Your Religion News: Oct. 14, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017
Public Square Rosary Crusade: Noon

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 today 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.

Centering Prayer Workshop: 9 to noon

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.

Rev. Bilyeu: Sunday at First Parish

NORTHFIELD — First Parish of Northfield, Unitarian will welcome Rev. Laurie Bilyeu to speak on Sunday, Oct. 15, on “The Miracle on the Bottom of My Feet.” 10 a.m. in the historic sanctuary on the corner of Parker Avenue and Main Street.

Barry Deitz on UU Principle #3

BERNARDSON — On Sunday, Oct. 15, at 11:30 a.m., Barry Deitz will speak on UU Principle #3: “Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations. Deitz is a popular local speaker delving into the history, art and culture of our valley. People of all faiths are welcome to the Sunday morning service at the historic meetinghouse. Coffee at 11. Music by Lynne Walker and Sarah Cole.

300th anniversary homecoming

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

Digital Cathedral set for Sunday

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

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.

Choral Evensong: Nov. 5 at 4 p.m.

GREENFIELD — On Sunday, Nov. 5 at 4 p.m., the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew will offer evening music for contemplation and reflection with a Choral Evensong in the Octave of All Saints. All are invited and welcomed. Located at 8 Church St. www.saintsjamesandandrew.org

Veterans Recognition Service: Nov. 12

GREENFIELD — On Sunday, Nov. 12 at 9 and 10 a.m., the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew will invite and recognize veterans who have served our country in our armed forces, asking God’s blessing on them and on their service. All are invited. Located at 8 Church St. 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.