Blessed Sacrament parish in Bolton Landing is having an Advent candlelight vigil Dec. 12, 7-8 p.m., with quiet reflection and devotions to Our Lady of Guada­lupe, plus opportunities for the sacrament of reconciliation and time for fellowship....

Our Lady of the Americas Shrine Church in Albany, a mission of Blessed Sacrament parish, had a mini-retreat for Advent led by parishioner SISTER JULIE “JEWEL” WERNER, RSM....

At St. Joseph’s in Stuyvesant Falls/Stottville, parishioners are praying a novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe through Dec. 8....

The Schenectady Vicariate of The Ladies of Charity has been selling Advent and Christmas items after Masses at Our Lady Queen of Peace parish in Schen­ectady and its mission church, St. Margaret of Cortona in Rotterdam Junction. Proceeds benefit local Catholic food pantries....

Christ the King parish in Westmere, Albany, has a new statue of St. Anthony that came from the former St. Anthony’s parish in Albany. The church also has stained-glass windows from St. Anthony’s....

St. Thomas the Apostle parish in Delmar had an ugly sweater and giving tree party. Attendees learned about good works performed at the Sister Maureen Joyce Center and Mary’s Corner, which receive gifts from the giving tree....

At Holy Spirit parish in Gloversville, OLIVIA ESPOSITO, PAUL WHITNEY, SAM AND JESSICA ZIMMERMAN, DON AMBROSINO and SUE SHRADER will offer a “joyous sounds of the season” concert Dec. 9, 3 p.m., to benefit Mother Teresa’s Closet. Free will donations and household items will be accepted....

A free evening of carols was offered Dec. 7 at St. James in Chat­ham, with guest choral ensembles and soloists and combined choirs from several parishes. All Saints on the Hudson in Mech­anic­ville/Stillwater sponsored a Christmas concert Dec. 2 with the DOROTHY WELCH choir.

All Saints on the Hudson also noted that, on Nov. 18, the “official” final liturgy of the season was offered at St. Isaac Jogues Chapel on Saratoga Lake, with about 100 people in attendance. However, there will be a Christmas Eve midnight Mass at the chapel....

The Altar Rosary Sodality at Our Lady of Hope parish in Fort Plain is making cord rosaries to send to Family Rosary for distribution to missions around the world. The rosaries are also offered for free at the parish. To help with this ministry, call MARLENE NALLI, (518) 993-2837....

St. Joseph’s in Greenfield Center announced that the churches of ECHO (Ecumenical Community Helping Others) — including Simpson United Methodist Church, Middle Grove Metho­dist Church, Old Stone Church, St. Joseph’s and its mission, St. Paul’s in Rock City Falls — had their annual prayer service Dec. 2, along with a covered dish supper. Non-perishable food items were also collected for the local food pantry....

On Dec. 9, St. Mary’s parish in Clinton Heights will have a bless­ing of straw from parishioners’ nativity scenes at Masses....

Parishioners of Holy Mother and Child in Corinth/Lake Luzerne were asked to march in Corinth’s hometown Christmas parade Dec. 1, and to go caroling together....

Immaculate Conception parish in Glenville congratulated office manager FRAN ROSSI SZPYLCZYN for her Nov. 7 daily reflection, “Tripped Up,” which was published in “Give Us This Day, A Daily Prayer for Today’s Catholic.” She also has an essay printed in the new compilation of essays and reflections from Orbis Books, “Soul Seeing: Light, Love and Forgiveness,” about the parish’s semi-annual anointing Mass....

A men’s enrichment group has been meeting Tuesday evenings at Sacred Heart parish in Lake George, studying the Acts of the Apostles; call RICH ZUCCARO for information, (518) 792-6799.