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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 La Salette Retreat Center in Attleboro is the location for a new biweekly support group for separated and divorced persons. The next meeting is June 20 and will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every other Tuesday evening (Monday, July 3 will be the following week due to the holiday). For more information or for directions, contact Dottie at 508-642-1928 or

St. John Neumann Parish is hosting a series of silent, outdoor retreats that introduces participants to the writings and life of one saint or master in the Catholic tradition. “A Day of Silence with the Masters” takes place on the church grounds, 157 Middleboro Road in East Freetown, on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The first retreat will be held on June 24 and will focus on Thomas Merton. Subsequent retreats will be dedicated to Julian of Norwich (August 12) and St. Bernard of Clairvaux (October 14). The days begin at the camp house with an introduction to the master and an opening prayer or reading. Participants are then invited to silently move among outdoor stations to reflect on the posted readings from the master. Lunch is on one’s own, although the group gathers for midday prayer and a brief discussion at 1 p.m. and then goes back into silence until 3:30 p.m. All are invited to attend the regular 4 p.m. Mass at St. John Neumann Church if desired. Beverages are provided, but participants should bring a bag lunch. For more information, contact Karen Howard at 508-947-0193 or email

The 71st Annual Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby this past fall offered a prize for the largest fish caught from a kayak. Margaret Mayhew Pénicaud caught a 23.58-pound striped bass and won a 15.5-foot motorized Bass Yak fishing kayak, which she has donated as a prize in a benefit raffle to help the children of Haiti. Pénicaud has been assisting Haiti since 1997 and is founder of Little Children of Mary, a tax-exempt, charitable organization which is home to the Martha’s Vineyard Fish Farm Haiti Project. Chances are $25 each and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit the children of Haiti. The drawing is set for July 29, and the raffle chances are available online at or by mailing a check made out to “Fish Farm Haiti” and to P.O. Box 1803, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.


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