PRIEST CONCERT SCHEDULED FOR MAY 15
There are less than 100 mezzanine seats left!
Our singing diocesan priests are at it again! Mark your calendars today for Friday, May 15th, at 7pm. This concert will benefit the Sisters of Saint Joseph and be held at the Barrington Stage, 30 Union St., Pittsfield. Tickets are $25 each and may be purchased by calling the box office at 413-236-8888, in person at the box office, or online at www.barringtonstageco.org/rentals/singingpriests.
This concert will once again be a mix of favorite hymns and popular tunes. St. Mark’s Father John and Father David will be among the singing priests at the concert! Monsignor Mike, Father Joyce and Father C.J. will also be singing.
We would like to thank Bishop Emeritus Timothy McDonnell for an uplifting, informative and delightful evening. It was so enjoyable to be together. Thank you Bishop McDonnell.
SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 6:30 pm in the Parish Center. This will be our “Invitational Meeting” and all members are asked to bring a guest. It will be a special time to socialize, have refreshments and enjoy our special quest, Pittsfield celebrity, Daniel Hamilton.
April 27, 2015
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
On the morning of April 25, a devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal near Kathmandu. The earthquake affected nearby parts of India and caused major avalanches in the Himalayas, including on Mount Everest.
There is catastrophic structural damage in Kathmandu and people are trapped in collapsed buildings. The death toll is climbing at an alarming rate as survivors dig through the rubble frantically trying to free loved ones and neighbors. Thousands are dead and injured, and thousands of survivors are expected to need disaster relief assistance in Kathmandu and the many smaller villages throughout Nepal. With no electricity and the constant threat of powerful quake after-shocks, many are forced to stay outdoors, spending the night in the chilled rainy conditions.
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has made an initial commitment of $725,000 toward relief efforts in Nepal and surrounding countries where the powerful earthquake caused widespread damage. A dozen CRS emergency specialists are on the way to Nepal to provide critical on the ground assistance. CRS and its Caritas partners have begun procuring emergency relief materials such as tarpaulins/shelter kits and water, sanitation and hygiene materials, as well as blankets. But CRS urgently needs our help. Our donations will help immediate emergency response efforts and allow CRS to reach affected families to provide critically needed assistance.
I ask that a special collection for Catholic Relief Service Nepal Earthquake Relief be taken up at all Masses on the weekend of May 9th and 10th.
We offer our prayers for the victims and their families that God, whose love knows no bounds, will ease their suffering and grant them His comfort and peace.
Most Reverend Mitchell T. Rozanski
Bishop of Springfield
TODAY’S THE DAY,….TO CALL OUR STATE LEGISLATORS re: the need for an increase in Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program (line item DAR 2511-0105). See detailed reasons and contact information below.
On Monday, we held a conference call with clergy leaders in the eastern part of the state who are involved with one of our sister organizations. They are not experiencing the same amount of increase in need as we are experiencing at our pantries here in the Berkshires. We shared our story (Thank you, Rev. Joel Huntington, South Congregational Church for your important role in that call!), and they were surprised to hear that the upswing of the economy hasn’t happened here in the Berkshires. After our conversation, they agreed to mention our concern to their state representatives as well. An example of mutual aid — we’re all in this together!!
Reasons: The need for food assistance in Western Massachusetts is steadily increasing. The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts currently serves more than 235,000 people per year through our 250 feeding programs.
MEFAP helps us meet the need of providing assistance to working families, veterans, the elderly, disabled, and children. The additional $5 million would allow the four food banks in Massachusetts to provide an additional 7 million healthy meals to people in need. MEFAP is a reliable source of nutritious staples such as meat, eggs, milk, and fresh produce, which supports public health. MEFAP also helps support the Massachusetts economy, as many of the food distributors and growers are local, including:
• Pioneer Valley Growers Association (South Deerfield)
• Szawlowski Farms, Hatfield
• Long Plain Farm, Whately
More than one-third of the people in need across the Commonwealth do not qualify for government benefits. They rely on the network of food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters across the state to supply their basic needs. The four non-profit food banks in Massachusetts use MEFAP food to help these vulnerable people feed their families.
The increase in MEFAP funding last year helped The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts obtain 180,409 lbs (the equivalent of more than 150,000 meals) more than the year before. Please help us continue to assist our communities by supporting MEFAP funding!
Contacts (Click links for contact info):
House: Stephen Kulik, Vice Chair Benjamin Swan, Assistant Vice Chair Nicholas Boldyga Michael Finn William Smitty Pignatelli Thomas Petrolati Todd Smola
Senate: Benjamin Downing Donald Humason
State House Switch Board: (617) 722-2000