Reader KATHERINE ROSE offered a reflection for May on the Blessed Mother: “I had spent the morning obsessing over a prayer card with a picture of the Blessed Mother. It was a sad day, the anniversary of the death of both my brother and my mother. I drove to Our Lady of Angels Cemetery and there she was, as always: the statue of the Blessed Mother. My heart filled with memories: flowers at her feet on May mornings in classrooms, May crownings, posters of the mysteries of the Rosary and being taught how to pray them, songs, Fatima. I remembered that prayer card, my beloved rosary, Dad, Mom and my brother; but, mostly, I remembered her. She had come, like a mom, reminding me of memory and faith; reminding me of her power and strength, her sacrifice. I hadn’t seen her all the time, but she had been there all along, like a mom. She is an unconditional safety net, a committed warrior, with sometimes-unseen steadfast strength, but always with silent and unyielding love”....

On April 26, the Jewish-Catholic Dialogue Committee, the Jewish Federation of Northeastern NY and the Albany Diocese co-sponsored an interfaith event at the American Italian Heritage Museum in Albany: a screening of the film “Il Giardino Dei Giusti” (“The Garden of the Righteous”) and a presentation by LIORA KELMAN on her family’s survival during the Holocaust. The Sarano family of Milan were saved by Italian gentiles who risked their lives to save Italian Jews....

Albany Diocesan Cemeteries and the Watervliet Historical Society are partnering on a restoration project at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Watervliet. This spring and summer, they will map, research, excavate, restore and possibly replace veterans’ gravestones that have been broken and/or buried for decades. St. Patrick’s Cemetery has burials dating back to the early 1830s. Project partners include Boy Scout Troop 1279, Grave Stone Matters Professional Restor­ation Services, and Old Friends Genealogy Research Services. The project is funded in part by Albany Diocesan Cemeteries, the Daughters of the American Revolution, Trustco Bank, D/2 Biological Solutions and the Golub Foundation.