Eucharistic Adoration and Prayer

Ongoing Events


Sep 26, 2014

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

 

SEPTEMBER

TALKS ON ST. FRANCIS AND ST. THOMAS AQUINAS
Northampton: Father James Nolte, parochial vicar of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, will present "Finding God with Both Your Heart and Your Head: St. Francis of Assisi and St. Thomas Aquinas Seen Through the Eyes of G.K. Chesterton" on Sept. 25 and Thursday, Oct. 2 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the parish hall, 10 Hawley St.

FRIDAY -- 26

FORTY HOURS EUCHARISTIC DEVOTIONS
Turners Falls: Forty Hours Eucharistic Devotions will be held at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, 84 K St., beginning with Mass today at 8:30 a.m. and vespers and Mass at 5:30 p.m.; continuing on Saturday, Sept. 27 wi th 8 a.m. Mass and Benediction and Mass at 4 p.m.; and concluding on Sunday, Sept. 28 with 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Masses and closing services at 3 p.m.

BEGINNING EXPERIENCE WEEKEND
Litchfield, Conn.: A Beginning Experience Weekend, for all who are divorced, widowed or separated, will be held Sept. 26-28 at Lourdes of Litchfield. For more information, call 860-741-3050.

SATURDAY -- 27

PAX CHRISTI LITURGY
Florence: The 20th Annual Pax Christi Liturgy, honoring the martyrs of Central America and the opening week of Campaign Nonviolence, will be held at 11 a.m. at Tir Na NOg Retreat, 423 Florence Rd. The Mass will be concelebrated by Fathers David Joyce and John Connors.

FALL FESTIVAL
Holyoke: Our Lady of the Cross Parish will host a Fall Festival today from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 28 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Pope John Paul II Social Center, 67 Kolbe Drive. To feature Polish and American foods, games, entertainment and a raffle. For more information, call 413-532-5661.

SACRED HEART TRAVEL CLUB
Springfield: Upcoming trips include Sept. 27, Providence Waterfire and Legal Seafoods Restaurant; Oct. 10-13, Columbus Day Weekend in Niagara Falls and Toronto, Canada; Oct. 25, The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze Hudson River Valley, N.Y.; Nov. 8, Anheuser-Busch Brewery, Snow's Chocolate Tour, Hart's Turkey Restaurant and Kellerhaus Gift Emporium; Dec. 6, New York Botanical Garden Gingerbread Adventure and Holiday Train Show; Jan. 10-17, Southern 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.  

PINK MASS
Springfield: Springfield Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski will celebrate the Fourth Annual Pink Mass, for those battling cancer and those who have passed away, at 4 p.m. at St. Michael's Cathedral. The Mass will be broadcast the following morning on "Chalice of Salvation." The Celebration of Hope Dinner, to support local cancer charities, will be held at 6 p.m. at the Springfield Lodge of Elks on Tiffany Street. For more information, contact Joyce Stavros at 413-783-9810 or Terence Hegarty at t.hegarty@diospringfield.org.  

MEATLOAF DINNER
Springfield: The Knights of Columbus Home City Council 63 will sponsor a Meatloaf Dinner from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the West Wing of the St. Catherine of Siena Parish Center. Tickets will be sold at the door and are $7 for adults and $6 for seniors and children under 12. All are welcome.

NIFTY FIFTIES FUNDRAISER
Chicopee: The Mercy Medical Center Gift of Light Campaign Fundraiser, to benefit its cancer support group, will be held at 6 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 431 Granby Rd. Bring your own munchies; coffee, tea and dessert will be served at 10 p.m. Those dressed in 50s attire can enter a contest. Tickets are $20; call Ruth at 413-531-3506.

ST. MARY'S AUTUMN AUCTION
Ware: St. Mary School will host its Autumn Auction from 6:30-10:30 p.m. in the church hall. To feature more than $7,000 in silent auction and basket raffle items; appetizers, champagne, dessert table, cash bar and music. Tickets are $25 per person and may be obtained by contacting Kathleen Soltys at 413-531-1113 or gksoltys@msn.com. Proceeds will benefit classroom upgrades. 

SUNDAY -- 28

MERCY FOR SOULS CONFERENCE
Stockbridge: The Fourth Annual Mercy for Souls Conference will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy. General admission is $10. Register by calling 1-800-671-2020 or online at prayforsouls.org/conference.

