SUMMERTIME LECTIO DIVINA IN FOREST PARK
Springfield: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish will sponsor summer prayer, Scripture reading and meditation in the park on Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. Meet at Picknelly Field and bring a Bible. For more information, contact Ben at Mt. Carmel Parish, 413-734-5433 or email [email protected]
South Hadley: St. Theresa Parish, 9 East Parkview Drive, is having a Summer Open Gym program from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Monday and Wednesday for middle and high school youth; and Tuesday and Thursday for preschool to grade five. For more information call Patricia at 413-532-3228.
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].
Saturday — 19
PILGRIMAGE TO ENDERS ISLAND
South Hadley: The Spiritual Life Team at St. Theresa of Lisieux Parish is sponsoring a pilgrimage to Enders Island, Mystic, Conn., and an afternoon barbecue at the home of Mike and Elaine Minkos in Old Lyme, Conn., from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. For information contact Michele Scanlon at 413-532-5223 or [email protected]
HOLY CROSS GOLF TOURNAMENT
Springfield: The Holy Cross Knights of Columbus is holding its Fourth Annual Golf Tournament at Franconia Golf Course, 619 Dwight Rd., beginning at 12:15 p.m. See the Holy Cross Knights’ website at www.holycrosskofc15864.groupspaces.com. For more information call Sheldon Collins at 413-246-7610 or email [email protected].
Sunday — 20
Cheshire: St. Mary of the Assumption, 159 Church St., will hold its annual picnic in honor of its patron, St. Mary of the Assumption. The picnic will begin with Mass at 11 a.m., followed by the picnic from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for children including food, a sundae bar, games and dancing to “After Five.” For additional information please call 413-743-2110
Holyoke: Providence Place at Ingleside, 5 Gamelin St., will have an Open House from 1:30-3:30 p.m. to tour the independent living retirement community. Following the tour, ice cream sundaes will be served in the cloister garden. For information call Laurie Hoey at 413-534-9700.
MEMORIAL GOLF OUTING
Southwick: The Hector L. Tourigney Memorial Golf Outing will be held at the Edgewood Country Club, 161 Sheep Pasture Rd., to benefit the Our Lady of the Lake Scholarship Fund and the Knights of Columbus charitable works. The entry fee includes: green fees, cart fee, golf shop services and dinner at Father Shea Hall, 224 Sheep Pasture Rd. You may register on line at www.ollsouthwick.org/golfouting.
ASL MASS & SOCIAL
Springfield: Mary Mother of Hope Parish, 840 Page Blvd., will hold its annual ASL Mass and Social. Mass is at 10 a.m. and the social will follow in the social center.
FEAST DAY CELEBRATION
Nasonville, R.I.: The 24th Annual St. Therese Feast Day Celebration will take place at the Shrine of the Little Flower, Routes 102 and 7, Nasonville, Rhode Island. The festivities start at 10 a.m.and continue throughout the day concluding with a Solemn High Mass at 3 p.m. For information call 401-568-0575 or 401-568-8280 or email [email protected].
Southwick: Our Lady of the Lake Parish, 224 Sheep Pasture Rd., will hold its annual Bavarian Fest from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Donations are $2 for adults; children 17 and under are free. For more information call 413-569-0161.
Northampton: Celebrity Summit Cruise from Aug. 20 to Aug. 27. For more information, call Barbara Kaczenski at 413-586-1498.
Monday — 21
MARY MOTHER OF HOPE TRIPS
Springfield: Mary Mother of Hope, 840 Page Blvd., is sponsoring the upcoming trips: Rock of Ages; Aug. 21, John Denver Tribute; a self drive trip to the Log Cabin on Sept. 27; and “Annie Get Your Gun” at the Westchester Broadway Dinner Theater on Nov. 9. For additional information call Sylvia at 413-594-2757.
Saturday — 26
CHARITY MOTORCYCLE RUN
Chicopee: The Knights of Columbus Council 4044, 1599 Memorial Drive, will hold its fourth annual Charity Motorcycle Run. Registration starts at 9 a.m. Proceeds to benefit Shriner’s Hospitals for Children and the Knights’ Thanksgiving Dinner. The charge is $25 per bike, $10 per passenger, $10 non-rider and $5 for children 12 and under. Call Ray Cote for additional information at 413-272-8208.
CHICKEN PARMESAN DINNER
Pittsfield: St. Joseph Parish, 414 North St., will hold a Chicken Parmesan Dinner in the parish center from 5-6 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, children 5-12 $6 and can be purchased at the rectory or by contacting Jack Laviolette 413-464-6009. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.
