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AN EASTER MESSAGE FROM BISHOP DA CUNHA

Dear Friends,

When I was growing up, I remember how important Holy Week was, especially Good Friday. It was not only a day of fasting and abstinence, but also a day of quiet, a day of prayer, reflection on the Lord's passion and death. We were not supposed to watch television or listen to music, but spend the day in prayer and reflection on the passion of Jesus. So it was indeed a different and a special day. It seemed that, at least in our culture and our time, we gave more emphasis to Good Friday than to Easter Sunday.

Although Good Friday is a very important day in our Christian tradition and in our spirituality, Easter is truly the summit of our feasts and it cannot be second to any other liturgical celebration. We are Christians not because we believe in suffering and death, or Lent and Good Friday, but because Christ rose from the dead, and therefore we believe in life, love, and joy.

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Access Bishop da Cunha's Easter Message in PDF Format

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THE 50 DAYS OF EASTER

There are 50 days of Easter from the first Sunday to Pentecost. It is characterized, above all, by the joy of glorified life and the victory over death, expressed most fully in the great resounding cry of the Christian: Alleluia!


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APRIL IS CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH

Ensuring the safety of children and young people as they participate in diocesan or parish programs is at the heart of the mission of the Office of Child Protection of Diocesan Catholic Social Services.


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STATEMENT OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS OF MASSACHUSETTS ON THE DEATH PENALTY

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Be Part of the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Philadelphia This September
6-Day and 4-Day options are available:

Pilgrimage to Participate in the World Meeting of Families, Papal Visit & Mass

Pilgrimage to Participate in the Papal Visit & Mass


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HOLY NAME PASTOR TO BE HONORED BY NATIONAL CATHOLIC EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

Father Jay Maddock, VF, who is pastor of Holy Name Parish, Fall River, and director of its school, will receive the 2015 Distinguished Pastor Award from the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) for his dedication and commitment to excellence. Father Maddock will be recognized during the annual NCEA Convention & Expo that will take place April 7-9 in Orlando, Fla.

In photo, Fr. Maddock talks with a Holy Name School student at its recent Science Fair.


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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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CONSIDERING A VOCATION? WANT TO SUPPORT ONE?

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