Westfield: Father Frank Lawlor, pastor of St. Mary Parish, 30 Bartlett St., is offering, on a first come, first served basis, eight raised gardens (one per family) located on the left side of the rectory. There is no charge, but gardeners are requested to give some of the bounty to the St. Vincent de Paul Society for its clients. For information, call Sue at 413-564-5477.
MEN’S BIBLE STUDY
Northampton: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 3 Church St., will resume the men’s Bible study in the parish hall from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday — 22
PASTA AND MEATBALL DINNER
North Adams: The 27th LaFesta Baseball Exchange Pasta and Meatball dinner is at St. Elizabeth of Hungary in the Parish Center, 70 Marshall St., from 4-7 p.m. For more information call George Canales at 413-664-6542 or Tony Abuisi at 413-662-2752.
Friday — 23
Ludlow: In observance of the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima, an All-Night Vigil in Honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary will be held at Christ the King Parish, 41 Warsaw Ave., Ludlow, beginning with a 9 p.m. Mass celebrated by Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski on Friday, June 23. The vigil will end with a closing Mass at 7 a.m., on Saturday, June 24. Adoration will take place throughout the night, along with recitation of the rosary, litanies, hymns and other devotions. Refreshments will be available. All are welcome.
SACRED HEART MASS
Westfield: Holy Trinity Parish, 335 Elm St., will have a special service to honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus starting at 7 p.m. followed by Eucharistic Adoration until 10 p.m.
Saturday — 24
SACRED HEART TRAVEL CLUB
Springfield: The Travel Club of Sacred Heart Parish, 387 Chestnut St. is sponsoring the upcoming trips: June 24 Newport Flower Show; July 22 Bronx Zoo; July 29 Taste of Providence; Aug. 15 Hampton Beach; Nov. 4 Wrentham Shopping; Nov. 18 Radio City Christmas Spectacular; Dec. 2 Salem Crofts Inn Christmas Memories Celebration. For additional information, call Jim and Caroline McAleer at 413-734-3676 between 9 a.m.-9 p.m. or email [email protected] All trips depart from Sacred Heart parking lot unless otherwise noted.
CHILDREN’S ENCOUNTER DAY
Springfield: St. Catherine of Siena, 1023 Parker St. will have a Children’s Encounter Day for children ages 5-15. Bishop Rozanski will join the children for a concluding performance at 2 p.m. For additional information, call Lucy at 413-452-0631.
HIBERNIAN STYLE PICNIC
Holyoke: The Ninth Annual Ladies Order of Hibernians Style picnic will take place at The Wherehouse?, 109 Lyman St. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., serving at 5 p.m. and music from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children under 12. For reservations, call Paul Hogan at 413-533-0436 or Fran Hennessey at 413-785-5687.
Chicopee: The Ladies Order of Hibernians First Chip and Putt Tournament will take place at Annie’s Driving Range, 284 Chicopee St. Registration is at 9:30 a.m. Email Mary-Laura Hohol at [email protected] for information or to register.
OLV TAG SALE
Easthampton: Our Lady of the Valley Parish, 33 Adams St., will have a tag sale June 24-25 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sunday — 25
SACRED HEART MASS
Westfield: Holy Trinity Parish, 335 Elm St., is having a special service to honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus at 7 p.m. followed by Adoration until 10 p.m.
32nd ANNUAL PICNIC
Ludlow: Christ the King Church, 41 Warsaw Ave., will hold their annual family picnic from 12-9 p.m.
Easthampton: Our Lady of the Valley Parish, 33 Adams St., will hold its festival beginning with Mass under the pavilion at 8:30 a.m. Festival from noon to 6 p.m. Festival tag sale is Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
RED SOX GAME
Great Barrington: St. Peter Parish is sponsoring a bus trip to the Boston Red Sox game at 1:35 p.m. The tickets are $99 and the bus leaves the K-Mart, 354 Stockbridge Rd. parking lot at 9:30 a.m. Please arrive by 9:15. For additional information call Polly Salenovich at 413-528-1881 or Maureeen Avery at 413-528-4803.
