By Dave Jolivet, Anchor Editor
TAUNTON, Mass. — Parishes in three Fall River diocesan deaneries are inviting their parishioners and friends to attend a Lenten mission to assist in their journeys through this holy season.
Deanery-wide missions will be held in Taunton, Fall River and New Bedford.
The Taunton mission will take place at St. Ann’s Church, 660 North Main Street in Raynham, from March 16 through 19. Led by Holy Cross Father Hugh Cleary, director of Campus Ministry at Stonehill College in Easton, the mission is titled, “Lenten Practices Leading to Easter Joy.”
By Kenneth J. Souza, Anchor Staff
MASHPEE, Mass. — One of the most enduring mysteries that continues to defy scientific explanation is the Shroud of Turin, a 14-foot-long by 3.5-foot-wide ancient linen burial cloth etched with the faint image of a crucified man.
Could this be the actual burial shroud of Jesus Christ? Could the Shroud of Turin be a document of the crucifixion? Or is it nothing more than a medieval hoax?
International shroud expert Russ Breault, who has been featured in several documentaries including “Mysteries of the Ancient World” on CBS and “The Real Face of Jesus?” on the History Channel, will attempt to answer these questions and more as he brings his captivating Shroud Encounter presentation to Christ the King Parish in Mashpee on Sunday.
By Becky Aubut, Anchor Staff
ATTLEBORO, Mass. — St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Attleboro is inviting all parents who are expecting the birth of a child to receive a special blessing on March 25 at 7 p.m.
“The idea to support mothers and fathers who are going through a pregnancy, and asking for God’s help — it’s not easy, especially physically for the woman, but also that she feels God’s help and the support of our community,” explained St. Vincent de Paul Parish’s pastor, Father Richard D. Wilson.
TAUNTON, Mass. — In a move to provide students with more opportunities and resources for their Catholic education, Coyle and Cassidy High School in Taunton and Taunton Catholic Middle School will join together to become one school, serving grades six through 12, beginning in the 2014-15 academic year.
The school will utilize the facilities of the Coyle and Cassidy campus to house the high school and middle school divisions with each located in separate parts of the building and each having its own entrance. The high school and middle school divisions will maintain their own academic and co-curricular programs; yet each will benefit from new learning opportunities that will become available by the schools joining as one.
By Christine M. Williams, Anchor Staff
ATTLEBORO, Mass. — Participants in Attleboro’s 40 Days for Life are hoping for a banner campaign this spring — figuratively and literally. They hope to have greater success in reaching out to abortion-minded women by holding up an eight-foot banner that reads:
“YOU DESERVE BETTER; FOR HELP TEXT 508-332-6838”
Women who text the number will receive immediate assistance from someone trained to help women in crisis. They will also be referred to the pregnancy resource center closest to their home for ongoing support.
FALMOUTH, Mass. — St. Patrick’s Parish, 511 Main Street, is presenting a Lenten series of Spiritual conferences and Practical Information Regarding Death and Dying, entitled “Now and at the Hour of Our Death.”
The events will take place at 7 p.m. at the church each Wednesday evening beginning March 12.