Around the Diocese

Winter is coming at the shelter at Sister Rose House, 71 Division Street in New Bedford, will soon activate its Extreme Weather Overflow Shelter. The overflow opens when temperatures drop below 28 degrees. Volunteers are needed to help assemble cots with pillows and blankets from 4 to 5 p.m.; serve shelter guests and residents from 5 to 7 p.m.; and to monitor bathrooms and sleeping hall in two- to four-hour shifts from 6 to 10 p.m. Volunteers can sign up alone or sign up as a team of co-workers (all must be over 18). Many hands are needed. Please contact Robin Muise to volunteer at or call 774-553-5490.

The Eucharistic Apostles of the Divine Mercy Cenacle group invites all to join them every Monday (except holidays) from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church hall, 306 South Street in Somerset. Meetings include teachings from St. Faustina’s diary that are relevant to our lives and Spiritual walks. Readings from the Bible and “Catechism” will also be included, followed by the Divine Mercy Chaplet and Rosary prayer. For more information, call 508-646-1019

A Monthly Healing Service is offered at St. Patrick’s Church, 82 High Street, Wareham on the first Thursday of every month. Services offer God’s healing touch through Eucharistic Adoration, anointing of the sick and prayers for healing and peace for those recovering from addictions, reconciliation in relationships, Marriage issues, for the sick and suffering and those grieving the loss of loved ones. Services start at 6 p.m. with Reconciliation (Confession) followed by Rosary at 6:30. All are welcome. For further information, contact Father Rowland, 508-295-2411, or

A timely symposium on behavioral healthcare — “Innovations in Addiction Treatment: Epidemiology and Etiology of Internet Behavior” — will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on November 18 at Salve Regina University’s Bazarsky Lecture Hall, O’Hare Academic Building, 36 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, R.I., and feature a leading authority on Internet addiction. To register, visit or call 401-845-1502.

A Mass for Deceased Bishops, Priests and Deacons will be celebrated at  St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fall River at 12:05 p.m. on November 22. All are welcome to attend.

St. Vincent’s Services is conducting a Winter Coat Drive. Please consider helping the children and youth at St. Vincent’s by donating a new coat (with tags) this winter. Coats are needed for children ages 10 to 18. Donations can be dropped off at St. Vincent’s Reception Desk, 2425 Highland Avenue, Fall River, Mondays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information contact Janice Johnston via email at or call 508-235-3329.

The Archdiocese of Boston Black Catholic Choir will be performing at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 47 South Sixth Street in New Bedford, on Sunday, December 1 beginning at 3:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend and a light supper will follow.

St. John Neumann Parish, 157 Middleboro Road in East Freetown, cordially invites all to its Advent Taizé Service on Sunday, December 1 at 7 p.m.

The Catholic Community of Central Fall River will host Advent Lessons and Carols in honor of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception on Sunday, December 8 beginning at 3 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, corner of Spring and Second Streets in Fall River. The event will feature choral music, hand bells and hymns for all.


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