Religious Life

Invitation: Springfield 40 Days for Life 2/14--3/24

The Catholic community at Amherst received this invitation to participate in 40 Days for Life. The poster from www.40daysforlife.com/springfield reads: "Recognizing that 'with God, all things are possible,' our community is joining with hundreds of other cities for this spring's global 40 Days for Life - the largest internationally coordinated pro-life mobilization in history. 40 Days for Life is a peaceful, prayerful - and proven effective - pro-life campaign that has already been embraced by more than half a million people worldwide, saved 6,749 lives from abortion, led to the conversion of 75 abortion workers, and seen 25 abortion facilities close. 40 Days for Life features 3 components: (1) Prayer and Fasting - join together with other believers for 40 days of fervent prayer and fasting for an end to abortion (2) Peaceful Vigil - stand for life during a 40-day peaceful public witness outside a local facility (3) Community Outreach - bring a positive pro-life message to every corner of our city through media efforts, advocacy and public visibility. Learn how you can 'speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves' right here in the greater Springfield area, by contacting 413-342-0403 or by visiting www.40daysforlife.com/springfield

3/9/2013 Annual Men's Conference: Diocese of Springfield, MA

“Grow in Holiness“ Conference Features Sean Cardinal O'Malley, Matthew Weber, Antonio Soave, Fr. Sean O'Mannion. Facilitator, Jason Free/ Praise and Worship Music by “The Rock”. Your host: Bishop Timothy McDonnell. Location: Bellamy Middle School, Chicopee, MA. For information and to register:  http://www.diospringfield.org/mensconf.html

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3/5 or 3/6/2013 "Deepening Faith with the Word of God"

All are invited to a presentation by Joan Paradise, catechetical consultant for "Our Sunday Visitor" Publishing Company. At Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish, 127 Holyoke Rd, Westfield (Fr. Dan Pacholec, Pastor). Part of the Year of Faith Monthly Days of Prayer. Info: 413-452-0841. Directions: http://www.diospringfield.org/SUBDOMAIN/olbs/bsdirections.html On 3/5 from 7-9 pm and on 3/6 from 10 am-noon.

2/25/2013. Newman's Lessons for the Church of the 3rd Millennium

Lumen Christi Lecture featuring Fr. Michael Barber, S.J., Director of Spiritual Formation at St. John's Seminary, Brighton, MA. Free; a free-will offering will be collected. February 25, 2013, 7 pm. Newman Catholic Center, 472 No. Pleasant St., Amherst, MA. Call 413-549-0300 for more information. The presentation is part of the Newman Catholic Center's 50th Anniversary Celebration and the Year of Faith.

2/22-24/2013 Women's Weekend Retreat: Westfield, MA

Westfield: "From Fear to Faith," A Weekend Retreat for Women, will be held Feb. 22-24 at Genesis Spiritual Life and Conference Center. The retreat will address underlying issues beneath fear, doubt and insecurity and will be led by Betty Hill Crowson,a licensed social worker, life coach and experienced retreat director. For more information, including fees and registration details, call 413-562-3627, email genesis@genesisspiritualcenter.org or visit www.GenesisSpiritualCenter.org.

2/20/2013. Recapturing the Spirit of the Second Vatican Council - panel 2.

Each panelist will speak for 20 minutes then open the floor to questions. Fr. Warren Savage: Social Justice Themes of the Council; Dr. Martin Pion: The Council and Other Churches and Other Religions; Sr. Mary Reap, IHM: The Council and Religious Life/and the Future. This symposium is co-sponsored by the Springfield Diocese's Office of Religious Education and the Elms College Institute for Theological and Pastoral Studies. Location: Alumnae Library Veritas Auditorium, Elms College, 391 Springfield St., Chicopee, MA. Time: 7-9 pm. Info: 413-452-0841. See also February 6 for a companion symposium with 3 additional panelists.  Mary A. Dooley Lecture Series. Presented by the Religious Studies Dpartment, the Institute for Theology and Pastoral Studies, and the Diocese of Springfield Office of Faith Formation. Snow date is 2-27-2013. For information contact Ann Schweinn 413-265-2572 or schweina@elms.edu

2/15-17/2013 Men's Retreat: West Hartford

West Hartford, Conn.: A Men's Retreat will be held Feb. 15-17 at the Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center. For more information contact the retreat center at 860-521-0440 or visit www.holyfamilyretreat.org.

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2/6/2013 Recapturing the Spirit of the Second Vatican Council - PANEL 1

Each panelist will speak for 20 minutes then open the floor to questions. Ann Ryan, SND: Getting Ready for and Opening the Council. Fr. Mark Stelzer: Theological Themes and Foundations of the Council. Eleanor Dooley, SSJ: Reception of the Council in Europe and the USA. This symposium is co-sponsored by the Springfield Diocese's Office of Religious Education and the Elms College Institute for Theological and Pastoral Studies. Location: Alumnae Library Veritas Auditorium, Elms College, 391 Springfield St., Chicopee, MA. Time: 7-9 pm. Part of the Year of Faith Monthly Days of Prayer. See also February 20 for a companion symposium with 3 additional panelists. Mary A. Dooley Lecture Series. Presented by the Religious Studies Dpartment, the Institute for Theology and Pastoral Studies, and the Diocese of Springfield Office of Faith Formation. Snow date is 2-27-2013. For information contact Ann Schweinn 413-265-2572 or schweina@elms.edu

UMass Newman Catholic Center: Calendar

Visit the Newman Center UMass calendar at http://newmanumass.org/community-calendar/ for Mass times, social, service, faith development and other events with our neighbors at 472 No. Pleasant St. Amherst.

Springfield MA Diocese "Year of Faith"

For the Diocese of Springfield, MA "Year of Faith" page visit http://www.iobserve.org/index.php?page=year-of-faith and FACEBOOK at  http://www.facebook.com/DioceseOfSpringfieldYearOfFaith

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