New Bedford funeral home to host Peace Light event


NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — There is an oil lamp in the Grotto of the Nativity in Bethlehem, where Jesus was born, which is said to have now burned for more than 1,500 years. On this past November 22, a Boy Scout traveled to Bethlehem with a special oil lantern to bring that flame to Austria, which then traveled to John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. This Bethlehem Peace Light is a symbol of mankind’s desire for peace in family, community, the nation and the world during this Advent and Christmas season.

Michael McCormack, chairman of the Fall River Diocese Catholic Committee on Scouting, and his wife Cheryl gathered that flame upon arrival at JFK Airport and, since returning to New Bedford, have distributed it to hundreds of residents as well as parishes and groups in the Fall River Diocese. The largest event was a distribution at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Attleboro on its opening weekend. 

Continuing the effort to “Spread the Light,” the Bethlehem Peace Light will be available in a special distribution at the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Boulevard in New Bedford, on Saturday, December 16 from 12 noon until 4 p.m. Candles will be available or individuals may bring their own or a lantern which is suitable for transporting the flame. Once lit, a candle will be suffused with spirit of the peace light and can be extinguished and relit at home. Once there, it should be distributed to friends and family and kept lit as long or as often as possible.

For additional information, please contact Joseph R. Costa at 508-995-5772



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