South Hadley: Lenten lunches will be served at St. Patrick Social Center, Main St., from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Fridays from March 3 through April 7.
Palmer: Lenten Lunch at noontime in the parish center at St. Thomas the Apostle Church 1076 Thorndike St. until April 12.
Turners Falls: Father Donald Noiseux will give a series of talks to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Fatima on Sunday March 19, 26 and April 2 following the Gorzkie Zale devotions at 2:00 p.m. The talks will take place at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, 84 K St., Turners Falls.
Lee: St. Mary Church, 140 Main St., offers a simple supper on Thursdays during Lent from 4:30-5:30 p.m. during followed by the Stations of the Cross. The supper is free.
South Hadley: Praying the Scriptures Saturdays from March 4-25 at St. Theresa of Lisieux Parish, 9 East Parkview Dr., in the Chapel of Our Lady.
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.
EIGHT-PART BIBLE STUDY
Westfield: St. Peter and Casimir Parish is having a Bible Study in the Social Center, 34 State St. The meetings will be at either 10 a m. or 7:30 p.m. For information or to register call Alicia Belanger at 413-568-0123.
Feeding Hills: Sacred Heart Parish, 1061 Springfield St., is hosting a Lenten Mission on the San Damiano Cross Thursday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30 p. m. in the parish center on March 16, 23 and 30. For more information call pastoral ministers Julie Prats or Deb Briancesco at 413-786-8200, Ext. 3.
Friday — 17
‘PURGATORY, HEAVEN AND HELL’
South Hadley: The talks in the series “Purgatory, Heaven and Hell” by Father James Nolte will continue on March 17 and 24 in the Chapel at St. Patrick Church, 30 Main St., from 6:30-8 p.m.
WORLD YOUTH DAY STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Westfield: The evening begins with an evening prayer, faith sharing and a social at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 30 Bartlett St.
SOUP AND SANDWICH DINNER
Hatfield: Our Lady of Grace, 15 School St., is having a soup and sandwich dinner at 6:00 p.m. followed by Mary’s Way of the Cross at 7:00 p.m.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS AND SOUP
Holyoke: Our Lady of the Cross Parish, 23 Sycamore St., will have the Stations of the Cross followed by a soup lunch at 12 p.m. There is no charge but a free will offering will be accepted.
OPEN GYM NIGHT
Springfield: The FBI Youth Ministry will hold an open gym night St. Catherine of Siena Parish Center, 1023 Parker St., from 6-9 p.m. All are welcome.
Saturday — 25
STRUCK BY LIGHTNING
Northampton: Doctor Gloria Polo will give a talk after the 4:00 p.m. mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 99 King St. She will share her insights into Sin, Confession, Mass and God’s Gift of Life. The approximate lecture time will be from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
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.
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 or visit Diocese of Springfield Catholic Men’s Conference on Facebook.
‘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.
Springfield: Our Lady of Grace Society at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 123 William St., is having a pasta dinner at 5 p.m. Adults $12 and children 12 and under is $7.
Chicopee: The Franciscan Sisters of Assisi will have a spaghetti supper from 4-7 p.m. at St. Stanislaus School, 534 Front St. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children and are available at the parish office or at the door.
Pittsfield: A pancake breakfast sponsored by Bart Charter School from 8-10 a.m. at St Charles Church, 89 Briggs Ave. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 for children under thirteen and can be purchased at the door.
MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA
Springfield: Holy Cross Parish will sponsor a trip to see “My Way: A musical tribute to Frank Sinatra” at the Ivoryton Playhouse in Essex, Conn. The cost is $125/pp and includes the bus, meal, show and driver. To register, call Sister Cindy at 413-372-6241.
Sunday — 26
EILEEN MARKEY TALK
South Hadley: The Spiritual Life Team at St. Theresa Church, 9 East Parkview Dr. will sponsor a Soup and Saints event. Author Eileen Markey will be the guest speaker. The program begins with a complimentary lunch at noon followed by a talk by Markey at 1 p.m.
SISTERS OF ST. JOSEPH MEET AND GREET
Westfield: St Mary Parish, 30 Bartlett St., will hold a Meet and Greet for the Sisters of St. Joseph from 2-4 p.m.
Hatfield: Our Lady of Grace, 15 School St., Pancake Breakfast will be held from 7:30 a.m.-noon. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 5-12 and free for children 4 and under. Tickets will be on sale after Masses.
South Hadley: A magic show and make your own sundaes from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at St. Patrick Church, 30 Main St. For reservations call the rectory at 413-532-2850. The charge is $5 per family.
Northampton: The Polish Heritage Committee is having a ham dinner at the St. John Cantius Parish Center, 10 Hawley St. Dinner will be served at 1:00 p.m. Tickets are $13 for adults and $7 for children under 10. To purchase tickets call Angie Fydenkeves 413-530-0145 or Bob Gibowicz 413-224-1309.
