Eucharistic Adoration and Prayer


Feb 5, 2016

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FEBRUARY

DATE NIGHTS FOR MARRIED COUPLES
Ludlow: St. Elizabeth Parish will host Date Nights for married couples on Jan. 16 and 30, and Feb. 13 and 27 from 6-8 p.m. at the parish's Pastoral Center. Childcare will be available for a small fee. For more information and to register, call Dick and DuAnne Pasquini at 413-610-0509.

WEEKEND RETREATS
West Hartford, Conn.: The Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, 303 Tunxis Rd., will offer Weekend Retreats for men and women, based on the theme, "Into the Heart of Mercy." Women's retreat weekends are March 4-6, April 22-24 and June 3-5. The men's retreat weekend is Feb. 26-28. To register, visit www.holyfamilyretreat.org or call 860-760-9705.

ADULT CONFIRMATION CLASSES
Adult confirmation classes will be held beginning on Feb. 7 in North Adams, Feb. 22 in Northampton, Feb. 23 in Ludlow and April 6 in Feeding Hills. For more information, call the diocesan Office of Faith Formation at 413-452-0841.

THURSDAY -- 4

'STEEL MAGNOLIAS'
Wilbraham: Cathedral High School, 310 Main St., will present the play "Steel Magnolias" today and Friday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m., with a snow date of Sunday, Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $5 for students, seniors and all Wilbraham and Hampden residents. Cathedral High art students' work will be displayed in the lobby and halls of the school. For more information, call 413-782-5285.

FRIDAY -- 5

PIZZA AND A MOVIE
South Hadley: St. Patrick Parish will host "Pizza and a Movie: Inside Out," on Friday, Feb. 5, beginning with pizza at 6 p.m., followed by the movie at 6:30. $2 per person. Reservations required by calling 413-532-2850. Pay at the door. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

SATURDAY -- 6

PLACEMENT TEST
Chicopee: Pope Francis High School will hold a Placement Test for prospective students on Saturday, Feb. 6 from 8 a.m.-noon at Holyoke Catholic High School, 134 Springfield St. $50 application fee. For more information and application forms, contact Ann Rivers at 413-331-2480, Ext. 1132 or visit www.popefrancishigh.org.

COLDEST DAY 5K RUN/WALK
Springfield: The Springfield Rescue Mission, 10 Mill St., will hold its Coldest Day 5K Run/Walk at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6. Registration fee is $25. Registration can be done online at www.hope4springfield.org or in person at the Rescue Mission at 9 a.m. on Feb. 6.

RELICS OF THE PASSION
Stockbridge: The National Shrine of The Divine Mercy, in collaboration with the Apostolate for Holy Relics, will host veneration of "Relics of the Passion" from 10:30-11:30 a.m. For more information, call 413-298-1117 or visit www.TheDivineMercy.org/shrine.

FAMILY VALENTINE SUPPER
Springfield: The St. Gaspar Bertoni Knights of Columbus Council of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish will host a Family Valentine Supper on Saturday, Feb. 6. A pasta suppper will be served  from 5-6 p.m. in Marian Hall. Event also includes music, face painting and a craft project. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door; and $5 for children ages 5-12. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the rectory or by calling Frank Grimaldi at 413-219-9279.

WINTER PICNIC
Southwick: The Father Thomas A. Shea Knights of Columbus Council at Our Lady of the Lake Parish will host a Winter Picnic on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 6-8:30 p.m. in the parish's Father Shea Hall. Includes hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, potato salad, baked beans, chips, beverage and dessert. $8 for age 13 and over; $5 for ages 5-12; and free for under 5.

FATHER/DAUGHTER DANCE
Lee: The St. Mary School Annual Father/Daughter Dance will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased in advance or at the door. For more information, call the school at 413-243-1079.

VALENTINE SOCIAL
Springfield: The local chapter of the International Catholic Deaf Association (ICDA) will host a Valentine Social beginning at 7 p.m. at Mary Mother of Hope Church. Admission is $3.50 for non-members, $2.50 for members and $2 for children and college students. Includes door prizes and a 50/50 raffle.

SUNDAY -- 7

HEALING MASS
Springfield: A Mass of Healing and Evangelization will be held at 2 p.m. at Holy Name Church, 323 Dickinson St. Celebrant will be Father Henry Dorsch, pastor of Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Southwick. The program is sponsored by the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of the Springfield Diocese.

MONDAY -- 8

OPEN HOUSE
Ludlow: St. John the Baptist School, 217 Hubbard St., will hold an Open House on Monday, Feb. 8, from 6-7:30 p.m.

