Around the Diocese

A special event Dinner and a Movie with organist Peter Krasinski, silent film specialist, will accompany the classic film, Ben Hur on April 2 at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 1359 Acushnet Avenue in New BedfordBen-Hur: A Tale of the Christ is a 1925 American epic silent film directed by Fred Niblo and written by June Mathis based on the 1880 novel of the same name by General Lew Wallace. Starring Ramon Novarro as the title character, the film is the first feature-length adaptation of the novel and second overall, following the 1907 short. In 1997, Ben Hur was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” A late afternoon church dinner will be served prior to the movie screening. Dinner is $10 and movie tickets are $15. Both tickets can be ordered by mail, or by PayPal online at, or by calling Gisele at 508-264-8010. 

St. Mark’s Parish will be holding a Tenebrae Service of Scripture and Song on April 4 beginning at 7 p.m. at 105 Stanley Street in Attleboro Falls. The word Tenebrae means “darkness” in reference to the darkness held in the heart of the Church during the days and hours of our Lord’s passion, death and resurrection. The order of service for Tenebrae takes its form from the celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours, the official prayer of the Catholic Church which is offered at specific times throughout a given day. Music will be provided by the Chapel Choir of Stonehill College under the direction of Phillip Perreira. All are welcome and refreshments will be served following the service.

Please join a loved one or friend in residence at Brookdale Assisted Living, 274 Slocum Road in North Dartmouth, on Wednesday, April 5 at 10 a.m. for a morning of reflection with Living the Fatima Message. The group will revisit Our Lady of Fatima’s peace plan to convert hearts and the world. They pray together, venerate an image of Our Lady, and offer her private petitions. To book or for more information, call 781-521-3677, email, or message

The Fall River Area Men’s First Friday Club will next meet on April 7 at St. Joseph Church on North Main Street in Fall River. The celebration of Mass begins at 6 p.m. and is open to the public. The celebrant will be Father Jay Mello, pastor of St. Joseph and St. Michael’s parishes. Following the Mass, members of the club will gather in the church hall next door for a hot meal prepared by White’s of Westport. Following the meal there will be a guest presentation by Richard Raithe of the Knights of Columbus. Mr. Raithe’s presentation will be in video format about the life of Pope John Paul and his canonization to sainthood. The presentation will  be in two parts, with the second half being shown at the May First Friday meeting. New members are always welcome. For more information call Norm Valiquette at 508-672-8174. 

A special Palm Sunday Taizé prayer service will be held on Sunday, April 9 beginning at 7 p.m. at St. John Neumann Parish, 157 Middleboro Road in East Freetown. The service, entitled “Hosanna to the King of Kings,” is open to all.

Please join a loved one or friend in residence at Our Lady’s Haven, 71 Center Street in Fairhaven, on Thursday, April 20 at 10:30 a.m. in the chapel following Mass for a morning of reflection with Living the Fatima Message. The group will revisit Our Lady of Fatima's peace plan to convert hearts and the world. They pray together, venerate an image of Our Lady, and offer her private petitions. For more information or to book: call 781-521-3677, email, or message

A bereavement support group to help people cope with the loss of a loved one meets on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Catholic Education Center, 423 Highland Avenue in Fall River. The current session runs through April 25. The basis of the group is to allow indivduals to share their experiences, feelings and emotions with others who are on the very same journey. There is no fee to participate and parking is available adjacent to the building. If you are interested in joining the group or would like more information email or, or call 508-678-2828, extension 27.

Sacred Heart Academy for Homeschoolers will sponsor a parent information night on April 26 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Holy Family Parish Center, 438 Middleboro Avenue in East Taunton. This is a Catholic co-op and home curriculum for Pre-K to 12 using a Catholic Classical Curriculum (Schola Rosa) based in Southeastern Massachusetts. Come and see what they did this past year and what’s being planned for the year ahead! All are welcome. For more information, contact Jennifer (, 508-405-7041); Charisma (, 508-863-7314); Rasa (, 617-842-5441) or Danielle (, 401-455-1756).

The United Nations International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima will be coming to St. Anthony of Padua Church, 1359 Acushnet Avenue in New Bedford on April 29-30. The pilgrim statue ministry promotes Our Lady’s intercession through prayer. The statue will be accompanied by first-class relics of Blessed Jacinta and Francisco Marto, two of the child visionaries who witnessed Our Lady in Fatima’s apparitions in Portugal and will soon be canonized. Reserve the date, pass the world, and come join the celebration of the centennial anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima. For more information call 508-993-1691 or visit

Living the Fatima Message invites all to Say Yes to Mary: Fatima’s 100th Anniversary, which will be held on Saturday, May 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon at Bishop Connolly High School, 373 Elsbree Street in Fall River. Discover how you can live Our Lady’s “peace plan” through a Living Rosary, Eucharistic Adoration, and Confession and learn to make your own Rosary. The day will include glimpses into Our Lady’s life through art and performance, reflections on answering her call from Rwandan genocide survivor Father Leonard Kayondo, and an address from keynote speaker Father Thaddeus Lancton, MIC, of the Divine Mercy Shrine in Stockbridge. Admission is free and a full schedule is online at under “events.” For more information call 781-521-3677 or email

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, contact Claire McManus at 508-678-2828, extension 19 or


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