Around the Diocese

The St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Shop of St. Anthony’s Parish at 18 Davisville Road in East Falmouth, is pleased to announce that in addition to the regular daytime hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday, the shop will now be open every Wednesday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. Evening hours will help busy working families and thrifty shoppers find quality winter clothing for the upcoming season. For more information, call 1-508-457-0085.

St. Julie Billiart Parish, 494 Slocum Road in Dartmouth, will host its annual Septemberfest on Sunday, September 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will feature a variety of activities including the Toe Jam Puppet Band and Vinny the Bubble Guy. Be sure to come hungry, as there will be food from Oxford Creamery, Del’s Lemonade, and more.

St. John Neumann Parish, 157 Middleboro Road in East Freetown, will host a “Joy of the GospelTaizé Service on Sunday, September 24 beginning at 7 p.m. All are welcome.

Christ the King Parish in Mashpee will host a parish mission entitled “Being the Good News in a World of Bad News,” presented by Deacon Greg Kandra on Monday, September 25 through Wednesday, September 27. Morning sessions will include Mass and instruction from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and evening sessions will be from 7 to 8 p.m., with social to follow in the parish hall. At a time when everything is relative, and “alternative news” and “fake news” dominate the national discussion, the mission will focus on how Catholics can live out the Gospel message and bear witness to the Good News.

Beginning September 26, the Fall River Area Bereavement Group will meet every Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and for seven weeks at the Catholic Education Center, 423 Highland Avenue in Fall River. For more information, contact Rose Mary Saraiva at the Office of Faith Formation at 508-678-2828, extension 27, or email or

The Fall River Area Men’s First Friday Club will meet on Friday, October 6 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. Following Mass, members will gather in the church hall for a hot meal prepared by White’s of Westport. Following the meal there will be a guest presentation by Deacon Paul Levesque on Our Lady of Fatima. New members are always welcome. For more information call Norm Valiquette at 508-672-8174.

Annunciation of the Lord Parish, 31 First Street in Taunton, will be celebrating the centennial of Our Lady of Fatima on Friday and Saturday, October 6-7. On Friday, there will be Mass at 8 a.m. followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament throughout the day. At 7 p.m. there will be a Holy Hour and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. On Saturday, the Feast of the Holy Rosary, Masses will be at 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. in English. The Feast Mass will be celebrated at 7 p.m. in Portuguese. Father James Ferry, retired pastor of Espirito Santo Parish in Fall River will be the celebrant. Deacon José H. Medina of St. Anthony’s Parish in Taunton will be the homilist. Following the Mass, there will be a candlelight procession and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. All are invited welcome.

A Day of Recollection will be held on Saturday, October 7 beginning with registration at 9:30 a.m. and coffee. The conference begins at 10 a.m. and will include reflections on Joy, Eucharistic Adoration and conclude with Mass at 4 p.m. The event will be held at the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation, 3012 Elm Street in Dighton. To register, please call Donna Costa, M.A., at 774-644-5878 or email Early registration is encouraged due to limited seating. The event is free and lunch is included.


American Red Cross Blood Drive, co-hosted by Marian Manor and Morton Hospital, will be held on Friday, October 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Margaret Stone Conference Room at Morton Hospital, 88 Washington Street in Taunton. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit and enter “MortonHospital.”

St. Mary’s Parish in South Dartmouth will host an Octoberfest, sponsored by the St. Mary’s Ladies Guild on Saturday, October 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 50 crafters and vendors will be featured, along with food, raffles, pumpkins, mums, a book sale, children’s grab bags and more.  All proceeds will benefit the Msgr. A.G. Considine  Scholarship Fund. For more information, call 508-990-0638.

On Sunday, October 22, the Holy Name Parish Vocation Committee will host a luncheon and program entitled “Speak to Me, God (How Can I Listen?)” at 12 noon, featuring Father Jason Brilhante and Sister Sabitha, O.P. at Holy Name Parish in Fall River. Admission is free. In order to have an accurate count for the luncheon, pre-registration is required. To reserve your seat, email or contact Donna at 774-644-5878 by October 15.

St. Mary’s Parish in New Bedford is having a Holiday Fair on Saturday and Sunday, November 4 and 5 at 106 Illinois Street in New Bedford. Crafters are wanted for the event, which will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, contact Linda at 508-995-4166.

Corpus Christi Parish will present “A Country Christmas Bazaar” on Saturday, November 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 324 Quaker Meeting House Road in East Sandwich. The event will offer something for everyone to make their holiday special: handmade crafts, home baked treats for your holiday table and gift baskets for your loved ones. Enjoy a delicious lunch at the café and take a chance on the Noella Raffle. Stop by to see your favorite vendors inside the parish center and classrooms. For more information call 508-888-0209 or email

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 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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