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May 20, 2022

Pastor’s Corner

Dear Friends,
I wanted to take this opportunity to give some updates with regard to the parish before I depart for Springfield.

Cemetery: Thanks to Deacon Rod for coordinating the cemetery clean-up. The cemetery is now open for spring burials and a weekly mowing schedule has been set in order to keep the grounds looking good. Please join me in congratulating Deacon as this week he celebrates 5 years of ordination to the permanent diaconate!

Music Director: I have been unsuccessful in securing any sort of "fill-in" while looking for a new director. In the meantime, I want to thank our choir for the way in which they have stepped up to lead us in song.

Altar Rails: I was able to find another craftsman to complete the altar rail project. Larry Roux, a local Catholic man from Turners Falls, will begin work on the rails this week. The cost of the project has increased to $15,000, nevertheless, due to a recent large donation, we have raised nearly all the funds needed to complete it. Thank you for your generosity!

Solar: Recently the parish has been connected to a community solar program, which offers a 10% discount on our electric bill. The solar farm is located in Lansborough, MA at a former golf course. We should begin to see a reduction in our bill mid-summer.

Fr. Frank: I want to thank Fr. Frank for his help in the parish this past year. I know we all wish him well as he begins his new role as the Administrator of Our Lady of the Valley in Sheffield, MA.
God bless you,
Fr. Jon

Parish News

Please join us in bidding a fond farewell to Fr. Frank on Sunday May 22nd following the 10:30am Mass. Light refreshments will be served.
The Knights of Columbus are selling raffle tickets - first prize $1,000. Tickets are $20 and on sale after the Masses this weekend. Winners will be drawn at Summerfest.
Holy Family Craft Fair will make a comeback this year - Mark your calendars for Saturday November 19, 2022.
Join us to bid Fr. Jon good-bye on Friday May 27th 6pm-8pm in the parish hall. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served.
Ascension Thursday is a holy day of obligation: Thursday May 26, 2022. Masses are at 8am, 12:05pm, and 6pm.
Mark your calendars for our annual Summerfest Parish Picnic on Sunday June 26, 2022 following the 10:30am Mass.
Beginning May 28th, the Saturday morning Mass is canceled until further notice. There is a 9am Saturday Mass at the Newman Center at UMass.

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