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 JANUARY 2018 

 Thursday — 18

BIBLE STUDY
Springfield: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, 123 William St., will hold a Bible study  on “St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians”  from 10-11:30 a.m. and 6:30-8 p.m. To registration call Bill or Theresa D’Amato at 413-203-5296 or email [email protected]. Workbooks are $20. 

 ANNUAL MARCH FOR LIFE
Windsor Locks, Conn.: Mary Gate of Heaven Parish will sponsor a bus trip to Washington, D.C., for the Annual March for Life leaving Jan. 18 in the evening and returning Jan. 19. Cost is $50; $35 for teens; free for clergy. Those under age 18 must have a chaperone. For more information, call Hal Larson at 860-292-1914 or Francie Clark at 860-749-4841.

ADULT BIBLE STUDY
Springfield: Holy Cross Parish, 221 Plumtree Rd., will hold a Bible Study from 6:45-8:45 p.m. for approximately 12-15 weeks. For more information call Mary Hart at 413-455-4778 or Marie Lussier at 413-224-1145

Friday — 19

UNITY WEEK PRAYER SERVICE
Springfield: St. Michael’s Cathedral, 254 State St., will have a Christian Unity Prayer Service with local Christian denominations at 7 p.m. to celebrate our shared Christian identity. For more information go to www.iobserve.org or www.diospringfield.org. 

PRO-LIFE MARCH IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
Washington, D.C: The National Memorial March for the Pre-Born and Their Mothers and Fathers will take place at the DAR Constitution Hall. 1776 D. Street. from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Doors will open at 7 a.m. and Mass will take place at 7:30 a.m. Call Robin at 413-743-1329 for more information and to reserve a seat. 

MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKENDS
South Kingston, R.I.: The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends will be from Friday, Jan. 19-21 in Kingston, R.I., and Friday, March 9-11, in Duxbury, Mass. For more information call Stephen and Michele at 800-710-9963 or visit https://wwmema.org/.

RETROUVAILLE WEEKEND FOR TROUBLED MARRIAGES 
The next weekend will be Jan. 19-21. For more information, call confidentially 1-800-470-2230, email [email protected] or go to the website www.helpourmarriage.com.  

Sunday — 21

IRELAND TOUR INFORMATION NIGHT
Chicopee: The Irish Cultural Center, will hold an informational night at the ICC, Elms College, Mary Dooley Campus Center, Room 207, 291 Springfield St., at 1 p.m. For additional information for the Oct. 17-27 trip call Pat Baker at 413-348-3263 or Eric Bergstrom at 860-798-4525 or the ICC website at IrishCenterwne.org.

Monday — 22

LOCAL PRO-LIFE MARCH
Springfield: There will be a Pro-Life March after Mass at 10:30 a.m. in St. Michael’s Cathedral, 254 State St. Father Henry Dorsch will be the celebrant. Following the march lunch will be at the Marshall Center. For questions call 413-746-0655. 

Tuesday — 23

HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE
Lee: Father Brian McGrath and Msgr. Michael Shershanovich will lead a nine-day trip to the Holy Land from Jan. 23-31, 2018. For details and to make reservations, call John Paul Tours at 928-255-0955 or email [email protected] or call Msgr. Mike at 413-445-5789. Brochures and registration forms are also available in the rectory at  Mary Mother of the Church, 140 Main St.

Wednesday — 24

UNDERSTANDING THE MASS
Westfield: St. Mary’s Parish, 86 Mechanic St., will have a Bible Study entitled an Epic: “A journey through Church History” beginning tonight from 7-8:30 p.m.  For more information call or email Joanne Bagge at 413-562-5484 or [email protected]

IRISH NIGHT
Holyoke: The Ancient Order of Hibernians are having an Irish Night at the Wherehouse Restaurant, 109 Lyman St. the doors open at 6p.m. and dinner at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $30 and can be ordered by callingd Joe O’Connor at 413-627-7148 or Fran Hennessey at 413-785-5687 or on line at Eventbrite.comSearch:”Irish Night in Holyoke” by Feb. 20.

Thursday — 25 

MEAT BALL AND PASTA  FUNDRAISER
Pittsfield: The Knights of Columbus will hold a Meatball and Pasta Dinner at St. Joseph’s Parish Center, 414 North St., from 5-6 p.m. to assist the Columbus Christian Relief Fund. For tickets or information call Jack Laviolette at 413-464-6009.

