Eucharistic Adoration and Prayer


Aug 25, 2016

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AUGUST

THURSDAY -- 25

CANDLELIGHT ROSARY
South Hadley: St. Theresa of Lisieux Parish will host an evening of prayer, reflection and song celebrating Luminous Mysteries. 7 p.m. at 9 East Parkview Drive. Sponsored by the Spiritual Life Team of St. Theresa of Lisieux Parish. Fellowship and refreshments to follow in the Holy Spirit Atrium.

SATURDAY -- 27

ST. FRANCIS GIANT TAG SALE
Belchertown: St. Francis of Assisi Parish will hold its annual Giant Tag Sale rain or shine on the Belchertown Common and inside the Parish Social Center on Park street from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Jewelry, toys, small appliances, furniture, sports items, knick-knacks, kitchen ware, crafts, linens, hardware and more. Clothing items for all ages will be available inside the social center. Hot beverages and doughnuts on sale for early shoppers. Hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and beverages for lunch. 

ST. JOSEPH CHURCH TAG SALE
Shelburne Falls: 12th annual two day tag sale Aug 27th from 9am to 2 pm and 28th from 9am to 12pm at St. Joseph Church, 34 Monroe Ave. Featuring tag sale, bake sale, multi-raffles, teacup auction anad food concession. Contact Nancy at 625-8148 if you would like to donate items. Items sold on the 28th will be at a reduced rate.

SUNDAY -- 28

OLV'S 4TH ANNUAL POLKA PARTY
Easthampton: Our Lady of the Valley Parish is hosting a Polka Party on its Franklin Street campus from 12-6pm. Featuring the Eddie Forman Orchestra. Donations accepted large or small, checks made out to K of C 1116 (can be mailed to: OLV Rectory, 33 Adams St., Easthampton, MA 01027, c/o K of C Polka Party). Food and beverages available for purchase - no coolers allowed. Bring your own lawn chairs and enjoy the music! More info: Jean Duquette at 527-2383, Frank Furman at 527-7400, or the rectory at 527-9778.

TRIP TO 'WEDDING SINGER'
Springfield: Mary Mother of Hope Parish, 840 Page Blvd., will sponsor a trip to See "The Wedding Singer" at the Theater Barn in New York. For reservations, call Sylvia at 413-594-2757.

HEALING MASS
Chicopee: A Healing Mass at Mary's House of Prayer, St. George's Church, 202 East Main St., will be held today at 2 p.m. Father William McCarthy, co-founder of My Father's House in Moodus, Conn., will be the celebrant. Call 413-452-0886 for more information.

ST. THERESA'S PARISH PICNIC
South Hadley: Parish picnic in the parish's multi-purpose room. Seating at 12:15, food served from 12:30 to 2, catered buffet by Atkin's Country Store. Games of bingo and corn hole and mini golf will be available. Tickets: Adults $12, kids 6-10 $6, kids under 5 are free. Last day to buy tickets from the parish office is Aug. 22nd.

MONDAY -- 29

SSJs GOLF CLASSIC
Springfield: The Sisters of St. Joseph 20th Annual Golf Classic will be held on Monday, Aug. 29 at the Springfield Country Club. Proceeds will benefit the SSJs' retirement and ministry funds. For more information and to register, email [email protected].

TUESDAY -- 30

MEMORY CAFE
Chicopee: Sunshine Village is hosting a Memory Cafe from 11:30am to 1pm at the Emily Partyka Central Library, 449 Front St. Lunch will be served. This month's theme will feature food and music from Poland. The Memory Cafe is a place for individuals with memory loss and their care partners to enjoy the company of others, have fun and find strength and support in others. 

SEPTEMBER

TUESDAY -- 6

CATHOLIC GRANDPARENTS
Westfield: The Catholic Grandparents Association will meet at 11 a.m. at St. Peter and St. Casimir Church to pray for the safety of grandchildren as they return to school.

