Around the Diocese

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. The group also meets every Sunday at 6:30 p.m. in St. Jude’s Chapel for evening prayer. All are welcome to join the Lay Carmelite Order of St. John of the Cross. For more information, contact Dottie Cawley at 508-477-2798.

The next Day of Silence with the Masters will be July 21 at St. John Neumann Church, 157 Middleboro Road in East Freetown, and this one will be with St. Francis of Assisi. The outdoor silent retreat is 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with a 4 p.m. Mass at the church. Retreatants are free to wander the parish property in silence, reading and reflecting on the 12 stations that contain writings from the Master. Everyone brings a bag lunch and drinks are provided as well as an early morning pastry. All gather for midday prayer at 1 p.m., followed by a brief discussion. The parish library and chapel are also open all day. There is no charge, but registration is required by calling 508-947-0193 or emailing

The St. Vincent de Paul Society, 141 Washington Street in Taunton, will host a yard sale on Saturday, July 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a free goods section, and all are welcome.

Come hear Deacon Peter Cote’s presentation “Theology of the Body” on Wednesday, July 25 at 7 p.m. at St. Bernard Church in Assonet. This presentation was developed for the entire family and all are welcome. Bring your questions, especially if you have become isolated, confused or discouraged in these chaotic times. Come understand how to answer your children’s questions about their body as God made it. Come and be refreshed!

Our Lady of the Cape Parish, 468 Stony Brook Road in Brewster will host a presentation on Sacred art by Dr. Esperanca Camara, Professor of Art History at the University of St. Francis in Ft. Wayne, Ind., on July 31 at 9:30 a.m. in the parish center. The program is entitled, “Meditations in Stone: Michelangelo’s Pieta.” The Pieta, now housed in St. Peter’s in Rome, is one of the most famous works of art ever made and marked the beginning of Michelangelo’s lifelong meditation on Christ’s death and the Blessed Mother’s suffering. This presentation will examine his deeply personal and theologically-rich reflections on this theme.

Father Leo Patalinghug, a priest member of a community of consecrated life, Voluntas Dei and founder of Plating Grace (formerly named Grace Before Meals), will be the guest speaker at a summer presentation on Friday, August 10 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Christ the King Parish Center in Mashpee. Proceeds will support FACE, which provides need-based scholarships to students attending Catholic schools in the Fall River Diocese including those on Cape Cod.

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.

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 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

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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