Around the Diocese

Winter is coming. The shelter at Sister Rose House, 71 Division Street in New Bedford, will soon activate its Extreme Weather Overflow Shelter. The overflow opens when temperatures drop below 28 degrees. Volunteers are needed to help assemble cots with pillows and blankets from 4 to 5 p.m.; serve shelter guests and residents from 5 to 7 p.m.; and to monitor bathrooms and sleeping hall in two- to four-hour shifts from 6 to 10 p.m. Volunteers can sign up alone or sign up as a team of co-workers (all must be over 18). Many hands are needed. Please contact Robin Muise to volunteer at or call 774-553-5490.

A Monthly Healing Service is offered at St. Patrick’s Church, 82 High Street, Wareham on the first Thursday of every month. Services offer God’s healing touch through Eucharistic Adoration, Anointing of the Sick and prayers for healing and peace for those recovering from addictions, reconciliation in relationships, Marriage issues, for the sick and suffering and those grieving the loss of loved ones. Services start at 6 p.m. with Reconciliation (Confession) followed by Rosary at 6:30. All are welcome. For further information, contact Father Rowland, 508-295-2411, or

St. Vincent’s Services is conducting a Winter Coat Drive. Please consider helping the children and youth at St. Vincent’s by donating a new coat (with tags) this winter. Coats are needed for children ages 10 to 18. Donations can be dropped off at St. Vincent’s Reception Desk, 2425 Highland Avenue, Fall River, Mondays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information contact Janice Johnston via email at or call 508-235-3329.

The Fall River Diocesan Council of Catholic Women will meet on December 14 at St. George Parish Center, 12 Highland Avenue, Westport, at 1 p.m. The theme will be: “Discussing Advent, in preparation for Christmas.” Light refreshments will be served. It is hoped that many current members from around the diocese attend and greet new members. For information contact Beth at 508-821-6201 or Lynette at 508-674-7036.

There will be a Healing Mass at St. Andrew the Apostle Church, 19 Kilmer Avenue in Taunton, on Thursday, December 19. Holy Rosary begins at 6 p.m. and will include the Sacrament of Confession. Holy Mass will begin at 6:30 p.m. It will include praying over people individually and conclude with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. All are welcome.


The St. Vincent de Paul Pantry, 141 Washington Street in Taunton, will be open the following hours in December: Double Pantry (both cards) on Wednesday, December 18; Closed on Wednesday, December 25; Closed on Wednesday, January 1, 2020; Green Cards on Thursday, January 2, 2020. Donations will be closed from Thursday, December 19 through Monday, January 6, 2020. The Pennies from Heaven Store will be closed Tuesday, December 24; Wednesday, December 25; Thursday, December 26; Tuesday, December 31; and Wednesday, January 1, 2020. The store will close at noon on Thursday, January 2, 2020 due to the pantry. For more information, call 508-823-6676.


The Anchor’s “Around the Diocese” listing of parish and diocesan events is a courtesy service. Since the diocesan newspaper does rely on advertising revenue to sustain its printing and postage costs throughout the year, fund-raising events like parish festivals, holiday fairs and bazaars will be restricted from inclusion. We would greatly appreciate your consideration of a paid advertisement to promote these events.

To submit an event announcement for consideration in The Anchor’s “Around the Diocese” listing,
please use the following form or email attachments to


© 2019 The Anchor and Anchor Publishing    †    Fall River, Massachusetts