West Hartford, Conn.: “The Light of Simplicity,” a retreat for men, will be held from 6 p.m. today through Sunday at the Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center. For more information, visit www.holyfamilyretreat.org or call 860-760-9705.
Saturday — 25
MARDI GRAS GALA
Springfield: St. Michael’s Cathedral, 254 State St., is having a Madri Gras celebration starting at 5:00 p. m. Adults $8.00 and children ten and under $5.00
MARDI GRAS BAKE SALE
Turners Falls: Our Lady of Peace, 90 Seventh St., is holding a bake sale after all the Masses on both Saturday and Sunday to celebrate “Fat Tuesday.”
GREATER EASTHAMPTON ST. PATRICK’S PARADE COMMITTEE DINNER
Northampton: The Greater Easthampton St. Patrick’s Parade Committee Celebration Dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Pulaski Hall. Tickets are $25 for adults and $6 for children; contact Nancy Lech at 413-527-9797 or 413-695-1945.
Sunday — 26
Holyoke: Immaculate Conception Church, 54 North Summer St., will hold a mini retreat from 3:00 – 5:00 p. m. Father Sean O.Mannion, National Director of the Guard of Honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, will lead the retreat.
SOUP AND SAINTS EVENT
South Hadley: Saint Theresa’s Church, 9 East Parkview Dr., is sponsoring a luncheon and talk featuring guest speaker Eileen Markey, author of A Radical Faith, The Assassination of Sister Maura starting at noon.
Chicopee: The Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield will sponsor an Irish Gala on Sunday, Feb. 26 from 1-5 p.m. at the Castle of Knights, 1599 Memorial Drive. To include dancing, raffles, food, cash bar and music by the Andy Healy Band with Mary Ward. Irish soda bread made by the sisters and friends will be sold. Proceeds will benefit the Sisters of St. Joseph. Tickets are $25 per person and will be available at the SSJs Congregational Offices, 577 Carew St., during business hours. For more information, contact Sister Eleanor Harrington at 413-536-0853 or [email protected]
IRELAND TRIP INFORMATION SESSION
Chicopee: An Information Session for the Irish Cultural Center’s Sept. 2-12 2017 End of Summer Ireland Tour will be held at 1 p.m. in the Mary Dooley Campus Center, Room 207 at Elms College, 291 Springfield St. For more information, contact Rose Baker at 413-519-2135 or visit www.IrishCenterwne.org.
Tuesday — 28
SHROVE TUESDAY AND ASH WEDNESDAY
Lee: St. Mary Mother of the Church, 140 Main St., is having a burning of the palms at 5 p.m. followed by dinner. The ashes will be used for Ash Wednesday. Please check the bulletin for locations and times of Ash Wednesday Masses. Throughout Lent Simple Suppers will be served on Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. followed by the Stations of the Cross.
BURNING OF THE PALMS
Chicopee: The Burning of the Palms and light reception is at 6:15 p. m. in the parking lot at Holy Name of Jesus Parish, 94 Springfield St. For food donations call Pat Couture at 413-598-8775.
BREAKFAST FOR DINNER
Westfield: Breakfast for dinner at St. Mary School Gym, 30 Bartlett St., from 5:00-6:30 p. m. The Burning of the Palms Ceremony will begin at 6:00 p. m. The charge is $7 for adults, $5 for children 3-12. Call Linda Winters at 413-243-1079 for tickets as only a limited number of tickets will be sold at the door.
North Adams: A traditional Latin Mass will be held at 3 p.m. at St. Elizabeth of Hungary, 70 Marshall St.
INTERFAITH FORUM ON CLEAN ENERGY
Longmeadow: An interfaith forum on clean energy solutions to climate change will be held at First Church of Christ, 763 Longmeadow St., at 5:30 p. m. A free pasta dinner will be served; please bring a salad or finger desert to share. RSVP to Maura Stevens at 413-567-6287 or email [email protected].
Thursday — 2
Westfield: St. Mary Parish, 30 Bartlett St., is offering four classes beginning March 2 from 7-9 p.m. Classes are for any adult baptized in the Catholic tradition interested in the sacrament of confirmation. For more information or to register call Joanne at the Office of Religious Education at 413-562-5477.
West Springfield: St. Thomas the Apostle Parish will hold a 10-week ALPHA program on Christianity on Thursday evenings beginning today from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Club Room. To register, email Father Calik at [email protected] or call the parish office at 413-739-4779.
Friday — 3
Bloomfield, Conn.: A Beginning Experience Weekend for widowed, divorced and separated individuals will be held March 3-5 at the Archdiocesan Center of St. Thomas. For more information, contact Victoria at [email protected] or 860-993-7866; or register online at www.beginningexperience.org.
Saturday — 4
PRAYING THE SCRIPTURES
South Hadley: Praying the Scriptures on the four Saturdays in March will take place at St. Theresa of Lisieux, in the chapel, 9 East Parkview Dr. at 8:30 a.m. The March 4 session will follow the 8 a.m. first-Saturday Mass.
Monson: A Pre-Cana Class will be held at St. Patrick Church, Columbia Hall, 19 Green St. from 8:00 – 5:00 p. m. including a 4:00 p. m. Mass. The fee is $35.00 per couple. Please contact Peter & Elizabeth Marrow at 413-267-3489 or the rectory at 413-267-3622 or to pre-register email [email protected]
CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE DINNER
Granby: Immaculate Heart of Mary, 256 State St., Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner is at 5:30 p. m. Tickets are $12.00 or $13.00 to go. Tickets will be sold after all masses.
