Eucharistic Adoration and Prayer


Sep 29, 2016

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SEPTEMBER

THURSDAY -- 29

ZITI SUPPER
North Adams: St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish will hold its Annual Ziti Supper from 4-7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and $6 for children under age 10, and will be available at the door or by reserving them in advance by calling the rectory at 413-663-5316.

VIDEO SERIES ON DIVINE MERCY
Holyoke: Our Lady of the Cross Parish will present a five-week series of video talks on Divine Mercy by Marian Father Michael Gaitley of the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge from today through Oct. 27. The talks will begin at 7 p.m. in the parish center. To register, call Paula at 413-534-1596 or Mary at 413-533-7660.

FRDIAY -- 30

CONCERT OF HOPE AND HEALING
North Adams: A Concert of Hope and Healing, to help the community process acts of violence that have occurred locally and aborad, will be held at 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church on Main Street. To include inspirational readings and songs. The concert will be followed by dessert. All are welcome.


OCTOBER

SATURDAY -- 1

TAG SALE
Hampden: St. Mary Parish will hold a Tag Sale from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. $20 to rent a space. Call Pat Pastoreck at 413-204- 4637. Proceeds to benefit the parish's St. Vincent de Paul Society.

5K RUN/WALK
Lee: St. Mary School will hold its Third Annual Edu5Ktion Run/Walk at 9 a.m. For more information and registration, visit www.berkshirerunningcenter.com; or call Brenda at 413-243-8516 or Tony at 413-441-1333.

ELECTRONIC RECYCLE AND BIKE COLLECTION DAY
Westfield: Holy Trinity Parish, 333 Elm St., will hold an Electronic Recycle and Bike Collection Day from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the church parking lot. Appliances to be accepted with gas removed. Bikes will be fixed and reused.

BLESSING OF ANIMALS
North Adams: The Annual Blessing of the Animals will be held at 12:30 p.m. in front of the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish Center.

A TASTE OF ITALY
Springfield: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish will hold its annual Taste of Italy, featuring more than 40 Italian main and side dishes and desserts, from 4:30-8 p.m. in the former school auditorium, 36 Margaret St. No entrance fee. Food tickets will be sold at the door. Free parking. Proceeds to help fund parish projects.

ST. THERESA FEAST DAY CELEBRATION
South Hadley: St. Theresa of Lisieux Parish will celebrate its patron saint's feast day with a celebration, beginning with Mass at 4 p.m., followed by a social and a Polish Plate Dinner. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased after weekend Masses. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

CHARISMATIC RENEWAL CONCERT
Westfield: The Catholic Charismatic Renewal of the Springfield Diocese will present its annual concert from 6:30-9:30 p.m. in St. Mary High School gymnasium. $7 for adults; $3 for children under 12.

SUNDAY -- 2

BLESSING OF ANIMALS
Holyoke: Our Lady of the Cross Parish will hold its annual Blessing of Animals at noon in fromt of the church. Rain date is Sunday, Oct. 9.

ROSARY SUNDAY DEVOTIONS
West Springfield: The Dominican Nuns will hold their annual Rosary Sunday Devotions at 1 p.m. at the Monastery of the Mother of God, 1430 Riverdale Rd. To include blessing and distribution of roses, recitation of the rosary and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. All are welcome.

CELEBRATION OF CATECHETICAL MINISTRY
Westfield: A Celebration of Catechetical Ministry will be held from 2-4 pm at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church. The afternoon will include commissioning of catechists by Bishop Rozanski and special guest speaker Val Limar Jansen, storyteller and musician. All catechists are invited.

MONDAY -- 3

JAMBO TANZANIA GOLF TOURNAMENT
Longmeadow: Jambo Tanzania, Inc., a nonprofit humanitarian organization that brings medical care to underserved people in the Gera region of Tanzania, Africa, will hold its annual Golf Tournament on Monday, Oct. 3 at Twin Hills Country Club. For more information, contact [email protected].

