Around the Diocese

St. John the Evangelist School welcomes interested students and parents to come and see what makes the school special at its Annual Open House on Sunday, January 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. Located at 13 Hodges Street in Attleboro, the school is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Grades include Pre-K through grade eight with a full-day Kindergarten and an After-School Program. The Pre-K program includes full- or half-day options. Students are well-prepared for high school with a diverse curriculum, but above all, they make every attempt to assist children to foster caring relationships among each other in a safe environment. Interested students are welcome to come and shadow for a day. For more information, visit, call 508-222-5062 or email Applications are available on the school’s website.

Here for a Purpose: A Retreat with Peggy Patenaude,” will be held on Tuesday, February 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Our Lady of the Cape Parish, 468 Stony Brook Road in Brewster. Patenaude is the founder of Taking Time Out and has worked in education and pastoral ministry for more than 45 years. Pre-registration is required and the deadline to register for the retreat is February 1. For more information, call 508-385-3252 or visit

Entries for the 2018 Annual Pro-Life Essay Contest for Catholic students in the Diocese of Fall River (grades six to eight and nine to 12) are now being accepted. The theme this year is “Be Not Afraid.” First prize winners will be awarded $150 cash and second prize will be $75 cash. Deadline for submissions is Feb. 9, 2018. Entries should be mailed to the Office of the Pro-Life Apostolate at the Chancery, P.O. Box 2577, Fall River, Mass. 02722. For more information, call 508-675-1311.

The second annual Fall River Diocese’s 2018 Women and Men’s Conference will take place on Saturday, March 10 at Stonehill College in Easton. Building on last year’s first-ever such event, the one-day Lenten program will include keynote talks by noted speakers, prayer, music, fellowship, Mass, and — new for 2018 — a separate track for young adults, ages 18 to 30. Please mark your calendars now and look for details on the conference in the coming months. 

The Third Order of Carmelites meets on the third Sunday of the month at Christ the King Parish in Mashpee for 10:30 a.m. Mass followed by a teaching in Room A  and daytime prayer in St. Jude’s Chapel. They meet every Sunday at 6:30 p.m. in St. Jude’s Chapel for evening prayer. All are welcome. For more information about the Lay Carmelite Order of St. John of the Cross, contact Dottie Cawley at 508-477-2798.

A Holy Hour will be held every Monday (with the exception of holy days or holidays) beginning at 7 p.m. at Holy Name Church, 709 Hanover Street in Fall River. It will include Benediction and Confession (once a month) and every week will feature the Rosary, novena, and prayers for vocations to the priesthood will be recited along with a short meditation. All are welcome.

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, contact Claire McManus at 508-678-2828, extension 19 or email her at



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