ST PATRICK’S DAY PARTY
Pittsfield: Sacred Heart Parish will hold a St. Patrick’s Day Party in the school hall on Meadow Lane, from 5-9 p.m. Tickets will be available at Sacred Heart Rectory, 196 Elm St., Mon.-Fri. from 9-2 p. m. or after Mass on Sunday. Tickets are: adults $10, children 6-12 $5 and under 6, free. For further information call the parish office at 413-443-6960. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
EXPERIENCE MUSIC CONCERT
Holyoke: The United Congregational Chuch, 300 Appleton St., will present a silent film, “The Navigator” staring Buster Keaton. Peter Krasinski will accompany the film on the organ. The silent film will take place at 7:00 p.m. A suggest donation of $10 or $5 for students.
Sunday – 5
ANNUAL PRE-CANA CLASS
Springfield: Annual Pre-Cana Class at Sacred Heart Church, 395 Chestnut St., March 5 at 11:30 a. m. in the church. Pre-registration is required. Call the rectory at 413-732-3721 after Jan. 2, 2017 to register. Please include your names, contact information and wedding date and Parish.
Springfield: Bishop Mitchell Rozanski will receive all diocesan catechumens and candidates at St. Michael’s Cathedral, 254 State St.
Monday — 6
Lenox: A seminar entitled “The Gift of Being Yourself, The Sacred Call to Self Discovery,” will be presented by Father Warren Savage and Mary Keator for four weeks starting March 6 for the four Mondays of March at St. Ann’s Parish Center, 134 Main St. For more information or to register call Ann Schwein at 413-265-2575 or email [email protected].
Tuesday — 7
MINI LENTEN RETREAT
Lee: St. Mary Mother of the Church, 140 Main St., will hold a mini-retreat at 7 p.m. for three consecutive evenings. Each night a special Mass of hope and grace will be followed by the retreat.
ADULT CONFIRMATION CLASS
Lee: St Mary Mother of the Church, 140 Main St. is offering the deacon-sponsored Adult Confirmation Class on four Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m. concluding on March 28. For information or to sign up, contact Denise Flynn [email protected] or 413-528-1157 or call the Diocesan Office of Faith Formation 413-452-0812 [email protected]. You may stop by the rectory in Lee for a brochure.
CATHOLIC GRANDPARENTS MEETING
Westfield: Jean Raczkowski, pastoral minister, will speak on spiritual warfare and how to deal with the devil. The meeting starts at 11:00 at St. Peter and Casimir’s Church, 22 State St. A light lunch will be served. For information call 413-568-0123 or email [email protected]
Wednesday — 8
ENCOUNTER IN THE GARDEN
Springfield: The Office of Faith Formation invites catechetical staffs and colleagues to a special talk with guest speaker Shawnee Baldwin at the Jericho Center, 537 Northampton St., Holyoke from 10:00 – 2:00 for $15.00 including lunch, or at Mary, Mother of Hope, 840 Page Blvd. from 6:30 – 8:30 for $10.00 including coffee and desert. RSVP by Feb. 26 to Sister Betty 413-732-5433 at Mt. Carmel Church.
Holyoke: DeCice Hall at the Marian Center, 1365 Northampton St., is offering the seminar entitled “The Sacred Call to Self Discovery” facilitated by Father Warren Savage and Mary Keator for the four Wednesdays of March. For information, call Chris Clark, DHM, director at 413-687-1858, voicemail 413-539-5924 or email decice,[email protected]
CEAD MILE FAILTE
Springfield: Leo Doherty will perform at the Catholic Women’s Club of Springfield, Bishop Marshall Center, Elliot St. ,at 12:45 p. m. To make reservations call Kathryn Seward at 413-736-1649 or Melinda Mandeville at 413-526-9911.
Thursday — 9
Springfield: The vigil will start at 10:00 a. m. in the Holy Spirit Chapel, St. Michael’s Cathedral, Elliot St. Benediction at noon followed by Mass at 12:10 p. m.. For information call Marilyn at 413-567-6085.
MARY MOTHER OF HOPE TRIPS
Springfield: Mary Mother of Hope Parish will sponsor a trip to Ocean State Theater in Warwick, R.I. on Thursday, March 9 to see “Little Women, the Musical”; a trip to Historic Salem Cross Inn & Warren Farm Sugar House Tour on Thursday, March 23; and a Trip to the Log Cabin in Holyoke on Tuesday, April 18 to hear “Songs of the Grand Ole Opry.” For reservations, call Sylvia at 413-594-2757.
Friday — 10
Pittsfield: A Fish Fry will be held at St. Joseph Parish Center, 414 North St., from 5:00-6:30 p.m. with take-out available. Adults are $12, children 5-12 $6. Please purchase tickets early at the rectory 413-445-5789. Limited tickets may be purchased at the door, if available.
WOMEN’S VOCATION DISCERNMENT
Hawthorne, N.Y.: The Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne, N.Y. are hosting a week end for young women discerning a religious vocation March 10-13 and July 14-16. Contact Sister Alma Marie at 845-745-1319 for information or to make reservations.
Saturday — 11
SCHOLA NOVA MID-WINTER CONCERT
Springfield: Schola Nova will hold its Mid-Winter Concert at 6 p.m. at Holy Name Church, 323 Dickinson St. The concert is free. There will be a nominal charge for a wine and cheese reception after the concert.