Belchertown: St. Francis of Assisi Parish will hold its annual Giant Tag Sale at the Belchertown Town Common and inside the Parish Social Center from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Items for the sale may be delivered from July 31- Aug. 26. For information call Pat Skaza at 918-413-8680.
Shelburne Falls: St. Joseph Church, 34 Monroe Ave., will hold a tag sale on Aug. 26 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and Aug. 27 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Contact Nancy at 413-625-8148 if you have items to donate.
Sunday — 27
ALTERNATIVES OPEN HOUSE
Greenfield: Alternatives, 466 Main St., is holding an open house to celebrate their 30 Year Anniversary in the Pioneer Valley from noon to 4 p.m. Meet the staff and learn about the services we offer women to embrace the gift of life.
SUMMER FEST 2017
Granby: Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, 256 State St., will hold its 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 or Jeff at 413-552-7515 .
Easthampton: Our Lady of the Valley, 34 Franklin St. Festival Grounds, will have a Polka Party from 12-6 p.m., featuring the Eddie Forman Band. For information call Jean Duquette at 413-527-2383, Frank Furman at 413-527-7400 or the rectory at 413-527-9778. Bishop Mitchell Rozanski will celebrate Mass at 10:30 a.m. prior to the Dozynki party.
Holyoke: St. Patrick Parish, South Hadley, will hold its parish picnic at the Summit View Pavilion, 555 Northampton St., Holyoke from 12-3 p.m. Adults $8; children under 12 are free.
Turners Falls: Our Lady of Peace, 90 Seventh St., will hold its parish picnic today. Tickets for the picnic will go on sale July 29 through Aug. 21. Tickets will not be available after the cut-off date or at the picnic. The picnic is at Schuetzen Verein in Gill from 11 am to 2 p.m.
North Adams: St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish, 70 Marshall St., will hold its annual church cookout after the 10:45 a.m. Mass. Call Steve Pickering at 413-346-4628 for information or to make a donation. Please bring a side dish or dessert.
Monday — 28
SSJ GOLF CLASSIC
West Springfield: The Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield 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.
Tuesday — 29
GLOUCESTER LUNCHEON CRUISE
Agawam: St. John’s Travelers will sponsor a two-and-a-half hour luncheon cruise aboard the Beauport Princess. The bus leaves the St. John Evangelist Church parking lot, 833 Main St., at 8:15 a.m. and will return at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $89. For more information call Emile Cote at 413-335-9440.
Thursday — 31
GOLF TOURNAMENT FUNDRAISER
Great Barrington: The parishes of St. Peter and St. Teresa will hold a Golf Tournament fundraiser at the Wyantenuck Country Club, 162 Totem Lodge Rd. Contact Don Ward or Don Rembisz at 413-274-6919.
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.
Tuesday — 5
Westfield: Local members of the Catholic Grandparents Association will gather at 11 a.m. at St. Peter and St. Casimir Parish to pray for grandchildren’s safety as they go back to school. After the prayers, they will gather for lunch at Emma’s Restaurant. For more information, call Alicia at 413-568-0123.
Wednesday — 6
Chicopee: St. Anne Parish, 30 College St., will host a 10-week prayer experience based on Scripture and the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and directed by Marie Rivier Associates. The retreat will be in the church hall on Wednesdays, Sept. 6 through Nov. 15. Nov. 2 session will be on Thursday. The time is 6:30 – 8 p.m. Group will be limited to 10-12 people. There is no cost and all materials will be provided. To register call Janine at 413-575-2861, Jeanne at 413-531-5953 or Josette at 413-532-1568.
Belchertown: St. Francis of Assisi Church, 24 Jabish St., will have a Bible Study, “Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John,” on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. or Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m., twice a month, starting on Wednesday , Sept. 6. The fee is $25. Sign up table in the gathering space. For information call Gerri at 413-323-8633.
Thursday — 7
Springfield: Jonathan Jackson Ph.D., will be the speaker at the Multicultural Alzheimer’s Program at the AIC Griswold Theater, 1000 State St. from 5:30-7:30 p.m. For information or to register call 413-263-6500, Ext. 6539 or email [email protected]. The talk is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
HOW TO BECOME A SAINT
Easthampton: Our Lady of the Valley, 33 Adams St., will hold an eight-week DVD series, “How To Become a Saint,” from Sept. 7-Oct. 26 from 6:30-8 p.m.in the church hall. This is a DVD based program by Bishop Robert Barron. For more information please contact Karen at 413-218-3436 or email [email protected]
THE BIBLE TIMELINE
West Springfield: St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 47 Pine St., will begin the Bible Timeline course on Thursday evenings Sept. 7 to Nov. 16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more information or to register, call the rectory at 413-739-4779.
