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Filipino Catholics attend Chalice of Salvation Mass

SPRINGFIELD — The Chalice of Salvation, which airs Sundays at 10 a.m. on WWLP-TV22, hosts many groups each week. Recently Filipino Catholics from the diocese attended and brought great joy and spirit to the celebration.

Olivia Strohman, of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Springfield, helped organize the group and worked with Passionist Brother Terrence Scanlon, the Chalice host.

Getting ready for liturgy.

The Filipino Catholics meet regularly for prayer and hold events to support charities in their native land. Olivia’s son, Oliver Awat, a 2011 graduate of Cathedral High School, organized a collection of school supplies for a school in Mindora. The drive continues through Mt. Carmel Parish.

Father William Hamilton, chairman of the diocesan Liturgical Commission, was the celebrant.

Filling the pews

Smiles abounded as many filled the pews and prepared to participate in the television Mass. Young and old brought praise to God. Enjoy the photos from Olivia below to see a wonderful worship experience.

Making time for their faith.

A small reception followed the Mass -- yum!


Students from St. Mary High School in Westfield gather for the Pro Life March


Hundreds from the Diocese of Springfield journey to our nation’s capital to show their support for pro life.

The Saint Mary High School Respect Life Club joined thousands of pro-life supporters in the 39th Annual Pro Life March on Jan. 23.
Kim Jaszek, Director of Admissions at the school, shared the compelling photo in front of the Capitol Building.

Matthew Warbington, a freshman at Holyoke Catholic High School in Chicopee was one many from his school who took an overnight bus to DC to show support for life.

Matthew, who is a regular altar server on the Chalice of Salvation Mass, said he was impressed  by his trip and shared some of his thoughts and photos.

He described the rally at the Verizon Center and DC Armory as amazing. “There was a lot of spirit in the building. The music was awesome and the people speaking had very powerful speeches about pro life,” he said.


Cardinal Wuerl

 He added, “The Mass was very nice and well done. There were a lot of cardinals, bishops, priests and deacons  from around the United States. There was even one from Australia.”

Crowd marching

 “The March for Life, itself, was a great expereince,” said Matthew. “In the mall I heard many people from Congress talk about why they are pro life. Just about everyone had signs and shouted chants. The whole day was amazing!”