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Deacon at Work: Visiting Westfield, MA

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 03/17/16

I’m clattering along the tracks on the way back to New York City, after a great 24 hours in the Diocese of Springfield (MA), where I spoke Wednesday night at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish in Westfield. I was part of their Lenten series on “Mercy Among Us,” and delivered a talk on CNEWA and its support for persecuted Christians in the Middle East.

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Ace reporter Peggy Weber covered the event for the diocese—you can read more about it here—and it was a kick to meet her, since she happens to be the mom of Kerry Weber, of America Magazine.

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While the parish is over 100 years old, the present church is new—only about six years old.

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It features some beautiful stained glass windows, depicting scenes from the life of Mary.

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The church also has a small Blessed Sacrament chapel, where the Eucharist is reserved and where they can celebrate smaller liturgies and hold Adoration.

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My view from the ambo.

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Thursday, I got to meet some of the communications staff for the Diocese of Springfield.

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I got to see the lovely broadcast chapel, where they televise Sunday Mass—note the cameras and lights.

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I also got a brief tour of the cathedral, St. Michael’s.

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It’s blessed with an impressive pipe organ.

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And some beautiful stained glass windows, too.

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After visiting the cathedral, I got to see some of the wonders of downtown Springfield, including the Basketball Hall of Fame.

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Finally, it was time to hit the trail (or the train). I’m grateful to Fr. Dan Pacholec, who was a wonderful host, and the great folks at his parish, who made me feel so welcome and took such good care of me. I hope to come back soon!

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