Around the Diocese

Corpus Christi Parish, 324 Quaker Meeting House Road in East Sandwich, invites all to an unforgettable event on Wednesday evening, February 27 beginning at 6:30 p.m. with Father Leon Pereira, chaplain to the English-speaking pilgrims in Medjugorje, along with guide Slavenka Jelavic. Rosary will begin at 6:30 p.m., following which Slavenka will speak of her experience of Medjugorje. Father Leon will then speak of his experience as chaplain. For more information, contact Maureen O’Brien at 508-888-2740 or Paula Scanlan at 774-487-7754.

The Archdiocese of Boston is hosting its second annual Intentional Discipleship Conference on Saturday, March 2 at Fontbonne Academy in Milton, Mass. Keynote speakers include Boston College professor Hosffman Ospino, the Aquinas Institute’s Scott Powell, and Catholic speaker/teacher Gina Bauer. The conference is for anyone interested in learning more about evangelization and discipleship in your parish, family, and community. Day conference is 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Plan to stay for the vigil Mass with Bishop Robert Reed at 4 p.m., then join us for dinner and a special additional evening talk by Katie Prejean McGrady. Visit for more information.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 235 North Front Street in New Bedford, will host a World Day of Prayer on Sunday, March 3 beginning at 3 p.m. The event is being held in 140 countries worldwide and the local gathering is coordinated by Church Women United and the ecumenical Women of Slovenia. Attendees are asked to bring donations of diapers for Diapers ‘n’ Things, a local non-profit diaper bank. For more information, contact Pam Cole at 774-328-1490.

Our Lady of the Cape Parish, 468 Stony Brook Road in Brewster, will host an Ash Wednesday Retreat with Peggy Patenaude on March 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with Mass and ashes available in the church at 8 a.m. The theme of the retreat is “Growing in Compassion” and will be a very meaningful way to jumpstart the Lenten experience. The cost is $20 and includes lunch.  Pre-registration is required by March 1 by emailing Tina at, or by calling 508-385-3252, extension 10. All are welcome.

A Lenten Taizé service will be held at St. John Neumann Parish, 157 Middleboro Road in East Freetown, on Sunday, March 10 beginning at 7 p.m. All are welcome.

Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, 47 South Sixth Street in New Bedford, will host a Lenten Mission with Tom Kendzia, nationally-known speaker and Liturgical musician, on Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30 beginning at 6 p.m. each night. The mission will be based on Henri Nouwen’s book, “With Burning Hearts,” and CDs will be available to purchase (cash only).

La Salette Shrine and St. Nicholas of Myra Parish will present a retreat entitled “The Transforming Power of Holiness” on Saturday, March 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at La Salette Shrine, 947 Park Street in Attleboro. Cost is $20 per person and includes lunch. For more information, call the La Salette office (508-222-5410) or St. Nicholas of Myra Parish (508-822-1425). Deadline to register is March 22.

A non-residential Worldwide Marriage Encounter experience will be held at Our Lady of the Cape Parish in Brewster on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14. This is a non-residential weekend, but discounted accommodations are available on a limited basis. For more information, call Steve and Michelle O’Leary at 1-800-710-WWME or visit Space is limited.

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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