All Saints on the Hudson in Mechanicville/Stillwater is having a “Christmas in July” sale at its Mother Teresa’s Thrift Shop through Aug. 3: Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-noon....

At St. Mary’s in Oneonta, parishioners can “read along with the pastoral council” this summer. The book of choice is “Divine Renovation: Bringing Your Parish from Maintenance to Mission” by REV. JAMES MALLON....

St. Michael’s parish in South Glens Falls alerts Catholics that it is the only parish in that region that has a Sunday evening Mass, which is offered at 5:30 p.m. “It has quickly become one of our most popular Mass times,” the parish added. “We do not have music at the 5:30 p.m. Mass, and it is a really nice community. In fact, most of the people who attend are not parishioners”....

St. Clement’s in Saratoga has been accepting donations for its annual bagged lunch program for “Backstretch Families’ Dark Days,” when track members’ families visit or workers go to visit relatives. About 250 lunches are made for the travelers....

Summer is a time for construction work at many parishes. Holy Cross in Salem, for instance, is looking at purchasing a parish security system and will partner with St. Patrick’s in Cambridge for a combined parish picnic in August because of construction at St. Patrick’s. St. Mary’s in Cooperstown is restoring the handicapped entrance to its church and doing some painting, with a special collection and an anonymous donation from a parishioner funding the work. At St. Joseph’s in Fort Edward, a team of workers is refinishing pews, with volunteers sanding, wiping down, sweeping and vacuuming — all part of preparing the church for an anniversary celebration next year. Richard Houle worked on the rectory front porch at St. Mary’s/St. Paul’s in Hudson Falls and donated the supplies. Immaculate Conception parish in New Lebanon is replacing storm windows and doing electrical work. The senior ministries helped with the cost. Other goals include updating a walkway leading to the Our Lady of Fatima shrine across the street from the church....

Summer is also a time for visitors at many parishes. Immaculate Conception in Glenville, for instance, is welcoming Stamford native PEG VAMOSY (previously profiled in The Evangelist; see www.evangelist.org) who is now a Maryknoll lay missioner in El Salvador. She made an appeal for donations and talked about her work in a rural parish, promoting sustainable agriculture and environmental awareness (see www.mklm.org).

REV. ERASTO NAAKULE has been staying at St. Mary’s parish in Albany as he conducts mission appeals on behalf of his diocese in Tanzania. Parishioners assisted his rural diocese in earthquake recovery and sponsored a project to provide clean and safe water for many of its communities....

JOSIE DOLAN has retired as part-time volunteer caretaker for Our Lady of Knock Shrine in East Durham after many years, notes Sacred Heart parish in Cairo....

St. Michael’s in Troy has welcomed THERESA REID, a new administrative assistant....

Parishioners can now make donations to St. Henry’s parish in Averill Park using the GIVE+ app on their smartphones....

Blessed Sacrament in Bolton Landing now has a lending library of spiritual books, thanks to parishioner KEVIN BEAUGEZ. Many of the books are from Dynamic Catholic company; they can be taken out and returned, or summer visitors can take a book home. There is a donation box to leave a free will offering....

At St. Matthew’s in Voor­hees­ville, the Junior Ladies of Charity are collecting new or gently used board books for infants and toddlers. All books will be given to mothers and their babies at Mary’s Corner in Cohoes....

Holy Cross and other churches in the Salem area gave away 208 ice cream sundaes July 4 just before a local parade....

St. Lucy/St. Bernadette parish in Altamont is one of several planning a blessing of young parishioners heading to college; theirs will be Aug. 19. “We want them to know that their parish believes in them, and that this is one place that is safe, no matter what life brings. We also remind parishioners that we have accomplished something important in the faith journey of these students,” the parish noted....

Holy Cross in Morris congratulates MEGHAN BARRINGER on her graduation from Marine boot camp....

On July 15, St. John the Evangelist and St. Joseph’s parish in Rensselaer had a fun summer event: “Stump the Choir.” Before a Mass, parishioners could choose any song in the hymnal, and the choir and congregation would have to sing it. It was dubbed an “old-fashioned hymn sing”....

Our Lady of the Assumption in Latham, meanwhile, hosted a “dogs’ night out” July 16, with parishioners and pups gathering for a barbecue and playtime....

St. Paul’s parish in Hancock just hosted separate discussions for women and for men concerning death in light of suicides of public figures and the legalization in some places of assisted suicide.

A perpetual bottle drive at St. Paul’s parish in Hancock funds annual awards and gifts to graduating high school seniors who have given outstanding service to the parish. This year’s recipients are ALYSSA MAKOWSKI and PATRICK ESOLEN. The rest of the parish’s seniors each received gifts from the same fund: WILLIAM GROSS, KAITLIN O’BOYLE, MICHAEL ARGIROS, KAYLEE GILL and JACKSON MILLER. ED AND KAREN WHITE have run the bottle drive for many years.

Through a charity called Unbound, St. Paul’s supports two girls in other countries. PERLA, a six-year-old in Honduras; and GLEA, who just completed eighth grade in Manila, Philippines. Perla sent a letter and a picture she drew; Glea wrote that it’s difficult for her father to support their family, as the hurricane season causes difficulties for his fishing business, and her mother’s work takes her away from home. Glea is working hard in school so she can also support her family.

St. Paul’s also had a “pray like a monk for a day” for the feast of St. Benedict and encourages parishioners to keep praying the Liturgy of the Hours during the day....

Holy Spirit parish in East Greenbush got $670 for its building fund from sales of parishioner MARTIN KELLY’S children’s book.