Springfield: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 123 William St., will have an 11-week Bible Study on the Psalms. To register for morning or evening sessions, call leaders Bill and Theresa D’ Amato 413-203-5206 or email [email protected].
Friday — 8
Watertown: The Dominican Sisters of Peace Rosary Manor, 1 Rosary Drive invite single, Catholic women, ages 18-45 to attend a free Come and See Discernment Retreat beginning on Friday evening at 5:30 p.m. and concluding on Sunday at 1 p.m. For more information contact Sister June Fitzgerald at 570-336-3991 or email [email protected]g.
Saturday — 9
SILVER ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Feeding Hills: Father Steven Amo will celebrate his 25th anniversary as a priest with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 4 p.m. A social will follow in the Parish Center, 1065 Springfield St. For additional information call 413-786-8200.
EWTN FAMILY CELEBRATION
Worcester: EWTN Global Catholic Network is having a family celebration at the DCU Convention Center, Worcester on Sat. August 9 and Sun. August 10. Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Fatima with some of your favorite hosts from EWTN. Log on to ewtn.com/familycelebration for more information.
Sunday — 10
FATHER BRIAN MCGRATH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Lee: Father Brian McGrath will celebrate the 25th anniversary of his ordination with a Mass at 2 p.m. at St. Mary Mother of the Church, 140 Main St., followed by an open house and reception in the school, 115 Orchard St., until 5 p.m.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS GOLF TOURNAMENT
Monson and Brimfield: The Knights of Columbus Council 4794 of St. Patrick Parish, Monson, and St. Christopher Parish, Brimfield, will hold their Sixth Annual Golf Tournament and Dinner on Sunday, Sept. 10 beginning at 9 a.m. at Cold Spring Country Club, Belchertown. For more information, contact Gary Collette, 413-267-5852; Mike Morgan, 413-267-4609; or Jack Vadnais, 413-267-5279. Deadline for entry is Monday, Aug. 21.
Westfield: St. Peter and St. Casimir Parish, 24 State St. will hold a 100th Anniversary Mass at 10:30 a.m. with Bishop Mitchell Rozanski celebrating. A celebration dinner and dance will follow at the Shaker Farms Country Club, 866 Shaker Rd., from 12-5 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets call Alicia Belanger at 413-568-0123.
FESTIVAL OF SHARING ROOTS
Pittsfield: St. Joseph Parish, 414 North St., will hold its annual Sharing Roots Festival from 12-5 p.m. Admission and Kiddy Land is free. There will be entertainment, raffles, and international food booths.
Northampton: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish will have its annual picnic at the Summit View Pavilion, Holyoke, starting at 12:30 p.m.
Holyoke: Immaculate Conception Parish, 54 North Summer St., will hold a parish picnic after the 10 a.m. bi-lingual Mass. Sign up sheets to volunteer are available.
Monday — 11
SEPTEMBER 11 MEMORIAL MASS
Ludlow: Our Lady of Fatima Church, 438 Winsor St., will have a deanery-wide memorial Mass to honor the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at 7 p.m. This service is sponsored by the Catholic Churches of Ludlow and Chicopee.
Tuesday — 12
A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES
Turners Falls: The Polio Crusade will be shown at 6:30 p.m. in the Fr. Casey Hall, 80 Seventh St.
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].
WOMEN’S RETREAT BY THE SEA
Biddeford Pool, Maine: The Marie Joseph Spiritual Center will have a Women’s Retreat By the Sea from Sept. 12-15. For more information call Cheryl at 972-462-9334, Diane at 413-222-2978 or Caroline at 413-219-4918
Wednesday — 13
LATINO PARISHES SHRINE MASS
Ludlow: Our Lady of Fatima, 438 Winsor St., will have a special shrine service for all the Latino parishes in the Diocese of Springfield. A rosary in Spanish will be at 6 p.m. and Mass at 7 p.m. For questions call 413-583-2312.
