Submit items for the calendar to Rebecca Drake at [email protected], 413-452-0636 or 65 Elliot St., P.O. Box 1730, Springfield, MA 01102-1730.
Wednesday — 13
Springfield: Holy Name Parish, 323 Dickinson St., will host an Advent Penance Service at 5:30 p.m. for parishioners of Holy Name, Holy Cross and St. Paul’s Parishes. Many priests will be available for confessions in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.
RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL
Pittsfield: St. Joseph Parish, 414 North St., will sponsor a bus trip to Radio City Music Hall. The bus will leave the parking lot at 7 a.m. for a 2 p.m. show and return home at 7 p.m., allowing free time before and after the show. For reservations call 413-445-5789. The tickets are $105.
Thursday — 14
STAR OF BETHLEHEM
Amherst: The Newman Catholic Center, 472 North Pleasant St., will have a presentation by Father Doug McGonagle at 7 p.m.
Springfield: The parishes of the Springfield Deanery will hold the Annual Penance Service at Sacred Heart Church, 395 Chestnut St. starting with Mass at 5:14 p.m. Area priests will hear confessions in various languages following the Mass.
ADVENT EVENING OF REFLECTION
Feeding Hills: Sacred Heart Parish, 1065 Springfield St., will have an Evening of Reflection in the Parish Center from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with Michael Guertin. For additional information or to RSVP call the Pastoral Minister Deb Briancesco at 413-786-8200.
CASINO AND SHOW
Springfield: Mary, Mother of Hope Parish, 840 Page Blvd., is having a day trip to the Mohegan Sun and the Garde Theater featuring Shoji Tabuchi. The tickets are $103 including a Mohegan Sun bonus package. For additional information or for reservations call Sylvia at 413-594-2757
Friday — 15
Pittsfield: St. Mark’s Parish, 400 West St., is having “This Wondrous Night Choral Masterpieces” at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door or at www.BerkshireLyic.org. Children admitted free.
Saturday — 16
ADVENT EVENING OF REFLECTION
Springfield: Mary, Mother of Hope, 840 Page Blvd., will have an Evening of Reflection from 5-7:30 p.m.concluding with a ASL Mass and simple meal. A presentation will be given by Sister Carol Lareau. RSVP by Tuesday Dec. 12 by emailing [email protected] or calling 413-241-3139. There will not be a ASL Mass at 10 a.m. Dec. 17 as it will be part of the Reflection Evening.
Stockbridge: The National Shrine of The Divine Mercy, 2 Prospect Hill Rd., is holding an Advent Retreat starting with a talk by Father Anthony Gramlich at 11 a.m. and concluding with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament Chaplet of Divine Mercy Benediction. Admission or registration is not required.
LESSONS AND CAROLS
Springfield: The Cathedral Choir of Boys and Adults will present its 18th annual Festival of Lessons and Carols at 7:30 p.m. at St. Michael’s Cathedral, 260 State St. The choir will be accompanied by strings, hand bells and the cathedral organ. The service includes Scripture readings of the season paired with congregational carols and choral anthems. For more information, contact the Office of Worship at [email protected] or 413-452-0839.
SKI AND SNOWBOARD SALE
Longmeadow: St. Mary’s Parish, 519 Longmeadow St., will have a ski and snowboard sale from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Parish Center. Both new and used equipment will be available.
Sunday — 17
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
Great Barrington: The Parish’s of St. Peter Parish, Great Barrington and St. Teresa Parish, Housatonic will have the annual Christmas program at St. Peter’s Parish, 213 Main St., Great Barrington at 6 p. m. For information call Father Murphy at 413-274-3443.
ADVENT PENANCE SERVICE
Belchertown: St. Francis of Assisi, 24 Jabish St., will have a Penance Service at 2:30 p.m.
Amherst: The Newman Catholic Center, 472 North Pleasant St., will have a Penance Service from 8-9 p.m.
MASS WITH ST. NICK
Holyoke: Our Lady of the Cross, 23 Sycamore St., will have a Mass at 10:30 a.m. with the children and St. Nick. Following the children and their parents are invited to have donuts and hot coco and do activities with St. Nick.
