Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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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.


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NEWARK AUXILIARY
BISHOP TO LEAD FALL RIVER DIOCESE


Pope Francis has appointed the Most Reverend Edgar Moreira da Cunha, S.D.V., (at right)currently an Auxiliary Bishop of the Newark, N.J. Archdiocese, to become the Eighth Bishop of the Fall River Diocese. He succeeds the Most Reverend George W. Coleman who, in accordance with Church Law, submitted his letter of resignation upon turning 75 years of age on February 1, 2014.

The acceptance of his resignation and the appointment of Bishop da Cunha were announced July 3, 2014 in Washington, D. C. by the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo M. Vigano. Bishop da Cunha, 60, will be installed as Bishop of Fall River in the context of a Mass to be celebrated on September 24, at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption in Fall River. Details of his installation will be announced in forthcoming weeks.


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SPECIAL COLLECTION IN PARISHES SEPT. 20-21 WILL ASSIST VICTIMS OF CRISIS IN MIDDLE EAST

In response to a request from U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ President Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, parishes in the Fall River Diocese will take up a special collection to provide humanitarian relief and pastoral support for suffering Christians and other innocent victims of the violence in the Middle East. The collection will be taken at September 20-21 Masses or another weekend convenient to the parish.


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NEW DIOCESAN DIRECTORY IS AVAILABLE

The updated 2014-2015 Catholic Directory for the Fall River Diocese is now available. Published by Anchor Publishing Company, the full color spiral-bound Directory is an invaluable reference guide with updated telephone and address listings of all diocesan offices, ministries, cemeteries, and personnel.

Order your copy today!


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FAITH FORMATION PROGRAMS BEGIN ANEW THIS MONTH

Bereavement Support Groups, Scripture Study and Adult Confirmation Prep classes are among the Faith Formation Office programs getting underway this month in different areas of the Diocese. Check out the Faith Formation website for details.


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READY FOR
A NEW YEAR:
An Update on Diocesan Schools


As the end of summer draws near, Catholic schools in the Fall River Diocese are ready for the new academic year. This bulletin board at Holy Trinity School in Fall River welcomes students and reminds them of all they can accomplish. “I am looking forward to a wonderful year ahead for the Catholic schools of the diocese,” says Superintendent of Schools for the Fall River Diocese Dr. Michael S. Griffin.


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CELEBRATING A SIGNIFICANT WEDDING ANNIVERSARY THIS YEAR?

The annual Wedding Anniversary Celebration in the Fall River Diocese is a special Mass of Thanksgiving for couples observing significant wedding anniversaries (including first year) during 2014. It will take place on Sunday, October 26, at 3 p.m. at St. Mary's Cathedral in Fall River. If you would like an invitation, please let your pastor know as soon as possible.


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STATEMENT ON SACRED HEART PARISH, FALL RIVER

Sacred Heart Parish in Fall River will join St. Mary's Cathedral Parish in November; Sacred Heart Soup Kitchen Will Be Maintained at New Location


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WATCH VIDEO FROM BISHOP DA CUNHA'S INTRODUCTORY NEWS CONFERENCE

Bishop Coleman's welcome and Bishop da Cunha's opening remarks are featured on the The Anchor website.


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MORE ON THE APPOINTMENT OF BISHOP DA CUNHA

Bishop Coleman Welcomes His Successor
Opening Remarks of Bishop da Cunha at News Conference
Statement of Newark Archbishop John J. Myers
Statement of Newark Coadjutor Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda
Photo 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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CONSIDERING A VOCATION? WANT TO SUPPORT ONE?

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