Around the Diocese

Our Lady of the Cape Parish
will host a musical mini retreat with singer-songwriter John Polce on Saturday, December 15. This retreat will take place in the church from 10 to 11:30 a.m., and the cost is $10 per person. Please register by emailing or calling Tina in the parish office at 508-385-3252, extension 10. Our Lady of the Cape is located at 468 Stony Brook Road in Brewster. All are invited and welcome!

On Saturday, December 22, the St. Francis of Assisi Choir will present “A Simple Stable of Peace, Hope and Love” at 2 p.m. The concert will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 283 Mill Street in New Bedford and will feature songs that express the true meaning of Christmas. The concert will include well-known favorites like “Mary’s Little Boy Child,” “O Holy Night,” and Amy Grant’s “Breath of Heaven.” All are welcome.

The 45th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. will take place on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. The Cape Cod Bus for Life offers transportation, (motor coaches) and housing (Hampton Inn). The bus leaves the Cape on Thursday, January 17, returning on Saturday, January 19. Cost is $320 for adults, $250 for youth. For more details, contact Kevin Ward at 508-291-0494 or email

A Divine Mercy Cenacle group meets every Monday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church, 306 South Street in Somerset. Meetings are held in the parish center, except for holidays. Meetings include formation on the Divine Mercy message from the “Diary of St. Faustina,” readings from the Bible and “Cathechism of the Catholic Church,” and praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet. All are welcome. For more information call 508-646-1019 or 508-672-1523.

St. Anthony of Padua Church on Bedford Street in Fall River will host a recitation of the Holy Rosary and Litany with the Divine Mercy Chaplet every Monday evening at 6:15 p.m. All are welcome. For more information, call the rectory at 508-673-2402.

Holy Rosary Fraternity Gatherings are held in the hall of St. Jude the Apostle Church, 249 Whittenton Street in Taunton on the second Sunday of the month at 1:30 p.m. All are welcome. For more information, call 508-695-5430.

The Diocesan Marriage Preparation Program needs more team couples — both newly-married and veterans (age is not a consideration) who would like to enrich their Marriage while helping engaged couples prepare for their lifetime together. The Diocesan Marriage Preparation program meets in three locations: Mansfield, Dartmouth and Harwich on Cape Cod. In each location there is a team of volunteers that facilitate three to five sessions per year. If you are interested in serving in this ministry, please contact Claire McManus at or call her at 508-678-2828, extension 19

Have you suffered a reduction in income? Are you having difficulties making your mortgage or rent payment on time? Facing foreclosure? Have you made a late mortgage payment in the last six months? Need help budgeting? Catholic Social Services, a non-profit, approved housing counseling agency, is offering financial capability workshops and one-to-one counseling to all at its three locations: 1600 Bay Street in Fall River (508-674-4681); 238 Bonney Street in New Bedford (508-997-7337); and 261 South Street in Hyannis (508-771-6771). The counseling is confidential and free-of-charge.


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