Your Religion News: Aug. 24, 2019

Published: 8/23/2019 3:08:11 PM
Sunday: 90th anniversary of Holy Name of Jesus PNC Church

SOUTH DEERFIELD — On Sunday, Aug. 25, the Holy Name of Jesus PNC Church will celebrate its 90th anniversary of its founding in 1929. A special Anniversary Mass of the Eucharist will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. by the Most Rev. Anthony A. Mikovsky, primate of the PNC Church, along with the Rt. Rev. Paul Sobiechowski, Bishop of Eastern Diocese of the PNC Church and other area clergy from the PNC Church.

Following the service, there will be a gathering at the Polish American Citizen’s Club on South Main Street for a pulled pork barbecue. Beginning at noon, kielbasa and hot dogs will be served. Music from the Rhythm Band of Connecticut will begin at 1 p.m. and the barbecue will be served starting at 2 p.m. Tickets for the barbecue are $25. For tickets and more information, call Fr. Robert Koerber at 413-665-2129 (Parish) or Ms. Sue Dibrindisi at 413-586-4315. Tickets may also be purchased on the day of the event.

Sunday: Labyrinth walk dedicated to migrants

GREENFIELD — A labyrinth walk will take place this Sunday at 4 p.m. on the lawn at the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew on Federal Street and is dedicated to migrants. We hope you will join us in walking and sending healing energy to all present-day ones around the world as well as giving thanks for the ones, past and present, in our own families and nation. We look forward to your joining us on this community labyrinth, open to all.

UU Listening Circle set for Sunday at co-op community room

GREENFIELD — What’s your experience of UU worship? Join Sandra Boston and Carlyn Saltman for a drumming, chanting and listening circle on Sunday, Aug. 25, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The gathering will be held at 170 Main St., the co-op community room, as All Souls Church is still under construction. Please bring a song or poem that evokes an experience of worship for you. Explore why we come together and how we want to express it.

Garden party brunch set for Sunday

BERNARDSTON — Bernardston Unitarians will meet Sunday, Aug. 25, at 11:30 a.m. for a potluck brunch garden party. Call or text 413-330-0807 to RSVP and get directions to the garden. Dan Tinen will speak on the theme of “Music in the Valley” and BUU members will lead a sing-along in the garden.

We will not meet Sept. 1, Labor Day weekend, but return to the 1739 Meetinghouse in Bernardston on Sept. 8 with Barry Deitz leading the service and talk.

Sunday: Worship by the Riverside

NORTHFIELD — The annual Riverside Service of Trinitarian Congregational Church will be Sunday, Aug. 25 at Tom and Pat Shearer’s, 101 Cross Road, overlooking the Connecticut River. The Rev. Quentin Chin, interim pastor, will lead the service. As this is an outdoor service, please bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Also bring a dish to share for the potluck fellowship time following the service. This year’s worship will be scripture, poetry and music. If you would like to bring a poem or short reading about summer or nature, please do so. For more information, call 413-498-5839.

Sunday: Blessing of the backpacks

GREENFIELD — The Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew welcomes all Franklin County students, teachers and backpack wearers of all ages to join us at our Sunday, Aug. 25 services at 8 and 10 a.m. to have their backpacks blessed with prayers for a good, fun and joy-filled school year. Located at 8 Church St. For more information, call 413-773-3925.

Book of Exodus is topic at Halifax Union Society

HALIFAX, Vt. — The Rev. Dr. Marcia Dorey continues her discussion of the Book of Exodus Sunday, Aug. 25, at 6 p.m. at the Halifax Union Society. Organist Merrillyn Courser plays old favorite request hymns. Non-perishable food donations for the Deerfield Valley Food Pantry are gratefully accepted. The society meets on Sunday evenings during the summer at the church near the intersection of Jacksonville Stage, Old County and Stowe Mountain roads in Halifax Center.

Sept. 8: Grandparents to be honored at Our Lady of Peace

TURNERS FALLS — On Sunday, Sept. 8, National Grandparents Day, Our Lady of Peace Church will join in honoring and giving thanks for grandparents.

It is through them that we are rooted in our tradition, and it is from them that we gain the wisdom of accumulated experience, and a very special love. With the necessity of parents working, many children spend a great deal of time with their grandparents. And very often it is grandparents that introduce and model faith for the young. Pope Francis speaks quite often about the distinct role that grandparents play in the transmission of the faith.

He realizes that you don’t need a degree to be a successful grandparent; you need to be there with acceptance and love either in person or by frequent communication when grandchildren live at a distance. In many of his audiences, Pope Francis notes that some children do not even know how to make the sign of the cross. Sharing the faith begins with such simplicity. At all our Masses that weekend, we will honor grandparents in a special way. Our Lady of Peace is at 90 7th St.

Sept. 22: Fall Festival Sunday

GREENFIELD — On Sunday, Sept. 22, at 9 a.m., there will be one combined service at The Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew for Fall Festival Sunday. The worship will feature the return of our choir, a special welcome to newcomers, a prayer of thanks for the longtime ministry of the Episcopal Church Women as they conclude their ministry, and will celebrate the creation season. Immediately following will be a special coffee hour and a ministry fair in our parish hall. The church is at 8 Church St. To learn more, call 413-773-3925 or

Oct. 6: Blessing of the Animals

GREENFIELD — On Sunday, Oct. 6, during the 8 and 10 a.m. services at the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew, we will bless our pets, backyard farm animals, stuffed animals and photos of our petsduring our worship services. Every creature is beloved by God; bring yours to be blessed. 8 Church St. To learn more, call 413-773-3925 or


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