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.
Thursday — 23
West Springfield: A Thanksgiving Dinner will be held at the St. Thomas Apostle School, 75 Pine St., from 12-2 p.m. For delivery in West Springfield call Diane at the Senior Center at 413-739-0247 and Agawam call Mike or Deb at 413-250-2624 or 413-821-0605.
THANKSGIVING DINNER FOR SENIORS 60 AND OVER
North Adams: The Northern Berkshire United Way and All Saint’s Episcopal Church of the Berkshires will be delivering free Thanksgiving meals between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. If you will be alone or know someone who will be, call 413-664-9656 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The deadline is Nov. 18.
Friday — 24
Greenfield: Holy Trinity Parish, 133 Main St., will hold a Christmas wreath sale on Friday Nov. 24 and Saturday Nov. 25 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. both days.
Saturday — 25
South Hadley: St. Patrick’s Ladies Guild, 30 Main St., will hold a Christmas Craft Fair from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Anyone interested in an application should call Connie Clancy at 413-533-1614.
Sunday — 26
Longmeadow: St. Mary Academy will celebrate its 50th year with an Alumni Mass at St. Mary Church, 509 Longmeadow St., at 9:30 a.m. Following the Mass there will be a reception in the Parish Center. RSVP not necessary.
Tuesday — 28
DAYTIME CATHOLIC STUDY
Easthampton: Our Lady of the Valley, 33 Adams St., will hold a Bible study, “A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother.” The group will meet Nov. 28-Feb. 6, 2018 in the meeting room downstairs from 1-2:30 p.m. For information call Karen at 413-218-3436 or email [email protected].
PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH CHRISTMAS TRIP
North Adams: St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish, 70 Marshall St., is sponsoring a Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas trip Nov. 28-30. The cost is $439 double occupancy. For more information call the rectory at 413-243-0275 or Nancy Wilcox at 413-298-4603.
Wednesday — 29
Belchertown: St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 24 Jabish St., will hold a video lecture series on understanding the Muslin religion on Friday Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. and Saturday Nov. 30 at 9:30 a.m. in the Tovet Room. The guest speaker is William Marshner who holds a doctorate degree from the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome.
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.
Saturday — 2
AUDREY SANTOS’ BIRTHDAY
Worcester: Christ the King Parish, 1052 Pleasant St., will have a birthday celebration Mass in memory of Audrey Santos at 2 p.m. Audrey’s Chapel will be open at 64 Flagg St. after Mass. Call 508-755-8712 to request oil.
Great Barrington: St. Peter Parish Center, 16 Russell St. is the location for an Advent Supper at 5 p.m. The tickets are available at BarnBrook Realty, 271 Main St., at Mass or call Mary White at 413-329-6342.The tickets are $12 for adults, $5 children 7-12 and 6 and under are free.
Great Barrington and Housatonic: St. Peter’s and St. Teresa’s youth groups will have a wreath sale Saturday Dec. 2 and Sunday Dec. 3 following the Masses. St Peter’s Parish, 213 Main St., Great Barrington and St. Theresa’s Parish, 1085 Main St., Housatonic.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Springfield: Mary, Mother of Hope Parish, 840 Page Blvd., will perform “A Christmas Carol” in the church on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for $5 adults and seniors and $3 for children. For information call Sylvia at 413-594-2757.
CHRISTMAS GIFT BAZAAR
Pittsfield: Sacred Heart Parish, 66 Newell St., will hold a craft fair from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. There will also be a tag sale table. The snack bar will be open for breakfast and lunch.
Chicopee: Holy Name of Jesus Parish, 104 Springfield St., will have a Christmas Concert at 2 p.m., featuring the Youth Mass, Portuguese choir members.
Longmeadow: The St Mary’s Guild Craft Fair will take place in the St. Mary’s Academy Gym, 56 Hopkins Place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
ADVENT DAY OF REFLECTION
Holyoke: Father Warren J. Savage and Doctor Mary Keator will have a Day of Reflection for Advent at the DeCice Hall of the Marian Center, 1365 Northampton St., from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Checks should be made out to Father Warren Savage for $35. To register contact Sister Chris at 413-687-1858 or email [email protected]
DAY TRIP TO LA SALETTE
Westfield: St. Mary’s Parish, 30 Bartlett St., is sponsoring a day trip to the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Attleboro, Mass. The tickets are $25, due when registering. The bus will leave St. Mary High School parking lot at 2 p.m. and return approximately 10 p.m. There will be a stop around 3:30 p.m. for a meal at Wrights Farm (not included in the ticket price). For information call Marie-Anne at 413-562-5477 or email [email protected]
Turners Falls: Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish, 84 K St., will hold its Craft Fair from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For additional information call Shirley Webb at 413-773-7202.
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, by phone at 413.236.8888 or at barringtonstage.org.
Chicopee: Holy Name of Jesus Parish, 94 Springfield St., will be having a Christmas Concert at 2 p.m.
