Around the Diocese

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Shop, 18 Davisville Road (next to CVS) in East Falmouth will hold a Ladies Night Out on Friday, November 9 at 7 p.m. Beauty advice, consultants and fashions from the racks will be modeled by shop volunteers. Light refreshments and door prizes will be offered. A $5 donation to attend will help fund the good works of St. Vincent de Paul in the community. For more information, call 508-540-0505.

The Christ the King Parish Thrift Shop, 4463 Falmouth Road (Route 28) in Cotuit, will host its annual Christmas Bazaar on November 8, 9 and 10 from 9 a.m. to 3  p.m. Christmas items of every description and craft items for Christmas will be offered, and clothing, jewelry, paintings, crystal, linens and specialty holiday items from the boutique will be part of the Christmas Bazaar. This is a wonderful place to begin your Christmas shopping.

St. Jude the Apostle Parish, 249 Whittenton Street in Taunton, will be having its annual Penny Sale in the church hall on Saturday, November 17 at 6 p.m., with 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 as the first prize. All are welcome.

The 21st annual Christmas Fair at St. Pius X Church, will be held in the parish life center on Station Avenue in South Yarmouth on Saturday, November 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mrs. Claus and Cookie the Elf will be attending and Cookie will be handing out candy canes and homemade cookies. The Noel Café will be open for breakfast treats, bagels and muffins from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and then will reopen at 11 a.m. for lunch. There will be plenty to choose from for your holiday shopping. The fair is sponsored by the St. Pius X Women’s Society.

St. John the Evangelist Parish, 841 Shore Road in Pocasset, will host its fifth annual Family Christmas Fair on Saturday, November 24 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! Crafters and vendors should contact Jane Robin at 508-759-3566 by November 8. For more information, call 508-563-5887 or visit

A Create Your Own Wreath Party with Jean Ashworth will be held Thursday, November 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the hall of St. Julie Billiart Parish, 494 Slocum Road in North Dartmouth. Hosted by the Ladies Guild, it will include fresh wreaths, bows and supplies, along with wine, cheese and punch and door prizes. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased by calling 508-971-7402. 

St. Anthony of Padua Church on Bedford Street in Fall River will host a recitation of the Holy Rosary and Litany with the Divine Mercy Chaplet every Monday evening at 6:15 p.m. All are welcome. For more information, call the rectory at 508-673-2402.

A Divine Mercy Cenacle group meets every Monday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church, 306 South Street in Somerset. Meetings are held in the parish center, except for holidays. Meetings include formation on the Divine Mercy message from the “Diary of St. Faustina,” readings from the Bible and “Cathechism of the Catholic Church,” and praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet. All are welcome. For more information call 508-646-1019 or 508-672-1523.

Holy Rosary Fraternity Gatherings are held in the hall of St. Jude the Apostle Church, 249 Whittenton Street in Taunton on the second Sunday of the month at 1:30 p.m. All are welcome. For more information, call 508-695-5430.

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.

The Holy Rosary Fraternity in Taunton is seeking to grow. Adult Catholics interested in learning more about the Secular Franciscan Order are invited to contact Peter Fricano at 774-225-8874 or

Renew the faith and rekindle the Spirit with “Holy Cross Landings.” If you have been away for a while, Holy Cross Parish in Easton invites you back to join them. For more information, visit or call Harold Smith at 508-238-1899.

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, email Claire McManus at or call her at 508-678-2828, extension 19

Have you suffered a reduction in income? Are you having difficulties making your mortgage or rent payment on time? Facing foreclosure? Have you made a late mortgage payment in the last six months? Need help budgeting? Catholic Social Services, a non-profit, approved housing counseling agency, is offering financial capability workshops and one-to-one counseling to all at its three locations: 1600 Bay Street in Fall River (508-674-4681); 238 Bonney Street in New Bedford (508-997-7337); and 261 South Street in Hyannis (508-771-6771). The counseling is confidential and free-of-charge.


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