Eucharistic Adoration and Prayer


Aug 28, 2015

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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.   

AUGUST

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, 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.

'FAREWELL' MASS AT ST. JUDE CHURCH
Indian Orchard: Former parishioners and friends of St. Aloyius/St. Jude Church in Indian Orchard are invited to attend a special “farewell” liturgy on the parish grounds, 221 Main St., on Sunday, Aug. 30 at 11 a.m. This will be an open-air liturgy. While limited seating will be available, visitors are invited to being a lawn chair for their comfort.

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.

SEPTEMBER

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.

TUESDAY -- 1

SPAGHETTI SUPPER
Chicopee: The Knights of Columbus Council 69 will hold a Spaghetti Supper and Bake Sale from 4:30-6:30 p.m. to benefit Pro-Life of Pioneer Valley, Inc. $5 for seniors an dstudents; $6 for adults; free for children age 5 and under. For ticket information, call Pat at 413-536-1811 or Susan at 413-592-7061.

ST. CECILIA CATHOLIC WOMEN'S CLUB
Wilbraham: The St. Cecilia Catholic Women's Club will hold a liturgy and a Welcoming Tea, beginning at 7 p.m. All members, friends and those interested in becomingmembers are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Women's Club president Pat Serra at 413-279-1945.

THURSDAY -- 3

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.

SUNDAY -- 6

IRISH FESTIVAL
Westfield: An Irish Festival will be held from noon-6 p.m. at Sons of Erin, 22 William St. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. $5 entry fee; free for those 12 and under. Live music, dancing, food, raffle, Gaelic football, road bowling, vendors and more. For more information, contact Karen at 413-575-6475.

WEDNESDAY -- 9

SUICIDE PREVENTION PANEL
Holyoke: A panel of experts will discuss suicide awareness, including statistics, prevention and personal experiences, followed by a question and answer session, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Providence Behavioral Hospital. Free and open to the public. Register at www.mercycares.com/classes-events or call 413-539-2815.

THURSDAY -- 10

BIBLE STUDY
Northampton: A Bible Study, "Psalms: The School of Prayer," will be held for 11 weeks, beginning today, from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Elizabeth Ann Seton church hall. For more information and to register, call Karen at 413-218-3436.

FRIDAY -- 11

CATHEDRAL GOLF CLASSIC
Springfield: The 26th Annual Cathedral High School Golf Classic will be held today at Franconia and Veterans Memorial golf courses, with a dinner reception following at the Springfield Elks Lodge, 440 Tiffany St. Proceeds will go towards tuition assistance for students. For more information, call Ellen Dziura at 413-782-5285.

9/11 MEMORIAL MASS
Chicopee: The Ninth Annual Deanery-wide Memorial Mass, honoring those who perished during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, will be held at 7 p.m. at St. Anne Church, 30 College St., Chicopee. The Mass, which will be followed by a reception in the parish hall, is sponsored by the Catholic parishes of Ludlow and Chicopee and the 9/11 Memorial committee. All are welcome. A free will donation will be accepted to benefit Lorraine's Soup Kitchen in Chicopee.

SATURDAY -- 12

SHRINE OF ST. ANTHONY AND PROVINCIAL HEADQUARTERS
Chicopee: St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Basilica Parish will sponsor a Sept. 12-16 Trip to the Shrine of St. Anthony and Provincial Headquarters, Baltimore and Ocean City, Md. For more information, call Emily Czelusniak at 413-592-3047 or Agnes Olbrys at 413-594-4415.

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.

TAG AND BAKE SALE
Williamstown: Sts. Patrick and Raphael Parish will hold a Tag and Bake Sale from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. in the parish center, 53 Southworth St.

FALL TAG SALE
Hampden: The St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Mary Parish will hold a Fall Tag Sale from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Vendor space are $20. Call Pat Pastoreck at 413-204-4637.