CARD PARTY
Wilbraham: The Women’s Club at St. Cecilia’s Parish, 42 Main St., will hold a card party in the Parish Center. Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m. A $7 lunch donation is appreciated. For reservations please call Sue Agnew at 413-596-9480. 

Friday — 26

WOMEN’S RETREAT
West Springfield: Saint Thomas the Apostle Parish, 47 Pine St., will hold a Women’s Retreat at the Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford, Conn. from Friday Jan. 26 – Sunday Jan. 28. For information or to register call 860-760-9705 or Kate Day at 413-222-0499 or on line at www.holyfamilyretreat.org.

Saturday — 27

BLOOD DONATIONS
Feeding Hills: St. Camillus Guild at Sacred Heart Parish, 1061 Springfield St., will hold a Blood Drive from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. For questions or to sign up call Deb Briancesco, RN, at 413-786-8200 Ext. 3. Please sign up early.

SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE
Westfield: St. Mary Parish School, 35 Bartlett St., will hold an Open House from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Registration for the 2018/2019 school year will be available. For questions call 413-568-2388.  

Sunday — 28

ASL MASS AND SOCIAL
Springfield: Mary Mother of Hope Parish, 840 Page Blvd., will hold an ASL Mass and Social at 2 p.m. to  honor De Sales the Patron Saint of the Deaf. Bishop Rozanski will be present for the Mass. RSVP by Jan. 23 to 413-739-0456. 

OPEN HOUSE
West Springfield: St. Thomas the Apostle School, 75 Pine St., will hold an Open House from 12:30-1:30 p.m. For additional information or to register call 413-739-4131 or go online www.stthomasapostleschool.org.

OPEN HOUSE
Chicopee: St. Joan of Arc School, 587 Grattan St., will hold an Open House for prospective students for grades 1-8 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. Applications for Pre-K and Kindergarten are also being accepted. For more information call 413-536-6038. 

Tuesday — 30

FAITH ON TAP DIALOGUE
Springfield: Bishop Mitchell Rozanski will hold a “Faith on Tap” dialogue with Lutheran Bishop James Hazelwood at the Student Prince Restaurant, 8 Fort St., from 6 – 8:30 p.m. They will be discussing the 500 year anniversary of the Reformation and the improved relations.  For more information go to www.iobserve.org and www.diospringfield.org.  

BIBLE STUDY
Ludlow: St. Elizabeth Parish, 191 Hubbard St., will have a Bible Study Tuesday Jan. 30, Wednesday, March 7 and Wednesday, March 14, presented by Father Jude Surowiec. All sessions will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. in the FLB hall. For information call 413-583-3467.

OPEN HOUSE
Ludlow: St. John the Baptist School, 217 Hubbard St., will hold an Open House on Wednesday at 6 p.m. for  prospective parents. For information call 413-583-8550.

FEBRUARY 

Saturday — 2

TAG SALE
South Hadley: St. Theresa Parish, 9 East Parkview Dr., will hold a Tag Sale on Saturday Feb. 2 and Sunday Feb. 3 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. in the parish center. For information call 413-532-3228. 

Sunday — 3

PLACEMENT TEST
Chicopee: The Pope Francis High School  Placement Test for first year students will be from 9-11 a.m. at Pope Francis High School, 134 Springfield St., Chicopee. For more information or to apply, visit popefrancishigh.org or call Ann Rivers, director of admissions at 413-331-2480, ext. 1132.

PVP MICAH AWARD DINNER
Springfield: Mary Hosmer and Tom Voudrin will be two of the honorees at the the Pioneer Valley Project’s Micah Dinner on Tuesday evening from 5-9 p.m., at the Cedar’s Banquet Hall, 419 Island Pond Rd. For ticket information call Bill Toller at 413-372-6237.

Thursday — 8

MARDI GRAS
Amherst: St. Brigid Parish, 122 North Pleasant St,. will hold a Mardi Gras starting at 6 p.m. Call the rectory at 413-256-6181 or email [email protected] to purchase tickets.

LIFE IN THE SPIRIT SEMINAR
Belchertown: St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 24 Jabish St., will host a seminar on Thursday evenings from Feb. 8-March 22 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Pine Room. A $15 fee will cover materials and other costs. For questions call Gil DaCosta at 413-323-7896 or Paul Vanasse at 413-813-8442. 

Friday — 9

HONOR THE PRIESTS OF WESTFIELD
Westfield: The Westfield Knights of Columbus will honor the priests of Westfield at Our Lady of Blessed Sacrament Parish, 127 Holyoke Rd., from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the parish offices or call Greg Perrault at 413-562-2498, Francis Coffey at 413-562-2904 or Ken Malo at 413-527-6949. Dinner is served at 6 p.m.

