Eucharistic Adoration and Prayer


Jul 30, 2015

Calendar listings can be emailed to [email protected] or sent to Catholic Communications, P.O. Box 1730, Springfield MA 01102-1730.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES BACKPACK DRIVE
Springfield: The Catholic Charities Agency of the Springfield Diocese is accepting donations for its annual Back to School Backpack and Supplies Drive. Donations of backpacks, school supplies, backpacks filled with supplies and/or monetary donations can be brought to Catholic Charities, 65 Elliot St., Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Deadline for donations is Friday, Aug. 14. For more information, contact Laura Saponare, social service coordinator, at 413-452-0605.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS MUSEUM
New Haven, Conn.: "Answering the Call," an exhibit marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, will be on display at the Knights of Columbus Museum until Sept. 20. The exhibit profiles Catholic military and civilian figures, with a focus on ministry and medical care. Free admission and parking. For more information: 203-865-0400 or www.kofcmuseum.org.   

JULY

THURSDAY -- 30

MT. CARMEL ITALIAN FESTIVAL
Enfield, Conn.: The 90th Mt. Carmel Italian Festival will be held from today through Aug. 2 at 39 Park Ave., Enfield. 8 p.m. rosary procession today; food, entertainment, carnival rides 5-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 8:30 a.m. outdoor Mass and neighborhood procession on Sunday. Admission is $2; free for those under age 12. For more information: Tony or Frankie Troiano, 860-745-0321.  

FRIDAY -- 31

FACILITATOR TRAINING/RETREAT
Hingham, Mass.: “Lord, Teach Me to Pray,” a facilitator training-retreat will be held on July 31-Aug. 1 from 6:30 p.m. Friday through 4 p.m. Saturday at Glastonbury Abbey, 16 Hull St. The training is free and open to all. Retreat center fees apply for room and meals. Registration forms may be obtained at www.lordteachmetopray.com or by contacting Carol Weiler at 504.439.5933 or [email protected].

MARYLAND STATE BOYCHOIR
Lenox: The Maryland State Boychoir will present a free concert at 7 p.m. at St. Ann Church. Donations will be accepted. Host families are needed for the evening of July 31. Call th echurch office at 413-637-0157.

AUGUST

SATURDAY -- 1

GOLF TOURNAMENT
Springfield: The Holy Cross Knights of Columbus will hold its Second Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 1 at Franconia Golf Course, 619 Dwight Rd., beginning with a shotgun start at noon. For more information and tickets, contact Darin Cook at 413-386-8413 or [email protected]. Tickets also may be purchased online at www.holycrosskofc15864.groupspaces.com.

SUMMER FEST
Granby: Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish will hold its annual Summer Fest on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 5-10 p.m., rain or shine, on the Pavilion Grounds. Music by Eddie Forman Orchestra, games, food, beverages, raffle drawing. Chicken Barbecue is $12 for adults and $6 for children under 6.

SUNDAY -- 2

'WEST SIDE STORY'
Springfield: Mary Mother of Hope Parish will sponsor an Aug. 2 trip to the MacHaydn Theater in New York  to see "West Side Story"; an Aug. 26 bus trip to Historic Lexington and Concord, Mass.; a Sept. 9 trip to the Country Legends Show at Oakdale Music Theater; and a Sept. 11 Mystic Schooner Cruise. For reservations, call Sylvia at 413-594-2757.

TUESDAY -- 4

HOLY HOUR FOR VOCATIONS
West Springfield: A Holy Hour for Vocations will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 47 Pine St. Celebrant will be Father Matthew Alcombright, chair of the diocese's Vocation Ministry Team; Father Ryan Sliwa, the diocese's newly ordained priest, will be the homilist.

SATURDAY -- 8

SPRINGFIELD JAZZ AND ROOTS FESTIVAL/SOCK COLLECTION
Springfield: The Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival, a free concert, will be held at Court Square in downtown Springfield from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. In conjunction with the festival, a colleciton of new, packaged socks to benefit Mercy Medical Center's Healthcare for the Homeless will be collected at the festival and at Big Y Pharmacy locations, including 300 Cooley St. Springfield; 2035 Boston Rd., Wilbraham; 802 Williams St., Longmeadow; 441 North Main St., East Longmeadow; 433 Center St., Ludlow; Thorndike St., Rte. 32, Palmer; 195 college Highway, Southwick; 136 North King St., Northampton; and 44 Willimansett St., South Hadley.

