Notes on Religion: April 21, 2022
Annual Pro-Life of Pioneer Valley Breakfast
Holyoke – The Pioneer Valley Pro-Life will hold its annual breakfast on Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to noon at Wyckoff Country, 233 Easthampton Road. for tickets, call Monica at 413-746-0655. Tickets are $25 per person. Sister Deirdre Byrne, MD, is the keynote speaker. The Pro-Life Youth Awards will be presented during the breakfast. For more information, visit www.prolifepv.com.
Christophe Houlihan in concert
Longmeadow – On Sunday, April 24, world-renowned organist Christopher Houlihan will perform at St. Andrew’s Church at 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person and a reception will be held in the church hall following the performance. Houlihan has local ties as he is currently Organist at John Rose College and Chairman Emeritus of Chapel Music at Trinity College, Hartford. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at https://st.andrews-longmeadow.org/; The church is located at 335 Longmeadow St.
Organ Celebration Series Concert
Ashfield – First Congregational Church of Ashfield, 429 Main St. wraps up its series of Organ Celebrations on Sunday, April 24 with the Bob Sparkman Trio and a concert by local organists and supporting musicians at 4 p.m. Admission is free and the public is encouraged. to attend, but should expect masks to be required inside the shrine. Additional event information will be available at www.ashfielducc.org.
Agawam – On Sunday, April 24, Agawam Congregational Church will host the kickoff of this year’s Agawam/West Springfield CROP Hunger Walk. At noon, registration will begin at Bryan Hall with food and beverages provided by the Agawam Lions Club. At 1 p.m., a prayer will be said just before walkers begin walking at 1 p.m. There will be three different distances: 1 mile, 3 miles or 6 miles. Or, if people wish to donate without walking, they are encouraged to do so. The church is located at 745 Main Street. Additional information is available online at Agawam/WestSpringfield CROP HungerWalk.
April Meeting of the Catholic Women’s Club
Agawam- Members of the Catholic Women’s Club will have the opportunity to participate in the Diocesan SYNOD when they meet on Monday, April 25, which will be held at the St. John the Evangelist Parish Center, located at 833 Main Street. Refreshments will begin the evening at 6:30 p.m. and the monthly club meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Members will then have the opportunity to express their thoughts for the future of the Catholic Church. All Catholic women residing in Agawam/Feeding Hills or members of any of the Catholic churches in town are invited to join the membership for this meeting.
Enfield, Conn. – The St. Jeanne Jugan Parish Women’s Guild will hold its annual “It’s Spring Bazaar” on Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Holy Family Church Hall and Classrooms at 23 Simon Road. This event will feature the original work of 45 artisans and artisans. A teacup raffle and refreshments will also be available. Admission is free and masks are optional. This fundraiser benefits the members of the parish and the greater Enfield community.
Agawam – Members, family and friends of the Agawam Congregational Church are reaching out to help Ukraine through ‘Samaritan’s Purse,’ a mission led by Billy Graham’s son Franklin Graham. Funds are submitted to the Church Deacon’s Fund who will send a check to Samaritan’s Purse. The funds go to the already established field emergency medical hospital in western Ukraine. The medical team, part of the Samaritan’s Purse International Health Unit, has been treating patients since March 14. Samaritan’s Purse also operates a medical clinic at a Ukrainian train station and has nearly 140 rescue specialists at sites in Ukraine, Poland and Romania. , and Moldova, according to its website. Anyone wishing to submit funds can send a check to Agawam Congregational Church and write Ukrainian Deacons Fund in the memo section. The church is located at 745 Main St.
Fashions Forever 2022
Agawam – The Catholic Women’s Club of Agawam fashion show will be held Thursday, May 5 at 7:15 p.m. featuring apparel from CHICO’S. It will be held at the St. John the Evangelist Parish Center, located at 833 Main Street. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. and wine, cheese and crackers will be served at 6:30 p.m. The evening will also include raffles, door prizes and refreshments. Tickets are $15 and are available by calling Paula at 413-789-0244. Proceeds will go to club scholarships. All are welcome to attend this event.
Additional worship time
AGAWAM – St. John the Evangelist Church, 833 Main St. announces extra time for worship each month. On the occasion of the “Year of the Eucharist”, an initiative of the Diocese of Springfield. On the first Fridays, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., mass precedes adoration at 8 a.m. Any Catholic interested in registering for a First Friday Worship Hour can register in the church vestibule. third Thursday, 7 to 9 p.m.; Wednesday, every week, from noon to 5:45 p.m., Holy Mass takes place at 6 p.m. “The Year of the Eucharist” is an initiative of the Diocese of Springfield to inspire and cultivate a deeper understanding and practice of the real presence of the Eucharist. The “Year of the Eucharist” runs until October 7. For more information visit www.YearOfTheeucharist.net
Free weekly lunch for veterans
Holyoke – Community Roots Neighborhood Services provides a free hot meal to Veterans and their immediate adult family (parents or spouse). Lunches are held every Thursday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 485 Appleton St. Questions? Email Gina Nelson at [email protected]
Easthampton – The Baha’i Community of Western Mass./Southern Vt. invites everyone to its regular online devotional programs as follows: Weekly Sunday devotions via Zoom at 11:30 a.m. each Sunday morning, hosted by local communities, including the Baha’is of Easthampton and others on an alternating basis. Their regular Zoom programs also include La Pausa Devocional offered every other Saturday at 10 a.m. Additional and updated programming can be viewed on their online schedule at https://pvbc.local.bahai.us/ or call 413-570-3019 for details.
The Vine and Branches Gift Shop is open
Agawam – The Vine and Branches Gift Shop at Sacred Heart Parish in Feeding Hills will continue to be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Contact Deb Briancesco at 786- 8200 ext. 3 for any questions.