Calendar listings can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent to Catholic Communications, P.O. Box 1730, Springfield MA 01102-1730. DECEMBER FRIDAY -- 6 FIRST FRIDAY PRAYER BREAKFAST ADORATION AND MASS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND SATURDAY -- 7 HOLYOKE CATHOLIC ENTRANCE EXAM ST. NICHOLAS BAZAAR HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR BARRY KINGSTON CHRISTMAS CONCERT SCHOLA NOVA'S LESSONS AND CAROLS SUNDAY -- 8 YOUTH DAY CHRISTMAS CONCERT ADVENT PENANCE SERVICE IRISH CHRISTMAS IN AMERICA ADVENT PENANCE SERVICE ADVENT VESPERS LIGHT WEIGH BIBLE STUDY MONDAY -- 9 ADVENT EVENING OF RENEWAL TIM JANIS CHIRSTMAS CONCERTS ADVENT PENANCE SERVICE TUESDAY -- 10 DISCERNMENT AND PIZZA WEDNESDAY -- 11 ADVENT PRAYER SERVICE SUNDAY -- 15 PANCAKE BREAKFAST FATHER JOYCE ANNIVERSARY DAN KANE CHRISTMAS SHOW FESTIVAL OF CAROLS MONDAY -- 16 SPONSOR A FAMILY FOR CHRISTMAS SUNDAY -- 20 LA SALETTE SHRINE TRIP UPCOMING TWELFTH NIGHT FESTIVAL 'PRODIGAL SON' BIBLE STUDY ST. JOHN'S TRAVELERS BIBLE STUDY SOUP AND SILENCE 'HEARTS AND LIGHTS' MUSICAL LAMENTATIONS PILGRIMAGE TO ROME PARISH TRIP TO FRANCE AND ITALY PILGRIMAGE TO POLAND PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE CANADA, EUROPE TRIPS ONGOING ICON EXHIBIT 'COMMON OBJECTIONS' TALKS MEN'S BIBLE STUDY MONTHLY BREAKFAST MONTHLY SPAGHETTI SUPPER TODDLER PLAYGROUP SACRAMENT OF THE SICK WEEKLY CONFESSIONS NEW CATHOLIC GIFT AND BOOK STORE EXPOSITION KNITTING MINISTRY INTERPRETED MASS AND PRAYER SERVICES BIBLE STUDY SUICIDE LOSS SUPPORT PRAYER GROUPS DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET TORNADO SURVIVOR GROUP ALWAYS OUR CHILDREN ROSARY AFTERNOONS VIGIL FOR THE UNBORN LITTLE AUDREY ST. MONICA HOLY HOUR FOR SICK AND DYING THRIFT SHOP
Dec 6, 2013
Springfield: The First Friday Prayer Breakfast will begin with Mass at 7:30 a.m. in the Holy Spirit Chapel at St. Michael's Cathedral, 254 State St., followed by a free continental breakfast in the the adjoining Father Huller Meeting Room, and a talk by Sister Maxyne Schneider, president of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, whose topic will be "Sisters of St. Joseph: What's Ahead?" Those attending are invited to bring an educational gift, such as books, crayons, etc., for Children's Christmas at St. Michael's Cathedral. If gifts are wrapped, please label them for boy or gilrl, with specific age.
Longmeadow: A special Advent program for college students will begin with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 7:30 p.m., followed by Mass at 9 p.m. at St. Mary Church, 519 Longmeadow St. After the Mass, students are invited to Sal's Bakery and Cafe in Springfield for coffee and socialization.
The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend in New England will be held Dec. 6-8. Call Jim and Elaine Richard at 1-800-710-WWME or visit www.wwme.org.
Chicopee: Holyoke Catholic High School will administer its entrance exam on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 8 a.m.-noon at the school. Test fee is $25. For more information or to register, call theresa Zaborowski, admissions director, at 413-331-2480, Ext. 1132 or visit www.HolyokeCatholicHigh.org.
Turners Falls: Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish will hold its Annual St. Nicholas Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. To rent a table, call Shirley Webb at 413-773-7202.
Longmeadow: St. Mary Guild will hold its Annual Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the St. Mary Parish gymnasium, 56 Hpkins Place. To feature more than 50 crafters, used books, raffle baskets and lunch. Free admission. All proceeds support scholarships and other charitable endeavors.
Williamstown: Sts. Patrick and Raphael Parish will hold its Annual Barry Kingston Christmas Concert on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. in the church. Free admission.
Longmeadow: Schola Nova will present Lessons and Carols, In Dulci Jubilo at 7 p.m. at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.
Westfield: The Diocesan Springfield Area Youth Day will be held on Sunday, Dec. 8 at St. Mary Parish, Westfield, beginning with registration at 12:30 p.m. For more information, call the Office of Faith Formation at 413-452-0812.
Springfield: The Old Post Road Orchestra will present a Christmas Concert on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. at Mary Mother of Hope Parish. Admission is free and refreshments will be sold. Free will donations will be accepted to help families in need. All are welcome.
