St. Edward's in Clifton Park had a palm cross-making session March 22; the crosses were given to shut-ins....

Parishioners of St. Adalbert's in Schenectady made butter lambs Feb. 26-March 2 to be sold for Easter....

Christ Our Light parish in Loudonville noted that, "during Lent, we focus on three tenets: prayer, almsgiving and fasting. This Lent, as we reflect on these pillars of our faith, you will find [paper] hearts and hands beside our cross of twigs [in the church]. The hearts represent giving/almsgiving, and the hands represent prayers for letting go. Please write your thoughts/actions on the hearts and or what you are working to free yourself of on the hands, then affix to the twigs on the cross"....

At All Saints parish in Albany, the Angels to Each Other women's group provided new Lenten banners....

St. John the Evangelist parish in Schenectady gave out purple crosses to wear throughout Lent to signify people are willing to carry their own crosses, and to think about people in need of help. The crosses could be returned during Holy Week to be put on a large cross in the sanctuary on Good Friday....

Blessed Sacrament parish in Albany had bilingual Stations of the Cross with soup and reflection every Friday in Lent, a bilingual Mass on Holy Thursday (with the church open until midnight for adoration), bilingual Living Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, a bilingual Easter vigil Mass and a Spanish Mass Easter Sunday....

REV. GEORGE FLEMING of St. Joseph's in Stuyvesant Falls/Stottville, St. James in Chatham and St. John the Baptist in Valatie preached at Payne AME Church in Chatham as part of a six-week series sponsored by the Chatham Area Pastors Association. A Lenten supper preceded each of the ecumenical Lenten services. His talk, "Transfigured Ambassadors," cited St. Paul's call to be "ambassadors for Christ," which went along with the series' theme this year: "Lent is a journey, not a destination. Our daily resurrection"....

St. Anthony's and St. John the Evangelist parishes in Schenectady had a seder (Jewish Passover) meal sponsored by their RCIA group March 28....

St. Madeleine Sophie parish in Schenectady asked parishioners to take an Easter egg from a tree in the church with the name of a homebound parishioner or seminarian on it and write that person an Easter card for the parish to mail. Parishioners could keep the eggs to pray for the person during Lent....

Notre Dame-Visitation parish in Schuylerville noted its participation in ecumenical Lenten services, including one at Schuylerville United Methodist Church with REV. MARTIN FISHER preaching.

In the bulletin for Notre Dame-Visitation parish, Father Fisher noted "symptoms of inner peace: a tendency to think and act spontaneously, rather than on fears based on past experiences; an unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment; a loss of interest in judging other people; a loss of interest in judging self; a loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others; a loss of interest in conflict; an inability to worry; frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation; frequent attacks of smiling; an increasing tendency to let things happen rather than to make them happen; and an increased susceptibility to the love extended by others, as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it.

"People trusted Jesus because of His signs. The inner peace in Jesus must have been a sign to the people that He was who He said He was," said Father Fisher....

In Lent, St. Mary's parish in Oneonta began asking for a brief period of silence before the Sunday Eucharist begins to focus on "entering into the presence of the Father, Son and Spirit." Chimes are rung a few minutes before Mass to call parishioners to be mindful of what they are about to do "in singing the praises of God, listening to the Son in the Word and, through the Spirit, offering ourselves in the bread and wine so that we might be transformed more into Jesus for the sake of the world."

St. Mary's alerted parishioners about an area telephone scam: Calls from (315) 228-9505 with an automated recording that identifies the callers as "St. Mary's Prayer Center Ministry" and offers prayers. "St. Mary's Oneonta prayer chain and parish does not make outgoing solicitation phone calls. We are not in any way affiliated with 'St. Mary's Prayer Center Ministry,'" the parish noted.

April is "Second Chance Month," so parishioners of St. Mary's in Oneonta are invited to learn about the Jail Ministry of Otsego County and Prison Fellowship, which help families impacted by the long-term affects of a criminal record. St. Mary's peace and justice ministry is collecting cans and bottles to support that ministry before and after Masses April 14-15....

Our Lady of Victory parish in Troy will offer an active shooter training by the Rensselaer County Sheriff's Office April 10, 5:30 p.m., and April 12 at Our Lady of the Snow mission church in Grafton. "OLV-OLS remains committed to meeting tough challenges head-on and educating our parish family and community at large. We ask that liturgical ministers make every effort to attend this training," the parish noted....

Transfiguration parish in Speigletown/Schaghticoke is having a service day for all ages April 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Speigletown site. Volunteers will work with the Piece Makers quilting group to make pillowcases for area hospitals to give to children who are patients....

Sacred Heart parish in Lake George was the beginning point for walking Stations of the Cross through the village on Good Friday.