Springfield diocese holds special Mass

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield is holding its first special Mass to offer spiritual support to people suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia as well as their loved ones and caregivers.

The so-called Purple Mass is scheduled for Saturday at St. Michal's Cathedral.

The event was organized by Joy Danita Allen, whose mother has Alzheimer's, as well as other members of the Ladies of St. Peter's Claver Auxiliary.

She noted that the diocese holds several special Masses already — including the Pink Mass for cancer survivors, a Blue Mass for police officers and a Red Mass for lawyers.

She hopes the event will bring people together to share their stories.

The Mass is open to people of all faiths. Attendees are encouraged to wear purple.

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