Remembrance Day to Benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children-Springfield, Mass. Join us at the Latham Knights of Columbus building, 328 Troy Schenectady Road, for a night of fundraising and fun! We will have children’s activities, games and prizes from 4-7 p.m., and a deejay playing 50’s music from 7 p.m. to close. Menu includes hotdogs, hamburgers, sausage and peppers, fried dough and more available for purchase. For questions, please email
First Friday Devotional Services at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, 600 State St., (corner of State and Lafayette Streets), at 1 p.m. following the 12:15 p.m. Mass. There will be Devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, including exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. All are welcome. The church is handicapped accessible and parking is available behind the church. For information, call (518) 374-4466, ext. 13.

Grief and Loss Series at the Rosary Garden at Immaculate Conception, 400 Saratoga Road, at 4 p.m., to mark the first-year anniversary of Father Jerry Gingras’ death. The Mass will also be offered that evening for him and the Memorial Cross returned to his family who will be attending. In addition, there will be a five-part series on grief and loss in the bulletin for you to take home and reflect upon. Grief is the hardest internal work we all do no matter what the loss is. We are hopeful that you will find this series helpful. For information, call the parish office at (518) 399-9168 or email 

OCT. 8-9
Peoples Weekend and Celebration of Saint Kateri’s Canonization at the St. Kateri Tekakwitha National Shrine and Heritage Site (3686 State Highway 5). Events on Oct. 8 include: Official opening of a museum exhibit on the life of St. Kateri at 1 p.m. At 2:30 p.m., the official release of “The Holy Tapestry of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha’s Life,” a coloring book written and designed by Karla Aurora Kozach, who will be signing copies in the gift shop. A Vigil Mass with Traditional Purification Rite and Blessing with the relic of Saint Kateri will celebrated by Bishop Douglas Lucia of the Diocese of Syracuse at 4:30 p.m. On Oct. 9, there will be a Mass with Traditional Purification Rite and Blessing with the relic of Saint Kateri at 10:30 a.m., also celebrated by Bishop Lucia. At 11:30 a.m., there will be a Solemn Offering and Burning of the prayer petitions. Sister Kateri Mitchell, SSA, who was involved in the 2006 miracle, will speak at both Masses. For more information, head to 

American Red Cross Blood Drive at the St. Madeleine Sophie Parish Center, 3500 Carman Road, from 1-7 p.m. Anyone 16 or older may donate. Appointments are strongly recommended. To make an appointment, please use the Blood Donor App, or call 1-800-RedCross, or visit and enter zip code 12303 to find the drive. 

Charismatic Renewal at Christ Our Light Church, 1 Maria Drive. Night begins with Prayer and Praise at 7 p.m., followed by Liturgy and a Healing Prayer at 7:30 p.m. There will be individual prayer teams available after Mass. For more information about the Charismatic Renewal, check out the website:
Birthright Luncheon: Birthright of Schenectady is hosting its 21st Annual Fundraising Luncheon from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Riverstone Manor in Scotia. We will have vendors, raffle baskets and a professional storyteller, as well as lunch! New this year is “Build a Layette.” Please bring onesies, outfits (NB-12 months), receiving blankets, towels, or other items that new babies need. Tickets are $40 per person. To reserve a spot or get more information, please call our office at (518) 370-1532. 

OCT. 14 & 15 
Rummage Sale at St. Cecilia Church, 26 Broadway, on Friday, Oct. 14, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 15, from 8-11 a.m.


16th Annual Rosary Rally of America Needs Fatima Association, Noon at Canal Square. Rain or shine, bring your own chair.