Eucharistic Adoration and Prayer

Ongoing Events


Oct 29, 2014

Calendar listings can be emailed to r.drake@diospringfield.org or sent to Catholic Communications, P.O. Box 1730, Springfield MA 01102-1730.

 

OCTOBER

FRENCH MEAT PIES
Ludlow: The annual French Meat Pies sale at St. Elizabeth Parish will be held through Oct. 31. To order meat pies, call the parish center Monday-Friday until 4 p.m. at 413-547-0239. When ordering, give first and last name, phone number, date and number of pies being ordered. Pick-up times at the pastoral center are 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on Oct. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31.

FRIDAY -- 31

ALL SAINTS DAY PARTY
Agawam: St. John the Evangelist Church, 633 Main St., will hold its annual All Saints Day Party from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saint, Bible character or animal costumes only. To include games and trearts. $1 donation per family, plus one or more bags of candy (depending on numbe of children you are bringing). For more information, call Joe Strain at 413-788-4342.

ANNUAL BAZAAR
North Adams: St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish will hold its Annual Bazaar today and Saturday, Nov. 1 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Includes food, raffles, children's room, arts and crafts.

CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC RENEWAL RETREAT
West Hartford, Conn.: The 39th Annual Catholic Charismatic Renewal Retreat will be held from today through Sunday, Nov. 2 at the Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center. The theme is "Heart of Jesus, Heart of Mercy" and the presenter will be Oblate Father Richard McAlear. For more information, call Lorraine at 413-547-0118. 

NOVEMBER

SATURDAY -- 1

HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR
Springfield: The St. Catherine of Siena Women's Guild will sponsor its annual Holiday Craft Sale on Saturday, Nov. 1 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the St. Catherine of Siena Parish Center, 1023 Parker St. Admission is free.

RETREAT FOR GRIEVING PARENTS
Hartford, Conn.: St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish will host its Annual Spiritual Retreat for Grieving Parents on Saturday, Nov. 1 from 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. For more information or to register, contact Father Tom Gallagher at 860-756-4034 or Natalie Welsh at jjnnwelsh@cox.net .

PASTA SUPPER
Springfield: The our Lady of Grace Pasta Supper will  be held at 5 p.m. in Marian Hall at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish. To inlcude live music and a 50/50 raffle. Proceeds will benefit school an dcollege scholarships. Tickets at the door will be $10 and $5 for children under age 12. For more information, call Sal Scibelli at 413-567-3900.

SUNDAY -- 2

HOLIDAY BAZAAR
Granby: Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Rte. 202, will hold a Holiday Bazaar on Sunday, Nov. 2 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

HOLYOKE CATHOLIC OPEN HOUSE
Chicopee: An Open House will be held from noon-3 p.m. at Holyoke Catholic High School, 134 Springfield St. Interested students and parents can also register for the school's entrance exam, to be held on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 8 a.m.-noon at the school. For more information, contact Taylor Johnson, director of advancement, at tjohnson@holyokecatholichigh.org or 413-331-2480, Ext. 1129.

FALL FASHION SHOW
Westfield: The Rosary Sodality of St. Peter and St. Casimir Parish will sponsor a Fall Fashion Show, featuring The Dress Barn, on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, 60 Broad St. A light lunch, beverages and dessert will be served. Tickets are $12 and can be obtained by calling Sharon Wielgus at 413-568-7767. No tickets will be sold at the door.

WEDNESDAY -- 5

HOLY HOUR FOR VOCATIONS
Pittsfield: A Holy Hour for Vocations will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Church, 414 North St. The celebrant will be Father David Aufiero, parchial vicar of St. MArk Parish Pittsfield. Homilist will be Father Gary Dailey, vocations director for the Springfield Diocese.  

THURSDAY -- 6

TRANSITION SUMMIT
Holyoke: The Bureau for Exceptional Children & Adults at Jericho, 537 Northampton St., will host a "Transition Summit" from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., for parents and professionals working with teens who qualify for special education. The program will include discussion by experts on issues related to housing, transportation, post-secondary educaitn, recreation and community building, work, and helath and wellness. The fee is $25 and includes a continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon refreshments, along with a planning book. For more information or to register, visit www.jerichobeca.org.

FRIDAY -- 7

GRIEVING PARENTS WEEKEND RETREAT
Duxbury, Mass.: The St. Anthony Shrine of Boston will offer The Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents Weekend Spiritual Retreat on Nov. 7-9 at Miramar Retreat Center. For more information, contact Diane at 617-542-8057 or visit www.emfgp.org.

RUMMAGE SALE
Wilbraham: The Catholic Women's Club of St. Cecilia Parish will hold a Rummage Sale today from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 8 from 8:30 a.m.-noon.

