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  1. Margaret's Pantry in need of immediate donations of food and clothesRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Nov 10 | Iobserve

    Margaret's Pantry, a program of Providence Ministries, is a full-service food pantry that provides food to residents of the Greater Holyoke Area. Currently there is not enough food to last through the end of the month.


  2. UPDATED: Father Eugene Plasse, 77, longtime Scouting chaplain, dies unexpectedlyRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 17, 2018 | Iobserve

    Father Eugene J. Plasse, 77, the longtime chaplain for the Springfield Diocese's Catholic Committee on Scouting, died unexpectedly on Oct. 13 while visiting his sister in Virginia. The son of Hector J. Plasse and Marie Irene Plasse, he was born on Nov. 18, 1940 in Holyoke and was a native of St. Christopher Parish in Brimfield.


  3. OBITUARY: Deacon Terrance O'ConnellRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 11, 2018 | Iobserve

    Deacon Terrance J. "Terry" O'Connell, 77, of the East Forest Park section of Springfield, died Oct. 9 at Baystate Medical Center, here. He served the Springfield Diocese most recently as a chaplain at Providence Place, Mary's Meadow, Providence Hospital and Brightside for Families and Children, all in Holyoke.


  4. Elms College offers new $2,000 grants for urban and Catholic educationRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 4, 2018 | Iobserve

    The College of Our Lady of the Elms now offers two new educational grants to help incoming first-year students offset tuition costs. The Urban Education Grant and the Catholic Education Grant each award new students $2,000.


  5. St. Thomas More Society to hold annual Red Mass and brunch on Sept. 30Read the original story w/Photo

    Sep 16, 2018 | Iobserve

    The St. Thomas More Society of the Springfield Diocese will sponsor the 17th Annual Red Mass and Brunch on Sunday, Sept. 30, beginning with a 10 a.m. Mass celebrated by Springfield Bishop Emeritus Timothy A. McDonnell at St. Michael's Cathedral, 260 State Street, here.


  6. Holyoke native Deirdre Reilly to present benefit concert for Sisters of St. JosephRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 16, 2018 | Iobserve

    International recording artist Deirdre "Dee" Reilly, a native of Holyoke, will present a benefit concert to raise funds for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield on Sunday, Sept. 30 from 2-5 p.m. at the Sons of Erin in Westfield.


  7. Three Sisters of St. Joseph celebrate anniversary jubileesRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 27, 2018 | Iobserve

    A near-capacity crowd filled the Mont Marie Chapel in Holyoke Saturday, Aug. 25 for the jubilee celebration of three Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield. Sisters Kathleen Livingstone and Virginia Maitland celebrated their golden jubilees, while Sister Shirley Anne Campbell commemorated 40 years of service in religious life, representing a combined total of 140 years of service and ministry.


  8. Springfield Diocese sees many priest reassignments in recent monthsRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 19, 2018 | Iobserve

    Throughout the spring and summer months, a number of diocesan and religious order priests in the Springfield Diocese were reassigned. Others left for medical leaves and some retired.


  9. Providence Ministries names four new board membersRead the original story

    Jun 26, 2018 | Iobserve

    Providence Ministries for the Needy, Inc. has named four new members to its board of directors: Lew Rudolph, Rev. Marisa Egerstrom, Jeannie Filomeno and Marvin Gonzalez.


  10. Sisters of St. Joseph celebrate special anniversaries with Mass, private gatheringRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 12, 2018 | Iobserve

    Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield who entered religious life 60, 65, 70, 75 or 85 years ago, celebrated their anniversaries June 10. The sisters marked the occasion with a Mass and private gathering at Mont Marie in Holyoke. Sister Jean Bostley entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield from Holy Trinity Parish in Greenfield.


  11. OBITUARY: Sister Mary Immaculata, OPRead the original story w/Photo

    May 21, 2018 | Iobserve

    Dominican Sister Mary Immaculata, 94, of the Dominican Nuns in West Springfield, died on Friday, May 18 at Mt. St. Vincent Care Center in Holyoke, after a long illness.


