Beacon of Faith


"Faith is belief in something we can’t see – and yet our God is so generous – he allows us to see His amazing work in this world through people like you. Jesus is calling us to be Beacons of Faith – will you help me answer that call?" - Bishop William D. Byrne , Bishop of Springfield

Beacon of Faith Campaign Status

All Saints - $171,216.00 left to raise to reach goal.
St. Mary’s $42,6.00 left to raise to reach goal.

If you would like to make a pledge today, see the envelopes in the pews for more information or visit:

*Beacon of Faith Capital Campaign Status as of Jan 5, 2024


Project 351

Dear All Saints and Saint Mary’s parishioners,                                                 Project 351

             My name is Matthew Skutnik, and I was chosen to represent the town of Ware as an ambassador for Project 351. Project 351 is a non-profit youth-led service that promotes change through community service. As my project I will be doing a clothing drive in both churches. We will be accepting clothing that are gently used for men, women, and children. All age range and sizes are acceptable. There is a need for clothing for less fortunate people. Also new socks and underwear will be accepted. We will be collecting clothes from February 14 (Ash Wednesday) until March 24. The boxes will be located at the entrances of both churches. The clothing will be distributed throughout the state. Thank you for your consideration. Any clothing helps. Happy Lent!

Divine Mercy Sunday

Are you ready? Divine Mercy Sunday is April 7th!!

In the past few bulletins you have read a beautiful written story on Divine Mercy as well as some messages taken from St. Faustina's Diary. Now it is time for you to make a plan of action. Remember: confession, Communion, Mass, venerate image of Divine Mercy and be merciful to others through your actions, words, deeds and prayers on their behalf. 

Trust in Jesus's words: "Whoever approaches the Fount of Life on this day will be granted complete remission of sins and punishment." (Diary 300)

To help you receive these graces Fr. Pawlus will be offering the following at St. Mary's Church:     

¨ Adoration: 12-3pm

¨ Rosary: 1:30pm

¨ Confession: 2-3pm

¨ Chaplet and Benediction: 3pm

¨  Mass (if needed) at All Saints Church: 5:30pm

Spread the word--all are welcome!!!


Announcements/ Updates

Holy Week Schedule

All Saints  |  St Mary’s

  • March 24th– Palm Sunday
    • 8:00am |   9:30am   5:30pm
  • March 28th—Holy Thursday
    • Mass @ 7:00pm
  • March 29th—Good Friday
    • 3:00pm—Liturgy of Good Friends followed by Adoration until 6:00pm
    • Stations of the Cross @ 6:30pm
  • March 30th—Hold Saturday
    • Blessing of the Food @ 10:00am & 12:00pm
    • Easter Vigil @7:30pm
  • March 31st Easter Sunday
    • 8:00am | 9:30am

Note: No 5:30pm Mass

Mary's Bread

Dear Parishioners,

We now have a new ministry called “Mary’s Bread”.  Whole wheat loaves of bread made from home milled flour, pure ingredients, and honey from St. Joseph’s Abbey will be offered as a gift and any donation will go to the Food Pantry.
Each loaf is carefully wrapped and a prayer card with the attached picture is included.
If interested, call, text or email Patricia Boynton or 413-544-4356.
I will deliver the loaf if you are homebound.

Our Lady’s Sorrows

Come walk with Our Lady of Sorrows this Lent. A contemplative journey through Our Lady’s Sorrows will be offered on Tuesdays during Lent from 6:30-7:30 PM at St. Mary’s.  (February 20-Holy Week).

Adoration, silent meditation and praying of the Chaplet of Mary’s 7 Sorrows will be included.  No sign ups necessary.  A book, Chaplet and Holy Card which describes the 7 Sorrows and the 7 Promises are being provided by the Parish.  All are invited.

St. Aloysius Catholic School

St. Aloysius Catholic School kicked off its annual Scholarship Drive on December 15.  All funds earned up to $40,000 will be matched, dollar for dollar, by an anonymous benefactor!  You can make your tax-deductible donation to support families who wish to provide a Catholic education to their children via the school’s website at or by mailing a check to the school at P.O. Box 531, Gilbertville, MA 01031 with “Scholarship” in the memo line.  The drive will run until March 15, after which 2024-2025 tuitions will be set.


The Polish Junior League of Massachusetts welcomes area college students of Polish heritage to apply for one of our annual academic scholarships. Students must have a permanent address in one of the four Western Massachusetts counties: Hampshire, Hampden, Franklin or Berkshire. Application forms with related information are available at The deadline for ALL applications and related materials is May 1,2024.

All Saints & St. Mary's Food Pantry!


Thanks to the generosity of parishioners and other donors, we now serve about 20-30 persons per day on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month.

Coming next spring~ the Mary Farm will be offering part of their lush farm land for a Food Pantry Vegetable Garden.  Thank you to Patrick and Cathy Gallery for offering their gardening skills for this venture!  Stay on the lookout for ongoing exciting updates! 🌸

New volunteers are always welcome.  See for more info……

Thank you to all who are so faithful with donations!

