Around the Diocese

Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, 47 South Sixth Street in New Bedford, will host a Lenten Mission with Tom Kendzia, nationally-known speaker and Liturgical musician, on Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30 beginning at 6 p.m. each night. The mission will be based on Henri Nouwen’s book, “With Burning Hearts,” and CDs will be available to purchase (cash only).

St. John Neumann Parish, located at 157 Middleboro Road in East Freetown invites all to its “One Day Only Barn Sale” being held in the parish barn on Saturday, March 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 pm., rain or shine! The Barn Sale has a large variety of items to choose from, and the prices can’t be beat!

La Salette Shrine and St. Nicholas of Myra Parish will present a retreat entitled “The Transforming Power of Holiness” on Saturday, March 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at La Salette Shrine, 947 Park Street in Attleboro. Cost is $20 per person and includes lunch. For more information, call the La Salette office (508-222-5410) or St. Nicholas of Myra Parish (508-822-1425). Deadline to register is March 22.

St. Peter the Apostle Church, 11 Prince Street in Provincetown, will hold an educational program on Cape Cod Immigrants on Sunday, March 31 beginning at 6 p.m. Speakers will include Father Richard D. Wilson, pastor of Holy Family Parish in East Taunton, minister to the Hispanic Community in Taunton, and in New Bedford during the ICE Raid; G. Thomas Ryan, chairman of the Migrant and Refugee Committee, Cape Cod Council of Churches; and Collin Mickle, lawyer and coordinator of the Immigration Resource Center for the Community Action Committee of Cape and Islands. For more information, call Eileen Cabral at 508-487-1630. All are welcome. 

Catholic Memorial Home, 2446 Highland Avenue in Fall River, will host its 16th annual Flower Show, “Fly to Neverland,” from April 3 through April 12. Come think happy thoughts and fly from London to Neverland in a garden filled with adventure. For more information, contact Mary Jean Storino at 508-679-0011.

Pax Christi of La Salette will host “Responding to Immigrants in Our Midst” with Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V. on Thursday, April 4 beginning at 7 p.m. in the welcome center at La Salette Shrine, 947 Park Street in Attleboro. The evening will aim to answer the question: “How should we respond to the plight of the immigrant seeking refuge and a new life in the United States?” All are welcome.

The Fall River Area Men’s First Friday Club will meet on April 5 at St. Joseph Church on North Main Street in Fall River. Mass begins at 6 p.m. and is open to the public. The celebrant will be Father Jay Mello, pastor of St. Michael and St. Joseph parishes. Following Mass, members of the club and women guests will gather in the church hall for a hot meal prepared by White’s of Westport. After the meal there will be a presentation by Representative Alan Silvia, who will speak on the topic of Abortion in Massachusetts. All members and guests are welcome to participate in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 5 p.m. prior to Mass. New members are always welcome. For more information, contact Norm Valiquette at 508-672-8174.

A non-residential Worldwide Marriage Encounter experience will be held at Our Lady of the Cape Parish in Brewster on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14. This is a non-residential weekend, but discounted accommodations are available on a limited basis. For more information, call Steve and Michelle O’Leary at 1-800-710-WWME or visit Space is limited.

A Divine Mercy Cenacle group meets every Monday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church, 306 South Street in Somerset. Meetings are held in the parish center, except for holidays. Meetings include formation on the Divine Mercy message from the “Diary of St. Faustina,” readings from the Bible and “Cathechism of the Catholic Church,” and praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet. All are welcome. For more information call 508-646-1019 or 508-672-1523.

St. Anthony of Padua Church on Bedford Street in Fall River will host a recitation of the Holy Rosary and Litany with the Divine Mercy Chaplet every Monday evening at 6:15 p.m. All are welcome. For more information, call the rectory at 508-673-2402.

Holy Rosary Fraternity Gatherings are held in the hall of St. Jude the Apostle Church, 249 Whittenton Street in Taunton on the second Sunday of the month at 1:30 p.m. All are welcome. For more information, call 508-695-5430.

The Diocesan Marriage Preparation Program needs more team couples — both newly-married and veterans (age is not a consideration) who would like to enrich their Marriage while helping engaged couples prepare for their lifetime together. The Diocesan Marriage Preparation program meets in three locations: Mansfield, Dartmouth and Harwich on Cape Cod. In each location there is a team of volunteers that facilitate three to five sessions per year. If you are interested in serving in this ministry, please contact Claire McManus at or call her at 508-678-2828, extension 19. 


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