Submit items for the calendar to Rebecca Drake, Editor, at [email protected] or mail to Catholic Communications, P.O. Box 1730, Springfield, MA 01102-1730.
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.
Wednesday — 20
WOMEN’S SPIRITUAL GROWTH GROUP
Wilbraham: The Women’s Spiritual Growth Group of St Cecilia Parish, 42 Main St., will meet at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome.
Westfield: St. Mary Parish, 30 Bartlett St. is having both a morning and evening Bible study beginning on Wednesday Sept. 20. The morning study is Sept. 20-Nov. 29 from 9:30 – 1100 a.m. with a $26 material fee. The evening session is from Sept. 20-Oct. 18 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. with a $20 fee for materials. To register call Joanne Bagge at 413-562-5484 or email [email protected]
Springfield: Mercy Medical Center will host a free workshop from 12-1 p.m. in the Deliso Conference Center in the O’Hara Room. Learn how to budget and set financial goals. Register by calling 413-256-5500 or online at wmassfive.coop.
Thursday — 21
EXTRAORDINARY MINISTER TRAINING
Granby: Classes for people wanting to become extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist will be Sept. 21 and Sept. 28 from 6-8 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 256 State St.
THE CATHOLIC FAITH EXPLAINED
Pittsfield: St. Mark Parish, 400 West St., will be hosting “Symbolon: The Catholic Faith Explained” on the third Thursday of each month from September 2017 to May 21, 2018. The series will be held in the Father Leonard Hall from 6-7:30 p.m. Edward Sri will be the presenter. The events are free and registration is not required.
Friday — 22
WINE AND BEER TASTING
Westfield: St. Mary Parish School will sponsor a Wine and Beer Tasting at Tekoa Country Club, 459 Russell Rd., from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $30 and you may contact Audrey Ritchie at the advancement office at 413-568-5692 or email [email protected] for tickets or additional information.
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 offer 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
Adams: St. John Paul II Parish, is hosting a healing/spiritual mission with Dominican Father William Garrott from Sept. 23-26 at Notre Dame Church, 21 Maple St., Adams. The schedule is 7 p.m. Sept. 24,” The Father Blesses”; 7 p.m. Sept. 25, “The Son Heals”; and 7 p.m. Sept. 26 “The Spirit Strengthens.” Father Garrott will speak at weekend Masses and at 8:30 a.m. during the week. The rosary will be recited 30 minutes prior to each mission, with confessions afterwards.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS SUPPER
Wilbraham: The Knights of Columbus of St. Cecilia 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.
CHICKEN PARMESAN DINNER
Pittsfield: St. Charles Church, 89 Briggs Ave., will have a chicken dinner prepared by Frank and Lynn La Ragione beginning at 4:30 p.m. with continuous serving. Donation is $12 per person with the proceeds going to MASH Certified Recovery ReStart Sober Program. Walk-Ins and Take-Outs served.
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 contact Sister Eleanor Harrington at 413-536-0853 or [email protected].
Wilbraham: The Knights of Columbus will hold a 5K Scholarship Race at 9 a.m. at the Soule Road School, Soule Road. For information go to facebook.com/Knights5KRun. To register online go to Active.com.
Monday — 25
ST MARK’S AND ST. CHARLES’ BIBLE STUDY
Pittsfield: St. Charles, 89 Briggs Ave., will hold the first Bible study at 1 p.m. in the St. Joseph Room with Deacon Spencer Trova. Bring a Bible. All are welcome.
Tuesday — 26
WOMEN OF GRACE
Belchertown: St. Francis of Assisi, 24 Jabish St., will begin a program called “The Bible and the Virgin Mary.” The group will meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month in the Tovet Room at 6:30 p.m. For more information call Rita at 774-200-6464 or Kathy at 413-323-8592.
Wednesday — 27
HUNGER FOR CHANGE
Belchertown: St. Francis of Assisi Church, 24 Jabish St., will present an eight-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].