FRIDAY -- 9

SEPT. 9-11 CAPE COD WEEKEND AWAY 
Springfield: Bus leaves from Mary, Mother of Hope at 10:30 a.m. on Friday Sept. 9 stopping at O'Connor's for lunch. Saturday- tour Cape Cod and attend Mass at Pius  Church. Sunday - Plainville casino stop and Delany House in Holyoke for dinner. Bus, lodging, meals and entertainment included in the price. $320 for single/ $280 for double. Call Mary Campbell for more info at 739-7563.

SATURDAY -- 10

IRISH CULTURAL CENTER OF NEW ENGLAND - BUS TRIP
West Springfield: The Irish Cultural Center will sponsor a Bus Trip to Boston. A list of things to do in Boston will be provided, and there will be two stops: Prudential Center and Quincy Market. Bus departs at 8:30 a.m. from the Irish Cultural Center, 429 Morgan Rd., West Springfield; bus leaves Boston at 6 pm from Quincy Market. For reservations, call Ellen Gallivan at 413-333-4951 or Rose Baker at 413-519-2135. Cost of the trip is $40 for members and $43 for non-members.

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE DAY TO MARK JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY
Goshen: Special free event to mark the Jubilee Year of Mercy. All are invited and welcome. Takes place at Camp Holy Cross, starting at 10 a.m. Featuring spiritual activities, talks, reconcilliation, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, celebratory Mass with Bishop Rozanski. Children and young adults are most welcome, and weather permitting, swimming and boating activities will be available on the lake. Bring a picnic lunch, or hotdogs and hamburgers will be available for a nominal charge. More info at diospringfield.org or call 413-452-0559 (leave name, number, and number attending).

COMMUNITY SHRED
Holyoke: The Friends of Holyoke Council on Aging is sponsoring a Community Shred to benefit the Holyoke Senior Center. 9 a.m.-noon, rain or shine, at the Holyoke Council on Aging, located at 291 Pine St. $5 per box (size of a carton of copy paper). 

2ND ANNUAL CAR SHOW
Longmeadow: The Knights of Columbus of St. Mary Parish will host its annual car show on the church grounds from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free to the public, all proceeds benefit the Special Olympics. Highlights include a whole pig roast. More info: email Dan Kolbat at [email protected]

SUNDAY -- 11

9/11 MEMORIAL MASS
Chicopee: The memorial Mass to honor all of the victims and heroes who perished in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks will be offered this year at 5 p.m. at St. Rose de Lima Church, 600 Grattan St. Father William Tourigny will be the principal celebrant.

CHICKEN BBQ 2016
Granby: Chicken BBQ at Immaculate Heart of Mary, 256 State Street from 11:30 AM to 4 PM at the Pavilion Grounds - rain or shine. Includes adult games, kid's games, 50/50 raffle, and bake sale. Raffle prizes: 1st prize $500, 2nd prize $250 cash, 3rd prize $100 cash. Hamburgers and hot dogs are also available. For raffle tickets call Don at 467-7693, or the recotry at 467-9821.

14TH ANNUAL ST. JOSEPH FESTIVAL OF SHARING ROOTS  
Pittsfield: The Annual St. Joseph Festival of Sharing Roots will be held from noon until 5 p.m. on the grounds of St. Joseph Parish at 414 North St. Free admission and Kiddy Land. Entertainment will begin at 12:30 p.m., featuring local musicians. Food booths will represent American, African, Brazilian, French, Irish, Italian, Lebanese and Polish. Food basket raffle, toy basket raffle and lottery ticket raffle and a 50/50 raffle. The craft area will be displaying goods for sale. Bring lawn chairs.

MONDAY -- 12

SLICE OF HEAVEN GOLF CLASSIC
Pittsfield: The Annual Slice of Heaven Charity Golf Classic will be held today at Berkshire Hills Country Club. This year's honoree will be Father Christopher Malatesta. For more information, call the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception in Stockbridge at 1-800-462-7426.

