The New York State Catholic Conference, the public policy arm of the state’s bishops, notes that the 2018 state legislative session adjourned June 20. In terms of life issues, the Senate adopted a resolution that appropriates more funds for “women’s health services,” including a $375,000 grant for the Maternity and Early Childhood Foundation that will enable MECF to restore funding to programs that had been notified of cuts.

On the other hand, the Senate passed a bill (S.8441-B) to mandate health insurance coverage of in vitro fertilization procedures, a bill which failed to include a sufficient exemption for religious employers. The Assembly passed a similar measure but, because they don’t match, the bill will not become law — although it doesn’t set a good precedent for the Senate to have passed the bill.

In related news, the Catholic Conference notes that New Jersey has legalized commercial surrogacy and New York could be next. See www.ncregister.com/daily-news/new-jersey-becomes-a-surrogacy-friendly-state for an analysis....

Catholic Charities of the Albany Diocese has released a report on the assistance the agency provided to the survivors of a fire that occurred last November on Remsen Street in Cohoes. Catholic Charities had been asked by the City of Cohoes to provide disaster case management, distributing $119,785.59 amassed through three fundraisers and other donations. Catholic Charities used 100 percent of the donations to help 43 people displaced by the fire with rental assistance and to purchase food, furniture, clothing and household goods. Read Catholic Charities’ full report at www.ccrcda.org....

In other Catholic Charities news, a “Golf for Good” fundraiser to benefit Unity House and Catholic Charities programs in Rensselaer County will be held Aug. 20 at Schuyler Meadows Club in Loudonville. Tickets are $195 for an individual and $750 for a foursome, or $75 for dinner only. To register, go to www.unityhouseny.org/how-to-help/donate and click on “events” and “Golf for Good tickets”....

Two new members have been named to the Albany Diocese’s CYO basketball commission: TOM STEWART of St. Mary’s parish in Ballston Spa and TIM BLOW of St. Matthew’s in Voorheesville. Both have extensive CYO experience as coaches and as athletic directors for their respective CYO parish programs....

AARON HOWLAND has been named executive director of Catholic Charities Disabilities Services. He previously served for seven years as compliance officer for diocesan Catholic Charities....

Our Lady Queen of Peace parish in Schenectady and its mission church, St. Margaret of Cortona in Rotterdam Junction, announced new members of the parish’s pastoral council: RONALD BATCHER, ARTHUR DUNIGAN, MARY BETH GOLDSTEIN, MARJORIE HANNA, ELIZABETH MILLER, HELENE STACHEWICZ, MARSHA STEWART and CARMELA VECCHIO. They succeed GLEN ALLEN, CONNIE LEONARD, SHIRLEY NEET, JOAN PETRAMALE and ROBERT VITULLO.