SOUTHWEST IRELAND TOUR
Springfield: The John Boyle O'Reilly Club will offer an Oct. 3-13 Southwest Ireland Tour. For more information and reservations, call Joyce Bosworth at 413-330-6363. 

TUESDAY -- 4

BLESSING OF ANIMALS
Springfield: Mercy Medical Center will hold its annual Blessing of the Animals from 2-5 p.m. under the covered area outside of Patient Registration. The event is sponsored by the Spiritual Care Department at Mercy Medical Center. Animals must be properly restrained.

SPAGHETTI SUPPER TO BENEFIT SSJs
Chicopee: The Knights of Columbus Elder Council 69 will host a Spaghetti Supper from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Knight of Columbus, 460 Granby Rd. This annual fundraiser helps to support the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield. Tickets are $5 for seniors and students; $6 for adults; and free for children 5 and under. For more information, Contact Sister Eleanor Harrington at 413-536-0853, Ext. 223 or [email protected].

WEDNESDAY -- 5

'MY MOTHER'S ITALIAN, MY FATHER'S JEWISH'
Springfield: Mary Mother of Hope Parish, 840 Page Blvd., will sponsor an Oct. 5 trip to see the play, "My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish and I'm in Therapy" at the Foxwoods Casino. For more information and reservations, call Sylvia at 413-594-2757.

CATHOLIC WOMEN'S CLUB OF SPRINGFIELD
Springfield: The opening meeting of the Catholic Women's Club of Springfield will be held at 12:45 p.m. at the Bishop Marshall Center, adjacent to St. Michael's Cathedral. Guest speaker Michelle Caron will present "Cooking Simple, Healthful Meals for One or Two." For reservations and/or more information, call Kathryn Seward at 413-736-1649 or Melinda Mandeville at 413-526-9911.

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS ADVANCEMENT DINNER
Chicopee: The Annual Catholic Schools Advancement Dinner will take place at the Castle of Knights, 1599 Memorial Drive, Chicopee. The evening will include dinner and a raffle. For more information contact Stacy Dibbern at [email protected]

FRIDAY -- 7

FEAST OF OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY
Lee: The Lee Knights of Columbus Council 314 will host the praying of the rosary at 6 p.m. in the grotto behind Mary Mother of the Church Parish, 140 Main St. Bring a lawn chair. To be held inside the church in the event of inclement weather.

SATURDAY -- 8

PILGRIMAGE TO MUSEUM OF RUSSIAN ICONS
South Hadley: The Spiritual Life Team of St. Theresa of Lisieux Parish, 9 Parkview Drive,  will sponsor a Pilgrimage to the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, Mass. Museum admission is $5. For more information, contact Stan Bohall at 508-410-9008 or [email protected].

TAG SALE
Springfield: Holy Cross Parish, 221 Plumtree Rd., will hold a Tag Sale from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the St. Michael's Academy Gymnasium. $25 to rent a table. For more information, contact Gail at 413-626-9652.

RETREAT FOR COMMUNICATION PROFESSIONALS
Billerica, Mass.: The Daughters of St. Paull will present "Clay Pots: Finding the Treasure, Communicating the Glory," an Oct. 8-9 retreat for communication arts professionals, at St. Thecla's Retreat House. For more information and to register, visit www.pauline.org/retreat.

ST. MICHAEL HIGH SCHOOL 50TH REUNION
Northampton: The St. Michael High School Class of 1966 will hold its 50th reunion at the Florentine Room of the Blue Bonnet, 324 King St. For more information, email [email protected].

SUNDAY -- 9

'WICKED IN PINK' MOTORCYCLE RUN
Southampton: The fourth annual "Wicked in Pink" Motorcycle Run to benefit Mercy Medical Center's Sister Caritas Cancer Center will begin with a sausage and pancake breakfast at 10 a.m. and registration at Harley-Davidson of Southampton, 17 College Highway. The run will follow a route from Harley-Davidson of Southampton to the American Legion Post 275, 41 Robbins Rd., Chicopee. Entry fee is $20 per person and includes food. All proceeds will go to the Patient Services Fund at the Sister Caritas Cancer Center.

