Indian religion

Notes on Religion: January 13, 2022

Drive-in event

Springfield – Foster Memorial Church is hosting its “Drive-In” fundraising event on Saturday, January 15 from 1-3 p.m. in the church’s rear parking lot. They will be collecting non-perishable food for the open pantry. The church is located at 1791 Wilbraham Road in the Sixteen Acres section.

Unbound Conference

Chicopee – The UNBOUND Ministry Team at Mary’s House of Prayer, 202 East Main St., Chicopee, MA will offer four one-day lectures in 2022 on the Five Keys to Freedom in Christ for those feeling overwhelmed, anxious, full of regrets, angry, etc. Lectures include DVD presentations by Neal Lozano and prayer team ministry for those who desire. The conferences will take place on January 15, April 2, July 16 and October 15, 2022 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Mary’s House of Prayer. Lunch is included with the $30 registration fee. Full details and registration forms are available at under the UNBOUND tab, or by calling Jean at 413-452-0511.

Take out winter dinner

Springfield – Polish School at Immaculate Conception Church, 25 Parker St., Indian Orchard section is having a winter dinner including cauliflower soup, chicken, potatoes and coleslaw and a dessert. The take-out dinner will take place on Sunday, January 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The cost is $18 per plate. For tickets, call the parish office at 413-543-3627, Option 4; Marzena Ukleja at 413-561-6150 or Dariusz Robak at 413-265-0573. All tickets are entered into a raffle.

Springfield March for Life

Springfield – On Wednesday, January 19, pro-lifers from the Pioneer Valley Pro-Life Region and the Diocese of Springfield will hold a Walk for Life. March activities will include Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Michael’s Cathedral, 260 State Street, Springfield, a Walk for Life immediately following Mass (around 11 a.m.), and lunch will be served at the Bishop Marshall Center. For those unable to walk, a pro-life rosary will immediately follow the mass. This march is in solidarity with the National March for Life held annually in Washington, DC For more information, email prolifepioneervalley@gmail. com.

Free weekly lunch for veterans

Holyoke – Community Roots Neighborhood Services provides a free hot meal to veterans and their adult immediate family (parents or spouse). Lunches are held every Thursday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 485 Appleton St. Questions? Email Gina Nelson at

online devotions

Easthampton – The Baha’i Community of Western Mass./Southern Vt. invites everyone to its regular online devotional programs as follows: Weekly Sunday Devotions via Zoom at 11:30 a.m. every Sunday morning, hosted by local communities, including the Baha’is of Easthampton and others on an alternating basis. Their regular Zoom programs also include La Pausa Devocional offered every other Saturday at 10 a.m. Additional and updated programming can be viewed on their online schedule at or call 413-570-3019 for details.

The Vine and Branches Gift Shop is open

Agawam -Bee’s Wax Candles are now available. The Sacred Heart Parish Vine and Branches Gift Shop at 1061 Springfield Street, Feeding Hills will continue to be open Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. :30 pm You can contact Pastoral Deb Briancesco RN at 413-786-8200 ext 3 with any questions or concerns.