SUMMER FEST 2017
South Deerfield: Holy Family Parish, 29 Sugarloaf St., will hold its Summer Fest 2017 from noon-4 p.m.Includes children’s games and entertainment, food court. $10 admission for adults includes one hot dog, one hamburger, chips, coleslaw, pickles and soda or water. Children under 12 admitted free.
BLESSED SACRAMENT SCHOOL GOLF TOURNAMENT
Holyoke: The Blessed Sacrament School Golf Tournament will be held at Wyckoff Country Club. Register by June 7: 413-536-2236; [email protected]; www.blessedsacramentholyoke.org.
OPEN HOUSE FOR FATHER GREGORY
Pittsfield: St. Charles Parish, 89 Briggs Ave., will hold an open house for Father Peter Gregory to celebrate his retirement. The celebration will be in the church hall from 2-6 p.m.
South Hadley: St. Theresa of Lisieux Parish will hold their picnic at the Parish Hall, 9 East Parkview Dr, Seating is at 12:15 with food served from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $6 for children 6-10 and 5 and under are free. Purchase tickets by June 21.
Wednesday — 28
FORTNIGHT FOR FREEDOM
Belchertown: A Patriotic Living Rosary will take place on the Belchertown Common at 7 p.m. from June 28 – July 4th. A Hail Mary will be said for each of the fifty states. Rain location is St. Francis of Assisi Social Center, 12 Park St.
Friday — 30
Springfield: St. Catherine of Siena Church, 1023 Parker St., will have a painting party. More information to follow.
Saturday — 8
DIOCESAN WORLD YOUTH DAY
Ludlow: The Diocesan Celebration of World Youth Day will be at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, 438 Winsor St., from noon to 5 p.m. Bishop Rozanski will celebrate a 4 p.m. outdoor Mass. For questions or to register, call Gina Czerwinski at 413-452-0677 or email www.diospringfield.org/YOUTHMINISTRY. This event is open to all high school youth and young adults.
Northampton: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish is sponsoring a day trip to Tanglewood, 291 West St., Lenox on July 8. Tickets are $89 per person. Reservations are due one month in advance. Call Nancy at 413-586-0681 or Andie at 413-586-4815 for more information
Springfield: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church will hold a pasta dinner in the Marian Hall, 123 William St., at 5 p.m. and include live music. Tickets are sold in advance for $15 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under. To purchase tickets call the Rectory at 413-734-5433 or Lia Addeo at 413-301-2886 or Sal Scibelli 413-567-2900 ext. 2 . Tickets will also be available at the door.
Sunday — 9
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. Call 413-443-6960 for information regarding sponsorship.
MARY MOTHER OF HOPE TRIPS
Springfield: Mary, Mother of Hope, 840 Page Blvd., is sponsoring the upcoming trips: Newport Playhouse to see “Baggage” July 9, “Saturday Night Fever” at the MacHayden Theater July 16, Statue of Liberty Aug. 6, Rock of Ages Aug. 21. For additional information call Sylvia at 413-594-2757.
Monday — 10
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOLS
Springfield: St. Catherine of Siena, 1023 Parker St., will hold its summer Bible camp for children ages 5-12 from July 10-14. The cost is $80 per child. Registration forms are available in the Parish Office weekdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Feeding Hills: Sacred Heart Church, 1065 Springfield St., is hosting a Bible Camp from July 10-14 for grades 1-6. For information or to register, call Lisa Raffia at 413-786-8200.
Granby: Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish will hold its annual Vacation Bible School July 10-14 from 8:30 a.m.-noon. It is open to children ages 4-10. For more information or to register, call 413-467-3566.
Holyoke: Blessed Sacrament Parish, 1945 Northampton St., will have two camp sessions: July 10-14 and July 17-21. The cost is $50 and space is limited. For information or to register a child, call Kathy Gauthier at 413-532-0713 or email [email protected]
Friday — 14
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.
