Around the Diocese

The St. Mary’s Catholic Women’s Club and the George C. Shields Knights of Columbus will jointly sponsor a Community Yard Sale on Saturday, May 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the St. Mary’s Rectory parking lot, 330 Pratt Street in Mansfield. Come prepared to have some fun and negotiate best prices for unbelievable treasure, household items, church trinkets, furniture, glassware, collectables and books. Baked goods, lunch items and water will also be available for sale. For more information, contact Bruce Gaumond at 508-339-2529 or email

A Healing Mass will be celebrated on the Holy Day of Ascension, May 25, at St. Andrew the Apostle Church, 19 Kilmer Avenue in Taunton, beginning at 6 p.m. with recitation of the Rosary and including the Sacrament of Confession. Mass will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will conclude with healing prayers and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. All are welcome. For more information, call 508-824-5577 or email

St. John Neumann Church in East Freetown invites all to its 33rd Annual Lakeside Family Festival on Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-29, on Friday from 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from noon to 11 p.m., and Monday from noon to 5 p.m. There will be a huge barn sale all weekend, along with amusement rides, entertainment, car show on Sunday (rain date is Monday). Great selection of home baked goods, assorted food booths, games of skill and a grand raffle. For more information, visit Take Chace Road exit off Route 140.

On Saturday, June 3 at 1:30 p.m. join the Father Peyton Center for an inspired afternoon that will bring your family together in prayer in honor of three anniversaries this year. From an interactive skit, a shared meal, to powerful prayer experiences, you and your family will be enriched and uplifted. The event will be held at The Father Peyton Center, 518 Washington Street in North Easton and is free, family-friendly, handicap accessible and open to the public. For more information, call 508-238-4095.

On June 4, Pentecost Sunday, all are welcome at Holy Name Parish, 709 Hanover Street in Fall River for a special Holy Hour from 2 to 3 p.m. to pray before our Lord in the tabernacle for families, vocations to the priesthood, consecrated life, married life and single life. May His Holy Spirit pour out His special graces and help guide us towards God’s path today and always. For more information, call 774-644-5878.

A Pentecost Sunday Taizé Prayer Service will be held on June 4 beginning at 7 p.m. at St. John Neumann Parish, 157 Middleboro Road in East Freetown. The service will conclude with a patio reception immediately following and all are welcome.

La Salette Retreat Center in Attleboro is the location for a new bi-weekly support group for separated and divorced persons. It will begin on June 6 and will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every other Tuesday evening. For more information or for directions, please contact Dottie at 508-642-1928 or email

The 71st Annual Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby this past fall offered a prize for the largest fish caught from a kayak. Margaret Mayhew Pénicaud caught a 23.58-pound striped bass and won a 15.5-foot motorized Bass Yak fishing kayak, which she has donated as a prize in a benefit raffle to help the children of Haiti. Pénicaud has been assisting Haiti since 1997 and is founder of Little Children of Mary, a tax-exempt, charitable organization which is home to the Martha’s Vineyard Fish Farm Haiti Project. Chances are $25 each and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit the children of Haiti. The drawing is set for July 29, and the raffle chances are available online at or by mailing a check made out to “Fish Farm Haiti” and to P.O. Box 1803, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.


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