MARY MOTHER OF HOPE TRIPS
Springfield: Mary Mother of Hope, 840 Page Blvd., will sponsor the upcoming trips: 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.
Thursday — 28
Lenox: St. Ann Parish, 134 Main St., is having a Bible study starting Thursday from 6:30-8 p.m. The study will be on the Letters of St. Paul. If interested in attending, call Deb Kuni in the church office at 413-637-0157 to register.
FALL FOLIAGE FESTIVAL ZITI SUPPER
North Adams: The supper will be held at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish Center, 70 Marshall St., from 4-7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door or reserved in advance by calling the parish at 413-663-5316. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children under 12.
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.
CONCERT OF HOPE AND HEALING
North Adams: As a community response to the disease of addition the North County Chorale and Soloists will perform at the First Congregational Church, 134 Main St., at 7 p.m. A goodwill offering will be collected to support ROOTS Teen Center.
Saturday — 30
WINE AND CHEESE RECEPTION
Springfield: Holy Name Parish, 323 Dickinkson St., will have a farewell reception in the Social Center for Sisters’ Ruth Virginia Quinn, Ann Marie McKenna and Margaret McNaughton after the 4:30 p.m. Mass.
Springfield: Area pro-life groups will hold a Life Chain from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. outside Planned Parenthood, 3550 Main St., to raise awareness about abortion. Participants are invited to bring signs; some signs will be available at the event. For more information, call 413-567-6085.
Sunday — 1
MARCH FOR LIFE
Boston: Similar to the March for Life in Washington, D.C., a March for Life will be held at the Boston Common from 1-4 p.m. For information go to MCFL’s website: http://www.masscitizensforlife.org/2017massmarchforlife.
ANNUAL RED MASS
Springfield: St. Michael’s Cathedral, 254 State St., will hold the annual Red Mass for outstanding members of the legal community. All are invited to the Mass at 10 a.m.
ANNUAL ROSARY SUNDAY DEVOTIONS
West Springfield: The Dominican Nuns of West Springfield, 1430 Riverdale St., will hold their annual Rosary Sunday Devotions at 1 p.m. This will include the blessing and distribution of roses, recitation of the rosary and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
Monday — 2
Holyoke: The Greater Holyoke Deanery will sponsor, “Medicine for the Soul,” a parish mission presented by Augustinian Father Michael Sullivan, doors will open at 6 p.m. with music beginning at 6:30 p.m and the program beginning from 7-8 p.m. on Oct. 2, 3 and 4 at Our Lady of the Cross Church, 23 Sycamore St. Holyoke.
Tuesday — 3
Springfield: Holy Name Church, 323 Dickinson St., will have a Bible study from Oct 3-Nov. 7 in the cry room. There are two sessions, in the morning after Adoration and the evening from 6:30-7:15 p.m.
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.
WOMEN’S DAY RETREAT
Pittsfield: St. Joseph Church Parish Hall, 414 North St. and the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill will be having a day retreat for women. Sister Colette Hanson will speak on “Welcoming the Stranger and Living out the Charism of Charity”. The donation is $10 and includes lunch. RSVP by Sept 29 to Carolyn Rousseau at 413-443-5401.
GRANDPARENTS PRAYER GROUP
Westfield: St. Peter and St. Casimir Church, 22 State St., will hold a prayer service for grandparents to pray for their grandchildren at 11 a.m. A light lunch will follow the service. Call Alicia at 413-568-0123 for more information.
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.
Thursday — 5
‘A WALK THROUGH THE MASS’
Ludlow: St. Elizabeth Parish, 191 Hubbard St., will hold a Bible study of the roots of the Mass on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. The program will continue through Nov. 9. Presenter is Edward Sri. Call 413-583-3467 to register by Sept. 24.
