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Christmas Giving Tree
Mass of Rememberance
Ziti & Meatball Dinner
We invite you to come and enjoy some good food prepared by Dave Cross and his team, visit with some old friends, and make some new ones! Dinner to include ziti, meatballs, tossed salad, bread and dessert. Adults $7 - Children (under 12) $4 - $1 off with a food donation for the Survival Center. Tickets available at the Parish Office (413) 783-8619.
Unashamed of the Gospel
The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made.
I am a disciple of Jesus Christ.
I won't look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still.
My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is secure.
I am finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, chintzy giving, and dwarfed goals.
I no longer need pre-eminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity.
I now live by presence, lean by faith, love by patience, lift by prayer, and labor by power.
My pace is set, my gait is fast, my goal is Heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions few, my Guide reliable, my mission clear.
I cannot be bought, compromised, deterred, lured away, turned back, diluted, or delayed.
I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of adversity, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.
I am a disciple of Jesus Christ.
I must go until Heaven returns, give until I drop, preach until all know, and work until He comes. And when He comes to get His own, He will have no problem recognizing me.
My colors will be clear.
I am not ashamed of the gospel
Mass Intentions for the October 23, 2016
9:00AM - Roger Turgeon by Tony & Phyllis
11:00AM - Armand, Betty, Anne & David by Jeanne Blanchet
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Sat Oct 29
4:00PM - Santo De Luca 4th Anniversary by his Wife
Obituary for James Ashworth
James Ashworth Obituary - Springfield, MA | The Republican
James “Jim” Ashworth, 84, of Holyoke, passed away Monday, October 17, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center. Jim, son of the late Ralph W. and Mary H. (Plaisted) Ashworth, was born in Worcester on February 1, 1932. Raised in Worcester, he graduated from Worcester Academy in 1950 and went on to attain his Bachelor’s Degree from Middlebury College and his Master’s Degree from Cornell University. Jim proudly served his country in the U.S. Army where he received the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He worked as a construction consultant for the former Keystone Leasing Company in West Hartford where he retired in 1998 after 19 years of service. Jim went on to work part time for Hulmes Transport for many years. He enjoyed reading books, telling stories, and watching Christian T.V. Jim also enjoyed singing and playing bingo. He was a people person and loved spending time with his family. Jim was a former communicant of St. Catherine of Siena Church and was a current communicant and full member of the Pioneer Valley Baptist Chapel in Chicopee. He was also a member of the . In addition to his parents, Jim was predeceased by his wife, Claire E. (Blanchard) Ashworth; his sisters, Mary “Polly” Anderson and Nancy Conklin; and his great granddaughter, Delaney. He will be missed by all who knew him, including his sons, Peter D. Ashworth and his wife Robin of Springfield, Bruce A. Ashworth of Agawam, Kevin J. Ashworth and his wife Wendy of Belchertown, and Barry B. Ashworth and his wife Debbie of Enfield; his grandchildren, Jonathan Reidy and Christopher Reidy; his step grandchildren, Sasha Miller, Chelsi Kohler, and Ciji St. Germain; and his great grandchildren, Areyah, Daijah, Tristen, and Teegan. Visiting Hours for Jim will be held Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 4PM to 7PM at Sampson’s Chapel of the Acres Funeral Home, 21 Tinkham Rd, Springfield. Funeral Services will be held Friday, October 21, 2016 beginning at Sampson’s at 8:45AM followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10AM in St. Catherine of Siena Church, 1023 Parker St, Springfield. Rites of Committal and Interment will follow in Hillcrest Park Cemetery, 895 Parker St, Springfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Jim’s memory may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St, Springfield, MA 01104 or the Annual Catholic Appeal, PO Box 1730, Springfield MA 01102-1730.
Bishop's Statement on Question 4
October 17, 2016
Dear Catholic educators, catechists and families,
As Americans we are called upon to actively participate in our democratic process through the exercising of our right to vote. With the November 8 Election Day now fast approaching there are indeed many candidates and issues competing for our attention. I am writing you today regarding one issue which will be placed before voters, a matter of great importance for our young people and families.
On Election Day Massachusetts citizens will be asked to vote on a proposal to legalize recreational use of marijuana, listed a Question 4. If approved, this referendum could have an extremely devastating and dangerous impact on our society, particularly children and young adults.