ASL MASS IN THE BERKSHIRES
Pittsfield: The monthly ASL (American Sign Language) Mass and Social will be held at 2 p.m. at St. Mark Church, 400 West. St.

MONDAY -- 29

NEWMAN CENTER GOLF TOURNAMENT
South Hadley: The Newman Catholic Center of the University of Massachusetts Amherst will hold its Second Annual Golf Tournament at the Ledges Golf Club. For more information, contact Virginia Webb at 413-549-0300.

TUESDAY -- 30

BIBLE TIMELINE COURSE
Springfield: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish will present the Bible Timeline Course in three sessions of eight classes each on Tuesdays from 10 a.m-noon or 6:30-8:30 p.m.. Dates are Sept. 30-Nov. 18, 2014; Jan. 13-March 3, 2015; and April 7-May 26, 2015. $35 cost for course materials. For more information or to register, contact Bill and Theresa D'Amato at 413-203-5296 or micah68bt@gmail.com.

OCTOBER

WEDNESDAY -- 1

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS ADVANCEMENT DINNER
Chicopee: The 15th Annual Catholic Schools Advancement Dinner will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at the Castle of Knights, beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m. For tickets, contact Stacy Dibbern at 413-452-0670 or s.dibbern@diospringfield.org.

THURSDAY -- 2

ZITI SUPPER
North Adams: The Annual Ziti Supper will be held on Thursday, Oct. 2 from 4-7 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Parish Center. Tickets are $8 ($7 for seniors and children 12 and under).

BIBLE STUDY
Lenox: Deacon John Zick will lead a Bible Study on the Gospel of Luke on Thursdays from Oct. 2 to Nov. 20 from 6-7 p.m. in the St. Ann Family Center.
Holyoke: A seven-week program on the Gospel of St. Matthew will begin on Thursday, Oct. 2 from 7-9 p.m. at the Pope John Paul II Social Center. To register or for more information, call Paula Brunault at 413-5341596 or Mary Riel at 413-533-7660.

FRIDAY -- 3

FIRST FRIDAY PRAYER BREAKFAST
Springfield: The First Friday Prayer Breakfast will be held on Friday, Oct. 3 at the Bishop Marshall Center at St. Michael's Cathedral, 254 State St., beginning with Mass at 7:30 a.m., followed by a free continental breakfast at 8 a.m. and a speaker at 8:15. The speaker this month will be Ann Dougal, principal of St. Michael's Academy in Springfield.

LIVING ROSARY
South Hadley: To honor the feast day of St. Theresa of Lisieux, a Living Rosary will be held on Friday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. in St. Theresa Church.

CELTIC ROCK GROUP
Holyoke: The Irish Cultural Center at Elms College will sponsor a concert by the American Celtic folk rock group, The Elders, on Friday, Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. at the Holyoke Elks Lodge, 250 Whitney Ave. Doors open at 7. Tickets are $22.50  in advance, $20 for ICC members and $25 at the door, and can be purchased by visiting www.ElmsIrishCenter.org or calling the ICC at 413-265-2537.

SATURDAY -- 4

'DEATH WITH REAL DIGNITY' FORUM
Worcester, Mass.: A free forum, "Death with Real Dignity: Protect the Vulnerable, Comfort the Suffering," will be held on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 9 a.m.-noon in the Hagan Campus Center Hall at Assumption College. Speakers will include John B. Kelly, a Boston-based disability rights activist and writer; Deacon Peter J. Gummere of the Diocese of Burlington, Vt.; and Marie Romagnano, founder of Health Care Professionals for Divine Mercy.

AGAPE COMMUNITY ST. FRANCIS DAY
Ware, Mass.: The Agape Community, 2062 Greenwich Rd., will hold its annual St. Francis Day, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4. Yale professors and executive producers of the film, "Journey of the Universe," Evelyn Tucker and John Grim will be the main speakers. For more information, contact Agape at peace@agapecommunity.org or 413-967-9369; or log on to www.agapecommunity.org.

BLESSING OF PETS
Turners Falls: Our Lady of Peace Parish will hold a Blessing of Pets on Saturday, Oct. 4 at 10:30 a.m. in the Peace Garden. Refreshments will follow the prayer service.

SPAGHETTI SUPPER
Easthampton: The Knights of Columbus of Our Lady of the Valley Parish will sponsor a Spaghetti Supper on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 4:45-7:30 p.m. in the parish hall. Tickets are $7 for adults and children over 10; $4 for children age 4-9; and free for children 3 and under.  

