Local Churches

Amherst Christian Fellowship is a student group committed to fostering biblical Christian community and discipleship on-campus. ACF is not, however, a replacement for the local church. We highly encourage all students to attend a local church in order to be built up in their knowledge and love for God, His Word, and the body of Christ. Most students in ACF attend one of the following two churches in Amherst town, both of which are walking distance from school:

First Baptist Church

Catholicism and Peacemaking

"St. Francis Peace Prayer" sung by Sarah McLachlan:

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.

Area Religious Services and Spiritual and Religious Resources

This page is dedicated to information about off-campus resources and services in our area. For information on Amherst College resources and services, please look to the sidebar in Religious & Spiritual Life.

We do our best to keep current but organizations sometimes make changes of which we are unaware. Before visiting a community or service it might be wise to confirm the accuracy of your information.

Our Lady of Sorrows Sings On: The Sounds of Catholic Worship in Holyoke

Holyoke was originally founded as a prosperous mill town. The first Polish immigrants settled there in 1887, and in 1896 the growing Polish community established Mater Dolorosa Church in order to serve the Polish residents of the region. 

Their choir today is small in comparison to its state in the mid-twentieth century, when it boasted 80 members and was renowned as a high-quality concert choir of the area. They have been featured in operas and musicals, on radio broadcasts, and have released a few CD’s over the years.