Around the Diocese

The St. Vincent de Paul Society, located at 141 Washington Street in Taunton, will be having a yard sale on Saturday, July 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sale will include clothes, Christmas gifts and various other items. The yard sale will be in the pantry section and all are welcome.

St. John Neumann Women’s Guild, located at 157 Middleboro Road in East Freetown, invites all to its One Day Only Barn Sale being held in the parish barn on July 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine! The Barn Sale has a large variety of items available to choose from, and the prices can’t be beat! 

St. John Neumann Parish is hosting a series of silent, outdoor retreats that introduces participants to the writings and life of one saint or master in the Catholic tradition. “A Day of Silence with the Masters” takes place on the church grounds, 157 Middleboro Road in East Freetown, on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Retreats will be dedicated to Julian of Norwich (August 12) and St. Bernard of Clairvaux (October 14). The days begin at the camp house with an introduction to the master and an opening prayer or reading. Participants are then invited to silently move among outdoor stations to reflect on the posted readings from the master. Lunch is on one’s own, although the group gathers for midday prayer and a brief discussion at 1 p.m. and then goes back into silence until 3:30 p.m. All are invited to attend the regular 4 p.m. Mass at St. John Neumann Church if desired. Beverages are provided, but participants should bring a bag lunch. For more information, contact Karen Howard at 508-947-0193 or email

The 71st Annual Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby this past fall offered a prize for the largest fish caught from a kayak. Margaret Mayhew Pénicaud caught a 23.58-pound striped bass and won a 15.5-foot motorized Bass Yak fishing kayak, which she has donated as a prize in a benefit raffle to help the children of Haiti. Pénicaud has been assisting Haiti since 1997 and is founder of Little Children of Mary, a tax-exempt, charitable organization which is home to the Martha’s Vineyard Fish Farm Haiti Project. Chances are $25 each and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit the children of Haiti. The drawing is set for July 29, and the raffle chances are available online at or by mailing a check made out to “Fish Farm Haiti” and to P.O. Box 1803, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.

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.


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