FESTIVAL OF CAROLS
Wilbraham: The adult and children’s choirs of St. Cecilia Parish, 42 Main St. will present the annual Festival of Carols at 7 p.m. A free will offering will be accepted. The concert will be followed by a reception in the parish center.
Springfield: St. Patrick Parish, 1900 Allen St., will present a Christmas Concert at 2 p.m. to benefit the church. A good will offering is appreciated. For additional information call 413-783-6201.
Easthampton: A Penance Service will take place at 2 p.m. at Our Lady of the Valley, 33 Adams St.
LESSONS AND CAROLS
Northampton: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 99 King St., will hold an hour of Lessons and Carols at 4 p.m.
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PAGEANT
Westfield: St. Mary’s Parish, 30 Bartlett St., will have a children’s Christmas Pageant during the 10 a.m. Mass.
ST ANN’S CHRISTMAS PARGEANT
Lenox: The Pageant will be performed during the 9:45 a.m. Mass at St. Ann’s Parish, 134 Main St. For information call Joan Hymanson at 516-339-0998 or email [email protected]
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
South Hadley: St. Patrick’s Parish, 30 Main St., will hold Breakfast with Santa in the hall from 8:30-10:30 a.m. A free photo with Santa and gifts for children 10 and under.
Monday — 18
ADVENT PENANCE SERVICE
Holyoke: Blessed Sacrament Parish, 1945 Northampton St., will have a Penance Service at 7 p.m.
ADVENT PENANCE SERVICE
Southwick: An Advent Penance Service will be at 6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of the Lake, 228 Sheep Pasture Rd.
Sunday — 31
TROPICAL CATHOLIC CRUISE
Lauderdale, Fla: A tropical Caribbean cruise with Father John Harper will depart for the Caribbean for the week of Dec. 31, 2017 to Jan. 7, 2018 and includes a daily Mass being offered. The cost starts at $3,168 for two people. For information or to register contact Doug or Eileen at 860-399-1785 or [email protected].
Wednesday — 3
PASSION PLAY AUDITIONS
Springfield: All high school students and their parents are invited to open auditions for actors and musicians from 6-9 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Michael, 254 State St. The commitment will be weekly rehearsals leading up to the performances. Call Gina Czerwinski at 413-452-0677 or email [email protected] or Jim Perkins at 413-786-1923 or email [email protected]
Saturday — 6
TWELFTH NIGHT FESTIVAL
Pittsfield: The festival will begin with the 4 p.m. Mass followed by appetizers, dinner and dancing at the St. Joseph’s Parish Center, 414 North St. Tickets are $35 and are limited. They may be purchased between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at the rectory or by calling LouAnn at 413– 447-7911..
Sunday — 7
ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAM
Springfield: Sacred Heart Parish, 395 Chestnut St., will have an Adult Education Program beginning Sunday, Jan. 7 at 11:30 a.m. in the community room. For information call 413-732-3721.
LESSONS AND CAROLS
Springfield: St. Catherine of Siena Parish, 1023 Parker St. will have an evening of Lessons and Carols starting at 4 p.m. If you would like to participate call Sue Parent at 413-348-7800 or the parish office at 413- 783-8619.
Eastampton: Our Lady of the Valley, 33 Adams St., will have a Bible study on Thursday evening starting Jan. 11-Mar. 1, 2018 from 6:30-8 p.m. To register for one or all eight classes call Karen at 413-218-3436 or email [email protected]. Optional workbooks are $15.
Saturday — 13
TOPICS OF FAITH PRESENTATION
Longmeadow: Joan Kelly, professor of Catholic studies at Sacred Heart University, Fairdield, Conn., will present “Engagement With God: Christian Spirituality is Engagement with God as God has revealed Himself to us in Jesus Christ,” at 11:30 a.m at St. Mary Parish, 509 Longmeadow St. A light lunch and fellowship will follow. A $10 donation will be appreciated. RSVP to the parish office at 413-567-3124.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS TREE THROW CHAMPIONSHIP
Wilbraham: The championship will be held for girls and boys ages 9-14 at St Cecilia’s Parish Center, 42 Main St., at 10 a.m. Proof of age and written parental consent is required. For more information call Jared Demetri at 413-279-1023.