Monday — 27
ST. FRANCIS NOVENA
Springfield: Sacred Heart Church, 387 Chestnut St., will hold a St. Francis Novena from March 27 to April 7 at 5:15 p.m. except Saturday April 1 the Novena will be at noon.
TRI-COUNTY PENANCE SERVICE
South Hadley: St. Theresa of Lisieux Parish, 9 East Parkview Dr. will host a tri-county penance service for St. Theresa’s, St. Patrick’s and Immaculate Heart of Mary at 7:00 p.m.
LENTEN PENANCE SERVICE
Pittsfield: An area wide Penance Service will be at 6:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 191 Elm St. Many area priests will be available for confession.
Westfield: The Divine Mercy Lenten Mission is at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 335 Elm St., from March 27-30. For more information contact the parish office at 413-568-1506 or email www.thedivinemercy.org/events.
Pittsfield: Sacred Heart Church, 191 Elm St. is serving a simple meal of soup and salad immediately following the 5:30 p.m. Mass. There is no charge. Please sign up early so an approximate count can be taken.
Springfield: St. Catherine of Siena, 1023 Parker St., will hold a fish fry from 2:00 – 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at the parish office, after all the masses or a limited number will be available at the door. For information call 413-783-8619.
GODSPELL THE MUSICAL
Pittsfield: St. Jospeh’s High School will perform the musical “Godspell” at the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage at Barrington Stage Company, 30 Union St, at 7 p.m. both today and April 1. Tickets are $15 for orchestra and $10 for the mezzanine. To order tickets call 413-236-8888 or email www.barringtonstageco.org.
Saturday — 1
Westfield: The Office of Youth Ministry will hold a rally at St. Mary High School, 27 Bartlett St., from 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. A pizza lunch will be served. For more information or to register call Gina Czerwinski at 413-452-0677 or email [email protected]. The cost is $15 per person.
Springfield: Msgr. David Joyce will offer a reflection on the Year of Mercy after the 4:30 p.m. Mass at Holy Name Church, 323 Dickinson St. A light meal will be served. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling the rectory at 413-733-5823.
FAMINE MASS AND IRISH GALA DINNER
Springfield: The annual Commemorative Famine Mass and Irish Gala will be held beginning with 4 p.m. Mass in St. Michael’s Cathedral, followed by dinner, music and dancing in the adjoining Bishop Marshall Center. Tickets are $17 for adults and $7 for children 10 and under. Call the rectory at 413-781-3656.
ST. MARY’S ACADEMY ACE AUCTION
West Springfield: The 13th Annual Gala and Auction is hosted by St. Mary Academy, 56 Hopkins Place, Longmeadow. The gala is at Storrowton Carriage House, 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield. Tickets are $55 per person and can be purchased at www.stmaryslongmeadow.org. For information call 413-567-0907.
FURNITURE AND TAG SALE
Holyoke: Our Lady of the Cross, is holding a furniture and tag sale in the hall on Holy Cross Ave., from 9 a.m.-noon. Call the parish office 413-532-5661 with any questions.
Sunday — 2
Pittsfield: The Office of Youth Ministry will hold a rally at St. Joseph High School, 22 Maplewood Ave., from 11:30-5 p.m.
A pizza lunch will be served. For more information or to register call Gina Czerwinski at 413-452-0677 or email [email protected]. The cost to attend is $15 per person.
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.
A LENTEN MISSION
Cheshire: St. Mary the Assumption Parish is holding a Lenten Mission at the parish hall, 150 Church St. The event begins today at 2 p.m. and will continue on April 3rd and 4th at 6 p.m. with Mass, a mission talk and confession. Please contact the parish office at 413-743-2110 or email [email protected]
Monday — 3
EVENING OF LENTEN REFLECTION
Springfield: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, 123 William St., will hold a reflection evening 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.
EVENING OF REFLECTION, HEALING MASS
West Springfield: The Dominican Nuns Monastery will have Father William Hamilton, current chaplain to the Dominican Nuns Monastery and the State and Springfield Police as their guest. Confessions are at 6, Mass at 7 and individual prayer for healing at 8 p.m.
Easthampton: Our Lady of the Valley,33 Adams St,. will have a penance service at 7 p.m. Many priests will be available to hear confession.
GRANDPARENTS ANNUAL HOT CROSS BUNS BRUNCH
Westfield: St. Peter and Casimir Church, 22 State St., is having their annual grandparents Hot Cross Buns and Prayer Time at 11:00 a.m. Please join us in praying for our grandchildren and family members.
