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Notes on Religion: October 20, 2022

autumn festival

Holyoke – Our Lady of the Cross will hold its Fall Festival on Saturday, October 22 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, October 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with live music from the Eddie Forman Orchestra, on October 22 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Featuring Polish and American dishes, various booths, games and vendors. The festival will take place at 67 St. Kolbe Drive. Call the parish office at 413-532-5661 with any questions.

Polish plate dinner

Springfield- The Church of the Immaculate Conception, will organize a dinner of Polish plates (4 pierogi, 1 golabek, kielbasa, kapusta, rye bread) on Saturday October 22 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. On site or to take away. Tickets are $20 each, for tickets contact the presbytery 413-543-3627 opt. 4, Maria Kowalski at 413-222-6229, or Maryla Bukowski at 413-427-9464. The church is located at 25 Parker St., in the Indian Orchard section.

Holiday Craft Fair

Easthampton – A Holiday Craft Fair in support of the Our Lady of the Valley Mission Committee will host a Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, October 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 33 Adams St. It will feature jewelry, knitted items, crocheted and quilted, holiday decor, homemade soaps, wood crafts, Peruvian products and other vendors. Call 413-527-0037 for more information.

Anti-Racism Film Festival

Greenfield – All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church of Greenfield presents the 19th Annual Anti-Racist Film Festival on Sunday, October 23. Lively discussions will follow the films. Out of concern for COVID in the community, masks are recommended. Free, donations appreciated. The films are as follows: 1:30 p.m., “Ta-Nahasi Coats-We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy”; 2:10 p.m., “Danger of Silence”; 3 p.m., “Thirst for justice”. At 5:15 p.m. there will be a vegan meal featuring local foods cooked by Kirsten Levitt, Chef of the Stone Soup Cafe, canned for take-out or to eat in. Degressive donation from $4 to $10. No one will be turned away. 6 p.m., “Descending”. 7:45 p.m. – 8 p.m., debate moderated by Momodou Sarr. The church is located at 399 Main Street. For more information, call the church at 413-773-5018 or Molly Chambers at 413-772-0003.

Church Farmer’s Market

Springfield – Every Sunday, Holy Cross Church, 221 Plumtree Road, hosts a Family Farmer’s Market through October 23, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., weather permitting. Come for the fresh produce, homemade pastries and artisanal items. There’s a free ticket to unique raffle items to attend and lawn games for everyone.

French meat pies

Ludlow – The meat pie project at St. Elizabeth Parish is back after 2 years. The Meat Pie Project runs until November 4 (except Mondays). These are fully baked individual 5 inch pies and the cost is $4 per pie while supplies last. Call the Pastoral Center at 413-547-0239, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. You can pick up your meat pies Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the center. When you place your order, please let them know the approximate date and time you will be picking up your pies. Please avoid the hours of 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. to pick up your pies due to the school closure.

Church programs

Holyoke – The Holyoke United Congregational Church hosts The Boulevardiers on Saturday, October 22 at 7 p.m. to present their mix of tango, jazz and a swinging kick. The performance will take place in the Skinner Chapel of the church and will be immediately followed by a reception. Tickets are $12 general admission or $10 for seniors.

The church will be hosting a roast pork dinner on Saturday, October 29 at 5:30 p.m. The menu will include roast pork, homemade mashed potatoes, butternut squash, rolls and butter, apples crisps and coffee and tea. Dinner will be available to eat in or take out and will cost $12 per person. Registration is required, call the church office at 413-532-1483. A 50/50 raffle will also be held to benefit Rebekah’s Closet as well as scholarships presented by the Fellowship Council. The church is located at the corner of Appleton and Maple streets.

Pax Christi Assembly

Palmer – Pax Christi Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maine will participate in an annual meeting on October 29 to celebrate 30 years of Pax Massachusetts and milestones for other states, as well as the 50th anniversary of Pax Christi, USA, the grassroots Catholic peace organization. There will be a one-day gathering at St. Susanna’s Church, 262 Needham St., Dedham. The program begins at 9 a.m. and includes a keynote presentation by Johnny Zokovitch, Executive Director of Pax Christi USA, followed by small-group action workshops on issues such as nuclear disarmament, reducing military spending, racism and youth involvement in peace movements today. After a lunch, the afternoon will be spent sharing memories through songs, stories, fellowship and more. This gathering will be both in person and via Zoom. It is not necessary to be a member of Pax Christi to participate. For more information and to register, email with “October 29th Celebration” in the subject line.

Catholic Women’s Club Communion Supper

Agawam – The Catholic Women’s Club of Agawam communion supper will be held on Monday, November 14. The evening will begin with a mass for deceased club members at St. John the Evangelist Church, 833 Main St at 5:30 p.m. Immediately after, members will enjoy a buffet dinner at Oakridge Country Club, 850 South Westfield St., in the Feeding Hills section. The menu will be hot appetizers, roast potatoes, green beans with almonds, salad, rolls and butter, coffee and a dessert station. The price is $30 and checks should be made payable to Catholic Women’s Club and mailed to Paula Raiche, 181 Leonard St., Agawam, MA 01001 by November 6. No late reservations will be accepted. Please include who you would like to sit with. The speaker for the evening will be the new parish priest, Fr. Michel Lilpopp. All Catholic women residing in Agawam/Feeding Hills or members of Catholic parishes in the city are invited to join the club for this special evening. The monthly club meeting will also take place.

Craftsmen wanted

Agawam – The Agawam Congregational Church is hosting a “Holly Wreath Bazaar,” November 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will include a country store, bakery, farmer’s market, raffle table, artisans, cafe and Christmas corner. For artisans, there is room for an 8 foot table and chairs available for $25 a table, 2 tables $35, provided by the church. Call the church office between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, for an inquiry and more details at 413-786-7111.

Craft Vendors Wanted

Southwick – The Southwick Congregational Church will be holding its annual bazaar on December 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and is looking for craft vendors to attend. To rent space and receive a registration form, call the church office at 413-569-6362.

St. Catherine Parish Bus Trip from Siena

Springfield – St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Parker St. Presents Save the Date Trip to see the Boston Bruins take on the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, March 25 at 1 p.m. For details, call Betty at 413-896-8801.

Additional worship time

Agawam – St. John the Evangelist Church, 833 Main St. will offer weekly worship services on Wednesdays between 12 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Mass takes place at 6 p.m. Contact the parish office to obtain one, 413-786-8105, ext. 101.

Upcoming bus trip

Springfield – Sacred Heart Church Travel Club presents a trip to New York City to see a Broadway play or just to visit NYC on your own on Saturday November 5th. Cost for the bus only $76. The cost of Broadway will depend on the show you want to see. This cost will be determined by the group’s travel agent. The bus will leave from the church parking lot, 395 Chestnut Street and will return to the Sacré-Coeur around 9:30 p.m.

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