PINK MASS
Springfield: The Fifth Annual Pink Mass, for those battling cancer and those who have passed away after struggling with cancer, will be celebrated by Springfield Bishop Mitchel T. Rozanski at 4 p.m. at St. Michael's Cathedral. The Mass will be recorded and broadcast the following morning on the "Chalice of Salvation" program at 10 a.m. on WWLP-22NEWS. Following the Mass, the Celebration of Hope Gala Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. at the Springfield Lodge of Elks on Tiffany Street, with funds benefiting local cancer support agencies. Dinner tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. For dinner tickets, contact Joyce Stavros at 413-783-9810 or Terence Hegarty at [email protected].

BACK TO SCHOOL CHRISTIAN HIP HOP AND R&B CONCERT
Westfield: Every Step Matters youth ministry organiztion will present "Fearless," a free Back to School Christian Hip Hop and R&B Concert at 7 p.m. at St. Mary High School, 27 Bartlett St. Doors open at 6:30. Non-perishable food items will be accepted for admission. For more information, contact Jose Gonzalez at 413-377-8205.

SUNDAY -- 13

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. A bus will be available, leaving at 9:30 a.m. from St. Peter and St. Casimir Parish in Westfield and returning at 5 p.m. Cost of the bus is $18. For more information, contact Alicia at 413-568-0123 or [email protected].

FESTIVAL OF SHARING ROOTS
Pittsfield: The 12th Annual Festival of Sharing Roots will be held on Sunday, Sept. 13 from noon to 5 p.m. on the grounds of St. Joseph Parish, 414 North St. Mass at 11:30 a.m. will include Prayers of the Faithful in many languages of the parish. Admission and Kiddy Land at the festival are free. Booths open at noon, performances begin at 12:30 and continue throughout the event. Food booths will represent seven international cuisines. Also includes raffles and a tag sale. Attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs.

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. Deadline 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.

SUNDAY NIGHT BOWLING GROUP
South Hadley: St. Patrick Parish's Sunday Night Candlepin Mixed Bowling Group begins today and has openings available. No experience necessary. Bowling starts at 5 p.m. and is usually done by 8. Cost is $7 per person and covers bowling, Christmas pot luck party, banquet and prizes, as well as other extras during the 27-week season. For more information, call Connie Clancy at 413-533-1614.

TUESDAY -- 15

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.

WEDNESDAY -- 16

TRIP TO MAINE
Pittsfield: Sacred Heart Parish will sponsor a Sept. 16-17 Trip to Maine. For reservations, call the rectory at 413-443-6960.

BIBLE STUDY
Westfield: St. Mary Parish will hold a 20-week Bible Study, "The Book of Acts: The Spread of the Kingdom," beginning today from 7-8:30 p.m. For more information and to register, call Joanne Bagge at 413-562-5484.

THURSDAY -- 17

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].

FRIDAY -- 18 

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.

SATURDAY -- 19

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]

LORRAINE'S SOUP KITCHEN 5K RUN
Chicopee: Lorraine's Soup Kitchen will hold its Annual 5K Run, beginning and ending at Williams Family Park. Registration may be completed online at www.lorrainessoupkitchen.com or in person at 170 Pendexter Ave.

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].

ITALIAN NIGHT DINNER FUNDRAISER
Wilbraham: The St. Cecilia Knights of Columbus will hold a Survival Center Italian Night Dinner Fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. in the parish center. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12 and will be on sale after Masses beginning on Aug. 29.

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.

SUNDAY -- 20

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.

FALL FESTIVAL
Westfield: Holy Trinity Parish willhold its Fall Festival from noon-5 p.m. at Pilsudski Park,200 Old Country Rd., Holyoke. Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Polish and American food will be available, including take-out. Polish and American music by the Mark VI from 1-5 p.m. Games fro adults and children, bingo, raffles and bake sale. Free admission and parking. For more information, call the parish office at 413-568-1506 Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

HECTOR L. TOURIGNY MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
Southwick: The Knights of Columbus Father Thomas Shea Council 11178 will hold its annual golf tournament, now renamed the Hector L. Tourigny Memorial Golf Tournament, on Sunday, Sept. 20 beginning at noon at the Edgewood Golf Course, 161 Sheep Pasture Rd. Proceeds will benefit the Our Lady of the Lake Parish Scholarship Fund and the Knights of Columbus charitable works. For more information, contact Tim at 413-455-8510; Jim at 413-569-6687; or [email protected].