ST. PATRICK’S DINNER
Great Barrington: St. Patrick’s Parish will hold a dinner in the hall at 16 Russell St., starting at 5:90 p.m. For tickets call Mary White at Barnbrook Realty, 271 Main St., 413-528-4423. Tickets are $15.00 for adults, parents with 2 or more children $35.00 and children under 6 are free. You may also purchase tickets after weekend Masses.
Sunday — 12
Holyoke: The Ancient Order of Hibernians James A. Curran Division One and the Ladies Order of Hampden/Hampshire Counties will host their Annual Communion Breakfast today at the Wherehouse?, following the 8 a.m. Mass at St. Patrick’s Chapel adjacent to St. Jerome Church. Featured speakers will be authors Tommy Shea and Garry Brown. The Christian Charity Award will be presented to Karen Blanchard, assistant for the Springfield Diocese’s In-Service Program at the Newman Catholic Center in Amherst. Tickets to the breakfast are $25; contact Atty. John J. Driscoll at 413-534-0445 by March 9.
A PARISH MISSION
North Adams: “The Triumph: A Parish Mission” will be held at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish Center, 90 Marshall St., on four nights from March 12-15. The featured speaker is Marian Father David W. Gunter, from the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge.
THE ‘WEARING OF THE GREEN’
Northampton: The “Wearing of the Green” luncheon will be at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 3 Elm St. The doors will open at noon with lunch served at 1 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults. Children 12 and under are free. Please make checks payable to SEAS Parish and can be purchased at the parish office or put in the basket with an envelope.
Tuesday — 14
ST. ANTHONY NOVENA
Springfield: Novena for 13 Tuesdays beginning March 14 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 123 William St. , at 7 p.m. and concluding with a feast day celebration on June 13 with the blessing of St. Anthony bread.
Thursday — 15
CASINO BUS TRIP
Holyoke: Rescheduled Mohegan Sun trip will depart Mater Dolorosa, 25 Maple St., parking lot at at 9:30 a.m. and return at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are still available for $30. For more information call the parish office at 413-532-5661 or email [email protected]
March — 17
South Kingston, R.I.: The next World Wide Marriage Encounter weekend will be March 17-19. Contact Stephen or Michelle at 800-710-9963 or email www.WWMEMA.ORG for more information.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY MASS
Springfield: The Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Mitchell Rozanski at Sacred Heart Church, 395 Chestnut St. at 9:00 a. m. For questions call Maureen O’Connell at 413-598-8017.
Saturday — 18
THIRD ANNUAL SWEETHEART DANCE
Springfield: The Holy Cross Knights of Columbus will hold their third Sweetheart Dance in the gym at St. Michael’s Academy, 153 Eddywod St., Springfield. The doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25.00 pp. For information or to purchase tickets, call Darin Cook at 413-860-751-9043.
Thursday — 23
‘ORGANIZING YOUR GENEALOGY’
Chicopee: The Polish Genealogy Society of Massachusetts will host “Organizing Your Genealogy,” a talk by Hillary Schau on Thursday, March 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Chicopee Public Library on Front Street. Admission is free.
Saturday — 25
CATHOLIC MEN’S CONFERENCE
Chicopee: The Springfield Diocese’s 15th Annual Catholic Men’s Conference will be held today at Bellamy School, 314 Pendleton Ave. Bishop Rozanski invites all men from ages 16 and up to participate. For more information and to register, visit www.spfldmensconference.org or call Holy Family Parish, South Deerfield at 413-665.3254. You can also check us out at Facebook: Diocese of Springfield Catholic Men’s Conference.
‘TOAST TO OUR FUTURE’ GALA
Holyoke: 110 Years of Mater Dolorosa “Toast to Our Future” Gala at the Delaney House in Holyoke. Contact Nora Moreau for more information at 413-315-1030. Tickets are $45 per person.
MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA
Essex, Conn.: “My Way: A musical tribute to Frank Sinatra” at the Ivoryton Playhouse. The cost is $125/pp and includes the bus, meal, show and driver. To register, call Sister Cindy at 413-372-6241.
Hatfield: Our Lady of Grace, 15 School St., Pancake Breakfast will be held from 7:30-12:00 p. m. Tickets are $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for children 5-12 and free for children 4 and under. Tickets will be on sale after Masses.
Saturday — 1
INDOOR TAG SALE
Palmer: An indoor tag sale will take place at the St. Thomas the Apostle Parish Center, 1076 Thorndike St. The tables are $20. For more information call Jane Auby at 413-283-6773.
Monday — 3
EVENING OF LENTEN REFLECTION
Springfield: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, 123 William St., beginning with reconciliation from 6-6:45 p.m. and Mass at 7 p.m. The guest homilist is Father William Hamilton. Individual healing prayer reception in Marian Hall at 8 p.m.
Friday — 7
‘LIVING EVERYDAY WITH PASSION AND PURPOSE’
Monroe, N.Y.: A presentation on “Becoming The Best Version of Yourself ” will be held at the Church of Sacred Heart, 26 Still Road, Monroe, N.Y., 6:30 – 10:30 p. m. The event is presented by Matthew Kelly with music by Eliot Morris. Tickets are $39 and are available at www.dynamiccatholic.com.
EASTER SUNDAY MASS AT STANLEY PARK
Westfield: St. Mary Parish will hold an 11 a.m. Mass at Stanley Park, 400 Western Ave., Westfield. This will take the place of the 11:30 Mass.
SONGS OF THE GRAND OL’ APRY
Springfield: Mary, Mother of Hope is sponsoring a self driving event to the Log Cabin, Holyoke from 11:30-3:-00 p.m. The tickets are $55.00 and may be reserved by calling Sylvia at 413-594-2757.