  12. Father Edward T. Fitzgerald, longtime Ware pastor, dies at 84Read the original story w/Photo

    May 9, 2018 | Iobserve

    Father Edward T. Fitzgerald, 84, the longtime pastor of All Saints Parish in Ware, died on May 8 at Mary's Meadow in Holyoke. He was born on Sept.


  13. Chrism Mass helps Catholics experience unity with Christ and each otherRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 27, 2018 | Iobserve

    More than 1,000 people gathered at St. Michael's Cathedral, here for the annual Chrism Mass, held Monday, March 26 at 7 p.m. At the Mass, holy oils used in the sacraments were blessed and distributed for every parish in the Diocese of Springfield. The Mass is traditionally held during Holy Week around the world.


  14. Sister Margaret McCleary receives 2018 Hibernian Christian Charity AwardRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 11, 2018 | Iobserve

    Sister of Providence Margaret McCleary received the 2018 Hibernian Christian Charity Award, at the annual Communion breakfast, held at the Wherehouse? in Holyoke, Sunday March 11. HOLYOKE- More than 140 people gathered at the Wherehouse? in Holyoke, Sunday, March 11, for the annual Communion breakfast, which is part of the festivities leading up to the Holyoke St. Patrick's Day Parade. Members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians James A. Curran Division One of Hampden/Hampshire Counties, which organizes the breakfast each year, gathered for an 8 a.m. Mass at St. Patrick's Chapel of St. Jerome Parish on Hampden Street, before heading to the breakfast.


  15. OBITUARY: Father Daniel R. FoleyRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 11, 2018 | Iobserve

    Father Daniel R. Foley, 83, a priest of the Springfield Diocese Ordination Class of 1960, died March 11 in Springfield. He was born in Holyoke on Jan. 7, 1935 and was a native of St. Patrick Parish in South Hadley.


  16. SSJs to host human trafficking awareness program April 5Read the original story w/Photo

    Mar 9, 2018 | Iobserve

    The Justice and Peace Committee of the Sisters of St. Joseph will host an educational program on human trafficking at 1p.m. on April 5 at Mont Marie, 34 Lower Westfield Road, Holyoke . In what amounts to modern slavery, children, women, and men are exploited by force, fraud, and coercion in a multi-billion dollar commercial sex and labor industry that operates below the surface, but in our midst.


  17. Updated Obituary: Father John T. DeanRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 3, 2018 | Iobserve

    Father John T. Dean, 83, a longtime campus Catholic chaplain at Westfield State University, passed away in Virginia on Feb. 24. A native of Holyoke, he was born on Sept. 15, 1934.


  18. March/April digital issue of The Catholic Mirror is now onlineRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 2, 2018 | Iobserve

    The digital version of the March/April issue of The Catholic Mirror is now available here: . Highlights include a look at two ministries that are changing lives and bringing hope to children and adults in western Massachusetts with support from the Annual Catholic Appeal: The Gray House in Springfield and Providence Ministries in Holyoke.


  19. Four new directors appointed to Sisters of Providence boardRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 1, 2018 | Iobserve

    The Sisters of Providence have announced the appointment of four new Directors to the Board of the Sisters of Providence Ministry Corporation . This action is the next step in the restructuring process the Sisters of Providence began in 2014 by forming SPMC as a 501 not-for-profit corporation and moving most of their current ministries under this new corporation.


  20. Elms College to host talk by Sister Jane Morrissey on - Unruly Nuns' bookRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 28, 2018 | Iobserve

    College of Our Lady of the Elms will host a reading and discussion with Sister of St. Joseph Jane Morrissey, Class of 1962, at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in the Alumnae Library Theater. Morrissey, the former president of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield and a former member of the faculty at Elms, will read from and discuss her contributions to the book Unruly Catholic Nuns: Sisters' Stories , edited by Jeana DelRosso, Leigh Eicke, and Ana Kothe .


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