FATHER HUGH BURNS
Adams: Dominican Father Hugh Burns (pictured at right) 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]

MONDAY -- 21

THEOLOGY ON TAP
Springfield: Fathers David Darcy, Ryan Sliwa and Brenda O'Neill will be present to discuss the Catholic faith in a relaxed, judgment-free event, Theology on Tap, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Nathan Bill's Bar and Restaurant, 110 Island Pond Rd. For more information, call Andrew at 413-297-5000 or email [email protected].

THURSDAY -- 24

MEMORIAL CONCERT
Holyoke: “The Leader of the Band,” a Memorial Concert in honor of Robert E. Ezold and a benefit for the Bureau for Exceptional Children and Adults at Jericho, will be held on Thursday, Sept. 24, at Summitview in Holyoke, beginning with a buffet supper at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call Ellen at 413.536.7900.

FRIDAY -- 25

HOLY FAMILY RETREAT CENTER
West Hartford, Conn.: The Holy Family Retreat Center will offer a Men's Retreat Sept. 25-27 and a Women's Retreat Oct. 2-4, both with the theme "Into the Heart of Mercy," examining the Seven Spiritual Works of Mercy and ways of integrating mercy into daily life. For more information and to register, visit www.holyfamilyretreat.org or call 1-860-760-9705.

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.

MISSION TRIP FUNDRAISER
Chicopee: A Spaghetti Dinner and Dance will be held on Friday, Sept. 25 at the Castle of Knights, 1599 Memorial Drive. Proceeds will benefit Victor Sanchez, a Knights of Columbus chaplain aid, who plans to attend World Youth Day 2016 in Poland. Tickets are $25 for couples, $20 for singles and $10 for children under 12. For tickets or more information, call Margie at 413-221-5812.

SATURDAY -- 26

SACRED HEART TRAVEL CLUB
Springfield: Upcoming trips include 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 16-29, 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].

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.

SUNDAY -- 27

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].

TUESDAY -- 29

BIBLE STUDY
South Hadley: Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Granby and St. Theresa Parish, South Hadley, will co-sponsor, "The Bible Timeline: The Story of Salvation" on Tuesdays from Sept. 29-Nov. 3 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at St. Theresa Parish, 9 East Parkview Drive. Cost is $10 for new participants, $5 for continuing participants and includes study materials. For more information, contact Kathryn Buckley-Brawner at 413-433-1007 or Michele Scanlon at 413-532-5223.

UPCOMING

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.

FALL TAG SALE
Springfield: Holy Cross Parish, 221 Plumtree Rd., will hold its Annual Fall Tag Sale on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Holy Cross Gym. Tables can be rented for $25. Call Gail at 413-626-9652.

TASTE OF ITALY
Springfield: The Annual Taste of Italy will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 4-7:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, 36 Margaret St. More than 30 homemade Italian specialties, dessert table, wine cart, live music, raffle. For more information, call 413-734-5433.

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, Communicating 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.

GENEALOGY WORKSHOP
Chicopee: The Polish Genealogy Society of Massachusetts will hold a full-day Genealogy Workshop, presented by Steve Morse, on Saturday, Oct. 10 from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Elms College. For more information and to register, visit www.pgsma.org.

FALL FESTIVAL
Holyoke: Blessed Sacrament Parish, 1945 Northampton St., will hold its Annual Fall Festival from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.on the church grounds.

