New Bedford church collaborative 
to host Bethlehem peace light

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — The Catholic Community of New Bedford North (CCNBN), a collaborative of St. Joseph-St. Therese, Our Lady of Fatima and St. Mary’s churches welcomes all Christians to their Advent service and a distribution of the Bethlehem Peace Light at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 5  at St. Mary’s Church, 343 Tarkiln Hill Road in New Bedford.

The service, entitled “Together, We Welcome the Child of Peace and The Reception of the Bethlehem Peace Light” will begin with a poignant, prayerful Advent service followed by a distribution of the Bethlehem Peace Light by Boy Scouts, the traditional bearers of the Light.

The Peace Light from Bethlehem campaign originated in Austria in 1986 as part of a charitable relief mission and first came to America in 1995. Every year, just after Thanksgiving, the Light is transported to America and is presented to American Girl and Boy Scouts at a ceremony in John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. St. Mary’s parishioners have brought the Light to the region and distributed it at St. Mary’s, Christian churches in the region and the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette since 2012.

It is hoped that this flame, from the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, a flame which has burned for 1,500 years, will serve as a symbol bringing about a desire for real peace in our hearts, our families, our nation and the world and that it will be passed along to friends, neighbors and family. Candles that may be relighted at home will be available and people may also take the flame in oil lanterns if they wish.

Christians gladly receive this Light as a sign of their willingness to be channels of peace, by our thoughts, by our words and by our actions. By sharing this Light with our friends, our families and in our communities, we believe that Peace in the World really does have a chance.

For additional information contact the CCNBN Central Office at 508-995-3593.

For additional information contact Mike McCormack at 508-965-1075 (mobile) or by email

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