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Many people head out to the Berkshires during the summer months. However, a lively and talented group of musicians headed south and east from St. Joseph Central High School in Pittsfield to participate in the taping of two Masses for “Chalice of Salvation.”

Don Coudert, on the far left.

Under the direction of Don Coudert, the group played spiritual songs with a good beat and livened things up in the Holy Spirit Chapel at St. Michael’s Cathedral. Coudert has taught at St. Joe’s for 41 years and coordinates the music group and teaches math and computer technology.

A strong vocal ensemble worked beautifully with the musicians to make for some great worship music.

The group was so dedicated that they took their final exams early in order to come to Springfield. And two students, who had already graduated, put on their uniforms one more time to perform.

The group had to bring a lot of equipment and worked hard to set everything up. However, they still had time to take a tour of St. Michael’s Cathedral and walk to the Springfield Quadrangle to see the Dr. Seuss Sculpture Garden.

Mark Dupont, director of Catholic Communications, treated the students to some good pizza from Red Rose.

Tune into the “Chalice of Salvation” Masses on July 24 and July 31 to watch the St. Joe’s group. Father Chris Malatesta, pastor of St. Agnes in Dalton and director of Camp Holy Cross, will be the celebrant on the 24th.

On July 31, the Mass will be celebrated in memory of Marion Flynn with Father Geoffrey Deeker presiding.



Wednesday’s tornado changed so much for so many.

It literally ripped apart the lives and homes of several communities.

A view from Wendover Road toward Roosevelt Avenue

Parishioners at Holy Cross Parish in Springfield gathered in prayer at weekend Masses and were reminded that God does not punish people or spare others. “God loves all of us the same,” said Father Dan Lanahan, who celebrated Mass at Holy Cross.  (The newly-named pastor, Father Tony Cullen, is visitng family in Wales, United Kingdom). Father Dan and Sister Cindy Matthews, pastoral minister at Holy Cross, walked the streets of the East Forest Park neighbohood which was hit hard. Parishioners were asked to share their needs and for others to share what they could with those in need. The parish also hosted a city meeting for those who were suffering the effects of the tornado. And the parish also hosted city-run meals over the weekend for those in need.

The hum of chain saws filled the background of the afternoon Mass as the clean-up continued.

Many drove, cycled or walked around the neighborhood where the tornado ripped venerable trees.

A lot of people gathered at Cathedral High School where alumni, teachers and neighbors stared in disbelief at the destruction.

Cathedral Science Wing

 The newly-renovated St. Michael’s Academy suffered much as well.

St. Michael’s Residence and the St. Michael’s Academy Pre-school also sustained significant damage. The priests in residence were relocated to Holy Cross rectory for a few days but most have moved to a more permanent place, according to announcements made at Holy Cross Church.

Most residents expressed a disbelief that a tornado had touched down in Springfield. The path was random as some homes remained untouched while others were damaged terribly.

Students at Cathedral will attend classes at the Elms College and students at St. Michael’s Academy will attend Western New England University.

Guards monitored the building all day and all night.

Mother Goose and her pet goose, Priscilla, made a visit to the St. Michael’s Academy Preschool Discovery Campus on Wendover Road in Springfield. The children were delighted to meet the author of some of their favorite stories. In fact, they recited some nursery rhymes for Mother Goose.

The “Busy Bees” program at the academy is taught by Mrs. Chaput. Cathy Judd, the classroom aide, took these engaging photos. Enjoy the faces of the little ones as they celebrate and learn.