Sunday, December 21, 2014

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ADVENT 2014





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GIFT OF GIVING HELPING BRIGHTEN CHRISTMAS FOR AREA FAMILIES IN NEED

Catholic Social Services (CSS) of the Fall River Diocese is again sponsoring its Gift of Giving program to help brighten Christmas for hundreds of families in need throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod. At CSS headquarters, in photo, there is ample evidence that the program is in full swing. Staff persons and a dedicated contingent of volunteers are busy collecting, sorting, wrapping, and delivering warm clothes, toys and other necessary items.


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BISHOP DA CUNHA TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS MASS ON CHANNEL 6 AT NOON; PORTUGUESE CHANNEL MASS TO AIR AT 7:30 P.M. CHRISTMAS NIGHT

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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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BISHOP TO PRESENT MARIAN MEDAL TO 79

Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha will award the Marian Medal to 79 laypersons from parishes throughout the Fall River Diocese at 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 23, in the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, Fall River.

First presented in 1968, the annual award recognizes members of diocesan parishes for their dedicated service to the Church. Recipients are nominated for the award by their pastor. The medals will be blessed and presented during a ceremony of Mid-Afternoon Prayer and Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction. Made of sterling silver, the Marian Medal is embossed with a Miraculous Medal on one side and the Fall River Diocesan coat-of-arms on the other.


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PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR SEMINARIANS



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FALL DINNER, CAPE FUNDRAISERS BOOST SCHOLARSHIP FUND

The October 22nd St. Mary's Education Fund Fall Dinner came to a close with the presentation of this big check to Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha in the amount of $677,639.83 for the benefit of the fund. The total represents proceeds from the Fall Dinner along with money raised in events sponsored over the year by the St. Mary's Education Fund Cape Cod Committee and the annual interest accrued on the fund. Helping Bishop da Cunha hold up the check are Sandra L. Sevigney, Fall Dinner chairperson, and Jane Robin, who coordinates St. Mary's Education Fund events on Cape Cod.

The St. Mary's Education Fund provides need-based tuition assistance to elementary and middle school students attending Catholic schools in the diocese. Click below to learn more.


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WATCH THE MASS OF INSTALLATION OF BISHOP DA CUNHA



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BISHOP DA CUNHA BECOMES EIGHTH BISHOP OF FALL RIVER

The Fall River Diocese welcomed the Most Reverend Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V. as its Eighth Bishop in a Mass of Installation on September 24, 2014 in St. Mary's Cathedral, Fall River. Priests, permanent deacons, representatives of religious communities in the diocese, delegates from diocesan ministries and institutions, and representatives from each of the 84 parishes in the diocese joined with family and friends of Bishop da Cunha for this significant event in the life of the Fall River Diocesan Church.

Read Bishop da Cunha's Homily from the Mass of Installation

Learn About Our New Bishop

Bishop da Cunha's Coat of Arms


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BISHOP GEORGE W. COLEMAN
MASS OF THANKSGIVING




Watch the August 26th Mass of Thanksgiving from St. Mary's Cathedral, Fall River, in celebration of Bishop Coleman's fifty years of priesthood and eleven years as Diocesan Bishop. funny pictures


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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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