ANNUAL PULASKI CELEBRATION
Northampton: The Polish Heritage Committee of Northampton will sponsor the 29th Annual Casimir Pulaski Celebration with a Memorial Mass on Monday, Oct. 12 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 99 King St.,  followed by a parade of more than 50 local community organizations and musical groups that will conclude with a memorial service honoring General Pulaski and Polish-American heritage. For further details, visit the Polish Genealogy Society website at www.pgsma.org.

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].

BEGINNING EXPERIENCE
Litchfield, Conn.: The Connecticut chapter of Beginning Experience, peer ministry for widowed, divorced and separated men and women, will hold a Self-Encounter Weeked Oct. 16-18 at Lourdes of Litchfield. Reservations are required; call Ray at 860-741-3050 or Beth at 845-373-8202 or email [email protected] or [email protected]; or visit the website at www.beginningexperience.org/connecticut.

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 Association, will 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.

HAITI PLUNGE MISSION TEAMS
North Adams: Haiti Plunge, Inc. which sends mission teams from the Springfield Diocese eight times a year, has available spots for the Oct. 23-Nov. 1 adult team and the Dec. 28-Jan. 6 college team. For more information, visit www.thehaitiplunge.org or contact Sister of St. Joseph Eunice Tassone at 413-346-3241 or [email protected].  

SPAGHETTI DINNER TO BENEFIT THE SSJs
Chicopee: The Knights of Columbus Council 4044 will hold a Spaghetti Dinner to benefit the Sisters of St. Joseph on Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Castle of Knights, 1599 Memorial Drive. Donation at the doo ris $10, with all proceeds going to the sisters' Retirement Fund.

'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.

CATHOLIC PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND
Springfield: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish will sponsor A Nov. 9-18 Catholic Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. For more information, call Cathie or Mike Milano at 1-800-773-2660.

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.

HISTORY OF THE ANOINTING OF THE SICK AND CHRISTIAN DEATH AND BURIAL RITES 
Longmeadow: Joan Kelly, faculty member of Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Conn., and adjunct professor in the theology department at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., will present “A History of the Anointing of the Sick and Christian Death and Burial Rites” on Saturday, Nov. 12 at St. Mary Parish Center. For more information and reservations, call the parish office at 413.567.3124.

HOLIDAY CRAFT AND FOOD FAIR
Springfield: Holy Cross Parish, 221 Plumtree Rd., will host its Annual Holiday Craft and Food Fair on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 14 and 15 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Holy Cross Gym. Cost for renting a space for two days is $50, for one day, $30. For more information, call Frank Ryan at 413-782-5730.

LA SALETTE SHRINE

Springfield: Mary Mother of Hope Parish, 840 Page Blvd., will sponsor a Nov. 28 Trip to the Festival of Lights at the La Salette Shrine in Attleboro, Mass. Lunch at Wright's Chicken Farm. For reservations, call Sylvia at 413-594-2757.
Chicopee: St. Anne Parish, 30 College St., will sponsor a Dec. 5 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.

PENN DUTCH COUNTRY
Granby: Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish will sponsor a Dec. 4-5 Trip to Pennsylvania Dutch Country to see "The Miracle of Christmas" at the Sight and Sound Theater, The National Chirstmas Center, Kitchen Kettle Village, Shady Maple Gift Shop and more. For reservations, contact Marilyn at 413-467-9821 or 413-467-3382; or Gert at 413-322-3225.

WOMEN'S DAY OF REFLECTION
Westfield: "We Believe: A Day with the Trinity," A Women's Day of Reflection, will be held on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at St. Mary High School Gym, 27 Bartlett St. Cost is $25 and includes continental breakfast and lunch. For more information and to register, contac Joanne at 413-568-1127 or [email protected]. Deadline for registration is Nov. 14.

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.

CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE
Ludlow: St. Elizabeth Parish will sponsor a Sept. 25-Oct. 8, 2016 Trip to Central and Eastern Europe, including Berlin, Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Krakow and Warsaw. For more information, contact Jim Martin at 413-583-6339 or [email protected].

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].

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.

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.

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.