Purple Mass for those with Dementia November 4th in Springfield

Oct 11, 2017

The 4th annual Purple Mass, to pray for a cure and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease as well as offering spiritual support to those suffering from Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, along with their loved ones and caregivers., will be held at St. Michael’s Cathedral in Springfield on Saturday, November 4th at 4 PM  All are welcome, including those with dementia and their caretakers, their families and friends.

The Purple Mass began in 2014 through the efforts of Joy Danita Allen and the Ladies of St. Peter Claver Auxiliary. 

Many people suffer from a form of dementia, the most common being Alzheimer’s, and, in addition, many more are caregivers to loved ones suffering from this type of brain disease, according to a news release from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield.

Back in 2014, Ms. Allen said that few know about other families’ struggles with the disease, because dementia still has a social stigma attached to it.

“I do believe people still keep it quiet. I believe people still are not educated that it is dementia,” she said. “For those who have it, it is a very difficult piece of information to share with others. So, unless someone freely discusses it, it’s usually not talked about."

“Raising awareness and acknowledging the disease, we hope, will prompt people to get help and support; to learn different ways that healthy lifestyles can change one’s odds of getting dementia,” Ms. Allen said.

People of all faiths are invited to attend the November 4th Purple Mass. It has been suggested that those attending wear something purple to show support for those dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia.

The Purple Mass is a diocesan-wide service. For more information, call St. Michael's Cathedral at (413) 781-3656.