Around the Diocese


The Laurel Tree Players will present “Snoopy! The Musical” at Holy Family-Holy Name School, 91 Summer Street in New Bedford, on Friday, March 23 at 8 p.m., Saturday, March 24 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, March 25 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and children, and may be purchased at the school or reserved by calling 508-993-3547.

A Palm Sunday Taizé  service will be held on Sunday, March 25 at St. John Neumann Parish, 157 Middleboro Road in East Freetown. Taizé  is an ecumenical candlelight prayer service that highlights silence, meditation and chant alongside Scripture readings and artwork. It lasts about an hour. This is the fifth Palm Sunday service the parish is hosting. For more information, contact Karen Howard at or call 508-947-0193.

Seeking the Peace of Forgiveness: A Morning Retreat for Women” will be held on Saturday, April 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon at St. Mary’s Church, 343 Tarkiln Hill Road in New Bedford. This morning retreat for women includes insightful and humorous presentations by Catholic author and inspirational speaker Allison Gingras. A continental breakfast will be served and the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available. A freewill offering will be appreciated. For reservations or more information, contact Allison at or call 508-243-1133.

The parish nurse program of St. Peter the Apostle Parish in Provincetown invites everyone to a program called “Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning” on Sunday, April 8 from 1 to 3 p.m. The program will be presented by Diane McCarthy from the Initiative Palliative Care Planning team of the Archdiocese of Boston. It is an education program presented from the Catholic point of view. For more information call Eileen Cabral, Faith Community Nurse, at 508-487-1630.

Our Lady of the Cape Parish in Brewster is hosting a Divine Mercy Celebration on Sunday, April 8, and all are welcome. Divine Mercy Sunday provides an opportunity to receive and celebrate the merciful love of God as revealed in Jesus. The celebration will take place as follows: Sacrament of Reconciliation, 1:30 to 3 p.m.; Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 2:50 p.m.; Chaplet of Divine Mercy in song, followed by benediction and then veneration of a relic of St. Faustina at 3 p.m. Come and join in this beautiful celebration of our merciful, loving God! Our Lady of the Cape is located at 468 Stony Brook Road in Brewster.

Divine Mercy Sunday will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Parish, 82 High Street in Wareham, on April 8 at 2:30 p.m. featuring the Chaplet with Benediction and a special Divine Mercy presentation and performance by Marty Rotella, international speaker, singer, songwriter and musician. Refreshments will be served inside the parish hall followed by Marty Rotella in concert from 4 to 5 p.m. in the church. Freewill offerings are appreciated and all are welcome.

An Introduction to the Poustinia Experience led by Anna Rae-Kelly, OCDS, will be held on Wednesday, April 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the La Salette Retreat Center in Attleboro. Do you feel beckoned by God to encounter Him in silence, solitude, and prayer? The word “poustinia” is Russian for “desert.” In the silent chamber within our being, a poustinia allows the seeking soul to stand utterly still, to give permission to the God within our being to ignite His flame of love as we contemplate Him. To register for this introduction to the poustinia experience, call 508-222-8530 or visit


The reunion committee is seeking members of the Class of 1968 at Mount St. Mary’s Academy for its 50th reunion, to be held at the Cove Restaurant in Fall River on June 22. Interested graduates should contact Judi (DePaola) Boardman at

The Third Order of Carmelites meets on the third Sunday of the month at Christ the King Parish in Mashpee for 10:30 a.m. Mass followed by a teaching in Room A  and daytime prayer in St. Jude’s Chapel. They meet every Sunday at 6:30 p.m. in St. Jude’s Chapel for evening prayer. All are welcome. For more information about the Lay Carmelite Order of St. John of the Cross, contact Dottie Cawley at 508-477-2798.

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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