A men’s First Friday holy hour will be offered at St. Thomas the Apostle parish in Delmar by the Mater Christi Holy League, a men’s prayer group, on Aug. 3, 7 p.m. There will be eucharistic adoration, evening prayer, benediction and a talk....

St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catho­lic Church in Hudson has resumed its monthly First Saturday devotions for the year; the next one is Aug. 4, with confessions and the Rosary at 8:30 a.m., followed by the Divine Liturgy at 9 a.m....

St. Edward’s parish in Clifton Park has extended its “Christmas in July” sale through August, selling a parish cookbook, “Heavenly Recipes;” a CD by the choir titled, “Come Let Us Sing for Joy;” and an ornament commemorating the dedication of its new worship space. A $25 donation gets any three items; proceeds benefit the building fund.
St. Edward’s also congratulates parishioner ALICIA GOL­DEN, who was Shenendehowa High School’s valedictorian this year; she’s bound for Cornell University in Ithaca....

A fried dough fundraiser will be sponsored by St. Patrick’s parish in Athens Aug. 25, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., during the Athens yard sale....

St. Jude the Apostle parish in Wynantskill has commissioned Chapman Stained Glass Studios in Albany to create a stained glass rendering of St. Jude to place in the entrance of the new parish center....

LISA MUCCILLI is the new business and operations manager for St. Patrick’s parish in Ravena and St. Mary’s in Coxsackie....

MEL BYRON of Immaculate Conception in Glenville was reinstalled as a district deputy of the New York State Council of the Knights of Columbus. Parishioners TIM MCALONEN and PAUL WELSH painted doors in the parish center. JOHANNA NALLY was featured in a local newspaper describing a boat that carried her, her late husband, JOHN, and her 10 children around Lake Champlain; under new ownership, the boat is now being used in an around-the-world sailing competition....

Presales are underway for “Heavenly Peace,” a Christmas CD by the choir from St. Joseph’s parish in Greenwich. CDs are $15; proceeds benefit ongoing restoration efforts at the church, including stained glass windows and new chairs for the choir loft. The CD will be released this fall....

In the wake of 13 shootings in Albany since July 3, REV. FRANK O’CONNOR wrote to parishioners of the Shrine Church of Our Lady of the Americas in Albany, a mission of Blessed Sacrament parish, that “our parish neighborhood continues to be torn and shattered by violence. Chaos and confusion disturb the hearts and minds of those who live here, especially the youth whose lives are so fragile.
“As a parish community, we hope to be an island of peace in the midst of the chaos,” he continued. “What do we have to offer this community victimized by violence? We can offer silence, healing and, hopefully, peace. We find this silence, this peace of Jesus, in the Eucharist, where His heart beats with love for us. Next Sunday, between the Masses, we will pray before Jesus exposed on the altar for the repose of those murdered violently. We will pray for those who did the killings, for our neighbors who are directly affected, and for our police who risk their lives for the safety of us all. We will pray for forgiveness and peace. We hope that the peace of Jesus will heal our neighborhood and all of us.”