Around the Diocese

Feast of the Divine Mercy will be celebrated at St. Patrick's Parish, 82 High Street in Wareham, on April 23 at 2:30 p.m. featuring Artie Boyle, an international speaker and author of the book “Six Months to Live.” There will also be a prayer service with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Reception in the parish hall with food and drinks immediately following. No registration is required, but a freewill donation is encouraged.

The Feast of Divine Mercy will be celebrated at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, 4256 Acushnet Avenue in New Bedford, on Sunday, April 23 at 3 p.m. with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, adoration, recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and Benediction. All are welcome to join in the celebration of Divine Mercy. Refreshments and pastry will follow in the parish center. For more information, contact Lucy Pinto in the parish office at 508-995-7351.

A bereavement support group to help people cope with the loss of a loved one meets on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Catholic Education Center, 423 Highland Avenue in Fall River. The current session runs through April 25. The basis of the group is to allow indivduals to share their experiences, feelings and emotions with others who are on the very same journey. There is no fee to participate and parking is available adjacent to the building. If you are interested in joining the group or would like more information email or, or call 508-678-2828, extension 27.

Pax Christi La Salette and Pax Christi RI will sponsor an evening of dialogue with our Muslim neighbors on Tuesday, April 25 beginning at 7 p.m. at the welcome center at La Salette Shrine, 947 Park Street in Attleboro. Imam Abdul Rahman of the Islamic Center in Sharon will speak about Muslim culture and religion, challenging common misconceptions. Then Dr. Umer Akbar will speak about how AHOPE-RI assists with the resettlement of refugees in the greater Providence area and how we can help welcome refugees from areas of conflict. All are most welcome to attend.

Sacred Heart Academy for Homeschoolers will sponsor a parent information night on April 26 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Holy Family Parish Center, 438 Middleboro Avenue in East Taunton. This is a Catholic co-op and home curriculum for Pre-K to 12 using a Catholic Classical Curriculum (Schola Rosa) based in Southeastern Massachusetts. Come and see what they did this past year and what’s being planned for the year ahead! All are welcome. For more information, contact Jennifer (, 508-405-7041); Charisma (, 508-863-7314); Rasa (, 617-842-5441) or Danielle (, 401-455-1756).

A Healing Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, April 27 at St. Andrew the Apostle Church, 19 Kilmer Avenue in Taunton. It will begin at 6 p.m. with the recitation of the Holy Rosary and will include the Sacrament of Confession. Holy Mass will begin at 6:30 p.m. It will conclude with healing prayers and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. All are welcome. For more information call 508-824-5577 or email

The United Nations International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima will be coming to St. Anthony of Padua Church, 1359 Acushnet Avenue in New Bedford on April 29-30. The pilgrim statue ministry promotes Our Lady’s intercession through prayer. The statue will be accompanied by first-class relics of Blessed Jacinta and Francisco Marto, two of the child visionaries who witnessed Our Lady in Fatima’s apparitions in Portugal and will soon be canonized. Reserve the date, pass the world, and come join the celebration of the centennial anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima. For more information call 508-993-1691 or visit

The Women’s Society of St. Pius X Parish proudly presents “Everything’s Coming Up RosesFashion Show and luncheon on Saturday, April 29 beginning at 1 p.m. in the Parish Life Center, 25 Barbara Street in South Yarmouth. Tickets are priced at $30 each and fashions are provided by Chico’s of Mashpee Commons. Enjoy a ladies afternoon with your friends! To purchase tickets and reserve a seat, contact Nina at 508-394-9632 or Lorayne at 781-254-5272  no later than April 22.

An Evening with Sister Barbara Walsh to benefit her ESOL Program will be held on Saturday, April 29 beginning at 6 p.m. at White’s of Westport on Route 6 (State Road) in Westport. Tickets are $35 per person and all proceeds will benefit the English for Speakers of Other Languages literacy program based in New Bedford. Sister Walsh began the program in 2007, when she returned to the area. There are currently 58 students learning English through ESOL. Last year, 100 students went through the program for various lengths of time. The program is located at the Dennison Community Center on South First Street in New Bedford. For tickets or more information, contact Karen at 508-523-8143.

The Saint Anne’s Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association will hold its Annual Communion Breakfast on April 30 at the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation Novitiate Chapel, 3012 Elm Street in Dighton, beginning with Mass at 9 a.m. and a buffet served at 10 a.m. All SAHSON graduates and their guests are welcome to attend; scholarships will be awarded at this function The cost is $15 per person; you may call: Yvette Deschenes at 508-678-3007 to make a reservation. Attending alumnae meetings is an opportunity for members to renew acquaintances with fellow classmates. Reservations should be made on or before April 22.

