Around the Diocese

A Women’s Day of Recollection: Finding Jesus in Everyday Life will be held on March 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Corpus Christi Parish in Sandwich. Radio host, author and inspirational Catholic speaker Allison Gingras will share with humor and personal experiences, practical ways to grow spiritually while meeting day-to-day obligations. The free event includes inspirational presentations, discussion, lunch, and more. For more information or to reserve a seat, visit or call 508-243-1133.

The Fall River Diocesan Council of Catholic Women will hold a fundraiser on March 26 at Lepage’s Seafood and Grille, 439 Martine Street in Fall River, between 4 and 7 p.m. The menu will include choice of clamboil ($25) or fish and chips ($20) available to dine in or take out. There will also be a door prize and raffle. For tickets or more information, contact Lynette Ouellette at 508-674-7036. Deadline for tickets is March 19.

St. Anthony of Padua Church, 1359 Acushnet Avenue in New Bedford, invites all to come hear Dr. Gloria Polo on Sunday, March 26, starting at the hour of mercy, 3 p.m. Although she was raised in the Catholic faith, as a young adult Dr. Polo fell away and became involved in many things contrary to the faith. After being struck by lightning her soul left her body and she went to the precipice of hell. She experienced God’s judgment and His mercy. Dr. Polo has the support of her bishop and Spiritual director. Come listen to her outstanding insights into sin, Confession, Mass, God’s gift of life, the enemy, and God’s desire to be with us for eternity. For more information, call 508-993-1691.

La Iglesia San Antonio de Padua te invita para el Domingo Marzo 26, a partir de la hora de la Misericordia 3 p.m. Dra. Gloria PoloALCANZADA POR UN RAYO.” A pesar de haber sido criada en un ambiente Católico, al llegar a la edad adulta se involucró en muchas actividades contrarias a la fe. En el momento de haber sido alcanzada por un rayo, el alma salió de su cuerpo y se vió cayendo por un precipicio hacia el infierno. Experimentó el juicio y la misericordia de Dios. Escuche sus extraordinarias reflexiones acerca del pecado, el enemigo, la confesión, la Santa Misa, el regalo de la vida y el anhelo de Dios de estar con nosotros para toda la eternidad. ¡Venga a Escuchar este sorprendente testimonio! Jesús le dijo que tenía que compartir su testimonio, no solo miles de veces sino miles de veces mil. Iglesia San Antonio de Padua, 1359 Acushnet Avenue, New Bedford, teléfono 508-993-1691.

A special event Dinner and a Movie with organist Peter Krasinski, silent film specialist, will accompany the classic film, Ben Hur on April 2 at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 1359 Acushnet Avenue in New BedfordBen-Hur: A Tale of the Christ is a 1925 American epic silent film directed by Fred Niblo and written by June Mathis based on the 1880 novel of the same name by General Lew Wallace. Starring Ramon Novarro as the title character, the film is the first feature-length adaptation of the novel and second overall, following the 1907 short. In 1997, Ben Hur was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” A late afternoon church dinner will be served prior to the movie screening. Dinner is $10 and movie tickets are $15. Both tickets can be ordered by mail, or by PayPal online at, or by calling Gisele at 508-264-8010. 

St. Mark’s Parish will be holding a Tenebrae Service of Scripture and Song on April 4 beginning at 7 p.m. at 105 Stanley Street in Attleboro Falls. The word Tenebrae means “darkness” in reference to the darkness held in the heart of the Church during the days and hours of our Lord’s passion, death and resurrection. The order of service for Tenebrae takes its form from the celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours, the official prayer of the Catholic Church which is offered at specific times throughout a given day. Music will be provided by the Chapel Choir of Stonehill College under the direction of Phillip Perreira. All are welcome and refreshments will be served following the service.

Please join a loved one or friend in residence at Brookdale Assisted Living, 274 Slocum Road in North Dartmouth, on Wednesday, April 5 at 10 a.m. for a morning of reflection with Living the Fatima Message. The group will revisit Our Lady of Fatima’s peace plan to convert hearts and the world. They pray together, venerate an image of Our Lady, and offer her private petitions. To book or for more information, call 781-521-3677, email, or message

Please join a loved one or friend in residence at Our Lady’s Haven, 71 Center Street in Fairhaven, on Thursday, April 20 at 10:30 a.m. in the chapel following Mass for a morning of reflection with Living the Fatima Message. The group will revisit Our Lady of Fatima's peace plan to convert hearts and the world. They pray together, venerate an image of Our Lady, and offer her private petitions. For more information or to book: call 781-521-3677, email, or message

A bereavement support group to help people cope with the loss of a loved one meets on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Catholic Education Center, 423 Highland Avenue in Fall River. The current session runs through April 25. The basis of the group is to allow indivduals to share their experiences, feelings and emotions with others who are on the very same journey. There is no fee to participate and parking is available adjacent to the building. If you are interested in joining the group or would like more information email or, or call 508-678-2828, extension 27.

Sacred Heart Academy for Homeschoolers will sponsor a parent information night on April 26 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Holy Family Parish Center, 438 Middleboro Avenue in East Taunton. This is a Catholic co-op and home curriculum for Pre-K to 12 using a Catholic Classical Curriculum (Schola Rosa) based in Southeastern Massachusetts. Come and see what they did this past year and what’s being planned for the year ahead! All are welcome. For more information, contact Jennifer (, 508-405-7041); Charisma (, 508-863-7314); Rasa (, 617-842-5441) or Danielle (, 401-455-1756).

The United Nations International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima will be coming to St. Anthony of Padua Church, 1359 Acushnet Avenue in New Bedford on April 29-30. The pilgrim statue ministry promotes Our Lady’s intercession through prayer. The statue will be accompanied by first-class relics of Blessed Jacinta and Francisco Marto, two of the child visionaries who witnessed Our Lady in Fatima’s apparitions in Portugal. Reserve the date, pass the world, and come join the celebration of the centennial anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima. For more information call 508-993-1691 or visit

Living the Fatima Message invites all to Say Yes to Mary: Fatima’s 100th Anniversary, which will be held on Saturday, May 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon at Bishop Connolly High School, 373 Elsbree Street in Fall River. Discover how you can live Our Lady’s “peace plan” through a Living Rosary, Eucharistic Adoration, and Confession and learn to make your own Rosary. The day will include glimpses into Our Lady’s life through art and performance, reflections on answering her call from Rwandan genocide survivor Father Leonard Kayondo, and an address from keynote speaker Father Thaddeus Lancton, MIC, of the Divine Mercy Shrine in Stockbridge. Admission is free and a full schedule is online at under “events.” For more information call 781-521-3677 or email

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


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