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The Recorder - Your Religion News: May 2, 2020

Published: 5/3/2020 12:57:06 PM

Take the ‘Faith and Fitness Challenge’

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Fr. Jon Reardon invites everyone to join the Holy Family Parish Faith and Fitness Challenge during the month of May. “The idea is to combine healthy living with the health of our souls in support of others. We want our friends in the community to know that we are praying for them. This is not a specifically ‘Catholic’ event. It is meant for anyone who would like to participate.

“How it works: Get out of your house and move … walk, run, ride a bike … log your miles. Use the time spent moving to pray for those who continue to fight (COVID-19), who are working for us, who have loved ones to care for … health care workers, government officials, truck drivers, employees of gas stations, convenient stores, markets, restaurants and so on.

“How can we pray? May is dedicated to our Blessed Mother Mary. For every half mile, recite one decade of the rosary. A 2.5 mile walk would equal one rosary. Other ways of praying are rciting the Lord’s Prayer, or your own spontaneous words.

“Can’t get out? You can also use the time spent in your car or at home doing some activity — cleaning, gardening — just log your time spent or miles driven and your prayer.

“How to sign up: Go to the Holy Family Parish of South Deerfield website: www.holyfamilysd.org. Click on the link and sign up with your name and email, and pledge your mileage or time. Each time you get out, log in and record your activity, mileage/minutes and your prayers.

“Incentives: The person with the most mileage by May 31 will receive a $50 gift card to Gianni Figs Ristorante in South Deerfield. The person with the most minutes will receive a reserved pew at the 4 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass at Holy Family Parish. Both will receive 2 free tickets to the Holy Family Parish Summerfest Picnic, tentatively scheduled for June 28. Winners will be announced on the website and Facebook by Monday June 8.”

‘We Remember’ honors veterans

ATHOL — The North Quabbin Veterans Outreach (NQVO) will hold the fourth annual “We Remember…” public display during the month of May on the Uptown Common. The display will honor those service members who have died. Individuals and organizations may make donations to remember and honor those who have served. The funds collected will support the annual Veteran Breakfast for Veterans and their families in our community, near Veterans Day in November. Donations may be mailed to Athol Congregational Church, 1225 Chestnut St., Athol, 01331, with NQVO in the memo line.

Sunday: Community, liberty, peace and justice

NORTHFIELD — Lay reader Dan Tinen will lead the Sunday service for First Parish of Northfield, Unitarian, at 9 a.m. on May 3 by internet video conference. In his sermon, Tinen will explore the Unitarian Universalist principle affirming and promoting a “world community with peace, liberty and justice for all.” Young members of the congregation will transfer into a separate religious education session in a virtual meeting room. After the service there will be group chat and breakout sessions for an after-service “coffee hour.” The online church service will take place via the same meeting ID as previous ones. Email (fpnorthfieldma@gmail.com) to request an invitation to join the video conference.

Shelburne church adds Wednesday Chapel Moment

SHELBURNE — In addition to the Sunday worship resources each week, the Rev. Robert Gormbley is providing a weekly Wednesday Chapel Moment. This 10-minute video may be accessed through a link on our church webpage (www.shelburnechurch.org). Prayer requests may be sent to pastor01089@gmail.com or call 413-348-4675. If you have need further assistance to access these resources, call our church clerk, Diantha Wholey, at 413-625-6592.

Northfield church offers TCC Takeout

NORTHFIELD — The Trinitarian Congregational Church in Northfield continues to provide liturgical and pastoral support to its congregation in spite of the closure of the church building and the absence of a minister and regular staffing of its office. We offer “TCC Takeout” — liturgies for use at home. Copies are emailed or snail mailed to our members and are also available late each week at our website: http://www.tccnorthfield.org/home.html.

Occasional gatherings via Zoom are planned.

Worship resources at Shelburne church

SHELBURNE — The First Congregational Church of Shelburne continues to provide worship resources for home services through its church email and website at www.shelburnechurch.org.

The Rev. Robert Gormbley said, “We will be posting both the written Worship Resource and a worship video for this Sunday that will include Communion on our web page. The video should be there by Saturday night.” Prayer requests may be sent to the pastor at his email: pastor01089@gmail.com or phone 413-348-4675. Anyone needing further assistance to access these resources may call the church clerk, Diantha Wholey, at 413-625-6592.

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