Around the Diocese

Saint Vincent’s
11th annual Kick-Off to Summer Celebration will be held on Friday, June 21 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Fall River Heritage Park Visitors Center. This one-of-a-kind celebration overlooking Fall River’s waterfront will help to raise crucial funds benefiting the youth in Saint Vincent’s Life Skills program. The evening will feature a unique cocktail reception, dinner, and auctions and guests will dance the night way with one of the area’s favorite bands, Played Out. Tickets are $100 per person and sponsorships are available. For tickets or sponsorship information, please contact Jenny Mello Reis at 508-235-3228 or email

The King’s College London Choir is returning to the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, 327 Second Street in Fall River, on Friday, June 21 for a 7:30 p.m. concert. A reception will follow and tickets will be available at the door. 

Our Lady of the Cape Parish will present its 41st annual Summer Fair on Saturday, June 29 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Parish Center, 468 Stony Brook Road in Brewster. This whale of a fair features sales of baked goods, jewelry, gift items, yarn and fabric, themed gift baskets, antiques, collectibles, tools, art work, books, children’s toys, local farm fresh fare and more! There will be face-painting, games and fire truck tours for the kids, plus morning fare at the cafe and lunch at the outdoor barbecue. Try your luck at the fabulous silent auction, lottery tree raffle and cash sweepstakes. Admission is free and all proceeds will benefit local charities and the sister parish in Dessalines, Haiti.

A special silent retreat will be held on Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation, 3012 Elm Street in Dighton. The day will include: Mass, prayer, reflections, quiet time and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call Donna Costa, M.A., Lay Associate of the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation, e-mail or call 774-644-5878. A freewill offering will be accepted and lunch is included.

Quo Vadis Days is an initiative of the Fall River Diocesan Office of Vocations, for young men ages 14-18. It will give them an opportunity to deepen their faith, learn how to discern a vocation, and grow in greater fraternity with other young men from the diocese. It will be held July 8 to July 12 at Betania II Retreat Center in Medway.For more information, please see your parish priest or contact Father Kevin  Cook at or 508-336-5549.

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.


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