PASTA SUPPER
Southwick: The Knights of Columbus Father Thomas A. Shea Council will sponsor a Pasta Supper on Saturday, Oct. 4 at 5 p.m. in Father Shea Hall at Our Lady of the Lake Parish. Cost is $8 for ages 13 and over; $5 for ages 5-15, and free for children under age 5.

SENSATIONAL SIBS PROGRAM
Holyoke: The Bureau for Exceptional Children and Adults at Jericho will offer Sensational Sibs, a program for children and teens who have siblings with disabilities. The first session will be held on Oct. 4 in the early evening. Jericho is now accepting sign-ups for Fall 2014 in two age groups, 8-12 and 13-16. Teens age 16 and up are welcome to serve as mentors. For more information or to register, contact Linda LaPointe at 413-739-4715; Laura Fitzell at 413-538-7450; or Maggie Wurm at 413-586-7525.

MATTHEW KELLY RETREAT
Belchertown: Internationally acclaimed speaker and author Matthew Kelly will present a retreat, "Living Every Day with Passion and Purpose," on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 7-10:45 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church. For tickets, log on to www.DynamicCatholic.com or call 413-323-7594.

SUNDAY -- 5

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
Wilbraham: A Blessing of the Animals, in honor of St. Francis, will be held on Sunday, Oct. 5 in the back parking lot of St. Cecilia Church following the 11 a.m. Mass. All are welcome.
South Hadley: St. Theresa Parish will hold its Annual Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 12:30 p.m. at the front portico of the church. All are welcome.

ROSARY AND BENEDICTION SERVICE OF THANKSGIVING
Turners Falls: A special Rosary and Benediction Service of Thanksgiving, commemorating the 800th anniversary of the rosary, will be held on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church. All are welcome.

IRELAND TOUR INFO SESSION
Chicopee: The Irish Cultural Center at Elms College will host an Informational Session on its May 5-14 Tour to Ireland on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. in the Dooley Campus Center (Room 207) at Elms College, 291 Springfield St. For more information, visit www.ElmsIrishCenter.org. The tour is limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

MASS OF ANOINTING
Lenox: St. Ann Parish will hold a Mass of Anointing on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. in the church. The Mass is open to everyone. All are welcome. A light reception will follow in the parish center.

TUESDAY -- 7

SPAGHETTI SUPPER
Chicopee: The Knights of Columbus Elder Council 69 will host a Spaghetti Supper to benefit the Sisters of St. Joseph will be held Tuesday, Oct. 7 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, 460 Granby Rd. Tickets are available at Mont Marie in Holyoke and will be sold at the door. Cost is $6 for adults; $5 for seniors and students; and free for children under 5.

WEDNESDAY -- 8

'TASTE OF VERMONT' TRIP
Pittsfield: Sacred Heart Church will sponsor an Oct. 8 "Taste of Vermont" trip to Ben & Jerry's, Cabot Cheese and Green Mountain Coffee in Vermont. For more information and reservations, call Sacred Heart Rectory at 413-443-6960.

BIBLE STUDY
Wilbraham: A Bible Study focusing on the Old Testament will begin on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. in the conference room at St. Cecilia Parish and run through December. For more information, call Tom and Gail Finnegan at 413-596-9512.

THURSDAY -- 9

ST. LUKE'S TAG SALE
Springfield: St. Luke's Home, 85 Spring St., will hold its Annual Tag Sale on Thursday, Oct. 9 and Friday, Oct. 10. Those wishing to donate items can call Barbara Tadeo or Debra Belliveau at 413-736-5494.

FRIDAY -- 10

BENEFIT FOR HOMELESS WOMEN AND CHILDREN
Pittsfield: The Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., will host a Slient Auction to benefit homeless women and children in the Berkshires on Friday, Oct. 10 from 6-8 p.m. Proceeds will go to a transitional housing facility for homeless women, children and teenagers. Tickets are $20. For reservations or more information, call 413-442-3172.

SATURDAY -- 11

BOTTLE DRIVE
Wilbraham: Cub Scout Pack 359 will hold a Bottle Drive on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 8 a.m.-noon in the St. Cecilia Parish parking lot. Proceeds help to fund educational programs and activities for the Scouts.

PUBLIC ROSARY
Holyoke: Our Lady of the Cross Parish, 23 Sycamore St., will hold a Public Rosary at noon on Saturday, Oct. 11 to commemorate the Miracle of the Sun which took place in Fatima, Portugal on Oct. 13, 1917. For more information, contact Norma Raftery at 413-534-3949.

