Building Bridges of Understanding with Our Neighbor

On Saturday, June 29, 2019 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM at the Holy Name Social Center, Sisters Melinda Pellerin,ssj and Sr. Preenika Dabrera, csj will offer a workshop called ”Building Bridges of Understanding With Our Neighbor.”  The workshop’s theme is a greater understanding of the current immigration situation in our country. This will be done through story telling, sharing, prayer and reflection.  Sr. Preenika will introduce the Sisters of Saint Joseph’s perspective using prayer and reflection and our charism in action. Sr. Melinda will address immigration today and the gifts diversity offers to all of us.  Three speakers will share their immigration stories, there will be small group activities, and current information distributed on issues dealing with immigration policies. Please come join us. RSVP to Sr. Melinda at are requested by June 26th please.

Holy Name and Pioneer Valley Project


“I Need A Few Good Women and Men to Join Me!”

Wednesday, June 5th at the Social Center from 6:30-7:30p.m.
The Pioneer Valley Project will hold its annual Issues Assembly on June 25th.  Prior to the Issues Assembly, we should meet to discuss what we believe should be our priorities and issue(s) that Holy Name will support as members of PVP.  The question this year is “Where do we see need/poverty in our neighborhoods?”  In the past Holy Name Parish has supported PVP in the following areas: Library Hours, Support of our Public Schools, Immigration, the Casino and its funding, Human Trafficking, lack of employment in Western Massachusetts and Drug Courts.  Will you join me to share your thoughts and opinions on Wednesday, June 5th, 6:30-7:30p.m. at the Social Center?  Thank you very much.

Pro-Life Meeting on June 10th

Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend an informational night”  to be held here at Holy Name Church on Monday, June 10th from 7-8p.m. for the following legislative bill on abortions:

Massachusetts Citizens for Life: Anti-Life Provisions in S.120.  It is critical that we stand in solidarity against this bill, which would expand & promote abortion, removing all safety nets & waiting periods.
S.1209 will endanger our women, our infants, and our children by: making it legal to kill or let die a baby born alive on an abortion table; re-allocate your tax dollars & Healthy Start Funds to abortion providers eliminate parental consent & judicial supervision for 13 or 14 year old girls taken to abortion clinics, leaving them prey to sex predators and trafficking; eliminate the regulation that women undergoing the grisly 3-day late term abortion procedure be treated in a hospital.  What can you do?  Please sign up for updates & action alerts at our friends  Call and write your legislator, telling them you oppose this grisly bill, which both sides of the abortion debate believe is extreme. You can easily look up your local legislator by going to MassCitizensForLife.Org/find-my-legislator-ma.  Questions? Call MCFL (617) 242-4199 ext: #221.

To keep up on the latest developments in efforts to restrict late-term abortion, go to

Parish Council Nominations

Parish Council Nominations are being accepted this weekend and next (May 25 & 26).  Please consider nominating yourself or another parishioner who will work with the Council on Parish activities.  (A Council member must be a registered parishioner at Holy Name.)  It is a three-year term commitment with 10 monthly meetings per year (none in July and August).  The Council meets on the first Monday of the month at 7:00p.m.  Nomination forms, pencils and nomination collection boxes are at church entrances.

Volunteer Needed for Community Garden

The Community garden at the corner of Alderman & Ventura Street is in need of a volunteer to oversee this annual spring/summer effort.  The plots are generous in size and available for growing vegetable or flower gardens. Gardening tools and hoses for watering are provided by the garden.  Each gardener pays a small yearly fee that covers the cost of water used by the garden, and they are responsible for taking care of their individual plots.  For more information, please call the rectory.

Annual Parish Picnic

You are Warmly Invited to our Annual Parish Picnic

Sunday, JUNE 9, 2019       



At King Philip Stockade, on route 5 across from Picknelly Field

at the Springfield/Longmeadow line.  Mass will take place at 11.30a.m.

In addition to another delicious barbecue lunch (with beverages and dessert),

there will be a Magician, Balloon man, Pony rides and much more.

Tickets  –  $8.00/adult; $5.00/child ages 5-12; ages 4 & under free