When MARY CARNIBUCCI turns 100 years old Aug. 6, she'll be celebrated at Mass at her parish, St. Patrick's in Ravena....

As REV. MICHAEL FARANO retired from his position as administrator of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany, he lauded REV. WILLIAM PAPE, rector; the parish staff and pastoral and finance councils; those who serve in other ministries; his successor, REV. DAVID LEFORT; and the diverse community of parishioners. "Being assigned here is one of the many blessings for which I will always be grateful," he said....

Frequent writer MARY DYGERT of Blessed Sacrament parish in Mohawk reported to The Evangelist that she is now 92 years old and suffering from health issues, but she still offered a tribute to all mothers and to Mary, who, she said, "was endowed with graces which she bestows in faith on those who believe. Let us honor her, as well"....

Sixth-grader RAELEE OSTRANDER of Duanesburg sent a note protesting the actions of the American Girl doll company, which, she said, supports Planned Parenthood and is therefore contributing to "killing babies....Why would American Girl do that? It's so sad"....

REV. KEVIN MACKIN, OFM, former president of Siena College in Loudonville and now serving at St. Raphael's parish in St. Petersburg, Fla., has published a collection of his homilies titled, "A Spirituality for Sunday People." Following the liturgical year, it reflects on the ultimate question: "Are we ready to meet the living Christ when He comes to us in the mystery of death?" The book is available for $17.95 through WestBow Press; call 1-866-928-1240 or go to www.westbowpress.com.