Living the Fatima Message will offer an evening of reflection revisiting Our Lady of Fatima’s peace plan to convert hearts and the world on Monday, May 1 beginning at 7 p.m. at Holy Name Church, 709 Hanover Street in Fall River. We pray the Holy Rosary together, venerate an image of Our Lady, and offer her our private petitions. You can also discover how to share the Fatima message. To share the message with your group or parish: call 781-521-3677, email, or message

The Fall River Diocesan Council of Catholic Women will hold its annual convention on Saturday, May 6 at St. Lawrence Martyr Church, 110 Summer Street in New Bedford. Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., will celebrate Mass at 9 a.m. and breakfast will be served following the Mass at Holy Family-Holy Name School in New Bedford. The theme for this year’s convention is “They that hope in the Lord, will renew their strength and they will soar on eagle’s wings” (Is 40:31). The guest speaker will be Arthur Boyle, author of “Six Months to Live.” A brief meeting will follow. Those attending are asked to RSVP by April 15 by calling Fran Brezinski (508-824-5279); Lynette Ouellette (508-674-7036); Pauline Vezina (508-678-6941); Nancy Martin (508-995-1604); Terry Lewis (508-993-5085); Virginia Wade (508-676-6515); Beth Mahoney (508-880-7666); Rebecca Dean (508-761-4638); or Roberta Dwyer (508-743-5448). The cost is $25 per person.

Living the Fatima Message invites all to Say Yes to Mary: Fatima’s 100th Anniversary, which will be held on Saturday, May 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon at Bishop Connolly High School, 373 Elsbree Street in Fall River. Discover how you can live Our Lady’s “peace plan” through a Living Rosary, Eucharistic Adoration, and Confession and learn to make your own Rosary. The day will include glimpses into Our Lady’s life through art and performance, reflections on answering her call from Rwandan genocide survivor Father Leonard Kayondo, and an address from keynote speaker Father Thaddeus Lancton, MIC, of the Divine Mercy Shrine in Stockbridge. Admission is free and a full schedule is online at under “events.” For more information call 781-521-3677 or email

Faith Community and Mental Illness … How Do We Care for All Souls,” will be presented by Nancy Kehoe, Ph.D., and author, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Seekonk on May 8 beginning at 7 p.m. All community and family members affected by mental illness as well as supporting professionals and volunteers are most welcome and encouraged to learn more about making our communities places of compassion, healing and acceptance. Dr. Kehoe, director of Expanding Connections, is a licensed psychologist, an assistant clinical professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, and a member of the Religious of the Sacred Heart. She authored a comprehensive religious assessment tool and a book, “Wrestling with Our Inner Angels: Faith, Mental Illness and the Journey to Wholeness.” For more information, call Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church at 508-336-5549.

St. Bernard Church, 32 South Main Street in Assonet, and Living the Fatima Message will host an afternoon of reflection on the anniversary of Fatima on Saturday, May 13 beginning at 2 p.m. Afternoon to include a presentation on the history of Fatima and revisiting Our Lady’s peace plan to convert hearts and world. Please call the rectory for details. To share the message with your group or parish:  call 781-521-3677, email, or message

Living the Fatima Message will offer an evening of reflection revisiting Our Lady of Fatima’s peace plan to convert hearts and the world on Saturday, May 13 beginning at 7:30 p.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 65 Linden Street in Attleboro. The presentation will be followed by a candlelight Rosary procession. You can also discover how to share the Fatima message. To share the message with your group or parish:  call 781-521-3677, email, or message

Following Adoration and Benediction, Living the Fatima Message will offer a bilingual evening of reflection revisiting Our Lady of Fatima’s peace plan to convert hearts and the world on Tuesday, May 16 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Parish, 126 School Street in Taunton. We pray the Holy Rosary together, venerate an image of Our Lady, and offer her our private petitions. You can also discover how to share the Fatima message. To share the message with your group or parish:  call 781-521-3677, email, or message

Terça-feira, 16 de Maio - 6:30 p.m. - Paróquia de St. Anthony, 126 School St., Taunton - apresentação bilingue oferecida em inglês e Português: Viver a Mensagem de Fátima oferecerá uma noite de reflexão revisitando o plano de paz de Nossa Senhora de Fátima para converter corações e o mundo. Rezamos juntos o Santo Rosário, veneramos uma imagem de Nossa Senhora e oferecemos-lhe nossas petições particulares. Você também pode descobrir como compartilhar a mensagem de Fátima. Para compartilhar a mensagem com seu grupo ou paróquia: ligue para 781-521-3677, email, ou mensagem

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 MansfieldCome 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

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


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