Sunday, February 01, 2015

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IT'S CATHOLIC PRESS MONTH

RENEW OR SUBSCRIBE TO
THE ANCHOR TODAY


For more than 50 years, the diocesan newsweekly The Anchor, has played an integral part in the mission of Catholic formation in the Fall River Diocese.
Week after week, it offers readers complete coverage of the Catholic Church from local parish and diocesan news to papal events of a worldwide scope. Have you seen it lately? Become a subscriber or renew your subscription today.


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OPEN HOUSES, SPECIAL ACTIVITIES TO MARK CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK IN DIOCESAN SCHOOLS

Catholic schools in the Fall River Diocese will join with those across the country to observe Catholic Schools Week, an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States, from January 25 through 31. Catholic schools will mark the week with Masses, open houses and programs and activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. “Catholic Schools Week is an opportunity for the 22 elementary and secondary schools in the Fall River Diocese to celebrate the distinctive spiritual, academic, and social mission of Catholic education,” said Fall River Diocesan Superintendent of Schools Michael S. Griffin, Ph.D.


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FEBRUARY 7th FORMATION DAY WILL OFFER OVERVIEW ON RCIA

The Fall River Diocese Faith Formation Office is offering a Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) Formation Day for those who lead and assist in the RCIA process in parishes. Priests, deacons, RCIA coordinators and teams, DREs and catechists are encouraged to attend the program at Holy Cross Parish Hall in South Easton. Registration deadline is Feb. 2nd.


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STATEMENT OF DIOCESE IN RESPONSE TO LAWSUITS INVOLVING DECEASED SACRED HEARTS PRIEST

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PRAY FOR MEN AND WOMEN IN CONSECRATED LIFE

In 1997, Pope John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This World Day for Consecrated Life will be celebrated in the Church on Monday, February 2, 2015 and in parishes on the weekend of February 7-8, 2015. Please pray for all those who have made commitments in the consecrated life, and use this special day to offer them a thank you. May they continue to be inspired by Jesus Christ and respond generously to God's gift of their vocation.


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CHECK OUT UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Feb.8: Meet the Religious: Nationwide Opportunities to Explore Religious Life

  • Feb.20: Charis: A Weekend Retreat for Adults in their 20s & 30s

  • Feb.24: A Look at Marriage and the Annulment Process: Marriage, Divorce, Annulments: Oh My

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  • DECREES ISSUED ON IMMACULATE CONCEPTION AND
    SACRED HEART CHURCHES IN FALL RIVER


    Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., has decreed that Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church in Fall River and Sacred Heart Church in Fall River be relegated to profane but not sordid use. These actions were taken in accord with Canons 1212 and 1222, §2 of the Code of Canon Law. The decrees were given December 22, 2014 and will take effect on Tuesday, January 13, 2015.

    Relegation to profane use is a term used in Church law when a Church building is converted from sacred uses to secular uses and will no longer be used for Catholic liturgical worship. To access the Decrees, please click the appropriate link below.

    www.ICCFallRiverDecree.pdf

    www.SacredHeartFallRiverDecree.pdf


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    SCRIPTURE ALIVE SESSIONS TO
    BEGIN ANEW IN JANUARY


    How about beginning the New Year with some spiritual nourishment? The Bible invites us to explore God's word and reflect on how we might respond to it. The Diocesan Faith Formation Office's Scripture Alive program is a faith-sharing initiative that looks at Scripture with an emphasis on spiritual reflection rather than Biblical Study. Six-week long morning sessions will begin in January in East Freetown and Fall River. Register now as space is limited to 12 participants each. Please call the Office of Faith Formation at 508-678-2828.


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    WATCH THE MASS OF INSTALLATION OF BISHOP DA CUNHA



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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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