Your Religion News: Oct. 7, 2017


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Sunday, October 08, 2017
Public Square Rosary Crusade: Oct. 14

SOUTH DEERFIELD — In this historic year of the Fatima Centennial (1917-2017), the world is at a crossroad. We invite you to join in a Public Square Rosary Rally on Saturday, Oct. 14, at noon at the South Deerfield common. This is sponsored by America needs Fatima and will be one of 20,000 rallies across the country. Public prayer is very powerful when we call down His graces and His mercy, guided by the Holy Spirit, in times of public tragedy and suffering. For more information, call 413-362-9708.

Blessing of Pets in Turners Falls, today

TURNERS FALLS — A Blessing of Pets will take place at Our Lady of Peace Church on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 10 a.m. in the Peace Garden at 90 Seventh St., in Turners Falls. This annual blessing is in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals, creation and, more recently, the environment. There will be refreshments for everyone!

Spiritual Economics at Northfield UU

NORTHFIELD — First Parish of Northfield, Unitarian welcomes Dan Tinen to speak on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 10 a.m. Tinen’s talk will be “Through the Eye of a Needle: Spiritual Economics.” All are welcome to the 10 a.m. service held in the historic sanctuary on the corner of Parker Avenue and Main Street.

Tinen to speak Sunday in Bernardston

BERNARDSTON — Dan Tinen will speak at the Bernardston Unitarian Church on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 11:30 a.m., on the topic, “Through the Eye of a Needle: Spiritual Economics.” Coffee at 11 a.m. The church is at 49 Church St.

Learn about Temple Israel at fall BBQ

GREENFIELD — Temple Israel is holding its second annual Fall Barbecue on Sunday, Oct. 15, from noon to 3 p.m., rain or shine, at Camp Lion Knoll in Greenfield. This is an event for members, prospective members and friends of all ages. Vegetarian portobello mushroom burgers, Kosher hot dogs and Kosher hamburgers will be provided. There will be hiking, games and crafts. This is an opportunity for those interested in learning more about Temple Israel to meet Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener and enjoy the good food and good company. Requested donation of $7 per person, maximum $20 per family. RSVP by Oct. 8 by calling 413-773-5884 or at www.templeisraelgreenfield.org.

Pianist at Brick Church Sunday at 3

DEERFIELD — The Brick Church Music Series features pianist Edith Widayani on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 3 p.m. at The First Church of Deerfield, 71 Old Main St. Hailed as one of the most promising young pianists in her own country of Indonesia, she is now at Eastman School of Music pursuing her doctorate in performance. Suggested donation: $10 to $20. Reception follows. For more information, call 413-774-2657.

Peace Pagoda anniversary: Sunday

LEVERETT — All are invited to the New England Peace Pagoda 32nd Anniversary Ceremony on Sunday, Oct. 8. At 11 a.m., the Nipponzan Myohoji Sacred Ceremony begins, which includes interfaith prayers as well as prayers of other Buddhist traditions. Dharma talk by presiding Elder Monk. At 12:15 p.m. is music. At 12:30 p.m.: Special message delivered by Chief Arvol Looking Horse. At 1:15 p.m.: Closing words and social dance by members of the Wampanoag Nation. At 1:30 p.m.: Hearty lunch served to all. The pagoda is at 100 Cave Hill Road in Leverett.

Blessing of the Animals in Greenfield

GREENFIELD — On Sunday, Oct. 8, during the 8 and 10 a.m. services, The Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew will commemorate St. Francis of Assisi and the clergy will bless any animal, photo or stuffed animal that attends worship during the liturgy. For more information: 413-773-3925. www.saintsjamesandandrew.org

Blessing of the Animals in Montague

MONTAGUE CENTER — Please join us for a Blessing of the Animals on the front lawn of First Congregational Church of Montague, 4 North St., on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 11:30 a.m. All animals welcomed or you may bring a photo or a stuffed animal. Pastor Mick Comstock will offer the blessing.

First of monthly potluck and music gatherings: Oct. 11

ORANGE — The Community Church of North Orange and Tully will have the first of monthly Potluck and Music gatherings at the 1781 Meetinghouse in North Orange on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. Singer/songwriters Leslie Lee and Steve Gretz will perform a show of old-time selections and newer music of their own. Lee and Gretz compose and find songs influenced by a variety of genres including folk, gospel, Americana and contemporary. A dessert potluck at 7 p.m. will begin the evening and at 7:30 the music will begin. So bring a dessert to share and your heart to be uplifted by the gift of community and music. Donations welcome.

Centering Prayer Workshop: Oct. 14 in Orange

ORANGE — The Community Church of North Orange and Tully will facilitate a workshop introducing the meditative practice known as Centering Prayer, sometimes called Heartfulness. The workshop is presented by Contemplative Outreach teacher Kathy Kramer-Howe of Phoenix, Ariz. It begins at 9 a.m. and finishes at noon. Refreshments will be provided and donations welcomed. The church is located on Creamery Hill Road and Main Street in the village of North Orange. Contact Rev. Don Erickson at doneri@gmail.com or visit www.community-church.blogspot.com.

Crash course: Learn to read Hebrew

GREENFIELD — Temple Israel is offering a crash course in learning to read Hebrew, open to all and free of charge. The first class is Thursday, Oct. 19, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Temple Israel, 27 Pierce St. It will meet on five Thursday evenings through Nov. 16.

Attendees receive their own textbook, provided by National Jewish Outreach Program (www.njop.org). They will learn the Hebrew alphabet and be able to read simple Hebrew sentences. Emphasis will be on learning to read. For more information, email Temple Israel at office@templeisraelgreenfield.org or call 917-615-2955.

300th anniversary homecoming: Oct. 15

SUNDERLAND — The First Congregational Church of Sunderland will celebrate its 300th anniversary with a special homecoming worship service at 10 a.m., followed by a light lunch. The Rev. Barbara K. Seamon and the 300th committee invite you to join with them to share in this historic event.

Digital Cathedral set for Oct. 15

GREENFIELD — On Sunday, Oct. 15 at 10 a.m., The Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew will be one of a handful of “digital cathedrals” that will livestream Christ Church Cathedral in Springfield’s Liturgy of the Word, featuring the Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon. Curry is the Presiding Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America and is visiting the Diocese of Western Massachusetts for a few days. The service will follow, with a local service of Holy Eucharist. Presiding Bishop Curry is a powerful preacher and it is sure to be an inspiring event. All are invited and welcomed. For more information, call 413-773-3925. www.saintsjamesandandrew.org

Stookeys to present multifaith program Nov. 12

GREENFIELD — Former Northfield Mount Hermon School Chaplain Betty Stookey and husband Noel Paul Stookey (Paul of the folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary) will present a multifaith program in word and song on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 3 p.m., at the Second Congregational Church, on the common in Greenfield.

Blessing of the Animals: Nov. 19 in Northfield

NORTHFIELD — Bring your pets, stuffed animals or photos of pets, for a blessing of the animals by Rev. Julie Olmsted at Trinitarian Congregational Church in Northfield, Sunday, Nov. 19, at 10 a.m. The church is at 147 Main St.