Saturday — 22
CATHOLIC WOMEN’S CONFERENCE
Chicopee: The 10th Annual Catholic Women’s Conference will be held on Saturday, April 22 at the Bellamy School, 314 Pendleton Ave., Chicopee. Speakers will be Mother Olga, Patricia Livingston and Therese Wilson Favors. For more information and to register, call 413-452-0812.
WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER
Brewster, MA: The next WWME is April 22-23. For more information call Stephen and Michelle O’Leary at 800-710-9963 or email www.WWMEM.org
Monday — 24
Adams: St. John Paul II Parish will sponsor a four-day Canadian Pilgrimage bus trip from April 24-27. To reserve a seat on the bus, contact the parish office at 413-743-0577 with a $100 deposit. For more information, contact Larry Clairmont at 413-743-4963.
Thursday — 27
TRIP TO ITALY
Springfield: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish will sponsor an April 27-May 7 Trip to Sicily and Calabria. Call Giuseppe at 413-739-6635 or Joe at 413-525-6030.
Springfield: 50th Anniversary Gala is at St. Catherine of Siena, 1023 Parker St. For more information call Judy Lloyd at 413-657-4756.
ST. ANNE SHRINE DAY TRIP
Hampden: St. Mary’s, 27 Somers Rd, is sponsoring a day trip to the St. Anne Shrine where Mass will be celebrated at 2:00 p. m. Also included will be a stop at the Public House for lunch. The cost is $65.00 including tax and gratuity. Contact Pat Broer 413-749-0697 for reservations.
Sunday — 21
Westfield: The annual Rosarian Unity Luncheon will be held at St. Mary Parish, 30 Bartlett St., beginning with recitation of the rosary at 1:15 p.m. Mass will be at 2 p.m. with a luncheon to follow in the high school gym. Rosarians from St. Peter and St. Casimir’s, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, Holy Trinity and St. Mary’s parishes are invited to attend.
SUPPORT GROUP FOR GRIEVING PARENTS
Pittsfield: The sessions are open to parents whose child died before the age of twenty five. The meetings are on Monday Feb. 27 through April 3rd from 6:00 – 7:30 p. m. at HospiceCare’s main office, 877 South St. For more information call 413-443-2994.
West Springfield: A New “Adventure” with faith will be presented at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 47 Pine St., in the Club Room on Thursday’s, from March 2, to Thursday, May 4. The first session will be followed by a meal and short video and discussion. To attend please call the parish office at 413- 739-4779 or email Father Piotr at [email protected].
LENTEN LECTURE SERIES
Williamstown: The lectures are on Wednesday evenings from March 8 through April 5 in the St. Patrick and Raphael Parish Hall, 53 Southworth St.
South Hadley: Lenten lunches will be served at St. Patrick’s Social Center, Main St., from 11:30 – 1:00 p. m. on Friday’s from March 3 through April 7.
THE LIGHT OF SIMPLICITY RETREAT
West Hartford, CT: The Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford, CT., is holding a men’s retreat from March 10-12 and a women’s retreat from April 10-12. For more information call 860-760-9705 or email holyfamilyretreat.org.
Springfield: The Diocese of Springfield will offer sessions for adult confirmation preparation for those who have been practicing their faith and desire to be confirmed. Several parish locations are offered. Contact the Office of Faith Formation at 413-452-0812, or [email protected].
ST. FRANCIS XAVIER NOVENA
Westfield: St. Mary Parish, 30 Bartlett St., will hold the novena from March 25-April 2. The highlight of the nine days will be Monday, March 27 through Friday, March 31.
‘LITTLE WOMEN THE MUSICAL’
Springfield: A bus trip to see “Little Women” on March 9th is sponsored by Mary Mother of Hope Parish and will depart from the parking lot at 840 Page Blvd., at 9:45 a.m. Contact Sylvia at 413-594-2757 for information. Tickets are $99.
HISTORIC SALEM CROSS INN AND WARREN FARM SUGAR HOUSE
Springfield: Mary Mother of Hope, 840 Page Blvd., is sponsoring a day trip March 23, departing the parking lot at 10:45. Tickets are $80. For reservations, call Sylvia at 413-594-2757.
KNIGHTS of COLUMBUS FAMINE EXHIBITION
New Haven, Conn.: “Fleeing Famine” recounts the saga of the ocean crossing for the Irish emigrants on view at the Knights of Columbus Museum until Sept. 17, 2017.
TRIP TO ICELAND
Pittsfield: St. Joseph Parish is sponsoring a trip to Iceland with Monsignor Mike May 4-10. Informational meeting Thursday, Jan. 8 in the North Chapel 414 North St.
SPOTLIGHT ON TUSCANY
Springfield: Holy Cross Parish will sponsor a tour, “Spotlight on Tuscany,” from May 11-19, 2017. For more information, call Denise at 413-218-8681.
TRIP TO ITALY
Springfield: From May 17-26 to many points of interest. For more information, call Connie at 413-737-3852 or Yvonne 413-734-3442.
TRIP TO IRELAND
Chicopee: Irish Cultural Center at Elms College, Sept. 2-12. Informational session on Jan. 22, 1 p.m. in the Mary Dooley Campus Center. For further information, call Rose Baker at 413-519-2135 or Pat Baker at 413-348-3263.
TRIP TO IRELAND
Springfield: Sacred Heart is sponsoring a trip to Ireland May 14 – 26, 2017. For more information call Jim or Caroline McAleer at 413-734-3676 or email [email protected].