As our society battles the devastating opioid crisis, which every day claims the lives of those who have been snared in the trap of addiction, it is beyond reason that we should legalize a gateway drug that, in addition to its own damaging effects, has led far too many users down the escalating path of drug abuse and the destruction of opioids.
On the reverse side of this letter, I am providing you with a statement the Massachusetts Catholic Conference has issued in response to Question 4, one which provides facts and citations from numerous research studies concerning the detrimental effects that follow from the legalization of marijuana. These concerns are shared by many law enforcement, public safety and community leaders including Governor Baker and Attorney General Healy.
I urge you to carefully read and share this statement.
Thank you for your consideration and thoughtful review of this issue and for your dedication, commitment and genuine care for our young people.
Most Rev. Mitchell T. Rozanski
Bishop of Springfield
A STATEMENT OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS OF MASSACHUSETTS ON THE LEGALIZATION OF RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA
Marijuana represents a significant part of substance use in America and adversely affects the health of millions of Americans. According to a recent report1 issued by the National Institute of Drug Abuse, Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States.2 Its widespread use and abuse, particularly by young people under the age of eighteen, is steadily increasing while scientific evidence clearly links its long term damaging effects on brain development. “When marijuana users begin using as teenagers, the drug may reduce thinking, memory and learning functions and affect how the brain builds connections between the areas necessary for these functions. Marijuana’s effects on these abilities may last a long time or even be permanent.”3
Legalizing a drug for recreational use that causes these effects on the human body, particularly our youth, is not a path civil society should choose to take. It has been well documented in Massachusetts and across the country that the nation is currently waging a losing battle against opioid abuse. Our attention must not be diverted from that health crisis, nor do we want to add fuel to it by contributing to the risks for the use of other illegal/illicit/proscribed substances through the legalization of marijuana. The availability of marijuana for adolescent users already constitutes an environmental factor for the later use of other illicit drugs.4 Its legalization will only serve to worsen this problem.
One only has to examine the devastating impact felt in Colorado since 2013, when recreational use of marijuana was legalized, to fully grasp what would be in store in Massachusetts. A comprehensive report5 issued last month by the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area states that, since marijuana has been legalized, traffic deaths have increased by 48 percent. Recent statistics show that of all traffic deaths in Colorado, 21 percent of those individuals killed tested positive for marijuana. Marijuana related hospitalizations in Colorado have doubled from 2011 to 2014.
Marijuana use and abuse by the youth of Colorado has increased by 20 percent since legalization. Young people in Colorado rank first in the nation for marijuana use – an illegal activity for anyone under the age of 21. Strikingly, this has negatively affected their family life,
social life and school performance where expulsions and drop-out rates have spiked significantly. Do we really want to bring these issues to Massachusetts?
The Catholic Church teaches “the use of drugs inflicts very grave damage on human health and life. Their use, except on strictly therapeutic grounds, is a grave offense.”6
The Roman Catholic Bishops of Massachusetts join Governor Baker and many other elected officials along with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American College of Pediatricians (ACP) in opposing the legalization of marijuana. We urge the voters of Massachusetts to vote NO on Question 4 on November 8, 2016.
His Eminence Seán P. O’Malley, OFM, Cap. Archbishop of Boston
Most Reverend Mitchell T. Rozanski Bishop of Springfield
Most Reverend Robert J. McManus Bishop of Worcester
Most Reverent Edgar M. da Cunha, SDV Bishop of Fall River
Obituary for Krystyna Kukla-Soulia
Krystyna Kukla-Soulia Obituary - New Britain, CT | The Recorder
A Memorial service will be held at Northfield Mt. Hermon school's Memorial Chapel, date still to be determined. Kenney-Luddy Funeral Home and Crematory of New Britain, CT are in charge of crematory arrangements. There will be no calling hours.
The family would like to thank the doctors and nursing staff in the ICU unit at Baystate Memorial Center for their care and compassion for Krystyna. A special thank you to our dear friend Ann Zaveruha of Leyden, MA for Krissy's peaceful transition from this world.
In lieu of flowers, a Memorial Fund has been established at Greenfield Cooperative Bank for her daughter Aliyah's education. Please make donations payable to Memorial Fund of Krystyna Kukla-Soulia, in care of Greenfield Cooperative Bank, 63 Federal Street, Greenfield, MA 01301.