Around the Diocese

The Massachusetts March for Life will be held on Father’s Day, June 17 to raise money for pregnancy help groups! It will take place with a rally on the Boston Common at 1 p.m., with the march stepping off at 2:30 p.m. Come let the public and legislature know that 1.4 million babies have died in Massachusetts since Roe v. Wade and celebrate a Pro-Life Father’s Day! For more information visit or call 617-242-4199.

Christin Jezak will perform her one-woman play “Person-to-Person: A Mother Teresa Project” at St. John of God Church, 996 Brayton Avenue in Somerset on Monday, June 18 at 7 p.m. She’s been performing the play for the past 11 years across the U.S. and performed for World Youth Day Australia in 2008. The project is the fruit of much research and contemplation of St. Teresa’s beliefs on human dignity. There is no charge for the performance, however freewill offerings will be accepted. For more information visit, email, or call 508-674-4611.

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 2018 Summer Speaker Series at Our Lady of the Cape Church in Brewster will feature “God’s Longing to Capture Our Hearts,” presented by Sister Maureen Casey, SND, on June 26; “Pope Francis’ Challenging and Provoking Dream,” presented by Father Flavio Gillio, MS, on July 17; and “The Spirituality of Aging,” presented by Sister Kathleen Hagerty, CSJ, on August 28. All events begin with an optional light dinner at 5:30 p.m. in the Our Lady of the Cape Parish Center and the speaker programs begin at 6 p.m. Cost for dinner is $6 and no RSVP is necessary. All are welcome. For more information, call 508-385-3252, extension 14, or email

A Healing Mass will be offered at St. Patrick’s Church, 82 High Street in Wareham on Thursday, June 28 at 7 p.m. God wants to heal us and will heal through the powerful gift given to us by the Holy Spirit. All who are ill, mentally and physically, are invited to attend and receive the Sacrament and to experience the healing power of God.

The 40th annual Summer Fair to benefit charitable aims of Our Lady of the Cape Parish is set for Saturday, June 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the parish center, Stony Brook Road in Brewster. Sale tables will include baked goods, jewelry, books, antiques, art, toys, tools, household items, crafts, gifts and specialty baskets. Children can enjoy face-painting and games, plus a visit from the Brewster Fire Department. The fair also features a far-ranging silent auction, door prizes and sweepstakes drawings. The Men’s Ministry will provide an indoor café and a barbecue lunch outdoors. Admission is free.

St. Patrick’s Prayer Group invites all to attend a seven-week Life in the Spirit Seminar at St. Patrick’s Church, 82 High Street in Wareham on Thursday evenings from July 12 to August 23. Each meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. The seminar will consist of praise and worship music, teachings and witnesses given by parish priests and laypeople, small group discussions, and prayer. For more information, email

The St. Vincent de Paul Society, 141 Washington Street in Taunton, will host a yard sale on Saturday, July 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a free goods section, and all are welcome.

Father Leo Patalinghug, a priest member of a community of consecrated life, Voluntas Dei and founder of Plating Grace (formerly named Grace Before Meals), will be the guest speaker at a summer presentation on Friday, August 10 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Christ the King Parish Center in Mashpee. Proceeds will support FACE, which provides need-based scholarships to students attending Catholic schools in the Fall River Diocese including those on Cape Cod.

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.

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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