SATURDAY -- 8

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR
Turners Falls: The Dove of Peace Christmas Bazaar will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Our Lady of Peace Parish, 90 Seventh St. To feature handmade craft items, gift baskets, baked goods and food items, Christmas decorations, visit from St. Nick and more.

CHRISTMAS FAIR
Belchertown: St. Francis of Assisi Parish will hold a Christmas Fair from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. in the parish center, 10 Park St. Holiday gifts, crafts, bake sale, homemade candies, gift wrapping and more.

CRAFTS FAIR
Three Rivers: The Sts. Peter and Paul Rosary Sodality will sponsor its 30th Annual Craft Fair from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the parish center. Craft items by local artists, lunch and refreshments, free parking and admission. 

ELDER FAIR
Westfield: Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish will host an Elder Fair from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. To include free community resources, health screenings, demonstrations, lunch, and raffle. Admission and parking are also free.

TOAST TO THE FUTURE GALA
Holyoke: Mater Dolorosa School will host its Fourth Annual "Toast to the Future Gala" at 6:30 p.m. at the Wyckoff Country Club. Includes live music, food and dessert stations, silent and live auctions, cash bar and raffles. Tickets are $35 per person; reserved tables of 10 available for $400. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Call the school at 413-532-2831 for more information.

SUNDAY -- 9

SCHOENSTATT BUS TRIP
Westfield: The Schoenstatt Movement will sponsor a Bus Trip to St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City, where Cardinal Egan will celebrant Mass marking the closing of the Schoenstatt 100th Jubilee Year. Cost is $35 and bus will leave the Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament parking lot at 8:30 a.m. For reservations, call the Schoenstatt Movement House at 413-562-9147.

ST. JOAN OF ARC SCHOOL CELEBRATION
Chicopee: St. Joan of Arc School will celebrate "100 Years of Catholic Education" on Sunday, Nov. 9, with a Mass at St. Rose de Lima Church and a Luncheon and Concert by Jose Vachon at the Castle of Knights. Tickets are $25. For more information, call 413-533-1475. 

TUESDAY -- 11

VETERANS' DAY OF PRAYER
Westfield: The Catholic Grandparents group will host a Veterans' Day of Prayer and Eucharistic Adoration, beginning at 8 a.m. at St. Peter and St. Casimir Parish. The day will end with Benediction at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call Alicia at 413-568-0123.

STEVE SOBEL PRESENTATION
Wilbraham: Steve Sobel, a motivational speaker, educator, humorist, coach and author will be the speaker at the St. Cecilia Women's Club November meeting at 7 p.m. in the parish center.  

SATURDAY -- 15

COUNTRY CHRISTMAS FAIR
Shelburne Falls: St. Joseph Parish will hold a Country Christmas Fair today from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 16 from 9 a.m.-noon at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center, 53 Main St. To feature a visit from Santa Claus on Saturday; handmade craft irems, dolls, Christmas ornaments and holiday home decor, along with a candy table and baked goods sale, a children's gift-shopping table and more. For more information, call 413-625-6405.

WOMEN'S DAY OF REFLECTION
Westfield: "Moments with Mary," a Women's Day of Reflection will be held on Saturday, Nov. 15 at St. Mary High School Gym, 27 Bartlett St. The cost is $25 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. To register, contact Joanne at 413-568-1127. Deadline for registration is Nov. 1.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR
Springfield: Holy Name Parish, 323 Dickinson St., will hold its Annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 15 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call Peggy Pellerin at 413-739-1072.

FRIDAY -- 21

THE SINGING PRIESTS
Chicopee: The Singing Priests of the Springfield Diocese will present a concert to welcome new Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski on Friday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. at Bellamy Middle School. Tickets will go on sale on Oct. 15. For more information, call 413-452-0645.

SATURDAY -- 22

CREED PRESENTATION
Longmeadow: Joan Kelly, a faculty member at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Conn., will present “The Creed: Do You Believe What You Just Said?” on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 11 a.m. at the St. Mary Parish Center, 519 Longmeadow St., Longmeadow. The presentation will be followed by a light lunch and fellowship. A donation of $10 is suggested.

SUNDAY -- 30

FALL INTO THE HOLIDAYS
Holyoke: Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, 435 Maple St., will hold its annual Fall Into the Holidays craft fair and cultural meat pie contest on Sunday, Nov. 30 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the gymnasium building (Chestnut Street entrance). To include handmade crafts, holiday decorations and more. Breakfast, lunch and desserts will be available for purchase. For more information, contact Jennie McGiverin at 413-536-6557.

UPCOMING

SACRED HEART TRAVEL CLUB
Springfield: Upcoming trips include Saturday, Dec. 6, New York Botanical Garden Gingerbread Adventure and Holiday Train Show; Jan. 10-17, 2015, Caribbean Cruise. For more information, contact Jim and Caroline McAleer at 413-734-3676 between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.; or mcaleer2006@verizon.net.  

