. Mary's parish in Ballston Spa celebrated the 150th anniversary of its church Dec. 17 with a Mass with BISHOP EDWARD B. SCHARFENBERGER, followed by refreshments....

St. Thomas the Apostle parish in Delmar thanked everyone who made fleece blankets and ornaments for its pastoral care program and ornaments to be used as favors for the Bethlehem holiday senior luncheon....

Keep Schenectady Warm thanked Immaculate Conception parish in Glenville for donating 352 hats, mittens, scarves, ear warmers and more the needy in Schenectady in November. A donation box is still available for more. The Glenville Knights of Columbus and St. Vincent de Paul Society have been promoting "25 Cans for Christmas," asking parishioners to donate one can of food a day for 25 days to help feed the hungry in the community....

Blessed Sacrament parish in Bolton Landing thanked JASPER ZARCONE for delivering giving tree gifts to North Country Ministry, and for repairing the kneeler in front of the tabernacle....

Blessed Sacrament in Mohawk participated in Advent interfaith luncheons with a nearby Methodist church....

St. Paul's parish in Schenectady noted that its Christmas giving program was a success: 208 families received food and 372 children received gifts. The St. Vincent de Paul Society and parishioners of St. Paul's, Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish in Schenectady and St. Margaret of Cortona Church in Rotterdam Junction contributed; volunteers MARTIE HULETT, FRAN MENZ and MAUREEN KUCHARSKI coordinated....

RON KASZUBA built a stand for the Advent wreath at St. Stephen's parish in Hagaman; the stand was donated by the parish's FUND committee....

St. Michael's parish in South Glens Falls held a a special daytime penance service during Advent to give an additional opportunity to receive the sacrament of reconciliation. St. Mary's in Glens Falls had an evening penance service parishioners could attend, as well.

St. Michael's is starting Monday-evening gatherings for prayer and faith-sharing, including the Rosary, reading and discussing the previous Sunday's Mass readings. JOHN O'BRIEN and others are facilitating the group....

GENE CASELLA will once again recite "One Solitary Life" at Masses Dec. 23-24 at St. Mary's in Glens Falls....

A fall concert at Our Lady of Grace parish in Ballston Lake, led by music director PATTY DOLEZAL-NEUMAN, with RACHEL BOWCUTT, JOAN SUDA and other musicians, was a hit and raised more than $1,400 for the helping hands ministry....

Our Lady of the Annunciation parish in Queensbury now has an "Augustine Institute kiosk:" a display of CDs, books and pamphlets on faith. Donations are used to purchase more materials....

St. James parish in Chatham noted that parishioners would have a Christmas party at the Whittier Adult Home. The Marion Stegmann Fund committee thanked the parish for donating hundreds of books for children in Northern Columbia County....

In Amsterdam, St. Stanislaus parish's recent Heritage Weekend included a concert of Polish Christmas carols and other music of the season, sung by the St. Stanislaus choir and the choir from St. Stephen's in Hagaman....

All Saints on the Hudson parish in Mechanicville/Stillwater plans its annual "Midnight at Nine" New Year's Eve party Dec. 31 in the parish center, after a 4 p.m. vigil Mass. For $20, attendees get dinner and entertainment. Call CARM HEIN, (518) 664-5950....

The Rosary Society at Immaculate Heart of Mary parish in Watervliet has been selling angel ornaments for $5 each after Masses. IHM plans a Christmas party Jan. 7 after 11 a.m. Mass, with food, games and singing.... Annunciation parish in Ilion and Our Lady Queen of Apostles in Frankfort encouraged praying a Christmas novena through Dec. 24; the prayer begins, "O adorable infant Jesus"....

Our Lady of Hope parish in Whitehall and St. Ann's in Fort Ann noted that REV. RENDELL TORRES, pastor, is available to bless parishioners' homes and religious articles.

On Dec. 31, 6 p.m., St. Ann's will host a Mass in Spanish. Starting Jan. 7, the Spanish Mass will be on the first Sunday evening of the month....

At the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany, SALLY EASTERLY has concluded decorating the church for the season; LOUIS BANNISTER of The Enchanted Florist will step in....

St. Anthony's in Troy congratulates REV. RICHARD DONOVAN, OFM, pastor, on the 30th anniversary of his priestly ordination....

Christ the King parish in Westmere, Albany, announced that KATHY NOLLES is retiring after 38 years as administrative assistant. LINDA CARDUCCI will replace her....

St. Joseph's in Broadalbin noted that STEVE NAPLE agreed to be the chairperson for St. Joseph's summer festival in 2018....

St. Kateri Tekakwitha parish in Schenectady shared good news from its sister parish in Mexico: Thanks to the generosity of St. Kateri parishioners, the main village has installed a 22,000-liter cistern and pump, giving the entire village of 1,000 people clean drinking water....

Members of the Corona Self-Help group, a new residential addiction recovery program in Sullivan County, visited St. Paul the Apostle parish in Hancock to talk about themselves and ask for financial support. The organization has had houses in Queens, Staten Island, Florida and Mexico for many years....

At St. Mary's in Oneonta, where the church was just renovated, it was noted that Catholics are used to genuflecting to the Blessed Sacrament reserved in the tabernacle, but, since the parish's new tabernacle is not yet finished, people should bow to the altar as a sign of reverence instead.

St. Mary's also pointed out that its front pews are now shorter to allow room for people using wheelchairs or walkers. The parish hopes to provide rocking chairs for parents with infants, too. For parishioners who have difficulty walking and need communion brought to them, some front pews are reserved and a barrier removed. Self-guided tours of the church are available to explain all the changes. Memorial cards and programs from the rededication Mass are also available.... St. Michael's parish in Troy has a new LED-lighted sign, with research and installation help from parishioners TONY SLEAS­MAN and LOU SANTABARBARA....

Holy Trinity parish in Cohoes inherited candlesticks adorning its altar from the former St. Joseph's parish in Cohoes; each time they're lit, parishioners from St. Joseph's are prayed for....

Our Lady Queen of Peace parish in Schenectady notes that it has a hearing loop: If parishioners have T-coils in their hearing aids, they can switch over to them in church and better hear the Mass. A hearing aid has a T-coil if the user changes his or her hearing aid mode when talking on the telephone.