COVID 19 guidance, reminders and clarifications for the parishes of the Diocese of Springfield
In light of the information provided by the CDC, and in order to maximize protection of vulnerable individuals from the delta variant, the Department of Public Health now advises that a fully vaccinated person should wear a mask or face covering when indoors (and not in your own home), if you have a weakened immune system, or if you are at increased risk for severe disease because of your age or an underlying medical condition, or if someone in your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is unvaccinated.
Individuals who are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear a face covering or mask to help prevent you from spreading COVID-19 to other people. People who show no symptoms of illness may still be able to spread COVID-19.
On behalf of the Ware Knights of Columbus and the Help Hands Crew, we are excited to announce the return of the Take & Eat Program! Over the past several months we transformed our program with the generous support of our parish community to delivery non-perishable goods to those until we could safely bring back the Take & Eat Program.
Starting September 11th, the Knights of Columbus partnered will volunteers from our community to deliver meals on the 2nd Saturday of each month. If you are interested in helping, please be sure to visit the page linked below for more information and to sign up!
Polish Women’s Alliance of America
FCSLA, formerly Polish Women’s Alliance, Branch Z-499 are offering college scholarships to members in good standing, who have completed their Freshman Year in college.
Applications can be obtained from: Alvira C. Balut (272 River Drive. Hadley, MA 01038-9461) or by calling: (413) 584 - 4494
Applications must be completed by November 20th, 2021 to be considered for a Spring 2022 scholarship.
WESTERN MASS YOUNG ADULTS
Please join the Western Mass Young Adults at the following events:
In-person Men's GroupYoung & Catholic Men's Group is going in person with small groups opening at various parishes across the diocese. Check out www.ycmen.org
Volunteers Needed: Whether you are a recently confirmed student, in college, or a young adult, we are looking for volunteers to come help out with Youth Revolution! To register to volunteer, please visit https://www.youthchoosechrist.org/volunteer
Oberammergau Passion Play Pilgrimage
Brussels & Germany
Spiritual Director: Fr. Gary Dailey
August 4 - 14, 2022
40 Days For Life
From September 22nd through October 31st, you’re invited to join Christians other people of good will for 40 Days for Life – 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion. You’re also invited to stand and peacefully pray during a 40-day vigil in the public right-of-way outside Planned Parenthood at 3550 Main Street, Springfield, MA, and also to help spread the word about this important community outreach. If you’d like more information, especially if you’d like to volunteer to help, please contact: Tim Biggins at (413) 342-0403 and/or [email protected]
Please join us for a holy hour for youth and teens on October 22nd from 6:30-8:00PM at Saint Mary’s Church and Parish Hall! Clarissa Desjardins will be giving a personal testimony along with various activities; icebreakers, eucharistic adoration, praise, and worship!
We look forward to seeing you there!
Saint Thomas More Medal
The St. Thomas More Society of the Diocese of Springfield has announced that The Honorable Brian M. St.Onge of Ware and a member of St. Mary’s Parish in Ware has been selected to receive the Saint Thomas More Medal from Bishop William Byrne at the Red Mass celebrated at St. Michael’s Cathedral in Springfield on October 3, 2021. The St. Thomas More Society fosters and promotes high ethical and moral principles, the pursuit of truth in the legal profession, and the administration of justice generally and in the community of Catholic lawyers, judges and legal associates. He is Clerk-Magistrate of the Palmer District Court and served for many years as Chairman of the St. Mary’s School Board and also served as Chairman of the Diocesan School Board for the Springfield Diocese.
Update on upcoming Youth Retreats
We are pleased to announce that we will be offering retreats this fall for high school aged youth - both those being confirmed and others who may want to attend. Each retreat, which features speakers, witnesses, small group time, and prayer time presents the teens with an opportunity to discover the Gospel, and then make a personal decision about their response to Jesus' call for a relationship. Since this message needs to be heard by all youth, regardless of age or confirmation status, we hope these retreats will be a great opportunity for any interested youth ages 14-18.
We will offer 8 retreats:
10/3/21 Holy Family South Deerfield 3-8pm
10/17/21 Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Westfield 11-5pm
10/23/21 Divine Mercy Three Rivers 11:30am-5pm
10/24/21 St. Mary's Longmeadow 3-8pm
11/6/21 Virtual on Zoom 11am-2pm
11/7/21 St. Mary of the Assumption Cheshire 3-8pm
11/3/21 St. Catherine of Siena Springfield 11:30am-5pm
11/14/21 Blessed Sacrament Greenfield 3-8pm
For more infomration, please vistit: YOUTHCHOOSECHRIST.ORG
The Rosary Sodality News:
Due to Covid-19 - No Social Activities
Participating in the Rosary before Mass (Monday - Thursday)
Attending 13th of each month, prayer service at St. Mary’s Cemetery at 4pm - at Our Lady of Grace Shrine
First Saturday Devotion at St. Mary’s Church: 7:30 am Rosary, 8 am Mass followed by Private Adoration after Mass till 9am
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
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
Only by appointment. Please call or email us and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
Monday: All Saints 7:30 am Mass
Tuesday: All Saints 7:30 am Mass
Wednesday: St. Mary’s 7:30 am Mass
Thursday: St. Mary’s 7:30 am
Friday and Saturday Morning - No services Except:
First Friday: 8 am - All Saints
First Saturday: 8 am - St. Mary’s.
4:00pm Mass at All Saints;
5:30pm 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
Adoration of Blessed Sacrament:
Monday through Thursday from 8:00AM to 9:00AM following the 7:30AM Mass
*12:10 PM - High Mass – St. Mary’s Church – Only on First Sunday (Sept - May)