Annual blessing of the animals
Agawam – Sacred Heart Parish, 1061 Springfield St., in the the Feeding Hills section will hold the “Blessing of the Animals,” on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. in honor of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. The blessing of the animals celebrates the important place that pets hold in the lives of our families. Please keep all pets on a leash or in crates so they don’t disturb other animals.
CYO Basketball program registration
Holyoke – The Our Lady of Guadalupe CYO Basketball Program, will be holding registration on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Sacred Heart gymnasium, 340 Chestnut St. for kindergarten to 2nd grade (coed), 3&4, 5&6 and 7&8th grade boys and girls teams. The price is $65 for the first child, $45 for the second, $15 for the third child, $125 per family. For more information, call Owen Donohue at 413-275-6075 or email [email protected].
Indoor Columbus Day Fair
South Hadley – Center Church, (First Congregational UCC), 1 Church Street will have new, expanded hours for its 24th annual Indoor Columbus Day Fair. Hours will be Saturday, Oct. 6 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 7, 1 to 4 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 8, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Bargain Day). This tag sale will feature children’s toys, games, books, jewelry, linens, household goods, frames, baskets, hardware home decor. The Outdoor Congo Cafe will have the grill going for your lunch selections on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Springfield – Foster Memorial Church, UCC, 1791 Wilbraham Road in the Sixteen Acres sections, presents their second annual “Pumpkin Patch,” starting on Saturday, Oct. 6 and ending Tuesday, Oct. 30. Pumpkins of all sizes and gourds will be available for purchase. Weekday hours, noon to 7 p.m., Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sundays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. These pumpkins are grown in New Mexico by Pumpkin Patch Fundraisers in cooperation with the Navajo Nation, employing Native Americans for full time employment off season and over 700 Native Americans for part-time employment during the harvest season.
The church will hold the annual “Blessing of the Animals/Pets,” on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 3 p.m. on the church lawn. If it rains, it will move into Fellowship Hall. All animals must be on a leash or in a carrier. Photos of pets also are also welcome. Everyone is asked to bring a donation of cat or dog toy or pet food for the Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center.
Blessing of the animals
Haydenville – Our Lady of the Hills Parish, 173 Main St. will hold the blessing of the animals on Sunday, Oct. 7 at noon. In remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures in the church’s parking lot, or in the barn if it rains. Pastor Rev. Richard Bondi invites all to attend.
Upcoming church events
Ludlow – St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, corner of Sewall and Hubbard Streets will be holding a Gizmo Kids Club for area 2nd to 4th grades through Dec. 19 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the church. Join fellow young people for fellowship, fun and food at this vacation Bible School-type program. This program is free of charge, and you can register by calling the church at 413-583-5874.
Candlelight Living Rosary Service
Chicopee – The Fairview Knights of Columbus #4044 at 1599 Memorial Drive invites the community to a “Candlelight Living Rosary Service” on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m. This short ceremony features a live music program and light refreshments will be served afterwards.
Meat Pies are coming
Ludlow – St. Elizabeth Parish, Hubbard Street annual meat pie project will take place from Oct. 10 to Nov. 2. Individual size pie is $3.50. You may place your order by calling the rectory at 413_583-3467, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and beginning Oct. 10, order pies by calling the pastoral center at 413-547-0239, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pies may be picked up at the center, Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. Orders are taken and filled on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.
Catholics for the unborn vigil
Springfield – Catholics for the Unborn for a pro-life vigil on Thursday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m. in the Holy Spirit Chapel at St. Michael’s Cathedral on State Street. The vigil begins with Exposition, Recitation of the Rosary, the Divine Mercy Chaplet then Adoration. At noon there will be Benediction followed by Daily Mass. For more information call Marilyn at 413-567-6085.
Upcoming events at Congregation B’nai Torah
Longmeadow – Congreation B’nai Torah will be having two dinners which are open to the community. The first dinner will take place on Friday, Oct. 19 and the second dinner will take place on Nov. 16. The time for both events to be announced. The cost for each dinner is $15 per person with a maximum cost of $40 per family. There will be a guest speaker both evenings. Congregational B’nai Torh is located at 2 Eunice drive. For more information, call 413-567-0036.
Community Prayer Net
Chicopee – Faith United Methodist Church, 191 Montcalm St. welcomes all who are in need of prayer to their Prayer Net. The Prayer Net is located on the front lawn. Simply write your prayer request on the card provided and slip it in the locked black box, take a ribbon and tie it to the net. The box will be checked daily and they will pray for you.
Weekly worship service
Chicopee – Trinity Episcopal Church, 27 Streiber Drive, welcomes all to their weekly worship service every Sunday at 9 a.m. Join in for a coffee hour with coffee, tea and desserts in a warm and friendly atmosphere following the service.
Clothing donation box
Chicopee – St. Anthony of Padua, 56 St. Anthony St. in the Willimansett section has a donation box from Planet Aid in it’s parking lot. Please donate clean, gently used clothes to distribute to those in need living in the community.