North Adams: An Advent Penance Service will be held on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish.
Chicopee: The Irish Cultural Center at Elms College will present Irish Christmas in America, featuring music, song and dance, at 2 p.m. in Veritas Auditorium. $30 for adults, $10 for youths 18 and under. For tickets, call Jean at 413-283-4232.
Lenox: An Advent Penance Service will be held at 3 p.m. at St. Ann Church.
Holyoke: The public is invited at attend Advent Vespers with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield today at 4 p.m., Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. and Dec. 22 at 4 p.m. in the Mont Marie Chapel, 34 Lower Westfield Rd. The services will include reflection, readings and music.
Westfield: LIght Weigh One King, a Bible study-DVD program for those who struggle with food or other temptations, will be held at 3:30 p.m. at the St. Mary Parish Center.
Westfield: Father Warren Savage will lead an Advent Evening of Renewal on Monday, Dec. 9, beginning with Mass at 6:15 p.m. at St. Mary Church, 30 Bartlett St. All are welcome.
Ludlow and Chicopee: Composer/performer Tim Janis will present two local Christmas Concerts, the first on Monday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Parish, 191 Hubbard St., Ludlow, to benefit the parish's youth ministry program; and on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. at St. Anne Church, 30 College St., Chicopee, to benefit the parish scholarship fund. Tickets for both performances are $10. For more information, call St. Elizabeth Rectory at 413-583-3467 or St. Anne Rectory at 413-532-7503. Tickets will not be sold at the door for the St. Anne performance.
South Hadley: The Annual Tri-Parish Advent Penance Service will be held at 7 p.m. at St. Patrick Church.
Amherst: An Advent Evening of Discernment and Pizza will be held at 7 p.m. at the Newman Catholic Center, 472 North Pleasant St., for men who feel that God may be calling them to ;priesthood. RSVP by calling 413-549-0300, Ext. 32.
East Longmeadow: An Advent Service to mark the first anniversary of the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., will be held on Dec. 11 from 7-8 p.m. at St. Michael Church, 110 Maple St.
Springfield: The Men's Club of Holy Name Parish will hold a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, Dec. 15 from 8-11 a.m.Tickets may be purchased at the door and are $3 for adults and $1.50 for children.
Pittsfield: Sacred Heart Parish will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the pastorate of Father James Joyce on Sunday Dec, 15 at 10:30 a.m. Mass, with a reception to follow in the school hall.
Springfield: The Dan Kane Christmas Show will be presented on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 395 Chestnut St. Tickets are $15 and it is open seating.
Wilbraham: The combined St. Cecilia Youth and Adult Choirs will present their annual Festival of Carols on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. in the church. Admission is free and a reception will follow in the parish center.
Springfield: The Catholic Charities Agency of Springfield is seeking families or groups to donate gifts for its annual Sponsor a Family for Christmas Program. Those interested in sponsoring a family can contact Laura Saponare, social service coordinator, at 413-452-0580. Gifts must be received by Monday, Dec. 16 at the Catholic Charities Office, 65 Elliot Street.
Springfield: Mary Mother of Hope Parish will sponsor a Bus Trip to the La Salette Shrine Christmas lights display on Sunday, Dec. 20 from noon-9 p.m. Includes a stop for dinner at Wright's Chicken Farm. For reservations, call Sylvia at 413-594-2757.
Pittsfield: The 53rd Annual Twelfth Night festival will be held on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, beginning with Mass at 5:30 p.m. in St. Joseph Church, followed by dinner and dancing at the ITAM Lodge. Tickets are $35 per person. For more information, call St. Joseph Rectory at 413-445-5789.
Westfield: A five-week Catholic Bible Study based on the book, The Return of the Prodigal Son by Father Henri Nouwen, will begin at 7 p.m. on Jan. 29, 2014 at St. Mary Parish Center, 86 Mechanic St. For more information, call Joanne at 413-562-5484.
Agawam: St. John's Travelers will sponsor a Trip to the Winter Carnival Festival in Quebec City, Canada from Feb. 7-9, 2014. Deposit is due Dec. 1. Bus will leave from St. John the Evangelist Parish, 83 Main St. For more information and reservations, call Emile Cote at 413-335-9440.
Springfield: An eight-week Bible Study will begin at 10 a.m. and again at 7 p.m. on Feb. 13, 2014 at Our Lady of Mt Carmel Parish, 123 William St., in the lower floor Bertoni Room. Pre-registration is required by Feb. 10. For more information, call facilitators Bill and Theresa D'Amato at 413-203-5296.
Adams: Pope John Paul II Parish will hold Lenten Nights of Reflection, Soup and Silence on March 11, 18 and 25, and April 1 and 8 from 6-7 p.m. in the Notre Dame School Cafeteria and in the church. For more information, contact Mary Whitman at 413-743-4169 or email@example.com.
