Around the Diocese

St. Anthony Parish Thrift Shop, 18 Davisville Road in East Falmouth (next to CVS), will host a Jewelry, Art and Fine Porcelain Sale on Friday and Saturday, August 17 and 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with early bird viewing on Thursday, August 16 from 3 to 6 p.m. The public may rent a table for a $10 donation to St. Vincent de Paul. Please call 508-540-0505 for more information.

A “Worrier’s Retreat” will be held on Saturday, August 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Holy Family Parish Center, 438 Middleboro Avenue in East Taunton featuring Catholic author and speaker Allison Gingras of She will host a morning of reflecting on what makes us worry and how God has given us all the tools to regain our peace. Coffee and pastry will be served and a freewill offering would be appreciated. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 508-243-1133.

Our Lady of the Cape Parish, 468 Stony Brook Road in Brewster, invites all to the final event of its Summer Speaker Series, which will take place on Tuesday, August 28 with Sister Kathleen Hagerty, CSJ, who will discuss “The Spirituality of Aging.” Sister Kathleen is a Sister of St. Joseph of Boston. She has served as an elementary and high school teacher and hospital chaplain and is currently conducting aging and Spirituality programs and retreats. A light dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. for a cost of $6 in the parish center hall.  The talk will begin at 6 p.m. and last for about an hour.

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.

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.

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 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.

The Holy Rosary Fraternity in Taunton is seeking to grow. Adult Catholics interested in learning more about the Secular Franciscan Order are invited to contact Peter Fricano at 774-225-8874 or

Renew the faith and rekindle the Spirit with “Holy Cross Landings.” If you have been away for a while, Holy Cross Parish in Easton invites you back to join them. For more information, visit or call Harold Smith at 508-238-1899.

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, email 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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