Community Bible study
Westfield – Word of Grace Church, 848 North Road will hold a “Community Bible Study,” for women and children (ages infant through teens) from many churches. The group will meet on Wednesdays from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. This year, the group is studying the Gospel of Matthew. All are welcome. You can just stop by on any Wednesday or for more information, visit PioneerValley.CBSClass.org or call Sandy at 413-737-6370.
Crafters and vendors wanted
West Springfield – Mittineague Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, 1840 Westfield St. is looking for crafters and vendors who would like to rent a space at this year’s “Mistletoe Holiday Bazaar” on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Agawam – The Agawam Congregational Church will hold their fall tag sale on Oct. 19 and 20. The tag sale wil feature clothing, accessories, holiday decorations, toys, games, books and much more. Vendor space is available for $25. Call for more information, 413-786-7111.
Clothing drop off project
Chicopee – Faith United Methodist Church has teamed up with St. Pauly Textile Inc., to collect used clothing. The company works with non-profit organizations, like Faith United Methodist Church to set up used clothing drop off sheds designed to give community members a clean, attractive, and well-monitored place to donate gently used textile items, which are then distributed both here in the U.S. and worldwide to people who need them. The church receives funding for clothing collected, and additionally has the option to use any of this clothing to serve community needs. Accepted items include clothing, shoes, sneakers, belts, purses, blankets, sheets, drapes, linens, pillowcases and stuffed animals. Donors are asked to donate items in a plastic bag to protect against dirt and the elements. There is a small box on the shed that contains receipts to help donors take a tax deduction. The church is located at 191 Montcalm St.
Upcoming and recurring events
Chicopee – Greater Springfield Church of Christ, 284 Montgomery St. presents the upcoming and recurring events. Every week, “Coffee Time” Fellowship, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday Adult Bible studies, 10 a.m.; Sunday Morning Teen and Young Adult classes, 10 a.m.; Tweens (ages 9-12) Sunday School, 10 a.m.; Children’s Sunday School, 10 a.m.; Sunday Worship Service, 11 a.m.; Pre-Study Fellowship, 5:30 p.m.,; Wednesday, Bible study, 6 p.m.; First Friday Movie Night, first Friday of every month (call church at 413-592-3050 for more information), admission is free; Read, Pray, Write ministry, Saturdays, 9 a.m., believers uniting to read the Word of God, pray to our Heavenly Father on behalf of his children and write letters of encouragement to others.
Free weekly Veterans lunch
Holyoke – St. Paul’s Episcopal and St. Peter’s Lutheran Churches, together with Community Roots Neighborhood Services, 485 Appleton St. offer a free hot lunch for Veterans every Thursday, noon to 1:30 p.m. for Veterans and their immediate family (parents or spouse) are invited. Email Gina Nelson at [email protected] with any questions.
Agawam – St, John’s Travelers presents “Chicago Tribute,” on Sunday, Oct. 28 at the Log Cabin banquet facility in Holyoke. Connecticut Transit Authority faithfully recreates the music of Chicago. Package includes this matinee show, plus a luncheon at the Log Cabin. Menu includes hors d’ouevre’s, signature bread, fresh garden salad, yankee pot roast and baked scrod, with chef’s choice potato & vegetable, plus dessert and coffee or tea, the matinee show, and all taxes and gratuities. Cost is $55 per person. This is a self drive event. Plan to arrive by 11:30 a.m. Ends approximately at 3 p.m.
“Buddy & Beyond” will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Castle of Knights in Chicopee. Package includes the matinee show, plus a luncehon. menu includes roasted salmon or sliced sirloin of beef, vegetable and potato, rolls and butter, deep dish apple crisp and coffee or tea, meal taxes and gratuities. Cost is $49 per person. This is a self drive event. Plan to arrive by 11:30 a.m. and ends approximately at 3 p.m. For reservations or questions, call Emile Cote at 413-335-9440. For reservations or questions on both of the trips, call Emile Cote at 413-335-9440. Make checks payable to St. John’s Travelers and mail to Emile Cote, Heritage Woods, Apt. 221, 462 Main St., Agawam, MA 01001.
Springfield – Mary, Mother of Hope Parish, 840 Page Boulevard, on Sunday, Oct. 28, the church is sponsoring a “Chicago Tribute” at the Log Cabin in Holyoke. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Luncheon is Yankee pot roast and baked scrod followed by entertainment. This is a self-drive event. Cost is $55 per person.
On Nov. 20, “Branson Country Christmas & Veterans Show” at the Log Cabin in Holyoke. A luncheon consisting of chicken piccata and Yankee pot roast will be served prior to the entertainment. The Ozark Jubilee features an all star cast of Branson’s top entertainers. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., cost is $64 per person.
On Nov. 29, “Christmas with Father MisGivings” at the Storrowton Village Carriage Tavern in West Springfield. The doors open at 9:30 a.m., the comedy show with Father MisGivings begins right after the holiday brunch (soup, fruit, sweetbread, rolls, scrambled eggs, Canadian bacon, stuffed sole, tenderloin tips, au gratin potatoes, vegetable, dessert, coffee or tea. This is a self drive event. For reservations call Sylvia at 413-594-2757.
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