Second Annual Youth Rally

Save the Date for the second annual Youth Rally, “Glasses of God,” sponsored by the Office of Youth Ministry and the Diocesan Youth Leadership Team. The event will take place May 18th 2024 in the Leslie Phillips Theater at Holyoke Community College and feature Dallas-based speaker, singer/songwriter, and worship leader Jackie Francois Angel, talks and skits by the Youth Ambassadors, and music by Psalm 33 collab. The event will be open to all middle and high school youth. More info at

Looking to get involved?

Looking to expand your faith and get more involved with your community? Please check out the Faith Community section of our website to learn more about the many great faith driven programs we have in both our local community and within the Diocese of Springfield. 

Apostolate of the Suffering

First Saturday Meditations at Mary Farm

The Apostolate of the Suffering, joined with the Friends of the Cross, are offering three-fold meditations at Mary Farm year-round (January – December) on the First Saturday of each month from 10am to 12 noon, (rain or shine).

The meditations start with a chosen topic from the Friends of the Cross writings by St. Louis DeMontfort, contemplating on what it takes to carry the Cross with Our Lord.  This is followed by the Holy Rosary meditation to fulfill the last part of the devotion requested by Our Lady of Fatima.* Lastly, the devotion of the Stations of the Cross is prayed outdoors during the warm months. 

The reflections are based on the visions and revelations from Our Lady to Venerable Sr. Mary of Agreda as she recorded them in her book, Mystical City of God.  In Fatima Our Lady asks us all to console her Immaculate Heart due to the vast ingratitude, blasphemies, and offenses against her by making reparations to her on the First Saturday of each month.  This includes:  Going to Confession and receiving Holy Communion, praying five decades of the Rosary, and in addition, meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary. We gather together at Mary Farm to complete this last part of this devotion to Our Lady; to meditate the Holy Rosary mysteries. 

All are invited; you need not be a member of the Apostolate to offer up some of your time to console the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Please contact Stasia Bronner with questions:  413-324-6708 or email:  Mary Farm is located at 1915 Ware Street,(Rt 32) Palmer, MA.

*Our Lady explained the First Saturdays to Sr. Lucia dos Santos, one of the Fatima visionaries on December 10, 1925 in the following way: 

“See, my daughter, my Heart encircled by thorns with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude.  Do you, at least, strive to console me.  Tell them that I promise to assist at the hour of death with the graces necessary for salvation those who, in order to make reparation to me, on the First Saturday of five successive months, go to Confession, receive Holy Communion, say five decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for a quarter of an hour, meditating on the …mysteries of the Rosary.”  (This is in addition to praying the five decades.) 

The Apostolate of the Suffering’s quarterly newsletter, The Anchor, can now be read on facebook.  Please visit our facebook page - “Apostolate of Suffering” to read.  We will also be posting past issues!  And while you are at it……like the page, and feel free to comment on posts!  Thank you!

Also, please check out the new You Tube Channel for the Apostolate of Suffering.  Just type Apostolate of Suffering in the search bar and it will come up.  Some beautiful videos on the Mary Farm!”

St. Francis of Assisi Bus Trips

2024 Bus Trips with
St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Belchertown
March 11, 2024 - Celtic Angels at Aqua Turf, Southington, CT - $125/pp
April 4, 2024 - Luncheon & Mystery Theatre at Storrowtown - $99/pp
April 17, 2024 - Classic Country at Log Cabin, Holyoke - $119/pp
May 7, 2024 - Debby Boone “You Light Up My Life”, Aqua Turf (CT) - $139/pp
June 6, 2024 - Rhode Island Cruise  - TBA
July 9, 2024 - Neil & Johnny meet Elvis at Log Cabin - $125/pp
August 7, 2024 - Eagles Experience at Log Cabin - $125/pp
September 8-10, 2024 - Daniel in Amish Country, Lancaster, PA - $549/pp
October 4, 2024 - Turkey Train Luncheon, New Hampshire - $139/pp
October 15-17, 2024 - Tropicana Atlantic City, NJ with Cher & Elton John - $331/pp
November, 2024 - Newport, RI Playhouse (Show TBA) - TBA
December 11, 2024 - Deck The Halls with Buddy & Elvis. Aqua Turf (CT) - $125/pp
Roseann Montefusco  
(413) 364-8161
Anthony Ricchiazzi
(413) 283-3966

Marriage Help

Marriage Help Available

If your marriage has become troubled and stressed, unloving or uncaring; even if you are divorced or separated but want to try again, the Retrouvaille program can help. Retrouvaille provides tools to communicate better, resolve conflicts fairly, and rediscover why you fell in love. The program is offered locally three times a year.

For information, call confidentially 1-800-470-2230, email, or visit our website for information & registration.

Parish Calendar

Looking to get more involved? Want to know what is going on in our Catholic Community? Please be sure to check out our New Parish Calendar linked below!