'THE AUDREY EVENT' FUNDRAISER
Worcester, Mass.: "The Audrey Event," a two-day fundraiser to promote the canonization cause of Audrey Marie Santo, will begin with a fundraising dinner today at Christ the King Parish Hall, 1052 Pleasant St. Speakers will be Dr. Bryan Thatcher, author, speaker and founder of Eucharistic Apostles of the Divine Mercy, Catherine Adair, national pro-life speaker and MArty Rotella, a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and producer. Reservations required: 508-755-8712. Confessions, a healing Mass and Adoration will be held on Sunday, Aug. 9 at Audrey's home, 64/68 Flagg St.

SUNDAY -- 9

BAVARIANFEST
Southwick: Our Lady of the Lake Parish, 224 Sheep Pasture Rd., will hold its Annual BavarianFest on Sunday, Aug. 9 from noon-4 p.m. Includes Kastle Korner for children, crafts, games, raffle, Bavarian and conventional food and drink. $2 per person, children up to 17 free. Food and beverages sold separately. For more information, call 413-569-0161.

THURSDAY -- 13

HEALING MASS
North Adams: Father Peter Gregory will celebrate a community-wide Healing Mass on Thursday, Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church. The event is free and there will be no reserved seating.  

FRIDAY -- 14

PILGRIMAGE TO ST. ANNE DE BEAUPRE
Orange: A Pilgrimage to St. Anne de Beaupre in Quebec, Canada will be held Aug. 14-16. For more information, call Frank or Kathy Schiappa at 978.544.6814.

SATURDAY -- 15

MARY FARM DAY OF RETREAT
Palmer: The Apostolate for the Suffering will conduct its Annual Day of Retreat from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at Mary Farm, 1915 Ware St. Suggested donation of $18 will help to defray expenses, including lunch. Guest speakers will be Jean Raczkowski and BArbara Morin. For more information, call Brother Bob at 413-283-4529.

FAMILY FUN RUN AND WALK
North Adams: St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish will host a JP2 1 Mile Fun Walk and Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Aug. 15 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Proceeds will go to local chapter of The Society of St. Vincent de Paul. For more information, visit facebook.com/JP2FamilyFunRun or register online at berkshirerunningcenter.com.

SACRED HEART TRAVEL CLUB
Springfield: Upcoming trips include Aug. 15, Annual Sacred Heart Day at Hampton Beach; Sept. 26 Mystery Trip; Oct. 24, Broadway/NYC; Nov. 7, Boston Christmas Festival with Ken's Steakhouse; Nov. 21, Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular; May 2016 Alaska Trip. For information on all trips, contact Jim and Caroline McAleer at 413-734-3676 from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. or email them at [email protected].

SUNDAY -- 16

MARIAN CELEBRATION
Greenfield: The Franklin County Deanery will host its 21st annual Marian Celebration in Honor of the Mother of God on Sunday, Aug. 16 at Blessed Sacrament Church, Greenfield. The celebrant will be Father Philippe Roux, pastor of Holy Family Parish, South Deerfield. The speaker will will Father Ryan Sliwa, parochial vicar of Holy Cross Parish, Springfield. Confessions will be offered from 12:45 p.m.-2 p.m. The service, including eucharistic procession, Benediction, crowning of Mary and the rosary, will begin at 2. All are welcome. For more information, call 773-3311.

THURSDAY -- 20

'LA CAGE AUX FOLLES'
Northampton: St. Ann Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish will sponsor a Bus Trip to Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut to see "La Cage Aux Folles" on Thursday, Aug. 20. For reservations, call Nancy at 413-586-0681 or Andie at 413-586-4815.

FAITH ON FIRE CATHOLIC RALLY
Feeding Hills: A Faith on Fire Catholic Rally will be held on Thursday, Aug. 20 and Friday, Aug. 21 from 6-9 p.m. on the grounds of Sacred Heart Parish, 1065 Springfield St. Includes praise and worship music, speakers, eucharistic procession, reconciliation and prayers for healing. Springfield Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski and Marian Father Anthony Gramlich, director of the Springfield Diocese's Catholic Charismatic Renewal, will be present for the event, which is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Attendees should bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. The event is sponsored by the Hampden West Deanery and the diocese's Catholic Charismatic Renewal. If it rains, the event will be held in the church. For more information, contact Jean Raczkowski, pastoral minister, at 413-786-8200, Ext. 3 or [email protected].

