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:

www.givecentral.org/Beacon-of-Faith-23.

*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!

Stations of The Cross

Join for Stations of The Cross each Friday of Lent.

  • February 23rd - All Saints
  • March 1st - All Saints
  • March 8th — Saint Mary’s Church
  • March 15th — Saint Mary’s Church
  • March 22nd — Saint Mary’s Church 

Announcements/ Updates

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 [email protected] or 413-544-4356.
 
I will deliver the loaf if you are homebound.

23rd Annual Worcester Catholic Men's Conference

If you are looking for:

  • practical answers for today’s challenges . . .
    • new ways to grow in your Catholic faith . . .
    • a connection with other men, young and old with the same longing. .
    • opportunities for local spiritual programs . . .
    • and especially, if you desire a deeper union with Christ...
    then COME and join us!

For more information, please visit: https://catholicmenworc.com/


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 https://www.staloysiuscs.com/support/scholarship-fund/ 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.


POLISH JUNIOR LEAGUE OF MASSACHUSETTS

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 www.polishjuniorleaguema.org/applications. The deadline for ALL applications and related materials is May 1,2024.


All Saints & St. Mary's Food Pantry!

🍅🍪🍝FOOD PANTRY UPDATE 🍞🥕🥫

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 Warecatholic.org/foodpantry 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 glassesofGod.org.

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:  [email protected].  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
 
FOR INFORMATION CONTACT:        
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 [email protected], or visit our website www.helpourmarriage.org for information & registration.

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:

https://faithsyndicated.org/2024-father-charles-irvin-memorial-writing-scholarship 

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

Polish Food Sale

We will be having a pre-order take-out polish plate dinner on Saturday, March 9th.

The dinner will consist of 4 pierogi, 1 golombek, kielbasa, kapusta and rye bread. The cost of the dinner is $20. The dinner will be cold and will need reheating. Place your order by calling Sylvia @ 413-436-9268 or Diane @413-967-5207 from 12pm-7pm through Saturday February 24th. Curbside pickup will be available between 11:30am12pm for anyone with a handicap card. Please let us know when you call in your order.

All other orders will be picked up in the church hall. You will be given a time between 12pm-2pm for your pick up when you call. Please put your money in an envelope with your name, number of dinners and pick up number.

Thank you for your continued patronage.

Knights of Columbus

Save the Date!

The Knights of Columbus will be holding an Irish Corn Beef Dinner Supper on Saturday March 16th  at St. Mary’s Hall. Tickets will be $20.00ea. Serving time will be 6:00PM.

Beer/wine will be available for purchase.

Tickets with payment must be received no later the Sunday, March 10th. Tickets may be ordered by callings/exting us at (413) 537-3422 All proceeds with help with the continued charitable work provided by the 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

OFFICE OF THE DIACONATE

DIOCESE OF SPRINGFIELD - OFFICE OF THE DIACONATE

“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 [email protected]

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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.

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

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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:   [email protected] & [email protected]    

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