Around the Diocese

Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 121 Mount Pleasant Street in New Bedford, will hold its Harvest Bazaar on Saturday, October 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. featuring a grand raffle, a raffle for two tickets to the Patriots’ December 2 game, baked goods, games, and much more! The kitchen will be open all day, serving homemade French meat pies, chow mein sandwiches, caçoila sandwiches, linguica-onion-pepper sandwiches, chowder and more.  

St. John Neumann Parish, 157 Middleboro Road in East Freetown, invites all to its “One Day Only Barn Sale” being held in their parish barn, on Saturday, October 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. The barn sale has a large variety of items available to choose from, and the prices can’t be beat!

St. John Neumann Parish, 157 Middleboro Road in East Freetown, will host a Harvest Taizé Service on Sunday, October 21 beginning at 7 p.m. Come share the bounty of our harvest with immigrants and refugees; all are welcome.

“A Toast to the Season” Wine Tasting hosted by the St. Julie Billiart Parish Ladies Guild will be held at Inner Bay Cafe (second floor), 1339 Cove Road in New Bedford on Friday, November 2 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets  are $25 per person and include wine tasting and an array of hors d’oeuvres. For tickets or more information, call 508-992-5464.

Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Parish will host its Holiday Fair in the church hall, Coyle Drive in Seekonk, on Friday, November 2 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday, November 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring food, raffles, and baskets galore! All are welcome.

Immaculate Conception and Holy Cross parishes of Easton are sponsoring the annual 5K, 3.1-mile Run/Walk Race Against Hunger on Saturday, November 3. All race proceeds will be donated to the Easton Food Pantry. Last year, Immaculate Conception Parish alone raised $3,193.59 for the food pantry. This is the first year that Holy Cross Parish has joined forces with Immaculate Conception in the hopes of raising even more money for the pantry and expanding its community participation. The event will take place at the family friendly and beautiful Borderland State Park, 259 Massapoag Avenue in North Easton. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the race start time is 10 a.m. Participants can pre-register online at or via email at The entry fee is $25 which includes all fees. There will be T-shirts, refreshments and more provided at the event. For more information, contact Jim or Diane Kent at, or call Immaculate Conception Parish at 508-238-3232.

St. Mary’s Parish, 106 Illinois Street in New Bedford, is having a Holiday Fair on Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. All are welcome. For more information, call the rectory at 508-995-3593.

The Diocese of Fall River Prison Ministry (REC) is recognizing the 20th anniversary of its formation with a Mass celebration on Sunday, November 4 at 11 a.m. at St. Julie Billiart Church in Dartmouth. All current and former members of this ministry, along with their spouses, are welcome to this joyous event, especially those who were instrumental in its formation, growth and continuing success. Light refreshments and fellowship will immediately follow.

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.

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.

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.

The Holy Rosary Fraternity in Taunton is seeking to grow. Adult Catholics interested in learning more about the Secular Franciscan Order are invited to contact Peter Fricano at 774-225-8874 or

Renew the faith and rekindle the Spirit with “Holy Cross Landings.” If you have been away for a while, Holy Cross Parish in Easton invites you back to join them. For more information, visit or call Harold Smith at 508-238-1899.

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, email Claire McManus at or call her at 508-678-2828, extension 19

Have you suffered a reduction in income? Are you having difficulties making your mortgage or rent payment on time? Facing foreclosure? Have you made a late mortgage payment in the last six months? Need help budgeting? Catholic Social Services, a non-profit, approved housing counseling agency, is offering financial capability workshops and one-to-one counseling to all at its three locations: 1600 Bay Street in Fall River (508-674-4681); 238 Bonney Street in New Bedford (508-997-7337); and 261 South Street in Hyannis (508-771-6771). The counseling is confidential and free-of-charge.


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