SUNDAY -- 23

POLKA PARTY
Easthampton: Our Lady of the Valley Parish, 33 Adams St., will hold its Third Annual Polka Party on Sunday, Aug. 23 beginning with a 10:30 a.m. Harvest Mass celebrated by Springfield Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski and followed at noon by the Polka Party with music by the Eddie Forman Orchestra. The event, sponsored by the Easthampton Knights of Columbus Council 1116,  is free and open to the public. American and Polish foods, beverages and desserts will be available. Bring lawn chairs. No coolers allowed. For more information, contact Frank Furman, 413-527-7400; Jean Duquette, 413-527-2895; or Our Lady of the Valley rectory, 413-527-9778.  

TRIP TO AURIESVILLE
Pittsfield: St. Mark Parish will offer a Bus Trip to Auriesville, N.Y., on Sunday, Aug. 23, leaving the church parking lot at noon and returning at 6 p.m. Bring a picninc lunch and food to share with others. For more information and reservations, call the parish office at 413-447-7510 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.

NEW ENGLAND CLAMBAKE
Amherst: The Newman Catholic Center, 472 North Pleasant St., will host a New England Clambake on Sunday, Aug. 23. Doors open at 4 p.m. For tickets, call 413-549-0300, Ext. 36 or email [email protected].

SATURDAY -- 29

ST. JOSEPH CHURCH TAG SALE
Shelburne Falls: St. Joseph Parish, 34 Monroe Ave., will hold its 11th Annual Tag Sale on Saturday, Aug. 29 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. To include a bake sale, milt-raffles, teacup auction and food concession.

SUNDAY -- 30

PEACH SUNDAE 5K ROAD RACE
Wilbraham: St. Cecilia Knights of Columbus Council 10195 will hold its 11th Annual Peach Sundae 5K Road Race at 9 a.m. at Soule Road School, 300 Soule Rd. Pre-registration fee for runners and walkers is $20 prior to August 27, $25 after that or day-of-race. Register online at Active.com.

MONDAY -- 31

SSJ GOLF TOURNAMENT
Springfield: The 19th Annual Sisters of St. Joseph Golf Classic will be held on Monday, Aug. 31 at the Springfield Golf Club. Morning and afternoon tee times available. Includes lunch and dinner, silent auction and raffle. Proceeds will benefit the care of retired sisters. For more information, contact Sister Eleanor Harrington at 413-536-0853.

UPCOMING

JUSTFAITH PROGRAM
Springfield: The JustFaith Program, based on Catholic social teaching, will be held from September 2015-April 2016 at Holy Cross Parish. For more information, call Deacon Bill Toller at 413-372-6237.

ALPHA SERIES
East Longmeadow: A multi-parish presentation of ALPHA, a program on Christianity, will be held on 10 Thursdays from 6-8:30 p.m. beginning on Sept. 3 at St. Michael's Parish Center, 3 Somers Rd., East Longmeadow. 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. For more information or to sign up, contact Garry Landry, 413-433-2538; Linda Tammi, 413-599-4715; Joyce Rosati, 413-734-5433; or the diocesan Faith Formation Office at 413-452-0812.

BROADWAY MUSICAL
South Hadley: St. Patrick's Travel Club will sponsor a Sept. 12 Trip to New York City to see "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical." For reservations, call Greg at 413-536-2580. Deposit due by June 26.

NATIONAL GRANDPARENTS DAY CELEBRATION
Stockbridge: A National Grandparents Day Celebration will be held on Sunday, Sept. 13 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy. For more information, contact Alicia at 413-568-0123 or [email protected].

K OF C GOLF TOURNAMENT
Monson: The Knights of Columbus Council 4794, of St. Patrick Parish in Monson, will hold its Fourth Annual Golf Tournament and Dinner, beginning at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 13 at Cold Spring Country Club in Belchertown. Dealine for entry is Aug. 24. For more information, call Gary Collette at 413-267-5852; Mike Morgan at 413-267-4609; or Jack Vadnais at 413-267-5279.

PILGRIMAGE TO PORTUGAL AND SPAIN
Fathers Piotr Pawlus and Tomasz Parzynski, both priests of the Springfield Diocese, will lead a Sept. 15-26 Pilgrimage to Portugal and Spain. For more information, call Pat Tours at 413-747-7702.

THE MASS: REDISCOVER THE RICHNESS
Springfield: The Mass: Rediscover the Richness, a Bible study, will be offered on Thursdays, Sept. 17-Oct. 15 from 10-11:30 a.m. or 6:30-8 p.m. in the lower level Bertoni Room at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, 123 Williams St. $15 for workbook and textbook. Register by Sept. 10 by contacting Bill and Theresa D'Amato at 413-203-5296 or [email protected].