SPAGHETTI DINNER
West Stockbridge: The Rosary Sodality of St. Patrick Parish will hold its annual Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 5-7 p.m. in the parish center. Cost is $10 for adults, $4 for children 4-10, and free for children under 4.

SUNDAY -- 12

FALL FEST BAZAAR
Adams: St. John Paul II Parish will host its Annual Fall Fest Bazaar and Kids' Fair on Sunday, Oct. 12 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Notre Dame School Hall on Maple Street. For more information, call 413-743-0577.

COLLEGE OF ST. MARY MAGDALEN OPEN HOUSE
Warner, N.H.: The College of St. Mary Magdalen, 511 Kearsarge Mountain Rd., will hold an Open House on Oct. 12 and 13, for high school students and recent graduates. Contact the Admissions Office at admissions@magdalen.edu, 603-456-2656 or 877-498-1723.

 

MONDAY -- 13

POLISH HERITAGE DAY
Northampton: Monday, Oct. 13, beginning with Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, King Street, followed by the Pulaski Parade at 11:15, from former Blyda parking lot to Pulaski Park.

FALL FESTIVAL
Holyoke: Blessed Sacrament Parish, 1945 Northampton St., will hold its Fall Festival on Monday, Oct. 13 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on the church grounds. To register for a table, visit www.blessedsacramentholyoke.org or call Sal Canata at 413-534-3124.

ADULT ENRICHMENT SERIES
South Hadley: St. Theresa and St. Patrick parishes in South Hadley and Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Granby will sponsor a Tri-Parish Adult Enrichment Series on Oct. 13, 20 and 27 and Nov. 3, 10 and 17 from 6:15-8:15 p.m. at St. Theresa Parish Hall, 9 East Parkview Dr. Cost is $10 per person and includes study materials. For more information, contact Kathryn Buckley-Brawner at 413-433-1007 or Michelle Scanlon at 413-532-5223.

AMISH COUNTRY TRIP
Ludlow: St. Elizabeth Parish will sponsor an Oct. 13-15 trip to Pennsylvania to the Millennium Theater production of "Moses," the Amish Country and Philadelphia. For more information, contact Jim Martin at 413-583-6339 or jamesmartin47@verizon.net

TUESDAY -- 14

CANDLELIGHT LIVING ROSARY
Chicopee: The Fairview Knights of Columbus Council 4044, 1599 Memorial Drive, will hold its Semi-Annual Candlelight Living Rosary Service on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. in the baquet facility. The service will be led by council chaplain Father Matthew Guidi and will feature live music. Light refreshments will be served after the program. 

FRIDAY -- 17

WINE AND BEER TASTING
Chicopee: The Fairview Knights of Columbus Council 4044 will sponsor a Wine and Beer Tasting Night on Friday, Oct. 17 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Proceeds will support the Knights' 24th Annual Thanksgiving Day Feast, benefiting hungry, needy or lonely people from the surrounding communities. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased in the members' lounge on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-8 p.m. or at the door.

SATURDAY -- 18

BUS TRIP TO COOPERSTOWN
Pittsfield: St. Mark Parish will sponsor a Bus Trip to Cooperstown, N.Y. on Saturday, Oct. 18. Includes Baseball Hall of Fame, Fenimore Art Museum and the Farmers Museum. For more information or reservations, call the St. Mark parish office at 413-447-7510.

HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR
Easthampton: The Mission Committee of Our Lady of the Valley Parish will host a Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. More than 25 crafters and vendors; and coffee, donuts, pizza, soda and hot dogs will be for sale.

'SPIRITUAL WARFARE' SEMINAR
Belchertown: Father Peter Naranjo, parochial vicar of Sacred Heart Parish in Pittsfield, will present "Spiritual Warfare: Angels and Demons," a three-part seminar, on Oct. 18 and 25 and Nov. 1 from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Social Center, 10 Park St. The series is free; donations will be accepted. Lunch will be available for a nominal fee. For reservations, contact St. Francis Parish at 413-323-6272 or stfrancischurch@verizon.net.

HAM AND BEAN SUPPER
Monson: The Fourth Annual Ham and Bean Supper will be hosted by the Martha/Mary Committee of St. Patrick Parish on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 5-7 p.m. in the parish hall. Tickets are $8 for adults and $3 for children 2-12. All proceeds will benefit the parish's Restoration Fund.