Lenox: The Summer Festival will be held from July 14-16 at St. Ann Church, 134 Main St. Contact Valarie Lanfair at 413-822-4149 or email [email protected]cap.it.com for additional information.
Saturday — 15
DOZYNKI POLISH AMERICAN FESTIVAL
Indian Orchard: Immaculate Conception Church, 25 Parker St., is having their 37th Annual Polish Festival July 15th from 12 – 11 p.m. and 16th from 1-10 p.m. Polish Mass will be 4:15 p.m. on the 15th.
Hatfield: Our Lady of Grace will hold their annual cookout at 15 School St. Tickets will go on sale June 24th for $10 for adults and $5 for ages 5-12.
Sunday — 16
ST. ELIZABETH PARISH TRIPS
Ludlow: St. Elizabeth Parish will sponsor Trips to 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]
Monday — 17
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Westfield: St. Mary’s Church, 30 Bartlett St., will have a vacation bible school from 9 a.m. to noon July 17-21. For more information or to register call the CCD office at 413-562-5477
Saturday — 22
CANADIAN SHRINES PILGRIMAGE
Greenfield: A pilgrimage to the Canadian Shrines is from July 22-26. Motor coach pick up is from West Haven, Enfield, Conn. and Greenfield, Mass. For more information contact Roger Papp at 860-399-8137 or [email protected].
Sunday — 23
Shelburne Falls: The Catholic Communities of Holy Trinity and Blessed Sacrament, Greenfield, will hold their Summer Picnic from 12-4 p.m. at Camp Apex, Peckville Rd. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 10-15 and free for children 9 and under. Tickets will be sold before each Mass at both parishes or directly from Kerry Semaski 413-522-4931, Jason Semaski 413—626-3378 or Lou Grader 413-774-2848.
Monday — 24
CELTIC ADVENTURES FOR KIDS
Chicopee: The Irish Cultural Center of Western New England will hold a week long program for children grades 1-9, July 24-28 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on the Elm College campus at 291 Springfield St. For information call ICC 413-333-4951.
Friday — 28
BOSTON RED SOX GAME
Northampton: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton will sponsor a bus trip to see the Boston Red Sox play the Kansas City Royals on July 28. The cost is $142. To reserve tickets or for more information, call the parish office at 413-584-7310.
Sunday — 30
Adams: St. John Paul II Parish will hold a Polka Picnic at Polanka Pavilion, Mill St., from 1-5 p.m. Gates will open at noon.
POLKA MASS, DINNER & DANCE
Hadley: Most Holy Redeemer Church will hold a polka Mass, chicken dinner and dance at the Young Men’s Club Pavilion, 138 East St. Tickets are $12 for adults, children under 12 are $6. Call Bernice Baranowski at 413-210-7856 or the parish office at 413-584-1326 for additional information.
Monday — 31
VACATION SUMMER FUN DAYS
Northampton: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 99 King St., will have a vacation camp from July 31-Aug. 4 for children ages 4-11. Sign up forms are available at the entrance to the church or email saintelizabethannseton.net.
SUMMER BIBLE CAMPS
Holyoke: Our Lady of the Cross, 23 Sycamore St., will hold a Bible camp from July 31-Aug. 4.
Hadley: Most Holy Redeemer Church, 120 Russell St., will hold a children’s Bible school from July 31 – Aug. 4. The cost is $50 for one child and $20 for additional family members. Applications are available in the vestibule or at the church office.
Monday — 7
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 Aug. 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.
Tuesday — 8
CATHOLIC YOUTH & FAMILY DAY
Agawam: The youth and family day will be held on Aug. 8 at Six Flags New England, 1623 Main St. starting with Bishop Mitchell Rozanski celebrating Mass at 9:30 a.m. Tickets can be purchased on line using the promo code catholicday17 or through the mail order form on the flyer found in the front vestibule of the parishes.
