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AN EASTER MESSAGE
FROM BISHOP COLEMAN


Dear Friends,

On the first Easter morning, according to the Gospel of St. Mark, three women went to the place where the Body of Our Lord was buried. Upon their arrival, they found the stone already rolled away from the door of the tomb. When they entered, they did not find Jesus, but a young man dressed in a white robe who told them: “Do not be amazed: you seek Jesus of Nazareth, Who was crucified. He has risen.”

As we begin our annual celebration of Christ’s Resurrection, I greet you and repeat with great joy the announcement of Good News: “He is risen!” I wish to extend this message to all men and women of good will who reside in the Diocese of Fall River, to Catholics and non-Catholics alike, to families, to the elderly, to school children, to the sick and suffering, to the disabled, to those in prison, to those who live alone, and to all who will read this message.


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CHURCH PREPARES FOR CANONIZATION OF POPE JOHN XXIII AND JOHN PAUL II

In anticipation of the April 27th Canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II, the U.S. Catholic Bishops' website features several reflections on their contributions by a variety of writers.


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APRIL 27 IS DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

The Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments decreed on May 23, 2000 that “throughout the world, the Second Sunday of Easter will receive the name Divine Mercy Sunday, a perennial invitation to the Christian world to face, with confidence in divine benevolence, the difficulties and trials that humankind will experience in the years to come.” The devotion to Jesus as “the Divine Mercy” reflects the writings of St. Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun who in the 1930s wrote a diary recording the revelations she received about God’s mercy. A number of parishes in the Fall River Diocese will offer Divine Mercy Sunday devotions.


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Find the Face of Christ
in Your Neighbor

73rd CATHOLIC CHARITIES APPEAL GETS UNDERWAY

The annual Catholic Charities Appeal of the Fall River Diocese will take place in parishes throughout Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands from May 1 to June 24. Proceeds from the Appeal fund diocesan charitable services and programs that provide shelter, food, clothing, counseling, advocacy support and faith formation. The theme selected for this year’s Appeal is “Find the Face of Christ in Your Neighbor,” drawn from a December 2013 address by Pope Francis in which he said, “In the poor and outcast we see Christ’s face; by loving and helping the poor, we love and serve Christ.”


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DIOCESAN SCHOOLS' TECHNOLOGY DIRECTOR INDUCTED INTO HALL OF FAME

William Milot, who is Director of Technology for Catholic schools in the Fall River Diocese, was named by the Consortium for School Networking or CoSN to its Volunteer Hall of Fame. His induction took place March 21, 2014 at the CoSN conference in Washington, DC. Milot, who resides in Taunton, was recognized for his service on the board of the Massachusetts Education Technology Administrators Association (METAA), which is a local affiliate of CoSN. In photo, Milot displays his induction certificate after receiving it from David Pogue, on left, technology columnist/correspondent for Yahoo Tech, CBS News and other media.


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THE VALUE OF A JUST WAGE

A Statement of the Roman Catholic Bishops of Massachusetts


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WATCH THE MARIAN MEDAL AWARDS CEREMONY ON YOUTUBE

A video of the November 2013 Marian Medal Awards Ceremony from St. Mary's Cathedral, Fall River, is available on YouTube.


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DIOCESE WELCOMES NEW PERMANENT DEACONS

Bishop George W. Coleman ordained 15 men to the Permanent Diaconate for service in the Fall River Diocese on October 12 in the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption in Fall River. The new deacons come from all areas of the Diocese and from a variety of occupations. Their ordination culminated a five-year period of academic and spiritual preparation.
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WATCH VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS OF THE ORDINATION IN TWO PARTS

Diaconate Ordination Part I
Diaconate Ordination Part II

Videos courtesy of Judy Warren of Christ the King Parish.


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WATCH THE TV MASS ONLINE

The Television Mass airing each Sunday at 11 a.m. on WLNE-TV, channel 6, is now available online! For 50 years, the Fall River Diocese has sponsored this Mass for those unable to attend a parish Mass because of age or infirmity.


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