Your Religion News: June 10, 2017






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Friday, June 09, 2017
New Day service resumes today at 4:30

NORTHFIELD — Trinitarian Congregational Church (147 Main St.) will resume its Saturday services today with the New Day Silence and Song Service from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. Services are comprised of repetitive chants (mostly Christian, some from other faith traditions) followed by short periods of silence. A wisdom reading and opening words will start the service. Communion concludes the Gathering. Join us on the second Saturday of the Month (except July, when service will be on the 15th).

Bishop to preside at retirement Mass for Rev. Msgr. Yargeau, Sunday

GREENFIELD — Bishop Mitchell Rozanski will preside Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at the retirement Mass of Rev. Msgr. Ronald Yargeau at Holy Trinity Church, 133 Main St. Fr. Yargeau will celebrate the Mass. Fr. Yargeau is retiring from a career of 44 years in the priesthood, the last 17 of which were spent at Holy Trinity Church. The Mass will be followed by a reception and luncheon in Father Casey Hall. All are invited to attend.

‘Trees for Every Purpose’ at Bernardston UU on Sunday

BERNARDSTON — John Root will speak on “Trees for Every Purpose” at Bernardston Unitarian Church, Sunday, at 11:30 a.m. Questions and comments are welcome throughout the program. Coffee and doughnuts at 11.

Book study begins Tuesday in Northfield

NORTHFIELD — Global activist, pastor and theologian Brian McLaren claims that the Christian faith is not dying, but rather is “embarking on a once-in-an-era spiritual shift.” We invite all to join us in the lounge (side door) at Trinitarian Congregational Church for lively discussions of McLaren’s new book, “The Great Spiritual Migration.” Books can be purchased at any bookstore. Even if you don’t have the book, you may enjoy our thoughtful conversations. We’ll meet on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. on June 13 and 27, July 11 and 25, and Aug. 8. We’ll read and discuss two chapters at a time. The church is at 147 Main St.

Visiting minister from Palestine to speak June 18

MONTAGUE CENTER — The Rev. Loren McGrail, a visiting minister from Palestine, will be preaching at the June 18 service at 10 a.m. at the First Congregational Church of Montague, 4 North St. McGrail has been living and working in Palestine for four years. She is the Communications, Advocacy and Church Relations Officer for the YWCA of Palestine. She will be preaching on the story of the Good Samaritan from Luke 10:25-37. The title of her sermon is “Go and do Likewise and Fix the Road, for God’s Sake.” All are welcome. For more information: 413-367-9467.

Go to church in a museum: June 18 in Athol

ATHOL — First Church Unitarian of Athol will hold its worship service at the Athol Historical Society — its former church home — on June 18 at 10 a.m. The Athol Historical Society is located at 1307 Main St. (Rte. 2A) in Uptown Athol. The subject of the sermon will be: “The First 100 Years of Unitarian Religious History in Athol.” All are welcome.

With the exception of this special service on June 18, First Church Unitarian of Athol will be open all summer at 10 a.m. for its regular worship services at 478 Main St. (set back behind the maple trees). FCUUAthol.org. 978-249-8142.

Sign up for Yantra Yoga: The Tibetan Yoga of Movement

BUCKLAND — Early bird registration for “Yantra Yoga: The Tibetan Yoga of Movement,” with Laura Evangelisti, is underway for the course set for July 24-28 at Khandroling in Buckland. There is a discount for registering by June 24. Evangelisti is one of two main international Yantra Yoga instructors. She has been teaching and supervising prospective teachers for more than 20 years. This course is open to the public. For more information about location and registration, contact secretary@tsegyalgar.org or call 413-369-4153.

Holy Family Parish Summerfest Picnic is June 25

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Holy Family Parish, 29 Sugarloaf St., will host its first Summerfest Picnic from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 25, rain or shine, and open to the public. Events will include children’s games, an obstacle course, Roaming Railroad, face painting, a dunking booth, lottery tree, and entertainment by TJ and the Peepers. Admission, $10 for adults, includes one hot dog, one hamburger, coleslaw, pickles, dessert and soda or water. Children under 12, free. There will be a food court and beer and wine will be available. For tickets or for more information, call 413-665-3070.

Singer, songwriter to lead Father’s Day service

BERNARDSTON — Singer, songwriter Jim Scott will lead a Father’s Day service with special guest musician, world-class bassist Jose Piensola, at Bernardston Unitarian Church at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 18.

‘Prayers for the Planet’: Outdoor worship service Sunday in Northampton

NORTHAMPTON — “Prayers for the Planet: Reverence and Resistance,” an outdoor interfaith religious service concerned with climate change, will be held at 2 p.m., on Sunday, June 11, on the grounds of Congregation B’nai Israel, 253 Prospect St., Northfampton. Free. The public is invited to gather under a big tent, rain or shine, to join in prayer and song, to listen to stirring messages by two nationally-known climate activists, and to share in renewed energy and hope. Free child care will be available. For more information: www.prayersfortheplanet.org.