MASSACHUSETTS MARCH FOR LIFE
Boston: A March for Life will be held on Boston Common today, beginning at 1 p.m. with talks by Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley and other speakers, followed by a march around the perimeter of the public Garden and Boston Common. For more information, visit www.MassProLife.com/2016March4Life.

MONDAY -- 10

FALL FESTIVAL
Holyoke: Blessed Sacrament Parish, 1945 Northampton St., will hold its annual Fall Festival from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on the church grounds.

TUESDAY -- 11

CATHEDRAL HIGH CLASS OF 1949 REUNION
West Springfield: The Cathedral High School Class of 1949 will hold a luncheon reunion at noon at The Monte Carlo. Call Peg (Keith) Talty at 413-733-0200 or Rene Dube at 413-596-6809 before Oct. 1 to make reservations.

WEDNESDAY -- 12

EXHIBIT: 'WHO DO YOU SAY THAT I AM? A MAN CALLED JESUS'
Chicopee: An Exhibit Opening and Reception for "Who Do You Say I Am? A Man Called Jesus" will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Borgia Gallery at Elms College. The gallery is free and open daily from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

SATURDAY -- 15

LIFE CHAIN
Longmeadow: The annual Life Chain demonstration will be held from 11 a.m.-noon at St. Mary Parish, Route 5, Longmeadow St. Meet at church parking lot to pick up signs at 10:30 a.m. Sponsored by Pro-Life of Pioneer Valley, Inc. To be followed by coffee and doughnuts provided by the Knights of Columbus. For more information: 413-567-6085.

PILGRIMAGE TO ITALY
Msgr. Ronald Yargeau and Father Timothy Campoli will be the spiritual directors for an Oct. 15-26 Pilgrimage to Italy. For more information, contact Helen Shea Murphy at 413-773-8890 or [email protected].

SUNDAY -- 16

PRO-LIFE FUNDRAISING BREAKFAST
Chicopee: The Committee for the Civil Rights of Unborn Children will hold its annual fundraising breakfast on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 10 a.m. at the Castle of Knights, 1597 Memorial Drive. $20 per person. Guest speaker is Conventual Franciscan Father James McCurry, a Springfield native and minster provincial of the Our Lady of the Angels Province. For more information and tickets, contact Dorothy Moreau at 413-536-1015.

COUPLES ANNIVERSARY MASS
Springfield: Springfield Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski will celebrate a special Mass for married couples celebrating their 25th and 50th, or other landmark year, wedding anniversaries, at 4 p.m. at St. Michael's Cathedral. The bishop will bless and present certificates of congratulations to those celebrating special anniversaries. A reception will follow the Mass. Couples celebrating special anniversaries should contact their parishes by Sept. 19 to receive a personal invitation from the bishop. All married couples are invited to attend the Mass and reception.

VINCE AMBROSETTI MISSION
Longmeadow: St. Mary Parish will hold a four-day mission, "Awake Our Hearts," to be presented by musician VInce Ambrosetti, beginning tonight with a concert at 7 p.m. in the church, and continuing at 7 p.m. each night. For more information, call the parish office at 413-567-3124. All are welcome.

MONDAY -- 17

'MERCY IN ACTION' MISSION
Holyoke: The parishes of the Greater Holyoke Deanery will sponsor "Mercy in Action," a free three-night mission oct. 17, 18 and 19 from 7-8 p.m. at Our Lady of the Cross Church, 23 Sycamore St. Speakers will be Msgr. David Joyce, Jesuit Father Terrence Devino and Mother Teresa author Susan Conroy. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for music and reflection.

TUESDAY -- 18

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS
Pittsfield: Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) classes, for those nseeking full communion with the Catholic Church, will begin today at St. Joseph Rectory. For more information, call 413-445-5759.