ST. ELIZABETH PARISH TRIPS
Ludlow: St. Elizabeth Parish will sponsor 2017 Trips to Colorado Rockies, May 18-27; Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City, July 16-22; Italian Vistas, Aug. 27-Sept. 8; and Spain’s Classics with Portugal, Oct. 18-31. For more information, contact Jim Martin at 413-583-6339 or [email protected].
PILGRIMAGE TO ITALY
Westfield: Father Brian McGrath will lead a June 19-30 Pilgrimage to Italy. For itinerary and registration, call St. Mary Parish at 413-562-5477.
Greenfield: Seven nights on an Alaskan Explorer with a Glacier Bay Cruise with Father David Cooper, July 8-15 on Holland America’s Eurodam out of Seattle, WA. For more information or to register, call 860-399-1785 or email to [email protected].
TALL SHIPS IN BOSTON
Northampton: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton day trip to the Tall Ships on June 19. Reservations are due by May 10. Tickets are $109 per person. Call Nancy at 413-586-0681 or Andie at 413-586-4815 for more information.
Northampton: Cruise aboard the Celebrity Summit from Aug. 20 to Aug 27. For more information call Barbara Kaczenski at 413-586-1498
TRIP TO NORTHERN NATIONAL PARKS
South Hadley: St. Patrick Parish, South Hadley, will sponsor an Aug. 31-Sept. 7 Trip to the Northern National Parks. For more information, call Marion at 413-536-2185.
PILGRIMAGE TO ITALY
Greenfield: Msgr. Ronald Yargeau and Father Timothy Campoli will lead an Oct. 15-26 Pilgrimage to Italy. For more information, contact Helen Shea Murphy at 413-773-8890 or [email protected].
PILGRIMAGE TO ROME AND POLAND
Holyoke: Under the spiritual direction of Father James McCurry, a trip in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Militia Immaculata is being organized to depart on August 7-18. The trip includes 3 Days in Rome and 7 days in Poland visiting several cities. For more information contact the tour operator at Pat Tours 1-800-388-0988.
HONORING OUR HERITAGE’ EVENT
Springfield: St. Michael’s Academy, 153 Eddywood St., will host “Honoring our Heritage, Celebrating the Present, Shaping Our Future,” an event celebrating the 14 original Catholic elementary schools in Springfield, on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the school. To include memorabilia from all schools, live and silent auction items, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Those with memorabilia that can be displayed should contact Phyllis Lund at 413-782-5246, Ext. 1202.
West Springfield: “Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John”is a five-week Bible study at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 47 Pine St., starting March 5, from 2:30-4. Please contact Father Piotr at [email protected] or call the parish office at 413-739-4779 if you are able to attend.
Easthampton: Our Lady of the Valley Parish, 33 Adams St., continues with its eight-week series on the Gospel of John. To register, email Karen at [email protected] or call 413-218-3436.
Westfield: A 10-week study, “Exodus: Called to Freedom,” starts Feb. 1 from 9:30-11:00 a. m. in the Parish Center, 86 Mechanic St. For more information, call the Office of Religious Education at 413-562-5484 or email [email protected]g.
MOTHER OF GOD LAY CARMELITE COMMUNITY
The Mother of God Lay Carmelite Community meets the first Sunday of each month at Jericho Pastoral Center in Holyoke. For more information, call Mary Bart, community director at 413.268.7201.
SACRED HEART TALKS
Tyringham: The Visitation Sisters’ ongoing talks on the Sacred Heart of Jesus will continue on the following Sundays at 4 p.m.: Feb. 5, March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4, August 6, and Oct. 1, 2017. For more information, call the monastery at 413-243-3995.
THE HAITI PLUNGE
North Adams: The Haiti Plunge is a mission program for high school and college age youths who live without running water and electricity for 10 days and work on projects helping children and adults in a remote mountainous region of this poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Upcoming 2017 mission dates are April 14-23, June 23-July 3 and Aug. 6-15. For more information, visit www.thehaitiplunge.org.
FIRST FRIDAY PRAYER BREAKFAST
Springfield: The First Friday Prayer Breakfast is held at the Bishop Marshall Center adjacent to St. Michael’s Cathedral, 254 State St., beginning with Mass at 7:30 a.m. in the Holy Spirit Chapel, followed by a free continental breakfast at 8 a.m. in the Father Huller Meeting Room and a speaker at 8:15.
BLESSED ELIZABETH OF THE TRINITY COMMUNITY OF DISCALCED CARMELITES
Holyoke: The Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity Community of Discalced Carmelites, Secular meets monthly at the Marian Center in Holyoke. For more information, call Pat Niesyn, community president, at 1-860-667-2400.
ASL INTERPRETED MASS
Springfield: An ASL (American Sign Language) Interpreted Mass is held every Sunday at 10 a.m., except on the third Sunday of the month, when the Mass is offered entirely in sign language at Mary Mother of Hope Church, 840 Page Blvd.
ST. PADRE PIO OF PIETRELCINA PRAYER GROUP
Chicopee: The St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina Prayer Group meets the first Saturday of each month at St. Stanislaus Basilica, 556 Front St., beginning with confessions from 9-10 a.m. The rosary is prayed at 10:30 a.m., followed by Mass at 11. Light refreshments are served after the Mass, followed by the regular monthly meeting. All are welcome. For more information, contact Patrick DeCrosta, [email protected] or Joseph Cavanaugh, [email protected].