TUESDAY -- 9

YEAR OF MERCY PROGRAM
Westfield: St. Mary Parish will hold, "Seeking Mercy: Experiencing the Spiritual Works of Mercy in Our Everyday Lives" on Tuesday, Feb. 9 from 7-8 p.m. Speaker will be Allison Gingras, a Catholic radio host, blogger, author, social media evangelist and retreat leader. All are welcome to attend. For more information, call St. Mary's office of religious education at 413-562-5484.  

THURSDAY -- 11

MASS OF HEALING AND ANOINTING
Feeding Hills: Sacred Heart Parish, a designated pilgrimage site for the Jubilee Year of Mercy, will observe the World Day of the Sick and the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, on Thursday, Feb. 11, by hosting a Mass of Healing and Anointing at 6 p.m. Springfield Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski will be the Mass celebrant and also will bless the church's "Door of Mercy." Following the Mass, there will be a reception at the parish center.

MONDAY -- 15

PARISH LENTEN MISSION
South Hadley: Father Warren Savage, religious studies lecturer at Our Lady of the Elms College in Chicopee, will present "Merciful Like the Father, " a Lenten Mission from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on  Feb. 15, 16 and 17 at St. Patrick Church, 30 Main St. The Monday and Tuesday sessions will include a liturgy service with preaching, and the Wednesday session will include a penance service with individual confession.

LENTEN SCRIPTURE SEMINAR
Westfield: Mary Keator, adjunct lecturer in the religious studies department at Elms College, and Father Warren Savage, lecturer in the religious studies department at Elms College, will present "The Parable of Mercy: Luke 15:11-32," a Lenten Scripture Seminar, from 7-8:30 p.m. on Feb. 15, 22 and 29, and March 7 at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church, 127 Holyoke Rd. Cost is $55. Participants are required to bring a Bible. For more information and to register, contact Ann Schwein at 413-265-2575, Ext. 271 or [email protected].

THURSDAY -- 18

MYSTERY PLAYERS STATIONS OF THE CROSS
South Deerfield and Amherst: The Immaculate Heart Central High School Mystery Players from Watertown, N.Y., will perform the Stations of the Cross on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. at Holy Family Church in South Deerfield; and on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Newman Catholic Center in Amherst. The performance uses special lighting, music, pantomime and paraliturgical readings, using the sanctuary as a stage. All are welcome to attend. Parents are cautioned that the use of lighting and the dramatic nature of the play may be frightening to young children.

WEDNESDAY -- 24

MARY MOTHER OF HOPE TRIPS
Springfield: Mary Mother of Hope Parish, 840 Page Blvd., will sponsor a Feb. 24-26 Trip to Atlantic City; a March 3 Trip to see "1776: The Musical" at Ocean State Theater; a March 18 Trip to Ioka Maple Farm and Furnace Valley Winery; and a May 4-6 Trip to see "Sampson" at the Sight and Sound Theater and "Crooners Show" at the American Music Theater. For more information, call Sylvia at 413-594-2757.

SATURDAY -- 27

VETERANS MEMORIAL DINNER
Granby: The Granby Veterans Memorial Roast Beef Dinner will be held on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 5:30 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Hall, 256 State St. Tickets are $13 and can be purchased by calling Jason Richard at 413-246-9386 or Mike Pandora at 413-205-6646.

SUNDAY -- 28

SSJs IRISH GALA
Chicopee: The Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield will sponsor an Irish Gala on Sunday, Feb. 28 from 2-6 p.m. at the Castle of Knights, 1599 Memorial Drive. Tickets are $25 per person and are available at the SSJs’ Congregational Offices, 577 Carew St., Springfield during business hours. For more information, contact Sister Eleanor Harrington at 413-536-0853 or [email protected]; or Mary Campbell at 413-739-7563. 

UPCOMING

HAITI PLUNGE
North Adams: The next mission of The Haiti Plunge, a volunteer program for high school and college aged youth, will be March 5-12. The group spends 10 days working on projects in the Cabaret region of Haiti. For more information and to sign up, call 413-346-3241 or email [email protected].  

CATHOLIC MEN'S CONFERENCE
Chicopee: The 14th Annual Catholic Men's Conference, for men ages 16 and older, will be held on Saturday, March 5 at Bellamy School. Speakers will include Marcus Grodi, Jon Leonetti and Peter Kreeft. Brochures are available in parishes. For more information, call 413-665-3254, Ext. 13 or register online at www.spfldmensconference.org.

DIACONATE INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS
Men, ages 31 and up, from the four western Massachusetts counties, who are interested in the diocesan diaconate program, should attend one of the Diaconate Informational Meetings that will be held on Sunday, March 13, 2016 from 2-4 p.m. in three locations: the Bishop Marshall Center, Elliot Street, Springfield; St. Mary School Library, 115 Orchard St., Lee; and the Newman Catholic Center, 472 North Pleasant St., Amherst. To register, email name, address, telephone number and parish to [email protected] or call 413.452.0674.

