Archive | April 2016

Reception for Sr. Colette Hanlon

acts of mercySr. Colette Hanlon will give a talk on “THE MEDICINE OF MERCY: Receiving and Sharing the Gift” on Wednesday, May 4th at St. Joseph Parish Center.
Sister is leaving the Berkshires after 10 years of service for another assignment.
Please join us for her presentation and reception to follow.
6:30 to 7:30pm

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SKILL & SPIRITUALITY FOR DISCIPLESHIP Workshop

spiritual handsSAVE THE DATE
You are invited to a day of encounter, prayer and reflection.
Saturday May 14th, 2016 at Fr. Leonard Hall 9:00am to 2:00pm
This event is sponsored by Catholic Charities in partnership with the Catholic Latino Ministry and will be facilitated by members of Pioneer Valley Project and the Berkshire Interfaith Organizing.

Please RSVP: 413-452-0606 <k.brawner@diospringfield.org>
or 413-854-3491 <Jeff.lowenstein@berkshireinterfaithorganizing.org>

Workshop on the New Evangelization
–our collective responsibilities for spreading God’s word
–Spreading the Gospel by example through living it in one’s life.
–the role of personal stories and relationships in the New Evangelization

A gathering parishioners from across the Diocese.

“THE MEDICINE OF MERCY: Receiving and Sharing the Gift”

mercy book kasperIn this Year of Mercy we will spend some time reflecting on our capacity to yield to God’s mercy and how we share the mercy that has been freely extended to us. The Scriptures and Walter Kasper’s book MERCY: THE ESSENCE OF THE GOSPEL AND THE KEY TO CHRISTIAN LIFE will help us to explore our own receiving and living of God’s gratuitous love. Our call is to be more open to issues of forgiveness, compassion and reconciliation so that we might offer God’s medicine to our wounded world and to ourselves.

Sr. Colette Hanlon will give a talk on “THE MEDICINE OF MERCY: Receiving and Sharing the Gift” on Wednesday, May 4th at St. Joseph Parish Center. Sister is leaving the Berkshires after 10 years of service for another assignment. Please join us for her presentation and reception to follow. All are welcome.

“Finding Your Identity and Reconnecting With Your Memories”

ALIVE INSIDEMUSIC & MEMORY

An Intervention for people with Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease
Film: “Alive Inside” a very moving and inspirational documentary will be shown.
Presenter: Meg Greenawalt ~ Therapeutic Recreation director at Springside Rehabilitation & Nursing Home

Date: Thursday, May 5th Time: 7:00pm
Where: Fr. Leonard Hall (building behind church)

Sponsored by the Berkshire Parish Nurse Ministry
Refreshments will be served. All are welcome!

ST. MARK’S LADIES GUILD

ladies guild logoThe St. Mark’s Ladies Guild will meet on
Thursday, April 14, 2016,
6:30pm, at Fr. Leonard Hall.
Our theme for this meeting is “Getting to Know You”. We’re hoping that each of you will share with the group something made by hand currently or in the past ~~ sewing, gardening, painting, food, etc. If possible, bring in your craft or a picture to share what you’ve accomplished—or just come and enjoy!! It will be an evening of prayer, socializing, and refreshments. There will be a $3.00 charge for guests and non-paid members who attend.

“Socialize, Pray, Serve”

Letter from the Pastor

SALATINO-JOHN-frFor the past 12 years I have been privileged to be the pastor of my home parish of St. Mark’s, but my time here is coming to an end. Earlier this year I requested and received permission from Bishop Rozansky to join the Missionary Society of St. James. I will be leaving St. Mark’s on August 14th of this year, and in September I will begin a new five year assignment in the country of Peru. I ask for your prayers as I make preparations for this next phase in my priesthood. I would like to thank all of you for the many ways that you live out your faith in our parish and in our community. St. Mark’s is a wonderful parish, and who ever is chosen to succeed me here as pastor will be truly blessed.

May God Bless You, & May God Bless St. Mark’s.     …..Fr. John