"Students of service" seems to be the theme for this special edition of "From Sunday bulletins"....

At right, high school student Joe Giordano of Our Lady of the Americas Shrine Church in Albany, a mission of Blessed Sacrament parish, provides live music at a fundraiser for Capital District Family Promise at the Fort Orange Club. Family Promise helps homeless families by having churches provide temporary housing and case management. Last year, more than 2,000 children in Albany County were homeless; within three months of participating in Family Promise, 80 percent of families are independent. Check out http://capitalregionfamilypromise.weebly.com....

Faith formation and youth ministry students from St. Edward's parish in Clifton Park sold bracelets inscribed "Miracle Maker" as a fundraiser for the Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center. For information, contact JANICE NICOLL, Janice.nicoll@stedwardsny.org....

Holy Spirit School in East Greenbush has a teen book club that meets in the school library every first and third Sunday of the month....

Our Lady of Fatima parish in Delanson started a youth ministry program, kicking it off with a pizza party....

St. Mary's parish in Cooperstown's Youth I'nC members and their parents collected 93 bags of apples donated by Middlefield Orchard this weekend and delivered them to the Cooperstown food pantry....

Four St. Mary's, Oneonta, teens earned Boy Scout "Ad Altare Dei" religious medals: CHRIS CEROSALLETTI, ANDREW BAKER, JOEL ATTANASIO and ALEX VALENTE....

PHIL POLING of St. Mary's parish in Crescent is collecting bedding, shaving cream and razors for veterans of the Saratoga County Rural Preservation Company in Ballston Spa as a service project to earn his Eagle Scout rank.

St. Mary's has been holding youth nights, including a recent one that talked about the Bible and bullying and also offered ice cream sundaes....

St. Mary's/St. Paul's parish in Hudson Falls has added five intergenerational events to its faith formation program this year, so parents and students can explore their faith together using skits, discussion, guided meditation, Stations of the Cross and a take-home activity....

St. Mary's parish in Coxsackie held a World Youth Day Mass Nov. 2, reminding youth that the pope designates one Sunday a year as World Youth Day. During the liturgy, the parish celebrated the rite of enrollment with confirmation candidates and blessed its youth ministry core leadership team....

On Oct. 30, St. Mary's School in Waterford held a haunted house to benefit the Joyful Heart Foundation, which helps sexual assault survivors to heal. Learn more at www.joyfulheartfoundation.org....

SIOBHAN FARRELL was installed as an altar server at Immaculate Conception parish in Glenville. Recent "student of the month" award winners in sixth-grade faith formation at Immaculate Conception were JORDAN MANOCCHI and COLIN BACHERT. JEAN SMITH presents the award each month....

Students at St. Jude the Apostle School in Wynantskill just participated in their annual race for education, raising money for the school by asking sponsors to support them as they walked in the "race." If they raised $25,000, principal ERIN BAKER promised to kiss a pig....

New student council officers at St. Madeleine Sophie School in Schenectady are JENNA FITZGERALD, CAROLINE CRISTALLI, MOLLY MALONEY and RYAN PIANTANIDA; also deserving congratulations for running were FINN CONTRERAS, RAEGAN LAFOUNTAIN, BOHDAN KINAL and MARIA SEIPEL....

THOMAS DEGAN and DANIEL GOSS have been named commended students in the National Merit Scholarship program for academic promise, meaning that they placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students in the PSAT tests.