Around the Diocese

The diocesan Faith Formation Office is sponsoring a DRE/Catechetical Leader Appreciation Day program to celebrate the service and dedication of parish directors of Religious Education and catechetical leaders. It will be held at the Sacred Hearts Retreat Center, 226 Great Neck Road in Wareham, and begins at 2 p.m. with reflection and music by longtime Christian music composer and vocalist John Polce. Mass will be celebrated at 4 p.m. with a social hour at 6 p.m. with dinner to follow. For more information, contact the Faith Formation Office at 508-678-2828 or email

The Fall River Area Men’s First Friday Club will meet on June 1 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. Michael and St. Joseph parishes. Following the Mass, members of the club will gather in the church hall for a hot meal prepared by White's of Westport. After the meal there will be a presentation about Pope Francis II by member Peter Meggison. New members are always welcome. For more information, call Norm Valiquette at 508-672-8174.

All are welcome to join the faith community of St. Patrick’s Parish and the Sacred Hearts Retreat Center in Wareham in celebrating the Feast of the Sacred Heart on Friday, June 8. The religious communities of the Vocationist Fathers and the Sacred Hearts Community will come together for a special celebration beginning at 3:30 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Church, 82 High Street in Wareham. A motorcade carrying a statue of the Sacred Heart will proceed to the Retreat Center, 226 Great Neck Road, where an outdoor Mass will be celebrated at 4 p.m. on the grounds. There will be a consecration to the Sacred Heart, as well as a blessing of the cars after Mass. A light reception sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 1528 will follow. For more information, call 508-295-0100.

Alumni from St. Francis Xavier School in Acushnet are organizing a 50th Reunion for the class of 1968, and have invited the classes of 1967 and 1969 to join them. This will be held on Saturday, June 23, beginning with a 4 p.m. Mass at St. Francis Xavier Church in Acushnet, followed by a tour of the SFX School, complete with memorabilia and reunion group photos. The Wamsutta Club will be the site for reception and dinner, starting at 6:30 p.m. Advanced tickets are $65 per person and there will be no sales at the door. Guests are welcome and more information can be obtained by emailing or by contacting the school at 508-995-4313. Deadline for tickets is May 23. They are also looking for missing alum Sharon Vutianitis from the class of 1967. 

St. John Neumann Parish invites all to its 34th Annual Lakeside Family Festival on Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-28. Admission is free, and the festival will run on Friday from 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from noon to 11 p.m., and Monday from noon to 5 p.m. There will be a huge Barn Sale all weekend, along with amusement rides, entertainment, a car show on Sunday (rain date: Monday), and a great selection of home-baked goods, games of skill and a grand raffle. For more information, 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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