ADIRONDACK BALLOON FESTIVAL
Springfield: Mary Mother of Hope Parish will sponsor a Sept. 18-20 trip to the Adirondack Balloon Festival at Lake George, N.Y. For reservations, call Sylvia at 413-594-2757.

ST. ELIZABETH TRIPS
Ludlow: St. Elizabeth Parish will sponsor 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 [email protected]

ST. GEORGE SCHOOL CLASS OF 1965 REUNION
Chicopee: The 50-year reunion of St. George School Class of 1965 will be held Sept. 19, 2015 from 1-6 p.m. at the Chicopee Moose Lodge, Fuller Rd., Chicopee. Tickets are $30 per person. Invitations will be sent out to known class members by March 30, 2015. The class is still looking for members Annemarie Bouchard and Linda Gibson. For more information, please contact Earl Bradford at 860-617-5792 or [email protected].

PILGRIMAGE TO CANADIAN SHRINES
The 61st Annual Andrew J. Ahearn Memorial Pilgrimage to the Major Canadian Shrines will be held from Sept. 20-27. Open to all but disabled must be able to walk easily and care for themselves. For details, call Leonard DiVittorio at 413-782-2197 or 718-274-2931.

MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER
The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends are Sept. 19-20, Oct. 23-25 and Dec. 4-6. For more information, call Steve and Michelle O'Leary at 1-800-710-WWME or visit www.wwme.org.

FATHER HUGH BURNS
Adams: Dominican Father Hugh Burns will present a Spiritual Renewal Series from Sept. 20-23 at Pope John Paul the Great Parish. Times and locations are Sunday, Sept. 20, 7 p.m., Notre Dame Church; Monday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church and 7 p.m. at Notre Dame Church; Tuesday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m., St. Stanislaus Kostka Church and 7 p.m. at Notre Dame Church; Wednesday, Sept. 23, 10 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church and 7 p.m. at Notre Dame Church, with Benediction following Wednesday evening service. For more information, contact Lorraine at [email protected]

ANNUAL SCOUT RETREAT
Goshen: The 61st Annual Scout Retreat, for Christian Girl, Boy and Venture Scouts in grade five and up, as well as leaders and parents, will be held Sept. 25-27 at Camp Holy Cross. For more information, contact Pam Kosnicki at 413-283-3242 or Father Eugene Plasse at 413-283-5091.

BUS TRIPS TO PAPAL MASS
Chicopee: A Bus Trip to the Papal Mass and World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia will leave on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 8 a.m. from St. Stanislaus BIshop and Martyr Basilica and depart from Philadelphia after the papal Mass on Sunday, Sept. 27. For more information, contact Agnes at St. Stanislaus Parish Office at 413-6669, Ext. 127.
Springfield: The Diocesan Office of Pastoral Ministries will sponsor a Bus Trip to the Papal Mass in Philadelphia on Sunday, Sept. 27. Individuals and parish groups are urged to contact Sister Cathy Homrok, SSJ, as soon as possible at 413-452-0686 or [email protected]
Dalton: St. Agnes Parish will sponsor a bus trip to Philadelphia on Sept. 27, leaving at 4 a.m. and returning at midnight. For more information, contact St. Agnes rectory at 413-684-0125.

OUT OF THE DARKNESS WALK
Springfield: The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Western Massachusetts will sponsor the Springfield Out of the Darkness Walk on Sunday, Sept. 27, beginning with check-in/registration at 8:30 a.m. at the MassMutual Center, 1277 Main St. For more information email [email protected].

IRELAND TOUR
Springfield: The John Boyle O'Reilly Club will sponsor an Oct. 3-13 West Coast of Ireland Tour. For more information, call Joyce Bosworth at 413-330-6363. Visit www.jbo-club.com for full itinerary.

FRANKLIN COUNTY OUT OF THE DARKNESS WALK
Greenfield: The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Western Massachusetts will sponsor the Franklin County Out of the Darkness Walk on Sunday, Oct. 4, beginning with check-in/registration at 11 a.m. at Energy Park, 50 Miles St. For more information email [email protected].

RETREAT FOR COMMUNICATIONS PROFESSIONALS
Billerica, Mass.: The Daughters of St. Paul will sponsor "Clay Pots: Finding the Treasure, Communicaitong the Glory," a retreat for communications professionals, from Friday, Oct. 9 to Sunday, Oct. 11 at St. Thecla's Retreat House. For more information or to register, visit www.pauline.org/retreat.

