Around the Diocese

A St. Joseph Day of Recollection will be held on Saturday, April 28 at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 1359 Acushnet Avenue in New Bedford from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Speakers will include Deacon David Pepin of St. Francis Xavier Church in Acushnet; Aaron Joseph of Catholic Life Photography and founder of the St. Joseph, Our Patron lay apostolate; and Jane Wilcox of Living the Fatima Message from St. Bernard’ Parish in Assonet. There is no admission charge, but a freewill donation will be accepted. Please bring your own lunch. For more information, call the rectory at 508-993-1691.

The St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Shop, 18 Davisville Road in East Falmouth, will be having a Spring Sale including original art, gold and silver costume jewelry, vintage clothing, deco-era and craft collectibles, Spanish sculpture, porcelain dolls, and small antique furniture on Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, please call 508-540-0505.

The Music at St. Anthony’s Concert that was scheduled for Sunday, April 29 at 4 p.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church in New Bedford has been cancelled. Gisele Pappas, concert coordinator, regretfully announced that the Spirit of Song Ensemble was unable to replace the outgoing music director in time to plan for the performance. On Sunday, June 10 at 4 p.m., Matt Dion will perform an organ recital on the church’s 106-year-old historic Casavant pipe organ. That event will coincide with the Days of Portugal that weekend. Additional information about the Music at St. Anthony’s Concert Series can be found at

A Hospitality Sunday Breakfast Buffet will be held on Sunday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Center, 121 Mount Pleasant Street in New  Bedford. Bring your family and friends and join this delicious buffet including baked French toast, egg casserole, homemade  baked beans, bacon, sausages, home fries, and more. For tickets or more information, call Jeanine at 508-287-0962 or the rectory at 508-992-3184.

A one-day silent retreat entitled “Spring Day of Silence with the Masters” will be held on Saturday, May 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the camphouse on the grounds of St. John Neumann Parish in East Freetown. Come spend a day of springtime quiet with the teachings of St. Therese of Lisieux, the “Little Flower of Jesus.” Bring a bag lunch, beverages will be provided. For more information, contact Karen Howard at or 508-947-0193.

Join St. John the Evangelist School for its 12th annual SJE Golf Tournament on Monday, May 14 at 8 a.m. at Crestwood Country Club in Rehoboth. All fees include golf, cart, breakfast and lunch. The day will start with a continental breakfast followed by a shotgun start on the course. Lunch will include a two-course meal of family-style chicken, pasta, steak tips, roasted potatoes and a vegetable. All money raised from the event will support the students at St. John the Evangelist School in Attleboro. Visit to register.

St. John Neumann Parish invites all to its 34th Annual Lakeside Family Festival on Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-28. Admission is free, and the festival will run on Friday from 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from noon to 11 p.m., and Monday from noon to 5 p.m. There will be a huge Barn Sale all weekend, along with amusement rides, entertainment, a car show on Sunday (rain date: Monday), and a great selection of home-baked goods, games of skill and a grand raffle. For more information, visit

The reunion committee is seeking members of the Class of 1968 at Mount St. Mary’s Academy for its 50th reunion, to be held at the Cove Restaurant in Fall River on June 22. Interested graduates should contact Judi (DePaola) Boardman at

The Third Order of Carmelites meets on the third Sunday of the month at Christ the King Parish in Mashpee for 10:30 a.m. Mass followed by a teaching in Room A  and daytime prayer in St. Jude’s Chapel. They meet every Sunday at 6:30 p.m. in St. Jude’s Chapel for evening prayer. All are welcome. For more information about the Lay Carmelite Order of St. John of the Cross, contact Dottie Cawley at 508-477-2798.

A Holy Hour will be held every Monday (with the exception of holy days or holidays) beginning at 7 p.m. at Holy Name Church, 709 Hanover Street in Fall River. It will include Benediction and Confession (once a month) and every week will feature the Rosary, novena, and prayers for vocations to the priesthood will be recited along with a short meditation. All are welcome.

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 email her at


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