LENTEN REFLECTION EVENING
Springfield: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish will host an Evening of Lenten Reflection on Monday, March 14 in the church, including reconciliation at 6 p.m.; Mass at 7 p.m.; prayers for healing at 8 p.m., followed by refreshments. Free will offering. Celebrant and homilist will be Marian Father Anthony Gramlich, rector of the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge. For more information, contact Concetta at 413-737-3852.

POLISH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
Chicopee:The Spring Meeting of the Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts will be held on Thursday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Chicopee Library, 449 Front St. Stephen Jendrysik will speak on “The Mills of Greater Chicopee and the Polish Immigrant Experience.” Free and open to the public.

TAG SALE
Springfield: Holy Cross Parish, 221 Plumtree Rd., will hold a Tag Sale on Saturday, April 9, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the St. Michael's Academy gymnasium. Tables may be rented for $25. For more information, call Gail at 413-626-9652.

TRIP TO PHILADELPHIA
Adams: The Parish of St. John Paul II will sponsor an April 11-13 Parish Trip to Philadelphia. To inlcude visits to National Shrine of St. John Neumann, the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Old St. Mary's and St. Katharine Drexel. For more information and reservations, call the parish office at 413-743-0577.

TOUR TO IRELAND
Chicopee: The Irish Cultural Center will sponsor a May 1-19, 2016 Tour to Ireland. For more information, contact Rose Baker at 413-519-2135 or Pat Baker at 413-348-3263 or visit www.elmsirishcenter.org.

PILGRIMAGE TO ITALY
Pittsfield: St. Joseph Parish will sponsor a May 11-19, 2016 Year of Mercy Pilgrimage to Italy. For more information, contact Msgr. Michael Shershanovich at 413.445.5789 or email [email protected]. Register online at www.johnpaultours.com/mmitaly.

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.

YEAR OF MERCY PILGRIMAGE TO ITALY
West Springfield: Father Matthew Alcombright, parochial vicar of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, will lead a Sept. 25-Oct. 6 Year of Mercy Pilgrimage to Italy. For more information, contact Father Alcombright at 413-739-4779, Ext. 14 or [email protected].

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].

SOUTHWEST IRELAND TOUR
Springfield: The John Boyle O'Reilly Club will offer an Oct. 3-13 Southwest Ireland Tour. For more information and reservations, call Joyce Bosworth at 413-330-6363. 

CRUISE TO BERMUDA
Springfield: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish will sponsor an Oct. 21-28 "Reunion" Cruise to Bermuda. Newcomers are welcome. For more information, call Mary Mastroianni at 413-789-7318.

CHS CLASS OF 1966 REUNION
Springfield: The Cathedral High School Class of 1966 will hold its 50th reunion on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Springfield Marriott. For more information email [email protected].

ONGOING

TUESDAY TOURS
CHICOPEE: Tours of St. Joan of Arc School, 587 Grattan St., will be held on Tuesdays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., for prospective families. No appointment necessary. Check in at main office.

FREE MINISTRY TO TRAVELING CATHOLICS
For times and locations of Masses throughout the U.S., visit www.Masstimes.org or call 1-800-627-7846.

CATHOLIC WOMAN'S CLUB
Springfield: The Catholic Woman's Club of the Springfield Diocese is always welcoming new members. The organization is dedicated to Catholic action, service and education. 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.

MONTHLY ST. JUDE MASS
Lee: The monthly Mass in honor of St. Jude will be moved to the second Thursday of each month beginning in October 2015. The Mass is held at 7 p.m. at Mary Mother of the Church. Upcoming dates include: Oct. 8, Nov. 12, Dec. 10, 2015; and Jan. 14, Feb. 11, March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 8, Oct. 13, and Nov. 10, 2016.

NOVENA TO ST. PEREGRINE
Springfield: The Novena to St. Peregrine, patron of those with cancer and other serious diseases, is held every Monday at 5:30 p.m. at Mary Mother of Hope Church, 840 Page Blvd.
Monson: The Novena to St. Peregrine is held every Friday 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. 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].

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].

ORATORY OF EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
Lee: The St. Mary Mother of the Church Oratory of Eucharistic Adoration (left), corner of Academy and Main streets, is open from 6 a.m.-midnight, seven days a week. For more information or to register for an hour, call Malcolm Chisholm at 413-243-0551.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
Amherst: Eucharistic adoration is held every Thursday following the 8 a.m. Mass until 5 p.m. at St. Brigid Church, 122 North Pleasant St. The Divine Mercy Chaplet is prayed at 3 p.m. and repeated in Spanish, along with other prayers, from 4-5 p.m.