RACHEL’S VINEYARD RETREATS
Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats are held in the Springfield Diocese for any woman, man, couple, grandparent or sibling struggling with the emotional or spiritual pain of abortion. For more information or to register for a weekend, call 413-452-0661.
Chicopee: Tours of St. Joan of Arc School, 587 Grattan St., will be held on Tuesdays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., for prospective families. No appointment necessary. Check in at main office.
FREE MINISTRY TO TRAVELING CATHOLICS
For times and locations of Masses throughout the U.S., visit www.Masstimes.org or call 1-800-627-7846.
CATHOLIC WOMAN’S CLUB
Springfield: The Catholic Woman’s Club of the Springfield Diocese is always welcoming new members. The organization is dedicated to Catholic action, service and education. Monthly meetings are held at St. Michael’s Cathedral and include a speaker and a light supper. For more information on membership, call Melinda Mandeville at 413-526-9911 or Kathryn Seward at 413-736-1649.
NEW WOMEN’S GROUP
Westfield: A new group, the St. Mary’s Women’s Group, will have a monthly meeting based on God’s Word on the third Tuesday of each month from 7-8:30 p.m. from September through May. Light refreshments will be provided. Questions may be directed to Joanne at 413-568-1127.
ANSWERING COMMON OBJECTIONS CLASSES
Westfield: Tim O’Keefe, of The Fullness of Truth Apostolate, will present classes from 7-8:30 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month, from October through May at Holy Trinity Parish Center, 331 Elm St. There is no fee but donations to the apostolate are welcomed. The Fullness of Truth Apostolate can be reached at 413-568-4429.
CATHOLIC SINGLES EVENTS
Springfield: A Catholic Singles Event for ages 18 to 45 will be held every second Sunday of the month at 1 p.m. at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 346 Franklin St. For more information, contact Mary at [email protected].
West Stockbridge: Italian classes are held in Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m. followed by a social in the St. Patrick Parish Center. Cost is $2 per class. For more information, call Dianne Romeo at 413-637-2684.
DISCALCED CARMELITES SECULAR COMMUNITY
Holyoke: The Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity Community of Discalced Carmelites, Secular meets monthly at the Marian Center in Holyoke. For more information, call Pat Niesyn, community president, at 1.860.667.2400.
MONTHLY ST. JUDE MASS
Lee: The monthly Mass in honor of St. Jude will be moved to the second Thursday of each month beginning in October 2015. The Mass is held at 7 p.m. at Mary Mother of the Church. Upcoming dates include: May 12, June 9, July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 8, Oct. 13, and Nov. 10, 2016.
NOVENA TO ST. PEREGRINE
Springfield: The Novena to St. Peregrine, patron of those with cancer and other serious diseases, is held every Monday at 5:30 p.m. at Mary Mother of Hope Church, 840 Page Blvd.
Monson: The Novena to St. Peregrine is held every Friday after the 7 p.m. Mass at St. Patrick Church, 22 Green St.
PERPETUAL NOVENA TO MATT TALBOT
Springfield: A Perpetual Novena to Matt Talbot, patron of the addicted and those who love them, is held on Wednesdays during the 5:15 p.m. Mass at Sacred Heart Church, 395 Chestnut St.
MERCY MONDAY FILM SERIES
Holyoke: The last Monday of the month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in DeCice Hall at the Marian Center, 1365 Northampton St. Admission is free. Doors open at 6 p.m. Info: https://business.facebook.com/DeCiceHallAtTheMarianCenter
LEARNING IRISH MUSIC BY PLAYING
Holyoke: Every other Wednesday, 6:30-9 pm. at DeCice Hall at the Marian Center, 1365 Northampton St. Seehttp://www.decicehall.org. For beginning to intermediate Irish musicians who want to get up to speed. Contact Mark athttps://lvirishslowsession.wordpress.com.
Springfield: Lectio Divina, a Bible study led by Deacon Bob Farrell, meets from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesdays from September through May in the Bertoni Room in the lower part of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 123 William St. No registration necessary. Light refresments will be served.
Holyoke: Holyoke Catholic High School has reopened its weekly bingo on Sundays at the Pope John Paul II Social Center, 67 St. Kolbe Drive. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. and Bingo begins at 1 p.m. Cost is $20. Sandwiches and desserts will be offered for sale.
Ware: St. Mary Parish, South Street, offers Bingo every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Kitchen opens at 5 p.m. and offers free coffee and tea.
SMA WALK-IN WEDNESDAYS
Springfield: Prospective students and families may drop in to visit the preschool and kindergarten classrooms at St. Michael’s Academy, 153 Eddywood St., from 9-10:30 a.m. on any Wednesdays that the school is open. For more information, contact Melissa Lambert, director of admissions, at 413-782-5246 or [email protected].
Westfield: The Gathering Grandparents group meets at 11 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month during eucharistic adoration at St. Peter and St. Casimir Parish, 22 State St., to pray to St. Anne and St. Joachim for the protection of children and grandchildren. For more information, call Alicia at 413-568-0123.
PARENT SUPPORT GROUP
Holyoke: A Parent Support Group for families of individuals with disabilities is held the second Wednesday of every month from 11 a.m.-noon or 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Alleluia House at the Bureau for Exceptional Children and Adults at Jericho, 537 Northampton St. For more information, contact Laura at 413-538-7450 or[email protected].
FAITH AND LIGHT GATHERINGS
Holyoke: Faith and Light, a gathering of people with disabilities, their families, friends and caregivers, meets the first Sunday of the month after the noon Mass at the Celebration Center at Jericho to pray, share, and celebrate together as a community. For more information, contact Sister Joan at 413-538-7450 or[email protected].
