Join us in praying the 9 Days for Life Novena
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The U.S. Senate voted 52 to 48 to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a pro-life mom of 7, to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Save the dates for the making of the pierogi:
(more details to follow)
Join us at OLV on Friday, August 14 on the evening before the Ordination, beginning at 7:00 for Mass, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and Benediction.
On July 29th at 8pm EDT, the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council will be streaming a Virtual Silver Rose Prayer Service, including recitation of the Glorious Mysteries.
Attention members, please join us this Tuesday, July 14 at 7:00 under the pavilion for the resumption of our in-person Council meetings. Diocesan guidelines still apply so please bring your masks and be prepared to sit at least 6ft apart. Feel free to bring a lawn chair. Hope to see you there!
Our annual Polka Party (originally scheduled for August 23, 2020), along with all festivities, has been cancelled. Thank you all for your support. We hope to be able to bring this event back in the future.
Archbishop Cordileone of San Francisco led a prayer service and performed an exorcism in Golden Gate Park this week in response to the destruction by protesters of the statue of St. Junipero Serra (whose feast day was also this week). Check out his statement (and notice the Knights among the crowd).
You might find this latest episode of Catholic Answers Focus interesting regarding the truths of Christopher Columbus in light of the recent removal/knocking down of his statues nationwide.
"Is it time to give up on Columbus? In the light of modern scholarship, should we view Columbus with suspicion? The author of the highly acclaimed book Columbus and the Quest for Jerusalem joins us for a look at the real man and at what he meant to do with his voyages of discovery."
Prospective members, as well as 1st and 2nd Degree members can now view the Online Degree Ceremony anytime. Simply click the link, register, then view the 30-minute video. Don't forget to input our Council #1116.
Spread the word, we have one more week to get in a few new members free of charge.
Visit olveasthampton.org to view their summer hours.
"Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has released this powerful letter today to President Trump warning him that the current crises over the coronavirus pandemic and the George Floyd riots are a part of the eternal spiritual struggle between the forces of good and evil. He encourages the president to continue the fight on behalf of the “children of light.”" -lifesitenews 6/7/20
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
3yr Trustee Jay Oelrich email@example.com
Thank you in advance.
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.
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.
or watch it on the OLV home page
NB: Here's a few things that will be different...
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.
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.
We have lost 2 brothers in the past week. Please keep them and their families in your prayers.
PGK, FDD Dominic Bellunduno
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Attached is a sample letter for you to sign, and below are some brief facts from the proposed legislature.
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.
"I want to encourage everyone to rediscover the beauty of praying the Rosary at home in the month of May." -Pope Fancis
"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
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.”
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.
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!
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.
If you need help following along, here is a link to a guide: http://www.kofc.org/en/resources/cis/devotionals/4772.pdf
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.
Cable Access OLV Easter Mass:
WWLP Ch. 22
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
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.
The Diocesan Paparazzi followed Bishop Mitch out to the event and we made the news!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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)
Thanks to PGK Frank and all of the Council for another spectacular year!
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!
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!
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.