ITALIAN NIGHT
Wilbraham: The St. Cecilia Knights of Columbus will host an Italian Night on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. in the parish center. To include musical entertainment and a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $15 per person. For more information, call Bob St. Martin at 413-596-5102.

AUTUMNFEAST CHURCH SUPPER
West Springfield: St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, 47 Pine St., will hold its Autumnfeast Church Supper on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children 12-4, and free for children under 4. Tickets can be purchased at the parish office Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Deadline is Oct. 15.

SUNDAY -- 19

'SOUTH PACIFIC'
Granby: Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish will sponsor a trip to the Westchester Broadway Dinner Theatre in Elmsford, N.Y., on Sunday Oct. 19 to see "South Pacific." To reserve seats, call Marilyn at 413-467-9821 or 413-467-3382; or Gert at 413-322-3225.

FALL FASHION SHOW
Agawam: The Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Women's Guild will host a Fall Fashion Show on Sunday, Oct. 19 at Chez Josef, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Cost is $30 and includes brunch and door prizes. Fashions will be provided by Kohl's of Boston Road. For tickets, contact Linda at 413-388-2660. Deadline for tickets is Oct. 12.

ANNIVERSARY MASS FOR MARRIED COUPLES
Springfield: Springfield Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski will be the celebrant of a special Anniversary Mass for Married Couples on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. at St. Michael's Cathedral.

MONDAY -- 20

JAMBO TANZANIA GOLF TOURNAMENT
Longmeadow: The Seventh Annual Building Blocks of Hope Golf Tournament, to benefit Jambo Tanzania, will be held on Monday, Oct. 20 at noon at Twin Hills Country Club. To register and for more information visit the jambotanzania.us website or email jambotanzania-asante@hotmail.com or lynch.afl@gmail.com.

THURSDAY -- 23

FASHION SHOW BENEFIT FOR SSJs
Agawam: The Elms College Alumni Association will sponsor The Elms Vogue Fashion Show to benefit the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield on Thursday, Oct. 23 from 5-9 p.m. at Chez Josef in Agawam. The event also will include food and entertainment. General seating and VIP tickets can be purchased through the Elms College website: www.elms.edu/fashionshow.

MCFL FUNDRAISING BANQUET
Norwood, Mass.: The Massachusetts Citizens for Life will host its Annual Fundraising Banquet on Thursday, Oct. 23, beginning with a 6 p.m. reception, in the Tiffany Ballroom at the Four Points by Sheraton. The keynote speaker will be Ryan Bomberger, founder of The Radiance Foundation. Registration starts on Aug. 20. Contact Matt at 617-242-4199, Ext. 221.

SATURDAY -- 25

BLUE MASS
Springfield: The Eighth Annual Blue Mass, honoring police officers, state troopers, firefighters, court officers and correctional officers, will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25 at St. Michael's Cathedral. Officers and firefighters are asked to wear Class A uniforms and arrive by 5:30 for lineup. All are welcome to attend the Mass.

SUNDAY -- 26

PERPETUAL ADORATION ANNIVERSARY
Greenfield: The 20th Anniversary Celebration of Perpetual Adoration in Franklin County will be celebrated on Sunday, Oct. 26 at a 2 p.m. Mass at Blessed Sacrament Church. Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski will be the Mass celebrant; guest speaker will be Vinny Flynn, executive director of MercySong Ministries of Healing.

MEDJUGORJE CONCERT
Springfield: Barry Kingston, of New Spirit Ministry, Inc., will present "Messages from Heaven: A Musical Journey through Medjugorje," a reflective concert and personal story, on Sunday, Oct. 26 at 3 p.m. at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church. All are welcome. Free will offering. Refreshments follow in Marian Hall. For more information, call Kathryn Seward at 413-736-1649 or Joyce Rosati at 413-734-5433.

THURSDAY -- 30

HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE
Springfield: Father David Wathen will lead an Oct. 30-Nov. 9 Holy Land Pilgrimage, sponsored by Holy Name Parish in Springfield. For more information, call Jim or Elaine at 413-567-8328.

UPCOMING

TRIP TO SEE 'SHEAR MADNESS'
Springfield: Mary Mother of Hope Parish, 840 Page Blvd., will sponsor a trip to Boston to see "Shear Madness" on Sunday, Nov. 2 and a Trip to La Salette Shrine's Festival of Lights on Nov. 29.  For reservations, call Sylvia at 413-594-2757.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 phine 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.