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.
Agawam: A Men's Bible Study Group meets on Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Lower Parish Center at St. John the Evangelist Parish. For more information, call John Lemke at 413-262-4195. Holyoke: A "Rediscover God's Mercy Catholic Bible Study will be held on Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, 427 Maple St. All are welcome.
Brimfield: Bible study sessions are held on Fridays at 9:30 a.m. in the St. Christopher Parish Center. For more information, contact the rectory at 413-245-7274.

MINI RETREAT
Holyoke: A Mini Retreat will be held on the last Sunday of every month at Immaculate Conception Church, 54 N. Summer St. Father Sean O'Mannion, national director of the Guard of Honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, will lead the retreat, which will begin with the Divine Mercy Chaplet, followed by a talk on Sacred Heart spirituality, expositon of the Blessed Sacrament, recitation of the rosary and Benediction.

SUICIDE LOSS SUPPORT
Pittsfield: A Suicide Loss Support Group meets the first Tuesday of the month from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Brien Center, 10 Wendell Ave. Contact Peg Morse at 413-441-6316 to register or for more information.

PRAYER GROUPS
Greenfield: The Roses for Mary Prayer Group meets every Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Adoration Chapel at Blessed Sacrament Parish. The Hearts of Jesus and Mary Prayer Group meets on the first and third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the church sacristy. Includes rosary, Chaplet of The Divine Mercy and Scripture reading. All are welcome.

DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET
Holyoke: Our Lady of the Cross Parish will host a recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy on the first Sunday of every month after the 10:30 a.m. Mass (approximately 11:15 a.m.). The service will be held at Holy Cross Church, 23 Sycamore St.

TORNADO SURVIVOR GROUP
Springfield: A Tornado Survivor Group, facilitated by Dr. Martin Markey, meets on Wednesday evenings at 7 in the Holy Cross Rectory, 219 Plumtree Rd. Contact Beth or Sister Cindy at the rectory, 413-783-4111.

SUPPORT GROUPS FOR WIDOWS, WIDOWERS, PARTNERS
Springfield: Mercy Hospice offers Support Groups for Widows, Widowers and Partners on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, except for the month of August. Pre-registration is required by calling 413-827-4218.

ALWAYS OUR CHILDREN
Springfield: A support group and ministry for parents, families and friends of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons will meet in the Community Room of the convent behind Sacred Heart Church, 395 Chestnut St., on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Call 736-6803.

ROSARY AFTERNOONS
West Springfield: The rosary will be prayed every Wednesday afternoon at 2:15 p.m. in the parish center chapel of St. Thomas Parish, 63 Pine St. All three mysteries will be prayed. Come for one, two or three.

VIGIL FOR THE UNBORN
Springfield: The Vigil for the Unborn is held the second Thursday of each month at St. Michael's Cathedral in downtown Springfield (in the Holy Spirit Chapel), beginning at 10 a.m. with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, the praying of three mysteries of the rosary, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, Benediction and 12:10 Mass. All are welcome.

LITTLE AUDREY
Worcester: The Chapel for Little Audrey Santo will be open each Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It also is open the first Saturday of the month from 10 to 11 a.m. It is located at 64 South Flagg St. Call 508-755-8712 or e-mail [email protected].

ST. MONICA
South Hadley: The St. Monica Sodality will meet the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. to pray for loved ones who have left the faith. The group meets at St. Patrick Parish on Main Street. Call 532-2850.

HOLY HOUR FOR SICK AND DYING
Greenfield: A Holy Hour for the Sick and Dying is observed each Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. in the Adoration Chapel at Blessed Sacrament Church. Includes singing of hymns, recitation of the rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy for the Sick and Dying and Benediction.

GOD'S GRACE INTERFAITH LIBRARY AND BOOK AND GIFT STORE
Williamstown: God's Grace, an interfaith book and gift store and lending library, 1375 Cold Spring Rd., is open Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m.. Closed on Monday. Also closed from December to April.

CINDERELLI'S CLOSET
South Hadley: Cinderelli's Consignment Boutique, 480 Newton St., a community supporter of Providence Ministries for the Needy in Holyoke, is open Monday and Friday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday from 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The phone number is 413-530-0311.

CATHOLIC GIFT AND BOOK STORE
Ludlow: A new Catholic religious articles and book store, The Spirit Among Us, has opened at the site of the former SonRises, 200 Center St., Suite 14. Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Phone number is 413-583-4014.

VINE AND BRANCHES GIFT SHOP
Feeding Hills: The Vine and Branches Gift Shop, 1065 Springfield St., is open Wednesdays 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fridays 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; Saturdays 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; and Sundays 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The shop's phone number is 413-789-6705.

THRIFT SHOP
Florence: A Thrift Shop at The Youth Center, 87 Beacon St., is open Saturdays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. To donate new and gently used household items, jewelry, pocketbooks, children's books, etc., call Patte Shaughnessy at 413-584-6068 or Barbara Kaczenski at 413-586-1498.