Springfield: St. Catherine of Siena Parish, 1023 Parker St., will host a 10-week Alpha program from 6-8:30 p.m. All are welcome, church affiliation is not necessary. To register call Judy Lloyd at 413-657-4756, Linda Tammi 413-599-4715 or Gary Landry 413-433-2538.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS SILVER ROSE PRAYER SERVICE
Palmer: The Silver Rose icon of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be escorted into St. Thomas the Apostle Church by members of the Knights of Columbus Archbishop Williams Assembly Honor Guard for a 7 p.m. prayer service. The icon is one of six that are brought on a yearly journey form Canada to the Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in Mexico. This will be the icon’s only stop in the Springfield Diocese. A brief reception will be held in the St. Thomas Parish Center following the service.
BLOCK ISLAND TRIP
Northampton: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish 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
Niskayuna, N.Y.: The Dominican Retreat and Conference Center, 1945 Union St., will have its women’s retreat from Sept. 15-17. The director will be Sister Kay Kanick. For more information call Kathryn at 518-663-8190, Ruth at 518-663-5730, Donna 518-663-3555 or Tammy at 518-663-3010.
JOHN MICHAEL TALBOT CONCERT
Westfield: Sponsored by St. Mary Parish, award-winning music pioneer John Michael Talbot will present 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 Parish at 413-562-5477 or purchase tickets online at JohnMichaelTalbot.com.
Saturday — 16
MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND
Medway, Mass.: The next Marriage Encounter Weekend will be Sept. 16-17 at the Betania II Spiritual Retreat Center, Medway and Oct. 21-22 in Contoocook, N.H. For information, call Worldwide Marriage Encounter at 800-710-WWME, or visit WWMEMA.org or facebook.com/WWMEMA.
Sunday — 17
Springfield: Mary, Mother of Hope, 840 Page Blvd., will hold its annual picnic from 12-4 p.m. on the lawn. More information to follow.
Westfield: Holy Trinity Parish will hold its annual Fall Festival from noon-5 p.m., following the 10:30 a.m. Mass, at Pilsudski Park, 200 Old Country Rd., Holyoke. The festival will feature Polish and American food, music and dancing, raffles, children’s games and more. Free admission and parking. To be held rain or shine.
CAMPUS PRAYER WALK
Amherst: The Newman Catholic Center at the UMass Amherst Campus will hold a Campus Prayer Walk from 12:15-1:30 p.m., starting at the Newman Catholic Chapel, 472 North Pleasant St.
Amherst: The Holy Family Knights of Columbus 15197 will holding its Second Annual Golf Tournament at the Hickory Ridge Golf Club, Amherst. For full details visit www.facebook.com/15197 golf.
FRANK RUNYEON PERFORMANCES
Feeding Hills and Ludlow: Christian actor Frank Runyeon will perform “Sermon on the Mount” and “Hollywood vs. Faith” on Sunday, Sept. 17 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Parish, 1065 Springfield St., Feeding Hills and on Monday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Parish, 191 Hubbard St., Ludlow.
Monday — 18
SHRINES AND SITES PILGRIMAGE
Turners Falls: Father Charles DiMascola, retired pastor of Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish, will lead a four-day pilgrimage to the many shrines and other sites in Pennsylvania from Sept. 18-21. For information or for reservations contact Mark Zuchowski at 603-499-8775 or visit scribd.com/document/346336831.
Tuesday — 19
WOMEN’S STUDY GROUP
Westfield: The Women’s Group of St. Mary Parish in Westfield will meet once a month, beginning on Sept. 19, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the parish center, 86 Mechanic St., to discuss “The Gift of the Saints.” For more information, contact Joanne Bagge, religious education director, at 413.568.1127.
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 visit http//diospringfield.org/catholic-scouting/ and follow #WMSCOUTRETREAT.
ADIRONDACK BALLOON FESTIVAL
Agawam: St. John’s Travel Club will have a three-day tour to Lake George, N.Y., including dinner show, cruise and balloon festival from Sept. 22-24. For more information call Emile Cote at 413-335-9440.
Saturday — 23
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS SUPPER
Wilbraham: The Knights of Columbus at St. Cecilia’s Church, 42 Main St., will hold a Community Survival Center Fundraiser at 5 p.m. in the church hall. Tickets go on sale the weekend of Sept. 2–3 after all Masses. For more information call Rosemary Oldread at 413-596-4232. ext/ 113.
