Around the Diocese

St. John Neumann Parish in East Freetown will host a one-day Silent Retreat: Autumn Day of Silence with the Masters on Saturday, October 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the camp house and on church property. Come spend a cool, crisp day of autumn color with the teachings of St. Padré Pio. Bring a bag lunch; beverages will be provided. For more information, contact Karen Howard at

Our Lady of the Cape Parish in Brewster invites all to come and join them on Wednesday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., as they explore and discuss Catholic Social Teaching. The seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching include: the dignity of the human person;  the call to family, community and participation; human rights and responsibilities; the option for the poor and vulnerable; the dignity of work and the rights of workers; solidarity; and care for God’s Creation. The sessions will look at what Scripture tells us about these themes, examine Church teaching and share practical experience and application. Meeting dates are October 9, 16, 23, 30; November 13, 20; and December 4 and 11. If you cannot attend all, join for as many as you can! If you are interested in attending, or have questions, please contact Kathy at 508-385-3252, ext. 14, or email

There will be a Healing Mass at St. Andrew the Apostle Church, 19 Kilmer Avenue in Taunton, on Thursday, October 10. The 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.

On Saturday, October 12 at St. Andrew the Apostle Church, 19 Kilmer Avenue in Taunton, there will be a Candlelight Procession beginning at 5:15 p.m. from the Eagles Hall, returning to St. Andrew the Apostle Church for recitation of the Rosary and Benediction, to be followed by a screening of the movie “The 13th Day.” All are welcome.

The Abundant Hope with Respect Life Committee of St.Mary’s Parish in Norton  is hosting a free presentation of the movie “Unplanned”at the LaSalette Shrine Welcome Center, 947 Park Street in Attleboro on Thursday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m. Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood employee, is portrayed with her riveting testimony. She converted to Catholicism after leaving Planned Parenthood. Following the screening there will be an opportunity for Q & A and Reconciliation. Post-abortive counselors will also be available.

An Autumn Taizé service to encounter Jesus as Teacher (Christ Pantokrator) will be held Sunday, October 20 at 7 p.m. at St. John Neumann Parish, 157 Middleboro Road in East Freetown. All are welcome!

Winter is coming at 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.

The third annual Celebrate the Beauty of Every Child campaign will be held during the month of 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. 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

The Diocesan Marriage Preparation Program is seeking team couples — 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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