THURSDAY -- 15

SPRINGFIELD AREA ALPHA PROGRAM
Springfield: ALPHA, a free program on Christianity, will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. on 10 Thursdays, beginning on Sept. 15, at St. Catherine of Siena Parish Center on Parker Street. The evening consists of supper, conversation and a DVD talk by Rev. Nicky Gumbel. Books are provided. For more information or to sign up, contact the Springfield Diocese's Office of Faith Formation at 413-452-0812.

FRIDAY -- 16

2016 ANNUAL WOMEN'S RETREAT
NIskayuna, N.Y.: Women's Retreat Weekend at the Dominican Retreat and Conference Center in Niskayuna, N.Y. Sept 16-18. Theme for the weekend will focus on the Bible verse "Do You Know That You Are God's Temple and That God's Spirit Dwells in You?" (1 Cor.3:16). Call Kathryn 663-8190, Donna 663-3555, or Ruth 663-5730 for mor information.

SATURDAY -- 17

WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER
The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends in New England will be Sept. 17-18 and Oct. 21-23. For more information, contact Steve and Michelle O'Leary at 1-800-710-WWME or visit www.wwme.org.

EVERY STEP MATTERS FUNDRAISER
Westfield: ESM Ministry presents a Fundraiser Dinner, including live entertainment, raffles, and door prizes at St. Mary High School. Cost is $15 per person, $25 per couple. No children under 13 years old. Ticket info, contact Jose Gonzalez 413-377-8205.

SUNDAY -- 18

FAITH FORMATION OPEN HOUSE
South Hadley: Come to Open House Day for St. Theresa Parish's Faith Formation Youth Ministry. Free family breakfast, large group and small group activities, and Mass with children's Liturgy of the Word. From 9:30-11:45 a.m. at 9 East Parkview Drive. For more information, or to regirster your child, visit sttfaithformation.weebly.com.

HOLY TRINITY FALL FESTIVAL
Holyoke: Holy Trinity Parish, Westfield, will hold its Fall Festival from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Pilsudski Park, 200 Old County Rd., Holyoke. Mass at 10:30 am. Polish and American food (includes take-out), Polish and American music by The Mark VI in the ballroom from 1-5 p.m., games for adults and kids, bounce house, bingo, straw booth, chinese raffle, bake sale, and a Grand Raffle worth $2000 in cash prizes. Free admission and parking, held rain or shine. More info: Monday through Thursday 9 a.m.-4p.m., 413-568-1506.

MONDAY -- 19

YEAR OF MERCY PILGRIMAGE TO ROME AND ASSISI
Belchertown: Father Michael Pierz, parochial vicar of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, will lead a Sept. 19-Oct. 1 Jubilee Year of Mercy Pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi. For more information, contact Father Pierz at [email protected] or 413-323-6272, Ext. 4; or email [email protected]/frpierz.

THURSDAY -- 22

BIBLE STUDY
Springfield: "Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother," an eight-week Scripture study, will begin on Sept. 22 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish. There will be morning and evening classes on Thursdays. For more information, contact Bill and Theresa D'Amato at [email protected] or 413-203-5296.

SATURDAY - 24

RHINE AND MOSELLE RIVER CRUISE
South Hadley: The St. Patrick's Travel Club will sponsor a Sept. 24-Oct. 2, 2016 Cruise along the Rhine and Moselle Rivers from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland. For more information, call Marion at 413-536-2185.

ST. MARY'S MEALS MINISTRY JEWELRY SALE
Westfield: St. Mary's Meals Minisry will be holding its fundraising jewelry sale from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the high school gym. Please consider donating unwanted jewelry items of all types. Donations of gift boxes would be greatly appreciated as well. Proceeds used to help feed elderly shut-ins in the community. More information or to arrange a jewelry pickup, contact Nancy at 413-562-4893. Please do not leave items at the rectory.

