FRDCCW to display that ‘Diocese of Fall River’s Got Talent’

By Dave Jolivet
Anchor Editor

EAST FREETOWN, Mass. — Each Wednesday evening, countless television viewers tune into NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” to watch a plethora of contestants vie for the top prize of $1 million.

On August 14, the Fall River Diocesan Council of Catholic Women will whittle down America’s talent to “The Diocese of Fall River’s Got Talent,” during a showcase of diocesan performers, including Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., at St. John Neumann Parish in East Freetown at 1:30 p.m. The site is air-conditioned. 

Proceeds from the fun-filled event will help the Fall River Diocesan Council of Catholic Women to support its many endeavors, including sponsoring a Walk for Domestic Violence in the fall. The council has also made many contributions to charities within the diocese; has held a Breakfast on Domestic Violence 2015 and on Human Trafficking in 2014; contributes to the Catholic Charities Appeal; and supports the Donovan House and the Schwartz Center.

The idea for a diocesan talent show was spawned at a National Council of Catholic Women Convention. DCCW current president, Fran Brezinski, told The Anchor, “While attending the last two NCCW conventions, there was a ‘Padres and Madres on Parade.’ Several of the priests in attendance performed and a woman dressed as a nun told jokes. It was one of the highlights of the convention.  

“That definitely sparked me to try and initiate something similar in the Fall River Diocese. Father Racine, our Spiritual advisor, and many of the ladies in the Fall River Diocesan Council of Catholic Women supported the idea; along, with Bishop da Cunha. 

“We started planning this in September 2015.  To my knowledge, the council has never done this before.”

The DCCW-sponsored event has drawn a very good response from folks across the diocese who are willing to share their talents for this very good cause.

“We have been fortunate to have several individuals volunteer to participate, and the list keeps growing,” said Brezinski.

Father Racine will be the emcee, and to date the following individuals are scheduled to perform:

Bishop da Cunha will share his fine singing talents;

Father Richard E. Degagne, pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in North Easton, a classical pianist, will perform two pieces and will be the accompanist for the bishop’s performance;

Father Thomas E. Costa Jr., pastor of Annunciation of the Lord in Taunton, will utilize his humor to put a smile on the attendees’ faces;

Father Richard M. Roy, pastor of St. Julie Billiart Parish in North Dartmouth, will use his special vocal talent to sing two songs;

Father Christopher M. Peschel, a parochial vicar at St. Pius X Parish in South Yarmouth, has many talents and will surprise show-goers with his performance;

Deacon Paul Levesque, of St. Bernard’s Parish in Assonet, is a guitarist and will also lend his fine vocal abilities;

Deacon Joe Medeiros, of St. Jude’s Parish in Taunton, will be play the guitar and sing two Portuguese songs;

guitarist Russell Costa will play and sing, and has vocalists who will accompany him;

Luke Clougher, the choir director from Annunciation of the Lord Parish in Taunton, will be playing the bagpipes;

the “Unnun Nuns from Leisure Woods,” will perform. Leisure Woods is a mobile park in Taunton, and these ladies have been creating an annual show for the residents of the park.  They will be performing songs from “Sister Act.”

Judy Cooney, who plays the piano at La Salette Shrine in Attleboro on Saturdays,  will play and sing at the  talent show.

Elizabeth Montigny will present an interpretation of “The Joyous Mysteries” of the Rosary.

Brezinski also mentioned to The Anchor that there will be a “Mystery Guest” to be announced during the show.

And while Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, Mel B, and Simon Cowell won’t be there judging the performers, and there isn’t a cool million dollars on the line, a wonderful time is in store for those who do attend.

In addition to the talent showcase, there will be a 50/50 raffle, a $150 lottery basket raffle, and door prizes.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

For more information, for tickets, or to volunteer to perform, contact any of the following DCCW members:

Helen Stager, 508-992-6680; Mary Mitchell, 508-993-3742; Lynette Ouellette, 508-674-7036; Maddie Lavoie, 508-672-6900; Beatrice Pereira, 508-823-7623; Virginia Wade, 508-676-6515; Adrienne Lemieux, 508-824-8395; or Fran Brezinski, 508-824-5279 or email

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