Circles of Mercy, a Rensselaer-based ministry of the Sisters of Mercy, is seeking volunteers for VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) and AARP TaxAide sites in the Capital Region to help prepare taxes free of charge for low- to moderate-income taxpayers from late January through early April. Other volunteers are also sought; mentoring is pro­vided. Contact TRACY RANDLE, (518) 456-2200, ext. 131 or trandle@unitedwaygcr.org, and see www.cashgreatercapitalregion.org and www.aarp.org/taxvolunteer....

St. Mary's Academy in Hoosick Falls is partnering with alumnus DENNIS MCEVOY to collect school supplies for Lockhart Elementary School. Lockhart is on the island of St. Thomas and is currently being used as a shelter after Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the island. Mr. McEvoy taught at Lockhart Elementary....

St. Mary's Healthcare in Amsterdam welcomed DR. PAUL COM­BER to its network of pediatric providers. He will provide pediatric care in the Canajoharie community and is a pulmonologist, treating children and adolescents with respiratory ailments. Contact the Canajoharie Health Center at (518) 673-2573 or request an on line appointment at smha.org/primarycare. Also, TODD ZBYTNIEWSKI is the new administrator of St. Mary's Wilkinson Residential Healthcare....

The sophomore class at Saratoga Central Catholic High School raffled off an iPhone 8Plus as a recent fundraiser....

Catholic Charities Senior and Caregiver Support Services in Schenectady had a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house, highlighting the many programs and services offered by the Catholic Charities agency throughout 14 counties of the Albany Diocese....

In October, 24 seniors age 85 and up were honored for their lifetime achievements at an award ceremony at Congregation Beth Emeth in Albany. BISHOP EDWARD B. SCHARFENBERGER presented awards to 16 Catholic seniors: FRANCIS ALLEN, GRAYCE SUSAN BURIAN, MARGARET CENTANNI, EDWARD GRAFFEO, PATRICIA KEYROUZE, SIEGRFRIED KRAFROST, ANDREW MALONEY, JEANNE MARCHITTO, PYLLIS ANN MCDONALD, MURIEL OPAL, FRANK PETERS, PAUL SCHELL, NORMA SEGUIN, DR. VALENTINO TEBBANO, MARY CLARE VISKER and JOAN ZIARNO...

REV. THOMAS CURLEY of Catskill noted the upcoming 50th anniversary of the death of CARDINAL FRANCIS SPELLMAN by quoting BISHOP EDWIN BRODERICK, with whom Father Curley attended seminary. Bishop Broderick once spent a decade as Cardinal Spellman's secretary. Father Curley said the bishop told him, "There is no bishop who can compare with him. He was a great man of the Church"....

Hudson Valley Community College in Troy and Maria College in Albany signed transfer agreements for two career-focused healthcare programs. Graduates from Hudson Valley's nursing and community health navigation associate degree programs can now continue their studies at Maria in nursing and healthcare management, transferring in as juniors. See www.mariacollege.edu....

The Diocese of Albany's Past Regents chapter of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas held its annual memorial Mass in October at Christ Our Light Church in Loudonville to remember deceased members. BISHOP EDWARD B. SCHARFENBERGER was celebrant. Court Columbia No. 248 in Hudson, Court St Bridget No. 265 in Ilion, Court Catherine Esther No. 1264 in Canajoharie and Court St. Martin de Porres No. 1648 in Colonie attended. The Bishop was presented with a check for $1,500 from the CDA's scholarship fund for seminarians.