Religion Notes: March 21, 2024

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Thrift shop

Springfield – The thrift shop at St. Gregory Armenian Church, 135 Goodwin St., in the Indian Orchard section, is open Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, go online to

Church events

Sunderland – First Congregational Church of Sunderland, 91 S. Main St., Serendipity Shop is open on Saturdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with items for sale at bargain prices.

Weekly Sunday church service is offered at 11 a.m. in-person or on Zoom. Email or visit the church on Facebook for more information.

Undie Sunday

Agawam – Throughout March, Agawam Congregational Church is accepting donations of new underwear for men, women, and children. All donations will be distributed to those in need at the end of the month.

Donations can be brought to the church at 745 Main St. The church is handicapped-accessible with a large parking area.

For more information, contact the church at 413-786-7111 or email

Lenten mission

Agawam – Feeding Hills Congregational Church is challenging it’s parishioners to donate 40 non-perishable food items in 40 days. Items can be dropped off at the church weekly or following Easter. All donations are to benefit the West Springfield Parish Cupboard which services families in need throughout West Springfield, Agawam, and Feeding Hills. The church is located at 21 North Westfield St., in the Feeding Hills sections.

Tag sale

Agawam – Agawam Congregational Church will hold a giant, spring tag sale on Saturday, March 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church hill. There will be something for everyone of all ages. The church is located at 745 Main St.

Pierogi sale

Holyoke – On Saturday, March 23, Our Lady of the Cross Parish will be selling frozen pierogi. The food sale will take place in the vestibule of the church from 2 to 4 p.m. cabbage, apple, blueberry and potato/cheese pierogi will be on sale for $10 a dozen. The church is located on Holy Cross Ave. Use the front doors. For more information, call the parish office at 413-532-5661.

Spring food sale

South Deerfield – Holy Name of Jesus Church, 15 Thayer St. will be holding a spring food sale on Saturday, March 23, from 9 a.m. to noon. There will be Polish food including homemade pierogi, golumpki, soups, fresh apple pies, baked goods, and assorted food specialties. There will be large raffle including gift baskets, spring items, gift cards, and cash.

Purim at LYA

Longmeadow – Purim fun begins at LYA on Saturday night, March 23 with a megillah reading at 8:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served after the megillah reading. There is no charge for this event. The Purim celebration is open to the entire community. LYA will host two concurrent megillah readings on Sunday, March 24, beginning at 9 a.m. One megillah reading will be geared for preschool aged children. At least one parent is required to accompany children. The second megillah reading will be a community megillah reading. A special Purim breakfast will be served following both megillah readings sponsored by Beis Medresh Lubavitch. Families are invited at 10 a.m. to join a special Purim Comic Con Program sponsored by Chabad Hebrew School. There is no cost to attend megillah readings. Purim breakfast or Purim Comic Con.

Purim fun continues at Purim at the LYA Kibbutz in solidarity with the people of Israel. A Kibbutz is a community in Israel that was traditionally based on agriculture. The fun will happen on Sunday, March 24 at 5:30 p.m. An Israeli style buffet dinner will be served. Enjoy a petting zoo provided by Firefly Fields. There will be music, dancing and costume contest. Be entertained by the Kibbutz Rabbis Purim performance. Reservations can be made at, by calling LYA at 413-567-8665 or email at Cost for adults is $15 and $8 a child with a family rate of $50. All events take place at LYA, 1148 Converse St.

Holy week

Holyoke – United Congregational Church of Holyoke announces Easter events and services. The first event is a worship service to honor Palm Sunday, which falls on March 24th. The service will begin at 10 a.m. (people are encouraged to arrive at 9:45 a.m. to hear music and hymns). All Are Welcome to attend.

The Easter Egg Hunt “Eggstravaganza,” will be held on Saturday, March 30 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. There will be scavenger hunts, crafts, games, pictures with the Easter Bunny and fun for the whole family. There is no charge.

Easter Sunday, March 31, will be a special Worship Service beginning at 10 a.m. The service will feature a message of hope, songs of Christ’s resurrection, and will conclude with the sacrament of communion. Again, All Are Welcome to attend.

