Around the Diocese

Celebrate the patronal feast day at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption with prayer, art and music. On Thursday, August 15, a 30-minute tour of the Cathedral will be directed by Richard Grace, historian and life-long parishioner. The Rosary will be prayed at 11:30 a.m. and the Angelus prayed at noon. A Mass for the Solemnity of the Feast of the Assumption will be celebrated at 12:05 p.m., followed immediately by a brief (35-minute) organ recital presented by Matthew Dion, who is about to begin his third year of studies in organ performance at Oberlin Conservatory.  Light refreshments will be served in the Bishop’s Chapel to complete this observance of the Cathedral’s patronal feast. All are welcome.

The Fall River Diocesan Health Facilities is hosting its 12th annual Golf Classic to benefit the more than 900 individuals served in its skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers and community programs on Monday, August 19 at the LeBaron Hills Country Club, 183 Rhode Island Road in Lakeville. For details on available levels of participation, please call the Health Facilities office at 508-679-8154. Register online at

The 2019 summer Speakers Series at Christ the King Parish, 5 Jobs Fishing Road in Mashpee, concludes with a talk and Q&A session entitled “Addiction: A True Spiritual Malady” on Saturday, August 17 from 9 to 11 a.m. Participants will come to understand the totality of the disease on the mind, body, and Spirit of the afflicted, the effects on the family and friends, and the necessary role that the Church must play in becoming a resource for those suffering from addictions and their families. Presenter will be educator and counselor Keaton Douglas, the creator and coordinator of the I THIRST Initiative, a comprehensive program which focuses on Spirituality in the prevention, treatment and aftercare of those suffering from substance abuse disorders and their families. This Speakers Series 2019 is sponsored jointly by four parishes: Our Lady of Victory, Centerville; Our Lady of the Assumption, Osterville; St. Anthony, East Falmouth; and Christ the King, Mashpee.

Saturday, August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day. This is the day that we remember those who have passed due to an overdose and unfortunately in our community there are a lot of people that die in such an unfortunate way. A candlelight vigil will take place at Fall River City Hall at 7 p.m. followed by a candlelight procession to St. Anne’s Church for prayer in memory of those lost to overdose. The church bells will toll for local victims of the opioid epidemic.

The annual Portuguese Catholic Charismatic Conference of the Diocese of Fall River will take place in the parish hall of St. Anthony Church, 126 School Street in Taunton on September 6 and 7. The theme this year is “Come, Holy Spirit / Vem Espírito Santo.” The main speaker will be Father João Luiz Borges Lemos, from the Diocese of Caçador, Brazil. The conference will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, September 6, and will conclude with Mass celebrated by Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., at 4 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. As in previous years, the conference is organized by the Portuguese Committee for the Charismatic Renewal of the Diocese of Fall River. People from all walks of life are invited to attend this conference which will be conducted in Portuguese. For more information, please contact the Portuguese parishes and/or the Portuguese-speaking charismatic prayer groups.

A BBQ Fundraiser to support the Maronite Servants Sisters will be held on Saturday, September 7 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at St. Anthony of the Desert Church, in the St. Sharbel Maronite Center, 300 North Eastern Avenue in Fall River. Tickets are $40 per person and include BBQ chicken and ribs, corn on the cob, baked beans, corn bread, cole slaw, lemonade, iced tea, watermelon and entertainment. You can either dine-in or take-out. Beer, wine and soda will also be on sale, along with a 50/50 raffle. You can purchase tickets by calling 508-996-1753, 508-672-7653, or by emailing or

A Retreat for Deacons’ Wives entitled “Growing in the Fruits of the Spirit” will be presented by Father Flavio Gillio and Dottie Levesque at the La Salette Retreat Center, 947 Park Street in Attleboro from Friday, September 13 through Sunday, September 15. Most dioceses have retreats for their deacons, but what about their wives? Theirs is a ministry of its own, for as a couple they serve the Church together. Walking through the Fruits of the Spirit enumerated by St. Paul in Galatians 5:22-23, the retreat will examine what each fruit means through a close reading of selected Biblical texts. How does Western culture inhibit the development of these fruits? If nurturing Godliness, growing in inner beauty, and letting Jesus live through you are relevant goals in your life and faith journey, this retreat is for you! The retreat starts on Friday, September 13 at 7 p.m. (registration begins at 6:30 p.m.) and the retreat ends on Sunday after lunch. Suggested donation is $225 per person. Visit or call 508-222-8530 for more information.

A Family Healing Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, September 15 at 2 p.m. at St. Joseph Chapel near the Father Peyton Center, 500 Washington Street in North Easton. Many families carry heavy burdens and wounds in their hearts. The celebration will include Adoration, Reconciliation, Mass and enriching music to help you and your family discover prayerful peace together. This event is free and is handicap-accessible. For more information, call Family Rosary at 508-238-4095, ext. 2038.

The third annual Celebrate the Beauty of Every Child campaign will be held during the months of August, September and October. This prayer and action campaign is designed to encourage families to pray for the less fortunate within our parishes and to obtain much-needed infant and toddler items for families in need. Participating parishes are invited to join in prayer, such as Rosaries, Novenas, and Eucharistic Adoration. Mass intentions may also be pledged. Items collected such as diapers, wet wipes, onesies, PJs and gift cards will be forwarded to food pantries and organizations within the parish community in support of needy families. Massachusetts Citizens for Life, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, the Diocese of Fall River Catholic Schools Alliance, the Pro-Life Apostolate, the Knights of Columbus, and Catholic Social Services have formed a collaborative to coordinate this campaign at the parish level. Please see your parish bulletin for additional details. This campaign is in keeping with Bishop da Cunha’s initiative of “Rebuilding in Faith and Hope.” If you would like to support this campaign, contact the Pro-Life Apostolate office at 508-675-1311 or email

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.

The Diocesan Marriage Preparation Program is seeking 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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