SATURDAY -- 20

ENDERS ISLAND RETREAT
Pittsfield: A bus will leave the St. Joseph Church parking lot at 7:30 a.m. for a Day of Retreat on Enders Island in Mystic, Conn. Day includes coffee reception, talk, lunch, free time and Mass. Cost is $85. For reservations, call St. Joseph Rectory at 413-445-5789.

CSI MEETS ROOTS: MEET A FORENSIC GENEALOGIST
Chicopee: The Polish Genealogy Society of Massachusetts is offering two programs by noted author, Colleen Fitzpatrick, about the exciting field of Forensic Genealogy at the Chicopee Public Library, 449 Front St. There will be two sessions: the first at 2 p.m. explores the many channels of social media that we can use to add substance to our family trees; the second at 6:30 p.m. will delve into the genetic mysteries of Abraham Lincoln. Admission is free, but advance registration is appreciated. For more information and to register, please visit www.PGSMA.org.

FRIDAY -- 21

CRUISE TO BERMUDA
Springfield: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish will sponsor an Oct. 21-28 "Reunion" Cruise to Bermuda. Newcomers are welcome. For more information, call Mary Mastroianni at 413-789-7318.

SATURDAY -- 22

HEALING MASS
Northfield: A Healing Mass with Anointing of the Sick for anyone suffering from physical, emotional or spiritual ailments,will be held at 4 p.m. at St. Patrick Church, 82 Main St. For more information, contact the parish office at [email protected] or 413-498-2728.

SUNDAY -- 23

BLOOD DRIVE
Longmeadow: The Knights of Columbus St. Mary's Council 5406 and the Red Cross will sponsor a Blood Drive from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the St. Mary Academy gymnasium, 56 Hopkins Place. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Grand Knight Leon Macias at 931-980-6041 or Johnny Blanton of the Red Cross at 339-225-2058.

THURSDAY -- 27

GENEALOGY FOR BEGINNERS
Chicopee: The Polish Center for Discovery and Learning and the Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts will present "Genealogy for Beginners," a four-part class on Thursdays, Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, 10 and 17 at 10 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. at the Polish Center for Discovery and Learning, 33 South St. Admission is free but registration is required. Visit www.PGSMA for more details and to register.

FRIDAY -- 28

RACHEL'S VINEYARD RETREAT
Springfield: The next Rachel's Vineyard Retreat Weekend, for any woman or man struggling with the emotional or spiritual pain of abortion, will be held Oct. 28-30. For more informaiton, call 413-452-0661 or visit www.rachelsvineyard.org.

SATURDAY -- 29

IRISH TOUR INFORMATION SESSION
Chicopee: An Information Session on the Irish Cultural Center's May 8-18, 2017 Spring Tour to Ireland will be held today at 1 p.m. in the Dooley Campus Center, Room 207, at Elms College, 291 Springfield St. For more information, contact Rose Baker at 413-519-2135 or PAt Baker at 413-348-3263; or visit www.irishcenterwne.org.

SOCK HOP
Longmeadow: St. Mary Academy will kick off its 50th anniversary celebration with a Sock Hop for adults 21 and over from 7-11 p.m. in the school gymnasium. Tickets are $20 and include appetizers, beer and wine cash bar, DJ/dancing, cash raffle and photo booth. Tickets are available on the school website at www.stmaryslongmeadow.org or in the school office.

UPCOMING

                (CNS file photo/Mike Crupi, Catholic Courier)

PATRIOTIC CANDLELIGHT ROSARY
South Hadley: A Patriotic Candlelight Rosary will be held on Friday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. at St. Theresa of Lisieux Church, 9 East Parkview Drive. A reception will follow in the Holy Spirit Atrium adjacent to the church.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR
Ludlow: St. Elizabeth Parish will hold its annual St. Nick's Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 5. Cost to rent a table is $40; contact Pat Flaherty at 413-589-9203 to request an application.

HOLIDAY BAZAAR
Granby: The Men's and Women's Clubs of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish will sponsor the annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Nov. 6 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. 

