Lenten missions, events planned across diocese

By Dave Jolivet
Anchor Editor

FALL RIVER, Mass. — In his 2018 Lenten Message (on page one of this
Anchor edition), Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., urges diocesan faithful, “Let us keep the Spirit of Lent alive in our families, our homes, our parishes, our schools and in our own lives.”

During this Lenten season, many parishes are offering missions and events to help everyone to “keep the Spirit of Lent alive.”

As of press time, The Anchor has received several notifications of such events. This list is by no means a complete compilation. Those wishing to find events near them or in tune with what they had in mind are encouraged to research parish bulletins, the Diocese of Fall River website at fallriverdiocese.org or The Anchor website at anchornews.org.

The Fall River Deanery is again hosting a four-day mission running February 26 through March 1.

The mission will be presented by Auxiliary Bishop Robert C. Evans of the Diocese of Providence, R.I., themed: “The Temptations of Christ in 2018.”

The mission will be presented within the context of the celebration of Mass each evening at 7 p.m. at four separate locations. Priests will be available each evening for the Sacrament of Reconciliation at 6 p.m.

The February 26 Mass will take place at St. Bernadette’s Church, 529 Eastern Avenue, Fall River.

February 27 — St. John of God Church, 996 Brayton Avenue, Somerset.

February 28 — St. Bernard’s Church, 32 South Main Street, Assonet.

March 1 — St. Anthony of the Desert Church, 300 North Eastern Avenue, Fall River.

Also scheduled in the Fall River Deanery is a mission at St. George’s Church in Westport, (12 Highland Avenue) March 12, 13 and 14. The event, themed, “Come Away With Me and Rest Awhile,” will be led by Father Timothy Brewer.

The New Bedford Deanery is conducting a Deanery Retreat from March 19-21 at noon and 7 p.m. Masses each day, at St. Mary’s Parish in New Bedford )106 Illinois Street).

The retreat will be led by Jesuit Father Jack Butler, vice president of Boston College Division of University Mission and Ministry.

Confessions will be heard 30 minutes before each Mass.

Also at St. Mary’s will be a presentation/discussion on Bishop Robert Barron’s “Conversion For Lent.” It will take place on three Monday evenings: February 19, March 5 and March 12 at 7 p.m. in the Father Unsworth Hospitality Center. Bishop Barron will discuss conversion through Jesus’ relationship with Matthew, Jonah and the woman at the well.

St. Nicholas of Myra Parish in Dighton is hosting a one-day Lenten Retreat on March 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation Convent, 3013 Elm Street, Dighton. The theme is, “Faith — Does it Make a Difference?” The cost is $25 and includes breakfast and lunch. Call the parish to register.

St. John Neumann Parish, 157 Middleboro Road, East Freetown will host a Taizé Lenten service on February 25 at 7 p.m. All are invited to journey with God into the desert this Lent: “Therefore, I will now allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her” (Hos 2:14).

The Cape Cod Deanery has several events scheduled this Lent.

Our Lady of the Cape Parish in Brewster (468 Stony Brook Road) is offering a Lenten Mission from March 19-21 at 7 p.m. Well-known international speaker and author Deacon Keith Strohm will lead the mission themed: “Ablaze: Passionately Pursuing Christ and a Life of Purpose.” Over the course of the three evenings, Deacon Strohm will present on themes of being created for a relationship with God, finding fulfillment and joy now and eternal life later through following Jesus.

Other events at the Brewster parish include: Faith on Fire sessions on February 11 and March 4 beginning with the 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Masses where families attend Mass, share a meal and discuss the Beatitudes; Rediscover Jesus on February 13, 20 and 27, a book discussion group based on Matthew Kelly’s publication of the same name; Stations of the Cross, Soup and Video evenings each Friday during Lent beginning February 16 from 5-7 p.m.; and Wednesday Morning Adoration every Wednesday during Lent beginning February 14 when the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed following the 8 a.m. Mass.

St. Margaret’s (141 Main Street, Buzzards Bay) and St. Mary’s (Onset Bay Lane, Onset) churches are offering a four-week seminar, “Lord, Have Mercy — Understanding Reconciliation,” hosted by pastor Franciscan Father Thomas Washburn on February 20 and 27, and March 6 and 20 at 6:30 p.m. in Buzzards Bay, exploring the history of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. (Registration is encouraged).

A Lenten Parish Mission, led by Franciscan Father Phil Pacheco, will take place March 13-15 at 6 p.m. at St. Margaret’s. The theme is “Experiencing God’s Mercy.” The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered at the March 13 session.

The parish community of Our Lady of Victory in Centerville (230 South Main Street), Our Lady of Hope Chapel (1581 Route 6A, West Barnstable) and Our Lady of the Assumption (76 Wianno Avenue, Osterville) will host the Stations of the Cross: Our Lady of Victory, February 16, March 2 and March 16 at 6 p.m.; Our Lady of Victory, February 23, March 9 and March 23 at 6 p.m.; and Our Lady of the Assumption, every Friday (except Good Friday) at noon, followed by a simple shared meal.

The Book Club will discuss Pope Francis’ “The Joy of Love,” on February 15 and 22, March 1, 8 and 22, April 5, 12 and 19 twice each day — from noon to 1:30 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Our Lady of Victory in Centerville.

Gabriel V Brass Ensemble Lenten Concert will take place February 25 at 3 p.m. in Centerville. Saints and Singers will perform an Easter cantata, “The Resurrection and the Life,” March 24 at 1 p.m. in Osterville.

A Reconciliation service “The Light Is On For You,” takes place March 17 and 18 after all Masses at the three locations, and March 19 at 6 p.m. in Centerville, and March 26 at 6 p.m. in Osterville.

Bible study takes place on Tuesdays in Centerville following the 9 a.m. Mass and from 6-8 p.m.

Holy Redeemer Parish in Chatham (44 Highland Avenue) will host Six Stories of Conversion using Bishop Robert Barron’s video series, on Thursdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the parish center. 

St. Patrick’s Parish in Falmouth (511 Main Street) offers the Chaplet of Divine Mercy each Friday at 3 p.m. followed by the Five Wounds of Christ, and the Stations of the Cross at 4 p.m.

There will be a Reflections on the Divine Mercy and the Eucharist on February 17 from 9-9:30 a.m.

Each Friday during Lent (except Good Friday), the parish offers the Stations of the Cross: “Chowder and Chat,” Lenten luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Following the Stations at noon there will be homemade chowder and tuna fish sandwiches ($6 donation to benefit charitable program). At 12:30 p.m. Msgr. Steve Avila will offer reflections on Lenten/Easter traditions.

St. Joan of Arc Parish in Orleans (68 Canal Road) is holding a parish mission February 26-28 at 7 p.m. in the church. It will be led by Passionist Father Melvin A. Shorter.

For more information on any of the aforementioned events, contact the host parishes.

Diocesan faithful are also encouraged to visit the websites of the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Attleboro (lasaletteattleboroshrine.org), Holy Cross Family Ministries in Easton (hcfm.org), Sacred Hearts Retreat Center in Wareham (sscc.org), and Our Lady’s Chapel in New Bedford (marymediatrix.com) for information on any Lenten events they may have scheduled.

The Anchor will list any other upcoming events in the Around the Diocese section as they are announced to us.

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