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Memorial Masses for Pope Benedict XVI

A Memorial Mass for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will be offered in each deanery -or region- of the Diocese of Fall River on Wednesday evening, January 4, as an opportunity for the faithful of the area gather to pray for the soul of the retired pontiff whose funeral will take place the next day in St. Peter’s Square in Rome.

Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., has asked the priest who serves as the dean in each deanery to be celebrant and homilist of the Mass in that respective region.

The schedule and location of these Memorial Masses is as follows:

Attleboro Deanery
6:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 4
St. John the Evangelist Church, 1 St. John Place, Attleboro
Very Rev. Timothy P. Reis, Celebrant

Cape Cod & the Islands Deanery
6 p.m. Wednesday, January 4
St. Francis Xavier Church, 347 South St., Hyannis
Rev. Msgr. Stephen J. Avila, Celebrant

Fall River Deanery
6 p.m., Wednesday, January 4
St. Mary’s Cathedral, 327 Second St., Fall River
Very Rev. Riley J. Williams, Celebrant

New Bedford Deanery
6 p.m., Wednesday, January 4
St. Julie Billiart Church, 494 Slocum Rd., Dartmouth
Very Rev. John M. Schrader, Celebrant

Taunton Deanery
7 p.m., Wednesday, January 4
Immaculate Conception Church, 193 Main St., Easton
Very Rev. Neil F. Wack, C.S.C., Celebrant

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