News & Announcements

Still in Need of Volunteers for Masses

We are still in need of volunteers to help with various aspects of the masses at OLV (Ushers, Communion Monitors, and Cleaners) moving forward. All jobs are quick and easy, and we'd be happy to give you a run through of what's involved beforehand.

 

If interested, please contact:

Grand Knight Bill Labrie      gknight1116@gmail.com

3yr Trustee Jay Oelrich        jkoelrich@gmail.com

 

Thank you in advance.

5th Sunday Rosary Returns this Weekend (at 9:30)

Join us this Pentecost Sunday (May 31) for the return of the 5th Sunday Rosary at 9:30 at Our Lady of the Valley. 

 

Feel free to sign up for this event by clicking on the link on the Events Calendar.

OLV Public Masses resume with 4PM Saturday 5/23

Click Here for a full list of Diecesan Regulations on Re-opening

The regular Mass schedule at OLV will resume this Saturday with the 4:00pm Mass.

Get the word out!

PLEASE: Watch this video.  It will help you in knowing what to expect when you come to Mass.

https://vimeo.com/421245083

or watch it on the OLV home page

http://www.olveasthampton.org/

NB:  Here's a few things that will be different...

  • You must wear a face mask from the time you leave your car until you return to your car after Mass.  The only time you can remove your mask is to receive communion.

  • We ask you to please receive communion in the hand.  If you wear gloves, they must be removed before receiving communion.

  • Please leave Mass promptly after the final blessing.  We want to get you out before the next Mass comes in and avoid crowding.  We also need to disinfect the pews between Masses.

  • You might want to purchase your own Missal.  All hymnals, Mass cards and missalets have been removed from the Church since they can not be easily cleaned between Mass.

  • If too many people come for a Mass we will run a second Mass in the Church Hall to accommodate the overflow.

  • Be patient and keep a good sense of humor.

  • WATCH THE VIDEO!!  https://vimeo.com/421245083

Coraggio,

Fr Doug

Memorial Day Parade Cancelled

Congratulations to our Worthy District Deputy, Eric Oulette on being elected as our new State Warden!!!

The Passing of Norman Fleury

Norm passed away this morning. That is all we know at this point. May his soul, that of his wife Grace, and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.

Urgent info regarding Norm Fleury

For those of our 4th degree members who may be aquainted with Brother Norm Fleury from Council #4044, he lost his wife on Easter Sunday, and is himself on hospice and in his final couple of days. He is at his home address 46 Pinecrest Dr. Chicopee (just off Sheridan St.). He had a hospital bed set up facing his patio deck. People are welcomed to go onto his deck to visit and give your last messages to Norm through the glass. Please feel free to do so should you wish.

2 Departed Brothers

We have lost 2 brothers in the past week. Please keep them and their families in your prayers.

 

PGK, FDD Dominic Bellunduno

Joseph Sniadach

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Reminder: Write to your State Representitives to voice your opposition to the Roe Act.

CLICK HERE to open a PDF file

Attached is a sample letter for you to sign, and below are some brief facts from the proposed legislature.

The Infanticide Act: Just the facts
● H. 3320 ,​ and its companion, ​S. 1209 , would eliminate current laws requiring that physicians “take reasonable steps to preserve the life and health of the aborted child”  — the following language in the current law would be eliminated entirely:

 

Both bills would repeal state laws requiring that lifesaving equipment be present in the same room where failed abortions are conducted.

● These bills would allow for abortions after a 24-week period, citing that “medical judgment may be exercised in the light of all factors — physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the person’s age — relative to the well-being of the patient.”

● Children born after the 24-week mark, ​according to the New England Journal of Medicine ,​ if provided with medical treatment, have a survival rate of more than 50 percent — a number that jumps up to 72 percent at 25 weeks.

● The pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, named after former Planned Parenthood president and eugenics supporter Dr. Allan Frank Guttmacher, have acknowledged​ “that most women seeking later terminations are ​not doing so for reasons of fetal anomaly or life endangerment.”

● These bills repeal parental consent requirements for minors between the ages of 12 and 17 who are considering having an abortion.

● These bills would end the requirement that abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy be performed in hospitals.

 

If you would like me to add you as one of the signers, please email tom@stoptaxpayerabortion.org

Happy May, Month of Mary! Holy Father says pray the Rosary!

"I want to encourage everyone to rediscover the beauty of praying the Rosary at home in the month of May."  -Pope Fancis

Supreme Chaplain's Challenge for May 2020

"This month I challenge you to write down Psalm 27:1 — “The Lord is my light and my salvation” — put it up where you’ll see it daily (on the fridge, on your mirror, etc.), and recite it regularly. Second, I challenge you to promote the cause of life by participating in the Faith in Action Ultrasound or Pregnancy Center Support programs or by making a donation to a pregnancy center."   -Archbishop William E. Lori

 

https://www.kofc.org/en/who-we-are/our-faith/monthly-challenge.html?1tab=1tab0

Ordinations Moved from June 6 to August 15

Springfield priest ordinations rescheduled to Saturday, Aug. 15:
“Just as it has impacted virtually every aspect of our lives in recent months, the COVID-19 crisis has now forced us to move the ordination to August 15,” said Springfield Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski. “This delay, however, will only increase in us the gratitude, joy, and appreciation for the calling these five men are answering to serve God’s church faithfully here in the Diocese of Springfield.”

