Your Religion News: May 6, 2017


Friday, May 05, 2017
Former altar boy to celebrate First Mass Monday at 8 a.m. in Turners Falls

TURNERS FALLS — Fr. Luke DeMasi, SHM, a former altar boy at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, was ordained to the priesthood on April 29 at the Cathedral of Alcala in Spain for a religious community called Siervos del Hogar de la Madre (Servants of the home of the Mother). Fr. DeMasi is coming home for four days and will celebrate a public First Mass at Our Lady of Czestochowa at 8 a.m. on Monday, May 8. The public is cordially invited. The church is at 84 K St.

Celebration of Young Peacemakers: Thursday at GCC Dining Commons

GREENFIELD — Please join the Interfaith Council and Traprock Center on Thursday, May 11, to honor and celebrate county teens who are making a difference in their efforts for peace and justice. The 17th annual Peacemaker Awards will be presented at 7 p.m. in the Dining Commons at Greenfield Community College. All are welcome.

May 14 Syrian relief benefit: Music and Verse in a Sacred Space

DEERFIELD — The First Church of Deerfield will host “Music and Verse in a Sacred Space” on Sunday, May 14, at 4 p.m., at The First Church of Deerfield (Brick Church). The event is one hour of poetry readings and music. Musical content: Brahms, Haydn and more. Poet: Colleen Filler. Benefits Syrian relief. For more information: www.firstchurchofdeerfield.org

Ashfield pipe organ to receive national award May 14

ASHFIELD — On Sunday, May 14, the Organ Historical Society will present the First Congregational Church’s George W. Reed 18-rank tracker organ, built in 1903, with the National Heritage Pipe Organ Award. A ceremony will take place during the 10 a.m. worship service at the First Congregational Church, 429 Main St. The public is welcome to attend this celebration, replete with music for organ, anthems by Pachelbel and Mendelssohn and hymns for congregation, choir and trumpet.

The historic organ is largely unchanged from its original construction. When it was moved to Ashfield in 1932, the old manual hand pump was disconnected and the first electric blower was installed. Today, the organ is considered to be historically significant by both organists and restoration experts alike. A contract for its restoration has been awarded to Messers Czelusniak et Dugal Inc. of Northampton. A capital campaign to pay for the restoration is under way. www.ashfielducc.org

Blessing of the Gardens: May 21

ASHFIELD — The rev. Dr. Jill Rierdan will bless gardens on Sunday, May 21. Bring a cup of soil from your farm, garden or flower pots and gather in St. John’s Episcopal Church’s Memorial Garden, Main Street, at 11:30 a.m. for a blessing of your garden and all creation.

Choral Evensong: May 25

GREENFIELD — Choral Evensong: Evening Music for Contemplation and Reflection, will take place on Thursday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m. at The Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew, Federal and Church streets. Evensong is a service of evening prayers, psalms and canticles led by an Officiant and the Saints James and Andrew Choir. This Evensong will celebrate the Ascension of Christ into heaven that took place on the fortieth day after the Resurrection. The event is free, with a basket for donations at the door.

Poetry reading set for May 31 in Ashfield

ASHFIELD — The seventh annual Ann Hutt Browning Poetry Reading with Oliver de la Paz as the featured reader is set for Wednesday, May 31, at 7 p.m. at “The Corner” parish house at 469 Main St.