Sunday — 24
Westfield: Irish Country singer Dee Reilly will present a concert to benefit the Sisters of St. Joseph from 2-5 p.m. at the Sons of Erin, 22 William St. Tickets are available at the Sisters of St. Joseph Congregational Offices, 577 Carew St., Springfield, during regular business hours or at the Sons of Erin for $20. For additional information call Sister Eleanor Harrington at 413-536-0853 or email [email protected].
Wednesday — 27
HUNGER FOR CHANGE
Belchertown: St. Francis of Assisi Church, 24 Jabish St., will present an 8 week JustMatters module on Wednesday evenings starting Sept. 27 – Nov. 15 from 7-9:30. For information call Peggy Tibbitt at 630-269-2962 or email [email protected].
Friday — 29
ADULT WEEKEND RETREAT
Holyoke: The Annual Adult Weekend Retreat, presented by Deacons Gary Doane and Edward Shaw, will be held from Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at the Marian Center, 1365 Northampton St. Cost is $125 and includes all meals, room and retreat materials. All proceeds go to the Daughters of the Heart of Mary. For more information, contact Deacon Gary at 413-283-8835 or Deacon Ed at 413-464-8133,
Monday — 2
Holyoke: The Greater Holyoke Deanery will sponsor, “Medicine for the Soul,” a parish mission presented by Augustinian Father Michael Sullivan, beginning with music from 7-8 p.m. on Oct. 2, 3 and 4 at Our Lady of the Cross Church, 23 Sycamore St. Holyoke.
Tuesday — 3
NORTHEAST PILGRIMAGE TOUR
Springfield: Father Matthew Alcombright will travel with the Mary Mother of Hope Parish on a 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.
Wednesday — 4
Ludlow: Our Lady of Fatima Church, 438 Winsor St., Ludlow, is planning a trip to the Bushnell Theater, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford, Conn., to see “Les Miserables.” For information call the rectory at 413-583-2312.
Saturday — 7
Adams: St. John Paul Parish, 21 Maple St., will hold a Fall Festival on Oct. 7 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Oct. 8 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. For information call 413-743-0577.
Monday — 9
TRIP TO ITALY
Springfield: St. Anthony Maronite Catholic Parish will sponsor an Oct. 9-19 trip to Padua, the Lake Region and Venice, Italy. For more information, contact Father George Zina at 413-732-0589 or Guiseppe Polimeni at 413-739-6635.
Holyoke: Blessed Sacrament Church, 1945 Northampton St., will hold a fall festival on the church grounds from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information or to reserve a table call Toby Dowling at 413-427-0452 or email [email protected]. You may also visit the website at www.blessedsacramentholyoke.org.
Thursday — 12
CRANBERRY’S AND FOLIAGE
Northampton: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish 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.
Friday — 13
FATIMA MONTHLY ROSARY PRAYER SERVICE
Wilbraham: St. Cecilia Parish, 42 Main St., will hold a rosary prayer service from June to October at 5:45 p.m. on the 13th of every month to mark the 100th anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima, Portugal.
Saturday — 14
NEW YORK CITY
Springfield: A one-day trip to New York City is planned for Oct. 14. The bus will leave Holy Name Church 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. The tickets are $40 and must be purchased by Sept. 25.
East Longmeadow: St. Michael Parish will hold a Craft Fair Saturday, Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the parish center, 53 Somers Rd. For information call 413-626-6875 or email [email protected].
Sunday — 22
Springfield: Holy Cross Parish, 221 Plumtree Rd., will hold its Fall Festival on Sunday, Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information call Jean Bussolari at 413-788-7929 or Marie Lavallee at 413-783-0341.
Thursday — 26
ROME AND TUSCANY
Springfield: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish will sponsor 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.
Saturday — 28
‘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. The event will 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.
POLISH GENEALOGICAL sOCIETY
Chicopee: The Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts will sponsor “Crossing the Ocean: Researching Family History in the Polish Archives,” a presentation by Professor Jonathan Shea, on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 1-3 p.m. at the Chicopee Public Library, 449 Front St.
Saturday — 30
SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
Houston, Texas: Oblate Father Richard McAlear will lead a nine-day pilgrimage to Mexico from Oct. 30-Nov. 7. For more information contact Pentecost Tours at 800 -713-9800 or email [email protected].
Friday — 3
Great Barrington: St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Housatonic will have their annual bazaar Nov. 3-4 at St. Peter Parish Center, 16 Russell St.
Saturday — 4
Turners Falls: Our Lady of Peace, 90 Seventh St., will hold its Dove of Peace holiday bazaar.