Pittsfield: Father Michael Bernier, Pastor of Sacred Heart Church, Pittsfield will join Pastor Sheila and Rabbi Josh at The First Baptist Church, South St., for a talk on “The Priest, the Rabbi and the Minister” following a lunch and worship service starting at 12:00 p.m.
LITTLE BLACK DRESS FASHION SHOW
Springfield: The Catholic Women’s Club is having a fashion show at the Bishop Marshall Center, Elliot St., at 12:45 p.m. Advanced registration is required. For information or to register call Kathryn Seward at 413-736-1649 or Melinda Mandeville at 413-526-9911.
SUBSTANCE ABUSE INFORMATIONAL EVENING
Feeding Hills: Sacred Heart Church, 1062 Springfield St., will be hosting the nurses of Saint Camillus Guild and additional speakers who will discuss substance abuse. The program is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and is suitable for grade 6 and above. For more information call Deb Briancesco RN at 413-786-8200 ext. 3.
“FAUSTINA: MESSENGER OF DIVINE MERCY”
Turners Falls: A live production of “Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy” will be performed at 7:00 p.m. by actress Maria Varggo and directed by Leonardo Defilippis of Saint Luke Productions, at the Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A. The event is sponsored by Our Lady of Czestochowa Church and runs for 90 minutes and is suitable for ages 13 and up. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students under 18. To reserve tickets contact Joy Pele at 413-772-2654 or email [email protected]
SPECIAL OPEN HOUSE
Springfield: St. Michael’s Academy, 153 Eddywood St., is holding a special Open House for students in grades 5-8 from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Meet the teachers and tour the school. For additional information call the school at 413-782-5246.
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.
FAUSTINA: MESSENGER OF DIVINE MERCY
Holyoke: Our Lady of the Cross, 23 Sycamore St., will present a live performance of “Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy” by actress Maria Vargo and directed by Leonardo Defilippis at 7 p.m. The program is suitable for children ages 13 and up. For more information or to purchase tickets contact the parish office at 413-532-5661 or email ourladyofthecross.com. Admission is $12 for adults and $10 for 18 and under.
Saturday — 8
EASTER BUNNY BREAKFAST
Wilbraham: The breakfast is sponsored by the Wilbraham Junior Women’s Club and will be held at St. Cecilia’s Parish Center, 42 Main St. from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. This year’s event is dedicated to the memory of Ed McFarland.
HAM AND BEAN DINNER
Pittsfield: St. Joseph’s Parish, 414 North St. is holding a ham and bean dinner from 5-6:30 in the parish center. Adults are $12, children 5 to 12 are $6. Call Jack Laviolette at 413-464-6009 or the rectory at 413-445-5789 for information.
CHICKEN PIE DINNER AND DESERT AUCTION
Ludlow: St. John the Baptist School, 214 Hubbard St., will hold a chicken dinner from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the parish center. There will be a homemade desert auction opportunity after the meal. Tickets are $6 adults, $4 for children ages 5-10 and children 4 and under are free. Tickets will be available at the door or can be purchased in advance by calling the school at 413-583-8550.
Sunday — 9
IGNITING THE LIGHT OF CHRIST WITHIN YOU
Pittsfield: St. Charles Church, 89 Briggs Ave., will feature Catholic Speaker Paul Koleske on April 9, 10 and 11 at 6:30 p.m. Paul will speak and sing at all the weekend masses before the mission. The mission is free. For more information email Paul Koleske.com
ANNUAL PORK ROAST DINNER
Pittsfield: St. Charles Parish, 89 Briggs Ave., is having their annual pork roast dinner from noon-3 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, and $5 for children. Tickets are available at the rectory weekdays from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. or after Masses March 18, 19, 25 or 26.
EASTER BAZAAR AND SPRING GAIK
Turners Falls: The annual Easter Bazaar and Gaik will be held at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, 84 K St. in the undercroft and the St. Therese Catechism Center from 9-2 p.m. For more information call 413-863-4748.
Sunday — 16
EASTER SUNDAY MASS AT STANLEY PARK
Westfield: St. Mary Parish will hold an 11:30 a.m. Mass at Stanley Park, 400 Western Ave., Westfield. This will take the place of the 11:30 Spanish Mass and will be bilingual.
Tuesday — 18
SONGS OF THE GRAND OL’ OPRY
Springfield: Mary Mother of Hope Parish is sponsoring a self driving event to the Log Cabin, Holyoke, from 11:30-3:-00 p.m. The tickets are $55 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. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with a liturgy celebrated by Bishop Rozanski at 3:45 p.m. The cost is $35.
Palmer: “Sweet Moments” Father/Daughter Dance to be held from 7-9 p.m. in the St. Thomas the Apostle Parish Center, 1076 Thorndike St. Tickets are $15 per couple, $5 per additional daughter or guest and can be purchased at the parish center on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from 9 a.m-noon. For additional information, call Cher at 413-283-2915.