ROBERT SLATTERY MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
Belchertown: Annual golf tournament to fair funds for the Robert Scott Slattery Memorial Scholarship in memory of the teacher and coach of Ware. It will be held at Cold Spring Country Club. Looking for signups (foursomes get a discount rate) and sponsors. Donations of goods or services to be raffled off are appreciated. 100 percent of proceeds go to the scholarship fund. 11 am shotgun start, scramble format. Entry fee: $100 per individual or $360 per foursome; Price includes green fee, cart, dinner, drink ticket, gift bag, and buy 1 get 1 round coupon for each player. $25 for dinner and raffles only. Register by Aug. 1. Contact [email protected]

'MARY, MOTHER, MODEL OF MERCY'
Adams: St. John Paul II Parish will hold  five-day mission, "Mary, Mother, Model of Mercy," to be presented Sept. 24-28 by Father Gary Castyer, chaplain at Williams College. To include confessions, Masses and talks. For more information, contact [email protected].

SUNDAY -- 25

YEAR OF MERCY PILGRIMAGE TO ITALY
Springfield: Father Matthew Alcombright, administrator of Mary Mother of Hope Parish, will lead a Sept. 25-Oct. 6 Year of Mercy Pilgrimage to Italy. For more information, contact Father Alcombright at 413-739-0456 or [email protected].

GOLF TOURNAMENT 
Amherst: Holy Family Parish in South Deerfield Knights of Columbus Council 15197 is hosting their first charity golf tournament and a deluxe BBQ dinner. Spaces for players and sponsorship opportunities are available. Registration and payments must be received by Aug. 15. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., start at 1 p.m. at Hickory Ridge Golf Club. $125 per player, $450 per foursome, if registered and paid in full. Contact: John Reino at 413-218-1774  or Rich Giusto at 774-535-2938. More info: www.15197golf.org.

MONDAY -- 26

PILGRIMAGE TO CANADIAN SHRINES
Father Charles DiMascola, pastor of Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish in Turners Falls, will lead a Sept. 26-30 Pilgrimage to Canadian Shrines. Pick-up at Dillant-Hopkins Airport, Keene, N.H. For more information and reservations, contact Susan Zimmerman at [email protected] or 603-352-2748 or Mark Zuchowski at [email protected] or 603-499-8775.


OCTOBER

SUNDAY - 2

CELEBRATION OF CATECHETICAL MINISTRY
Westfield: Celebrate and give thanks to all those who share their faith as chatechists in the Diocese of Springfield. From 2-4 pm at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church. The afternoon will include commissioning of chatechists by Bishop Rozanski and a special guest speaker Val Limar Jansen, story teller 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. 

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 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]

SATURDAY -- 8

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].

SATURDAY -- 20

CSI MEETS ROOTS: MEET A FORENSIC GENEALOGIST
Chicopee: The Polish Genealogy Society of Massachusetts is offering two programs by noted author, Collen 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.

UPCOMING

RETREAT FOR WOMEN
26th Annual Women's Retreat will be held at Marie-Joseph Spiritual Center in Maine from Sept 13-16. Priest director is Fr. Michael Twohig, Administrator of St. Theresa of Lisieux Parish. Cost is $320 for a single room and $300 for a double, includes travel and all meals except lunch on the way to the Spiritual Center. More info: Dianne Chagnon 222-3978, Mary Curran 563-9082, Mimi Doyle 536-3880, Caroline Lequin 219-4918.

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 a Mass on Sunday, Nov. 6.

TRIP TO ITALY
Springfield: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish will sponsor a Nov. 9-19 Trip to Italy. Deposit due June 30, balance July 30. Call Paula at 413-739-6635 or Yvonne at 413-734-3442.

'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].

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.

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 5:30-7pm on Mondays, Sept 12 through Oct 17. A general grief support group will meet from 5:30-7pm 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 3 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.

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..

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
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.