SACRED HEART UPCOMING TRIPS
Springfield: Sacred Heart Church, 387 Chestnut St., is sponsoring the following trips: Wrentham Shopping Trip Nov. 4; Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular; Salem Cross Inn Christmas Memories Celebration Dec. 2; For additional information or for reservations call Caroline McLeer at 413-734-3676 or email [email protected]
Monday — 6
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.
Saturday — 11
‘SHOP TILL YOU DROP’
Springfield: The Knights of Columbus will sponsor a bus trip to the outlets at Kittery, Maine on Nov. 11. Call Bob Bys at 413-796-5522 for information on this all-inclusive day trip. The bus will leave the parking lot at &;30 a.m. and return at 9 p.m.
Thursday — 16
NATIONAL CATHOLIC YOUTH CONFERENCE
Indianapolis, IN: The National Catholic Youth Conference will be held Nov. 16 – 18. The Office of Youth Ministry is currently making plans for a delegation from our diocese to attend. The estimated cost is $1,000 (including airfare). A promotional video can be found at http://diospringfield.org/youth-ministry-events. For additional information contact Gina Czerwinski at 413-452-0677 or email [email protected]
Saturday — 18
Springfield: Holy Name Church, will hold its Christmas Bazaar Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Social Center, 51 Alderman St. For additional information call Peg Pellerin at 413-231-4721 or 413-739-1072.
RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR
South Hadley: St. Patrick’s Travel Club, Main St., will sponsor a trip to Radio City Music Hall in New York City to see the Christmas Show. The cost is $149 for the 5 p.m. show. Departure is at 8 a.m. with the return home at 10:30 p.m. For additional information or reserve your tickets call Linda or Greg at 413-536-2580.
Thursday — 30
PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH CHRISTMAS SHOW
Lee: Mary Mother of the Church Parish is planning a bus trip to the “Miracle of Christmas Show” in Lancaster, Pa., including a guided tour of Amish Country. The trip is from Nov. 28-30. Call Father Brian McGrath at 413-243-0275 for more information.
Belchertown: St. Francis of Assisi, 24 Jabish St., will have a bible study twice a month starting in September on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. or Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. Sign up table in the gathering space or contact Gerri at 413-323-8633 for the start date . The fee is $25.
CPR/AED LIFE SUPPORT CLASSES
Feeding Hills: Sacred Heart Parish, 1065 Springfield St., St. Camillus Guild will host a CPR/AED class at the end of September. Call the Pastoral Minister Deb Briancesco, R.N., at 413-786-8200, Ext. 3. The cost is $30 per person. At least 10 people need to be signed up for this non-personnel class.
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].
RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR
Holyoke: Our Lady of the Cross Parish will sponsor a day trip to the Radio City Christmas Show in New York City on Thursday, Dec. 14. The bus will leave the parking lot at Mater Dolorosa School, 25 Maple St., at 8:30 a. m. Tickets are $135 including bus fare. Call Charlotte Martin at 413-636-6872 for information or to reserve tickets.
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.
ST. ELIZABETH PARISH TRIPS
St. Elizabeth Parish, Ludlow, will sponsor a late May 2018 Trip to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park; an early September 2018 Trip to Chicago, Michigan and Mackinac Island; and an Oct. 24-30, 2018 Trip to Iceland. For more information, contact Jim Martin at 413-583.6339 or [email protected].
Springfield: The Sacred Heart Travel Club is planning a trip to Ireland May 13-26, 2018. See flyer at the doors of the church. For information contact Caroline or Jim McAleer at 413-734-3676 or email [email protected].
WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES
For Pilgrimages to the Aug. 21-26, 2018 World Meeting of Families in Dublin, Ireland, contact Grand View Tours at 610.361.7979, visit catholicsindublin.com or contact Father Jonathan Reardon at Holy Family Parish 413.665.3254.
ICELAND’S MAGICAL NORTHERN LIGHTS
South Hadley: St. Patrick’s Parish, 30 Main St., is having a trip to Iceland’s Northern Lights from October 27 to November 2, 2018. There will be presentation on October 25, 2017 at 4 p.m. in the Chapel at St. Patrick’s. For more information call Marion at 413-536-2185.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS FAMINE EXHIBITION
New Haven, Conn.: “Fleeing Famine” recounts the saga of the ocean crossing for the Irish emigrants and is 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
Holyoke: 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 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 second and fourth Tuesday 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 Wednesday from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 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 p.m. 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.