Formation of new Permanent Diaconate class begins this fall

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FALL RIVER — Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., has authorized the formation of a new class of Permanent Deacons beginning in the diocese in September 2022. A series of Information Nights will be held in the months to come. Zoom sessions will be held on Saturday, February 19; Monday, March 21; and May 29 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. In person sessions will be held on Monday, June 27, and Sunday, August 14 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Registration is required and may be completed on the Permanent Deacon website. All the sessions cover the same material. If interested in learning more about the process for becoming a deacon in the Diocese of Fall River, please join one these Information Nights by registering on the website — frpermanentdiaconate.com. Those interested in pursuing a vocation to the diaconate, scheduled to begin the Aspirancy phase in September 2022, are invited to submit a preliminary application and a letter of support from their pastor. The deadline for submitting these materials to the Office of the Permanent Diaconate is August 1. Additional details and the preliminary application are available on the website. If you have any questions, please contact Deacon Frank Lucca or Rev Robert Oliveira, Co-Directors of the Office of the Permanent Diaconate at office@frpermanentdiaconate.com or contact the Office of the Permanent Diaconate at 508-990-0341.

West Harwich Faith Formation teens touch many lives

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Students from the Holy Trinity Parish Confirmation class in West Harwich, visited the St. Clare’s Sober House in Hyannis with donated needed necessities for the women. (Photo by Barbara-Anne Foley)

Local Synod activity — Communion, participation and mission

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Father Thomas Washburn of the Catholic Community of Central River shared a quick history of synods and the process of gathering the thoughts of all participants in a presentation at the November Formation Day for Parish Ambassadors.

Newly-instituted diocesan secretariat hit the ground running

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By Dave Jolivet FALL RIVER —On July 1, 2021, Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., established the diocesan Secretariat for the New Evangelization whose mission...

Synod seeks to involve everyone

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(First in a series about the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops) On the weekend of Oct. 9-10, 2021, Pope Francis launched...

January 15-16 Catholic Communications Campaign supports diocesan, national projects

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FALL RIVER — The annual Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC) collection will be taken up at parishes in the Fall River Diocese during the weekend...

Diocese loses two beloved priests during Christmas week

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FALL RIVER — The Fall River Diocese recently lost two beloved priests; one shortly before and one after Christmas Day. Msgr. John J. Smith, 89,...

Bishop da Cunha’s 2021 Christmas Message

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Part of a presepio, a traditional Azorean Nativity scene, that has been on display at the Casa da Saudade (the Portuguese library branch of the New Bedford Free Public Library) since 2004. It was a gift from Robert Medeiros

Service behind the scenes

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By Martha Reed and Rose Mary Saraiva, Catholic Social Services FALL RIVER — Catholic Social Services of Fall River has assisted countless families and individuals...

Holy Cross Family Ministries president expresses thanks to area faithful

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NORTH EASTON — At Holy Cross Family Ministries, we are grateful for the support and encouragement of thousands of generous collaborators like you who...

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