CHS CLASS OF 1966 REUNION
Springfield: The Cathedral High School Class of 1966 will hold its 50th reunion on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Springfield Marriott. For more information email [email protected].

STIGMATINES 200TH ANNIVERSARY
Springfield: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Sacred Stigmata of Priests and Brothers (Stigmatines) at the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Nov. 6. Guest Stigmatine priests and associates will be present. The story of founder Gaspar Bertoni will be enacted in a scripted reading during the Mass.

SCHOLARSHIP FASHION SHOW
CHicopee: The Polish Junior LEague of Massachusetts will sponsor its Annual Scholarship Fashion Show on Sunday, Nov. 6 at noon at the Castle of Knights Banquet House, 1599 Memorial Drive. Tickets are $32. Proceeds support scholarship awards for college students of Polish heritage. For tickets, call Kathy at 413-658-5218. Deadline is Oct. 21.

CLUB CINQUANTE
Ludlow: The St. John the Baptist School Alumni Committee will host the 12th Annual "Club Cinquante" Celebration, for alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago, on Sunday, Nov. 6. For more information, contact Gary Bourbeau at 413-636-6732. 

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR
Springfield: Holy Name Church will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the parish social center on Alderman Street. For information on renting space, call Peggy Pellerin at 413-231-4721 or 413-739-1072.

FRANK RUNYEON PERFORMANCE
Springfield: Emmy nominee Frank Runyeon will perform "Luke: Stories of Mercy" on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. at St. Patrick Church, 1900 Allen St. Tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for seniors (age 60 and over); and $5 for students and children age 17 and under. Suitable for children 7 and older. For tickets, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope, list of tickets, phone number and check payable to St. Patrick's for the full amount to St. Patrick Church, 1900 Allen St., Springfield, MA 01118; or go to the administration office behind the church between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. No tickets will be sold at the door.

CRAFT FAIR
Springfield: Holy Cross Parish will hold its annual Parish Craft Fair on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 19 and 20 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, contact Jean Heinold at 413-599-1959 or [email protected].

'A STROLL DOWN MEMORY LANE'
Holyoke: "A Stroll Down Memory Lane" for alumni of the Catholic schools of Holyoke will be held on Friday, Nov. 25 from 7-11 p.m. at the Log Cabin. Music by Union Jack and Off the Record, food, cash bar. For tickets and more information, contact Nancy Delson at 413-271-7577 or [email protected].

OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE SHRINE
A Dec. 8-13 Catholic Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in Mexico will include daily Mass. For more information, contact Cathie or Mike at 1-800-773-2660.

HOLIDAY POPS
Pittsfield: St. Joseph Parish will sponsor a trip to the Boston Pops holiday presentation on Saturday, Dec. 11. Bus leaves St. Joseph's at 11:30 a.m., returns at approximatley 10 p.m. For reservations, call St. Joseph Rectory at 413-445-5789.

LESSONS AND CAROLS
South Hadley: The combined choirs of St. Theresa and St. Patrick parishes in South Hadley and Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Granby will present Lessons and Carols on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. at St. Theresa Church, 9 East Parkview Drive.

SPOTLIGHT ON TUSCANY
Springfield: Holy Cross Parish will sponsor a tour, "Spotlight on Tuscany," from May 11-19, 2017. For more information, call Denise at 413-218-8681.

2017 TRIPS
Ludlow: St. Elizabeth Parish will sponsor 2017 Trips to Colorado Rockies, May 18-27; Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City, July 16-22; Italian Vistas, Aug. 27-Sept. 8; and Spain’s Classics with Portugal, Oct. 18-31. For more information, contact Jim Martin at 413.583.6339 or [email protected].

ONGOING

COMMUNITY BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUPS
Greenfield: Hospice of Franklin County will offer group meetings from Sept. through Oct., 2016. For people who have lost a spouse or partner, meetings will be from 5:30-7 p.m. on Mondays, Sept. 12 through Oct. 17. A general grief support group will meet from 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursdays, Sept. 15 through Oct. 20. No charge for the groups. Membership is limited and registration is required. Recommended that the death be at least three months before the start of the group. More info and to register: Hospice of Franklin County at 413-774-2400.

