St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands has announced the winners of its annual photo contest for pictures taken in the cemetery. At right are JEANNE KEEFE'S first-place and LANA ORTIZ' second-place photos; third prize went to KAREN HUMMEL and honorable mentions to JESS HOHENSTEIN and JORDAN DAVENPORT. Learn more at www.capitaldistrictcemeteries.org....

Local Catholic blogger FRAN ROSSI SZPYLCZYN, who works at Immaculate Conception parish in Glenville, is one of the contributors to a new book, "Hungry, And You Fed Me: Homilies and Reflections for Cycle C." Fellow contributors include well-known spiritual authors REV. JAMES MARTIN, SJ; BROTHER MICKEY O'NEILL MCGRATH, OSF; REV. RICHARD ROHR, OFM; and REV. WILLIAM BAUSCH. See https://cvpublishing.com or call 800-350-6984....

Wheels and Ways to Work, a Catholic Charities program in the Albany Diocese, has received a Walmart performance award for its loan program. The award came from the similarly-named Ways to Work, Inc., a Milwaukee-based community development financial institution that helps families with credit problems. The Catholic Charities program has received a $6,000 grant to support its work....

Six siblings of the DANNER family who grew up in East Greenbush are proud to report that they have all been married for 50 years or more. Four attend parishes in the Albany Diocese: JOE AND MARY ANN DANNER and ELIZABETH AND JACK HUDSON are parishioners of Sacred Heart in Castleton; IDA AND GERALD CONNOLLY and THERESA AND RICHARD SWAHLAN go to St. Mary's in Clinton Heights. MARY AND TOM MCCARTY live in New Mexico; JOHN AND PAT DANNER, in Colorado. The half-dozen siblings have seven more brothers and sisters....

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas' Court Catherine Esther No. 1264 met at Our Lady of Hope Church in Fort Plain; guest speaker ANDREW HISLOP of Rochester talked about a service trip to Kentucky. Members discussed the WRAP (White Ribbon Against Pornography) campaign and planned a Dec. 10 Christmas party and toy collection for area children and a collection for troops...

The College of Saint Rose in Albany has been named a "military friendly school" by G.I. Jobs, a magazine for military personnel transitioning to civilian life. This denotes the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools doing the most to embrace military members and veterans as students. CSR gives priority to recruiting students with military experience....

Urban and regional planner CHARLES MOORE, a parishioner of St. John the Evangelist and St. Joseph parish in Rensselaer previously profiled in The Evangelist (see www.evangelist.org), has published a new book titled, "Path to Progress: Innovative Solutions for Growth, Prosperity and Security." The book launch party is Nov. 13, 5-7 p.m., at Revolution Hall in Troy; the author is donating 20 percent of proceeds to the Rensselaer local Boys and Girls Club....

ELIZABETH "BETH" LYNCH has been laid off from her position as museums and event coordinator and media representative for Our Lady of Martyrs Shrine in Auriesville. The change was part of downsizing at the shrine, which reduces its offerings during the winter....

ALICE KOBA of St. Ambrose Church in Latham is the winner of a raffle of a TV and a Kindle by the Albany Cursillo movement. Proceeds supported Cursillo, a worldwide movement encouraging Catholics to live Christian values to bring the Gospel message to one person at a time. Learn more at www.natl-cursillo.org or email albanycursilloweb@yahoo.com....