Brimfield: Spring Trivia Night will be held at 7 p.m. at St. Christopher Parish, 20 Sturbridge Rd. Call or email Bob to reserve a table or get more information at 413-245-3035 or [email protected]
WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER
Brewster, Mass: 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.
Saturday — 29
West Springfield: St. Thomas the Apostle, 47 Pine St., will hold their second annual Spring Fling. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children and 4 and under are free. Tickets are available in the club room after masses starting April 1 or at the Parish Office Mon-Fri., 9:00 – 3:00 p.m. The last day to purchase tickets is Monday, April 24.
Sunday — 30
Pittsfield: A Blue Mass to honor police, fire fighters and first responders will take place at St. Joseph Church, 414 North St. at 11:30 a. m. A reception will follow the Mass at St. Joseph Parish Center. All faiths are welcome to attend. Please RSVP by April 20 to Jack Laviolette 413-464-6009 or email [email protected]. Class A Uniform, (Class B on Duty) or Business attire please.
Thursday — 4
TRIP TO ICELAND
Pittsfield: St. Joseph Parish is sponsoring a trip to Iceland with Msgr. Mike May 4-10. Informational meeting Thursday, Jan. 8 in the North Chapel, 414 North St.
Saturday — 6
Springfield: 50th Anniversary Gala is at St. Catherine of Siena, 1023 Parker St. For more information call Judy Lloyd at 413-657-4756.
Thursday — 11
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.
ANNUAL YOUTH RETREAT
Goshen: The I ACT (I’m a Christian Teen) Youth Ministry Group will sponsor it’s annual weekend retreat at Camp Holy Cross, 108 Cape St., for students in grades 8-12. It will be held May 12-14. The cost for the weekend is $45, including accommodations for the weekend, all meals, retreat materials and use of the facility. For registration forms, and more information please visit: wwwolveasthampton.org (see I ACT on the homepage) or call Justin Brown at 413-362-5064.
Sunday — 14
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].
Wednesday — 17
ST. ANNE SHRINE DAY TRIP
Hampden: St. Mary Parish, 27 Somers Rd., will sponsor a day trip to St. Anne Shrine in Fiskdale, Mass.,where Mass will be celebrated at 2 p. m. Also included will be a stop at the Public House for lunch. The cost is $65 including tax and gratuity. Contact Pat Broer 413-749-0697 for reservations.
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.
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.
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.
THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLY
Northampton: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton day trip to the Goodspeed Opera House, 6 Main St., E. Haddam, CT., on May 24. Tickets are $129 per person. Reservations are due by April 24. Call Nancy at 413-586-0681 or Andie at 413-586-4815 for more information.
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.
CAMP HOLY CROSS
Goshen: Camp Holy Cross, 108 Cape St., is now accepting registrations for overnight camp the weeks of July 9 and July 16 for children 8 to 15. Register by email campholycross.org or call 413-684-0125. The overnight camp is $340 per week. Day camp options are also available.
WOMEN’S VOCATION DISCERNMENT
Hawthorne, N.Y.: The Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne, N.Y., are hosting a weekend for young women discerning a religious vocation July 14-16. Contact Sister Alma Marie at 845-745-1319 for information or to make reservations.
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 three days in Rome and seven days in Poland, visiting several cities. For more information contact the tour operator at Pat Tours 1-800-388-0988.
Northampton: Cruise aboard the Celebrity Summit from Aug. 20 to Aug 27. For more information call Barbara Kaczenski at 413-586-1498.
Northampton: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton day trip to see Oklahoma at the Good Speed Opera House, 6 Main St., East Hadam, CT . Tickets are $129 per person. on Aug. 23. Reservations are due by July 23. For reservations call Andie at 413-586-4815 or Nancy at 413-586-0681.
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.
TRIP TO IRELAND
Chicopee: Irish Cultural Center at Elms College, Sept. 2-12. For further information, call Rose Baker at 413-519-2135 or Pat Baker at 413-348-3263.
CRANBERRY’S AND FOLIAGE
Northampton: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is sponsoring a day trip to Cranberry’s and Foliage Oct. 12. Tickets are $79 per person and must be reserved by Sept. 12. For additional information call Andie at 413-586-4815 or Nance at 413-586-0681.
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].
‘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.
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.
SUPPORT GROUP FOR GRIEVING PARENTS
Pittsfield: The sessions are open to parents whose child died before the age of 25. The meetings are on Monday Feb. 27 through April 3 from 6-7:30 p. m. at HospiceCare’s main office, 877 South St. For more information call 413-443-2994.
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 on 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 4-5 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 refreshments 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, exposition 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.