Our Lady of the Hills

Faith Formation Program

Adult - Tuesday Evening Program, starting September 12th at 6:00 pm, The Chosen - the first multi-season television series about the life of Christ, as witnessed through the eyes of those He impacted. The hope is that as we encounter the characters in The Chosen, we are able to relate to them, leading us in a closer relationship with Jesus. The Chosen is a fresh look at the Gospels for those who have been reading the stories for years or for those who are just curious about who Jesus is and was. Although we'll be continuing with season two, please join us even if you have not seen the first season. Come and See how viewing and discussing this series can impact your life!

Renovation Update

The Renovation Committee met this past week with architect Ray Casella to review Mr. Casella's plans for several components in Phase 1 of the planned church improvements, including a new and safer exit from the sacristy and an in-church accessible ramp leadng from the pews to the confessional, which the committee voted to send out to bid.  More information will be offered at the beginning of the 4 p.m. Mass on Saturday, September 23 and after the 8 and 10 a.m. Masses on Sunday, September 24 when Mr. Casella will take a few minutes to give parishioners a broad picture of progress to this point.

In addition, on the following Thursday, September 28, at 6 p.m in the church hall, Mr. Casella will give a slide presentationa and take question.  Please attend if you can!

Coffee Cafe News

The Coffee Cafe will be opening on Sundays after the Masses beginning on September 10.  We need volunteers to help with setting up tables, making coffee or donating a food item for the cafe.  Contact Louise Jasionkowsi at 413-527-5134 or RLjasionkowski@comcast.net if you want to help.  The cafe began in 2009 and has 20-30 people attending each Sunday. It is another way for us to build community in our Parish.

Golumpki and Harvest Soup Sale-September 30.

We will have our golumpki sale on Saturday, September 30 from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.  You may pre-order beginning Friday, September 1 by calling Lisa at 413-588-8354 and leaving your name and number of golumpki you want.  You can pay by checks made out to Our Lady of the Hills.  Orders can also be placed after all the Masses on the weekends of September 9 & 10, 16 & 17 and 23 & 24. Our medium sized golumpki will be $3. each.  In addition to golumpki, we will be taking orders and selling pints of Harvest Soup (butternut squash with pear) for $5.  This soup is gluten free and can be frozen. Volunteers will be needed on the 27th  from 5-6 p.m. to clean and set up the roasting pans and setting up card tables (30 minus to 1 hour),  On Thursday, September 28th, starting at 8 a.m, there will be cooking and cutting of cabbage, and dicing of oniions and salt port,  On Friday, September 29, atarting at 8 a.m. there will be gloumpki rolling.  On the 30th, beginning at 7:30 there will be order packing, sales and cleaning of the kitchen.  To volunteer, please contact Lisa Batura at 413-588-8354 or lbatura04@gmail.com or Ellen Rockett at 413.584-7560.  Please consider volunteering, it's a good time and a great way to meet new friends and support your parish.

Blessing of the Animals 

On Sunday, October 8 at 2 p.m. Father Gawiienowski will bless any animals that are brought to the church parking lot. This is to horor St. Francis of Assisi and is an event at this time that occurs all over the world.  Bring your pets, what ever they may be.   

Turkey Supper-October 28

Save the date.  Our famous take out Turkey supper may be held on Saturday, October 28 from 5-6 p.m.  We are trying to see if we should have our turkey dinner this year. With signs of Covid beginning to increase, we are looking to do a “take out” dinner on Saturday, October 28th BUT only if we presell at least 100 adult tickets before Monday, October 8th. We must order the turkeys and we need to know how much to order. The cost will be $15 for adults and $7 for children under 12. Please get your checks into the rectory, made out to Our Lady of the Hills, to reserve your meals. We will not guarantee meals to those who have not paid in advance. Also, in the back of the church there will be a signup sheet for those able to help Friday, October 27th to peel veggies and then Saturday the 28th to get the take outs ready and then to clean up.

Rummage Sale-Friday, October 13 5-7 pm. and Saturday , October 14, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Fall is approaching!  Just a reminder to start saving items and clothing you no longer want.  Rummage sale items will be accepted from 9 a.m.-5 p.m from October 9-October 12 and October 13 from 9 a.m. until noon. We are planning to be open on the evening of October 13th from 5-7 p.m. for early bird sales.  On Saturday, October 14 the sale will run from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  If you would like to come and help with preparations  during the week, you can call Ellen at 413-584-7560 or the rectory office at 413-268-7212.  

Prayer Shawl Ministry Meeting

Do you knit, crochet, or weave?  Come join the Prayer Shawl Ministry, which is made up of volunteers who enjoy creating shawls to give comfort to those in need.  The shawls are blessed before being sent to their recipients.  Shawls may go to shut-ins, nursing home residents, or those struggling with health issues, as gifts to those undergoing medical procedures, comfort after a loss, in times of depression and stress, meditation, nursing a baby, a holiday gift.  The shawls comfort, hug, shelter and beautify recipients.  A meeting will be helo on Tuesday, September 26 at 11 a.m. in the parish rectory.  For more information contact Doris Jasinski at 413-657-6329 or email at dejasiski@gmail.com

Have a prayer request or a need for a pastoral visit?

If a Parishioner or someone close to you is in the Hospital, or at home, please call the rectory for a pastoral visit (413-268-7212) or to place someone on the prayer line call Joanne Parsons at 413-584-8199.  

Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction

Every Monday from 1-3 P.M. Eucharistic adoration will take place with Benediction at 2:50.  Stop in for however long you want.  


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Florence Bank continues to offer a program that annually distributes $125,000 among local non-profit organizations.  They call it their Annual Customers' Choice Community Grants. Any qualifying nonprofit organization that receives 50 or more customer votes receives a proportional share of the funds.  Historically many non-profits have been awarded between $1,000 and $5,000.  In 2022 Our Lady of the Hills Parish received  $5,000 because you voted for us!  Way-to-Go!  The Finance Council urges parishioners to participate again on behalf of OLH by voting.  Voting is  available online at https://www.florencebank.com/vote