Bishop urges faithful to support diocesan newspaper

‘It’s great to have a Catholic newspaper lying around the home’

Dear friends in Christ,

As I wrote in my recent Christmas message to you, “Jesus came to reconnect us with God and with one another.” I hope that you have been enjoying these first days of this Christmas season (and the last days of the calendar year) taking some time to disconnect from electronic devices and to reconnect with family, friends, and the many other souls all around us. As I noted, “We are called to resist the temptation of isolating ourselves from our families or fostering division among God’s people.  We are more alike than we are different.”

The Anchor, our diocesan newspaper, helps us to see that reality of our common humanity, of our sharing in being created in the image of God, even though original sin and our own sins wound that union. Christ came to redeem us and to reunite us in love. The Anchor helps to document our efforts to break down “the barriers of hostility which keep us apart” and offers us commentary to remind us of how we still need to keep on collaborating together with Christ and each other to build a society reflective of His love.

As you make your end-of-the-year charitable giving, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help The Anchor continue its mission in spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ in Southeastern Massachusetts and beyond. You can either mail your donations to The Anchor, 887 Highland Avenue, Fall River, Mass., 02720, or you can give online, via our website ( The link to make a donation is on the right hand side of the home page and below this message.


It’s never to late to buy a gift subscription for a friend or relative — we are still in the 12 Days of Christmas — or you might want to give it as a birthday gift or just as a way of sharing the Gospel with someone you care about. Please send $20 to the above mentioned address (or arrange for a subscription via the website).

Back on the theme of family, oftentimes it’s great to have a Catholic newspaper lying around the home, allowing for the possibility of discussing an article or column (or maybe to see a picture of someone you know). Please consider sharing this gift with your family and many other families.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
+ Most Reverend Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., D.D.
Bishop of Fall River

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