‘MOON RIVER AND ME’
Agawam: St. John’s Travelers will sponsor a trip to a matinee show at the Garde Arts Theater, New London, Conn., featuring Jimmy Osmond and the Moon River Band with a tribute to Andy Williams. The tickets are $88 and the bus will leave the church parking lot located at 833 Main St. For information or to order tickets call Emile Cote at 413-335-9440. You may also send payment to St. John’s Travelers, Emile Cote, 1 Meadowbrook Manor, Agawam, MA 01001.
MASS READERS TRAINING
Granby: Classes for readers will be held Oct. 5 and 12 from 6-8 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 256 State St.
Friday — 6
A MONASTIC EXPERIENCE WEEKEND
Petersham: St. Scholastica Priory, 271 North Main St., will have a Monastic Experience weekend for women ages 18-40 with the contemplative Benedictine nuns. For information contact Sister Mary Frances at [email protected] or call 978-724-3213.
Saturday — 7
DIACONATE FORMATION CEREMONY
Springfield: The Diaconate Formation Candidacy Ceremony will be at 11 a.m. in St. Michael’s Church, 254 State St., with Bishop Mitchell Rozanski presiding. Refreshments will follow the ceremony in the Bishop Marshall Center.
Attelboro: The National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, 947 Park St., will have a celebration from 10 a.m- 5 p.m. for the 100 year anniversary of the apparition at
Fatima. For more information call 508-222-5410.
BLESSING OF ANIMALS
Pittsfield: The blessing of the animals will be at 11 a.m. in honor of St. Frances of Assisi. and The blessing will take place in the grass area of the St. Charles School on Pontoosuc Ave. Please park in the dirt lot
Hampden: St. Vincent de Paul Society will hold a Tag Sale at St. Mary Church, 27 Somers Rd., from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot. Rental space is $20. Call Pat Pastoreck at 413-204-4637 for information.
Adams: St. John Paul II 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.
West Stockbridge: St. Patrick Church, Albany Rd., is having a Pasta and Meatball Dinner from 5 – 7 p.m. in the church hall. Tickets will be on sale after Mass each weekend until Sunday, Oct. 1. Tickets are $10 for adults, $4 for children 14 and under and seating is limited.
TASTE OF ITALY
Springfield: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 36 Margaret St., will have a pasta dinner from 4:30-8 p.m. in the auditorium.
Sunday — 8
ANNUAL CRAFT FAIR
Chicopee: St. Joan of Arc School will hold its Annual Craft Fair at the Knights of Columbus, 460 Granby Rd., from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Anyone interested in renting a booth call Geraldine Bresnahan at 413-532-0713 or email [email protected]
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 Parish, 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]. or visit the website at www.blessedsacramentholyoke.org.
Tuesday — 10
CANDLELIGHT LIVING ROSARY SERVICE
Chicopee: The Fairview Knights of Columbus 4044, 1599 Memorial Drive will hold a Candlelight Living Rosary Service at 7 p.m. with live music. Father Joseph Benicewicz will lead the procession. Light refreshments will be served following the service.
Wednesday — 11
ANNUAL MEAT PIE PROJECT
Ludlow: St. Elizabeth Parish will hold its Annual Meat Pie Project from Oct. 11-Oct. 31. Orders may be placed Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. by calling the rectory at 413-583-3467. After Oct. 11, orders also can be made by calling the pastoral center at 413-547-0239 Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The last day to order pies is Oct. 31 and the last day to pick up pies is Nov. 2. Pies can be picked up at the pastoral center, 201 Hubbard St. between noon and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
EXTRAORDINARY MINISTER TRAINING
Granby: Training for extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist for the sick and homebound will be heldfrom 6-8 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary, 256 State St. A prerequisite for this class is a completed EMOC training class.
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
PUBLIC SQUARE ROSARY
South Hadley: In this historic year of the Fatimas Centenial, St. Patrick’s Church, 30 Main St., will hold a Rosary prayer service at 12 p.m. between the Church and Church near Main St.