ST. ELIZABETH PARISH TRIP
Ludlow: St. Elizabeth Parish will sponsor an Oct. 12-17 Trip to South America. For more information, contact Jim Martin at 413-583-6339 or [email protected].

RETREAT DAY FOR THE DEAF
Westfield: The Springfield Diocese's Office of Ministry With the Deaf will sponsor, "Praised Be," A Retreat Day for the Deaf, on Sunday, Oct. 18 from noon-5 p.m. at Genesis Spiritual Life and Retreat Center. The day will include the ASL Mass for Sunday, as well as prayer, a guest speaker, group reflection and personal time. For more information, contact Ministry With the Deaf at VP: 413-241-3193; TTY: 413-391-7340; voice: 413-739-0456, Ext. 113; or [email protected].

PILGRIMAGE TO ITALY
Stockbridge: Vinny Flynn, author of 7 Secrets of the Eucharist, and Marian Father Chris Alar, director of the Marian Helpers Assocation, wil lead "Mary, Mercy and the Eucharist," an Oct. 18-29 Pilgrimage to Italy. To include visits to four eucharistic miracle sites, the body of St.Clare, Padre Pio tomb and Rome. For more information, contact International Tours at 1-800-842-4842 or Marianne Murphy at mmurphy@select-intl-com.

ROME AND AMALFI COAST
Springfield: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish will sponsor an Oct. 19-28 Trip to Rome and the Amalfi Coast. For more information, call the parish at 413-734-5433.

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 [email protected] or 413-773-8890; or visit www.pilgrimages.com/helensheamurphy.   

JAMBO TANZANIA GOLF TOURNAMENT
Longmeadow: Jambo Tanzania, Inc., which provides medical care in Africa, will hold its Eighth Annual Building Blocks of Hope Golf Tournament on Monday, Oct. 19 at Twin Hills Country Club. For more information: [email protected] or [email protected].  

TRIP TO ITALY
Haydenville: Our Lady of the Hills Parish, Haydenville, will sponsor an Oct. 21-31 Pilgrimage to Italy. Includes Rome, Venice, Florence, Milan, Perugia, Siena and Assisi. For more information, contact Mary Lou Bouley at 413.586.7966 or [email protected]; or visit  Collette Tours at http://www.gocollette.com/tours/europe/italy/reflections-of-italy.

'SHEAR MADNESS' TRIP
Springfield: Mary Mother of Hope Parish, 840 Page Blvd., will sponsor a Nov. 1 trip to see "Shear Madness" at the Charles Theater, Boston. Lunch at the Cheesecake Factory. For more information and to register, call Sylvia at 413-594-2757.

TRIP TO PANAMA
South Hadley: The St. Patrick's Travel Club will sponsor a Nov. 12-20 Trip to Panama, the land between the seas. For more information, contact Linda or Greg at 413-536-2580.

LA SALETTE SHRINE
Chicopee: St. Anne Parish, 30 College St., will sponsor a Dec. Trip to the La Salette Shrine in Attleboro, Mass. Lunch at Wright's Chicken Farm. For more information and to register, call Natalie Villani after 5 p.m. at 413-593-3529.

WORLD YOUTH DAY 2016
Springfield: Springfield Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski will lead a pilgrimage of diocesan young people to World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland July 22-Aug. 2, 2016. Pilgrims must be at least 18 years old by July 2016. For more information and to register, contact Stacy Dibbern at 413-452-0670 or [email protected]; or visit www.johnpaultours.com/WYD.

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.

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.

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].

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.

FOURTH FRIDAY DOCUMENTARY SERIES
Holyoke: The Fourth Friday "Everyday Courage" Documentary Series is held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in DeCice Hall at the Marian Center, 1365 Northampton St. Admission is $5. Doors open at 6 p.m.

LEARNING IRISH MUSIC BY PLAYING
Holyoke: The Lower Valley Beginner Irish Session, emphaszing learning traditonal tunes by playing slowly by ear, meets every other Wednesday in DeCice Hall at the Marion Center, 1365 Northampton St. A small donation is requested. To sign up. visit LVBeginnerIrishSession at WordPress.

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. 2015 dates are Feb. 3, March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 1, Oct. 6, Nov. 3 and Dec. 1. 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].

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.

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].

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 [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.

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.