HOLIDAY BUS TRIP
Springfield: The Holy Name Men's Club will sponsor a Holiday Bus Trip on Sunday, Dec. 7. To include luncheon at Daversport Yacht Club, "A Christmas Carol" at the North Shore Music Theatre and a stop at the La Salette Christmas Festival of Lights. Bus will depart from Quality Inn in West Springfield at 8:30 a.m. and Holy Name Church parking lot in Springfield at 9:15. Pick-ups also available in Gill and South Deerfield. For reservations, call 413-733-7524. 

HOLIDAY WISHES AT THE AQUA TURF CLUB
Northampton: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish will sponsor a Dec. 9 trip, Holiday Wishes at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, Conn. Leaves at 9:45 a.m. and returns at approximately 4 p.m. To register, call Nancy at 413-586-0681.

PILGRIMAGE TO ITALY
Westfield: Father Brian McGrath, pastor of St. Mary Parish, Westfield, will lead an April 15-26, 2015 Pilgrimage to Italy. For more information, call St. Mary Rectory at 413-562-5477.

ST. ELIZABETH TRIPS
Ludlow: St. Elizabeth Parish will sponsor "France Magnifique," an April 17-30, 2015 trip to France, including Paris, Normandy, the Loire Valley, Provence, the Riviera, Nice, Monaco and more; a Sept. 19-Oct. 1, 2015 Trip to Italy; and an Oct. 12-27, 2015 Trip to South America. For more information, contact Jim Martin at 413-583-6339 or jamesmartin47@verizon.net

SAN ANTONIO GETAWAY
South Hadley: St. Patrick Parish will sponsor a San Antonio Getaway from April 19-23, 2015. For more information, call Marion Callahan at 413-536-2185.

ST. GEORGE SCHOOL CLASS OF 1965 REUNION
Chicopee: The Class of 1965 of the former St. George School is planning a reunion on Sept. 15, 2015 and would like to locate classmates Annemarie Bouchard, Linda Gibson, Shirley Valliere and Dorothy Veith. Contact person is Earl Bradford, wilibrad@aol.com or 860-617-5792.

SHRINES OF FRANCE
Greenfield: Father Timothy Campoli, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish, and Msgr. Ronald Yargeau, pastor of Holy Trinity Parish, will be the spiritual directors for an Oct. 19-28, 2015 Pilgrimage to the Shrines of France. For more information, contact Helen Shea Murphy at helensheamurphy@verizon.net or 413-773-8890; or visit www.pilgrimages.com/helensheamurphy.   

ONGOING

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. Father Francis Manning serves as chaplain. 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.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS MUSEUM
New Haven, Conn.: The museum's current exhibit, "Illuminating the Word: The St. John's Bible," will run until Nov. 2, 2014. Admission and museum parking are free. For more information, call the museum at 203-752-4630. 

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 marymac.101213@gmail.com.

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 at 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.

SCHOENSTATT SHRINE PRAYER
Westfield: Throughout the Jubilee Year of Grace of Our Mother Thrice Admirable, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church, 127 Holyoke Rd., will be open Tuesday mornings from 11 a.m. to noon for those who would like to pray before the Shrine Altar of the Schoenstatt Movement of Massachusetts. The altar will be returned to the Movement House in the fall of 2014. For more information, call the Schoenstatt Movement House at 413-562-9147.

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. 

ALPHA SERIES
Springfield: A multi-parish presentation of ALPHA, a program on Christianity, be held on 10 Thursdays from 6-8:30 p.m. beginning on Aug. 21 at the Bishop Marshall Center adjacent to St. Michael's Cathedral. All are welcome; no church affiliation is necessary. The program begins with a light supper, followed by a DVD talk and discussions. There is no cost but registration is required. Call the diocesan Faith Formation Office at 413-452-0812.

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.

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 m.lambert@smaspringfield.org.  

PRAYERS FOR PRIESTS
Ludlow: The Prayer Helpers of the Precious Blood will pray the Rosary for Priests and Bishops at 2 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month at Christ the King Parish, 41 Warsaw Ave.

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. 2014 dates are Feb. 4, March 4, April 1, May 6, June 3, July 1, Aug. 5, Sept. 2, Oct. 7, Nov. 4 and Dec. 2. For more information, call Alicia at 413-579-4739.

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 laura@jerichobeca.org

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 srjoan@jerichobeca.org.

MEN'S BIBLE STUDY
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.

BIBLE STUDY
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.

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 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.

EXPOSITION
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
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.

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. Meetings begin again in September.

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 saint@littleaudreysanto.org.

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.

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.