LESSONS AND CAROLS
Turners Falls: Schola Nova will present a winter holiday program of lessons and carols. The concert will be at Our Lady of Peace Church, 90 Seventh St., at 3 p.m. The concerts are free and open to the public.
Monday — 4
Monson: St. Patrick and St. Christopher parishes are joining together for a Parish Mission from Dec. 4-7 at 7 p.m. The mission will be led by Redemptionist Father Victor Karls from Liguori, Missouri. The Dec. 4 and Dec. 5 sessions will be held at St. Patrick Parish, 22 Green St., Monson. The Dec. 6 and Dec. 7 missions will be held at St. Christopher Parish, Route 20, Brimfield. For additional information call Barbara at 413-267-3622.
Tuesday — 5
ST. NICHOLAS FEAST DAY
Westfield: St. Peter and Casimir Parish, 24 State St., is having a Feast Day celebration for grandparents at 11 a.m. including a potluck lunch. For information call Alicia at 413-568-0123.
Saturday — 9
BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR JESUS
Wilbraham: St. Cecillia’s Parish, 42 Main St., will have a Birthday Party for Jesus from 1-3 p.m. in the Parish Center. The party is geared for children in sixth grade and under but all are invited. For more information contact Fred Ferraro from the Knights of Columbes at 413-596-4312.
Northampton: St. Elizabeth Parish, 10 Hawley St., will have its Annual Nativity Display Saturday, Dec. 9 from 3-6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 10 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the parish center. There will also be a Pancake Breakfast and Market Place. For additional information call Dennis Zepka at 413-663-7075.
PARISH CHRISTMAS GATHERING
Springfield: Holy Name Parish, 323 Dickinson St., will hold its annual Parish Christmas Gathering after the 4:30 p.m. Mass. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 per child over 5 and free for under 5 and will be available at Masses on the weekends of Nov. 18-19, 25-26 and Dec. 2-3. Tickets will not be available at the door.
Springfield: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, 123 William St., will have a Family Christmas Pasta Supper from 5-6 p.m. in the Marion Hall. Tickets are $12, $10 in advance and children 5-12 are $5.
Lenox: St. Ann’s Music Department, 134 Main St., is having a Holiday Concert at 6 p.m., featuring St. Ann’s Youth Ensemble. A reception will follow in the Family Center. All proceeds will benefit the St. Ann’s Music Department.
Ludlow: The Rosary Sodality of Christ the King Parish, 41 Warsaw Ave., will have its annual Saint Nicholas Craft Fair on Dec. 9-10 before and after all Masses.
Sunday — 10
CULTURE OF LIFE MASS
Springfield: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield and the State Council Knights of Columbus will have a Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Michael’s Cathedral, 254 State St. Bishop Mitchell Rozanski will be the principal celebrate at this special Mass to support the Catholic views on Defend Life Issues.
CHRISTMAS CAROL FESTIVAL
Springfield: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, 123 William St., will have a Christmas Carol Festival from 2-4 p.m. in the Church. Refreshments will follow. All are welcome.
LESSONS AND CAROLS
South Hadley: St. Theresa of Lisieux Parish, 9 East Parkview Dr., along with the South Hadley and Granby Churches and friends will present an Ecumenical Festival of Prayer and Song at 3 p.m. A reception will follow. For additional information call 413-532-3228.
Tuesday — 12
ADVENT PENANCE SERVICE
Westfield: St. Mary’s Parish, 30 Bartlett St., will have a Communal Reconciliation Service in the upstairs church starting at 7 p.m. with Father Frank, Father Ryan and other guest priests.
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
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
Saturday — 16
Stockbridge: The National Shrine of the Divine Mercy, 2 Prospect Hill Rd., is having 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.
Sunday — 17
FESTIVAL OF CAROLS
Wilbraham: St. Cecillia’s Parish, 42 Main St. will have an Advent and Christmas Carol event at 7 p.m. A free will offering will be taken.
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.
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].
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 Church, 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.
Friday — 19
MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKENDS
South Kingston, RI. The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends will be from Friday, Jan. 19-21 in Kingston, RI., and Friday, March 9-11, in Duxbury, MA. For more information call Stephen and Michele at 800-710-9963 or the website at https://wwmema.org/.
Tuesday — 23
HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE
Lee: Father Brian McGrath and Monsigor 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.
LIFE IN THE SPIRIT SEMINAR
Belchertown: St. Francis of Assisi Parish 24 Jabish St., will be hosting a seminar on Thursday evening 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, ME: Father Brian McGrath from St. Mary’s 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 the St. Mary School or St. Mary’s Rectory, 40 Academy St., Lee. For additional information call Father Brian at 413-243-0275 or email [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.
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: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, 123 William St., is planning an 8 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, Pat Baker at 413-348-3263 for additional details.
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 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.
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).
Feeding Hills: The Vine and Branches Gift Shop located at Sacred Heart Parish, 1065 Springfield St., is having a book sale. The Gift Shop hours are: Wednesday-Saturday 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
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.