Our Lady of the Valley

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Parish Event Photos

We hope you enjoy these Photo Articles of many of our recent
Parish-wide events.

Make sure to click on our Organizations tabs at left to see photos and descriptions of their joyful works as well!

The Feb-Mar Catholic Mirror gives OLV some well-deserved mention....TWICE!

Not only did Bishop Timothy McDonnell craft his editorial around the wonderful new location of Bethlehem House on OLV's Sacred Heart Campus (for the article, click here), the Mirror put a great picture and short story about the Double Star Award presented to K of C Council 1116 (for more click here).

Aw shucks! We can't help it!

Best Parish EVER!

Just sayin'

The K of C Irish Night was a taste of the Emerald Isle! For more click here.

A Snowy Spaghetti Supper still turns out be be a great success!

For more pictures of this event put on by our Knights of Columbus Council 1116, click here!

Congratulations to our R.E.Y. students and teachers for a WONDERFUL Christmas Pageant on Epiphany Sunday!

The kids had as much fun as the audience in this colorful, music-filled performance.

Special Thanks to the Pageant co-cordinators Carol Grohowski, Laurie LaMonthe and Joshua Velez and their helpers for all the organizing, directing and nose-wiping!

In Dulci Jubilo
On Epiphany Sunday, Schola Nova presented a concert of 9 Lessons and Carols. Our Artists in Residence have added to their presentation with "Schola Brassa Nova", their brass enselmble.
See the video of the concert on the Mass Video-Vimeo page.

Bethlehem House opened in its new location in the old Rectory on OLV's Sacred Heart Campus after monthes of work and thousands of volunteer hours.

See more pictures and the press release for this jouful event by clicking here.

The Knights had a joyful December filled with the chance to serve the Vets in the Leeds VA Hospital and Northampton-Cherry Street locations.

Click here to see more pics of these events.

The Holy Rosary Sodality
enjoyed a wonderful Christmas party at the Blue Bonnet.
Good friends,good company, and a joyful address from Mayor-elect Karen Cadieux on their support of the John Chumura Toy Fund.

For more information about the Sodality click here

Congrats to Seminarian Chris Fedoryshyn
on his ordination to the Deaconate held at St. Michaels Cathedral in Springfield!
We are now joyfully looking forward to his Ordinatioood  to the Priesthood on the first weekend in June.
Stay tuned for more details!

Sharing the Christmas Spirit Project
In this annual event, the parish prepares baskets or gift bags for our home bound or nursing home parishioners (seen below left). These well-received gifts are delivered by volunteers during the week before Christmas.

Advent Giving Tree
We support a Giving Tree all through the Advent season. Parishioners take one or two colored "ornaments" marked with needed gifts. These range from letters describing the needs of Seminarians to items needed by the Cot Shelter, Northampton Survival Center and the Easthampton Community Center.

OLV's Harvest Dozynki Mass Tradition Continues!

Originating from a Polish tradition, members of our parish dressed in native costumes and celebrated a special Mass of thanksgiving. Normally held at the end of the harvest season, OLV has moved our event to the Sunday before the Thanksgiving holiday.
This weekend also heralded the end of our Thanksgiving Food Drive and Robin Bialeki visited us before Mass to express her appreciation for the  generosity of the Parish towards the Food Pantry.
Rounding out this wonderful gathering was the Mass intention remembering the deceased members of the Women's Club.

Our Knights have Stars in their eyes AGAIN....

as Council 1116 receives its THIRD Double-Star award in 3 yeras! Read more here.

Our Women's Club Thanksgiving Bake sale

included homemade baked goods, soups and cassaroles, raffle tickets for Christmas stockings and gift baskets and Grab-n-Go meals! Yum!

The K of C are BUSY

from our Annual Tootsie Roll sale and Citrus Sale to manning the Coffee Shop, Council 1116 is livening up this Fall season!

For more, click here!

Mission Committee Holiday Craft Fair was LOADED

with the wonderful wares of over 25 vendors. From jewelry to homemade jams and pillows. This well-received event helped provide the funds for the wonderful projects carried out by our Missions Committee and a ton of FUN along with it!

Cub Pack 207 Webelos
for "We will be loyal Scouts" had their annual popcorn sale fundraiser after each Mass to support their activities.

OLV's First Annual
Polka Festival
is a big sucess!!
....and a lot of FUN!

For more pictures and information about this wonderful event, click here!

Our Prayer Shawl Ministry presents their gifts of Love!
Thank you so much to all who created these wonderful shawls for presentation to our Parish elderly and infirm. For more on this lovely act of charity, please click here.

Celebrating 131 Years!
The Knights of Columbus are all abuzz with our yearly report showing that they have beaten all of their previous records for volunteer hours and donations.
Add to that a wonderful proclaimatgion from Pope Francis and a delightful family gathering of Council 1116 and what can we say but COME JOIN US!!!!
You can see and read more here.

The Summer Festival was FANTASTIC!

Having it at the end of June worked out well although it was just as hot as before! That didn't seem to bother the large crowd that enjoyed the great live music, wonderful food, wide variety of crafts and baked goods, games and pony rides!

Thanks to all who helped make this event a real joy! If you missed out, WE MISSED YOU! Make sure you watch out for this event next year and come join the FUN!

You can see video of the Mass and other Festival events on our Mass Videos page.

