Around the Diocese

The Fall River Area Men’s First Friday Club will next meet on March 3 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. Joseph’s Parish. Following the Mass, members of the club will gather in the church hall next door for a hot meal prepared by White’s of Westport. Following the meal there will be a guest presentation by Dr. Jeremiah Lowney. New members are always welcome. For more information, contact Norm Valiquette at 508-672-8174.

For the Lenten season St. Anthony of Padua Parish, 1359 Acushnet Avenue in New Bedford, will be hosting a special presentation of Relics of the Passion on March 3 beginning at 6:45 p.m. All are invited to join them for a unique opportunity to engage with the meaning of God’s love as given to us by the Father via His Son’s Passion. The program entitled “Call from the Crucified Heart” is being sponosred as part of a new nationwide tour by the Apostolate for Holy Relics that highlights a collection of rare relics from the Passion of Our Lord, with prayer, music, reflection and an opportunity for personal veneration. For more information, call the rectory at 508-993-1691.

Para esta próxima Cuaresma, la parroquia de San Antonio de Padua en New Bedford ofrecerá una presentación especial sobre las Reliquias de la Pasión el viernes 3 de marzo a partir de las 6:45 p.m. El programa titulado “Llamado del Corazón Crucificado” nos está siendo presentado como parte de una nueva gira nacional por el Apostolado de las Sagradas Reliquias que destaca una colección de Reliquias raras de la Pasión de Nuestro Señor con oración, reflexión, confesión, música y una oportunidad para la veneración. Para más información llame a la rectoria de la parroquia al 508-993-1691.

An Attic Treasures Sale sponsored by the St. John Neumann Women’s Guild will be held on March 11 in the parish hall, located at 157 Middleboro Road in East Freetown from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A continental breakfast and hot homemade lunch will be served and the hall is wheelchair accessible. Admission is free. Take the Chace Road exit off Route 140. For more information, call 508-763-2569.

A bereavement support group to help people cope with the loss of a loved one meets on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Catholic Education Center, 423 Highland Avenue in Fall River. The next session runs from March 14 through April 25. The basis of the group is to allow indivduals to share their experiences, feelings and emotions with others who are on the very same journey. There is no fee to participate and parking is available adjacent to the building. If you are interested in joining the group or would like more information email or, or call 508-678-2828, extension 27.

The Taunton district of St. Vincent de Paul Society, 141 Washington Street in Taunton, will be having an end-of-season yard sale on March 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All are welcome.

A Women’s Day of Recollection: Finding Jesus in Everyday Life will be held on March 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Corpus Christi Parish in Sandwich. Radio host, author and inspirational Catholic speaker Allison Gingras will share with humor and personal experiences, practical ways to grow spiritually while meeting day-to-day obligations. The free event includes inspirational presentations, discussion, lunch, and more. For more information or to reserve a seat, visit or call 508-243-1133.

The United Nations International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima will be coming to St. Anthony of Padua Church, 1359 Acushnet Avenue in New Bedford on April 29-30. The pilgrim statue ministry promotes Our Lady’s intercession through prayer. The statue will be accompanied by first-class relics of Blessed Jacinta and Francisco Marto, two of the child visionaries who witnessed Our Lady in Fatima’s apparitions in Portugal. Reserve the date, pass the world, and come join the celebration of the centennial anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima. For more information call 508-993-1691 or visit

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

If you or someone you know is pregnant and confused, Catholic Social Services of Fall River offers pregnancy counseling for women/couples experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. Explore the option of parenting or adoption through the supportive services offered by an experienced social worker. For more information, contact Karen Vena, MSW, at or call 508-674-4681 (office) or 774-488-4786 (cell). All services remain confidential.


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