Around the Diocese

COURAGE is a support group for people who have same-sex attractions and who would like to live chastity. Their next meeting will be on Saturday, September 28 at 5 p.m. at Holy Family Rectory, 370 Middleboro Avenue in East Taunton.

The Fall River Area Men’s First Friday Club will meet on October 4 at St. Joseph Church on North Main Street in Fall River. The celebration of Mass begins at 6 p.m. and is open to the public. The Mass celebrant will be Father Jay Mello, pastor of St. Jospeh and St. Michael parishes. Following the Mass, club members will gather in the church hall for a hot meal prepared by White’s of Westport. After the meal there will be a presentation by Jane Wilcox and Edwin Aldorando on “Seeking Solutions to the Church Crisis and Contemplative Prayer.” All members and guests are welcome to participate in the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 5 p.m. prior to the Mass. Confessions will be available at 5:30 p.m. New members are always welcome. For more information, call Norm Valiquette at 508-672-8174.

St. John Neumann Parish in East Freetown will host a one-day Silent Retreat: Autumn Day of Silence with the Masters on Saturday, October 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the camp house and on church property. Come spend a cool, crisp day of autumn color with the teachings of St. Padré Pio. Bring a bag lunch; beverages will be provided. For more information, contact Karen Howard at

Our Lady of the Cape Parish in Brewster invites all to come and join them on Wednesday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., as they explore and discuss Catholic Social Teaching. The seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching include: the dignity of the human person;  the call to family, community and participation; human rights and responsibilities; the option for the poor and vulnerable; the dignity of work and the rights of workers; solidarity; and care for God’s creation. The sessions will look at what Scripture tells us about these themes, examine Church teaching and share practical experience and application. Meeting dates are October 9, 16, 23, 30; November 13, 20; and December 4 and 11. If you cannot attend all, join for as many as you can! If you are interested in attending, or have questions, please contact Kathy at or call her at 508-385-3252, x 14.

The 12th annual Walk for the Poor sponsored by the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Fall River district will be held at Bishop Connolly High School, 373 Elsbree Street in Fall River, on Saturday, September 28. The rain date will be October 6. All are invited to support and participate in this event to make it a grand success so that the poor and the needy of Fall River can benefit. For more information, please contact coordinator Victor Alves at

An Autumn Taizé service to encounter Jesus as Teacher (Christ Pantokrator) will be held Sunday, October 20 at 7 p.m. at St. John Neumann Parish, 157 Middleboro Road in East Freetown. All are welcome!

The third annual Celebrate the Beauty of Every Child campaign will be held during the months of September and October. This prayer and action campaign is designed to encourage families to pray for the less fortunate within our parishes and to obtain much-needed infant and toddler items for families. Participating parishes are invited to join in prayer, such as Rosaries, Novenas, and Eucharistic Adoration. Mass intentions may also be pledged. Items collected such as diapers, wet wipes, onesies, PJs and gift cards will be forwarded to food pantries and organizations within the parish community in support of needy families. Massachusetts Citizens for Life, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, the Diocese of Fall River Catholic Schools Alliance, the Pro-Life Apostolate, the Knights of Columbus, and Catholic Social Services have formed a collaborative to coordinate this campaign at the parish level. Please see your parish bulletin for additional details. This campaign is in keeping with Bishop da Cunha’s initiative of “Rebuilding in Faith and Hope.” If you would like to support this campaign, contact the Pro-Life Apostolate office at 508-675-1311 or email

The Diocesan Marriage Preparation Program is seeking team couples — 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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