Friday — 19
PRO LIFE MARCH IN WASHINGTON, DC
Washington, DC: The National Memorial March for the Pre-Born and Their Mothers and Fathers will take place at the DAR Constitution Hall. 1776 D. Street. from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Doors will open at 7 a.m. and Mass will take place at 7:30 a.m. Call Robin at 413-743-1329 for more information and to reserve your seat.
MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKENDS
South Kingston, R.I. The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends will be from Friday, Jan. 19-21 in Kingston, R.I., and Friday, March 9-11, in Duxbury, Mass. For more information call Stephen and Michele at 800-710-9963 or visit https://wwmema.org/.
Tuesday — 23
HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE
Lee: Father Brian McGrath and Msgr. Michael Shershanovich will lead a nine-day trip to the Holy Land from Jan. 23-31, 2018. For details and to make reservations, call John Paul Tours at 928-255-0955 or email [email protected] or call Monsiger Mike at 413- 445-5789. Brochures and registration forms are also available in the rectory at Mary, Mother of the Church, 140 Main St.
Sunday — 28
Chicopee: St. Joan of Arc School, 587 Grattan St., will have an Open House for prospective students for grades 1-8 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. Applications for Pre-K and Kindergarten are also being accepted. For more information call 413-536-6038.
LIFE IN THE SPIRIT SEMINAR
Belchertown: St. Francis of Assisi Parish 24 Jabish St., will host a seminar on Thursday evenings from Feb. 8-March 22 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Pine Room. A $15 fee will cover materials and other costs. For questions call Gil DaCosta at 413-323-7896 or Paul Vanasse at 413-813-8442.
SUNDAY RIVER SKI TRIP
Newry, Maine: Father Brian McGrath, pastor of St. Mary Parish, Lee is planning a ski trip to Sunday River Ski Resort for the week of school vacation, Feb. 20-23, 2018. Application forms are available at either St. Mary School or St. Mary Rectory, 40 Academy St., Lee. For additional information contact Father Brian at 413-243-0275 or [email protected]
Chicopee: The Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield will sponsor an Irish Gala on Sunday, Feb. 25, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Castle of Knights, 1599 Memorial Drive. Tickets are $25 per person and are available at the Sisters of St. Joseph Congregational Offices at 577 Carew St., Springfield. Contact Sister Eleanor Harrington at 413-536-0853 or email [email protected] or Mary Campbell at 413-739–7563 for more information.
Lowell: The Steubenville East Youth Conference will be at the Tsongas Center at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell. Deadline to sign up is Jan. 14, 2018. For information contact Kathy LaPointe at [email protected] or Father David Aufiero at [email protected] The conference is for students entering 9th-12th grade in the fall.
ANNUAL PRE-CANA CLASS
Springfield: Sacred Heart Parish, 395 Chestnut St., will have the Annual Pre-Cana Class on Sunday, March 4, at 11:30 a.m. Pre-registration is required and will begin in January. For additional information call 413-732-3721.
EVENING OF REFLECTION
Springfield: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, 123 William St., will host an Evening of Lenten Reflection on Monday, March 5, 2018. Msgr. David George will be the guest celebrant. Reconciliation will be from 6-6:30 and Mass at 7 p.m. A reception will follow. For more information call Concetta at 413-737-3852 or the parish at 413-734-5433.
HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE
Springfield: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, 123 William St., will sponsor a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land from March 12-20, 2018. The cost is $3,295 double occupancy. Contact Carolyn Choos at 305-281-6303 for additional information.
Springfield: The Cathedral of St. Michael, 254 State St., a youth-led production (high school age) of the Passion Play will be performed on Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24. For more information call Jim Perkins at 413-796-1923, email [email protected] or Gina Czerwinski at [email protected], or call 413-452-0677.
Springfield: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, 123 William St., is planning an eight-day trip to Pompei, Sorrento, Ravello and Leece from April 20-29, 2018. For information, call Paula at 413-739-6635 or Elizabeth at 413-427-8954.