Springfield: The Sacred Heart Travel Club will sponsor a Bus Trip to the spring musical "Hearts and Lights" at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Saturday, March 29. For more information, call Jim and Caroline McAleer between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. at 413-734-3676.
Adams: Lamentations, the English version of the Polish Gorzkie Zale Lenten Devotion, will be held on Tuesday, April 15 from 6-6:45 p.m. at St. Stanislaus Mission Church. For more information, contact Barb Armata at 413-743-2657.
The Catholic Tour LLC is offering an April 21-28, 2014 Pilgrimage to Rome for the canonization of Blesseds John Paul II and John XXIII. For more information, call 1-877-627-4268 or email Martha Crowlely at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Springfield: Out Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish will sponsor an April 28-May 8 Trip to France and Italy. For more information, contact Giuseppe Polimeni at 413-739-6635, Terry Regina at 413-785-5169 or Donna Rueli at 860-668-6017.
Pittsfield: Msgr. Michael Shershanovich will lead a May 5-13, 2014 Pilgrimage to Poland, including Warsaw, Czestochowa, Krakow, Wadowice, Lagiewniki and Zakopane. For more information, contact Msgr. Shershanovich at 413-445-5789 or Connie at Olivewood Tours at 877-595-6027 or Connie@Olivewoodtravel.com.
Greenfield: Deacon John Leary of Blessed Sacrament Parish will be the spiritual director for a May 27-June 4, 2014 Pligrimage to Medjugorje. For more information, contact Helen Shea Murphy at 413-773-8890 or HelenSheaMurphy@verizon.net or visit www.pilgrimages.com/helensheamurphy.
Ludlow: St. Elizabeth Parish is offering a nine-day coach trip to the Canadian Maritime Provinces from July 3-11, 2014, and a nine-day Rhine River cruise featuring Holland, Germany and France from Sept. 16-24, 2014. For more information, please contact Jim Martin at 413.583.6339 or email@example.com.
New Haven, Conn.: "Windows into Heaven: Russian Icons & Treasures," the newest exhibit at the Knights of Columbus Museum, 1 State St., will run until April 27, 2014. The exhibit contains more than 225 Russian icons, along with liturgical and devotional items. Admission and museum parking are free. For more information, call the museum at 203-752-4630 or visit the website, www.kofcmuseum.org.
Westfield: WACE AM 70 radio host Tim O'Keefe will present talks based on the topic, "Answering Common Objections," on the first and third Thursday of each month from 7-8 p.m. at Holy Trinity Parish Center. There is no fee but donations are appreciated.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chicopee: Holy Name of Jesus Parish at the Assumption Church offers Exposition of the Blessed Sacrement every Wednesday from noon to 7 p.m. Come for an hour of quiet prayer. All are welcome.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
Calendar listings can be emailed to email@example.com or sent to Catholic Communications, P.O. Box 1730, Springfield MA 01102-1730.
FRIDAY -- 6
FIRST FRIDAY PRAYER BREAKFAST
ADORATION AND MASS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS
MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND
SATURDAY -- 7
HOLYOKE CATHOLIC ENTRANCE EXAM
ST. NICHOLAS BAZAAR
HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR
BARRY KINGSTON CHRISTMAS CONCERT
SCHOLA NOVA'S LESSONS AND CAROLS
SUNDAY -- 8
ADVENT PENANCE SERVICE
IRISH CHRISTMAS IN AMERICA
ADVENT PENANCE SERVICE
LIGHT WEIGH BIBLE STUDY
MONDAY -- 9
ADVENT EVENING OF RENEWAL
TIM JANIS CHIRSTMAS CONCERTS
ADVENT PENANCE SERVICE
TUESDAY -- 10
DISCERNMENT AND PIZZA
WEDNESDAY -- 11
ADVENT PRAYER SERVICE
SUNDAY -- 15
FATHER JOYCE ANNIVERSARY
DAN KANE CHRISTMAS SHOW
FESTIVAL OF CAROLS
MONDAY -- 16
SPONSOR A FAMILY FOR CHRISTMAS
SUNDAY -- 20
LA SALETTE SHRINE TRIP
TWELFTH NIGHT FESTIVAL
'PRODIGAL SON' BIBLE STUDY
ST. JOHN'S TRAVELERS
SOUP AND SILENCE
'HEARTS AND LIGHTS' MUSICAL
PILGRIMAGE TO ROME
PARISH TRIP TO FRANCE AND ITALY
PILGRIMAGE TO POLAND
PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE
CANADA, EUROPE TRIPS
'COMMON OBJECTIONS' TALKS
MEN'S BIBLE STUDY
MONTHLY SPAGHETTI SUPPER
SACRAMENT OF THE SICK
NEW CATHOLIC GIFT AND BOOK STORE
INTERPRETED MASS AND PRAYER SERVICES
SUICIDE LOSS SUPPORT
DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET
TORNADO SURVIVOR GROUP
ALWAYS OUR CHILDREN
VIGIL FOR THE UNBORN
HOLY HOUR FOR SICK AND DYING