ANXIOUS PARENTS AND FAMILY MEMBERS SUPPORT GROUP
Springfield: The Anxious Parents and Family Members Support Group, for those who are living with drugs in the family, meets every second and fourth Monday from 7-8 p.m. in the Community Room at Sacred Heart Parish on Chestnut Street. All participants must commit to keeping confidential whatever is shared in the group, which is spiritual and educational in nature. The leader will be Jim Greer, who is a substance abuse educator and pastoral counselor. RSVP to [email protected] with your first name if you would like to attend.
Holyoke: The Knights of Columbus 250 Westfield Road holds a Monthly Breakfast on the first Sunday of the month from 8:30-11:00 a. m.
CORN BEEF AND CABBAGE SANDWICHES
Holyoke: The Knights of Columbus 250 Westfield Road holds weekly lunches of corn beef and cabbage sandwiches on Saturdays from 12:00-4:00 p. m.
South Hadley: The Knights of Columbus Council 1721 holds its Monthly Breakfast on the first Sunday of the month from Sept.-June from 7:30-10:30 a.m. in the St. Patrick Social Center. Breakfast buffet includes eggs, bacon, potatoes, pancakes, muffins, orange juice, coffee and tea. For more information, call the parish at 413-532-2850.
MONTHLY PASTA DINNER
Springfield: St. Anthony Catholic Church, 375 Island Pond Rd. hosts a pasta supper the first Wednesday of the month except Jan. and July from 5:00-6:30 p.m. for $7.00.
MONTHLY SPAGHETTI SUPPER
South Hadley: The Knights of Columbus Council 1721 holds its Monthly Spaghetti Supper on the third Wednesday of the month from 4-6:30 p.m. in the St. Patrick Social Center. Includes spaghetti with meat sauce, garden salad, rolls, cake, coffee, tea or non-carbonated beverage. Take-Out dinners available. For more information, call the parish at 413-532-2850.
Holyoke: The Mater Dolorosa School PTO will host a Spaghetti Supper from 4-7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at the Pope John Paul II Social Center, St. Kolbe Drive. Cost is $6 for adults; $4 for children 5-12; and free for children 4 and under.
South Hadley: Children ages newborn to 5 are welcome to come and play, while caregivers enjoy conversation, on Thursday mornings from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in St. Patrick’s Social Center. Snacks and beverages are provided.
ST. CECILIA MOTHERS’ GROUP
Wilbraham: The St. Cecilia Mothers’ Group meets every Friday of the school year in the Parish House from 9:30-11:30 a.m. All women are welcome to come for prayer, Bible study and discussion of Catholic topics. Free babysitting is provided by parish volunteers. For more information, contact Kristina Magill, 413-596-9984 or Diane Testa, 413-599-0997.
South Hadley: Eucharistic adoration is held on the first Saturday of each month from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at St. Patrick Parish on Main Street.
Springfield: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is held Tuesdays from 9 a.m-5 p.m. at Holy Name Church, 323 Dickinson St.
Springfield: Adoration with Benediction, led by Deacon Bob Farrell, is held on Thursdays from 5-6 p.m. at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 123 William St.
SACRAMENT OF THE SICK
South Hadley: The Sacrament of the Sick is held at noon on the third Sunday of each month at St. Patrick Parish on Main Street.
West Springfield: Confessions are held in the chapel confessional at the Monastery of the Mother of God, 1430 Riverdale St., on Mondays and Fridays from noon to 1 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10 to 11 a.m. For more information, call the monastery office at 413-736-3639.
ROSARY FOR THOSE SUFFERING FROM ADDICTION
Florence: A rosary for those suffering from addiction will be prayed at Annunciation Chapel every first Friday at 6:30 p.m., prior to Adoration. For more information, contact Marie Mew at 413-584-4994 or [email protected].
ORATORY OF EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
Lee: The St. Mary Mother of the Church Oratory of Eucharistic Adoration (left), corner of Academy and Main streets, is open from 6 a.m.-midnight, seven days a week. For more information or to register for an hour, call Malcolm Chisholm at 413-243-0551.
PRAYER AND ADORATION
Springfield: Prayer and Adoration are offered each Tuesday at Holy Name Church. The Blessed Sacrament is exposed after 8:15 a.m. Mass. Chaplet of Divine Mercy is recited at 3 p.m., rosary and Benediction is held during the 5 p.m. Mass and the St. Jude Novena is prayed at 5:30. All are welcome.
Amherst: Eucharistic adoration is held every Thursday following the 8 a.m. Mass until 5 p.m. at St. Brigid Church, 122 North Pleasant St. The Divine Mercy Chaplet is prayed at 3 p.m. and repeated in Spanish, along with other prayers, from 4-5 p.m.
HOLY HOUR OF ADORATION
Westfield: A Holy Hour of Adoration is held every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Church, 333 Elm St. Prayers are led by Deacon Charles Wainwright and include the rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Holyoke: Eucharistic Adoration is held every Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 54 North Summer St..
Wilbraham: Expostion of the Blessed Sacrament is held on Tuesdays from 4-8 p.m. at St. Cecilia Church, 42 Main St., closing with night prayer and Benediction.
Chicopee: Holy Name of Jesus Parish at the Assumption Church offers Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament every Wednesday from noon to 7 p.m. Come for an hour of quiet prayer. All are welcome.
HOLY HOUR FOR LIFE
Holyoke: A Holy Hour for Life is held every Wednesday from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. at St. Jerome Church, 169 Hampden St.