ROAST PORK DINNER
North Adams: The St. Vincent de Paul Society will have a roast pork dinner at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church in the Parish Center, 70 Marshall St., from 4-7 p.m. For more information contact the church at 413-663-5316.
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.
THEATER AND MOHEGAN SUN
Springfield: Mary Mother of Hope Paris, 840 Page Blvd., will sponsor a trip to see Christmas with Shoji Tabuchi at the Garde Arts Theater in New London, Conn., with time to spend at Mohegan Sun. Tickets are $103 which includes a $15 food voucher and $20 free bet. Call Sylvia at 413-594-2757 for information or to purchase tickets.
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].
NOSTALGIC AUTUMN TRAIN RIDE
Holyoke: The Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) and the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians (LOH) of Hampden and Hampshire Counties will sponsor the Annual Nostalgic Autumn Train Ride on the Pioneer Valley Railroad, leaving Holyoke Heritage State Park, 221 Appleton St. at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. for the hour-long trip. $25 for adults; $5 for children under age 12. For tickets, call Paul Hogan at 413-533-0436 or Charlie O’Connell at 413-246-0550 by Oct. 10. Snacks will be available for sale by the LOH.
Sunday — 15
ANNIVERSARY MASS FOR MARRIED COUPLES
Springfield: Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski will celebrate a Mass for married couples at 4 p.m. Couples should contact their parish by Sept. 26 to receive a personal invitation from the bishop.
Friday — 20
CATHEDRAL HIGH SCHOOL REUNION
Springfield/West Springfield: Cathedral High School Class of 1967 will be Oct. 20 -21. Casual drop-in at Samuel’s, located at 1000 Hall of Fame Ave., between 7-11 p.m. on the Oct. 20. The main reunion will be on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 4-10 p.m. at Storrowtown Tavern and Carriage House, 1305 Memorial Ave. The tickets are $50 per person with a deadline date of Oct. 10. Email Marcia Burzynski Lukon at [email protected] or go online to Cathedral High School Alumni Facebook Page or the Pope Francis High School website’s Alumni Page.
Saturday — 21
Holyoke: Our Lady of the Cross, 15 Maple St., will hold a Fall Festival Oct. 21-22. Call 413- 532-5561 for more information.
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.
Wednesday — 25
SSJ SPAGHETTI SUPPER
Chicopee: The Knights of Columbus 4044 will have a Spaghetti Supper to benefit the Sisters of St. Joseph. The dinner will be served from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Castle of Knights, 1599 Memorial Drive. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased by contacting Marty Kearney at 413-552-0569 or Sister Eleanor Harrington at 413-536-0853, Ext. 223 or [email protected].
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.
Friday — 27
CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC RENEWAL RETREAT
West Hartford, Conn.: The 42nd Annual Catholic Charismatic Renewal Retreat will be held from Oct. 27-29 at the Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center. The presenter will be Marion Father Anthony Gramlich, For additional information call Lorraine Bernier at the retreat hotline at 413-547-0118.
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.
Sunday — 29
LITTLE BLACK DRESS FASHION SHOW
Chicopee: The Polish Junior League of Massachusetts will hold a fashion show at the Castle of Knights, 1599 Memorial Drive, at 12 p.m. Tickets are $32 and reservations have a deadline of Oct. 13. For information or tickets contact Kathy at 413-658-5218. Proceeds will go to college students of Polish heritage.
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
Hatfield: Our Lady of Grace Parish is offering a retreat for the women of the parish at Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center,Farmington, Conn., from Nov. 3-5. For more information call Barbara Kopqacz at 413-247-9079 or Linda Vinelli at 413-247-9206.
RACHEL’S VINEYARD RETREAT
Stockbridge: The next retreat will be held the weekend of Nov.3-5. For more information or to register, call 413-452-0661 or call Suzanne at 203-417-0504. All calls are confidential.
