Diocesan Deanery Events

As the diocese and the nation remain in lockdown due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) threat, the vast majority of parish and diocesan events have either been postponed to a later date or cancelled. As such, The Anchor will suspend its usual listing of events around the diocese until some of these restrictions are lifted and things resume. Please consult www.anchornews.org or your parish webpage or social media accounts to obtain the latest news about events in your area.


Looking for a Spiritual pick-me-up? La Salette Retreat Center in Attleboro has published its complete schedule of 2020 retreat programs and days of recollection. Visit its website at: www.lasaletteretreatcenter.org. Or, send for a catalog of programs at: La Salette Retreat Center, 947 Park Street, Attleboro, Mass., 02703.


The Women’s Guild at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Pocasset will host its Summer Rummage Sale on the Lawn on Friday, July 24 from 4 to 6 p.m.; Saturday, July 25 from 9 a.m. to noon; and Sunday, July 26 from 9 a.m. to noon. Clothing and jewelry will be collected on Thursday, July 23 and Friday, July 24 from 8 a.m. to noon both days. All proceeds will benefit the St. John the Evangelist Women’s Guild College Scholarship Awards. Five awards of $1,200 each were given in 2020. For more information, call the SJE Welcome Center at 508-563-5887.

Did you know if you or someone you know needs the help of Birthright of Falmouth, 320 Gifford Street, they will pick her and a friend up at the boat and return them. Contact them at 508-457-0680, or online http://birthright.org/en/landingpage/lp-falmouth. For more information please contact Sue Pagliccia at 508-693-0342, or Donna Gazaille at 508-627-5095. The Love for Life Apostolate at Good Shepherd Parish on Martha’s Vineyard has monthly meetings are on the second Friday of each month at 3:30 p.m. at the parish center.

The Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group provides temporary and emergency financial assistance to year-round island cancer patients and their families. The funds provided are used primarily for travel and expenses not covered by insurance. Information is also provided about resources available to Vineyard cancer patients and elsewhere in New England. The group is run completely by volunteers allowing all of the money raised to go directly to the people it serves. Gifts of any amount are very much appreciated: MVCSG, P.O. Box 2214, Vineyard Haven, Mass., 02568. For more information: mvcancersupport.org.


Beacon Hospice in Fall River is looking for caring and compassionate individuals to spend time with their patients. In addition they also utilize volunteers to make memory boards and blankets. If you want to make a difference please contact Erin Hassel at 508-324-1900, extension 108 or email erin.hassell@amedisys.com with any questions.


A Day With Mary will be held on Saturday, July 11 at Our Lady’s Chapel, 600 Pleasant Street in New Bedford. The day will begin at 9 a.m. with an entrance procession, followed by Meditation on Our Lady and the Holy Rosary at 9:20 a.m. The day will also include the Stations of the Cross; Enrollment in the Brown Scapular and Investiture in the Miraculous Medal; Seven Glories and Angelus; Mass; Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Silent Adoration and Benediction, concluding at 3 p.m.


Due to concerns about the flu and COVID-19, the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in Taunton will be instituting some temporary changes. If you are sick, please stay home. Don’t come to pantry if you are coughing, have a fever, or have any other symptoms. If you have health issues like diabetes, COPD, cardiac issues or are immune compromised, please stay home. They will be accepting phone calls from at risk individuals or individuals experiencing illness, to schedule appointments for pickup of groceries. Please call 508-823-6676 between 9 a.m. and 12 noon, Monday through Friday to schedule. This is not a permanent change to the food pantry.

Cursillo is a short course in Christianity where one can encounter Christ in a small Christian community. It can deepen faith and strengthen the ability to share our faith with others. Cursillos are hosted by Holy Cross Retreat House in Easton. The weekend runs from Thursday evening through Sunday evening. The cost is $150 per person. Financial aid is available. The 2020 dates for Cursillo are: Men’s: October 22-25. Women’s: November 19-22 For more information, contact Diane Cheevers at 508-577-4548 or www.retreathouse.org.

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