Annunciation parish in Queens­bury congratulates AGNES AND ALLEN VIGOTTY on their 59th wedding anniversary. The parish has also restocked its Augustine Institute kiosk, which offers religious books, CDs and so on. Monetary donations are used to buy more....

Transfiguration parish in Speigletown/Schaghticoke will host a memorial ecumenical service May 20, 3 p.m., at the Speigletown worship site....

Immaculate Conception parish in Hoosick Falls is one of the churches participating in the town’s “spring stroll and stained glass” May 19, 9 a.m.-noon. People can stroll along Hoosick Falls’ Main street to view works of art in the stained glass of its churches along the Hoosic River. Other participating churches include St. Mark’s Episcopal, First Baptist of Hoosick Falls and First United Presbyterian....

Parishioners of St. Joseph’s in Fort Edward were asked to submit ideas to celebrate the parish’s 150th anniversary; comment cards were in pews and at entrances through April....

CONCETTA “CONNIE” SALLUZZO got kudos from Holy Trinity in Johnstown and Holy Spirit in Gloversville as she celebrated her 99th birthday. DR. MARTHA DIORIO of St. Joseph’s in Schenectady also turned 99; EILEEN STOUTER of St. Mary’s in Granville turned 102....
A fundraising concert by JOHN WASSMUTH at Christ the King parish in Westmere, Albany, raised $3,000 for the RODINO FAMILY. It was sponsored by LUCY NEUBAUER and the parish respect life committee.

Christ the King also had a “coffee and conversation” session on the history of the Church from the 13th to 15th centuries, especially the Protestant Reformation and the ecumenism of Vatican II. Its altar was polished by JOHN HODGESON and a new table for the offertory gifts was donated by JOHN DIIANNI....

Sacred Heart parish in Lake George notes that it has adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Wednesday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. For information, call FRANK SAUSE, (518) 668-2292....

St. Thomas the Apostle parish in Cherry Valley reported on an idea that came up at a pastoral council meeting: “one book, one parish,” meaning that all the parishioners read the same book and discuss it. The suggested books were, “The Church of Mercy” by POPE FRANCIS, “Living the Mass” by REV. DOMINIC GRASSI and JOE PAPROCKI, “Thrift Store Saints” by JANE KRUTH or “A Friendship Like No Other” by REV. WILLIAM BARRY, SJ....

St. Mary’s parish in Oneonta has been participating in a lengthy interfaith program with Methodist, Jewish, Quaker, Baha’i, Unitarian, Buddhist, Mormon and Muslim faith communities. Temple Beth El of Oneonta is sponsoring the program, called “A Season of Faith and Understanding.” It runs through June 17. Contact KEN SIDER, ksider@hotmail.com.

St. Mary’s in Oneonta reports that its carpet has been installed, an icon of Christ by MAREK CZARNECKI and a new tabernacle by JIM LEWIS of Springwood Studios in Troy should be completed in June and Boy Scouts are working on an Eagle Project along the fence in the parish parking lot.

St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry in Albany is offering a Master’s-degree-level course on “the Church in America” at St. Mary’s in Oneonta via videoconferencing on Wednesdays, 6-10 p.m.

St. Mary’s “Holy Sews” group mailed 106 layettes to 13 New York State hospitals and is looking for donations (send to St. Mary’s Holy Sews, 39 Walnut St., Oneonta, NY 13820)....

Immaculate Conception parish in New Lebanon noted both the recent World Day of Prayer for Vocations and Earth Day: “The 21st-century Church is certainly in need of more shepherds, not only to provide for God’s flock on Earth, but also to invite and gather more people into that flock. Priests are in the front ranks of doing this work....Remember that there are many levels of vocations. Vocations to the diaconate, religious life and lay ministry are part of the Church’s shepherding, as well.

“You may ask, ‘How does Earth Day enter into our faith?’ The Church is one of the primary instruments for guiding people in respect for all God’s creation, not just the human race. The Earth must be nurtured and protected, especially in a day and age when our actions can have long lasting effect for generations to come”....

Mater Christi parish in Albany is celebrating May as Mary’s month with a free “eat and learn” program, “Mary through art and Scripture,” May 17, 6:30 p.m. REV. JAMES EBERT will do a presentation after a dinner. Call (518) 489-3204....

St. Luke’s in Schenectady is having a brainstorming session May 14, 6 p.m., on how to make its new parish pastoral center available to serve the needs of local veterans and active military members....

St. Anthony’s in Schenectady will honor mothers on Mother’s Day with a flower sale May 12-13 after Masses to benefit Birthright, which helps pregnant women and mothers in crisis.

St. Anthony’s also has a perpetual novena to its patron saint every Wednesday (except during Lent) at 6:30 p.m., with exposition and prayers in English and Spanish. Prayer requests can be submitted to saintanthony_bread@nycap.rr.com....

Christ Our Light parish in Loudonville lauded two retiring ushers who are also Navy veterans: JIM BENEDETTO, who began ushering 55 years ago and has worked at at the A&P, Tobin Packing Company, at South Colonie School and as a fireman; and JACK MULLIN, an usher for more than 15 years, who also worked at the Tobin Packing Company....

Holy Trinity parish in Cohoes is about to start using a new software package, Ministry Scheduler Pro. The program will automatically assign ushers, eucharistic ministers, lectors, altar servers and the like to Mass times and dates. Each minister will have online access to the schedule and will be able to request a substitute if necessary; schedules will be sent by email.

Holy Trinity thanked GERRY DAVIGNON for laminating prayer cards to pray for persecuted Christians....

St. Mary’s parish in Glens Falls invited parishioners to bring cell phones or tablets to Masses one weekend to download a new parish app, learn how to “like” the parish Facebook page and download a new adult faith development resource called FORMED, a digital site with Catholic faith-building opportunities like movies and talks in English and Spanish....

St. Michael’s parish in Troy says its garden committee will be redoing the garden beds at the entrance to the church. Parishioners can donate toward the purchase of new shrubs....

St. Paul’s parish in Hancock formed a men’s group during Lent, with the goal of simply supporting each other in the Christian life....

Sacred Heart parish in Margaretville is planning more focus on youth and outreach to young families and to the Spanish community, and supporting local food banks....

On May 17, 7 p.m., St. Stephen’s in Hagaman will host an area prayer service for Christian unity; on May 8, there was a potluck lunch and mini-retreat. Call (518) 843-2951.

St. Mary’s parish in Amsterdam and St. Stephen’s in Hagaman announced a Rosary walk May 19, 8 p.m., starting from Veterans Park, and a “garden bug shopping party” May 24, 4-7 p.m.