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The Diocese of Fall River’s Vocation Office is once again offering young women, ages 13-18 the opportunity to get away on an overnight retreat to be held on the grounds of the Dominican Sisters Convent, 3012 Elm Street in Dighton. The annual Called By Name retreat themed “A Path to New Life” begins on Friday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. and concludes on Saturday, May 25 at 5 p.m. Dominican Sister Paulina Hurtado, diocesan assistant director of Vocations, said that the retreat is a great chance for girls to get away from the everyday routines and find peace, quiet, friendship and fellowship with like-minded girls. The theme is take from Psalm 16:11, “You will show me the path to life, abounding joy in Your presence, the delights at Your right hand forever.” The weekend offers girls a path that can lead them to make friends, share faith, learn, explore, enjoy interactive activities, and worship and thank God. The cost for the overnight retreat is $15 at the door (cash only). A parental permission form is required. The RSVP date is May 20. To RSVP (and receive the permission form) contact Sister Hurtado at or call 909-496-2022 or 508-675-1311.

St. John Neumann Church will host its 35th annual Lakeside Family Festival on Memorial Day Weekend, May 24 to May 27, with free admission on Friday from 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from noon to 11 p.m., and on Monday from noon to 5 p.m. There will be a huge Barn Sale all weekend, along with amusement rides, entertainment, a car show on Sunday (rain date is Monday), and a great selection of home-baked goods, assorted food booths, games of skill and a grand raffle. For more information, visit Take the Chace Road exit off Route 140.

United Interfaith Action of Southeastern Massachusetts will hold two Community Action Meetings on Wednesday, May 22 at 7 p.m. at Santo Christo Church Hall on Columbia Street in Fall River; and on Wednesday, May 29 at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Church Hall, 47 South Sixth Street in New Bedford. All are welcome! United Interfaith Action has been bringing faith communities together since 1997, to work on issues of social justice in the cities of the Southcoast. Members from area congregations in the Fall River/New Bedford areas selected the issues of education and public safety. The Community Action Meeting will include state legislators, and the cities’ mayors, chiefs of police, and representatives from the school departments. For more information, contact Sandra Carreiro (Fall River) at; or Andrea Sheppard Lomba (New Bedford) at

To honor the memory and mission of Venerable Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., Holy Cross Family Ministries invites all for an annual Celebratory Mass and Special Blessing for Families on Sunday, June 9 at the St. Joseph Chapel, 500 Washington Street in North Easton from 2 to 3 p.m. with Bishop William A. Wack, C.S.C., from the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Fla. The event is free and handicap-accessible and is open to all. For more information, call 508-238-4095.

The King’s College London Choir is returning to the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, 327 Second Street in Fall River, on Friday, June 21 for a 7:30 p.m. concert. A reception will follow and tickets will be available at the door. 

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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