 

http://iobserve.org/2020/04/28/springfield-priest-ordinations-rescheduled-to-saturday-aug-15/?fbclid=IwAR3LxumuKoEtrUgwSo_Dlz954B5g39I-WEbsKdxqymBUFYDbUxbJ2V_JMiI

4th Degree Calendar Raffle tickets available

It's not too late to enter Assembly 2670's Calendar Raffle for the month of May. There are over $1100 in prizes with chances to win every day of the month. Contact our Advocate (click on the "Officer" tab on the left) for details.

Congratulations to our newest 3rd Degree Knights!

Council members Daniel Lavalley and Morgan Mitchell were able to represent our Council during the first-ever online Exemplification of Charity, Unity, and Fraternity on Thursday evening, April 16. Congratulations gentlemen!

Easter Sunday Livestream Rosary at Dawn

Join us for the recitation of the Glorious Mysteries of the Holy Rosary, beginning at 6:30am on Easter Sunday morning. Tune in via our Council's Facebook page by clicking HERE, or feel free to pray it on your own. 

Online Exemplification Available April 16

Exemplification begins at 8:00pm and will encompass 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Degrees all in one. Contact the G.K. ASAP if interested or for more information.

Holy Week & Easter Mass Schedule

Facebook Livestream:

  • Holy Thursday     7:00pm
  • Good Friday        3:00pm
  • Easter Vigil          8:00pm

Cable Access OLV Easter Mass:

  • Thursday & Friday     3:00-4:00pm
  • Saturday & Sunday   2:00-3:00pm

WWLP Ch. 22

  • Holy Thursday     10:00am
  • Good Friday        11:00am
  • Easter Sunday     10:00am

 

OLV CHURCH IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Confession & Anointing's suspended by order of the Bishop

 

Sign a letter to bishops encouraging them to make sacraments as available as possible  BY CLICKING HERE

Catholic Life Conference Rescheduled

The Catholic Life Conference featuring Scott Hahn (and other speakers) that was origionally scheduled for March 21 will now take place on October 17, 2020. Hope to see you there. Visit https://catholiclifeconference.org/ for more information.

Pay Your Annual Membership Dues Here!

2020 Dues are due Now - Please Click to Pay!

Iobserve does article on Dozynki Mass and Polka Party

CLICK HERE to open a PDF file

The Diocesan Paparazzi followed Bishop Mitch out to the event and we made the news!

"Knight-isms" from Council 1116

We are DEFINITELY developing our own language and traditions. Contact the webmaster is you can think of more!

Knights + Wives = Knives

Caution! You can NEVER have too much bacon at an Altar Server Brunch! And yes, you can bake bacon!

Drop "Que Pasa" as a greeting, now "Kiel Basa"

Frozen butter patties? Put in a 350F oven and WATCH THEM!

Note to self: The bags for the Memorial Day candy......bring duct tape!

You can stop stirring so hard. Brownies with chocolate chips are SUPPOSED to be lumpy!

Seriously? If you are going to buy the Dum-Dum Lollipops that are on sale at Walmart to throw at the parade, MAKE SURE the flavors aren't "buttered popcorn', "bacon', and the ever-popular "?????". Yuch!

Dec 2016 Council receives 7th Star Award in a row! First place in State!

Congrats to the Council for ANOTHER Triple Star Award!

A warm send off for Seminarian (and SK) Frank Furman IV

Thankls to everyone who joined us for theis joyful event as Sem. Frankie heads to the North American College at the vatican to finish his Seminary!

For more photos, visit the Parish Events page at www.olveasthampton.org.

See Brother Joe's kids, Hannah and Malcolm, in the Catholic Mirror!

Click here and enjoy!

In case you missed this terrific front cover and article about the Annual Catholic Appeal (with our own Hannah and Malcolm Coleman!) in the Feb/March edition, click on the attached PDF!

May 2015 Awards

Triple Star awards were given to PGK Frank Furman III and SK Bob Graham (Chris Hurley was not present but also receives the award).

At the Mass State Convention, the Council received another Service Award for helping the church by running the Polka Party with the proceeds going to the Beautification Fund.

New Fourth Degree Knights

On May 11, 2015, Dan Garcia, Frank Furman III, Frank Furman IV and Jay Oelrich became SIR Knights shown here with SK Jean Duquette and Frank Picard, Garcia not in photo)

Council Recieves Triple Star Award!

Thanks to PGK Frank and all of the Council for another spectacular year!

Columbia prints our article about Council 1116 at Bethlehem House

Click here and enjoy!

Better late than never, a shortened version of the article about our Knights helping restore Bethlehem House has been printed in the August 2014 issue of Columbia, Click on the link to read the article!

Catholic Mirror does Cover Story of Ordination of Father (and SK) Chris Fedoryshyn

Click here and enjoy!

If you didn't get a chance to see the Cover Story article on the Ordination of Father (& SK) Chris in the Diocesan magazine, the Catholic Mirror, click the PDF file above!

 

God bless you Father Chris and thanks for being such a special part of the OLV Parish family!

Council 1116 receives State Community Service Award

Presented by State Deputy Peter Healy, this award was based on the wonderful service the Knights provided to Bethlehem House.

Pictured (l to r) is Grand Knight Frank Furman III, Healy, and 4th Degree Knight Jean Duquette of 1116.

We also received the 240% Member Increase Award, both seen hanging in our Council Chambers. For more information, go to our web pages at www.olveasthampton.org.