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.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS MUSEUM 'MISSION OF FAITH' EXHIBIT
New Haven, Conn.: "Mission of Faith: The Coming of the Gospel to America" is the current exhibit at the Knights of Columbus Museum, 1 State St. It includes artifacts that detail missionary activity, including walk-through replicas of Spanish and French missions. The museum is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission and parking are free. Groups are welcome.

TUESDAY TOURS
Chicopee: Tours of St. Joan of Arc School, 587 Grattan St., will be held on Tuesdays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., for prospective families. No appointment necessary. Check in at main office.

FREE MINISTRY TO TRAVELING CATHOLICS
For times and locations of Masses throughout the U.S., visit www.Masstimes.org or call 1-800-627-7846.

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].

ITALIAN CLASSES
West Stockbridge: Italian classes are held in 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. See http://www.decicehall.org. For beginning to intermediate Irish musicians who want to get up to speed. Contact Mark at https://lvirishslowsession.wordpress.com.

LECTIO DIVINA
Springfield: Lectio Divina, a Bible study led by Deacon Bob Farrell, meets from 7-8 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 refresments will be served. 

BINGO
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.
Northampton: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish holds Bingo on Friday evenings at 6:15 at the parish hall on Hawley Street. Doors open at 4 p.m. For more information, call Angie at 413-530-0145.  

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].  

GATHERING GRANDPARENTS
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.

MONTHLY BREAKFAST
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 SUPPER
Springfield: St. Anthony Maronite Catholic Church hosts a Pasta Supper from 5-6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month. $7 per person. Cash bar is available and a 50/50 raffle is held at 6:15.

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 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.

TODDLER PLAYGROUP
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. Snacks and beverages are provided.

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.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
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.

WEEKLY CONFESSIONS
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.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
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..

ADORATION
Housatonic and Great Barrington: Adoration is held every Friday from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at St. Peter Chapel in Great Barrington and every second Thursday from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at St. Teresa Corpus Christi Chapel in Housatonic.

EXPOSITION
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.

KNITTING MINISTRY
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.

BIBLE STUDY
Springfield: A Bible Study Group meets every second and fourth Mondays of the month at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in the West  Wing of the parish center. Formore information, contact Michael Guertin at 413-782-9623 or Rick Kramer at 413-262-1748 or [email protected].
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.

MINI RETREAT
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, expositon 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.

PRAYER GROUPS
Greenfield: The Roses for Mary Prayer Group meets every Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Adoration Chapel at Blessed Sacrament Parish. The Hearts of Jesus and Mary Prayer Group meets on the first and third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the church sacristy. Includes rosary, Chaplet of The Divine Mercy and Scripture reading. All are welcome.

DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET
Holyoke: Our Lady of the Cross Parish will host a recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy on the first Sunday of every month after the 10:30 a.m. Mass (approximately 11:15 a.m.). The service will be held at Holy Cross Church, 23 Sycamore St.

TORNADO SURVIVOR GROUP
Springfield: A Tornado Survivor Group, facilitated by Dr. Martin Markey, meets on Wednesday evenings at 7 in the Holy Cross Rectory, 219 Plumtree Rd. Contact Beth or Sister Cindy at the rectory, 413-783-4111.

SUPPORT GROUPS FOR WIDOWS, WIDOWERS, PARTNERS
Springfield: Mercy Hospice offers Support Groups for Widows, Widowers and Partners on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, except for the month of August. Pre-registration is required by calling 413-827-4218.

ALWAYS OUR CHILDREN
Springfield: A support group and ministry for parents, families and friends of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons will meet in the Community Room of the convent behind Sacred Heart Church, 395 Chestnut St., on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Call 736-6803.

ROSARY AFTERNOONS
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.

LITTLE AUDREY
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].

ST. MONICA
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.

CINDERELLI'S CLOSET
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.

THRIFT SHOP
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.