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Holy Week Schedule

Posted by Fr. Jack Sheaffer on 4/01/17

Saturday, April 8: VIGIL, PALM SUNDAY4:00 PM MassSunday, April 9: PALM SUNDAYMass at 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM2:30 PM Parish ReconciliationMonday, April 108:00 AM Mass7:00 PM Chrism Mass(St. Michael’s Cathedral, 260 State Street, Springfield)Tuesday, April 118:00 AM MassWednesday, April 128:00 AM MassNo Confessions6:00 PM Stations of the Cross6:30 ... Read More »

Today's K of C Blood Drive Cancelled

Posted by Fr. Jack Sheaffer on 4/01/17

The Blood Drive scheduled for today (Saturday, April 1) has been cancelled due to inclement weather. We will update you as to when it will be rescheduled one it has been planned.

Fr. Savage to Lead Parish Lenten Mission April 3-5

Posted by Fr. Jack Sheaffer on 3/25/17

Lenten Mission, April 3-5, with Fr. Warren Savage

 “Spirit Filled Evangelizers: The Delightful, Comforting Joy of Evangelizing”

Pope Francis in his encyclical, Evangelii Gaudium, The Joy of the Gospel says: "Spirit-filled evangelizers means evangelizers fearlessly open to the working of the Holy Spirit." He says that a “spirit-filled ... Read More »

Parish Website Service Scheduled

Posted by Fr. Jack Sheaffer on 3/03/17

The company that provides the server for our parish website will be down tomorrow (Saturday, March 4) from about 2 PM until about 6 PM. For needed maintenance and security enhancements. It should be up and running by Saturday evening.

Bishop Rozanski, Chairman of Bishops’ Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, Responds to Rise in Anti-Semitic Actions

Posted by Fr. Jack Sheaffer on 2/25/17

Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski (Catholic Communications File Photo)

From iObserve.org National Staff Report

WASHINGTON – In response to the recent rise in anti-Semitic actions that have taken place across the U.S., Springfield Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on ... Read More »

2017 Lenten Regulations

Posted by Fr. Jack Sheaffer on 2/25/17

DIOCESE OF SPRINGFIELD

LENTEN REGULATIONS  Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of abstinence from meat as well as days of fast, when only one full meal is allowed. On days of fast two other meatless meals may be taken according to one’s needs, but together they should not ... Read More »

Weekly Parish Life Spotlight: Take & Eat

Posted by Fr. Jack Sheaffer on 2/20/17

This week's Parish Life Spotlight is our Take & Eat Ministry. The Take and Eat program began here at St. Francis at the beginning of 2011 when Deacon Frank Ryan and his wife, Kathleen, came to our parish and spoke of this program they started in the Berkshires. ... Read More »

Everything You Think You Know About St. Valentine Is (Probably) Wrong

Posted by Fr. Jack Sheaffer on 2/14/17

Every year we get a couple of people who ask why we don't celebrate St. Valentine at Mass on February 14th. ChurchPop has an article on their website today that explains it for us.

The article first tells us that we actually remember three different martyrs named Valentine ... Read More »

***WEATHER ALERT*** Monday's Daily Mass Canceled (2/13)

Posted by Fr. Jack Sheaffer on 2/13/17

***WEATHER ALERT*** Belchertown schools have a two-hour delay today. Whenever Belchertown schools are closed or delayed due to weather, Daily Mass is canceled. The intention for the day will be rescheduled on the next convenient day.

9th Grade Retreat Postponed

Posted by Fr. Jack Sheaffer on 2/12/17

Due to the winter weather expected Sunday afternoon through Monday, the 9th Grade Social Justice Retreat is being postponed. We will let the students know of the new date as soon as it is scheduled. Stay warm and safe today and tomorrow! For more information, please call the ... Read More »