Scholarship Oppertunity

FAITH Catholic is delighted once again to announce a writing scholarship contest for high school seniors in the dioceses of our publishing partnersThe 2024 Father Charles Irvin Memorial Writing Scholarship honors our founding editor-in-chief. Father Charlie was passionate about the mission of FAITH Catholic, and was a tireless writer and evangelizer.This scholarship is open to high-school seniors, and is given directly to the winner in the form of a $1500 check. The winning essay will be chosen by FAITH editorial staff.

Entries should be sent to Rebecca Drake by Wednesday, April 10 to: Rebecca Drake

Access the following link to learn: 

This year’s theme is: Tell us how you want to be Christ’s hands and feet in the world.

Polish Food Sale

Polish kitchen will be selling pierogi and kapusta from 9-11 am on Sunday March 24 in St Mary’s hall. Next major sale will be for Christmas. Thank you for your support.

Rosary & Religious Medal Sale!

Blessed Religious Medals and Rosary Beads for Sale brough to you by the Ware Knights of Columbus Council 183!

This is the perfect gift a a godchild or family member making their first communion or confirmation. Need to replace an items for yourself, this is the perfect opportunity as well! All items are $25 each.

Download the form HERE to place your order today!

Knights of Columbus


Easter Egg Hunt—Sunday March 24th

Join us Sunday March 24th @11AM Behind St. Mary’s School.  If it rains, we will move to All Saints Church Hall

Presented by Ware Knights Council 183

Save the Date

A fundraiser, sponsored by the Ware Knights of Columbus will be held on Saturday April 6th, 2024 at St. Mary’s Church Hall to benefit the completion of the Joe C. Knight Playground at St. Aloysius Catholic School. 

Check back for more information on how to order your tickets!

Ware Catholic Churches - Sunday Mornings Coffee Hours

Saints Mary’s Church after 9:30AM Mass

All Saint’s Church after 8:00AM Mass

Come and enjoy visiting with friends and fellow parishioners.

  • March 10—All Saints
  • April 14—St. Mary’s

Quiet the Mind, Open the Heart

Join us EVERY Saturday from 9:00AM to 10:15AM at St. Mary's Church hall. 

Family Life Ministry

Looking for more information regarding Family Life Ministry? Please see the links below to learn more about these Ministries including:

Rosary Sodality

Just us of the following Spiritual Activities:

  • Participating in the Rosary before each scheduled weekday Mass
  • Attending our Prayer Service at St. Mary's Cemetery (Our Lady of Grace Shrine) on the 13th of each month at 4:00PM
  • First Saturday Devotion at St. Mary's Church: Starting with the Rosary at 7:30AM following be 8:00AM Mass and Private Adoration until 9:00AM



“Out of love, place yourselves at one another’s service” (Gal. 5:13)

The Office of the Diaconate has begun to recruit men throughout the Diocese who share a love for God and their fellow man and are men who would be comfortable serving in the sanctuary.  In this endeavor we are asking for your help.  If you have a few men in your parish who you think would be excellent in serving in the sanctuary and supporting the many tasks and challenges facing your parish in the upcoming years, please ask them to consider the process of discernment for the Diaconate.

For your information, the Diaconate Formation Board is starting the recruitment process for our next Diaconate class, the Class of 2029, and we need your help.

Do you know:

  • Men who would make good servant leaders?
  • Men who may already be active within the parish as a lector or extraordinary minister of the Eucharist?
  • Men who may already be involved in service to the homebound, the needy, as well visiting hospitals and nursing facilities?
  • Men who may have a calling to become more involved in doing what we have been called to do from Baptism; serve Jesus by serving his people?

If you know of men who may fit this mold, please reach out to them and encourage them to consider following their call to serve others.

If you, or any potential candidates, have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to contact The Diaconate office at 413-452-0674 or


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  • Sun, Mar 24th

  • Sun, Mar 17th

Mass Times

Mass Schedule:

Monday: All Saints 8:00 am Mass
Tuesday: All Saints 8:00 am Mass :
Thursday: St. Mary’s 8:00 am
Friday: St. Mary’s 8:00 am Mass
Saturday Morning - No services Except:
First Saturday: 8 am - St. Mary’s.

4:00pm Mass at All Saints;
5:00pm Mass at St. Mary’s
8:00am Mass at All Saints;
9:30am Mass at St. Mary’s
5:30pm Mass at All Saints Church

Bulletin / Website Announcement Request

Have a community event to share with the Parish Community? Looking to make a special announcement? Please be sure to fill out our from through the link provided below! Click Here

Office Hours

Monday and Wednesday
9:00AM -12:00PM

Only by appointment. Please call or email us and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

General Contact Info

All Saints Church is located at 17 North Street, Ware - MA - 01082

St. Mary's Church is located at 57 Sotuh Street, Ware - MA - 01082

Parish Office for both Churches is located at 60 South Street, Ware - MA 01082

Emails: &    

Phone Numbers*: 413-967-4963 or 413-967-5913   *Both numbers are coming into one line what means when someone is on the phone by using one of the numbers, you will get a busy signal trying to reach us

Fax: 413-967-4679