An Overview

The Diocese of Fall River maintains two initiatives that seek philanthropic support from individuals and organizations wishing to assist the Diocese in fulfilling our mission to bring the Good News of the Gospels to everyone.

St marys picFACE bannerTo assist the elementary and high schools of the Diocese we maintain the Foundation to Advance Catholic Education or FACE. The mission of FACE is to provide scholarships for families that qualify for financial assistance as well as funding for professional development and technology improvements at our schools. We invite you to visit the FACE website to learn about our schools and opportunities to contribute.

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The Catholic Charities Appeal is the annual drive to help the Diocese fund a wide array of services and apostolates. We invite you to visit the Appeal’s website to learn more, but provide below a listing of the programs that depend upon the Catholic Charities Appeal.

Services Provided by the Agencies and Apostolates of the Diocese of Fall River
Funded by the Annual Catholic Charities Appeal:

What we do 450


• Individual and Family Counseling
• Pregnancy Support
• Adoption Services
• Abuse Prevention
• Transitional and Long-Term Housing
• Refugee Resettlement


• 24-Hour Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care at Hospitals
• Rainbows Programs for Grieving Children
• Respect Life Endeavors
• Summer Day Camp for Handicapped Children
• Outreach to Immigrant Communities


• Marriage Preparation & Enrichment
• Community Organizing and Advocacy
• Information and Referral Network for HIV/AIDS-Related Services
• Citizenship Preparation
• Community Action for Better Housing
• G.E.D. Assistance


• Food Pantries and Food Vouchers
• Family Resources
• Formation of Candidates for Ordination and Service as Permanent Deacons
• Pastoral Care Training
• Programs for the Widowed, Separated, and Divorced
• Legal Advocacy for Immigrants
• Television Mass for the Sick and Homebound


• Campus Ministry at Area Colleges
• Scouting
• St. Vincent de Paul Program at Cathedral Camp
• Youth Programs and Services

Contact Us

450 Highland Avenue
PO Box 2577
Fall River, MA 02722

Phone: 508-675-1311