Notes on religion: December 2, 2021

Holiday fair and Christmas shop

Ludlow – Ludlow’s First Church, 859 Center Street will be hosting a “Christmas Shoppe” on Friday and Saturday mornings from 9 am to noon on December 4, 10 and 11. With handmade, knitted, crocheted, quilted Christmas decor and handmade items, a Hummingbird bookstore and boutique will be open offering fabric, yarn and sewing supplies.

Christmas bazaar 2021

Chicopee РThe Sainte-M̬re du Rosaire Church will be organizing a Christmas bazaar on Saturday, December 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will be held in the parish hall. The bazaar will feature gifts, handcrafted jewelry, Chinese auctions, lotteries and gift card trees, games, raffles, and baked goods. Entrance is free, masks are compulsory.

Holiday bazaar

Somers, Connecticut – Somers Congregational Church, 599 Main Street, will be holding a Holiday Bazaar on December 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church’s foundation hall. The bazaar will feature homemade crafts and baked goods, vintage Christmas items, and poinsettias for sale. In addition, a lunch will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a choice of soup or chili, including dessert and a drink. This is a cash only event and masks are mandatory in the church building.

Holiday Craft Fair

Longmeadow – The Women’s Guild of St. Mary’s in Longmeadow is announcing the return of its annual Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday, December 4 from 9 am to 2 pm at the gymnasium of St. Mary’s Academy, 56 Hopkins Place. The fair features 30 artisans and craftspeople, a book sale, giant raffle baskets (winners don’t need to be present to win), a cafe bar, baked goods and lunch boxes for sale . Proceeds will be donated to scholarships and charitable projects on behalf of St. Mary’s Parish. Free entry. For more information, call 413-567-3124.

Fire on ice

Longmeadow – Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy (LYA), presents “Fire on Ice” Sunday, December 5 at 5:15 pm Menorah lighting in Longmeadow stores, 690 Bliss Road, outside Delaney’s. Come see the sculpture of a 5.5ft ice menorah at 5.15pm, interactive Hanukkah story walk including audio of Hanukkah history and activities, 5.30pm, menorah lighting at 6pm, followed of a fire dance performance with fireballs. There will be music, dreidels, hot chocolate, hot latkes, donuts, Menorah and Dreidel LED bracelets. No reservation necessary, open to the whole community.

Breakfast with Santa

Southwick – Our Lady of the Lake Church, 224 Sheep Pasture Road, presents “Breakfast with Santa” Sunday, December 5, 8:30 am to noon. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council # 11178. The breakfast buffet includes scrambled eggs, pancakes, ham, sausages, log fires, pastries, coffee, and drinks. The cost is $ 8 adults, $ 7 seniors, $ 5 children, children under 5 free, maximum for a family $ 25. Christmas carols provided by Jack and His Guitar.

The church will also be offering a Christmas gift basket sale. Five baskets will be offered, with only 12 available for each. An order form can be found in front of each basket displayed in the Marian room (outside the office). Payment and pick-up will take place on Sunday, December 19, after the 10 a.m. mass. All profits will remain with Notre-Dame du Lac. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Diana David at 413-569-3718, email [email protected] or Kim Rood at 413-569-0161, email [email protected]

Katz Channukah Family Breakfast

Longmeadow – The B’nai Torah congregation at 2 Eunice Drive, will have their Katz Family Channukah breakfast on Sunday morning, December 5 at 9:30 a.m. The event is free and open to the community in general. Everyone is welcome.

Pro-life vigil

Springfield – Catholics for the Unborn will be holding a pro-life vigil on Thursday, December 9 at 10 a.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit at St. Michael’s Cathedral on State Street. The vigil begins with the Exhibition, the Recitation of the Rosary, the Rosary of Divine Mercy and then the Adoration. At noon, there will be the Blessing followed by the Daily Mass. Come for part or all of the vigil. For more information, call Marilyn at 413-567-6085.

Dinner at the wheel

Agawam – A special drive-through dinner will be hosted by the Agawam Congregational Church Supper Club on Friday, December 10 from 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. butter with a ticket price of $ 15. The supper will take place, rain, snow or shine, with vehicles invited to form a drive-thru lane, as for previous suppers, so that suppers can be passed through the window. on the driver’s side after the driver has provided a ticket (s). The deadline to purchase tickets is Wednesday, December 8 at noon and can be done by calling the church office at 413-786-7111 or by emailing [email protected] The secretariat of the church is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. If this is more convenient, checks can be sent well in advance to the office and tickets will be mailed. Phone numbers and return address should be included. Tickets are also available before and after the 10 a.m. Sunday service. The church is located at 745 Main Street.

Polish food sale

Springfield – Immaculate Conception Church, 25 Parker Street, in the Indian Orchard section, will be holding a frozen Polish food sale (pierogi, golabki, kapusta) on Saturday, December 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 18 . from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday Dec. 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Morning of reflection for Advent women

Agawam – An Advent Women’s Morning Reflection will be held on Saturday, December 11 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 833 Main Street. Those interested can download a registration form or register online at The retreat will feature author, journalist and international speaker Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle. A light breakfast will be included in the $ 15 registration fee. A workshop with Donne-Marie, book signing and Confessions. A mass will be offered at 8 a.m. before the event. To find out more or to register, visit, or contact the St. John’s Parish office at 413-786-8105.

Meeting of the Catholic Women’s Club of Agawam

Agawam – Former Miss Massachusetts Senior America contestants will entertain members of the Catholic Women’s Club of Agawam at their December meeting on Monday, December 13. The meeting will be held in the gymnasium of the St. John the Evangelist Parish Center located at 833 Main Street. The evening will begin with refreshments served at 6:30 p.m. and the club’s monthly business meeting will follow at 7 p.m. The entertainment will begin at 7:30 pm All Catholic women residing in Agawam / Feeding Hills or a member of the Catholic Churches in town are invited to join the club for this festive event. Attendees of this meeting are encouraged to bring a gift card from a local grocery store, pharmacy, etc. of $ 25 or less, to be given to needy families in the parish.

Holiday food drive / blanket and sock drive

Agawam – Sacred Heart Parish Center, 1061 Springfield St. in the Feeding Hills section, will be hosting a food / blankets and socks drive for the West Springfield / Agawam Parish Cupboard. There will be a list of items requested by the Executive Director of The Parish Cupboard of West Springfield / Agawam which you can pick up at the entrances to the church and parish center. This collection will take place until December 21. Your donations can be brought to the church, Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Free weekly veterans lunch

Holyoke – Community Roots Neighborhood Services is offering a free hot breakfast to Veterans and their immediate adult families (parents or spouse). Lunches are held every Thursday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 485 Appleton St. Questions? Email Gina Nelson at [email protected]

Online devotions

Easthampton – The Baha’i Community of Western Mass./Southern Ver. Easthampton and others in alternation. 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 calendar at or call 413-570-3019 for details.

The Vigne et Branches gift shop is open

Agawam – Beeswax candles are now available. The Vine and Branches Gift Shop at Sacred Heart Parish at 1061 Springfield Street, 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 p.m. : 30 pm You can contact Pastoral Minister Deb Briancesco RN at 413-786-8200 ext. 3 with any questions or concerns.

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