Schola Nova,
our Artists in Residence, presented us with a wonderful concert of sacred music, most based on Psalm 42. The concert, entitled "Sicut Cervus", included works by Mendelssohn, Palestrina, Billings and more current composers. You can see a video of the concert by going to our Mass Video page and clicking on the Vimeo link at the bottom. Enjoy!

A Welcome and a Farewell
Our icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa has been reframed and was unvieled at Brother Josh's last mass at OLV (for now anyway).

Our deep gratitude to the Holy Rosary Sodality for funding the restoration of the icon and our prayers that the Blessed Mother will guide Brother Josh as he continues his journey into the Catholic priesthood.

For more about this beloved icon and HRS, click here.

May was a busy Month for the K of C!!
From selling Pro Life Roses on Mother's Day, to hosting a free breakfast for Vets, to marching in the Memorial Day Parade, this Council is HAPPENING!! For more, click here!

The First Outdoor Living Rosary and Coronation of the Blessed Mother
is enjoyed here at OLV and it is a beautiful event. For more photos and information click here.

OLV has its FIRST Pot Luck Supper to say "Adieu" to Brother Josh!

What a lovely night, even if it included bidding farewell to our dear friend, Seminarian Joshua Velez.
Beginning with Mass followed by some friendly roasting by Fathers Doug and Piotr, we got the chance to hear the warm sentiments (and joyful stories) of Brother Josh about his life with us.
We had the additional pleasure of having Br. Josh's family with us and of seeing the incredible quilt given to him by the First Communion Class.
And, BOY, can this parish cook! The tables were loaded to the hilt with delicious dishes!
Thanks to all who joined us for this wonderful gathering!

Congratulations to our 2013 Confirmandi and First Communion Classes!
and Thank You to the Parents and Families who helped form these wonderful young members of our Parish!
If you would like to watch the Masses, go to our Mass Video page and click on the link at the bottom for our Vimeo page. There you can see all of the Masses and events we have in our video library, including the April 27th Confirmation and May 5th First Communion Masses. Just click here!

First Communion Class of 2013

Margaret Barr
Joseph Boyer
Evan Carmody
Jessica Cloutier
Zachary Cloutier
Nicole Connery
Gavin Downer
Owen Duda
Kameron English
Amelia Fiordalice
Anastasia Growhoski
Gabriel  Growhoski
Dawson Kelly
Haley Lawton
Ashley Legowski
Chantal Littleton
Michael Massa
Justin Meunier
Samantha Moran
Ryan O’Leary
Sean O’Leary
Liam Packey
Connor Perreault
Nicholas Pierson
Drew Rackliffe
Gabriel Rapoza
Sarah Rolland
Haley Routhier
Elizabeth Sawyer
Riley Smith
Gianni Soucy
Caroline Taylor
Zakery Thibodeau
Christopher Walaszek

Our Special Thanks to
Teachers Laurie Lamonthe and Jennifer McDonald
and Teaching  Assistants Mergery Carenzo, Naroby Rosa, Kimberly O’Leary, Elizabeth LaBrie, Michelle LaBrie

And to REY Coordinators
Caroline Growhoski and Seminarian Joshua Velez

2013 Confirmandi

Brittany Barayon
Madison Boucher
Daniel Brandt
Emily Bushey
Mark Challet Jr.
Alexandria Dabek
Taylor Dadmun
Anna Dziok
Austin Fleury
Kevin Gagnon
Sarah Girouard
Brian Griffin
Nadeem  Haider-Aguilar
Jessica Harper
Tyler Hunt
Jessica Kowal
John Lachowicz
Andrew LaValley
Nicholas Limoges
Gregory Neilsen
John O’Hara
Alexandria Otis
Margaret Pooler
Adam Provost
Breanna Robinson
Ashley Sharp
Kelsey Slezek
Bruce St. Hilaire, Jr
Alicja Strycharz
William Sullivan II
Katie Vanasse
Andrea Watson
Brianna Weltlich
Christian Zuchowski

The Mission Committee Tag/Craft/Bake Sale had it all!
This annual event hosted 30 vendors, Peruvian Goods, Dean's Beans and homemade baked goods all in our friendly church hall. VERY NICE INDEED!
Thanks to all who made this event a success and be sure to mark you calendars to join us next year!

French Night was MANIFIQUE!
Thanks to all who joined us for this wonderful night of great friends, food and entertainment in this annula event sponsored by out Knoghts of Columbus Council 1116. For more click here.

The Blessing of the Foods of Easter
is a great opportunity for fellowship, blessings and hearing your stomach growl!
Boy, did it smell wonderful in the Parish Hall on Holy Saturday!
Thanks to all those who put out that wonderful display of Easter delicacies and to Father Piotr and Brother Josh for helping us celebrate this wonderful tradition.

The Holy Rosary Sodality
held it's annual pre-Easter Bake Sale complete with their own version of the Easter Bunny!

Our First Communion Class
learns the lesson of unleaved bread and makes wonderful "pretzel gifts" that they will hand out after Holy Thursday Mass.
Thanks to Laurie Lamonthe, Nora Bernier and all the volunteers for leading and helping the class and their parents bake these "lessons of faith" and to Brother Josh for the spiritual readings that go with each step!

The Take and Eat Ministry
is busy making meals all year long!

Care to help? Learn more by clicking here!

OLV is in back-to-back issues
of the Diocesan magazine, the Catholic Mirror.

To read the Dec 2012 - Jan 2013 article about our Father Doug being chosen as K of C Chaplain of the Year, click here.

To read the Feb - Mar 2013 article about our relationship with our sister parish in Peru, click here.