Thursday — 15

LENTEN BIBLE STUDY
Feeding Hills: Sacred Heart Parish, 1065 Springfield St., will hold a Bible Study from Thursday, Feb. 15-Thursday, March 22, either at 10 a.m.-12 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.  The cost is $20. Call Deb. Briancesco for questions or to sign up at 413-786-8200, Ext. 3.

NORTHEAST PARISH REVITALIZATION CONFERENCE
Springfield: The Northeast Parish Revitalization Conference featuring Father James Mallon will be held at the Mass Mutual Center, 1277 Main St., from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The conference will focus on parish transformation. Please contact your parish office if you would like to attend. 

Monday — 19

LENTEN MISSION
Ludlow: St. Elizabeth Parish, 191 Hubbard St., will hold a three day Lenten Mission with Father Warren Savage at 7 p.m. on Feb. 19-21. For information  call 413-582-3467 

Tuesday — 20

SUNDAY RIVER SKI TRIP
Newry, Maine: Father Brian McGrath, pastor of St. Mary Parish, Lee is planning a ski trip to Sunday River Ski Resort for the week of school vacation, Feb. 20-23, 2018. Application forms are available at either St. Mary School or St. Mary Rectory, 40 Academy St., Lee. For additional information contact Father Brian at 413-243-0275 or [email protected] 

Friday — 23

MEN’S RETREAT
West Hartford, Conn.: There will be a retreat from Friday,  Jan. 23 beginning at 6 p.m. and concluding on Sunday, Jan.25 after brunch. To register go to www.holyfamilyretreat.org/graceenough or call 860-760-9705.

Sunday — 25

IRISH GALA
Chicopee: The Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield will sponsor an Irish Gala on Sunday, Feb. 25, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Castle of Knights, 1599 Memorial Drive. Tickets are $25 per person and are available at the Sisters of St. Joseph Congregational Offices at 577 Carew St., Springfield. Contact Sister Eleanor Harrington at 413-536-0853 or [email protected] or Marty Kearney at 413-522-0569 for more information.

MARCH

Friday — 2

WOMEN’S RETREAT
West Hartford, CT: The Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford, Conn., is holding a women’s retreat on three different dates: Friday, March 2-4, Friday, April 20-22 and Friday, June 1-3. For information or to register call 860-760–9705 or go on line at www.holyfamilyretreat.org./graceenough.

Sunday — 4

ANNUAL PRE-CANA CLASS
Springfield: Sacred Heart Parish, 395 Chestnut St., will hold the Annual Pre-Cana Class on Sunday, March 4, at 11:30 a.m. Pre-registration is required and will begin in January.  For additional information call 413-732-3721.

Monday — 5

EVENING OF REFLECTION
Springfield: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, 123 William St., will host an Evening of Lenten Reflection on Monday, March 5, 2018. Msgr. David George will be the guest celebrant. Reconciliation will be from 6-6:30 and Mass at 7 p.m. A reception will follow. For more information call Concetta at 413-737-3852 or the parish at 413-734-5433.

Friday — 9

RACHEL’S VINEYARD RETREAT
Stockbridge: The next Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat will take place from March 9-11 for anyone struggling with the emotional or spiritual pain of abortion. For information call 413-452-0661 or Suzanne at 203-417-0504. All calls are confidential.

Saturday — 10

TUITION ASSISTANCE GALA
Springfield: The Springfield Roman Catholic Diocese School Department will hold a Tuition Assistance Gala at the Mass Mutual Center, 1277 Main St., The Social is at   5:30 p.m., Food at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by calling 413-452-0699 or by logging on to www.diospringfield.org/catholicschoolsgala.The Master of Ceremonies & Auctioneer is Chris Pisano, Western Mass News.

Monday — 12

 HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE
Springfield: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, 123 William St., will sponsor a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land from March 12-20, 2018. The cost is $3,295 double occupancy. Contact Carolyn Choos at 305-281-6303 for additional information.

Friday — 23 

PASSION PLAY
Springfield: St. Michael’s Cathedral, 254 State St., will hold a Passion Play, “His Last Days,” performed by high school and young adult actors on Friday, March 23, Saturday, March 24, at 7 p.m. For information contact Jim Perkins at 413-796-1923 or [email protected] or Gina Czerwinski at 413-452-0677 or [email protected]