Around the Diocese

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

St. Pius X Church in South Yarmouth will sponsor its Christmas Fair on Saturday, November 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Enjoy lunch at the Noel Cafe  beginning at 11 a.m. Come and browse the tables with an assortment of jewelry,  gifts, crafts, knitted items, decorations, baked goods, jams and jellies, boxed knives, silent auction and raffles! Try the Scratch Ticket Christmas Tree Raffle and bid on the Silent Auction items. The fair, sponsored by the St. Pius X Women’s Society, will be held in the parish center on Station Avenue.

Crafters and exhibitors are wanted for the annual Holy Family-Holy Name Holiday Fair on November 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Holy Family-Holy Name Holiday Fair has become a tradition in New Bedford and they expect another great year! Spaces available are approximately 6-1/2 feet wide (one six foot table is provided) for a donation of $35 and an optional gift for our Holiday Auction. Applications are available at: Holy Family-Holy Name School, 91 Summer Street, New Bedford, Mass. 02740; Phone 993-3547;

The Archdiocese of Boston is hosting International Discipleship: Moving from Maintenance to Mission, an evangelization conference, at Fontbonne Academy in Milton on Saturday, November 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Keynote speakers include Sean Bryan, a.k.a. “The Papal Ninja,” from the NBC series “American Ninja Warrior,” and director of the Lay Mission Project; and Bobby Vidal, director of Lay Formation and Evangelization at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in Santa Clarita, Calif. Breakout sessions on evangelization strategies and exhibits featuring formation resources from national Catholic publishers will be offered. To register or for more information, visit

A Christmas Fair will be held at St. Elizabeth Seton Church in North Falmouth on November 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring coffee and donuts, luncheon at 11:30 a.m., serving lobster rolls,  clam chowder and more, and a country store featuring Christmas decorations, antiques and collectibles, jewelry, handmade items, baked goods, books and raffles with many prizes including a trip to Bermuda! For more information, call 508-564-4780.

St. Jude the Apostle Parish will be having its annual Penny Sale at the church hall, 249 Whittenton Street in Taunton, on November 18 at 6 p.m. — doors open at 5 p.m. In addition to three regular series, there will be specials, roll-ups, refreshments, a raffle on 15 turkey dinner baskets, and a money raffle with $1,000.00 as the first prize.

The Council of Catholic Women is sponsoring its 31st Annual  Christmas Bazaar at Our Lady of Grace Parish, 569 Sanford Road in Westport, on Saturday, November 25 and Sunday, November 26 from 9 a.m. to  3 p.m. both days. The event will include a winner every time table, elf’s  pot  of gold,  a u-pic-um table,  children’s  craft  table, big money raffle, and more than 35  other craft tables. Santa Claus will arrive from 11 a.m. to noon, so bring your camera! Christmas music will be provided by Pat Cordeiro from noon  to  2 p.m. with a children’s  Christmas bazaar choir performing at 1 p.m. The kitchen will be open both  days, and admission and parking are free!

The fourth annual Family Christmas Fair will be held at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Pocasset on Saturday, November 25 from 9 a.m.  to 3 p.m. Local crafters will be highlighted in the Vendor’s Village with beautiful hand-crafted and delightful gifts for that special someone on your Christmas list. Family, friends and neighbors are invited to enjoy face painting, cookie decorating as well as delicious treats from the bake table.  Don’t forget the camera as Santa Claus will pay a visit! Potential crafters and vendors should contact Jane Robin at 508-759-3566 by November 3 to purchase a table. For more information visit or call 508-563-5887.

The Women’s Guild at St. John Neumann Parish, 157 Middleboro Road in East Freetown, invites all to its One Day Only Barn Sale in the parish barn on December 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. It will offer a large variety of items to choose from and the prices can’t be beat!

Holy Cross Parish, 225 Purchase Street in Easton, will hold its Holly Fair on December 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. and December 3 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., including Breakfast with Santa from 8 a.m. to noon that day. Breakfast tickets are $5 per person (maximum $20 per family) and can be purchased at the door. The fair will feature wonderful baskets, silent auction, raffles and other prizes. There will also be a snowflake raffle, buck-a-bag for kids, cookie stroll and Pat’s famous homemade jams and pickles.

A Day With Mary will be held at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 1359 Acushnet Avenue in New Bedford, on December 2 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day will feature instruction, devotion, and intercession, based on the message given at Fatima in 1917. Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. and the day will conclude with exposition and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

A Holy Hour for Families will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Church in New Bedford on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, December 12, beginning at 7 p.m. to pray for unity and peace in all families. It will include exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary and meditation and will conclude with Benediction. Refreshments and pastry will follow in the parish center.

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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