SIGHT AND SOUND THEATER
Lancaster, Pa.: There is an upcoming three-day trip to see “Jesus” at the Sight and Sound Theater, Lancaster, Pa., from May 9-22, 2018. For additional information or to make reservations call Marilyn 413-467-9821 or 413-467-3382. The trip is $449 with a $75 deposit is due at sign up.
Springfield: The Sacred Heart Travel Club is planning a trip to Ireland May 13-26, 2018. For information contact Caroline or Jim McAleer at 413-734-3676 or email [email protected].
Chicopee: The Irish Cultural Center is sponsoring a 10-day trip to Dingle, Killarney and Galway May 15-25, 2018. The tour is $2,795 double occupancy. For information, contact Rose Baker at 413-519-2135 or Pat Baker at 413-348-3263.
ST. MARY’S 50TH CLASS REUNION
Westfield: If you are a member of the class of 1968 contact Eloise Martin at [email protected] to update your information or for additional information.
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.
PANAMA WORLD YOUTH DAY 2019
Panama City, Panama International Youth
Father Henry Dorsch is planning a trip to Bavaria from Aug. 21-29. The estimated cost is $2,500. For information email Father Henry at [email protected].
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].
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 a 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.
INTERNATIONAL WORLD YOUTH DAY 2019
Panama City: The next International World Youth Day Celebration will be in Panama City, Panama on January 22-27, 2019. Our diocese is planning a pilgrimage for those 18-35 years old and (16-17 years old with a parent). The estimated cost is $2,895. For more information contact Gina Czerwinski at 413-452-0677 or email [email protected]
HOLY HOUR FOR THE SICK AND DYING
Greenfield: The Adoration Chapel at Blessed Sacrament Church, 221 Federal St., will hold Holy Hour for the sick and dying on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m.
WEEKLY MASS AT JERICHO
Holyoke: The Jericho Celebration Center, 537 Northampton St, Route 5, has weekly Masses on Saturday. at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 12 p.m. For additional information call 413-538-7450 or www.jerichobeca.org.
WEEKLY CHARISMATIC PRAYER GROUP
Feeding Hills: The Living Stones Prayer Group meets on Monday evenings at 6 p.m., beginning with the rosary at Sacred Heart Church Parish Center at 1061 Springfield St. For additional information call 413-786-8200. All are welcome.
PRAISE AND WORSHIP
Feeding Hills: The Living Stones Prayer Group at Sacred Heart Parish, 1061 Springfield St., will have a prayer service on Monday evenings starting with the Rosary at 6:30 p.m. and Praise and Worship from 7-8 p.m. For additional information call Deb Briancesco at 413-786-8200 ext 3.
Holyoke: Immaculate Conception Parish, 54 North Summer St., will hold a mini retreat the last Sunday of every month in English and the first Sunday of every month in Spanish. Father Sean O’Mannion will lead the retreat. For information call the office at 413-532-5784.
South Hadley: The Knights of Columbus Council #1721 will hold a monthly breakfast at the Social Center of St Patrick’s Church, 15 School St. from September to June, 2018. The breakfast is served from 7:30-10:30 a.m.
Holyoke: The Holyoke Knights of Columbus holds a breakfast on the first Sunday of the month at 250 Westfield Rd. Breakfast is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and children 10 and under. Breakfast is served from 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Holyoke: The Knights of Columbus, 250 Westfield St., will serve corned beef and cabbage sandwiches from 12-3 p.m. The sandwiches are $7 or $8 for take out.
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.
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.
ST. ELIZABETH CARMELITES, SECULAR MEETINGS
Holyoke: The St. Elizabeth of the Trinity Community of Discalced Carmelites Secular (OCDS) meets monthly at the Marion Center, 1365 Northampton St. To learn more call Trish Regan , Community President at 413-567-6816.
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.
INTER-CHURCH BOWLING LEAGUE
Chicopee: Beginning Sept. 5 and ending sometime in April 2018 there is an inter-church bowling league on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. For more information call Carol Sumler 413-732-1891 or email [email protected] or call First Central Bible Church at 413-592-5353.
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: The Women of Grace group meets 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.
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.
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.
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.