Friday — 11
Adams: St. John Paul II Parish, 21 Maple St., will hold a Tag Sale Aug. 11-12.
Thursday — 17
FAITH ON FIRE RALLY
Feeding Hills: The Faith on Fire Catholic Rally will take place at Sacred Heart Church, 1065 Springfield St., Aug. 17-18. Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski and Marian Father Anthony Gramlich will be joined by several other presenters. For more information, call the pastoral minister, Deb Briancesco, at 413-786-8200, Ext. 3 or email [email protected].
Sunday — 20
Northampton: Celebrity Summit Cruise from Aug. 20 to Aug. 27. For more information, call Barbara Kaczenski at 413-586-1498.
Monday — 21
WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES
South Deerfield: Two Pilgrimages to the World Meeting of Families to be held in Dublin, Ireland from Aug. 21-26, 2018. Contact Grand View Tours at 610-361-7979, visit catholicsindublin.com or contact Father Jonathan Reardon at Holy Family Parish 413-665-3254.
Wednesday — 23
Northampton: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton day trip to see “Oklahoma” Aug. 23 at the Goodspeed Opera House, 6 Main St., East Hadam, Conn. Tickets are $129 per person. Reservations are due by July 23. For reservations call Andie at 413-586-4815 or Nancy at 413-586-0681.
Sunday — 27
SUMMER FEST 2017
Granby: Immaculate Heart of Mary, 256 State St., will hold their Summer Fest celebration on Aug. 27 from 12-6 p.m. Adults $12 and children under 12 $6. For more information or to purchase tickets call the rectory at 413-467-9821, Jeff at 413-552-7515 .
Monday — 28
West Springfield: The Sisters of St. Joseph will hold their Golf Classic Aug. 28 at the Springfield Country Club, 1375 Elm St., West Springfield. For more information email Sister Eleanor Harrington at [email protected] or call 413-536-0853.
Thursday — 31
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.
Friday — 2
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.
Thursday — 7
West Springfield: St. Thomas the Apostle, 47 Pine St., will start The Bible Timeline on Sept. 7 at 6:30 p.m. For more information or to register call the rectory at 413-739-4779
Springfield: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 123 William St., will have an eleven week Bible Study of the Psalms. To register for morning or evening sessions call leaders Bill and Theresa D’ Amato 413-203-5206 or email [email protected].
Tuesday — 12
CATHOLIC WOMEN’S RETREAT
Biddeford, Maine: The Sisters of the Presentation of Mary will host their Annual Catholic Women’s Retreat Sept. 12-15. Retreat leader will be Marian Father Thaddaeus Lancton of the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge. For more information and to register, contact Cheryl Kubic at 972-462-9334 or [email protected]
Wednesday — 13
BLOCK ISLAND TRIP
Northampton: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is sponsoring a day trip to Block Island Sept. 13. Tickets are $107 per person and must be reserved by Aug. 13. For additional information call Andie at 413-586-4815 or Nancy at 413-586-0681.
Friday — 15
A LIFETIME OF MUSIC & MINISTRY
Westfield: Award Winning Music Pioneer, John Michael Talbot will have a concert at Westfield State University at The Denver Stage in Parenzo Hall, 577 Western Ave., at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 for general seating and $50 for the VIP package. For more information call St. Mary’s Parish at 413-562-5477 or purchase tickets on line at JohnMichaelTalbot.com.
Saturday — 16
MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND
Medway: The Marriage Encounter Weekend will be Sept. 16-17 at the Betania II Spiritual Retreat Center, Medway. For information call Worldwide Marriage Encounter at 800-710-WWME, or emal WWMEMA.org or facebook.com/WWMEMA.
Friday — 22
2017 ANNUAL SCOUT RETREAT
Goshen: The 2017 Annual Scout Retreat at Camp Holy Cross, Goshen will be held from Sept. 22-24 for registered Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Venture Crew or American Heritage in sixth grade and up. Early Bird fee is $35 if received by Sept. 1 and $40 after Sept. 1. Call Pam Kosnicki at 413-283-3242 or email [email protected]. or http//diospringfield.org/catholic-scouting/ and follow #WMSCOUTRETREAT.