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
HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR
Springfield: St. Catherine of Siena Women’s Guild, 1023 Parker St., will hold the craft fair on Sat. Nov. 4 from 9-4 p.m. in the Parish Center. Holiday and decorative crafts from dozens of area crafters will be featured along with a Chinese raffle, game room, baked goods, hot lunch and more. Admission if free.
Ludlow: St. Elizabeth Parish, 191 Hubbard St., will hold a St. Nick’s Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
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]
Sunday — 5
ANNUAL SCOUTING MASS
Springfield: The Annual Catholic Scouting Mass will take place at 2 p.m. at St. Michael’s Cathedral, 254 State St. Bishop Mitchell Rozanski will celebrate the Mass.
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.
Thursday — 9
Springfield: Mary, Mother of Hope Travel Club, 840 Page Blvd., is sponsoring a trip to Westchester Broadway Dinner Theater to see “Annie Get Your Gun”. The tickets are $105 including the show and a packed lunch. For more information or to purchase tickets call Sylvia at 413-594-2757″
Saturday — 11
PORK LOIN DINNER
Granby: A salute to the Veterans by the Men and Women’s club at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 256 State St., with a pork dinner at 5:30 p.m. followed by a show. Dinner tickets are $12. For reservations call the rectory at 413-467-9821, Don at 413-467-7693 or Bob at 413-467-3568.
‘SHOP TILL YOU DROP’
Springfield: The Knights of Columbus at Holy Cross Parish, 221 Plumtree Rd., is sponsoring 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 7 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 the Springfield 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.
Sunday — 3
Pittsfield: The Singing Priests will be performing their Christmas Concert this year at the Barrington Stage on Dec. 3. The show will begin at 2 p.m. and feature Christian and holiday favorite music. Tickets will be available through the Barrington Stage Box Office or call Father Matt Alcombright at 413-652-1348 or email [email protected].
Thursday — 14
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.
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].
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-personnell class.
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.
SIGHT AND SOUND THEATER
Lancaster, PA: An upcoming three day trip to see “Jesus” at the Sight and Sound Theater, Lancaster, PA., from May 9-22, 2018.
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].
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.
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 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).
Springfield: St. Catherine of Siena Parish Hall, 1023 Parker St., will host a 10-week Alpha program starting Sept. 13 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 or email [email protected]. There will be a light supper, video presentation and small group discussion. There is no charge for this program.
LIVING AFTER LOSS
Westfield: The Genesis Spiritual Life Center, 53 Mill St., will have a program for people going through the grieving process from Oct 4-Nov. 8 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Contact Jill Adams at 413-562-3133 to register for this free program as there is limited seating.
ITALIAN LANGUAGE CLASSES
Springfield: The Italian Cultural Center of Western Mass., Inc., 56 Margaret St., will be running several levels Language lessons from Sept. 6 through Nov. 15. Tuition is $140 for ICC members and $160 for non members. The deadline to register is Sept. 2. You may register by web site at www.iccwm.org or you may call Stephanie Spolzino at 860-305-1175 or email [email protected].
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 in the Tovet Room at 7 p.m. or Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m., twice a month, starting on Wednesday , Sept. 6. The fee is $25. A sign up table in the gathering space is available. For information call Gerri at 413-323-8633.
Springfield: St. Catherine of Siena, 1023 Parker St., will have a Bible Study on the second and fourth Monday of the month from 6:30-8 p.m. There is a $20 fee for the workbook and timeline. For reservations or questions regarding dates or class duration call the parish office at 413-783-8619 or email [email protected] or [email protected].
Easthampton: Our Lady of the Valley Church, 33 Adams St., is having a 9 week Bible Study on the Gospel of John starting on Tuesday Sept. 12 to Nov. 7 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
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].
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.
‘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]
WEEKLY MASS AT JERICHO
Holyoke: The Jericho Celebration Center, 537 Northampton St, Route 5, has weekly Masses on Sat. at 7:30 p.m. and Sun. 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.
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.
Holyoke: Immaculate Conception Church, 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.
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.
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: 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.