Chicopee: The Piecemakers Knitting Ministry meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month from 1-3 p.m. in Holy Name of Jesus parish hall at Assumption Church. For more information, call Yvette at 413-592-1573.
INTERPRETED MASS AND PRAYER SERVICES
Springfield: An ASL Interpreted Mass is held every Sunday at 10 a.m. at Mary, Mother of Hope Church, 840 Page Blvd. An ASL Mass and social is held every third Sunday.
Agawam: A Bible Study/Faith Sharing Group meets Tuesday mornings from 9:30-10:45 in the St. John the Evangelist Parish Center. Contact Mikie Cook at 413-786-3773 for more information.
Agawam: A Men’s Bible Study Group meets on Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Lower Parish Center at St. John the Evangelist Parish. For more information, call John Lemke at 413-262-4195.
Holyoke: A “Rediscover God’s Mercy Catholic Bible Study” will be held on Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, 427 Maple St. All are welcome.
Brimfield: Bible study sessions are held on Fridays at 9:30 a.m. in the St. Christopher Parish Center. For more information, contact the rectory at 413-245-7274.
Holyoke: A Mini Retreat will be held on the last Sunday of every month at Immaculate Conception Church, 54 N. Summer St. Father Sean O’Mannion, national director of the Guard of Honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, will lead the retreat, which will begin with the Divine Mercy Chaplet, followed by a talk on Sacred Heart spirituality, expositon of the Blessed Sacrament, recitation of the rosary and Benediction.
SUICIDE LOSS SUPPORT
Pittsfield: A Suicide Loss Support Group meets the first Tuesday of the month from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Brien Center, 10 Wendell Ave. Contact Peg Morse at 413-441-6316 to register or for more information.
Greenfield: The Roses for Mary Prayer Group meets every Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Adoration Chapel at Blessed Sacrament Parish. The Hearts of Jesus and Mary Prayer Group meets on the first and third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the church sacristy. Includes rosary, Chaplet of The Divine Mercy and Scripture reading. All are welcome.
DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET
Holyoke: Our Lady of the Cross Parish will host a recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy on the first Sunday of every month after the 10:30 a.m. Mass (approximately 11:15 a.m.). The service will be held at Holy Cross Church, 23 Sycamore St.
TORNADO SURVIVOR GROUP
Springfield: A Tornado Survivor Group, facilitated by Dr. Martin Markey, meets on Wednesday evenings at 7 in the Holy Cross Rectory, 219 Plumtree Rd. Contact Beth or Sister Cindy at the rectory, 413-783-4111.
SUPPORT GROUPS FOR WIDOWS, WIDOWERS, PARTNERS
Springfield: Mercy Hospice offers Support Groups for Widows, Widowers and Partners on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, except for the month of August. Pre-registration is required by calling 413-827-4218.
ALWAYS OUR CHILDREN
Springfield: A support group and ministry for parents, families and friends of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons will meet in the Community Room of the convent behind Sacred Heart Church, 395 Chestnut St., on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Call 736-6803.
West Springfield: The rosary will be prayed every Wednesday afternoon at 2:15 p.m. in the parish center chapel of St. Thomas Parish, 63 Pine St. All three mysteries will be prayed. Come for one, two or three.
VIGIL FOR THE UNBORN
Springfield: The Vigil for the Unborn is held the second Thursday of each month at St. Michael’s Cathedral in downtown Springfield (in the Holy Spirit Chapel), beginning at 10 a.m. with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, the praying of three mysteries of the rosary, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, Benediction and 12:10 Mass. All are welcome. For more information call Marilyn at 413-567-6085.
Worcester: The Chapel for Little Audrey Santo will be open each Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It also is open the first Saturday of the month from 10 to 11 a.m. It is located at 64 South Flagg St. Call 508-755-8712 or e-mail [email protected].
South Hadley: The St. Monica Sodality will meet the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. to pray for loved ones who have left the faith. The group meets at St. Patrick Parish on Main Street. Call 532-2850.
HOLY HOUR FOR SICK AND DYING
Greenfield: A Holy Hour for the Sick and Dying is observed each Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. in the Adoration Chapel at Blessed Sacrament Church. Includes singing of hymns, recitation of the rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy for the Sick and Dying and Benediction.
GOD’S GRACE INTERFAITH LIBRARY AND BOOK AND GIFT STORE
Williamstown: God’s Grace, an interfaith book and gift store and lending library, 1375 Cold Spring Rd., is open Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m.. Closed on Monday. Also closed from December to April.
South Hadley: Cinderelli’s Consignment Boutique, 480 Newton St., a community supporter of Providence Ministries for the Needy in Holyoke, is open Monday and Friday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday from 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The phone number is 413-530-0311.
CATHOLIC GIFT AND BOOK STORE
Ludlow: A new Catholic religious articles and book store, The Spirit Among Us, has opened at the site of the former SonRises, 200 Center St., Suite 14. Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Phone number is 413-583-4014.
VINE AND BRANCHES GIFT SHOP
Feeding Hills: The Vine and Branches Gift Shop, 1065 Springfield St., is open Wednesdays 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fridays 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; Saturdays 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; and Sundays 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The shop’s phone number is 413-789-6705.
Florence: A Thrift Shop at The Youth Center, 87 Beacon St., is open Saturdays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. To donate new and gently used household items, jewelry, pocketbooks, children’s books, etc., call Patte Shaughnessy at 413-584-6068 or Barbara Kaczenski at 413-586-1498.