Holy week

Agawam – Agawam Congregational Church Holy week begins on Palm Sunday, March 24, 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary and online at or A Procession of Palms will begin in the Narthex, when people gather palms, proceed, and encircle the Sanctuary around the perimeter one full time while waving palms and moving to their seats in the pews. A Fellowship Hour will follow in the church hall at the conclusion of the service. Coffee, tea, juice, and water are available with various packaged snacks and desserts. A Maundy Thursday and Office of Tenebrae service recognizing the suffering and death of Christ with the Last Supper will take place on March 28 at 7 p.m. After communion, twelve disciple candles and the Christ candle will be lit and eight readers, with the minister, will Celebrate Tenebrae. The Sanctuary will be darkened as everyone will depart in silence and darkness.

Easter Sunday services

Springfield – Foster Memorial Church, UCC will hold two worship services on Easter Sunday, March 31. The 8 a.m. service will include the construction of the “Flowering Cross.” The 10 a.m. service will include special music by the choir and a surprise as they “unpack our Alleluias” for this holy day. The church is located at 1791 Wilbraham Road in the Sixteen Acres section.

Church events

Springfield – South Congregational Church, an open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ in downtown Springfield, invites everyone to its regular worship services, Sundays at 10 a.m. in person at 45 Maple Street in Springfield or on Zoom. Find the Zoom link and more information about us on our website at

Holy week at SCC is as follows: Palm Sunday, March 24, 10 a.m. worship; Maundy Thursday, March 28, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. A time together centered on Jesus’ love commandment, love one another as I have loved you. A simple meal will be provided; Good Friday, March 29, noon to 2 p.m. in the sanctuary. “Women of the Passion” meditation and stations of the cross led by women of South Church and nearby communities; Easter Sunday, March 31, 10 a.m. worship.

You will experience their warm welcome, fine music program, and engaging coffee hour immediately following worship. Childcare is also available. Join the Bible Study group on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. on Zoom (use the Zoom worship link) — whether you are new to bible study or have a lifetime of experience, you are welcome. Other programs include regular knitting and quilting circles as well as an upcoming Lenten Book Group. In addition to church services and events, South is particularly engaged in the downtown community, and many public programs are offered in their spaces. If you’d like to know more, receive our weekly email newsletter, or have any questions, please email or call ‪(413) 732-0117. Find them on Facebook or Instagram.

Catholic Women’s Club of Agawam upcoming events

Agawam – Members of The Catholic Women’s Club will enjoy a potluck supper at their April 8 meeting. It will start at 6:30 p.m. in the St. John the Evangelist parish center at 833 Main St. Members will be contacted by phone or e-mail to select a dish to bring. After the dinner the club’s monthly business meeting will take place. The speaker for the evening will be Maryann Dietschler on her group Wreaths With A Reason, which supports organizations that fight human trafficking. Any Catholic woman residing in Agawam or Feeding Hills or is a member of either of the town’s two Catholic parishes can join the members for this event by phoning or e-mailing Paula at 413-537-1174 or by April 1.

Members of The Catholic Women’s Club of Agawam will present “A Night Of Fashion,” at the St. John the Evangelist Parish Center on Thursday, April 18, located at 833 Main St. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m., and models will wear fashions from Chico’s and J.Jill. Fruit, cheese, crackers and refreshments will be served. Door prizes and a raffle will take place. Tickets are $15 and can be reserved by contacting Paula at 413-537-1174 or Tables of 8 or 10 can be reserved. Proceeds will benefit the club’s annual scholarship.

Sunday services

Agawam – Agawam Congregational Church, 745 Main St., invites the community to Sunday morning services at 10 a.m. On the first Sunday of every month communion is served with bread and grape juice or with individually packaged wafer and grape juice. Following all Sunday services, there is a Friendship gathering in the church hall. Coffee, tea, and water are served along with various goodies and packaged treats. Juice is, also, available, especially, for children in attendance. Children can, also, visit the “Mural Room” where many animals are painted floor to ceiling on an entire wall. The church is handicapped accessible with a large parking lot. If anyone may need a ride or assistance, contact the church at 413-786-7111 or email

Additional adoration times

Agawam – St. John the Evangelist Church, 833 Main St. will offer weekly adoration ceremonies on Wednesdays between noon and 5:30 p.m. The Holy Mass takes place at 6 p.m. Lawn signs are available for Agawam residents announcing the Year of the Eucharist. Contact the parish office to obtain one, 413-786-8105, ext. 101.

Free weekly Veterans lunch

Holyoke – Community Roots Neighborhood Services offers a free hot lunch for Veterans and their adult immediate family (Parents or spouse). The lunches are every Thursday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 485 Appleton St. Questions? Email Gina Nelson at

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