Representatives from Team Pathways at St. Jude the Apostle parish in Wynantskill sold fair trade products -- chocolate bars, hot cocoa mix, tea, coffee, almonds and more -- on a recent weekend. The sale supports farmers in staying on their land, receiving a fair price for their goods, sending their children to school and caring for the environment....

Sacred Heart School in Troy will have an "open doors alumni day" March 6, starting with a 9 a.m. Mass....

St. Michael the Archangel parish in South Glens Falls is a drop-off site for books for Project: Cameron's Story, which gives new books to parents with babies in the NICU. Call (518) 792-5859....

St. Clement's parish in Saratoga Springs will begin its first season of "Saint Clem's Bocce Ball League" in April. A bocce court was built toward the back of the property last summer; another will soon be built as an Eagle Scout project. Anyone from ninth grade up can play from April to August; there will be a "Super Bowl(ing)" tournament at season's end, as well as a parish-wide gathering with food and fun....

St. Francis of Assisi parish in Northville put a spin on asking parishioners to bring back last year's blessed palms to be burned for ashes used on Ash Wednesday: After a prayer service to burn them on "Fat Tuesday," there will be a Mardi Gras meal....

Our Lady of Knock Shrine in East Durham is on winter hours through early March. It's open Tuesdays, 9:30-11 a.m. (Mass at 10 a.m.); Saturdays, noon-3 p.m. and Sundays, noon-3 p.m. (Mass at 1 p.m.)....

Our Lady of the Valley parish in Middleburgh has "Mary's First Saturday Rosary" every first Saturday of the month at 8:30 a.m. Knights of Columbus Council No. 4475 participates....

Our Lady of Victory in Troy is having a "Change for Change" Lenten drive to benefit the children of St. Francis Xavier Orphanage in Haiti. The Shrine Church of Our Lady of the Americas in Albany, a mission of Blessed Sacrament parish, already had a breakfast sale to benefit El Reventón Elementary School in Nicaragua, raising $800....

St. Joan of Arc parish in Menands/the Black Catholic Apostolate noted that the FLORA E. KIPPINS Foundation is sponsoring a bake sale after Masses Feb. 10-11 to raise funds to provide clean drinking water to four villages in Ndasimam, Ghana....

Holy Trinity parish in Cohoes had several Masses "ad orientem," or facing "toward the east." The priest and people all faced in the same direction at certain parts of the Mass.

Also at Holy Trinity, a cardiovascular checkup was offered Jan. 31 and REV. HUGH VINCENT DYER, OP, gave a presentation about "Saints in the Modern World" to faith formation students and other parishioners....

REV. ROBERT HOHENSTEIN and REV. JUN SEGURA took their annual trip to visit Father Segura's home country of the Philippines, noted St. Mary's parish in Glens Falls....

St. Vincent's in Cobleskill announced that its Chatty Crochet group meets Monday mornings; call MARGE DAFELDECKER, (518) 234-2086....

St. Stanislaus in Amsterdam has new carpeting in the stairway of the priest's sacristy, thanks to Carpets R Affordable....

Song leader BRIDGET BALL SHAW is retiring from her service at St. Henry's parish in Averill Park after 30 years; REV. GEORGE BRUCKER, who assists at the parish, is retiring for the second time....

Christ the King parish in Westmere, Albany, has a new 55+ Club. They've been meeting to discuss what they'd like to do. Contact TINA BOSCO, (518) 456-8030 or dipierno8@gmail.com....

St. Mary's in Clinton Heights is having a "Bible bonanza" Feb. 11, 9:30 a.m., with young people presenting Bible stories as seen through their eyes.... 

Our Lady of Grace parish in Ballston Lake has received $20,632 toward a goal of $26,000 for its new boiler fund. OLG's Busy Hooks and Needles group welcomes new members, meeting the third Monday of the month from 9:30 a.m.-noon. The next meeting is Feb. 19. Call SANDY WEDGE, (518) 399-5351....

GRACE FAY led a discussion at St. Joseph's parish in Scotia about mental health in adolescents, self-care and tools to help....

St. Matthew's in Voorheesville is having its annual sports night Feb. 7, 6:30 p.m., with a guest speaker, an award for CHARLIE CARROW for his commitment to St. Matthew's CYO basketball program, refreshments and prizes. Admission is $5; contact JOHN BELGIOVINE, (518) 765-0038 or jbelgiovine@gmail.com....

Immaculate Conception parish in New Lebanon is praying for the SCHWARTZ FAMILY; baby LINCOLN was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy, which has a fatal prognosis. See www.gofundme.com/helping-the-schwartz-family....

St. Kateri Tekakwitha parish in Schenectady will have a new parishioner welcome reception Feb. 12, 6:30 p.m. Also, the parish's Memories Group will have a Mardi Gras luncheon Feb. 13, 11:30 a.m., for all those who are grieving the loss of a spouse (contact 518-346-6137, ext. 230)....

A "Pardon and Pancakes" penance service and Mardi Gras at Our Lady of Fatima parish in Delanson is planned for Feb. 13, 6 p.m. for. There will be a communal penance service, individual confessions and a free pancake supper by the Knights of Columbus with Cajun music and Mardi Gras beads....

Annunciation parish in Ilion is offering an eight-week course, "Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible." It started Feb. 1. Contact St. Joseph House of Prayer, (351) 894-9501....

St. Joseph the Worker parish in West Winfield/Richfield Springs sponsored "Theology Un-Corked" Feb. 1, with wine and a discussion of theology, current issues, family life, prayer and Catholic life. More events will be held at 6:30 p.m. the first Thursday of every month in West Winfield and on the third Thursday of every month in Richfield Springs....

The annual Mardi Gras at Immaculate Conception parish in Glenville will be Feb. 13, 5:30-8 p.m. Contact LYNN WINTERBERGER, (518) 399-2509 or LMWinter@nycap.rr.com.