Around the Diocese

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The Council of Catholic Women at Our Lady of Grace Parish in Westport will host a Huge Indoor Yard Sale in the parish center, 569 Sandford Road in Westport, on Saturday, September 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, September 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be available on Saturday, with the kitchen open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come shop, have lunch, and go home with treasures. There’s ample parking. For more information, call the parish office at 508-674-6271.

A one-day silent retreat entitled “Autumn Day of Silence with the Masters” will be held on Saturday, September 29 from 9:30 am. to 3:30 p.m. at the camphouse and property of St. John Neumann Parish, 157 Middleboro Road in East Freetown. Come spend a day taking in the teachings of St. Gregory of Nyssa, a fourth-century Cappadocian Father, theologian and mystic who explored the mysteries of the Sacred Trinity. Bring a bag lunch and beverages will be provided. For more information, contact Karen Howard at or 508-947-0193.

First Friday Eucharistic Adoration will be held at St. Andrew the Apostle Church, 19 Kilmer Avenue in Taunton, on Friday, October 5 beginning at 9 a.m. There will be Eucharist Adoration all day and prayers and benediction at 5:15 p.m., concluding at 6 p.m. All are welcome. 

Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Parish will host its Holiday Fair in the church hall, Coyle Drive in Seekonk, on Friday, November 2 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday, November 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring food, raffles, and baskets galore! All are welcome.

St. Mary’s Parish, 106 Illinois Street in New Bedford, is having a Holiday Fair on Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. All are welcome. For more information, call the rectory at 508-995-3593.

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.

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.

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 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.

The Holy Rosary Fraternity in Taunton is seeking to grow. Adult Catholics interested in learning more about the Secular Franciscan Order are invited to contact Peter Fricano at 774-225-8874 or

Renew the faith and rekindle the Spirit with “Holy Cross Landings.” If you have been away for a while, Holy Cross Parish in Easton invites you back to join them. For more information, visit or call Harold Smith at 508-238-1899.

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

Have you suffered a reduction in income? Are you having difficulties making your mortgage or rent payment on time? Facing foreclosure? Have you made a late mortgage payment in the last six months? Need help budgeting? Catholic Social Services, a non-profit, approved housing counseling agency, is offering financial capability workshops and one-to-one counseling to all at its three locations: 1600 Bay Street in Fall River (508-674-4681); 238 Bonney Street in New Bedford (508-997-7337); and 261 South Street in Hyannis (508-771-6771). The counseling is confidential and free-of-charge.


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