FATIMA CALLS US TO PRAY FOR WORLD PEACE
Wilbraham: St. Cecilia’s Church, 42 Main St., will hold a Rosary prayer service from June to October at 5:45 p.m. on the 13th of every month.
SUMMERTIME LECTIO DIVINA IN FOREST PARK
Springfield: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel is sponsoring a summer prayer, scripture reading and meditation in the park on Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. Meet at Picnelly Field and bring your Bible. For information contact Ben at Mt. Carmel Parish, 413-734-5433 or email [email protected]
TRIP TO SOUTHERN POLAND
Granby: Depart from New York, Chicago or Toronto for a 10-day trip to Southern Poland. Contact Mitch Biskup at 617-899-5895 or email [email protected] or Lenny Gomulka at 413-374-7096 or email [email protected].
THE BIBLE TIMELINE
West Springfield: St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 47 Pine St., will begin the Bible Timeline at 6:30 p.m. For more information or to register call the rectory at 413-739-4779.
PILGRIMAGE TO OUR LADY OF FATIMA
Portugal: 100th Anniversary 10-day Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima over three dates in October. For more information call James Adair at 1-855-564-1008 or email [email protected].
NORTHEAST PILGRIMAGE TOUR
Springfield: Father Matthew Alcombright will travel with the Mary, Mother of Hope, 840 Page Blvd., Northeast Pilgrimage from Oct. 3-6., with several stops throughout the Northeast including a cruise aboard the Spirit of Philly and a stop at the newly renovated St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. The cost is $625 per person and includes some meals. For additional information or to register call Sylvia at 413-594-2757.
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 Nancy at 413-586-0681.
NEW YORK CITY
Springfield: A one day trip to New York City is planned for Oct. 14. The bus will leave Holy Name parking lot, 323 Dickinson St. at 7:30 a.m. and will arrive back between 9:30-10 p.m. Contact Tom Burke at 413-330-3275.
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].
Springfield: Holy Cross Church, 221 Plumtree Rd. will hold their Fall Festival on Sun. Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
‘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.
ROME AND TUSCANY
Springfield: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel is sponsoring a trip to Rome and Tuscany from Oct. 26 – Nov. 5. For more information call Paula at 413-739-6635 or Yvonne at 413-734-3442.
TRIP TO SARDINIA
Springfield: A trip is being planned to Sardinia, Italy from Nov. 6-16. For additional information, call Paula at 413-739-6635, Yvonne, 413-734-3442 or Connie, 413-757-3852.
PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH CHRISTMAS SHOW
Lee: Mary, Mother of the Church is planning a bus trip to the “Miracle of Christmas Show in Lancaster, Pa., including a guided tour of the Amish Country. The trip is from Nov. 28-30. Call Father Brian McGrath at 413-243-0275 for more information.
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 at the rectory of the parish of Mary, Mother of the Church, 140 Main St.
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.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS WORLD WAR I EXHIBITION
New Haven, Conn: Public lectures are planned for the exhibition on World War I and Beyond at the museum at 1 State St. The museum is open 10-5 daily.
SUPPORT GROUP FOR GRIEVING PARENTS
Pittsfield: The sessions are open to parents whose children 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.: 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 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.
WOMEN OF GRACE
Belchertown: Come together to share faith and friendship on the 2nd and 4th Tues. of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Tovet Room at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 24 Jabish St. For more information call Rita Lee at 413-200-6464 or Kathy Kervick at 413-323-8592.
MEN OF ST. JOSEPH
Belchertown: The men’s group meets every Wed. from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, in the Parish Social Center, 12 Park St. For more information or to join the group, email John Rakouskas at [email protected] or Steve Corbin at [email protected].
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 from September through June 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, 30 Main St.
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.